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By CATE BROUGHTON
COMMUNITY LEADERS appear
powerless to intervene in the
insurance stalemate that has
kept Farmers closed for more than
Waimakariri mayor David
Ayers said that the negotiations
between the owner and the
insurance company had been
frustratingly slow'', but that he
was pleased the two parties were
still in discussions.
The minister has passed on his
views to the parties, but in the
end, it's quite difficult for a
government to step in between
an insurance company and a
Mr Ayers said that the council
had done what it could to encour-
age a resolution.
We have talked to the owners,
to Farmers and I have written to
the insurance company.''
He said he had not received a
reply from the insurance company
A spokeswoman for the
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Authority (CERA) said it had no
authority to affect the stalemate.
It is entirely up to the owners
to decide what to do now.''
Waimakariri MP Kate
Wilkinson said there were
complex insurance issues that
need to be resolved'', but she
would do all that she could to
assist in the re-opening of
Farmers in Rangiora''.
Ms Wilkinson said she had
asked the prime minister to come
to Rangiora to discuss the issue
with business owners on his next
visit to the region.
Waimakariri-based Labour MP
Clayton Cosgrove said it was a
private contractual situation
between the owner and its
insurance company, and it would
be difficult to come in with an axe
and tell them what to do''.
However, he also said he would
support any government moves to
regulate the insurance industry
to impose a timeframe for the
settlement of claims.
At a meeting following the
September 2010 earthquake, the
Australian prime minister Kevin
Rudd had told Mr Cosgrove how
he had successfully threatened to
regulate if insurers did not honour
their contracts with victims of
the Victorian bushfires and
The Northern Outlook contacted
earthquake recovery minister
Gerry Brownlee for comment, but
he had not responded by the time
the paper went to print.
Moving into High St
now seen as gamble
HUGE GAMBLE: Cindy Rookes outside her Rangiora store, Zaras, which she
has just moved from the temporary retail precinct to a building on High St. She
said it was a huge gamble to operate a store on High St at the moment.
By CATE BROUGHTON
THE ONGOING closure of the
Farmers building and store
should never have happened'',
says the owner of Rangiora
fashion shop Zara's Boutique
It's ridiculous that a single
commercial owner can hold up the
main street and put other busi-
nesses in jeopardy. It should
never have happened,'' Cindy
Mrs Rookes moved her fashion
store from the temporary por-
tacoms outside the council offices
to 135 High St three weeks ago,
but she says the decision to stay
in High St was difficult.
In taking the lease out, we had
to consider the risks of opening a
business on High St. It's a huge
gamble for us to move here.''
Mrs Rookes said it was up to
the Waimakariri District Council
to put pressure on the owner of
the Farmer's building to resolve
the insurance deadlock.
The owner of The Sport Shop,
Nigel Lavender, said the Farmers
closure was a glowing example of
everything that has gone wrong''.
He said Rangiora was a
flourishing town for 10 months
after the February earthquakes
and before the buildings were
Honestly, now, for a lot of peo-
ple its hand to mouth. I take my
hat off to every retailer who is
surviving -- it's a demonstration
of fortitude, determination, flair
and innovation -- but it is cer-
tainly not easy.''
Rangiora Dairy and Flowers
owner Shailesh Vallabh said the
re-opening of Farmers would help
to get the town's businesses back
Farmers is the heart of the
town and we depend on them.''
The owner of Hair on Victoria,
Jude Reid, said if Farmers was
closed for another 500 days there
won't be many businesses left''.
She wanted some action to be
taken to address the situation.
Someone needs to put a bomb
under it. Someone needs to think
of Rangiora. It's ridiculous. It
doesn't take 14 to 15 months to
make a decision.''
Other business owners such as
Fi Sidey, of Fi's Flowers n' Art, in
Good St, said they wanted to know
why it was taking so long to
resolve the building issues.
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