Canterbury Councils win earthquake insurance case


By the court judgment in NZ Local Authority Protection Programme Disaster Fund v The New India Assurance Company Ltd [2013] NZHC 1327 the High Court entered summary judgment against an insurance company that had refused to pay its share for damage to Councils’ infrastructure assets caused in earthquakes.  The insurance company unsuccessfully tried to avoid paying by alleging that the Councils had not disclosed particular information.   The judgment was for in excess of $17.5M.