27,000 claims

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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.

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