Petition on EQC claims has 2000 signatures, says organiser

12:31 pm on 22 May 2013

A Christchurch resident calling for an overhaul of the way the Earthquake Commission manages its claims says his petition has 2000 signatures.

About 45,000 earthquake-damaged properties in Christchurch are in the process of being repaired or having claims paid out on them, or their owners are still waiting for claims to be confirmed.

Jeremy Bertenshaw organised the petition to help Cantabrians frustrated with the claims process.

He told Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon programme people have been waiting for more than two-and-a-half years to get claims through, and that's just not good enough.

Mr Bertenshaw says some people are still having to manage rent or mortgage payments at the same time as dealing with the claims.

Earthquake Commission chief executive Ian Simpson admits the organisation hasn't been good enough keeping claimants up to date, and says residents will be getting more information in the coming months.

Mr Simpson says claims for 37,000houses have been processed and 80% of the claimants were satisfied.