Letter - Earthquake or design

GREGOR ASHBY
Last updated 07:38 11/09/2012

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The Royal Commission has laid the blame for the CTV building collapse fairly and squarely at the feet of the consultants who designed the building.

Once again we, as New Zealanders, have really no idea. Me? I'm gobsmacked. I thought the earthquake caused the building to fall down. I thought it was the ground moving under the building at a very violent 7.1 on the Richter scale that caused the building to fall down.

If we had not had an earthquake, the building would still be there and this wouldn't be an issue. So if the design met the building code of the time, how can the designers be blamed? The council OK-ed this design. The only problem was the ground moved so violently that thousands of buildings were destroyed. This was tragic, as hundreds were killed, but blame?

How can blame be laid anywhere?

GREGOR ASHBY

Hamilton 

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