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Residential Rebuild Slows As Insurers Continue To Delay

Residential Rebuild Slows As Insurers Continue To Delay

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 4:46 p.m. by Claimants4Claimants Featured Popular

Residential Rebuild Slows As Insurers Continue To Delay Settlements

Appeal to Attorney-General to extend limitation period

Appeal to Attorney-General to extend limitation period

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 4:43 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

Law academic and community groups appeal for Government action

The Story of a small street

The Story of a small street

Thursday, 12 May 2016 5:44 p.m. by Swiggs Recommended Popular

The Story of a small street
John Patterson

Southern Response appoints new Chief Executive

Southern Response appoints new Chief Executive

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 3:06 a.m. by SouthernResponse

Southern Response, the government-owned company settling Canterbury earthquake insurance claims, has confirmed today that it has appointed Peter Jensen as Chief Executive for the final stages of its claim settlement programme.

EQC Action Group wins Landmark Settlement – News Release

EQC Action Group wins Landmark Settlement – News Release

Saturday, 30 April 2016 6:39 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

A group of 98 Canterbury homeowners has won a landmark settlement with the Earthquake Commission (EQC) following a bid for a declaratory judgement in the High Court. A Joint Statement, released today by the EQC and the EQC Action Group …

Another side to the Government Hype…..

Another side to the Government Hype…..

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 12:34 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

While we sit and listen to the official Government hype by Minister of Earthquake Recovery (Gerry Brownlee) and the Prime Minister (John Key), spouting about the wonderful job the Earthquake Minister has done in Christchurch. Those of us who live …

Quality assurance and support

Quality assurance and support

Friday, 8 April 2016 2:18 a.m. by SouthernResponse

To read today's e-newsletter release regarding quality assurance in our build programme, please .

Never mind the EQC ‘scorecard’ – Time to demand an Audit.  Guest Post by Sleazkey

Never mind the EQC ‘scorecard’ – Time to demand an Audit. Guest Post by Sleazkey

Thursday, 7 April 2016 8:33 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

We are now in the sixth year post-earthquakes.  We are told that EQC have reduced their staff significantly, which must mean that there is no longer the pressure of work that there was. (See http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/67998762/Contractor-numbers-cut-as-EQC-home-repair-programme-downsizes).  However, some investigation reveals that …

Nine years is a hell of a long time to wait….. Guest post by Herman Meijburg

Nine years is a hell of a long time to wait….. Guest post by Herman Meijburg

Sunday, 3 April 2016 5:53 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

In my last blog (See https://thechristchurchfiasco.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/recovery-fatigue-guest-blog-by-herman-meijburg/)  I wrote about the fact that after years of struggling with their insurers some Cantabrians give up and accept a settlement despite the fact that it leaves them ‘out of pocket’. Their reasons are perfectly …

Reassuring customers concerning the limitation period

Reassuring customers concerning the limitation period

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 2:25 a.m. by SouthernResponse

Southern Response announced today that it will not rely on a limitation defence for claims arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes for any proceedings filed in Court before 4 September 2018 – that is, eight years after the first Canterbury earthquake.

THE MBIE GUIDELINES – THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY’S NEW CLOTHES – Guest post and perspective article by Kalev Crossland

THE MBIE GUIDELINES – THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY’S NEW CLOTHES – Guest post and perspective article by Kalev Crossland

Sunday, 27 March 2016 6:48 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

In 2010, soon after the start of Canterbury’s earthquake sequence, the Department ofBuilding and Housing published guidance on the repair and reconstruction of earthquake-damaged houses. These guidelines, now under the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE), were a poorly …

Treasury describes EQC claimants as “weary and distrustful”

Treasury describes EQC claimants as “weary and distrustful”

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:08 a.m. by MeganWoods Popular

Release: New Zealand Labour Party

Getting the most out of your earthquake claim

Getting the most out of your earthquake claim

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 6:14 p.m. by WhatsMyOffer

5 years on, you deserve to get the most out of your earthquake insurance claim, but what is the best way to achieve your financial goals? – We explore three options, in no particular order.

