Brownlee considering insurance tribunal request

5:13 pm on 18 July 2012

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee will consider a request for an insurance tribunal to be set up to deal with earthquake-related claims.

Christchurch City Council has written to Mr Brownlee and the Insurance Ombudsman's office wants the tribunal and an advocacy service as well.

Mr Brownlee says the council's letter arrived on Tuesday and a work programme will be established to consider the requests.

He says insurance matters in the city are very complicated: there are 80 different types of insurance policies on red zone properties alone.

Mr Brownlee says New Zealand taxpayers have been very generous to Christchurch already, and the Government would have to be sure anything it sets up won't end up costing taxpayers even more.