the insurance fiasco

"Highlighting the inadequacies of the way in which the earthquakes of 2010-2012 were handled by the insurance industry! "


Here are some of the specific reasons you may want to contact me and how to do it.

If you are a disgruntled State Insurance policyholder with a similar story to share.

If you are interested in reposting or reprinting one of my blog posts, please check out my Copyright Policy.

If you are interested in writing a guest post for my blog please Check out my Guest Posting Guidelines below.

If you are interested in having me speak at your event.

If you have a comment or a question not addressed above, please feel free to e-mail me. I can

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Guest Posting Guidelines

I will accept guest posts. Currently I do not plan to publish more than one a week.


Your post must be on one of the following topics:

-the insurance industry;

-corporate capitalism;

-participatory democracy;

-media and democracy;

-occupy movement.

You cannot be an advertisement for your product or the equivalent of a sponsored post.


Your post must be original and not previously published either on the Web or in print.

You may provide three by-line links: one for your blog or website, one for your bio or

About page, and one for your Twitter username.

Your post should be between 500-800 words and no more.


I will copyedit your post for grammar and punctuation. If I was to make substantive changes
(unlikely) I will email post back to you for approval. It is also likely that I would provide a
context or rationale as to why I think the post is important. Stylistically it will be clear which
comments are mine and which are yours.


The fact that you have written a post and submitted it to me does not obligate me to publish
it. The only guest blog posts I will publish are those that in my sole discretion and judgment I
believe add value to my readers. If I do not approve your blog post I will not provide details as
to why. I simply do not have the time to do so.


If the blog meets the guidelines above please email it to me for consideration. It
usually takes 2-3 weeks to respond.

Please include a two sentence by-line that included what you do , along with your blog address
and Twitter or Facebook address.

Please also confirm that you are willing to engage with my readers in the comments about your
posts. My readers expect it.

Please include the post in the body of an email, without HTML coding and not as an attachment.

Should I reject your post, you are free to publish it elsewhere.

Happy posting and blogging!

9 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Hi we share your link . We are being told this Roger Roger Thank you for that link Carlos.

    Could you and other members please be careful when reading it and try not to jump to conclusions. Parts of the article are wrong, misleading or both. Not for the first time this author has not done his homework.

    Have you please help us understand who is right as we have to deal with eqr scope this week thank you


  2. I am trying to forward you a picture of a painting I completed of Shag Rock pre-Earthquakes 2010 and subsequent quake events, as a sort of thank you for all the work you have done on behalf of the traumatized Christchurch earthquake victims. It is only a copy ( I could easily paint an original version for you 14X11 or larger) basically it would be my free gift to the people of Christchurch with absolutely no strings attached, to be available for printing and display …that means no copyright restrictions as long as it is displayed as is, that is with no alterations to the submitted copy.

    Any help you can offer would be appreciated. I would really need an e-mail address in which I can attach the picture of the painting, and basically (again) I am not sure how I can do this 8-(


    David Shone


  3. A new song about helping people you may like to listen too.


  4. Hi Sarah, I have included a link to your blob from mine, All the best eh?


  5. Hello Sarah,
    I am interested to know if the term “undue delay” is appropriate to use with insurance companies who will not pay for on going repairs caused by earthquakes when the property is deemed uneconomic to repair. i.e. a rebuild. We have a sewer that blocks periodically due to a dip in the drive. My comments to them is that the on going maintenance would not be required if the claim had been processed promptly and therefore should be paid by them.

    I note others have leaking roof problems and the insurance company has stated that the repairs will have to be paid from the policy owners accommodation supplement.

    If the term ‘undue delay’ is valid in these cases, maybe publicity would prompt the insurance companies to rethink their decisions in this type of claim.

    Thanking you
    Pamela Lilly


  6. H Marcus,
    Thanks for your input. The initiative looks great. If you’s like to write a piece about this I would be happy to publish it. Unfortunately the linked page cannot be reblogged.


  7. Sarah;

    Thanks for your insightful and timely blog! I’m an American friend of Chch, working hard to help. While my main focus has been the Cathedral in the Square (my specialty is stone and timber building restoration) I have become impassioned about the plight of homeowners dealing with Govt and Insurance. My Chch colleagues’ horror stories remind me of the worst of the Hurricane recovery in New Orleans where I helped in the aftermath. Your Blog is a ray of sunshine!

    If you are interested, feel free to have a look at the pro bono proposal out there for the Cathedral. (video on You Tube) It’s about a year and a half old, but could easily be modified to deal with the current state of the bell tower. If it happens, there will be some really talented Carpenters coming to help from around the world (pro bono). We always do projects with Habitat for Humanity in conjunction with the central project. I’m sure Chch would be no different.

    Good luck and keep up the good work,

    Marcus Brandt


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