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Prattley loses Supreme Court Appeal

Prattley loses Supreme Court Appeal

Tuesday, 6 December 2016 11:31 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

The Supreme Court on 6 December 2016 in Prattley Enterprises Ltd v Vero [2016] NZSC 158 dismissed an appeal by Prattley against the refusal of the Court of Appeal to set aside an insurance  settlement agreement and order Vero to pay it a further $2.7M for damage to Worcester Towers in the Canterbury earthquakes.  Vero insured the building on an indemnity, and not reinstatement basis for $1,605,000.  The property was damaged in September, December and February earthquakes.  It was demolished in S ...

Iconic Sumner containers to go

Iconic Sumner containers to go

Monday, 5 December 2016 10:28 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

 

Christchurch rebuilding- St Asaph Street Roadworks…

Christchurch rebuilding- St Asaph Street Roadworks…

Thursday, 1 December 2016 8:59 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

I have been watching the new road works proceeding in St Asaph Street with some horror.  Not only is the new High Street entry from Madras Street damn dangerous (you have a constant stream of one way traffic behind you …

Tower- Financial issues- Sue now and collect $$ soon

Tower- Financial issues- Sue now and collect $$ soon

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 8:29 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to Tower’s 29 November 2016 announcement to the market about its $21.5M loss for the year to 30 September 2016 and its intent to try to separate out its Canterbury earthquake liabilities into a Ru off company.  It says that it has 564 claims unsettled in Canterbury for which it has made a gross provision of $149M.  It says of this 564 there are 311 that are complex and challenging.  The provision works out at $264,000 per claim.  Seems a bit low to me.  It is also uncertain ...

EQC- Earthquake numbers

EQC- Earthquake numbers

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 8:02 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

EQC expects 50,000 claims from the Kaikoura earthquake(s).  It has received about 10,000 so far.  EQC received more than 460,000 claims for 166,000 buildings in Canterbury.  EQC says it has about 5000 failed remedial work claims to deal with.  EQC says that it has 3647 land claims to settle in Canterbury.  It says it has resolved 49,000 land claims so far.  Resolved to EQC means EQC has paid what it think it owes.  The Crown has not received any payments from EQC for land damage to red zone land ...

Business waits years for quake damage to neighbours to be fixed…

Business waits years for quake damage to neighbours to be fixed…

Monday, 28 November 2016 8:05 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Oh dear, my infamy continues. A well-balanced report by Rachel Graham  A Christchurch Reporter, discussing the issue of abandoned and unrepaired buildings.  It is rather topical at the moment due to the “slow train wreck” that is the Wellington CBD.  …

$85 MILLION HOTEL AND CARPARK DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCED

$85 MILLION HOTEL AND CARPARK DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCED

Saturday, 26 November 2016 12:07 a.m. by peterboroughvillage Featured Popular

More good news for the central city of Christchurch and the tourism industry with confirmation of plans for a new $85million dollar hotel and carpark development in Peterborough Street.

Safety Potentially Compromised in Wellington Buildings

Safety Potentially Compromised in Wellington Buildings

Friday, 25 November 2016 11:08 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Wellington edition of Shaky Town Blues,  a guide to abandoned and derelict buildings. Part 191

Wellington edition of Shaky Town Blues, a guide to abandoned and derelict buildings. Part 191

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 3:24 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

How to survive being surrounded by derelict Buildings and Fencing in the Christchurch CBD especially written for Wellington Retailers,  How to cope with Derelict and Abandoned buildings, red stickering etc and what to expect! This is a survival guide for …

CHRISTMAS AT RE:START MALL

CHRISTMAS AT RE:START MALL

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 7:45 p.m. by RebuildChristchurch Popular

Release: RE::START

Don’t Write-off Kaikōura as a Holiday option

Don’t Write-off Kaikōura as a Holiday option

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 6:56 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Date Tuesday November 22, 2016

