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Lyttelton Business Recovery update April 9 by Andrew Turner

I attended a Civil Defence briefing on Friday, at which it was confirmed by John Hamilton, the National Controller, that three Lyttelton buildings are expected to be signed off by the National Controller’s office for immediate demolition. These are 24 London Street (The Harbour Light Theatre), 6 London Street (The former No.6 Café), and 9 London Street (The Empire Hotel). This is as a direct response to our comments and questioning relating to these buildings preventing speedy economic recovery of London Street, and an understanding on the part of Civil Defence that the removal of these buildings will allow recovery of other businesses to take place. It has been confirmed that it is expected these buildings will have demolition works completed by 19th April (prior to Easter). It then remains the aim for the remainder of the Lyttelton demolitions to take place after Easter.

A question was also asked in the same meeting regarding the financial implications of Civil Defence initiated demolitions. I further clarified this by further questioning at the end of the meeting. The response from Civil Defence National Controller John Hamilton is as follows:

The preferred situation is for the building owner and their insurer to have made arrangements and to have agreement regarding the cost of demolition prior to demolition taking place. If this is not the case, Civil Defence will take responsibility for the demolition work, then seek to recover this cost from the insurer. In the case where insurance is insufficient or non-existent, then recovery of these costs will be sought from the building owner. Where this is not possible, then a lien over the property will be taken, to be settled on subsequent sale of the property or the land. This differs somewhat from the original presentation we received from Chris Kerr, where it was implied that Civil Defence would cover demolition costs. It now has been clarified that while this may initially be the case, these costs will be recovered as above.  It is possible for the building owner to request a preferred demolition contractor, this through Chris Kerr This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other information:

1. The Lyttelton Library has now reopened, and is operating normal hours from Friday of last week.

2. There will be a public meeting to discuss Lyttelton’s recovery. This is hosted by the Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Community Board and will take place at the Recreation Centre on Winchester Street, at 730 pm on Monday 11th April. It would be good to see as many facets of the community as possible represented at this meeting. There will no doubt be much discussion as to the aspirations of the community and individuals as regards development of the Lyttelton CBD, which will be of interest to Lyttelton business owners and building owners. If you are unable to attend, please email me your thoughts so that they can be included in the feedback gained through the meeting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly to the community board This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It is intended that one of the outcomes of the process started in this meeting will be a recovery plan for Lyttelton, which can be presented to the new Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) which it is expected will be formally created by enabling legislation in Parliament on Tuesday. I look forward to seeing you at Monday’s meeting and hearing the views of the community on Lyttelton’s recovery.

Andrew Turner, Chairman

Lyttelton Harbour Business Association

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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.”