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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!

NZDF Personnel To Attend Quake Memorial Service

NZDF Personnel To Attend Quake Memorial Service

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 9:59 a.m. by PRNews Popular

Release: New Zealand Defence Force

Quake counselling available to those who need it

Quake counselling available to those who need it

Monday, 15 February 2016 5:41 p.m. by GovtDHB Featured Popular

Release: Ministry of Social Development

Post earthquake situation update from Canterbury DHB

Post earthquake situation update from Canterbury DHB

Monday, 15 February 2016 5:36 p.m. by GovtDHB

Release: Canterbury District Health Board

High Court delays- earthquake cases

High Court delays- earthquake cases

Monday, 15 February 2016 3:29 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Some earthquake court cases have been in the Court system since 2013.  They have dragged through the joint expert process that the Court used to see as essential, but in practice achieved very little towards resolving claims.  Now that the cases have completed the interlocutory phases they are being allocated hearing dates.  Amazingly cases of 5 days hearing time are now being allocated hearing dates in March 2017.  That is appalling.  So much for the quick resolution of earthquake cases.

Cross leases and insurance obligations

Cross leases and insurance obligations

Monday, 15 February 2016 1:45 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

We continue to come across home owners who do not understand the extent of their obligations under a cross lease in relation to insurance for earthquake damage. The cross lease will usually contain a term obligating an insured to spend any insurance money received on reinstating the damage.  So an insured that takes a cash settlement could be sued later by other owners if they do not spend the money on reinstating.  All owners can agree to vary the cross lease if needed to delete this requiremen ...

To the Press: How are you feeling five years on?

To the Press: How are you feeling five years on?

Sunday, 14 February 2016 5:25 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

I came across the article entitled ‘Assignment’ on the Christchurch Press Stuff site. (See http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/13874510/Feb-22-How-are-you-feeling-five-years-on).  The assignment requests that you let them (the Press) know how you’re feeling five years on from the earthquakes. Be sure to have your say too! Here …

UK ‘EDIBLE’ STAR TO SPEAK IN CHRISTCHURCH FOR EARTHQUAKE’S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

UK ‘EDIBLE’ STAR TO SPEAK IN CHRISTCHURCH FOR EARTHQUAKE’S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

Thursday, 11 February 2016 5:59 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Release: Edible Canterbury

New Zealand’s first ‘pod’ hotel

New Zealand’s first ‘pod’ hotel

Thursday, 11 February 2016 6:19 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Source: New Zealand’s first ‘pod’ hotelFiled under: insurance

American corporate media silent on Fukushima’s continuing nuclear crisis

American corporate media silent on Fukushima’s continuing nuclear crisis

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 8:56 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Originally posted on :
While the American reactor industry continues to suck billions of dollars from the public treasury, its allies in the corporate media seem increasingly hesitant to cover the news of post-Fukushima Japan.  In reality, those…

Episode 5:  Christchurch.  The day time stood still.

Episode 5: Christchurch. The day time stood still.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 8:41 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Originally posted on :
In 2010 there was an earthquake in Christchurch.  It measured 7.1 on the Richter scale and the epicentre was 40 km west of the city.  7.1 is a pretty big quake but fortunately it happened in…

Deon Swiggs Newstalk ZB 10 February

Deon Swiggs Newstalk ZB 10 February

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 5:04 p.m. by CanterburyMorningsZB Popular

 

Universities team up to tackle disasters

Universities team up to tackle disasters

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 4:54 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Featured

Release: Joint Press Release

Backing nature in the red zone will pay financial dividends

Backing nature in the red zone will pay financial dividends

Tuesday, 9 February 2016 12:14 p.m. by greeningtheredzone Popular

By Ashley Campbell

Mission for the New Year

Mission for the New Year

Monday, 8 February 2016 5:58 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

A number of people have asked me already this year – ‘where are you at and where are you going?’. So I’ll use this space to quickly update everyone on my progress and my intentions for 2016.

The quiet dissection of the Canterbury policyholder?

The quiet dissection of the Canterbury policyholder?

Sunday, 7 February 2016 8:41 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

I have been involved in events in Christchurch for longer than five years now –long enough to be able to stand back and look at this situation from a more philosophical point of view and here are some of my thoughts on the processes that have taken place during the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes. I have used findings from the psychology behind mass annihilation and the processes that take place in abattoirs as the basis for my observations.  I think many of you would agr ...

Seeing Christchurch CBD through Tourist Eyes

Seeing Christchurch CBD through Tourist Eyes

Saturday, 6 February 2016 11:43 a.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews

After five years of covering Christchurch's earthquake devastation and the road to recovery, I ventured out to see how the city was being presented to tourists. were my hosts and the one hour tour was comprehensive and interesting. The vantage point of the open-top double-decker bus was excellent and gave me a new perspective of the city. Crumbling ruins still dominate some areas while in others, cranes and construction signal new life and growth. The giant "sand-pits" are still part of the lan ...

Quake Outcasts – Fresh High Court Proceedings

Quake Outcasts – Fresh High Court Proceedings

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 5:02 p.m. by QuakeOutcasts Popular

Release: Quake Outcasts

Private Insurance Earthquake Settlement Figures Demand Greater Scrutiny: guest blog

Private Insurance Earthquake Settlement Figures Demand Greater Scrutiny: guest blog

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 3:17 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

The Private Insurance sector continues to overstate the rate of progress of Canterbury earthquake insurance settlements. That from Christchurch accountant Cameron Preston who says figures in a media release from the lobby group¹, the Insurance Council of New Zealand, are …

Centre of Contemporary Art Re-opens w/ ‘Precarious Balance

Centre of Contemporary Art Re-opens w/ ‘Precarious Balance'

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 9:57 a.m. by PRNews Popular

Morale at beleaguered EQC hits rock bottom

Morale at beleaguered EQC hits rock bottom

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 9:45 a.m. by MeganWoods

Canterbury Spokesperson

MEDIA STATEMENT: CAM PRESTONS RELEASE ON CANTERBURY PROGRESS

MEDIA STATEMENT: CAM PRESTON'S RELEASE ON CANTERBURY PROGRESS

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 11:58 a.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

Chief Executive of the Insurance Council Tim Grafton says “Cameron Preston misrepresents the progress being made on the Canterbury residential rebuild.  Insurance Council members settled 5,392 major repairs and rebuilds in 2015 taking the total settled since the earthquakes to 18,958. 

Insurers settle 20% more claims in 2015

Insurers settle 20% more claims in 2015

Monday, 1 February 2016 12:19 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

Private insurers are on track to settle the vast majority of Canterbury earthquake claims by the end of this year, the Insurance Council announced today.

Christchurch: An accessible city?

Christchurch: An accessible city?

Friday, 29 January 2016 7:54 p.m. by Speak Up Korerotia

Is Christchurch an accessible city? How should we be building for accessibility - and thus inclusion?