Cashmere News Diary: 15 February 2014 - post-quake matters
Greetings Cashmere Residents. Welcome back to work and our community news service.
We have three notices to share, until the next update. There will be community meeting dates set very soon, and then a new Diary.
Church House rental
The House at 2A McMillan Avenue will become available for rental in mid February as an unfurnished house.. If you know of anybody who may be interested in renting this property which is a 4 bedroom house with 3 double bedrooms upstairs and 1 double bedroom and sunroom downstairs. There are two separate toilets, one upstairs and one downstairs and an upstairs separate bathroom with both bath and shower. There is a downstairs large lounge and downstairs kitchen including a dishwasher. There is also a garage which will be available for rent from approximately the end of April. The term is for one year. Suitable references and background checks will be required. All enquires to the Property Convenor, Richard by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the members of Residents Associations in Christchurch/Canterbury,
We are a volunteer group of Christchurch residents who are doing the background work to get together the required numbers of properties and people so that a group action can go ahead to take a case against EQC to the High court with Anthony Harper lawyers. It is most likely that, in your role as a key member of your resident's association, that you will be helping people in your neighbourhood who are concerned about the repair strategy being offered to them by EQC or Fletchers EQR.
I am attaching a flyer with information regarding the sort of repair issue which may qualify for the group action against EQC. It would be excellent if you are able to forward this to concerned residents and also feel free to print out copies if this would be of use.
GroupAction_MailDrop.pdf : https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6fE5mjGIxboRWdEa2ZQa3V2Sms/edit?usp=drive_web
If you need further information or further points of contact the following may be helpful.
The volunteer group can be contacted through this email address (email@example.com) or through the Facebook page www.facebook.com/eqcgroupaction.
The deadline for reaching the required number of properties for the Group Action is the 28th February.
Thank you for your time.
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Subject: Fix.Fasten.Don't Forget Canterbury Campaign
From: "Richard Braddell" <RBraddell@eqc.govt.nz>
Date: Wed, January 29, 2014 10:56 am
Please find attached a short item for your readers on the importance of earthquake readiness. The Earthquake Commission is running a Canterbury-focused public awareness campaign Fix. Fasten. Don't Forget. The message of this campaign is to encourage Cantabrians to fix and fasten in their homes. The campaign is fronted by two well-known Cantabrians - former All Black and current Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder, and Christchurch Student Volunteer Army founder Sam Johnson leading the way to safer NZ homes.
We have also attached some images that you could use together with the article.
"Canterbury - let's make our experience count"
Cantabrians don't need reminding that an earthquake can strike any time, so now's the perfect time to quake-safe the home, writes EQC chief executive IAN SIMPSON. Summer is the season for DIY. Long daylight hours and warm weather make the prospect of repainting the fence, or putting on a deck, much more enticing.
However, even in Canterbury, where the memories of the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 are fresh, many households need another DIY task on the list - quake safe the home. Research shows that Cantabrians are better prepared than people in other parts of New Zealand. Even so, there is still a lot more to do as less than half say they have taken measures to secure tall furniture in their homes.
Tracey Harris, who tragically lost her son Jayden in the 2011 earthquake, and Simon Robinson, who survived a chimney collapse in the September 2010 Christchurch quake, are part of EQC's advertising campaign, running through January and February . Their experiences have made them eager to share the Fix. Fasten. Don't Forget. message so that people are more prepared for an earthquake.
Former All Black and current Canterbury Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder, and Student Volunteer Army co-founder Sam Johnson were also keen to lend their time to get the message across.
Here are some simple steps you can take to quake-safe your home.
* Fix down ornaments and small objects - You can use plastic puttie such as Blue Tack or quake wax or non-slip mats, available at hardware or homeware stores, to secure items to surfaces.
* Bookshelves & latches - Use angle brackets or tall cupbaords to secure bookshelves to the wall and use cord, nylon or curtain wire to secure books on shelves to lessen chances of them falling off in a shake. Use child-proof latches or positive-catching latches in cupboards and drawers to keep items from falling out.
* Fasten appliances and heavy furniture - Stabilise small appliances, such as microwaves, with non-slip mats, Velcro pads and rubber caps which are available from local hardware stores or specialist safety stores. Use straps for larger appliances such as fridge/freezers. Secure tall or heavy furniture with brackets, screwed into the wall stud.
There are more practical tips to help-quake safe your home at www.eqc.govt.nz, or visit your nearest Bunnings store for advice and the items you need to get the job done.
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Rik Tindall, 332-1069
Cashmere Residents Association
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