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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

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

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

THX 4 THE MEMORIES

THX 4 THE MEMORIES

Saturday, 27 July 2013 8:47 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

In November 2011 there was a blog entry Photographing the loss of Avonside (here) about a project to record a number of post-earthquake personal experiences. The purpose was to record, over a period of years, the lives of some Avonside residents as they and the suburb experienced the after-effects of the earthquakes. The first phase of the project is more or less complete and those of you who

Sum insured - what amount should you insure your house for? What could go wrong?

Sum insured - what amount should you insure your house for? What could go wrong?

Thursday, 25 July 2013 7:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

As mentioned in previous posts, future house insurance policies will be based upon what YOU have assessed as being the cost of rebuilding. This isn’t just the cost of time and materials, it also includes costs relating to demolition and disposal of the rubble, surveys, local and regional council consents, legal fees, plus others that are complex (e.g. disposing of asbestos) or don’t come to  mind

Earthquake Assessment Service for Wellington

Earthquake Assessment Service for Wellington

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 9:40 p.m. by avonsidechch

EQC have publicised a house assessment programme Quakecheck, that uses services offered by the New Zealand Master Builders Federation and Certified Builders Association and is available anywhere in the Wellington city area. The purpose of the programme is to assess the risk an earthquake will pose to your house. The cost is $160 (see here for cost information and inspection details), and it is

Earthquake information for Wellingtonians.

Earthquake information for Wellingtonians.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 9:35 p.m. by avonsidechch

EQC, Civil Defence and other agencies produce a range of information sources that are useful pre and post earthquake. New Zealand’s highly variable geography and geology means that the information is of a general nature. For those who want to do a bit of research on earthquake preparedness for a city with some characteristics similar to Wellington, the San Francisco area offers a range of useful

For Wellington

For Wellington

Sunday, 21 July 2013 8:30 p.m. by avonsidechch

It has been a hard day for many of you. Like other forms of strife, being in the centre of it creates a perspective few others can truly appreciate. Hopefully the night will be quiet and sleep comes quickly. Take a couple of days off and celebrate the fact that the worst didn’t happen.

EQC - Additional information posted on the Home Repair Programme page

EQC - Additional information posted on the Home Repair Programme page

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 7:47 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

EQC have added more important material to the Home Repair Programme page here. The headings for the additions are: Find out more information about the Canterbury Home Repair Programme Find out more about pre existing building issues The issue of asbestos Urgent repairs Certificate of title notification The last addition, notices on land titles, will have major insurance and re-sale

Southern Response - foundation repair trials

Southern Response - foundation repair trials

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

From the Southern Response website ():

EQC, floor levels and (in)competency

EQC, floor levels and (in)competency

Monday, 15 July 2013 7:29 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Yesterday Radio New Zealand () ran an item where EQC was accused of:

Radio New Zealand news - EQC assessments of damaged houses wrong

Radio New Zealand news - EQC assessments of damaged houses wrong

Sunday, 14 July 2013 9:17 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Radio New Zealand has reported this morning that:

EQC update - error with some “Know where you stand” letters

EQC update - error with some “Know where you stand” letters

Friday, 12 July 2013 9:10 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

EQC announced today () that there has been an error in about 4,000 “know where you stand” letters. From the EQC website (important bit has been highlighted):

Southern Response - progress report to June 2013

Southern Response - progress report to June 2013

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 8:55 p.m. by avonsidechch

Supporting workers in the rebuild.

Supporting workers in the rebuild.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 8:25 p.m. by avonsidechch

Paul Watson has an opinion piece in today’s Press raising the importance  of rebuild workers getting “… decent jobs with good wages, a safe work environment and a voice in how the city and the rebuild progress.”

AA Insurance - Sum insured for Canterbury customers – cover for retaining walls (bad news for Wellington and Auckland too?)

AA Insurance - Sum insured for Canterbury customers – cover for retaining walls (bad news for Wellington and Auckland too?)

Saturday, 6 July 2013 7:40 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

AA have updated their new policy information to include two questions and answers relating to retaining walls (they are basically the same question put twice). 

EQC & DBH - deviousness with house floor levels?

EQC & DBH - deviousness with house floor levels?

Friday, 5 July 2013 8:22 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Adrian Cowie, Director of Topografo Ltd., has written an article pointing out the inappropriate (incompetent and deceitful?) practices being used by EQC on the basis of the Department of Building and Housing’s less than professional amendment to building guidelines.