property damage


PHOTO: Mark and Nichola Goodier at the slip on their property in 2015. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

A Whanganui couple’s four-year fight battle with EQC after a third of their property was lost in a landslide during the 2015 flood event has ended in failure.

The High Court has ruled that damage to Mark and Nichola Goodiers’ Basita Hill house was not caused by the slip.

The Goodiers argued that repairs to their house and garage would cost more than $500,000, but their insurer IAG could not pay out unless EQC first met a $115,000 cap for damage to the house.

EQC only paid out $38,000 for the house, and made land-related payments of about $100,000.

IAG paid $41,000 for damage to the driveway.


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