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Quick Facts For Februarys 6.3 Earthquake

Quick Facts For Februarys 6.3 Earthquake

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 6:29 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

The earthquake was and struck at a depth of 5km, 10km south-east of Christchurch CBD. It was shallower and closer to Christchurch than the 7.1 magnitude quake on September 4, which was recorded at a depth of 33km, near Darfield.

Christchurch Death Toll From Earthquake Rises

Christchurch Death Toll From Earthquake Rises

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 5:33 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

This is the darkest time I can remember in my life here in this city. The latest news of the deaths state that Sixty-five people are confirmed dead and scores more are injured or missing after a powerful earthquake today destroyed Christchurch buildings and left entire suburbs "unliveable".

Rebuild News Edition 1

Rebuild News Edition 1

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 11:17 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

This will provide an update on progress restoring earthquake damaged Council services across Christchurch City. In this edition you can read a message from the Mayor and learn where to go for more information. To read Edition 1 click on the image on the right to read.

Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Bill & CERC

Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Bill & CERC

Monday, 21 February 2011 2:10 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Here is some interesting points about the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Bill that was passed right after the earthquake. This is the same bill that set up the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commission (CERC). Here is the main pointers to this. Purpose

Christchurch Earthquake Expo

Christchurch Earthquake Expo

Monday, 21 February 2011 8:39 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

CanCERN are in the process of organizing an Earthquake Expo for the residents to get the info they need at one place. This events planning in its early stages has the backing of Earthquake recovery minister Gerry Brownlee and the CCC and we hope lots of other agencies will support it and present information there. CanCERN which is one of the Earthquake support networks are preparing a proposal for a regional expo to provide information and support to residents. 

Positive Things To Come From The Earthquake

Positive Things To Come From The Earthquake

Sunday, 20 February 2011 12:55 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Here we are almost 6 months on from the 7.1 Earthquake on September 4th 2010. The recovery and rebuild in Christchurch has been very slow, with much of the community becoming restless with the lack of information. And then for many its getting slowly back to life as normal, except with the odd shake and a lot of traffic cordons and buildings being demolished around us. Through all this it is easy to dwell on these negative things. However I think its a good point to actually focus on some of the ...

Clear Lines Of Communication To Come From Todays Earthquake Recovery Meeting

Clear Lines Of Communication To Come From Todays Earthquake Recovery Meeting

Saturday, 19 February 2011 7:35 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Todays Earthquake Recovery Update meeting was a great step forward for open communication lines in regard to the Quake Recovery. There were reps from all the different organizations involved. There was some hard questions made and some answers given and it is hopefully the first step in the quest we have all had for a clear line of communication. We still don't know in which form this will be in but i will try and make sure that from this website much of this information gets through.

Earthquake Damaged Heritage Building Demolition Consent Process

Earthquake Damaged Heritage Building Demolition Consent Process

Friday, 18 February 2011 5:04 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Questions and Answers For The Government Earthquake Housing Support

Questions and Answers For The Government Earthquake Housing Support

Friday, 18 February 2011 9:42 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Some Great News – Accommodation Support For People in Temporary Housing

Some Great News – Accommodation Support For People in Temporary Housing

Friday, 18 February 2011 9:33 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

If you were forced out of your earthquake-damaged home you are set to get financial assistance and help finding accommodation from the Government.

Earthquake Recovery Groups to Discuss Progress

Earthquake Recovery Groups to Discuss Progress

Thursday, 17 February 2011 3:25 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Red Cross Support - to date

Red Cross Support - to date

Thursday, 17 February 2011 8:43 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

As noted in the Press today the Red Cross who had an appeal during the early parts of this crisis and in which I have also donated a sum of money to in order to help some of the people less fortunate than me, still have $10 million in their accounts to give in grants to the people of Canterbury.

