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My Next Prediction – A Man Made disaster in Christchurch (Part I)

My Next Prediction – A Man Made disaster in Christchurch (Part I)

Sunday, 18 May 2014 12:25 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

It is said that history repeats itself – does it not?! However, one might imagine that intelligent people and ‘advanced’ nations might learn from their previous mistakes and again I sit and watch another New Zealand  man-made disaster appearing on the horizon at a rapid rate of knots. In my book, , I predicted the insurance nightmare which currently has the City firmly in its grip – my next prediction is that we will see a huge earthquake repair fiasco lead ...

s124 notices & physical damage

s124 notices & physical damage

Sunday, 18 May 2014 11:28 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Latest News and Upcoming Events from Avon-Otakaro Network

Latest News and Upcoming Events from Avon-Otakaro Network

Sunday, 18 May 2014 7:22 a.m. by AvonOtakaro Featured Popular

Law firm helping the Student Volunteer Army connect the community

Law firm helping the Student Volunteer Army connect the community

Friday, 16 May 2014 3:31 p.m. by VolunteerArmy Popular

University of Canterbury’s UC Student Volunteer Army will team up with law firm Duncan Cotterill this weekend to help the Ilam-Riccarton community in Christchurch.

Supreme Court and Red Zone

Supreme Court and Red Zone

Friday, 16 May 2014 12:42 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

By a judgment 5 May 2014 in Quake Outcasts v The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery the Supreme Court has granted leave to the Quake Outcasts and Fowler Developments Ltd to appeal the decision(s) of the Court of Appeal.

Failed insurance company remedial work

Failed insurance company remedial work

Friday, 16 May 2014 12:11 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

I am now seeing second generation cases where building work done by/for insurance companies in purported performance of their insurance policy obligations has failed to properly remediate the property to the appropriate standard. 

Opening of the first exhibition at Arts Central

Opening of the first exhibition at Arts Central

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 7:32 p.m. by ChChTony Popular

Arts Central is the first gallery of fine art and craft to open in central Christchurch.

Engagement on Special Schools Network

Engagement on Special Schools Network

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 3:59 p.m. by GovtMOE Popular

The Ministry is currently undertaking engagement around special school provision in the greater Christchurch area.

Insurance coverage for foundation repairs

Insurance coverage for foundation repairs

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:51 a.m. by SouthernResponse

AMI/IAG will continue to provide insurance to houses with repaired foundations where the repairs are insurer managed. Any repair work completed outside of an insurer managed repair programme must comply with MBIE guidelines, including the issued building consent and a Code Compliance Certificate for any work requiring it.

Second Opinion Reports

Second Opinion Reports

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:12 a.m. by SouthernResponse

The Detailed Repair/Rebuild Analysis (DRA) is our official document listing the full extent of the damage to your home. The DRA is the basis of determining if your house is economic to repair and any specifications of what a repair or rebuild may include.

ICNZ TO PARTICIPATE IN DECLARATORY JUDGMENT

ICNZ TO PARTICIPATE IN DECLARATORY JUDGMENT

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:58 a.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

Money Isn’t The Problem

Money Isn’t The Problem

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:29 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

As we know the council is in a tight place financially about its cost share requirements for rebuilding the city infrastructure, anchor projects and community facilities. The exact number is in because Mr Brownlee thinks the council’s independent review has the numbers wrong, but it shouldn’t matter.

Silt and the City

Silt and the City

Saturday, 10 May 2014 2:00 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

The 

SURF New Brighton - Change our world in 28 days

SURF New Brighton - Change our world in 28 days

Friday, 9 May 2014 11:50 a.m. by SURFcommunity Featured Popular

Remarkable Red Zone scenes captured by NZ Police photographers

Remarkable Red Zone scenes captured by NZ Police photographers

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 1:18 p.m. by CantyMuseum Popular

Canterbury Museum in collaboration with the New Zealand Police, proudly presents

Communities collecting flood data – template available

Communities collecting flood data – template available

Monday, 5 May 2014 2:09 p.m. by CanCERN Popular

The Christchurch City Council is collecting information from those residents affected by repeated floods. The Beckenham Neighbourhood Association has met with the Spreydon Heathcote Community Board to facilitate the collection of this data. If you live in that Ward and are affected by floods and would like to complete their survey please click .

Why are politicians deliberately obstructing recovery?

Why are politicians deliberately obstructing recovery?

Monday, 5 May 2014 10:54 a.m. by HughPavletich Popular

Why are central and local politicians deliberately obstructing an affordable / normal recovery ?

Southern Response Class Action Comment

Southern Response Class Action Comment

Monday, 5 May 2014 10:40 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

A local lawyer has been promoting a potential class action against Southern Response.  The promoters of the class action idea say their complaint is about the time it has taken to resolve claims. 

