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Welcome to The Commons, Plant Gang!

Welcome to The Commons, Plant Gang!

Friday, 21 November 2014 2:34 p.m. by GapFiller

We’re pleased to welcome the Plant Gang to The Commons. 

Men’s Health Forum

Men’s Health Forum

Friday, 21 November 2014 10:07 a.m. by AnxietySupport

AWARENESS Canterbury Action on Mental Health and Addictions   To celebrate ‘Movember’ we’re holding a Men’s Health forum to create a space for Canterbury men to hear from other guys about looking after our physical and mental health.  All welcome so come along with any questions or just to listen.  Please note: this is a...

Living Well Through Stressful Circumstances

Living Well Through Stressful Circumstances

Monday, 17 November 2014 11:53 a.m. by AnxietySupport

Mental Health Education and Resource Centre New Brighton & South Shore // November 19, 26 and 27 Come along to one of these free evening sessions, where an experienced facilitator will provide you with practical tools to address stress and help you work through the emotional consequences of adversity. This 2 hour session will provide participants with...

RecoveryWorks

RecoveryWorks

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:16 a.m. by AnxietySupport

RecoveryWorks

THEMES: – Managing Stress from Earthquakes

THEMES: – Managing Stress from Earthquakes

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 9:00 a.m. by AnxietySupport

Wednesday November 19th : – Juliet MacLeod, CDHB Anxiety Disorders Service 

Sound Sky

Sound Sky

Monday, 10 November 2014 5:26 p.m. by GapFiller

Sound Sky is a location-sensitive audio-visual artwork that grows over time as people contribute to it. It’s a collaboration between artists, Christchurch organisations and the public. It makes use of an app to allow people to record their memories and thoughts at various locations throughout the city, allowing for reflection and participation in the post-quake […]

Pallet Pavilion shortlisted for the International Award for Public Art

Pallet Pavilion shortlisted for the International Award for Public Art

Monday, 10 November 2014 3:29 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Filler’s Pallet Pavilion project is one of seven finalists in the International Award for Public Art. An awards ceremony will be held in June next year in Auckland and the winner announced. The awards were initiated in 2011 by two public art magazines (Public Art, China and Public Art Review, USA). They seek to […]

100 Tricks to Help You De-Stress

100 Tricks to Help You De-Stress

Thursday, 6 November 2014 2:46 p.m. by AnxietySupport

Who doesn’t get stressed every now and then? Between work worries (“My deadline is when?!”) and personal pressures (“Whose turn is it to pick up the kids?”), it may feel like you’re always on the brink of being totally overwhelmed. The key is knowing when it’s happening — and being proactive about putting an end...

New Photo Book Compares Christchurch Pre-Earthquake to 2014

New Photo Book Compares Christchurch Pre-Earthquake to 2014

Monday, 3 November 2014 11:33 a.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Grandstandium for the city!

Grandstandium for the city!

Thursday, 23 October 2014 1:01 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Filler’s latest project is the Grandstandium, a relocatable mini-grandstand. The Grandstandium is an addition to the Retro Sports Facility at The Commons. The Grandstandium provides seating for 30 atop a trailer and comes with a scoreboard, commentary box and binoculars for added drama. The Grandstandium is our version of CCDU’s stadium anchor project, presently […]

Themes – HOW TO SLEEP WELL

Themes – HOW TO SLEEP WELL

Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:02 p.m. by AnxietySupport

Wednesday 5th November 2014: – Veronika Gabel, Counsellor and Social Worker For those of us who struggle to get a good night’s sleep (and for some it seems we never do) a restful night’s sleep is an ideal of bliss! Veronika has been researching sleep related topics and provides education on this vital subject. She...

Gap Filler events during FESTA

Gap Filler events during FESTA

Monday, 20 October 2014 5:52 p.m. by GapFiller

FESTA is bringing all sorts of awesome people and projects to the city for Labour Weekend. 

Workshop for aspiring young architects, builders, designers and sculptors

Workshop for aspiring young architects, builders, designers and sculptors

Monday, 20 October 2014 3:26 p.m. by GapFiller

Why is it that only adults get to take part in the rebuild of the city? Gap Filler is offering a workshop that gives kids the opportunity to work with Wellington artist, Simon Gray to build a city too.  Making use of masses of recycled cardboard boxes, kids (and their caregiver) will be able to […]

Kids to build their own city at an upcoming workshop

Kids to build their own city at an upcoming workshop

Monday, 20 October 2014 3:26 p.m. by GapFiller

Why is it that only adults get to take part in the rebuild of the city? Gap Filler is offering a workshop that gives kids the opportunity to work with Wellington artist, Simon Gray to build a city too.  Making use of masses of recycled cardboard boxes, kids (and their caregiver) will be able to create a shelter, which will then form part of a city for people to walk through.

