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Cantabrians begin to tell the world…

Cantabrians begin to tell the world…

Monday, 11 January 2016 8:13 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

How long did the New Zealand Government and the private insurance industry think it would take before Cantabrians began to publicize their plight internationally. 2016 will see a resurgence of activity from the affected population.   http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/69310952/christchurch-homeowner-to-lead-iag-class-action https://www.change.org/p/iag-insurance-a-class-action-lawsuit-will-result-if-you-continue-to-mistreat-your-customers-and-this-will-affect-your-state-i ...

Self Regulation and the art of navel gazing…

Self Regulation and the art of navel gazing…

Saturday, 9 January 2016 11:25 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Was it just a failure by a regulatory authority, overlooked by a Government department, or it was intentional support of corporates by the government? Government departments don’t ‘overlook’ regulatory failures. Ministers decide what will or won’t be done!

About damn time…..

About damn time…..

Saturday, 2 January 2016 10:26 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Finally after more than five years of messing around with the lives of thousands of Cantabrians the Insurance Council has introduced a new code of conduct for its members. Insurers face a potential fine of up to $100,000 (yes that’s all) …

About damn time…..or is it lipstick on a pig?

About damn time…..or is it lipstick on a pig?

Saturday, 2 January 2016 10:26 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Finally after more than five years of messing around with the lives of thousands of Cantabrians the Insurance Council has introduced a new code of conduct for its members. Insurers face a potential fine of up to $100,000 (yes that’s all) …

Happy New Year Folks, 2015 in review

Happy New Year Folks, 2015 in review

Friday, 1 January 2016 5:30 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. You helped to make it happen. I look forward to hearing more from you all in 2016. Here’s an excerpt: Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people …

Insurance Council- Earthquake claim limitation

Insurance Council- Earthquake claim limitation

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 6:01 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Here is the press release from the insurance council to the effect that CNZ members AA Insurance, FMG, the IAG brands, MAS, Tower and Vero have agreed not to plead a defence under the Limitation Act 1950 or the Limitation Act 2010 for any residential claim relating to the Canterbury Earthquakes where proceedings are filed in the Courts before 4 September 2017.  This does not affect claims against EQC or Southern Response.   To save arguments and issues I still recommend that owners sue insurers ...

EQC- limitation earthquake claims

EQC- limitation earthquake claims

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 5:52 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Here is the link to the press release from the EQC website about how it will apply the limitation period(s) under the Limitation Act.  To be safe I recommend that owners sue before 4 September 2016.  Better to be safe than sorry.

The plan against the rebuild

The plan against the rebuild

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 8:16 p.m. by MakingChristchurch Popular

Corporate urbanism and the new Christchurch.

Corporate urbanism and the new Christchurch.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 10:30 p.m. by MakingChristchurch

Private insurers reassure Canterbury residents

Private insurers reassure Canterbury residents

Friday, 18 December 2015 6:16 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

Private insurers today moved to reassure customers that they will not use Limitations Act defences for residential claims arising out of the Canterbury Earthquakes where proceedings are filed before 4 September 2017.

Holiday hours

Holiday hours

Friday, 18 December 2015 2:20 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

As the year draws to a close, we'd like to wish you a safe and happy holiday and thank you for working with us throughout 2015.

Proposed representative action

Proposed representative action

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 12:59 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

There has been coverage this morning about the High Court hearing in Christchurch about a proposed representative action.

Limitation Act – Time running out

Limitation Act – Time running out

Monday, 14 December 2015 5:22 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Here is a link to a Press story about the 6 year limitation period under the Limitation Act and its effect on claims for earthquake damage.  To be safe anyone with an unsettled claim against EQC or their insurance company should sue by 3 September 2016. Once the limitation period expires that is the end.

Insurance claims and the Limitations Act - Policy is needed now!

Insurance claims and the Limitations Act - Policy is needed now!

Monday, 14 December 2015 1:33 p.m. by Swiggs Recommended Popular

Under the Limitation Act insured homeowners only have 6 years from the date of the damaging earthquake(s) within which to sue EQC and insurance companies for compensation.  

Fabulous Job Avaaz

Fabulous Job Avaaz

Monday, 14 December 2015 8:38 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

For those of you not familiar with Avaaz it is a 42-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live …

In The Know Hub to close

In The Know Hub to close

Sunday, 6 December 2015 8:16 p.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

The In The Know Hub at Eastgate Mall will close its doors as scheduled on Thursday 17th December 2015.

Be sure to fill this in….What’s your Experience

Be sure to fill this in….What’s your Experience

Saturday, 5 December 2015 10:20 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Despite the Insurance Council CEO, Tim Grafton’s recent comments, see http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/call-for-cantabrian-tales-of-earthquake-insurance/  about the insurers being well aware of their strengths and weaknesses it is critical that we as an affected population make sure they fill out this survey so the results can …

For a locally led recovery

For a locally led recovery

Thursday, 3 December 2015 11:26 p.m. by MakingChristchurch

Public invited to farewell UCSA building

Public invited to farewell UCSA building

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 4:43 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

For more than 40 years the University of Canterbury Students’ Association building has been a hub of student life, housing a radio station,magazinebars, a restaurant, and even a cat called Bentley.

Media statement in response to The Press

Media statement in response to The Press

Sunday, 29 November 2015 9:30 p.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

The following media statement was provided to The Press on 27th November 2015, in response to questions about the findings of a survey conducted in 2014.

Government Responsibility – Insurance and Climate Change

Government Responsibility – Insurance and Climate Change

Sunday, 29 November 2015 10:48 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

This Saturday I participated in the climate change protest in Christchurch City. It was great to see the thousands who attended. I was struck by the difference in the crowd between climate change protestors who were out in force and …

For a Locally Led Recovery: Change the Bill

For a Locally Led Recovery: Change the Bill

Friday, 27 November 2015 1:47 p.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

In April 2016, the legislation that enabled the creation of legally binding recovery plans and ministerial leadership over the post-quake recovery of Christchurch finishes. 

UC funding agreement varied

UC funding agreement varied

Thursday, 26 November 2015 4:59 p.m. by CantyMuseum Popular

The University of Canterbury and the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Hon Steven Joyce have agreed to vary the funding agreement for the University of Canterbury signed 15 September 2014.

Small victories worth celebrating

Small victories worth celebrating

Sunday, 22 November 2015 11:25 p.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

It's good to see a positive story in The Press about the rebuild, featuring one of our main contractors, Mike Greer Homes.

Local Publisher Releases New Edition of ‘Then and Now’ Christchurch Photo Book

Local Publisher Releases New Edition of ‘Then and Now’ Christchurch Photo Book

Friday, 20 November 2015 1:10 p.m. by KeswinPublishing Featured Popular

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The end of Lorraines rebuild journey

The end of Lorraine's rebuild journey

Friday, 20 November 2015 3:31 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

Lorraine's rebuild journey comes to an end this month as she moves into her new Jennian-built home. In the below video, Lorraine shares the final chapter of her rebuild story.

Launch of Beach Accessible Wheelchairs in New Brighton

Launch of Beach Accessible Wheelchairs in New Brighton

Thursday, 19 November 2015 1:07 p.m. by SURF New Brighton Featured Popular

 

Insurance Council welcomes Commissioner’s report on sea level rise

Insurance Council welcomes Commissioner’s report on sea level rise

Thursday, 19 November 2015 1:03 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

The Insurance Council of New Zealand welcomes the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright’s report on sea-level rise released today.

EQC Action Group to file proceeding in High Court

EQC Action Group to file proceeding in High Court

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 9:52 a.m. by EQCGroupAction Popular

 

EQC Action Group to File Proceedings

EQC Action Group to File Proceedings

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 8:36 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Tuesday 17 November 2015 EQC Action Group to file proceeding in High Court A group of 150 Canterbury homeowners known as the EQC Action Group will file a legal proceeding in the High Court against the Earthquake Commission (EQC) today. …

Nourishing body and Soul

Nourishing body and Soul

Thursday, 12 November 2015 9:21 p.m. by MakingChristchurch

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 8:41 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Hot off the Press… Notification that the South Frame details have been announced.  (The ones that have been sitting on the ministers desk for over 6 months….. Link here:  http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/73878366/south-frame-details-and-drawings-revealed “The powers that be” have finally released the South Frame …

Leave no-one behind’ essential in emergency response - Human Rights Commission

Leave no-one behind’ essential in emergency response - Human Rights Commission

Thursday, 5 November 2015 4:07 p.m. by HumanRightsComm Recommended Popular

The participation and empowerment of people  affected by national emergencies in decision making are two key principles the Human Rights Commission wants to see underpinning Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies.

Home of the Taniwha - The Big Picture

Home of the Taniwha - The Big Picture

Thursday, 5 November 2015 1:04 a.m. by EyesEast Featured Popular

EQC and its legal costs

EQC and its legal costs

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 12:00 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

This morning National Radio (Morning Report) broadcast an interview I did with Conan Young about the amount paid by EQC for legal costs in relation to Christchurch earthquake claims.  In information released under the OIA EQC disclosed that the legal costs have been $23.6M.  In 2014 the legal costs were $7.4M.  These numbers do not include amounts paid by EQC for legal costs of homeowners.  The interview was broken into 2 parts.  Here is the link to part 1 and here is the link to part 2.

Southern Response chairman Ross Butler in new rebuild role

Southern Response chairman Ross Butler in new rebuild role

Friday, 30 October 2015 2:18 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

An announcement has been made this morning by Minister of Finance Bill English and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee that our Southern Response Board Chair, Ross Butler, has been appointed as Chair to the new and highly anticipated entity provisionally named .

