Beehive clean-up underway

HAMISH RUTHERFORD
Last updated 12:10 22/07/2013

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Staff in the Beehive are cleaning up this morning after filing cabinets and televisions were thrown around in yesterday's earthquake.

Prime Minister John Key has said the damage would not stop him travelling to the Solomon Islands and Korea later this week, because damage had not reached the required threshold.

However there had been a mess caused in his office, he said.

Parliamentary staff are being told to work from home today if they face issues with transport, while tours of the complex, popular with tourists, have been cancelled.

The buildings, regarded as among the safest in Wellington, appear to have stood up the the shake. Parliamentary Services staff had inspected the buildings on Sunday night, discovering damage to plaster and grouting at seismic joints.

"This indicates that the buildings performed as expected," communications Diana Wolken said in a statement.

"Our engineers and architects are on site undertaking a full inspection and we will have an update later today."

However the earthquake safety measures in the buildings did not prevent damage to furniture in the Beehive.

Christopher Bishop, an advisor to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Tweeted a photo showing a large filing cabinet tipped over.

Lesley Hamilton, a press secretary to the prime minister, said there had been "a few breakages" in the Beehive, with some filing cabinets and a television knocked over in the quake.

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