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  • Tread carefully – demolition mania | Occasionalities
    the original materials in the original style London s Docklands a bomb damaged zone as late as the 1960s eventually became one of the city s priciest areas In the case of Berlin the real damage followed when developers moved in and removed all traces of the historic city Read full article here Like this Like Loading Related Categories Earthquake Day 7 Flesher Ave Day 8 Castle Rock Archives June

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  • September | 2010 | Occasionalities | Page 2
    friend in northern Victoria Continue reading Categories Community Current Affairs Calling All Angels 5 Sep Someone must have called in the angels on Saturday morning Our massive earthquake caused monumental amounts of damage to Christchurch and surrounding Canterbury but not one life was lost The Haiti earthquake exactly the same force at 7 1 on the Richter scale killed 300 000 people Thank goodness for our First World building standards and the incredibly fortuitous timing If the earthquake had occurred just five hours earlier Manchester St the site of large building collapses would have been busy with Friday night revellers My own property escaped damage The big worry for me was my Mum stuck out in Kaiapoi with no way of communicating to the outside world After waiting for news that the Waimakariri bridges were safe I headed out Numerous detours later I arrived to find Kaiapoi really messed up But Mum was fine her street suffering just minor damage She evacuated out to Christchurch but was able to return to Kaiapoi today When I got back I visited all the neighbours here in Armagh St In a sense it was like Christmas Day Everyone was in a very community focussed mood eager to share their stories and check that neighbours were okay Our block seemed less bothered by aftershocks than most other areas and everyone was pretty relaxed I was really impressed by the efforts of People s Choice candidates in the Burwood Pegasus ward who got out to elderly folk delivering water from a local aquifer Well done Tim Baker and Glenn Livingstone In our own Hagley Ferrymead ward I know Councillor Yani Johanson has been very busy with post earthquake duties Today was more like Boxing Day Folk got out on the streets by car bicycle and

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  • Heathcote 150 years | Occasionalities
    priest shaking every hand as the worshippers flowed from the packed out church at the end of the service This next photo gives a nice view of the beautiful timber interior and the vaulted ceilings plus a glimpse of some period dress What a great weekend Well done Heathcote Valley community for your tremendous enthusiasm and dedication Like this Like Loading Related Tags community Heathcote Categories Community Inspirational Linwood Playcentre

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  • community | Occasionalities
    was the Mt White Station muster featuring a family whose kids go to school in Springfield The laughter of recognition surged around the crowd as familiar faces came across the screen It was one of those community events that you only get in a country town Where a local s brief moment of fame is something to be shared and savoured My climbing mate and I felt awash in a sea of warmth and hospitality As we headed home I reflected on the experience Having spent much time living in country towns over the last three decades I was familiar with the pride and common interest that binds these small communities As an urban dweller I wondered about the distance that separates me from my neighbours Once upon a time we welcomed new neighbours with soup and scones taking shared responsibility for the burdensome chore of shifting house and welcoming new souls into our neighbourhood fabric Over the last 40 years that ethos has changed so substantially that bewilderment and shyness were the most common reactions as I made myself known to my new inner city neighbours a couple of years ago That great barometer of public attitudes advertising confirms the phenomenon of this growing distance from our neighbours It appears from a recent advertising campaign aimed at those of us who grew up in the seventies and before that there are two nostalgic memories that bind us knowing our neighbours and drinking coffee made from soluble powder In these days of the shrinking globe where we know our barista better than our neighbours where we Facebook our school friends in London more frequently than we greet a passerby at our gate what role is there for our physical neighbourhood I wonder if I have recently seen some clues to the answer to that question One night a few weeks ago a stolen car was set alight outside my house The next morning I inspected the damage for a few minutes stove top espresso in hand A young mum from a couple of doors down gave a wave and wandered over for a chat The grandmother from across the road detoured from her letterbox to say hello We shared the experience of a disrupted night and the mild shock of such anti social behaviour at our doorsteps More recently a next door neighbour phoned She had been burgled in the middle of the afternoon while she was at work Searching for clues and answers and assuaging her fears she was touching base with her neighbours We had a good old natter finding out who knew who and confirming that no one had seen the burglars in action Despite the negative triggers both experiences made me feel more grounded and at home in my neighbourhood I felt that others would be watching out for me and caring a little about how I was getting on A recent radio interview with Australian David Engwicht a proponent of fostering community to calm urban

