Christchurch rebuild: storage and EQC

EQC Storage IssuesEveryone knows that I love Christchurch. It is the third biggest city in the south island of New Zealand. It used to be the second biggest; but then it was slammed by an earthquake in September of 2010: and this changed everything. Buildings have collapsed; and as a result, there is now a huge need in Christchurch for storage after the earthquakes.

To understand why, look at what happened in the Christchurch CBD. About two thirds (if not more) of their buildings were demolished. But they were mostly commercial buildings; now lets look at residential buildings. In suburbs like Linwood and Ferrymead, they suffered immense earthquake damage, particularly after the February 2011 earthquakes which caused a lot more liquefaction in the eastern suburbs. People had to abandon their contents – and as a result, they had to abandon their items.

buildings in chch

But one area that the earthquake commission (EQC) has failed in is covering the costs for containers for residents storing their household items. They do cover some of the cost for this, but it isn’t enough a lot of the time. I have heard of too many people struggling because they have only been given enough money to cover 6 months for their units, and after that they can no longer afford to rent them; but they have no choice, because they have no where else to store them (or worse, they are paying both a mortgage AND rent, because their EQC money does not accurately cover them).

It is things like this that make me think that EQC has dropped the ball one too many times. Gerry Brownly talks as though he has the cities best interests at heart; but does he really? Looking forward to this upcoming election, the residents of Christchurch have a huge choice to make. It seems scary to take on a whole new government and political party and just choose Labour though, given how volitile the situation is. I’ll be watching and waiting with baited breath on election night.

Christchurch residents need storage

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