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EQC denies payout freeze for TC3

EQC denies payout freeze for TC3

Tuesday, 3 April 2012 5:56 a.m. by FerrymeadBrookhaven Popular

The Value of a Volunteer

The Value of a Volunteer

Monday, 2 April 2012 7:20 p.m. by RenewBrighton


Today was my first day back in school for a long time. A very long time.

You know in maths or economics class way back when we were in school when we were supposed to be paying attention rather than steering out the window? The teacher was talking about fractions or GDP and on both days I was wondering ''.

Today I realised the point.



Underestimated? I think so.

While it's often easy to underappreciate the contributions a volunteer can make towards the va ...

Day 404 - new building trainer

Day 404 - new building trainer

Monday, 2 April 2012 7:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Des Preston has joined the Addington Action Committee. Des works as a builder and will help train the workers on the repair crew.

For the last half year, Des has been helping with running the food parcel distribution system in Addington - Sydenham - Hillmorton. He will now join the food parcel subcommittee of Florence, Dawne and Dianne that organises the volunteers who distribute the parcels each week.

Free school holiday  activity  – Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Free school holiday activity – Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Sunday, 1 April 2012 8:07 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Leafy legends  discovery trail Friday 6 to Sunday 22 April Get amongst the Garden’s  autumn leaves and discover their amazing shapes and forms.  Suitable for 4 – 10 year olds. Pick up the trail booklet from the Botanic Gardens  Information Centre 10 – 4pm daily

On Being a Pacific Island

On Being a Pacific Island

Sunday, 1 April 2012 11:22 a.m. by RenewBrighton

Way back when I was a traveller I was often confused and mildly insulted by being called a '' as I felt that, in reality, I came from the East. Confused, folks in Asia would then ask me 'But you're European, aren't you?'.

As lessons in childhood geography taught me, my island, , was (and still is!) exactly opposite to Europe: if we dug and dug and dug we'd arrive in Spain. That, as far as I was concerned, was about as close as we got to being European. On arriving in Europe I was fur ...

Survey - are you paying for an EQC apportionment claim that you never made?

Survey - are you paying for an EQC apportionment claim that you never made?

Saturday, 31 March 2012 10:46 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

CanCERN are interested to hear from those who have had their claims apportioned over multiple events, including an event they did not lodge a claim for. Click here to complete a very short questionnaire if you have been told by EQC that your damage has been apportioned (spread out) over events you did not make a claim for. Please note this survey is aimed at only those who have had their

Day 402 - Cafe, clients stump up for quake needy

Day 402 - Cafe, clients stump up for quake needy

Saturday, 31 March 2012 3:48 p.m. by addingtonaction

Reprinted from
31/3/2012

By Sally Kidson

patrons have made a generous $1000 donation to a Christchurch trust that helps low-income people struggling with the impact of the February earthquake.

Beach Cafe owner Neal Bardsley posted a cheque to the Addington Action Trust yesterday.

Mr Bardsley said cafe patrons contributed $700 towards the fund through donations and baking sold at the cafe with proceeds collected for Christchurch. He had topped up the fund with the ...

Last nights CERA Red Zone workshop

Last night's CERA Red Zone workshop

Friday, 30 March 2012 8:45 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Last night's CERA Red Zone workshop was an interesting event and, for me and those I spoke with, a useful opportunity to raise issues. The way it was organised and run contributed to it's success. Definitely time well spent. Five specialists (banking, insurance, estate, finance, real estate, and CERA) spent time in turn with small groups of residents. The purpose was for residents to be able

EQC update - EQConnects newsletter

EQC update - EQConnects newsletter

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:10 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Shonky repairs and the law

Shonky repairs and the law

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 9:59 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

A few of the repair procedures contained in the Department of Building and Housings (DBH) Revised guidance on repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquake sequence (Guide) appear, to use a layman's term, shonky. One set of procedures in particular that spring to mind is the repair of cracked concrete slab foundations by the use of resin, grout or cement. Even the

Day 398 - $2750 from Belfast Rotary

Day 398 - $2750 from Belfast Rotary

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 9:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Earlier tonight, Belfast Rotary Club presented a cheque for $2750 to Addington Action to help with the earthquake repairs.

