“I’m overwhelmed by the work they did
- absolutely wonderful”
The eastern suburbs were among the worst-hit by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and of the repairs completed so far 43% are in the east of Christchurch. Just over 80% of claims that require work by our technical team are also in the east, which includes suburbs such as Aranui, Woolston, North New Brighton, Mairehau, Beckenham, Ferrymead and Lyttelton.
EQC is planning a Winter Wellness campaign in Canterbury to identify homeowners or tenants living in earthquake damaged homes whose repairs should have priority.
Fletcher EQR project manages the repair programme on behalf of EQC. We are nearly halfway through our work repairing an estimated 80,000 homes and have been focusing repair efforts on properties where the damage is estimated to be greater than $50,000.
Many repairs to some of the worst damaged homes take longer to plan because of the need to provide more complex technical solutions for foundations, and other structural elements. The work on these homes has also been challenging because of the need for drilling to assess the damage to the land.
The technical team is working as hard as it can to get the job done but we know for many of you the wait is difficult.
If you believe your family or someone you know should have earthquake repairs prioritised please contact EQC so they can assess your dwelling claim and decide if it should be escalated to Fletcher EQR as priority work.
You can call EQC on 0800 DAMAGE (0800 32 62 43) or contact them via an online form www.eqc.govt.nz/contact-us
Work in progress
There was typical cosmetic earthquake damage inside this 1960s timber house where the plasterboard sheets had moved around, popping nails and cracking plaster.
The ceilings and walls were repaired and painted throughout the large home with five-bedrooms, two living areas and various office/work spaces. The window surrounds were also repainted during the remedial work managed by Southern Decorating & Maintenance Limited.
Tate Warner put the curtains back up near the end of the repair process. Describing himself as a ‘jack of all trades’, Tate commented that he arranged the curtains in the right order for re-hanging, window by window, back at the depot. This sped the process up, he said, but very occasionally he would get to a site and discover someone had moved them out of order again!
Although there were still a few small cracks in some areas of the home, such as in the mortar of the brick feature wall in the main living area, the house was tidied up by cleaner Alex Kennedy in readiness for a Southern Decorating & Maintenance quality check.
The homeowners moved out during repairs.
The list of earthquake damage at this c1870s villa included internal cracks in the corners and around windows, jammed windows and leaky plumbing.
After the building repairs were completed, brothers Andy and Greg Brown carried out the finishing work for main contractor Richard Hill.
Inside, the house was replastered and painted throughout. The exterior received a full repaint.
Two brick columns either side of the porch entrance to this 1920s bungalow were badly damaged by the earthquakes, as were its foundations.
Dan Chamberlain and Karl Helms carried out the rebuilding part of the remedial work for managing contractor Jon Weir Homes Limited.
Some piles were replaced and the house was relevelled before the columns were dismantled and totally rebuilt.
There were cracks throughout the interior of the home. The walls and ceilings were plastered and repainted.
Two exterior brick firewalls were toppled at this St Albans property by the Canterbury earthquakes. These walls, on the east and west sides, were replaced and clad in weatherboards during the remedial repair work carried out by managing contractor Miles Construction Limited.
Inside, old lath and plaster walls were replaced with plasterboard. Other cracked wall linings were repaired.
The house was fully repainted inside and out. Painters Peter Mountford, Gary Harwood and Paul Manuel, working for subcontractor W & S Painting Contractors Limited, carried out the finishing work. New carpet was also laid.