GCCRS brings together expertise from multiple agencies and organisations to support the resolution of your claim. Each of these agencies and organisations has a specific role in the process to ensure you can move forward with confidence.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
MBIE led the establishment of GCCRS with the support of multiple other agencies and organisations to ensure a system-wide approach to support homeowners with unresolved earthquake claims in Greater Christchurch. As part of the ongoing operation of GCCRS, a dedicated team has been formed to specifically focus on working with homeowners to resolve their claims.
MBIE has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with EQC and Southern Response to ensure processes are established which strengthen the support needed to help resolve your claim.
Other agencies and organisations involved in GCCRS include:
The Treasury monitors the financial requirements of GCCRS and has representation on the GCCRS Advisory Committee.
Engineering New Zealand
Engineering New Zealand (ENZ) is leading the Engineering Technical Advisory Group. ENZ will facilitate investigations into issues and provide recommendations to improve processes, ensuring the right outcome for your claim is achieved. The chairperson of the Engineering Technical Advisory Group also sits on the GCCRS Advisory Committee.
Community Law Canterbury
Community Law Canterbury (CLC) is providing GCCRS in-house legal advice to help clarify issues for homeowners with unresolved claims. There are two CLC lawyers based in the GCCRS offices to ensure GCCRS is able to quickly respond to issues and progress your claim.
A wide-range of agencies and organisations are also represented in the legal, engineering, homeowner and wellbeing technical and reference advisory groups. This provides GCCRS with system-wide input to consider, ensuring the best outcome for homeowners with unresolved claims.
GCCRS and the Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal
Parliament is considering a Bill which would establish a tribunal to help people resolve residential insurance claims related to the Canterbury earthquakes. The Tribunal proposed in the Bill includes an independent, funded mediation service(external link) provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, which is experienced in delivering mediation in the housing and tenancy sector.
The Tribunal will only be established once the Bill is passed but GCCRS services are available now. If you do not reach a resolution through GCCRS, and your claim meets the Tribunal’s criteria, using the Tribunal will still be an option for you. Read more about how the Tribunal might work on the Ministry of Justice website(external link).