New Gap Map!

New Gap Map!

Monday, 20 October 2014 2:53 p.m. by GapFiller

We have a new pocket map! Download it here. Copies will be available from The Commons by the end of the week. Thanks to Jen McBride of Jn-Creative and Gap Filler’s Sally Airey for all their hard work.

Forum notes - Keeping the "Community in Mind"

Forum notes - Keeping the "Community in Mind"

Monday, 20 October 2014 2:40 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

One Voice Te Reo Kotahi Sector Forum: Keeping the Community in Mind 7.30pm, 15 October 2014 Christchurch Polytechnic CPIT Whare Wanaka Mihi & Karakia  The meeting opened with a welcome from Rex and a karakia given by Emma.  Introduction:  Katherine gave the background to OVTRK and the sector in Canterbury before outlining the evening’s programme. Speaker:  Barnaby Bennett.  Barnaby

Update from the in-between

Update from the in-between

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 8:30 a.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

Kia ora tatou, 

What earthquake support services are available?

What earthquake support services are available?

Monday, 13 October 2014 4:43 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Four years on there is still a strong need for earthquake related support. However, the need constantly changes as the recovery and rebuild takes shape. Currently we are seeing a need for insurance and rebuild related support through the processes to getting back into your home.

Council Wrong to Put Cost-Benefit Before Property Rights

Council Wrong to Put Cost-Benefit Before Property Rights

Monday, 13 October 2014 11:19 a.m. by QuakeOutcasts Popular

Christchurch City Council water and waste manager Mark Christison said in an interview by Radio New Zealand that it's "costly" to maintain essential services in the red zone. He also spoke of "extra cost per property" as being very significant.

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD

Sunday, 12 October 2014 11:40 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Do we still own our building???? Now 796 days since designated “South frame, Innovation Precinct” – Designation to be in place until 2022. ( ie They can take the building any time between now and 2022) High Street Building amendment …

The Retro Sports Facility

The Retro Sports Facility

Friday, 10 October 2014 6:32 p.m. by GapFiller

The Retro Sports Facility activates the green space at The Commons (cnr Kilmore and Durham Streets). It features sporting equipment that’s available to the public to use daily and regular retro themed sporting events, as suggested by you, facilitated by Gap Filler and others like: dodge ball, sack races, croquet and more. The project will […]

THEMES: – Understanding the Different Anxieties

THEMES: – Understanding the Different Anxieties

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 9:00 a.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

Wednesday October 22nd. 

A Jolt To The Heart - Book Release

A Jolt To The Heart - Book Release

Monday, 6 October 2014 3:37 p.m. by FelicityPrice Featured Popular

A Jolt to the Heart

The great hops experiment

The great hops experiment

Monday, 6 October 2014 12:04 p.m. by GapFiller

Thanks to some new plantings and two working bees, hops will grow up the back section of Arcades and will be harvested next year by local brewers for turning into beer. It’s a bit of an experiment. Hops are usually grown further north in NZ. We are confident they will grow here, we’re just not […]

Hops are in!

Hops are in!

Monday, 6 October 2014 12:04 p.m. by GapFiller

Volunteers recently planted hops under the Arcades, they look amazing! 

Details of the Next Forum 15 October

Details of the Next Forum 15 October

Friday, 3 October 2014 3:25 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

 

New ‘Art Of Living’ Course

New ‘Art Of Living’ Course

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 2:01 p.m. by AnxietySupport

KEEP LEARNING

KEEP LEARNING

Monday, 29 September 2014 11:29 a.m. by AnxietySupport

Mental Health Awareness Week October 6th to 12th   When did you last learn something new? When we keep learning we tend to have better mental wellbeing, so we are putting together a whole raft of ideas to help you and your family keep learning throughout your lifetime.   http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/page/995-home

Upcoming projects: The Retro Sports Facility and Grandstandium!

Upcoming projects: The Retro Sports Facility and Grandstandium!

