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The new CanCERN website may be dodgy

The new CanCERN website may be dodgy

Monday, 12 August 2019 9:05 p.m. by avonsidechch

Some years ago the legitimate CanCERN website became redundant and ceased to exist. When it went so did all the files and newsletters associated with it. Last week, on the 9th of August, the old CanCERN website name became active again. As of today there is nothing on it, but more may come later.  I have contacted former CanCERN people and they have no involvement with it at all. Checks on the

Commemorating Avonside on Feb 22

Commemorating Avonside on Feb 22

Saturday, 16 February 2019 11:51 a.m. by avonsidechch

The Avon-Otakaro Network have organised a commemoration of Avonside at Retreat Park with a memorial and exhibition this coming Friday starting at 11.00 am. Retreat Park is on the corner of Retreat Road and Patton Street. All are welcome. The programme is: 11am                   Mihi whakatau and karakia: Te-Kaharoa Manihera 11:05am            Mayor speaks and then officially

Earthquake Recovery Symposium

Earthquake Recovery Symposium

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 9:48 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods has announced an earthquake recovery symposium to be held in November. There is a news release concerning this on the Council's website here.    The news item in Tuesday’s Press says it "... will be held on November 29 and 30 at the University of Canterbury. Up to 250 people from the public, private, community and academic realms will be

Vestiges – a Red Zone photography exhibition

Vestiges – a Red Zone photography exhibition

Monday, 11 June 2018 2:25 p.m. by avonsidechch

You may recall the Thanx 4 the Memories exhibition back in August 2013. Tim Veling, one of the photographers involved with that project, is continuing to photograph the Red Zones as the land changes.Tim has a small exhibition of some of the changed landscapes at COCA gallery in Christchurch. Details of the exhibition, that runs until the 29th of July, can be found on COCA’s website here.An

Red Zone Futures Exhibition

Red Zone Futures Exhibition

Monday, 4 June 2018 8:13 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Regenerate Christchurch have opened a public exhibition showcasing the big picture ideas they have developed for the Christchurch red zones. The exhibition is at 99 Cashel Street and runs 7 days a week until the 30th of June. Opening hours are on the exhibition website here..

Back again

Back again

Sunday, 3 June 2018 11:35 a.m. by avonsidechch

There are a few things happening so time to restart the blog.First information post will be tomorrow.Lawrence.

Survey of former residential red zone owners who accepted Crown offers

Survey of former residential red zone owners who accepted Crown offers

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 7:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

CERA is currently surveying all who were Red Zoned and accepted the  Government’s (Crown)  offer.  Research company Neilsen are conducting the survey and invitations to take part started going out via e-mail on the 14th (last week). If you were Red Zoned, and took the offer, you should have received a survey invitation by now. If not it is likely to be the result of a change of e-mail address

THX 4 THE MEMORIES - Avonside photographic exhibition now online.

THX 4 THE MEMORIES - Avonside photographic exhibition now online.

Monday, 5 October 2015 9:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The 22nd of August 2013 was the official opening of the Avonside photography project Thx 4 the Memories exhibited along Worcester Street. 

More support for legislative changes covering insurance non-disclosure

More support for legislative changes covering insurance non-disclosure

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 9:03 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Insurance Business New Zealand website reprorts that dispute resolution service Financial Services Complaints Ltd (FSCL) supports the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman’s view legislation is needed to deal with non-disclosure and insurance claims. The article is here. The following are extracts from the article: “We are a step behind overseas jurisdictions like Australia and the UK. “I think

Residential Red Zone offer feedback sought

Residential Red Zone offer feedback sought

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 12:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

CERA is seeking feedback on their Preliminary Draft Residential Red Zone Offer Recovery Plan. 

Legal class action against Southern Response?

Legal class action against Southern Response?

Thursday, 30 April 2015 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Wednesday’s Press has an article Southern Response class action ‘no win, no fee’ here. The proposal, offered by law firm GCA lawyers, is for “disgruntled customers of a major earthquake claims-holder to join "no win, no fee"class action lawsuit.” Sounds too good to be true (and potentially is). Click on the link to continue. The following extract from the Press article is important and needs to

Insurance Ombudsman wants insurance legislation to cover non-disclosure of information

Insurance Ombudsman wants insurance legislation to cover non-disclosure of information

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 6:40 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Insurance Business New Zealand website is reporting that the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman Karen Stevens supports legislation to better protect customers relating to information they disclose to an insurer. The following are extracts from the article (the full article is ).

