Quake test results still not released
The fate of earthquake-prone state houses around the country await the result of tests done in Upper Hutt. The information is not expected to be known before the end of March.
Housing Minister Nick Smith said in October all earthquake-prone houses across the country would be strengthened by the end of this year.
Housing New Zealand property services general manager Marcus Bosch said earlier this month the corporation had worked hard to relocate tenants in state houses identified as being a risk.
But the future of houses in Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Palmerston North
still an and other unknown.
‘‘Strengthening is expensive,’’ Mr Bosch said. ‘‘To ensure we make the right decisions around doing this work we conducted an innovative force test.’’
The Upper Hutt Leader reported in November that the test, performed on two houses in Upper Hutt, involved using two Western Star rigs. Each was equipped with hydraulic rams capable of pulling about 100 tonnes. These were used for pulling a house in opposite directions to simulate the strain an earthquake would place on it.