Seismics in the City

Seismics in the City

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 4:27 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Afternoon-only tickets to Seismics and the City 2016 A limited number of afternoon-only tickets are available for those who can’t attend the full day’s event but want to participate in the afternoon programme, including the plenary open forum* and post-event …

All Invited to Join Premature Cash Settlement Support Group- guest post by Ali Mander

All Invited to Join Premature Cash Settlement Support Group- guest post by Ali Mander

Thursday, 3 March 2016 4:39 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Along with ongoing earthquakes, shoddy repairs and everything else- here is another issue that is surfacing. Please if you are in this position yourself, do join up and support each other through the process. This is another cash settlement beware …

Seismics in the City 2016

Seismics in the City 2016

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 12:41 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

“Tomorrow belongs to those who can see it coming.” David Bowie 

Empowered Christchurch Calls For Continued Lobbying

Empowered Christchurch Calls For Continued Lobbying

Monday, 29 February 2016 12:11 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh Featured Popular

Following the success of the protest rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the 22 February 2011 earthquake, we have encouraged claimants to use the Empowered Christchurch website to push and lobby for the demands made at the rally. Numbers and input on the site are steadily rising.

Memorials write political history our protests don’t

Memorials write political history our protests don’t

Saturday, 27 February 2016 3:33 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Memorials acquire their landscape definition from sentiment, utility and social purpose. Yes, we sadly lost 185 people during the February 22nd 2011 earthquake and they should be remembered. It is my sincere trust that they are now in a better …

High Court rules no representative action against Southern Response

High Court rules no representative action against Southern Response

Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:18 a.m. by PRNews Popular

By Edwin Mitson 

In the bank - earthquake insurance pay-out good news for ratepayers

In the bank - earthquake insurance pay-out good news for ratepayers

Thursday, 25 February 2016 9:51 a.m. by GovtCCC

Christchurch City Council has received full and final net payment of $603 million from its insurers for damage resulting from the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

Representative (class) action update

Representative (class) action update

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 9:39 p.m. by SouthernResponse

There has been coverage today that a decision has now been made not to allow the proposed class action to proceed as the group had intended.

Insurance Council Changes Wording After Being Caught Out

Insurance Council Changes Wording After Being Caught Out

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 10:39 a.m. by PRNews

Press Release: Cameron Preston

Arohanui Christchurch

Arohanui Christchurch

Monday, 22 February 2016 8:44 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Originally posted on :
I’m a mental health nurse and I know how challenging the role can be at the best of times. So when Canterbury DHB announced that, because of funding cuts being forced on them by…

Arohanui Christchurch- guest blog

Arohanui Christchurch- guest blog

Monday, 22 February 2016 8:44 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Originally posted on :
I’m a mental health nurse and I know how challenging the role can be at the best of times. So when Canterbury DHB announced that, because of funding cuts being forced on them by…

Canterbury five year anniversary statement

Canterbury five year anniversary statement

Monday, 22 February 2016 11:24 a.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ

Canterbury five year anniversary statement

My Address to the Crowd on Sunday 21 Feb 2016

My Address to the Crowd on Sunday 21 Feb 2016

Sunday, 21 February 2016 6:03 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

I stand here today in support of all of those in Christchurch still waiting for recovery. Five years on and still fighting for your rights. I commend you for your fortitude- for many this has become the battle of a …

Canterbury Earthquake 5th Anniversary Protest Rally

Canterbury Earthquake 5th Anniversary Protest Rally

Friday, 19 February 2016 3:28 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

Our volunteer organisers for this weekend's Earthquake Anniversary Protest Rally have been overwhelmed by the hundreds of people who have offered to help make the event a success. Many more have said that it is high time something like this happened.

Mental health and earthquakes:  Why can’t we learn from the Italians?  – Guest blog by Steve Patterson

Mental health and earthquakes:  Why can’t we learn from the Italians?  – Guest blog by Steve Patterson

Friday, 19 February 2016 8:55 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

As I write this, parts of the city are coping from yet another aftershock.  Reading about it on Sunday my blood pressure rose, and I found myself anxious and sweating.  Yet I live 20,000 km’s away in Europe.  Perhaps it …

Mental health and earthquakes:  Why can’t we learn from the Italians?  – Guest blog by Steve Patterson

Mental health and earthquakes:  Why can’t we learn from the Italians?  – Guest blog by Steve Patterson

Friday, 19 February 2016 8:55 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

As I write this, parts of the city are coping from yet another aftershock.  Reading about it on Sunday my blood pressure rose, and I found myself anxious and sweating.  Yet I live 20,000 km’s away in Europe.  Perhaps it was the worry for my son, alone, finishing his schooling in Christchurch.  Or maybe it was from the memories of liquefaction and my unrepaired home, or the worries of being a Christchurch business owner.

