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Business Association March Update

Lyttelton Harbour Business AssociationLyttelton Harbour Business Association  updates will be published as information becomes available in relation to the recovery of Local Lyttelton Harbour Businesses

Tomorrow (Friday 11th March) from 10-3 the www.recovercanterbury.co..nz team will have their mobile caravan in Lyttelton, and will be available to give advice and answer questions on a wide range of business recovery challenges and issues. Please pop down and talk to them - there will be a team of six advisers available to assist.The caravan will be outside Portico, near the St John Ambulance.

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One issue raised at Tuesday's meeting was the large number of businesses impacted by a small number of key buildings which are currently hazardous. Discussions have commenced this afternoon with the heritage team from CCC regarding the stabilising or removal of buildings in London Street which are impacting on the ability of others to open their businesses and begin trading again. Participants in this meeting left tasked with jobs to progress this, and I would hope to be able to provide an update soon. Great that we have been able to get some activity on this issue so quickly.

More businesses reopening. Currently the Dairy is open from 7am to 10pm, the Pharmacy from 9am to 530pm, Lyttelton Coffee Company is open outside the library, the Fishermans Wharf restaurant is open, and the Lyttelton Club (Top Club) is open from 2pm. Mondo Vino is also open normal hours.

Lyttel Piko is reopening tomorrow, and I am awaiting information on Leslies Bookshop and the Bakery, both of which I understand are hoping to be running from temporary premises by next week. If you know of other businesses which are operating, or about to restart operating, please advise.

The BNZ are going to be running a temporary mobile bank branch from outside Portico, by the St John's Ambulance premises. It is expected it will take a week or so to set this up - it is being brought down from Auckland and being refitted. Details on services to be provided will follow as we have them..

The IRD have set up a desk at the recovery office at the recreation centre for anyone who wishes to discuss tax affairs - late payments, lost paperwork, late filing of returns etc. Please approach them with any issues.

I trust you find the above update useful. We will continue to update you with any further information as it becomes available.

Regards

Andrew Turner, Chairman, Lyttelton Habour Business Association e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. m: 021 1593100

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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.”