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Southern View: July 26, 2016

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10 Tuesday July 26 2016 SOUTHERN VIEW Big win for Boys’ High SPORTS • By Gordon Findlater CHRISTCHURCH Boys’ High School had a bonus-point win after crushing Rangiora High School in the 13th round of the UC Championship. On Saturday, Christchurch BHS made light work of Rangiora, piling on the points in a one-sided 83-13 win. The team also handed Bob Letiu and Sam Caldwell first XV debuts. This puts Christchurch BHS just two points behind competition front runner’s, Christ’s College. Christ’s were impressive against third-place Shirley Boys’ High School, running in five tries to topple last year’s grandfinalists 33-10. While the race for top spot between Christ’s and Christchurch BHS is one to watch, the battle for the final two play-off spots is wide open between eight teams. Just four competition points separate third from 10th position, with two rounds remaining. St Andrew’s College and St Bede’s College are both looking to finish in the top four. They both won on the weekend. St Bede’s beat rival’s St Thomas of Canterbury College 22-12. St Bede’s are now three points CHASING HARD: Christchurch BHS continued to push for top spot in the UC Championship with a dominant 83-13 win over Rangiora High School. Photo: KATE JENSEN off the final play-off spot. They will have to get the job done on the road, when they travel to Burnside High School and Marlborough Boys’ College to finish the round-robin. St Andrew’s moved closer to the top four with a 51-15 win over bottom of the table Roncalli College on Saturday. The run into the play-offs couldn’t be more difficult for St Andrew’s. They host Christchurch BHS this weekend before playing Christ’s. •Results July 23 Christ’s College 33-10 Shirley Dyers Road Landscape & Garden Supplies • Barks • Peastraw • Composts - we supply the best available • Aggregates - Chip, Round and Basecourse • Pavers & Schist products • Pungas • Decorative Stones & Landscaping Rocks • Trailer Hire first hour free with purchase • Bag & Bulk - pick up or delivered David, Carol & Mike We will deliver! Phone: 03 384 6540 183 Dyers Rd, Bromley • OPEN 7 DAYS Weekdays 7.30am-5pm. Weekends 8.30am-3pm www.dyersroadandlandscapes.co.nz BHS; Lincoln HS 19-12 Ashburton College; Marlborough BC 20-17 Burnside HS; Christchurch BHS 83-13 Rangiora HS; St Bede’s College 22-12 St Thomas; Timaru BHS 29-17 Waimea Combined; St Andrew’s 51-15 Roncalli College •UC Championship top 10 Christ’s College 54pts, Christchurch BHS 52pts, Shirley BHS 39pts, Nelson College 36pts, St Andrew’s College 36pts, Marlborough BC 35pts, Timaru BHS 34pts, St Bede’s College 33pts, Waimea Combined 33pts, Burnside HS 33pts. SOIL AND HARDFILL DUMPING For all your emergency plumbing and gasfitting needs PLEASE give us a call. THE GOLDEN TOUCH: Redwood resident Tayla Davidson competed at the Karate New Zealand Championships in Wellington from July 16-17. The nine-year-old returned to Christchurch with a gold medal for Kumite (fighting) in the 8-9 years’ girls’ division. She then attended a two-day Karate New Zealand training camp. Tayla is currently a brown belt, 3rd Kyu and trains five nights a week. She wants to represent New Zealand overseas. Her father, Greg Davidson, said he is “one very proud dad”. Back Row: Mark, Aaron, Jacob, Mark, Sam Front Row: Liz, Matt, Sandra, Ant & Paul SERVICING ALL AREAS OF CHRISTCHURCH Phone today! 3790-711 or email us: info@whiteheadplumbing.co.nz A new home, complete on your section for only $307,950! incl GST Andorra 176m 2 Brick exterior cladding Builders of superior homes. Just one example from our range of plans. Plans are viewable in high resolution digital at artisanhomes.co.nz Let Rob and his team work with you to produce your own unique plan. Built to last. Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876 E-mail - robin@artisanhomes.co.nz

SOUTHERN VIEW Tuesday July 26 2016 11 EQC UPDATE KEEPING YOU INFORMED | JULY 2016 February 2016 earthquake response With each natural disaster, EQC has increasingly listened to customer feedback to improve how it works, says EQC February 2016 Event Manager, Jayne Lapin. “For the February 2016 earthquakes we are emailing a survey to customers to complete two weeks after their claim resolution to gauge potential areas for improvement. To date, most customers have said their experience of the new EQC process was positive or very positive,” she said. EQC has taken a different approach to finalising the 13,985 claims lodged by customers following the Canterbury earthquakes of 14 and 29 February, 2016, and the aftershocks through March and June. To date EQC has paid over $7.8 million to customers for damage claims. EQC is reverting back to cash settlements as there is no managed repair programme. EQC aims to complete assessments for these events sooner, where possible, using a claims management approach that EQC customers helped design. EQC aims to resolve all claims for these 2016 Christchurch events by the end of December. “One way to achieve this is by phoning customers to get all the relevant information up front, before conducting assessment. For many claims, damage assessment is done over the phone. At its heart