Showing posts from December 4, 2011

Updated guidance for the repair and reconstruction of homes in Canterbury published

The Department of Building and Housing (DBH) today released a publication Updated guidance for the repair and reconstruction of homes in Canterbury. A PDF copy can be foundhere. It is an update of a document released in December 2010.

Time will be needed to identify exactly what the changes mean for property owners. From a very quick skim through it appears that, in addition to new material on foundations (both building and patching them), the criteria in this amended document are "less onerous" than in the original version.

As a technical document it outlines what procedures are considered appropriate for various types of houses, the structural damage incurred, and the land category. While it describes what is permitted and recommended, one extremely important issue is only briefly addressed: the obligations of the insurer (EQC or a private insurance company) towards the policy holder.

Irrespective of what DBH may specify as suitable and satisfactory practices …

Canterbury Affordable Sections

Canterbury Affordable Sections is an organisation established to:
... facilitate and provide governance for the development of a series of affordable section development projects for Red Zone home owners.The intention is to identify suitable land that can be subdivided and sold in the range of $90,000 to $120,000 and still be close to the city. You can find more on their websitehere. .

Cardboard Cathedral - to be considered at a council meeting today

The agenda for today's council meeting includes an item (number 55) to consider a location and financial support for the Cardboard Cathedral. Council staff have prepared a report for council accompanied by a recommendation.

The recommendation of council staff is:
It is recommended that the Council:
(a) Decline the request from the ChristChurch Cathedral Diocese for the Council to make available council owned/held land for a temporary cathedral (the proposed “Cardboard Cathedral”).
(b) Resolve not to provide any financial assistance towards the establishment of a temporary cathedral.It seems ironic that council are keen to have a say on rebuilding the Cathedral yet wish to do nothing to provide interim support. The council meeting agenda is available here. .

EQC - changes to urgent repairs process

EQC have announced that from the 1st of January the procedure for having urgent repairs made will be changed. Until now homeowners have been able to authorise their own repairs up to $2,000. From the 1st anyone with urgent repairs MUST contact EQC who will arrange for the work to be done.

From the EQC website:
Urgent repairs are those which ensure the house is safe to live in, secure, sanitary and weather resistant.However, Mr Emson says with EQC completing assessments and well underway in repairing about 100,000 Canterbury homes, it needs to be able to better manage the repair workload, and customers will now be required to contact EQC to get the work done.“Emergency repairs will be managed as the highest priority.“Specialist EQC support staff will assess requests, and where the house in unsafe, insecure unsanitary or not adequately keeping out the weather, we will send someone in to do the work straight away.“If they can wait, the repairs will be managed as part of the over…

New central library - complete with free internet and WiFi

Christchurch City Libraries have announced the opening on Monday the 19th of December of Central Library Peterborough. Located at 87-91 Peterborough Street (near Colombo street) it is what was the former VBase offices and store. The hours will be Monday to Friday 9am-6pm and weekends from 10am-5pm.

For those who rely on the library for internet access this will be available, as will free WiFi.

From the library announcement:

What will be at Central Library Peterborough?
The temporary library will have a collection of more than 70,000 items, including books, magazines, CDs and DVDs.Family history resources and microfilm newspapers will be available. The Nga Pounamu Maori and the Ngai Tahu collections are also included.The collection features books, a range of new magazines, world language material, music CDs, DVDs, talking books and newspapers. It will cater for all ages.Most of the collection is stock from the Central Library in Gloucester Street. This includes new items, and …

Private sector investment for failing schools in central and eastern Christchurch.

The Press this morning has an article on National implementing an ACT policy whereby schools that are failing can access private sector investment.

From the Press online
Failing schools in central and eastern Christchurch will be amongst the nation's first to allow private investment, it emerged yesterday.A newly-agreed ACT-National coalition deal will allow private investment in failing schools and introduce a cap on government spending.Under the deal announced yesterday, community, religious or ethnic groups, or private companies, will be allowed to operate state-funded "charter" schools. The full article ishere.