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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. 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 […]

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

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

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.



Updates for the start of 2015!

Updates for the start of 2015!

Saturday, 7 March 2015 12:03 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

It’s hard to believe that it’s already March!  

Here is a valuable contribution from Lindsay Breach on the Limitation Act. 

"De...

Here is a valuable contribution from Lindsay Breach on the Limitation Act. "De...

Friday, 6 March 2015 5:03 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

Here is a valuable contribution from Lindsay Breach on the Limitation Act.

"Dear Empowered Christchurch, I am an academic who recently wrote an article called 'Earthquake Limitations' (admittedly, I am not the best at titles) in the NZ Law Journal [Dec. 2014]. From the outset, this is not an area of law I would profess to hold expertise in but I wrote it because I believed it would be a prudent reminder that the Limitation Act 2011 (or 1950, if Sept. 2010) may have undes ...

March activities at MHAPS…

March activities at MHAPS…

Friday, 6 March 2015 2:43 p.m. by AnxietySupport

Click here for more info.

RecoveryWorks – April programme places available!

RecoveryWorks – April programme places available!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 11:45 a.m. by AnxietySupport

RecoveryWorks is a change programme for people living in Canterbury, aged 18 or over and who experience moderate levels of anxiety. The programme includes 10 x four-hour workshops plus 4 individual coaching sessions and is highly effective in helping people towards recovery and a renewed sense of wellbeing. RecoveryWorks is free; however there are eligibility...

International FRENCH Cricket World Cup Grande Finale

International FRENCH Cricket World Cup Grande Finale

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 4:26 p.m. by GapFiller

Sunday 8th March, 2015 11am-1pm It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for!  

Themes – ‘Learning to be Happy’.

Themes – ‘Learning to be Happy’.

Friday, 27 February 2015 11:38 a.m. by AnxietySupport

“Quake Transformed Us into Our Own Support Group”

“Quake Transformed Us into Our Own Support Group”

Monday, 23 February 2015 1:32 p.m. by PRNews

Article: Markom

Canterbury Earthquakes – 4 years and counting….

Canterbury Earthquakes – 4 years and counting….

Monday, 23 February 2015 10:49 a.m. by AnxietySupport

Sunday the 22nd was the 4 year anniversary of the devastating 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people in Christchurch and injured over 4,000 more. 

How not to repair a Heritage Dunger in Christchurch…. 4 years on.

How not to repair a Heritage Dunger in Christchurch…. 4 years on.

Sunday, 22 February 2015 9:36 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Today, like so many Christchurch people, I have been reflecting on the last four years. 

Themes – ‘Mood Disorders’ – 25th February 2015

Themes – ‘Mood Disorders’ – 25th February 2015

Thursday, 19 February 2015 1:07 p.m. by AnxietySupport

With Vito Nonumalo, Service Manager MHAPS Peer Support team Low mood is a natural part of people’s life experience, it is a part of being human and so we cannot expect to remain positive and motivated all of the time. Quite apart from everyday life however there are traumatic events that affect our mood, especially...

WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN

WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN

Friday, 13 February 2015 9:29 a.m. by AnxietySupport

Based on the world renowned work of Mary-Ellen Copeland, WRAP is a highly effective  5 x workshop programme for people who are somewhere on their recovery journey whether it’s from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or some other mental health issue. Your personal WRAP plan will help you to lock in the benefits you’ve gained from...

International World Cup French Cricket rules here!

International World Cup French Cricket rules here!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 9:39 a.m. by GapFiller

Salut! For your eeeeeze, we have a very handy video to share with you ze rules of French cricket.

Find the Grandstandium around the city with two new series of events

Find the Grandstandium around the city with two new series of events

Friday, 30 January 2015 12:14 p.m. by GapFiller

The Grandstandium facilitating education, engagement and critique of our changing city Our Grandstandium, a moveable 35-seat grandstand on a trailer, will be used for weekly events to check in on the progress of the city’s recovery. 

Find the Grandstandium around the city

Find the Grandstandium around the city

Friday, 30 January 2015 12:14 p.m. by GapFiller

The Grandstandium facilitating education, engagement and critique of our changing city Our Grandstandium, a moveable 35-seat grandstand on a trailer, will be used for weekly events to check in on the progress of the city’s recovery. Eyes on the City will be a regular Monday lunchtime event series where the grandstand is parked in view of […]

The Grandstandium focussing on the city’s recovery

The Grandstandium focussing on the city’s recovery

Friday, 30 January 2015 12:14 p.m. by GapFiller

The Grandstandium facilitating education, engagement and critique of our changing city SCHEDULE – Eyes on the City Week 1, Feb 2, 12-1pm: High Street, near intersection with Cashel, looking at The Crossing development by the Carter Group in light of the recent revelation of the extra-ordinary use of Ministerial powers to permit this development. Week […]

RecoveryWorks can work for you!

