Historic building owners threaten govt over quake-strengthening
"Owners of historic buildings in the central North Island are threatening to walk away if the Government doesn't relax tight earthquake-strengthening deadlines.And four local councils are banding together to push for changes to laws they say threaten the very heart of their town centres."
North Island towns fight ‘destruction by legislation’
"Central North Island towns are mounting a challenge against tougher earthquake strengthening laws, which they say threaten their historic main streets with "destruction by legislation". Rangitikei is leading the way, trying to blaze a trail for rent-poor provincial New Zealand which is facing a looming deadline where safety and economic risks collide. "
"Churches around the country are shutting their doors as congregations and funds dwindle, and ageing buildings need seismic strengthening. St David's Presbyterian church in Khyber Pass, Auckland, closed last December, and faces possible demolition. Founder of the Friends of St David's Trust www.saintdavidsfriends.org.nz , Paul Baragwanath and the Chief Executive of Heritage New Zealand Bruce Chapman discuss the plight of many churches and the innovative ways some communities are going about saving them." http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201757017/historic-churches-at-risk
"Donovan Rypkema is president of Heritage Strategies International, a Washington DC consulting firm. His book, "The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader's Guide" , is now in its third edition and his firm has had clients including the World Bank, the Inter American Development Bank, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Development Programme. He's in New Zealand as a guest of the Civic Trust Auckland." (Text from RNZ Website) http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20150313-0931-how_important_is_heritage_preservation_in_our_cities-048.mp3