Porirua hospital allows workers to occupy unacceptably dangerous quake-prone building

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26 September 2018 Kurt Bayer - NZ Herald

Wellington hospital bosses have allowed workers to occupy an “unacceptably” dangerous earthquake-prone building for the last seven years, leaked documents show.

Since 2011, staff at Ratonga Rua campus at Porirua have been told it’s safe to operate in the stores building – despite it being assessed as just 9 per cent of the building code and categorised as having an “unacceptable” risk for occupation.

Over the past seven years, the country, including the capital, has been rocked by some of the biggest quakes in New Zealand’s history, including the magnitude-7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake that resulted in some damaged Wellington buildings being torn down.

A report into the seismic strength of Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) buildings, leaked to the Herald, says the seismically sub-standard stores building has been signed off by the board.

“Although the stores building scores at 9 per cent, it could be as high as 43 per cent,” the report says.

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