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the TEDxEQChCh salon.

the TEDxEQChCh salon.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 11:33 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

This event is entirely casual: a small cover charge, cash bar and food, a selection of carefully curated TED videos, and an opportunity to come back together as a community of open, curious, engaged people.

St Albans News – Editor Position vacancy

St Albans News – Editor Position vacancy

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 10:35 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Want to be editors – this is an opportunity for you to put your skills to work and gain recognition in a worthy community social service context.  It could also suit an experienced editor with a social conscience wanting to give something back to the community.  This opportunity is unpaid though all expenses will be covered.  Please register your interest by emailing news@stalbans.gen.nz

Pleasant News July 2011

Pleasant News July 2011

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 10:21 p.m. by mtpleasentnews

Please find the July Pleasant News by clicking this link

Mt Pleasant Earthquake Stories

Mt Pleasant Earthquake Stories

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 8:54 p.m. by mtpleasentnews Popular

Day 153 - refocus on Addington

Day 153 - refocus on Addington

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 7:48 p.m. by addingtonaction

Tonight's monthly committee meeting of Addington Action decided to refocus efforts on a smaller geographical area.

In future, assistance will only be provided to residents who live in a street that is represented on the committee.

This decision was made because of the growing numbers of people who need help where there is a basic lack of human and material resources to provide that help.

This decision applies to;
So if you live on a street that is not covered, you need to ...

Holy Trinity in the snow

Holy Trinity in the snow

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Walking through Holy Trinity on Monday it was easy to imagine those long interred there feeling at home. It more than ever resembled the English world that created it.
 







Day 152 -  roofs leaking under snow

Day 152 - roofs leaking under snow

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 8:04 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

The recent snow storm has played havoc with many roofs that had been patched using temporary repairs.

The thick carpet of snow on roofs has been able to leak under roof patches that are just glued, riveted, or covered in tarps. This has created more water damage to homes.

Snow photographs

Snow photographs

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 1:11 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

12 more photographs of the area can be found on Avonsideblog @ flickr 

Earthquake Information Update 25th July  - Lianne Dalziels newsletter

Earthquake Information Update 25th July - Lianne Dalziel's newsletter

Monday, 25 July 2011 9:21 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Lianne Dalziel, Labour electorate MP for Christchurch East, issues occasional newsletters on electorate and earthquake matters. This newsletter covers options and issues on land values, CERA's Housing Options expo, temporary accommodation assistance being withdrawn for those in the residential Red Zones disaster recovery lessons from Japan The newsletter can be found here. .

Winter in St Albans

Winter in St Albans

Monday, 25 July 2011 3:53 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

25 July 2011: An early morning encounter at Abberley Park – with a carrot directly from Fresh Choice!

Day 151 - the icing on the Quake

Day 151 - the icing on the Quake

Monday, 25 July 2011 10:46 a.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Addington Action will be distributing gas heaters with full bottles over the next few weeks. A batch of orders to the NZ Baptist Church has just been sent off.

Thanks Marty B for repeating "the icing on the Quake" - cos I didn't think of it but it's a cool description.

Stay warm.

Sustainable and Smarter Homes - Links

Sustainable and Smarter Homes - Links

Monday, 25 July 2011 6:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

CERA for dummies

CERA for dummies

Sunday, 24 July 2011 3:51 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Ever wondered how CERA works? Here is a good introduction, written by Rachel Dunningham.

Day 150 - repair schedule published

Day 150 - repair schedule published

Sunday, 24 July 2011 12:21 p.m. by addingtonaction

Preparations are now underway with only 14 days left till repairs start on the uninsured homes of elderly residents.
Lets hope the weather is warm and sunny!

Sustainable building

Sustainable building

Sunday, 24 July 2011 9:00 a.m. by avonsidechch

Level is a website created by BRANZ (Building Research Association of New Zealand) for the construction industry. The focus of the site is sustainable building. Although aimed at designers and builders, it can easily be used by anyone looking at having a new house built. Each of the pages described below has a great deal of information. Even if rebuilding is not going to be possible, the

Brendon Burns – earthquake update 22 July

Brendon Burns – earthquake update 22 July

Sunday, 24 July 2011 12:49 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Six months on

Assessing your next home - Homestar

Assessing your next home - Homestar

Saturday, 23 July 2011 8:42 p.m. by avonsidechch

Most in the Red Zones will be looking at buying another home, as will many Orange Zoners and those rebuilding in the Green Zones. Whether this home is a new or existing one there will be advantages in assessing various aspects of the property. Homestar is a joint venture partnership between BRANZ and the New Zealand Green Building Council. They have a free on-line system that is: "... a New

Day 149 - online office established

Day 149 - online office established

Saturday, 23 July 2011 1:54 p.m. by addingtonaction

Addington Action has put many of it's resources and files on the web, to make it more accessible 24/7. About 1/3 of the committee members have access to the internet, so now they can go and get stuff themselves. Supporters can also get access.

