"Shifting the Balance of Power in the insurance industry – back to the policyholders! "

In memory of four years of our lives lost to Insurance and building issues in Christchurch.

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Unfortunately this article conveys the experience of many Cantabrians and though written somewhat tongue in cheek the essence of the experience comes through loud and clear.

ShakyTown Blues

A CBD Building Owners guide to surviving 15,787 earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand.

We own one of “Gerry’s Dungers” in the CBD. It is still standing despite the best efforts of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) to demolish all of the dungers in the CBD.

In memory of four years of our lives lost to Insurance and building issues in Christchurch. On the 22nd of February, 2011 our lives changed forever.  Here is a beginner’s guide for a building owner on how to survive.  Errors and omissions accepted.

Gerry's Dunger! Gerry’s Dunger!

1. Do Not expect any help from the authorities. (They will not help you do urgent repairs to your house/building nor offer meaningful assistance). The tendency of the authorities is to panic, pick up the Health and Safety manual and put idiots in charge. In our case they locked the building owners out of the CBD for 2 years…

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Author: Sarah Miles

Trained as a lawyer, psychotherapist and mediator. My goal is to make my voice heard for the causes in which I believe so as to improve and contribute to a more sustainable and equitable society. I believe in the enormous power of the human spirit and the power within each of us to effect major change. "The only triumph over evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing".

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