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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,

Living in interesting times

Living in interesting times

Sunday, 28 August 2011 10:18 a.m. by KrisV

Being an audio person in a visual world makes life interesting at times... For example, the easiest way to share the promotional trailer for my radio documentary on the interwebs was for it to become a video. Given that my visual editing skills are zero, it is fortunate that I could commission the talents of my digital-native teenage son to do all that image splicing stuff for me :) I must say, he coped very well with his demanding client...

In some aspects, the radio doco I've just compl ...

Living in interesting times

Living in interesting times

Saturday, 27 August 2011 10:04 p.m. by KrisV Popular

Entertaining Shakeytown -

Living in interesting times

Living in interesting times

Saturday, 27 August 2011 9:52 p.m. by KrisV

Being an audio person in a visual world makes life interesting at times... For example, the easiest way to share the promotional trailer for my radio documentary on the interwebs was for it to become a video. Given that my visual editing skills are zero, it is fortunate that I could commission the talents of my digital-native teenage son to do all that image splicing stuff for me :) I must say, he coped very well with his demanding client...

In some aspects, the radio doco I've just compl ...

Reduction in Christchurch Central Red Zone

Reduction in Christchurch Central Red Zone

Saturday, 27 August 2011 5:14 p.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews

On Saturday 27th August 2011, the cordon around Christchurch central was reduced slightly. This opened up the area surrounded by Oxford Terrace, Lichfield Street and Tuam Street. The Colombo Street end of the block remained closed. for details on the reaction of the public to the ongoing demolitions and reduction of the red zone.






National Party Welcoming Committee

National Party Welcoming Committee

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 9:29 a.m. by matthew Popular

Temporarily yours...

Temporarily yours...

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 11:02 p.m. by KrisV

There has been a temporary population explosion in Shakeytown this week - snowmen are the new garden gnomes! And way cooler too (in every sense of the word).

Here's some from round my neighbourhood...

Rinse and repeat

Rinse and repeat

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:54 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 ...

Steel industry: no need for building height restrictions in Christchurch

Steel industry: no need for building height restrictions in Christchurch

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 9:50 a.m. by hamisha Popular

The structural steel industry says new locally-developed building technology and deeper, stronger foundations will mean multi-storey buildings can be built in Christchurchto safely withstand major earthquakes.

Brickbats & Bouquets for the CCC

Brickbats & Bouquets for the CCC

Saturday, 13 August 2011 2:02 p.m. by KrisV

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 ...

Pay it forward?

Pay it forward?

Friday, 12 August 2011 3:54 p.m. by nickmackechnie Popular

Hi All,

The icing on the quake

The icing on the quake

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 5:40 p.m. by KrisV

Icing on the quake - it's the phrase du jour. First seen online early this morning and by lunchtime, it had spawned its own .

This snowfall is the most icing-like coating a city could have and, because the bulk of it fell overnight, when we woke up this morning it was like a big soft feather duvet had blanketed the world.

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

Saturday, 6 August 2011 8:52 a.m. by KrisV Popular

This is adapted from an article posted on Aug 4th, on the author's blog:

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

Thursday, 4 August 2011 9:29 p.m. by KrisV

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...

The New Adventure – Update 04 #EQC #CHCH

The New Adventure – Update 04 #EQC #CHCH

Thursday, 4 August 2011 9:48 a.m. by nickmackechnie Popular

Hi All,

Lets Get it Done Weekend

Lets Get it Done Weekend

Saturday, 30 July 2011 5:11 p.m. by Luverduck Popular

Temporarily yours...

Temporarily yours...

Thursday, 28 July 2011 8:58 p.m. by KrisV

There has been a temporary population explosion in Shakeytown this week - snowmen are the new garden gnomes! And way cooler too (in every sense of the word).

Here's some from round my neighbourhood...

Decisions, leadership & biz101

Decisions, leadership & biz101

Thursday, 28 July 2011 5:45 p.m. by KrisV

Nuthin much

Nuthin' much

Thursday, 28 July 2011 5:44 p.m. by KrisV

So apparently, today was day... not in a 'make a donation' kinda way but in a 'do something nice' for a Cantab person or business kinda way. It sounded like a lovely idea at the time, I'm sure... but did anything actually happen because of it? I saw nuthin' much different because of it although I did wear my aftersocks all day, with short trousers too so you could see them. Made a few people smile anyway :) Although that could have just been the sight of someone wearing ...

The Day of Disappointing Coffee

The Day of Disappointing Coffee

Thursday, 28 July 2011 5:43 p.m. by KrisV

I'm not going to write much about my recent break from Shakeytown 'cos that's not really what this blog is for... however there was one subject that I promised myself would not slide by without a decent rant.

