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Day 894 - Opawa residents rallying to help

Day 894 - Opawa residents rallying to help

Saturday, 3 August 2013 2:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

A recent development has been the growing number of Opawa residents living in and around Garlands Rd who have come forward to help Addington Action. Some have been helping with site construction, supplied water for concrete and brought food for the troops.

Once the depot at 124 Garlands Rd opens in Spring, there will plenty of jobs for locals to do. So far there are local people prepared to

Addington Action has a 5 year lease with the city council for 124 Garlands Rd. A temporary e ...

Day 894 - great job Rochester and Rutherford Hall students

Day 894 - great job Rochester and Rutherford Hall students

Saturday, 3 August 2013 1:51 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

16 volunteers turned up today to construct another section of the access driveway at 124 Garlands Rd.

14 came from Rochester and Rutherford Hall, University of Canterbury. They were led by their enthusiastic president, Alex Cheesbrough.

Patrick Goggin, a very experienced builder, came and was in charge for the day.

The existing driveway needed to be levelled out so that delivery trucks with hiabs can safely use it to drop off pallet loads of materials. AP40 was used to fill ...

Christchurch Police - Facebook page

Christchurch Police - Facebook page

Friday, 2 August 2013 9:58 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Christchurch police have just set up a Facebook page to help Christchurch people be safe and feel safe. The page, which is here, has been active for less than two days and is already very popular.  See the faces of those with whom the police would like to have a chat. Anyone you know? .

Day 893 - safe & warm training guide

Day 893 - safe & warm training guide

Friday, 2 August 2013 6:15 p.m. by addingtonaction

The first draft of the training guide for Wrap Around Groups has been created. It will be checked with a number of groups next week to make sure it fits neatly with other services and get a tweak. It will then be emailed out to the 17 who attended the recent training workshop on 30 July.


This training booklet will be made available to course participants from a shared folder in Addington Action's Information management System on Gooigle Drive.

Pallet Pavilion Summer job!

Pallet Pavilion Summer job!

Friday, 2 August 2013 5:40 p.m. by GapFiller

As you know, the Pallet Pavilion is staying around for one more Summer thanks to the amazing fundraising effort that took place across May and June this year. The Jansen family who took on the venue and bar management were great and from them and our own observations, we  learned a lot last Summer about how [...]

Handsome and substantial – Warner’s Hotel, Cathedral Square

Handsome and substantial – Warner’s Hotel, Cathedral Square

Friday, 2 August 2013 3:18 p.m. by LostChristchurch Popular

On the north east corner of Cathedral Square, the Commercial Hotel, owned by John Etherden Coker (1832 – 1894) was opened in 1863. The name Warner’s was not used until the hotel’s third owner, William Francis Warner (1836 – 1896) purchased the establishment in 1873 and renamed it Warner’s Commercial Hotel. Warner the Hero Warner was one of Christchurch’s most respected members of the licensed victuallers’ fraternity who owned Warner’s Hotel for twe ...

Day 893 - Addington Action training programme

Day 893 - Addington Action training programme

Friday, 2 August 2013 11:20 a.m. by addingtonaction

Addington Action recently received $4,000 funding from the to pay for the training costs of its members and volunteers doing quake recovery work. This training budget is for the skills needed by people to carry out their volunteer Addington Action jobs better. The training money has to be spent by 31 March 2014.

There is nothing to stop other groups which  will no longer be available after 31 March 2014.

Training courses run at different times of the year. They range i ...

Southern Response – asbestos handling information

Southern Response – asbestos handling information

Friday, 2 August 2013 7:14 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Southern Response have added the following information to their website (here), describing how properties with asbestos will be treated. Before your repair work begins the main repair contractor will assess whether they need to test for the presence of asbestos in building materials in your home - based on the age, construction materials used and the nature and location of earthquake damage.

