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MBIE Cash Settlement Booklet

MBIE Cash Settlement Booklet

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 6:27 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the link to the MBIE Cash Settlement booklet recently released via an OIA request.  It was prepared by MBIE and CERA with input from EQC, CCC and Worksafe.  It is an excellent handbook for homeowners and contains accurate advice as to what to do when considering a cash settlement.  It makes many useful suggestions as to information to ask of the EQC/Insurer before settling and also what ought to be included in the cash settlement calculation.  Still a useful resource.

Documents reveal EQ repairs and methodology dont meet building code

Documents reveal EQ repairs and methodology don't meet building code

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 6:03 p.m. by EQCFix

With the sixth anniversary of the September earthquake in Canterbury only days away, documents obtained by EQC Fix, under the Official Information Act, show hundreds of repairs referred to the MBIE’s Technical Engineering Panel, did not comply with the Building Code.

Quake damage repairs leaving homes in worse state

Quake damage 'repairs' leaving homes in worse state

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 8:48 p.m. by EQCFix

Documents released under the Official Information Act reveal more than half of EQC repairs over the last 200 referrals have left houses in a worse state than before the quakes.

Govt buckled over quake cash settlements, say Canterbury group

Govt buckled over quake cash settlements, say Canterbury group

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 8:52 a.m. by EQCFix

A group which supports Cantabrians through their experiences with EQC says the government has buckled to insurance companies which don't want to help homeowners.

First choral performance in new venue, The Piano

First choral performance in new venue, The Piano

Thursday, 18 August 2016 9:22 a.m. by PRNews Popular

First choral performance in new venue, The Piano

Reassurance around the limitation period

Reassurance around the limitation period

Thursday, 18 August 2016 2:41 a.m. by SouthernResponse

EQC prepares for an exit from Christchurch

EQC prepares for an exit from Christchurch

Friday, 12 August 2016 6:08 p.m. by EQCFix

David Slack talks with Peter Woods from Anthony Harper Law Firm to discuss the on-going issues facing people 5 years after the big earthquakes as EQC prepares to finish its work in the city.

EQC no show as hundreds meet over botched repairs

EQC no show as hundreds meet over botched repairs

Friday, 12 August 2016 12:58 p.m. by EQCFix

The Earthquake Commission was a no-show at a meeting of hundreds of people complaining of botched earthquake repairs. More than 300 people packed into last night's meeting in Christchurch, organised by advocacy group EQC Fix.

EQC announces major downsizing despite thousands of second-time repairs

EQC announces major downsizing despite thousands of second-time repairs

Thursday, 11 August 2016 1:14 p.m. by EQCFix

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will slash hundreds of jobs next year, despite having thousands of second-time repairs on its books.

Is EQC abandoning Christchurch?

Is EQC abandoning Christchurch?

Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:55 p.m. by EQCFix

Christchurch City Councillor Ali Jones talks about what the cull of EQC staff will mean for life in the post-earthquake city.

Insurers settle $18 billion Canterbury claims

Insurers settle $18 billion Canterbury claims

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 1:13 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

The Insurance Council of New Zealand announced today that private insurers have paid out over $18 billion to settle commercial and residential claims since the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, of which over $8.6 billion was for domestic claims.

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD, High Street Saga gets ugly…

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD, High Street Saga gets ugly…

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 6:43 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

My Gosh the saga continues, now the truth starts to come out. It is ugly. I had prepared a blog weeks ago regarding this issue, which I have just had to trash as this latest Press article is a beauty.  …

Deon Swiggs, Campaign Launch Speech

Deon Swiggs, Campaign Launch Speech

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 1:39 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

EQC Limitation Video

EQC Limitation Video

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 9:38 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to a video of me produced by EQC fix it about EQC and the impending limitation period expiry.

Crowdfunding teams up with schools and community to plant over 2000 native trees

Crowdfunding teams up with schools and community to plant over 2000 native trees

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 11:47 a.m. by AvonOtakaro Featured Popular

Avon-Ōtākaro Network (AvON) has been crowdfunding over the last month partnering with Million Metres and Sustainable Coastlines’ “Love Your Water” programme to plant a wide area of stream that connects Travis Wetland with the Ōtākaro-Avon River.  This is part of the natural restoration Mahinga Kai Exemplar Project in Anzac Drive Reserve, a collaboration led by AvON and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. 

Update on CTV building investigation – July 2016

Update on CTV building investigation – July 2016

Monday, 1 August 2016 2:56 p.m. by PRNews Popular

 Release: New Zealand Police

Notification to Christchurch Council - flood mapping

Notification to Christchurch Council - flood mapping

Thursday, 28 July 2016 9:16 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Empowered Christchurch Inc.

NZIOB Southern: Southern Chapter 10 Star Residential Site Visit

NZIOB Southern: Southern Chapter 10 Star Residential Site Visit

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 2:15 p.m. by 10_Star_Homes

Looking forward to host the upcoming New Zealand Institute of Building event - Southern Chapter Site visit at house showhome!!

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 …

Know Low Cost Benefits:  Safe And Successful Gastric Band Surgery India

Know Low Cost Benefits: Safe And Successful Gastric Band Surgery India

Friday, 24 June 2016 12:47 a.m. by Cosmeticobesity

A procedure is undertaken for patients who need to lose weight. It is strongly recommended to undergo this surgery only after having a detailed discussion with your doctor. During this surgery, the surgeon will make certain incisions on the stomach and then turn it onto a pouch which can take only an ounce of food at a time. This is done with the help of a band implantation around it which may be adjusted later on.

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.