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Saturday, February 9, 2013

EQC - Asbestos handling information has been updated.

EQC have updated their asbestos webpage (here), adding more information about how they are dealing with it.

The bulk of the new information is in the section How we're dealing with asbestos which now reads:

Friday, February 8, 2013

CERA and MBIE website for TC3

CERA and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have put together a website for those on TC3 land awaiting a repair or a rebuild.

From the website, which is here:

This website summarises relevant terms and information. It links to the organisations responsible for, and involved in, helping to rebuild your home.

The site will be updated with a wider range of residential rebuild content over the coming months.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Demolition of No. 57

57 Cowlishaw Street has been demolished. Alan Cooke’s photographs give a wonderful bird’s eye view of the process.

His photographs also show one of the attractions Avonside residents used to enjoy: though reasonably densely populated (ours was a small back section surrounded by many other properties) the area was an abundant forest with a diverse range of birds and insects that lived or visited. Our co-residents ranged from sparrows and thrushes, small dragon flies and enormous monarch butterflies, through to invisible bellbirds, obese wood pigeons, and a little black fantail for two winters in a row. No wonder the prospect of going to one of the sterile subdivisions has been unattractive to many. Sadly CERA will soon reduce Avonside it to a much lesser state.

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All photographs copyright Alan Cooke 2013.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Southern Response updates

Southern Response have published a geotechnical and a progress update.

The geotechnical update (here) explains the investigations being carried out, the methods used, and brief statistics of the work that has been carried out. Southern Response expect to complete all TC3 land by the end of this year.

The progress update (here) shows progress with claims up until the end of January 2013.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Insurance based Resilience Roundtable in Australia

From insuranceNEWS.com.au (here)

IAG and Munich Re have joined other Australian businesses in a group to examine the social and economic costs of natural disasters, and how they can be cut by making communities safer and more resilient.

Investa Property Group, Optus, the Australian Red Cross and Westpac Group complete the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities.

The members have commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to produce a white paper that will identify opportunities for governments to work with businesses, non-profit groups and community leaders in resilience-building; model the economics of mitigation versus recovery spend; and educate the community about risks, particularly extreme weather.

The report and recommendations will be released in the first half of this year after consultation with businesses, communities, governments and politicians.

An attempt to create a better world or to capture and control the post-disaster policy high ground?

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Review of the Australian General Insurance Code of Practice

Insurance website insuranceNEWS.com.au have published a report (here) on responses to date on an issues paper released by Ian Enright, the independent reviewer of the General Insurance Code of Practice. The review website is here.

Issues raised to date are covered in the article under the following headings, with my brief summary in brackets:

  • Product simplification (insurers don't want to be regulated into product simplification).
  • Total replacement cover (insurers don't want to be forced into making total replacement cover more widely available - it should be their choice).
  • Notification of dispute resolution systems (insurers don't want to be required to advise claimants of disputes procedures at the point that a claim is made).
  • Insurance Code presentation (general agreement the code needs to be tidied up but debate over whether membership should be mandatory).
  • Selling agents and brokers (disagreement as to how widely the code should apply in the insurance industry and how the arguably dubious activities of some selling agents, assessors and loss adjusters are best handled).
  • Code breaches (disagreement on naming and shaming those being investigated for breaching the code, but general agreement that penalties should be applied).

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