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High Court orders costs against EQC and Southern Response

High Court orders costs against EQC and Southern Response

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 11:40 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Yet again the High Court (Davidson J) has ordered EQC and Southern Response to pay costs to homeowners where both paid money after being sued in excess of what each had offered before being sued late 2013.  In Zygadlo v EQC & Southern Response [2016] NZHC 1699 the High Court ordered EQC to pay $12,210.27 in costs and SR $45,291.56.  EQC paid $159,626.71 in August 2015 and SR paid a further $340,000 in March 2016 to remediate the house damage.  EQC asked the Court to order that the homeowners ...

UC quake research in world-first ‘Ferrari’ overbridge

UC quake research in world-first ‘Ferrari’ overbridge

Monday, 25 July 2016 2:58 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

In a significant advance in engineering, Christchurch’s newest overpass features a world-first in quake-resilient technology described as the “Ferrari” of bridges, developed in Christchurch by University of Canterbury engineers.

How not to Repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD- now its road works time -CCC & Fulton Hogan

How not to Repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD- now its road works time -CCC & Fulton Hogan

Thursday, 21 July 2016 4:28 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Just when a retail colleague and I were jointly preparing to open up our temporary retail pop-up shop,  to quit some stock before Christmas, the Christchurch City Council and Fulton Hogan Contractors decide to dig up our intersection on the corner of High/St Asaph and Madras Street.   Fine and dandy.

Site blessing and ground breaking for Christchurch Outpatients Building

Site blessing and ground breaking for Christchurch Outpatients Building

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:43 p.m. by GovtDHB Popular

Canterbury District Health Board Chair, Murray Cleverley, and the Christchurch Hospital chaplains led a site blessing and ground breaking ceremony this morning, (Monday, 18 July) on the site of the new Christchurch Outpatients building.

Keep health care services at PMH

Keep health care services at PMH

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:37 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Where Did All the Bikes Go?

Where Did All the Bikes Go?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:39 p.m. by MakingChristchurch

Newsletter #11

Newsletter #11

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 1:43 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is newsletter 11 for Grant Shand on EQC and Insurance issues.

Summary Judgment application fails against insurers

Summary Judgment application fails against insurers

Monday, 11 July 2016 6:48 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Emmons Developments NZ Ltd v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co Ltd & anor [2016] 1244 the High Court (Matthews AJ) discussed a summary judgment application by the owner of Rydges, a carpark and the Grant Thornton Building in Christchurch  for costs of demolition, building protection and fees from Mitsui and Vero subsequent to the earthquakes in 2010/2011.  It noted that Emson applied for summary judgment in early 2016, but then withdrew the application after the insurers filed/served oppositio ...

AMI & Lumley liable for Selwyn fire damage in 2013

AMI & Lumley liable for Selwyn fire damage in 2013

Monday, 11 July 2016 6:24 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In NZ Fire Service Commission & ors v Legg & ors [2016] NZHC 1492 the High Court (Nation J) considered a claim by the NZ Fire Service Commission and the Selwyn District Council to recover costs incurred in fighting a substantial fire in January 2013 that emanated from a burn heap of vegetation from the owners of the property (Leggs) and the landscaping business operated at the property (Evolving Landscapes Ltd).  Leggs sought indemnity for the claim from AMI and Evolving sought indemnity ...

Failed repair/rebuild cases.

Failed repair/rebuild cases.

Monday, 11 July 2016 5:06 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

High Court – Claims about failed remedial work by EQC or insurers are not part of the High Court Earthquake List. They are dealt with separately in a similar manner to which leaky home cases are/were dealt with. This is because such claims usual involve more parties than just the EQC/Insurer (builder, engineer, architect etc). Apparently the Court will shortly issue guidance for the progress of claims.

Earthquake fixes and contaminated land (HAIL)

Earthquake fixes and contaminated land (HAIL)

Sunday, 10 July 2016 9:41 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

For homeowners looking to remediate earthquake damage there may be extra costs caused by contamination of the land where foundation solutions involve the disturbance or removal of soil.  These can include, but are not limited to, the costs associated with engaging an environmental expert, undertaking further investigation and removing the contaminated soil.  The cost to remove and dispose of contaminated soil can be in excess of $100,000.  You can find more information about contaminated land at ...

Gap Filler wins International Award

Gap Filler wins International Award

Friday, 8 July 2016 1:05 p.m. by GapFiller Featured Popular

Bolder building solutions research

Bolder building solutions research

Thursday, 7 July 2016 3:56 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity

Building solutions that challenge conventional construction wisdom are being researched, modelled and tested by University of Canterbury academic Dr Geoffrey Rodgers as he re-examines what defines a ‘strong’ building.

