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Independent advisor to speed up EQC claims

Independent advisor to speed up EQC claims

An independent Ministerial advisor will be sent in to EQC to help speed up the remaining Canterbury earthquake claims, Minister Megan Woods has announced.

“I’ve made it clear I am not satisfied with where EQC is at in respect of the Canterbury Earthquake work seven years on from the February 22nd event. For the around 2600 people with unresolved claims, being stuck in limbo is unacceptable. We’ve got to see faster progress for these people so that they can get their lives back on track.

“Today I have accepted the resignation of Sir Maarten Wevers, chair of the EQC board, and I thank him for his service. Next week I will be appointing an interim chair to oversee the changes I believe need to be made to speed up this process.

“I acknowledge there are people at EQC in Christchurch and around the country who are working hard but it’s clear to me that extra assistance is required to allow EQC to respond quickly and effectively to the challenge of sorting out the remaining claims.

“I am announcing today that I have asked for an independent Ministerial Advisor, reporting directly to me, to work with the Board and Management on a plan to further speed up the settling of claims. They will report their view on operational changes needed back to me. I intend this to be a senior public servant who would also work with MBIE around the wider insurance issue.

“This Government is determined to help people still struggling to get their claim sorted to be able to move on with their lives. This work will help make that happen,” says Megan Woods

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