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febcover A strong post-quake theme runs through the February/ March edition of St Albans News, hardly surprising as February 22 marks five years since the second major quake struck Christchurch with gravity-defying force. A story about asbestos on a site in Mersey St brings home the possible dangers we now face with this once popular building material. Daph Parkins looks at life in St Albans in the early 1850s, through a selection from her grandfather’s memoirs, and rebuilding that will transform St Albans School into a learning centre for the 21st century is underway. All this and more in the latest edition of our very own newsletter. Click on the image to view the pdf.

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Deadline for April/May edition of St Albans News

Send advertising orders and editorial material for possible publication in the next issue to before March 14.

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Meditate at community centre

Buddhist monk Kelsang Pawo is running drop in classes on meditation and mindfulness on Thursday evenings at the St Albans Community Centre, starting on February 4 at 7.30pm. No booking or commitment is required but there is a $10 charge for each class. Each 90 minute class consists of two guided meditations and an explanatory talk. “Through meditation we can develop a habit of thinking positively, which leads to an experience of inner peace,” he says. Learn all the basics of meditation so that you can establish and maintain a practice. Topics include: What is meditation and why we need to meditate, (Mindfulness, Alertness, Concentration), how to meditate and use meditation and mindfulness in daily life. Everyone is welcome.

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Bishop St wastewater main repairs

SCIRT is busy this week repairing a wastewater main at the intersection of Bishop St and Purchas St. Vehicle drivers will have to find different ways of getting around that area as there is no entry or exit at that intersection. For more information visit Bishop St roadworks The work is expected to be completed on January 25.

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Revised Papanui Parallel Cycling Scheme

Location: North City Church, 95a Sawyers Arms Rd
Time: Jan 27 at 7pm
Description: Meeting to alert residents of the changes incorporated in the proposed scheme after earlier feedback as well as the recommendations that will be made to the Shirley Papanui Community Board.

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Packe St AGM and party

Location: St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo Street
Time: February 28, 4-6pm
Description: Packe Street Park and Community Garden Inc is marking its 20th anniversary with the AGM and a birthday party with tea and entertainment laid on. There will be a tasting table with summer fruits and cakes. Local resident, botanist and Director of the Canterbury Museum, Anthony Wright is guest speaker. He was also one of the early contributors to the garden. Stories and activities will be provided for children during the AGM Please RSVP (necessary for catering) by leaving a message on
366 3844 or e-mailing

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Part time gardening co-ordinator sought

Packe Street Community Garden Inc is looking for a Coordinator, initially on a small contract. If you have an interest in community and organic gardening, are available on Thursday afternoons to coordinate a diverse range of volunteer gardeners and have the ability to organise events, why not mail for more details. Submissions close Sunday 14 February at 5 pm.

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Getting to grips with Increased Liquefaction Vulnerability

About 4500 Christchurch homeowners have been told they have Increased Liquefaction Vulnerability (ILV) as a consequence of the 2010-2011 series of earthquakes and will be compensated.
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Massey Uni surveying quake insurance experiences

Massey University is conducting research into how badly or well the EQC and insurers responded to quake claims to ensure better responses to future large earthquakes.
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Alternatives to double cul de sac in Trafalgar St

The Trafalgar St double cul de sac option is being revisited as Christchurch City Council staff work out alternative ways to slow traffic without cutting it off in the middle.

Not all residents oppose the cul de sacs – some quite like the idea of less traffic going down Trafalgar St – but others say it will cause problems and Edgeware Village businesses are vehemently opposed to it.

So now is the time to put in a submission to Christchurch City Council. Submissions close on Monday.

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Hills Rd liquor outlet proposal dropped

After 39 objections were made against the proposed new liquor store in Hills Rd, the developers have dropped the plan.

Read about it in more detail here: Plans for liquor store dropped.

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Caledonian Road v Colombo St cycleway

The Christchurch City Council is now promoting two options for the section of the Papanui Parallel cycleway between Bealey Avenue and Trafalgar St.
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