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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 …

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 …

How not to repair a Heritage Street In the Christchurch CBD

How not to repair a Heritage Street In the Christchurch CBD

Sunday, 3 April 2016 11:40 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Oh the irony. How delicious…. On one hand we have the very public spectacle of a building owner in New Regent Street facing public condemnation from the other building owners about her reticence to repair her units in the New …

Lumley/IAG

Lumley/IAG

Saturday, 2 April 2016 11:52 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

As of 1 April 2016 the various Lumley general insurance claim teams merge into the IAG model.    

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 …

Vero settlement agreement valid

Vero settlement agreement valid

Thursday, 17 March 2016 6:11 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

On March 2016 the Court of Appeal in Prattley Enterprises Ltd v Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd [2016] NZCA 67 dismissed an appeal by an insured against the High Court’s refusal to set aside a settlement agreement on the grounds of mistake.  It also comments on the inappropriateness of a Risk Worldwide person (George Keys) purporting to give “expert’ evidence when that person had a financial interest in the outcome of the claim.  Prattley claimed that it was mistaken in relation ...

Why Climate Change Matters for Christchurch

Why Climate Change Matters for Christchurch

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 9:28 p.m. by MakingChristchurch

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 …

EQC and Drainage Claims

EQC and Drainage Claims

Friday, 11 March 2016 9:13 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

EQC announces plan to settle drainage claims 7 Mar 2016 The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is rolling out an assessment programme for sewer and stormwater pipes suspected of having earthquake damage, starting this month (March). EQC’s General Manager of Customer & Claims, Trish Keith, says it currently has about 2,500 drainage claims but expects this could increase to about 6,000 with most claims being settled with cash payment. “EQC’s focus has been getting houses repaired and people back in t ...

Southern Response- Govt Review

Southern Response- Govt Review

Friday, 11 March 2016 9:09 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to the report by the Parliament Finance and Expenditure Committee in its annual review of the 2014/15 performance and current operations of Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited.  This is the first review of Southern Response.  The report raises concerns about the ability of Southern Response to settle all claims within the amount allocated by the Government and the payment by Southern Response of bonuses to staff based on their claim settlement record.  Southern Response ...

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team Update March 2016

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team Update March 2016

Monday, 7 March 2016 10:25 a.m. by SCIRT Featured Popular

EQC & Insurance Newsletter #9

EQC & Insurance Newsletter #9

Friday, 4 March 2016 8:29 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the link to newsletter #9.

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 

Concern about decision to cut Canterbury hospital beds

Concern about decision to cut Canterbury hospital beds

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 11:05 a.m. by PRNews Popular

Release: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

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.

Leave it to the market to find a solution?

Leave it to the market to find a solution?

Sunday, 28 February 2016 5:26 p.m. by MakingChristchurch

Voluntary land reallocation and adjustment?

Voluntary land reallocation and adjustment?

Sunday, 28 February 2016 5:20 p.m. by MakingChristchurch

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 …

Unsettled earthquake insurance claims

Unsettled earthquake insurance claims

Friday, 26 February 2016 12:16 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to a piece by Cam Preston about the current state of insurance claim settlements.  His view is contrary to that of the Insurance Council on its website here which says that its members are on track to settle the vast majority of claims in 2016.  IAG and Southern Response that together have over two thirds of the claims still have 5069 unsettled claims.  Currently there are only 209 active proceedings on the High Court Earthquake list.

Southern Response Avoids Class Action

Southern Response Avoids Class Action

Friday, 26 February 2016 11:21 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

By the judgment 24 February 2016 in Southern Response Unresolved Claims Group v Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd [2016] NZHC 2345 the High Court (Mander J) declined the Group’s application for leave to bring the proceeding as a representative action in the name of  its nominated representative, Cam Preston.  The Group is an unincorporated body of 46 people with unresolved claims with SR.  The claims are in various stages with some still “under cap”.  The judgment refer ...

UC professor uses supercomputer to simulate earthquake shaking

UC professor uses supercomputer to simulate earthquake shaking

Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:38 a.m. by CanterburyUniversity

Wondering what it looked like when the earth moved during the Valentine’s Day quake? University of Canterbury Professor in Earthquake Engineering Brendon Bradley has, using UC’s Blue Gene supercomputer, simulated the ground shaking from the 14 February earthquake.

Serendipitous quake unearths explanation

Serendipitous quake unearths explanation

Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:26 a.m. by PRNews

Release: Lincoln University

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 

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…

Governor-Generals speech in Christchurch

Governor-General's speech in Christchurch

Monday, 22 February 2016 2:28 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Monday, 22 February 2016, 

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 …

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD Part 173

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD Part 173

Saturday, 20 February 2016 8:22 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Well here we are, 5 years on since the February 2011 earthquake that decimated Christchurch.  On Monday there will be tears shed, politicians will say soothing words and the verbosity will flow.  (I notice this morning that we have lots …

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.

Botched EQC repair numbers keep rising

Botched EQC repair numbers keep rising

Friday, 19 February 2016 3:26 p.m. by MeganWoods

 

Research Shows Effect of Quakes And Recovery on Cantabrians

Research Shows Effect of Quakes And Recovery on Cantabrians

Friday, 19 February 2016 3:24 p.m. by GovtDHB Featured

New Research Shows Effect of Earthquakes And Recovery on Cantabrians’ Mental Health

Red Cross continues helping Cantabrians five years after earthquakes

Red Cross continues helping Cantabrians five years after earthquakes

Friday, 19 February 2016 3:17 p.m. by RedCross

As Cantabrians recover from the magnitude 5.7 earthquake on 14 February 2016 and prepare to mark the fifth anniversary of the February 22 quakes, New Zealand Red Cross is taking stock of five years of contributing to the Canterbury recovery.

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.

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 …

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 …

Looking back to the future - River of Flowers 2016

Looking back to the future - River of Flowers 2016

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 1:18 p.m. by AvonOtakaro Featured Popular

It starts with a low rumble that accelerates rapidly to shake us out of business as usual, but how many are listening or want to know anymore?

ABC Australia – “Lateline” on Christchurch Earthquake and delays

ABC Australia – “Lateline” on Christchurch Earthquake and delays

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 1:08 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to the ABC Australia show “Lateline” and its piece from 16 February 2016 about the delays in the rebuilding of Christchurch.  It contains interesting comments about IAG and its performance.  Below are 2 quotes from IAG that are interesting.   RENEE WALKER, IAG: We work with our customers. It’s always a negotiation, so they’ll be presented with a cash settlement offer and then is a negotiation. We’re not in the practice of forcing cash settlement. ...

Justice Kos Speech about Christchurch Earthquakes

Justice Kos Speech about Christchurch Earthquakes

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 6:01 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the link to a speech by Justice Kos at a Judges’ Conference in Brisbane recently.  It is about the Christchurch earthquakes and the judicial response to the earthquakes.  It goes through  the major cases and comments on the judicial processes implemented to deal with the cases.

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!