Who Is EQR and What Are Fletchers Doing

Who Is EQR and What Are Fletchers Doing

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 9:41 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

EQR Earthquake Recovery Hub Locations

EQR Earthquake Recovery Hub Locations

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 9:20 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

EQR is setting up Hub offices in communities affected by the earthquake. We estimate that a dozen or more will be required to oversee the reconstruction and repair work in the three council areas of Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri. In addition to EQR project management personnel, Hubs house Community Liaison Officers to provide assistance to homeowners and provide a place for council officers, consultants and co ...

Living Streets NZ Making Use of Vacant Christchurch Lots

Living Streets NZ Making Use of Vacant Christchurch Lots

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:38 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Cracked, unsightly and derelict spaces in Christchurch aren’t uncommon following the September 4 earthquake last year. But a collaborative effort between a number of organizations has been putting a greener and more leisure focused spin on the destruction, turning lonesome city centre sites into public recreational green havens, even if it is only temporary. , together with , created the informal group Make-SHIFT, running under the umbrella of . Since December 19, the community-l ...

Sydenham Town Regeneration Begins

Sydenham Town Regeneration Begins

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 7:35 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Home and Business Lost Since The Earthquake

Home and Business Lost Since The Earthquake

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 8:59 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

While reading a few things this morning I stumbled across this article from the Press. Its a very sad story but on that is actually a reality for so many in Canterbury. From face value it seems Christchurch has done well 5 months after the Earthquake of September 4th. Yes there are some people out there in the community that are creaming it or doing well out of this disaster, but there are also many that aren't.

Christchurch’s Earthquake Homeless

Christchurch’s Earthquake Homeless

Sunday, 13 February 2011 4:48 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Today I saw this article in the and I thought that it would be good to share it here:

Repairing Your Property - How Much & Who Will Manage It

Repairing Your Property - How Much & Who Will Manage It

Saturday, 12 February 2011 3:00 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

You can on your own authority get emergency repairs done e.g. to secure a property or fix damaged services such as water and electricity. This has been extended to include reasonable permanent roof repairs (including replacement of tiles, rebedding and capping tiles, and refastening of iron sheets) up to a cost of $2,000. In these cases, you (the claimant) should forward the invoice or invoices for the work to EQC (P O Box 311, Wellington) along with your claim number if you know it, the name yo ...

Christchurch City Business Rebuild Update

Christchurch City Business Rebuild Update

Saturday, 12 February 2011 11:42 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Central city and suburban businesses have reported a sharp decline in trade since the quake, some by as much as 70 per cent. Some have slowly recovered, others have not.

Canterbury Infrastructure Rebuild Update

Canterbury Infrastructure Rebuild Update

Saturday, 12 February 2011 11:40 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

The Christchurch City Council has estimated quake damage to water, sewerage, stormwater, parks and sportsfields will cost $460 million to fix. Repairs are expected to be complete by mid-2013.

Canterbury Home Rebuild Update

Canterbury Home Rebuild Update

Saturday, 12 February 2011 11:39 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

The Earthquake Commission has received more than 177,000 claims from Canterbury homeowners since September 4. Most repairs will be straightforward and the commission's building contractor, Fletcher Building, has already "engaged" with 1000 homeowners.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee Meets Frustrated Cantabs

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee Meets Frustrated Cantabs

Friday, 11 February 2011 8:22 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Kaiapoi residents vented their frustrations about the earthquake recovery to the minister in charge of the project. Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee fielded questions from residents, frustrated at the perceived lack of progress in rebuilding the damaged town.

Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Starts Today

Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Starts Today

Friday, 11 February 2011 8:47 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Following onto the report on this  we can now say its finally starting. The $500 million rebuild of Christchurch's infrastructure was officially launched this morning. Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker took turns handling a jackhammer on Burwood's Kingsford St to signal the start of repairs to the city's water, sewerage and other damaged infrastructure.

Frustration Hits The Trade Sector As Rebuild Delays Continue

Frustration Hits The Trade Sector As Rebuild Delays Continue

Thursday, 10 February 2011 8:55 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Frustrated tradesmen are leaving for Australia for work because it is taking too long to get the massive rebuilding effort in Canterbury going after the earthquake. Billions of dollars will be poured into the rebuild required after the damaging 7.1-magnitude quake in September and subsequent aftershocks - and it is hoped it will provide a much-needed boost for the whole economy.