Video Recording of the demolition of the Community Centre

Video Recording of the demolition of the Community Centre

Saturday, 23 July 2011 12:35 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

A local resident, davydscribe, made a video recording of the event, which can be viewed on Youtube.

The Press: Residents hope for centre’s replacement

The Press: Residents hope for centre’s replacement

Friday, 22 July 2011 9:26 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/5317936/Residents-hope-for-centres-replacement

Day 148 - Addington Action News  issue 1

Day 148 - Addington Action News issue 1

Friday, 22 July 2011 8:00 a.m. by addingtonaction

Today and every Friday, a one page news sheet will be published that can be put up on noticeboards in shops, workplaces, schools, churches, pubs, public libraries, sports clubs and community centres.

Welcome to Addington Action News!

It will focus each week on something important for residents to do. Volunteers will print it on buff coloured paper and take it around each Friday to put up.

There is also a and it can also be downloaded from here.

Download 116KB (PDF)< ...

CERA - Having a say on the Recovery Stratgey

CERA - Having a say on the Recovery Stratgey

Friday, 22 July 2011 7:35 a.m. by avonsidechch

Everyone has until 5.00pm today to make their submission to CERA, on what CERA considers to be the key points for recovery: What is your vision for the recovery of greater Christchurch? What are the priorities for recovery in the next year? Two years? Five years? How can everyone work together towards recovery? There is time now only to do this via CERA's website here. I made an on-line

Share an idea – CCC

Share an idea – CCC

Thursday, 21 July 2011 10:26 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

106,000 ideas!

LIDAR maps of Kaiapoi & Christchurch

LIDAR maps of Kaiapoi & Christchurch

Thursday, 21 July 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

For those who want to know more than enough about LIDAR, check out the USGS LIDAR website .

Day 147 - support for earthquake recovery work

Day 147 - support for earthquake recovery work

Thursday, 21 July 2011 2:25 a.m. by addingtonaction

The Spreydon Heathcote Community Board this week voted to give a grant of $1850 to support the earthquake recovery work of Addington Action.

The funds will be mainly used to help with two way communication with all residents in Addington to ensure their concerns and needs are dealt with quickly.

That's stuff like posters, a weekly news sheet for noticeboards, the Earthquake Recovery Resource Kit, and public meetings.

A Grand Visioning

A Grand Visioning

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 9:03 p.m. by newbrightonproject Popular

Kia ora, Hello New Brighton folk,

This year has brought about many changes for all of us, least of all your New Brighton Project. Many volunteers have lost their homes, jobs and sadly, their health. Our previous Chair person, Jenna Philpott worked tirelessly for New Brighton Project but, she recently handed in her resignation. Join me in a round of applause and gratitude for her dedication and wishing her well for her future.
Kia ora, ka pai Jenna; you'll be missed ...

The end of a beloved old building finally came today

The end of a beloved old building finally came today

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 8:41 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

At 4.42pm today the digger streched out his arm for one final time, and 20 seconds later it was all over …

Neighbourhood Support - crime statistics & other information

Neighbourhood Support - crime statistics & other information

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 8:20 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence about how much crime there is and where it is occuring. Neighbourhood Support have on their website a Weekly Crime Information page where you can find the latest information. Also available for download is a file with the latest week's worth of crime statistics. The file lists the date, time and street of burglaries of houses and businesses; thefts from

One Stop Shock

One Stop Shock

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 4:09 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

 

Day 146 - uninsured homes repair poster

Day 146 - uninsured homes repair poster

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 9:18 a.m. by addingtonaction

And there is now a blue poster that offers free repairs to the uninsured homes of elderly residents. This poster will start going up on power poles all over Addington from Friday.

Repairs by volunteers start Saturday August 6 in Macaulay St Addington.


200 copies of this new poster were kindly photocopied by TEU.

CERAs  "My Housing Expo"

CERA's "My Housing Expo"

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 10:33 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

One of CERA's first responses to help people in the residential Red Zone is to run a two day expo at the end of the month. On Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st CERA's “My Housing Options Expo” will be on at the Addington Raceway. In Roger Sutton's words (media release is here) it will be: ... a kind of one-stop shop for residents affected by the land decisions.It will be an opportunity

Deconstruction of damaged Council-owned community facility

Deconstruction of damaged Council-owned community facility

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 4:37 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

CCC press release of 19 July 2011 at:  http://www.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/newsmedia/mediareleases/2011/201107191.aspx

Day 145 - Vege garden poster

Day 145 - Vege garden poster

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 2:48 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

There is a green poster to promote vege gardens and this poster will start going up on power poles all over Addington from tomorrow.

200 copies of this new poster were photocopied by TEU and advertise a scheme by Christchurch South Community Gardens to provide a small free vege garden to homes to grow a crop for Christmas. The intent is to encourage people to start turning empty land into food production.

Wastewater works - Avonside Drive near Bracken Street,  19 July to 19 August

Wastewater works - Avonside Drive near Bracken Street, 19 July to 19 August

Monday, 18 July 2011 9:11 p.m. by avonsidechch

The following is from the Stronger Christchurch - Infrastructure Rebuild website. It affects Avonside Drive between Bracken Street and Robson Avenue. 

Day 144 - a shared resource

Day 144 - a shared resource

Monday, 18 July 2011 4:21 p.m. by addingtonaction

The developed by Addington Action is to be freely shared by multiple residents groups as an organising tool for their street reps who help people in need due to the earthquakes.

The kit is frequently updated and added to, based on feedback from it's users.

A web site has been set up so that one person from each group can download the latest master copies for printing, binding and distribution. It is anticipated that all groups will contribute to the d ...

Unbanked EQC cheques

Unbanked EQC cheques

Sunday, 17 July 2011 9:14 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

EQC has issued a news release encouraging those who have unpresented EQC cheques to bank them. As at the beginning of this month $1.9 m worth of claim cheques had not been banked. If claimants are holding on to a cheque because they disagree with the assessment that has been made EQC have said: “Some people are querying their assessment and they believe that by cashing the cheque they have

Late 80s Mercedes –  Swing Funk – Live in St Albans

Late 80s Mercedes – Swing Funk – Live in St Albans

Sunday, 17 July 2011 7:23 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

It’s Winter and we thought it was time to Bring Back the Fun!

Day 143 - D Scene intervew

Day 143 - D Scene intervew

Sunday, 17 July 2011 5:47 p.m. by addingtonaction

Yesterday was bit different. The morning was tied up with clearing out a double garage for storing building materials. Then the pet food arrived, and then an interview with a reporter, over hot soup.

Wilma popped in from D Scene, a newspaper published in Dunedin, to ask questions for an article she is writing about Sister Suburbs. The funniest part was getting some photos around Addington much to the amusement of neighbours.

Day 142 - pet food donation

Day 142 - pet food donation

Saturday, 16 July 2011 6:26 p.m. by addingtonaction

have sent a generous supply of donated bulk pet food. This will be used to supplement the existing food parcels provided by to hungry Addington Families.

Nice to be able to look after our furry little friends.

Information for AMI policy holders

Information for AMI policy holders

Saturday, 16 July 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

AMI have released an earthquake information update, setting out what is happening in each of the zones, along with more detailed information for those in the Red Zone.

The information is in PDF form, and can be downloaded from.

Day 141 - house repairs for uninsured elderly start Saturday August 6

Day 141 - house repairs for uninsured elderly start Saturday August 6

Friday, 15 July 2011 8:35 a.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Addington Action is a working committee made up of a resident from each street, workplace union delegates, church ministers and school principals. It meets monthly to co-ordinate activity and is evolving rapidly. Volunteers are co-ordinated by cell phone text messages.



Free house repairs for uninsured elderly start on Saturday August 6 at 9am in Macaulay St Addington. 2 houses will be fixed each week for 10 weeks, 1 day for each house. Contact Addington Action if you can help with ...

Some questions for insurance companies

Some questions for insurance companies

Friday, 15 July 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch

As a residents' group we have tried to assess the issues we face with our respective insurance companies, and what might arise as we go through either the repair or rebuild process. Looking at the experiences of others, especially in Kaiapoi, it is clear that we cannot expect the process to be easy. To canvas the likely issues there has been an e-mail survey and an ongoing exchange of views.

CERA - recovery consultation using your computer

CERA - recovery consultation using your computer

Thursday, 14 July 2011 9:20 p.m. by avonsidechch

CERA is keen to have as many people as possible involved in the recovery consultation process. The meetings have been mentioned previously. Those who have difficulty getting around the city in the evenings, or getting time off on weekends, can use CERA's website to make a submission online, or download a form to fill out and post back to them. Online submissions can be made here, and the

Day 140 - Unions Canterbury Delegates Forum

Day 140 - Unions Canterbury Delegates Forum

Thursday, 14 July 2011 9:25 a.m. by addingtonaction

Several hundred delegates from unions in Canterbury held a forum last night at Addington Raceway.

The invited speakers were Rodger Sutton (CERA) and Lianne Curtis (CanCERN) followed by a lively Q&A from the floor.

The delegates then broke up into 10 groups to come up with significant issues. These were then reported back at the final session. Lots of interesting stuff got raised.

I had a chance to give a brief talk about Addington Action, how it is organised and the ...

CERA Community workshops

CERA Community workshops

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 10:05 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

This week, public consultation will begin on the recovery strategy – below are the dates, times and venues. The areas being discussed will include: community wellbeing (housing, employment, education and health); culture and heritage (arts, sport, recreation, heritage values and taonga); built environment (all features of the environment made by people); economy (investment, business and labour market); natural environment (air, land, water, coasts and biodiversity.) If people are unable t ...

Earthquakes for kids.

Earthquakes for kids.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 9:37 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Not sure how I managed to miss this earlier - the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has a series of web pages dedicated to explaining earthquakes to kids. One page (here), has interesting little animations to demonstrate what is happening in different types of earthquakes. There are also resources for teachers. Although aimed at kids it is pretty good stuff for adults too. The main page

Youth Alive Trust Winter Newsletter

Youth Alive Trust Winter Newsletter

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 7:56 p.m. by newbrightonproject Popular

CERA - Seeking community ideas for recovery

CERA - Seeking community ideas for recovery

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 9:24 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

CERA is about to start a series of community meetings to get ideas from sector groups and communities. The intentions, in the words of Roger Sutton: This month we’re going to be asking the community for your ideas to help shape the recovery strategy that will provide a comprehensive road map for greater Christchurch.CERA’s role is to lead and coordinate the recovery effort from September and

Day 139 - More depots established

Day 139 - More depots established

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 5:43 p.m. by addingtonaction

One of the challenges of organising a large community on the ground is delegating and making sure everything runs efficiently.

A number of neighbourhood depots have been established to speed up distribution to local residents of needed resources.
The depots can only be accessed by committee members of the Addington Action, who run the system. A bulk store is also being set up to hold large amounts in reserve that can then be distributed to the depots each week. This is possib ...

Infrastructure rebuild - whats happening where?

Infrastructure rebuild - whats happening where?

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 1:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Council have set up a web page with a map of the city. Click on a neighbourhood and a page will open showing what works are underway, or going to happen soon, in that area. Clicking on Avonside we get: 7 Jul 2011 Birchfield Ave - Gayhurst Road - Avonside Drive - Sewer Main Replacement 3 Jul 2011 Fitzgerald Avenue - Avonside - Bridge Repair 1 Jul 2011 Avonside Drive - repair work on sewer

Residential Red Zones - Lianne Dalziels newsletter

Residential Red Zones - Lianne Dalziel's newsletter

Monday, 11 July 2011 9:26 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Lianne Dalziel, Labour electorate MP for Christchurch East, issues occasional newsletters on electorate and earthquake matters. The latest issue (No. 17) takes a very detailed look at issues arising from the government's payout package. The topics covered in the newsletter are: Preserving Equity (including negative equity) EQC Cover for Land Whichever is the least Green Zone Bordering on the

Day 138 - 50 more copies of Earthquake Recovery Resource Kit

Day 138 - 50 more copies of Earthquake Recovery Resource Kit

Monday, 11 July 2011 2:51 p.m. by addingtonaction

The day was spent making up another 50 copies of the Earthquake Recovery Resource Kit.

The kit is in ring binder format to make it easy to update. Everyone on the Addington Action Committee gets one to use as a practical manual.

The (Engineering, Manufacturing and Printing Union) donated $100 towards the cost of the binders and Carol at the (Tertiary Education Union) did the photocopying.

Lynette and I put them together. They will be distributed to 20 Street Reps  ...

EQC - interactive maps of earthquake information.

EQC - interactive maps of earthquake information.

Sunday, 10 July 2011 6:39 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

EQC have published interactive maps on-line that allow users to check out city and suburb level information on damage to contents, properties and land. Individual streets are identifiable but the map does not zoom in to allow a particular street, or group of streets to be analysed. Some of the definitions are unclear e.g. what is the difference between severe and moderate levels of

Day 137 - talk at St Marys Church Addington

Day 137 - talk at St Mary's Church Addington

Sunday, 10 July 2011 2:03 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

I got a very warm reception at St Mary's Church in Addington, when giving a brief talk about what Addington Action was doing and how people from the church could get involved and help.

People discussed

Day 136 - Strickland St rep

Day 136 - Strickland St rep

Saturday, 9 July 2011 10:51 a.m. by addingtonaction

Dianne Fitzgerald has agreed to be the street rep for Strickland St.

Dianne has lived in Strickland St for many years and is the Manager at Manuka Cottage, Addington's community house.

Dianne will be visiting every home on that street to introduce herself and will be able to direct people to resources provided in solidarity via Addington Action.

Brendon Burns Update

Brendon Burns Update

Friday, 8 July 2011 10:46 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

July 2011

Free Public Earthquake Lecture Series

Free Public Earthquake Lecture Series

Friday, 8 July 2011 3:13 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The University of Canterbury is to hold a series of free public lectures which will consider the geological, engineering and psychological aspects of the recent earthquakes.