RecoveryWorks can work for you!

Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:45 a.m. by AnxietySupport

RecoveryWorks is a change programme for people living in Canterbury, aged 18 or over and who experience moderate levels of anxiety. The programme includes 10 x four-hour workshops plus 4 individual coaching sessions and is highly effective in helping people towards recovery and a renewed sense of wellbeing. RecoveryWorks is free; however there are eligibility...

In memory of four years of our lives lost to Insurance and building issues in Christchurch.

In memory of four years of our lives lost to Insurance and building issues in Christchurch.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 9:50 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

A CBD Building Owners guide to surviving 15,787 earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Writers Workshops

Writers Workshops

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 9:31 a.m. by AnxietySupport

Provided by Awareness consumer advocacy group. Anyone with personal experience of mental health or addiction challenges is welcome to come along to this free and friendly event. The  January Writers Workshop is: - Writing Haiku and Short Poems.   In this relaxed and friendly workshop, published poet and writing tutor Doc Drumheller will cover: - •...

Youths relying on counselling via text message

Youths relying on counselling via text message

Monday, 26 January 2015 2:38 p.m. by AnxietySupport

ANNA PEARSON Last updated 05:00, January 19 2015 Young Kiwis receive counselling by text under their duvets at night, at movie theatres, in the classroom, on the school bus, and during family conflicts, research shows. A study has found text counselling helped young people balance their “contradictory needs” for autonomy and connection. Findings were based...

Gap Filler’s International French Cricket World Cup

Gap Filler’s International French Cricket World Cup

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 1:02 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Filler will be hosting the inaugural International FRENCH Cricket World Cup this Summer at the Retro Sports Facility at The Commons. The IFCWC events will coincide with the ‘proper’ International Cricket World Cup Fanzone operating in Victoria Square. 

Pizza at The Commons

Pizza at The Commons

Friday, 16 January 2015 2:42 p.m. by GapFiller

The earthen pizza oven at The Commons (one of our main projects) has been seeing regular use thanks to two young chefs. Local, Aliesha McGilligan has been running Fresh Press Pizza every Sunday from 12:30 – 3pm each week. Aliesha also works at Town Tonic in Addington and until recently, at Passengers and Co. Aliesha […]

Queen’s Service Award for Gap Filler’s Coralie Winn!

Queen’s Service Award for Gap Filler’s Coralie Winn!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 2:36 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Congratulations to our Director and Co founder Coralie Winn, for being nominated for the Queen’s Service Medal. We think it’s well deserved and we’re pretty stoked it’s gone to such an amazing person. We’re practicing our curtseys! Read full article here

Christmas Eve Shakes in Christchurch

Christmas Eve Shakes in Christchurch

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 9:09 p.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews Popular

On the 24th December 2014, Christchurch was shaken by a 4.0 earthquake at 7:43pm. This was felt strongly across the city and residents reported noticeable movement, banging and shaking. It was followed at 8:46pm by a 3.3 which was preceded by a noise and then a strong jolt. They were centred in different parts of the city and surrounds as shown on .

Canterbury has a history of aftershocks in the festive season with a swarm of shakes hitting the city on Boxing Day in 2011 and closing down ...

Xmas Closure

Xmas Closure

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 3:47 p.m. by AnxietySupport

We’re closed for Xmas from midday on December 24th, re-opening on Monday January 5th at 9:00am. Enquiries to MHAPS  reception 03 365 9479 or reception@mhaps.org.nz We wish you all a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year Ian, Terry and Vanessa at the Learning Exchange

More Great Outcomes from RecoveryWorks

More Great Outcomes from RecoveryWorks

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 3:35 p.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

‘The course has enabled me to look at everything with a positive view and search for positive outcomes in stressful situations’ – L. People from the programme before told us that on average they experienced a 34% increase in reported feelings of wellbeing; a 30% decrease in levels of anxiety; 33% fewer visits to the...

Merchandise – Gap Filler style!

Merchandise – Gap Filler style!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 3:50 p.m. by GapFiller

Check out our latest Gap Filler and RAD t-shirts designed by artist and s leader. Liv Worsnop! We also have some Dance-O-Mat tees, badges, handcrafted jewellery, books and a CD! No we haven’t become a commercial enterprise, just looking at different ways to help fund the cool stuff we do.

Gap Filler badges

Gap Filler badges

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 1:10 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Filler badges: set of 5 (Buy the t shirt too, click here!) Price: $10 + p&p        

Set of 6 postcards

Set of 6 postcards

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 1:08 p.m. by GapFiller

Set of 6 postcards: a selection of some of Gap Filler’s projects, past and present Price: $10 + p&p