Almost 27,000 claims have been lodged with the Earthquake Commission (EQC) following the November 14 earthquake, mostly from Christchurch, Wellington, North Canterbury and Marlborough. EQC acting customer and claims general manager John Johnston said the number would likely increase as insurers processed the remaining claims made by their customers before the February 14 deadline. The number of claims lodged from Christchurch was 5597 and 3972 were lodged from Wellington. The areas around the epicentre – such as Kaikoura and Marlborough – accounted for a relatively high number of claims. Marlborough customers made 3646 claims, while 2189 were made in Hurunui, 2006 in Lower Hutt, and 1715 in the Kaikoura area. Johnston said 70 per cent of the claims were for buildings, 11 per cent for building and contents, and 9 per cent for contents. The remaining 10 per cent involved land damage. the death of three-year-old Nia Glassie in Rotorua. Nia was systematically abused by her caregivers. Her suffering included being spun in a tumble dryer, being hung from a clothesline, and having hunks of wood thrown at her. Kuka was seen by the Parole Board on January 31. The board noted Kuka had been released on parole earlier in 2014 but was recalled to serve the remainder of her sentence. The board deemed her a medium risk of offending, due to an unbalanced lifestyle, substance abuse and lack of problem-solving skills. ‘‘Intimate relationships have been identified as a very high risk factor for Ms Kuka. Therefore, any relationships of this nature needs to be monitored carefully by community probation.’’ Kuka has special release conditions.