Earthquake strengthening of Council Service Centres - Update

Published 30 Aug 2022

The Dannevirke Service Centre earthquake strengthening is almost done. Finishing works and tidying up are currently in progress and the last seismic improvements to the roof are being made. Staff will be moving back gradually starting this week. Council’s customer services area will be reopened at 26 Gordon street slightly later, in the beginning of September.

Until then, the temporary customer services centre continues to be at Tararua Business Alliance on 44 Denmark Street. The Pahiatua Service Centre earthquake construction is still ongoing with about 75% of the planned seismic works completed. The construction works have revealed that repair works to the roof might also be necessary. A roof condition assessment will be conducted soon and once this has been done more information will become available. During the construction activities, the Pahiatua Service Centre continues to be across the road at the Pahiatua Library building on 167
Main St.

The Pahiatua Service Centre, formerly the Chamber of Commerce, was built in 1929 and is classified as a Heritage New Zealand building. The planned earthquake strengthening focusses on retaining the original character of the building.

The earthquake strengthening is required to ensure safe environments for staff and the public, and to make sure that the legal requirements set out in the 2016 Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act are met.