Community Update 8 August 2013

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Apologies in advance

Hi there. If you have sent in any information to go in the newsletter which is not in here it could be that it was lost in our recent change over of computers. Our apologies if this is so.

Hooray Glenstrae road is now open!

Film showing – an evening with Dr Gordon

Next week we are showing a film of the recent Dr Rob Gordon lecture. Rob Gordon is a clinical psychologist who has spent many years studying the impact of disasters (and the recovery process) he shares his knowledge and experience of how we respond, and can recover psychologically and socially from earthquakes and disaster related stresses.  An insightful and fascinating talk. We look forward to you joining us for a showing of the recorded lecture on Wednesday evening 14th August, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Pop it in your Diary now. Encourage friends and neighbors to join you, its not gloom and doom – mulled wine, fairy lights and interesting talk.

Mapping the Damage in Mt Pleasant

For the latest mapping of the repairs and rebuilds on Mt Pleasant please see here  Tony Aldridge, the creator of these maps, was featured in an article in the Press last week. The insurers obviously don’t like being called to account in this way! We are very grateful to Tony for the work he has been doing in this area, Tony you are awesome! Read here.

Sumner Theater Group tickets for sale

If you woudl like a great night out while helping a local community group at the same time why not purchase tickets to the Annual Sumner Theater Group show for this Saturday night $25 pp BYO drinks & nibbles. Proceeds go to the Mt Pleasant Squash Club. Contact

Local Body Elections

With the close of nominations for Local Body Elections not too far away there is still a big need for more candidates. To find out more about what is involved see

Keen on Community Gardens or Fresh Vegetable delivery? 

Then take a look at what this urban farmer is doing Urban Farming – amazing! Also we have a resident living on Glenstrae Road who is very keen to have fresh vegetables delivered but there needs to be more numbers for this to be viable. If you are interested in what have to offer please contact

Our Facebook link has been shortened

If you have saved our Facebook page to your favourites and find the link is no longer working that’s because we have shortened the address. It is now

Men Building Stronger Relationships Course

This course is for men who want to build stronger relationships with partners, friends or family. Details can be found here.

Civil Defence is looking for Volunteers for an exercise

We all know how much we needed Civil Defence on 22 February 2011 – and we found they were completely under resourced, here an opportunity to help 

Neighbourhood Week

Mt Pleasant has over 60 neighbourhood groups registered on the Mt Pleasant Neighbourhood network (see map) but this is not nearly enough to cover the whole suburb. If your not covered why not have a neighbour hood party during Neighbourhood Week and get yourselves organised? The association brings all Neighbourhood coordinators together twice a year to swap notes on how things are going over the suburb and get ideas for improving our friendliness and resilience. For funding for Neighbourhood Week see here.

It’s a parking jungle out there!

There have started to be quite a few complaints about contractors parking all over the footpaths when carrying out house repairs. Can you please have a word with your contractors not to block the footpaths as people, particularly children and the elderly, are being forced to walk on the road which is not safe?

Insurance Notices and Issues

IAG Community meetings for people wanting to know about settlement options for their homes
Tuesday 13th August, St.Albans Shirley Club, 269 Hills Road, Shirley, 2pm-4pm, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Wednesday 11th September, Woolston Club, 43 Hargood Street, 2-4pm, 6.30pm-8.30 pm. To reserve a place call or email your claims manager or email

Commonly asked questions and answers about EQC, Insurance and Rebuilding
Being the great people they are CanCern has developed a fantastic resource of common questions people want answers from, from the insurers and EQC. These questions are then posted on the CERA website. Where an insurer won’t provide an answer it speaks volumes about their care for their customer. This is a living resource and can be added to if you think you have a question that many other people will also share. The info is held on the CERA website see here 
We also hold copies of these questions in booklet form  these booklets which you can pick up at the Mt Pleasant Farmers market or your local library.

The following information is supplied by CanCern.
Fletcher EQR Information Video
Fletcher EQR has added new video and information on what to expect during the scope meeting and on safety training for contractors.

Residential Advisory Service – RAS
If you’re still trying to get your head around what RAS can offer if you are struggling with aspects of your home progress, check out this simple presentation – Residential Advisory Service Overview Presentation. If you have people in the community without computer access, perhaps you could show the presentation at a community venue to get the word out to all of those who need a bit of help.

The Press Opinion – Legal Questions
Do you have a legal question arising from how the earthquakes have affected you? Lane Neave partner Dr Duncan Webb has agreed to be an “agony uncle” on how the law applies to certain situations. Here is his first column.
‘If I take a cash settlement for my badly damaged red-zone home and remain living in it while I construct a new house, do I need to continue to insure it? I would sell the red-zone house “as is” and move out as soon as my new home was built.’
Read the response here.

Sum Insured – what amount should you insure your house for? What could go wrong?

Lawrence from Avonside Blog has written a good piece about this important subject. Click here to read.


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