18 November 2016 – 2.30pm
Minister’s support of Wellington response ‘heartening’
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has welcomed the comments today by the Hon. Gerry Brownlee, Acting Civil Defence
Minister, that the city has responded appropriately throughout the week to the earthquake and aftershocks.
Mayor Lester says Wellingtonians should take heart from Minister Brownlee’s comments.
“Minister Brownlee has praised the city’s response and says we’ve done the right thing under the circumstances, both
immediately after the earthquake and as aftershocks and more detailed inspections have altered our approach,” says Mayor
“This ties in with what we’re hearing from other experts in recent days around the importance of having confidence in
our city’s building stock and being adaptable with our approach in light of aftershocks and more detailed inspections.”
At a media conference mid-morning Minister Brownlee said he was very comfortable with what he’d seen in Wellington and
understood that as the event was still unfolding, the city would respond to new information.
Minister Brownlee said he was particularly comforted to learn that there will be ongoing inspections by the private
sector, and that he had confidence in the Council’s handling of the situation.