Cross Brothers Butchery Will Return To Sydenham

Cross Brothers Butchery Will Return To Sydenham

Thursday, 10 February 2011 10:00 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Last week I got an email from the new owner, James Bell of the Cross Brothers Butchery in Sydenham. This is what it said:

Lyttleton Port Damage A Big Task

Lyttleton Port Damage A Big Task

Thursday, 10 February 2011 8:19 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Rebuilding Lyttelton's port will be one of the most complex post-quake tasks, its chief executive says. Lyttelton Port of Christchurch boss Peter Davie said up to 20 staff were working on the rebuilding project. It could be the end of the year before the company had worked through a claim with insurer Vero. Various cost estimates had surfaced in the media – from $50 million to $200m – but Davie said it was too early to determine the final cost.

Christchurch infrastructure fixed By 2013

Christchurch infrastructure fixed By 2013

Thursday, 10 February 2011 8:08 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

A mammoth and expensive repair of Christchurch's damaged infrastructure is beginning, with officials aware there is no quick fix. Water, sewerage, stormwater, parks and sports fields – few services were spared from the Canterbury earthquake last September, and although progress has been made on repairs, the estimated $460 million fix will take years.

Sydenham Shops Suffering - Whats Next?

Sydenham Shops Suffering - Whats Next?

Tuesday, 8 February 2011 8:48 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

A sad but very real situation in Sydenham. This part of Christchurch in my opinion needs a totally new way of thinking and operating. I believe that this area would benefit from a total new look. Put in residential apartments and complexes.

Earthquake Rebuild To Create Up To 13000 Jobs

Earthquake Rebuild To Create Up To 13000 Jobs

Tuesday, 8 February 2011 8:21 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Canterbury's earthquake recovery is expected to create more than 13,000 jobs this year. A Canterbury Development Corporation study predicts jobs created by the residential rebuild will exceed the region's workforce by about 13,000 jobs.

The Facts On Liquefaction

The Facts On Liquefaction

Sunday, 6 February 2011 10:08 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Here is something interesting I have found on Liquefaction. During the 7.1 quake and on a smaller scale some of the aftershocks Christchurch experienced a lot of liquefaction which contributed to much of the residential damages we still see today. Many people seem to be searching this term and this document is a good explanation. Click the image below to download a copy of this as a pdf.

City Rebuild To Start Next Week

City Rebuild To Start Next Week

Friday, 4 February 2011 1:17 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Its finally starting. If only at this level at least its going to be good to see the start of things happening i and around the communities. The $500 million-plus job of mending Christchurch's quake-damaged infrastructure will begin next week.

January Earthquake Update From Brendon Burns

January Earthquake Update From Brendon Burns

Sunday, 30 January 2011 11:32 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Brendon Burns the local MP for Central Christchurch released this update on the earthquake on Jan 27th: This update is going to re-cap some of the issues from last year and to try and give you some insight into what happens next.  

CanCERN Canterbury

CanCERN Canterbury

Thursday, 27 January 2011 8:51 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

There is the appearance of a lack of overall Leadership in the Canterbury Earthquake recovery.

Canterbury Business Recovery Network - Update & Information

Canterbury Business Recovery Network - Update & Information

Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:30 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Dear folks, We have been making progress with the authorities, albeit too slowly for our liking. In discussions with various civic leaders - including Gerry Brownlee - it has come to our attention that these people in charge of the coordinated disaster response and recovery actually have no clue how much things are hurting.

