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Thursday, 31 May 2012 2:38 p.m. by Actionforchcheast Popular

Anyone living in Christchurch couldn’t have missed the build up to the ‘Save the Cathedral’ rally that took place on Saturday 26th May. It had been advertised on the air waves, in the local papers, flyers dropped in our letter box’s and posted on the roadside, the resources behind this project were massive. We were led to believe it would be the mother of all demonstrations since September 4th 2010, that the Minister for the Earthquake Recovery and leaders of the Anglican Church would not ...

May 31: SHAC Award for Gap Filler

May 31: SHAC Award for Gap Filler

Thursday, 31 May 2012 1:01 p.m. by GapFiller

On May 3, Gap Filler received an award from SHAC (Sustainable Habitat Challenge) in the category of Temporary and Micro Architecture for our 10 Square office project. Super! Thanks, SHAC. Awards were announced at the end of their 2 day micro-architecture workshop held at CPIT in Christchurch. You can visit our office and check out [...]

SHAC Award for Gap Filler

SHAC Award for Gap Filler

Thursday, 31 May 2012 1:01 p.m. by GapFiller

On May 3, Gap Filler received an award from SHAC (Sustainable Habitat Challenge) in the category of Temporary and Micro Architecture for our 10 Square office project. Super! Thanks, SHAC. Awards were announced at the end of their 2 day micro-architecture workshop held at CPIT in Christchurch. You can visit our office and check out […]

Day 462 - Addington Action tweaks food system

Day 462 - Addington Action tweaks food system

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 9:30 p.m. by addingtonaction

Earlier tonight, the monthly meeting of Addington Action members discussed the progress in organising the local working class communities to respond and recover from the effects of the quakes, and the likely future knock on effects of the developing economic crisis in Europe.

Some decisions were made around the food supply system Addington Action is building up.
Some minor tweaks have been necessary to remove unnecessary steps, set firm deadlines, and robust redundancy to cover the une ...

Red Cross Grants

Red Cross Grants

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 9:05 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Day 462 - more fruit and veggies

Day 462 - more fruit and veggies

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 7:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

SCFVC members packed fresh fruit and veggies for 110 households this morning.



The recent Emergence of Christchurch feature has sparked intense debate

The recent 'Emergence of Christchurch' feature has sparked intense debate

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 6:00 p.m. by ArchitectureNow

That bloke Adolf from Austria has a lot to answer for. “Ornamentation is a crime,” Adolf Loos ranted. Come on. He is kidding, right? Trying to nail what it is about the designs coming off the boards for the Christchurch rebuild sets my teeth on edge, and those of nearly every non-architect I know. It has boiled down to three things. First, it is the lack of ornamentation; second, the almost pathological avoidance of curves, natural shapes and alternative roof types; and third, the lassitude b ...

Demolition videos - CBD Red Zone

Demolition videos - CBD Red Zone

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 9:30 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Demolition News is the best demolition website on the internet. If it is demolition related, this is the place to look. Part of the coverage provided by the site is videos of demolitions - successful or otherwise. Often there are videos of demolitions in the CBD, such as the one of Natcoll House here. The home page is here.

Day 461 - Addington Action Office reopens

Day 461 - Addington Action Office reopens

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 3:22 p.m. by addingtonaction

The Addington Action office (Mike spare bedroom) reopened today.

Today was spent having a meeting with people from the CTU about stopping asset sales and a campaign over housing.

Then sorting out some more schools that are joining the Christchurch South Fruit & Veggie Co-op (CSFVC).

And getting everything ready for tomorrow morning's packing for the co-op.

Creating your GoodNews story

Creating your GoodNews story

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 11:35 a.m. by RenewBrighton Popular

I'm a bit of a 'glass half full' type of girl and always try to see the positive outcome of every situation.

While I'm superbly optimistic, I'm also realistic too. It's half-full now, but how do we keep on topping it up?

Unfortunately in our society, it's the story where the glass is half empty that sells. Folks love sensationalism. Folks love a good story about a building being burnt down, despite remembering vaguely that there was potentially a lot of controversy surrounding t ...

IAG – Part 2 of bad at playing nicely, or just misunderstood?

IAG – Part 2 of bad at playing nicely, or just misunderstood?

