"Deficient" design blamed for building's fall in New Zealand quake

12/10/2012 | National Business Review (New Zealand)

New Zealand's building and construction minister says the Christchurch City Council is partly to blame for a building collapse during an earthquake in February 2011. The building, approved by the council in the 1980s, was deemed by the minister to have a "deficient" engineering design, but the mayor says the council should not be held accountable for a decision made three decades ago. "It was a different council back then," Mayor Bob Parker said. "A different-sized council -- everything has changed since then -- different staff, different processes, different systems."

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