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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

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

Help! Are we losing our heritage?

Help! Are we losing our heritage?

Friday, 17 June 2011 9:56 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Those of you who walk around St Albans will have noticed that there seems to be many more gaps in the streetscape of our neighbourhoods. Where older houses and cottages once existed, there are rubblestrewn sites often with a fence and a builder’s name on it. The boom in medium density units is continuing at such a pace in St Albans (839 building permits for new residential units since 1991) that we

Day 114 - more EQC nonsense

Day 114 - more EQC nonsense

Friday, 17 June 2011 2:05 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

What the hell is this new nonsense from EQC about uninsured homes no longer being able to get emergency repairs from EQR!

EQC top management are clearly incompetent and callous, despite the fact that many individuals who work for EQC being kind hearted and wanting to help.

Up till now Addington Action and many other Christchurch community organisations since April have been contacting residents and arranging on their behalf for Emergency Repairs to be done on their or homes ...

Blindingly obvious - revisited

Blindingly obvious - revisited

Friday, 17 June 2011 12:25 a.m. by avonsidechch

The last blog looked at the two sides of the land issue: who goes, and where to. The decision on who goes has clearly been made, because the government is looking at a package for those affected, and such a package couldn't be calculated and negotiated without knowing specifics. To the extent that information is available, it seems the package concept does not skimp on the financial side. As

St Albans Pavilion and Pool Inc. 2011 AGM

St Albans Pavilion and Pool Inc. 2011 AGM

Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:03 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Tuesday 5th July, 7.30pm @ St Albans Tennis Club, Dover St

St Albans School Newsletter

St Albans School Newsletter

Thursday, 16 June 2011 8:38 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

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Local Schools and Early Learning Centres Update

Local Schools and Early Learning Centres Update

Thursday, 16 June 2011 6:48 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Heaton Intermediate School to Re-Open Monday 20th June

The Shock Doctrine and The EQ Response in Christchurch

The Shock Doctrine and The EQ Response in Christchurch

Thursday, 16 June 2011 3:05 p.m. by Actionforchcheast Popular

Naomi Klein's was first published in 2007 and has since gone on to become a No.1 best seller and made into a . The book explores how a seemingly unpopular strain of economic thought in the early 1970's has become the dominant force in shaping government's, business and the global economy of today.

So what has this got to do with the earthquakes in Christchurch?

Klein's extensive study leads us to understanding a great deal more about the U.S response to Hurricane Katrina in New ...

Blindingly obvious, and the not so obvious about the land

Blindingly obvious, and the not so obvious about the land

Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:20 p.m. by avonsidechch

Gerry Brownlee has said it is blindingly obvious which areas need to be abandoned. Despite that no one has been prepared to name areas and streets. Some say the insurance companies are the cause of the delay, others that Treasury is still playing with numbers. Neither of these can have any effect over the status of the land, or the people who live on it. What is patently unclear is why there are

Day 113 - Important public health information from DHB

Day 113 - Important public health information from DHB

Thursday, 16 June 2011 8:33 a.m. by addingtonaction Popular












It’s normal to feel distressed and for it to last days or weeks. It’s important to:

Christchurch Earthquake update

Christchurch Earthquake update

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:13 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Wednesday June 15 – 11.30am   – CCC

Day 112 - EQC assistance and liquification

Day 112 - EQC assistance and liquification

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 5:49 p.m. by addingtonaction


If you need any assistance with EQC you can call Megan Woods on 027 499 3419 who can work through Jim Anderton's office to see what they can do.
Or you can contact Jim's office directly on 365-6173 or 365-5459.






Dallington bridge and Swanns bridge

Dallington bridge and Swanns bridge

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 2:40 p.m. by avonsidechch

Dallington bridge is closed again. Swanns bridge has a weight restriction of 3500 kg.

The "blindingly obvious"

The "blindingly obvious"

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 2:07 p.m. by Actionforchcheast Popular


Monday 13 June may be a turning point in the 9 month (and counting!) saga. Questions raised way back in September 2010 and the issues reiterated at the in April 2011 still remain largely unanswered. Deadlines of getting heating to the most vunerable before winter , demolition progress criticised and days before the 5.7 and 6.3 shocks the media were only just beginning to recognise the that has been rippling through our community.

The "blindingly obvious"

The "blindingly obvious"

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 2:07 p.m. by Actionforchcheast


Community Update 15 June 2011

Community Update 15 June 2011

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 1:39 p.m. by mtpleasentnews Popular

Burwood Landfill has been set up to receive silt and all city transfer stations are now up and running.

Residents with silt on their properties, and who are able to clear the silt themselves, are asked to pile silt on the road outside their property in preparation for removal by Fulton Hogan and City Care contractors. Ple ...