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  • Heathcote | Occasionalities
    Penny and Mary the priest shaking every hand as the worshippers flowed from the packed out church at the end of the service This next photo gives a nice view of the beautiful timber interior and the vaulted ceilings plus a glimpse of some period dress What a great weekend Well done Heathcote Valley community for your tremendous enthusiasm and dedication Tags community Heathcote Categories Community Archives June 2015 March

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  • Inspirational Linwood Playcentre | Occasionalities
    the manager of the Linwood Playcentre The event hit the local news because it featured hundreds of paper cranes made by the kids to raise funds for a garden in memory of Nayan Woods Nayan was the four year old killed by a runaway car on Linwood Ave a few weeks back Like just about everyone else in this town I was deeply touched by the tragedy which occurred on a route I travel most days So the Linwood Playcentre had a big day as dozens of folk flocked there largely out of respect for Nayan and his family It was lovely to have the opportunity to meet Nayan s big brother Jacob and speak with his Mum and Dad Emma and Duncan I had been very impressed by their public display of forgiveness and understanding after the accident They were kind enough to accept my stumbling condolences and chat about the value they placed on their family being involved in the playcentre I went away inspired Yani and I were rapt to see the Linwood Playcentre raised 1 000 for its facilities during the open day Like this Like Loading Related Tags Linwood Nayan Woods playcentre Categories Community Green

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  • Linwood | Occasionalities
    Choice candidates in the Burwood Pegasus ward who got out to elderly folk delivering water from a local aquifer Well done Tim Baker and Glenn Livingstone In our own Hagley Ferrymead ward I know Councillor Yani Johanson has been very busy with post earthquake duties Today was more like Boxing Day Folk got out on the streets by car bicycle and foot and explored the damage Keen to avoid adding to road congestion I grabbed the bike and cycled through Avonside Linwood Central City and St Albans getting errands done and checking on friends I am thinking now of people out in Heathcote Mt Pleasant Redcliffs and Sumner From what I have picked up from supporters and friends in those suburbs apart from many toppled chimneys folk seem to be doing all right out there This three minute video is a summary of my explorations today Tags avonside canterbury earthquake christchurch earthquake Linwood st albans Comments 4 Comments Categories Earthquake Inspirational Linwood Playcentre 30 Aug It was a buzz to catch up with the folk of the Linwood Playcentre recently They had an open day to attract interested folk and raise funds Playcentres are a great example of local neighbourhoods getting together to provide a benefit for their community Children learn and play in a family centred environment Parents have the opportunity to learn professional skills and contribute to high quality early childhood education In this photo my city council running mate Councillor Yani Johanson is speaking with Jade the manager of the Linwood Playcentre The event hit the local news because it featured hundreds of paper cranes made by the kids to raise funds for a garden in memory of Nayan Woods Nayan was the four year old killed by a runaway car on Linwood Ave a few weeks

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  • Nayan Woods | Occasionalities
    with Jade the manager of the Linwood Playcentre The event hit the local news because it featured hundreds of paper cranes made by the kids to raise funds for a garden in memory of Nayan Woods Nayan was the four year old killed by a runaway car on Linwood Ave a few weeks back Like just about everyone else in this town I was deeply touched by the tragedy which occurred on a route I travel most days So the Linwood Playcentre had a big day as dozens of folk flocked there largely out of respect for Nayan and his family It was lovely to have the opportunity to meet Nayan s big brother Jacob and speak with his Mum and Dad Emma and Duncan I had been very impressed by their public display of forgiveness and understanding after the accident They were kind enough to accept my stumbling condolences and chat about the value they placed on their family being involved in the playcentre I went away inspired Yani and I were rapt to see the Linwood Playcentre raised 1 000 for its facilities during the open day Tags Linwood Nayan Woods playcentre Categories Community Archives June 2015 March

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