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EQC & Insurance Newsletter #16

EQC & Insurance Newsletter #16

Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:50 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the link to our 16th EQC & Insurance Newsletter

Earthquake damage or Pre-existing.

Earthquake damage or Pre-existing.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:18 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In He v Earthquake Commission and ors [2017] NZHC 2136 the High Court (Dunningham J) had to decide whether the damage to Mr He’s property at 377 Selwyn Street, Addington was caused by the earthquakes or not.  The judgment records that over the life of the proceeding Mr He had engaged 6 different structural engineers.  The judgment also records that the tenant of the property at the time of the earthquakes supported EQC and the insurer that the damage existed before the earthquakes.  Predic ...

AMI Insurance – Exclusion clause application

AMI Insurance – Exclusion clause application

Monday, 18 September 2017 11:43 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In AMI Insurance Ltd v Legg & ors [2017] 321 the Court of Appeal upheld AMI’s appeal that it was liable to indemnify the Leggs for damage/costs from a rubbish heap fire on their Selwyn property in January 2013.  Some of the material in the heap came from the Leggs’ lifestyle block and some from a separate landscaping business run by their company Evolving Landscapes Ltd.  Legg insured the lifestyle block with AMI and ELL insured the business with Lumley.  In the High Court Nation ...

Prattley v Vero Insurance – Costs judgment

Prattley v Vero Insurance – Costs judgment

Friday, 15 September 2017 11:53 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Prattley Enterprises Ltd unsuccessfully sued Vero Insurance  to set aside a settlement agreement on insurance claims for earthquake damage to Worcester Towers.  It lost in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  Risk Worldwide funded the litigation.  In Prattley Enterprises Ltd v Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd [2017] NZHC 1599 the High Court (Dunningham J) awarded Vero $277,674 for legal costs and $467,571.67 for disbursements.  Vero had sought $596,508 for legal fees and $472,800.48 ...

Southern Response Announces New Chief Executive

Southern Response Announces New Chief Executive

Monday, 11 September 2017 12:28 a.m. by SouthernResponse

Southern Response, the government-owned company settling Canterbury earthquake insurance claims, has confirmed today that it has appointed Anthony Honeybone as Chief Executive for the final stages of its claim settlement programme.

Press release 4 September 2017

Press release 4 September 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 3:13 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

  WeCan (Canterbury based human rights’ watchdog) challenges Government lack of transparency,  preventing citizens’ human rights’ abuse claims being heard, and calls for an immediate overhauling of New Zealand’s only ‘business and human rights’ redress mechanism, the OECD Guidelines for …

Aftershock: The debacle of shoddy Christchurch earthquake repairs

Aftershock: The debacle of shoddy Christchurch earthquake repairs

Sunday, 3 September 2017 1:48 p.m. by EQCFix

By Kurt Bayer, NZ Herald 

Vero Insurance – seven years after the event

Vero Insurance – seven years after the event

Friday, 1 September 2017 7:47 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Almost seven years after the Christchurch earthquakes thousands of policyholders are still trying to settle their claims with insurers ( See http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/89149897/Too-stressed-to-settle-3000-insurance-claims-still-waiting-after-Canterbury-quakes). Jerry Larason and his wife Rebecca are two such individuals. They have an unresolved claim with Vero Insurance …

Eleventh hour change by IAG over Christchurch quake deadline

Eleventh hour change by IAG over Christchurch quake deadline

Thursday, 31 August 2017 6:20 p.m. by EQCFix

Hundreds of Christchurch residents with quake damaged homes could be caught out after IAG revealed it is going to apply a statute of limitations defence against future claims, starting from tomorrow. 

Good video – seven years on – outrageous

Good video – seven years on – outrageous

Monday, 28 August 2017 11:30 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

  https://vimeo.com/230934913?ref=fb-share&1 Christchurch's Earthquake Nightmare continues… (KSL Audit Limited) Filed under: insurance

Important date looms for home owners with outstanding Christchurch earthquake claims

Important date looms for home owners with outstanding Christchurch earthquake claims

Monday, 28 August 2017 10:23 p.m. by EQCFix


Saturday August 21, 2017

IAG Limitation Statement

IAG Limitation Statement

Friday, 25 August 2017 9:28 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Below is the IAG limitation position.  If you are an assignee you have 1 week to sue or your claim is statute barred.  This applies to all IAG brands. IAG’s position for all of its brands is that in respect of claims by our customers relating to policies which cover their contents and customer occupied home, IAG will not deploy the Limitation Act as a defence to proceedings served on IAG before 1st July 2018. Other types of potential litigants, who do not enjoy this blanket extension include: a. ...

