23 December 2011 earthquake aftermath #Parklands

Parklands liquefaction Hurst Place 130611 - Parklands Red-zone Action Group

Parklands liquefaction Hurst Place 130611 - Parklands Red-zone Action Group


Burwood-Pegasus ward has been hard-hit yet again, with the 23 December 2011 earthquake “revitalisation” unleashing more sludge, anguish and despair: Swarm of quakes hits Christchurch + Tsunami chances slim, but quakes will continue + Empty Christchurch homes offer window to past etc. Parklands was the worst-hit locality this time, near to the offshore New Brighton epicentre.

For many in the seaside suburbs, this most recent seismic outburst has proven the last straw. Active lobbying for abandonment of liquefaction-prone areas, currently zoned blue-green but urged to go red, has begun: the Parklands Red-zone Action Group was born out of urgent response to new local land damage, as Parklands Review Action Group on 28 December on Facebook.

Earlier in the month, the Parklands Recovery Group had been formed around the wider range of earthquake issues and responses already then accumulated: facebook.com/pages/Parklands-Recovery-Group. The plethora of political layers beneath local government, CERA, CanCERN, community boards and the like just keeps growing – expressing but perhaps blurring the response clarity. A natural chaos prevails that is partially of the land.

A huge range of needs and concerns now characterise this quake-torn district, that people want immediate answers on. This post will collate the debate, and provide as many answers as possible, in an ongoing way.

e.g. A comment often heard is that it matters not how much Parklands or other residents agitate for red-zoning, it will never happen. The reason being that central government is simply out of cash and unable to purchase any more land. Period.

e.g. TsunamiShakes likely but trending away “earthquake scientists and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker are expected to come under scrutiny today over why it is taking so long to get a tsunami warning system in place along the city’s coastline.. Mr Parker said the system was in the pipeline and remained a priority” starcanterbury.co.nz 6 January 2012

Newsflash: There can be no great tsunami risk in Pegasus Bay due to geology!

That is, live volcanoes, tsunami-forming offshore subduction zones, and Alp-forming tectonic plate collisions cannot all feature as real risks in the same place – they present distinct and mutually exclusive geologies locally.

The Southern Alps are our nearest and greatest geological hazard here, as a major earthquake source, and we need to carefully remember and prepare for that.

Under-valued education like this has lead to confusion, pressure for and delivery of a potentially-deadly ‘silver bullet solution’ in the form of a tsunami siren system that is definitively bound to under-perform.

Keep moving and learning what is required though, for improving effect.

More info: ref. Parklands Safety Plan – Parklands Recovery Group.

Kia ora, kia kaha Christchurch East.

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Urgent Burwood-Pegasus ward issues

Media Release: Sustainable Canterbury

Date: 19 December 2011

Subject: Urgent Burwood-Pegasus ward issues

Friday’s heavy rain has highlighted the need for more work to protect riverside neighbourhoods in East Christchurch.

“Flooding on River Road, Avonside Drive, Dallington Terrace and New Brighton Road has local green zone residents worried that temporary stop-banks now need finishing,” says a Burwood-Pegasus council candidate, Rik Tindall.

“Sandbags are breaking up and exposed gravel needs to be grassed, with residents ready for support of a maintenance program on overgrown riverbanks,”says Tindall.“Taskforce Green work should be made available and I would initiate new employment for amenity enhancement here.”

“The buckled Medway Street footbridge should be removed now, leaving the foundations for its replacement,” Tindall recommends. “Currently it stands as an ugly reminder of earthquake tragedy and a sense of official neglect in Christchurch East.” Walking and cycle routes need reinstatement to connect surviving neighbourhoods and lift spirits, Tindall believes.

With scaled demolition about to clear red zone housing, residual homes in green island pockets will become unpleasant places to live, locals fear. Tindall advocates for remedial measures to coincide with demolitions, to give adjacent residents more reason to stay.

To the north of the ward, the downstream effects of mass demolition are no better anticipated. The proposed Burwood Resource Recovery Park has spurred Parklands neighbours into action. With doubt at the commitment of their residents’ association, a Parklands Recovery Group has formed to respond to urgent consenting issues this summer.

“Asbestos and silt dust risks, with increased heavy traffic through their streets, are the main concerns of Parklands residents,” Tindall reports. “The combined non-notified council consent, under CERA administration for a public-private consortium, has already-traumatised locals on the back foot,” the council candidate says.

“Due process is demanded with appropriate mitigation of hazards, but who will champion the Parklands residents’ interests?” Tindall asks. “From the loss of nearby QE2 swimming facilities, Parklands house values are already under pressure. What steps will be taken to support these communities and the rating base quality?”

“Many feel abandoned to their fate, and that just isn’t good enough,” Tindall concludes. “The Sustainable Canterbury campaign is to determinedly protect community values in the wake of the quakes. Raising executive salaries is altogether the wrong priority displayed by the current council administration – they can do much, much better for Christchurch.”

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Contact: Rik Tindall – 332-1069 or 027-406-0077

More information: http://ParklandsRecovery.wordpress.com + http://SustainableCanterbury.org

Burwood-Pegasus sustainability candidate announced

Media Release: Sustainable Canterbury

Date: 12 December 2011

Subject: Burwood-Pegasus sustainability candidate announced

Sustainable Canterbury have announced their candidate for the Burwood-Pegasus ward by-election in February. The local environment watchdogs are running the group spokesman, Rik Tindall.

“Christchurch East needs strong advocacy based on good understanding of the enormous issues here,” says the former regional councillor for the area. “Land shortages must be addressed, with due care for the holders of damaged land that must not be allowed to put people at risk again.”

“On top of rehousing, training and employment needs, there is urgent work to be done around emergency planning as well as recovery,” Tindall says. “The district needs energy, dedication and expertise, that I offer this vital community in seeking their electoral support.”

Tindall cites an $80,000 cost-reduction, by avoiding the further by-election due should either community board candidate be elected to Council, as one reason for voter consideration of the Sustainable Canterbury campaign. “Being born and raised in this diverse area, with Environment Canterbury experience, I am highly committed to building a brighter future for Burwood-Pegasus,” Tindall says

“My Civil Defence and Emergency Management work and my relative youth will bring active benefits to the ward,” says the fifty-one-year-old father of one – a geography student.

Sustainable Canterbury have been lobbying for industrial transformation of the region for the past two and half years. They believe a different agriculture can raise returns and productive diversity, and reduce emissions while conserving water and biodiversity

“More jobs based on innovation and energy independence, as well as food and other exports, are the future we need,” says Tindall. Sustainable Canterbury has a vision of low-cost and renewable building materials, locally made for an holistic rebuild effort.

The group wants improved local democracy, with consultation for a tangata whenua representative seat on council and proportional representation (STV) begun.

“An inclusive, environmentally sustainable economic future – for all of Canterbury – is the key to rapid Christchurch East recovery,” Tindall says. “This involves spurring a whole new building development phase into action, with new materials, research and employment.”

Water quality is another Burwood-Pegasus issue that Tindall wants accountability on: “Why is ECan cutting its water testing program at just the moment when it is needed most?” he asks.

“Once reduced pollution of ocean and estuary can be guaranteed, we should proceed with the saltwater pools facility long sought after by New Brighton people – as an immediate and insurable replacement for QE2 swimming complex loss, and as a focus of attraction for the beach-side area as a destination,” Tindall concludes. “Voter support for these proposals is warmly invited.”

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Contact: Rik Tindall – 332-1069 or 027-406-0077

More information: http://SustainableCanterbury.org

Ref. Residents fear Cera special powers The Press 10/12/2011 + CanCERN context + campaign e-democracy forum comment + SCMW Media Release Scoop copy + The Press Ex-ECan man has party base story 12/12/2011

SCMW campaign-ready addressing #Burwood-Pegasus #Christchurch

Hi, kia ora koutou,
Thanks everyone who attended our last workshop for the year.
Ref. Hopefuls eye seat on council The Press 05/12/2011
Suggestions taken on board and now live are:
Sustainable Canterbury web domain – http://SustainableCanterbury.org ;
Sustainable Canterbury email address – sustainablecanterbury@gmail.com ;
Our first public advertising flier is now available too:

SustainableCanterbury.org flier1 - Dec 2011

SustainableCanterbury.org flier1 - Dec 2011


Nga mihi, ka kite ano
~ Rik

SCMW December committee meeting ~ 04.12.2011

Sunday 4 December 2011, 3pm-5pm at the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch. Sustainable Canterbury monthly facilitated workshop. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided. Venue koha invited.

Agenda: election forum debrief / open : ‘population crisis’? – Not.

We condensed our research results into an electoral strategy to obtain a public voice for the SCMW issues (watch this space).

SCMW November meeting ~ 350 Water Forum ~ 21.11.2011

SCMW meeting - 211111

SCMW meeting - 211111

Download: poster SCMW-211111.pdf

Election year 350 Otautahi Water Forum: Monday 21 November 2011, 7.30pm at the WEA, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch. Thank you very much to candidates Jo McLean (Labour), Clinton Dearlove (Mana) and Denis O’Rourke (New Zealand First) for presenting – a most useful discussion entailed.

Topic:
“Co-governance means around water, towards 350ppm atmospheric CO2″

– asked of Labour, Green, Mana and NZ First representative speakers.

