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  • Day 7 – Flesher Ave | Occasionalities
    quake he thought the nearby Avon River had flooded into the street But it was the now notorious liquefaction effect swallowing the road and spewing water and silt A vehicle was nearly buried The state of his street only added to the stress that he was under Over in Lyttelton the port suffered millions of dollars of damage The piles under the container wharf were affected cutting port capacity by 50 On top of that alternating closures of the road tunnel and the Evans Pass route meant he has had several days of not knowing whether he will get home from work Flesher Ave was originally a state housing street Now largely in private ownership with a lot of investment in home improvements a high proportion of the houses had chimneys crash through the tile roofs Some concern was expressed about the city council building inspections More than one resident though relieved to get the green safe sign on their house noted that the inspection seemed very cursory One lady said her husband an architectural designer commented that the inspectors did not seem to know what they were doing We were bemused by this sign in the middle of the road Apparently a local resident had erected it to make up for the shortfall in council signage There was an official road closed sign at the other end of the street Yani and a number of residents were struck by the irony that just days before the quake the street had been planted with new trees Yani had lobbied at council on behalf of a resident petition for these trees to be planted They are now blossoming We don t know whether they will all survive the silt onslaught Excuse the quality of this picture we were losing daylight at

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  • Tuesday – Day 4 | Occasionalities
    destroyed They saw their first Council official today Most of the residents are elderly with others suffering severe life disadvantages In one unit the resident appeared to be a squatter lying on a threadbare couch wrapped in a ragged blanket and studiously examining soiled wads of newsprint In their plight it was clear what an important function our city s social housing serves Yani came away with a long list of requests for Council Security promised for closed off areas has never arrived Residents cars parked on the zone perimeter and abandoned homes are vulnerable Sightseers are at risk from the shifting and sometimes invisible holes Residents told of two soldiers who sat down on a park bench for lunch only to disappear into a crater that opened up under their weight But despite how bad it still looks at day 4 there was kudos from residents for how much has been achieved in the clean up to date We dropped in on Bruce Calkin who was on the Shirley Intermediate School Board of Trustees with me a few years ago He pointed out that Orion have straightened the power poles and reconnected power to all the homes in the area The army and contractors have shifted much of the enormous amount of silt that burst up from underground Lovely to get back to my own home only a few hundred metres away and completely unaffected by damage So fortunate to find I don t live in a liquefaction zone Feeling for Yani who went off to the Linwood Welfare Centre at 11pm to do an 8 hour shift Legendary Time for bed after a big day Working Wednesday Darn another tremor the first for hours just barrelled through It s so quiet at 1am that I could hear it

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  • Occasionalities | Page 4
    https blog petertaylor co nz 2011 03 03 hangman is no more castle rock post quake 27 Feb 2011 This page is getting a lot of hits from people clearly curious about the fate of Castle Rock in the 2011 earthquake The article and images below refer to the the 2010 earthquake Continue reading Tags castle rock christchurch earthquake port hills rock climbing Comments 1 Comment Categories Earthquake Tread carefully demolition mania 11 Sep David Killick s careful consideration of the future of Christchurch buildings in The Press on 9 Sept Read here A few quotes During the post disaster phase we don t want to see the unnecessary and untimely and hasty demolition of historic heritage as a result of poor management decisions poor advice or even perceived opportunities to dispose of unwanted buildings Crighton says Following the devastation of World War II some badly bombed cities such as Vienna were rebuilt from 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 Categories Earthquake Day 7 Flesher Ave 10 Sep Councillor Yani Johanson and I got out today around a stricken area that we had only recently heard about Flesher Ave in Richmond was hit hard We spoke to many local residents Those who were home were pretty upbeat A couple of calmer aftershock days and half a day of sunshine had lifted spirits But around half of the homes were empty Not surprising given how hard this street was hit Continue reading Tags christchurch earthquake Categories Earthquake Tuesday Day 4 8 Sep After work

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  • Victorian Floods | Occasionalities
    forefront of organising many of the logistics and communicating with people It has been a very busy weekend and we still don t know if the kinder will flood until later today or tomorrow If it floods as it did in 1993 it may take months to get it refitted and the kids back in there Hopefully it won t get to this point Lots of people have been evacuated from houses around many areas in Vic as we have 7 rivers around Vic in major flood conditions at present You mentioned community spirit at times like these it is amazing We are also experiencing it so many people who weren t on our evacuation emergency list came flooding to the kinder to assist move it s contents Free pizzas at the end and lots of extra hands on offer if necessary 900 hundred people had their houses door knocked over night in 4 hours in Wangaratta to let them know of pending evacuation Our country has changed a lot since the fires 2 years ago the commission findings have lead to extra warnings via SMS to mobile phones via the various phone networks Radio is very vigilant about warnings

