A Long time ago in NZ

Around 200 earthquakes have been powerful enough to be felt since records began, on the beautiful islands of NZ. Because of this, New Zealand has very  strict building regulations. Most of the quakes in New Zealand happen along the principal ranges running from East Cape in the northeast to the Fiord land in the southwest. This axis follows the border between the Pacific and Indo Australian plates.

The biggest city within this high risk zone is the country's capital, Wellington, followed by Hastings subsequently Napier. All these cities have experienced serious quakes since European settlement. New Zealand has occasionally been nicknamed the Shaky Isles. On 26 May 1840, the first of several tremors and quakes hit the new settlement at Port Nicholson.



The New Zealand Earthquake Commission (EQC), provides much of the state with public instruction. As summarised in its statement of purpose, it expects to supply "public instruction about seismic risks and procedures of reducing or preventing seismic catastrophe damage." The EQC is in charge of societal marketing campaigns, and sponsors exhibitions on seismic risks in the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. The adverts summarised the dangers earthquakes present to New Zealand and measures families can take to "Quake Safe their house." The motto used throughout EQC Quake Safe efforts is "Fix, Fasten, and Forget." Also, in October 2006, many families received free "EQ IQ" fridge magnets from the EQC to remind them of the dangers in the area that they live in.

Early settlers learned pretty rapidly the value of using proper construction approaches in an earthquake-prone nation. After the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake, many buildings in Napier and Hastings were totally leveled. New building regulations meant that any new buildings built after in Napier and Hastings must be no taller than 5 stories. Because of this, both cities have suffered no major damage other than earthquakes that have hit the area.


Help is at hand

Here at SENZ, we understand how important it is to make your home~property as safe as it can possibly be, using the very latest seismic analysis and design techniques. Be this to ensure your current structure is up to the job, or the new build is competent enough to withstand the "tremors and shakes of the islands".


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