Assisting self-managing rebuilding owners in New Zealand to rebuild their homes: Lessons for New Zealand from the 2009 Victoria bushfire recovery

Assisting self-managing rebuilding owners in New Zealand to rebuild their homes: Lessons for New Zealand from the 2009 Victorian bushfire recovery

Suzanne Wilkinson, Alice Yan Chang-Richards, Erica Seville, David Brunsdon

Resilient Organisations Research Report 2014/2

Introduction

After a disaster, many people are faced with damage to their properties, and a need to rebuild their homes.  In Christchurch a significant number of people will be rebuilding their homes or building new homes on recently purchased land.  There are many ways in which a person can approach a building project including:

  • employ a volume builder, architect, builder or project manager to manage the whole building process (design through to completion), or substantial parts of the project;
  • decide to self-manage the building project stages whilst employing different professionals for the different stages of the building;
  • if they are particularly skilled, with the correct qualifications, such as being a Licensed Building Practitioner, they could manage and build the property themselves;
  • choose to undertake the work themselves through applying for an Owner-Builder exemption.

This bulletin focusses on those people who choose to self-manage the building project stages whilst employing different professionals for the stages of the building.  For this report, these people are termed "self-managing rebuilding owners".  The bulletin draws on lessons from five years of research tracking the rebuilding of Marysville and Kinglake in Victoria following the bushfires in February 2009.

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