Hometown Boomtown: Wellington's shaky rebuild

by Toby Manhire / 22 July, 2013
Clips from a 1983 documentary on the demolition-construction boom in earthquake-prone capital.
A fascinating documentary from 1983 currently getting plenty of plays at NZ On Screen looks at the boom in demolition and construction in Wellington in the 70s and 80s, in large part driven by a demand to make buildings earthquake resistant.

It followed an official report that identified more than 200 city buildings as earthquake risks.

Includes property developer Bob Jones on "the capital gains goldrush" - and its very own "hometown boomtown" jingle.

See also: Bob Jones says turn Christchurch CBD into a lake.
Seddon, Australia, rocked by severe earthquake
MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage


What went wrong on the Kaipara bar?
First look: Seabreeze
63707 2016-11-29 17:12:06Z Auckland Eats

First look: Seabreeze

by Courteney Peters

Nostalgia and newness at Brodie McDonald’s long-awaited Westmere café.

Read more
There’s not a bum note in latest royal drama The Crown – a glimpse of Philip’s backside notwithstanding
Win Misty Copeland's signed pointe shoes, a double pass to Dancer, and Ballerina's Tale DVD
Are protection orders taken seriously?
In pictures: New Zealand, United States, and the Nuclear controversy
Engineers and earthquakes: A normal person's guide
Marti Friedlander: A picture of empathy
63624 2016-11-29 10:35:15Z Arts

Marti Friedlander: A picture of empathy

by Deborah Smith

Eloquent and tenacious, Marti Friedlander took photographs that depicted her adopted home of New Zealand with empathy and breathtaking clarity.

Read more