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Earthquake Royal Commission - Preliminary Observations from the Christchurch Earthquakes

Earthquake Royal Commission - Preliminary Observations from the Christchurch Earthquakes

Friday, 2 September 2011 5:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

From the Royal Commission's website: John Hare, in consultation with other structural engineers, has put together a list of observations made on the performance of buildings in the Christchurch earthquakes.  The list includes suggestions for factors which should be considered for amendment in design codes/standards, together with a number of aspects which require research and structural

CERA - geotech videos on sink holes and foundations

CERA - geotech videos on sink holes and foundations

Thursday, 1 September 2011 8:20 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

CERA have released two more videos with geotech engineer Jan Kupec. In these videos he gives explanations of: sinkholes and poses questions about them ( e.g. will they affect the land or the house later on?) options for rebuilding - providing a safe and secure foundation for houses in Canterbury by first looking at how houses fail and then what is needed to prevent this happening. The videos

Day 189 - fixing a broken window

Day 189 - fixing a broken window

Thursday, 1 September 2011 12:39 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today, Tony and Matt are replacing a badly damaged window on a house in Lincoln Road. Needs to be done quick in case the weather goes soggy later today. Will need to come back in few weeks to do interior trim, once the wall has dried out.

Last night, Matt and other Mike attached the giant tool box to the front of the trailer and sorted out compartments etc. Matt sharpened up the wood chisels for today.

Today, I get to run errands for materials and more tools!

Red-zone tours for RWC media

Red-zone tours for RWC media

Thursday, 1 September 2011 6:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Yesterday's Press had an article about plans to give Rugby World Cup media representatives tours of the Red Zone. The online version of the article is here. The lucky journalists will be taken to see the inner city Red Zone, AMI stadium, and the RWC 2011 fan zone. There will be three tours during September, coinciding with visits by the England, Wallabies and All Blacks teams. Each tour will

Parents Voice

Parents Voice

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 11:32 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Day 188 - Tools Tools Tools!

Day 188 - Tools Tools Tools!

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 8:10 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today we visited Bunnings and collected a large and varied assortment of tools and equipment including:

-cordless drill, nail gun, electric sander
-screwdrivers, chisels, handsaws, hammers
-multipurpose ladders, brushes, carpenters belts
-PPE (safety gear)

we also purchased a water blaster for paint stripping and cleaning duties, and a dehumidifier for preparing interior spaces.
We visited two homes continuing previous work, assessing and planning for necessary repairs. ...

One Year On.

One Year On.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 7:30 p.m. by newbrightonproject Popular

Kia ora, Hello Brighton folk,

Almost a year has passed since our lives were irrecoverably changed. There are many activities taking place over the city to commemorate what has been an incredibly difficult year: from the illumination of an enormous light in the square to a and many, quiet, personal prayers. While it is a time to commemorate our many losses, it is also the chance to celebrate what we do have. Our future. Our community. Ourselves.


There are many to be ...

EQC liability update

EQC liability update

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Horseshoe Lake Community Garage Sale

Horseshoe Lake Community Garage Sale

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 9:33 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

September 10th 2011

Choosing a Red Zone option & taking on your insurance company

Choosing a Red Zone option & taking on your insurance company

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 4:03 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Day 187 - replacing window and new trailer

Day 187 - replacing window and new trailer

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 12:30 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today we picked up a trailer for the crew to use. It is a 4x2, rated for 1000Kg and galvanised for a long life. Also comes with spare wheel, long towing bar and ladder racks for ladders or timber.

A galvanised fold up cage and cover has also been ordered. This will help shift people to better accommodation, and removing rubble.

This afternoon, the main job is replacing a window on a damaged house. The window will be primed today, and a separate paint crew will go around in about a ...

Canterbury insurance embargo

Canterbury insurance embargo

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 4:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The website insuranceNEWS.com.au have produced an article analysing what is currently happening with insurance cover in Canterbury and what the future might hold for: the long term availabliity of insurance, the type and amount of cover available, the size of excesses, and the cost of premiums. It is an interesting read whether you have household or business insurance. The article is here. .

State Insurance update

State Insurance update

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 1:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Court Theatre @ St Albans School

Court Theatre @ St Albans School

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 1:00 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

St Albans School PTA is please to announce that the Court Theatre is coming to perform at school. Adventures of Captain Cook is to be held as a Fun Family Event and will be held in the hall on Saturday 10 th September starting at 2pm. Tickets are $3 per child and will be available from the school office next week. Parents are free. See you there!

