A free and independent advisory service is being established to assist North Canterbury residents with their home insurance claims.
The pilot programme will be set up to deal with the specific insurance needs of residents following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on 14 November 2016.
The new advisory service in North Canterbury will be funded by the Crown but led and resourced by Community Law.
Residents will be able to receive advice through face-to-face meetings with Community Law staff at a local hubs.
The government is working with the local authorities in Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough to establish the local hubs and determine the best locations for these hubs.
The service, which was announced on 21 April by Civil Defence Minister and Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee, will incorporate the experiences and learnings from the Residential Advisory Service (RAS), which has successfully assisted thousands of Christchurch residents with their insurance claims after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
Residents who would like to discuss this service directly with Community Law can ring them:
0800EQLEGAL (0800 3753425).