Making an EQC Claim What you Need to Know

Making an EQC Claim What you Need to Know

Monday, 21 November 2016 5:42 p.m. by EQCFix

Building inspections and EQC claims in Kaikoura

Building inspections and EQC claims in Kaikoura

Monday, 21 November 2016 5:41 p.m. by EQCFix

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Spark restores connectivity for the South Island

Spark restores connectivity for the South Island

Monday, 21 November 2016 3:05 p.m. by PRNews

Spark has now completed the process of restoring the communications services that were affected by last Sunday’s earthquake. The vast majority of customers with Spark mobile, broadband and landline connections should find that they are now able to use their communications services in the way that they were able to before Sunday night’s quake.

A week of volunteering: Overview of the UC Student Volunteer Army Earthquake Response

A week of volunteering: Overview of the UC Student Volunteer Army Earthquake Response

Monday, 21 November 2016 2:40 p.m. by VolunteerArmy

A week of volunteering: Overview of the UC Student Volunteer Army Earthquake Response to date

Kaikoura Update 20 November, 2016

Kaikoura Update 20 November, 2016

Monday, 21 November 2016 2:38 p.m. by CivilDefence

Kaikoura Update 20 November, 2016

Earthquake Pains continue…part 190

Earthquake Pains continue…part 190

Sunday, 20 November 2016 9:36 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Ah, and so it begins again…  The “powers that be” begin to repeat the same mistakes that they made here in Christchurch.   It starts with a lack of consultation and a lack of communication… I feel the pain of …

Four gastro cases in Waiau, North Canterbury

Four gastro cases in Waiau, North Canterbury

Saturday, 19 November 2016 7:47 p.m. by GovtDHB

Four gastro cases in Waiau, North Canterbury

South Island highways update – 19 November 2016

South Island highways update – 19 November 2016

Saturday, 19 November 2016 7:43 p.m. by CivilDefence Popular

South Island highways update – 19 November 2016

Kaikoura Earthquake Media Release #14 2130hrs 18/11/16

Kaikoura Earthquake Media Release #14 2130hrs 18/11/16

Saturday, 19 November 2016 7:31 p.m. by CivilDefence

Kaikoura Earthquake Media Release #14 2130hrs

Kaikoura Emergency Access Road remains closed

Kaikoura Emergency Access Road remains closed

Saturday, 19 November 2016 7:30 p.m. by CivilDefence

Press Release: Civil Defence Emergency Management

Tsunami threat real in 7.8 quake and aftershocks

Tsunami threat real in 7.8 quake and aftershocks

Friday, 18 November 2016 7:22 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

The effects of the quakes on your staff: What happens when we can’t work?

The effects of the quakes on your staff: What happens when we can’t work?

Friday, 18 November 2016 5:18 p.m. by PRNews Popular

by Michael Hempseed

Post earthquake(s) property settlements

Post earthquake(s) property settlements

Thursday, 17 November 2016 4:17 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Below is a memo from the Property Law Section of the NZ Law Society about property settlements post earthquake(s). Post-Quake Property Settlement Considerations Recent events have not only changed the physical landscape, but also that of conveyancing and settlements. The purpose of this memo is to raise awareness of some of the factors that must now be considered when advising clients and determining the most appropriate course of action to take. While it is impossible to address every scenario, ...

High Court Earthquake List – 2016 Report

High Court Earthquake List – 2016 Report

Thursday, 17 November 2016 3:40 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the 2016 Report on the Christchurch Earthquake Litigation List by the Chief High Court Judge.  Points of note are:  302 new proceedings since 30 September 2015;  This includes 53 cases involving alleged defective or inadequate repairs;  More Judges to be allocated to earthquake cases;  In the year 125 cases were settled and discontinued and only 2 required a full hearing and judgment;  There are 400 active cases of which 55 are set down for trial and 345 are in the case management proces ...

