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45 Pipitea Street seismic assessment

9 August 2023

Recently, the landlord of 45 Pipitea St, Thorndon, Wellington, one of our Te Tari Taiwhenua sites, shared with us a new draft Detailed Seismic Assessment for the building.

Nearly all elements of the building are at 100%NBS, however there are four isolated areas which need strengthening.

We have been advised by our independent engineers that they consider the building is safe to occupy, with cautious, considered mitigations in place to firstly ensure safety and to allow for strengthening works. Te Tari will be working closely with the landlord to navigate the strengthening works.

The safety and wellbeing of kaimahi have been and continue to be a priority for Te Tari.

Kaimahi in the building have been told to continue their normal working arrangements. Working from home is already an option for our kaimahi, with many choosing to exercise this flexibility regularly.

We recognise some kaimahi may feel more comfortable working from home, and we support them in exercising choices that make them feel safe and put their wellbeing first. Initial indications suggest many people will continue with their regular working arrangements.

We are supporting our kaimahi through this time, and helping to ensure they understand the facts and decisions that have been made to look after their safety and wellbeing.


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