The website Rebuild Christchurch has re-published a startling revelation alleging that the NZ insurance council forced Kaikoura local district council to censor a video about how to make an earthquake claim.
According to the site, the video was designed to assist earthquake claimants who are still struggling after the massive earthquake in November last year. Its looking increasingly likely that the people of Kaikoura will experience the same frustrations as their Christchurch neighbours – some of whom are still struggling with claims six years after the earthquake.
It’s no April Fool’s Joke – Insurers Censoring Information Provided to Kaikoura Earthquake Claimants
The Kaikoura District Council has removed the more than one hour long video of the eqcfix.nz presentation made to around 100 people in Kaikoura on the 23 March.
On Wednesday, a media inquiry alerted the eqcfix.nz group to the ICNZ’s demands, which the insurers said was for “several reasons”.
Spokesperson and Christchurch lawyer Dr Duncan Webb says no one from ICNZ has contacted eqc.nz with their concerns and it is only after eqcfix.nz rang the insurance council to find out what was going on, that unspecified issues were brought to their attention.
“The ICNZ alleged several things which were totally incorrect,” says Webb. “They have mentioned confusing information, irrelevant information and some suggestion of a defamatory comment, the details of which we have no idea.”
Dr Webb says the eqcfix.co.nz team was pleased that the KDC did not initially buckle to what he says amounts to bullying demands from the insurance council, however later on the 30 March, the group was informed the video would not be reinstated at all. No reason was given.
“The Kaikoura District Council has been fantastic to work with in the planning and execution of the recent public event,” he says. “We completely understand and respect the KDC’s decision but what is disappointing is the bullying behaviour of the insurers, something we are very familiar with.”
Webbs says the presentation was designed to provide residents with independent information to assist them with their earthquake claims, “which is what we did. What is utterly outrageous is that the ICNZ clearly doesn’t like any information that is not vetted and approved by them.”
Event organiser Mel Bourke says the team of volunteers who left early in the morning and returned to Christchurch late at night, is extremely disappointed by the adversarial actions from ICNZ..
Duncan Webb says the overwhelming feedback from many who attended in Kaikoura, as well as the thousands to whom they have presented Christchurch over the years, is that the information is incredibly helpful.
“It gives people some power back as this is very much about David and Goliath,” he says. “Knowledge is definitely power and the insurers know this.”
Eqcfix.nz was established last year as a social justice project to support people navigating the often confusing and stressful experience related to insurance claims.” read the rest here and the source article here
The original presentation is available at https://www.eqcfix.nz/ under ‘Kaikoura Public Meeting’.
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