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EQC has changed it’s Apportionment information yet again, and removed an important review provision

Yesterday EQC made major changes to the wording of its web page on apportionment (here). The information now available is less than what was put up on the 4th of December.If you are new to apportionment,  information on the current page will not give you as good a picture of what apportionment is as the earlier material.Of great importance is removal of information from the earlier version on what to do if you didn’t agree with your apportionment assessment:What to do if you don’t agree with how damage has been apportionedWhere EQC hasn't done a physical assessment of damage after each event, we generally work out apportionment by allocating a proportion of the total damage value to each event (rather than allocating specific damage – such as broken tiles – to an event). If you think you've been adversely affected by EQC’s apportionment of damage and you have evidence of damage on certain dates (eg, photographs), you can provide these to EQC and ask us to reconsider your appor…

Southern Response - Build Programme update

Southern Response have published a web page explaining how they intend going about “co-ordinating our repair and rebuild programme including a broad timeframe for when your home will be repaired or rebuilt.”The page is here and covers:the pre-design queue (which is explained) the build queue (which is explained) even spread of builds (over the different technical categories of land) catering for the vulnerable (finished by the middle of 2014) the expected number of repairs and rebuilds for each year until 2016 the possibility of an on-line system so you can keep track of what is happening with your home..

TC3 land geotechnical investigations are completed

EQC have announced that drilling of TC3 land has now been completed. The media release (here) reads:EQC’s geotechnical investigations into green zone Technical Category 3 (TC3) land have been completed – meaning approximately 10,500 Christchurch homes with foundation damage are a major step closer to being able to be repaired or replaced. The geotechnical programme began in March 2012 in the city’s eastern suburbs. It was expected to be completed by March next year – but has been completed early. The geotechnical investigations were required in order to get adequate information for foundation design. They aimed to identify or confirm soil characteristics for homes with foundation damage that are under the $100,000 (+ GST) EQC cap. The drilling was done in 50-metre grids and involved drilling bore holes to take soil samples, as well as cone penetrometer testing (CPT). Investigations were undertaken on 3,500 private properties, as well as roadside berms and reserves. Testing was not nee…

IAG – all repairs and rebuilds to commence in the next two years

IAG have issued a media release announcing, in general terms, the timetable for their repairs and rebuilds.IAG is providing further certainty for earthquake affected customers, confirming when in the next two years all residential property reinstatements will begin – with the last scheduled to start no later than the last quarter of 2014.IAG’s residential rebuild and repair programme involves 1700 rebuilds and 3000 major (overcap) repairs, which the company aims to complete by December 2015.For more information on IAG’s repair and rebuild timetable, the media release can be found here..

Coming from CERA soon - a web page devoted to community issues and questions.

CERA now have a web page to cover community issues and questions. Still in the early stages of development it will be based upon questions “developed by community groups for agencies working on the earthquake recovery to answer. Questions and answers are updated here online and a hard copy version will be available in January 2013.”The page, which has two sets of questions but no answers as yet, is here. .

Are insurance contracts unfair? What the Australians are doing.

The link here leads to an Australian legal website Lexology.com which in February this year published an article Are insurance contracts unfair? The article discusses whether or not insurance contracts are unfair, and if they should come under Australia’s Unfair Contracts legislation. Since it was written there have been developments with insurance contracts now to be covered by a similar approach, but using existing insurance legislation (albeit in a dilute form from what was initially proposed). However it is a good backgrounder on what is happening in Australia. The Insurance Council of Australia’s perspective is here.The Australian developments are important for us, as there is an on-going alignment of legislation between Australia and New Zealand (i.e. we end up doing what Australia has decided upon). In the context of unfair contracts, New Zealand law firm Buddle Findlay recently published an article Aligning trans-Tasman consumer law: New Zealand developments (here), and discus…

Official website for TC3’ers

CERA and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have established a website for those who live on TC3 land.  The website, Canterbury Residential Rebuild, ishere.The site describes itself as: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.It has information on:Drilling programme Foundation guidelines Geotechnical reports Land assessments The process What do I do? Who does what?And links for people who are:Home owners Tenants Builders, developers, engineers and building consent authorities Insurers Lawyers Realtors.

Update on Church plans from the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch

The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch has released a diocese property earthquake update here.The update includes the following:Bishop Barry has provided information to parishes regarding the Diocesan Earthquake Strategy In his letter he states that "Since the earthquakes, the diocese is working on two levels. A Strategy Committee is looking at the overall church and school needs for the diocese over the next 30 to 50 years, while on a more immediate level diocesan staff and professional advisors are looking at all parish properties that may be repaired and/or strengthened. As you will be aware, the extent of repair differs greatly from no damage to demolition."The webpage includes links to three downloadable updates:EQ Action Plan December 2012 Church Strengthening Programme Dec 2012 Diocese Repair and Rebuild Process Dec 2012.

Red Zone deadline extended

Minister Brownlee today announced that the 30 April 2013 deadline for leaving the older Red Zones has been extended by three months. A great thing to have happened, and much appreciated.

The next task, for very early in the new year, will be to bring scrutiny to bear on the sticking points – in many cases insurance issues.

The Minister’s announcement is here.

The full text of the statement reads: