Showing posts from October 2, 2011

Canterbury red zone residents - a guide to financial decisions

From CanCERN's latest newsletter:
The Sorted website CLICK HERE has a special page for red zone residents, which has a range of tools and information, to help guide you through your financial decisions.   This includes a financial decision guide booklet and an action plan checklist to help get you started with what to think about, and do, and who to talk to.The website has a wide range links for information on the different aspects of the money side of things. The booklet, which can be downloaded from the link above, covers: Part one – Deciding on the Government’s offer Which option is best for you? What settlement date suits you? Part two – Deciding what to do with your settlement payment
What to do with the deposit payment?What to do with the final settlement payment you receive?Part three – Getting advice
Who should you talk to?Getting financial advice.Sorted tools and more information

Bexley & East Side Red Zoners Rally

Bexley & East Side Red Zoners Rally Sunday 9th October, 2pm at the Wairoa Reserve Corner of Wairoa and Morganwood Streets
Bexley people are now having a rally to highlight Red Zone issues

The issues continue to be experienced in the following areas:
Insurance Companies are not always honouring full replacement policies and are not been open and fair in line with their own Code of Ethics in the Fair Insurance CodeRateable Value is not an accurate valuation for at least 2000 red zone home owners and we want John Key and the govt to provide a review process as stated in the June Cabinet documentsThere is still not affordable land available to people. Bexley people have RV on land between $68-110000. These Mums and Dads cannot go and buy another section when similar sized section prices start at $240,000There needs to be more openness/transparency about why someone is zoned red, what is happening to the red zone after we go, how many sections are available on the market nowWe are…

Red Zone land options - some legal aspects

Addington Action have a great article, Red Zoners and being treated fairly, on the differences between "compulsory" acquisition under CERA's legislation and the alternatives under the Public Works Act. This is an important issue as the Minister has suggested that those who refuse all of the Red Zone options may find themselves moved on under the Public Works Act.

You can read it here. As always, consult a lawyer before deciding anything.

Earthquake Royal Commission - Review of the report 'The Performance of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings in the 2010/2011 Canterbury Earthquake Swarm'

From the Royal Commission's website:
The Commission has received the following advice from Fred Turner, structural engineer, from Sacramento, California in the USA. The paper reviews the technical report 'The Performance of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings in the 2010/2011 Canterbury Earthquake Swarm' by Associate Professor Jason Ingham from Auckland University and Professor Michael Griffith from Adelaide University.The review contains eight pages of comments and recommendations, which can be downloadedhere.

Information on the initial report to the Earthquake Royal Commission - The Performance of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings in the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Swarm, can be found here.

The following is a short, and not necessarily representative, sample of the comments made by Fred Turner.

Page 2. Limitations of Retrofits:
The recommendations should acknowledge, as evidenced from past retrofit performance, that it is neither practical nor feasible to state conc…

Property Issues Among The Rubble

Christchurch legal firm Duncan Cotterill have produced a booklet Property Issues Among The Rubble.

As described inside the front cover the booklet is designed as a guide only, however it is a very good place to start in getting to grips with the issues. The section headings are:
Summary of the zonesCERA sale optionsWorking your way towards getting the best possible resultIssues to consider before accepting an offer from CERAWhat can I take from my house when I sell?Buying another propertyWhen earthquake damage lets you out of a property agreementWhat happens to a property purchase if the house has been damaged by the earthquake but is not untenantable?EQC claims and property dealsBuying a property post-earthquakeBuying a section post-earthquakeWhat are your legal rights if you are renting a damaged property as a result of the earthquakes?Red Zone Residents - Buying property - ChecklistIt is available as a download from here. You can also request a printed copy (details on the same…

Additional Kaiapoi sections

Gerry Brownlee is to use his emergency powers to permit subdivisions in two areas of Kaiapoi previously off-limits to residential use. The result will be the development of approximately 1,000 sections. Details of size, price, and date of availability were not mentioned.

