New Rebuild Officer Gets To Work in the Hurunui

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The council's new Rebuild Officer gets to work, helping out Waiau resident Lindsay Clemens with an ongoing insurance claim

The council’s new Rebuild Officer, Chris King, has hit the ground running in the district and the community is already seeing the benefits of his presence.

The council has committed to helping support individuals and communities adapt to their changing environments following the November 2016 earthquake.  The recently established Rebuild Officer role contributes to this by providing individualised support to home owners as they navigate the demolition, design, consenting, repair and rebuild of their homes.

Chris says he is really enjoying getting out and about in the district and providing one on one support to home owners to get the right results when it comes to crucial matters such as connecting people with the right contractors.

“The role is proving to be really rewarding and I’m looking forward to continuing to get fair and reasonable outcomes when it comes to earthquake-related issues, in order to make a real difference.”

Chris’ role is already proving to be a vital one for the district due to the high demand for his services and the results he is getting for residents when it comes to things like insurance settlements and navigating consenting processes.

Community Team Leader, Rochelle Faimalo, says it is extremely valuable for the Hurunui to have someone out there connecting people with appropriate contractors, designers, other support agencies and council services.

“Chris’s work acting as an advocate for those struggling to navigate the complexities of their home repairs and rebuilds is paying off for our people.  I look forward to seeing the results of this being continued,” she says.

Residents who are in need of guidance on home repair and rebuild processes are encouraged to get in touch with Chris on 027 808 7006 or at chris.king@hurunui.govt.nz. 

The Rebuild Officer role is 12 month full-time position, funded by the Department of Internal Affairs Hurunui Kaikoura Marlborough Earthquake Relief Fund.