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Busytown: The shakes

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  • Rachel Prosser,

    For Jolisa's lexically correct father-in-law - Sewers and Sewerage are good things. Sewage on the other hand (the stuff that flows through the Sewerage system) is best kept contained.

    It's one of those odd words like restaurateur that trips people up a lot.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Damn, missed the 15 mins.
    That figure of $0.25 per $100.00 seems out of whack to me it appears to be close to $5.00 per $100.00 of value and as home insurance is, generally, based on replacement cost, those figures should be closer. The principal remains the same however.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Rachel Prosser,

    Coming to Auckland for relaxation says it all

    Yes I did think it ironic I came here for functioning infrastructure and water you can drink out the tap!

    (And also because I have a ticket to tonight's Quiz shindig - is anyone else going from PAS?)

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Rachel Prosser,

    To introduce a new thread to the thread - the old saying about "An ill wind ..." is illustrated here too.

    There is a lot of vacant commercial property in Christchurch - the new build stuff which is pretty much undamaged. I'm thinking of the huge development on Lincoln Road in particular (I haven't seen it, but presume it undamaged).

    A lot of the buildings damaged around where I live (edgeware) are the small commercial properties. I can see the extra new space being snapped up much more quickly as a result, although quite a few of the smaller properties are things like hairdressing salons, cafes - the two best places to buy bagels have been hard hit.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    restaurateur

    He. Ratatouille anyone? Mousetraps maybe?

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Sewage/Sewerage. I stand corrected on my previous remark. soily me.
    Which reminds me. Any news on Mr. Dalziel?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    Yes, where is our Bard of Avon?

    the two best places to buy bagels have been hard hit

    For the conspiracy theorists, I'd say that makes it less likely the CIA was involved.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • JLM,

    @ Rachel, thanks for the info about the teacher's college - I think now it was probably you I heard it from in the first place - how circular!

    I was at Helen Connon Hall just down the road when the Inaguahua earthquake struck - the second floor corridor doorways were decorated by shivering girls in their nighties. Then Betty Dowd swept down reassuringly in a much more voluminous version. I doubt those bricks would have survived the latest, but it's no longer there now, anyway.

    Is this the tc building by the way - my memory is getting hazy?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharondavis/4956357769/

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    tonight's Quiz shindig

    sounds good; too knackered

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Rachel Prosser,

    yeah, i was trying to work out how to explain this. Even for the nervier people I know, it seems they're losing the reflex to panic with all the aftershocks, but it's still... wearing.

    It is wearing, I agree - and realised how much adrenaline/nervous energy I was carrying now I'm in Auckland and relaxing more.

    To start with it's a bit exciting and a bit uncertain.

    As a child I was lucky enough to grow up in Wainuiomata, where earthquake drills were a highlight of the curriculum.

    I remember the teacher (Mrs Hennessy at Parkway Primary, who was lovely) calling "Earthquake" and we'd have to get under our desks and then she'd go round telling us what body parts we'd lose if we weren't hiding under it properly. (A leg, an arm, a head)

    It is one of my fondest primary school memories - that and riding the elephant at the Zoo.

    But too much excitement and uncertainty is tiring - I didn't sleep well last night at all.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

    On the total billions and EQC's cash - I don't think the total cost of the earthquake being guessed at refers only to the costs that will be met by EQC, but to the total cost.

    EQC meets the first $100k + GST needed for each insured dwelling, any more on such dwelling is for the insurance company. And it covers local authorities for infrastucture etc. And not churches, commercial properties, etc., nor uninsured residential property. ?

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    It is wearing, I agree - and realised how much adrenaline/nervous energy I was carrying now I'm in Auckland and relaxing more.

    In a strange way, with this sort of thing it's often not till you're out of it that you truly realise you were in it. Must be a survival mechanism.

    Those earthquake drills were great, although I remember anxiously inspecting the way the legs of the desk were joined to the top, since that was all that was supposedly protecting us.

    Am worried by reports of the condition of the UC library. One million books shaken off the shelves; 'treasures' destroyed. Some of the stacks toppled like dominos, according to twittering folk. Another reason to be grateful it happened after hours -- otherwise undergrads would be haunting the stacks for real.

    I know you can't bolt everything down (esp books) but I wouldn't be surprised if there's some serious revision of how to rattle-proof a library after this. The liability!

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Because there is nothing like the image of the 'Man-in-charge-of-a-crisis' to boost the ratings - just ask Rudi Guliani.

    He was more helped by NY Democrats that couldn't find their shit to lose it. Perhaps I'm rather naive, but anyone (local or national) trying to score politically of this would be foolish indeed.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Don't have to do anything to 'score'. Whoever is in charge when there's a crisis just does well out of it with voters - unless they completely stuff up their response. Just being seen at the scene is enough. Walkaround, anyone?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    This is clearly a cracked drive from the neighbours tree root. The grass growing in the cracks says this didn't happen yesterday.

    Photo no. 6


    Christchurch Girls High (Old School) was owned by The Arts Centre Trust. The Canterbury Community Trust granted money to earthquake strengthen the building. The Arts Centre sold it to Christ College but kept the funds granted to them for strengthening the building.

    Photo no.40

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/image.cfm?c_id=1&gal_gid=113693&gallery_id=113692#7075066

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Have just heard from someone who works there that the Canterbury Museum is in pretty good shape, considering. But the old Robert McDougall art gallery out the back had no earthquake strengthening...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    This is clearly a cracked drive from the neighbours tree root. The grass growing in the cracks says this didn't happen yesterday.

    Heh, yes. Applying weedkiller before trying to flog the expense off to EQC might be in order.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    The grass growing in the cracks says this didn't happen yesterday.

    That won't stop them trying to claim, I bet.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart,

    A young friend in Christchurch did a study for a science fair project of her schoolmates' knowledge of natural hazards, awareness of consequences and extent of their family preparations. It was written up for the Australian Journal of Emergency Management here, in Issue 2.
    The focus was on an Alpine Fault earthquake but there some interesting and prescient findings.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    The fact that Gio and I have similar thoughts is a worry.
    ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Jo Eggers,

    As a grad of the Classics department at U of C, I'm hoping that the Logie Collection survived. But remembering how that building swayed in previous small quakes...... I suspect there may have been some losses.....

    And all those books in the Library........ so wish I was there to help.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    The fact that Gio and I have similar thoughts is a worry.

    Hey - I'm Italian. About 80% of my brain is wired to think about sex and the remaining 20%, insurance scams.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Rain in the Waimak' may result in people being evacuated* from areas around it (the stopbanks were weakened by the 'quake.)

    In whanau news, one of my sisters has learned that her house, a bit further north, has a 20cm-wide crack running underneath it - and this has cracked the first storey...

    she normally lives & works at Mt Isa, and the place was untenanted but...
    (my brother & s-i-l's house in Avonside Drive is fine however, and my cousin & his family who live in it, all well.)

    Here, the rain has being doing it's thing for the past 6 hours, and there are unconfirmed reports of quite a few slips on both side & main roads.
    Earth! Love it but dont expect to be steadfast eh?

    *I had been resisting the medical meaning of people being 'evacuated' for so long here...I knew it before I ever heard of a refugee...

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

  • Carol Stewart,

    Those earthquake drills were great,

    We used to have tsunami drills at Opotiki Primary - on account of the proximity to White Island. They involved marching us all in an orderly line across a bridge over the Waioeka River ..

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Earth! Love it but dont expect to be steadfast

    I want that embroidered on a cushion for Christmas.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

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