Availability of new insurance for house purchases post 14 November earthquake

Availability of new insurance for house purchases post 14 November earthquake

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 4:02 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Featured Popular

The Insurance Council of New Zealand advised today that insures are working hard to minimise any disruption to the availability of insurance for people putting offers in on houses.

Canterbury CDEM UPDATE 12pm 16/10/16

Canterbury CDEM UPDATE 12pm 16/10/16

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 12:17 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

Earthquake effect on tourism - Expert Q&A

Earthquake effect on tourism - Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 11:34 a.m. by PRNews

Earthquake effect on tourism - Expert Q&A

November e-newsletter

November e-newsletter

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 1:04 a.m. by SouthernResponse

Please to read our latest customer e-newsletter.

Coping with disaster - Expert Q&A from Science Media Centre

Coping with disaster - Expert Q&A from Science Media Centre

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 8:31 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

Coping with disaster - Expert Q&A

Christchurch Latter-day Saints Mobilize to Support Communities Hit by Earthquake

Christchurch Latter-day Saints Mobilize to Support Communities Hit by Earthquake

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 8:16 p.m. by PRNews Featured

Release: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Tips from Christchurch quake survivors on how to deal with EQC

Tips from Christchurch quake survivors on how to deal with EQC

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 7:59 p.m. by EQCFix

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Limitation – EQC and Insurance Update

Limitation – EQC and Insurance Update

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 5:51 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

We are fast approaching 6 years since the 22 February 2011 earthquake.  This is to remind people of limitation issues that were highlighted prior to the 6 year anniversary of the 4 September 2010 earthquake.  IAG said that it would not extend any limitation period for claims by body corporates or commercial claims.  Other insurers have also not provided a global extension for commercial claims.  So to be safe these ought to be filed in a Court by 21 February 2017.  AA, Tower, FMG, MAS and Vero h ...

Urban Search and Rescue Team arrived in Kaikoura

Urban Search and Rescue Team arrived in Kaikoura

Monday, 14 November 2016 9:09 p.m. by PRNews

Release: New Zealand Fire Service

Red Cross Launches Emergency Appeal to Help Quake-Affected Areas

Red Cross Launches Emergency Appeal to Help Quake-Affected Areas

Monday, 14 November 2016 9:04 p.m. by RedCross Featured Popular

Red Cross Launches Emergency Appeal to Help Quake-Affected Areas

Police responding to post-earthquake burglaries

Police responding to post-earthquake burglaries

Monday, 14 November 2016 7:30 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

 

Insurers offer help in making earthquake claims to EQC

Insurers offer help in making earthquake claims to EQC

Monday, 14 November 2016 12:47 p.m. by EQCFix

Tower Insurance has offered to help policyholders make their claims to the EQC in the aftermath of that shakes that began in the early hours of Monday morning.

Blow for Christchurch homeowners as EQC refuses to pay for alternative accommodation

Blow for Christchurch homeowners as EQC refuses to pay for alternative accommodation

Monday, 14 November 2016 12:42 p.m. by EQCFix

Watch here: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/blow-christchurch-homeowners-eqc-refuses-pay-alternative-accommodation

EQC & Insurance newsletter #11

EQC & Insurance newsletter #11

Monday, 14 November 2016 11:29 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the link to our EQC and Insurance Newsletter #11.    

EQC & Insurance newsletter #14

EQC & Insurance newsletter #14

Monday, 14 November 2016 11:29 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the link to our EQC and Insurance Newsletter #14.    

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD..  Have another big shake!

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD.. Have another big shake!

