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Would You Like This To Fall?

Wellington Chimney Picture 002

July 19 2014 | Earthquakes. aka The Big One | No Comments »

good earthquakes recently

July 21 2013 | Earthquakes. aka The Big One | No Comments »

Wellington Water Supply in Earthquake

Hard to imagine this junction standing much of a shake. WRC do have plans to improve I believe.


April 14 2012 | Earthquakes. aka The Big One | No Comments »

Are Christchurch People Buying Elsewhere?

I have only met one Christchurch  party paid out on their destroyed house, who have bought in Wellington. They intend going back to Christchurch in 2 years. It seems almost no one has been paid out on insurance. Any agents anywhere seen evidence of Christchurch influence? If these homeowners  have not bought elsewhere, & can not yet re build….what are they doing? Australia? Renting elsewhere? Any ideas?

November 24 2011 | And What About The Wellington Market? and Earthquakes. aka The Big One and New Zealand Real Estate Market and Uncategorized | No Comments »

You cant help timing!

Excitement city

Excitement city

“Frock up for an eventful weekend in Christchurch” This huge billboard went up in Wellington the week or 2 before the shake. you cant help timing!

September 15 2010 | Earthquakes. aka The Big One | No Comments »

Housing Quality Goes Backwards.

First we showed our ability to design, consent and  build leaky houses in the late 20th century. Now in the 21st we consent subdivisions and build houses , in fact whole streets of houses that can’t survive a reasonable earthquake. ( Be aware, this was NOT the big one.)

Despite the choking  and costly regulation  house building is done under now, the recent houses we see in Christchurch have often failed, hugely. My brothers 100 year old villa is fine. What is learnt?

September 08 2010 | Earthquakes. aka The Big One and Zoning | No Comments »

When The Big One Comes

Soho Apartments is only one of 3 apartment buildings in Wellington, I am told, that comply with the latest code. The complex is actually 4 16 story towers, each of which can sway 600 mm without damaging each other. Good for a magnitude 8.5 shake…but I trust its not tested!

May 15 2010 | About Wellington Apartments and Earthquakes. aka The Big One | No Comments »