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Crisis Politics and Neoliberal Disaster Recovery in Christchurch

Crisis Politics and Neoliberal Disaster Recovery in Christchurch

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 2:54 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Originally posted on :
Otautahi / Christchurch street art (source) Guest article submitted to Fightback by Raven Cretney (Otautahi / Christchurch). Four years ago, on the day following the February 22nd earthquakes in Christchurch, Prime Minister John Key spoke these…

Jarden v EQC[2015] NZHC 1427  – Summary by Sarah

Jarden v EQC[2015] NZHC 1427 – Summary by Sarah

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 2:48 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Facts: the Jardens’ home was damaged by the Sept 4th 2010 and Feb 22nd 2011 earthquakes. The Jardens’ statement of claim sought a rebuild of their house on the basis that it was not economic to repair as the estimate cost …

Jarden v Lumley General Insurance (NZ) Ltd [2015] NZHC 1427  – Summary by Sarah

Jarden v Lumley General Insurance (NZ) Ltd [2015] NZHC 1427 – Summary by Sarah

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 2:48 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Facts: the Jardens’ home was damaged by the Sept 4th 2010 and Feb 22nd 2011 earthquakes. The Jardens’ statement of claim sought a rebuild of their house on the basis that it was not economic to repair as the estimate cost …

Positive earthquake recovery thoughts potentially dangerous

Positive earthquake recovery thoughts potentially dangerous

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:18 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity

Positive images of the Christchurch recovery are a “time travel dream machine”, but more distracting than negative ones, according to University of Canterbury (UC) research findings.

Continued Government support for Southern Response

Continued Government support for Southern Response

Monday, 13 July 2015 11:28 p.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

Last week's Scoop article about continued Government support for Southern Response is available .

Multi unit buildings - In The Know Hub seminar

Multi unit buildings - In The Know Hub seminar

Monday, 13 July 2015 9:48 p.m. by SouthernResponse

The In the Know Hub’s next seminar,  will be held .

Notes to consider on the draft transition plan

Notes to consider on the draft transition plan

Monday, 13 July 2015 10:43 a.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 expires on 18 April 2016. On 2 July 2015 CERA released a draft Transition Recovery Plan – , which can be viewed at and submitted on through . Feedback is due by .

Multiple events and proof of loss/damage

Multiple events and proof of loss/damage

Monday, 13 July 2015 9:44 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

The Courts have confirmed the ability of insureds to recover for separate damage to insured buildings in separate quakes even where the total recovery then exceeds the sum insured under the policy.  This has caused issues about proving the extent of the damage in each earthquake and remedial scope/costs.  In Vero Insurance New Limited v Morrison & anor [2015] NZCA 246, 16 June 2015 the Court of Appeal considered the use of a model based on ground shaking as a method of allocating damage and ...

MAS v East – Need to incur the cost(s) of rebuild/repair

MAS v East – Need to incur the cost(s) of rebuild/repair

Sunday, 12 July 2015 11:57 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Medical Assurance Society of NZ Ltd v East & ors [2015] NZCA 250, 17 June 2015 the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal by MAS against a High Court (Whata J) decision on the timing of payment of replacement cost and dismissed it on the standard of the work. The owners’ house was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake.  The concrete slab had a floor level differential of 44mm and areas of the slab had a slope greater than .5%.  The owners proposed underpinning the slab and MAS propose ...

Class actions – EQC & Southern Response

Class actions – EQC & Southern Response

Sunday, 12 July 2015 11:01 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Class actions against EQC and Southern Response have been the subject of media attention in the past 3 years.  This has intensified recently with the proposed class action against Southern Response.  Here is the link to Grant Cameron’s page.  Here is the Southern Response page about the proposed class action.  There is no specific mechanism, or rule(s), by which there can be a “class action” in NZ.  Rules proposed in 2008 have never been implemented.  Recently the Court(s) have ...

