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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Addington Action - newsletter

One of the best organised of community groups Addington Actionhave put out another newsletter. It is very good example of a community supporting itself.

The newsletter:
Hi people
Addington Action is a working committee made up of a resident from each street, workplace union delegates, church ministers and school principals. It meets monthly to co-ordinate activity and is evolving rapidly. Volunteers are co-ordinated by cell phone text messages.
Work completed by Addington Action
So far around 800 jobs have been done for 500 households on 115 streets in 336 days. At anyone time, 20 jobs are underway and 50 are waiting to start. Addington Action is functioning as the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff because of the failure of government to provide timely aid to earthquake stricken working people in the area.
Free repairs to uninsured homes
A regular volunteer work crew has been making free repairs to the uninsured homes of the elderly, disabled and single parent families with young kids in the area from Phillipstown to Hoon Hay. Contact Addington Action if you can help with the repair effort or you know of a resident who needs this free help.
Food parcels
0800 Hungry are supplying food parcels each Tuesday which are being distributed by Addington Action to hungry families in Addington.
Vegetable gardens
Christchurch South Community Gardens are providing free small vegetable gardens at the homes of residents in Addington, Spreydon and Sydenham. 30 have been done so far. Some large gardens that multiple families can share are also being planned. Contact Addington Action to go on the list.
Any donations are a great help. Please send them to Addington Action, PO Box 9000, Tower Junction, Christchurch. Addington Action is now an Incorporated Society but not yet a registered charity.
Recent donations
So far 37,836.90 has been raised. Rotary gave $5,000 to pay for building materials. Bunnings gave a wopping trade discount. CEAT gave $10,000 for work tools. The Canterbury Community trust has donated $15,000 for a work truck. The Spreydon Heathcote Community Board has donated $2,350 for posters, fuel and legal and bank fees. Private residents have given donations of $1,540. The last Addington Fair raised $1,700.
Street representatives
35 streets in Addington, Sydenham, Hoon Hay and Spreydon now have a community minded person as the point of contact for their neighbours to Addington Action.
They need to keep an eye out for;
+ Uninsured homes that need repairs
+ Is a family in your street going hungry
+ People who want to help
Addington Action is able to offer more assistance to residents of streets that have a representative. Training is provided to each street rep as well as a free copy of the Earthquake Recovery Resource Kit which is a practical manual for organising help.
Contact Addington Action if you want to help or need help

Mike Peters
Addington Action

Friday, 27 January 2012

Burwood-Pegasus Ward By-election 2012 - voting progress

The CCC has an excellent web page showing what percentage of voting papers have been returned for the Burwood-Pegasus Ward By-election 2012.

As at 8.30 last night 7,057 out of nearly 40,00 ballot papers had been returned. That means 17.74% have sent in their votes so far. This is well ahead of the same time in the council elections for 2010 when 11.2% of voting papers had been returned.

Despite the apparent disarray amongst current councillors, and widely voiced dissatisfaction with the way the council is led and conducts itself, faith in the system itself has certainly not been lost.

The Council voting progress web page is here.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Lonely Planet - free Guide to Christchurch

Lonely Planet have updated their information on Christchurch and made it available as a free 48 page PDF download from their website here.

The following is an extract from the beginning of the Chapter on Christchurch. If nothing else it is a reminder of why we live here and not somewhere else.
Why Go?
Nowhere in New Zealand is changing and developing as fast as post-earthquake Christchurch, and visiting the country’s second largest city as it’s being rebuilt and reborn is both interesting and inspiring.
A short drive from Christchurch’s dynamic re-emergence, Banks Peninsula conceals hidden bays and beaches – a backdrop for kayaking and wildlife cruises with a sunset return to the attractions of Akaroa. To the north are the vineyards of the Waipara Valley and the family-holiday ambience of Hanmer Springs. Westwards, the well-ordered farms of the Canterbury Plains morph quickly into the rough-and-tumble wilderness of the Southern Alps.
Canterbury summertime attractions include tramping along the braided rivers and alpine valleys around Arthur’s Pass and mountain biking around the turquoise lakes of the Mackenzie Country. During winter, the attention switches to the mountains, with skiing at Mt Hutt. Throughout the seasons, Aoraki/Mt Cook, the country’s tallest peak, stands sentinel over this diverse region.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch earthquake recovery fund

The following is from the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch website:
The Christchurch Diocesan Earthquake Recovery Fund was set up by Bishop Barry Jones to distribute monies donated to him following the earthquake of September 4th, 2010 and the subsequent earthquakes. The fund exists to help those people affected by the earthquakes. To do this, the Diocese is seeking to help parishes and those within parishes to respond to the needs of their own community and also to the wider community. Applications are now open to parishes, organisations and interested individuals wishing to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the earthquakes.
Goals of the fund:
The fund has four main goals.
  • To alleviate human suffering.
  • To assist community development and cultural activities especially those that seek to help rebuild community spirit and resilience in parishes and the wider community.
  • To help parishes continue to meet the pastoral needs of their parishioners post-earthquake.
  • To help parishes prepare for future events / improved disaster preparedness.
There are some general guidelines that also need to be taken into consideration when applying for funding.
  • The application for funding must be for a project that meets needs following the earthquakes of 2010 – 2011 i.e. a need that was not there prior to this.
  • Priority will be given to projects that fulfil pastoral and human relief needs that are not currently being met or are severely lacking, require supplementary help or further assistance.
  • Each application must demonstrate how the funds given will be used.
  • Applicants will be required to report back to the Bishop at regular intervals.
  • No applications will be considered for the rebuilding of churches, capital expenditure or insurance issues.
 Additional information, contact details, and an application form are available here. It is not necessary for an organisation to be Catholic to apply.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Christchurch Stadium

The Ministry of Economic Development have set up a web page to provide information about the new stadium being constructed in Addington. Key dates will be added as they become known and there is an on-line contact form for questions.

The web page is here.

Recent seismic activity - CERA programme now on YouTube

The programme, produced by CTV for CERA, was originally shown on Maori TV. Over a period of 29 minutes a panel discuss the earthquakes so far experienced, and what the expectations are for the future.

The YouTube version is here.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Earthquake Royal Commission - Lichfield 116 hearing (Reuben Blades)

 The Royal Commission have added documents relating to the collapse of unreinforced masonry walls at 116 Lichfield street to their on-line library here.