Who are We?

InsuranceWatch was active from 2011 to roughly 2016, covering the early and torturously slow portion of the insurance response to the Christchurch earthquakes. It was coordinated by many volunteers, including:

  • David Stringer comes from a corporate background in pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals and medical devices. He is a current school BoT member, Chair of Ferrymead-Brookhaven Residents Association and member of the Coastal Hills Cluster committee, which covers residents associations from Ferrymead to Sumner.
  • Linda Rutland is a community organiser and fundraiser currently working in Mt Pleasant as an Earthquake Recovery coordinator.
  • Peter Hyde is a web and software company director helping out with the Redcliffs Information Centre and other quake-related community initiatives.
  • Tony Aldridge is a statistician with experience in analysing and solving a wide range of industrial problems.
  • Vicki Hyde is the former chair and current media liaison for the NZ Skeptics, and an author, editor and science journalist involved in local community projects.

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Magnitude of Misery

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In Your Words

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Survey Comments:

"Had a change in case manager recently and that seems to have helped a little in terms of communication (but still no action). Our land has been green since last Sept but insurance have essentially done nothing to progress our repair/rebuild apart from recently hand claim over to PMO who say they will see us in about 3-4 months. The planning process for our rebuild should have started the day after the land reports came out but insurer have endlessly delayed. We don't understand why they don't actually treat us as the priority everyone agrees we are, e.g why are others 'less needy' from home and financial point of view ahead of us in rebuild? We feel it is possibly because our house is an expensive rebuild and they want us to end up taking a lesser value cash settlement - what other logical reason could there be? We (by virtue of our house location) know lots of homeless families, with various insurers, and no one seems to be getting any real action re repairs/rebuilds - just bits of paper shuffling."

"We have been dealing through our Broker. But even they have trouble getting answers from our Insurers."

"No Issues good all round service."