Day 893 - fruit & veggie orders

Day 893 - fruit & veggie orders

Friday, 2 August 2013 7:02 a.m. by addingtonaction


There are 526 orders from 19 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centers for fruit and veggie

  1 Addington Action
  0 Addington School
15 Bower Ave
27 Burnham
10 Comcare Addington
  0 CSCGT
38 Discovery
45 Eureka St
20 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
38 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
50 Opawa Baptist
22 Pensacola Cres
28 Reformed Church in Hornby
  0 Riccarton Community Church
24 Rolleston
27 Rowley Resource Centre
24 Salvation Army Sy ...

Learn about affordable housing and community land trusts

Learn about affordable housing and community land trusts

Thursday, 1 August 2013 5:15 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Location: CCC offices, Hereford Street Time: August 19, 12:30- 1.30pm Description: Dr Louise Crabtree, a visiting scholar hosted by Lincoln University, will give a talk on Community Land Trusts and affordable housing. She has been involved with such trusts in …

Write your quake experiences on the Temple walls

Write your quake experiences on the Temple walls

Thursday, 1 August 2013 5:05 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Christchurch people will be invited to write their earthquake experiences, or anything else they wish to let go of, on the walls of the Temple for Christchurch before the temple is burnt to the ground to symbolise release and moving …

Day 892 - Garlands Rd site plan revised

Day 892 - Garlands Rd site plan revised

Thursday, 1 August 2013 10:34 a.m. by addingtonaction

Architect Max



Day 892 - web traffic rises steeply

Day 892 - web traffic rises steeply

Thursday, 1 August 2013 9:57 a.m. by addingtonaction

Web traffic to www.addingtonaction.org.nz continues to rise

EQC cuts costs with lower standards

EQC cuts costs with lower standards

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 8:46 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

EQC cuts costs with lower standards by Simon Munro and John Goddard, stuff.co.nz

Day 891 - friends

Day 891 - friends

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 4:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

met over coffee yesterday at Addington Coffee Co-op to discuss taking on increasing range of jobs and involving more people as they do it.

is an organised group of supporters of Addington Action made up of people who are not eligible to be Addington Action members and have no vote over what Addington Action does. It is run autonomously by the group who choose what support projects they would like to take on and they are doing a great job.

Its a bit like the situation where musici ...

Day 891 - friends meet

Day 891 - friends meet

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 4:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

met over coffee yesterday at Addington Coffee Co-op to discuss taking on an increasing range of jobs and involving more people as they do it.

is an organised group of supporters of Addington Action made up of people who are not eligible to be Addington Action members and have no vote over what Addington Action does. is run autonomously by the group who choose what support projects they would like to take on and they are doing a really great job.

It's a bit like the situation wh ...

Day 891 - 511 fruit and veggie packs today

Day 891 - 511 fruit and veggie packs today

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 3:22 p.m. by addingtonaction

A big chocolate slab cake was eaten today by 45 members of the Christchurch South Fruit & Veggie Co-op for packing 511 orders today going over 500 orders for the first time.

The next cake will be for reaching 600.

Women’s Self Development Course

Women’s Self Development Course

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 12:52 p.m. by AnxietySupport

  This course offers an opportunity to enhance your sense of self worth. You will learn more aobut your physical, mental and spiritual health. Ideal for clarifying your ideas and learning to care for yourself more effectively. This course is provided by the Next Step Centre for Women at C.P.I.T. Date: Tuesdays from 13th August...

