Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


EQC and Shine Lawyers reach agreement with ‘test case’

EQC and Shine Lawyers reach agreement with ‘test case’ homeowners

The Earthquake Commission and Shine Lawyers are delighted to announce that EQC has reached an agreement with the Gibling family, agreeing to cover the cost of repairs of remaining earthquake damage on their property.

“We are pleased that we have been able to make this offer to the Gibling family thanks to the new Government policy that was announced last week,” says EQC Deputy Chief Executive Renée Walker.

“The Government policy means we are now able to offer a solution to homeowners who previously had an uninsured gap between policy or act entitlement, and the cost to repair their property.

“This has enabled us to not only settle the Gibling case, but also agree a framework for settling the 54 other cases currently registered with Shine”.

The Gibling case was set to be heard in the High Court on August 26, but Ms Walker says the agreement has now provided certainty for the home owners and means the case is no longer required.

“We have been in regular discussions with the homeowners and their legal team from Shine, who both recognised a new opportunity to get a positive outcome for the family without the need to go to court,” says Ms Walker, adding that the professional and constructive working relationship with the Shine team played a key role in finding a solution.

Angela Parlane, Managing Director of Shine Lawyers says that “we are delighted to work with EQC to reach a settlement on this longstanding case.“

“Many of our clients faced financial ruin due to the unrepaired damage on their houses, and we now have a process underway for these people to be compensated. It‘s fantastic that we have been able to achieve this without the need for a three-week court trial and we look forward to bring closure for our clients so they can move on with their lives,” says Ms Parlane.

The details of the payment are confidential for commercial and privacy reasons.

“The payment does not mean that EQC accepts liability for the Giblings’ outstanding earthquake damage, but it is simply the best outcome for the family to get on with their life,” says Ms Walker.

Ms Parlane, added that “whilst we have settled without the need for a formal judgment, we are happy that our clients will receive their full legal entitlement, and often cases like this are settled without admissions of liability.”

EQC continues to register other affected on-sold property owners who want to be considered for potential ex-gratia payments and assess if they fulfil the criteria to start the process to receive a support package.

If you want to find out more about the criteria and how to register please visit the Canterbury page on the EQC website www.eqc.govt.nz.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Compensating Afghan Civilian Casualties

Reportedly, there have been nine incidents resulting in 17 civilian deaths and injuries (seven of the dead were children) caused by ordnance left behind on what used to be the firing range of our Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan province.

Given that the NZ Defence Force has needed to be hauled kicking and screaming into belatedly arranging an adequate clean-up of its old firing range… what would it take before New Zealand offers to pay compensation to the families of those who suffered death and injury from what was left behind on our watch? More>>


Fossil Fuel Investment: ACC Must Lead On Climate Change

As the largest publicly owned investor in New Zealand, the ACC board should divest from fossil fuels, demonstrating our leadership role on climate change, Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today. More>>


Total Officers, Up Less: Coalition's 1800 New Police Officers

The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. More>>


Predator Free: $3.5m For New Pest Controls

New Zealand First is proud to announce the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has allocated $3.5 million to develop innovative predator control approaches which will reduce the need for repeated 1080 use. More>>


Children's Day: Commissioner Calls For Govt Commitment

“Three decades on, we are able to celebrate some significant changes for children like the recent launch of a Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. But we still have a long way to go to prioritise children’s rights.” More>>


Elections: Proposed Electorate Boundaries Released

The Representation Commission is proposing changes to half of New Zealand’s electorates and establishing a new electorate in south Auckland… More>>


"Effectively A Permanent Amnesty": Final Month For Gun Ban Compensation

The firearms buy-back comes to an end a month from today, but the police say the amnesty for returning banned guns will continue into next year and beyond. More>>







InfoPages News Channels