CERA new red zone proposal

CERA new red zone proposal

Saturday, 11 July 2015 10:35 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

CERA has released its draft red zone recovery plan.

EQC Act reform

EQC Act reform

Saturday, 11 July 2015 10:28 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Discussions begin on reform of EQC Act Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission (EQC), Gerry Brownlee, and Associate Minister of Finance, Steven Joyce, say the Government has developed a number of proposals to reform the EQC Act, which are being released for public discussion today. “These reforms are designed to ensure the EQC scheme remains focussed on insuring homes; resolves the difficulties experienced in Canterbury with the interaction of land and building cover; better integrate ...

Understanding processes during or after repairs

Understanding processes during or after repairs

Thursday, 9 July 2015 12:42 a.m. by SouthernResponse

The In the Know Hub’s latest seminar,  was held on  and was presented by Southern Response and Arrow.

Westende House – A Photo Opportunity for National?

Westende House – A Photo Opportunity for National?

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 2:06 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Around the corner from High Street, proceeding with more speed than anything else in Christchurch, silently, stealthfully and unnoticed by the media, the demolition of the undamaged Westende Building (2012)  progresses. With no “cover boy” photo opportunities wanted by anyone (and not a Member of Parliament to be seen)  this 2-year-old building joins the 100’s of other buildings from the central city at the refuse station.

Update on EQR repairs

Update on EQR repairs

Monday, 6 July 2015 5:15 p.m. by FletcherEQR Popular

Eight weeks after the establishment of a new Central hub repair teams are making good progress planning the completion of remaining repairs in the Canterbury Home Repair Programme.

Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell

Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell

Monday, 6 July 2015 5:02 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Last week I attended the book launch of the book Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell. She was the recipient of the Michael King Writer’s Fellowship in 2013 and was to write twin books, one fiction and …

Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell and Introduced by James Norcliffe

Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell and Introduced by James Norcliffe

Monday, 6 July 2015 5:02 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Last week I attended the book launch of the book Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell. She was the recipient of the Michael King Writer’s Fellowship in 2013 and was to write twin books, one fiction and …

Brownlee Baiting……

Brownlee Baiting……

Monday, 6 July 2015 10:19 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Interesting article in the Press this morning by Barnaby Bennett.  I particularly enjoyed his comments about heritage and the existing buildings. “Exhibit 5: He was wrong about heritage and existing buildings. Dr Jessica Halliday explains this best in her essay …

Booze left on the shelf after 2011 earthquake

Booze left on the shelf after 2011 earthquake

Saturday, 4 July 2015 2:03 p.m. by PRNews

Release: Lincoln University

Mayors statement following Prime Ministers announcement

Mayor's statement following Prime Minister's announcement

Friday, 3 July 2015 11:41 a.m. by LianneDalziel

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key's announcement this afternoon regarding plans for the transition of the Government's role in the recovery of Christchurch back to the city.

Gerry Brownlee: Regeneration the focus of Chch governance

Gerry Brownlee: Regeneration the focus of Chch governance

Thursday, 2 July 2015 1:27 p.m. by GovtBeehive Featured Popular

Press Release: New Zealand Government

Tomorrows seminar at the In The Know Hub

Tomorrow's seminar at the In The Know Hub

Wednesday, 1 July 2015 2:37 a.m. by SouthernResponse

The In the Know Hub’s next seminar,  will be held .