CERA - updated Cabinet Papers and Minutes

CERA - updated Cabinet Papers and Minutes

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 6:27 a.m. by avonsidechch

CERA yesterday updated its page of Cabinet Papers and Minutes (here). A quick check indicates that the changes fall into four categories. The first is replacing unsigned documents with signed copies. The second is updated versions with some or all of the information that was withheld in the past. Third is where a larger paper has now been broken down into a separate document, and the fourth new

Yoga/pilates fitness class

Yoga/pilates fitness class

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 4:08 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Robyn Alderson is a non-profit, independent, community fitness instructor offering Yoga/Pilates pre-choreographed fitness classes in St Albans twice a week. The classes are held at Colleen Murray Dance studio at 520 Cranford Street from 6.30pm on Wednesdays and 8.30am on …

Day 890 - co-op buy

Day 890 - co-op buy

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 3:26 p.m. by addingtonaction

The buy for the packing at the co-op tomorrow is (crates and cartons). Bought by Craig

Banana 39
Grapes (black) 58 one pack each)
Pears 28 (DC's. Lovely pears. Skin marks but don't transfer into the fruit. Just the way a DC pear is. Lovely and juicy)
Yams 13 (one crate of 20 kg and five crates of 15kg)
Pumpkin 32 (one each)
Carrots 26 (already packed into 1kg bags. One bag each)
Cauliflower 64 (one each)
Oranges 26  (note – Other hubs have grapefruit instead)

Day 890 successful wrap around group training workshop

Day 890 successful wrap around group training workshop

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 3:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

17 people came to the Healthy Christchurch lunchtime seminar today about the Addington Action free home repair programme for uninsured residents.

The talk covered
A detailed explanation was given of how the repair process will be organised and the role of Wrap Around Groups as the place of first contact for residents requiring this service. This was done by using a job board (kanban board) to show the flow of repair jobs alonmg a timeline.

There was a great Q & A session wit ...

Theatre club for home-schoolers

Theatre club for home-schoolers

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 2:59 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Are you home-schooling your children? Does your child have a dramatic streaK? Send them to Louise Glossop’s Theatre Club at Abberley Park Hall on Thursday afternoons from 1.30-2.30pm. “The sessions start with a warm-up followed by drama games, and end …

Theatre club for children

Theatre club for children

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 2:59 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Does your child have a dramatic streaK? Send them to Louise Glossop’s Theatre Club at Abberley Park Hall on Thursday afternoons from 1.30-2.30pm. “The sessions start with a warm-up followed by drama games, and end with a rehearsal of a …

Day 888 - Kanban Board 1

Day 888 - Kanban Board 1

Monday, 29 July 2013 2:37 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Todays job was setting up a for Addington Action to speed up work and reduce bottlenecks. A kanban board is a visual tool that reduces complexity and stress and having to remember where things sit in a queue.

Other visual tools common in life are a paper calendar or a map on a wall.

Each chunck of work gets a seperate bit of A4 paper. It gets moved along a big pin board as it flows thru the system. The beauty of a Kanban board is reducing the number of tasks on the go at anyone ti ...

Peterborough mini-park

Peterborough mini-park

Monday, 29 July 2013 8:56 a.m. by greeningtherubble Popular

A temporary park site is now open opposite the Library in Peterborough Street. It is adjacent to the ‘Temple for Christchurch’  timber installation construction-site (which will itself be open to the public in a month’s time). This new Greening the Rubble mini-park uses brick-filled gabions and tree planters last seen at Barbadoes Street, on the [...]

Course for women to nurture themselves

Course for women to nurture themselves

Sunday, 28 July 2013 1:55 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

A course for women to nurture themselves begins this Thursday at the St Albans Community Centre in Colombo Street. Margreet Stronks, well-known for her involvement in the St Albans community for many years, is running a six week course for …

More roadworks in Bealey Ave

More roadworks in Bealey Ave

Sunday, 28 July 2013 12:51 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Bealey Ave, from Champion Street to the intersection with Whitmore Street, will be down to two lanes heading eastwards for six weeks while SCIRT strengthens underground pipes. Also in Whitmore Road, traffic heading southwards is likely to come across roadworks.

