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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

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

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.

Rebuild but not a recovery

Rebuild but not a recovery

Monday, 28 July 2014 7:07 p.m. by SamFisher

I'm impressed with the rebuild work underway.  I don't like some of it, and I am confused as to why we are rebuilding a city centre that was failing before September 2010.  In fact arguably the city centre moved to Riccarton in the 1980s as retail rental costs in Riccarton were three times that of Colombo Street in the late 90s.

New Zealanders’ film trophies arrive

New Zealanders’ film trophies arrive

Monday, 28 July 2014 6:36 p.m. by SamFisher

July 2014

The MAD POETS SOCIETY

The MAD POETS SOCIETY

Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:01 p.m. by AnxietySupport

An evening of Poetry and Beats celebrating voices of Mental Health Thursday 24th July 7pm Ray K’s Cafe 102 Sawyers Arms Rd Poetry & Open Mic A chance to listen & share our experiences through poetry Awareness Canterbury Action on Mental Health and Addictions

THEMES:  – Why Are We Anxious?

THEMES: – Why Are We Anxious?

Thursday, 17 July 2014 2:53 p.m. by AnxietySupport

Wednesday July 30th, a Clinical Psychologist from the Anxiety Disorders Service, CDHB Most people do not recognise their anxiety for what it is, and can instead think there is something ‘wrong’ with them. Some people are preoccupied with the symptoms of their anxiety (e.g. stomach aches, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, etc.). Others think...

Submission to the Draft Central City Plan, Vol 2

Submission to the Draft Central City Plan, Vol 2

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 3:58 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Submission to the Draft Central City Plan

Submission to the Draft Central City Plan

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 3:58 p.m. by GapFiller

Our . Explains a fair bit about what we’ve been working on, and how we’ve been trying to petition council to adapt a number of regulations to make temporary activities easier!

Gap Filler trust deed

Gap Filler trust deed

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 3:53 p.m. by GapFiller

 – if you’re starting a new charitable trust, feel free to use ours as a template; we cobbled it together from lots of different trust deeds, which are available if you search the register on the page.

Submission to the CCC Three Year Plan (2013)

Submission to the CCC Three Year Plan (2013)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 3:42 p.m. by GapFiller

The latest designs for The Commons

The latest designs for The Commons

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:05 p.m. by GapFiller

      We’d like to share some of our plans for The Commons (Cnr Kilmore and Durham) with you. The Pallet Pavilion’s departure has allowed us to think about how the whole site, called The Commons, evolves and changes while we still have the ability to make use of the land. We’ve been doing […]

Instant Public Space w/ Alejandro Haiek-Coll

Instant Public Space w/ Alejandro Haiek-Coll

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 5:31 p.m. by GapFiller

Who? Alejandro Haiek-Coll (Elam School of Fine Arts Artist in Residence in association with The Physics Room) in collaboration with Gap Filler Where? Outside Centennial Pool, river side What? Flat-deck trailer, seats, binoculars, umbrellas, plants, traffic cones, signage, fencing, bbq When? Monday, 15 July, 1 – 2pm ONLY Why? Visiting Venezuelan architect, Alejandro Haiek-Coll has spent a lot of […]

Instant Public Space w/ Alejandro Haiek-Coll –

Instant Public Space w/ Alejandro Haiek-Coll –

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 5:31 p.m. by GapFiller

Outside Centennial Pool, river side

Sprouting from the Pallet Pavilion … grassroot businesses

Sprouting from the Pallet Pavilion … grassroot businesses

Monday, 14 July 2014 4:12 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Filler’s Pallet Pavilion gave a lot of grassroot businesses an opportunity that they might not have got otherwise.   Megan run Café Woohoo, before this she hadn’t even made a coffee! Alex and Martine started the Local Food Project and now run a restaurant at Shop Eight and Te Waka o Maui Watene Māori, […]

WECAN response to water-proofing housing

WECAN response to water-proofing housing

Monday, 14 July 2014 10:19 a.m. by WeCAN

A  'Managed Retreat' would give victims of the earthquakes resolve and ensure for their future, as these victims (many elderly) have now endured 3.5 years of  post-quake duress and stress as a direct result of EQC & Insurances' inefficient policies and procedures which have not ensured safety and good health.

