Showing posts from October 21, 2012


In the blog on EQC’s Michael Wintringham’s reply to CanCERN (here), community group REAC was mentioned twice.Residents EQC Action Campaign (REAC) represents those who have been failed by EQC’s two year history of on-going ineptitude.Still in it’s formative stages, REAC is so far endorsed by: Addington Action, Beckenham Neighbourhood Association, CanCERN, CowPats, FIRST Union, Hobgoblin Network, Parklands Recovery Group, St Albans Residents Association, TC3 Residents Group, Travis Country Residents Group, WeCan.You can read more about REAC here..

Earthquake Royal Commission – eight more technical reports on representative city buildings

As with yesterday’s post, these documents are the supporting technical information underpinning the Royal Commission’s examination of the buildings named (click on the building name to go to the report):Christchurch Women's HospitalChristchurch Town Hall - 100 Kilmore StreetInland Revenue Building - 224 Cashel StreetClarendon Tower - 78 Worcester StreetGallery Apartments - 62 Gloucester StreetVictoria Square Apartments - 100 Armagh Street151 Worcester StreetBedford Row car park building - 20 Bedford Row.

Earthquake Royal Commission – technical reports on representative city buildings

From the Royal Commission’s website:
The Royal Commission's Terms of Reference require the examination of and reporting on a representative sample of buildings. The majority of these are reported on in Volume 2 of the Royal Commission's Final Report.The document’s made available yesterday are the supporting technical information underpinning the Royal Commission's examination of the following buildings (click on the building name to go to the report):Craigs Investment Partners House - 90 Armagh StreetWestpac Tower - 166 Cashel StreetChristchurch Civic Building - 53 Hereford StreetChristchurch Central Police Station - 48 Hereford Street.

EQC response to CanCERN letter

The link here is to EQC Chair Michael Wintringham’s response to CanCERN’s request that a new CEO be appointed to EQC.The response was predictable. Given the lack of action to correct the on-going systemic problems exhibited by EQC it was unlikely that the Board of EQC was going to suddenly see the light. The important thing is CanCERN has put the matter on record. A record that remains open.To my mind Wintringham’s response is yet another smoke screen where the realities of EQC’s continuing bad performance is masked by tenuous claims of having made great efforts to improve the lot of those who have claims with EQC. Tenuous claims such as:CanCERN having unparalleled access to EQC senior management (for discussions - yes, results leading to improvements in the quality of service to claimants – no), having introduced a free mediation service (only after having caused great distress to many claimants, available to those few who EQC decide are suited to it, and only if the issues aren’t s…

Time for a new CEO at EQC

Most people who have had dealings with EQC are aware of the organisation’s numerous shortcomings, invariably resulting in personal and family frustration, confusion, delays, stress, and hardship.Two years past the first earthquake and EQC still fails to demonstrate any ability to work with its clients in an open, effective and civilised way. Senior managers have fiddled with different approaches to carrying out their business, always tinkering and seemingly subservient to the needs of overseas reinsurers and indifferent to the needs of New Zealanders. Time for a change at the top.Two days ago CanCERN wrote to Michael Wintringham, Chair of the Board of EQC, requesting that a new CEO be appointed (the text of the letter is below).  The media release and report mentioned in the letter are also below.If you have views on this please make an effort to express them.  Gerry Brownlee, who is the Minister responsible for EQC, knows about Facebook so that would be a good place to start.(NOTE: E…

CERA, its values, and the 30 April deadline

The world of the earthquake-affected is generally aware the Government offer to Red Zoners, and especially the maximum settlement date of 30 April 2013, was premised upon a number of factors that haven't materialised, assumptions that turned out to be unrealistic,  and a lack of foresight by those who set the date and manufactured it's justifications. Since the setting of the date the situation has been exacerbated by more earthquakes and incompetence in critical places. Despite this the Crown Offers drawn up before the obstacles created by EQC, insurers, and the market in general, changed the playing field completely, are the objects of gross intransigence.The biggest issue for those wanting to rebuild is failure of the market to meet the needs of  Red Zoner’s. A primary failure is in making available, on time, suitable sections for those entitled to rebuild. The NZ Herald reported yesterday (here) that the Minister of Finance Bill English told Parliament "housing afford…

Avonside and post-earthquake health issues

The University of Canterbury yesterday published results of research into how people in four suburbs were coping with post-earthquake stress.On the website Rebuild Christchurch (here) the two research projects are described without identifying the suburbs concerned. The New Zealand Herald (here) identified the suburbs as Avonside, Cashmere, Hornby and Mount Pleasant. It is probably no surprise to read these observations in the New Zealand Herald:Clinically significant levels of acute stress were identified across the suburbs, but clinically elevated depression and anxiety were only evident in the most affected suburb - Avonside. Levels of drinking, anxiety and depression were higher in Avonside and Mt Pleasant, compared to the lesser-affected other two suburbs.The following are extracts from the Canterbury University’s post on Rebuild Christchurch:Participants in the more affected community reported greater symptoms of depression than the less affected community a year after the Febru…

House demolitions

Demolition of Susanne’s house at 44 Cowlishaw Street started on Wednesday, and was pretty much completed by Friday. The demolition was dusty, as someone forgot the hose, however the debris removal process was suitably controlled. Click on a photograph to enlarge it.

The Red Zone house demolition statistics for our little part of the world now stand at:
Retreat Road   12 Cowlishaw Street 3 Avonside Drive 2 .