You would think that Auckland, being the land of latte-lovers, would be an ideal place for a random coffee jaunt of a weekend, n'est pas? Think again. Allow me to elucidate on the Day of Disappointing Coffee (DoDC).

Now, you know by now that I'm an unashame ...

We interrupt this holiday...

We interrupt this holiday...

Thursday, 28 July 2011 5:42 p.m. by KrisV

When we read in the paper that AMI was going to be contacting all their Chch customers, we just knew that they would ring while we were on holiday. Sure enough, less than an hour after arriving in Auckland, we got a phone call. As we were right in the middle of doing all the paperwork for the campervan we're hiring (oh, how middle-aged is that!), we decided to call the insurance company back the next day.

Church domes renewed

Church domes renewed

Thursday, 28 July 2011 9:33 a.m. by SteveTaylor Popular

We have several domes taken down to keep them from further damage, what about putting them near the original sites and allowing people to go inside them. 

Charitable Gesture from The Smile Company

Charitable Gesture from The Smile Company

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 4:19 p.m. by TheSmileCompany Popular

ABC Feature EQNZ on Foreign Correspondant

ABC Feature EQNZ on Foreign Correspondant

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 12:56 p.m. by wdavie Popular

The icing on the quake

The icing on the quake

Monday, 25 July 2011 8:17 p.m. by KrisV

Icing on the quake - it's the phrase du jour. First seen online early this morning and by lunchtime, it had spawned its own .

This snowfall is the most icing-like coating a city could have and, because the bulk of it fell overnight, when we woke up this morning it was like a big soft feather duvet had blanketed the world.

Decisions, leadership & biz101

Decisions, leadership & biz101

Saturday, 23 July 2011 3:03 p.m. by KrisV

The Massive Bexley Garage Sale

The Massive Bexley Garage Sale

Saturday, 23 July 2011 2:49 p.m. by SteveTaylor Popular

 

Lets show the World We are so over it

Lets show the World We are so over it

Friday, 22 July 2011 11:48 a.m. by SteveTaylor Popular

The World is hearing every day how munted we are and the reports of earthquakes nearly every week does not help, so lets all get together and create a video like this in Hagley Park.

Want home repairs done quickly? Try Builderscrack

Want home repairs done quickly? Try Builderscrack

Thursday, 21 July 2011 8:46 p.m. by builderscrack Popular

MID-WEEK MARKET DAY ON CAMPUS

MID-WEEK MARKET DAY ON CAMPUS

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 4:30 p.m. by GetLocal

Peanuts and cupcakes. Vintage and new. Smells good, feels good, tastes good. It is all at the  at the University of Canterbury. A handful of retailers from the Arts Centre, the Christchurch CBD and High Street who lost access to their shops after the February earthquake have found a new home. Well, a new home once a week, mid-week at least!

The New Adventure – Update 03 #EQC #CHCH

The New Adventure – Update 03 #EQC #CHCH

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 4:14 p.m. by nickmackechnie Popular

Were all in the same leaky boat

We're all in the same leaky boat

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 2:33 a.m. by LoveRiverRoad Popular

Liquefaction under the house - Part 4, Removal Started!!

Liquefaction under the house - Part 4, Removal Started!!

Sunday, 17 July 2011 10:52 a.m. by benyoung Popular

I am writing this from my motel room which thankfully has a resaonable internet connection.What can i say - It has been a very interesting couple of weeks, which probably included no less that 50 phone calls to various people. But the good news is removal is now under way! Photos below.

Nuthin much

Nuthin' much

Friday, 15 July 2011 10:30 p.m. by KrisV

So apparently, today was day... not in a 'make a donation' kinda way but in a 'do something nice' for a Cantab person or business kinda way. It sounded like a lovely idea at the time, I'm sure... but did anything actually happen because of it? I saw nuthin' much different because of it although I did wear my aftersocks all day, with short trousers too so you could see them. Made a few people smile anyway :) Although that could have just been the sight of someone wearing ...

Packing

Packing

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 10:04 p.m. by KrisV

No... nothing as dire or dramatic as shifting. Well, not yet anyway. Tonight I'm packing a suitcase 'cos tomorrow me & my darling are off for a break. 10 days rest from Shakeytown and all its broken bits.

I never used to be this happy about leaving my hometown. Now that I think about it, that's a pretty sad development but one that is perhaps unavoidable - certainly understandable - given the circumstances.

Before I abandon this town (& this blog) all so briefl ...

Devil is in the detail

Devil is in the detail

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 10:03 p.m. by KrisV

As well as being instant geotech and seismic experts, many Shakeytown citizens are now also becoming all too familiar with the intricacies of insurance fine print. First it was the who found that business interruption insurance didn't cover. The insurance companies' argument was, it wasn't the earthquake that was preventing businesses from trading, it was the cordon - introduced by Civil Defense and now maintained by CERA - and wasn't covered under the policy.

Now there& ...

Becoming Empowered After a Disaster – Step One

Becoming Empowered After a Disaster – Step One

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 2:48 a.m. by DebDonnell

Step 1: Be a Class Act I know this is a really challenging step to start with. Your life is in ruins. Regardless of your disaster, whether it is natural, economic or illness, the last thing you feel you are capable of being is a Class Act. You are exhausted, scared, depressed and maybe even [...]

The Day of Disappointing Coffee

The Day of Disappointing Coffee

Monday, 11 July 2011 7:56 p.m. by KrisV

I'm not going to write much about my recent break from Shakeytown 'cos that's not really what this blog is for... however there was one subject that I promised myself would not slide by without a decent rant.

You would think that Auckland, being the land of latte-lovers, would be an ideal place for a random coffee jaunt of a weekend, n'est pas? Think again. Allow me to elucidate on the Day of Disappointing Coffee (DoDC).

Now, you know by now that I'm an unashame ...

Nicky Wagner - Earthquake Updates

Nicky Wagner - Earthquake Updates

Monday, 11 July 2011 1:54 p.m. by wdavie Popular

Here is a link to Nicky Wagners earthquake Updates to date.

Insurance Company Stalling Process

Insurance Company Stalling Process

Sunday, 10 July 2011 9:44 a.m. by letsgetonwithit Popular

Post Quake Business Success - Leap2it

Post Quake Business Success - Leap2it

Thursday, 7 July 2011 6:55 p.m. by wdavie Popular

 

Christchurch Earthquake – TSC NZ’s Darkest Day.

Christchurch Earthquake – TSC NZ’s Darkest Day.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011 7:22 p.m. by mrsgooding Popular

Linwood Park Temporary Village Open Homes

Linwood Park Temporary Village Open Homes

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 12:32 p.m. by JaneThompson Popular

There will be further open homes held at the temporary village at Linwood Park.  These will be held on Sunday 10 July 2011 and also Sunday 17 July 2011, 11am - 3pm

Reclamation is a win-win for the city and port

Reclamation is a win-win for the city and port

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 10:52 a.m. by LytteltonPort Popular

Website Updates 4 July 2011

Website Updates 4 July 2011

Monday, 4 July 2011 10:52 p.m. by benyoung Popular

We have just released a couple of new features to the site as well as a slightly different home page layout which we hope will give a little more visibilty to news posts that are nested within sections. I have made a quick summary of what has just been updated.

A City on a New Plate

A City on a New Plate

Monday, 4 July 2011 2:25 p.m. by Hardy Popular

There are thousands of anxious and worried people in and associated with the city of Christchurch and sadly many of them are moving away. If they could be given some assurance that the foundation on which the city would be built could be stabilised then my proposal may well put people's minds at rest. It won't stop crustal movement but their property will be sitting on a new man made plate, resting on top of nature’s fractured one. If there is movement in one place, it will be abso ...

We interrupt this holiday...

We interrupt this holiday...

Sunday, 3 July 2011 11:05 a.m. by KrisV

When we read in the paper that AMI was going to be contacting all their Chch customers, we just knew that they would ring while we were on holiday. Sure enough, less than an hour after arriving in Auckland, we got a phone call. As we were right in the middle of doing all the paperwork for the campervan we're hiring (oh, how middle-aged is that!), we decided to call the insurance company back the next day.

venice the red zone

venice the red zone

Sunday, 3 July 2011 9:41 a.m. by stilted2 Popular

Is The Government Land Package Too Generous?

Is The Government Land Package Too Generous?

Thursday, 30 June 2011 6:33 p.m. by user1 Popular

Liquefaction under the house - Part 3, Important information

Liquefaction under the house - Part 3, Important information

Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:44 a.m. by benyoung Popular

Right so it has been a while since the last update and not because i have been too busy but more still trying to work out what is going on. Read on for an update of where things are at and also an important message to everyone that has this issue.

Plates, Faultlines and Tectonics Explained In English

Plates, Faultlines and Tectonics Explained In English

Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:18 a.m. by user1 Popular

 

The New Adventure – Update 02 #EQC #CHCH #EQNZ

The New Adventure – Update 02 #EQC #CHCH #EQNZ

Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:15 a.m. by nickmackechnie Popular

Hi All,

Packing

Packing

Wednesday, 29 June 2011 10:37 p.m. by KrisV

No... nothing as dire or dramatic as shifting. Well, not yet anyway. Tonight I'm packing a suitcase 'cos tomorrow me & my darling are off for a break. 10 days rest from Shakeytown and all its broken bits.

I never used to be this happy about leaving my hometown. Now that I think about it, that's a pretty sad development but one that is perhaps unavoidable - certainly understandable - given the circumstances.

Before I abandon this town (& this blog) all so briefl ...