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NZ Music Month at the Sound Garden

NZ Music Month at the Sound Garden

Monday, 4 May 2015 2:17 p.m. by GapFiller

The month of May heralded three family-friendly sonic events at the Sound Garden celebrating New Zealand Music Month. Pacific drums of the Avaiki Drummers rang out loud from the Sound Garden on the night of our first event, welcoming people across to the launch of New Zealand Music Month at the Central Library on Peterborough Street. The […]

Cashel Square

Cashel Square

Monday, 4 May 2015 6:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow Popular

Want to work with us? Operations Director needed

Want to work with us? Operations Director needed

Sunday, 3 May 2015 1:29 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Gap Filler is in need of an Operations Director. Are you a talented, passionate person looking for a challenge? Want to be part of creative urban regeneration projects and leading social change? If so, read on! 

New Gap Golf hole planned! Calling designers

New Gap Golf hole planned! Calling designers

Thursday, 30 April 2015 2:37 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Gap Golf is having a bit of a make-over. We’ve retired some old holes and plan to add some new ones. We also plan to make the course more cohesive in general. For our new hole, we’re looking for a talented, creative designer/landscape architect/student to help us design Gap Filler’s latest golf hole The Aalt Verkerk […]

Legal class action against Southern Response?

Legal class action against Southern Response?

Thursday, 30 April 2015 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Wednesday’s Press has an article Southern Response class action ‘no win, no fee’ here. The proposal, offered by law firm GCA lawyers, is for “disgruntled customers of a major earthquake claims-holder to join "no win, no fee"class action lawsuit.” Sounds too good to be true (and potentially is). Click on the link to continue. The following extract from the Press article is important and needs to

Insurance Ombudsman wants insurance legislation to cover non-disclosure of information

Insurance Ombudsman wants insurance legislation to cover non-disclosure of information

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 6:40 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Insurance Business New Zealand website is reporting that the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman Karen Stevens supports legislation to better protect customers relating to information they disclose to an insurer. The following are extracts from the article (the full article is ).

Community centre clean up

Community centre clean up

Monday, 27 April 2015 3:04 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Cathedral Square Friday Night Food Trucks to have a Winter home. Starting May 1!

Cathedral Square Friday Night Food Trucks to have a Winter home. Starting May 1!

Friday, 24 April 2015 4:19 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

The City Council’s highly successful Friday Night Food Trucks series in Cathedral Square is to have a new home for the Winter. 

Cathedral Square Friday Night Food Trucks have a Winter home

Cathedral Square Friday Night Food Trucks have a Winter home

Friday, 24 April 2015 4:19 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

The City Council’s highly successful Friday Night Food Trucks series in Cathedral Square has a new home for the Winter. The Commons will host up to fifteen food trucks on the first Friday of every month from 4 – 9pm. As well as food, there will be live music and games on the green for the kids. The first Winter Friday Night Food Trucks event […]

Does your Organisation Need Some IT support?

Does your Organisation Need Some IT support?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 2:30 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

Rosemary Neave is presently working pro bono updating the website for OVTRK. She has a small business doing Wordpress Websites and Social Media support for organisations. Here are some things she is offering to NGOs in Christchurch - these can be one to one sessions or workshops with several groups.  She has taken workshops like this for Community Waikato.  All she needs - a room with wifi and

A plan followed by consultation for the outstanding red zone Crown offers

A plan followed by consultation for the outstanding red zone Crown offers

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 9:20 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has decided that everyone can have a say on what level of pay-out should be provided to those in the Red Zones who have been ineligible so far (uninsured owners of land and property). It is hard to tell whether the Minister has suddenly been overcome by a desire to indulge in participatory decision making or it is a device to allow public participation

From the Lyttelton Pétanque Club to Albion Square.  A temporary project evolves into something more permanent

From the Lyttelton Pétanque Club to Albion Square. A temporary project evolves into something more permanent

Sunday, 19 April 2015 8:30 a.m. by GapFiller Popular

The Lyttelton Pétanque Club (or LPC) was a temporary project on the corner of London and Canterbury Streets, in Lyttelton, Christchurch’s port town. Created in July 2011 by a bunch of Lyttelton locals and a few folk from over the other side of the hill from Gap Filler, it took on a life of its […]

Mt Pleasant Kidsfirst is returning

Mt Pleasant Kidsfirst is returning

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 4:12 p.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Notice of Return

Help with making an Official Information Act (OIA) request

Help with making an Official Information Act (OIA) request

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 1:30 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The New Zealand Herald is helping to re-establish a website designed to make requesting official information as easy as possible. From the Herald’s website: The Herald is helping relaunch FYI.org.nz - a website which helps members of the public to make Official Information Act (OIA) requests. Rowan Crawford, a software developer, set up the FYI website after a 2009 Open Government event as the

When is it Stress,When is it Trauma,When is it…?

