Cantabrians with homes damaged in the earthquakes are being warned they may have to move out due to problems cause by a recent cold snap and large dumping of snow on the South Island.
The snow, which has fallen over the last few days, has cancelled flights and closed roads across the South Island.
Christchurch Civil Defence manager Murray Sinclair says residents need to check their homes to ensure they are sturdy and will withstand the weather. Meanwhile, engineers are seizing the opportunity to find out why so many buildings crumbled in February’s earthquake.
The engineers are among 62 individuals and groups who have put their names forward to attend the Royal Commission of Inquiry into building failures caused by the Christchurch quakes.
One hundred and eighty-two people died in the earthquakes, and more than 430 buildings have to be demolished. The Commission is expected to have an interim report completed by October.