New Zealand and the Safety Paradox

New Zealand and the Safety Paradox

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 1:30 p.m. by avonsidechch

The website demolitionnews.com, based in the UK, has an opinion piece about demolitions in Christchurch. It looks at the tension between working as quickly as possible to deconstruct or demolish unsafe structures, and protecting workers from hazards on the job - especially aftershocks. Pressure to save old buildings, or get buildings down quickly, will increase the hazard risk. As the

Earthquake Ideas from Avonside Drive

Earthquake Ideas from Avonside Drive

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

David Hayward, a resident of Avonside Drive, is an engineer, science writer, and one of the science correspondents for Radio New Zealand (Nine to Noon). David has done three pieces relevant to our world: suitable house foundations for properties adjacent to the Avon (That CERA rumour), cycle infrastructure in the city (Copenhagenizing Christchurch), and composting toilets post-earthquake.

Plunket is offering the Save the Children New Zealand ‘Journey of Hope’ programme to caregivers, parents, children and teenagers

Plunket is offering the Save the Children New Zealand ‘Journey of Hope’ programme to caregivers, parents, children and teenagers

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:57 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Plunket is offering the Save the Children New Zealand ‘Journey of Hope’ programme to caregivers, parents, children and teenagers in the Canterbury region following the Christchurch earthquakes.

Red Cross has confirmed two new grants

Red Cross has confirmed two new grants

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:24 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

News this week that the Red Cross has confirmed two new grants to help Christchurch residents is welcome. The first grant seeks to provide a heating subsidy to people over 65 who are living in damaged homes and the second, labelled a relocation grant, aims to help children who are commuting a significant distance because of earthquake damage to their homes.

Christchurch Earthquake Update – Port Hills rock falls, geotechnical

Christchurch Earthquake Update – Port Hills rock falls, geotechnical

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 11:43 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

5.30 pm, Tuesday 14 June 2011  CCC

Photographs - Holy Trinity - morning of the 14th.

Photographs - Holy Trinity - morning of the 14th.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 9:31 p.m. by avonsidechch

Holy Trinity has suffered further as a result of yesterday's two earthquakes. South-east corner North-east corner North South

Photographs - Silverdale Place and Keller Street - morning of the 14th.

Photographs - Silverdale Place and Keller Street - morning of the 14th.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 9:20 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

These morning photographs show the remanants of the smoke haze from last night's open fires. Click on a photograph to enlarge it. Silverdale Place Keller Street Keller Street

Photographs - Retreat Road - evening of the 13th and morning of the 14th.

Photographs - Retreat Road - evening of the 13th and morning of the 14th.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 9:14 p.m. by avonsidechch

Some of the morning photographs show the remanants of the smoke haze from last night's open fires. Click on a photograph to enlarge it. Retreat Road, evening of the 13th Retreat Road, evening of the 13th Retreat Road, morning of the 14th. Retreat Road, morning of the 14th - note the tide mark. Retreat Road, morning of the 14th.

Streets and Dallington Bridge

Streets and Dallington Bridge

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 9:21 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Dallington bridge is open for light traffic.  (NOTE: this has now changed - added 15 June) Retreat Road is still flooded and there is silt in Avonside Drive, Highbury Place, Lionel Street, and Silverdale Place. All are accessible but look for sinkholes as there are some under the silt. The burst water main has been shut off, somewhere upstream of here. Best to turn water off at the road in case

Day 111 -  Time to get cracking again!

Day 111 - Time to get cracking again!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 8:16 a.m. by addingtonaction

Addington Action volunteers had an emergency meeting at 9am today to work out what needed to be done after the two big quakes yesterday.

Actions.

Brief update

Brief update

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 8:12 a.m. by avonsidechch

As of 11.00pm last night our area is accessible from all areas except via the Dallington Bridge. There has been liquifaction in Caddesden lane, Patten Street end of Cowlishaw (quite a bit with a few peoperties a mess, also the water main is broken again with water pouring into the street and flooding bits of it) and a little bit of Patten Street. Retreat Road is a mess with water right across it

Day 110 - June 13 earthquake

Day 110 - June 13 earthquake

Monday, 13 June 2011 3:17 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today there were two big aftershocks in Christchurch causing a lot more damage.
Please look after yourselves and those around you. Stay warm!

Addington Action volunteers will meet tomorrow morning at 9am to make a plan.

Disaster Planning and Mental Health

Disaster Planning and Mental Health

Monday, 13 June 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch

That disasters cause mental health problems is obvious to most people, and understood and accepted by many. In every large scale disaster there will be those who are pushed beyond their ability to understand or cope with the events around them. Disaster planning acknowledges this, and includes some provision for providing support to those traumatised by the event. Some sufferers, however,

Monday night

Monday night

Sunday, 12 June 2011 8:50 p.m. by avonsidechch

Don't forget Monday night's meeting, starting 7.00pm sharp. I will post a summary on the blog either late Monday night or Tuesday morning. .

