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Class Action Now Filed in High Court

Class Action Now Filed in High Court

Thursday, 27 August 2015 3:25 p.m. by Claimants4Claimants

GCA Lawyers , Grant Cameron has filed proceedings against Southern Response in the High Court. He is seeking damages of $25000 for each claimant represented in the action along with the settlement of outstanding claims for those in the class action. He has extended the option to join the class for the next three weeks, […]

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 165…. Still waiting For Building consent….

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 165…. Still waiting For Building consent….

Thursday, 27 August 2015 9:11 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

So whats new in High Street today?  Nearly 5 years on from the September 2010 Quake…  Still in Limbo land…. There are some signs of activity on the Mckenzie and Willis site as the demolition of the wrecked structure is …

Your home, your peace of mind

Your home, your peace of mind

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 10:15 p.m. by SouthernResponse

Even if your Southern Response-managed home repair has been completed, we know questions can come up.

Kelly v EQC & Southern Response – no appeal

Kelly v EQC & Southern Response – no appeal

Sunday, 23 August 2015 1:05 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

The appeal period for any appeal from the judgment in C & S Kelly Properties Ltd v EQC & Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd [2015] NZHC 1690 has expired with no party lodging an appeal.  There has been no agreement about the costs payable by EQC and Southern Response so the Court will now have to determine that issue.  Notwithstanding the recent MBIE report to the effect that 30 out of 32 hand selected properties that were jacked and packed by EQC were non-compliant with the build ...

Failed work for EQC

Failed work for EQC

Sunday, 23 August 2015 12:57 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to a Stuff article on the comments by builders involved in doing building work for EQC and Fletchers.  Beneath the article are comments corroborating the content of the article that EQC and Fletchers are not blameless for the defective building work.  Both EQC and Fletchers ought to be legally liable for any defective building work.  I am aware that both have previously been sued for defective work.  I would not rely on either to remediate defective work and homeowners have no obl ...

IAG exceeds reinsurance limit for February 2011

IAG exceeds reinsurance limit for February 2011

Sunday, 23 August 2015 12:48 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to an article on stuff that IAG has exceeded its $4 Billion reinsurance limit for the February 2011 earthquake.  Apparently IAG expects to settle claims for damage in the other earthquakes at less than the reinsurance limit.

Claimants prepare to take EQC to the High Court – Guest post by Group Action Members

Claimants prepare to take EQC to the High Court – Guest post by Group Action Members

Sunday, 23 August 2015 11:04 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

23 August 2015 A group of over one hundred Canterbury homeowners is preparing to take EQC to the High Court over it’s standard of repair. The recent announcement of a review into the standard of non-consented foundation repairs illustrates the …

They can’t say they weren’t warned….

They can’t say they weren’t warned….

Saturday, 22 August 2015 7:03 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

On the 21 June 2013 six concerned residents (all of whom you will be familiar with) and myself went to a meeting with a number of government agencies (MBIE, CERA and the Christchurch City Council). We asked for response to some 33 questions to …

MBIE Report on EQC Faulty Repairs

MBIE Report on EQC Faulty Repairs

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 4:07 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Below is an extract from the MBIE website about its report on faulty building repairs.  The report identified significant failings with the “jack and pack” method.  Here is the link. Report into Canterbury residential repairs released 19 August 2015 The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released a report into the Building Code compliance of earthquake repairs to Canterbury homes. The report follows an independent survey of 101 homes randomly selected from mor ...

MBIE survey results

MBIE survey results

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 5:35 a.m. by SouthernResponse

You may have seen or heard of the results of a repairs survey by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), released today.

The Anatomy of a Claim: A Policyholder’s Guide To Property Insurance

The Anatomy of a Claim: A Policyholder’s Guide To Property Insurance

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 10:54 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

In 2012 I published The Christchurch Fiasco: the Insurance Aftershock. The book was developed as a result of my frustrations with IAG/State Insurance and the treatment of our claim which five years later is still, unresolved. That book was not …

SCAPE 8 New Intimacies

SCAPE 8 New Intimacies

Monday, 17 August 2015 1:44 p.m. by SCAPE Christchurch Biennial Featured

A Public Art Walkway to help people create new memories and re-connect with the changed Christchurch landscape; .

Failed remedial work continued

Failed remedial work continued

Sunday, 16 August 2015 9:40 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Stuff and the Press recently published the article here about the likely liability of Fletchers and insurers for defective earthquake remedial work.  It is unfortunate that those involved in the article did not accurately state the law.  Where an insurer chooses to do, or have paid for, remedial work under the insurance policy then it is liable for the quality of that work as if it was the builder.  There are a few Court proceedings already against insurers for defective building work.  Fletcher ...

Agony Returns – guest post by Edward

Agony Returns – guest post by Edward

Saturday, 15 August 2015 12:36 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, Mr Adrian Cowie’s analysis of the situation with City housing stock, as published on Stuff makes for chilling reading and at this point it behoves us to examine the …

EQC failed remedial work

EQC failed remedial work

Friday, 14 August 2015 12:35 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the link to the post on the EQC website about failed remedial work.  The houses the subject of the investigation will be the tip of the iceberg.  I do not recommend that homeowners rely on EQC to accurately scope and remediate the failings.  Better to engage an independent expert.

Earthquake Insurance Statistics

Earthquake Insurance Statistics

Friday, 14 August 2015 12:30 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Five Years On: How Insurance Claims Arising from the 2010-11 Earthquakes Have Been Dealt With New Zealand’s proximity to the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire leads to 20,000 recorded earthquakes each year. Most earthquakes are minor but annually around 200 are strong enough to be felt. Between September 2010 and June 2011, Canterbury was hit by three major earthquakes. While such natural events are not uncommon in the country, the intensity of those earthquakes, and the fact that they oc ...

Whittle Knight & Boatwood Ltd

Whittle Knight & Boatwood Ltd

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 7:58 p.m. by wkbco2015

Whittle Knight & Boatwood Ltd is among theleading property management and .Our goal is to provide services that fit the requirements of residential and commercial property owners, buyers and investors. We are based in Upper Riccarton, but we serve all main Christchurch suburbs, so you don’t have to go far to find agents who can give you what you need.

MBIE – A Seismic Slight of Hand and at Worst Fraud?

MBIE – A Seismic Slight of Hand and at Worst Fraud?

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 6:00 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

And it’s happening right under your nose. For me, throughout the post-earthquake phase, probably the most critical and cynical practice that I have witnessed taking place right across the city during the course of the settlement of insurance claims, is …

Liquefaction or Putrification?

Liquefaction or Putrification?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:58 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Sometimes things smell and sometimes they really pong – but even when you look you can’t find the source – yet the smell lingers thickly in the air – I’m sure you’ve all had that experience. I really couldn’t go past this one, …

Liquefaction or Putrifaction?

Liquefaction or Putrifaction?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:58 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Sometimes things smell and sometimes they really pong – but even when you look you can’t find the source – yet the smell lingers thickly in the air – I’m sure you’ve all had that experience. I really couldn’t go past this one, …

Customer e-newsletter #8

Customer e-newsletter #8

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 9:02 p.m. by SouthernResponse

Click  to view our latest customer e-newsletter, released 11th August 2015.

The ‘Rebuild Black Hole’ – Guest post by Herman Meijburg

The ‘Rebuild Black Hole’ – Guest post by Herman Meijburg

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 2:58 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Figures and comments show that it is not going well in Canterbury, five years after the earthquake sequence began. With the latest figures out from the Insurance Council (3 News, August 10th, 2015) it is time to look at the …

Insurers settle record Canterbury claims

Insurers settle record Canterbury claims

Monday, 10 August 2015 12:54 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

The Insurance Council of New Zealand announced today that private insurers have settled a record number of residential claims in the last quarter since the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.  

 Christchurch up and riding from today with Spark Bikes

Christchurch up and riding from today with Spark Bikes

Monday, 10 August 2015 12:19 p.m. by PRNews Popular

After months of fundraising, meticulous planning and old fashioned hard work, the Christchurch Community Bike Share Scheme, AKA Spark Bikes, finally hit the road today.

Another Cathedral Judgment

Another Cathedral Judgment

Sunday, 9 August 2015 2:34 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In a judgment 5 August 2015 in Church Property Trustees v Attorney General & Anor [2015] NZHC 1843 the High Court (Dunningham J) discussed the consequences of the breach of trust by the CPT in spending $4.7M of the insurance proceeds for the Cathedral on the cardboard cathedral in Latimer Square.  CPT had recently transferred funds to cover the payment, so there was no need for any orders against it.  The Court decided that the payment for Cathedral contents was not required to be used for t ...

Documentary showcasing Christchurch’s creative recovery to premiere at NZIFF

Documentary showcasing Christchurch’s creative recovery to premiere at NZIFF

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 1:13 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

A new feature-length documentary from award-winning Christchurch director Peter Young will be shown for the first time at NZIFF - Christchurch, 7-23 August 2015.

Newsletter #7- Kelly & Avonside

Newsletter #7- Kelly & Avonside

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 12:25 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to our most recent newsletter.    

