New $100m leaky home lawsuit targets cladding manufacturers

Adina Thorn law firm has secured funding for a class action lawsuit totalling nearly $100m against the manufacturers of plastic cladding used in leaky homes.

With backing from Harbour Litigation Funding, Adina Thorn can now progress the claim against various manufacturers of defective plaster cladding installed in thousands of buildings across New Zealand.

The damages to be claimed in the proposed class action are likely to exceed NZ$100M.

Adina Thorn says she has had calls about polystyrene, Harditex, Monotek and Titan cladding, and that while no defendants have been named in the class action yet, all of those products were made by James Hardie.

Thorn has had more than 1200 leaky home owners register to be part of the case through the website goodcladding.co.nz, and is still seeking registrations.

It is hoped the class action will be formally lodged at the Auckland High Court in the next few months.

Source: 1 NEWS


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Lake Wakatipu boat search: Mystery over foreigner's 111 call plea

Police have called off a search for a boat that was believed to be missing on Lake Wakatipu in Otago.

A commercial vessel heard a radio request by a foreign woman to "call 111" about 4.30pm on Sunday.

The message was relayed to police who sent out search and rescue teams to spend the evening scouring the lake uneventfully for signs of the boat.

No people have been reported missing and all boat ramps have been checked.

Senior Sergeant Darryl Lennane said with no other details, including the location or boat details, police had decide to end their investigation.

"In the absence of further information, police do not intend to continue the search," Sen Sgt Lennane said.

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'This shouldn't be happening' - Hawke's Bay hit by rare snow flurries

Napier residents have been greeted by the rare sight of falling snow as freezing temperatures hit many parts of the country.

There are also reports that snow has fallen in Crownthorpe near Fernhill, about 30km inland from Napier.

Others are saying snow has fallen to sea level in the normally balmy coastal region, causing amazement on social media.

ITS SNOWING IN NAPIER I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS IN MY 28 YEARS I WANT TO CRY HAPPINESS

— Michaela (@pinkdeedle) May 24, 2015

Why am I getting snow at sea level in Napier? This shouldn't be happening.

— Bit Cores (@bitcores) May 24, 2015

The MetServe website showed a temperature of 1.3 degrees Celsius at Napier airport at 8.30am.

The Napier-Taupo Rd is expected the receive between 1cm and 5cm of snow on higher parts of the road.

@WeatherWatchNZ Greetings - we can confirm. Snow flurries in Taradale and here in the Napier CBD seen from our District HQ.

— Hawke's Bay Police (@hawkesbaypolice) May 24, 2015

Snow was not only falling today in the south – it also fell in Napier Source: 1 NEWS


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