EQC Kaikoura Earthquake Claim Progress

EQC Kaikoura Earthquake Claim Progress

Friday, 18 August 2017 10:57 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Progress reported on Kaikoura earthquake claims 16 August 2017 Just over one-third – 34% – of the 38,000-plus residential claims from the Kaikoura earthquake managed by EQC and private insurers had been settled at 31 July 2017, EQC says. In a progress report on insurance claims from the earthquake, EQC says 62% of building claims had had their initial assessment completed at 31 July – up from 51% assessed and 28% settled at 30 June. So far EQC says it has paid $39.1 million to ...

Earthquake Insurance assignments- indemnity only

Earthquake Insurance assignments- indemnity only

Thursday, 17 August 2017 5:31 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Xu & anor v IAG & anor [2017] NZHC 1964 the High Court (Nation J) decided that reinstatement rights/benefits were not assignable to a new owner where the earthquakes occurred before the new owner took ownership and the previous owner purported to assign the rights/claims by a deed of assignment.  So the new owner was only entitled to indemnity value as an assignee.  The rights under the policy were held to be personal rights of the insured.  The High Court applied the Court of Appeal ...

High Street again…7 years on

High Street again…7 years on

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 10:01 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

So What’s new in High Street. Work on the Peeble’s units has ground to a halt,  It has been over 4 weeks since any progress has been made.  I have not had a clear answer as to the reasons? At …

Christchurch Earthquake Images - New Book

Christchurch Earthquake Images - New Book

Saturday, 15 July 2017 7:14 p.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews Popular

The city of Christchurch has changed dramatically over the last seven years as a result of the repeated earthquakes in the area. is a collection of photos starting from the morning of the 4th September 2010 earthquake through to June 2017 when I photographed the ruins of Christchurch Cathedral. The first few pages show before and after images of one of the intersections in town - illustrating how some areas have been rebuilt although there is still a lot of work to be done. Other shots include ...

The hell of being stuck in EQC limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

The hell of being stuck in EQC limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

Sunday, 9 July 2017 6:20 p.m. by EQCFix Popular

VICKI ANDERSON. Last updated 09:49, July 8 2017. Stuff.

Time running out for earthquake claimants to litigate against insurers: advisory service

Time running out for earthquake claimants to litigate against insurers: advisory service

Saturday, 8 July 2017 1:49 p.m. by EQCFix Popular

The Residential Advisory Service (Ras) is telling earthquake claimants to get in before it is too late. Some insurers can claim their Limitations Act defence against litigation as of September 4. A Ras spokesman said claimants still dealing with EQC should contact their private insurer if there was even a chance their claim could go over cap......

Proposed Class Action Court of Appeal Hearing

Proposed Class Action Court of Appeal Hearing

Thursday, 6 July 2017 3:13 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

Please see below media statement provided today

New Chief Executive to be appointed

New Chief Executive to be appointed

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 3:59 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

We can confirm today that Chief Executive Peter Jensen will be stepping down in late September to take up the position of Chief Executive of Addington Raceway. Recruitment for his replacement will start immediately.

Southern Response to Step in on EQC Botched Repairs

Southern Response to Step in on EQC Botched Repairs

Monday, 26 June 2017 7:22 p.m. by Labour Featured Popular

EQC House AND Land Damage Claims….

EQC House AND Land Damage Claims….

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 8:53 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Hi All, I have been watching events from the distance and saw a request from Philippa Coory for stories relating to EQC House and Land Damage Claims. She is creating an eBook of individual stories relating to people’s experiences with …

MATARIKI RISES AGAIN IN THE RED ZONE

MATARIKI RISES AGAIN IN THE RED ZONE

Friday, 16 June 2017 12:02 p.m. by AvonOtakaro Featured Popular

Matariki, the constellation of stars that signals the Maori new year, rises over the red zone again this month and will be marked by the return of Matariki in the Zone on 25 June.

Speech: Peters - Christ Church Cathedral

Speech: Peters - Christ Church Cathedral

Friday, 16 June 2017 11:58 a.m. by PRNews


Cathedral Square,
Christchurch
1.30pm, Sunday, 28th May, 2017



There has been so much said. So much written.
But this building, Christ Church Cathedral, sits in the heart of this wonderful city.
The city on the edge of the Canterbury Plains.
The city that’s known for its Gothic-style Cathedral, right in the centre.
Yes, right here is a church.
But it is so much more.
Many here in Christchurch will say it ...

