Category Archives: Earthquake Information

Tribunal to speed up quake claims

Insurance lawyer turned MP Duncan Webb says the Earthquake Tribunal will be a “radical circuit breaker” for Christchurch.

Webb, now the MP for Christchurch Central, represented claimants against both EQC and insurance companies while in practice and now runs regular clinics to guide claimants.

“Problems with access to justice have plagued post-quake Christchurch. This legislation sets the scene for an informal, inquisitorial, speedy tribunal,” he says.

Many claims had stalled because of the unwieldy and expensive High Court process.
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Southern Response withholds Council refunds

The Labour Candidate for Christchurch Central, Dr Duncan Webb has discovered that Southern Response owes homeowners thousands in wrongly withheld refunds.
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Frustrated citizens to protest against EQC

protestLocation: Cathedral Square
Time: February 21 at 12pm
Description: Christchurch people fed up with EQC and insurance company behaviour plan to protest in Cathedral Square on Sunday.
They want the rest of New Zealand to know that there are still houses that have not been repaired or rebuilt and some people with fully- insured properties are still waiting for a decision five years after the earthquake that did the most damage to their homes. In the meantime, these homes continue to deteriorate and when they do settle will have to meet 2017 costs with compensation based on 2007 values. People are still waiting for settlement over land compensation and because of the shoddy work and lack of accountability over repairs many of those already repaired will have to be repaired again. The organisers of the protest are inviting people affected by this treatment to stand up and be counted in Cathedral Square at noon on Sunday. For more information check out Empowered Christchurch’s Facebook page.

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Latest St Albans News out now

febcover A strong post-quake theme runs through the February/ March edition of St Albans News, hardly surprising as February 22 marks five years since the second major quake struck Christchurch with gravity-defying force. A story about asbestos on a site in Mersey St brings home the possible dangers we now face with this once popular building material. Daph Parkins looks at life in St Albans in the early 1850s, through a selection from her grandfather’s memoirs, and rebuilding that will transform St Albans School into a learning centre for the 21st century is underway. All this and more in the latest edition of our very own newsletter. Click on the image to view the pdf.

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Getting to grips with Increased Liquefaction Vulnerability

About 4500 Christchurch homeowners have been told they have Increased Liquefaction Vulnerability (ILV) as a consequence of the 2010-2011 series of earthquakes and will be compensated.
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Massey Uni surveying quake insurance experiences

Massey University is conducting research into how badly or well the EQC and insurers responded to quake claims to ensure better responses to future large earthquakes.
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Meetings discuss liquefaction vulnerability

Location: Beulah Church, Springfield Road
Time: December 4, 10-11.30am
Description: EQC is hosting community meetings to explain how it determined qualification for properties previously identified as potentially having increased liquefaction vulnerability (ILV) land damage. The 90-minute meeting features presentations by EQC representatives and EQC’s engineers, Tonkin + Taylor, followed by a Q and A session (but not about individual claims). It is the first time in the world this type of land damage has been recognised as insured damage. Those who can’t make the meetings in St Albans (there are others at the same venue but at different times on December 9 (1pm start) and January 20 (7pm start)) can email info@eqc.govt.nz or phone 0800 326 243 to get an answer to their query, or ask for a face-to-face meeting with EQC staff. For further information visit www.eqc.govt.nz/ILV.
Source: Based on information passed on from EQC.

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EQC hosting meetings on increased liquefaction vulnerability

Location: Beulah Church, Springfield Road
Time: January 20, 7-8.30pm
Description: EQC is hosting another community meeting to explain how it determined qualification for properties previously identified as potentially having increased liquefaction vulnerability (ILV) land damage. Most of those affected have already received their qualification packs and EQC reports a relatively low level of interest shown in attending the meetings so far and has scaled back on planned meetings during January. The 90-minute meeting features presentations by EQC representatives and EQC’s engineers, Tonkin + Taylor, followed by a Q and A session (but not about individual claims). It is the first time in the world this type of land damage has been recognised as insured damage. Meetings are also being held at Beulah Church on December 4 at 10am and 9 at 1pm. Those who can’t make the meetings can email info@eqc.govt.nz or phone 0800 326 243 to get an answer to their query, or ask for a face-to-face meeting with EQC staff. For further information visit www.eqc.govt.nz/ILV.
Source: Based on information passed on from EQC.

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Managing the insurance dilemma: cash settlements

Location: Transitional Cathedral, Madras St/Latimer Square
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Time: May 25, 7-9pm 1
Description: With insurers wanting to cash settle on claims you need to know the process and entitlements. Dr Duncan Webb of Lane Neave, along with Peter Woods of Anthony Harper are giving their time to help homeowners learn a little about what cash settlement means and how best to navigate successfully through this situation. Peter Woods will specifically look at the EQC aspects. There will be time to ask individual questions. The event is being organised by Claimants4claimants. Donations are being taken at the meeting for Nepal’s earthquake recovery.

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Canterbury home repair programme winding up

The Canterbury Home Repair Programme, in its current state, will wind up in April 2015.
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Increased liquefaction vulnerability

Some properties in Christchurch are at increased risk of liquefaction happening as a consequence of the earthquakes. Mike Jacka from Tonkin and Taylor talks about identifying such land and how properties were assessed for this type of land damage at a series of seminars run by In the Know Land Hub. The seminar at Beulah Church is being held on October 14 from 6-7pm and repeated on October 15 from 11 am- 12 noon.

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Red Cross at work in Christchurch

Hear Anne-Marie Reynolds talk about how Red Cross continues to help the recovery in Christchurch at Beulah Church in Springfield Road. She is talking on October 9,10 and 14 from 11 am till 12 noon. Her talk is part of the In the Know Land Hub seminar series.

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