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Website for Earthquake junkies

There is a website, called Earthquake-Report, that claims to be the best non-governmental earthquake reporting website in the world. That may, or may not, be so however it is extremely good and covers earthquakes the world over. There is good news and information coverage of Christchurch.

If you are not yet sated with earthquake news the website ishere. If you are so keen you would like to be a volunteer earthquake correspondent for their website clickhere.
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CCC - Share an Idea public workshops

The CCC are holding a series of public workshops where participants are able to talk about ideas and generate new ones. Anyone can take part, but due to a limit on numbers it is by registration only. Registration is free and can be done on-line, or through local council Service Centres. If you want to register on-line click here.

The following information is from the council's share an idea website.
Share an Idea public workshopsChristchurch residents are being encouraged to keep talking and sharing their ideas during the next four weeks at a series of public workshops to generate more ideas and feedback as the Christchurch City Council begins work on drafting the Central City Plan.The two and a half hour facilitated workshops are for anyone to attend but registration is essential as numbers are limited. Participants will work in small groups to talk about issues which have  already been raised and generate more feedback to help inform the draft Plan.Workshop - North Beac…

Dissatisfaction with insurance companies

Waimakariri MP Clayton Cosgrove, along with the three other Christchurch Labour electorate MPs, participate in an on-line journal called Christchurch Earthquake bulletin. It is a daily account (Monday to Friday) of what each of them is doing and the issues being encountered.

Clayton represents an electorate with a substantial amount of earthquake damage, particularly in Kaiapoi. Waimakariri are further advanced than Christchurch in dealing with earthquake issues. Consequently whatever happens there in relation to assessments, the terms of insurance claims, repairs, rebuilds and land remediation can be seen as an indication of what might happen on a much larger scale in Christchurch.

In edition 45 of the Christchurch Earthquake bulletin (get a copy here) Clayton raises a number of crucial issues that will affect us. The whole of his text is reproduced below. There are lessons for us in what troubles him, and a collective approach where we support each other in dealing with t…

Community Law Canterbury - further update on hours

Community Law Canterbury have changed the hours when assistance and advice is available. The net effect is a change in the hours for the drop-in centre, and an increase in the hours available for appointments. The following is from their website (which is here).
We are currently operating free drop in sessions at 35 Riccarton Rd., Monday to Friday between 10am to 2pm.We are also running an evening and Saturday morning service by appointment:     Monday to Thursday 5.30pm to 7.00pm by appointment
    Saturday Morning 9.30 to 12.00pm by appointmentOther services offered include employment advice, legal help for young and older people. Each of these services is by appointment, with details on the website. There is also specialist help for Maori and Pacific people. Statutory declarations can be made between 3.00 and 5.00pm Monday to Thursday. .

Linwood Park Village - temporary accommodation

Work started yesterday on temporary accommodation in Linwood park. Initially work will involve site preparation, followed by construction of up to 40 houses. The first houses will be available in early July.

The following are extracts from the media release:
The village will comprise a mix of two, three and four bedroom units. Portable homes will be fully serviced just like any other normal residential neighbourhood.Mr Bywater says some sports and training grounds will be affected. “Building temporary villages is an extraordinary measure which has had to be taken as a result of the earthquake and Christchurch City Council is arranging alternative locations where necessary.”He says care has been taken during planning for the village to ensure that residents and park users will have easy access to the rest of the park.The council's full media release is here.
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CERA - Website update and revamp

CERA have updated their web site, and revamped it to provide more information at a glance.

The new style website takes up much of the information that was shared by Civil Defence and the CCC, on the Council's website.  CERA's website ishere.

There is also a very extensive list of every organisation or person you might ever need to contact. It is here.
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SuperShed - again

Since publishing the previous blog entry it transpires that council staff have known of the relocation of the SuperShed for some weeks.

The Council's Business Support unit published a web page dated the 27th of April called A Waste of Time. This is an educational programme for schools designed to teach "Waste minimisation and management issues, waste hierarchy, recycling technology, sustainability, personal and social action." The location of one part of the programme is shown as "EcoShop (SuperShed, Blenheim Road)". You can see the web pagehere.

In her comments in the Christchurch Earthquake bulletin edition 42 (here) Lianne Dalziel says:
"Among the directors of the company are the Chief Executive and General Manager of Corporate Services of the CCC, and yet the council itself has neither been informed nor consulted."With the information available to council staff in April, it is curious no one thought to advise the Council, local community…

Insurance rate rises

insurancenews.com.au has a brief article on insurance rate rises in New Zealand following the Canterbury earthquakes. Their article, Big rate rises follow NZ quakes, has no hard numbers but the message is strongly in the direction of sharp premium increases. The article ishere.

There is also an article on regulatory changes in the NZ insurance industry, Regulatory push could lead to NZ market consolidations, and it can be foundhere.
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Study centre to support AGHS students

Education Minister Anne Tolley has announced the establishment of study centres to support students whose schools have been affected by the February earthquake.

For Avonside Girls High School students the study centre is based at the New Brighton library, operating Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 11.30 am.

The following is from the Minister's media release, which can be foundhere.
“The centres will be staffed by trained and registered teachers, focussing on students in years 11, 12 and 13, giving young people a place to go to do their homework, study for tests, or seek extra help from trained teachers.”The other schools covered by this scheme are: Cashmere High School (based at South Learning Centre and Shirley library), Papanui High School (Papanui League Club) and Linwood High School (Linwood library).

Earthquake Afterthoughts

On the 9th of April an e-mail was sent to residents asking for thoughts on how events unfolded after the 22nd, and what could be learnt from that (see here on the blog). A number did respond with an interesting array of comments and observations. There was a mixture of common and unique points in the responses. They have been gathered together for the time when preparedness needs to be revisited.

One person spent a great deal of effort reflecting on what happened on the 22nd and subsequently, which was recorded and passed on. As it is quite detailed, and provides a chronology of a shared experience, the blog seemed a good and accessible place for it. The writer is happy to oblige and we both agreed to anonymize it so the focus is on the content rather than the writer or the street.

It is a very thorough piece and consists of:
INTRODUCTIONORANISATION OUTSIDE THE CBDISOLATIONMIXED & UNCLEAR MESSAGES TO RESIDENTS ONBOTH SIDES OF THE CITYMODERN COMMUNICATION GADGETS WERE NOT AVAILABLE…

The New City - the mayor's message

There is a message from the mayor in Saturday's Press, pages A4 and A5, addressing the need and opportunities for rebuilding the city (also on the Press websitehere.)

A number of themes run through the message. Most are what you would expect in the aftermath of disasters whether from natural causes, or arising from human catastrophes such as mass redundancies or chronic unemployment. A few themes stand out.

Demographics

The first theme, which opens the message, is the need to create a city that changes the population demographics - the number of aging people is rising and this should be reversed by retaining and attracting those who are younger. All of this is true, and universally so, as Christchurch does not have a monopoly on an increasingly aging population. What mustn't be lost is that the city is for all, and must be rebuilt to include all, in all its aspects. Rebuilding the city must be done without prejudice to sectors of the population. Failure to achieve th…