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Day 161 - building materials ordered

Day 161 - building materials ordered

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

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

.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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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

Brendon Burns – earthquake update 22 July

Brendon Burns – earthquake update 22 July

Sunday, 24 July 2011 12:49 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Six months on

Assessing your next home - Homestar

Assessing your next home - Homestar

Saturday, 23 July 2011 8:42 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Most in the Red Zones will be looking at buying another home, as will many Orange Zoners and those rebuilding in the Green Zones. Whether this home is a new or existing one there will be advantages in assessing various aspects of the property. Homestar is a joint venture partnership between BRANZ and the New Zealand Green Building Council. They have a free on-line system that is: "... a New

Day 149 - online office established

Day 149 - online office established

Saturday, 23 July 2011 1:54 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Addington Action has put many of it's resources and files on the web, to make it more accessible 24/7. About 1/3 of the committee members have access to the internet, so now they can go and get stuff themselves. Supporters can also get access.

Video Recording of the demolition of the Community Centre

Video Recording of the demolition of the Community Centre

Saturday, 23 July 2011 12:35 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

A local resident, davydscribe, made a video recording of the event, which can be viewed on Youtube.

The Press: Residents hope for centre’s replacement

The Press: Residents hope for centre’s replacement

Friday, 22 July 2011 9:26 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/5317936/Residents-hope-for-centres-replacement

Day 148 - Addington Action News  issue 1

Day 148 - Addington Action News issue 1

Friday, 22 July 2011 8:00 a.m. by addingtonaction

Today and every Friday, a one page news sheet will be published that can be put up on noticeboards in shops, workplaces, schools, churches, pubs, public libraries, sports clubs and community centres.

Welcome to Addington Action News!

It will focus each week on something important for residents to do. Volunteers will print it on buff coloured paper and take it around each Friday to put up.

There is also a and it can also be downloaded from here.

Download 116KB (PDF)< ...

CERA - Having a say on the Recovery Stratgey

CERA - Having a say on the Recovery Stratgey

Friday, 22 July 2011 7:35 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Everyone has until 5.00pm today to make their submission to CERA, on what CERA considers to be the key points for recovery: What is your vision for the recovery of greater Christchurch? What are the priorities for recovery in the next year? Two years? Five years? How can everyone work together towards recovery? There is time now only to do this via CERA's website here. I made an on-line

Share an idea – CCC

Share an idea – CCC

Thursday, 21 July 2011 10:26 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

106,000 ideas!

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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.