Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


CERA must name the date

CERA must name the date

"The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority must name the date for the establishment of the Residential Advisory Service", says Christchurch City Councillor Glenn Livingstone.

Livingstone, who promoted the concept of an Insurance Tribunal and Advocacy Service through the Council last July, which the Council unanimously adopted, says that it is long past time now for the service to be established. "Despite repeatedly asking at CERA elected member meetings and at Council earthquake forum meetings for a date for the Residential Advisory Service, I have not been given one. Meanwhile, our constituents are waiting to have their insurance issues resolved. We were told "by Christmas" by CEO Roger Sutton, then the New Year and now "we don't know." "This is not good enough. The Minister has often said that there are to be no obstacles in the recovery of Christchurch. In my view, unresolved insurance issues are the obstacle which we cannot look beyond", says Livingstone. "A residential advisory service has the potential to expedite both the social and economic recovery of Christchurch and until it is implemented, the recovery will not be as quick as it could be."

Livingstone says that the evidence of unresolved insurance issues is visible in the number of homes yet to be demolished in his ward of Burwood/Pegasus, which covers most of the residential red zone. "Two years following the February 22 2011 earthquake, many of these homes are still standing, reflecting the intractable insurance issues that my constituents are dealing with. Less visible but clear evidence of unresolved insurance issues comes from the city's mental health providers, who say that many of their clients' main source of ill-health is due to unresolved insurance and therefore housing issues."

"It is in everyone's interests that a date is named for the installing of this service", Livingstone says. "Once a date is named, a commitment will be put in place. I call upon CERA to name that date now."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news