Churches want insurance tab picked up

Last updated 05:00 01/02/2013

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Some buildings on the proposed National Historic Landmarks list should get earthquake insurance for free, a church group says.

The All Churches Bureau supports the creation of the list but wants buildings on it that are owned by registered charities to be provided with earthquake insurance.

"The reality is that many heritage buildings in New Zealand . . . do not have replacement earthquake insurance because such insurance is unaffordable," it said in its submission to Parliament's local government and environment select committee.

Full replacement insurance should be provided by the Earthquake Commission at no cost to the owners, it said.

Bureau member Ian Millard, QC, said the cost of earthquake insurance was the highest cost faced by churches and it was "just beyond them".

National MP Maggie Barry said the proposal was unrealistic.

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