Insurance commissioner promised by Labour

Opposition leader David Shearer says a Labour government would establish an independent insurance commissioner to help people resolve disputes.

In Christchurch on Tuesday, he said Labour would also establish a Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority board so local voices are heard.

Mr Shearer said the rebuild could be a model for the rest of the country but the city's future must be led by the people.

He said that under the current government, the Earthquake Recovery Authority has engulfed the functions of the city council; elections have been cancelled and appointees installed.

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