THX 4 THE MEMORIES – Avonside photographic exhibition now online.

The 22nd of August 2013 was the official opening of the Avonside photography project Thx 4 the Memories exhibited along Worcester Street.

It consisted of photographs of Avonside people by Bridgit Anderson and Tim Veling along with snippets of their Red Zone experiences as recorded by Glen Busch (original post here).

Tim has put together an online book that recreates the exhibition and you can find it by clicking on the first link below. Eventually, once numerous obstacles are overcome, there will be a print version available.

Tim has a dedication and endurance second to none and continues to record what is happening where we once lived and how it will all eventually turn out. Tim has done other projects as well and the second link takes you to the projects part of his website.

Thx 4 the Memories
then click on the book cover just below the video.

All Tim’s projects


Tribute to Avonside

On Easter Sunday (31st of March) Holy Trinity Avonside will be holding a tribute to Avonside, as the area undergoes the biggest change in its history.

The tribute will start at 2.00pm with a service of thanksgiving and blessing led by Bishop Victoria Matthews.  This will be followed by afternoon tea and an opportunity to view an exhibition of photographs displaying images of life in Avonside through the ages.

Holy Trinity Avonside is accessed via it’s entrance at 168 Stanmore Road.


CCC – Communications audit

You may recall there have been concerns about the quality of communications within the Council, and between the Council and various agencies, groups, and communities. The Council is seeking feedback as part of it’s audit of how well it has communicated.

From the council website:

A key to successful community engagement is two-way communications – opportunities for ratepayers to have a say and be heard.

The Council audit of Communications that was announced at the start of 2012 is well underway and due to report back in June 2012.

This month (April) we are calling for public input and are asking people to share an experience of council communication, good or not so good, and how they think the experience could have been improved. Those responses will be fed into the audit report and recommendations.

If you wish to contribute a comment you can do so here.  Submissions close on the 10th of May.

Earthquake seminars – Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC)

The Mental Health Education and Resource Centre and the University of Canterbury have joined together to offer free earthquake seminars.

The seminars will provide an opportunity to:

  • Learn strategies to manage uncertainties and challenges
  • Develop skills to enhance and support relationships with self, whanau and communities
  • Identify responses following the Canterbury earthquakes and appropriate referral pathways

The contact person is Christina Bond at MHERC (03) 365 5344 . Information about the seminars is on the Canterbury webhealth website here. The MHERC website here.

CERA video: Your Health – Advice from the experts

Over the weekend CERA ran a programme, Your Health – Advice from the experts, on Maori TV.

For 29 minutes a panel discussion led by Roger Sutton covered:

  • how the health system is managing with damaged resources
  • the impact of the physical environment on individuals (dust, mould, cold)
  • the effect on individuals of the ongoing issues of living in Christchurch
  • how people are responding
  • the outlook for the future and how to respond
  • how to look after yourself.

Panel contributors were Canterbury District Health Board chief executive David Meates; the medical officer of health Ramon Pink; a GP with links to the mental health sector, Dr Jeremy Baker and; anxiety specialist Dr Caroline Bell.

The video is available on-line here.