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Pass the lemonade

Pass the lemonade

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 6:28 p.m. by KrisV Popular

You know what they say: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Or in this case, when earthquakes close all the venues and break the recording studios, turn those streetside jam sessions into a full-length fundraising album recorded in harbourside homes and garden sheds. (yeah I know, not quite so catchy eh!) The seismically-inspired juggernaut that is the Harbour Union has been up and down the country over the last few weeks, with a tour that kicked off at The Aurora Centre here in C- ...

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 6:27 p.m. by KrisV Popular

We learn new things every day round here, and they're not always earthquake-related. I was on a quest the other day to understand a phobia I appear to have developed over the last 12 months... my instinctive, gut-level fear and mistrust of brick as a building material.

Builder Idol

Builder Idol

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 6:27 p.m. by KrisV Popular

Over this whole process, there have been many times we've had occasion to think, 'there but for the grace of <insert deity here> go I'...

In January, I wandered through a couple of open homes - inner city apartments  - that turned out to be poky, overpriced and lacking in natural light, but darn they were cute! They don't look quite so cute now... I've seen some pictures on the news and they don't look nearly so purty as they used to. Not nearly so intact eit ...

Community songbook

Community songbook

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 6:26 p.m. by KrisV Popular

Sunday marked one whole year since this seismic shittery began disrupting our lives. As it was a year ago, the day was warm and sunny... although the objects at ground level don't always look the same as they did then.

Once upon a time, this was a grandstand at Addington Raceway...

The raceway is across the carpark from the CBS Arena, where I was working that evening for "" - an Arts Festival event that took place on September 4th. A crowd of over 3000 gathered to bat ...

Getting all scientifical

Getting all scientifical

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 6:26 p.m. by KrisV Popular

I've been collecting a few interesting links lately, and it hardly seems fair to keep them all to myself. Today's collection is largely focused on the ground beneath our feet. Of course, it could just be me (& most other locals) with a fascination for geotechnical & other scientific information...

Christchurch has become a magnet for seismologists, geoscientists and other curious earthy science folk. I'm not sure we should let Kevin Furlong back into the country though ...

TR97 - Community Arts Theatre

TR97 - Community Arts Theatre

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 3:47 p.m. by TR97CAT Popular

Please check out our link for Town Reserve 97 - Community Arts Theatre.

State Insurance Question Supplement September 2011

State Insurance Question Supplement September 2011

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 1:00 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

Fundraiser for Canterbury Business Recover Trust Fund

Fundraiser for Canterbury Business Recover Trust Fund

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 11:02 a.m. by RecoverCanterbury Popular

Going the extra mile

Going the extra mile

Monday, 17 October 2011 12:46 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

Counting up and down

Counting up and down

Sunday, 16 October 2011 8:02 p.m. by KrisV Popular

For an Arts student, my life has been filled with a disproportionate amount of numbers lately. I think the only thing I haven't been counting is sheep...

In the last week I've given two presentations, one of which was filled with numbers... but I suppose, given it's a survey project, that's not exactly surprising.
Here's a graph I found in my collection, and used on the opening slide:
It's quite an early one, from September 9, 2010. Remember those days? When 395 seismic shakes seeme ...

Counting up and down

Counting up and down

Sunday, 16 October 2011 8:02 p.m. by KrisV Popular

For an Arts student, my life has been filled with a disproportionate amount of numbers lately. I think the only thing I haven't been counting is sheep...

In the last week I've given two presentations, one of which was filled with numbers... but I suppose, given it's a survey project, that's not exactly surprising.
Here's a graph I found in my collection, and used on the opening slide:
It's quite an early one, from September 9, 2010. Remember those days? When 395 seismic shakes seeme ...

REBUILDCHRISTCHURCH.CO.NZ to Expand

REBUILDCHRISTCHURCH.CO.NZ to Expand

Friday, 14 October 2011 12:00 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Red Zoners and being treated fairly

Red Zoners and being treated fairly

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 11:06 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

The Christchurch Swamp

The Christchurch Swamp

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 10:14 p.m. by DebDonnell Popular

How To Survive In The Christchurch Swamp Back in the “Old Days” (you know when they were… Pre the 7.1M Canterbury Earthquake)… I used to borrow a saying from Kermit the Frog when things felt like they were getting a little tough… “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” Well, a few weekends ago, I attended a [...]

