Earthquake Commission: No agreed claim deal for future disaster

Liz McDonald and Michael Hayward, The Press

New Zealand's natural disaster safety net has no agreement with insurers to receive claims as happened after the Kaikōura quakes, if another major event strikes.

However, the Earthquake Commission (EQC) believes its good relationships with insurers would lead to fast agreements if needed, chief executive Sid Miller says.

Miller, along with EQC chairman Sir Michael Cullen and deputy chief executive Renee Walker, was appearing at the commission's annual select committee review at Parliament on Wednesday.

Cullen told the committee that even with 400 staff now, EQC was unprepared for another major event.

EQC before Christchurch had no capacity to do anything – the size of its staff was laughably small.
— Michael Cullen

Simon Darby