is the drive to make EQC easier to do business with,” Miss Lapin says. This differed from the 2010/2011 Canterbury claims, largely because earthquake damage incurred in 2016 quakes was minor. Customer payments are averaging $1,000 to $5,000 per claim. Only two claims were up to $50,000, and no claims to date have gone over the EQC cap. Seismic monitoring on Mt Ruapehu Marking GeoNet’s 15th birthday A message from Dr Hugh Cowan, General Manager Reinsurance, Research and Education This month, GeoNet is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Most Cantabrians will be familiar with the GeoNet app which provides instant information about quakes and volcanic activity. GeoNet uses a network of over 600 sensors across New Zealand to detect, analyse and respond to earthquakes, volcanic activity and other geological hazards. It was established in 2001 as a collaboration between EQC as investor and GNS as technical manager. Over the years, GeoNet has been recognised internationally as at the leading edge of natural hazards monitoring, which is a significant bonus for New Zealand given the dynamic nature of our region. Canterbury’s proximity to the Alpine Fault means that it has a large number of sensors. The start of the Canterbury earthquake sequence triggered further expansion of this network, ultimately making the February 2011 earthquake one of the most comprehensively recorded earthquakes in urban history. The quantity of GeoNet data has delivered significant benefits for Canterbury, not least in enabling decisions relating to building reconstruction, engineering, the behaviour of the land, and reinsurance to be informed by science. Such a wide range of applications in Canterbury exemplifies the benefits of EQC’s investment which requires GeoNet to make its data publicly and freely available. GeoNet’s growing and diverse community of users extends well beyond EQC and GNS. Land surveyors, airline pilots, power and water companies and local government all use GeoNet data in different ways. EQC is proud to have maintained such a long-term and successful partnership with GNS, providing GeoNet with around $12m a year. Late last year, we committed funding through to 2021 as part of our research and education programme. EQC awarded costs from Action Group The Earthquake Commission welcomes the High Court’s recent costs decision which orders the EQC Action Group to pay costs of $4,237 to EQC. The costs decision was issued following the discontinuation of the Action Group’s declaratory judgment application. The Action Group sought a series of declarations in relation to the obligations of the Commission under the EQC Act. Chief Executive Ian Simpson says the costs decision reaffirms EQC’s position that litigation was an unnecessary way to address the specific issues concerning the Action Group members’ claims. Mr Simpson says that EQC remains completely focussed on settling outstanding claims in Canterbury including those of EQC Action Group members. “Any customer can request a review of their individual claim if they believe EQC has missed earthquake damage sustained to their home, if they don’t agree with the proposed repair strategy, or if they believe the settlement amount is incorrect. The process for this is detailed on our website and EQC continues to work with our customers so they receive what they are entitled to and have their claims resolved.” Customers wanting to have their claim reviewed can call 0800 326 243 (0800 DAMAGE) or email info@eqc.govt.nz or visit www.eqc.govt.nz/about-eqc/makecomplaint. In such situations you should provide us with details supporting your request for a claim review, together with any information you have obtained in support of your request. Support agencies for customers EQC continues to work with customer advisory agencies to progress the settlement of customer claims, and answer customer queries. Residents can continue to be supported through: • Residential Advisory Service, 0800 777 299 • Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service, 0800 673 227 • Earthquake Support Coordination Service, 0800 777 846 • EQC, 0800 DAMAGE (0800 326 243) • Or your individual insurer. ILV community meetings on EQC invites you to attend one of our community meetings for homeowners who have received an Increased Liquefaction Vulnerability (ILV) land damage settlement based on Diminution of Value. The 90-minute meetings will feature: • a presentation by EQC’s Head of Canterbury Land, Keith Land, on overall approach for settling ILV land damage; and • a presentation by EQC’s valuers, on the valuation assessments which underpin EQC’s settlement decisions. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session, which will allow you to put questions to the presenters. Please note that the meetings are not intended for discussion of individual claims. All meetings will be held at Beulah Church, 140 Springfield Rd, St Albans at 7pm on the following dates: Wednesday 27 July; Monday 22 August; Wednesday 28 September; Wednesday 26 October, and Wednesday 30 November. How to register Please register for a meeting: • online at www.eqc.govt.nz/ILV • emailing us at info@eqc.govt.nz; or • phoning us on 0800 326 243 CONTACT EQC AT 0800 DAMAGE (0800 326 243) OR VISIT WWW.EQC.GOVT.NZ