“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice,
but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
Elie Wiesel

Dear Members

There are some pretty unbearable things happening to residents at the moment. It appears we have all signed up to contracts with EQC and the insurance companies that don’t come with any available fine print. Of course the fine print is there but we, the signatories of the contracts have never seen it. We don’t get to see the nuances of interpretation of policy and we certainly don’t get to see when the interpretations have been reviewed and changed nor do we seem to have any power to stop them. Or do we?

EQC has recently decided to change the way they administer the payments for repairs done under the ‘Opt Out’ scheme. EQC Changes Payout Rules – The Press 6 July. A new policy they say. IAG and VERO have decided to invoke ancient insurance law around the the Deed of Assignment meaning the purchaser of a damaged building may not be entitled to the full rights of the insurance settlement (full summary in last week’s CanCERN newsletter). Carpets and Drapes policies change, rebuild assessment magically become repair assessments as new tolerances are applied and cheap methodologies appear. Is this ok? … more next week…

Still Urgently need some spies. Please be on the look out for vacant pieces of land that we could use for storage and the creation of community based projects over the next 2 to 3 years. All ideas send to brian@cancern.org.nz

Kaiapoi High School is searching for a couple of kitchen stoves for the PTA and Student rooms in good condition that residents are willing to donate when they move on. If you can help please drop us a line.

Just a wee note to members who take parts from the CanCERN newsletter to use in their own communications with residents – if it’s come from our newsletter, please add a note identifying that.

Warm regards

Leanne and Brian