Monday, 28 May 2012 6:00 a.m. by avonsidechch

The first part of this post (here) outlined aspects of IAG's bad performance in Australasia. Some questions arise: has IAG fallen short in other areas of activity, and what might be motivating its current behaviour? Could it be that IAG is a business under pressure from its own shortcomings, and squeezing Canterbury policy holders to make up for it? IAG  -  UK IAG purchased insurance interests in

Day 457 - Addington Action is a registered charity

Day 457 - Addington Action is a registered charity

Friday, 25 May 2012 11:44 a.m. by addingtonaction

Addington Action has received registration with the NZ Charities Commission.


The work applying was done by Susan Wallace, a lawyer at Community Law Canterbury.

The registration number is CC4770

Day 457 - Addington Action office closed

Day 457 - Addington Action office closed

Friday, 25 May 2012 6:00 a.m. by addingtonaction

The Addington Action office is closed from today Friday and reopens Tuesday morning.

Orders received from distribution centres for the Christchurch South Fruit & Veggie Co-op will still be processed during this time.


Other messages may be left by text, phone or email and will be dealt with next week.

Thank you

Mike Peters
Organiser
Addington Action

Ansvar insurance update

Ansvar insurance update

Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:00 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Post-earthquake stress

Post-earthquake stress

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 5:24 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Day 455 - More fruit and veggie co-op distribution centres needed

Day 455 - More fruit and veggie co-op distribution centres needed

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:58 a.m. by addingtonaction Popular


This morning the Christchurch South Fruit and Veggie Co-op packed for 120 households in one hour. Each week, the volume increases and the time gets less, because the work process is constantly being tweaked.

Most weeks, there have been lots of good ideas from the volunteer participants that have contributed to this success.
The biggest challenge has been and remains doing the calculation accurately for how much of each kind of produce goes into the bags.


There are curren ...

EQC topping up reinsurance

EQC topping up reinsurance

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 3:29 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

According to insurance website InsuranceNEWS.com.au EQC is increasing its reinsurance cover to $NZ5 billion ($3.9 billion). The gist of the news is that the cost of reinsurance is going up and the reinsurance periods may be getting shorter. Probably not really news however, for those who like figures, the report is here. .

Day 454 - introduction to CSFVC

Day 454 - introduction to CSFVC

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 2:43 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Introduction
Updated 22/5/2012

The Christchurch South Fruit and Veggie Co-op (CSFVC) distributes low cost fresh fruit and veggies to households in South Christchurch.

It runs alongside similar co-ops at St Aidens Church in Bryndwyr and St Faiths Church in New Brighton.


Christchurch Cathedral Parish Office buys bulk fruit and veggies from the markets on behalf of all three co-ops. DHB - Community & Public Health supply free recipes, cooking demonstrations, other pu ...

Help coming soon from the Human Rights Commission?

Help coming soon from the Human Rights Commission?

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 4:47 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

NZ Human Rights Commission on the Christchurch Earthquakes

NZ Human Rights Commission on the Christchurch Earthquakes

Monday, 21 May 2012 8:40 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Red Zone legal issues

Red Zone legal issues

Monday, 21 May 2012 3:49 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Awesome Urban Street Art from around the world

Awesome Urban Street Art from around the world

Monday, 21 May 2012 1:16 p.m. by MinistryofAwesome Popular

Day 453 - Manuka Cottage needs help shifting

Day 453 - Manuka Cottage needs help shifting

Monday, 21 May 2012 11:04 a.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Manuka Cottage has been evicted is moving out on Friday and needs help with shifting.

Manuka Cotage is the Addington Community Centre and has fallen victim to the insurance industry nonsense of the land lord requiring and being unable to get commercial insurance when a community group is being housed in a residential home.

Many more groups can be expected to be affected by this as annual insurance policies come up for renewal.

Volunteers are needed to help from 10am Friday ...

Flatman is awesome!

Flatman is awesome!

Sunday, 20 May 2012 10:25 p.m. by MinistryofAwesome Popular

Humongous mermaid spotted in Hamburg

Humongous mermaid spotted in Hamburg

Sunday, 20 May 2012 9:30 p.m. by MinistryofAwesome Popular

Awesome bridge fountain in South Korea

Awesome bridge fountain in South Korea

Sunday, 20 May 2012 8:43 p.m. by MinistryofAwesome Popular

Day 451 - fundraising BBQ at Crusaders match

Day 451 - fundraising BBQ at Crusaders match

Saturday, 19 May 2012 9:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

There was another fundraising BBQ earlier at tonight's Crusaders match in Addington.

