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From paperwork to completion: WD Build + Hardy Projects

You might be thinking you’ve done the easy part – registered before the deadline on the EQC website for on-sold, over-cap properties – but are dreading what comes next: preparing the paperwork, communicating with the Christchurch City Council, and of course coping with the stress and upheaval of the repair itself.



Relax! Mitchell James and Paul Hardy, Directors of WD Build and Hardy Projects, have been at the forefront of this programme since its inception.

They help owners with the process from the paperwork at the very beginning, to handing over beautifully finished homes at completion.

“We have so much experience with the EQC process, as well as bringing our building expertise from engineered foundations to architectural finishes,” says Mitchell.

Client Ben McLean is delighted with the result he received.

“Working with Mitchell and Paul was so easy – they made the process really straightforward when we didn’t have a clue about what was required,” he says.

The house required foundation repair, partial relevel, new flooring, tiling in the bathroom, internal painting, electrics brought to code, and the underfloor insulation which had been non-compliant, all replaced. The garage had its foundations dug out and replaced as well as blockwork repaired.

“The house looks amazing,” says Ben. “And the estimate of four to six months work was actually completed in 12 weeks!”

With Mitchell and Paul on the job, the work was very well planned, started quickly, ran smoothly and was completed to a very high standard.

“I’d recommend WD Build and Hardy Projects to anyone in a heartbeat,” says Ben.

Paul says: “For home owners who have registered with EQC and now need to engage a contactor to get things moving along, just pick up the phone and talk to us about an initial free assessment of your home and we’ll make a plan from there.”


Buying or selling a home? MHR Drainage

Don’t let the dream vanish down the drain.

When it comes to buying or selling a home, drains are not necessarily something many of us consider. However, as Josh Mackey, owner of MHR Drainage, explains—damaged drains are a constant problem for both buyers and sellers in the greater Christchurch area.

“Following the earthquakes, we were flat out doing emergency drainage repairs,” he says.

“These repairs — which were only ever designed to be temporary — may well be failing now. Combine this with the fact that thousands of homes in Christchurch still have undiagnosed problems with drains, creates a big red flag for buyers.

“Our team carry out diagnostic tests daily and about half the homes we visit show earthquake related damage to the drains.”

Josh points out there is good news: “Damaged drains are covered by the EQC, even if your 2010 or 2011 claim has been settled. Plus, there is no cut-off date for lodging a claim relating to drainage.

“So, the best solution for vendors is to have an inspection done prior to listing your home on the market. Then if there are problems these can be rectified through the EQC system. Similarly, for a home buyer, a simple drain inspection as part of your due diligence provides peace of mind and helps avoid costly complications down the line.”


For more information on drain inspections — call the team at MHR Drainage on 0800 356 946.


Granting your repairs: Precision Solutions

If you are the owner of an on-sold over-cap Canterbury property you have been given a few more weeks – until October 14, 2020 – to register your interest in applying for an ex-gratia payment to cover any necessary earthquake damage repairs.


“The deadline was originally August 14, 2020,” says Charles Porter, Contracts Manager for house re-levelling company Precision Solutions.

“But there are so many instances of houses requiring re-repairing post the earthquakes that the deadline has been extended,” he says.

Precision Solutions is therefore urging homeowners to have their properties assessed right now, including floor level and foundation issues in which the company specialises.

“Thousands of homes have been bought and sold in Christchurch since 2011. Many people are simply unaware they may have problems until they try to sell and are forced to get a builder’s report which will then show up any issues,” says Charlie.

“If you miss this extended time period to make a claim you could personally be paying out tens of thousands of dollars for repairs.”

Charlie says the team at Precision Solutions offers a free initial site inspection within the Christchurch area to assess and identify any issues.

If there is a problem, they can help homeowners navigate what they need to do with EQC and subsequently carry out the remedial work.

Don’t delay any longer. Make the precision decision.

Call 0800 775 3835 for your free level and foundation assessment.


Definitive one-stop-shop: Hammonds

We have all been there. A slight lapse of concentration by you or someone else and before you know it, your pride and joy is no longer factory fresh. Hammonds Collision Centre knows these things can happen, which is why it’s still Christchurch’s leading panel and paint repair shop.


Located at 46 Battersea Street, Sydenham, Hammonds Collision Centre has prided itself as being the Garden City’s definitive one-stop shop for all things panel, paint and mechanical.

From the moment you hand your car to Scott Blackadder and the team, you can be safe in the knowledge of their decades of expertise and award-winning bodywork know-how.

Whether it’s your faithful Toyota Starlet, or your Concours-winning Mustang, Hammond’s Collision Centre offers body and mechanical repairs, WOFs, servicing, and insurance repairs.

Also, if you have just purchased a car which needs a thorough ground up restoration, Hammond’s can do that, too.

Hammond’s also can deliver you to your place of work in the CBD and pick you up again once your vehicle is ready to go.

They also have a fleet of loan cars and even e-scooters to make sure your busy life is not interrupted.

So, give Hammond’s Collison Centre a call today on 03 366 1809 and experience for yourself why Hammond’s is the definitive choice for all things panel, mechanical and paint.


Garage Transformations: Deck and Fence Pro

Ever wished you could work on your garage projects right through the winter months, but the cold, damp conditions just made it too difficult?












When it comes to garage transformations, Garage Carpet Pro has all the solutions to make sure you have a comfortable place to work on all your jobs and hobbies throughout the year.

Since 2014, Garage Carpet Pro (a division of The Pro Group) has rolled out more than 215,000sqm of specialised carpet to cover the concrete floors in more than 6000 double garages.

Using a high-quality European garage carpet, the waterproof product is installed to a high standard, with minimum mess and inconvenience, by qualified and skilled owner-operators.

The space can be further protected from temperature extremes by insulating both the garage door and ceiling.

Another option is installing CleverSeal, a brush-based sealing system that seals the gaps around your garage door, stopping drafts, insects, rodents and debris from entering your garage.

And, to make sure everything remains perfectly organised and functional, Garage Carpet Pro also install a range of high-quality cabinets, shelving, wall-mounted hanging systems and heavy-duty ceiling-mounted storage racks.

The Pro Group prides itself on quality service that is reliable and customer-focused, and the project is personally managed by the franchise owner.

For a free, no-obligation quote, phone Tim on 027 349 0527.


Prevention better than the cure

With the summer heat putting the real pressure on your air conditioning system, are you taking your system for granted? Does it seem like it’s not as cool as it used to be? Did you know that you should have it serviced every two years?


On average you lose 10 percent of the refrigerant gas that’s required for air conditioning your vehicle every year.

The team at Leading Edge checks this in a service. It’s that knowledge that puts them above others in the market.

They will also replace the cabin filter which becomes blocked with pollen, dust and road grit, giving you fresher, healthier air inside the vehicle.

Here’s a tip: Leading Edge recommends running your air conditioning system regularly, even in the winter, as the refrigerant contains a light mineral oil to keep the compressor properly lubricated.

Leading Edge not only provides services but also takes care of warrants of fitness, auto electrics, tyres and wheel alignments, brakes, steering and suspension and so much more, using the latest diagnostic equipment.

All of their work is guaranteed and the team of skilled, professional people with a wide, up-to-date knowledge base of European, Japanese and electric cars are going to know what your car needs to get the job sorted.

With 10 free courtesy cars, give them a call today.

You can find Leading Edge at 480 Selwyn Street, just down from the Z service station on Moorhouse Avenue or phone 03 366 3384.


Leading Edge Automotive

Leading the way: Leading Edge Automotive

Located at 480 Selwyn Street in the heart of Christchurch, Leading Edge Automotive, as the name suggests, has been ‘leading’ the field and has the ‘edge’ over its competitors when it comes to ensuring your European car gets the service and repairs it deserves.

Leading Edge Automotive

Leading Edge Automotive provides a once stop shop for every aspect of European vehicle servicing and repairs in Christchurch. Brands such as BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes and even Porsche are well catered for, with the latest diagnostic equipment on hand to pin-point exactly what needs to be done.
To Leading Edge Automotive, customer service is of paramount importance. The company’s highly experienced team of technicians are always acquiring new skills through advanced training seminars, in order to build on an already vast knowledge base of European brands, technology and how complex components work and interact.
All work carried out and the parts used are guaranteed, with work not commencing until you have given the go ahead. Leading Edge also provides the conditional use of courtesy cars to keep you mobile. So whether it’s a basic service, repair or comprehensive inspection, your pride and joy will be catered for at Leading Edge Automotive.
For more information visit or phone 03-366 3384.


Dubbed one stop shop: Dub World are the specialist team you need

Dubworld has been one of Christchurch’s most trusted Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda specialists for more than a decade.


Located at 65 Disraeli Street, Dubworld has earned an award-winning reputation by providing local owners of Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda vehicles a one stop shop for repairs, service and mechanical know-how. The team’s professionalism, great customer service, experience and enthusiasm for these cars is second to none.
With more than 30 years’ experience between them, Dubworld’s professional mechanical team – led by owner and manager Nathan – knows just about everything there is to know about Volkswagen models. Repairs on brakes, suspension, clutches, engine tuning and ECU diagnostics is just some of the work Nathan’s team can carry out on your vehicle.
Plus, the team can break everything down for you, so you can understand how your car performs. Dubworld also offers courtesy cars to keep you mobile while your vehicle is being worked on.
As an authorised repairer for mechanical warranty companies, Dubworld’s workshop is filled with the latest specialised tools which allow specific work on all late model Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda vehicles.
Whether you are after a wheel alignment, WOF, basic service or mechanical repair for your Golf or Octavia, Dubworld is your one stop shop.
For more information visit, call 03-365 3744 or email