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Tower braces for $16.2m...due to it spending more on litigation and over-cap EQC claims; Share price hits 12-year low

Tower braces for $16.2m...due to it spending more on litigation and over-cap EQC claims; Share price hits 12-year low

Thursday, 8 September 2016 3:04 p.m. by EQCFix

Tower is warning its shareholders it expects its profit after tax to take a $16.2 million hit, as it engages in more court action and receives additional claims from the Earthquake Commission (EQC), six years on from the Canterbury quakes.  

Earthquake repairs – a never-ending story

Earthquake repairs – a never-ending story

Thursday, 8 September 2016 3:00 p.m. by EQCFix

Brilliant summary that is perhaps not unique to the author..

My series of blogs on the Insurance Aftershock in Christchurch have come to an end – for now.

My series of blogs on the Insurance Aftershock in Christchurch have come to an end – for now.

Thursday, 8 September 2016 7:31 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

As I leave Christchurch I notice that everyday a steady stream of people are joining the face book page Christchurch Earthquake Dodgy Repairs. It saddens me to know that problems from undervalued settlements and ‘shoddy repairs’ are going to be a reality for many Christchurch families for the years to come.

Southern Response satisfaction rating low, insurer to wind down Canty operations

Southern Response satisfaction rating low, insurer to wind down Canty operations

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 6:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cantabrians have scored their experience with Southern Response 4.4 out of 10.

Southern Response satisfaction rates 4.4 out of 10

Southern Response satisfaction rates 4.4 out of 10

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 6:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cantabrians have scored their experience with Southern Response 4.4 out of 10.

Court of Appeal seeks to rein in shemozzle arising from CTV building case

Court of Appeal seeks to rein in 'shemozzle' arising from CTV building case

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 5:10 p.m. by MediaStuff

A case against an engineer linked to the collapsed CTV building in Christchurch has become "bigger than ", and needs to be reined it, a Court of Appeal judge has said.

Old city bus now a home for quake-affected Christchurch homeowner Rebecca Wright

Old city bus now a home for quake-affected Christchurch homeowner Rebecca Wright

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 1:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Without the bus parked in her front yard, Rebecca Wright would still be bathing in a bucket.

The Dock: Not quite a fairy tale… but a fairly good tale!

The Dock: Not quite a fairy tale… but a fairly good tale!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 11:00 a.m. by GapFiller

You might remember one of our projects from last year, The Commons Shelter Challenge. About six months ago we made the tough decision to discontinue this project and not build the winning entry, The Dock. After taking some time to wrap things up and reflect a little, we decided we wanted to share the story […]

Drainage Assessment and Settlement Confirmation Form

Drainage Assessment and Settlement Confirmation Form

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 8:43 a.m. by GovtEQC

Canterbury Geotechnical Database awarded Gold

Canterbury Geotechnical Database awarded Gold

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 8:14 a.m. by GovtEQC

Taxpayers fund ex-recovery boss Warwick Isaacs $55k management course in France

Taxpayers fund ex-recovery boss Warwick Isaacs' $55k management course in France

Tuesday, 6 September 2016 8:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's former central city rebuild boss has attended a taxpayer-funded management course in France, more than a year after leaving the Government's recovery organisation.

September newsletter

September newsletter

Tuesday, 6 September 2016 4:09 a.m. by SouthernResponse

To view our latest customer newsletter, please .

Top Christchurch architect suing Tower for millions over unusual repair method

Top Christchurch architect suing Tower for millions over 'unusual' repair method

Monday, 5 September 2016 9:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

An award-winning Christchurch architect is dumbfounded by Tower Insurance's "highly unusual" earthquake repair plan to winch his home back into place.

Christchurchs oldest timber bridge reopens after $1 million restoration

Christchurch's oldest timber bridge reopens after $1 million restoration

Monday, 5 September 2016 7:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

"An eccentric old bugger" built this, city councillor Jamie Gough said as he and some sheep reopened Christchurch's oldest timber bridge.

Christchurch developers drop court action over McKenzie and Willis development

Christchurch developers drop court action over McKenzie and Willis development

Monday, 5 September 2016 6:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

A group of Christchurch developers have backed out of court action against the $50 million McKenzie and Willis development.

Coastal hazard LIM notations to change

Coastal hazard LIM notations to change

Monday, 5 September 2016 5:15 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured

Information about potential coastal hazards on the Land Information Memoranda (LIMs) of properties in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula will be altered.

Gap Filler Update September 2016

Gap Filler Update September 2016

Monday, 5 September 2016 4:41 p.m. by GapFiller

 

CTOC advises drivers to plan ahead during traffic light work

CTOC advises drivers to plan ahead during traffic light work

Monday, 5 September 2016 11:14 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

The Christchurch Transport Operations Centre (CTOC) is taking measures to minimise traffic interruptions in preparation for a scheduled traffic signals communication outage in Christchurch's CBD tomorrow (Tuesday 6 September) and Wednesday 7 September.

