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Divine Cafe Reflections on the Canterbury Earthquakes

Divine Cafe Reflections on the Canterbury Earthquakes

Thursday, 27 October 2011 11:10 p.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Divine Cafe Reflections – The Canterbury Quake 28 January 2011 – 3:02pm This reflection was written in Divine Cafe less than a month prior to the deadly Christchurch earthquake and collapse of the nearby CTV Building on 22 February 2011 where 115 people lost their lives. As you can see from the photo, it is [...]

Of bricks and daughters

Of bricks and daughters

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 9:52 p.m. by KrisV Popular

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately... it's pretty much expected when you're a student, I suppose. But it's not always scholarly thoughts that swirl around the brain, sometimes it's that awful, unanswerable question: "what if?"

It was my mother's 60th birthday on the weekend, a birthday she may not have seen had the fickle finger of fate been pointing in her direction on February 22 this year. Walking along Colombo Street that day, my mother and her colleague were both incredibly luc ...

Turkey Earthquake Impacts on Cantabrians

Turkey Earthquake Impacts on Cantabrians

Monday, 24 October 2011 11:30 a.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Following on from my article on post traumatic stress disorder a few days ago, I know that the news of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the city of Van, Eastern Turkey, is going to impact upon the survivors of the Christchurch Earthquake.

Powerful Earthquake Hits Eastern Turkey

Powerful Earthquake Hits Eastern Turkey

Monday, 24 October 2011 10:58 a.m. by DebDonnell Popular

A powerful 7.2 magnitude hit eastern Turkey at 11:42pm NZT, 23 October 2011. It was 5kms deep. More than 1,000 people are feared dead. My heart goes out to the people of the city of Van, eastern Turkey. After our 7.1 magnitude earthquake on 4 September 2010, followed by the deathly 6.3 magnitude on 22 [...]

JUMP START THE HEART – A VILLAGE IN THE RED ZONE

JUMP START THE HEART – A VILLAGE IN THE RED ZONE

Saturday, 22 October 2011 1:14 p.m. by GetLocal

From behind the chain link fence at the Bridge of Remembrance, I couldn’t tell  what was happening exactly on Cashel Street. That was all about to change. I suited up in a hardhat and high visibility vest, had my red zone pass in hand and gave my name at the check-in point on Oxford Terrace.

Hundreds flock back into city for fashion event

Hundreds flock back into city for fashion event

Thursday, 20 October 2011 4:29 p.m. by RecoverCanterbury Popular

More than 200 people are converging on Victoria Street tonight as local businesses join together to draw people back into central Christchurch.

Canterbury Quakes: A Mass Trauma Event

Canterbury Quakes: A Mass Trauma Event

Thursday, 20 October 2011 1:25 p.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Canterbury Quakes, Mass Trauma and PTSD

Canterbury Quakes, Mass Trauma and PTSD

Thursday, 20 October 2011 11:50 a.m. by DebDonnell Popular

Christchurch Quake: A Mass Trauma Event Do you have Post Trauma Stress Disorder from the Canterbury Quake? Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional; this article is based on research from mental health sources and my own personal experiences of Post Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the Canterbury Quakes. I first knowingly came into contact [...]

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.

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

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

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 ...

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 [...]

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 ...

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

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.

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!

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- ...

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 ...

Cooperative Sections

Cooperative Sections

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

Builder Idol

Builder Idol

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

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 ...

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. [...]

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

 

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

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 ...

On the telephone line

On the telephone line

Sunday, 11 September 2011 12:20 a.m. by thelittlepakeha Popular

I normally only work mornings, but this month I have an extra time commitment which has required me to shuffle my schedule around a bit. As a result, this Friday was my first full day in a while, and all of it spent on the phones taking incoming calls.

Rediscovering Christchurch - Lets Get it Done

Rediscovering Christchurch - 'Let's Get it Done'

Saturday, 10 September 2011 6:28 p.m. by rumpelsnorcack Popular

Christchurch Earthquake Book Includes Unique Story of the 1929 Murchison Earthquake

Christchurch Earthquake Book Includes Unique Story of the 1929 Murchison Earthquake

Saturday, 10 September 2011 6:33 a.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews Popular

The following is an extract from the life story of Robert Percy Hughes who lived in the Murchison area at the time of the 7.8 magnitude quake in 1929. The full account is contained in Magnitude 7.1 & 6.3.





Community songbook

Community songbook

Wednesday, 7 September 2011 11:18 p.m. by KrisV

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 bathe in the soun ...

STEP 2: DREAM. VISUALIZE. CREATE A GOAL

STEP 2: DREAM. VISUALIZE. CREATE A GOAL

Wednesday, 7 September 2011 11:04 p.m. by DebDonnell

Step 2: Dream. Visualise. Create A Goal For many disaster survivors, it’s not only the physical loss of property that they have to recover from; it is also the emotional and mental toll of the situation that impacts upon them. It is very easy to develop a victim mindset, especially when you no longer have [...]

LOVE CHRISTCHURCH FUNDRAISER

LOVE CHRISTCHURCH FUNDRAISER

Wednesday, 7 September 2011 11:53 a.m. by RecoverCanterbury Popular

WOODSMOKE, MUSIC & BREW

WOODSMOKE, MUSIC & BREW

Tuesday, 6 September 2011 10:54 a.m. by GetLocal

It was the pleasant smell of woodsmoke that hit me first. Then the steady hubbub of contented conversation. Dishes and silverware clanking, clinking. And ‘s co-owner Zak, welcoming guests with a friendly, ‘G’day.’

IAG and Hawkins Processes and Q&A: July 2011

IAG and Hawkins Processes and Q&A: July 2011

Monday, 5 September 2011 12:04 p.m. by CanCERN Popular

Cheaper sections for red zone residents

Cheaper sections for red zone residents

Monday, 5 September 2011 9:57 a.m. by Glenn Livingstone Popular

City Councillor Glenn Livingstone is calling upon the cabinet when it meets in Christchurch today to seize the opportunity to facilitate consortiums of red-zoned residents to buy bare land at rural prices.

Brickbats & Bouquets for the CCC

Brickbats & Bouquets for the CCC

Friday, 2 September 2011 9:19 p.m. by KrisV Popular

It's been a busy time for the council lately - for the elected councillors and their hard-working staff. Let's just say that some things are going, and being handled, better than others.

Back in July, Vbase was on the . The council however, had other ideas and kept the report out of the public eye for a few more weeks. Ostensibly this was to give councillors a chance to read the reports & make decisions and, as mere plebs, we can only guess as to the accuracy of this stated p ...

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

Friday, 2 September 2011 9:19 p.m. by KrisV Popular

It doesn't take long to tear down a house that stood for over 80 years... one man in a digger can get through a lot of destruction in just one day...

Getting all scientifical

Getting all scientifical

Friday, 2 September 2011 9:13 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... ...
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RETURNING CULTURE TO THE CHRISTCHURCH CBD

RETURNING CULTURE TO THE CHRISTCHURCH CBD

Thursday, 1 September 2011 10:44 a.m. by GetLocal

The photographs, artwork and video are hung and ready for the doors to open again to the public. The Canterbury Museum is set to reopen (at last!) on Friday, 2 September from 9am. It has been closed since the February earthquake.

New light weight Chim-Lite replacement chimneys to retain the character of our classic homes

New light weight Chim-Lite replacement chimneys to retain the character of our classic homes

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 9:40 p.m. by DJMJNEWTON Popular

I would like to inform people about our new product. A unique Chim-Lite replacement chimney that helps retain the aesthetic value of our classic houses has been developed in Christchurch by a group of Canterbury businesses.

Quakes Royal Commission Hearings Start 17 October

Quakes Royal Commission Hearings Start 17 October

Monday, 29 August 2011 5:01 p.m. by Robin_Major Popular

The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission will begin hearings on 17 October 2011 at St Teresa Church Hall on the corner of Riccarton Road and Puriri Street in Christchurch.

The New Adventure – Update 05 #EQC #CHCH - Home Completed

The New Adventure – Update 05 #EQC #CHCH - Home Completed

Sunday, 28 August 2011 1:55 p.m. by nickmackechnie Popular

Hi All,