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Saturday, 25 February 2012

Village people - a report from Linwood Park Temporary Earthquake Village

David Haywood and his family, formerly of Avonside Drive, have moved into temporary accommodation while their lovely old Edwardian villa is relocated and repaired in Dunsandel. For them the temporary location is the government housing at Linwood Park.

You can read his account of them arriving arriving and settling in on his blog here. David has a great blog so you run the risk of spending plenty of time reading it.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Release of cabinet papers

CERA have released more cabinet papers covering:
  • Cabinet decisions made in July 2011
  • Further Cabinet decisions made in September 2011
  • Land zoning decisions made in November 2011
  • Land zoning decisions made in December 2011
  • Land zoning decisions made in February 2012
They can all be found here.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Inside information on EQC's practices

Today's Press has an opinion piece by builder Gideon Cooper, who worked as an estimator for EQC. Now, back working as a builder, he has put some of his experiences in writing.

The following is quoted from part of the story about iPads:
But when it came to damage, that was a different story.
The iPad was an excellent data-collection tool but a poor tool for scoping a repair strategy. I don't think it would have mattered how much training was given simply because the iPad gave you limited options and this would lead to ridiculous repair strategies being given.
Not only that, it was impossible to suggest that a structural engineer needed to look at a house unless it had basically fallen over.
What this means for homeowners is that many assessments have been done by under-qualified, under-trained, well-meaning people on a poor performing tool and the result is reflected in the scope of works that both homeowners and Fletcher get.
You can read the article here, to have many of your experiences validated and suspicions confirmed.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

CERA video - property demolitions in the residential Red Zone

CERA have produced a video featuring Warwick Isaacs and Brenden Winder discussing commonly asked questions regarding the residential red zone property clearances.

I wonder who decided on the term "clearances"? For Scots it has very sinister overtones.

The video is on YouTube here.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Free financial advice for Canterbury red zone residents

The Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income (formally the Retirement Commission) today launched a free financial advice service for Red Zone residents.

As part of the service it is possible to book a free consultation with a professional financial adviser via a CERA hub.
  • CERA Earthquake Assistance Centre: Corner Breezes and Wainoni Roads, Avondale - 0800 7464 2372.
  • Kaiapoi Earthquake Hub: 11 Cass Street, Darnley Square, Kaiapoi - 0800 639 000.
Also available are booklets from the sorted website here. The website of the Financial Literacy Commission is here.

The following is the Commission's media release:
Financial Advice for Canterbury residential red zone property owners
The Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income (the Commission) has been funded by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust to develop tailored information and resources for Canterbury red zone residential property owners to help them with their financial decisions around the Government offer to buy their property.
Initially the Commission developed the Red Zone Financial Decision Guide booklet and online resources on Sorted -
Following the success of these resources the Commission has been further funded by the Appeal Trust to set up a financial advice service which provides residential red zone property owners with access to qualified professional financial advisers for free one-on-one financial advice consultations.
At a glance
  • Free one-on-one confidential consultations with qualified professional financial advisers for residential red zone property owners
  • The purpose of the consultations is to help people understand their financial position and options
  • Consultations are one to one-and-a-half hours long and will result in the resident taking away a simple action plan which includes a list of things to think about and work through to help them in their financial decision making
  • Financial advisers are providing their services pro bono
  • The free advice will be provided by a group of experienced, local professional financial advisers.  The advisers don't represent the Commission, they are from a number of well-known and reputable organisations and are all Authorised Financial Advisers (AFAs).
  • The advisers involved have agreed to a set of protocols and parameters for the advice service.  They are not there to sell people products and they are not charging for their advice - so there is no cost to residents who seek advice. 
  • The Commission is facilitating the financial advice service on behalf of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust who have provided the funding to establish the service.  
  • The free financial advice consultations will be held at the CERA earthquake hubs at Kaiapoi and Avondale with the first appointments available from late February
  • Residential red zone property owners can access the services by making an appointment through the CERA Earthquake Assistance Centre at Avondale 0800 7464 2372 or Kaiapoi Earthquake Hub 0800 639 000.