Cholmondeley CEO on the Move

Cholmondeley CEO on the Move

Friday, 16 June 2017 11:51 a.m. by PRNews Recommended Popular

After nearly eight years at the helm, and having guided Cholmondeley Children’s Centre through the Christchurch earthquakes and subsequent rebuild programme, Chief Executive Shane Murdoch is moving on.

EQC & Insurance News – Newsletter #15

EQC & Insurance News – Newsletter #15

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:20 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

The post appeared first on .

Duncan’s Buildings again…..

Duncan’s Buildings again…..

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 3:28 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

When I finished choking on my coffee this morning, I laughed.  

Breaking deadlocks in Christchurch

Breaking deadlocks in Christchurch

Monday, 12 June 2017 7:37 a.m. by MakingChristchurch

EQC has acknowledged it got the repairs wrong, but wont help fix it

EQC has acknowledged it got the repairs wrong, but won't help fix it

Thursday, 1 June 2017 10:09 p.m. by EQCFix Popular

The Press, June 1 2017

Duncan’s Building Rebuild

Duncan’s Building Rebuild

Monday, 29 May 2017 2:40 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

News Update:  I have just been sent this link. This is what is planned for the back of the Duncan’s Buildings.  The 8 Units owned by the Peeble’s group. It is so far off the original design that I find …

Avon-Ōtākaro river trail taking shape

Avon-Ōtākaro river trail taking shape

Monday, 29 May 2017 1:42 p.m. by AvonOtakaro Popular

Dirty 30’s Heritage saga continues

Dirty 30’s Heritage saga continues

Thursday, 25 May 2017 8:32 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Oh dear, such emotive wording…  Link Here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/92863275/council-goes-after-central-christchurchs-dirty-30-building-owners-who-are-kicking-the-city-in-the-face The irony is, as my readers know so well, is that we have been trying for years to get the CCC et al to address these issues.  Sadly, when the CCC finally …

EQC repair nightmare for Christchurch familys burnt and quake-hit home

EQC repair nightmare for Christchurch family's burnt and quake-hit home

Monday, 22 May 2017 1:44 p.m. by EQCFix

The Press, May 22 2017

CCC Regeneration letter…

CCC Regeneration letter…

Friday, 19 May 2017 10:12 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

News Flash – Hot off the Press: I have just opened my mail. When I finished choking on my very nice Sauvignon blanc,  I see that the CCC has sent out a letter telling me, and 30 other building owners, …

Duncan’s Buildings Demolitions…

Duncan’s Buildings Demolitions…

Friday, 19 May 2017 9:32 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

What is New in Lower High Street? On Monday 22nd May 2017,  two of the Duncan’s units will be completely demolished. These are the last 2 units at the north end.  The demolition has been authorised by LINZ (Land Information …

Christchurch couples earthquake repairs seemed fast, then started going wrong

Christchurch couple's earthquake repairs seemed fast, then started going wrong

Thursday, 18 May 2017 1:50 p.m. by EQCFix

The Press, May 18 2017

Repair nightmares: Can property buyers trust earthquake repair sign-offs?

Repair nightmares: Can property buyers trust earthquake repair sign-offs?

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 1:56 p.m. by EQCFix

The Press, May 17 2017

Student life returns to Christchurch’s Arts Centre

Student life returns to Christchurch’s Arts Centre

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 12:21 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Featured Popular

Student life has returned to the Arts Centre in Christchurch’s central city.

Repair nightmares: The six-week earthquake repair, five years later

Repair nightmares: The 'six-week' earthquake repair, five years later

Monday, 15 May 2017 1:53 p.m. by EQCFix

The Press, May 15 2017

Who makes a city?

Who makes a city?

Sunday, 14 May 2017 8:19 a.m. by MakingChristchurch

Inaccessible city- St Asaph Street- another grumpy meeting…

Inaccessible city- St Asaph Street- another grumpy meeting…

Friday, 5 May 2017 8:39 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Well that was interesting. 

University building a timber-technology first for NZ

University building a timber-technology first for NZ

Thursday, 4 May 2017 8:00 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

The University of Canterbury has signed a contract with Dominion Constructors for a state-of-the-art building in the University’s new Science precinct that will push the boundaries of multi-storey timber-framed construction in New Zealand.