A plan followed by consultation for the outstanding red zone Crown offers

A plan followed by consultation for the outstanding red zone Crown offers

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 9:20 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has decided that everyone can have a say on what level of pay-out should be provided to those in the Red Zones who have been ineligible so far (uninsured owners of land and property). It is hard to tell whether the Minister has suddenly been overcome by a desire to indulge in participatory decision making or it is a device to allow public participation

Help with making an Official Information Act (OIA) request

Help with making an Official Information Act (OIA) request

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 1:30 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The New Zealand Herald is helping to re-establish a website designed to make requesting official information as easy as possible. From the Herald’s website: The Herald is helping relaunch FYI.org.nz - a website which helps members of the public to make Official Information Act (OIA) requests. Rowan Crawford, a software developer, set up the FYI website after a 2009 Open Government event as the

Fair Insurance Code 2016– where to now?

Fair Insurance Code 2016– where to now?

Monday, 23 March 2015 6:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The revised Fair Insurance Code has yet to be ratified. It is to be considered at the ICNZ AGM some time this month and “there may be minor adjustments” to the Code. One wonders what “minor” might allow by way of changes.

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 3

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 3

Friday, 20 March 2015 7:18 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Insurance policies and the associated code of conduct cannot be seen in isolation from those who buy the policies, and the claims experiences they undergo. 

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 2

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 2

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

In this post we will look at whether the Code is fair or transparent, and whether utmost good faith remains relevant to New Zealand insurance practices.

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code and its shortcomings – Part 1

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code and its shortcomings – Part 1

Thursday, 12 March 2015 6:35 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Fair Insurance Code serves two purposes: operational and political. 

Fair Insurance Code Questions & Answers – Part 3

Fair Insurance Code Questions & Answers – Part 3

Monday, 9 March 2015 6:50 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

In the previous post, covering FAQ 7, it was stated that an underlying purpose of the Code was to pre-empt any external control on how insurers carried out their business. The point was also made that as far as interpreting insurance policies is concerned, insurers are very strong advocates of the Humpty Dumpty Position: "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it

Fair Insurance Code Questions & Answers – Part 2

Fair Insurance Code Questions & Answers – Part 2

Saturday, 7 March 2015 8:20 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Why is ICNZ so keen on having a Fair Insurance Code, and prickly over criticism directed at the Code? 

A helpful change to the insurance disputes process coming up?

A helpful change to the insurance disputes process coming up?

Friday, 6 March 2015 6:35 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Yesterday Paul Goldsmith, Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs, announced  the opening of consultations on changes to the maximum amount that could be taken to the insurance industry’s disputes resolution services (the full media release is below). The change proposed is an  “… increase to the cap on the compensation that dispute resolution schemes can award in relation to disputes about

Kaiapoi Red Zone photographic exhibition

Kaiapoi Red Zone photographic exhibition

Thursday, 5 March 2015 7:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Kaiapoi Public Library is currently hosting an exhibition of Red Zone photographs by Cosmo Kentish-Barnes. Cosmo  spent a few months around Kaiapoi photographing earthquake damage. F

Fair Insurance Code FAQ – Part 1

Fair Insurance Code FAQ – Part 1

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 6:21 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is not part of the Revised Code, just an explanation of the Review process and some of the positions taken by ICNZ on particular issues.

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 3

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 3

Monday, 2 March 2015 6:35 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

This post considers the final part of the Revised Code. 

ICNZ make a more detailed response.

ICNZ make a more detailed response.

Sunday, 1 March 2015 8:00 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Thursday’s blog covered the Insurance Council of New Zealand’s (ICNZ) response to an article on an insurance business website. The article featured the Avonside Blog’s commentary on the revised Fair Insurance Code. 

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 2

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 2

Saturday, 28 February 2015 6:28 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

As we get further into the Revised Code the number of new issues raised slows down. 

Where to from here for ICNZ?

Where to from here for ICNZ?

Friday, 27 February 2015 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

First, a minor correction regarding yesterday's post. The title, as originally posted, was almost what was intended, but not quite so my apologies for that. It was a bit of tongue in cheek and there was supposed to be a question mark at the end of the title – the omission was missed and I have now put one there. Even the Avonside blogger can get a little irritated and distracted when a lot of

The Empire strikes back.

The Empire strikes back.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 6:20 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

A journalist for Insurance Business Online yesterday wrote an article entitled New code slammed by earthquake blogger (here). It is a concise and well organised look at how the Revised Code is being analysed on this blog. Shortly after the article was published Tim Grafton, Chief Executive of the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ), made the following comment: Surprised and disappointed that

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 1

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 1

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Now we get to the nitty-gritty. If a paragraph by paragraph analysis isn't your thing come back next week, when we will be looking at the important stuff that was left out of the Revised Code. 

Comments on the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 3

Comments on the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 3

Monday, 23 February 2015 6:16 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular