Tearful woman confronts John Key

Last updated 12:51 07/08/2014
Paulette Barr
Iain McGregor
TEARFUL: Paulette Barr uses newspapers to try and stop cold draughts through her quake-hit home.

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A tearful Paulette Barr approached the Prime Minister John Key at Westfield Mall in Riccarton this morning, pleading for help in a cold, liquefaction-hammered home, with no skirting boards. 

It had been three-and-a-half years of feeling no progress in an 'over cap' EQC and private insurance claim, she said.

Barr said she had no intention of making her plea to the PM today but felt she had nowhere else to turn for her Hills Rd property.

''I was just saying 'look, what can you do for us; it's three-and-a-half years.'

"We had liquefaction come right through our house. We had to move out for a while then we moved back in but they had to remove the skirting boards because the liquefaction had gone in and contaminated the place.''

She said the house had been decontaminated but still had no skirting boards or carpet.

"We've got a big crack up the door. We've got newspapers stuck to outside doors to try to keep the draughts out.''

Seeing the prime minister she thought ''OK, he's there talking, so I was saying 'what can you do for me'?"

Barr said she had been ringing EQC repeatedly and had been told she was over cap and would eventually be paid out.

''But that's been months and months and months."

She just wanted certainty over how and when her home would be repaired.

"It's cold. No skirting board, no carpet, big cracks around the doors. It's really cold."

Barr said Key asked her where she lived and told her he was "talking to somebody this afternoon" and that he was meeting with EQC chief executive Ian Simpson.

While Barr had doubts her case would be taken up on the spot she was hoping something would be done to make her home warmer.

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