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD …. part 160

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD …. part 160

Sunday, 28 June 2015 8:36 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Well, here we are nearly 4.5 years down the track from the February 2011 earthquake and still waiting.  The city is in the depths of winter and despair. The building owners are fed up and walking away,  CERA is pulling …

Extending Canterbury accommodation support

Extending Canterbury accommodation support

Sunday, 28 June 2015 12:01 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Extending Canterbury accommodation support. “Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that the Temporary Accommodation Assistance (TAA) programme for Canterbury residents affected by earthquakes is to be extended. The TAA supports homeowners with additional costs such as rent, board, or …

Hope in the face of dishonesty and Southern Response – Guest post from the Christchurch Insurance Fiasco

Hope in the face of dishonesty and Southern Response – Guest post from the Christchurch Insurance Fiasco

Saturday, 27 June 2015 6:06 p.m. by Claimants4Claimants

The post on the Christchurch Insurance Fiasco is a MUST read for all Southern Response customers, whether they have settled or not.  The first couple of paragraphs are post below, please make sure you read the entire posting….  GO TO THE FULL POSTING HERE “The Southern Non-Response fiasco grinds on.  It seems that even after […]

HRC continues to urge Government to act with dignity

HRC continues to urge Government to act with dignity

Friday, 26 June 2015 2:42 p.m. by HumanRightsComm

HRC continues to urge Government to act with dignity

NZ Governments Free Legal Offer is a Divide and Conquer Tactic – guest post by Southern No-Response

NZ Governments Free Legal Offer is a Divide and Conquer Tactic – guest post by Southern No-Response

Friday, 26 June 2015 1:15 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

NZ Governments Free Legal Offer is a Divide and Conquer Tactic QC states on TVNZ – Southern Response Desperate – watch it HERE. Read Gerry Brownlee’s comments on Stuff HERE. Read the Southern Response offer HERE. When the Southern Response …

Quake Outcasts v The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake

Quake Outcasts v The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake

Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:58 a.m. by PRNews

Quake Outcasts v The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake

Hope in the face of dishonesty and Southern Response – Guest post by Sleazkey

Hope in the face of dishonesty and Southern Response – Guest post by Sleazkey

Thursday, 25 June 2015 4:04 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

The Southern Non-Response fiasco grinds on.  It seems that even after four and a half years, neither Government nor Southern Response could care less about the plight of the hundreds of homeowners who have either received nothing or have been …

Southern Response Free Legal Offer – Divide and Conquer

Southern Response Free Legal Offer – Divide and Conquer

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 6:39 p.m. by Claimants4Claimants

When the Southern Response claimants first received an offer of “two hours of free legal advice”, we are sure there were many things that went through their minds, like: that’s weird; why? First up, the list of questions provided by Southern Response are very good questions, they are very good questions to ask any legal […]

Special edition e-newsletter: Thoughts on the proposed class action + free legal advice

Special edition e-newsletter: Thoughts on the proposed class action + free legal advice

Monday, 22 June 2015 4:41 a.m. by SouthernResponse

Click for our special edition e-newsletter #7: 

Chief Ombudsman confirms Ministers’ are breaking the law by continuing to withhold information

Chief Ombudsman confirms Ministers’ are breaking the law by continuing to withhold information

Friday, 19 June 2015 9:14 a.m. by Claimants4Claimants Popular

JOIN THE PETITITION HERE The Chief Ombudsman has today confirmed a final opinion that the Ministers’ have broken the law, and continue to break the law. 

Did you know ….

Did you know ….

Thursday, 18 June 2015 5:15 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has bought a “3.7 percent stake in Insurance Australia Group (IAG) for 500 million Australian dollars ($388 million) as part of a partnership that IAG said would reduce its capital requirements and support its return on …

Did you know Berkshire Hathaway buys a big chunk of IAG

Did you know Berkshire Hathaway buys a big chunk of IAG

Thursday, 18 June 2015 5:15 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has bought a “3.7 percent stake in Insurance Australia Group (IAG) for 500 million Australian dollars ($388 million) as part of a partnership that IAG said would reduce its capital requirements and support its return on …

Has your Port Hills property been zoned correctly?

Has your Port Hills property been zoned correctly?

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 9:21 a.m. by CoffeyProjectsChCh

Many home owners missed their opportunity to submit an appeal against the Christchurch City Council (CCC) District Plan and challenge their property's zoning.

