Building problems 'ignored', says engineer

Wednesday 25 August 2004

The Auckland engineer who blew the whistle on New Zealand's dangerous high-rise construction practices last year has attacked the Government for ignoring the problem.

By The Landlord

John Scarry, now a contract design engineer with Ponsonby engineers Lewis and Williamson, said yesterday that the new Building Act passed this month had dealt with leaky houses but "does absolutely nothing to address the serious problems in structural engineering".

The president of the Structural Engineering Society, Dr Barry Davidson, said he was "exasperated" too. "This [act] has been written by people who don't even know what an earthquake is," he said.

"It's a time bomb waiting to go off. When we get an earthquake in Turkey or somewhere we smugly think that's a Third World country and it won't happen here, but I wonder how smug they are when it happens in Wellington?

Read More - Opens in a new window
Commenting is closed

House Prices

No stopping Capital price rises

There’s no sign of a slow-down in Wellington’s property prices with Trade Me Property’s latest data showing that asking prices continue to rise solidly.


NZ proptech start-up scores major investor

Auckland-based commercial property disrupter, Jasper, has raised $2.3 million in seed funding following investment from European asset manager M7 Real Estate.


LVR limits slow down investors

LVR speed limits continue to have a "strong effect" on investors, according to CoreLogic, after the latest Reserve Bank data showed a drop in investor borrowing.

Site by PHP Developer