Repair nightmares: The 'six-week' earthquake repair, five years later

The Press, May 15 2017

Repair Nightmares explores Canterbury's failed earthquake repairs issue. The first in the series looks at a house made uninhabitable by botched work.

Paul Barrett has spent four years living in his parents' loft waiting for a six-week repair job on his home to be finished.

"You do get really, really p..... off," he said. "But the problem is, you do kind of get used to life as it is."

Earlier this year, the Financial Services Ombudsman (IFSO) scheme revealed an increasing proportion of complaints in Canterbury were to do with failed earthquake repairs.

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Simon Darby