This all happened at their weekly club night at the Belfast Rugby Club. Mike got to give a talk about Addington Action to a very interested group of people.

They were very hospitable to Addington Action volunteers Tracy and Mike.

Recovery in Your Community

Recovery in Your Community

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 6:11 p.m. by RenewBrighton Popular

Kia ora koutou,

CERA's latest announcement hasn't made life any easier for our Southshore friends; kia kaha. I hope when April arrives that you hear the results you need.

Many others are confronted with terminology that we've never had the need to know, until recently. My background in landscaping has meant I understand how contracts need to be managed, but it doesn't make me an engineer! I've learnt to live with liquefaction (and have found it to be a rather reasonable growing ...

Day 398 - CanCERN provides Govt with 3 solutions that will solve insurance & EQC issues for many residents

Day 398 - CanCERN provides Govt with 3 solutions that will solve insurance & EQC issues for many residents

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 9:00 a.m. by addingtonaction Popular


27/3/2012

Influential residents collective, CanCERN, is today calling for government to step in and implement three measures designed to streamline and speed up insurance and EQC settlements for Canterbury homeowners.

They involve instructing EQC to align its interpretation of ‘replacement value’ with homeowners’ insurance policies, paying out homeowners where EQC and insurers agree on the total damage figure but can’t agree due to apportionment issues, and convening a working ...

Vegetable gardening  workshop

Vegetable gardening workshop

Monday, 26 March 2012 9:07 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Day 396 - Coronation St rep

Day 396 - Coronation St rep

Sunday, 25 March 2012 1:23 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Deborah Hooker is the new rep for Coronation St on the Addington Action committee. Deborah can also use NZ sign language and will act as a translator for members of the deaf community seeking help from Addington Action.

March Update

March Update

Sunday, 25 March 2012 6:00 a.m. by FerrymeadBrookhaven Popular

Day 395 - Addington Time Bank

Day 395 - Addington Time Bank

Saturday, 24 March 2012 8:00 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

The was launched today with a working bee in St Mary's Church Addington.

 I got to cut the ribbon.





The working bee was to take care of the beautiful old historic church and grounds.

Addington Action will be referring many of those needing minor assistance to the time bank, so that it can concentrate on assisting those who are suffering from the worst effects of the quakes and need serious help.

To join the Addington Timebank contact Cherylan at M ...

Day 395 - fundraising BBQ at Canterbury Crusaders

Day 395 - fundraising BBQ at Canterbury Crusaders

Saturday, 24 March 2012 8:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Addington Action ran a fundraising BBQ outside the Canterbury Crusaders new home grounds earlier tonight for the veggie garden projects.

Brendon, Trudy, Amanda and Mike cooked and sold 150 sausages for $2 each from 5pm till 6.30pm. We could have sold another 50 to the big crowds.

The fund raising BBQ's will be repeated at other events on a regular basis.

Parliamentary report on the Canterbury earthquake emergency response

Parliamentary report on the Canterbury earthquake emergency response

Saturday, 24 March 2012 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

A Parliamentary committee has found that the Government's emergency response system was not adequate to the needs of the February 22nd earthquake. Brief, and generally a reflection of what was experienced on the ground, it concludes with the news that there will be a cross-Government exercise to evaluate the lessons from the Government response to the earthquakes. The following is from the

It is Neighbours Day this weekend

It is Neighbours Day this weekend

Friday, 23 March 2012 10:20 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Kia ora koutou,

Day 394 -green room

Day 394 -green room

Friday, 23 March 2012 7:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today Tony and Mike finished off painting a room 2 coats of green.


A little bit of wood trim, wash and paint the window, lay the carpet, pick up curtains and a rail from the Curtain Bank. Then move the woman into her rebuilt bedroom from the garage she is living in.

EQC- FAQ on TC3 land

EQC- FAQ on TC3 land

Friday, 23 March 2012 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Day 393 - painting

Day 393 - painting

Thursday, 22 March 2012 3:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today we primed up a room with wall board sealer. Took most of the day.

