Wellington visitors demand confirmation their hotel is safe after earthquake

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Visitors to Wellington are demanding confirmation as to whether their hotel is structurally safe in light of the recent earthquake.

The demand for engineers to check accommodation providers around the capital is high, but some providers don’t believe they need an assessment.

While there is no legal requirement, 1 NEWS wanted to know how many of the 30 accommodation providers that first came up on the website Trip Advisor had got an engineer assessment.

The demand for engineers to check accommodation providers around the capital is high.
Source: 1 NEWS

On Monday at 11am, we asked whether they were open for business, if an engineer had checked the building's structural integrity, and for the report or written confirmation from the engineer.

By 5.30pm this evening, the following 22 accommodation businesses provided the information we asked for and they were all given sign off.

Museum Art Hotel

Amora Hotel Wellington

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

The Cambridge Hotel

Ibis Wellington

InterContinental Wellington

Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Rydges Wellington

Quality Hotel Wellington

Novotel Wellington

Comfort Hotel Wellington

West Plaza Hotel

Apollo Lodge Motel

At Home Wellington

Distinction Wellington, Century City Hotel

YHA Wellington

Quest on Johnston

Boultcott Suites

Quest on Lambton Serviced Apartments

Astelia Apartment Hotel

Gourmet Stay, Gilmer Apartment Hotel and Best Western Wellington believed their building was safe but were still waiting to get an engineer check.

City Life Wellington and the Dwellington said their building had been checked by an engineer and was safe to occupy but did not provide any confirmation from the engineer.

The Airport Motel, Ohtel and Airport Motor Lodge did not get an engineer assessment, arguing it wasn’t necessary as there was no sign of damage,  they’re not high rise and they’re outside of the city centre.

This week the Government introduced a new law which gives councils the power to force building owners to carry out engineer assessments, but the Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee expects landlords to make their buildings safe of their own accord.

“There is a duty on landlords under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to make sure that the place that they are inviting people from the public into are safe. And there are pretty stiff penalties if they’re not complying with that."

Mr Brownlee says hotel guests should ask for information about the safety of the building and walk away if they’re not satisfied.

Since going to air, The Gilmer Apartment Hotel has provided an engineer report showing its building is safe to occupy.

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