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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Barbecue at Avonside Girls High School - with photos

Arrow, project managers for the work at the School, and the Ministry of Education hosted a barbecue this morning to which local residents were invited. It was an opportunity to see how much work had been done so far. Demolition work is almost complete and the original batch of relocatable classrooms are being prepared.

There are to be up to 25 more relocatable classrooms put on the site as the Jobberns and Gresson blocks do not meet the new earthquake standards and cannot be fixed in time for a term one opening next year. Most of the additional relocatable classrooms are to be built on site, but a few will be trucked in. The extra classrooms will provide staff facilities, science rooms, and a toilet block.

Click the link for photographs

Friday, November 18, 2011

Red Cross - Independent advice grant for vulnerable homeowners

The Red Cross have announced a grant for vulnerable homeowners who live in the Red Zone, or have repairs in excess of $100,000. The following is from the Red Cross website:
(a grant of) up to maximum of $750 per household to assist vulnerable homeowners with obtaining assistance on what to do with their earthquake damaged property.

The grant is aimed at assisting vulnerable people whose property has been assessed at costing over $100,000 to repair and/or their land has been zoned red. A vulnerable person can be defined as the applicant or a member of their household must either be disabled/have a pre-existing medical condition, or be over 65 yrs or have children who live with them who are under 18 years.
Full information and an application form can be found here.
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Roger Sutton - Explaining the Green Zone categories

Roger Sutton will be on Maori TV at 1.30 on Saturday explaining the new Green Zone technical categories.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

CERA: zoning changes and updated Zone's map

CERA have updated their Zones map to take into account today's announcements. You will find it here.

The text of the announcements are here for residential properties, and here for non-residential properties.

The reasons for the decisions aren't known as the relevant Cabinet Papers have yet to appear on the CERA website.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Earthquake Royal Commission - Peer review of the Department of Building and Housing technical investigation reports

The Earthquake Royal Commission has received a peer review of the Department of Building and Housing's technical and investigation reports.

From the Royal Commission's website:
This report by William Holmes of Rutherford & Chekene consulting engineers in San Francisco peer reviews the following Department of Building and Housing technical investigation reports:
  • Structural Performance of Christchurch CBD Buildings in the 22 February Aftershock: Stage 1 Expert Panel Report dated 30 September 2011 (DBH Expert Panel);
  • Investigation into the Collapse of the Pyne Gould Corporation Building on 22nd February 2011 dated 26 September 2011 (Beca);
  • Report on the Structural Performance of the Hotel Grand Chancellor in the Earthquake of 22 February 2011 dated 26 September 2011 (Dunning Thornton Consultants Ltd);
  • Investigation into the Collapse of the Forsyth Barr Building Stairs on 22nd February 2011 dated 26 September 2011 (Beca)
The 13 page review (here) discusses the approach taken to preparing the reports, raises minor problems arising from presentation, and comments on some of the recommendations made. A couple of selected points:
  • For the PG building there is a discussion on page 6 of what might have been the critical structural weaknesses (CSW) that lead to collapse.
  • the goal of the program for earthquake prone buildings should be clearly identified before assessment guidelines are revised - will it apply only to the worst of the worst buildings, or to a wider range?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Insurance Ombudsman - information updates for residential and small business policy holders

The Insurance and Savings Ombudsman's office has produced consumer information sheets for earthquake claimants who have residential or small business policies. These sheets, along with a lot of others, are here.
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More Green Zone information

CERA have added a new page to their website that brings together existing material on the three categories of Green along with information about the TC3 (Green-Blue) meetings to be held this week and next. The page is here.

The meetings from tomorrow on are:
Wednesday 16 November
For Parklands residents held at Parklands Baptist Church from 3-5pm
For St Albans / Richmond residents held at St Albans Baptist Church from 6.30-8.30pm
Thursday 17 November
For Woolston residents held at Woolston Working Men's Club from 11am-1pm
For Aranui residents held at Chisnallwood Intermediate from 6.30-8.30pm
Friday 18 November
For St Albans / Richmond residents held at St Albans Working Mens Club from 2.30-4.30pm
For Kaiapoi residents held at Kaiapoi North Primary School from 6.30-8.30pm
Monday 21 November
For Parklands residents held at Parklands Baptist Church from 2-4pm
For St Albans / Richmond held at St Albans Baptist Church from 6.30-8.30pm
Tuesday 22 November
For Bishopdale residents held at Belfast Rugby Club Rooms from 6.30-8.30pm
For Halswell residents held at Oaklands School from 6.30-8.30pm
Wednesday 23 November
For Aranui residents held at Chisnallwood Intermediate from 1-3pm
For Southshore residents held at Roy Stokes Hall from 6.30-8.30pm
Thursday 24 November
For Spencerville / Brooklands residents held at Brooklands Community Centre from 6.30-8.30pm
Friday 25 November
For Parklands residents held at Parklands Baptist Church from 2-4pm
For Parklands residents held at Parklands Baptist Church from 6.30-8.30pm
Monday 28 November
For Redcliffs residents held at Sumner Old School Hall from 6.30-8.30pm
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Blog hack warning

Problem fixed - blog has been moved to wordpress.com for hosting

The companion version of this blog www.avonsideblog has been hacked and has a redirect to a site in Russia!


The folk who host the blog are looking at getting it back. In the meantime stay away.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Green/Blue TC3 zone meetings starting tomorrow

There seems to be a significant communications issue over CERA community meetings for those who are living on TC3 land.

Apparently the meetings aimed at those living in this area start tomorrow (Monday), and are scheduled for locations in Hagley Park and St Albans. The CERA website makes no mention of them, nor do their Twitter or Facebook accounts.

The following is from a newsletter put out by MP Brendon Burns:
Ø Monday, November 14: 1.00-3.00pm: Geodome Hagley Park
Ø Tuesday, November 15: 6.30-8.30pm: Geodome Hagley Park
Ø Wednesday, November 16: 6.30-830pm: St Albans Baptist Church (McFaddens Rd)
Ø Friday, November 18: 2.30-4.30pm: St Albans Working Men's Club (Hills Rd)
Ø Monday, November 21: 6.30-8.30pm: St Albans Baptist Church
Maybe CERA should run their 0800 number 7 days a week. This would help when things seem to have gone wrong, and especially when news releases are issued immediately prior to a weekend.
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