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Lyttelton Earhtquake Update Fri 4 Mar


PHONE 027 739 1832 OR 941 5656.


  • 8.30AM-6.00PM FRIDAY


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  • Tunnel - Same process as last few days. Residents access through the tunnel only. You need a permit pass. Come to the Rec Centre. ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY.
  • Roads - Dyers Pass and Gebbies Pass are open.
  • Travel to Supermarkets - There is a bus leaving at 10.00am and 2.00pm this week from outside the Lyttelton Rec Centre. Goes to Barrington for groceries etc. One hour to shop.
  • To get to CHCH Hospital - Metro Buses are running from Barrington to CHCH Hospital 12 min past the hour. Hospital is the connection area to other areas, though city centre still out of bounds. Last buses run @ 7.00pm. If you are using this Metro connection in line with the supermarket drop off you need to let Don know please (the very kind Don Ross who is running the supermarket travel noted above is prepared to run an extended service to link into the metro bus, if required).
  • Ferry to Diamond Harbour - The Ferry is free. Lytt to DH runs 8.50am - 7.50pm. DH to Lytt 9am to 8pm.

  • Brenchly Boulder - Still being assessed. We hope to have more information on this over the next day or so.
  • Evacuation over Ross/Shackleton/Selwyn from Sat – The majority of residents allowed back home, excludes 4 families. See the list on cork board for full details. Residents SHOULD have this information also on stuck on their homes. They should read this carefully. If we are unable to satisfy their queries they need to go see Steph at the fire station.
  • EQC in town still. A Red sticker does not mean your house is to be pulled down. It's just an initial assessment. Come to Rec Centre for short term accommodation. If you wish to be on site when your home is checked or rechecked, or you wish to have it checked please call Structex co-ordinator, Tristan on 341 8952 or 027 346 9354. Re checks are not being completed without residents being aware.

  • Medical Centre is open from 9.00 - 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Free appointments and will take people that aren't their normal registered clients.
  • Chemist is open 10.00am - 1.00pm today. Update on hours for next week to follow.
  • Counselling and Coping Info - Coping Strategies for Children, Teenagers and Adults. Written information is available at Lyttelton West School on Voelas Rd, Lyttelton Medical Centre on Oxford St and here at the Lyttelton Rec Centre on Winchester St.
  • Social Worker Emily from CDHB – Child Mental Health Social Worker available to discuss any concerns that families may have at this time. Contact through Lytt Rec Centre.

  • WINZ ARE HERE TODAY UNTIL AROUND HALF ONE. However also at Linwood Link and Pioneer Stadium Welfare Centre.
  • Hardship Grants - We do have these forms available at the Rec Centre and they will be delivered to the correct place. However, we really encourage you to go online to complete the form.

  • Couriers – Details on reception glass at Rec Centre.
  • Glazier –coming TODAY with glass. Aaron Shral, 03 342 1324, 027 227 9555
  • Water – Progressively being turned on throughout the harbour basin. Everyone must still BOIL their water, until further notice.
  • Meals at Rec Centre - The community meals are no longer happening. The community is providing lunch and dinner for our vulnerable people in the community and delivering these.
  • Gas - Mondo Vino on Norwich Quay has an exchange supply and it is free.
  • Postal Services – Post will resume on Monday. Free redirection until 31st March, 2011. There may be a pick up service available from the rec today, not confirmed.
  • Accommodation – short term accommodation still being provided by the community. Come to the Rec for assistance.
  • What to do with your Rubble – This will be collected, in due course. PLEASE WHERE POSSIBLE KEEP YOUR RUBBLE ON YOUR PROPERTY.  Where this is not possible stack it on the pavement. Use common sense, don’t block access and weigh down ply board etc so it doesn’t fly about. Parkhouse Road dump is open.
  • Rubbish – Skips have been placed outside the London St Diary and Bells Chemist on London St, but rubbish service is as normal excluding the yellow bin.
  • Pet Food / Pet Whisperer – We have pet food! Can be delivered by our very own ‘Pet Whisperer’, Paul Dahl. He will also feed pets, get in touch direct to Paul on 027 555 1292.  In addition he wants to know about any pets that are in trouble i.e. trapped or abandoned. This is any pet, from goldfish to turtle to goats to hens………..
  • Food – Donations of food are still being accepted. Some of this is being delivered to our neighbouring towns of New Brighton, Linwood, Aranui and Heathcote. We DO NOT need clothes or books.

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South Korea learns from Lyttelton

Marg Korea

When time bank organisers in South Korea heard of a conference being organised to talk about empowering communities in the wake of disaster they suggested Margaret Jefferies be invited to speak on the experiences with disaster in Lyttelton/Christchurch.

The host of the forum was looking for a case where victims actively participated as agents of social reconstruction and healing.
Margaret travelled with Project Lyttelton board member Anne Mackay in November to attend the conference and visit time banks in South Korea.

The conference was hosted by the 4.16 Foundation, and it addressed “Contemplating Victims Rights in a Risk Society”

“The 4.16 Foundation has formed around the Seawol,” Margaret said.

“They wanted to look at “How can we prevent disasters, how can we manage them better?’,” she said.

Many in the audience were families of the children killed in the 2014 Sewol tragedy and were new to the concept and practice of time banking.
The first day was visits to the memorial sites, the second day was the presentations and the third day was questions and answers.
The overloaded South Korean ferry MV Seawol capsized on April 16, 2014 with 476 passengers on board. Three hundred and four people died including 250 children who were out on a school trip.
Many families of victims still feel angry at the inadequate response and lack of accountability on all levels.
Margaret presented a talk, ‘Recent disasters in New Zealand and how we are coping in a humane way’, on the role the Time Bank played in the aftermath of the earthquakes. She also spoke on her work with the Christchurch Muslim community about moving forward together in an empowered way after the March 15 terrorist attack. Read Margaret’s talk here
Margaret said the the people were beautiful and the memorials were very moving.
“There were people from other disasters there too. It sounds heavy but it wasn’t really. It was about seeing patterns and overcoming them,” Margaret said.
Margaret welcomed the interest shown in time banking at the conference.
“It was really good having Anne there too with her legal background, particularly with questions around some of the legal aspects of the disasters,” Margaret said.
The rest of the trip was meeting with people from time banks in Seoul and Gumi.
The time banks in South Korea have been set up to work with specific communities.
In Seoul the church based time bank focuses a lot of its efforts around people with special needs, the church community has also pooled money to buy a house for youth accommodation.
“It’s very practical, big stuff really,” Margaret said.
The time bank in Gumi is associated with a senior club. It’s very active with around 1800 members.
“A scheme in South Korea sees seniors paid for up to 15 hours a month if they want to continue work, and if they do more they can do it through the time bank,” Margaret said.
“It’s really interesting seeing different time banks using the same tools different ways.”