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St Albans community feedback asked for by CRFU

St Albans community feedback asked for by CRFU

Friday, 12 August 2011 12:12 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Hi All

Aged Care Sector Inquiry

Aged Care Sector Inquiry

Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:51 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

 

Red Cross - Displaced Children Grant

Red Cross - Displaced Children Grant

Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:06 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

This new grant (announced today) is of $250 per child to assist school children who moved from both their home and their school in the period immediately after the 22 February 2011 earthquake. Grant applications close on the 9th of September.

Information about it can be found Full details are listed below.


Day 168 - building crew txt

Day 168 - building crew txt

Thursday, 11 August 2011 8:17 p.m. by addingtonaction

Quite a few more bods have put their hands up to help with the repairs since the recent news coverage.

Everyone's names are being added to a txt group mailing list. They will all get a cell phone txt message if work is on or off and where to meet. There is no need to reply.

Talking about the draft Central City Plan

Talking about the draft Central City Plan

Thursday, 11 August 2011 1:01 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Anyone interested in talking with council staff about the contents of the Plan can do so, as the CCC will be having a 2 week road show to bring the Plan to the people. From the council website (here): For two weeks from Tuesday 23 August to Saturday 3 September, a Central City Plan Roadshow will be heading out to our local communities, stopping at various venues throughout Christchurch. This

Central City Plan - FAQ

Central City Plan - FAQ

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 5:53 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The CCC's Central City Plan FAQ was updated today. The headings for the additional information are:

Brownlee under fire from Labour - Press headline

Brownlee under fire from Labour - Press headline

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 1:00 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

MEMORIAL RESERVE COVENANT CAMPAIGN

MEMORIAL RESERVE COVENANT CAMPAIGN

Tuesday, 9 August 2011 11:14 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Tena Koutou,

Images of landslides and rockfalls

Images of landslides and rockfalls

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

Perhaps of more interest to those outside Christchurch who can't do drive-pasts, is the American Geophysical Union (AGU) blog () which has a section dedicated to landslides including rockfalls ().

Featured there this month is a series of entries with images of rock falls and slips from the hill suburbs with a small amount of comentary. It starts. There are also a few images from the city centre.

Earthquake Royal Commission - first technical report

Earthquake Royal Commission - first technical report

Tuesday, 9 August 2011 8:13 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Avon river memorial - the Memorial Reserve Covenant Campaign

Avon river memorial - the Memorial Reserve Covenant Campaign

Tuesday, 9 August 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

A group has been formed to promote the creation of a Memorial Reserve Covenant which will protect the Residential Red Zone along and adjacent to the Avon from future commercial development. Information about the campaign, and a public meeting planned for the afternoon of Sunday the 14th of August, is here. .

MP Lianne Dalziel - Earthquake Information Update: No 19

MP Lianne Dalziel - Earthquake Information Update: No 19

Monday, 8 August 2011 9:35 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Lianne's latest Earthquake Information Update is available from the Labour website here. Topics covered are: Government Offer for Residential Red Zone a correction on calculating the value of improvements update on the land purchase options Timeframes for Assessing Orange Zones  Reassessing Green/Red Zones the importance of taking legal advice the government's contribution towards legal

Day 165 - Volunteers come to aid of Addington uninsured

Day 165 - Volunteers come to aid of Addington uninsured

Monday, 8 August 2011 2:27 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Reprinted from and Monday, August 8 2011.

Ofelia Chambers' uninsured earthquake-damaged Christchurch home is finally getting some attention.

At the weekend, community group Addington Action began repair work on uninsured homes in the area occupied by the elderly.

Mrs Chambers, 69, who is originally from Venezuela, lost her husband when his heart deteriorated after the September earthquake.

Her Macaulay St property, which she owns, was damaged in the February quak ...

Earthquake Update – Brendon Burns

Earthquake Update – Brendon Burns

Sunday, 7 August 2011 9:12 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

You are welcome to on-pass it – to join email: chchcentral@parliament.govt.nz

The Great St Albans Quiz Night is back!

The Great St Albans Quiz Night is back!

Sunday, 7 August 2011 9:05 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Friday 2nd September in the St Albans School Hall. Tickets on sale now at the school office 20 per table (with a maximum of 6 people per table.) This year, the ticket price includes supper and a wine tasting provided by Southern Boundary Wines of Waipara! There will be prizes for best team theme/costume, plus spot prizes and a cash bar. This will be our biggest fundraising event this year and is always a

Earthquake Update – Nicky Wagner

Earthquake Update – Nicky Wagner

Sunday, 7 August 2011 8:59 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Hello everyone

St Albans Residents Association Meeting.

St Albans Residents Association Meeting.