Come Along and Be counted

Come Along and Be counted

Thursday, 18 February 2016 9:16 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Christchurch Still Trying to Recover after 2011 earthquake (ABC Australia): See http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2015/s4408012.htm Drone Footage: http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-16/drone-footage-reveals-devastated-christchurch/7174800 “As you are probably aware by now a protest is taking place on Sunday 21 Feb at noon in Cathedral Square. please read the flyer below and …

ADVOCACY – is there a downside?

ADVOCACY – is there a downside?

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 5:04 p.m. by CIAS_ Popular

As I read the Press this morning and within the first 4 pages of Monday’s edition, the text was full of the many issues ordinary people are struggling  to overcome; bureaucracy, injustice, natural disaster, limited health resources, compliance requirements and in Canterbury the length of time taking to complete and resolve insurance claims.

Canterbury Earthquake 5th Anniversary Protest Rally

Canterbury Earthquake 5th Anniversary Protest Rally

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 10:06 a.m. by EmpoweredChCh Recommended Popular

Five years of despair and frustration. We've had enough!

To the Press: How are you feeling five years on?

To the Press: How are you feeling five years on?

Sunday, 14 February 2016 5:25 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

I came across the article entitled ‘Assignment’ on the Christchurch Press Stuff site. (See http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/13874510/Feb-22-How-are-you-feeling-five-years-on).  The assignment requests that you let them (the Press) know how you’re feeling five years on from the earthquakes. Be sure to have your say too! Here …

New Zealand’s first ‘pod’ hotel

New Zealand’s first ‘pod’ hotel

Thursday, 11 February 2016 6:19 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Source: New Zealand’s first ‘pod’ hotelFiled under: insurance

American corporate media silent on Fukushima’s continuing nuclear crisis

American corporate media silent on Fukushima’s continuing nuclear crisis

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 8:56 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Originally posted on :
While the American reactor industry continues to suck billions of dollars from the public treasury, its allies in the corporate media seem increasingly hesitant to cover the news of post-Fukushima Japan.  In reality, those…

Episode 5:  Christchurch.  The day time stood still.

Episode 5: Christchurch. The day time stood still.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 8:41 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Originally posted on :
In 2010 there was an earthquake in Christchurch.  It measured 7.1 on the Richter scale and the epicentre was 40 km west of the city.  7.1 is a pretty big quake but fortunately it happened in…

Mission for the New Year

Mission for the New Year

Monday, 8 February 2016 5:58 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

A number of people have asked me already this year – ‘where are you at and where are you going?’. So I’ll use this space to quickly update everyone on my progress and my intentions for 2016.

The quiet dissection of the Canterbury policyholder?

The quiet dissection of the Canterbury policyholder?

Sunday, 7 February 2016 8:41 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

I have been involved in events in Christchurch for longer than five years now –long enough to be able to stand back and look at this situation from a more philosophical point of view and here are some of my thoughts on the processes that have taken place during the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes. I have used findings from the psychology behind mass annihilation and the processes that take place in abattoirs as the basis for my observations.  I think many of you would agr ...

Quake Outcasts – Fresh High Court Proceedings

Quake Outcasts – Fresh High Court Proceedings

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 5:02 p.m. by QuakeOutcasts Popular

Release: Quake Outcasts

Private Insurance Earthquake Settlement Figures Demand Greater Scrutiny: guest blog

Private Insurance Earthquake Settlement Figures Demand Greater Scrutiny: guest blog

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 3:17 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

The Private Insurance sector continues to overstate the rate of progress of Canterbury earthquake insurance settlements. That from Christchurch accountant Cameron Preston who says figures in a media release from the lobby group¹, the Insurance Council of New Zealand, are …

MEDIA STATEMENT: CAM PRESTONS RELEASE ON CANTERBURY PROGRESS

MEDIA STATEMENT: CAM PRESTON'S RELEASE ON CANTERBURY PROGRESS

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 11:58 a.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

Chief Executive of the Insurance Council Tim Grafton says “Cameron Preston misrepresents the progress being made on the Canterbury residential rebuild.  Insurance Council members settled 5,392 major repairs and rebuilds in 2015 taking the total settled since the earthquakes to 18,958. 

Private Insurance Earthquake Settlement Figures Demand Greater Scrutiny

Private Insurance Earthquake Settlement Figures Demand Greater Scrutiny

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 11:55 a.m. by PRNews Popular

The Private Insurance sector continues to overstate the rate of progress of Canterbury earthquake insurance settlements.

Insurers settle 20% more claims in 2015

Insurers settle 20% more claims in 2015

Monday, 1 February 2016 12:19 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

Private insurers are on track to settle the vast majority of Canterbury earthquake claims by the end of this year, the Insurance Council announced today.

