Great leaders have a heart for people. They take time for people.
They view people as the bottom line, not as a tool to get to the bottom line.
– Pat Williams
Congratulations to one of our great leaders – Mr John Patterson, of Parklands Older Generation Forum for being awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to senior citizens. John is a superstar who works tirelessly for this community and truly deserves this recognition. (Click Here to read the full list).
While we are here we would also like to take this moment to award our own ‘medals of thanks’ to all of the unknown heroes of this disaster, the neighbours who looked in on neighbours, the friends and families who took in others or shovelled all sorts of…stuff and to the hundreds of natural leaders that take up the reigns to make our communities a better place. You are ALL awesome.
If however you are finding the battery a bit low and are avoiding getting out of bed on time then you could…
A: just want a few more minutes in a warm bed
B: need a giggle to start the day – Click Here for silly jokes
C: Need some guiding advice – Check Out Doctor Rob’s list of tips
D: just be waiting for someone else to get out and turn the heater on
Have a great weekend everyone.
The CanCERN Team
Want to Know More About Concrete Grouting?
This is a North American website but has a lot of information if you want to do some research. Be warned though – it’s a technical site so not for the faint hearted. Thanks to John Patterson for sending it to us./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
EQC – Multi-Unit Buildings
EQC have updated their Canterbury FAQs page here. The information that has been added is:
- Why do I have to consult with or agree with my neighbour over the repair strategy?
- Can I see my scope of works?
- My unit has only minor cosmetic damage, why can’t it be repaired now? Or my neighbour has been repaired, is with Fletcher EQR, or has been cash settled. Why haven’t I?
- Can we learn from how they handle cross-lease titles in other countries?
- Does being part of a multi-unit building affect my land claim?
Home Insurance Policy Changes Designed to Limit Rebuild Cost – Podcast
Originally aired on Nine To Noon, Thursday 6 June 2013
Jacki Johnson,CEO of IAG NZ, which owns State and NZI and is the underwriter for most of the home insurance offered by banks, including ASB and the BNZ; Barry McLean, Institute of Quantity Surveyors; and Andrew Hooker, Insurance lawyer.
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Insurance Council NZ – Tim Grafton and Samson Samasoni Meeting
The purpose of this meeting was to meet the new Communications Manager, Samson Samasoni and to help bring him up to speed with the key areas of concern for residents so it was more of a talking meeting that a listening meeting.
The key areas we spoke about were:
- flooding – complexity, communication, stress, future outcomes and the need for a comprehensive discussion with the community about what is happening in the flood zone from all involved – insurers, EQC, CCC, MBIE, banks, etc
- land remediation – what are we waiting for?
- communication between insurers and EQC and the impact on the resident
- insurers and EQC communicating with residents and responding to wellbeing issues – don’t assume; make residents part of the communication planning and implementation process
- Port Hills S124 and future insurance if the S124 is lifted
- which insurers are actually insuring – new risk, contents, Port Hills, TC3
Tim thought it may be difficult to get an overall statement about which insurers are insuring exactly what because there will be variables. He will follow up and come back with what clarity he can get but in general most insurers seem to be taking on new risk as long as it is on TC1-2 category land.
We’re not waiting for all land remediation responses. In short (and as we have understood the conversation), land categorised as 8 (increased risk of liquefaction) is still in solution mode. EQC are currently testing different remediation methods with a big machine called the T-Rex. This is happening in the red zone so as to minimise the impact of noise and shaking on residents. After the testing has been done, the analysis will need to be done (which includes peer review) and obviously all of that is going to have on impact on decisions about repair methodologies and likely costs and liabilities./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
Meeting with Hon. Amy Adams
Staff and several members of the CanCERN Board met with Amy today to initiate what we hope will be an ongoing connection. It always takes a while to get on the same page regarding what we all want from a relationship (we want to have the discussion about how residents can meaningfully be engaged, heard and part of the solutions in this recovery) but as a kick off, this meeting went well.
Amy is keen to hear about what is really plaguing residents and to be of assistance in trying to access information and/or solutions and to take clear and factual information back to the meetings she has in her capacity as Deputy Earthquake Recovery Minister. We are happy to work with that and hope the relationship will add mutual value to the roles we each play./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
CanCERN Wellbeing Workshop – Update
Since our workshop earlier this year we have met twice with CERA and Council to develop a way through the maze of issues and concerns raised at this workshop. These meetings have led us to these follow up workshop topics as a starting point;
Community Leadership Support
Practical Tools – Click Here to read our actual dumping of ideas
We also talked about what success should be like at our workshops and agreed that “Everybody should be able to give something and leave with something. People who have felt powerless should feel that they have influenced change, feel valued and listened to and conversations (eg workshops) are connected to a process based on real progress and outcomes.
