Showing posts from February 13, 2011

EQC blog - EQR/Fletchers process.

The following has been taken direct from the February 18 post on the EQC blog (here). I have changed the layout of the EQC post to bullet points, but none of the words, structure or meaning is altered.

This process assumes you have decided to stay with the PMO (EQR/Fletchers) process. Opting out will be covered tomorrow. (NOTE: I missed that deadline. The opting out post was done on the 22nd).
"If you decide to stay in the PMO scheme what can you expect to happen in terms of process? Once the claim is accepted, processed and the file is listed for referral to the Fletchers Earthquake Recovery team (EQR).
The claim is then sent from EQC to the EQR central office. After a period of preparation by EQR, it is assigned to an EQR Hub – a project management office. These hubs are distributed across the Canterbury region. The next step is for EQR to allocate a Supervisor at which time a letter is sent to you, the homeowner, including the name and phone number of the Supervisor w…

EQC - Reading the Interpretative Geotech Report for Kairaki and Pines Beach

The links are fixed and the report can be successfully download fromhere.

As with the other reports the best place to start reading is Section 7.3 Reconstruction Considerations - Land on page 6. The general outlook looks good although properties with land damage will need some geotech analaysis before work can start.

EQC geotech factual report - Burwood

The technical (factual) report for Burwood has been released. As with the other technical reports it probably won't mean much to most of us. You can find it here.

EQC blog - The Concept Design Report and work on homes in Zone C

Taken direct from the EQC blog (here).
Work on homes in Zone C will take place as part of a coordinated effort and work will start following the development of the ‘Concept Design Report’. The data gathered from the Factual and Interpretative reports, will feed into the Concept Design for the remedial works – which constitutes 12 kilometres of in-ground remedial works being funded by the government (not EQC). This work aims to limit the worst of the damage should we be unfortunate enough to have another very large earthquake nearby in our lifetime.The concept design will include:a)    Investigating the best solution for each location
b)    Final concept design of the solution
c)    Co-ordination of works programme with Council Infrastructure programme.
d)    Obtaining  consents
e)    Delivery strategy
f)     Cost estimatesThe concept design report will have two main purposes:
    1)    To provide government (via EQC) with timeframes and a budget for the proposed works.

EQC Blog - back in action with info on land remediation and EQR/Fletchers

The EQC blog is back in action (here).

EQC chief operating officer Lance Dixon has posted a lengthy blog on:
the geotech reports (all factual reports released by the end of this month, all interpretative reports released by the end of March).information on timing of workinformation for those living in a Zone C areaupdate on the PMO (EQR/Fletchers) process (see also separate blog, available tomorrow)an outline of the stages of the PMO process from EQC handover to completion.

EQC - Finding the Interpretative Geotech Report for Kairaki and Pines Beach

As at 8.30 this evening the EQC link to the Kairaki and Pines Beach interpretative report remains broken. I have e-mailed EQC about this. I also tried to post a message on their blog asking for an urgent fix, however they are no longer allowing comments.

HOWEVER you can, in the meantime, click on this linkhere which should get you where you want to go.

EQC geotech factual reports - New Brighton

The EQC geotech factual report for New Brighton has been released. It is here. As with all other factual reports it is of highly technical nature.

EQC geotech factual reports - Dallington Upper, Fendalton & Merivale, and Southshore

The technical (factual) reports for Dallington Upper, Fendalton & Merivale, and Southshore have been released. As with the other technical reports they probably won't mean much to most of us.

The reports can be foundherefor Dallington Upper, Fendalton & Merivalehere, and Southshorehere.

The reports released to date are:
Bexley & AranuiBrooklands Dallington LowerDallington UpperFendalton & MerivaleKaiapoi NorthKaiapoi South, Kairaki & Pines BeachParklands RichmondSouthshoreSpencervilleTai TapuThose outstanding are:
AvondaleAvonsideBishopdaleBurwoodCasebrook & RedwoodHalswellNew BrightonWainoni

EQC - Interpretative Geotech Report for Kairaki and Pines Beach

The interpretative report is listed as having been released. Unfortunately, as at 10.00 this evening, the link on the EQC website is wrong and goes nowhere.

Check this page (here) later on and you may be able to find it. website - back in business.

The legal issue has apparently been resolved and life will return to normal. The site is here.

Politically Trivial

In checking the traps for relevant news and information over the last 36 hours the following was not noticed on various political websites

The National Party (here). These guys are keen on securing a brighter future!
Gerry Brownlee - no mention that Gerry is the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, although his role as Associate Minister for the Rugby World Cup is listed. No mention of the Canterbury earthquake at all on the party's Gerry Brownlee listing (here). Gerry's personal website is more up to date with these things (see here).Bill English - no mention of any involvement by Bill English in earthquake recovery (see here). Bill has his own website here. On the front page of his website there is no mention of either the Canterbury earthquake, or that Bill English is the Minister in Charge of the Earthquake Commission. Did you know Bill had ministerial responsibility for EQC?Nothing Earthquake related for Nicky Wagner or Aaron Gilmore, although Nicky's…

EQC geotech factual reports - Dallington Lower and Richmond

The technical (factual) reports for Dallington Lower and Richmond have been released. As with the other technical reports they probably won't mean much to most of us.

For those who don't know what constitutes Dallington Lower, there is a map in Appendix A of the Dallington Lower report. It is the area enclosed by Dallington Terrace, Locksley Avenue, and McBratneys Road.

Richmond is shown in Appendix A of that report and is the area bounded by Hills Road, Guild Street, Stapletons Road to Averill Street, Poulton Avenue, through Richmond Park to Banks Avenue (at the SW corner of Banks Avenue School), River Road, Emily Couzins Road Avenue, North Avon Road back to Hills Road.

The reports can be foundhere for Dallington Lower and Richmond here.

Rebuild Christchurch - website off-line

Rebuild Christchurch, the website for the Canterbury Business Recovery Network, which also hosts CanCERN's web content, is off-line (web site is here).

The website, as at 4.00pm today, has a notice saying it is off-line for legal reasons. At the end of the notice is the suggestion to try back again on the 18th of February at 11.05 am.

Wheelie bin stickers

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).

EQC blog - R.I.P.?

On the 13th of January EQC started a blog (here).  It was intended the blog be used over "the next few crucial months" to keep us up to date with what is going on.

Following the first post there were some comments posted, with the last on the 1st of February by an EQC staffer. Since then: nothing.

It doesn't build confidence when an initiative to help communication fails almost immediately.

(NOTE added 21/02/2011: the EQC blog returned  to life with another post on the 18th of February)

Fletchers FAQ - Part 5: consultation and who decides the timing?

Shortly all the necessary technical information we have been waiting for will be available. So too will be an increasing number of EQC scope of works documents. Potentially EQR/Fletchers could start soon on assessing properties in this part of the world, where ever land remediation is not required.

Missing from this mix of information is the important matter of consultation: discussions on when and where work will start, how it will progress, who will be affected and what homeowner issues arise. To my knowledge absolutely no one from EQC, nor Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, mayor Bob Parker, the Council, EQR/Fletchers or insurance companies have so much as mentioned consultation. I don't recall the consultation word being raised in any context.

What follows relates to the information available from EQR/Fletchers, however we can anticipate it will also apply to insurance companies' project managers.

From item 13 of the Fletchers FAQ we find:
13. What if …

EQC - Interpretative Geotech Report for Brooklands and Spencerville

The Brooklands report is a good place to start if you want to try a dry run on an interpretative report.

It, and the Spencerville report, follow the same pattern. There are 8 or 9 pages of text followed by references, maps and diagrams.

Only part of the text is immediately relevant to us, and that is in Section 7.3 Reconstruction Considerations - Land (page 6 of both the Brooklands and Spencerville reports).

Future risk of land damage

InSection 7.3 - Land we find out whether the land is at greater risk to earthquake damage than before 4 September. The ideal answer is that it is not.  For Brooklands (and Spencerville) the report says:
In terms of Section 106 of the Resource Management Act 1991, and Section 71 of the Building Act 2004, we consider that the risk of land damage due to a future seismic event is sufficiently low that building consents should continue to be issued for residential developments within the subject area in accordance with existing procedures.Good news …