These two areas are in the flight path of aircraft taking off and landing at the airport, and so exposed to high levels of aircraft noise. The current frequency of flights from early morning until late at night creates a significant amount of noise pollution. With the hoped-for increase in tourism not too far away the amount of noise generated can be expected to rise for the foreseeable future. Perhaps not the place for anyone wanting a quiet life.

The Minister's media statement is here.

TV documentary - Battle at the Basilica

A documentary, called Battle at the Basilica, has been filmed around the post-earthquake work on the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Barbadoes Street. 

The documentary will be shown on TV One on Sunday the 16th of October at 11.30am.  It is to be shown again on TVNZ 7 on Tuesday the 18th of October at 6pm, and repeated on Wednesday the 19th of October at 12 noon.

More information is available on the Cathedral's website here. The latest Cathedral update is here.

Cape Argus article on the Red Zone

Courtesy of Mike Coleman here is a link to an article recently published in a South African newspaper, the Cape Argus, on some aspects of life in the Residential Red Zone. The article is entitled: Quakes expose fissures in society(here). 

From Mike's e-mail:
"Here is Peter Bills article on the Red Zone.He is a European correspondent who talked to a variety of people including myself about the implications of the Govt moving 6000 people off their land. It is a very well written article and while he has a few facts not quite right he has captured the heart of how people are feeling.It is sad... the paper he wrote this for would not publish it as it was too hard for their readers to hear!!"It doesn't make for happy reading yet is the reality for some, a reality that doesn't seem to enter the consciousness of the many who are not directly affected. In some instances a reality that is best hidden from the outside world for fear that past ineptitude or worse ma…

The Cardboard Cathedral

The October Cathedral Rebuild newsletter has the following tantalising piece of information:
International architect Shigeru Ban has just completed his fourth visit to Christchurch. We are continuing toward the completion of a feasibility study which will, we hope, see the building of a magnificent structure in the central city. Plans for a 'transitional cathedral' are well advanced and we hope to update you again once the report is completed. The project will need to be signed off by church authorities and a suitable site found. We are hopeful that our vision will be realised early in 2012! Check SHIGERU BAN ARCHITECTS website (here) for information on this exciting project.There is more information, and the project proposal document, on the Cathedral website here. .

Indonesia - painting the town green with vegetables

Indonesia is experiencing a growing urban farming movement where young Indonesians convert vacant land in Jakarta, and other cities, into plots for growing vegetables. The produce is consumed by the growers and sometimes serves as a cash crop. This might be a useful initiative to consider for both the city and parts of the Residential Red zones.

Information on the movement, called Gardening Indonesia, can be found on the websitehere.

Department of Building and Housing - Practice Advisory on Egress Stairs

Probably of most immediate (urgent?) interest to those in Wellington, where there are probably many stairs that have not been tested, one way or another.

From the DBH's website:
This Practice Advisory is to:
alert practising structural engineers assessing existing multi-storey buildings throughout New Zealand to issues relating to safety of stairsIt applies to all existing multi-storey buildings throughout New Zealand:
to which members of the public have access, including office buildings, particularly those with scissor stair configuration, andhave stairs designed to slide under seismic action, particularly those with the gap-and-ledge stair detail.Key concerns
If the relative lateral displacements between adjacent floors of a building (the “inter-storey drifts”) are sufficiently large, a stair may be pulled off the ledge that supports the sliding end of the stair.The seating dimensions allowed in existing designs may not be sufficient to account for movements now expected.T…

Appropriate repairs for lath and plaster walls and ceilings

Winstone Wallboards Ltd (GIB board), have published guidelines called REPAIRING LATH AND PLASTER WALLS & CEILINGS for use in situations where damage has occurred as the result of earthquakes or severe winds.

Published in January 2011 as a supplement to their site guide, it might be a useful thing to have read before talking with Fletchers, Arrow etc on how your place is to be repaired. You can download a copy in PDF format from here.

GIB have other useful publications relating to the treatment of earthquake damage here.