Tagged: EQC

Could Wellington be Next? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jul 22, 2013

Recent Seismic Activity Beneath Cook Strait Over the past three days, earthquakes have been rattling central New Zealand, with the epicentres of many of the tremors between Seddon and Wellington. According to GNS, the largest earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5, and was located beneath Cook Strait at a … Read More

Alpine Fault 101: Getting acquainted with New Zealand’s greatest natural hazard - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra May 28, 2013

Modeled Earthquake Shaking Intensities for New Zealand. Zone of maximum shaking along Alpine Fault indicated by red band.Source: http://blog.teara.govt.nz The Alpine Fault will rupture in the near future (quite possibly in your lifetime), without any prior warning. When it does, the scale of the immediate disaster will be unprecedented in New Zealand, and secondary effects will probably continue … Read More

Cruel Irony in EQC Privacy Breach: information on 83,000 claimants leaked - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Mar 27, 2013

As widely reported in the media yesterday, details of EQC claimants and claims have been leaked in a privacy breach that effects 83,000 Christchurch households. That’s details of every claim between $10-100k, arising from the 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes. The leaked spreadsheet included details of EQC repair cost estimates and associated contractor quotes. If this information … Read More

Mau-mauing the EQC flak-catchers - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Mar 04, 2013

In ‘Mau-mauing the flak-catchers’, Tom Wolfe describes how young urban entrepreneurs in San Francisco could get money out of the bureaucracy by mau-mauing — going down to City Hall and being so wild, so ghetto, that they would fund whatever youth group or outreach programme was being proposed as the solution. Institutions evolve, however, and [...] … Read More

Assessing the Insurance Council claims - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Dec 12, 2012

The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) issued a press release that the Dominion Post turned  into a piece on the op-ed page (but hasn’t loaded on the website, to my knowledge). The main message is that complaints about insurance companies in Christchurch aren’t accurate. I’m not sure the ICNZ arguments actually stack up. Let [...] … Read More

The Auditor-General can see Christchurch people - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Oct 21, 2012

The new report from the Auditor-General on the Christchurch recovery makes for interesting reading. When I got to Figure 1 (pdf), I despaired. It shows all the agencies involved and how they interact, but the people of Christchurch — the reason for the whole thing — are conspicuously absent. It’s like a business plan without customers. [...] … Read More

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