Announcement on pre-feasibility study hailed

Announcement on pre-feasibility study hailed

Thursday, 4 May 2017 7:49 p.m. by PRNews Popular

MEDIA RELEASE: Multi-Purpose Arena Trust

Linwood Village Update April 2017

Linwood Village Update April 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017 6:10 p.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

Linwood Village - A place of opportunity

Rebuilding in the CBD.. Duncan’s Buildings..

Rebuilding in the CBD.. Duncan’s Buildings..

Thursday, 27 April 2017 5:33 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

What is new in High Street today? This is worth seeing!  The council planted “Pin Oaks,” if my memory is correct, in 1995-96???  They have become huge – over 15 meters high, they obscure the frontages, are messy, untrimmed and …

Settlement agreement valid

Settlement agreement valid

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 4:38 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

In Annex Devleopments Ltd v IAG New Zealand Ltd & anor [2017] NZHC 706 a property owner, Annex, asked the Court to set aside a settlement agreement it entered into in February 2012 for settlement of a commercial building claim on the ground that it and IAG had made a mistake about the extent of the insurance cover.  Annex settled the claim(s) for $9,430,000.  IAG had previously made progress payments for emergency repairs and lost rent of $229,746.35.  Annex said that it ought to have receiv ...

Rebuilding in the Christchurch CBD- Duncan’s Building.

Rebuilding in the Christchurch CBD- Duncan’s Building.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:09 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

What is new in High Street? 

New transitional trail to open along Avon River

New transitional trail to open along Avon River

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 4:09 p.m. by Regenerate Featured Popular

An exciting 12 kilometre transitional trail along the banks of the Ōtākaro/Avon River will open in stages from spring. Work to prepare the Avon Trail started last week and Cantabrians will be walking, running or cycling sections of the trail from Barbadoes Street to Pages Road in New Brighton from later this year.

Activist Erin Brockovich compares central Christchurch to war zone

Activist Erin Brockovich compares central Christchurch to war zone

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 8:26 a.m. by EQCFix Popular

Erin Brockovich is in Christchurch to talk to earthquake insurance claimants on her first visit to New Zealand.

Students sing the praises of new O House accommodation

Students sing the praises of new O House accommodation

Friday, 7 April 2017 11:04 a.m. by CPIT Featured Popular

Release: Ara

Limitation- Time running out on claims

Limitation- Time running out on claims

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 8:20 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Last year insurers issued statements about dates on which they would rely on a defence under the Limitation Act(s) that require court proceedings to be brought within 6 years on which a homeowner could first sue otherwise the claim is no longer enforceable.  Those dates are fast approaching.  AA, Vero, FMG, MAS, and the IAG brands agreed not to plead a limitation defence for any residential earthquake damage claim where proceedings are filed in Court before 4 September 2017.  Southern Response w ...

EQC- November 2016 Quake Update

EQC- November 2016 Quake Update

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 7:38 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to the EQC update about claims from the November 2016 earthquake.  Apparently EQC has received about 38,000 residential claims with 71% for building damage only, 10% for building and contents, 9% contents only and 10% land damage.  EQC has retained management of the land claims.  Insurers manage building and contents claims from the November 2017 quakes only.  Apparently the intention is to settle the majority of claims by the end of 2017.

It’s no April Fool’s Joke – Insurers Censoring Information Provided to Kaikoura Earthquake Claimants

It’s no April Fool’s Joke – Insurers Censoring Information Provided to Kaikoura Earthquake Claimants

Sunday, 2 April 2017 11:08 a.m. by EQCFix Popular

The Kaikoura District Council has removed the more than one hour long video of the eqcfix.nz presentation made to around 100 people in Kaikoura on the 23 March.

Derelict Buildings and the Christchurch CBD…

Derelict Buildings and the Christchurch CBD…

Friday, 31 March 2017 9:21 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

What’s new in High Street? News Flash…. After waiting for 6 years,  our neighbouring building owner has finally agreed to put his building on the market. It has gone from this:   To This: Yeah ha…. With a bit of  …

Red zone regeneration planning gets approval

Red zone regeneration planning gets approval

Thursday, 30 March 2017 2:45 p.m. by Regenerate Featured Popular

 

Ōtākaro Orchard crowdfunding campaign reaches $60,000 target

Ōtākaro Orchard crowdfunding campaign reaches $60,000 target

Thursday, 30 March 2017 1:34 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

New Zealand's first urban food hub Ōtākaro Orchard is set to get planting, after the Christchurch community dug deep to hit its .