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.
Dorien has been away visiting family in the Netherlands and returned with a few trophies: wheelie bin stickers. The photograph tells the story.
Dorien brought back a few more than she needed and is happy to sell them for what she paid (NZ $12). There are three flower ones, and one in an ivy style.
If you are interested give her a ring on 3897379 or e-mail her at dorien (at)) xtra (dot) co (dot) nz (I have modified the e-mail address so spammers can't find it and add her to the lists of addresses they use - take out the stuff in brackets to get the address).
Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods has announced an earthquake recovery symposium to be held in November. There is a news release concerning this on the Council's website here. The news item in Tuesday’s Press says it "... will be held on November 29 and 30 at the University of Canterbury. Up to 250 people from the public, private, community and academic realms will be invited." Mayor Lianne Dalziel is quoted as saying the symposium will be preceded by a series of workshops. The full article is on the Press website here . Maybe my opinion is unduly cynical but it seems to me this is yet another high-risk situation. Many of the principle participants may be serial symposium and conference attendees, rather than practical and experienced people. If so it could end up being a talk-fest for a range of folk who neither directly experienced the after-effects of the earthquakes, nor made a valuable contribution to the recovery effort. Minister Woods is quoted…
The answer is yes, in the view of Australian consumers group Choice.
Choice announced the 6th annual Shonky Awards recently and the Australian insurance industry was top of the list. The reason why the industry was given an award ishere and in more detailhere. Some of the specific reasons behind the selection were: Policyholders dissuaded from making claims Insurance company staff talked policyholders out of lodging claims at the first point of contact. Policyholders were told over the phone not to bother because they wouldn't be covered, even though no claims assessment had been done. Some of these policyholders were able to lodge claims after repeated attempts.Claims summarily dismissed Claims were dismissed out of hand without any investigation. One company dismissed claims based on aerial photographs and said it would not send an assessor to the property. In at least one case, the photographs were taken after the flood waters had receded.Verbal assurances conveniently…