Southern Response seeking new Chief Executive for final stage

Southern Response seeking new Chief Executive for final stage

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 2:52 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

We can confirm today that Chief Executive Peter Rose will be stepping down in the mid-year, as previously indicated at the October 2015 Annual Meeting.

Earthquake support to continue in city libraries

Earthquake support to continue in city libraries

Monday, 25 January 2016 11:28 a.m. by breakthrough Popular

Recovery fatigue – guest blog by Herman Meijburg

Recovery fatigue – guest blog by Herman Meijburg

Sunday, 24 January 2016 9:53 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

I have noticed that those struggling with the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes are having an increasingly hard time staying focused on the resolution of their claims.  

Lets get things moving

Let's get things moving

Friday, 15 January 2016 2:31 a.m. by SouthernResponse

With 2016 now in full swing, our team are back on board and ready to work with you to get your claim settled. 

Cantabrians begin to tell the world…

Cantabrians begin to tell the world…

Monday, 11 January 2016 8:13 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

How long did the New Zealand Government and the private insurance industry think it would take before Cantabrians began to publicize their plight internationally. 2016 will see a resurgence of activity from the affected population.   http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/69310952/christchurch-homeowner-to-lead-iag-class-action https://www.change.org/p/iag-insurance-a-class-action-lawsuit-will-result-if-you-continue-to-mistreat-your-customers-and-this-will-affect-your-state-i ...

Self Regulation and the art of navel gazing…

Self Regulation and the art of navel gazing…

Saturday, 9 January 2016 11:25 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Was it just a failure by a regulatory authority, overlooked by a Government department, or it was intentional support of corporates by the government? Government departments don’t ‘overlook’ regulatory failures. Ministers decide what will or won’t be done!

About damn time…..

About damn time…..

Saturday, 2 January 2016 10:26 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Finally after more than five years of messing around with the lives of thousands of Cantabrians the Insurance Council has introduced a new code of conduct for its members. Insurers face a potential fine of up to $100,000 (yes that’s all) …

About damn time…..or is it lipstick on a pig?

About damn time…..or is it lipstick on a pig?

Saturday, 2 January 2016 10:26 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Finally after more than five years of messing around with the lives of thousands of Cantabrians the Insurance Council has introduced a new code of conduct for its members. Insurers face a potential fine of up to $100,000 (yes that’s all) …

Happy New Year Folks, 2015 in review

Happy New Year Folks, 2015 in review

Friday, 1 January 2016 5:30 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. You helped to make it happen. I look forward to hearing more from you all in 2016. Here’s an excerpt: Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people …

Private insurers reassure Canterbury residents

Private insurers reassure Canterbury residents

Friday, 18 December 2015 6:16 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ

Private insurers today moved to reassure customers that they will not use Limitations Act defences for residential claims arising out of the Canterbury Earthquakes where proceedings are filed before 4 September 2017.

Council reaches post-earthquake insurance settlement

Council reaches post-earthquake insurance settlement

Friday, 18 December 2015 5:53 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch City Council and its insurers, LAPP (the Local Authority Protection Programme Disaster Fund) and Civic Assurance’s principal reinsurers, today announced that they have agreed a full and final conditional settlement in relation to damage resulting from the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

Holiday hours

Holiday hours

Friday, 18 December 2015 2:20 a.m. by SouthernResponse

As the year draws to a close, we'd like to wish you a safe and happy holiday and thank you for working with us throughout 2015.

Proposed representative action

Proposed representative action

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 12:59 a.m. by SouthernResponse

There has been coverage this morning about the High Court hearing in Christchurch about a proposed representative action.

Insurance claims and the Limitations Act - Policy is needed now!

Insurance claims and the Limitations Act - Policy is needed now!

Monday, 14 December 2015 1:33 p.m. by Swiggs Recommended Popular

Under the Limitation Act insured homeowners only have 6 years from the date of the damaging earthquake(s) within which to sue EQC and insurance companies for compensation.  

Time ticking on earthquake insurance claims court action

Time ticking on earthquake insurance claims court action

Monday, 14 December 2015 12:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury homeowners with unresolved earthquake claims risk losing their rights to pursue legal action in less than nine months.

Fabulous Job Avaaz

Fabulous Job Avaaz

Monday, 14 December 2015 8:38 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

For those of you not familiar with Avaaz it is a 42-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live …

In The Know Hub to close

In The Know Hub to close

Sunday, 6 December 2015 8:16 p.m. by SouthernResponse

The In The Know Hub at Eastgate Mall will close its doors as scheduled on Thursday 17th December 2015.