“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” (Anne Frank)
Thanks for the feedback about the newsletter and the little gremlins that still seem to find their way into our formatting. Fingers crossed that we have fixed these problems this week.
Finally released today is the agreement between CERA and City Care to clean up the suburbs, see below.
Also there is a lot going on in our communities that we would like to hear about so please remember to let us know what your groups are doing or how we could support you. Kathryn Wilson our new Communty Liaison Manager officially starts next week and we know she is very excited to get going, so don’t be surprised if she gives you a call to ouch base.
Brian and Leanne
CanCERN Surveys / Data Collection
Our apologies for the second link not working last week. All has now been fixed so don’t hesitate to fill in all three as this information could provide evidence for claims we are making about insurance and EQC related issues. All identifying information remains confidential to the CanCERN staff.
- EQC and my insurer don’t agree on the total cost of the damage to my house. https://docs.google.com/a/cancern.org.nz/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFFsaXluaHlpcXVjbTJoQXlpV0lMTUE6MQ#gid=0
- I have a report from a professional that suggests the EQC/insurance assessment is incorrect. https://docs.google.com/a/cancern.org.nz/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEU0dE5ieU8wQ2VJU3EtcXNGUk9DS0E6MQ#gid=0
- My insurer initially told me that my house was a ‘total loss’ (rebuild) but now they have said I am a repair. https://docs.google.com/a/cancern.org.nz/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHdmYTk2SXAxcmQyd204VGp2RGcxOFE6MA#gid=0
CERA are in the process of developing a communications and engagement plan. They are working with DBH, EQC, Councils and insurers to do this and are meeting next week to work through options. Obviously the delay is frustrating but please rest assured that CanCERN is continuing to put the pressure on for clarity. The TC3 Guidelines are supposedly due out at the end of March. We wait with bated breath and hope that this document will bring some speed to the repair and rebuild of those in TC3. As an aside, the land testing in TC3 is due to begin in the next couple of weeks. Apparently people will be informed as to when they may have a rig pull up./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
RIVER OF FLOWERS
A big thanks to Michelle Whitaker and Evan Smith for putting so much energy into making the memorial day happen in the suburbs. 1000s of people of course turned the idea into a memorable reality. Here is a fantastic photo from facebook and a few words from Janice Lavelle – host of the Princess Margaret Site Approximately 300 people gathered on the banks of the Heathcote opposite TPMH to mark the day and observe the 2 minute silence. As well as folk from the hospital many locals and at least 2 groups of school children joined in. After the silence we were gifted a beautiful rendition of Pokarekare Ana from a woman and her son and many folk joined in. The flowers were overwhelming beautiful on the river even though the water was murky after rain. The tree of hope was laden with messages pictures and poetry. I saw lots of tears and hugs and people standing alone and quietly reflecting. Afterwards there was a real sense of peace from something well done./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
RESIDENTIAL RED ZONE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME – WE DID IT!
Finally this has gone through and is something that CanCERN and its members can lay claim to.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said $770,000 would be made available to fund the “Working InZone” programme to get unemployed Cantabrians working in the red zone. They would start next week, and Bennett said they would clear up overgrown gardens and rubbish and have “a general tidy up”.
Brownlee said some workers would also be trained and employed as security guards to make the areas safe and secure.
“Given the recent cases of arson in the area, this is a welcome service for those living nearby – all residents need to feel safe.”
The Working InZone initiative is a partnership between Work and Income, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera), City Care Christchurch and Waimakariri District Council.
When will EQC make its final decision on how to settle my claim?
If your claim appears to be suitable for managed repair by Fletcher EQR, EQC will refer your claim to Fletcher EQR. If not, your claim will be cash settled.
But a referral to Fletcher EQR is not a final decision by EQC to repair your property. Further information may come to light during the Fletcher EQR process resulting in EQC deciding to cash settle part or all of your claim (for example pre-existing construction defects or ’leaky home’ issues) that are not insured under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 (EQC Act).
EQC will only make a final decision to reinstate any part of a property with damage or issues not covered under the EQC Act when it commences or continues to repair the relevant part of the property with full knowledge of the particular damage or issues not insured under the EQC Act.
We have asked EQC for an official response to the following questions: NO RESPONSE AS YET
- How will EQC act as insurer if homeowners opt for Option 2 of the government’s Red Zone offer?
- Will EQC instate a case manager system for those who have been deemed uneconomic to repair so homeowners can negotiate their settlement options?
- Will this be face-to-face, bearing in mind the difficulties telephone and e-mail communications have caused?
- How will replacement value be assessed?
- EQC does not cover out of scope damage so will homeowners be able to claim this from their insurer?
- What settlement options will be offered to homeowners?
- When will they become available?
- Homeowners under their insurer only paid one excess. Will this apply if EQC is acting as the insurer?
- Will this role require new legislation and, if so, how will the delays impact on homeowners?
- How soon will homeowners in this category be contacted?