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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 Popular

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.

Vultures circling?

Vultures circling?

Friday, 8 July 2011 12:24 p.m. by avonsidechch

Went to the letter box about 10 minutes ago and found a big plain white hand delivered envelope marked:
 

Holy Trinity Avonside - Community Lunch

Holy Trinity Avonside - Community Lunch

Friday, 8 July 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch

Holy Trinity Avonside are hosting a community lunch in Lychgate Close this Sunday (10th) between 11.00 and 2.00. The lunch is free (soup, savouries, and more) with some give-aways plus a chance to win petrol and cafe vouchers.

Quite apart from the community lunch, Holy Trinity is worth a visit because of its long standing connection with the development of Christchurch (check out some of the head stones), and being an "early settler" itself in the eastern ...

Day 135 - Scheme brings sisterly love to Christchurch

Day 135 - Scheme brings sisterly love to Christchurch

Friday, 8 July 2011 1:01 a.m. by addingtonaction



Elderly residents of uninsured quake-damaged homes in Christchurch are being given help from a new scheme which aims to buddy up suburbs.

Addington, just outside the Christchurch CBD, has been partnered up with South Dunedin through the Sister Suburb scheme, and the benefits of the relationship are already being seen.

"We've got a situation here where the social impacts of the quake are impacting on the lives of many working people," Mike Peters from volunteer group Addingt ...

State Insurance - Red  Zone update and timetable

State Insurance - Red Zone update and timetable

Thursday, 7 July 2011 11:05 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

State have put information on their website about the latest state of play in assessing their policy holders in the Residential Red Zone. Policy holders in the Orange Zone are being asked to wait until their land assessment is completed.

Priority is being given to those in the red zones, and no further green zone assessments will take place until they are finished. The following is from their website ():


Nicky in the City

Nicky in the City

Thursday, 7 July 2011 10:59 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Brendon Burns - property equity for those in the Red Zone

Brendon Burns - property equity for those in the Red Zone

Thursday, 7 July 2011 9:04 p.m. by avonsidechch

The following is an extract from Brendon's blog (here). "With Christchurch colleagues, I asked questions in Parliament yesterday on whether equity is preserved under the Government’s dual-option offer to Red Zone residents. We asked those questions because many of our constituents heard and took assurance from comments that their equity would be preserved. Now they are coming up against the

Cowlishaw Street - temporary water feature

Cowlishaw Street - temporary water feature

Thursday, 7 July 2011 12:19 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

After bubbling away for some time, the pipe taking high pressure water for fire fighting burst at the entrance to the staff carpark at AGHS. It has now been turned off.

Day 134 - make every home livable!

Day 134 - make every home livable!

Thursday, 7 July 2011 7:50 a.m. by addingtonaction

Many old timers who own their own homes are uninsured, through no fault of their own. They worked hard all their life, and bought a house, but now they are retired are unable to pay for insurance.

Christchurch has had a series of devastating earthquakes, damaging the majority of homes, leaving many elderly in trouble.

Working people who make up the big majority in suburbs like Addington, Aranui, Bromley, Hei Hei, Hillmorton, Phillipstown, Shirley are finding life inc ...

EQC and Facebook

EQC and Facebook

Wednesday, 6 July 2011 7:20 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Press today has an article headed: in response to EQC deciding not to continue with its Facebook or Trademe activities. The article gives quotes from a number of users who accuse EQC of not being able to cope with public comment on those sites, and retreating from public engagement. The article is

Probably the only good thing about both of those two sites was EQC being brave enough to give it a go in the latest types of electronic expression. Both were a ...

Important Updates (and a little fun)

Important Updates (and a little fun)

Wednesday, 6 July 2011 2:47 p.m. by newbrightonproject Popular

Kia ora, Hello Brighton folk,

Once again it has been a busy few weeks: CERA made their that will change the face of our community forever. How are you feeling about that? I hope there were no surprises. Our local MP Lianne Dalziel has produced a very informative update regarding how the reports were made and what the outcomes mean, which I've included below. That, along with Jane Thompson's (Dept of Building and Housing) summary from the New Brighton Community meeting held 21st June, ...

CanCERN - board appointments

CanCERN - board appointments

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 8:52 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

CanCERN - board appointments

CanCERN - board appointments

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 8:52 p.m. by avonsidechch

CanCERN held its first general meeting this evening. The main purpose of the meeting was to appoint members to the Board which will give CanCERN its strategic direction and oversight. The Board consists of five positions, four of which are elected, plus the Patron (Peter Beck, the Dean of Christchurch). There were four positions available: Chair, Vice-Chair and two members. Chair  Tom

Day 132 - Japanese language liaison

Day 132 - Japanese language liaison

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 4:15 p.m. by addingtonaction

Kenji Miyazawa is the latest recruit to Addington Action. Orginally from Japan, he has lived in NZ for 18 years and will be helping with publicity distribution and Japanese translation.

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).