An MBIE Guideline Breakthrough…

An MBIE Guideline Breakthrough…

Monday, 3 August 2015 12:00 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

If a homeowner’s insurance policy provides for a repair to be undertaken, then this is a private contractual matter that should be adhered to by both parties and governed by only the law of contract. The MBIE Guidance document does …

New red zone offer

New red zone offer

Sunday, 2 August 2015 10:21 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Cera has published its later red zone offer.  Details are below. Residential Red Zone Offer Recovery Plan The Residential Red Zone Offer Recovery Plan has now been approved and released The Residential Red Zone Offer Recovery Plan [PDF 716KB, 32 Pages] The media release announcing The Residential Red Zone Offer Recovery Plan » The Recovery Plan confirms the following Crown offers: For all vacant red zone land: a new Crown offer at 100% of the 2007/08 rateable land value. For all insured commerci ...

How Print Management Can Save Money?

How Print Management Can Save Money?

Saturday, 1 August 2015 11:03 p.m. by proclaim

My Archives

My Archives

Saturday, 1 August 2015 3:06 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

My Archives.Filed under: Uncategorized

SUBMISSION ON THE DRAFT TRANSITION PLAN - Deon Swiggs

SUBMISSION ON THE DRAFT TRANSITION PLAN - Deon Swiggs

Thursday, 30 July 2015 4:05 p.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

Views Sought on Growing Food in the Red Zone

Views Sought on Growing Food in the Red Zone

Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:24 a.m. by PRNews

The Food Resilience Network is hosting a public consultation session on options for growing food in the Christchurch Residential Red Zone. The session will be held this Sunday, 2 August, 11am-3pm in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitors’ Centre.

PARKIN v VERO INSURANCE NEW ZEALAND – Summary by Sarah

PARKIN v VERO INSURANCE NEW ZEALAND – Summary by Sarah

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 7:00 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

PARKIN v VERO INSURANCE NEW ZEALAND LIMITED [2015] NZHC 1675 [17 July] Facts: Parkin owned a house in Lyttleton which was damaged somewhat in the September 4th earthquake and then more substantially in the Feb 22, 2011 earthquake. The house …

Temporary projects leave long-lasting legacy

Temporary projects leave long-lasting legacy

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 4:14 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Temporary projects leave long-lasting legacy

Deputy Ombudsman forced to take information from MBIE- by Change.org

Deputy Ombudsman forced to take information from MBIE- by Change.org

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 7:40 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Deputy Ombudsman forced to take information from MBIE. – Update on “Rt Hon. John Key – Prime Minister, Hon. Gerry Brownlee – Minister Responsible for: Canterbury Earthquake, EQC, Southern Response, Hon. Nick Smith – Minister Responsible for Building and Housing, …

Transition Plan Submission – Empowered Christchurch

Transition Plan Submission – Empowered Christchurch

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 5:26 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh Popular

Another step forward in restoring the red zone

Another step forward in restoring the red zone

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 11:52 a.m. by AvonOtakaro Featured Popular

School students from local primary and secondary schools will plant another thousand native seedlings at Anzac Drive Reserve this week while environmental artists Martin Hill and Philippa Jones create a life size sculpture on site.

Know the Land You Have – Event organized by Claimants4Claimants

Know the Land You Have – Event organized by Claimants4Claimants

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 10:06 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

You are invited to the following event: Know the Land You Have – A Forum for Canterbury Homeowners Event to be held at the following time, date and location: Thursday, 13 August 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (NZST) …

Supreme Court Judgement: Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd V Avonside Holdings Ltd

Supreme Court Judgement: Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd V Avonside Holdings Ltd

Monday, 27 July 2015 8:52 p.m. by SouthernResponse

Our main objective is to see Cantabrians in safe, quality homes as quickly as circumstances allow.

Canterbury Claimants Event – 13th August 2015

Canterbury Claimants Event – 13th August 2015

Monday, 27 July 2015 2:51 p.m. by Claimants4Claimants Popular

Canterbury Claimants have just released a event focused on land issues and looks like they will also provide a general update on court proceedings.  Well worth attending and by showing up at these events it is a way to demonstrate how wide spread these issues still are for Canterbury. 

The Winding Up of AMI Insurance Ltd is Attracting Attention

The Winding Up of AMI Insurance Ltd is Attracting Attention

Monday, 27 July 2015 2:09 p.m. by Claimants4Claimants

  Insurance Business New Zealand’s have reported the following “An IAG spokesman said the group’s view (that’s us) was based on a misunderstanding.  Head of corporate communications Craig Dowling told Insurance Business the restructure of AMI’s business in 2012 had not been designed to disadvantage anyone, but to enable a separation of AMI’s earthquake liabilities.” We strongly suggest […]

Kelly/EQC/Southern Response

Kelly/EQC/Southern Response

Sunday, 26 July 2015 10:03 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

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Kelly/EQC/Southern Response- Court says Earthquake Caused Damage

Kelly/EQC/Southern Response- Court says Earthquake Caused Damage

Sunday, 26 July 2015 10:03 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

The post appeared first on .

