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Otakaro Limited seemingly acting less than transparent?

Otakaro Limited seemingly acting less than transparent?

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

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. This was because Otakaro wanted to operate more as a company and have less focus on returning a commercial return to the crown and have flexibility to act in ways which would provide better results for potential regen ...

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

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

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 …

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 Popular

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

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 …

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.