Nor West News : February 7th 2013
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 14 NOR-WEST NEWS, FEBRUARY 7, 2013 SPORT • Is the current earthquake-prone level (one-third of new building requirement) about right? • The cost of dealing with earthquake-prone buildings will be felt by ratepayers, taxpayers, tenants and property owners alike. What do you think about this? • Is 15 years the right length of time to identify and strengthen or demolish these buildings? • How do we deal with older, heritage buildings? • What is acceptable in terms of safety? The fatality risk from earthquakes is much lower than other causes, such as road accidents -- but major earthquakes have a huge impact on communities. RISKS VS COST - IT'S A BALANCING ACT. WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOUR SAY ■ Consultation document, video and questionnaire now at w w w.dbh.govt.nz or Google "earthquake-prone buildings" ■ No decisions have been made yet -- tell us what you think by completing the online questionnaire by 8 March. HOW SAFE SHOULD OUR BUILDINGS BE? - AND AT WHAT COST? Since the Canterbury earthquakes, building safety has been in the spotlight. A consultation document published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment proposes the following actions for all non-residential and multi-unit, multi-storey residential buildings in New Zealand: • Assessing all these buildings over five years to identify those that are earthquake- prone (less than one-third of the requirement for a new building), followed by • Strengthening or demolishing all earthquake-prone buildings within ten years of being assessed. This is estimated to affect 15,000 -- 25,000 buildings throughout the country -- so the real costs are likely to be significant. EPB AUCK REGIONAL FORUM: 5.30pm Tuesday 12 February Ground floor, Auckland Council Chamber, 301 Queen St, Auckland BOOK your place firstname.lastname@example.org Prices based on payment by direct deposit / POLi or voucher for bookings through jetstar.com. 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Although I still love playing test matches, I have been struggling to motivate myself at trainings and for me that was a sign it was time to retire,'' the 32-year-old says. It's quite nice coming home after work and spending time with his wife Kylie and their 9-month-old son Chase, he says. Hopping says 2012 was pretty tough especially being away in London as Chase had just been born and his wife was having to look after him by herself which was hard on her. Hopping intends to follow his old team closely, especially for home tests. I'm not the greatest at watching games. I won't be standing on the side line quietly, that's for sure. There will be a bit of yelling advice and encour- agement to the boys.'' He plans to play club hockey for the North Harbour Indians but is relishing the freedom of relinquishing test matches. I feel like I've done my time,'' he says. It's a good opportunity to work on other parts of my life.'' The defender is one of four players to have played more than 250 games for New Zealand, retiring from the international circuit with 264 caps. He has attended two Common- wealth Games (Manchester and Mel- bourne), three World Cups (Malaysia, Germany and India) and three Olym- pics (Athens, Beijing and London). Hopping's highlight was collecting a silver medal at the Manchester Com- monwealth Games, in particular the semifinal where New Zealand beat Pakistan for the first time. The score was 7-1 and it was one of those games when everything just went right. It would be the best game I have ever played in. It was also amazing to play at Ath- ens -- it is the home of the Olympics, plus it was my first Olympic experi- ence so that made it pretty special.'' Hopping says as the sport becomes more professional, there are increasing opportunities for younger players. My message to aspiring players would be to make the most of the opportunities and always enjoy it. It is an awesome thing to represent your country. There is nothing better than pulling on the black shirt.'' The hockey great's own motivation was simple: I hate losing,'' he quips. I always had to get out there and make sure I was doing my absolute best.'' Now he is the installations manager at TigerTurf, which is New Zealand's leading manufacturer of synthetic turfs. He supervises the laying of grass on cricket wickets, tennis courts and hockey pitches. He has worked there since 2006, but has a new role in his supportive com- pany. I wouldn't have been able to go away with the team as much as I have. Also the support I have had from my sponsors, TK and Asics, has been invaluable.''
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