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Private Insurance Earthquake Settlement Figures Demand Greater Scrutiny: guest blog

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downloadThe Private Insurance sector continues to overstate the rate of progress of Canterbury earthquake insurance settlements.

That from Christchurch accountant Cameron Preston who says figures in a media release from the lobby group¹, the Insurance Council of New Zealand, are wrong.

The Chief Executive of the Insurance Council, Mr Tim Grafton said yesterday: “Nearly 5,400 major repairs and rebuilds were completed in 2015 which reflected a 21% rise in the settlement rate last year compared with 2014”.

Cam Preston says, if the data provided by the Insurance Council’s members is be to believed, they have cumulatively completed nearly 5,400 major repairs and rebuilds in total for the 5+ years ended 31 December 2015 (since the first earthquake), and not in the 2015 year as stated by Mr Grafton.

“The data² supporting Mr Grafton’s statement, which is supplied to the Insurance Council by the its private insurance company members, via the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), clearly shows that in the 5+ years since the earthquake sequence began, only 2,430 repairs and 2,865 rebuilds have been completed by its members in Canterbury,” he says.

“Their own data contradicts their CE’s statement yesterday and the vast majority of those rebuilds and repairs (13,663 or 72% of all settlements) have been cash settled so let’s not jump to the conclusion that these are “builders on the ground” completed repairs and rebuilds. There are thousands of homes in the same condition as they were after the quakes which in itself could create another problem.”

Preston says it is incredibly disappointing that figures related to something which continues to cause so much stress and upset for people unnecessarily and years after the events, are still not being presented correctly.

He adds that it is just as concerning that the rate of completed repairs and rebuilds is slowing down, not accelerating as stated by Mr Grafton.

“Let’s take a look at Southern Response, the Crown entity charged with settling 7,800 of the 25,000 claims in Canterbury. SR has completed only 967 rebuilds and 569 repairs after more than 5 years, and progress is slowing³,” he says.

“Statistics for the other insurers are not available as they simply refuse to release them, and when they do they are over-stated or incorrect. Not only are the Mr Grafton’s statements wrong, but he is obfuscating. This means the reality, which is that private insurance industry is less than 50% of the way through their repair and rebuild programmes, and more worryingly they are actually slowing down, is lost. The delays to rebuilds and repairs are designed to save the insurers money by wearing policyholders down, who after 5+ years have run out of patience and energy, so simply throw in the towel and accept low ball cash offers,” he says.

ENDS

For more information, contact Cam Preston 021 1738 772 (Canterbury Claimants)

References:

¹    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1602/S00015/insurers-settle-20-more-claims-in-2015.htm

²  http://www.icnz.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/Canterbury-Earthquake-Progress-Stats-Q4-2015.pdf

³http://southernresponse.co.nz/images/documents/Progress_to_the_end_of_December_2015.pdf

 

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". https://thechristchurchfiasco.wordpress.com/

4 thoughts on “Private Insurance Earthquake Settlement Figures Demand Greater Scrutiny: guest blog

  1. The arrogance of Tim Grafton defies logic. I expect to wait another 2 to 3 years before my true entitlements will be paid by IAG (State).
    We all know that we cannot trust the EQC and general insurers.. What will become of NZ if these roque corporations are allowed to get away with this injustice.
    It is absolutely incredible five years have gone by and Cantabrians are still suffering because the NZ Government failing in its duty to implement regulations and protect its people.
    I am traumatised by the whole chain of events and deception that has gone on.

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  2. Tim Grafton, (ex professional political spin doctor) putting on a bit of spin, that’s a surprise!

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  3. Yeah, Sarah…this not at all surprising in the ‘land grab’ that this whole mess was patently about….I might add more to my blog on the Christchurch earthquakes and those running the whole rotten show… to demonstrate the point I have been trying to make!

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