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CanCERN Newsletter #13

3 October 2011

Hi ALL.  
Instead of a quote this week we would like to remind everyone to ASK if you are unsure.  Don't feel you have to wait and work it all out by yourself or think that by asking or talking to people that you are declaring your intentions.  You are allowed to, question, think, change your mind and question again without signing anything.  Talk to people at the Earthquake Assistance Centre. Talk to your insurer, your bank, a lawyer, whomever  and get your questions answered or state your case.  Oh and of course remember whoever you are talking to that they are people too.  Being nice can help.
Kind regards
Leanne and Brian

QUESTIONNAIRE -  What's on your mind?

CanCERN is now meeting  with CERA, EQC, CCC and Insurers.  Let us know what you need more information on.
Last week's main issues - speed of vehicles in the red zone, being green and stranded amongst the red, Lumley Insurance process.

CanCERN Meetings (Minutes / Agenda) 

Next meeting will be 11th October, Wainoni Methodist Church
Topic - Draft Recovery Strategy

CanCERN Staff Summaries


This information was correct at the time we gathered it. Make sure you check with the lawyer that the information is still valid.


In the next few weeks CERA expects to make announcements about land which will be made available within the next 12 months.


The consultation period ends 30 October. There are some good tools on this webpage that will help you run small group meetings if you are interested in understanding and commenting on the strategy that way. Alternatively, you can comment individually online or via hard copy sent to residents.


Please take precautionary measures when dealing with silt. The dust can exacerbate respiratory issues and little is known at this stage about how long the bacteria caused from sewerage stays in the silt that has not been exposed to the UV. It is sensible to wear gloves and a mask and take care to wash well after handling silt. Gardeners take care.


Helping to understand next steps following the government's offer. 

These meetings have been postponed for a week (the dates below are correct). Those who have already registered will be contacted by phone so they can re-register for another time. Please make sure you register for the below dates if you intend to go.

 From Monday 10 October CERA is organising workshops for Christchurch red zone residents. Something similar will happen in the Waimakariri at a later date. The workshops will include information and discussions about insurance, land and property availability, rebuilding, renting and financial planning.

You need to register for these workshops so phone 0800 7464 2372 to register for the workshop that best suits you. Afternoon sessions will be held in St Albans and evening sessions will be held in Avondale. There are specific sessions for people in the Chinese and Korean communities so venues will be confirmed when you register.

Monday 10 October to Thursday 13 October, two sessions daily 2-4pm and 6-8pm
Monday 17 October to Thursday 20 October, two sessions daily 2-4pm and 6-8pm

Public Notices


Brooklands RA are holding a Grand Community garage sale in the Brooklands Hall, 3 Anfield Street on Saturday 1st October commencing at 9:00am.


Health, Safety and Wellbeing Expo

10am – 2.30pm - Monday 10 October 2011

Papanui High School, Langdons Road, Papanui

  • A positive day out which includes spot prizes and entertainment, including cooking demonstrations by MasterChef runner-up Jax Hamilton.
  • Education for the community about issues relevant to older adults and the resources available to them.
  • Advocacy for the needs of older adults.
  • An avenue for information exchange and networking among elder service providers.
Free De-Stress workshop 6 – 9 October 2011

The Art of Living De-stress Course includes powerful breathing techniques, yoga, yogic wisdom and meditation. Delta Community House, 105 North Avon Road, Richmond, Christchurch (Enter from Petrie Street)

Thurs 6 October         6.30pm -9pm
Fri 7 October             6.30pm -9pm
Sat 8 October             10am – 2pm
Sun9 October             10am – 2pm

Registration essential. Jill Baxter aoljill@yahoo.co.nz (03) 383 1843, or Peter Mittermuller 021 131 7452


The New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZEI)

Members in earthquake affected Christchurch would like to invite you to attend a public meeting on Thursday 6th October at Papanui High School at 7pm to 'Support  Canterbury  Children - Support Canterbury Schools'.  

Important Links

Avonside Blog - avonsidechch.blogspot.com
Earthquake Counselling: This free counselling until 2012. call 0800 777 846