I'll be moving out of Hive News' Parliamentary Press Gallery office today, along with Fairfax, RNZ, TVNZ, Mediaworks and NZME, who have all decided a yellow-stickered building with an overall rating of less than 35% and 15-20% in some places is not safe.
The reality of the significant quake damage done to some of Wellington's largest commercial buildings is now dawning on the capital.
Wellington real estate agents report that house sales have frozen mid-settlement since Monday because insurers are refusing to roll over cover on properties from vendor to buyer, as they did in the immediate aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes.
The shock of the Hanmer earthquake continues to roll through the political economy in Wellington -- sometimes literally.
Over 1,200 tourists and residents are now stranded in a wrecked and cut-off Kaikoura. HMS Canterbury is now on its way from Devonport to Kaikoura via Lyttelton to re-supply and support Kaikoura, while helicopters are expected to fly up to 200 people out of the town today, weather permitting.
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake centred near Hanmer Springs killed two people near Kaikoura shortly after midnight and has damaged roads, railways and ports in the upper South Island and in Wellington. Kaikoura is cut off by road and rail because of massive slips on the coast.