WeCan - New EQ Community Action Group Launched!

WeCan - New EQ Community Action Group Launched!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 9:58 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

WeCan! – the Wider Earthquake Communities’ Action Network – has just been launched by the network of individuals and community groups that has been organising the series of red zone rallies.  The group is planning another rally in Wairoa Reserve in Bexley on Sunday at 2pm. Spokesman Rev Mike Coleman explained the objectives of the new group, “we aim to publicly highlight the injustices and issues affecting residents following the Canterbury earthquakes.  We ...

EQC levy to triple as Govt posts $18.4b deficit

EQC levy to triple as Govt posts $18.4b deficit

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 12:05 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

Red Zone Residents

Red Zone Residents

Friday, 7 October 2011 1:04 p.m. by homeloanhelp Popular

Dear Red Zone Resident.

REDUCE, REUSE, RETHREADS

REDUCE, REUSE, RETHREADS

Thursday, 6 October 2011 9:23 p.m. by GetLocal

Through an unassuming door on an unassuming street in central Christchurch, a Guerrilla movement is underway. A zero waste movement to revolutionise how people approach streetwear.

I dont like Mondays

I don't like Mondays

Wednesday, 5 October 2011 11:45 p.m. by KrisV Popular

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

Or so it seems round here these days... I'm still not used to being able to smell the water as I raise my glass - it's just not right! Our water used to be so nice once upon a time, a long, long time ago, in some fairy story called 'normal life'. Now it's tainted, treated with smelly but necessary chemicals, just in case.

And it was strange, yesterday, to read of the water restrictions that are to start this weekend. Strange, becaus ...

I dont like Mondays

I don't like Mondays

Wednesday, 5 October 2011 11:45 p.m. by KrisV Popular

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

Or so it seems round here these days... I'm still not used to being able to smell the water as I raise my glass - it's just not right! Our water used to be so nice once upon a time, a long, long time ago, in some fairy story called 'normal life'. Now it's tainted, treated with smelly but necessary chemicals, just in case.

And it was strange, yesterday, to read of the water restrictions that are to start this weekend. Strange, becaus ...

Work to secure Bridge of Remembrance begins

Work to secure Bridge of Remembrance begins

Monday, 3 October 2011 6:15 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Level 3 water restrictions start in Christchurch on 8 October

Level 3 water restrictions start in Christchurch on 8 October

Monday, 3 October 2011 11:51 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

Made In Christchurch - Supporting Your Business

Made In Christchurch - Supporting Your Business

Sunday, 2 October 2011 3:34 p.m. by madeinchristchurch Popular

was established to put businesses back in contact with their customers after the Feb 22nd Canterbury earthquake. With over 800 businesses registered at our site we will increase our efforts to support Christchurch businesses.

Latest Facts about Christchurchs Damaged Infrastructure

Latest Facts about Christchurch's Damaged Infrastructure

Friday, 30 September 2011 7:26 p.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews Popular

On the 28th September, Cera released a report about the extent of damage to Christchurch roads, water systems, power and buildings. This included mention of 600 kilometres of damaged roads and removal of 500,000 tons of silt. for more details.




University of Canterbury Community Open Day

University of Canterbury Community Open Day

Friday, 30 September 2011 6:56 p.m. by Unicanty Popular

Join UC staff and students on Saturday 1 October as the university throws open its doors and welcomes alumni, friends and the community onto campus.

Hornby Yr10 Students Rebuild Drawings

Hornby Yr10 Students Rebuild Drawings

Thursday, 29 September 2011 6:55 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Hornby Year 10 Students have shared their thoughts on the Christchurch Rebuild. 

Quake survey closing soon

Quake survey closing soon

Thursday, 29 September 2011 6:03 p.m. by KrisV Popular

Thanks to everyone who has taken the media & communications survey - over 370 people so far!

