Wellington's buildings need to exceed the minimum standard set by the building code if the capital city wants to improve its resilience to a major earthquake.

So says California seismic safety commissioner and engineer Kit Miyamoto. New Zealand’s building code is a “simplified checklist” where the 100 per cent new building standard (NBS) was the bare minimum that had to be met to save lives, but didn’t go beyond that, Mr Miyamoto told a group of…