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  • Hebe, in reply to Lilith __,

    Most of the news stories are the first shots in a PR war by those affected, and good on them. Cera won't back down; they seem a closed loop: talking only to each other and the government . I see the only way of pressuring Cera is through the Key and Brownlee; and the only way of pressuring them is losing electorate seats and party vote share, or mass unrest. Christchurch people's bone-weariness is playing for the govt and Cera right now.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to Hebe,

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    There is a strong smell in the air. I have two workmates with TC3 or TC N/A status living in a sea of red or with a 124 on their house.
    These codes are pointless, what they mean is one work mate has been banned from entering her home since Feb 2011 due to the 124 order on it. See the hill behind it might fall on it. Her house is also a write off, but the land is deemed Not Applicable, so they are not paid out as the Redzoners can be. That's moving from Limbo to Purgatory.
    The other is on Avonside Dr surrounded by redzoned land, but blue herself. Blue without real road access, and the sewrline connected just last week.

    All this needs to be looked at with NG being compulsory purchased for a maybe, sometime later Rugby Park (not really though).

    I was in NG on 23 Dec2011 when another after shock hit. It was all cool and the people were brill.

    If we tolerate this we'll end up with Milton Keynes, minus the people.

    To recap, the Govt is not supporting the desperate poplulation but is funding the flight of capital from what is left of our city.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Just thinking,

    Her house is also a write off, but the land is deemed Not Applicable, so they are not paid out as the Redzoners can be.

    That sounds hellish. What is not applicable?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking, in reply to Hebe,

    They don't know. I can see disspear starting to come in.
    Their other trial has been the two winters they've been snowed on in their puptent caravan.

    My parquet floor has buckeled (how middleclass can you get), through non essential works not being carried out.
    That's not the issue. The issue is the emergency work that has been abandonded. Our chimney was taken down to the roofline but since June 2011 has started to pop out the side of the wall. This was identified as urgent, but no action has been taken.
    In short I don't park under it & the B'ball isnt bounced against it.

    It has been wounderful to see the spring flowers, but I still work in the Central Bulldozer District and get covered in silt - A silly little gripe. I mean, who wants to breath?

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Just thinking,

    O- aue! o shit o dear - how can we help?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Just thinking,

    Another rabbithole for those people. Shame about yr parquet though; a luxury problem is still real. The threatening chimney is a pain: we only had to put up with four months of running out of the 4.5 metre square living room when a shake hit so if the very dodgy chimney fell down no-one was squashed (it buggered up many a tv programme). When it was demolished the top two-thirds was one solid lump of mortar and bricks dealt to with power tools. The bricks in the bottom third were picked off by hand while the mortar crumbled to dust. Scary, curved chimneys are never good.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Hebe,

    Not being silly - but almost all Coast chimneys*** have a fireclay brick base on a solid concrete foundation and a stainless steel chimney tied into a protected wooden upper....we've learned from lots of earthquakes...

    ***whether its for a range(with waterheating), an open fire, or woodburner-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Islander,

    Tying the flue is a good idea. We have one tie in the roof space, and I'm thinking about adding another lower down inside the room to hold the burner itself steady. After some reluctance, I like this modern burner. It's super-efficient on wood use and warms our house wonderfully.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    There was one house in my street that had 2 concrete chimneys, thick and solid all the way from the hearth to the chimney-pot. They were in no danger of disintegration! But post-quake the land under the house had subsided slightly and the chimneys were leaning dangerously and threatening the remainder of the house as well as the occupants. The chimneys had to be cut free of their surroundings and lifted entire through the roof with a very large crane.

    Quite a spectacle for the neighbourhood!

    Stainless steel flues are definitely the way to go.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Hurrah for someone pushing the pushbikes!

    The scheme was working well and he hoped to enlist other organisations that wanted to offer an easy and eco-friendly way for staff to get around the city. “Those big employers who want to provide a nice sustainable way for their staff to get out at lunch and get around.”

    He has a concept using the humble shipping container to house the bike racks and automated kiosks so they can be easily rolled out where they are needed. That would allow the bikes to be placed in any temporary pop-up areas that would not warrant a large public transport investment.

    His grand plan was to get the bikes rolled out across the city for the public to hire, as in Europe.

    Transport had been the most popular subject of public submissions for the Christchurch City Council’s draft central-city plan, which was released last year.

    Henderson saw public bikes as a cheap and effective way to “connect the dots” of the city as buildings and hubs pop up from the rubble.

    He had spoken to city hotels, which were keen to get bike stands outside their front door for their guests to use after reopening.

    Bicycle Ventures also has a website, not that you’d know it from the Stuff article. Go them.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    The old Railway Station

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Lilith __,

    Hurrah for someone pushing the pushbikes!

    Coming from Auckland, Christchurch is such a breeze to get around by bike. No bloody hills! (Well, mostly.) People were amazed that I'd ridden along Avonside Drive, but it really wasn't hard on a mountain bike.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22825 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Coming from Auckland, Christchurch is such a breeze to get around by bike

    Chch has obvious natural advantages as a city for cycles: the mostly flat terrain and our broad streets. Which makes it a no-brainer for proper cycle lanes and facilities! But like just about everything good that's happened post-quake, the free loan bikes are being promoted by a local enthusiast. I hope the idea gets taken up by our supposed leaders.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Hail and thunder and lightning just to keep us in line.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    The size of cherries it lasted for about ten minutes but boy it was noisy. No windows broken. Anyway just a reminder this was September 4 - 2012.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Hail and thunder and lightning just to keep us in line.

    Great pic. Those clouds were epic, and the lightning massive. Hollywood-style drama; much better than earthquakes!

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

    History repeats itself. Another wee gem from J W.

    http://porcupinefarm.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/eeling-with-hone.html?spref=fb

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    A few snaps taken today 7th of September 2012

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Alice in Video Land . Note the missing corgies along the footpath

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    The Westpac Building and the Holiday Inn on the way out.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Afternoon light giving it a peaceful atmosphere.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Afternoon light giving it a peaceful atmosphere.

    Beautiful

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Alice in Video Land . Note the missing corgies along the footpath

    So glad to see Alice's looking so great! But where are the corgis??

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

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