A smaller number were sold, because another group had the same idea and had a BBQ on Lincoln Rd which did a roaring trade.

Oh well :)

Extending the Red Zone deadline past 30 April 2013

Extending the Red Zone deadline past 30 April 2013

Saturday, 19 May 2012 8:00 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

CONCERN FROM A PARENT REGARDING CRANFORD STREET

CONCERN FROM A PARENT REGARDING CRANFORD STREET

Friday, 18 May 2012 11:49 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

I am writing with a concern for child safety at the traffic lights on Cranford St and Berwick St. Twice in the last week I have witnessed cars coming along Cranford St from town, speed through the red light as kids are crossing. This morning was a very close call and I have been feeling sick about it all day.

Places of Tranquillity – have your say on these wonderful designs for 6 new community spaces in Christchurch

Places of Tranquillity – have your say on these wonderful designs for 6 new community spaces in Christchurch

Friday, 18 May 2012 9:33 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The Lincoln University Students have created 40 beautiful designs for the Places of Tranquillity. Have your say on what are your favourites and what you would like to see for the future six gardens in temporary sites around the CBD. All people living in Canterbury can vote and you can also register now to become a volunteer for the creation of the sites in springtime.

Day 450 - funding secured for Addington Action building

Day 450 - funding secured for Addington Action building

Friday, 18 May 2012 6:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Funding has now been secured for Addington Action to rent a building for 2 years.

The building will be set up like a small efficient factory for the Addington Action volunteers to work out of.
This building will replace the current situation of Addington Action operating out of spare bedrooms and home garages spread all over the place. There should be a big increase in efficiency, safety standards, training and better utilisation of volunteers.

The budget is $25,000 per year.

CERA Rezoning announcements for Southshore, Parklands and the Port Hills

CERA Rezoning announcements for Southshore, Parklands and the Port Hills

Friday, 18 May 2012 11:47 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

There has been a mixture of 198 Red and 203 Green for Southshore. The land going Red is that part of Southshore West closest to the estuary. All of Parklands remains TC3 Green. In the Port Hills 421 properties have been zoned Green. Looking at the land zone map there are still areas of White. The Land zone map is here. .

CERA Rezoning announcements for Southshore, Parklands and the Port Hill

CERA Rezoning announcements for Southshore, Parklands and the Port Hill

Friday, 18 May 2012 11:47 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

There has been a mixture of 198 Red and 203 Green for Southshore. The land going Red is that part of Southshore West closest to the estuary. All of Parklands remains TC3 Green. In the Port Hills 421 properties have been zoned Green. Looking at the land zone map there are still areas of White. The Land zone map is here. .

Day 449 - Addington School rep

Day 449 - Addington School rep

Thursday, 17 May 2012 4:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Rebecca Meachen is the new rep from Addington School on the committee of Addington Action.

Rebecca is the School Community Liaison person.

Rebecca will be able to directly access resources for school families from Addington Action.

CERA video on the Southshore Orange Zone

CERA video on the Southshore Orange Zone

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 10:07 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular


Day 448 -  fruit & veggie co-op now has 6 distributors

Day 448 - fruit & veggie co-op now has 6 distributors

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 3:00 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Today the Christchurch South Fruit and Veggie Co-op (CSFVC) packed fruit and veggies for 128 households at the Sydenham Community Centre with an army of volunteers from Addington Action and the groups doing the distributing.

The fruit and veggie packs cost $10 each, contain about $20 to $30 worth, and can be ordered in advance and picked up from these distribution centres.

More distribution centres are being set up now and will be announced when open.

Groups (community cent ...

TC3 Foundations

TC3 Foundations

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:21 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

 

Tenant Information and Advice Session

Tenant Information and Advice Session

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:19 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Christchurch Tenancy Information and Advice Session – The Department of Building and Housing, in partnership with the Tenants Protection Association, is running a tenancy information and advice session for Christchurch tenants. This session is an opportunity for tenants to have their tenancy questions answered and to find out helpful tips for dealing with earthquake-related tenancy situations. At the end of the session, tenants will also have the opportunity to have some one-on-one time wi ...

Canterbury statistics - house prices, rents, employment, migration and others

Canterbury statistics - house prices, rents, employment, migration and others

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 9:46 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Department of Building and Housing releases regional, building, and housing market statistics (key indicators) on a regular basis. The numbers they report are often quite different from those that make the headlines. The May Canterbury Key Indicators are here, all of the May reports are here. .

