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As dodgy lift shaft comes down, capital goes back to work

Aug 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


DISMANTLING work on the quake-weakened lift shaft in the centre of the city will be under way the time Wellington wakes up tomorrow.

A site worker says it will be about midnight before they will be ready to remove the 30 tone block of concrete from the top of the lift shaft.

A big crane is now in Wellington CBD to start taking down a quake-weakened lift shaft.

The shaft is joined to the James smith car park which has been closed since the July 21 quake.

The crane has been transported from Temuka and was involved in post-quake demolition and construction work in Christchurch.

“A big crane is there in Taranaki St and is being put back together, it’s huge but there is a 30 tone slab of concrete up there,” Mayor Celia Wade-Brown told Radio New Zealand this morning.

“And of course that will take a number of days to demolish,” Ms Wade-Brown said.

She said the James Smiths car park had a complex ownership with a number of different owners some of which are overseas.

Council will later look at recovering costs of the demolition.

Bruce Petrol Regional civil defence manager Wellington told Radio New Zealand any other damage was cosmetic and he is not aware of any other problems with buildings beyond what we had the first time round apart from minor things.

“There was a degree of inconvenience with traffic but all in all I would consider this a success story,” Mr Petrol said.

Wellington CBD workers spoken to by Newswire said both their homes and work place buildings came through unscathed and they had a mix of stories about their experiences and their preparedness.

Adam Newell, owner of Zibibbo Restaurant, Taranaki St, said the old building he runs his business in was well built.

“It has been around 100 years, it is pretty solid. Was the old police station and they built it pretty well. Was definitely shaky but no damage”

He was wary of future quakes, but they have emergency plans.

“We have a plan in place since the last shake, where the safest table or doorway is to take cover and a meeting place in case of the big one.”

Jude Fretter, a policy advisor, was on the eighth story of a building on Victoria street which swayed a lot but had no damage.”


“We do have a plan in place, we head to the southern cross pub and hope it is open,”Ms Fretter said.

C J Parbhu of Dixon St Shoe and Bag Repair was almost thrown off her seat by the quake.

Mr Parbhu said he feels lucky his home and work place had no significant damage.

“A plan is in place for me and my family we have a place to meet except this time my partner was overseas.”

unscath4Megan Southern, a barista at Wishbone Lambton Quay,left, was at work and said she was completely lost, so ran outside.”

“Both work and home had superficial damage, stuff out of cupboards etcetera, nothing major structurally”

Jeweller Canario Deskanso, right, was in the middle of Cuba Mall selling jewellery for what was his first quake.

“It was my first ever earthquake I was a virgin until Friday.”

“The house I am staying at is an old weather board home and has no damage, it is just fine.”


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