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24 April 2014

Let's Find & Fix is an initiative led by the community and aimed at finding
and providing temporary fixes to earthquake damaged houses that are not
weather tight, safe or sanitary before winter. The campaign is being led by
CanCERN along with Red Cross and Community Energy Action in partnership with
insurers, claims management companies, EQC, Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
Trust, CERA and CCC.

24th April - Update

Let's find and Fix is aimed at finding those homes where:
* there are holes in external walls, the roof or floor, or plastic used as
* there are problems with drainage where the toilet backs up, or there is
raw sewerage/waste water or polluted liquefaction lying on the property.
* there are external windows or doors do not open, shut or lock properly.
 Let's Find
The Let's Find & Fix has involved a door knocking campaign and an 0800
number (0800 233 551) for people to call to self identify. We now need our
community groups to continue to spread the word so that we find all those
that are eligible for the temporary fixes.  Please pass this information
around through all your networks or print out the graphic and put it on your
notice boards or go
HERE< https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B88Ehg2NKgoNc3NLTUs5SDFlNlE&usp
=sharing> to locate other material that you might want to use in a
newsletter or flyer that you have.
Let's Fix
Those houses that are determined as requiring a temporary fix before winter
will be contacted within 7 days by a Community Energy Action staff member to
find out more about what repairs need to be done and to arrange for a
contractor to visit the property.
Home-owners receive full documentation of their approved temporary fix.
Insurers and claims management companies have agreed that the costs of the
approved repair will not come off the home-owner's accommodation money or
effect final settlement.
 EQC will be accounting for the cost of the approved temporary repair
against the home-owner's claim but this will not have a monetary effect on
the home-owner unless the cost of the repair puts the claim overlap or the
repair is a permanent repair  All insurers and claims management companies
and EQC are committed to replacing approved temporary repairs with
substantive repairs when the home is fully reinstated.
Leanne Curtis
CanCERN Spokesperson
CELL    027 6555665
DDI      03 3100325<tel:3100325>
WEB    www.cancern.org.nz< http://www.cancern.org.nz >
Canterbury Communities' Earthquake Recovery Network is an Incorporated
Society (2550867), registered with the Charities Commission (CC47564) as a
network of representatives mandated by community organizations to advocate
for full engagement in the earthquake recovery.

The meeting was addressed my Jan Kupec, from Aurecon , and by Don Macfarlane from URS, both companies providing geotechnical advice on rockfall and other land issues to the Christchurch City Council (CCC), the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). Also attending was Helen Grant from Environment Canterbury.

Some points which were discussed:

  • The engineering teams are limited by limited availability of personnel - almost all the people in New Zealand qualified for this type of work are already here. Some work, such as abseiling down the cliffs above Wakefield Avenue, cannot be started until the people needed finish more urgent work.
  • The process for getting a red sticker removed from a home which is threatened by rockfall is:
    • The threat is assessed. 
    • Remedial action is taken.
    • The work is peer reviewed. 
    • CERA or the CCC remove the placard. 
  • This can be an agonisingly slow process, but is designed to keep homeowners as safe as possible. Once the peer review is complete the engineers have no further role.
  • Some clifftop properties may be subject to 'retreat' - owners may not be permitted to rebuild on these sites. A formula for retreat was mentioned: a setback from the cliff face of half the height of the cliff, although it was stressed that this is dependent on the composition of the cliff, whether it is crumbly or hard rock. 
  • Some of the houses on Wakefield avenue are subject to two distinct rockfall threats, one close and another from the top of the hills.

A red stickered group (although intended to cover all residents who have homes which are uninhabitable or which will be demolished) has been formed http://www.sumnercommunity.org.nz/Community-Groups/Community-groups/Red-Stickered. A representative from this group will be attending the 3 June CanCERN meeting.

If you would like to join the red placarded group send an email with your details.