Showing posts from October 9, 2011

Holy Trinity Avonside - Annual Fair

Holy Trinity Avonside's annual fair is on Saturday the 22nd of October between 10am and 1pm - wet or fine.

As there is no church or hall the fair will take place in the car park at 168 Stanmore Road (Lychgate Close).  With the car park being used for the fair, you will need to park in Stanmore Road or elsewhere nearby.

Red Zone and a damaged house? Could EQC move it for you, and give you a section?

The doings of EQC are governed by the Earthquake Commission Act 1993. In terms of specifics, the insurance of any residential building, residential land, or personal property is subject to the conditions set out in Schedule 3 (see Sec. 27 of the Act). You can find Schedule 3 in its entirety here, on the website

For the purposes of this post we are interested in Sec. 10 of Schedule 3. The heading of the section is Relocation of building. That section is reproduced in full at the end of the post.

I am not a lawyer, and it will take some legal brains to work out the fish hooks (e.g. getting EQC to agree to use this option), however the wonderful opportunity this would be for some is:
you are in a Red Zone with a damaged house,you are a rebuild repair (below the cap),you get the value of the land,EQC pays the cost of relocation,Fletchers/EQR fix the house.If the house is over cap, but still a rebuild, then there could be an arrangement between EQC and your insur…

Earthquake Royal Commission - on-line document library

The Earthquake Royal Commission have created a document library on their website (here).

Via the library it is possible to access Submissions, Technical reports, and All Documents (the default). Each document has an entry showing:
date added to the document librarytitleauthorcategory (report or submission)subject(s)buildings referred to (if any)plus links to more information and to a copy of the document itself.

Access to the Commission's media releases, a good source for establishing what was released when,  is here.

Earthquake Royal Commission - interim report released

The Earthquake Royal Commission has released its interim report (here). It is based upon expert and technical evidence provided to the Commission to date. The Commission has not yet heard private submissions, nor had sufficient time to consider reports on catastrophic building failures, and is still waiting for a report on the CTV building .

The report is a requirement of their Terms of Reference:
Our Terms of Reference specify that this Interim Report should contain recommendations that inform early decision-making on rebuilding and repair work that forms part of the recovery from the Canterbury earthquakes. They also envisage interim recommendations that relate to any measures necessary or desirable to prevent or minimise building failures due to earthquakes in New Zealand.The Report is made up of the following parts: Foreword Introduction Purpose of the Interim Report Section 1: Summary of Recommendations Section 2: Inquiry Process and Progress Section 3: Inquiry Issues and Reco…

Bishop appoints Earthquake Recovery Coordinator

Catholic Bishop Barry Jones has announced that, in partnership with Caritas New Zealand, a role has been created of 'Earthquake Recovery Coordinator' and appointed Matthew (Matt) O'Connell to this full time role.

The earthquake recovery role has been created to work with parishes and communities providing leadership, support and guidance in assisting them in responding to pastoral needs.  There is more informationhere.

Forbes magazine - Post-quake inspections can mislead (Christchurch)

Forbes magazines website has an Associated Press article on how Christchurch's post-quake inspections (Red, Yellow and Green placards), and the rapid assessment process that produced them, led to misunderstandings about building safety.

The article discusses how the rapid system arose (California), how its application can be misunderstood, and where to from here. The discussion is done in the context of the CTV and PGC buildings (both of which were green-stickered).

Some excerpts from the article, which is here:
Inspection reports obtained by The Associated Press under New Zealand public records laws show just how cursory the checks can be.The problem: People place more faith in the inspections than they should. A green sticker is no indication a building will withstand future quakes, nor does it require a robust analysis of a building's structural health - something that was misunderstood by both building occupants and public officials in Christchurch.Com…

Gerry Brownlee on Orange Zone timings

Gerry Brownlee has issued a media release stating Orange Zones are top priority and that some news will be available within the next two weeks. The media release is here.

Some extracts from the media release. The last one is the closest to being specific:
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has today convened meetings in the residential orange zone with geotechnical engineers and officials in order to get clarity around the myriad of complexities that need to be sorted before rezoning can occur.Mr Brownlee said he understood the growing frustration of those in residential orange zones, but despite a huge effort to date by hundreds of engineers and officials to find workable solutions the rezoning decisions were proving extremely complex."I expect the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) to provide an update to all orange zone homeowners on what's happening within the next two weeks," Mr Brownlee said..

Insurance companies dropping out of parts of Queensland

The question has often been floated as to whether insurance companies would withdraw from the New Zealand market, or parts of it such as Canterbury. If the Queensland experience is anything to go by the answer is: yes they might withdraw.

The following extracts are from an article on here.
Lumley Insurance is the latest insurer to withdraw from property cover in north Queensland following big losses last summer.A Lumley spokesman says the “ongoing volatility and changing reinsurance conditions” in the region have led to a review of guidelines for business in this region.“Commencing October 15, we will no longer be able to offer household, landlords, fire and perils (ISR and business pack) or contract works for risks situated in postcodes 4737 and above,” she told North Queensland Insurance Brokers Director Doug Olson says property cover is becoming increasingly hard to place, and the region can’t afford any more withdrawals by ins…

VENUE UPDATE - Orange and White zones CERA protest - 16th of October

The following is from the facebook page associated with the organisers:
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: The Gardens have decided to put a stop to our Protest, they have indicated that we will not be allowed to utilise any area in either the Gardens or Hagley Park as our protest does not fit with their image. Nice of them to let me know so late in the peice, when I thought I had done everything to make it work (I really believe this is sabatage, to make sure it can't happen), when all the flyers have gone out and everything is set up. This will not stop me. I will make it clear on the day to all those who have recieved flyers and show up, that the protest will go ahead as planned in a close but new location. Please can anyone suggest a venue in close proximaty to the Gardens that we may be able to use, or else it will be out on the side walk in front of the Gardens!The facebook page is .

Consultation on changes to seismicity and foundation details for Canterbury

The Department of Building and Housing has called for comments on changes it made some months ago to the Building Code’s supporting documents for Structure. These were made as urgent changes on the 19th of May and, because of their urgent introduction, must be opened up to public comment within six months of the date of introduction.

The changes included:
Increased the seismic hazard factor for the Canterbury earthquake region to 0.3 minimumStrengthened the definition of ‘good ground’Required concrete slabs-on-ground to be reinforced with ductile steel mesh which is tied to foundation reinforcementClarified that foundations on ground that is prone to liquefaction or lateral spread should be specially designed.Although the DBH has presumed that feedback will come from the building industry, anyone is entitled to make a submission and have it considered. Submissions close on the 31st of October 2011.

Information on making a submission is here. Comments can be made on-line.

Orange and White zones CERA protest - 16th of October

From the organisers. If you want to make contact there is an e-mail address at the end of the notice.

Orange and White Zones Time To Be Heard!!CERA PROTEST 2011 After constant delays, lack of transparency and lack of compassion, we do believe our communities will not be heard if we do not make it clear that we matter too! Please join us and be heard.

Venue: Armstrong Lawn, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Date: Sunday, 16 October 2011
Time: 1pm
Email: to express your interest or just show up on the day.