Thursday, 25 September 2014 2:24 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

September 25, 2014. Sport in Christchurch is about to get a whole lot more creative! It’s time to let you know what we’re up to. Scroll down to see how you can get involved. We’ve got tow new projects in the pipeline with the Retro Sports Facility and the Grandstandium. The Retro Sports Facility will […]

Free Legal Advice

Free Legal Advice

Monday, 22 September 2014 2:23 p.m. by AnxietySupport

Canterbury Law Community Law Centres are non profit organisations which work to reduce and remove barriers to the law. Community Law Canterbury services provide quality, free legal help to people in Canterbury who face barriers in accessing justice. Main Reception Line: (03) 366 6870 Legal information line: (03) 371 3819 / 0508 CANLAW http://www.canlaw.org.nz/

Next Forum on 15 October

Next Forum on 15 October

Friday, 19 September 2014 9:15 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

The next open OVTRK Forum will be on 15 October at 7.30pm CPIT Wharenui cnr Coventry St and Williams St This open Forum will provide an opportunity for those involved with NGOs to share feedback on the recently released Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) Strategy for rebuilding health and wellbeing in greater Christchurch: Community in Mind Hei Puawai Waitaha - a flourishing

Election candidate responses

Election candidate responses

Thursday, 18 September 2014 9:47 p.m. by GapFiller

People from Gap Filler, Greening the Rubble, Christchurch Transitional Architectural Trust (producers of FESTA) and Life in Vacant Spaces worked to create some questions that were sent to candidates for the upcoming national election.

Dynamic Community Learning Award for RAD!

Dynamic Community Learning Award for RAD!

Thursday, 18 September 2014 9:37 a.m. by GapFiller

RAD Bikes has won the Dynamic Community Learning Award from Adult Continuing Education. 

Gerry’s “Old Dungas”…. and Still snagged at Building consents….

Gerry’s “Old Dungas”…. and Still snagged at Building consents….

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 9:40 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

I have spent the last few days, (between trying to deal with Insurance issues) reading the first critique of the Disaster in Christchurch.  And I refer to the man-made disaster, not the 14000+ earthquakes. “Once in a Lifetime: City-building after …

Christchurch and second-class citizenship

Christchurch and second-class citizenship

Monday, 15 September 2014 12:26 p.m. by AnthonyRavlich Popular

I demand the right to inform Chch post-quake victims of the human rights truth and ethical plan

Community & Voluntary Sector policies of parties standing  in the 2014 General Election

Community & Voluntary Sector policies of parties standing in the 2014 General Election

Monday, 15 September 2014 11:37 a.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

The following was passed onto us by the Council of Social Services (COSS). These policies were found on the parties’ websites. COSS Christchurch could find no policies about the sector on the websites of ACT, Conservative, Maori, or NZFirst parties. We did not contact any party directly and it may be that the parties with...

Cycle-Powered Cinema CANCELLED

Cycle-Powered Cinema CANCELLED

Saturday, 13 September 2014 4:06 p.m. by GapFiller

Insurer-Managed Canterbury EQ Residential Rebuild & Repair Programme Gathers Pace

Insurer-Managed Canterbury EQ Residential Rebuild & Repair Programme Gathers Pace

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 2:59 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

Insurance payouts for Canterbury earthquake claims has topped $12 billion and the insurer-managed residential rebuild and repair programme is gathering pace.

Grassing The Commons

Grassing The Commons

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 1:02 p.m. by GapFiller

Thanks to a gang of volunteers we rolled out the green carpet at The Commons last weekend. We’re now a step closer to our vision (to be a welcoming, ever-evolving community space. A space that connects people to their inner-city and to each other). Read more about what we’re trying to achieve here: www.thecommons.org.nz/about/ The grassing […]

Opportunity to run your own Pizzeria!

Opportunity to run your own Pizzeria!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 5:31 p.m. by GapFiller

Many people dream of having their own restaurant. Now’s your chance to test out your pizza-making skills in a supported environment at The Commons. 

Laying of the grass!

Laying of the grass!

Monday, 8 September 2014 7:20 p.m. by GapFiller

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, who were so awesome laying grass at The Commons last Saturday (September 6), we only had one shift at 12.30pm as we were finished by the next shift at 2.30pm!! 

The 2014 Wellbeing Game is coming soon !

The 2014 Wellbeing Game is coming soon !

Monday, 8 September 2014 3:03 p.m. by AnxietySupport

It’s time to start getting your team together for the Wellbeing Game 2014! Registrations for the game open on September 22. You can have as many team members as you like, so rustle up all the friends, family members and colleagues you can manage – after all, it’s for their own good! Play the Wellbeing...