Day 447 - food parcel distribution shifts to Wednesdays

Day 447 - food parcel distribution shifts to Wednesdays

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 2:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

The day that Addington Action distributes food parcels has now shifted from every Tuesday to every Wednesday. The food parcels are supplied by 0800 Hungry and are distributed in the Addington area.


A typical Wednesday for Addington Action is

Places of Tranquility

Places of Tranquility

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 11:57 a.m. by RenewBrighton Popular

Imagine the tranquility of a Japanese garden, a Buddhist fountain meditation area, a walking meditation circle or a Korean undulating park and playground. Or perhaps a green maze leading to area of contemplation, a place of tranquility and stillness amidst the chaos and impact of the disaster that has afflicted Christchurch.

Healthy Christchurch invites you to be involved in creating one of six gardens of beauty and peace to fill in some of the gray demolition sites across Christchurch.

Day 446 - interview for The Press

Day 446 - interview for The Press

Monday, 14 May 2012 5:14 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today was an interview with David Killick for The Press for publication in early June.

Day 445 - last day of repairs till spring

Day 445 - last day of repairs till spring

Sunday, 13 May 2012 1:54 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Today was spent hurriedly finishing off some final repairs on an uninsured quake damaged house.

No further repairs will be started on quake damaged uninsured houses till the start of September. Many of the volunteer work crew have health problems and need to stay warm.

In July around 50 houses waiting on repairs to start will be visited to quickly plan out the work that needs to be done and sort them on a priority list.

In August, it is planned to establish a workshop for Ad ...

Getting claim information from your insurance company

Getting claim information from your insurance company

Saturday, 12 May 2012 8:20 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular


































Day 444 - Family Expo

Day 444 - Family Expo

Saturday, 12 May 2012 4:44 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

There was a great turnout to the annual Family Expo was held at Spreydon Baptist Church on Lyttleton St, Spreydon.

The event is open to anyone to participate or visit.

Addington Action had a stall and made many useful contacts for future work.





























EQC - Apportionment

EQC - Apportionment

Friday, 11 May 2012 8:45 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular









Day 443 - scales for fruit and veggie co-op

Day 443 - scales for fruit and veggie co-op

Friday, 11 May 2012 4:47 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today we bought a set of industrial scales and a set of commercial kitchen scales for the Christchurch South Fruit & Veggie Co-op (CSFVC),

These are needed to quickly weigh the produce for calculating the quantities to go into each bag. They are both heavy duty commercial items which should stand up to years of use but weren't cheap.

They were paid for out of the recent donation from LUSH Charity Pot.

Changes to education in greater Christchurch

Changes to education in greater Christchurch

Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:15 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular






Housing Crises - protests, lobbyists and where the power really rests

Housing Crises - protests, lobbyists and where the power really rests

Thursday, 10 May 2012 9:05 p.m. by Actionforchcheast Popular





In the past month the media have finally picked up on the fact that people have been forced to live in condemned homes, and others left no option but to call the car their new home. This is something A.C.E has been reporting since the early stages of the saga.

As the Government continues to of a housing crises Christchurch Mayor - sideshow - Bob Parker was forced to concede "You know I'm not here to justify someone else's words right, but I would say on an individual l ...

Housing Crises - protests, lobbyists and where the power really rests

Housing Crises - protests, lobbyists and where the power really rests

Thursday, 10 May 2012 9:05 p.m. by Actionforchcheast





In the past month the media have finally picked up on the fact that people have been forced to live in condemned homes, and others left no option but to call the car their new home. This is something A.C.E has been reporting since the early stages of the saga.

As the Government continues to of a housing crises Christchurch Mayor - sideshow - Bob Parker was forced to concede "You know I'm not here to justify someone else's words right, but I would say on an individual l ...

what makes you come ALIVE?

what makes you come ALIVE?

Thursday, 10 May 2012 7:09 p.m. by RenewBrighton Popular


Day 442 - National Radio reports on Christchurch poverty

Day 442 - National Radio reports on Christchurch poverty

Thursday, 10 May 2012 5:30 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular



Katy Gosset reports on Christchurch residents who are struggling to make ends meet. How much do you spend on your grocery bill and could you make do on just forty dollars a week? Katy Gosset visits the Healthy Eating Co-op that's trying to make a difference. (13′59″)