The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has spent more than $5.5 million on court action to settle claims arising from the Canterbury earthquakes.
Official figures show since September 2010, the commission has been involved in 151 High Court cases - including two declaratory judgements, 69 District Court cases and 14 disputes tribunal cases - costing $5,548,250.
It has spent a further $341,743 on expert advice during those proceedings.
EQC chief executive Ian Simpson said in most of those cases the commission was a party to a dispute between a private insurer and a claimant.
He was satisfied the commission had achieved value for money on litigation.