Customer e-newsletter #6

Customer e-newsletter #6

Friday, 12 June 2015 3:47 a.m. by SouthernResponse

Click to view our latest customer e-newsletter, released 11th June 2015.

Answers to our questions “being reconsidered by MBIE after further information from EQC” – by Change.org

Answers to our questions “being reconsidered by MBIE after further information from EQC” – by Change.org

Monday, 8 June 2015 3:33 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Answers to our questions “being reconsidered by MBIE after further information from EQC” Canterbury Claimants Christchurch, New Zealand 7 Jun 2015

Christchurch Police Station Blown up by Controlled Implosion

Christchurch Police Station Blown up by Controlled Implosion

Monday, 1 June 2015 2:39 p.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews Popular

At 5pm on Sunday 31st May, the earthquake-damaged police station in Christchurch central was brought down by a controlled implosion.

Detailed Repair/Rebuild Analysis (DRA) in the news

Detailed Repair/Rebuild Analysis (DRA) in the news

Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:46 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

You may have seen coverage in the media regarding information we provide to our customers - in particular, the Detailed Repair/Rebuild Analysis (DRA) which records the building elements of your home and the earthquake damage sustained.

Get the Slides: Insurance Dilemma Meeting – Over 600 attended

Get the Slides: Insurance Dilemma Meeting – Over 600 attended

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:46 a.m. by Claimants4Claimants Popular

A great turn out at the Insurance Dilemma Meeting arranged by Claimants 4 Claimants and supported by Lane Neave and Anthony Harper.

Presentations from Cash Settlement evening May 25th

Presentations from Cash Settlement evening May 25th

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:30 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Here are the presentations from the Cash Settlement meeting held at the Transitional Cathedral last night. *         http://www.slideshare.net/Jotomero/may-2015-the-insurance-dilemma *         http://www.slideshare.net/Jotomero/dr-duncan-webb-of-lane-neavecash-settlments *         http://www.slideshare.net/Jotomero/peter-woods-of-anothony-harpercash-settlments-and-eqcFiled under: Uncategorized

This weeks seminar at the In The Know Hub

This week's seminar at the In The Know Hub

Sunday, 24 May 2015 11:36 p.m. by SouthernResponse

The In the Know Hub’s next cash settlement seminar coming up will be called

Free E-Book Special Report on insurance cash pay-outs and Cash Settlement public meeting details

Free E-Book Special Report on insurance cash pay-outs and Cash Settlement public meeting details

Saturday, 23 May 2015 10:04 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

This may be a useful resource for people. It is a free e-book special report on Cash settlements. Click on their website to down load the information. http://www.asqs.co.nz/. Have you been offered a cash pay-out instead of a repair for your …

Red-zone forest park an unmissable opportunity

Red-zone forest park an unmissable opportunity

Friday, 22 May 2015 4:50 p.m. by greeningtheredzone Popular

Returning the Avon River Red Zone to a large native forest park will improve health, wealth and wellbeing – and is an opportunity Christchurch can’t afford to miss.

Change.org Update

Change.org Update

Friday, 22 May 2015 12:55 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Canterbury Claimants just posted an update, Rt Hon. John Key – Prime Minister, Hon. Gerry Brownlee – Minister Responsible for: Canterbury Earthquake, EQC, Southern Response, Hon. Nick Smith – Minister Responsible for Building and Housing, Ho…: Conduct a truly independent …

Preliminary Draft Residential Red Zone Offer Recovery Plan – guest blog by Jan Burney

Preliminary Draft Residential Red Zone Offer Recovery Plan – guest blog by Jan Burney

Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:00 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

“This is the first opportunity to provide your views on whether the Crown should make new offers to buy vacant, commercial and uninsured properties in the residential red zone and, if so, how such offers should be structured. The Crown …

Another very sad day for New Zealand democracy!

Another very sad day for New Zealand democracy!

Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:00 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

 

MediaWorks are about to make a decision on the future of Campbell Live

MediaWorks are about to make a decision on the future of Campbell Live

Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:23 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Click on this link below and make your voice count! BREAKING: MediaWorks are about to make a decision on the future of Campbell Live.     ~Future Proofing for a sustainable, participatory, democratic society. https://thechristchurchfiasco.wordpress.com/about/ https://twitter.com/fiascofiles http://www.facebook.com/thechristchurchfiascoFiled under: Uncategorized

Christchurch is on the rise

Christchurch is 'on the rise'

Monday, 18 May 2015 2:27 p.m. by TourismChCh

Christchurch is well on the way to becoming the newest and most innovative small city in the world, says the head of its regional tourism organisation.

Some helpful hints to help you know your value: Costings Part II: guest post by Sarah O’Brien

Some helpful hints to help you know your value: Costings Part II: guest post by Sarah O’Brien

Monday, 18 May 2015 1:04 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Recommended Popular

In order to determine the value of major items in your home, which will assist you in establishing a fair value when it comes to negotiating with your insurer, here are some tips and suggestions: 

CERA- compulsory acquisition

CERA- compulsory acquisition

Saturday, 16 May 2015 11:53 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Insurance Settlement Agreement trends – Part I: guest post by Sarah O’Brien

Insurance Settlement Agreement trends – Part I: guest post by Sarah O’Brien

Friday, 15 May 2015 12:52 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS: Part 1 ‘LIKE FOR LIKE TO WHEN AS NEW, USING MODERN MATERIAL EQUIVALENTS’ The ‘shocking truth’ is, I have found that most insurance company settlement agreements which I have read, are offering the claimants between 33% to 50% …

An award of Interest – are you entitled to it?

An award of Interest – are you entitled to it?

Friday, 15 May 2015 10:41 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Understandably after four years of waiting for settlement of what are often clear cut claims I am beginning to receive more and more questions from people about ‘interest payments’ and whether or not these could be recovered from insurers. Below is …

Response from Andrew Little, Labour Leader of the Opposition

Response from Andrew Little, Labour Leader of the Opposition

Thursday, 14 May 2015 3:42 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

6 May 2015 Dear Sarah Thank you for your letter. 

A Significant Milestone- guest post by Empowered Christchurch

A Significant Milestone- guest post by Empowered Christchurch

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 3:32 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Empowered Christchurch has reached an agreement with the City Council on a process to protect the rights of ratepayers.One of the Building Consent Authority’s roles should be to protect ratepayers from dangerous building practices.The Council has now agreed with us …

Cash Settlements – guest post by Claimants 4 Claimants

Cash Settlements – guest post by Claimants 4 Claimants

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:43 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Managing the Insurance Dilemma: Cash Settlements Event to be held at the following time, date and location: Click here to register: https://canterburyinsurance.eventbrite.co.nz. Monday, 25 May 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (NZST) Christchurch Transitional Cathedral 234 Hereford Street Christchurch, …

Managing the Insurance Dilemma: Cash Settlements

Managing the Insurance Dilemma: Cash Settlements

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 10:38 a.m. by Claimants4Claimants

Dr Duncan Webb and Peter Woods are following up as promised on the 22nd February Forum. Below is the link for you to be able to register. This is a free meeting, but asking for a donation to help those out in Nepal. Sincerely hope you can make. Every bit we learn, every bit we do differently as homeowners, is one way to apply pressure to achieve change from our government and insurers.

Time To Ask The Hard Questions About The Central City Rebuild

Time To Ask The Hard Questions About The Central City Rebuild

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 3:54 p.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

There is a saying that when ministers or the government release information late on a Friday it is usually because they want it swept under the rug without too many questions. This happens a lot with this government to do with this recovery and last Friday it happened again. This time we must take notice as it is a very serious situation. We must start asking some hard questions of CERA and the government.