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How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD …. part 160

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD …. part 160

Sunday, 28 June 2015 8:36 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Well, here we are nearly 4.5 years down the track from the February 2011 earthquake and still waiting.  The city is in the depths of winter and despair. The building owners are fed up and walking away,  CERA is pulling …

KidsFest

KidsFest

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 12:21 p.m. by GapFiller

During KidsFest Gap Filler will be running 2 events; Gap Cache and Tiny House Workshops Explore the world of Tiny Houses Like Tiny Houses themselves… these workshops have been really popular – so popular we are running three instead of the one we advertised in KidsFest  – and sorry, they are all booked out. However you […]

Gap Golf Undergoes Make-over

Gap Golf Undergoes Make-over

Thursday, 4 June 2015 1:14 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Golf Undergoes Make-over It’s not reality TV, it’s real life! Gap Golf is about to have a Make-Over bringing it up to a world-class inner city 9 hole mini-golf circuit. This weekend the kind guys and gals from Christchurch Round Table and Ladies Circle will be building a new hole The Aalt Verkerk’s No.7 […]

Gap Golf Updated With New Hole Opened

Gap Golf Updated With New Hole Opened

Thursday, 4 June 2015 1:14 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Golf’s 7th hole, The Aalt Verkerk’s, was opened on Saturday.  The Dutch themed hole is a nod to the site’s history as A. Verkerks Butcher Ltd and the family’s Dutch heritage. Putt your way down an Amsterdam canal being careful to avoid the barges; then up, over the docks through some interesting hazards and […]

What’s coming up in Gap Filler land?

What’s coming up in Gap Filler land?

Thursday, 4 June 2015 12:53 p.m. by GapFiller

What’s coming up in Gap Filler land? We’ve got some exciting projects coming up this year that we want to share with you.

2015 Gap Filler SPRING Internship : applications close 5 June!

2015 Gap Filler SPRING Internship : applications close 5 June!

Monday, 1 June 2015 3:34 p.m. by GapFiller

Adaptive Urbanism in Christchurch, New Zealand 

Christchurch Police Station Blown up by Controlled Implosion

Christchurch Police Station Blown up by Controlled Implosion

Monday, 1 June 2015 2:39 p.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews

At 5pm on Sunday 31st May, the earthquake-damaged police station in Christchurch central was brought down by a controlled implosion.

Reflections from Copenhagen – Part II

Reflections from Copenhagen – Part II

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 7:56 a.m. by GapFiller

Five weeks in Copenhagen now. It’s hard to know what to report and what to leave out.   I finally visited the famous Danish Architecture Centre. Pretty incredible that my first trip there was to participate in an event (more on that later). The current exhibition is called Co-Create Your City, and is a very […]

Education Update

Education Update

Friday, 22 May 2015 3:22 p.m. by GapFiller

EDUCATION UPDATE!  Here’s an update from Sally Airey, our Education and Outreach Coordinator about all things education and the city. School visits have increased dramatically this term with Kids to Town funding (CCC/TCCT joint initiative). This comprises information about Gap Filler and projects (and initiatives in central city) sent out to schools to encourage them to […]

Spread the word: The SEEDS Charter

Spread the word: The SEEDS Charter

Friday, 15 May 2015 12:28 p.m. by GapFiller

SEEDS (Stimulating Enterprising Environments for Development and Sustainability) has been a two-year pilot programme, funded to the tune of several million euros by the European Union, to explore interim-use possibilities on temporarily vacant sites and in empty buildings. There were pilot projects in six different European countries.   You can read about them and a whole lot more on their website .

Pallet Pavilion short film!

Pallet Pavilion short film!

Friday, 15 May 2015 11:05 a.m. by GapFiller

At long last, we are proud to announce that the Pallet Pavilion short-film is ready for you to view! 

2015 Gap Filler SPRING Internship : now open for applications

2015 Gap Filler SPRING Internship : now open for applications

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 3:34 p.m. by GapFiller

Adaptive Urbanism in Christchurch, New Zealand 

Time To Ask The Hard Questions About The Central City Rebuild

Time To Ask The Hard Questions About The Central City Rebuild

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 3:54 p.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

There is a saying that when ministers or the government release information late on a Friday it is usually because they want it swept under the rug without too many questions. This happens a lot with this government to do with this recovery and last Friday it happened again. This time we must take notice as it is a very serious situation. We must start asking some hard questions of CERA and the government.

