Showing posts from May 1, 2011

The New City - the Central City Plan

CCC have responsibility for redeveloping the central city. The blueprint for this will be the Central City Plan which the council must finalise and pass to CERA by December this year. As mentioned in the previous post (here) there is a timeline from now until December through the course of which the council will seek community input as the Plan is developed to draft stage, then formal hearings will be held, after which the Plan will be finalised and handed to CERA.

On itsShare an Idea website the council explains the Plan like this:
The Central City Plan is a vision which will outline how people, business and retail can use this area of Christchurch; how we will develop the public spaces; how we might move about the Central City; what activities we will promote in this area; what public facilities will be found in the Central City; how we support businesses to return to the Central City and what types of buildings are rebuilt.Some work has been done, and decisions made, by th…

Central City Redevelopment

CCC have created a website designed to allow residents (and presumably any one else who visits the site) to look at redevelopment ideas, click on the ones of interest, and vote for them.

A somewhat unusual method of getting input and, if one were a little cynical, easily manipulated. You can get to it fromhere and it is worth a visit as it heralds a new digital way of doing things. It is not democratic (i.e. not one person, one vote for those who are directly involved with the city) nor is it transparent (who is voting and how many times), but it is becoming the junk food style of conveniently hearing a voice of the people.

The background to this website, the Community Expo next weekend, and other things we have yet to hear about, is the creation of a Central City Plan (see next blog) to submit to CERA for approval before Christmas. The approach being taken by the council is to break the areas to be planned for into four categories:
Move – how people get to and around the centra…

Rebuilding ChCh - youth perspectives, May 14, 2011

Social Innovation charitable trust are organising a three day event where young people can gather together to consider their vision of a rebuilt Christchurch.Registration details are here. On the registration website is the following introduction and programme:
This event is one of several youth focused workshops and seminars that are being held over time in Christchurch to engage young people in the decision-making process and capture the variety of perspectives.Timetable:
9.30am: Registration -
10-1020: Welcome & introduction
1020-1100:  Speaker 1
1100-1120: Morning tea
1120-1200: Speaker 2
1200-1230: Briefings + Q&A session
1230-1.30: Lunch
1.30-3.30: Collaboration cafe sessions
3.30 -4.30pm: Plenary fedback & where to next
4.30-7pm: Music & BBQThe event has been designed to be fluid enough so that issues can be explored more deeply if that is the wish of the gathering.
An ambassadorial group will attend the second day of the City Council facilitated commu…

Strategies for parents - supporting children after an earthquake

SKIP (Strategies with Kids, Information for Parents) has a website to provide ideas and tips for supporting families and friends after an earthquake. The website is here.

EQC full inspection appointments

The EQC Twitter site has the following information about inspections:
We will give at least 24 hours notice when we make an appointment for a full assessment. Appointments can be re-arranged.It is interesting to note that inspections can be re-arranged. This information was tweeted on the 2nd of May. 
The EQC Twitter site is here: .

Council and other tweeting

The CCC have a Twitter site where the latest information is "tweeted". It has been around for a while but probably escaped the notice (or interest) of many.

As important short term information appears here (e.g. details of power outages, service messages, and announcements about forthcoming events such as this month's Community Expo) you may want to take note of the web address which

Orion have their own Twitter site

EQC's Twitter site is a mixed bag but does have some gems, such as this one from the 2nd of May:
We will give at least 24 hours notice when we make an appointment for a full assessment. Appointments can be re-arranged.Nice to know appointments can be re-arranged. EQC tweet here

Retraining for prisoners

The Minister of Corrections, Judith Collins, has announced a programme for retraining prisoners "... to help meet the demand for these skills in the Christchurch recovery."

The following is from the media release:
“The second Christchurch earthquake has generated a huge demand for trade skills as the rebuild gets underway. To meet this demand, the Department of Corrections will be ramping up trade training in the areas of highest demand,” Ms Collins said.“Over the next 12 months, between 130 and 160 new training placements in specific trades will be provided at Christchurch Men’s Prison.“Three new training workshops will also be established in the low security area of the prison, which will deliver courses in painting, plastering, plumbing, drain laying and gas welding.“Existing carpentry and joinery skills for house building and refurbishment training will also be expanded.“The training workshops will be operational by late October and the first group of prisoners…

CTU - information for workers

The CTU website has a page with information for Christchurch workers affected by the earthquake. Some of the information is specific to the period immediately after the 22nd of February, while the rest relates to now and the future. There are 10 earthquake and employment FAQ's on the page, which can be found here.

Yesterday the CTU announced a programme called Together. The following is from their news page:
Together is a new organisation established and run by the unions affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. Together aims to connect workers in un-unionised work places with the union movement and the union experience. Membership, costing just $1 per week ($52 per year), gives employees and contractors, in industries and locations without union support, access to help and expert advice.Together also offers family/whanau membership giving the opportunity for current union members to join up as many of their family and whanau as they want for just $1 per …

Holy Trinity Community Day

Holy Trinity Avonside are holding a community fun day in the car park of Holy Trinity Avonside (Lychgate Close - off Stanmore Rd) on Monday the 6th of June from 10am until 2pm (Queen's birthday).

The day will be a day for the whole family to enjoy! It will have give-aways, as well as activities for children, and free bouncy castle and face painting. This is an opportunity for groups from our neighbourhood to fundraise or to raise awareness for their group.

If you are interested in having a table at this fun day, please contact Rosalyn Deane 383-7980 or email her at

(NOTE: Holy Trinity have a websitehere)

EQC - FAQ updated again

EQC have redesigned their FAQ. It is now a lot easier to navigate.

The FAQ entry for excesses payable on land has now been corrected to show there is a maximum excess payable of $5,000. The previous blog on this issue ishere.

State Insurance - work programme has recommenced

State Insurance have released updated information on their work programme, which has just been restarted. The areas of activity will be where there has been no land damage (it is EQC, not insurance companies, who have responsibility for land remediation), and where there is a reduced risk of further earthquake damage. The full information release ishere.

The areas where they are working include the following:
North of Christchurch: including Kaiapoi and the greater Waimakariri DistrictNorthwest Christchurch: includes Riccarton, Upper Riccarton, Middleton, Oaklands, Halswell (north of Sparks and Halswell Junction Roads), Burnside, Bishopdale, Sockburn, Hornby and RussleyRural Canterbury: includes those outside zone properties across the plains from the outskirts of Christchurch, but currently excluding Halswell, Tai Tapu and Lincoln as more time is needed to assess these areas. Associated with the information release is the following mini-FAQ:
How are you prioritising who gets …

Community Law Canterbury - update on hours

As money and jobs start to run out some of us may have difficulties that should not be left. Community Law Canterbury, 35 Riccarton Road (new, temporary address), are available to assist with legal help for general or earthquake related matters.

On their website (here) they have published the hours they are available.
the Centre's phone lines are operational between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday on 366 6870 the legal information phone lines are operational between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Phone 366 6870 or 0508 CANLAW (0508 226 529) if ringing from outside ChristchurchThe Drop-in Clinic is available Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm, and Saturday between 9.30am and 12pm, at 35 Riccarton Road.In addition, a free lawyer will be available at various locations throughout the Eastern Suburbs. For a free lawyer near you phone 366 6870.