Issues remain seven years after Christchurch earthquake

  • 04/09/2017
A collapsed building after the 7.1 magnitude quake struck on September 4th, 2010.
A collapsed building after the 7.1 magnitude quake struck on September 4th, 2010. Photo credit: Getty

It's seven years since the magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Christchurch and the ramifications go on.

There was no loss of life and few injuries because the quake happened at 4.35am but it caused a lot of damage. The 6.3 quake that killed 185 was to follow the following February.

On Friday Shine Lawyers filed a suit for 47 unresolved quake insurance claims and at least one family says they'll be protesting outside an insurer's office in Christchurch on Monday, the seventh anniversary of the first quake.

"At Shine Lawyers we are righting wrongs in bulk this week, and getting more of our clients closer to ending their nightmare," the law firm said.

Some of the issues residents still have are to do with the quality of the repairs.

During the election campaign Labour has promised to set up an arbitration tribunal to resolve outstanding claims. The Insurance Council has strongly rejected the idea.

Labour also promises a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission and to rebuild the relationship between the city and central government.

The National Party says governments led by it have invested more than $14 billion into Canterbury since the earthquakes, with a further $3.5 billion committed through to 2021.

"We are already seeing strong signs of progress through increased tourism, economic activity and housing affordability in the region.

"To keep things on track, we need a stable government and a strong economy," National says.

Still, for some it's been seven long years.

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