Where There's a Will

Follow one man's bid to rebuild his home in shattered Christchurch.

Guerilla parking in Christchurch

06:00am 19 Jul 2013

WILL HARVIE

One good thing about the quakes: Not many of us are paying for parking.    no parking fees

There is so much vacant land and roadside nooks and crannies about Christchurch that paying for parking seems flat silly.

Have I moved orange traffic cones to slip my car somewhere free? Absolutely.

Have I parked on the debris of some demolished building? Often.

Have I paid for parking in Christchurch since February 22, 2011? Probably, but I can't remember doing so. Maybe at the airport?

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If snow comes, keep the buses rolling

06:00pm 18 Jun 2013

WILL HARVIE

Snow bus

HOW IT SHOULD BE: Bus driver Danny Morgan negotiates Morris St, Avonside, in a 2005 snowstorm. 


Environment Canterbury and bus companies must keep the buses running if the province gets another snow session, as predicted for many days by forecasters.

In last June's big snow, Christchurch buses were parked early and without much notice.

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Excellent result on the Pallet Pavilion

08:46am 07 Jun 2013

WILL HARVIE

pallet pavilion

Gap Filler has raised the $80,000 it needs to keep the Pallet Pavilion going for another year. It's an excellent result, but the organisation needs more subscriptions because the costs of running a PledgeMe.co.nz campaign and other expenses mean Gap Filler really needs $90,000.

At 8am Friday, the group needed about another $9000 by 6pm Saturday night.

Public subscriptions are an old tradition in Christchurch. The pier at New Brighton, Mona Vale and even a little-known garden called Ashgrove Reserve, near Cracroft, were all paid for in part by public subscriptions.

There are other examples all over the province.

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A wretched record on quake insurance assistance

10:43am 29 Apr 2013

WILL HARVIE

cosgrove claytonMayor Bob Parker and Earthquake Minister Gerry Brownlee continue to bicker over whether Cantabrians need an insurance advisory service or an insurance advocacy service - as if the difference matters about 30 months after calls for assistance with insurance companies were first aired.

Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove, pictured, questioned Brownlee about the insurance assistance in Parliament on October 26, 2010.

''Will he [Brownlee] support my recommendation to set up an advocacy support service to provide earthquake-affected residents with help in dealing with their private insurers...?'' 

Brownlee answered: ''I think it is very important that we do not begin by setting out a conflict situation between private insurers and claimants'', as if claimants were creating conflicts.

He continued: ''We first need to let the private insurers go and see what is required on their part, whether it is rebuild or repair.

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Walking Manchester St recalls extraordinary Chch

10:19am 15 Apr 2013

WILL HARVIE

Authorities re-opened Manchester St in central Christchurch last week and this morning it was like revisiting an extraordinary sequence in Christchurch history.

manchester st

On one side, there were high piles of concrete rubble and twisted building iron. Over there, the massive Majestic Church building still advertises sermons from February 2011, when an R theme was underway: Repair: Feb 13; Rebuild: Feb 20; Restore: Feb 27. A little further north, Boogie Nights was planning a ''Back to Skool'' party on Feb 24.

Day-glo orange spray paint advises that the Money Club building at 146 Manchester was cleared by urban search and rescue on 6/3 at 1600 hrs. Another building boasts a good old-fashioned yellow sticker, even if it's dated 2012.

The Kensington Building at 179-185 Manchester, which last housed Comics Compulsion and a Turkish kebab restaurant among enterprises, is a fine commercial building of the sort that once dominated this great street. It's not on Cera's Demolition List so maybe it'll be saved.

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