Funding for post disaster building management

Issue 50 – June 2013

$1.2 million has been provided in Budget 2013 to improve post disaster building management. The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission made 51 recommendations in this area.

The management of buildings following a disaster is the one significant gap in the building regulatory framework. The $1.2 million from Budget 2013 will help develop an effective policy that will be mandated in law. Establishing clear roles, responsibilities, and procedures with regulatory backing will provide a nationwide and consistent response to any type of disaster. This will reduce death and injury and support faster economic and social recovery following disasters.

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Summarised from a New Zealand Government media release by Minister Maurice Williamson, 20 May 2013.

Published in building.