Kelly/EQC/Southern Response- Court says Earthquake Caused Damage- not wind/flax bush

Kelly/EQC/Southern Response- Court says Earthquake Caused Damage- not wind/flax bush

Sunday, 26 July 2015 10:03 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Introduction On 22 July 2015 the High Court (Mander J) released the 107 page judgment in C & S Kelly Properties Ltd v EQC & Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd [2015] NZHC 1690. This was the case where the primary issue was whether the damage to the foundations (floor differential 88mm) was caused by the earthquake(s).  EQC & Southern Response said that the earthquake(s) did not damage the foundations and the differential was caused by the wind, a flax bush and/or had existed s ...

Why you should have a say in on the Transition Plan

Why you should have a say in on the Transition Plan

Friday, 24 July 2015 8:26 p.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

With less than one week to go until submissions close on the draft transitional plan I encourage you to take 30 minutes of your time out now, read this and then have your say in any way you feel comfortable.

Not to be missed! Gerry’s on the Menu.

Not to be missed! Gerry’s on the Menu.

Friday, 24 July 2015 7:25 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/70174776/gerry-brownlee-the-centrefold-in-cafe-c1-espressos-new-menu Cut out and enjoy! Personally I’d go with the frock. Clever advertising for the restaurant.Filed under: Uncategorized

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 8:04 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Whats new in High Street: I have been waiting now for over 8 months for the much promised Public Realm Lane ways network plan for the Innovation precinct. The lack of the plan is holding up development in the precinct. …

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 164… No end in sight yet….

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 164… No end in sight yet….

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 8:04 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Whats new in High Street: I have been waiting now for over 8 months  (plus 4 years) for the much promised Public Realm Lane ways network plan for the Innovation precinct. The lack of the plan is holding up development …

Thank You Avonside Holdings Ltd & Grant Shand Barristers and Solicitors

Thank You Avonside Holdings Ltd & Grant Shand Barristers and Solicitors

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 6:42 p.m. by Claimants4Claimants

Wow, this must make many claimants feel at least a little better (for today at least) – there is hope if you stand by your position when that position is fair and reasonable – when its right it’s right. Firstly, a big thank you to those behind Avonside Holdings Ltd, thank you for standing firm on your position, […]

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 2:51 p.m. by Vets

Good News Folks – on Contingencies – Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Avonside Holdings Ltd

Good News Folks – on Contingencies – Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Avonside Holdings Ltd

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 1:16 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Avonside Holdings Ltd (SC 118/2014) [2015] NZSC 110 25 June 2015 Counsel: BD Gray QC, CR Johnstone and SE Waggott for Appellant NR Campbell QC and AME Parlane for Respondent Reasons, Given by Glazebrook …

Southern Response Loses in Supreme Court

Southern Response Loses in Supreme Court

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 1:08 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Avonside Holdings Ltd [2015] NZSC 110  22 July 2015 the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by Southern Response.  It decided that in calculating the cost to rebuild the house on the current site it was necessary to include a contingency at 10% and professional fees at 10%.  This was in additional to the 10% margin and 8% P & G from the High Court.  This is an excellent victory for insured home owners.  It also ought to apply to all insurance com ...

Avonside Holdings- Southern Response Loses Again

Avonside Holdings- Southern Response Loses Again

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 1:08 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

By the judgment 22 July 2015 in Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Avonside Holdings Ltd [2015] NZSC 110 the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by Southern Response against the Court of Appeal decision of 1 October 2014. It confirmed that in calculating the rebuild cost of a house under the Southern Response insurance policy for the buy another house option, 1c.ii, a reasonable estimate for professional fees and contingencies should be included in the sums payable, as if the house is ac ...

Southern Response v Avonside Holdings

Southern Response v Avonside Holdings

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 11:00 a.m. by NZSupremeCourt

Demand for migrant workers in Christchurch to continue

Demand for migrant workers in Christchurch to continue

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:56 a.m. by PRNews Popular

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The Latest Exciting Research from Canterbury Earthquakes 2015

The Latest Exciting Research from Canterbury Earthquakes 2015

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 8:50 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Thanks again to those who submitted titles. [PDF] For the people, by the minister: Ministerial interventions in subnational, elected bodies and a principled approach to their future application, L Hardcastle – 2015 … In 2012, Christchurch City Council requested a …

Are your engineer and Geotech up-to-date? Latest 2015 Engineering Research from Canterbury Earthquakes

Are your engineer and Geotech up-to-date? Latest 2015 Engineering Research from Canterbury Earthquakes

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 8:39 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

If you have a geotechnical engineer or a structural engineer, make sure they have the list of the latest research. Once again thank you to all those who have contributed to this list. Keep the good work up. PositioNZ-PP: An Online GPS …