Articles tagged Earthquake

The Government will raise EQC coverage by 50 percent, but has yet to top up the National Disaster fund. Taxpayers will be footing the bill if there is another disaster within the next decade. Thomas Coughlan reports.

Earthquake Commission (EQC) chairman Sir Maarten Wevers has resigned, following the decision to appoint an independent adviser to speed up the resolution of thousands of outstanding Canterbury earthquake claims.


A new national agency with beefed-up powers should be set up to better handle New Zealand’s response to emergencies and natural disasters, a sweeping review of Civil Defence has recommended.

The Government has given the green light to a 24/7 natural hazards monitoring service, after the response to last November’s Kaikoura earthquake raised fears about a lack of readiness for a major disaster.