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The “Flying Squad”- Post February 22 Christchurch Earthquake

The “Flying Squad”- Post February 22 Christchurch Earthquake

Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:37 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Prior to the earthquakes I was practising as a psychotherapist. Within the first couple of weeks after the devastating February 22 earthquake (2011) a tremendous initiative quickly sprung into operation. It was decided that the Christchurch population’s welfare should be …

One Week After The Book Launch

One Week After The Book Launch

Thursday, 13 December 2012 3:54 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

The Christchurch Fiasco: the Insurance Aftershock and its Implications for New Zealand and Beyond was presented to Dunmore Publishing a few months ago for printing prior to the year’s end. The book was launched last Friday evening at the New …

Red Zone Deadline

Red Zone Deadline

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 3:20 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

It is a real challenge to get across to those unaffected just how difficult life has become for some people in Christchurch. The most common response we hear from outsiders is “consider yourselves lucky, you’re safe and that don’t live …

Radio With Pictures

Radio With Pictures

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 10:40 a.m. by KrisV Popular

I spent most of last week thinking and talking about music, radio, music, documentaries, music, research and more music. With a little bit of 'life-after-devastation' thrown in for good measure. Many people I spoke to asked how the rebuild was going, and most were taken aback when I replied that, for the most part, we aren't up to the rebuilding bit yet - we're still in the demolition phase.

The ongoing effects of disaster don't usually filter through to overseas news outlets. People livi ...

Christchurch dining outlets are flat-out after two years of upheaval

Christchurch dining outlets are flat-out after two years of upheaval

Monday, 10 December 2012 10:30 a.m. by CanterburyUniversity

Christchurch dining outlets are flat-out after two years of upheaval, says UC marketing expert

15 years to 34%

15 years to 34%

Monday, 10 December 2012 9:29 a.m. by CoffeyProjectsChCh Featured Popular

The consultation document released by the MBIE on Friday recommends that all non-residential and multi-unit, multi-storey residential buildings be seismically assessed within five years of the changes taking effect, with the information as to whether a building is above or below the earthquake-prone building threshold to be made publicly available on a register.

Latest Recovery plan in Christchurch- yeah right!

Latest Recovery plan in Christchurch- yeah right!

Friday, 7 December 2012 7:33 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Locked out of undamaged factory for 655 days

Christchurch could potentially be an education magnet

Christchurch could potentially be an education magnet

Thursday, 6 December 2012 12:38 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

Christchurch could potentially be an education magnet, UC expert says

Cuddon makes links to rebuild

Cuddon makes links to rebuild

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 5:57 p.m. by MACRO

Kim Morresey working on active link parts for a universal column. Photo Scott Hammond. A Marlborough engineering firm is using new engineering designs to manufacture and fit pre-fabricated structural beams for the Christchurch rebuild. Cuddon Engineering chief executive Andy Rowe said the company had picked up the contract through attending the Marlborough Christchurch Rebuild Opportunities [...]

IAG December 2012 Rebuild and Repair Update

IAG December 2012 Rebuild and Repair Update

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 4:53 p.m. by IAGinsurance Recommended Popular

IAG has announced it will confirm with all earthquake customers whether their property is a rebuild or repair by 20 December 2012. This will include confirmation whether IAG or EQC will manage their claim.

UC engineering expert helping directly in Christchurch’s rebuild

UC engineering expert helping directly in Christchurch’s rebuild

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 10:36 a.m. by CanterburyUniversity

University of Canterbury’s civil and natural resources engineer Professor, Misko Cubrinovski, is helping in the Christchurch rebuild by working with the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) on repairing 2000 km of water mains and 2000 km of sub-mains.

EQC backs ‘arrogant’ engineer

EQC backs ‘arrogant’ engineer

Monday, 3 December 2012 9:17 p.m. by EQCTruths

Please visit http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/7962480/EQC-backs-arrogant-engineer to read the story about one of the most notorious people at EQC.  I will link to the story rather than post it directly because of copyright concerns.   The article does a masterful job of explaining the story, so I will not summarise it.  However, I will mention that the whole [...]