New info on CERA website

New info on CERA website

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 12:14 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

 

Celebration of Hope

Celebration of Hope

Monday, 29 August 2011 11:08 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Remembering our Past, Serving our present – creating our future

Forum 28 – Peak Oil: NZs response

Forum 28 – Peak Oil: NZs response

Monday, 29 August 2011 11:01 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

What: Forum 28 – Peak Oil: NZs response When: Friday 2 September 2011 Time: 9am to 12 noon Where: Waikirikiri Room, Landcare, Gerald Street, Lincoln

EQC mobile unit coming to St Albans

EQC mobile unit coming to St Albans

Monday, 29 August 2011 10:41 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th September from 9.30am – 4.00pm

EQC mobile unit coming to St Albans – POSTPONED

EQC mobile unit coming to St Albans – POSTPONED

Monday, 29 August 2011 10:41 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th September from 9.30am – 4.00pm  POSTPONED

Protest! Celebrate! Get Involved!

Protest! Celebrate! Get Involved!

Monday, 29 August 2011 10:31 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

On Monday 5th September the National Party are  descending on mass to hold a cabinet meeting at the Copthorne Hotel – 449 Memorial Avenue (near Christchurch Airport). This will be the first  time in 16 years that a cabinet has met outside the confines of the  Beehive. Key and Brownlee are expected to have a press conference at  2.30pm to claim a victorious National Government response to the  challenges we have faced. So we

Day 186 - big rubber toolbox

Day 186 - big rubber toolbox

Monday, 29 August 2011 6:49 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Matt, Matt and Mike visited many places needing repairs to make a bit of a plan for the rest of the week. Matt and Matt completed the blocking up of a damaged chimney.

Then, went to Bunnings and got a giant rubber toolbox to go on the front of the trailer. Picking up the trailer tomorrow morning.

Sadly visited one uninsured house that needs a total rebuild. Something we can't touch.

Wednesday Earthquake Recovery Forums

Wednesday Earthquake Recovery Forums

Monday, 29 August 2011 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

How to live before you die.

How to live before you die.

Monday, 29 August 2011 1:28 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Lets get it done project - help for those with work to be done

Lets get it done project - help for those with work to be done

Sunday, 28 August 2011 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Day 185 - Saw stand

Day 185 - Saw stand

Sunday, 28 August 2011 2:00 a.m. by addingtonaction

Yesterday - we got a mobile saw stand for the cross cut saw. It folds up, is robust and even has wheels so it can be easily moved. Great for ensuring accurate cuts of framing timber for patching roofs and walls, and much better for workers backs.

Red Zone FAQ from the NZ Bankers Association

Red Zone FAQ from the NZ Bankers Association

Saturday, 27 August 2011 8:37 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The New Zealand Bankers Association (NZBA) has a web site promoting their activities, and providing generic information about situations faced by bank customers. The web site is here. The NZBA recently released an FAQ containing information for Residential Red Zone residents, and their lawyers, on the perspective taken by banks on the Government's Red Zone offer.  Information in the FAQ

Day 184 - Repairs Done and Plans for Next Week

Day 184 - Repairs Done and Plans for Next Week

Saturday, 27 August 2011 7:23 p.m. by addingtonaction

We had a good turnout today to finish the work on 15 Macaulay St. Mike, Mike, Tony, James, Tim, Callum and Matt were present and pitching in.


Work finished included the tall front fence, the shorter driveway fence, the driveway entrance gates and the water mains pipe. A general garden and rubbish tidy was done also.

Next week we have qualified builder Matt arriving from Auckland. Matt has kindly flown himself down and will be billeted with John and Helen McNeil for the week. Me ...

Day 184 - more repairs

Day 184 - more repairs

Saturday, 27 August 2011 8:03 a.m. by addingtonaction

The crew will be out today doing more repairs to uninsured homes. Looks like it will be a beautiful day!

Day 183 - Tool time!

Day 183 - Tool time!

Friday, 26 August 2011 6:30 p.m. by addingtonaction

News today of a donation of $10,000 from based in Hamilton. This donation will be used to buy tools and equipment to enable the volunteers to help as many people as possible affected by the quakes.

One of the side benefits of the repair project is to get young people keen on getting trade skills for the future rebuild of Christchurch. For that to happen the volunteer project has to run like a proper work site.

The 2011 Lincoln University State of the Nation’s Environment Address

The 2011 Lincoln University State of the Nation’s Environment Address

Friday, 26 August 2011 1:26 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The 2011 Lincoln University State of the Nation’s Environment Address is taking place on Wednesday 14th September, 5.00pm in Stewart Lecture Theatre 1.

Whats inside a Red Zone pack?

Whats inside a Red Zone pack?

Friday, 26 August 2011 1:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

CERA have a web page that explains what is inside the Government's "offer pack". Copies of the documents in the pack are also available to see or download. The web page is

Earthquake Royal Commission - GNS technical report

Earthquake Royal Commission - GNS technical report

Thursday, 25 August 2011 10:40 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

From the Royal Commission's website:

Day 183 - Tooltime!

Day 183 - Tooltime!

Thursday, 25 August 2011 10:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

News today of a donation of $10,000 from CEAT. This will be used to buy tools and equipment to enable the volunteers to help as many people as possible affected by the quakes.

Neighbourhood Week – 29 October to 6 November 2011 – Community Board is making small subsidies available

Neighbourhood Week – 29 October to 6 November 2011 – Community Board is making small subsidies available

Thursday, 25 August 2011 9:09 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Christchurch City Council is currently promoting Neighbourhood Week 2011.  Neighbourhood Week is all about communities where people support each other, keep an eye out for each other and give each other a helping hand.

Residential Red Zone on the BBC

Residential Red Zone on the BBC

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 9:29 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Brian Parker of CanCERN, and a Red Zone resident in Avondale, was interviewed by the BBC yesterday. You can find that interview on the BBC's website .
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Central Library update

Central Library update

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 9:11 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The following is from the Central Library's website (). The last sentence of the last paragraph makes particularly interesting reading.

Local major infrastructure works underway

Local major infrastructure works underway

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 1:36 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

City Council infrastructure  repair works started this month include wastewater repairs in:

Papanui Library is now open

Papanui Library is now open

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 1:08 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Video: Dr Jan Kupec (CERA chief geotechnical engineer) explains liquefaction

Video: Dr Jan Kupec (CERA chief geotechnical engineer) explains liquefaction

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:56 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

http://cera.govt.nz/news/2011/video-dr-jan-kupec-cera-chief-geotechnical-engineer-explains-liquefaction

Alcohol Reform Bill – Community’s turn to shout

Alcohol Reform Bill – Community’s turn to shout

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:27 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The Justice and Electoral Select Committee is currently considering submissions on the Bill and is due to report back to Parliament by 30 August 2011.  Time delays mean the Bill may not make it through the full process before Parliament rises in October for the November election.

Any unanswered questions for EQC?

Any unanswered questions for EQC?

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:01 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

CanCERN are preparing to meet again with EQC and would like to get a sense of what questions  still need to be answered. Do you have an unanswered question?   Please check that the answer to their  question is not on EQC’s FAQ page http://canterbury.eqc.govt.nz/faq and then forward  any outstanding questions to leanne@cancern.org.nz.

International Speaker Series

International Speaker Series

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 9:01 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Inspirational speakers from around the globe are in Christchurch for four days from this Saturday (27 August) to share their experiences relating to the redevelopment of cities and communities devastated by natural and human disasters.

Central City Plan on the road – Friday 26 August, St Albans-Shirley Club, 269 Hills Road, from noon to 7pm

Central City Plan on the road – Friday 26 August, St Albans-Shirley Club, 269 Hills Road, from noon to 7pm

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 8:58 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The Central City Plan Team went on the road today with the draft Plan. For the next eight days the draft Plan is being brought to your local community – making it easy for everyone to learn more about what’s in the draft Plan.

Community Update 23 August 2011

Community Update 23 August 2011

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 3:15 p.m. by mtpleasentnews Popular

National Party Welcoming Committee!

National Party Welcoming Committee!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 8:52 a.m. by Actionforchcheast Popular



Red Zone house valuations - Lianne Dalziels perspective

Red Zone house valuations - Lianne Dalziel's perspective

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 1:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

In edition 97 (22nd August) of Brendon Burn's Christchurch Earthquake Bulletin Lianne Dalziel has the following comments on house valuations where additional work has been done since 2007. After the offer to red-zone property owners, the issue was repeatedly raised by people, at briefings organised by CERA, whether people who had done up their houses would have those costs considered.The

Day 179 - a donation from Papanui

Day 179 - a donation from Papanui

Sunday, 21 August 2011 4:30 p.m. by addingtonaction

A very kind lady from Papanui sent a cheque for $500. It will be used to buy more building materials to fix uninsured homes of elderly folk damaged by the quakes.

Earthquake Assistance Centre for Red Zone residents

Earthquake Assistance Centre for Red Zone residents

Saturday, 20 August 2011 9:14 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

CERA have set up a Residential Red Zone earthquake assistance centre on Breezes Road, at the Avondale Golf Club (in the car park). The contact details are: Avondale Earthquake Assistance Centre (EAC) Avondale Golf Club, 141 Breezes Road, Avondale 10.00 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Friday 0800 RING CERA (0800 7464 2372)The purpose of the Centre is to Provide information and assistance for

AMI update for Kaiapoi and Pines Beach residents

AMI update for Kaiapoi and Pines Beach residents

Friday, 19 August 2011 8:17 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

AMI have issued an update for Kaiapoi and Pines Beach residents who were classified as Red Zone yesterday. In addition they want to hear from any customer in those areas who has not had an AMI assessment AND have not had an assessment scheduled. The update is here. .

Community Update 17 August 2011

Community Update 17 August 2011

Friday, 19 August 2011 9:14 a.m. by mtpleasentnews Popular

The Ferrymead Men’s Probus Club meets monthly on the fourth Thursday at Redcliffs Bowling Club, James St, Redcliffs 10am. If you are recently retired or have been retired for some time you will enjoy what Probus has to offer. The meetings are informal with a short business meeting and usual ...

Big demolition rig on the way.

Big demolition rig on the way.

Friday, 19 August 2011 5:12 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Red Zone letters and legal advice

Red Zone letters and legal advice

Friday, 19 August 2011 1:18 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Those in the Red Zone who promptly returned to CERA the information requested from them, will be getting letters of offer from the government in a day or so. In total about 3,000 letters will be sent out in the first batch.

As these documents vary in content from the standard real estate sale and purchase agreements Gerry Brownlee has made the letters and associated documents available early to the Law Society. The Society has put these on their web ...

Maps & Info on the new Kaiapoi & Pines Beach Red Zones

Maps & Info on the new Kaiapoi & Pines Beach Red Zones

Thursday, 18 August 2011 8:56 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

CERA has a web page where maps, an FAQ, and the Tonkin & Taylor presentation (overheads only) can be viewed or downloaded. There are five maps covering the area. Each one clearly outlines the Red Zoned areas and allows for specific properties to be identified. The maps are: Kaiapoi Ward zones overview Kaiapoi north Kaiapoi south-east Kaiapoi west Pines Beach The FAQ, in PDF form, is

Bartering in Brighton

Bartering in Brighton

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 9:16 p.m. by newbrightonproject Popular

Kia ora, Hello Brighton folk,

The dunes have seen some funny sites this week: skis strapped to old beer crates to make a sled, snow men and dogs and folk having all sorts of fun; it's nice to find a silver lining on some heavy, antarctic clouds. What have you been getting up to? Post some of your photos to . What's also nice is the response I received on facebook this week to a request about what's open. While the schools remained closed it was certainly nice to see a smiling face ...

Day 174 - starting to clear

Day 174 - starting to clear

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 5:19 p.m. by addingtonaction

Snow slowly melting and slushy. Might be better for building repairs next week.

Saving Red Zone heritage housing

Saving Red Zone heritage housing

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 4:42 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Red Zone Heritage Housing Association exists to encourage the relocation of older undamaged or repairable houses in the Residential Red Zones. On their blog they describe themselves as: The RZHHA is a not-for-profit organization for homeowners in Christchurch. We are trying to save old (approximately 100 years) ‘repairable’ homes in the Residential Red Zone. Our plan is to move these

Liquefaction explained - CERAs Dr Jan Kupec

Liquefaction explained - CERA's Dr Jan Kupec

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 9:58 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Jan Kupec, CERA's chief geotechnical engineer, combines three talents the latter two not often found in engineers: he knows his stuff, he has a sense of humour, and he is good at explaining what he knows. CERA have a video online in which Jan explains liquefaction in the Christchurch context. The video shows the Avonside loop part of Avonside Drive and also Porritt Park. At about 3:50 into

Day 173 - and more snow

Day 173 - and more snow

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 4:30 p.m. by addingtonaction

Yep - still snowing

Keeping up with CERA news

Keeping up with CERA news

Monday, 15 August 2011 11:48 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

You can view the updates from CERA on our site here: