Rebuilding Christchurch

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Over 90% of claims from the Christchurch quakes have been settled, but that still leaves a significant number of losses unresolved.

It is over five years since the first serious earthquake occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, and there have been nearly 14,000 aftershocks. The 6.3M quake on 22 February 2011 killed 185 people, destroyed much of the inner city and rendered several suburbs permanently uninhabitable. Cunningham Lindsey has been involved in approximately 30,000 claims and has surveyed in excess of 60,000 damaged properties.

  • The Challenge:

    Before the earthquakes the Cunningham Lindsey New Zealand company had 185 staff. We lost both Christchurch offices during the earthquakes, but thankfully none of our staff or their families were seriously injured.

  • The Solution:

    At the height of the earthquake response, our numbers swelled to over 550, and many of the additional adjusters came from Cunningham Lindsey in Australia, the UK, South Africa, Canada, Spain and the US. In normal times the New Zealand office has five chartered accountants. At one stage after the earthquakes we had 56 accountants on board to handle nearly 6,000 earthquake business interruption claims, dealing with customers under great stress, many with businesses and homes in ruins.

Tianjin Explosions

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On 12 August 2015 two massive explosions occurred at the Port of Tianjin, China, killing over 150 people. The disaster is one of the largest and most complex man-made losses to occur in the region.

The blast affected a 3km radius, leaving a massive crater, destroying warehouses and incinerating thousands of cars and shipping containers.

Total claims could reach $3.3bn, excluding losses from business interruption and supply chain interruption.

Cunningham Lindsey took immediate steps to mobilise its local team, led by China manager John Law. An additional 30 experts were drafted in from other offices to assist.

We responded to the explosion in Tianjin rapidly... it gave us a chance to shine and to get our customers back on their feet

Jane Tutoki

Cunningham Lindsey

Global CEO


  • The Challenge:

    Concerns by authorities that toxic chemicals had been dispersed by the blast, in particular sodium cyanide, meant access to the site was severely restricted in the immediate aftermath.

  • The Solution:

    The Cunningham Lindsey team worked closely with brokers and insurers to make use of satellite imagery and drone footage in order to gather information, carry out initial loss assessments and keep clients informed during this period.