Showing posts from March 27, 2011

Insurance company information updates

Members of the IAG group have put out a very informative Earthquake Claim Pack for their customers. The insurance companies making up the group are listed below. Click on the name of the company to be taken to the appropriate web page where you can download the pack relevant to your policy.
ASBBNZLanternNZIPSISStateThe packs take you through the basics from lodging a claim with EQC, listing the damaged contents of your house, and explaining which bits are EQC's responsibility and which bits are the responsibility of the insurance company.

ASB don't, as of the 2nd of April, have a pack along the lines of the other companies. There is a more general FAQ page here.  IAG have a generic packhere.

Although they are almost identical, the NZI pack is a good one for clear explanations and a comprehensive checklist.

If you are insured with a company outside those mentioned above, be aware the way your policy is administered could be significantly different.

More health information

The Canterbury HealthInfo web site has earthquake related health information of a practical nature. The website is here.

Two health issues of wide interest are covered:
gastroenteritis/tummy bug (here)earthquake stress (here)Plus information for diabeticshere.

Information about getting to the hospital: Parking, Shuttles, and Inter-hospital Transport ishere.

There is a request on the page to not use the hospital one way system because congestion is interfering with ambulances trying to enter and leave the hospital. Note that parking close by is unlikely and that up to 30 minutes walk can be expected to get from the car to the hospital. Check the page for the latest situation.

Where will all the rubble go - the route for dumping the rubble

The route to be taken by vehicles to and from the Burwood Resource Recovery Parks is described below. There is no effect on our side of the river however Hills Road, Whitmore Street and Bealey Avenue are part of the route to be used by the trucks. The CCC notice announcing these routes can be foundhere.
Christchurch City Council has specified a route that heavy vehicles should take between the CBD and the Burwood landfill at Bottle Lake Forest. The route is:
Madras Street (return Barbadoes Street)Bealey AvenueWhitmore Street Hills Road Akaroa Street Marshland Road Prestons Road Landfill RoadTrucks leaving the CBD will take Madras Street north to Bealey Avenue, while those returning to the CBD will turn off Bealey Avenue and head south along Barbadoes Street. .

Canterbury Temporary Accommodation Service

This service is available to those currently out of their homes and facing additional costs (e.g. run out of insurance accommodation money). It can also help find temporary accommodation for those now needing to move out. The following is from the website, which is here.
This service is for Canterbury homeowners who have had to leave their home as a result of the earthquake and now face additional accommodation costs.Temporary Accommodation assistance can help with costs such as rent, board or motel stays.Emergency accommodation services are currently being provided by Housing New Zealand. If you require support to locate emergency accommodation, or you have accommodation to offer, please call 0800 HELP 00 (0800 435 700) or visit

How will CERA operate?

It is too early to find hard detail on CERA, and it is likely that much will be kept for the incoming CEO to determine. However the CERA website has a page (here) setting out basic information about the "what" and the "how" of its operations. The information is useful for anticipating what we can expect. This post covers the "what" part. The "how" part is not informative, as it is pitched at too high a level to contain detail of any sort.

Reproduced below is the part of the page relating to what CERA will be doing. I have numbered the paragraphs so they are easier to refer to. Some of the information suggests that local input will occur, while another implies a demotion of the interests of the residents of greater Christchurch.

Where will all the rubble go?

As commercial and residential buildings are demolished the rubble is taken and dumped at the old Burwood Landfill, and parts of Bottle Lake Park. This action has been authorised by the Civil Defence National Controller, John Hamilton, to allow demolition sites to be cleared as soon as possible.

The area is now being called the Burwood Resource Recovery Park and the CCC intends sorting, processing and recycling the material sent there. Recycling as much as possible is important as the amount of demolition rubble from all sources is expected to amount to 4.25 million tonnes, or about 15 years of waste taken to Kate Valley.

In a media release the Council said the site was selected for the following reasons:
The old Burwood Landfill and three smaller areas in the surrounding Bottle Lake Forest have been identified as the best site for this temporary processing facility because:
the site is just 8km from the Central City and close to the worst-affected areas in the city’s east w…

EQC - information about detailed assessments

EQC have added information about detailed assessments to their FAQ (here).

The detailed assessments headings are:
What is a full assessment?Who is being visited for full assessments?How are full assessments being prioritised?Will I need to be home for a full assessment?How will I know when I’m getting a full assessment?What happens after the full assessment?The full text is:

Getting your pet chipped - free chipping campaign

The SPCA in Christchurch is running a Chip your Pet for Free campaign. Get to a participating vet before the 25th of April, or stocks run out, and the animal will be chipped and added to the national database for free.

The nearest vets to our area are listed below. Give them a ring and see if they can fit you in.

Avonside Wainoni Vet Clinic
83 Wainoni Road
Phone: 03 389 5740 Email:

Ferry Road Veterinary Services Ltd
483 Ferry Road
Phone: 03 389 9034 Email:

Total Veterinary Services
516 Gloucester Street
Phone: 03 389 4564 Email:

Vets for Pets on Worcester
321 Worcester Street
Phone: 03 379 3630 Email:

More details, including vets in other areas, are on the SPCA website here

CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) - a quick look

The new structure called CERA, (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) looks interesting. Being a public service based organisation, with all the accountabilities that accompany such organisations, there is good reason to believe that maximum accountability and transparency will be available.

Whether it provides for an implementation that is truly representative of the needs and desires of the residents of Christchurch and Canterbury remains to be seen. It is not yet clear whether the structure will permit the meaningful participation of the wider community, or allow the usual power bases to continue with the old policies and practices they have become comfortable with.


The structure is new to everyone, so understanding and appreciating its potential is some time off. However, when looking to find the extent to which community involvement is provided for, it is intriguing to see that reporting to the Minister (Gerry Brownlee) is a Community Forum…

CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) - what will it do?

The new Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is being set up. What will it do?

The following is from the briefing paper available from CERA's websitehere (currently the document at the bottom of the page). CERA's homepage is

What are the tasks and functions of CERA?
During its establishment phase, CERA will:
Establish and maintain a close working relationship with the Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council, and Environment Canterburyengage with other local and central government agencies, Ngai Tahu, businesses, and the local communitycoordinate and prioritise recovery planning by central government agenciesgather information necessary to assess the best approach(es) to the long-term recoverystart work on a long-term recovery strategyassume responsibility for supporting the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commissionreview and oversee existing operations on the ground and work towards structures and arrangements…

Clayton Cosgrove on bureaucrats and Christchurch


MP Clayton Cosgrove has expressed his fear that hundreds of clipboard carrying Wellington bureaucrats will descend on Christchurch, stifling initiative, and hindering fast implementation. Citing the example of how quickly the council and community in Waimakariri responded, he feels it should be a template for what will happen in Christchurch. A bit like Deborah Coddington in her little piece of whimsey regarding the "Sumner Solution" (NZ herald, 27 March, see it here).  Hopefully his expression of fear is just a tired and unthinking remark arising from an unceasing workload, and not a firmly held belief to be fought for.

The differences between Christchurch and Kaiapoi/Waimakariri are enormous. Influencing what happens in Christchurch is far more important for special interest groups than whatever might happen in Kaiapoi. Whoever controls the planning and development of Christchurch determines not only what goes where, but who will benefit from the decisi…

Avonside (March) - factual geotech report

[NOTE: this post is now nearly 3 months old]  EQC released the full factual report on Avonside (you can get it here). EQC's definition of Avonside is shown in the map:

  This report is full of technical information aimed at geotech specialists. While most of it has little meaning for us, I did find the site (land) description, and the last section on the Regional Council boreholes, quite fascinating.

Descriptions of the land

The following is an extract from the Tonkin and Taylor report (p 2)
3.2 Regional geology

The Geology of the Christchurch Urban Area (Ref 3) shows that the subject area of Avonside is underlain by alluvial sand and silt overbank deposits around the banks of the Avon River. The centre of the subject area is shown to be underlain by sand of fixed and semi-fixed dunes and beach deposits of Holocene age. The reference to the dunes and beach deposits being of Holocene age doesn't give much information: we are living in the Holocene age, which started around 12,000 …