Hawera's Henk Mansvelt is on the ball when it comes to ensuring buildings under his care are earthquake-resilient.
He has taken steps to fortify an 80-year-old shop lot, located on High St, with more than 15 tonnes of steel to make sure it withstands a big shake.
The building is believed to be the first commercial unit on the town's main centre to undergo earthquake-strengthening.
Clothing chainstore Postie Plus , which traded out of that unit, has temporarily moved to Regent St while the work is done.
"Postie approached us last year to see if we'd consider doing earthquake-strengthening work and we agreed," Mr Mansvelt said.
Works begun early this month with a completion date expected for the end of October.
Mr Mansvelt said while substantial costs are involved in earthquake-strengthening a building and could pose a burden on some landlords, he still encourages them to consider having it done.
"They would have to first get an engineer to come look at their buildings and there would be initial costs involved but it's nothing major," Mr Mansvelt said.
South Taranaki District Council environmental services group manager John McKenzie said it was great to see people taking the initiatives in getting their buildings strengthened.
Mr McKenzie said the series of recent Seddon earthquakes have prompted STDC staff to check on buildings of concern.
"However, it's the responsibility of owners to ensure their buildings are safe for both public use and any staff members," he said.
Engineer assessments arebeing carried out on both Patea's 83-year-old Hunter Shaw building along with the 99-year-old Hawera Water Tower.
The Hunter Shaw building was closed on August 12 by STDC after cracks appeared inside the building following the series of Seddon earthquakes.
Opunake's Everybody's Theatre has been identified by the council as earthquake prone while another 105 buildings around South Taranaki have been listed as "potential earthquake-prone."
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