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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

Comments on the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 2

Friday, 20 February 2015 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch

The whole viability of the insurance industry depends upon utmost good faith which, according to ICNZ on their website here, means: An insurance policy is a contract of ‘utmost good faith’ between the insurer and the customer. The insurer is required to observe and honour the contract conditions. The customer is required to disclose to the insurer all material facts that could affect the risk.

Comments on the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 1

Comments on the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 1

Thursday, 19 February 2015 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch

An initial reading of the Revised Code creates the impression of it being a reasonable document. If you were not familiar with what had happened with insurance claims post-earthquake a second glance would seem unnecessary. To not take a second look at the words used, but bask in the warmth and comfort promised by the publicity hype, would be a dangerous oversight. Dangerous because

The Revised Fair Insurance Code

The Revised Fair Insurance Code

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

There has been a flurry of insurance related developments this month.

The Avonside Blog will be back in action soon

The Avonside Blog will be back in action soon

Thursday, 12 February 2015 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch

There are a couple of items of unfinished business relating to insurance and Official Information Act requests to be addressed. As a result there will be a few postings over the next couple of weeks.

Blog update - going into recess

Blog update - going into recess

Saturday, 24 August 2013 8:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Featured Popular

The Avonside Blog is going into recess. Why?

Avonside photography project – Official opening of Thx 4 the Memories

Avonside photography project – Official opening of Thx 4 the Memories

Friday, 23 August 2013 8:27 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Yesterday was the official opening of the Avonside photography project

Fracking and earthquakes

Fracking and earthquakes

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 3:35 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

From the website Science Daily (here). How Shale Fracking Led to an Ohio Town's First 100 Earthquakes Aug. 19, 2013 — Since records began in 1776, the people of Youngstown, Ohio had never experienced an earthquake. However, from January 2011, 109 tremors were recorded and new research in Geophysical Research-Solid Earth reveals how this may be the result of shale fracking. In December 2010,

Another Red Zone rebuild reversal

Another Red Zone rebuild reversal

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 6:35 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

A Red Zoner, having signed off with CERA just before the 31st of July, has now had the house that was a rebuild reclassified as a repair. .

Home insurance sum insured – Auckland Herald article

Home insurance sum insured – Auckland Herald article

Monday, 19 August 2013 8:51 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Diana Clement has written a very useful article on sum insured policies in the New Zealand Herald. The article (here), Make sure your house is valued properly, is a good read as are some of the comments. .

Retreat Road homeowner graffiti

Retreat Road homeowner graffiti

Friday, 16 August 2013 6:12 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

A lot of Retreat Road is gone now and, as houses have been abandoned, parting gestures have been left. Some are fond farewells and others more specific and pointed. Here are two that have personal messages for insurers.

Earthquake prone buildings – Cabinet Paper and Cabinet Minutes

Earthquake prone buildings – Cabinet Paper and Cabinet Minutes

Thursday, 15 August 2013 7:53 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment have released the Cabinet Paper and associated Cabinet Minute discussing and agreeing to the provisions for legislation requiring Territorial Authorities to assess buildings and for the buildings to be strengthened or demolished. Links to the documents are on their website  (part way down the page).

Avonside photography project update

Avonside photography project update

Thursday, 15 August 2013 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The University of Canterbury have posted more information about the project   .

AA Insurance - more on the July progress update

AA Insurance - more on the July progress update

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 7:45 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

In my post on the 10th of August () the observation was made that nearly half the AA Insurance rebuilds had “been cashed settled which, on the face of it, suggests a full replacement policy isn’t all it was advertised to be.”

Southern Response - the use of lighter cladding for rebuilds

Southern Response - the use of lighter cladding for rebuilds

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 8:00 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

If you have/had a brick house that is to be rebuilt it appears the Southern Response may substitute a lighter material for the external cladding. The news release is  and reads:

Southern Response - progress report to July 2013

Southern Response - progress report to July 2013

Saturday, 10 August 2013 8:02 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Earthquake-prone buildings

Earthquake-prone buildings

Thursday, 8 August 2013 7:42 a.m. by avonsidechch

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published the media release for the policy decision on managing earthquake-prone buildings (here). Part of the release states: The new system is designed to strike a better balance between protecting people from harm in an earthquake and managing the costs of strengthening or removing earthquake prone buildings. When the

Insurers - Changing a rebuild to a repair.

Insurers - Changing a rebuild to a repair.

Monday, 5 August 2013 9:15 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Today’s Press has an article by Lane Neave law firm partner Dr Duncan Webb on insurers changing a rebuild into a repair. This article is part of an on-going "agony uncle" series on how the law applies to certain situations. The article is here, and worth reading. There is also an e-mail address at the bottom of the article if you have a question you would like to submit. .

Christchurch Police - Facebook page

Christchurch Police - Facebook page

Friday, 2 August 2013 9:58 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Christchurch police have just set up a Facebook page to help Christchurch people be safe and feel safe. The page, which is here, has been active for less than two days and is already very popular.  See the faces of those with whom the police would like to have a chat. Anyone you know? .

Southern Response – asbestos handling information

Southern Response – asbestos handling information

Friday, 2 August 2013 7:14 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Southern Response have added the following information to their website (here), describing how properties with asbestos will be treated. Before your repair work begins the main repair contractor will assess whether they need to test for the presence of asbestos in building materials in your home - based on the age, construction materials used and the nature and location of earthquake damage.

CERA - updated Cabinet Papers and Minutes

CERA - updated Cabinet Papers and Minutes

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 6:27 a.m. by avonsidechch

CERA yesterday updated its page of Cabinet Papers and Minutes (here). A quick check indicates that the changes fall into four categories. The first is replacing unsigned documents with signed copies. The second is updated versions with some or all of the information that was withheld in the past. Third is where a larger paper has now been broken down into a separate document, and the fourth new