Christchurch Exodus – Cosmetic only?!

Christchurch Exodus – Cosmetic only?!

Sunday, 4 May 2014 4:52 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Every year, tens of millions of people abandon their homes because of natural disasters. I am currently hearing stories in Christchurch that this is beginning to happen here as well. Unfortunately this appears to be only the tip of the iceberg. CERA and associated bodies do not seem to realize/care that Christchurch residents are only prepared to put up with so much. Solutions to the insurance stale-mate and flood risks need to be found sooner rather than later otherwise the ...

Meeting your claims specialist

Meeting your claims specialist

Friday, 2 May 2014 11:44 a.m. by SouthernResponse

If you would like to meet your claims specialist or other Southern Response team member you will need an appointment.

OPINION: Future Christchurch needs to rethink transport

OPINION: Future Christchurch needs to rethink transport

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 6:35 p.m. by LukeChandlerNZ Popular

Christchurch needs to rethink public transport.

Metamorph gallery a beacon of hope in the new Christchurch

Metamorph gallery a beacon of hope in the new Christchurch

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 5:01 p.m. by ChChTony Featured Popular

Insured Losses of February And March Storms $25 Million

Insured Losses of February And March Storms $25 Million

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 4:22 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

Storms and flooding that mainly hit Canterbury in February and March have led to insured losses of about $25 million, the Insurance Council of New Zealand reported today.

Flooding

Flooding

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 2:40 p.m. by SouthernResponse

Intensive planning used to demolish hillside properties

Intensive planning used to demolish hillside properties

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:55 p.m. by SouthernResponse

Efficient demolition of the most precarious hillside properties on Sumner's Clifton Hill.

Urban Farm to launch composting initiative

Urban Farm to launch composting initiative

Monday, 28 April 2014 10:19 p.m. by Festa Popular

Agropolis Urban Farm is building a new initiative to divert organic waste from central city hospitality businesses and commercial offices into its compost heaps. Inner city composting workshops using innovative biological methods and traditional approaches will help launch a new grassroots initiative to transform inner city organic waste.

New Brighton is putting the power back in the hands of the people

New Brighton is putting the power back in the hands of the people

Monday, 28 April 2014 9:51 p.m. by SURFcommunity Popular

The old adage says that if you want something done properly – then do it yourself.  So that’s exactly what New Brighton is doing, they are taking the lead in the rebuild and rejuvenation of their community.  

Christchurch Failure – The Long History

Christchurch Failure – The Long History

Monday, 28 April 2014 3:55 p.m. by HughPavletich Popular

The mongrel political and commercial culture of Christchurch has erupted in to the open.

Canterbury carrying out the world's first earthquake damage-resistant bridge testing

Canterbury carrying out the world's first earthquake damage-resistant bridge testing

Monday, 28 April 2014 9:52 a.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

University of Canterbury engineers are carrying out the world's first earthquake damage-resistant bridge testing on campus.

Dealing with traffic congestion on the Northern Motorway

Dealing with traffic congestion on the Northern Motorway

Sunday, 27 April 2014 10:39 p.m. by GovtECAN Popular

Environment Canterbury Performance Audit and Risk Committee today recommended Commissioners approve funding for a study to investigate the feasibility of a short-term passenger rail service on the existing railway line from Rangiora to Christchurch.

How not to Repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch Central City. part 142….

How not to Repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch Central City. part 142….

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 9:40 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Locked out of undamaged factory for 1157 days – (since Feb 2011) Do we still own our building????    Now 630 days since designated “South frame, Innovation Precinct” – only 1197 days to go before we get told if we are …

Avon-Otakaro Network welcomes Government announcement on residential red zone lands

Avon-Otakaro Network welcomes Government announcement on residential red zone lands

Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:10 a.m. by AvonOtakaro Featured Popular

“It is great that at last there is some forward traction on future use of the Avon River residential red zone lands, it is time we started to heal the wound that runs right through the east,” says Evan Smith Co-Chair of Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON).

The Other Side To The Recovery

The Other Side To The Recovery

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 6:09 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Recently I have been writing here, weekly, about current events and activities, such as new buildings, where insurers and authorities are at and the progress being made. At times this has been criticized for not discussing the issues people are facing, such as the housing shortage, insurance etc. Whilst these issues are of grave concern, there is also an appropriate time and place for discussions on these and to focus on solutions and outcomes.  

TWO MILLION DOLLARS OF FINANCIAL HELP AVAILABLE TO CANTERBURY COMMUNITY GROUPS

TWO MILLION DOLLARS OF FINANCIAL HELP AVAILABLE TO CANTERBURY COMMUNITY GROUPS

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 5:39 p.m. by Commtrust Featured Popular

Three years on from the Canterbury earthquakes, many community and social  service organisations remain stretched by additional demand for their services.

MBIE guidance for multi-unit residential buildings released

MBIE guidance for multi-unit residential buildings released

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 4:14 p.m. by GovtDBH Popular

Additional MBIE guidance for multi-unit residential buildings released

Need Some Support?

Need Some Support?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 8:13 p.m. by CanCERN Popular

Question about our future presence

Question about our future presence

Friday, 11 April 2014 4:25 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Earlier this week on Facebook I asked this question on Facebook;

Christchurch’s sizzle-seller to be receive honorary doctorate at Canterbury

Christchurch’s sizzle-seller to be receive honorary doctorate at Canterbury

Friday, 11 April 2014 3:04 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

One of Christchurch’s most passionate business people leading the city’s rebuild will receive an honorary doctorate at next week University of Canterbury graduation ceremonies.

Minister of Educations announcement for Phillipstown and Woolston Schools April 2014

Minister of Education's announcement for Phillipstown and Woolston Schools April 2014

Wednesday, 9 April 2014 1:41 p.m. by GovtMOE Popular

The Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced her decision on the proposed merger of Phillipstown School and Woolston School.

Uretek- use by insurers

Uretek- use by insurers

Wednesday, 9 April 2014 1:08 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Apparently Insurance companies have used Uretek to endeavour to relevel concrete slabs in Christchurch.  I am aware of situations where the use of Uretek has failed to achieve the required re-level.   Court proceedings are likely to be issued shortly.  Any people that have had bad experiences with insurance companies and Uretek are welcome to 

New Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Update

New Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Update

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 12:59 p.m. by Vbase Popular



Quake City admission charges on the rise

Quake City admission charges on the rise

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 11:53 a.m. by CantyMuseum Popular

Canterbury Museum has today announced admission charges to Christchurch’s only purpose-built earthquake attraction, will increase from Monday 5 May.

Quake Rebuild Insurance Woes Relentless

Quake Rebuild Insurance Woes Relentless

Monday, 7 April 2014 4:24 p.m. by InsuranceWatch Popular

Quake Rebuild Insurance Woes Relentless

Let’s Find & Fix

Let’s Find & Fix

Monday, 7 April 2014 10:21 a.m. by CanCERN Popular

 

New Alpine Fault Earthquake Research

New Alpine Fault Earthquake Research

Monday, 7 April 2014 9:11 a.m. by geology Popular

Canterbury DHB & Council land swap receives approval

Canterbury DHB & Council land swap receives approval

Friday, 4 April 2014 2:33 p.m. by GovtDHB Popular

Release: Canterbury District Health Board

Community Energy Action’s Curtain Bank going mobile

Community Energy Action’s Curtain Bank going mobile

Thursday, 3 April 2014 11:46 a.m. by Jaimita_de_Jongh Popular

The Curtain Bank is one of Community Energy Action Charitable Trust’s projects.

Earthquake & Insurance Law Conference

Earthquake & Insurance Law Conference

Wednesday, 2 April 2014 4:24 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Canterbury Earthquake Insurance Pay Outs Crosses $11 Billion Mark

Canterbury Earthquake Insurance Pay Outs Crosses $11 Billion Mark

Wednesday, 2 April 2014 11:29 a.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

Canterbury Earthquake Insurance Pay Outs Crosses $11 Billion Mark

Victoria Street Building Momentum

Victoria Street Building Momentum

Monday, 31 March 2014 2:10 p.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

Victoria Street is one part of the city really coming along in the early stages of the rebuild.In recent times each time I’ve driven down the street it has been different. There recently have been a number of new builds open which is fabulous for the city. 

High Court earthquake list

High Court earthquake list

Monday, 31 March 2014 8:45 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

EQC late payment & Interest

EQC late payment & Interest

Saturday, 29 March 2014 2:32 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Time for a Peep Under the Rug

Time for a Peep Under the Rug

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 6:43 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

In terms of the most costly earthquakes on the planet since the 1950s, the Christchurch earthquakes were the 13th (Sept 4th 2010), 17th (Feb 22nd 2011) and 18th (June 13th 2011) most costly. 

Coddington article is ill-informed and wrong

Coddington article is ill-informed and wrong

Monday, 24 March 2014 12:35 p.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

Southern Response is concerned at misinformation promoted in an opinion piece by Deborah Coddington in the Sunday Star Times.  The assertions in the article surrounding Southern Response’s completion statistics and percentages are simply not correct.  

Sum Insured inclusive/exclusive EQC payment?

Sum Insured inclusive/exclusive EQC payment?

Monday, 24 March 2014 12:00 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular