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Gap Filler project #7

Gap Filler project #7

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 12:24 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

A public book  exchange. The ‘Think Differently’ book exchange is an old double-glass door  fridge that used to belong to the Take Away shop on my street. It will be full  of books gifted by people like you, books that made you think differently about  some aspect of life be it religion, love, politics, literature – anything! And  it will be on a gap site.

Day 131 - Antigua St rep

Day 131 - Antigua St rep

Monday, 4 July 2011 5:25 p.m. by addingtonaction

Dawne Burns has agreed to be the street rep for Antigua St.

Dawne has lived in Addington for many years and has frequently helped many Addington people.

Dawne 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.

Retreat Road sewer repairs

Retreat Road sewer repairs

Monday, 4 July 2011 5:18 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

All going well, repairs will start on the sewer line down Retreat Road in the morning (Tuesday). .

Central City Library

Central City Library

Monday, 4 July 2011 3:21 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Legal information for those in the Red Zones

Legal information for those in the Red Zones

Monday, 4 July 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch

Saturday's Press has an article on page G2: Charting the way for red-zoners. Written by property lawyer Richard Parkes, the article brings together all the information known so far, along with a few comments. There is a copy on-line here. .

Day 130 - Sister Suburbs

Day 130 - Sister Suburbs

Sunday, 3 July 2011 5:13 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Press Release – Sister Suburbs
Sister Suburbs, a new initiative targeting the revival of community groups and activities, has launched a campaign that enables New Zealanders to assist with the recovery process in Christchurch communities.

Media Release
New Sister Suburbs Initiative Provides Opportunity for Community Groups to Assist Christchurch Recovery Process

Community Groups Share Resources on Sister Suburbs Website
29 June 2011 – Sister Suburbs, a new initiative targ ...

Blog photographs

Blog photographs

Sunday, 3 July 2011 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The recent Retreat Road photographs were more popular than I imagined. Blogger/Blogspot works best with Picasa Web Albums and so that is where the photographs are stored. Unfortunately Picasa Web Albums is difficult to find and navigate so a different tack is being tried.

Most of my Retreat Road photographs (October to June) have been put on Flickr. As we weren't here in September there are no photographs immediately after the first earthquake. Some of the photograp ...

Day 129 - Macaulay St rep

Day 129 - Macaulay St rep

Saturday, 2 July 2011 8:00 a.m. by addingtonaction

Giueto Luague has agreed to be the street rep for Macaulay St.

Giueto is from the Philippines and lives in Macaulay St.

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

NZ Red Cross - two new winter assistance grants

NZ Red Cross - two new winter assistance grants

Saturday, 2 July 2011 1:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

A Winter Assistance for Under 5s Grant is already in existence and information is , and a list of the whole range of NZ Red Cross grants is available .

Bird’s Eye View

Bird’s Eye View

Saturday, 2 July 2011 12:28 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

 

Day 128 - Dickens St rep

Day 128 - Dickens St rep

Friday, 1 July 2011 1:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Dave Dallow has agreed to be the street rep for Dickens St.

Dave has lived on Dickens St for many years and has frequently raised issues with the council on behalf of Dickens St residents. He is a returned Serviceman.

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

Community Update – 30 June 2011

Community Update – 30 June 2011

Friday, 1 July 2011 9:21 a.m. by mtpleasentnews Popular

Have you joined the Mt Pleasant Community Facebook page yet? Our site address is:

This site is updated very regularly with all things relevant to Mt Pleasant Residents and is the best way for us to get a message out to residents quickly. With over 800 visits this week alone the site is becoming very popular.

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NZ Red Cross - The first 100 days

NZ Red Cross - The first 100 days

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

The NZ Red Cross have released a report outlining its response in the first 100 days following February 22nd. Yesterday's media release ( as a Word document) includes the following:

St Albans Residents Association Meeting

St Albans Residents Association Meeting

Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:54 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

The Board of the SARA is meeting on Monday 4th of July @ 7.30pm.  The agenda of the meeting is general organisational business and updates from board members.  All are welcome to attend.  please email communitycentre@stalbans.gen.nz for venue details.

Public Discussion on St Albans

Public Discussion on St Albans

Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:54 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Tuesday 12 of July @ 7.30pm.

Day 127 - Impact

Day 127 - Impact

Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:43 a.m. by addingtonaction

There was a story about in the June issue of , a magazine published quarterly by the on topics of interest to the civil defence emergency management sector.



Here it is below


The day after the February earthquake Addington Action was formed by local residents who realised they were on their own. Existing community groups were not responding, possibly because of a lack of leadership or focus. It was also believed that if Addington looked after itself, more aid would go ...

Impact

Impact

Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:35 a.m. by addingtonaction

There was a story about in the June issue of , a magazine published quarterly by the on topics of interest to the civil defence emergency management sector.



Here it is below


The day after the February earthquake Addington Action was formed by local residents who realised they were on their own. Existing community groups were not responding, possibly because of a lack of leadership or focus. It was also believed that if Addington looked after itself, more aid would go ...

Day 126 - vege gardens

Day 126 - vege gardens

Wednesday, 29 June 2011 11:46 p.m. by addingtonaction

Tonight's monthly meeting of Addington Action heard from Christine Blance how simple vegetable gardens can be quickly established to feed people.

Christchurch South Community Gardens (SSCG) who are based in Strictland St, are going to establish 12 free gardens to homes of residents in Addington or Sydenham. Plants will be provided.

Christine has asked for donations of car or truck tyres for growing potatoes in. They can be dropped of at their base in Strictland St.

Please co ...

Answers to critical questions about buildings in Christchurch

Answers to critical questions about buildings in Christchurch

Wednesday, 29 June 2011 8:50 p.m. by avonsidechch

The Royal Society of New Zealand have published an information paper on earthquake engineering in Christchurch entitled: THE CANTERBURY EARTHQUAKES: Answers to critical questions about buildings. Here are the introductory comments from the Royal Society's website: This information paper reports on earthquake damage to buildings in Christchurch from the 4 September earthquake, and its

Mothers help/ home help wanted

Mothers help/ home help wanted

Wednesday, 29 June 2011 12:49 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Temporary position starting end June. 10 hours/ week (flexible) for 4 weeks. Household duties plus some childcare.  References required. Drivers license helpful. Contact Olivia on Oliviacsmart@hotmail.com

Day 125 - CanCERN

Day 125 - CanCERN

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 10:05 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

is the organisation of 18 residents groups in Christchurch which are organising to deal with the earthquakes.

The meetings are usually weekly.

CanCERN had a lot of contact with Civil Defense at the start and now with CERA, and often get access to useful information which residents groups can pass on to local families.

Addington Action has been attending for a month, and is establishing links with the residents groups that face similar problems as Addington.

It appear ...

A sign of hope?

A sign of hope?

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 4:13 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Here’s to rebuilding on all levels, Cheers, Helen

Linwood Community Arts Centre Events

Linwood Community Arts Centre Events

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 4:09 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

All classes and events are held here, 468 Worcester St. Enrollments and enquiries to Ph 3811 665

Earthquake Support

Earthquake Support

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 3:48 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

A helpful website that has been developed for kids affected by the Christchurch earthquake – http://www.jojosplace.org/

Christchurch Puppet Festival and Kidsfest!

Christchurch Puppet Festival and Kidsfest!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 2:29 p.m. by newbrightonproject Popular







Enjoy three days of puppet performances. Natural Magic’s new show Jack and the Beanstalk will be on everyday at 11am. Come and see shadow puppets by the Japanese puppet troupe Ohisama (performed in English) on Saturday, and on Monday and Tuesday there will be two different shows by professional storyteller Liz Weir.

Saint Faith’s Church Hall, Hawke Street and Shaw Ave corner, New Brighton.

- Saturday 16th July –Tuesday 19th July- 11am-11.45am.
- Saturd ...

Day 124 - Hunters needed to help feed people

Day 124 - Hunters needed to help feed people

Monday, 27 June 2011 3:59 p.m. by addingtonaction

Addington Action needs some hunters who would be prepared to shoot wild game so hungry people can be fed.

Wild sheep, goats, deer and pigs.

Contact Addington Action if you can help.

Dance Fitness adult class available again

Dance Fitness adult class available again

Monday, 27 June 2011 2:28 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

I was teaching dance fitness adult class for st albans community centre for 9 years, then I had to go to shirley community centre which also got damage in february, On a happy note I am now teaching at colleen murray dance centre at 520 cranford street. On wednesday night at 5.30pm to 6.30pm. ( studio 3 ) If interest get back into dancing e-mail me at donettemfh@yahoo.co.nz ask dancing class. 1/2 exercise and

•Birds Eye View:  Women of Christchurch

•Birds Eye View: Women of Christchurch

Monday, 27 June 2011 1:45 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Hosted by Nicky Wagner National MP with Guest Speakers Di Lucas (Landscape Architect, Lucas Associates), Jane Parfitt (Christchurch City Council) and Sacha McMeeking (General Manager of Strategy and Influence at Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu).

Avon River Park

Avon River Park

Monday, 27 June 2011 6:35 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

There is a facebook page called Avon River Park calling for support from those interested in the recreational possibilities for the land soon to be abandoned (thanks for the tip Fiona). The facebook page is here. Not wishing to rain on someone else's parade, it is unlikely the abandoned areas will become recreational land. The government has clearly said it is keeping ownership with a view to

EQC updates on CERA, the Red and the Orange Zones

EQC updates on CERA, the Red and the Orange Zones

Sunday, 26 June 2011 6:45 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

EQC have produced a FAQ explaining what is happening to those in the Red and Orange Zones available here. There is also a brief FAQ on land remediation here. .

EQC and the iPad

EQC and the iPad

Sunday, 26 June 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Yesterday we had our full EQC assessment. According to the EQC website Red Zone assessments are the highest priority, followed by us Orangers, which explains the increase in activity in the area. Peter (from near Newcastle in NSW) and Neil (from Auckland) arrived spot on time. Both were very good at their respective jobs. It felt more like having a couple of amiable blokes from down the road

Shirley Papanui Community Board agenda

Shirley Papanui Community Board agenda

Saturday, 25 June 2011 9:57 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

http://www1.ccc.govt.nz/council/agendas/2011/june/shirleypapanui29th/index.asp

Tower insurance - some not so good news

Tower insurance - some not so good news

Saturday, 25 June 2011 7:00 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

David Haywood, who lives in Avonside Drive towards the Medway footbridge, is in the Red Zone. Yesterday he rang Tower and they gave him some bad news - his house is not a write-off so Tower won't give him a replacement house. Tower's view was that demolition of his house because of a government decision was not their business. The full story is on David's blog here. .

Other insurance companies respond to the land package

Other insurance companies respond to the land package

Saturday, 25 June 2011 1:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The following companies have created web pages outlining their response to the land package. Click on the company name to go to their site. When reading the information on these websites do not take them as the last word on the payout scheme. The fine detail has yet to be worked out, and some of what has been announced may be fine-tuned over the next few weeks. If anything appears wrong or

St Albans Community Centre to be demolished

St Albans Community Centre to be demolished

Friday, 24 June 2011 11:33 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

 

Thank you Gerry

Thank you Gerry

Friday, 24 June 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Last night a number of us went to a very useful televised meeting on the corner of Retreat Road and Keller Street. TV One's Mark Sainsbury was interviewing Gerry Brownlee with local residents, followed by a short interview with Roger Sutton.

Tower Insurance on the land package

Tower Insurance on the land package

Thursday, 23 June 2011 10:15 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Tower have published a very useful information page on how the land zones affect their customers, and how Tower will respond to clients in the Red Zone. Part way down the page is a quick check list of client situations, and Tower's obligations in each of the circumstances. A good and not very long read, even if you aren't insured with Tower. The information page is here. .

For those outside Christchurch

For those outside Christchurch

Thursday, 23 June 2011 8:52 p.m. by avonsidechch

Everyone in Christchurch is up to their ears in the land package. As about 30% of the readers of this blog are outside Christchurch (with 18% of those outside NZ) the following is a brief list of links that may help you to get your head around what is going on. The basis of the whole thing is that residential land has been divided into four zones: Red - the land is unsafe and is to be

Community/whanau day for our community this Saturday 25 June

Community/whanau day for our community this Saturday 25 June

Thursday, 23 June 2011 8:09 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Patches of orange in a land of green

Patches of orange in a land of green

Thursday, 23 June 2011 7:22 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The landreports released by the government today show most of St Albans to be classified green, with very few patches in orange – meaning those property are still in ‘limbo’.

Land announcement day

Land announcement day

Thursday, 23 June 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The key word in the softening-up announcements made last night was  Those concerned will be made an offer. Wherever there is an offer there is an opportunity for negotiations. So, if you aren't happy with what is announced, don't worry. There will be time to tackle issues such as valuations and whether the purchasing power of the money offered is sufficient to allow reinstated to something similar to what existed on the 3rd of September.

Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch – Annual General Meeting

Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch – Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:49 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Speaker: Adair Bruorton, Christchurch City Council “Community Wellbeing and the Central City Plan”

TEDxEQChCh

TEDxEQChCh

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:19 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Videos and  photos.

Even Brighton Folk Get the Blues

Even Brighton Folk Get the Blues

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 4:13 p.m. by newbrightonproject Popular

Kia ora, Hello Brighton Folk,

It's been a tough couple of weeks hasn't it? Just as we think we're getting on top of things... Although I'm exhausted I still have a lot to be grateful for: my friends and family who took care of me and my children, my neighbours who offered hugs and support and a helping hand to clear up and repair, and my community: you folk- just when I think I can't take any more I realise that, in fact, I am still incredibly strong and this strength comes from being par ...

Earthquake Crisis Phone Counselling

Earthquake Crisis Phone Counselling

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 9:15 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

for those directly impacted by the Christchurch earthquake.

WEA AGM and potluck dinner

WEA AGM and potluck dinner

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 9:12 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Established in 1915, the Canterbury WEA is a voluntary non-profit, community, adult education association. The WEA aims to provide education for personal growth and towards the establishment of a just and equitable society. Here in Christchurch, WEA strives to provide affordable courses of a high standard that encourage discussion and respond to ideas and events in the local community.

The upcoming land information release

The upcoming land information release

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 1:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Last night I attended a CanCERN meeting. The main speaker was CERA CEO Roger Sutton, who was there with three of his staff. The following are my gleanings from the meeting. The Package - a partial release The information soon to be released is not the whole package, as work is continuing on some parts of it. What will be provided is the status of land in the eastern suburbs.

Avonside Community Newsletter 21 June

Avonside Community Newsletter 21 June

Tuesday, 21 June 2011 9:38 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Leanne's latest newsletter is here. .

St Albans News – June 2011 issue now out

St Albans News – June 2011 issue now out

Tuesday, 21 June 2011 8:36 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The latest issue of the St Albans News is now out and 5000 copies are being distributed for free to households around St Albans.

Community Update 21 June 2011

Community Update 21 June 2011

Tuesday, 21 June 2011 7:05 a.m. by mtpleasentnews Popular

Holy Trinity Avonside - saving the west gable stained glass

Holy Trinity Avonside - saving the west gable stained glass

Monday, 20 June 2011 10:37 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

There is a possibility that the stained glass in the west gable can be saved, but it needs to be done urgently. There is more information on the Holy Trinity website here. .

Day 117 - all damaged homes need emergency repairs

Day 117 - all damaged homes need emergency repairs

Monday, 20 June 2011 12:55 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

The urgent social need in Christchurch today is for every home to get free emergency repairs to get people through a South Island winter, regardless of property title or insurance status.

This is a responsibility of government and a basic human right for everyone in Christchurch.

Up till now, EQR emergency repairs has been a way for this to be done.


Gerry Brownley and EQC management thinks it's OK for thousands of people to live ...

Gerry Brownlee on TV ONEs Q+A programme

Gerry Brownlee on TV ONE's Q+A programme

Sunday, 19 June 2011 9:07 p.m. by avonsidechch

I've just read the transcript of the interview between Paul Holmes and Gerry Brownlee on TV ONE's Q+A programme today. You can read it here, courtesy of TVNZ and rebuildchristchurch.co.nz (Note: the transcript is in a raw state). You can replay the interview here. There has been criticism that Gerry Brownlee talks a lot about nothing but there is a good deal of information in what he says.

Sue Wells - the Stockdale Paradox

Sue Wells - the Stockdale Paradox

Sunday, 19 June 2011 7:50 a.m. by avonsidechch

An interesting blog item on emotional survival in desperate times from Sue Wells (here).

Charge your phone using boiling water or an open fire

Charge your phone using boiling water or an open fire

Sunday, 19 June 2011 6:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Warning - gadget alert! Something a bit out of the ordinary for those still in a preparedness frame of mind - charging your cell phone, radio or torch via boiling water or other heat sources. It works with any device that charges via a USB connection. The Japanese charger is about to be released for sale. No idea what the exact price will be, but likely to be close to US$300. See the website

Blindingly Obvious 3

Blindingly Obvious 3

Saturday, 18 June 2011 12:20 a.m. by avonsidechch

It is unfortunate that Gerry Brownlee and John Key feel the need to withhold vital information: the areas to be removed and the criteria by which "go or stay" decisions are being made. Despite that, we all know there will be people who will have to go, and that has to include a number of households in this area. For those of us who have to go, finding a new location involves dealing with issues