1500 seeking emergency quake repairs each week

3:47 pm on 13 August 2011

The Earthquake Commission is still receiving about 1500 requests for emergency earthquake repairs in Canterbury each week.

EQC chief executive Ian Simpson says through the system managed by Fletcher Building, emergency repairs have been completed on 22,000 quake-damaged homes.

Mr Simpson says he expects requests for emergency repairs will now start to tail off and the focus will move more on to permanent repairs.

He says the commission is working with Fletcher Building on its programme for home rebuilds over the next three to four years.

Mr Simpson says the task of the rebuilding has doubled in size since Fletcher won the tender in September last year.

At that time, it expected to repair 50,000 homes, but the number is now expected to be 100,000.