Res­i­dents gather for re­build guid­ance

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - EMMA DANGERFIELD

The Hu­runui Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Re­build Hu­runui event was held last week 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 more than 40 dif­fer­ent ser­vice providers that were assem­bled, in­clud­ing home­build­ing and land­scap­ing busi­nesses, lo­cal trades­peo­ple and staff from the coun­cil’s build­ing team.

Hu­runui Dis­trict Coun­cil earth­quake re­cov­ery project co­or­di­na­tor Emma Dun­can said 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 able to walk away with the ad­vice and con­tacts needed to progress their in­surance claims and prop­erty re­pairs.’’

They were also able to set up much needed ap­point­ments to have fur­ther one-on-one dis­cus­sions with rel­e­vant busi­nesses.

Mayor Win­ton Dal­ley said this was a great op­por­tu­nity for prop­erty own­ers to se­cure all the in­for­ma­tion they re­quired to progress their earth­quake re­cov­ery.

This in­cluded reg­u­la­tory in­for­ma­tion from the re­gional and dis­trict coun­cils 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.’’

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, Kaiko¯ura, and Marl­bor­ough Earth­quake Re­lief Fund.

The Re­build Hu­runui event, in the Wa­iau hall last week, was well-at­tended and has helped res­i­dents to hear from ex­perts about how to go about re­pairs and earth­quake re­cov­ery.

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