Like a ton of bricks
The impact of changes to earthquake-prone building laws are set to come down hard on the Manawatu¯ and Rangit¯ıkei regions, as councils and landlords in the high-risk areas face difficult decisions over the future of our buildings. Can our communities afford the hefty price tag to strengthen buildings or will they be demolished and our towns’ identities changed forever? In this special edition of the Feilding-Rangit¯ıkei Herald, our team investigates the tough reality ahead for our communities.
‘‘What this will mean to the community is a severe and sudden loss of heritage as their familiar old buildings go or decay one after the other’’ Steven Quinn, Marton building owner ‘‘We’d be naive to say it’s going to stay as it is. But we have the opportunity to create the heritage of the future.’’ Helen Worboys, Manawatu¯ mayor ‘‘The builders in town say there is just no way we can actually do it. It’s just not physically possible.’’ David Wiseman, Feilding Hotel owner