Sunday, 7 August 2011 8:52 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

August 9th @ 7.30pm. Abberley Park Hall.

Day 164 - It was freezing

Day 164 - It was freezing

Sunday, 7 August 2011 7:36 p.m. by addingtonaction

We must have been mad, but 3 of us from Addington Action went back today to finish off the fence on Macaulay St. There had been a cold Southerly blow over earlier in the day, and still a lot of biting chill in the air. But the job got done.

Must remember to get hold of some old swannies for loaning the volunteers on cold days.

EQC and depreciation on contents claims

EQC and depreciation on contents claims

Sunday, 7 August 2011 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The following experience is from today's Avonside Community Group newsletter. I live in Retreat Road and wanted to share my experience with EQC today over our February contents claim as a warning for others.We were sent the contents settlement detail with a value for each of the items and a total claim value (less than $20,000), however a depreciation value had been taken off all of the

Day 163 - 1st home repaired with pizza

Day 163 - 1st home repaired with pizza

Saturday, 6 August 2011 5:31 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

12 sturdy souls took part in the first day of uninsured house repairs. James Roberts came from Comcare along with 3 young lads (Alex, Callum and Tim) who helped out plus his dad Owen. Both James and Owen are trained builders.

Phil Nussbaumer (a local builder), Tony McDonald and John McNeil from Spreydon Baptist formed another team.

Local residents Ofelia and "Nine" helped clear up the section and Lynette Neill put on heaps of jam scones, and warmed up the pizzas donated b ...

Its tough in China

Its tough in China

Saturday, 6 August 2011 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch

Some of us in or next to the hill suburbs, and in the Residential Red Zone, will not be glad to be leaving our properties. A few will decide to ignore the requirement to move, and wait it out. The time will come when there is an ultimatum: move immediately or be forcibly removed. In China such situations are commonplace, and carried out with a lot less due process. The following article is

Insurance and Savings Ombudsman and Disputes

Insurance and Savings Ombudsman and Disputes

Friday, 5 August 2011 9:08 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The New Zealand Herald had an item in today's edition on insurance disputes and the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman (ISO). Written by Janine Starks, it briefly covers the role of the ISO and the way it can operate. Chances are we will soon see insurance companies modifying their own procedures to get early resolution of disputes, but recourse to the ISO is always a possibility. The article

Day 162 - 1st house repair 9am tomorrow

Day 162 - 1st house repair 9am tomorrow

Friday, 5 August 2011 12:45 p.m. by addingtonaction

Last minute preparations are being made for the repairs which start tomorrow.

If you want to help

The jobs are

Weather looks OK - should be fun!

Rebuilds - smaller houses

Rebuilds - smaller houses

Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:05 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Timber interiors and exteriors. There is a show home at Hornby, opposite McDonalds, however it is much bigger than 150sq m. Lockwood homes have a range of smaller homes that look okay on paper but need a walk through. The web site allows you to download some of the plans (look for the Initial series) but unfortunately it is locked so they can't be printed out. Not really user friendly; nice houses though.

Day 161 - building materials ordered

Day 161 - building materials ordered

Thursday, 4 August 2011 5:53 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today I got to spend $5,003.81 at Bunnings on building materials for repairing 20 uninsured homes of elderly Addington residents.

The stuff has been stockpiled in a loaned garage to make it quick and easy to get anything needed.

They gave us a very good discount, so thanks Penny and the trade department crew.

Got a bit of everything likely to be needed but will need to buy more once it becomes obvious what gets used up the most. The dosh came from Rotary Earthquake Fund ...

The Mairehau

The Mairehau

Wednesday, 3 August 2011 11:28 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Aug 2011

Geotechnical reports: transparency and accountability

Geotechnical reports: transparency and accountability

Wednesday, 3 August 2011 9:00 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Many in the Residential Red Zone will have a general understanding why their land has been put in that category, others won't be sure. Some living on the margins inside the Green Zones will not be confident about the decision to place them there. Quite a few in-betweeners may find their eventual classification a bit of a mystery. The only way to encourage understanding and confidence is to make publicly available the same detailed geotechnical information that was provided to the gov ...

The snow melts: Spring is around the corner!

The snow melts: Spring is around the corner!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011 8:47 p.m. by newbrightonproject Popular

Kia ora, Hello Brighton folk,

We often think of our Brighton as Christchurch's best kept secret, the jewel in the city's crown. I haven't always lived in Brighton, but I do remember it fondly from visits with my grandparents when I was a kid- ice creams on hot days with legs dangling over the sea wall... When I came back to Christchurch a few years ago there was no doubt that I was going to come and find my little place by the sea; the 'decider' was meeti ...

Day 160 - 25 gas heaters

Day 160 - 25 gas heaters

Wednesday, 3 August 2011 7:52 p.m. by addingtonaction

Two trailer loads of free gas heaters were picked up today to distribute to freezing homes. NZ Baptist churches has been providing gas heaters to organisations to distribute. A full gas bottle is included.

Addington Action was able to order 25 heaters just in time before they ran out. The heaters will be delivered by Friday.

Day 159 - Plains FM interview

Day 159 - Plains FM interview

Tuesday, 2 August 2011 8:18 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Today, Canterbury University journalism student Shelley Nahr recorded a radio interview with me for a programme next Monday morning at 7am on Plains FM.

The interview was about why the need to repair uninsured homes.
All good questions.

Cardboard Cathedral

Cardboard Cathedral

Tuesday, 2 August 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Not everyone is happy with the idea of spending $4m on a cardboard cathedral (surely more useful than a $2m plastic waka). They are entitled to their opinion however their priorities, while understandable, are not universal. I for one would happily stick with the chemical toilet for another month or three for a sung evensong on a winter's night. That would bring me more solace than a porcelain flushing loo. Each to their own, without trying to denigrate or rob t ...

Day 158 - to many referrers and not enough workers

Day 158 - to many referrers and not enough workers

Monday, 1 August 2011 8:43 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

The one useful thing I learned at the conference last Friday was that

Every group is referring people for assistance, and there ain't enough workers to do the assisting.

Addington Action has been forwarding the names of families so that they can be seen by a social worker to help them dig themselves out of what ever hole they have ended up in.

The queues are getting longer and the social workers are looking more stressed as the social crisis deepens in Christchurch ...

Timing of Orange zone decisions

Timing of Orange zone decisions

Monday, 1 August 2011 8:02 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Roger Sutton released a media update today covering the Housing Expo and other things.

Amongst the information in the media update was the following:

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day

Monday, 1 August 2011 4:45 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

A quake-safe house

A quake-safe house

Sunday, 31 July 2011 6:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Home insurance issues

Home insurance issues

Saturday, 30 July 2011 8:27 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The current New Zealand Listener (July 30 to August 5) has an interesting article on home insurance and what it describes as the "The home insurance crisis - what you must know". Not quite the reveal all the title suggests but a good read on some of the background to household insurance in New Zealand, issues for earthquake claimants, and the increases premiums everyone in New Zealand will

Community Update July 28 2011

Community Update July 28 2011

Saturday, 30 July 2011 2:28 a.m. by mtpleasentnews Popular

Families that Eat Together, Stay Healthy Together

Families that Eat Together, Stay Healthy Together

Saturday, 30 July 2011 12:42 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

.Research shows that eating family meals together helps kids to develop a lifetime of good eating habits

Day 155 - Social Sector NGO Conference

Day 155 - Social Sector NGO Conference

Friday, 29 July 2011 8:21 p.m. by addingtonaction

Spent the day in yet another conference in the forlorn hope that I might find some people to work with to help Addington residents. Just another talkfest. They are not bad people, just incapable of doing anything practical or having a sense of urgency.

That was the last conference for me for quite a while.

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

Friday, 29 July 2011 6:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

very accurately describes every person and family that has made the decision to live and work in Christchurch, despite past earthquakes, and with the uncertain prospect of more shakes in the future.

As it happens it is the title of a handbook developed for the San Francisco Bay Region. In recognition of the fact that settling in the San Francisco Bay Region involves exposure to the risk of earthquakes, the (USGS) along with a nu ...

Brendon Burns – Earthquake update

Brendon Burns – Earthquake update

Friday, 29 July 2011 12:39 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Botch or worse on temporary accommodation

English Park

English Park

Friday, 29 July 2011 12:31 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

the Christchurch City Council advising that the English Park car park will be repaired between 1st August and 5th September and that the field upgrade will continue with truck access via Sheppard Place and Trafalgar Street through to 25th September.

Day 154 - laminating is such fun

Day 154 - laminating is such fun

Thursday, 28 July 2011 8:39 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

For the last week, 800 A4 posters have been put through a home office laminator.

One by one in little pockets!

After 600 you get really fast at it. By 800 I reckon you deserve a unit standard, though coffee sounds a hell of a lot better.

AMI answers some insurance questions

AMI answers some insurance questions

Thursday, 28 July 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The post on the 15th of July was headed ().

The list of questions it contained was our submission to CanCERN when they called for insurance related questions to be put to AMI. AMI is the biggest insurer in Christchurch and has been working behind the scenes with CanCERN to identify and answer issues experienced or anticipated by claimants. 

CanCERN and AMI staff spent a number of hours working through the questions and recording the answers and responses. ...

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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