New integrated Pacific health facility opens in Christchurch

New integrated Pacific health facility opens in Christchurch

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 3:24 p.m. by PRNews Popular

 

May 2015 Updates from OVTRK

May 2015 Updates from OVTRK

Friday, 8 May 2015 2:38 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

May 2015 Updates from OVTRK

May 2015 Updates from OVTRK

Friday, 8 May 2015 2:04 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

KeepOur Assets (KOA)

KeepOur Assets (KOA)

Friday, 8 May 2015 2:00 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

KOA has sent this letter  to OVTRK and we draw this opportunity to your NGO’s attention  The deadline for their petition is 28 May. They are not presenting that as part of the LTP process.

Red Cross Launches Book for Leaders in Disaster Recovery

Red Cross Launches Book for Leaders in Disaster Recovery

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 3:04 p.m. by RedCross

New Zealand Red Cross has launched Leading in Disaster Recovery: Companion through the Chaos, a book for leaders working in disaster recovery.

Reflections from Copenhagen – Part 1

Reflections from Copenhagen – Part 1

Tuesday, 5 May 2015 11:16 p.m. by GapFiller

Ok, the boss has told me I need to blog about my experiences in Denmark for the next couple months. 

Themes: – About Anxiety

Themes: – About Anxiety

Tuesday, 5 May 2015 11:34 a.m. by AnxietySupport

Wednesday May 20th: – Meredith Blampied, Anxiety Disorders Service, CDHB Anxiety is the most common form of mental health distress, more common than even depression. It affects about 15% of the population at any one time. Anxiety is frequently a precursor to depression in the sense that some people lose hope that there anxiety will...

Make some noise for NZ Music Month at the Sound Garden

Make some noise for NZ Music Month at the Sound Garden

Monday, 4 May 2015 2:17 p.m. by GapFiller

This month heralds three family-friendly sonic events at the Sound Garden celebrating NZ Music Month. Pacific drums of the Avaiki Drummers rang out loud from the Sound Garden on Friday night welcoming people across to the launch of New Zealand Music Month at the Central Library on Peterborough Street. The drumming inspired a new generation of […]

NZ Music Month at the Sound Garden

NZ Music Month at the Sound Garden

Monday, 4 May 2015 2:17 p.m. by GapFiller

The month of May heralded three family-friendly sonic events at the Sound Garden celebrating New Zealand Music Month. Pacific drums of the Avaiki Drummers rang out loud from the Sound Garden on the night of our first event, welcoming people across to the launch of New Zealand Music Month at the Central Library on Peterborough Street. The […]

Want to work with us? Operations Director needed

Want to work with us? Operations Director needed

Sunday, 3 May 2015 1:29 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Filler is in need of an Operations Director. Are you a talented, passionate person looking for a challenge? Want to be part of creative urban regeneration projects and leading social change? If so, read on! 

New Gap Golf hole planned! Calling designers

New Gap Golf hole planned! Calling designers

Thursday, 30 April 2015 2:37 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Golf is having a bit of a make-over. We’ve retired some old holes and plan to add some new ones. We also plan to make the course more cohesive in general. For our new hole, we’re looking for a talented, creative designer/landscape architect/student to help us design Gap Filler’s latest golf hole The Aalt Verkerk […]

Cathedral Square Friday Night Food Trucks to have a Winter home. Starting May 1!

Cathedral Square Friday Night Food Trucks to have a Winter home. Starting May 1!

Friday, 24 April 2015 4:19 p.m. by GapFiller

The City Council’s highly successful Friday Night Food Trucks series in Cathedral Square is to have a new home for the Winter. 

Cathedral Square Friday Night Food Trucks have a Winter home

Cathedral Square Friday Night Food Trucks have a Winter home

Friday, 24 April 2015 4:19 p.m. by GapFiller

The City Council’s highly successful Friday Night Food Trucks series in Cathedral Square has a new home for the Winter. The Commons will host up to fifteen food trucks on the first Friday of every month from 4 – 9pm. As well as food, there will be live music and games on the green for the kids. The first Winter Friday Night Food Trucks event […]

Does your Organisation Need Some IT support?

