Free audio stream, including stories that are padlocked on our site. Listen on any device, anywhere. Updated twice daily. The audio stream takes several seconds to start on Android devices.Launch Radio player
The Insurance Council has filed a judicial review application in the Christchurch High Court against higher earthquake strengthening required by Christchurch City Council.
In late 2010 the council adopted a new policy, with the aim of requiring new or upgraded buildings to achieve 67% of new building standard.
The Insurance Council argues 67% is unlawful and is holding up repairs and rebuilds.
The application comes in the same week the government said lifting the new building standard beyond 33% was unlikely because it would bankrupt the country.
But the Christchurch council is under siege from the Royal Commission report that laid considerable blame for failures relating to the CTV building collapse in February 2011.
Last week, mayor Bob Parker and fellow councillors rejected their own staff report to reopen some of the 161 public buildings that have been closed in recent months due to seismic fears.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- NZ can afford the future cost of superannuation — English
- BUDGET 2015: How will tax on capital gain impact housing market? English unsure
- BUDGET 2015: New Zealander of the Year Lance O’Sullivan's verdict
- Market gives slight nod to Rakon's profit relief
- The Moxie Sessions: I don’t want your money, honey, I want your block chain database