Property investor Sir Bob Jones said his company's extensive portfolio of buildings in Wellington escaped relatively unscathed.

A staircase on one of the buildings would need to be looked at due to a few bits of loose concrete.

"Of course there's that sort of thing everywhere - a little bit of plaster coming off and that sort of thing but we're not much of a story I'm afraid."

Jones' house, which "jolted viciously" in the earthquake, was completely undamaged, save a few fragile items falling from the shelves and smashing.

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Jones' company, Robt. Jones Holdings, is New Zealand's largest private CBD office building owner. In Wellington, it owns fifteen office buildings including the ASB Tower and the old Kirkcaldie and Stains building now the home of upmarket retailer David Jones.