4 SEPTEMBER EARTHQUAKE FACTSHEET

4 SEPTEMBER EARTHQUAKE FACTSHEET

Friday, 21 January 2011 10:40 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

These facts have been updated Dec 2010 and are available for general release from the Christchurch City Council •

Interesting Canterbury Earthquake Ground Shaking Facts

Interesting Canterbury Earthquake Ground Shaking Facts

Thursday, 20 January 2011 11:01 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

The epicentre of the quake was . It is the first aftershock of the Darfield (Canterbury) earthquake over magnitude 5 since . The strongest ground shaking today was measured at  (LINC), and this earthquake has crept in at number 5 in the list of its top 5 shakes for Lincoln:

6:03am January 20th 5.1 Aftershock

6:03am January 20th 5.1 Aftershock

Thursday, 20 January 2011 8:23 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

A 5.1 magnitude aftershock which struck near Christchurch this morning was one of largest since the September 4 quake, a seismologist says. The tremor struck at 6.01am, 10km south-west of Christchurch, at a depth of 10km, .

Winter Heating In Christchurch Is Becoming A Worrying Issue

Winter Heating In Christchurch Is Becoming A Worrying Issue

Thursday, 20 January 2011 7:44 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Winter is approaching us fast. And if it is anything to go by the Northern Hemisphere winter it might be a rather stormy one at that. But the thing on many Christchurch residents is the need for heating as many many chimneys have fallen from the earthquake and replacement heating is taking longer to organize than first thought.

Free counselling support available following earthquake

Free counselling support available following earthquake

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 9:33 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Christchurch Earthquake Damage Rebuild Will Be Set Back From Flooding

Christchurch Earthquake Damage Rebuild Will Be Set Back From Flooding

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 10:57 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Christchurch’s earthquake rebuild could be set back months or even years, as hundreds of South Island tradesman head across the Tasman for the big flood cleanup.

Help Manage The Stress Of This Disaster

Help Manage The Stress Of This Disaster

Friday, 14 January 2011 9:47 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Cantabs Are Turning To Arts And Culture

Cantabs Are Turning To Arts And Culture

Thursday, 13 January 2011 10:55 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

This is a really positive sign for the region. The press recently reported that people from around Christchurch have been going to the places named below in larger than usual numbers. It is great to see the community starting to get out and about. I believe its a good start for a community to get back to basics and start again fresh.

Ten Homes Uninhabitable – Many More Not Weatherproof After Boxing Days Shakes

Ten Homes Uninhabitable – Many More Not Weatherproof After Boxing Days Shakes

Friday, 31 December 2010 10:05 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Ten Canterbury homes have been left uninhabitable by the Boxing Day aftershocks, with another 37 not weatherproof. By yesterday, the Earthquake Commission had received 1552 claims for damage from Sunday's magnitude-4.9 aftershock.

Christchurch Businesses Hit Again After Boxing Day Earthquake – But They Want To Hit Back!

Christchurch Businesses Hit Again After Boxing Day Earthquake – But They Want To Hit Back!

Tuesday, 28 December 2010 1:47 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Central Christchurch can bounce back from the Boxing Day aftershocks, residents and businesses say. Sunday's aftershocks forced authorities to cordon badly affected streets and buildings in the central city, which was also disrupted after the September 4 earthquake.

And It’s Happening Again

And It’s Happening Again

Sunday, 26 December 2010 1:40 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Violent ground-shaking in central Christchurch during the Boxing Day earthquake exceeded that of the September 4 quake. GNS Science strong-motion sensors show peak ground movements – either from side to side or up and down – during Sunday's magnitude-4.9 quake at 10.30am reached 48 per cent of the acceleration of gravity at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Commission Announces New Financial Grants

Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Commission Announces New Financial Grants

Thursday, 16 December 2010 7:37 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

The New Zealand Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Commission has announced two new types of grants for people affected by the 4 September quake.

Claims from the Earthquake reach just under 160,000

Claims from the Earthquake reach just under 160,000

Thursday, 16 December 2010 3:52 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

The Earthquake Commission's final tally for Canterbury earthquake claims is 157,071, but claims continue to trickle in. People were given until Monday last week to lodge claims after the September 4 earthquake, and more than 20,000 claims were filed in the final week.

No signals of support from Government for Canterbury businsses

No signals of support from Government for Canterbury businsses

Tuesday, 14 December 2010 8:22 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

A piece from Brendon Burns our Local Christchurch Central MP Hi, I took the opportunity of a tax bill, passed under 12 hours of urgency at Parliament into last night, to ask again and again, why the Government will not provide any assistance to quake-affected Canterbury businesses.

No signals of support from Government for Canterbury businsses

No signals of support from Government for Canterbury businsses

Tuesday, 14 December 2010 8:21 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Christchurch City Earthquake Road Cordon Update

Christchurch City Earthquake Road Cordon Update

Friday, 10 December 2010 5:12 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

The Christchurch City Council continues to work with building owners in an effort to clear city streets of earthquake cordons Progress has been made this week in various areas of the city. There were 92 cordons in place at the start of December in the Central City and Sydenham. As of this week, five have been completely removed, 15 reduced in size and Madras and Lichfield Street have reopened to two-way traffic. There have been 239 buildings that have gone from red/yellow placards to the buildin ...

Christchurch City Free Parking

Christchurch City Free Parking

Thursday, 9 December 2010 12:25 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

The Christchurch City Council is increasing free parking in the central city in a move to attract shoppers into the area over the Christmas-New Year holiday period. The Council today voted to allow two hours’ free parking in its parking buildings and the Tuam Street car park from next Monday through to Sunday 30 January 2011. A free hour’s parking, on top of the time already purchased, will also be provided at central city on-street “pay and display” meters from Monday un ...

Police To Offer Support In Avonside

Police To Offer Support In Avonside

Thursday, 9 December 2010 10:02 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Police will step up their support for the quake-hit Avonside area over the coming weeks. Christchurch Central Area Commander Derek Erasmus says a booze bus will be in service from today  to provide a mobile community base for police liaison with Avonside residents.

A Nation Of Support And Grit

A Nation Of Support And Grit

Monday, 6 December 2010 8:34 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

As the year draws to a close, the charity fundraisers are pretty much over but I want to pay tribute to all those individuals and businesses who've responded so generously to the needs of many diverse causes throughout this year. Let's face it, these haven't been the easiest of times but I've been blown away by the generosity of Kiwis. Just to give a small sampling of the acts of kindness I know about, The Warehouse suppliers' dinner raised half a million dollars in a couple of hours for S ...

Earthquake Commission Stage 2 Geotechnical Report Details

Earthquake Commission Stage 2 Geotechnical Report Details

Wednesday, 1 December 2010 2:33 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) today released stage two of the Tonkin & Taylor land damage report, sending more than 22,000 information packs to affected households. The packs contained individual letters, fact sheets, question and answer documents and flowcharts explaining the detailed suburb-by-suburb engineering assessment and strategies for repairs.

The Press & TradeMe to Help Christchurch Businesses

The Press & TradeMe to Help Christchurch Businesses

Wednesday, 1 December 2010 8:07 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Cantabrians have just three more days to lodge a claim with the Earthquake Commission. The deadline for registering with the commission is Saturday.

Rebuild Not Likely Till Next February

Rebuild Not Likely Till Next February

Monday, 15 November 2010 8:34 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

Building companies say the rebuild of earthquake-shattered suburbs in Christchurch cannot start soon enough but it is unlikely work on new homes will start before February. Builders – particularly those in the new-build part of the sector – have been idle or have left for greener fields such as Australia.

A Little Bit Of Good Comes Out of All The Destruction

A Little Bit Of Good Comes Out of All The Destruction

Monday, 8 November 2010 10:09 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

A group of green-thumbed Cantabrians is ready to start turning Christchurch's post-earthquake demolition sites into pocket parks of native plants. The former Asko Design site in Victoria St is the first location for the project.

The Stress Of an Ongoing Natural Disaster!

The Stress Of an Ongoing Natural Disaster!

Thursday, 4 November 2010 10:55 a.m. by Swiggs Popular

There have been more than 2000 earthquakes since September 4. If you're not moving you feel everything above about 3.5. But it's only when it gets to about 4.5 that you wait to see if it's going to be another "big" one. At 5 or above, you get up (from the table, bed, your desk) and start moving towards the door frame/big table/desk as a precaution.