Quake test re­sults still not re­leased

Upper Hutt Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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