When is it Stress,When is it Trauma,When is it…?

Wednesday, 8 April 2015 9:44 a.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

Wednesday April 22nd: – Helen Colhoun, Psychologist, Anxiety Disorders Service,  Any event that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless is stressful. An overwhelming life experience can trigger this stress, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable. The Canterbury earthquakes are a good example. Post-traumatic stress can affect both those who personally experience...

Eclectic Boogaloo at the Dance-O-Mat

Eclectic Boogaloo at the Dance-O-Mat

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 2:58 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

corner Gloucester and Colombo Streets, next to the Isaac Theatre Royal Friday April 10th, starting 8pm. Live DJ’s, and Disco vibes by DJ Hobo and Hard Lee Bring you and your crew down to Gap Filler’s Dance-O-Mat, the coolest coin-operated dance floor in town, for Ecelectic Boogaloo: a sweet fusion of Christchurch streets and Chicago […]

What’s on!

What’s on!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 1:07 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Thursday, 2 April, 11am: West Papua Action Canterbury event Food Collective vendors on site. Good Friday 3 April: Public Holiday Food Collective vendors will not be operating. Sunday 5 April, 12.30pm: Fresh Press Pizza Friday 10 April, 12.30 – 2.00pm: Kids and Kiwi Bowls! Kids! Bring your grown-ups to town (or catch the bus by […]

Gap Golf – for a limited time only!

Gap Golf – for a limited time only!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 1:18 a.m. by GapFiller

4 holes left! We will be taking down two of the holes in a couple of months, leaving two holes at The Commons. FREE to play Putters and balls can be borrowed for a $10 deposit and scorecards (with maps) are available for a gold coin donation from the following: Monday – Friday: Gap Filler office at The Commons […]

April/May edition St Albans News available

April/May edition St Albans News available

Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:33 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Find out why the St Albans market, being held in the Beulah car park, closed down after a month (this does not bode well for replacing the market that used to run in English Park pre-quakes), how to get help …

Save Redcliffs School

Save Redcliffs School

Friday, 27 March 2015 4:54 p.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Redcliffs school submissions

Sound Garden Re-Launch

Sound Garden Re-Launch

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:09 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Make a commotion at the Sound Garden opening tomorrow (Thursday) from 5pm.  The instruments have been finely re-tuned and are ready to make some noise!   Pandemonium (amazing percussionists) and Rising Voices (youth slam poets) will be jamming together, then it’s over to you maestros.  See you 5pm Thursday! Thanks to all the hard work […]

Sound Garden is back with a bang!

Sound Garden is back with a bang!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:09 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

  Sound Garden is back!   Greening the Rubble and Gap Filler’s Sound Garden project has re-opened after a three-month hiatus. The garden, which features plantings, seating and musical instruments made from recycled materials and junk, was previously located on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Streets. It was relocated last November to make way […]

What’s on this week!

What’s on this week!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:07 a.m. by GapFiller Popular

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Major bus detour affects St Andrews Hill from 7pm Sunday

Major bus detour affects St Andrews Hill from 7pm Sunday

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:16 p.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Mt Pleasant’s 140 bus service will detour away from St Andrews Hill Rd while road works are carried out. 

CCC’s Long Term Plan

CCC’s Long Term Plan

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:07 p.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Have your say about the Long Term PlanHello, I would like to let you know that public consultation on the Council’s Long Term Plan 2015-25 has begun. I encourage you to […]

Desire for the Gap, building community after disaster in Christchurch

Desire for the Gap, building community after disaster in Christchurch

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:03 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

This article, written by our Chair, Dr Ryan Reynolds (who is also one of our co founders) was first published in “Once in a lifetime” and was recently published in Australia’s Axon Journal. 

Fair Insurance Code 2016– where to now?

Fair Insurance Code 2016– where to now?

Monday, 23 March 2015 6:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The revised Fair Insurance Code has yet to be ratified. It is to be considered at the ICNZ AGM some time this month and “there may be minor adjustments” to the Code. One wonders what “minor” might allow by way of changes.

