In my last post I discussed the issue of Citizenship and what that notion entails. The EQC review is one of those moments when citizens have their opportunity to fully participate in being a full participating member of New Zealand society.
But the question has to be asked: Whatever happened to the promised EQC Review?
Last night on Campbell Live both Ian Simpson (Head of the Earthquake Commission) and Gerry Brownlee (the Minister of Earthquake Recovery) were interviewed around the very slow state of progress in Canterbury and the frustration citizens are facing when dealing with EQC. The links to those interviews are here:
The Finance Minister Bill English and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced months ago, the review of the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 to be led by Treasury, with help from the Reserve Bank, EQC, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and an independent policy expert and they were to address the following:
– What types of property the Earthquake Commission insures, including the structure and extent of EQC cover;
– How the Earthquake Commission prices its insurance;
– The institutional structure and design of the Earthquake Commission, including its roles;
– The financial management of the Crown’s risk exposure and how it should be financed.
I submitted as part of the review a copy of The Christchurch Fiasco which I sent registered mail and to which I received not so much as even an ‘acknowledgement of receipt’ response. (See https://thechristchurchfiasco.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/my-submission-to-treasury-as-part-of-the-review-of-the-earthquake-commission/).
Public submissions were to be were to be received and “Treasury will consult other agencies and consider homeowner feedback, and report back with proposed changes in March 2013“. Did this ever take place? (See http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7695279/Government-to-review-EQC).
Well folks it’s now mid May 2013- so what’s happening? – An update from the Minister of Earthquake Recovery is now required.