Free insurance advisory service to launch

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 05:00 20/04/2013

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A free insurance advisory service for embattled Christchurch homeowners will be launched next month.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced the service last night at an update on the Canterbury recovery held at Wigram Airforce Museum. Brownlee said the service would help those with "the most complex problems".

The service would be an advisory, not an advocacy service as many residents have been calling for.

Brownlee said the difficulty with an advocacy service was that people had to be trained financial advisers and legal issues could arise if people were "told to do this or do that".

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker told Brownlee he was "thrilled to hear about the advisory service" and asked if there was "any funding implications for the city council".

Brownlee said the council would fund $150,000 and insurers would be "putting up the bulk of the money".

Cr Yani Johanson told The Press he was "pretty surprised" because the council had not formally signed off any funding. He said an advisory service was "certainly different" to an advocacy service.

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