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 3

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 3

Friday, 20 March 2015 7:18 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Insurance policies and the associated code of conduct cannot be seen in isolation from those who buy the policies, and the claims experiences they undergo. 

Coping with Social Anxiety on Public Transport

Coping with Social Anxiety on Public Transport

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 8:50 a.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

The fear of using the bus or train is one of the most often cited examples of social anxiety – and it’s no surprise.

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 2

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code – Part 2

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

In this post we will look at whether the Code is fair or transparent, and whether utmost good faith remains relevant to New Zealand insurance practices.

Mindfulness….to treat OCD………

Mindfulness….to treat OCD………

Monday, 16 March 2015 11:46 a.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

By Steve Volk|Wednesday, December 11, 2013, A ground-breaking therapy, relying on mindfulness meditation to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, suggests even adult brains have neuroplasticity. Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz got a phone call at 3 p.m., a script before 5 p.m. and the next afternoon he was there, sitting with Leonardo DiCaprio, exploring the intricacies of one...

Update on the great hops experiment

Update on the great hops experiment

Friday, 13 March 2015 12:04 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

The hops were planted back in October 2014 and the bines (that’s right, not vines) have now climbed to reach the top of the Arcades.  They are abundant with flowers at the moment, which will hopefully develop to hop cones.  They will be harvested late this Autumn by local brewers for turning into beer. It’s a bit […]

Gap Filler in Sydney!

Gap Filler in Sydney!

Friday, 13 March 2015 11:38 a.m. by GapFiller

Gap Filler co-founder and chair Ryan Reynolds spent a bit of time in New South Wales recently working with local governments, community organisations and others who are trying to get more creative community involvement in the making of their cities. Highlights included visits to Shell Harbour (just south of Wollongong) and Port Macquarie / Hastings. […]

Mt Pleasant Community Centre AGM

Mt Pleasant Community Centre AGM

Thursday, 12 March 2015 3:54 p.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

All welcome to celebrate the past year while we look forward to the one ahead. AGM 23Mar15

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code and its shortcomings – Part 1

Summarising the Revised Fair Insurance Code and its shortcomings – Part 1

Thursday, 12 March 2015 6:35 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Fair Insurance Code serves two purposes: operational and political. 

Fair Insurance Code Questions & Answers – Part 3

Fair Insurance Code Questions & Answers – Part 3

Monday, 9 March 2015 6:50 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

In the previous post, covering FAQ 7, it was stated that an underlying purpose of the Code was to pre-empt any external control on how insurers carried out their business. The point was also made that as far as interpreting insurance policies is concerned, insurers are very strong advocates of the Humpty Dumpty Position: "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it

PM support buoys coastal path backers

PM support buoys coastal path backers

Sunday, 8 March 2015 10:16 p.m. by CoastalPathway Popular

The Press 22 August 2014. Key excited about coastal pathway. 

Coastal Pathway will enhance city lifestyle

Coastal Pathway will enhance city lifestyle

Sunday, 8 March 2015 10:01 p.m. by CoastalPathway Popular

Wouldn’t it be fantastic eventually to have a green pathway into the city? 

Design approval at Beachville offers family area.

Design approval at Beachville offers family area.

Sunday, 8 March 2015 9:49 p.m. by CoastalPathway Popular

The Christchurch Coastal Pathway is a step closer after the final design for the Beachville Rd section was approved on 17th December 2014.

Mt Pleasant News 8 March 2015

Mt Pleasant News 8 March 2015

Sunday, 8 March 2015 11:39 a.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

News St Andrews Hill/Bridle Path road intersection change A report is going to the Hagley Ferrymead Community Board on the 18 March to outline how the confirmed decision to alter the […]

Updates for the start of 2015!

Updates for the start of 2015!

Saturday, 7 March 2015 12:03 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi Popular

It’s hard to believe that it’s already March!  

Fair Insurance Code Questions & Answers – Part 2

Fair Insurance Code Questions & Answers – Part 2

Saturday, 7 March 2015 8:20 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Why is ICNZ so keen on having a Fair Insurance Code, and prickly over criticism directed at the Code? 

March activities at MHAPS…

March activities at MHAPS…

Friday, 6 March 2015 2:43 p.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

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A helpful change to the insurance disputes process coming up?

A helpful change to the insurance disputes process coming up?

