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LIDAR maps of Kaiapoi & Christchurch

LIDAR maps of Kaiapoi & Christchurch

Thursday, 21 July 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

For those who want to know more than enough about LIDAR, check out the USGS LIDAR website .

Day 147 - support for earthquake recovery work

Day 147 - support for earthquake recovery work

Thursday, 21 July 2011 2:25 a.m. by addingtonaction

The Spreydon Heathcote Community Board this week voted to give a grant of $1850 to support the earthquake recovery work of Addington Action.

The funds will be mainly used to help with two way communication with all residents in Addington to ensure their concerns and needs are dealt with quickly.

That's stuff like posters, a weekly news sheet for noticeboards, the Earthquake Recovery Resource Kit, and public meetings.

A Grand Visioning

A Grand Visioning

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 9:03 p.m. by newbrightonproject Popular

Kia ora, Hello New Brighton folk,

This year has brought about many changes for all of us, least of all your New Brighton Project. Many volunteers have lost their homes, jobs and sadly, their health. Our previous Chair person, Jenna Philpott worked tirelessly for New Brighton Project but, she recently handed in her resignation. Join me in a round of applause and gratitude for her dedication and wishing her well for her future.
Kia ora, ka pai Jenna; you'll be missed ...

The end of a beloved old building finally came today

The end of a beloved old building finally came today

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 8:41 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

At 4.42pm today the digger streched out his arm for one final time, and 20 seconds later it was all over …

Neighbourhood Support - crime statistics & other information

Neighbourhood Support - crime statistics & other information

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 8:20 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence about how much crime there is and where it is occuring. Neighbourhood Support have on their website a Weekly Crime Information page where you can find the latest information. Also available for download is a file with the latest week's worth of crime statistics. The file lists the date, time and street of burglaries of houses and businesses; thefts from

One Stop Shock

One Stop Shock

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 4:09 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

 

Day 146 - uninsured homes repair poster

Day 146 - uninsured homes repair poster

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 9:18 a.m. by addingtonaction Popular

And there is now a blue poster that offers free repairs to the uninsured homes of elderly residents. This poster will start going up on power poles all over Addington from Friday.

Repairs by volunteers start Saturday August 6 in Macaulay St Addington.


200 copies of this new poster were kindly photocopied by TEU.

CERAs  "My Housing Expo"

CERA's "My Housing Expo"

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 10:33 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

One of CERA's first responses to help people in the residential Red Zone is to run a two day expo at the end of the month. On Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st CERA's “My Housing Options Expo” will be on at the Addington Raceway. In Roger Sutton's words (media release is here) it will be: ... a kind of one-stop shop for residents affected by the land decisions.It will be an opportunity

Deconstruction of damaged Council-owned community facility

Deconstruction of damaged Council-owned community facility

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 4:37 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

CCC press release of 19 July 2011 at:  http://www.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/newsmedia/mediareleases/2011/201107191.aspx

Day 145 - Vege garden poster

Day 145 - Vege garden poster

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 2:48 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

There is a green poster to promote vege gardens and this poster will start going up on power poles all over Addington from tomorrow.

200 copies of this new poster were photocopied by TEU and advertise a scheme by Christchurch South Community Gardens to provide a small free vege garden to homes to grow a crop for Christmas. The intent is to encourage people to start turning empty land into food production.

Wastewater works - Avonside Drive near Bracken Street,  19 July to 19 August

Wastewater works - Avonside Drive near Bracken Street, 19 July to 19 August

Monday, 18 July 2011 9:11 p.m. by avonsidechch

The following is from the Stronger Christchurch - Infrastructure Rebuild website. It affects Avonside Drive between Bracken Street and Robson Avenue. 

Day 144 - a shared resource

Day 144 - a shared resource

Monday, 18 July 2011 4:21 p.m. by addingtonaction

The developed by Addington Action is to be freely shared by multiple residents groups as an organising tool for their street reps who help people in need due to the earthquakes.

The kit is frequently updated and added to, based on feedback from it's users.

A web site has been set up so that one person from each group can download the latest master copies for printing, binding and distribution. It is anticipated that all groups will contribute to the d ...

Te Puna Oraka – School Holiday Programme

Te Puna Oraka – School Holiday Programme

Monday, 18 July 2011 10:15 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Unbanked EQC cheques

Unbanked EQC cheques

Sunday, 17 July 2011 9:14 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

EQC has issued a news release encouraging those who have unpresented EQC cheques to bank them. As at the beginning of this month $1.9 m worth of claim cheques had not been banked. If claimants are holding on to a cheque because they disagree with the assessment that has been made EQC have said: “Some people are querying their assessment and they believe that by cashing the cheque they have

Late 80s Mercedes –  Swing Funk – Live in St Albans

Late 80s Mercedes – Swing Funk – Live in St Albans

Sunday, 17 July 2011 7:23 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

It’s Winter and we thought it was time to Bring Back the Fun!

Day 143 - D Scene intervew

Day 143 - D Scene intervew

Sunday, 17 July 2011 5:47 p.m. by addingtonaction

Yesterday was bit different. The morning was tied up with clearing out a double garage for storing building materials. Then the pet food arrived, and then an interview with a reporter, over hot soup.

Wilma popped in from D Scene, a newspaper published in Dunedin, to ask questions for an article she is writing about Sister Suburbs. The funniest part was getting some photos around Addington much to the amusement of neighbours.

Day 142 - pet food donation

Day 142 - pet food donation

Saturday, 16 July 2011 6:26 p.m. by addingtonaction

have sent a generous supply of donated bulk pet food. This will be used to supplement the existing food parcels provided by to hungry Addington Families.

Nice to be able to look after our furry little friends.

Information for AMI policy holders

Information for AMI policy holders

Saturday, 16 July 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

AMI have released an earthquake information update, setting out what is happening in each of the zones, along with more detailed information for those in the Red Zone.

The information is in PDF form, and can be downloaded from.

Day 141 - house repairs for uninsured elderly start Saturday August 6

Day 141 - house repairs for uninsured elderly start Saturday August 6

Friday, 15 July 2011 8:35 a.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Addington Action is a working committee made up of a resident from each street, workplace union delegates, church ministers and school principals. It meets monthly to co-ordinate activity and is evolving rapidly. Volunteers are co-ordinated by cell phone text messages.



Free house repairs for uninsured elderly start on Saturday August 6 at 9am in Macaulay St Addington. 2 houses will be fixed each week for 10 weeks, 1 day for each house. Contact Addington Action if you can help with ...

Some questions for insurance companies

Some questions for insurance companies

Friday, 15 July 2011 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch

As a residents' group we have tried to assess the issues we face with our respective insurance companies, and what might arise as we go through either the repair or rebuild process. Looking at the experiences of others, especially in Kaiapoi, it is clear that we cannot expect the process to be easy. To canvas the likely issues there has been an e-mail survey and an ongoing exchange of views.

CERA - recovery consultation using your computer

CERA - recovery consultation using your computer

Thursday, 14 July 2011 9:20 p.m. by avonsidechch

CERA is keen to have as many people as possible involved in the recovery consultation process. The meetings have been mentioned previously. Those who have difficulty getting around the city in the evenings, or getting time off on weekends, can use CERA's website to make a submission online, or download a form to fill out and post back to them. Online submissions can be made here, and the

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 Popular

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 .