Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board by-election April-May 2012

Greetings south Christchurch neighbours,
The departure of Mike Thorley last year, to take up work in Australia, has led to a Community Board by-election in our area. I am standing and would appreciate your vote of support – Rik Tindall.

Christchurch South has wonderful people and environs that, like the rest of our great city, need dedicated representation to progress. The recent Community Board agenda lists some of the many decisions we face for enhancement of our living context: local roading, parking, footbridge replacement, community gardens and the draft Sydenham Master Plan are just some. Good representation of your views on these and every local matter are essential: please call me on 332-1069 or 027-406-0077 or email rik@infohelp.co.nz to discuss them.

A local resident since 1992, I am in small business / home user ICT computer support, and have tertiary social science qualifications. A father of one and a former regional councillor for Christchurch East at ECan – Canterbury Civil Defence and Emergency Management portfolio chair 2007-2010 – I am Vice-Chairman for the Christchurch Estuary Association, a Cashmere Residents’ Association committee member, and a keen walker and gardener. Like finished busways, we need safer cycleways and footpaths here, with new communal food projects, for resilience. Help me be your information conduit for progress.

Sustainable Canterbury succeeded the Water Forum by which councillors engaged with the Christchurch East community that elected them. This website details the many ideas for sustainable economy and environment that colleagues and I worked up over the last three years – enjoy the browsing. Sustainable Canterbury group has not met since 2011, and, as no other candidates are running under the banner yet, I am therefore still a true independent: promoting the ideas and sustainable alternatives spelled out here. Personally, my affiliations have been Green and Mana, though not currently active. This all should help you better understand my politics and deep commitment to the well-being of Aotearoa New Zealand and its citizens.

Maintaining clean public water supplies has been top priority for me since 2007, through the Save Our Water campaign. Now I undertake to do my best for you and your wider interests, in the whole city rebuild. I have a strong sense of social justice and want us to democratically all thrive and prosper together.

The Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board meets at the city council’s Beckenham service centre, at 66 Colombo St – South Christchurch Library.

South Library, CCC Beckenham service centre

South Library, CCC Beckenham service centre


Civic duty: Council Elections – Spreydon Heathcote Community Board member, voting closes at 12 noon on Friday 11 May 2012 – see CCC notice.

Wishing you well ~ kia ora koutou,

Rik Tindall

Media Release, 19 April 2012: Labour-Led Community Board Idle

News: Fewer Cantabrians fleeing the region “signs Canterbury’s economy may be on the mend, with a recovery in some sectors, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research’s latest report shows..” +
Prefab show village to open in Christchurch “The Home Innovation Village (HIVE) will be based at Canterbury Agricultural Park until February 2014. HIVE grew from Christchurch’s devastating series of earthquakes endured since September 2010. With many residents zoned red, and forced to demolish and rebuild their homes, Canterbury companies saw a need for new homes that were light-weight, quick to construct, strong and affordable..” The Press 19/04/2012
Army land considered for housing “The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and the New Zealand Defence Force said yesterday that the use of 34 vacant army houses at Burnham and land for relocated red-zoned homes was being discussed. The property may be needed as the Christchurch City Council has revealed 385 of its social housing units are vacant because of quake damage. The fate of the units remains unknown..” The Press 20/04/2012

Occupy Christchurch speak

Helping a legitimate and peaceful housing protest – and global movement for democratic progress and sustainable change – to get back on track: Occupy Christchurch speak: #OWS O:Chch « Rik Tindall blogs + The last tent comes down at Occupy Christchurch – day 164.

Care for the elderly of Christchurch East

Media Release: Rik Tindall, city council candidate, Burwood-Pegasus ward

Date: 5 February 2012

Subject: Care for the elderly of Christchurch East

Urgent attention must be given to the plight of elderly people stuck in earthquake-hit suburbs, one council candidate believes. Political campaign work throughout Burwood-Pegasus ward has been useful for establishing priorities, Rik Tindall says.

“The voice of the marginalised needs to be heard,” Tindall told The Press newspaper today. “Two forms of assurance are needed right now, to relieve distress, I have forthrightly been told.”

“Firstly, those in damaged council flats want to know what will happen to them. These seniors are crying out for basic contact and communication from council,” Tindall says. “Some have been moved into damaged accommodation as an emergency measure, and now they need certainty.”

The fate of much public housing remains unclear.

“Secondly, the government compensation system is destroying some older people’s spirit, with its added layer of uncertainty. Those that have insurance payouts for damaged houses but are stuck with land they cannot sell just want to move on,” Tindall reports. “These elderly citizens don’t have the will or the energy to reinstate damaged grounds, and require a special form of assistance soon,” he says.

“During the recent Parklands candidate debate I responded that the Mayoral and Prime Minister’s emergency relief funds needed to focus on a new drive to assist our at-risk retired folk, affording individual land purchase where necessary,” Tindall states. “Today I call on both central and local government to reopen appeals for support, with our worried elderly as the specific needy cause. We lost too many after emergency evacuation of rest homes, and now is the time to do justice.”

“Remember, this is actually a government investment in land assets, that can later be recouped,” Tindall concludes. “I appeal to the wider global community to help Christchurch help its troubled senior citizens in the east.”

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

Ref: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2508977/candidates-battle-for-place-on-christchurch-city-council.asx

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

Burwood-Pegasus ward by-election 2012

Greetings Christchurch, citizens East, kia ora,

Welcome to SustainableCanterbury.org – the web link from the election flier you received from me personally. You have been through so much – your stoicism is saluted around the world. The leaflet is to provide contact details from a council and local government specialist – please feel free to contact me at any time, on any issue you wish to raise and have officially addressed through representation.

This is a very important by-election for Burwood-Pegasus ward. Now is the time to secure the strong and determined rebuild assistance that this earthquake-stricken ward so very much needs. Don’t forget to vote!

Stay strong, stick together, kia kaha.

Kind regards,

Rik Tindall – 332-1069 / 027-406-0077

BA Hons, Certificate in Business Computing

sustainablecanterbury@gmail.com

More information: Christchurch earthquakes City Council page ;

Pegasus Post 160112 p.5

Pegasus Post 160112 p.5

http://www.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/communityboards/burwoodpegasuscommunityboard

http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/CandidateProfiles/2012BurwoodPegasusCandidateProfiles.pdf

Discussion Re: [Canterbury Issues] Tony Marryatt

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/6261354/Rivals-query-Becks-commitment etc.

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.

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