Fishhooks in determining “Sum Insured”

Fishhooks in determining “Sum Insured”

Saturday, 27 July 2013 8:40 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

An Avonside resident has pointed out that online calculators provided by some insurance companies to help homeowners work out a “sum insured” for their future house insurance have shortcomings because they do not cover everything and do not give advice. …

CCC decides no public hearings for Edgeware Plan

CCC decides no public hearings for Edgeware Plan

Saturday, 27 July 2013 8:24 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

No public hearings will be held for the draft Edgeware Master Plan Plan because 89 per cent of submissions are in favour of it. The Shirley Papanui Community Board recommended that such hearings were not necessary because of the plan’s …

THX 4 THE MEMORIES

THX 4 THE MEMORIES

Saturday, 27 July 2013 8:47 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

In November 2011 there was a blog entry Photographing the loss of Avonside (here) about a project to record a number of post-earthquake personal experiences. The purpose was to record, over a period of years, the lives of some Avonside residents as they and the suburb experienced the after-effects of the earthquakes. The first phase of the project is more or less complete and those of you who

“Letter From New Zealand” …or Provincial Propoganda?

“Letter From New Zealand” …or Provincial Propoganda?

Friday, 26 July 2013 8:27 p.m. by LostChristchurch Popular

Dear Father and Mother, l arrived here all safe on the 23rd of September, after a splendid voyage of 94 days without a single storm. I enjoyed the voyage very much and was kindly treated by everybody, plenty to do and plenty of friends. I have nothing to say against the Government, for they looked well after the single girls, and we have had the £5 given to us for industry and good conduct on board the ship, so that I am quite free, which is a great thing. I was able to earn by my needle on the ...

Day 886 - how to refer uninsured people for free home repairs

Day 886 - how to refer uninsured people for free home repairs

Friday, 26 July 2013 2:14 p.m. by addingtonaction



Uninsured homes in Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Spreydon, Addington, Sydenham, and Waltham are being repaired by volunteers under the coordination and guidance of Addington Action. These suburbs are in the Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board area.

Addington Action is gearing up for the Spring and Summer rush and needs the help of support service providers to act as a to provide the social support required for the residents of these uninsured homes. This will allow Addington Action ...

Day 886 - fruit & veggie orders

Day 886 - fruit & veggie orders

Friday, 26 July 2013 8:31 a.m. by addingtonaction


There are 511 orders from 21 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centers for fruit and veggie packs next week. The orders will be packed and distributed on Wednesday 31 July.

1 chocolate slab cake coming up to celebrate at the packing!

  0 Addington Action
  7 Addington School
14 Bower Ave
25 Burnham
10 Comcare Addington
  1 CSCGT
35 Discovery
43 Eureka St
16 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
42 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
50 Opawa Baptist
22 Pens ...

“The Sick, Faint Feeling of Violent Shakes,” Jane Deans

“The Sick, Faint Feeling of Violent Shakes,” Jane Deans

Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:06 p.m. by LostChristchurch Popular

For one of our city’s most famous early women settlers, poor health had marred not only her voyage to New Zealand but also her arrival to her new home at Riccarton. From the moment Jane Deans boarded the sailing ship at Plymouth for Canterbury in November of 1853, she suffered from motion sickness. As the voyage progressed, her sea sickness became so severe, she could neither face hot tea nor food of any kind. Only just married to John Deans in October, Jane was also suffering from morning ...

Rudyard Kipling’s Flying Visit to Christchurch

Rudyard Kipling’s Flying Visit to Christchurch

Thursday, 25 July 2013 8:49 p.m. by LostChristchurch Popular

By Our Special Reporter Yesterday morning I was at the Christchurch railway station with the intention of going to Port by the five minutes to eight train, in order to meet Mr Rudyard Kipling, who was a passenger on the Talune. I found that the steamer had arrived early in the morning, and that some of her passengers had already come up to town. I made enquiries in what I considered likely quarters, but could not ascertain whether or not Mr Kipling had been among these passengers. My enquiries w ...

Day 885 - visit from Todd Foundation

Day 885 - visit from Todd Foundation

Thursday, 25 July 2013 4:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Christina from Todd Foundation visited the Garlands Rd depot earlier today. The Todd and Tindall Foundations have jointly paid for costs of the pole barn.

