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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Eastenders Endurance concert

An "Eastenders Endurance" concert has been organised for this coming Tuesday (4th) at Wainoni Methodist Church, 878 Avonside Drive.

Starting at 10.00 the programme is:

  • 10.00 - 10.30    Sam Johnson on the piano
  • 10.30 - 11.00    Fragments of Grace Duo with an original humorous skit of all the issues we as Cantabs have been through over the last 2 years
  • 11.00 - 11.30    June Burney singing a medley of songs accompanied by the Wainoni Forever Young Choir

Thursday, August 30, 2012

EQC - Removal of liquefaction (silt)

EQC have updated their FAQ on the removal of silt from driveways and gardens. The additions are highlighted below.

The FAQ now reads:

My garden and driveway are covered in liquefaction. If I pay a person to clear this mess can I claim back the clearance, removal and tip fees from EQC if I have a claim?

If you have insurance, EQC covers the cost of removal or disposal of liquefaction. Contact EQC on 0800 DAMAGE to have your liquefaction removed by Fletcher EQR.

If you have had someone other than Fletcher EQR remove your liquefaction and it's later than January 2012, make sure you get a tax invoice from the contractor and keep any receipts such as tip receipts so that you can claim back costs from the EQC, if this work was caused by earthquake.

The earlier version was:

If you have insurance, EQC covers the cost of removal or disposal of liquefaction. Make sure you get a tax invoice from the contractor and keep any receipts such as tip receipts so that you can claim back costs from the EQC, if this work was caused by earthquake.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Temporary Accommodation Assistance - Cabinet Papers and Minutes

The Minister of Social Development and Employment  has released the Cabinet papers and Minutes regarding the affordability of accommodation and the provision of temporary accommodation assistance.

The papers and minutes available on the Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation website are:

  • CAB - Canterbury Earthquake: Affordability of Accommodation
  • CAB Min - Canterbury Earthquake: Affordability of Accommodation
  • ACE - Canterbury Earthquake: Review of Temporary Accommodation Assistance
  • ACE Min - Canterbury Earthquake: Review of Temporary Accommodation Assistance

The documents can be accessed here.

Some parts of the Cabinet Papers and Minutes have been withheld without stating the reason for doing so. Most significantly information regarding the expiry date has been removed (e.g. see para 34 on page 5) of cabinet Paper ACE (11) 53. In addition the whole of para 40 on page 5 has been removed without the appropriate authority being stated.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Historical earthquakes in Australia

The Australian Earthquake Engineering Society have posted more information on earthquakes that have occurred in the different states of Australia (here).

Avonside Lounge

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A community place for everyone. What would you like to do here? Chat, make friends, buy veges, Craft, DVDs, book-swap, etc?

Every Tuesday from 1-3pm In the St Francis Hall, 168 Stanmore Road

All Welcome!!!  Starts Tuesday 4 September

Monday, August 27, 2012

Disturbing public order in the name of protest

Last year’s TIME Magazine Person of the Year was the protester. Public protest actions brought down dictators in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. The Occupy movement put economic inequality and financial reform on the agenda.

This is the opening of media law barrister Steven Price’s article on the website NZLawyer online (here).  The article discusses the value of protest speech and looks at the difference between what is considered protest, and what is deemed abuse, in the context of the UK and New Zealand.

A particularly interesting part is Steven Price’s list of his top ten reasons why protest speech is undervalued. Number 10 reads:

10. Protesters are annoying: Might this be the biggest factor? Protesters are often self-righteous, disrespectful, combative, tunnel-visioned, and whiny. They dress badly. Some are crackpots. I suspect the police and judges find it difficult to see them as social critics with something important to say.

He concludes with the following:

We have come a long way from the lofty constitutional principles I described at the outset. And that is really my point. The grubby daily business of the law is much more closely related to these factors, I think, than the free speech ones. And that’s disturbing, because we can’t tell in advance which of these protesters will turn out to be our age’s anti-slavery campaigners or suffragettes.

A good read.