Christchurch house repairs about a third complete

Fletcher EQR and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority Minister Gerry Brownlee have praised the pace of residential repairs in Christchurch.

They cited a “milestone” of 30,000 full home repairs at a value of about $3.8 billion. These are houses with less than $100,000 of damage.

When NBR ONLINE asked Fletcher PR communications officer Barry Akers how many property repairs remained to be completed, he said about 60,000, meaning the programme is about one-third of the way through.

But most repairs so far have been to relatively undamaged homes in the west of the city and contractors have begun to focus on the more damaged and difficult-to-repair properties.

Some of these require significant piling work and in some cases it is unclear how it will be achieved in TC3 properties where deep piling or new “floating foundations” are required.

For example, it will be difficult to move some houses to allow for piling repairs.

Fletchers remains committed to completing work by the end of 2015.

c.hutch@clear.net.nz

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Wish that the rebuilds were that far along. We have now been living away from our 'unliveable' home (on the hill) for almost two years. IAG keep making public statements that we are a priority, but we simply can't see it. The house hasn't been demolished and we don't even have enough information to complete our site specific foundations - a step required before we can get a builder involved. We ask questions of IAG/State and don't get any responses. I only just heard the other day that a drill is coming into ChCh soon to do the ground work ... heard this from a third party. Great to hear the progress Fletchers is making, but how about doing something about getting people back into their homes (paying rent, insurance and rates is 'killing us' financially).

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NBR should ask the very simple question of EQC: 'How many homes over $50,000 and under cap, about $130,000 plus GST, have you repaired in the last month? How many are there to repair in this price range?"
Ask the question every month. You will soon discover EQC have no ability at all to get the job done.
I almost guarantee that the jobs 'completed' are ones where the insured has 'opted out' and done the job themselves.
I am still waiting for EQC to repair my home. I could well be dead before they do the job.

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TC3 home owners are the very worst off and many are under huge financial pressure paying rates mortgage and insurance for homes they can't live in and funding rental payments on top of the housing subsidy. This is likely to be their status quo until 2015 at least. Very dark days for many, especially those for whom it was their first home, usually young couples with young families and big mortgages. I'm seeing too many in this situation. Are there any answers for them soon?

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We just had a call that Fletchers were going to start work on our home in mid-February this year. Shame they hadn't been speaking to our insurance company, which, despite us letting them know that significant brickworks are to be done on our house, went ahead and arranged for new concrete driveways to be completed (with a 21-day period to cure).
Now had to contact Fletchers to move repairs out to May as this is next available date after concrete set and okay to put heavy equipment on. Grrr

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You could ask EQC regularly how many (residential) property owners have policies in the queue for "joint review" or whatever their term is for the situation where EQC and insurer disagree whether property is repair or rebuild, etc. And out of that figure, you could ask how many are cases where the insurer thinks it is a rebuild and EQC thinks its only a repair. I heard such a figure for joint review from an EQC call centre operator not long ago, but what it was has become blurred. is the number in the queue for joint review in the order of thousands or tens of thousands?

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