Christina had a good look at the scale model and what has been done on site already. Phineas, the head kitten, came along as well for the first visit since his leg cast came off.

Everyone was happy!

Sum insured - what amount should you insure your house for? What could go wrong?

Sum insured - what amount should you insure your house for? What could go wrong?

Thursday, 25 July 2013 7:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

As mentioned in previous posts, future house insurance policies will be based upon what YOU have assessed as being the cost of rebuilding. This isn’t just the cost of time and materials, it also includes costs relating to demolition and disposal of the rubble, surveys, local and regional council consents, legal fees, plus others that are complex (e.g. disposing of asbestos) or don’t come to  mind

Coastal Pathway project gets a boost from Fulton Hogan

Coastal Pathway project gets a boost from Fulton Hogan

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 5:00 p.m. by CoastalPathway

The 6.5 km Coastal Pathway from Ferrymead to Sumner has received a welcome boost thanks to a $250,000 contribution from construction company Fulton Hogan. The company is rebuilding the causeway across McCormack’s Bay and as part of that project it …

July 24: August sitters required for the Pavilion

July 24: August sitters required for the Pavilion

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:29 a.m. by GapFiller Popular

It’s time to find another round of PALLET PAVILION SITTERS to Sign Up for August!!! The response so far has been wonderful and we are going to ask you, your family, your friends to keep helping us with this… Please go to the link below and take it from there. Quite simply, the money we can [...]

Earthquake Assessment Service for Wellington

Earthquake Assessment Service for Wellington

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 9:40 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

EQC have publicised a house assessment programme Quakecheck, that uses services offered by the New Zealand Master Builders Federation and Certified Builders Association and is available anywhere in the Wellington city area. The purpose of the programme is to assess the risk an earthquake will pose to your house. The cost is $160 (see here for cost information and inspection details), and it is

Earthquake information for Wellingtonians.

Earthquake information for Wellingtonians.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 9:35 p.m. by avonsidechch

EQC, Civil Defence and other agencies produce a range of information sources that are useful pre and post earthquake. New Zealand’s highly variable geography and geology means that the information is of a general nature. For those who want to do a bit of research on earthquake preparedness for a city with some characteristics similar to Wellington, the San Francisco area offers a range of useful

Day 883 - site plan revision

Day 883 - site plan revision

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 9:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Max Capocaccia, the architect sent through the revised site plans for 124 Garlands Rd earlier today.

The council planner wanted the area for car parking to be clearly marked on the site plan.

Thanks Max for all your help.

Day 883 - co-op buy

Day 883 - co-op buy

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 1:54 p.m. by addingtonaction

The buy for the packing at the co-op tomorrow is (crates and cartons). Bought by Craig

Bananas 33
Apples 24
Kiwi 22
Lemons 11
Broccoli 18
Leeks 18
Carrots 22
Onions 37
Oranges 1 bin

Volunteer @ Your Place

Volunteer @ Your Place

Monday, 22 July 2013 8:54 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Location: St Albans Baptist Church, 64 McFaddens Road Time: September 17 1-6pm Description: Volunteer Canterbury is running sessions in different communities showing how people can get more involved in their local community as volunteers. September is the turn of St …

Asbestos in houses

Asbestos in houses

Monday, 22 July 2013 8:37 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

EQC will only remove asbestos from Christchurch homes where the claddings have actually been damaged by the quakes. Any other asbestos-removal is the responsibility of the homeowner. Asbestos materials were used in houses in New Zealand from 1940s to 1990s …

EQC customers can phone for their engineering report

EQC customers can phone for their engineering report

Monday, 22 July 2013 8:26 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

EQC’s Reid Stiven told a NewstalkZB interview hosted by Chris Lynch on July 16 that any EQC customer who wants their engineering should just call 0800DAMAGE and request a copy. This is not an OIA request so you are entitled …

