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  • Rebuilding the People’s City | Occasionalities
    to make considered decisions regarding the future of city buildings He also recommended that we make our decisions with a view to the city as a whole rather than individual buildings in isolation Naturally all decisions would be a balancing of economic and aesthetic values He called for a lightness of touch in our approach Architecture David Sheppard invited us to reflect on the fact that Christchurch would now be labelled earthquake prone a label we had avoided before This label would affect our reputation our desirability as a place to live and land values He felt that hard decisions would have to be made about where to build The City Plan would need to be significantly amended to reflect the fact that we are on a fault line Like Professor Elms David also observed that just modest strengthening of old buildings had been enough for them to survive the earthquake David urged the development of separate strategies for short and long term needs We must make sound and considered plans for the future but we must not allow this process to stop us taking immediate action The ball game has changed A significant realignment of our expectations and planning is required Heritage Professor Ian Lochhead said that there was hope for any building that was still standing He showed us stunning examples of monumental buildings in Europe and the Rangiatea church in Otaki that were all rebuilt from ruins Naturally such reconstruction would involve significant expense and time Professor Lochhead argued for serious consideration of making this commitment He urged us to avoid architectural Alzheimers Heritage buildings are a key part of our society s memory we must value that memory Values would determine the future of these buildings Would we value high rental returns or our heritage Professor Lochhead sees the post quake period as an opportunity to say that second best will not do in Canterbury He reminded us that international heritage and tourist interests are watching Insurance Doug Bent of the Earthquake Commission EQC appraised us of the scale of the insurance challenges His latest figures were 52 000 claims but he was expecting this to reach 100 000 EQC staff would grow from 22 to 400 to handle the claims He had very practical advice for exposing criminals posing as EQC inspectors Simply ask them what claim number they are assessing You and the EQC inspectors will know this Criminals will not Details of EQC claim processes are available in full page newspaper advertisements and their Web site http www eqc govt nz People and democracy Phil Clearwater Chrissie Williams and Jim Anderton each spoke They rejected the autocratic approach of the current city Mayor and administration They advocated a cooperative and inclusive approach to determining our city s future Jim Anderton posed the question if the government can put 10 billion into Auckland motorways what can Christchurch expect as recovery support for a one in 10 000 year event Like this Like Loading Related

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2010/09/15/rebuilding-the-peoples-city/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Earthquake | Occasionalities | Page 2
    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 Cr Yani Johanson and I visited Avonside homes impacted by the quake Real bad Spectacular craters in the road continue to grow with tremors Drains and pump stations squeezed out of the earth Cracks coarse along verges and across roads Water and silt everywhere Still no water supply on in some streets It is portaloos and water containers for residents of those streets Continue reading Tags avonside christchurch earthquake Categories Earthquake 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

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/category/current-affairs/earthquake/page/2/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Paul Krugman on the ratings agencies | Occasionalities
    I will say is that I was pleased to see Standard and Poors working to a clear and unambiguous assessment framework as they worked through the process with us Sadly a recent New York Times column by Nobel Prize winning 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 Like this Like Loading Related Tags financial crisis Paul Krugman ratings agencies Categories Current Affairs Finance US Navy to launch Great Green Fleet The importance of being

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2010/04/27/paul-krugman-on-the-ratings-agencies/ (2016-05-02)
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  • financial crisis | Occasionalities
    international credit ratings regime What I will say is that I was pleased to see Standard and Poors working to a clear and unambiguous assessment framework as they worked through the process with us Sadly a recent New York Times column by Nobel Prize winning 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 Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/financial-crisis/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Paul Krugman | Occasionalities
    regime What I will say is that I was pleased to see Standard and Poors working to a clear and unambiguous assessment framework as they worked through the process with us Sadly a recent New York Times column by Nobel Prize winning 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 Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/paul-krugman/ (2016-05-02)
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  • ratings agencies | Occasionalities
    an expensive international credit ratings regime What I will say is that I was pleased to see Standard and Poors working to a clear and unambiguous assessment framework as they worked through the process with us Sadly a recent New York Times column by Nobel Prize winning 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 Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/ratings-agencies/ (2016-05-02)
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  • East Christchurch disaster – angels needed | Occasionalities
    few days before systems were in place and then moving on to advocacy jumping up and down to get a welfare processing centre set up in their area Before this people were expected to travel to New Brighton to try to get hardship grants With no busses on impassable roads Now there are two welfare places where people can get help one at Nga Hau E Wha on Pages Road and the Wainoni Hall on Hampshire Street There is also a centre at Aranui Primary School where people can get food packages The Salvation Army have a contract with a caterer and are feeding the Maori Wardens They are also happy to provide up to 100 hot meals for vulnerable people in the community The food comes from the city and just gets served there We have been delivering the food to those that can t get in to eat it or collect it there There has been an inpouring of support from outside the community The good folk of Rangiora banded together to form Rangiora Express They started by helicopter and have now moved to vans and have been bringing in tons of food water etc There have also been heaps of other random individuals turning up with donations of stuff Coordination has been an issue My request I would like help to support these people There are a few key areas where we ve been asked for help 1 Advocacy problem solving etc We need a bunch of people with good personal resource to support people through the application process to Winz and Red Cross We also need people willing to turn up and help someone deal with the fact that rain is pouring in through their roof they have five children no money don t speak English very well and don t know who to call as happened today 2 Meals The chief Maori Warden agrees with me that a midday hot meal would be much easier to deal with then a hot dinner If the caterers agree then we would need 5 volunteers a day 2 to serve at the Salvation Army 2 to take the bulk of the deliveries One navigating and delivering the other driving and one to take the three or four deliveries outside the area referred by the community constable in Dallington Queenspark etc 3 Food and supplies for the Maori Wardens to deliver The funding for the food they have been distributing has run out They would like to take out home baking ice cream containers with healthy snacks water bottles etc to the houses they visit It would be fantastic if we could support these incredibly hard working people this way 4 Baking for a nice treat for pudding to go with the meals 5 Taking any donations directly to Aranui Primary School and volunteering there helping to distribute food packages etc That job could also be combined with advocacy 1 We are taking a break from giving out meals

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2011/03/08/east-christchurch-disaster-angels-needed/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Blank | Occasionalities
    Day Out Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013 March 2013 August 2012 February 2012 October 2011 March 2011 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 April 2010 Categories Adventures Community Current Affairs Earthquake Environment Film Finance Music Seminars Seminars You Missed Uncategorized Meta Register Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress com Create a free website or blog

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2010/09/17/property-developers-conflict-of-interest/ (2016-05-02)
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