EQC called to account over 'when new' repairs

JOHN MCCRONE, The Press

It was confusing. Insurance claimants said they had won a crucial victory. EQC replied nothing had changed. So what was the EQC Action Group settlement about? JOHN McCRONE reports.

Were insurers given a licence to bodge Canterbury's earthquake repairs? Again that blunt, simple question is being asked after a "landmark settlement" won by Christchurch law firm Anthony Harper and its EQC Action Group.

In April, the action group representing some 100 insurance claimants extracted a statement from the Earthquake Commission (EQC) spelling out exactly what "as when new" should mean under its statutory cover.

In particular, it was confirmed that hastily-drafted Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) guidelines for assessing foundations did not constitute any kind of official threshold for establishing earthquake damage.

Nor, more especially, could they count as a target for a home's eventual standard of repair.

Article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/79939636/EQC-called-to-account-over-when-new-repairs

Melanie Tobeck