A call for Cantabrians to put down their screens

A call for Cantabrians to put down their screens

Monday, 5 September 2016 10:00 a.m. by Allright Popular

All Right? is calling on all Cantabrians to step away from their screens and take part in New Zealand’s first city-wide Digital Detox.

EQC sued 263 times by Canterbury homeowners since 2010 earthquake

EQC sued 263 times by Canterbury homeowners since 2010 earthquake

Sunday, 4 September 2016 8:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has incurred $31 million in legal costs over the last six years, with the natural disaster insurer forced to fight 263 High Court proceedings since Canterbury's earthquakes.

Steel mesh in some homes could be non-compliant

Steel mesh in some homes could be non-compliant

Sunday, 4 September 2016 12:31 p.m. by MediaStuff

Thousands of homes built in the Waikato since 2012 may have steel mesh in their concrete slab foundations that doesn't meet the building code.

Housing provider set to use shipping containers for emergency housing

Housing provider set to use shipping containers for emergency housing

Saturday, 3 September 2016 11:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

A shipping container company has a solution to Auckland's homeless crisis: modified containers with beds, bathrooms and heating.

New Brighton: Power to the People

New Brighton: Power to the People

Saturday, 3 September 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: 

Opinion: Spirited and rambunctious New Brightonites key to its recovery

Opinion: 'Spirited and rambunctious' New Brightonites key to its recovery

Saturday, 3 September 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

It was 2011 and the first day of my new job in New Brighton. Having spent most of my 20s overseas I had just arrived back to my hometown of Christchurch, inspired to be a part of the recovery. I found a park for my car near New Brighton Mall but it was a tight one. As I attempted to back in, two different people stopped and directed my course – smiling and waving me in. It was a wonderful welcome and a sign of how I would come to know the area.

EQC overlooks 2200 extra repairs

EQC overlooks 2200 extra repairs

Saturday, 3 September 2016 4:32 p.m. by EQCFix

The Earthquake Commission failed to pick up 2200 extra requests to re-repair damaged Christchurch properties.

EQC overlooks 2200 extra repairs in error

EQC overlooks 2200 extra repairs in error

Saturday, 3 September 2016 4:32 p.m. by EQCFix

The Earthquake Commission failed to pick up 2200 extra requests to re-repair damaged Christchurch properties.

New Brighton Pier work to begin soon

New Brighton Pier work to begin soon

Friday, 2 September 2016 5:46 p.m. by MediaThePress

Time is running out for construction companies eager to repair Christchurch's New Brighton Pier.

Minister Gerry Brownlee concerned and annoyed by EQC blunder

Minister Gerry Brownlee concerned and annoyed by EQC blunder

Friday, 2 September 2016 5:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Gerry Brownlee has been left "annoyed" after the Earthquake Commission (EQC) failed to pick up 2200 extra requests to re-repair damaged Christchurch properties.

EQC discover extra 2200 remedial requests following internal review

EQC discover extra 2200 remedial requests following internal review

Friday, 2 September 2016 1:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission has 2200 more botched repairs to sort out than it thought, after its reporting failed to pick up the extra work.

Earthquake Commission revises remedial request numbers

Earthquake Commission revises remedial request numbers

Friday, 2 September 2016 1:21 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

An internal review has found that the Earthquake Commission (EQC) has about 2200 more remedial requests in its work streams than were being captured in its reporting, General Manager Shared Service Gillian Dudgeon says.

Earthquake Commission downplays error

Earthquake Commission downplays error

Friday, 2 September 2016 11:35 a.m. by MediaHerald

The Earthquake Commission is downplaying an administration discrepancy which saw it fail to keep track of more than 2000 "remedial requests" - calls from claimants who have had work done that they were not satisfied with.An internal...

Te Araroa - 2 September 2016

Te Araroa - 2 September 2016

Friday, 2 September 2016 9:12 a.m. by GovtEQC

Tsunami warning after 7.1 quake off East Cape

Tsunami warning after 7.1 quake off East Cape

Friday, 2 September 2016 8:04 a.m. by GovtEQC

Central Christchurch — August 2016

Central Christchurch — August 2016

Friday, 2 September 2016 1:19 a.m. by MakingChristchurch

Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda to return

Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda to return

Thursday, 1 September 2016 6:33 p.m. by GovtCCC Recommended Featured Popular

MEDIA STATEMENT: Substandard Steel Mesh - ICNZ reassures homeowners

MEDIA STATEMENT: Substandard Steel Mesh - ICNZ reassures homeowners

Thursday, 1 September 2016 6:20 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Featured

The following can be attributed to Tim Grafton, Insurance Council Chief Executive:

Controversial Manchester St bus super stop to go ahead

Controversial Manchester St bus super stop to go ahead

Thursday, 1 September 2016 3:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

A controversial bus super stop on Christchurch's Manchester St is likely to go ahead after being moved and downsized.

DRAYTON RESERVE VOLUNTEERS Report #6….31.08.16

DRAYTON RESERVE VOLUNTEERS Report #6….31.08.16

Thursday, 1 September 2016 2:14 p.m. by MtPleasantCC

TWO WORKING BEES NEXT MONTH !! Meet at the Avery Place entrance at 2pm on Saturday 24th Sept 2016 and an extra one to celebrate the start of Conservation Week […]

New novel tells story of people living through Christchurch earthquakes

New novel tells story of people living through Christchurch earthquakes

Thursday, 1 September 2016 10:49 a.m. by BleakCity Featured

Just in time for the sixth anniversary of the September 2010 Christchurch earthquake, a new novel tells the story of a family living through the Canterbury earthquake sequence. follows the life of a young woman, Alice Moorhouse, as she and her family cope with life from the time of the quakes to the present day. It asks the question ‘who do you want to be, when life is unjust and unfair?’ Although titled , it does not see a bleak future for Christchurch, but it does acknowledge that ...

Earthquake measuing 5.7 hits Te Araroa, East Coast

Earthquake measuing 5.7 hits Te Araroa, East Coast

Thursday, 1 September 2016 10:48 a.m. by GovtEQC

Mayor buys first undies in four years as Rangiora Farmers reopens

Mayor buys first undies in four years as Rangiora Farmers reopens

Thursday, 1 September 2016 10:26 a.m. by MediaThePress

It's been four years since David Ayers bought a pair of new undies.

Otakaro boss Albert Brantley could earn $100,000 in addition to base salary

Otakaro boss Albert Brantley could earn $100,000 in addition to base salary

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 8:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

The man in charge of delivering Christchurch's anchor projects stands to make an extra $100,000 on top of his base salary, which could see his pay packet top $550,000 annually.

Developer Antony Gough hoping for settlement to High St stoush within a week

Developer Antony Gough hoping for settlement to High St stoush within a week

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 5:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch property developer involved in a High Court stoush over a $50 million development is hopeful a settlement can be reached within the next week.

Potential Class Action litigation against manufacturers of 500E Steel Mesh

Potential Class Action litigation against manufacturers of 500E Steel Mesh

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 5:37 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Adina Thorn Lawyers, with the assistance of , is proposing to launch Class Action litigation against the manufacturers of 500E Steel Mesh on behalf of owners who register to participate.  Please find attached a Media Release for immediate release.  We expect there will be significant public interest in the Action as the owners of (since 2012) are invited to register. 

600 more Christchurch homes a step closer

600 more Christchurch homes a step closer

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 4:52 p.m. by GovtBeehive

Minister for Building and Housing

New social housing units open in Waltham

New social housing units open in Waltham

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 4:46 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch City Council has celebrated the opening of eight new social housing units in Waltham.

Christchurch merger school off to flying start

Christchurch merger school off to flying start

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 4:44 p.m. by GovtMOE

IAG’s Limitation Announcement “Unreasonable”

IAG’s Limitation Announcement “Unreasonable”

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 10:51 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Rebuild Christchurch founder Deon Swiggs, is disappointed by IAG’s statement today that any court action related to commercial and body corporate Sept 4 2010 earthquake claims, must be filed in the next three days.

STAKEHOLDER UPDATE: IAG SETTLEMENT PROGRAMME 95% COMPLETE PROGRESS UPDATE

STAKEHOLDER UPDATE: IAG SETTLEMENT PROGRAMME 95% COMPLETE PROGRESS UPDATE

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 3:34 p.m. by IAGinsurance Featured Popular

We continue to focus on the settlement of outstanding earthquake claims. As at today:

Containers going at Moa Bone Point and Clifton

Containers going at Moa Bone Point and Clifton

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 3:06 p.m. by GovtCCC

 

“Massive” support among electoral candidates for city-to-sea river park and eco-reserve in Ōtākaro/Avon River Red Zone

“Massive” support among electoral candidates for city-to-sea river park and eco-reserve in Ōtākaro/Avon River Red Zone

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 2:52 p.m. by AvonOtakaro Featured Popular

“Massive” support has been found among Christchurch’s local and regional electoral candidates for a multipurpose city-to-sea river park and eco-reserve in the Ōtākaro/Avon River red zone.

Edmonds band rotunda rebuild to cost $1.2m

Edmonds band rotunda rebuild to cost $1.2m

Monday, 29 August 2016 3:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

A $1.2 million restoration of Christchurch's Edmonds band rotunda could see it returned to its former glory.

Canterbury tops housing consents per capita

Canterbury tops housing consents per capita

Monday, 29 August 2016 12:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury's housing market is still in a post-earthquake boom, with consents outstripping the rest of the country.