Deadline closes on quake claims

1:36 pm on 14 February 2017

People with property damage from the Kaikōura earthquake have until midnight tonight to lodge an insurance claim.

Adrian Benson inspects a land slump.

Geophysicist Adrian Benson inspects a land slump on a farm in Ward shortly after the November quake. Photo: RNZ / Tracy Neal

The 7.8-magnitude quake hit the region on 14 November.

The Earthquake Commission has so far received more than 25,000 claims.

No more will be accepted after tonight's deadline.

The Commission said people with building or contents claims should contact their private insurer, while those with a land claim should contact the Commission directly.

The Minister responsible for the Commission, Gerry Brownlee, said three months on from the quake, the clean up was going as well as can be expected.

"People's wellbeing and livelihoods are our top priority," he said.

"In the last three months, the government has provided financial assistance, temporary accommodation and psychosocial support services to those who need it."

Mr Brownlee said he was currently in discussions over whether to extend a support package for quake-hit businesses.

The wage subsidy package is set to run out in March after having already been extended from eight weeks to 16.

The scheme provided employers with a guaranteed income of $500 a week for each full-time employee and $300 a week for part-time staff for up to eight weeks.

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