UC academic to be awarded for earthquake research at international conference

UC academic to be awarded for earthquake research at international conference

Thursday, 29 October 2015 4:13 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

University of Canterbury Associate Professor in Earthquake Engineering Brendon Bradley will receive the TC203 Young Researcher Award at the premier conference in his discipline, which is being held in New Zealand for the first time next month.

Newsletter #8

Newsletter #8

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 4:46 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Here is the link to EQC and Insurance newsletter from Grant Shand Barristers & Solicitors

The journey so far

The journey so far

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 12:55 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

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Eight seconds that changed an earthquake engineer’s life

Eight seconds that changed an earthquake engineer’s life

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 11:36 a.m. by PRNews Popular

 

High Court Earthquake List stats

High Court Earthquake List stats

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 10:07 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

The Christchurch High currently operates a special list to deal with earthquake cases.  Here are some stats from a recent Law Society presentation. 

Residential Advisory Service (RAS) – 30 minutes of free legal advice

Residential Advisory Service (RAS) – 30 minutes of free legal advice

Monday, 26 October 2015 10:24 p.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

Having trouble settling your insurance claim? Don’t know what to do next? Need help?

6 year limitation- sue or no money

6 year limitation- sue or no money

Monday, 26 October 2015 1:14 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Under the Limitation Act insured homeowners only have 6 years from the date of the damaging earthquake(s) within which to sue EQC and insurance companies for compensation.  If homeowners do not sue then the claim(s) for money are no longer enforceable.  So EQC and insurers will escape without paying.  For houses and land damaged in the earthquake(s) on 4 September 2010 court proceedings must be filed  by 3 September 2016.  That date is fast approaching.  Once the limitation period has expired th ...

EQC land claims

EQC land claims

Monday, 26 October 2015 12:19 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

As well as covering buildings EQC also covers damage to residential land.  Homeowners need to progress these claims now.  These claims expire if the homeowner does not sue EQC within 6 years of the land damage.  The primary claim is for the cost to restore/remediate the land.  Do not believe EQC when it tells you that it only needs to pay a difference in value of the land between now and before the earthquakes. EQCover for land is limited to land that is within the property boundary – and includ ...

A call for Cantabrians to recognise everyday heroes

A call for Cantabrians to recognise everyday heroes

Friday, 23 October 2015 12:09 p.m. by SCAPE Christchurch Biennial Popular

A new project is giving Cantabrians a unique opportunity to thank someone who has helped or been kind to them.

Todays Annual Public Meeting

Today's Annual Public Meeting

Friday, 23 October 2015 3:23 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

Our Annual Public Meeting was held today at Addington Events Centre.

Changes for Government housing support in Christchurch

Changes for Government housing support in Christchurch

Thursday, 15 October 2015 3:46 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

Today, an announcement has been made that the focus of the Government’s housing support in Christchurch is changing.

Christchurch housing response changes gear

Christchurch housing response changes gear

Thursday, 15 October 2015 3:46 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

Today, an announcement has been made that the focus of the Government’s housing support in Christchurch is changing.

Bad building video

Bad building video

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 7:10 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

here is a link to a story and video about bad building work – particularly of foundations.

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchuch CBD, Part 167….

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchuch CBD, Part 167….

Monday, 12 October 2015 7:37 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

So, whats new in Lower High Street….. 

Data Manipulation, IFV and ILV – Guest blog by Adrian Cowie

Data Manipulation, IFV and ILV – Guest blog by Adrian Cowie

Monday, 12 October 2015 1:50 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

MBIE took levels on the floors of newly built house slabs around New Zealand.  The largest height difference was 22mm, the smallest 11mm.  The average was 16mm in height. MBIE then ‘set’ the magical figure at 50mm.  Over 3 times …

Data Manipulation, IFV and ILV – Guest blog by concerned citizen

Data Manipulation, IFV and ILV – Guest blog by concerned citizen

Monday, 12 October 2015 1:50 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

MBIE took levels on the floors of newly built house slabs around New Zealand.  The largest height difference was 22mm, the smallest 11mm.  The average was 16mm in height. MBIE then ‘set’ the magical figure at 50mm.  Over 3 times …

Port Hills rebuild story

Port Hills rebuild story

Friday, 9 October 2015 12:02 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

The following article, published in on Wednesday this week, details the rebuild journey of the Jarman family who are now settled into their Port Hills home.

Lladro claim fails against AA Insurance

Lladro claim fails against AA Insurance

Thursday, 8 October 2015 5:41 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

In Newberry v AA Insurance Ltd [2015] NZHC 2457  the High Court (Nation J) on 8 October 2015 considered a claim by Brian Newberry about 30 Lladro figurines damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes that had a replacement value of $210,065.  The problem for Mr Newberry was that his insurance policy had a limit for “works of art” of $5000 per item with a total of $20,000, unless the items were separately specified in the insurance policy schedule.  Unfortunately, he did not specify the L ...

An Important Tool to Test Earthquake Tolerance

An Important Tool to Test Earthquake Tolerance

Monday, 5 October 2015 1:42 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Release: Praxis Communications