"Time to fix quake-prone buildings halved" RNZ News:
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New timeframe to strengthen quake-prone buildings : Otago Daily Times
Property Council swings in behind quake-prompted masonry changes : Stuff
"The Property Council has come out strongly in support of a law change that shortens the timeframe for assessing the safety of unreinforced masonry."
"....the Property Council is repeating its call on the Government to establish a suite of incentives to assist building owners with strengthening.
These include being able to deduct maintenance expenditure for tax purposes, allowing owners to depreciate their buildings over 50 years, and allowing remedial work to be tax deductible ..."
Government halves timeframe to fix most dangerous buildings :The Dominion
Minister Nick Smith proposes buildings with unreinforced masonry must be assessed and strengthened twice as quickly as other buildings : Interest.co.nz