We will be sending an email out to the participants of the last workshop next week and yes, we’ll be asking for some more information. Keep an eye out./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
EQC Land Settlements for Red Zoners who have Not Accepted the Crown Offer
On behalf of a number of residents in the Residential Red Zone who intend to remain in the Red Zone or have yet to sell their land to the crown, CanCERN formally requested CERA’s position on the following issue:
A resident (who intends not to take the government offer) has been denied the ability to make a land claim with EQC. It has been suggested by EQC that the red zone is Crown land and thus EQC does not need to process the land claim that this resident has asked for.
What would CERA’s position be on this matter given the above mentioned parameters?
Response from the Office of the Chief Executive – CERA
CERA is advised by EQC that for properties that have chosen to not accept the Crown offer, and it has expired, EQC will assess and settle their land claims. EQC will follow the same assessment and settlement process for red zone claims as they do for green zone claims./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
To all who have endorsed our letter to Minister Brownlee regarding solutions for EQC’s systemic issues – a BIG thank you. Please follow the link to read the letters of endorsement. Each letter represents many, many people in the community.
Minister Brownlee’s office has received the CanCERN letter but has yet to respond to the points. We will update as this comes through./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
Funding for Community Groups
Jetstar Flying Start – Entries for the next round of funding under the Flying Start Programme are now open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations from New Zealand seeking to help enhance the lives of people in their local community. Entries close 5pm (NZST) 30 June 2013. For application details. click here.
Rotary Neighbourhood Grant
Rotary has been asked by Cera to help strengthen communities and have a website at www.rotaryneighbourhood.org.nz. They have been established to support locally initiated projects that contribute towards improving wellbeing and building resilient communities and neighbourhoods’. Applicants to the fund can apply for up to $500 for small neighbourhood events and up to $4,000 for larger community events.
Canterbury Social Support Fund
Have money to support grassroots community resilience activities. They won’t fund capital items or food and are also not keen to fund positions. Email link:
Opening date 1 June 2013, Closing date 31 July 2013
This is funding of small grants for local organisations delivering local services in response to local community needs. Priority is given to organisations that have limited access to funding so organisations with more than 50% income from government contracts are less likely to be funded. Please submit applications online and submit supporting documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lottery Community Committee
A reminder that there are now two rounds per year, so there is no July closing date. The next closing date is 13 Nov 2013 for a March distribution meeting.
Lottery Community Sector Research Fund
This fund is for the undertaking and use of research and evaluation by and for community organisations. For more details please go to our website or call 0800 824 824 and ask for the Advisor responsible for the fund.
Grant recipients are required to upload their research findings/report to http://www.communityresearch.org.nz/
The CanCERN Newsletter is Getting Around
Thanks to the wonderful Lawrence Roberts, CanCERN is now formerly part of the public record for posterity! This record ensures that a bottom up current affairs and historical perspective is available to anyone anywhere and the history of the resident’s voice is safely accessible.
The National Library are now uploading to their site individual copies of the CanCERN newsletters, along with archiving the newsletters from the beginning in quarterly sets. They also include a link to the CanCERN website.
Webhealth.co.nz, sponsored by CDHB, has also put up a link to CanCERN newsletters here:/************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
Flat Land Red Zone – Request for extensions – Updated Information
CERA have updated the application form to be used for those applying for a Red Zone settlement extension.
and can be accessed from the bottom of the webpage here, or downloaded here. ‘Banks’ have been removed off the consent form.
Last week letters to homeowners in the red zoners who have taken the government offer were sent information about how to apply for up to 6 months extension. Information and a copy of the letters can be found here with further info about the workshops and services here.
A Guide to Applying
CanCERN has produced some ideas we think may help Red Zone residents who wish to apply for an extension to stay in the residential red zone. To see this information please click here. We cannot stress enough the importance of relaying the impact of the red zoning and any possible transitional moves on you and your family. People have been good at relaying facts but not so good on the human impact information. Make sure you add this to your application.
Simply if you are not sure or don’t think you can fill out the form then call CERA on 08007464 2372 and ask for an Earthquake Support Coordinator. They are independent and will come out and help you with this. We’re also happy to help so feel free to email at email@example.com or approach a trusted friend in the community./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>