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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.

Themes – ‘Mood Disorders’ – 25th February 2015

Themes – ‘Mood Disorders’ – 25th February 2015

Thursday, 19 February 2015 1:07 p.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

With Vito Nonumalo, Service Manager MHAPS Peer Support team Low mood is a natural part of people’s life experience, it is a part of being human and so we cannot expect to remain positive and motivated all of the time. Quite apart from everyday life however there are traumatic events that affect our mood, especially...

Comments on the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 1

Comments on the ICNZ Revised Fair Insurance Code - Part 1

Thursday, 19 February 2015 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

An initial reading of the Revised Code creates the impression of it being a reasonable document. If you were not familiar with what had happened with insurance claims post-earthquake a second glance would seem unnecessary. To not take a second look at the words used, but bask in the warmth and comfort promised by the publicity hype, would be a dangerous oversight. Dangerous because

Mt Pleasant News 18 Feb 2015

Mt Pleasant News 18 Feb 2015

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 1:27 p.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Want to Sponsor A Square Foot but don’t know how? If you would like join the campaign to rebuild Mt Pleasant’s Community Centre you can find out all the information […]

The Revised Fair Insurance Code

The Revised Fair Insurance Code

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

There has been a flurry of insurance related developments this month.

Packe St Park AGM

Packe St Park AGM

Sunday, 15 February 2015 12:30 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Location: 587 Barbadoes St Time: March 9 at 7pm Description: Learn about the development plan for the community gardens and how the community can help make it happen. Old friends, construction people, fund raisers and new members are especially welcome. Bring a …

Packe Street park at crossroads

Packe Street park at crossroads

Sunday, 15 February 2015 12:23 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The community gardens in Packe Street is looking for more volunteers, funds and a paid co-ordinator to prepare the gardens for the next generation. It’s time for a second team of willing workers to come on board at the 19-year-old …

WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN

WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN

Friday, 13 February 2015 9:29 a.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

Based on the world renowned work of Mary-Ellen Copeland, WRAP is a highly effective  5 x workshop programme for people who are somewhere on their recovery journey whether it’s from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or some other mental health issue. Your personal WRAP plan will help you to lock in the benefits you’ve gained from...

The Avonside Blog will be back in action soon

The Avonside Blog will be back in action soon

Thursday, 12 February 2015 6:10 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

There are a couple of items of unfinished business relating to insurance and Official Information Act requests to be addressed. As a result there will be a few postings over the next couple of weeks.

Estuary Fest 2015

Estuary Fest 2015

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 1:21 p.m. by MtPleasantCC

Estuary Fest 2015 Following on from the first awesome Estuary Fest event held in March 2014, a dedicate group of Estuary lovers are once again banding together to bring you […]

International World Cup French Cricket rules here!

International World Cup French Cricket rules here!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 9:39 a.m. by GapFiller

Salut! For your eeeeeze, we have a very handy video to share with you ze rules of French cricket.

Important message – Rebuilding Mt Pleasant Community Centre

Important message – Rebuilding Mt Pleasant Community Centre

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:24 a.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

  “Help our community build back it’s much loved community centre and let’s create a vibrant heart where people are what matter most.” 

First issue of St Albans News for 2015

First issue of St Albans News for 2015

Saturday, 31 January 2015 12:30 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Find out why SARA opposes the city council’s plan to “upgrade” part of Cranford St in the latest issue of St Albans News. And you’ll learn from longtime St Albans resident Garry Berryman that the northern section of Cranford St …

Find the Grandstandium around the city with two new series of events

Find the Grandstandium around the city with two new series of events

Friday, 30 January 2015 12:14 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

The Grandstandium facilitating education, engagement and critique of our changing city Our Grandstandium, a moveable 35-seat grandstand on a trailer, will be used for weekly events to check in on the progress of the city’s recovery. 

Find the Grandstandium around the city

Find the Grandstandium around the city

Friday, 30 January 2015 12:14 p.m. by GapFiller

The Grandstandium facilitating education, engagement and critique of our changing city Our Grandstandium, a moveable 35-seat grandstand on a trailer, will be used for weekly events to check in on the progress of the city’s recovery. Eyes on the City will be a regular Monday lunchtime event series where the grandstand is parked in view of […]

The Grandstandium focussing on the city’s recovery

The Grandstandium focussing on the city’s recovery

Friday, 30 January 2015 12:14 p.m. by GapFiller

The Grandstandium facilitating education, engagement and critique of our changing city SCHEDULE – Eyes on the City Week 1, Feb 2, 12-1pm: High Street, near intersection with Cashel, looking at The Crossing development by the Carter Group in light of the recent revelation of the extra-ordinary use of Ministerial powers to permit this development. Week […]

RecoveryWorks can work for you!

