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Southern Response - additional customer meeting

Southern response recently advertised a customer meeting for the evening of Tuesday the 12th of February.An additional meeting will now be held from 2.30-4.30pm on the same day. For more information the Southern Response meeting web page is here..

Red Zone Settlements for Port Hills homes affected by Section 124 notices and insured with IAG

The following information is from CanCERN. It is a report on their discussions with IAG regarding the situation of hill residents who have been Red Zoned We met with IAG to clarify settlements for Port Hills Red Zoners with Section 124 notices. It is complex and case-by-case so if you have any further questions, please contact your IAG claims case manager.IAG deems a home a ‘constructive total loss’ IF it is a Port Hills Red Zone property with a Section 124 notice that unequivocally will not be removed, meaning there is no available mitigation that would result in the removal of the Section 124 notice.
The reason the house is deemed a constructive total loss (regardless of actual damage to the home) is that the homeowner has legally lost the access to their home based on the rules of the S124 notice (in which the Council can enforce vacation of property). There are some properties with S124 notices that this may not apply. The key factor is the permanency of the S124 notice. This may b…

Revised guidelines for repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquakes

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE, and, in part,  formerly the Department of Building and Housing) has updated guidance on repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquakes. The guidance covers foundation repairs and rebuilds in the various Canterbury green zone categories. The methods or solutions proposed in the document are not mandatory. The media release is here.A major irritation, carried over from similar previous material, is the specification that the key audience is: engineers, designers, builders, Building Consent Authorities (BCAs), insurance companies. Once again, those with the most at stake are talked over rather than with. In the Foreword (p.4) MBIE state that “ (the Guide) gives robust and well-balanced engineering solutions that will reduce the risk of injury to people and damage to homes in future earthquakes.” Fine – so how about making the intended beneficiaries part of the key audience? Why not keep them fully informed…

An earthquake and its effect on children

Researchers from the University of Toronto, University of Chicago, and Liaoning Normal University conducted research into the effects of a severe earthquake in China (2008) on children aged 9 and 6. The results show that older children tend to have an increase in altruistic behaviour with the reverse in the younger group. Eventually both groups returned to normal behaviour for their age groups.A crucial difference between the two age groups emerged one month after the disaster. The 6-year-olds’ willingness to share in a test measuring altruism dropped by a third, while among 9-year-olds, willingness to give to others nearly tripled. Three years later, children in the age groups returned to pre-earthquake levels of altruism. “The study provides the first evidence to suggest that experiencing a natural disaster affects children’s altruistic giving significantly,” said Kang Lee, university distinguished professor at the University of Toronto. “The immediate negative effect of the earthqu…

Quake Outcasts on the Government offer to uninsured red Zoners

Quake Outcasts is a residents' group formed to advocate and protect the rights of red zoned home owners in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes. In the wake of the media showing the Government had ignored CERA’s pay-out recommendations for those who were uninsured in the residential Red Zones they have released a statement of their views (here)..

Holy Trinity Community Funday - Sunday 10th February

Holy Trinity Avonside Community Fun day Sunday 10 February 4 – 6 pm 168 Stanmore RoadFREE EVENT! BBQ, LIVE MUSIC, OUTDOOR GAMES, CRAZY BIKES!! COFFEE AND MORE! BRING YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR NEIGHBOURS! All Welcome!.