Mayor’s statement regarding Redcliffs School announcement

Mayor’s statement regarding Redcliffs School announcement

Thursday, 7 July 2016 3:31 p.m. by LianneDalziel

Mayor Lianne Dalziel welcomes this morning’s announcement by Education Minister Hekia Parata that they’re looking at options for relocating Redcliffs School.

Name the Cranes Competition

Name the Cranes Competition

Friday, 1 July 2016 3:59 p.m. by GovtDHB Popular

The Canterbury District Health Board and CPB Contractors are excited to announce a NAME THE CRANES competition.

How NOT to rebuild Christchurch

How NOT to rebuild Christchurch

Friday, 1 July 2016 10:19 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Jeepers, oh what fun…  

City Blueprint in tatters

City Blueprint in tatters

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 2:43 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Press Release: Lincoln University

Kindness to the fore in Canterbury

Kindness to the fore in Canterbury

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 2:02 p.m. by Allright Popular

All Right? media release

June e-newsletter

June e-newsletter

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 3:57 a.m. by SouthernResponse

Click to read our latest customer e-newsletter, published on 28 June 2016.

Red zone forest could help solve Christchurch’s winter air pollution

Red zone forest could help solve Christchurch’s winter air pollution

Monday, 27 June 2016 4:58 p.m. by greeningtheredzone Popular

ECan and Regenerate Christchurch should seriously investigate how a red zone forest could help to solve Christchurch’s winter air pollution problem, says community group Greening the Red Zone.

Are Otakaro Limited seemingly acting less than transparent?

Are Otakaro Limited seemingly acting less than transparent?

Friday, 24 June 2016 5:30 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

A few weeks ago Otakaro Limited changed their and we raised this as a concern which was published here. After publishing this the CEO of Otakaro asked to meet, which we did. This was a good meeting where the reasoning of the change in constitution was well explained as a positive.

How not to repair a Heritage Precinct in the Christchurch CBD

How not to repair a Heritage Precinct in the Christchurch CBD

Friday, 24 June 2016 8:01 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

I had heard whispers that this was happening.  A very interesting article by NICK TRUEBRIDGE    23.6.16 “Christchurch development figures start new company, launch High Court proceedings” Christchurch at its worst.  A group of “well connected” City businessmen trying to protect …

The appointment of Ivan Iafeta as the new Chief Executive of Regenerate Christchurch gains enthusiastic approval

The appointment of Ivan Iafeta as the new Chief Executive of Regenerate Christchurch gains enthusiastic approval

Thursday, 16 June 2016 2:00 p.m. by AvonOtakaro Popular

We are very excited by today’s announcement of the appointment of Ivan Iafeta as Chief Executive of Regenerate Christchurch,” says Rev Peter Beck, convenor of Eastern Vision.

EQC & Failed Repairs

EQC & Failed Repairs

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 9:02 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

EQC has repaired thousands of houses inadequately.  Any money spent by EQC on these repairs is wasted and ought not count when assessing whether EQC has paid “cap” under the EQC Act.  In some cases the repairs by EQC were so bad that they have increased the amount that it costs to fix the house.  EQC is liable for that amount also.  So when dealing with EQC about failed repairs it is essential to establish what has been done and what needs to be done to properly remediate the house. ...

Blueprint for a happier city

Blueprint for a happier city

Thursday, 9 June 2016 2:23 a.m. by MakingChristchurch

Deon Swiggs on Future of Rebuild Christchurch and Standing for Council

Deon Swiggs on Future of Rebuild Christchurch and Standing for Council

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 2:37 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Five years on from the earthquakes Christchurch is emerging as a new city and with that we have a fantastic opportunity to be a destination that people from all over the world want to visit, work, invest or live. While this opportunity is great we also must look after the best asset the city has, the people already living here.

Christchurch’s economy is adjusting

Christchurch’s economy is adjusting

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 11:28 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

CDC Chief Executive Tom Hooper says while economic activity levels remain high, growth rates will continue to ease, unemployment levels will rise slightly from their historic lows and the housing market will plateau.

What makes the tourism industry more resilient?

What makes the tourism industry more resilient?

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 11:26 a.m. by CanterburyUniversity

Organisational resilience in the tourism industry, particularly in a post-disaster environment, is at the heart of innovative marketing research at the University of Canterbury.

Chch Wants First Class City, Not First Class Tickets

Chch Wants First Class City, Not First Class Tickets

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 11:25 a.m. by PRNews

Chch Wants First Class City, Not First Class Tickets

One last chance to heed this advice

One last chance to heed this advice

Monday, 6 June 2016 5:33 p.m. by BarnabyBennett Featured Popular

At the end this piece you will find the text of a letter sent to the Prime Minister in November 2011.  A further 3 pages of explanatory notes were appended to the letter.

