Pub to host shake duo
An independent earthquake assessment company plans to meet quake-affected residents at the Starborough Tavern, in Seddon, on Saturday.
Earthquake Services advocates Bryan Staples and Natalie Souness, whose rented home in the Awatere Valley has been uninhabitable since the August 16 quake, are hosting the meeting at noon.
Mr Staples said he was not in Marlborough touting for business, but offering advice in case anyone hit walls when dealing with the Earthquake Commission (EQC).
Earthquake Services would consider setting up an office in Marlborough if there was demand.
Awatere Community Services, which is co-ordinating quake help in the area, originally agreed the pair could attend an EQC meeting at 2pm on Saturday, hosted by the Marlborough District Council. However, they have since been advised to hold a separate meeting.
Awatere Community Services volunteer Marie Flowerday said Earthquake Services was welcome in Seddon.
However, the Christchurch-based business had been critical of EQC, so allowing the pair speaking time could disrupt the programme, she said.
Volunteers would let people know how to contact its staff, as they did for tradespeople doing quake work.
The final EQC Marlborough information meeting will be held at Seddon School.
- The Marlborough Express