February’s St Albans News can be downloaded from here -click on the image. We know that many people are still battling insurance companies and EQC and nothing is happening with their homes but Lucas Lormans went out with his camera and snapped some of the building (retail and residential) that is going on. And what will happen with the Edgeware Village Gardens. The council promised funding but appears to be reneging. All this and more in the St Albans News, and you can read it before the print version arrives in your letterbox sometime in the next week.
A group of New Zealanders concerned about New Zealand’s future and its ability to cope with risks is organising a petition to ask the Government to undertake a risk assessment for the whole country covering economic / financial security, energy and climate security, business continuity, ecological / environmental security, and genuine well-being. The group then wants to develop and implement cross-party policies to avert confirmed threats to future generations of New Zealanders.” For more information visit the petition website
The City Council may ask Christchurch MPs to take a Private Members Bill to Parliament in a bid to speed up protection work for the area known as the Flockton Basin.
The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery has announced that the Winter Make it Right programme will be used to assist those who have been affected by flooding in Christchurch.
Location: Ray Blank Park, Ilam
Time: March 8 12pm-4pm
Description: CCC- funded and organised, annual festival celebrating the many cultures of a diverse Christchurch.
Location: The Atrium, Netball Centre, South Hagley Park
Link: One Voice blog
Time: March 10 7.30pm
Description: Discussion on what will happen after CERA is due to be phased out in 2016. Representatives of CERA, CCC, ECAN and various NGOs will talk with a group called One Voice, Te Reo Kotahi, a forum of Christchurch NGOs.
Event: International Women’s Day
Location: On riverbank opposite Noah’s Hotel
Time: March 8 at 10am
Description: Bring white flowers from your garden to scatter in the river to mark International Women’s Day. White flowers, particularly camellias, are a symbol of the campaign for votes for women, led by Kate Sheppard in the 1890s.
Location: Jellie Park, Greers Road
Link out: Click here
Time: April 5 12-6pm
Description: Music, sports, arts, new experiences to try, food to eat, stalls and lots of other stuff to mark the end of summer. The organisers of this event are an enthusiastic group of young people from diverse backgrounds doing something about the lack of activities organised for Christchurch youth, particularly 13-18 year olds. They have designed the event with an emphasis on belonging and happiness and hope to involve families. Supported by the Canterbury Refugee Council, New Zealand Red Cross, The Tindall Foundation and others. Free entry. Make contact via the webpage if you would like to hold a stall, perform or want to help out.
In February, TVNZ reported that the average rental price in mid-range suburbs such as St Albans was $430-$460, the same rentals being paid in mid-range Mt Roskill, Titirangi and Papakura in Auckland. However, it costs renters more to live in Christchurch because the city has not been granted the same level of taxpayer subsidy as that offered in Auckland.
Top Dog Theatre Company is staging Shakespeare’s Tempest at Mona Vale at 6pm until Saturday.
Next Saturday marks three years since the devastating quake that killed over 180 people, toppled many city buildings, rendered thousands of city homes uninhabitable because of liquefaction and streets became impassable.
The event will be marked in Christchurch with an official commemoration on the Archery Lawn in the Botanic Gardens from 12 noon onwards, culminating in a minute’s silence at 12.51pm. Following on from this flowers will be dropped into the Avon River, from the nearby pedestrian bridge.
A group planning to take legal action against EQC is seeking more residents to join the group action before the end of the month.