Update: Opting out of Fletcher/EQR

Update: Opting out of Fletcher/EQR

Thursday, 22 March 2012 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

CERA Earthquake recovery update newsletter

CERA Earthquake recovery update newsletter

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 8:34 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The latest CERA Earthquake recovery update newsletter is available on their website here. Topics include: Free financial advice for residential red zone property owners (page 3) Checklist for red zone residents (page 4) SCIRT update Section 45 notices at Redcliffs and Sumner New "pop-up" cinema Rebuild Christchurch's "Let's Get it Done" day River of flowers commemorating 22 February HomeShare

Day 392 - Another veggie garden and maybe chickens

Day 392 - Another veggie garden and maybe chickens

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 5:12 p.m. by addingtonaction

This afternoon Mike and Tony shifted a big pile of demolition timber from the site of a new veggie garden that is going in a back yard in Parlane St. The wood was dropped off at a home in Feilding St for firewood.

We also did a run to the metal recyclers getting rid of a big pile of scrap metal, which also raised $30. Then the grass and weeds got sprayed off. In 2 weeks it will be dug over to be ready for cultivating.

The veggie garden will be for the use of 5 households - Keith, S ...

Day 392 - visit to Bryndwyr fruit and veggie co-op

Day 392 - visit to Bryndwyr fruit and veggie co-op

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 5:04 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular




Its 7am and the truck has just arrived at St Aidens Church in Bryndwyr. Loaded up with 50 crates of fruit and veggies for the Bryndwyr Fruit & Veggie Co-op.

The crates are quickly unloaded with a team of strong helpers and stacked into neat rows for pick packing.

Each order gets a bag of veggies and a bag of fruit, all very fresh and in excellent condition. They are prepaid, cost $10 each and are worth about $25 each.

Today over 500 prepaid orders were made u ...

Day 392 - visit to Bryndwr fruit and veggie co-op

Day 392 - visit to Bryndwr fruit and veggie co-op

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 5:04 p.m. by addingtonaction




Its 7am and the truck has just arrived at St Aidens Church in Bryndwr. Loaded up with 50 crates of fruit and veggies for the Bryndwr Fruit & Veggie Co-op.

The crates are quickly unloaded with a team of strong helpers and stacked into neat rows for pick packing.

Each order gets a bag of veggies and a bag of fruit, all very fresh and in excellent condition. They are prepaid, cost $10 each and are worth about $25 each.

Today 518 prepaid orders were made up to be ...

Insurance and the Queensland floods

Insurance and the Queensland floods

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Day 390 - Oceania rest home workers fight for a living wage

Day 390 - Oceania rest home workers fight for a living wage

Monday, 19 March 2012 7:00 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Rest home workers organised by SFWU and NZNO picket Villa Gardens at 207 Lincoln Rd Addington today. Megan Woods, Labour MP for Wigram joined the picket as did representatives of MUNZ and NDU. There were lots of toots of support from passing vehicles.



Hundreds and hundreds of and members from over 58 held nationwide stopworks on 14 March. In Auckland union members marched on Oceania Head Office. Members overwhelmingly endorsed further strike action for today 19 March.

M ...

Whakaora. Whakahaumanu. Whakahou.

Whakaora. Whakahaumanu. Whakahou.

Monday, 19 March 2012 2:35 p.m. by RenewBrighton Popular

I am fascinated by language and culture, by origins and development. My own origin and development plagued me: for some time I was often ashamed of my English heritage but proud of being . This is all a recent development of course because at school I was bored by history.

*Yawn* who really wants to learn about the names of ships and when they arrived?

My adult self became fascinated by our earlier settlers simply because there seemed to be so little information about them. T ...

Whakaora. Whakahaumanu. Whakahou.

Whakaora. Whakahaumanu. Whakahou.

Monday, 19 March 2012 2:35 p.m. by RenewBrighton

I am fascinated by language and culture, by origins and development. My own origin and development plagued me: for some time I was often ashamed of my English heritage but proud of being . This is all a recent development of course because at school I was bored by history.

*Yawn* who really wants to learn about the names of ships and when they arrived?

My adult self became fascinated by our earlier settlers simply because there seemed to be so little information about them. T ...

Day 390 - intellectually disabled volunteers

Day 390 - intellectually disabled volunteers

Monday, 19 March 2012 2:18 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

This morning I had the opportunity to visit the HQ of the Helen Anderson Trust in Macaulay St Addington.

