This started life as a weblog for those living in the Avonside area of Christchurch in 2011 & 2012, and for anyone else looking for information or news on earthquake assessment, rebuilding, and related matters.
Now it operates intermittently as and when it would be useful to comment on events or issues relevant to Avonside or the way New Zealand handles disasters and insurance.
David Haywood, who lives in Avonside Drive towards the Medway footbridge, is in the Red Zone. Yesterday he rang Tower and they gave him some bad news - his house is not a write-off so Tower won't give him a replacement house. Tower's view was that demolition of his house because of a government decision was not their business.
The following companies have created web pages outlining their response to the land package. Click on the company name to go to their site.
When reading the information on these websites do not take them as the last word on the payout scheme. The fine detail has yet to be worked out, and some of what has been announced may be fine-tuned over the next few weeks. If anything appears wrong or harsh let me know.
AMI BNZ who ask their customers to fill in a questionnaire to help them understand the impact of the package. BNZ are also offering a Christchurch Resilience Package for all owners of residential property inside the red zone, who are eligible for and take up the Crown Red Zone assistance packages. State
IAG are apparently preparing comprehensive information to be released for their clients in a few days. IAG insurance is offered through Lantern, NZI and State.
So far the most useful insurance company information page is that by Tower,here. .
Last night a number of us went to a very useful televised meeting on the corner of Retreat Road and Keller Street. TV One's Mark Sainsbury was interviewing Gerry Brownlee with local residents, followed by a short interview with Roger Sutton.
We have had meetings in this area before, and ages ago there was one on a hot, dusty afternoon where Roger Sutton rolled out his now famous diagram of Orion's issues in getting power through the city and into our homes. Organised by local MP Brendan Burns it was a very useful meeting, complete with a side show. The mayor turned up to take part and get into the photographs. An unnecessary distraction, he arrived in an army vehicle, an armoured personnel carrier I think, accompanied by army personnel and a small contingent of Australian police. Brendan Burns came in his little electorate car bearing gifts of dust masks, bottled water and hand sanitiser. Legend has it Roger Sutton arrived on a bicycle.
Tower have published a very useful information page on how the land zones affect their customers, and how Tower will respond to clients in the Red Zone. Part way down the page is a quick check list of client situations, and Tower's obligations in each of the circumstances.
A good and not very long read, even if you aren't insured with Tower. The information page is here.
Everyone in Christchurch is up to their ears in the land package. As about 30% of the readers of this blog are outside Christchurch (with 18% of those outside NZ) the following is a brief list of links that may help you to get your head around what is going on.
The basis of the whole thing is that residential land has been divided into four zones: Red - the land is unsafe and is to be abandoned (5,000+ residential sections)Green - the land is safe to live on (although some land repair work may be needed)Orange - due to the possibility of damage from the 13 June earthquake, further assessment is required after which the land will be reclassified either Red or Green White - either hill suburb land, which will be assessed in spring after winter rains and freezing have identified hidden problems, or non-residential land.Those who are in the Red zone are eligible for a government payout for their house and land, or of the land only (with the insurance company dealing with replac…
Before the day is over many of us will have received what we've been asking for - an answer on the status of the land, and how that affects us personally.
A few things to keep in mind until we get to see the map: today's announcement covers some of the worst affected areas. Other areas will be added over time. not all areas have had their geotechnical surveys concluded (there were geotech people measuring things in Cowlishaw and Galbraith streets yesterday). Consequently the status of some addresses could change (most likely to a worse land quality than the initial assessment)not everyone in the named river suburbs will be receiving the package, or at least not in the first round of announcements. This is a deduction based on numbers. Gail has worked out from Government statistics for 2006 that there were just over 7,000 dwellings in the areas named (Bexley, Avondale, Dallington, Burwood - Horseshoe Lake and Avonside - assuming Statistics and CERA use the same geogra…
Last night I attended a CanCERN meeting. The main speaker was CERA CEO Roger Sutton, who was there with three of his staff.
The following are my gleanings from the meeting.
The Package - a partial release The information soon to be released is not the whole package, as work is continuing on some parts of it. What will be provided is the status of land in the eastern suburbs. The identification of areas at risk from rock falls and hill instability will occur later (no indication when).Shortly (timing not indicated but apparently not far away) information will be available on new housing locations and the cost/prices for each area.Announcements on the financial aspects of the packages are a bit further down the track as there is a huge amount of work involved in discussions with insurers and reinsurers.How will people find out? While widely considered the most desirable option, property owners are unlikely to get individual letters. It is too big a task to coordinate so that everyo…
I've just read the transcript of the interview between Paul Holmes and Gerry Brownlee on TV ONE's Q+A programme today. You can read it here, courtesy of TVNZ and rebuildchristchurch.co.nz (Note: the transcript is in a raw state). You can replay the interview here.
There has been criticism that Gerry Brownlee talks a lot about nothing but there is a good deal of information in what he says. Perhaps part of the problem is Gerry doesn't have the demeanour or delivery of a television presenter. In the case of the Q+A programme the usual inadequacies of Paul Holmes (not well informed, quick to interrupt and overly fond of his own voice, not following up on some of the key points) interfered with an important opportunity to glean more information.
Whatever the problem, there is information in what Gerry Brownlee is saying. The important bits for me of what he said were: Liquefaction: "So, liquefaction alone is not a reason for abandoning land. There are other fact…
Something a bit out of the ordinary for those still in a preparedness frame of mind - charging your cell phone, radio or torch via boiling water or other heat sources. It works with any device that charges via a USB connection.
The Japanese charger is about to be released for sale. No idea what the exact price will be, but likely to be close to US$300. See the websitehere.