The former Fletcher Construction boss who signed the 2011 contract with the Earthquake Commission (EQC) to manage the Canterbury Home Repair programme, says there is no way it can sue the company over sub-standards repairs.
Speaking to Checkpoint with John Campbell, Mark Binns said the EQC was caught out by the massive scale of the Christchurch quakes, and political timeframes on how quickly the work could be done were unrealistic.
"I would say the expectations were unrealistic," he said.
"That's why we pushed back and said look it's just impossible to do it within that time period so we went according to the timeframe that we thought we could complete the project in an expeditions but appropriate manner."
Mr Binns said some assessments of property damage were done too fast, and by unqualified people.
He said the EQC indemnified Fletcher's against any such action, and he would not have signed the contract if they had not.
You can hear the full interview on Checkpoint now.