Monday, 14 November 2016 8:13 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Wa hoo, that was a roller coaster ride.  It went on for ever…  well maybe 60 seconds.  It is the first one in 6 years that had me under the doorway. Quick up date:  I checked High Street very early …

National Warning: Tsunami Threat #3 HAMNER SPRINGS EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI

National Warning: Tsunami Threat #3 HAMNER SPRINGS EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI

Monday, 14 November 2016 2:28 a.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

Western Pacific Insurance- brokers

Western Pacific Insurance- brokers

Sunday, 13 November 2016 3:21 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

It is coming up to 6 years since Western Pacific Insurance Ltd (“in liq”) was placed into liquidation by its shareholders on 1 April 2011.  Time is fast running out to sue insurance brokers who placed insurance cover with Western Pacific in circumstances where there were solvency issues.  We are aware of about 6 court proceedings against brokers arising out of Western Pacific from unsatisfied earthquake claims.  We are also aware that brokers have notified their insurers of a likelih ...

Costs from EQC and Southern Response

Costs from EQC and Southern Response

Sunday, 13 November 2016 2:48 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Ramage v EQC & Southern Response [2016] NZHC 2327 the High Court considered an award of costs against Southern Response after it settled a claim at a mediation, but with costs not agreed.  EQC prior the Court hearing had agreed to pay costs of $32,677.51.  The judgment is notable at para [27] for the statement that success against EQC is determined by whether EQC concedes the claim is over cap.  If so, then EQC should be liable for costs of at least 50%.  Southern Response was found to ha ...

Meridian Energy returns to central Christchurch

Meridian Energy returns to central Christchurch

Saturday, 12 November 2016 6:01 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

Press Release: Meridian Energy

PwC moves into new Christchurch CBD offices

PwC moves into new Christchurch CBD offices

Saturday, 12 November 2016 5:20 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

PwC staff will move into new state-of-the art offices in the PwC Centre in Christchurch on Monday, 14 November 2016. Located on Cashel Street, the PwC Centre has been built in the heart of Christchurch’s business district.

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD…. part 188

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD…. part 188

Thursday, 10 November 2016 10:08 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Humm…..  I wonder… James Lunday.   Urban Designer and Economic Development Entrepreneur. http://www.la3.com.au/our-network-our-people/australia-office/2-uncategorised/138-australia-james-lunday.html “Jim also had starring performance on Gerard Smyth’s recent series. Link Here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201811229/gerard-smyth-christchurch-dilemmas   Jim was a welder in the Glasgow Shipyards. He was sent to Strathclyde University …

Regenerate Christchurch Outlines Intentions

Regenerate Christchurch Outlines Intentions

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 9:29 a.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration

Maan Alkaisi Open Letter to: Christchurch City Council

Maan Alkaisi Open Letter to: Christchurch City Council

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 9:15 a.m. by PRNews

Maan Alkaisi Open Letter to: Mayor Dalziel, Dr. Edwards and Councillors - Christchurch City Council

EQC has a win on costs

EQC has a win on costs

Monday, 7 November 2016 12:33 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

The Court of Appeal in Yarrall & anor v EQC [2016] NZCA 517 dismissed an appeal against a costs judgment where the High Court had ordered the homeowner to pay EQC costs of $23,482 plus disbursements of $121.40.  The homeowners sued EQC challenging the apportionment of damage between the quakes.  Before the homeowners commenced the proceedings in August 2013 the insurer had accepted the EQC apportionment and had agreed to replace the house.  The dispute proceeded through the High Court earthq ...

Earthquake Prone Buildings

Earthquake Prone Buildings

Sunday, 6 November 2016 2:55 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Identifying and Managing Earthquake-prone Buildings Regulations have been approved for new earthquake-prone building legislation and these have been released for consultation. MBIE is consulting on the regulations, together with a methodology that will set the new approach for identifying and managing earthquake-prone buildings.  The methodology will outline the criteria for engineering assessments, and it is designed to enable councils to make informed decisions about whether buildings are eart ...

Insurers settle $19 billion Canterbury claims

Insurers settle $19 billion Canterbury claims

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 3:50 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Featured Popular

The Insurance Council of New Zealand announced today that private insurers have paid out nearly $19 billion to settle commercial and residential claims since the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, of which nearly $9 billion was for domestic claims.