The Helen Anderson Trust provides support for intellectually disabled people to increase their self-esteem, enjoyment and independence, towards inclusion in their community.

Opportunities will be made for intellectually disabled people to participate in the social solidarity work Addington Action volunteers are doing in the community.

Everyone has a right to be a producti ...

Day 390 - March 14 Christchurch Housing Forum

Day 390 - March 14 Christchurch Housing Forum

Monday, 19 March 2012 8:39 a.m. by addingtonaction Popular



Agencies fear for Christchurch's vulnerable
19/3/2012

By LIZ MCDONALD

Social agencies fear Christchurch's most vulnerable citizens are facing homelessness and say the problem is getting worse.

A shortage of houses since the earthquakes has already pushed up rents and led to reports of tenants forced into poor-quality homes.

"This is the tip of the iceberg, and the iceberg is going to be bigger than Mt Cook," Lana Hart of Settlement Support told a crisis ho ...

CERA video: Your Health - Advice from the experts

CERA video: Your Health - Advice from the experts

Monday, 19 March 2012 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular






Day 389 - Addington man dies in house fire

Day 389 - Addington man dies in house fire

Sunday, 18 March 2012 2:02 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Today Anton Stephen Bozi, a 42 year old Addington man was killed in an early morning house fire at 11 Ruskin St. The Fire Service was notified at 4.55am and units from the City and Addington stations came.

The dead man was well known in the area, was one of those being assisted by Addington Action and will be sadly missed.


Day 389 - CCC Inflexibility a Disaster for Quake Hit Avonside

Day 389 - CCC Inflexibility a Disaster for Quake Hit Avonside

Sunday, 18 March 2012 10:06 a.m. by addingtonaction Popular


6/3/2012

Sam Johnston of the Student Volunteer Army and the Farmy Army's John Hartnell have stated that the inflexible attitude of Christchurch City Council staff got in the way of volunteers wanting to help quake damaged communities. Our resident's group had similar problems after the February 2011 quake.

Despite there being no electricity or telecommunications working, CCC stuck rigidly to its normal procedure that each individual household had to log on and report they ...

Putting stuff up from the floor

Putting stuff up from the floor

Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:07 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Brookhaven - GeoTech investigations have started

Brookhaven - GeoTech investigations have started

Saturday, 17 March 2012 2:20 p.m. by FerrymeadBrookhaven Popular

Day 388 - Addington man dies in house fire

Day 388 - Addington man dies in house fire

Saturday, 17 March 2012 2:02 p.m. by addingtonaction

This morning a 42 year old Addington man was killed in an early morning house fire at 11 Ruskin St. The Fire Service was notified at 4.55am and units from the City and Addington stations came.

The dead man was well known in the area, was one of those being assisted by Addington Action and will be sadly missed.

His name will be published once next of kin have been  notified.

Ethical human rights likely to be many children’s and freedom’s last hope in New Zealand

Ethical human rights likely to be many children’s and freedom’s last hope in New Zealand

Friday, 16 March 2012 11:18 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

wRITTEN BY,  Anthony Ravlich Chairperson Human Rights Council (New Zealand) 10D/15 City Rd. Auckland City. Ph: (0064) (09) 940 9658. www.hrc2001.org.nz

Remembering Avonside - a year on

Remembering Avonside - a year on

Friday, 16 March 2012 10:30 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Christchurch and Hanmer professional photographer Tony Bridge recently visited Avonside to see and photograph what remains. He has written about it on his website here.  Along with Tony's reflections are those of an anonymous person who has also photographed the area, this time from the perspective of a long term resident who grew up in the area. Despite it being a photography website there

Rules on damaged TC3 sites delayed

Rules on damaged TC3 sites delayed

Friday, 16 March 2012 6:35 p.m. by FerrymeadBrookhaven Popular

Day 387 - house insulation starts

Day 387 - house insulation starts

Friday, 16 March 2012 2:19 p.m. by addingtonaction

Community Energy Action on the job today putting in ceiling insulation for a house that Addington Action is fixing.





Andy with something that looks like it could be used for catching eels but is the tool of choice for shifting ceiling batts

Playtime – a temporary architecture-cum-outdoor-cinema project

Playtime – a temporary architecture-cum-outdoor-cinema project

Friday, 16 March 2012 1:20 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Playtime is a temporary architectural installation-cum-cinema, created in response to French filmmaker Jacques Tati’s 1967 film of the same name. The venue will be used to screen a mini-festival of Tati’s films through until the end of March.

Gap Filler’s Dance-O-Mat project

Gap Filler’s Dance-O-Mat project

Friday, 16 March 2012 1:16 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Dance-O-Mat is a dance floor with coin-operated lighting and sound courtesy of a converted washing machine; a creative mashing of a dance studio or club with a laundromat.

LYFE (Linwood Youth Festival Experience)

LYFE (Linwood Youth Festival Experience)

Friday, 16 March 2012 12:54 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

LYFE (Linwood Youth Festival Experience) is back bigger and better than ever!  The annual block party returns to Linwood Park, opposite Eastgate on Saturday 17 March from 12 noon to 4pm to celebrate and support local youth.

Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2012

Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2012

Friday, 16 March 2012 12:46 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2012 (NDA) is proudly being delivered this year as part of a collaboration between the Mental Health Foundation, Inspiring Communities, Lifewise and Neighbourhood Support.

CHANGE TO THE ROAD RULES

CHANGE TO THE ROAD RULES

Friday, 16 March 2012 12:27 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

At 5am on Sunday 25th  March two of the give way rules are changing to make our roads safer. Check out www.giveway.govt.nz for more information. Perhaps try the quiz http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/around-nz/new-rule-quiz.html

Fun day at Holy Trinity reminder

Fun day at Holy Trinity reminder

Thursday, 15 March 2012 9:00 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

A reminder that Holy Trinity Avonside is organising a fun day for this Sunday, March the 18th. Running from 2-4 pm everything is free and aimed at being just fun. Check out the flyer below.  .

Avonside Red Zone workshops

Avonside Red Zone workshops

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 8:54 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Those in Avonside who own property Red zoned last month should have received a letter from CERA advising that Red Zone workshops are to be held at the end of this month. If you don't have your letter by tomorrow's post ring CERA (see number below) to check if they have the correct postal address for you. There will be two identical workshops and you can elect to go to one. They are being

New Brighton Pier

New Brighton Pier

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 8:41 p.m. by RenewBrighton Popular


The first New Brighton pier was built in a traditional British style in 1894 by a privately owned company. There were penny arcades and even a nightclub to entertain visitors who came on holiday from the city. There it remained for , until Council ordered its demolition in 1965 due to its deterioration.


The Pier and Foreshore Society, founded by residents to try and save the pier, continued to campaign for a new pier. Thirty years of lobbying and fundraising in the community ra ...

Leading the Way

Leading the Way

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 8:13 p.m. by RenewBrighton

Despite for the most part falling off the news radar quake news still makes headlines. Today in The Press they were discussing how

In rebuilding Christchurch we have the chance to showcase our city to the world because, as the papers say, the numbers of buildings being demolished was just not acceptable in modern times. Architects and Engineers working together would then integrate modern earthquake technology into sustainable design.

Likewise, we have a similar opportunity in our ...

Day 385 - Community Energy Action Curtain Bank meets

Day 385 - Community Energy Action Curtain Bank meets

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 5:02 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular


held a meeting today to promote the . Held at at 10.30am, it was very well attended by members of a multitude of community groups who came to find out how the curtain bank works and to share experiences.

Tracy and Mike from Addington Action attended. Addington Action is now able to refer people for free curtains.

Day 384 - Addington Action reopens

Day 384 - Addington Action reopens

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 4:00 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

After a 2 week holiday break, Addington Action has now reopened. All regular activities will be restarting over the next few days.

There will be another 2 week break in early June.

Day 383 - $10,000 donation from Rotary

Day 383 - $10,000 donation from Rotary

Monday, 12 March 2012 4:00 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Good news - the Christchurch Rotary Earthquake Charitable Trust have agreed to donate $10,000 to Addington Action for the cost of repairs of uninsured homes.

The cheque is being posted out.

And, over the last few weeks, $300 in total has also been donated by 4 individuals.

Thanks again Rotary.

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