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New Zealand quake building "deficient"

The CTV building that collapsed killing 115 people in Christchurch, New Zealand during last year’s magnitude 6.3 earthquake was badly designed and should have never been issued with a permit, according to an official report out this week.

The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission into causes of building failure during the earthquake was released this week including a detailed analysis into the CTV building failure.

New Zealand prime minister John Key said the report “makes for grim and sobering reading”.

“It concludes the engineering design of the CTV building was deficient in a number of respects,” said Key.

“It also concludes the building should never have been issued with a building permit by the Christchurch City Council, because its design did not comply with the standards of the time, and there were inadequacies in the construction of the building.”

A total of 185 people were killed during last February’s earthquake with 175 of those due to failures of buildings, or parts of buildings.

In total, the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission’s full report was more than 1100 pages long and contained 189 recommendations.

“The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission of Inquiry was incredibly complex and its report has potentially wide-ranging implications for the entire country, not just Canterbury,” said Key.

“The government needs to take the time to carefully consider the Royal Commission’s report and its recommendations and expects to issue its full and comprehensive response by early- to mid-2013.”


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