Central City Plan hearings begin on Monday

Central City Plan hearings begin on Monday

Thursday, 29 September 2011 2:15 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

Pass the lemonade

Pass the lemonade

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 9:37 p.m. by KrisV Popular

You know what they say: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Or in this case, when earthquakes close all the venues and break the recording studios, turn those streetside jam sessions into a full-length fundraising album recorded in harbourside homes and garden sheds. (yeah I know, not quite so catchy eh!) The seismically-inspired juggernaut that is the Harbour Union has been up and down the country over the last few weeks, with a tour that kicked off at The Aurora Centre here in C- ...

CERA Workshops for Christchurch red zone residents

CERA Workshops for Christchurch red zone residents

Monday, 26 September 2011 8:09 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

Steps Towards a Safer City

Steps Towards a Safer City

Monday, 26 September 2011 11:08 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

A HOUSE THAT DOESNT NEED INSURANCE

A HOUSE THAT DOESN'T NEED INSURANCE

Sunday, 25 September 2011 8:21 p.m. by letsgetonwithit Popular

Surely with all of our expertise on engineering and materials we can build a house that doesn't need insurance. It would need to be:

A WAY FORWARD - GREEN ZONE REBUILDS

A WAY FORWARD - GREEN ZONE REBUILDS

Sunday, 25 September 2011 8:02 p.m. by letsgetonwithit Popular

A WAY FORWARD

Chimney replacement done incorrectly could burn down your house

Chimney replacement done incorrectly could burn down your house

Thursday, 22 September 2011 9:37 p.m. by DJMJNEWTON Popular

Anyone who had a chimney damaged in the earthquakes need to check their chimneys have been safely replaced after any damage before they light their fires. I was quoting for a Chim-Lite replacement chimney to replace a chimney in Halswell. It was a cold night and the metal flue that had been inside the fallen brick chimney had been well waterproofed with silicone, lead and cement board. The person who did it was very well meaning and probably told the owner not to use the fire but other people us ...

Affordable Sections for Christchurch via Cooperative Development

Affordable Sections for Christchurch via Cooperative Development

Thursday, 22 September 2011 4:22 p.m. by gvbutcher Popular

 

Cooperative Sections

Cooperative Sections

Thursday, 22 September 2011 4:20 p.m. by gvbutcher Popular

 

Infrastructure rebuild reaches milestone

Infrastructure rebuild reaches milestone

Thursday, 22 September 2011 2:21 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

Earthquake condemned curtains recycled

Earthquake condemned curtains recycled

Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:37 p.m. by Jaimita_de_Jongh Popular

$100,000 worth of good quality curtains from an earthquake condemned retirement home have been salvaged by a Christchurch charity with volunteer help from a Christchurch business. The curtains will be distributed to low income households.

Staff from Christchurch business Arc Innovations took time out from making smart meters and donated their time to remove the curtains which will be distributed to needy families through local charity Community Energy Action Charitable Trust.< ...

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 10:34 p.m. by KrisV Popular

We learn new things every day round here, and they're not always earthquake-related. I was on a quest the other day to understand a phobia I appear to have developed over the last 12 months... my instinctive, gut-level fear and mistrust of brick as a building material.

While I was idly perusing the lists of phobias, I came across the word 'hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia' which, apparently, is the fear of long words. I kid you not - you can . I bet the person who coined that one is q ...

Help Christchurch Quake Survivors

Help Christchurch Quake Survivors

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 8:47 a.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Please Help Christchurch Quake Survivor Give Children Reason To Smile “There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those.” – Unknown The Christchurch Quake has impacted heavily upon the lives of everyone in Christchurch and outlying regions. For many survivors, we have been [...]

Construction now underway at interment site

Construction now underway at interment site

Monday, 19 September 2011 12:09 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Construction of the interment site for the unidentified victims of the 22 February earthquake began at Avonhead Cemetery today.

Leadership needed to rebuild Canterbury

Leadership needed to rebuild Canterbury

Monday, 19 September 2011 11:30 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Builder Idol

Builder Idol

Sunday, 18 September 2011 10:43 p.m. by KrisV Popular

Over this whole process, there have been many times we've had occasion to think, 'there but for the grace of <insert deity here> go I'...

In January, I wandered through a couple of open homes - inner city apartments  - that turned out to be poky, overpriced and lacking in natural light, but darn they were cute! They don't look quite so cute now... I've seen some pictures on the news and they don't look nearly so purty as they used to. Not nearly so intact either...
I haven't ...

Quake survey - media use & communication

Quake survey - media use & communication

Sunday, 18 September 2011 12:09 p.m. by KrisV Popular

There are many questions that need to be asked about how our lives have been disrupted over the last 12 months, and no doubt there will be plenty of academics & researchers (just like me) who want to analyse the answers. So what do I want to know? Or perhaps more importantly - what did you want to know?

This survey aims to find out how Canterbury people (aged 18+) have used/accessed the media and different methods of communication at various t ...

Christchurch Earthquakes Trigger Volcanoes

Christchurch Earthquakes Trigger Volcanoes

Sunday, 18 September 2011 11:37 a.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Ok, before I start a mass exodus, when I say that the Christchurch Earthquakes Trigger Volcanoes, I’m talking about emotional volcanoes. I know I’m not alone in having unexpected, explosive, volcanic-like reactions, sometimes to the smallest trigger. As I connect with people, or lurk on Facebook, I see comment after comment coming out where people [...]

Quake Brain Recovery Tips

Quake Brain Recovery Tips

Friday, 16 September 2011 3:38 p.m. by DebDonnell Popular

I don’t know about you, but Quake Brain is still something that is impacting on my life and the lives of others. I’ve suffered from it for over a year now. In particular, since February 22, I haven’t been thinking clearly. I have moved past the survival mode, but sometimes I wonder if the “flight not fight” decisions I have been making have been the right ones.

Since I returned to Christchurch after my latest escape, I’ve had many friends, f ...

Release of Cabinet papers on land damage decisions

Release of Cabinet papers on land damage decisions

Friday, 16 September 2011 9:58 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

Christchurch Earthquake Recovery: Overcoming Quake Brain

Christchurch Earthquake Recovery: Overcoming Quake Brain

Friday, 16 September 2011 9:01 a.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Is Quake Brain a symptom of the Christchurch Earthquake? The first Christchurch earthquake was over a year ago, and I don’t know about you, but Quake Brain is still something that is impacting on my life and the lives of others. I’ve suffered from it since the beginning, but it’s got worse after February 22. [...]

SURVEY CONFIRMS NEED FOR UNITED VISION AND LEADERSHIP

SURVEY CONFIRMS NEED FOR UNITED VISION AND LEADERSHIP

Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:25 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

CANTERBURY BUSINESS LEADERS GROUP UNITED IN RESPONSE TO CITY PLAN

CANTERBURY BUSINESS LEADERS GROUP UNITED IN RESPONSE TO CITY PLAN

Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:24 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

 

City Mission needs a Food Store Warehouse

City Mission needs a Food Store Warehouse

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 4:52 p.m. by RichTank Popular

 

Bridge of Remembrance will be saved

Bridge of Remembrance will be saved

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 3:57 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Affordable Log Home Building

Affordable Log Home Building

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 1:33 p.m. by Homelifedesigns Popular

Ever thought about building a house with Logs or big timbers. Not only are log homes friendly to the environment they are also a solid construction. Able to withstand the forces of nature and man made.

Rinse and repeat

Rinse and repeat

Monday, 12 September 2011 9:48 p.m. by KrisV Popular

It's been a bit like deja-vu all over again round here lately...

In a carbon copy of July's snowstorm, we were inundated once again with massive amounts of the white stuff. Just like July it arrived on the Sunday night and carpeted the city once more in a massive white duvet (that's a doona for you Aussies). There didn't seem to be quite so many snowfolk this time around, but there were plenty of people who put in the effort, with some impressive results.
Some great sno ...

Countdown Ferrymead to be rebuilt

Countdown Ferrymead to be rebuilt

Monday, 12 September 2011 6:25 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Countdown today announced that its Ferrymead supermarket, which was badly damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes, will be demolished and rebuilt*.

Countdown’s Managing Director Dave Chambers said Countdown Ferrymead was badly affected following the Christchurch earthquakes on February 22 and June 13.

“Our landlord at Countdown Ferrymead has advised us that its insurers are of the view that it will be more economical to rebuild the store than to repair ...

Business Recovery Information Forum

Business Recovery Information Forum

Monday, 12 September 2011 12:39 p.m. by Swiggs Popular