Earthquake Prone Buildings Upgrade

Earthquake Prone Buildings Upgrade

In August 2015 the Council decided to earthquake strengthen five public buildings so they meet New Building Standards.

The buildings to be strengthened are the Manaia and Eltham Town Halls, the Hunter Shaw Building in Patea, the Hawera Memorial Theatre and Water Tower. The Hawera Memorial Hall and Kaponga LibraryPlus were also added to this list in 2016.

The combined cost of strengthening the six buildings is estimated to be around $1- 1.5 million.

The Council has budgeted $3 million over the next 10 years to structurally upgrade Council owned earthquake prone buildings as part of its Long Term Plan.

Mayor Dunlop says the decision to temporarily close the buildings was taken after structural engineers’ reports advised they did not meet the minimum 34% New Building Standard (NBS) and were classified as earthquake prone.

“The good news was that the Hawera Water Tower was found to be structurally sound, meeting 70% NBS and would require no further strengthening work. This has minimised our costs considerably, because of all the buildings the Water Tower was the one that was potentially going to be the most expensive,” he says.

However unreinforced masonry balustrade on the Tower did present a risk of falling on people during a moderate earthquake event, and would need to be fixed, though the costs would be minimal in comparison says.


Hunter Shaw Building was closed in August 2013 after meeting only 11% of NBS

Hawera Memorial Hall April 2015 after meeting only 10% of NBS

Hawera Memorial Theatre was closed in May 2015 after meeting only 23% of NBS

Manaia Town Hall was closed in June 2015 after meeting only 11% of NBS

Eltham Town Hall was closed in August 2015 after meeting only 20% of NBS

Hawera Water Tower was closed in August 2015

Kaponga LibraryPlus was closed in August 2016 after meeting only 20% of NBS

To date the Council has assessed more than 30 of its buildings across the district and is currently assessing another 20 buildings identified as being potentially ‘at risk’ of not meeting new earthquake building standards.



Status as at Friday 25 September 2019

Hawera Water Tower

Complete and reopened (February 2016)

Hawera Memorial Theatre

Complete and reopened (May 2016)

Eltham Town Hall

Complete and reopened (August 2017)

Manaia Town Hall

February 2018 Council approved funds of up to $1 million to go towards rebuilding the Town’s Hall. 

The money has been budgeted for 2020, which gives Council time to consult with the Manaia Community over what will work best for the community in the long term and raise extra funds if needed.

Hawera Community Memorial Hall

Complete and Reopened (July 2017)

Hunter Shaw Building - Patea

Complete and Reopened (September 2019)

Kaponga LibraryPlus

Complete and Reopened (December 2018)