Sub-topics of concern: What forms of co-governance can these parties offer – between themselves and with tangata whenua – regarding water quality, biodiversity, minimum flows, recreation, irrigation, pollution, zone committees, metering and costs, sustainable food and renewable energy production, climate change, coal-seam fracturing (‘fracking’), etc.?

Note: Because of their recent implementation of an exclusive regional governance technique in Canterbury, the National, ACT, Maaori and United Future parties have excluded themselves from this current debate. Our apologies are extended for their formal absence here.

The forum will be filmed for highlights to later be placed on Youtube.

Thank you for your support of local democracy.

Media Release, 10 November 2011: Māori ward seats on councils endorsed

Media Release, 21 November 2011: Election forum explores coalition potential:

An election forum tonight looks at the possibility for a change of government and outputs.

Local environmental watchdogs Sustainable Canterbury have invited the Labour, Green, Mana and New Zealand First parties to speak on the topic of “co-governance around water, towards 350 parts per million atmospheric carbon dioxide”. Tangata whenua rights, sustainable industry, and greenhouse gas reductions lead the set of related challenges the group want commitments on.

Democracy has been curtailed at regional level since April 2010, and a backdrop of damaging earthquakes has further undermined systems for public voice. Sustainable Canterbury were disappointed to see the Christchurch City Council pass over the opportunity to establish a Māori ward seat recently, through its representation review, for example.

“The representation status quo does not work, and we know there is great interest in cooperative governance for justice and equity, so let’s hear what solutions are available,”says Sustainable Canterbury spokesman Rik Tindall. “Kaitiakitanga [guardianship] of the natural environment and resources is something the whole community has a stake in and wants to see done well.”

The council cannot neglect the improvement of local democracy forever, Tindall suggests. “Māori are a uniquely entitled New Zealand minority, and proportional representation at local level is an obligation long owed them by settler society. Around that question we must resolve means of renewable production that stop depleting biodiversity and the planet, for our own survival.”

Water issues have perplexed Cantabrians, with privatisation of supply now in the offing.

“The public interest needs active protection, and resource uses need to greatly improve,” Tindall says. “Good representation is required to do that job. The increase of poverty worsened by state asset stripping is a combination we want to see firm, coherent opposition to.”

The Sustainable Canterbury election forum is at 7.30pm, Monday 21 November, at the WEA, 59 Gloucester Street in Christchurch.

“‘Co-governance means around water, towards 350 partsper million atmospheric carbon dioxide’ is our forum theme tonight. If the opposition parties can agree on how to achieve that together, people have a very strong reason to vote for them,” Tindall concludes.

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Note, parallel event: Labour, Green, and National? panel on the fracking issue, at 7pm in lecture theatre C1, University of Canterbury in Ilam, run by the Social Wing of the Anglican Church – contact Nicholas Laing 027-340-8211.

SCMW November committee meeting ~ 06.11.2011

Sunday 6 November, 3-5pm at the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch; SCMW monthly facilitated workshop meeting.

Meeting notes from whiteboard:

Sustainable Canterbury meeting notes - 061111

Sustainable Canterbury meeting notes - 061111

Agenda items:

1. Review of last SCMW public meeting, 31 Oct – need more publicity for better attendances – and our Media Release #4, of 3 November 2011: CERA submitters demand democracy – supported.
News: Cera gives Christ Church Cathedral ultimatum The Press 4 Nov 2011 + Notice: heritage protection rally at 12.30pm Monday, outside Harley Building, cnr Worcester Boulevard and Cambridge Tce.

2. Organise public electoral Water Forum, for Monday 21 November 2011, 7.30pm at WEA. Topic: “Co-governance means around water, towards 350ppm atmospheric CO2” – asked of Labour, Green, Mana and NZ First speakers. Sub-topics of concern: irrigation, recreation, zone committees, fracking, metering and costs, minimum flows, etc.
Note: Because of their recent implementation of an exclusive regional governance technique in Canterbury, the National, ACT, Maaori and United Future parties have excluded themselves from this current debate.

Rik to process invites and make a poster that people can print off and circulate. Use/fwd social media chat too. Tony, John and Rik to resource filming of the forum, for later placement on Youtube.

3. Endorsement of Nelson City Council poised to have Maori ward radionz.co.nz + Council confirms Maori ward Nelson Mail 4 Nov 2011: see our MMP/STV position page notes – carried.

Resolved, that: SCMW supports and promotes Maaori political representation (indigenous, Treaty of Waitangi enshrined) that is democratically and proportionately elected, and not executive-appointed.

Sustainable Canterbury
All welcome. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided. Venue koha invited.