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  • Current Affairs | Occasionalities | Page 3
    economist Paul Krugman suggests that this has not always the case with ratings agencies Krugman points to the fact that of AAA rated subprime mortgage backed securities issued in 2006 93 percent 93 percent have now been downgraded to junk status His column cites rating agency emails uncovered in the US Senate s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations These show clear conflicts of interest in ratings agency work Wall Street firms would direct their business to whichever agency was most likely to give a favorable verdict and threaten to pull business from an agency that tried too hard to do its job Krugman briefly considers what can be done to avoid the same scenario developing again though without coming up with a firm recommendation Read his column on the New York Times site here Tags financial crisis Paul Krugman ratings agencies Categories Current Affairs Finance US Navy to launch Great Green Fleet 21 Apr The US navy is set to be both green and mean with the dawning of an new eco friendly assault force that will mind its carbon footprint as it destroys its enemy It is to launch the Great Green Fleet a fighting force of ships submarines and

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  • Occasionalities | Page 5
    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 Green Drinks 26 August 23 Aug Green Drinks presents Solid Energy Yes folks you read right we have Solid Energy presenting at this Thursday s Green Drinks Andy Matheson General Manager Renewable Energy at Solid Energy will talk about the company s renewable energy initiatives particularly biofuels 5 30pm Thursday 26 August in the No 8 Dining Room at The Twisted Hop in Poplar Lane Andy will speak from 6pm This is a great opportunity for intelligent and discerning folk to make up their own minds about Solid Energy s biofuels programme What are their motivations Are biofuels a legitimate answer to our energy woes What are they actually achieving at the moment Andy is a down to earth approachable guy He is keen to tell his story so this is a great chance to have a dialogue Come along and ask your questions I personally will be fascinated to hear what the questions and answers are on these widely debated issues Green Drinks is your chance to mix and mingle with the keen environmental doers and thinkers of Christchurch Come along it will be great to see you Tags biofuel Solid Energy Categories Environment Seminars Seminars You Missed Skinny skis leather boots 17 Aug UPDATE 2014 The video referred to in this article is no longer available due to the demise of telemarktips com Ever found skiing hard Oh no you haven t For those who have never telemarked this video might seem a little anti climactic We skiers have all seen videos of cool dudes shredding slopes ad infinitum The appeal here is in the restrictions that these particular cool dudes faced when this video was filmed The guys at Telemarktips com have recently posted a video of telemark skiing from what I m guessing is the early 1980s the age of the renaissance of telemark skiing This was back when telemark skiing meant hurtling downhill in soft leather boots attached to ludicrously skinny

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  • Occasionalities | Page 6
    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 traffic gave more food for thought Engwicht claims that rather than narrowing streets and building speed bumps the solution to traffic danger is to reclaim our streets This is a view that has great resonance in the age of the boy racer Engwicht suggests that when we reject fear and treat our street as an extension of our home perhaps even having dinner publicly visible in our driveways that a welling sense of community slows traffic and makes us all safer Boy racers will always tend to drive faster and louder than average but everyone slows down a little when they see neighbours having a conversation kids playing with a ball or a family eating dinner in their driveway In Springfield Oxford and Methven people are neighbours first and foremost In small communities lives intertwine and everyone knows someone who knows someone else In Christchurch we will always be a city we will always run the risk of social dislocation as unfamiliar faces speed by But David Engwicht and the Springfield pub provide inspiration for our neighbourhoods Gardening the verge and saying hello to passersby Making an effort to give a cherry wave to the neighbours and swapping phone numbers for emergencies Maybe a shared street barbeque for the households in your block Each little step provides the opportunity to build a sense of neighbourhood that protects us and makes us feel welcome in our street My neighbours don t know it yet but come spring they are all invited to a barbeque out on the footpath in our street I look forward to reintroducing myself to familiar faces and making some new acquaintances I hope I have inspired you to think about your neighbourhood too And yes we had the barbeque

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