Does your Organisation Need Some IT support?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 2:30 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

Rosemary Neave is presently working pro bono updating the website for OVTRK. She has a small business doing Wordpress Websites and Social Media support for organisations. Here are some things she is offering to NGOs in Christchurch - these can be one to one sessions or workshops with several groups.  She has taken workshops like this for Community Waikato.  All she needs - a room with wifi and

From the Lyttelton Pétanque Club to Albion Square.  A temporary project evolves into something more permanent

From the Lyttelton Pétanque Club to Albion Square. A temporary project evolves into something more permanent

Sunday, 19 April 2015 8:30 a.m. by GapFiller Popular

The Lyttelton Pétanque Club (or LPC) was a temporary project on the corner of London and Canterbury Streets, in Lyttelton, Christchurch’s port town. Created in July 2011 by a bunch of Lyttelton locals and a few folk from over the other side of the hill from Gap Filler, it took on a life of its […]

Christchurch Rebuild Innovation Precinct Drone Fly Over April 2015

Christchurch Rebuild Innovation Precinct Drone Fly Over April 2015

Wednesday, 8 April 2015 11:04 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Christchurch Rebuild Innovation Precinct Drone Fly Over April 2015 

When is it Stress,When is it Trauma,When is it…?

When is it Stress,When is it Trauma,When is it…?

Wednesday, 8 April 2015 9:44 a.m. by AnxietySupport

Wednesday April 22nd: – Helen Colhoun, Psychologist, Anxiety Disorders Service,  Any event that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless is stressful. An overwhelming life experience can trigger this stress, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable. The Canterbury earthquakes are a good example. Post-traumatic stress can affect both those who personally experience...

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD, Part 157

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD, Part 157

Monday, 6 April 2015 5:06 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

I see Will Harvie, from the Christchurch Press, has been busy. A further article on High Street in this mornings press, 6.4.2015.

A lot can be learned from this case.
In particular about ground conditions of TC...

A lot can be learned from this case. In particular about ground conditions of TC...

Sunday, 5 April 2015 3:41 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

A lot can be learned from this case.
In particular about ground conditions of TC3 land.
Council acceptance of section 112 of the building act may not reinstate property according to the 'as new' policy.



www.grantshand.co.nz
In East & anor v Medical Assurance Society New Zealand Ltd [2014] NZHC 3399 the High Court (Whata J) discussed the timing of payments by an insurer on reinstatement of a house and considered whether proposed concrete slab foundation re ...

Eclectic Boogaloo at the Dance-O-Mat

Eclectic Boogaloo at the Dance-O-Mat

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 2:58 p.m. by GapFiller

corner Gloucester and Colombo Streets, next to the Isaac Theatre Royal Friday April 10th, starting 8pm. Live DJ’s, and Disco vibes by DJ Hobo and Hard Lee Bring you and your crew down to Gap Filler’s Dance-O-Mat, the coolest coin-operated dance floor in town, for Ecelectic Boogaloo: a sweet fusion of Christchurch streets and Chicago […]

What’s on!

What’s on!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 1:07 p.m. by GapFiller

Thursday, 2 April, 11am: West Papua Action Canterbury event Food Collective vendors on site. Good Friday 3 April: Public Holiday Food Collective vendors will not be operating. Sunday 5 April, 12.30pm: Fresh Press Pizza Friday 10 April, 12.30 – 2.00pm: Kids and Kiwi Bowls! Kids! Bring your grown-ups to town (or catch the bus by […]

There is a good reason for being careful.

There is a good reason for being careful.

Monday, 30 March 2015 7:02 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

There is a good reason for being careful.



www.stuff.co.nz
The Rebuild Black Hole

What do you think the odds are that council will spend $200m to $2bn in flood pr...

What do you think the odds are that council will spend $200m to $2bn in flood pr...

Monday, 30 March 2015 12:31 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

What do you think the odds are that council will spend $200m to $2bn in flood protection along the estuary?
If you are considering your insurance claim it may be worth waiting till the truth is out.
Page 384. Is it possible that they are buying time till the insurance claims are settled. June 2015 seems to be a critical time.



This submission on the Long Term Plan at CCC makes an interesting reading.

This submission on the Long Term Plan at CCC makes an interesting reading.

Sunday, 29 March 2015 3:28 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

This submission on the Long Term Plan at CCC makes an interesting reading.



thedailyblog.co.nz
In May 2011, barely three months after Christchurch’s devastating earthquake that killed 185 people, there were already suggestions from Gerry Brownlee that the Christchurch Council would have to sell part of their community-owned assets to fund the re-build.

There is more to this than what is seen on the surface.
We have questioned the z...

There is more to this than what is seen on the surface. We have questioned the z...

Sunday, 29 March 2015 2:25 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

There is more to this than what is seen on the surface.
We have questioned the zoning decisions.
"Officials have acknowledged conditions are ripe for major financial crime as billions of dollars are poured into the rebuild."



www.stuff.co.nz
Serious Fraud Office boss Julie Read has signalled that the Christchurch rebuild is entering a dangerous phase.

How not to repair a heritage building in the Christchurch CBD-  4 years on…

How not to repair a heritage building in the Christchurch CBD- 4 years on…

Saturday, 28 March 2015 8:25 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

This is great…. a story on High street. Written by Will Harvie, Christchurch Press. Interesting!

This is a research for an overseas study of what is going on in Christchurch. We...

This is a research for an overseas study of what is going on in Christchurch. We...

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 9:06 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

This is a research for an overseas study of what is going on in Christchurch. We need to get international attention.
Please participate and share if you see so fit.




www.surveymonkey.com
For current and former residents of Christchurch, New Zealand. Please take the survey titled "New Survey". Your feedback is important!

Sound Garden Re-Launch

Sound Garden Re-Launch

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:09 p.m. by GapFiller

Make a commotion at the Sound Garden opening tomorrow (Thursday) from 5pm.  The instruments have been finely re-tuned and are ready to make some noise!   Pandemonium (amazing percussionists) and Rising Voices (youth slam poets) will be jamming together, then it’s over to you maestros.  See you 5pm Thursday! Thanks to all the hard work […]

Sound Garden is back with a bang!

Sound Garden is back with a bang!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:09 p.m. by GapFiller

  Sound Garden is back!   Greening the Rubble and Gap Filler’s Sound Garden project has re-opened after a three-month hiatus. The garden, which features plantings, seating and musical instruments made from recycled materials and junk, was previously located on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Streets. It was relocated last November to make way […]

What’s on this week!

What’s on this week!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:07 a.m. by GapFiller

:)

We guess this will not be smaller than the leaky house syndrome.
Tip of the iceb...

We guess this will not be smaller than the leaky house syndrome. Tip of the iceb...

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 6:28 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

We guess this will not be smaller than the leaky house syndrome.
Tip of the iceberg now showing.



www.nzherald.co.nz
Fallout from New Zealand's leaky building disaster continues. - New Zealand Herald

Desire for the Gap, building community after disaster in Christchurch

Desire for the Gap, building community after disaster in Christchurch

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:03 p.m. by GapFiller

This article, written by our Chair, Dr Ryan Reynolds (who is also one of our co founders) was first published in “Once in a lifetime” and was recently published in Australia’s Axon Journal. 

""If it isn't risk informed, it isn't sustainable development". That was the mes...

""If it isn't risk informed, it isn't sustainable development". That was the mes...

Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:21 a.m. by EmpoweredChCh

""If it isn't risk informed, it isn't sustainable development". That was the message our UNDP delegation took to the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan"
These are the words of Helen Clark, who spoke at the Disaster Risk Reduction forum in Japan this week.
She just posted on this issue. You could ask her to intervene and get the risk transfer problems in Christchurch addressed.
Hiding the risk as is done here is un-sustainab ...

There is a big problem. Decisions have to be made. For a fair conclusion the mos...

There is a big problem. Decisions have to be made. For a fair conclusion the mos...

Friday, 20 March 2015 6:37 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

There is a big problem. Decisions have to be made. For a fair conclusion the most affected stakeholders have to be consulted.



TIme is on your side if you are at flood risk and your claim is not settled. The...

TIme is on your side if you are at flood risk and your claim is not settled. The...

Friday, 20 March 2015 3:56 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

TIme is on your side if you are at flood risk and your claim is not settled. The owner of the risk, be it the insurance company or the home owner will have to face this harsh fact. This report will have a big impact in Christchurch.

“The response from the insurance industry to sea level rise will be the same as what we are seeing in Christchurch. With increased frequency of flooding you get premiums being raised as a first step, then you get higher excesses in policies and then you get ...

Challenge to those responsible for the Christchurch recovery

Challenge to those responsible for the Christchurch recovery

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 1:20 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh Popular

Christchurch company sends two helicopters to Vanuatu

Christchurch company sends two helicopters to Vanuatu

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:57 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/91395608/Chch_Recovery_0315.pdf
Ever since t...

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/91395608/Chch_Recovery_0315.pdf Ever since t...

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 8:45 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh


Ever since the earthquakes occurred, I have become progressively more concerned about the post earthquake land damage, and how the information, critical to the earthquake recovery, has been omitted from calculations and dangerous hazards were not being identified. Responsible planning should be the first part of any recovery. It is extremely troubling to see what is going on in Christchurch. The movement and subsequent damage to the land during the earthquakes is the cause of the majority o ...

Coping with Social Anxiety on Public Transport

Coping with Social Anxiety on Public Transport

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 8:50 a.m. by AnxietySupport

The fear of using the bus or train is one of the most often cited examples of social anxiety – and it’s no surprise.

Mindfulness….to treat OCD………

Mindfulness….to treat OCD………

Monday, 16 March 2015 11:46 a.m. by AnxietySupport

By Steve Volk|Wednesday, December 11, 2013, A ground-breaking therapy, relying on mindfulness meditation to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, suggests even adult brains have neuroplasticity. Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz got a phone call at 3 p.m., a script before 5 p.m. and the next afternoon he was there, sitting with Leonardo DiCaprio, exploring the intricacies of one...

Quake Outcasts Win - Great news! 
We hope this brings some more clarity to the l...

Quake Outcasts Win - Great news! We hope this brings some more clarity to the l...

Friday, 13 March 2015 1:35 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

Quake Outcasts Win - Great news!
We hope this brings some more clarity to the land claim settlements.
Considering that EQC has covered up all the land damage from June 2011. It is timely to look at the actual land damage in the East. The EQC stage 3 Land Reports only include land damage up till June 2011. Check the dates on the maps. 23 December earthquake under the Eastern Suburbs measured the tenth largest Peak Ground Acceleration ever measured in the world.
A substantial Land D ...

Update on the great hops experiment

Update on the great hops experiment

Friday, 13 March 2015 12:04 p.m. by GapFiller

The hops were planted back in October 2014 and the bines (that’s right, not vines) have now climbed to reach the top of the Arcades.  They are abundant with flowers at the moment, which will hopefully develop to hop cones.  They will be harvested late this Autumn by local brewers for turning into beer. It’s a bit […]

When the insurance companies retreat from coastal hazards the banks will follow....

When the insurance companies retreat from coastal hazards the banks will follow....

Thursday, 12 March 2015 3:30 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

When the insurance companies retreat from coastal hazards the banks will follow. Is this recovery aimed at people or Banks and Insurance companies? People stuck on hazardous coastal land will be facing very challenging times ahead. Leaving hundreds of families below high tide protected by temporary stop banks is under no circumstances sustainable recovery for the people.



www.bankingday.com

Public Notice of Objection to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s intention to dispose of records and documentation.

Public Notice of Objection to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s intention to dispose of records and documentation.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 12:22 p.m. by WeCAN

On behalf of the people and communities of Christchurch, the Wider Earthquake Communities Action Network (WeCan) are asking for an to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's (CERA) plan to dispose of any records, information or documentation pertaining to:

The truth will out
Surveyor General suggested changes to the boundary approach i...

The truth will out Surveyor General suggested changes to the boundary approach i...

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 3:18 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

The truth will out
Surveyor General suggested changes to the boundary approach in Christchurch following the earthquakes. Few days later Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) published a new map for Shallow Surface Movements. We identified an error in the new map. We have asked LINZ for explanations by 16 March.

Here is a link to our request to LINZ.