Friday, 6 March 2015 6:35 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Yesterday Paul Goldsmith, Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs, announced  the opening of consultations on changes to the maximum amount that could be taken to the insurance industry’s disputes resolution services (the full media release is below). The change proposed is an  “… increase to the cap on the compensation that dispute resolution schemes can award in relation to disputes about

Kaiapoi Red Zone photographic exhibition

Kaiapoi Red Zone photographic exhibition

Thursday, 5 March 2015 7:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The Kaiapoi Public Library is currently hosting an exhibition of Red Zone photographs by Cosmo Kentish-Barnes. Cosmo  spent a few months around Kaiapoi photographing earthquake damage. F

RecoveryWorks – April programme places available!

RecoveryWorks – April programme places available!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 11:45 a.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

RecoveryWorks is a change programme for people living in Canterbury, aged 18 or over and who experience moderate levels of anxiety. The programme includes 10 x four-hour workshops plus 4 individual coaching sessions and is highly effective in helping people towards recovery and a renewed sense of wellbeing. RecoveryWorks is free; however there are eligibility...

Fair Insurance Code FAQ – Part 1

Fair Insurance Code FAQ – Part 1

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 6:21 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is not part of the Revised Code, just an explanation of the Review process and some of the positions taken by ICNZ on particular issues.

International FRENCH Cricket World Cup Grande Finale

International FRENCH Cricket World Cup Grande Finale

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 4:26 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Sunday 8th March, 2015 11am-1pm It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for!  

Deadline for April/May  St Albans News

Deadline for April/May St Albans News

Monday, 2 March 2015 11:20 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Reminder: The next issue of St Albans News, April/May is being prepared at the moment for delivery in a few weeks’ time. If you have any articles, photographs (full colour or monochrome), news stories, feature articles to be considered for …

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 3

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 3

Monday, 2 March 2015 6:35 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

This post considers the final part of the Revised Code. 

ICNZ make a more detailed response.

ICNZ make a more detailed response.

Sunday, 1 March 2015 8:00 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Thursday’s blog covered the Insurance Council of New Zealand’s (ICNZ) response to an article on an insurance business website. The article featured the Avonside Blog’s commentary on the revised Fair Insurance Code. 

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 2

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 2

Saturday, 28 February 2015 6:28 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

As we get further into the Revised Code the number of new issues raised slows down. 

Themes – ‘Learning to be Happy’.

Themes – ‘Learning to be Happy’.

Friday, 27 February 2015 11:38 a.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

Where to from here for ICNZ?

Where to from here for ICNZ?

Friday, 27 February 2015 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

First, a minor correction regarding yesterday's post. The title, as originally posted, was almost what was intended, but not quite so my apologies for that. It was a bit of tongue in cheek and there was supposed to be a question mark at the end of the title – the omission was missed and I have now put one there. Even the Avonside blogger can get a little irritated and distracted when a lot of

Mt Pleasant News 26 February 2015

Mt Pleasant News 26 February 2015

Thursday, 26 February 2015 8:01 p.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Sponsor A Square Foot update A BIG thank you goes to all residents who have purchased Square Feet in our campaign to raise funto rebuild the new community centre. With just 118 […]

The Empire strikes back.

The Empire strikes back.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 6:20 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

A journalist for Insurance Business Online yesterday wrote an article entitled New code slammed by earthquake blogger (here). It is a concise and well organised look at how the Revised Code is being analysed on this blog. Shortly after the article was published Tim Grafton, Chief Executive of the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ), made the following comment: Surprised and disappointed that

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 1

Assessing the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 1

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 6:30 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Now we get to the nitty-gritty. If a paragraph by paragraph analysis isn't your thing come back next week, when we will be looking at the important stuff that was left out of the Revised Code. 

Canterbury Earthquakes – 4 years and counting….

Canterbury Earthquakes – 4 years and counting….

Monday, 23 February 2015 10:49 a.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

Sunday the 22nd was the 4 year anniversary of the devastating 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people in Christchurch and injured over 4,000 more. 

Comments on the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 3

Comments on the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 3

Monday, 23 February 2015 6:16 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Comments on the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 2

Comments on the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 2

Friday, 20 February 2015 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

The whole viability of the insurance industry depends upon utmost good faith which, according to ICNZ on their website here, means: An insurance policy is a contract of ‘utmost good faith’ between the insurer and the customer. The insurer is required to observe and honour the contract conditions. The customer is required to disclose to the insurer all material facts that could affect the risk.