• Hundreds of office workers across Wellington and Auckland are unwitting guinea pigs in a secret trial into whether their buildings are strong enough to withstand a major earthquake.

Secret seismic testing of about two dozen buildings in both cities has been done by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment – but the identity of the buildings is being kept under wraps.



SUPPLIED BNZ recovery manager Richard Griffiths inside the damaged building in October 2013. Air conditioning ducts, wiring tracks and pipes broke loose in the July quake, and ceilings collapsed on to desks.

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