Earthquake Prone Buildings - identifying essential vehicle and pedestrian thoroughfares

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The Gore District Council is seeking public feedback on the identification of priority thoroughfares and
strategic routes.

New Zealand is more prone to earthquakes than some other parts of the world. Events in recent years have led to a review of how we can best manage and lower the risk to public safety that is currently posed by certain buildings in the event of an earthquake.

To make our communities safer there is legislation requiring Councils to identify what are called Priority Buildings.

However, first we must identify priority thoroughfares and strategic routes.

Why are we doing this?

The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 introduced a new system of identifying and managing earthquake-prone buildings. 

Some buildings are automatically categorised as priority buildings based on their purpose (e.g. hospitals, emergency response services such as police). Other buildings may be identified as priority buildings due to their proximity to priority thoroughfares and strategic routes and their potential for failure in an earthquake. To identify these other priority buildings, we must first identify priority thoroughfares and strategic routes.

Priority Thoroughfares

A Priority Thoroughfare may be prioritised if it is an area with high pedestrian and vehicle movements, and is at risk if an Unreinforced Masonry Building (URM) was to collapse on it during an earthquake.

Strategic Routes

A Strategic route may warrant prioritisation if the route would be blocked should a URM collapse on it during an earthquake, preventing emergency response. These strategic routes are routes for emergency services to gain access after an event, and are essential for a number of reasons, most importantly saving lives. Buildings impeding a strategic transport route in an earthquake could delay an emergency response to the detriment of the community (i.e. loss of life, if access to emergency care is not possible).

If a building is classified as a priority building, it must be remediated in half the timeframe of other earthquake-prone buildings under the Act (i.e. 12.5 years).

What is being proposed?

The maps below show the proposed priority thoroughfares Gore and Mataura, and the proposed strategic route in Mataura. These areas have been proposed due to the higher concentration of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URMs) in relation to strategic routes and priority thoroughfares.

In Gore they are:

  • Main Street – from Bowler Avenue to Medway Street
  • Bowler Avenue – from Main Street to Fairfield Street
  • Mersey Street – from #57 to Fairfield Street
  • Gorton Street – the east side from Mersey Street to Ashton Street
  • Irk Street – from Main Street to Fairfield Street
  • Brennan Lane – from #9 to Medway Street
  • Medway Street – from #21 to #46
  • Ordsal Street – from Medway Street to Irwell Street
  • Norfolk Street – from Hokonui Drive to Richmond Street
  • Hokonui Drive – from the roundabout to #19
  • Irwell Street - from #21 to Hokonui Drive

In Mataura they are:

  • Bridge Street
  • Main Street – from #105 to #111
  • Kana Street – from #121 to Bridge Street

A number of criteria have been used to identify these areas.

We are seeking your feedback on the following questions:

  • Do you agree with what we have proposed?
  • If not, which priority thoroughfare or strategic routes do you disagree with and why?
  • Are there any other priority thoroughfares or strategic routes that you think meet the criteria, but are not listed?


Consultation document and submission form for identifying priority thoroughfares and routes  [PDF, 814 KB]

Proposed priority thoroughfares and routes - Gore map [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Proposed strategic route and priority thoroughfares - Mataura map [PDF, 2.2 MB]

Statement of Proposal for Earthquake Prone Buildings - identifying essential vehicle and pedestrian thoroughfares [PDF, 1 MB]


Submissions close on Monday 23 September 2019

You can make a submission in the following ways:


Email with Submission on earthquake-prone priority buildings public consultation in the subject line


Post to 

NZFreepost Authority 213

Gore District Council, P O Box 8, Gore 9740


Deliver to

Gore District Council, 29 Bowler Avenue, Gore


This consultation is undertaken in accordance with section 133AF(2)(a) of the Building Act 2004, which requires Council to use the special consultative procedure in section 83 of the Local Government Act 2002 to identify certain priority buildings. 





Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: