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Stone columns to protect Fitzgerald Avenue by the river

Fitzgerald Avenue, just north of the bridge over the Avon, is being strengthened and protected by the use of 600mm wide stone columns inserted into the northbound lane. The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild website has a brief description of what is being donehere.
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Red Cross - Alternative Sewage System Grant

NOW CLOSED.
The Red Cross yesterday announced a grant for households that have been without a flushing toilet for 90 days or more.Applications for the grant close on the 9th of September.

The Red Cross website now shows what appears to be the same grant with a slightly different name and a closing date of the 3rd of October (see here) this part added 12/09/2011.

The information below is from the Red Cross website (here)
$500 per household who have, for at least 90 days, had to find alternatives to using their flushing toilets at home.The closing date is 9th September 2011.The significant earthquakes and aftershocks during 2011 rendered parts of the city’s sewerage system unusable for a variety of reasons such as breakages and clogging with sand and silt. Households were asked not to flush their home toilets and used alternatives in a variety of ways including digging long drops in their gardens, using portaloos and using chemical toilets.This grant recognises the efforts made by h…

Red Cross - Displaced Children Grant

This new grant (announced today) is of $250 per child to assist school children who moved from both their home and their school in the period immediately after the 22 February 2011 earthquake. Grant applications close on the 9th of September.

Information about it can be foundhere. Full details are listed below.
Displaced School Children Grant$250 per child who have moved from their home and school in the period immediately following the 22 February 2011 earthquake.The closing date is 9th September 2011.The change of home and school must have taken place by 1 April 2011, and the child must still be in the new home and school as at 1 August 2011.The aim of the grant is to assist families where children were moved in some haste after 22 February with providing items such as new school uniforms, replacing items that were left behind, or other costs associated with the need to move quickly and settle in a new place. The primary caregiver of children, who have moved without their fam…

Talking about the draft Central City Plan

Anyone interested in talking with council staff about the contents of the Plan can do so, as the CCC will be having a 2 week road show to bring the Plan to the people. From the council website (here):
For two weeks from Tuesday 23 August to Saturday 3 September, a Central City Plan Roadshow will be heading out to our local communities, stopping at various venues throughout Christchurch. This will make it easy for everyone to learn about what’s in the draft Central City Plan, get an opportunity to discuss any areas of interest with our planners and most importantly make a submission.Details are:Tuesday 23 August    Woolston Working Men’s Club
    43 Hargood St, Woolston
    11am to 7pmWednesday 24 August    Cashmere Club
    50 Colombo St, Somerfield
    11am to 7pmThursday 25 August    North Beach Community Centre
    93 Marine Parade, New Brighton
    11am to 7pmFriday 26 August    St Albans-Shirley Club
    269 Hills Rd, Shirley
    Noon to 7pmMonday 29 August    La Vida C…

Central City Plan - FAQ

The CCC's Central City Plan FAQ was updated today. The headings for the additional information are:
When will the draft Central City Plan be available for consultation? (16th of August)Where can I get a copy of the draft Plan? (On-line from the 16th and a summary of the draft Plan will be delivered to all households in Christchurch during the weekend 20 and 21 August).Can I talk to anyone about the draft Plan?I can’t attend the roadshow when it’s in my neighbourhood, are there any other options to see this material?How can I make a written comment?Has Council involved Ngai Tahu, ECan and CERA in the process as under the Act?Why are my ideas not in the Plan?When does this period of written comments close?What happens once this period for written comments closes?Why is the Council simply not relocating the Central City to another area of Christchurch?How does the work being done align with other Council strategies and plans?The FAQ can be foundhere.
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Brownlee under fire from Labour - Press headline

Why is the $1,000 a day fee such an issue? The job to be done has immense constitutional significance in a time when emergency-based legislation is place, and cannot be entrusted to just anyone. The people being paid this amount are all accomplished in numerous ways, the right mix of people needed for the job, and worth the money. How they perform will be open to public scrutiny, so we can ensure value for money.

Perhaps Gerry Brownlee didn't go by the book in getting the fee agreed. Many who were in the public service during times of Labour governments can tell stories of devious, dubious and highly suspect conduct by Labour. Look at the rorting that has been going on with travel perks. What about Helen Clark hurtling through Canterbury at lethal speed just to get to a rugby match? There are many other examples.

Those of us in the eastern suburbs are daily aware of just how extraordinarily good our local electorate MPs are - all of them Labour. Yet, for reasons that s…

Images of landslides and rockfalls

Perhaps of more interest to those outside Christchurch who can't do drive-pasts, is the American Geophysical Union (AGU) blog (here) which has a section dedicated to landslides including rockfalls (here).

Featured there this month is a series of entries with images of rock falls and slips from the hill suburbs with a small amount of comentary. It startshere. There are also a few images from the city centre.
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Earthquake Royal Commission - first technical report

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Building Failure Caused by the Canterbury and Christchurch Earthquakes has released the first of its technical reports. The Commission has a websitehere, and all the Commission's technical reports will be made available here.

The first technical report, System of Building Controls is from the Department of Building and Housing. It is a background paper which "outlines the general system of building controls prior to 1991 but not how the system was applied locally by Christchurch City Council. The report also covers the current building regulatory system."

The report can be foundhere. Information on the content of the report is listed below.

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.
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MP Lianne Dalziel - Earthquake Information Update: No 19

Lianne's latest Earthquake Information Update is available from the Labour website here. Topics covered are:

Government Offer for Residential Red Zone
a correction on calculating the value of improvementsupdate on the land purchase optionsTimeframes for Assessing Orange Zones 

Reassessing Green/Red Zones
the importance of taking legal advicethe government's contribution towards legal feesrepairs already undertakendeposit on Acceptance of Offerfast track settlements in special casesCanterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation ServiceWinter Heating Programme

Rates Remission

Infrastructure Rebuild
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EQC and depreciation on contents claims

The following experience is from yesterday's Avonside Community Group newsletter.
I live in Retreat Road and wanted to share my experience with EQC today over our February contents claim as a warning for others.We were sent the contents settlement detail with a value for each of the items and a total claim value (less than $20,000), however a depreciation value had been taken off all of the items one year old or greater; including our TV, stereo, chainsaw, plates, glasses etc. The reason give for this was that our contents insurance policy was market value only and therefore there was a depreciation factor that applied. For example, a mantlepiece clock that we had valued at $100 and 10 years old was depreciated by $50 leaving a payout value of $50, and our stereo which we'd valued at $300 and aged at 10 years was depreciated down to a payout value of $0.I thought that this depreciation thing was strange as it hadn't been taken off when our contents claim from September was …