Southern Response & Missing DRA’s

Southern Response & Missing DRA’s

Monday, 30 May 2016 1:48 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

People that settled with Southern Response based on an Arrow Detailed Repair/Rebuild Analysis (“DRA”) may have claims against Southern Response under the Fair Trading Act where the settlement sum was based on a DRA, but Southern Response did not disclose that it had other DRA’s with a greater sum that included extra components/allowances that were part of a rebuild cost.  Concerned insureds need to act quickly by reason of limitation issues.  Check whether the DRA settled on ha ...

Changes to the constitution to Otakaro Ltd

Changes to the constitution to Otakaro Ltd

Monday, 30 May 2016 10:05 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Of concern in the past week is that Ministers English and Brownlee have just changed the purpose of Otakaro Limited which has been developed post CERA to do the governments work. The change in the purpose effectively gives Otakaro Limited the power to act against the Regenerate Christchurch regeneration plans if the financial return to the government isn't good enough. 

Historic telescope will return stargazing to city

Historic telescope will return stargazing to city

Monday, 30 May 2016 9:16 a.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

The University of Canterbury (UC) Foundation charity aims to bring back a piece of Christchurch’s astronomical heritage by restoring the Townsend Teece Telescope to the city centre.

Temporary projects, permanent impact

Temporary projects, permanent impact

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 3:15 a.m. by MakingChristchurch

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

EQC & Southern Response ordered to pay costs

EQC & Southern Response ordered to pay costs

Monday, 23 May 2016 1:04 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Driessen v EQC & Southern Response [2016] NZHC 1048 the High Court (Davidson J) on 19 May 2016 has ordered EQC and Southern Response to pay costs and disbursements to a homeowner where EQC and Southern Response settled the claims after being sued for amounts greater than they had offered to pay prior to being sued.  Prior to being sued in November 2013 EQC assessed the damage at $58,504.  Southern Response assessed its liability at $20,000 for DFPP.  Ultimately EQC paid $153,422 in Novemb ...

Rupture

Rupture

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 11:23 a.m. by MakingChristchurch

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

Success of the ‘Adopt the Avon’ river clean up signals intense community interest in future of red zone waterways

Success of the ‘Adopt the Avon’ river clean up signals intense community interest in future of red zone waterways

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 8:07 a.m. by AvonOtakaro Popular

The huge success of Saturday’s Adopt the Avon part of the Mother of All Cleans Up is an indication of the tremendous community interest in the future health of the Avon River red zone according to Evan Smith of Avon-Ōtākaro Network which coordinated the Avon River event.

Adopt the Avon Brings Christchurch Together

Adopt the Avon Brings Christchurch Together

Friday, 6 May 2016 4:58 p.m. by AvonOtakaro Featured Popular

“Adopt the Avon” Brings Christchurch Together

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 & Insurance Newsletter 10

EQC & Insurance Newsletter 10

Monday, 2 May 2016 1:15 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the link to Grant Shand EQC & Insurance Newsletter 10.

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 …

EQC Action Group wins landmark settlement

EQC Action Group wins landmark settlement

Thursday, 28 April 2016 1:40 p.m. by EQCGroupAction Featured Popular

The EQC Action Group is a group of owners of houses that were damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.  In November 2015 the Action Group started a proceeding in the High Court against the Earthquake Commission. The Action Group sought declarations to clarify the extent of the Commission’s liability under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 (Act) for the earthquake damage to the houses owned by members of the Action Group.

EQC Group Action

EQC Group Action

Thursday, 28 April 2016 1:28 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

The EQC Action Group has settled its dispute with EQC.  Here is a link to the website that has the settlement terms.  There is a joint statement that sets out what is agreed. Insurance under the Act insures the house for replacement value, which includes the cost to reinstate a house to substantially the same condition as when new and the cost of complying with any applicable laws; EQC’s liability includes the costs to fix undamaged parts where that is affected by remediation of damaged pa ...

Cera disestablished

Cera disestablished

Friday, 22 April 2016 1:38 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

below is from the CERA website CERA has been disestablished This page directs you to the agencies to contact for information and assistance on the regeneration of greater Christchurch, along with some useful contacts. The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) was established as a government department on 29 March 2011 to lead and coordinate the Government’s response and recovery efforts following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 in Canterbury. CERA was disestablished on 18 April 2016 a ...

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 …

EQC and Repairs

EQC and Repairs

Friday, 8 April 2016 8:53 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to the Radio NZ website story about problems with EQC repairs.  It includes 2 interviews and mentions Grant Shand as being involved getting EQC to pay cap for a homeowner.

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 …