MAD rock n rollIt’s been a busy week for the CanCERN staff as we set things off rocking and rolling in the residential recovery space.

Here’s some of what we focused on to be MAD this week.

Over 65s
We pulled together insurers, EQC, CDHB, CERA, and a few community people to delve back into a space we’ve been talking about for a while: Getting over 65s through the repair/rebuild process better. We asked questions like: What motivates us to look more intently at this group? What concerns do we have? What is currently happening to get this group settled and well? Do we have enough good information to be able to pinpoint what’s working and where we could do better? This was a good discussion and we’ve already been able to highlight some of the stumbling blocks for progressing over 65s. The good thing about identifying the stumbling blocks is that it makes it much easier to figure out the solutions, and there’s no shortage of willpower to make solutions happen. So where to from here? We begin collating data so we can figure out where more resource is needed, or where existing resource needs to be better directed.

Quality of repairs
We had the opportunity to speak to some Wellington Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) officials about what we see on the ground regarding the quality of repairs. We took approximately 0.002 seconds to decide that this was an opportunity not be missed and scouted around for knowledgeable people in the community to support the discussion. Knowledgeable people were found and we set about sharing key concerns, some of which are as follows:

  • There are ample examples of repair work that is lacking and the reasons why are diverse – expertise and knowledge, assessment practices, interpretation of the MBIE Guidelines, repair methodology, and workmanship.
  • The legacy issues need to be clearly identified and addressed.
  • Assumptions have been made that the MBIE Guidelines will be used to indicate methodologies only in conjunction with overall expertise of a dwelling’s structure, its materials,  on-site information, etc. This assumption has been at times incorrect and has enabled repairs to be done that don’t take the ‘whole picture’ into account.
  • We believe the issues are potentially widespread and therefore need priority focus.

You would be amazed at just how much information you can put into a short meeting when the right people are there and listening is the focus. We appreciate the opportunity to add our information into the mix and will keep you updated if and when this line of conversation gains momentum.

In the Know Hub
The In the Know Hub is definitely gaining momentum with much of the funding secured, a venue in our sights, and agencies gearing up to provide information, education and expertise. A lot of focus this week has gone into logistics (thanks CERA) and figuring out how this Hub can be sure to Make A Difference. The big question is how do we make sure there is a good loop system working so that the information residents bring into the Hub (questions, concerns, stumbling blocks, solutions, etc) informs those working in the residential recovery space as well? If we can nail that we will be MAD in a big way.

Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget about the World Wetlands Day coach tour on Sunday!