Council Event Helps Progress Earthquake Repairs
The Hurunui District Council’s Rebuild Hurunui event was held on the night of Wednesday 18 October at the Waiau hall. Residents and ratepayers with properties that sustained damage as a result of the November 2016 earthquake were invited to attend and gain free advice from a range of service providers on a variety of repair and rebuild topics.
Approximately 100 attendees came to hear from over 40 different service providers that were assembled. These included home-building and landscaping businesses, local tradespeople and staff from the council’s Building team.
Hurunui District Council’s Earthquake Recovery Project Coordinator, Emma Duncan, says the event was an absolute success and those who attended walked away with much-needed advice.
“Those who attended were able to gain extremely valuable guidance from a range of service providers involved in earthquake recovery processes. They were able to walk away with the advice and contacts needed to progress their insurance claims and property repairs.”
Affected property owners were able to speak directly to service providers and have all their repair and rebuild-related questions answered on the spot. They were also able to set up much needed appointments to have further one-on-one discussions with relevant businesses.
Mayor Winton Dalley says this was a great opportunity for property owners to secure all the information they require to progress their earthquake recovery. This included regulatory information from the regional and district council’s and a wide range of professional building industry advice.
“It was great to see such a large number of affected residents and ratepayers interacting with the businesses that will be able to help them advance the repair or rebuild of their properties. From the conversations I had with those who attended, I believe the value gained from the event will be hugely positive for our district.”
The Rebuild Hurunui event was organised by the Hurunui District Council’s Social Recovery team and was funded by grants from the Department of Internal Affairs’ Lottery Hurunui, Kaikoura, and Marlborough Earthquake Relief Fund.