Please Send Me Your Stories

Please Send Me Your Stories

Monday, 3 December 2012 9:02 p.m. by EQCTruths

I have neglected this blog, but I promise to post more faithfully and regularly.  In the meantime, I am asking people to send me their stories about their travails with EQC.   I promise to edit your name and remove any identifying information.  The purpose of sharing stories is to remind people of the ordeal [...]

Christchurch Democracy Rally Speech notes

Christchurch Democracy Rally Speech notes

Monday, 3 December 2012 3:16 p.m. by GlennLivingstone Popular

 

Win

Win

Monday, 3 December 2012 10:52 a.m. by TheConcert

So it’s our second to last day in NYC and it is looking like things have finally fallen into place.

Cycling, bouldering should be incorporated into the Christchurch rebuild says UC expert

Cycling, bouldering should be incorporated into the Christchurch rebuild says UC expert

Monday, 3 December 2012 9:25 a.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

Physical activity in the rebuild of Christchurch may be even more important than has been previously realised, a University of Canterbury (UC) sports science expert said today. 

Womens earthquake experiences to be launched on UC CEISMIC digital archive

Women's earthquake experiences to be launched on UC CEISMIC digital archive

Sunday, 2 December 2012 12:12 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Featured Popular

Emotional accounts of women's experiences of the Canterbury earthquakes will tomorrow be released online through the University of Canterbury's CEISMIC digital archive.

What does cooperation look like?

What does cooperation look like?

Saturday, 1 December 2012 6:23 a.m. by TheConcert

When various goals, plans, and actions align, cooperation is likely. At last, cooperation looks likely.

Breakfast with Coffey – An introduction to NEC3

Breakfast with Coffey – An introduction to NEC3

Thursday, 29 November 2012 2:39 p.m. by CoffeyProjectsChCh Popular

 

Want home repair quotes? Try www.needatradesman.co.nz

Want home repair quotes? Try www.needatradesman.co.nz

Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:50 a.m. by needatradesman Featured Popular

Simply fill in the '' selecting your area and trade you require, then provide a brief and accurate description of the work that you would like carried out and click 'send'.

Christchurch city transport plan includes inconsistencies and misses opportunities

Christchurch city transport plan includes inconsistencies and misses opportunities

Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:29 a.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

November 29, 2012

Christchurch – A City Surviving on Response Volunteers

Christchurch – A City Surviving on Response Volunteers

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 9:37 a.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Points on maps, and points about each map

Points on maps, and points about each map

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 1:26 p.m. by TheConcert

It’s an interesting thing, discussing regions and sizes in a place you find wholly unfamiliar. The last few days our efforts and discussions have centred largely around mapping, accessibility of information, and the delicate balance between detail and ease of understanding.

To do or not to do...

To do or not to do...

Monday, 26 November 2012 9:45 p.m. by KrisV Popular

Times Square!

Times Square!

Monday, 26 November 2012 5:53 p.m. by TheConcert

It’s Sunday night here in NY so we thought we’d head to a near by bar to watch some Sunday Night Football (Green Bay Packers vs New York Giants for those interested, Giants smashed them 38-10). Went for a quick walk into Times Square and took this panorama – look closely to see what takes up one of the main billboards…

Tenants Protection Association moved to Tuam Street

Tenants Protection Association moved to Tuam Street

Monday, 26 November 2012 4:24 p.m. by tenantspa Popular

Tenants Protection Association (ChCh) Inc, have moved to Christchurch Community House at 113 Tuam Street.  Please feel free to drop in and see us. 

Running for the East

Running for the East

Monday, 26 November 2012 12:24 a.m. by GlennLivingstone

I’m in the midst of training for the Coast to Coast endurance event in February next year. And training in the most enchanted ward in the city, Burwood/Pegasus,

A snapshot of what we’ve been doing

A snapshot of what we’ve been doing

Sunday, 25 November 2012 10:15 a.m. by TheConcert

I just realised none of our updates have properly explained what we’re spending our days doing over here. As we’ve mentioned, one of the barriers to an efficient clean up following the hurricane has been a lack of communication and coordination between the countless organisations which are volunteering to help with the clean up. This was noticed a couple of weeks ago and we were asked to come over here in the hope that we can find a solution… I

Movember 2012 Update

Movember 2012 Update

Saturday, 24 November 2012 10:05 p.m. by CoffeyProjectsChCh Popular

The Coffey team are looking pretty good, the Moustaches are improving their collective productivity, awesomeness and masculinity.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, 23 November 2012 12:26 p.m. by TheConcert

Yep, it’s that holiday that we all hear about in NZ but never really understand. To be honest I still don’t really understand it but I can tell you one thing, the food is epic! Turkey left right and centre, pies (of the dessert kind, not steak & cheese) galore, and people who are thankful for what they have (no matter how little it is, especially in current circumstances). A pretty cool occasion on all accounts.

Dancers highlight the need for an accessible city

Dancers highlight the need for an accessible city

Thursday, 22 November 2012 1:57 p.m. by AccessibleCHCH Recommended Popular

The emotive and persuasive power of dance will be used to draw attention to the need for a truly accessible Christchurch.

How technology makes disaster response fast (this one is shorter – Day 5)

How technology makes disaster response fast (this one is shorter – Day 5)

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:39 a.m. by TheConcert

The thing about disasters is that people want to help. In a city of 25 million people (or thereabouts), that’s a lot of help. Some of this help is from people who own businesses – big ones.

Exit Show

Exit Show

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 8:02 p.m. by FutureChChDesign

[THESIS 2012] For a preview of the thesis student’s final exhibition, titled the Exit Show, check out Biran’s slick youtube video! VIEW VIDEO

A snapshot of where we’re at, rather than what we’re doing (Day 4)

A snapshot of where we’re at, rather than what we’re doing (Day 4)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 8:38 a.m. by TheConcert

Well it’s been a busy couple of days. After one day on our feet meeting people, helping with random tasks that arose, figuring out who’s who and how things work on the ground, we were thrown right into the mix helping oversee the distribution of 25,000 heat packs and 90 boxes of Thermals. Always looks good when you’re briefing 100 people (in a fake US accent), and someone asks for your phone number so they can call if they have

Christchurch the accessible city

Christchurch the accessible city

Sunday, 18 November 2012 9:36 p.m. by CoffeyProjectsChCh Popular

Great to see the draft transport plan for Christchurch has been released 

CCDU- what are you doing???

CCDU- what are you doing???

Sunday, 18 November 2012 10:39 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Locked out of undamaged factory for 635 days 

Day 1 Ends (the first of what we think will be 3 endings to today)

Day 1 Ends (the first of what we think will be 3 endings to today)

Saturday, 17 November 2012 2:33 p.m. by TheConcert

Tiredness mixed with itchy woollen headwear leads to a great face and head rub. Makes for great thinking time! After a surprisingly great first sleep in our RV home, we have managed to achieve a lot in our first day at St Francis De Sales – the ‘base’ in the thick of it all.

Finding Diamonds in the Christchurch Earthquake Rubble

Finding Diamonds in the Christchurch Earthquake Rubble

Thursday, 15 November 2012 1:21 p.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Who would have thought we’d find diamonds in the Christchurch Earthquake Rubble?

VOLUNTEER ARMY FOUNDATION TO ASSIST IN HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY

VOLUNTEER ARMY FOUNDATION TO ASSIST IN HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY

Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:56 p.m. by TheConcert Popular

The Volunteer Army Foundation has been invited by Global DIRT (Disaster Immediate Response Team, globaldirt.org) to assist a clean-up operation in Belle Harbor, New York.

Reviews: Christchurch City Quake Book

Reviews: Christchurch City Quake Book

Monday, 12 November 2012 4:55 p.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Reviews about my new Christchurch city quake book, Café Reflections, have started to come in from readers.  It’s great to get feedback on a project that you have put your heart and soul into over the past eight years. So far, it has all been positive, though I do welcome respectfully given constructive feedback too. [...]

The Christchurch City Blueprint – Major Project economic considerations

The Christchurch City Blueprint – Major Project economic considerations

Monday, 12 November 2012 10:46 a.m. by CoffeyProjectsChCh Popular

The release of the Blueprint Masterplan in July was a huge boost to the city and people of Christchurch. 

Review: Bob Parker’s Book Ripped Apart: A City In Chaos

Review: Bob Parker’s Book Ripped Apart: A City In Chaos

Saturday, 10 November 2012 9:47 a.m. by DebDonnell Popular

The following review of Bob Parker’s Book, Ripped Apart: A City In Chaos, is based on a Red Zone Business Recovery Operation that involved the NZRT, the Mayor’s Office and Donnell Jewellers, including my parents, Richard and Ngaio Donnell. The Donnell Jewellers version of the story has also been included in my book, Cafe Reflections: [...]

Opportunity to create something special for Christchurch, says UC music researcher

Opportunity to create something special for Christchurch, says UC music researcher

Friday, 9 November 2012 11:04 a.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

The way is open for Christchurch to create something special for its music scene, a University of Canterbury (UC) researcher said today.

We are seeking volunteers for a study on the effects of the Canterbury earthquakes

We are seeking volunteers for a study on the effects of the Canterbury earthquakes

Thursday, 8 November 2012 2:07 p.m. by ChristchurchEQStudy Featured Popular

We are conducting a small research project to understand more about how people cope with very difficult experiences, such as the Christchurch earthquake sequence.

LUXCity – the Event

LUXCity – the Event

Thursday, 8 November 2012 1:04 p.m. by LuxCity Popular

LUXCity – Day 2 – Setup

LUXCity – Day 2 – Setup

Thursday, 8 November 2012 1:02 p.m. by LuxCity

 

LUXCity – Day 1 – setup + testing

LUXCity – Day 1 – setup + testing

Thursday, 8 November 2012 12:47 p.m. by LuxCity

 

LUXCity Sites – before

LUXCity Sites – before

Thursday, 8 November 2012 12:37 p.m. by LuxCity

UC researching Canterbury hospitals’ collective resilience following earthquakes

UC researching Canterbury hospitals’ collective resilience following earthquakes

Wednesday, 7 November 2012 10:13 a.m. by CanterburyUniversity

A University of Canterbury (UC) researcher is looking at all the hospitals in Canterbury to determine their collective resilience as a network during the earthquakes.

study finds liquefaction caused far more damage than the shaking

study finds liquefaction caused far more damage than the shaking

Tuesday, 6 November 2012 3:12 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

A year-long University of Canterbury (UC) students’ study has found liquefaction caused far more damage than ground movement in the Christchurch earthquakes.

Pita Pit Stop for Christchurch Earthquake Recovery

Pita Pit Stop for Christchurch Earthquake Recovery

Monday, 5 November 2012 6:05 p.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Christchurch CBD Pita Pit Reopens after Earthquake 

THE CONCERT SKINNY SLIDE SHOW, thanks to Nick Gee

THE CONCERT SKINNY SLIDE SHOW, thanks to Nick Gee

Sunday, 4 November 2012 3:23 p.m. by TheConcert Popular

Despite the cold weather, thousands swarmed to AMI Stadium to party at The Concert. 

Announcing…The Concert After Party!

Announcing…The Concert After Party!

Friday, 2 November 2012 4:30 p.m. by TheConcert

 

The IT Debacle

The IT Debacle

Thursday, 1 November 2012 9:39 p.m. by EQCTruths

Few things were as infuriating at EQC as the dreadful IT systems we used.  My contacts at several different departments reported entire days where dozens of people sat around doing nothing because the IT systems were inoperable and I witnessed the same on a couple of occasions.  Very often, people would spend a half hour [...]

The “Awaiting Policy Decision” Bureaucratic Black Hole

The “Awaiting Policy Decision” Bureaucratic Black Hole

Thursday, 1 November 2012 9:19 p.m. by EQCTruths

In George Orwell’s 1984, the tyrannical government of Oceania devised a slogan of “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength”!  Likewise, EQC has formulated what it euphemistically terms the “Awaiting Policy Decision” Queues.