Concern over safety, cost of fixing earthquake-

prone marae buildings

There's concern for the future of many marae buildings, with 70 percent of them likely to be considered earthquake-prone within the next 20 years.

One expert is worried many people are unaware of the risk, while others are worried about how upgrades will be paid for.

There are about 1300 marae across the motu, with many of the buildings on them more than half a century old.

A new law for earthquake prone buildings, introduced five years ago, requires all structures to be surveyed by local councils.

But Massey University professor Regan Potangaroa was worried many communities and marae were not aware of the changes, or the need to have an engineer's report and seismic assessment by 2026.

Link to article: Concern over safety, cost of fixing earthquake-prone marae buildings | RNZ News


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