‘Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon . . . most inevitably will come to pass.’ (Paul Meyer)

Dear Members

Ok, who vividly imagined and ardently desired snow? Personally I’d rather warm sands so can someone please put their energy into wishing for that instead? I was told yesterday by a Nelsonian that Mother Earth is just punishing Canterbury for having such a good rugby team. Makes you view the Crusaders a little differently thinking on that one.

Obviously the snow interrupted us quite a lot this week and so there is not as much to report.

If you need advice on how to keep your house warm or ideas on how to work with agencies to make your ‘Shaken House’ better go to Community Energy Action . Also click here for information on Winter Safety and a community campaign.

We did however meet with a well known law firm and presented a number of resident issues with respect to insurers, including EQC, who seemingly change the rules at will. On behalf of groups of residents we asked what could be done. The outcome of this is the law firm will put a proposal together for CanCERN members to consider. We will pass this directly to members when this comes to hand.

If you are one of the growing group of residents who wants to know more about legal action as a group then please send us an email – info@cancern.org.nz . We will keep your contact details confidential and keep you posted.

CERA also convened a small meeting to discuss communications for the residents of the Port Hills. A lot of the time was used to discuss the zoning announcements for the remaining white zones. It seems that the remaining white zone announcements will be announced all at once before the end of the month. Naturally there was a lot of concern about the people out of their houses via s124 notices. CERA and the residents agreed that all residents will be notified of the announcements and meetings will be held to explain the decisions as they have done recently in other areas. If you have moved and lived in the port hills please make sure CERA has your current contact details. Just call them on 0800 RING CERA (0800 7464 2372)

Finally we’ve had a kind offer from a leader of a church who would like to organise some breaks for people living in substandard conditions. If you know of someone in your community that might fit this bill and is happy to be contacted, please email leanne@cancern.org.nz so I can pass on the details.

Just a wee note to members who take parts from the CanCERN newsletter to use in their own communications with residents – if it’s come from our newsletter, please add a note identifying that.

Other things to note in this week’s newsletter:

Community Facilities – are you interested?
Community noticeboards – do you need one?
Earthquake Case Studies–Insurance and Savings Ombudsman

Warm regards

Leanne and Brian