By Jimmy Higgins
Executive General Manager, Claims
24 November, 2016
We continue to provide support for our customers affected by the Kaikoura earthquake.
Our contents, home and rural domestic dwelling insurance policies include an alternative accommodation benefit. You may be able to claim for the cost of your temporary accommodation if your home is uninhabitable due to damage caused by the quake.
Call us on the natural disaster line above to lodge your claim for temporary accommodation assistance.
We’ve set up a temporary claims hub at the Craypot Café at 70 West End, in Kaikoura. If you’re in the Kaikoura region, you can come to our claims hub for support and advice on your claim.
You’ll still need to lodge your claim through our usual channels, but we can help you with this if you need assistance. Our Kaikoura office will be closed for Chritsmas from 23 December, but it will reopen on 9 January 2017.
We aim to set up claims assessment hubs in other regions shortly. Check this page for further updates. You can call our helpline on Call us0800 808 121 if you would like us to visit you.
If you have a Vero, AMP, ANZ or Warehouse Money policy and your residential house and contents are affected, some of the damage will be covered by EQC. Vero will be acting as EQC's agent to recieve, assess and settle home and contents claims regardless of whether it falls over or under the EQC cap, so please lodge your claim with us, and we'll discuss next steps with you.
- Lodge your claim - contact us on Call us0800 808 121 or use this form to lodge your claim online
- Make a list of all items that have been damaged
- Take photos of damage. Try not to throw items away, but if you need to make sure you’ve photographed them first. This will speed up completion of your claims documents
If you have a holiday home in the affected regions and you’re out of the area, contact us on Call us0800 808 121 and we can arrange to inspect it for you.
Unlike residential claims, the impact on your business will not be covered by EQC. In order to make a claim, you’ll need to:
- Contact us on Call us0800 808 121, or contact your broker or adviser to lodge a claim
- Take photos of any damage
Depending on your policy, you might need to claim for:
- Damage to property
- Financial loss caused by interruption to your business
- Damage to commercial vehicles
Remember that for damage that was caused by, or is a result of, the earthquake, your natural disaster excess will apply. If you’ve suffered a loss but you’re not sure whether it will exceed your excess, we encourage you to contact us or your broker to lodge a claim anyway. Then you can keep us informed as you investigate the extent of any damage.
Many rural properties in the region have suffered major damage to water pipes, storage tanks, milking sheds and fences. We’re working closely with our rural customers to restore important infrastructure and protect their livestock.
If your farm or home has suffered damage, here are some steps for you to take:
- Keep an eye out for ongoing health and safety issues, and look after your employees and your family.
- Contact your local authority or council for issues with power or other services.
- Contact us, or your broker or adviser, to lodge your claim.
- Take photos of any damage, and try not to throw any damaged items away. If you need to for safety purposes (like flooded carpets that you can’t store), make sure you’ve taken photos of them.
Remember, our rural policies include lots of benefits to help you get back up and running. Talk to us or your broker to find out about your options regarding the following:
- Milk not being picked up because dairy tankers can’t access your farm
- Farm assets like buildings and plant
- Utilities like power poles/lines and underground services such as your water supply
- Alternative accommodation
- Additional costs you’ve incurred to avoid a reduction in turnover
- If you have selected and paid for business interruption cover this will also be available following material damage to part of your farm.