Day 109 - Earthquake Recovery Resource Kit

Day 109 - Earthquake Recovery Resource Kit

Saturday, 11 June 2011 8:32 a.m. by addingtonaction Popular

The Earthquake Recovery Resource Kit has been published by Addington Action for the use of the volunteers.

It collects a lot of information scattered all over the place into a simple loose leaf binder format a bit like a car repair manual. It is designed be be easily updated and printed.

Gerry Brownlee - what is happening to deal with the land problems

Gerry Brownlee - what is happening to deal with the land problems

Saturday, 11 June 2011 8:05 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

For those of you who don't get The Press, there is an article in today's edition by Gerry Brownlee about the state of the land. It doesn't give any hard facts, but explains what the government is trying to achieve (a big package that helps and protects homeowners), the issues that are being dealt with, and the complexity of the processes involved.  The article is available online at the Press

CCC Draft Annual Plan - now available

CCC Draft Annual Plan - now available

Saturday, 11 June 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Draft Annual Plan is now available. The Council media release is here. There is a summary of the plan at the top of this page here. The full plan and associated documents are available at the bottom of the same page. If you wish to make a written submission on the plan, or any part that is of interest, you have two weeks to do so. Your feedback can be made on paper (e.g. as a letter) or

Day 108 - Addington organisations meet

Day 108 - Addington organisations meet

Friday, 10 June 2011 8:26 a.m. by addingtonaction

There was a meeting today of a wide range of organisations concerned about the well being of Addington residents.

The meeting was organised by Manuka Cottage and held at Kingdom Resources.

Actions

Insurance company pitfalls

Insurance company pitfalls

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

Each week-day the four local Labour constituency MPs put out a joint earthquake bulletin of what they have been doing and the issues they are encountering. In yesterday's bulletin Clayton Cosgrove wrote at length about the insurance related problems being identified in his electorate. The following extract is from Clayton Cosgrove's contribution to yesterday's Christchurch Earthquake

Avonside Community Group Newsletter 9 June 2011

Avonside Community Group Newsletter 9 June 2011

Thursday, 9 June 2011 10:06 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Leanne Curtis has done another of her well received Avonside Community Group newsletters (each one always reaches the top seven most popular recent posts on the blog). This one was too complicated for the blog, so the attachments had been removed. Instead links to the original documents have been inserted, in green. You still get the same information. The newsletter breaks part way through

Day 107 - Sacred Heart School

Day 107 - Sacred Heart School

Thursday, 9 June 2011 7:02 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Sacred Heart School in Addington is now a member of Addington Action. Principal Trish Sleeman is the school's representative on the Addington Action committee.

Addington Action is able to provide assistance for the families of kids who attend the school.

Marvelous Matariki and Amazing Arbor Day

Marvelous Matariki and Amazing Arbor Day

Thursday, 9 June 2011 4:07 p.m. by newbrightonproject Popular



Kia ora, Hello Brighton Folk,
It's not often I start a newsletter talking about last weekend, but.... As usual there was plenty to celebrate living in this beautiful community of ours. This year is the United Nations International Year of the Forest and last weekend World Environment Day was celebrated worldwide. Matariki, the seven sisters, rose on Saturday morning marking the Maori New Year and combining well with the theme of forests, Arbor Day was also on Sunday. But we knew yo ...

More earthquake analysis

More earthquake analysis

Thursday, 9 June 2011 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Australian Earthquake Engineering Society web site has a follow-up report on observations of Christchurch, from Nawawi Chouw, Hong Hao and Helen Goldsworthy. The title of the report is Some observations of damage in the 22nd February Christchurch earthquake. It is a brief description of the range of damage that occurred as a result of the earthquake, and observations on why some of the

The Waimakariri Way

The Waimakariri Way

Thursday, 9 June 2011 6:05 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Waimakariri District Council have an earthquake recovery website called New Foundations. Someone, or some people, at the Council have done a great job in setting out what has to be done, what is being done, and provided two PDF documents containing a range of questions and answers. Most of the information is specific to Waimakariri, particularly Kaiapoi, Pines Beach and Kairaki, but makes

Red Cross - Winter Assistance Grant for under 5s

Red Cross - Winter Assistance Grant for under 5s

Wednesday, 8 June 2011 9:40 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

From the Red Cross website. The aim of this grant is to assist households which have children under 5 who are living in significantly damaged homes caused by either the September or February earthquake. The significant damage must include serious compromise to the insulation of their homes.This grant assists households with their electricity bills over the months of June, July, August and

Day 106 - AWUNZ welfare committee at Go Bus

Day 106 - AWUNZ welfare committee at Go Bus

Wednesday, 8 June 2011 6:55 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Workers at Go Bus are establishing a welfare committee to look after the families of the drivers and cleaners in response to the Christchurch earthquakes.

AWUNZ union delegates, Laurie Geddes and Vanessa Jackson are members of the Addington Action committee.

Resources are being supplied by Addington Action to this welfare committee.

This is working out really well.