Building Consent troubles in Christchurch….. still…..

Building Consent troubles in Christchurch….. still…..

Sunday, 13 July 2014 12:25 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

So what is new in the life of the beleaguered High Street building owners? 

All About Social Anxiety – Hosted by the Social Anxiety Support Group

All About Social Anxiety – Hosted by the Social Anxiety Support Group

Friday, 11 July 2014 11:38 a.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

  All about Social Anxiety A talk by a clinician from the Anxiety Disorders Service hosted by the Social Anxiety support group, Thursday July 24th. Unless you are currently a member of the Social Anxiety Support group attendance is by registration only, venue and time to be advised . Social Anxiety is the individual anxiety...

CERA misues section 38′s… Again…. or is that Still….

CERA misues section 38′s… Again…. or is that Still….

Friday, 11 July 2014 8:25 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

I notice that Labour stated:  Link here: 

Notes from the most recent forum

Notes from the most recent forum

Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:33 a.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

One Voice Te Reo Kotahi Sector Forum: “How NGOs, and the communities we work within can become meaningfully involved in the rebuild (with special reference to the central city and the residential red zone).” We place great value on participatory processes and our hope to leave an enduring legacy for us and our children after us.  7.30pm, 3 July 2014 Netball Centre, Christchurch Mihi &

Social outcome and outputs 2012-13

Social outcome and outputs 2012-13

Tuesday, 8 July 2014 1:28 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

We went through the rather interesting exercise of tracking what we got up to in the 2012-13 year (April 1 - March 31). It’s not entirely accurate; we only started mid-way through the year so we’re sure to have forgotten a few things. This year, we’re tracking things from the get-go. We’ve represented our Outputs and our Outcomes for the year in a neat one-pager. It gives a good sense of the breadth of Gap Filler’s activities during the year. We&rsquo ...

Forum presentation

Forum presentation

Monday, 7 July 2014 3:38 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

Some of you have requested a copy of the presentation.

How to activate a vacant site

How to activate a vacant site

Thursday, 3 July 2014 1:22 p.m. by GapFiller

Filling important gaps

Filling important gaps

Wednesday, 2 July 2014 4:26 p.m. by GapFiller

RecoveryWorks support group

RecoveryWorks support group

Monday, 30 June 2014 10:50 a.m. by AnxietySupport

The support group for Tuesday July 1st cancelled due to there being no Facilitator available for the night.

THEMES:  – Ruminating and Catastrophic Thinking

THEMES: – Ruminating and Catastrophic Thinking

Friday, 27 June 2014 3:39 p.m. by AnxietySupport

Wednesday July 2nd, Ron Chambers, Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety Disorders Service, CDHB Do you constantly replay or obsess over negative situations? Known as rumination, it can feel like a broken record. Your mind rehearses the play-by-play of what led to that horrific breakup or missing a deadline at work. Even when everything is going well, we...

reminder for upcoming forum

reminder for upcoming forum

Friday, 27 June 2014 10:31 a.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

 

Causing a stir in the local media

Causing a stir in the local media

Thursday, 26 June 2014 5:30 p.m. by GapFiller

Last week, a local PR man, David Lynch was in the Christchurch Mail with an article that criticised The Commons, one of our project sites. 

Building Consent Despair Christchurch… Still…

Building Consent Despair Christchurch… Still…

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:08 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

We are Still trapped between our Engineer and the Christchurch City Council Building Consents Department. (Note that this is Gerry Brownlee’s restructured Building consent department).  An unenviable situation, one is hopelessly overworked and the other hopelessly rigid and rule bound …

CCC adds elevation changes and current elevation to the floor level maps

CCC adds elevation changes and current elevation to the floor level maps

Friday, 20 June 2014 2:19 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh Recommended Popular

Christchurch City Council and CERA have by request added two new layers to the floor levels map.

CERA Flip-flops Again……

CERA Flip-flops Again……

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 8:51 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Locked out of undamaged factory for 1214 days