This started life as a weblog for those living in the Avonside area of Christchurch in 2011 & 2012, and for anyone else looking for information or news on earthquake assessment, rebuilding, and related matters.
Now it operates intermittently as and when it would be useful to comment on events or issues relevant to Avonside or the way New Zealand handles disasters and insurance.
Avon river memorial - the Memorial Reserve Covenant Campaign
A group has been formed to promote the creation of a Memorial Reserve Covenant which will protect the Residential Red Zone along and adjacent to the Avon from future commercial development.
Information about the campaign, and a public meeting planned for the afternoon of Sunday the 14th of August, is here.
Dorien has been away visiting family in the Netherlands and returned with a few trophies: wheelie bin stickers. The photograph tells the story.
Dorien brought back a few more than she needed and is happy to sell them for what she paid (NZ $12). There are three flower ones, and one in an ivy style.
If you are interested give her a ring on 3897379 or e-mail her at dorien (at)) xtra (dot) co (dot) nz (I have modified the e-mail address so spammers can't find it and add her to the lists of addresses they use - take out the stuff in brackets to get the address).
Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods has announced an earthquake recovery symposium to be held in November. There is a news release concerning this on the Council's website here. The news item in Tuesday’s Press says it "... will be held on November 29 and 30 at the University of Canterbury. Up to 250 people from the public, private, community and academic realms will be invited." Mayor Lianne Dalziel is quoted as saying the symposium will be preceded by a series of workshops. The full article is on the Press website here . Maybe my opinion is unduly cynical but it seems to me this is yet another high-risk situation. Many of the principle participants may be serial symposium and conference attendees, rather than practical and experienced people. If so it could end up being a talk-fest for a range of folk who neither directly experienced the after-effects of the earthquakes, nor made a valuable contribution to the recovery effort. Minister Woods is quoted…
While on the topic of liquefaction, the EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, California) have published a pamphlet called: LIQUEFACTION: What it is and what to do about it. A detailed and intelligible explanation of liquefaction, and the hazards it poses, is provided in eight pages of text and diagrams.
The purpose of the pamphlet is descibed as: "... The authors hope that the information presented here conveys, to policymakers in particular, that better understanding of the risk from liquefaction at a particular site or area leads to better decisions regarding mitigation options, response planning, and preparedness strategies. With good liquefaction opportunity and susceptibility maps as a starting point, public officials and private property owners can make informed decisions about how to concentrate limited resources to manage and reduce the risk."Another good read for anyone living in a TC3 zone (and Wellington!). The topics covered are: Liquefacti…