THEMES: – Anxiety and Body Language

THEMES: – Anxiety and Body Language

Monday, 8 September 2014 12:02 p.m. by AnxietySupport

Wednesday 8th October:

THEMES: – Anxiety and Medications

THEMES: – Anxiety and Medications

Monday, 8 September 2014 11:56 a.m. by AnxietySupport

Wednesday September 24th, Dr. Caroline Bell, CDHB Anxiety Disorders Service Many people are conflicted about taking medication prescribed for their anxiety. Some resist this form of help; but others regard it as a lifeline. Many people on medication stop taking it too soon or too suddenly, either because they were never really comfortable with it...

4 years on. The Christchurch Rebuild.

4 years on. The Christchurch Rebuild.

Thursday, 4 September 2014 5:51 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

A lot has happened in the 4 years since that first 7.1 earthquake shook us awake at 4:35am. The resulting earthquake sequence that lasted with severe aftershocks right through to January 2012 has changed the landscape in our city for ever. The worst of these shocks being February 22 where we must pay respect to the 185 lives that were lost on that day and the many tens of thousands of families who lost their homes, livelihoods and communities. 

Let’s Roll! Join in creating the green space at The Commons

Let’s Roll! Join in creating the green space at The Commons

Thursday, 28 August 2014 6:57 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Fanfare please! We’re finally at the stage of being able to lay grass at The Commons. To be true to the vision (to be a welcoming, ever-evolving community space. A space that connects people to their inner-city and to each other), we’d like to extend an open invitation to you to be a part of […]

Meet our interns

Meet our interns

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 4:02 p.m. by GapFiller

We have a couple of wonderful interns, both of whom are studying Landscape Architecture at Copenhagen University in Denmark. 

Framed! Historic golf hole for High Street

Framed! Historic golf hole for High Street

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:45 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Filler’s Gap Golf project is growing! This new hole has been added to the course on the corner of High and Tuam Streets. The hole’s design has taken influence from two High Street Stories. These stories were collected by the Historic Places Trust (now called Heritage New Zealand) in 2012/13 in order to record […]

Call for Designs – Info Boards @ The Commons

Call for Designs – Info Boards @ The Commons

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 1:13 p.m. by GapFiller

  The Commons is in need of some awesome information boards. We’d like to share information about the project, what’s on site and more as well as history of the area. The boards will also have a community notice board function. So we’re calling for designs. The deadline is September 7 to submit your design. […]

Community led recovery research launched

Community led recovery research launched

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:41 a.m. by ravencretney

A Christchurch raised PhD student, Raven Cretney, has launched the start of a research project looking into the specific role of community driven recovery intiatives in Christchurch.

WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN (WRAP)

WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN (WRAP)

Friday, 22 August 2014 2:29 p.m. by AnxietySupport

A new programme starts on Monday September 15th 6:00pm – 9:00pm, for four consecutive weeks. This programme has a strong reputation for assisting people to plan for their on-going well-being following experiencing any form of mental health issue. Places are limited please contact Carl on 366 5815 to discuss your interest.

New MHAPS activities update!

New MHAPS activities update!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 5:00 p.m. by AnxietySupport

              Click here for more info…

CCC Building Consents….

CCC Building Consents….

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 3:34 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

What an unhelpful meeting with Building consents that was.  

THEMES:  – When Panic Attacks!!!!!!!

THEMES: – When Panic Attacks!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:21 p.m. by AnxietySupport

Wednesday August 27th 2014: Angie Spencer, CDHB Anxiety Disorders Service

Want to dream up a creative, kid’s workshop with Gap Filler support?

Want to dream up a creative, kid’s workshop with Gap Filler support?

Monday, 11 August 2014 3:22 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Filler is creating an opportunity for an artist to design and host a family-friendly workshop for young people aged between 10-14 years.  

Christchurch - what we see and what we feel

Christchurch - what we see and what we feel

Tuesday, 5 August 2014 11:45 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Last week I asked a question on Facebook: What one word comes to mind right now when you think about Christchurch?

Christchurch Building Consents.. sigh..

Christchurch Building Consents.. sigh..

Thursday, 31 July 2014 6:15 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

So…. whats new in High Street.   

I like your form

I like your form

Thursday, 31 July 2014 6:03 a.m. by GapFiller

Lonnie Hutchinson’s temporary artwork I Like Your Form was unveiled at The Commons on 29 July 2014, with a wonderful early morning opening. Ngai Tahu elders offered a karanga and karakia to launch the project and we were spoilt with delicious kai made by Jess Halliday’s Mum and Auntie at Shop Eight in New Regent […]

Surviving Anxiety

Surviving Anxiety

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 9:06 a.m. by AnxietySupport

I’ve tried therapy, drugs, and booze. Here’s how I came to terms with the nation’s most common mental illness.