Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Alliance questions earthquake "project manager" costs

Alliance questions earthquake "project manager" costs in Christchurch rebuild

Alliance Party media release
Sunday 13 November 2011

Kevin Campbell, the Alliance Party candidate for the south Christchurch electorate of Wigram, is questioning the need for Project Managers (such as Fletchers and Hawkins) who manage EQC repairs.

Mr Campbell is an experienced community lawyer who has assisted many residents with legal questions about repairs to their homes.

He says people have insurance with their insurers, they don't sign up to Project Managers.

"Why do we need them? Are they an extra layer of bureaucracy and cost?".

The insurance contract is there for the insurer to pay for repairs, not for the insured to have to pay the costs of a Project Manager, says Mr Campbell.

"Some of the Project Manager contracts I have seen as a lawyer are actually trying to give residents less protection than minimum legal entitlements."

"They are all designed to protect EQC insurers and project managers from risk, leaving it all with the residents."

Mr Campbell says the idea behind insurance is for insurers to take the risk, which after all is what residents pay for.

He says if insurers want to engage project managers, then let them do so at their cost, and leave the resident out of a contract between EQC/Insurer and the Project Manager.

Mr Campbell is also concerned about the pressure on tradespeople by Project Managers to sign off on minimum repair work only, some of which might not meet minimum building standards.

"Who is setting the minimum standard of repair work? Where are the Christchurch City Council building inspectors in signing off on standards of repair?"

Mr Campbell says he has heard of tradespeople being told to 'sign off on that or there's no more work for you.'

He says Christchurch people need guarantees and protection that repairs are well done, and they need remedies if they are not.

The Department of Building and Housing and Christchurch City Council should be taking a lead on this.

He says there is a great need for political oversight of the rebuild by representatives of the majority of residents. "I believe it is important that Christchurch has an independent political voice with experience in these issues outside the two big parties."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Elusive Charms Of Christopher Luxon

Well, the first 36 hours of viewing the Christopher Luxon selfie were always going to be the best, before the repetitions set in. We get it, already. He’s an extroverted/big ego/high achieving/God fearing/country music lovin’/family man who is not at all averse to mansplaining to little ladies like RNZ’s Kathryn Ryan what “technical” words like “productivity” actually mean. But wait, there’s more. National is back! Mind you, that’s not the Bad National of recent experience, but the Good National of days gone by... More>>


Luxon: A New National For New Zealand
National Party Leader Christopher Luxon has today announced a new National for New Zealand – a fresh, energised alternative government ready to deliver for Kiwis in 2023... More>>

Cancer Society: Hopes Final Pharmac Report Is Stronger

Today the delayed Interim Report was released by the Pharmac Review Panel. The performance of Pharmac and access to cancer drugs is a major concern for the Cancer Society... More>>

Defence: New Zealand Response To Assist Peace And Stability In Solomon Islands
The New Zealand government has announced that it will deploy Defence Force and Police personnel to Honiara to help restore peace and stability. “New Zealand is committed to its responsibilities and playing its part in upholding regional security,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.... More>>

CPAG: Child Poverty Monitor 2021 Highlights Persistent Inequities In Rates Of Child Poverty
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the release of the Child Poverty Monitor today, which shows that prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, poverty reduction targets were largely on track for Pākehā children, however significant inequities remained for tamariki Māori, Pacific and disabled children... More>>

National Party: Bridges Appointed Finance & Infrastructure Spokesperson

Hon Simon Bridges is the National Party’s new Finance and Infrastructure spokesperson, National Leader Christopher Luxon announced today. “Simon has prodigious skills, incredible talent and the intellectual heft needed to excel as National’s Finance spokesperson,” Mr Luxon says.... More>>

Waitangi National Trust: Waitangi Week
The Waitangi National Trust has decided there will be no in-person events at Waitangi Treaty Grounds during Waitangi Week 2022. Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework it would be practically impossible to safely proceed with the usual events of Waitangi commemorations... More>>




InfoPages News Channels