Get to know your neighbours – CCC is paying

Get to know your neighbours – CCC is paying

Monday, 22 July 2013 8:12 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

If you are planning a spring fling in your neighbourhood after the brouhaha of the local elections has died down, the city council has a small subsidy available through the local community board for your street party. As long as …

Free soup and movie lunch

Free soup and movie lunch

Monday, 22 July 2013 7:47 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Location: St Albans United Church, Corner of Nancy Avenue and Knowles Street Time: August 8 12-2pm Description: The St Francis of Assisi Parish Mairehau holds free soup and movie lunches, once a month during the winter. This is a time …

For Wellington

For Wellington

Sunday, 21 July 2013 8:30 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

It has been a hard day for many of you. Like other forms of strife, being in the centre of it creates a perspective few others can truly appreciate. Hopefully the night will be quiet and sleep comes quickly. Take a couple of days off and celebrate the fact that the worst didn’t happen.

Day 881 - earthquke survival 101

Day 881 - earthquke survival 101

Sunday, 21 July 2013 5:50 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

There has been a swarm of quakes on the main fault line in the sea bed between the South Island and Wellington in the last 24 hours.

Day 881 - earthquake survival 101

Day 881 - earthquake survival 101

Sunday, 21 July 2013 5:50 p.m. by addingtonaction

There has been a swarm of quakes on the main fault line in the sea bed between the South Island and Wellington in the last 24 hours.

Here is some experience learnt in Christchurch if you get hit by a really big one.

Good luck if it goes to custard.

Community Update 10 July 2013

Community Update 10 July 2013

Sunday, 21 July 2013 2:53 p.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Didn’t really need this one – read here about the major slip on  yesterday.

Transitional centre deemed a hazard

Transitional centre deemed a hazard

Saturday, 20 July 2013 10:04 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The article did not say why the centre in particular was a hazard but the other places were deemed hazards because of potential flooding. Parts of the city are lower than they were before the quakes and are more prone to flooding.

Love and Loss at the Silver Grid

Love and Loss at the Silver Grid

Saturday, 20 July 2013 1:13 p.m. by LostChristchurch Popular

Alfred and May Burn’s ‘Silver Grid’ at 107 Manchester street, just south of Tuam street, was a boarding house and amusement parlour. In October 1909, the front portion of the ground floor was occupied by slot machines, a billiard room, and a temperance bar and eating house.

The Spanish Beauty and the Beast – The Silver Grid Murder

The Spanish Beauty and the Beast – The Silver Grid Murder

Saturday, 20 July 2013 1:13 p.m. by LostChristchurch

For £55, reports The Press in 1909, an Antipodean may travel to London and back via the Cape, and secure a very pleasant holiday. “Twopenny tubes and penny buses are to be hailed in preference to taxis, and champagne chicken suppers are not to be on the daily menu, but a traveller could live and do fairly handsomely at a rate of a little over £3 per week.” French aviator and inventor Louis Blériot has, in July 1909, flown the English Channel for the first time in man’s history. ...

The Spanish Beauty and the Beast – The Manchester St Murder

The Spanish Beauty and the Beast – The Manchester St Murder

Saturday, 20 July 2013 1:13 p.m. by LostChristchurch

For £55, reports The Press in 1909, an Antipodean may travel to London and back via the Cape, and secure a very pleasant holiday. “Twopenny tubes and penny buses are to be hailed in preference to taxis, and champagne chicken suppers are not to be on the daily menu, but a traveller could live and do fairly handsomely at a rate of a little over £3 per week.” French aviator and inventor Louis Blériot has, in July 1909, flown the English Channel for the first time in man’s history. ...

July 19: CCC Submisison

July 19: CCC Submisison

Friday, 19 July 2013 2:30 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Gap Filler, Greening the Rubble and Life in Vacant Spaces made a joint submission to CCC’s 3-year plan recently. CCC has proposed a 30% cut to the budget line where funding for these three initiatives comes from.