Here is the press release from the insurance council to the effect that CNZ members AA Insurance, FMG, the IAG brands, MAS, Tower and Vero have agreed not to plead a defence under the Limitation Act 1950 or the Limitation Act 2010 for any residential claim relating to the Canterbury Earthquakes where proceedings are filed in the Courts before 4 September 2017. This does not affect claims against EQC or Southern Response. To save arguments and issues I still recommend that owners sue insurers by 4 September 2016.
Here is the link to the press release from the EQC website about how it will apply the limitation period(s) under the Limitation Act. To be safe I recommend that owners sue before 4 September 2016. Better to be safe than sorry.
here is the link to the High Court Earthquake list as at 11 December 2015.