“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”
Orison Swett Marden
Thanks to all for the feedback on Facebook and online forums and to those who emailed us in support. Your comments are greatly appreciated and helpful and we hope you feel we have represented the issues professionally and accurately.
Even though the media did not pick up on the EQC story in a big way and the response from EQC Board Chair, Michael Wintringham was rather closed, it has brought supporters out of the woodwork. The benefit of this is that these people are professionally well informed and can offer the technical basis for what we have presented. We are loathed to go into areas which cannot be well substantiated but added support from other sectors of the rebuild adds weight and validity to the claims we have made. The ‘overwhelming odds’ appear to be getting smaller.
Brian and Leanne
Data Mapping Workshop
As many of you will know last weekend, with the help of Mark Mismash and students from Unitec Auckland we ran a mapping workshop at Burwood School. The taking of community data and plotting it onto a real map of our neighbourhood to get a visual layout of information was the goal for the day. 6 hours went lightening fast as we worked with data collected on paper, with smart devices and some pretty fancy gadgets from Trimble (data collection specialists). We learned how to make walking maps, gather GPS coordinates from google and plot our information into layers on Open Street Maps. Needless to say we have not become experts but we all were given a good start and a clear way to get our information into a form that can be more easily understood by our communities. If you want to know more about this then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and once again a big thanks to all who attended and to the awesome tutors and students from Unitec./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
Rotary and Fulton Hogan donate a CanCERN Start-Up Safety Kit / Tool Box
Lindsay Crossen and Brian shake on the start of things to come…..
Rotary have been working behind the scenes hunting through 2nd hand shops and coordinating with Fulton Hogan to bring us our first lot of Safety Equipment and information to use with our Recycle Project. Lindsay Crossen has been a great help supplying us with safety information and ideas and ensuring that we get good information and gear right from the start. A big thanks to Lindsay and the Rotary team.
Recycle, Reuse, Re-locate.
Just when you all thought it wouldn’t happen of course we get closer to start day. Paul Lindsay and his team from Lindsay Builders have put up the fence around the short term storage facility to secure the site, Arrow have agreed to a ‘shopping list’ of items that we can ask for and Council have sent us details of the paperwork that we will need to complete which looks a lot simpler than first imagined. Slowly but surely we are getting closer.
We need some testers so send us your submissions – In light of this we would like to know what types of requests will be made, what problems will arise and if an online system is actually possible. We have put together this online form to fill out for consideration. This is just a ‘dummy run’. Submissions will be treated seriously but only as a test at this stage. Information will be collected in confidence, those that submit the form will be contacted but nothing will be actioned at this time.
HOWEVER once we test the process, iron out the bugs, get sign off from all relevant stakeholders and sort the legal ramifications these submission could easily be flicked to the front of the queue. Food for thought.
EQC Review – CanCERN's Opinion 2 Nov 2012
CanCERN was one of the community based participants of the EQC Review led by Treasury (Community Forum was the other). Click the link to read the entire commentary which discussed the EQC Model. The review is not meant to be a discussion about how well EQC has performed throughout the Canterbury Earthquakes but obviously one informs the other.
The consultation will be collated into a discussion document which is due for release in March 2013. The public will be invited to make comment at that stage. Note – the Review is future looking so any proposed changes to the EQC Act will not impact on the Canterbury claims and settlements./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
CanCERN has accepted the invitation to attend the Consumer Advocacy Group meeting at EQC next week. Although we are critical of the EQC communications, this is a big step forward for EQC and hopefully will make a positive difference for the residents. With the wealth of knowledge we have gained over the last 2 years and the insight residents have given us into their needs and solutions, we believe it is important to be represented within this group.
We are also continuing to address the wider systemic issues within EQC. We are also examining issues of interpretation of the EQC Act – who interprets, where does precedence fit, which part of the Act leads assessment and settlement, how is the interpretation of the Act impacting on proposals for repair strategy, how does the Act impact on the Fletchers Managed Repair, etc./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
CanCERN is calling a community stakeholders meeting to try to finalise how the community questions/concerns/solutions can be fed into this framework so that it is meaningful, manageable and efficient. We are also continuing to work with CERA to ensure that the right people are on board with the concept./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
Temporary Accommodation Assistance (TAA)
Minister of Social Development, Paula Bennett has responded to our request to consider those affected by Deed of Assignment issues for eligibility for TAA. Unfortunately she has denied access to these people. Read her response here. We have a lawyer working with a client on this case and will be following the process. As this will help others, we will keep you updated./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
3-D Rockfall Modelling Study
CERA commissioned Geovert Ltd to carry out this study and it was used alongside other investigations and work commissioned by the Christchurch City Council to help to give Cabinet the best advice for zoning decisions on the Port Hills, on land affected by rockfall and boulder roll.
The study is available at:
NZ Red Cross launches new website to help Canterbury youth – Media Release and website details
New Zealand Red Cross has launched a brand new website to help young people deal with the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes. The site “Address the Stress” provides video messages from some of New Zealand‟s top celebrities ranging from sports heroes to musicians, comedians and actors. The aim of the website is to give Canterbury teenagers the coping skills to get them through uncertain times./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
InsuranceWatch – Cash Settlements for Residential Insurance Claims
If you’re considering negotiating or accepting a cash settlement on your major repair or rebuild, see the new “Cash Settlement” checklist in the Resources section of http://insurancewatch.org.nz/ICNews – sincere thanks to those who helped create this