RecoveryWorks can work for you!

Thursday, 29 January 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...

Writers Workshops

Writers Workshops

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 9:31 a.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

Provided by Awareness consumer advocacy group. Anyone with personal experience of mental health or addiction challenges is welcome to come along to this free and friendly event. The  January Writers Workshop is: - Writing Haiku and Short Poems.   In this relaxed and friendly workshop, published poet and writing tutor Doc Drumheller will cover: - •...

Youths relying on counselling via text message

Youths relying on counselling via text message

Monday, 26 January 2015 2:38 p.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

ANNA PEARSON Last updated 05:00, January 19 2015 Young Kiwis receive counselling by text under their duvets at night, at movie theatres, in the classroom, on the school bus, and during family conflicts, research shows. A study has found text counselling helped young people balance their “contradictory needs” for autonomy and connection. Findings were based...

Gap Filler’s International French Cricket World Cup

Gap Filler’s International French Cricket World Cup

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 1:02 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Gap Filler will be hosting the inaugural International FRENCH Cricket World Cup this Summer at the Retro Sports Facility at The Commons. The IFCWC events will coincide with the ‘proper’ International Cricket World Cup Fanzone operating in Victoria Square. 

Stalls sought for new St Albans market

Stalls sought for new St Albans market

Saturday, 17 January 2015 2:41 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

St Albans is getting a new Saturday market, to be held in the car park of Beulah Church in Springfield Road starting on February 14, co-ordinator Paul Minter says. The first market will be held on February 14, starting at …

Wastewater repairs Innes Rd/Cranford St

Wastewater repairs Innes Rd/Cranford St

Saturday, 17 January 2015 2:32 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Traffic may get even more congested at peak periods in Cranford St and Innes Rd for one week, while wastewater repairs are carried out in the area from January 19. Wastewater repairs were carried out in the area in 2014 …

Mt Pleasant News 2014

Mt Pleasant News 2014

Friday, 16 January 2015 8:05 p.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Happy New Year to one and all The team at MPCC hopes your Christmas holidays have gone well and that you are all rested up to embrace whatever 2015 may […]

Pizza at The Commons

Pizza at The Commons

Friday, 16 January 2015 2:42 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

The earthen pizza oven at The Commons (one of our main projects) has been seeing regular use thanks to two young chefs. Local, Aliesha McGilligan has been running Fresh Press Pizza every Sunday from 12:30 – 3pm each week. Aliesha also works at Town Tonic in Addington and until recently, at Passengers and Co. Aliesha […]

Natural Environment Recovery Programme

Natural Environment Recovery Programme

Friday, 16 January 2015 10:52 a.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

You are invited to a series of sessions to update you on the Natural Environment Recovery Programme. You can come to as many of these as you like. Free entry, […]

An Accessible City – road changes

An Accessible City – road changes

Friday, 16 January 2015 9:53 a.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

First Central City transport projects nearly complete Preliminary work started on Monday 5 January 2015 to begin the conversion of a section of Tuam Street between Antigua Street and Riccarton […]

McCormacks Bay Restoration Working Bees

McCormacks Bay Restoration Working Bees

Friday, 16 January 2015 9:42 a.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Please find below for your diary the working bee dates for McCormacks Bay between January and June 2015. Would be fabulous if you can make it to some of these. […]

Queen’s Service Award for Gap Filler’s Coralie Winn!

Queen’s Service Award for Gap Filler’s Coralie Winn!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 2:36 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Congratulations to our Director and Co founder Coralie Winn, for being nominated for the Queen’s Service Medal. We think it’s well deserved and we’re pretty stoked it’s gone to such an amazing person. We’re practicing our curtseys! Read full article here

Xmas Closure

Xmas Closure

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 3:47 p.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

We’re closed for Xmas from midday on December 24th, re-opening on Monday January 5th at 9:00am. Enquiries to MHAPS  reception 03 365 9479 or reception@mhaps.org.nz We wish you all a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year Ian, Terry and Vanessa at the Learning Exchange