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Friday, September 28, 2012

CERA publish Cabinet papers and Ministerial Decisions for Christchurch CBD Recovery

CERA have published the Cabinet paper and Minute mandating CERA to lead and promote the recovery of the Christchurch Central Business District.

Lots of detail spread over 38 pages. The papers can be downloaded from here.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

CERA release of ground land date used for the zoning reviews.

CERA have released the data and maps used as part of the zoning review. They are very detailed and much grief might have been avoided had they been released as part of the review process.

From the CERA website (here).

These documents contain all the area-wide geotechnical information which was considered by CERA as part of the process for making flat-land zoning decisions, and the subsequent zoning review.

These reports include mapping of ground cracking, liquefaction and lateral spreading observations, LiDAR ground elevation and vertical ground movements.

At the end of the each report is a summary of the area-wide geotechnical considerations and map citations.

They are written in plain English where possible, but do contain technical information where this is necessary to accurately explain the nature of investigations, and the effects of the earthquakes on the land.

The documents are available in PDF format and cover these areas (click on the area name to get the document) :

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Antarctic season aerial salute on Friday

From a CCC media release (here):

Christchurch will receive a symbolic aerial salute this Friday, as the United States Air Force makes a spectacular arrival the city to mark the opening of the 2012/13 Antarctic Season.

The afternoon of Friday 28 September will run with military precision: arriving over the Pacific from Hawaii’s Hickam Air Force Base, the US Air Force C-17 Globemaster will bank in over New Brighton Pier at approximately 1.05pm, weather permitting. With a flight path that includes Chisnallwood Intermediate School, the C-17 will then make its way across the city at an altitude of 1300 feet. At approximately 1.15pm, over the NZ IceFest site in Hagley Park, personnel on board the C-17 will photograph the word “ICEFEST” on the ground below, as spelled out by a formation of visiting schoolchildren.

On Monday 1 October, the C-17 will transport Scott Base and McMurdo Station personnel south to Antarctica, enabling scientific work to begin over the summer – the “Antarctic Season”.