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Christchurch Sustainable Village

Looking for a new home ISSUE 23

JULY 2013

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CanterburyRebuild Issue 23 July 2013 Publisher Metros Publishing Group Ltd Managing Director: Trevor Laplanche e: Sales Enquiries e: Editorial Enquiries e:

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cover The Viva Project initiated after the Christchurch earthquakes, is a collaboration between architects, visionaries, and ordinary people looking for a village within a city that is socially, financially, culturally and environmentally sustainable.

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and correctness of the information contained within this magazine, however Metros Publishing Group Ltd can accept no liability for the accuracy of all the information. The information and views expressed anywhere in this magazine are not necessarily the views or opinion of Metros Publishing Group Ltd, its editorial contributors, freelancers, associates or information providers.

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Welcome The cordon has finally been removed and the city returned to its rightful owners. This simple ceremony to take down those last barriers was a significant one – it almost feels like we are free again to move around as we wish. Sure there will still be some road closures to ensure our safety, but the need for us to be guarded from the destruction is over and we look forward to those steps of finally moving forward.

5 Farewell to our cordon guardians 6 Know your enemy-the battlefield with EQC and insurance

7 Progress with the CBD 8 Team work gets great results 9 Choosing the right joinery for the conditions

10 How builders and tradesmen lift their

As a final salute to those who have been caretakers of, we acknowledge their efforts with a story about the input those soldiers have had and what it really means for us all now.

12 Residents want more energy efficient

As I sit writing this, I am in the throes of a handover of a different sort - the feeling of almost giving up “normal” living as we have existed through four weeks of open homes. This has involved peeling our life back to minimalistic living. This is not an easy feat when there is a 5-year-old on the premises but nevertheless the last of the strangers will trudge through today and hopefully come tomorrow once the hammer falls, our house will be sold and we will indeed hand our home over to another.

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The process will then begin of selecting a suitable plot to build another home – not for us but for someone else. To do this we have to second-guess the needs of a different family and hopefully build someone else’s dream.


This process of building is a predicament many in the region now find themselves facing, and no doubt my family will now face those challenges which are now ahead of many.

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It has been no small effort on the part of the New Zealand Defence Force in keeping watch over our beloved city. Although the presence of the role played has diminished over time, the effort put in at the time of the quakes and subsequent life thereafter has been one which residents will never forget.

Having never lived longer than three years in any one place in the past 23 years, the pack up process does not seem too daunting. It provides a time to cull and streamline the clutter we have gathered around us, and realise that it is not materialistic things which make us happy but more importantly being together – a fact we have been reminded of frequently during the past few years.

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11 Out and about with Coresteel building launch city

13 Building stress free 16 Smaller and smarter homes 17 Red cross reaches milestone with quake grants

20 Efficient options for storage 21 A master guarantee with family building company

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Ashburtons architectural masterpieces South Brightons two way traffic plans $10,000 win overwhelming A growing sense of community Avoiding the harmful noise The village that needs a home Traffic management trials underway Researching commercial landlords and tenants

32 The ultimate surface protection 33 Innovative precinct planning underway 34 Pods provide answers

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The unfaltering members of the New Zealand Army who have kept watch to ensure members of the public remain safe and building owners’ properties remain secure. New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) figures show more than 77,280 man hours have been spent at posts around the cordon’s surrounds. The 24-hour-a-day caretakers have now left the city as the last of the city’s cordons have been removed. When the Red Zone was initially

established on 22 February 2011, it took in the majority of the city within the four avenues but slowly as dangerous buildings have been demolished and sites made secure, the gates have been pulled back. The ceremony on 30th June was a chance for an official thank you and another poignant time to remember the events during the past three years and the impact they have had on the city and its people. Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-

General Rhys Jones says the Defence Force is proud at the contribution it has made in Christchurch’s time of need. “I thank the people of Christchurch for their support and friendship as we worked alongside them and I admire the courage they have shown in the face of such a disaster. “The end of the cordon duty means that Christchurch has reached another milestone, and the pace of renewal is shifting up a gear. Our work here is done. I am very proud that we as a Defence Force have stayed the course, and been a part of the efforts that transitioned from first-responce to where we are today and the rebuilding of Christchurch.” Although the cordon is gone and CERA will no longer have control of access, some roads will remain closed as street level and underground repairs are completed and the last of the dangerous or damaged buildings are addressed. The Christchurch City Council Transport and Greenspace unit manager John Mackie says while this may be frustrating, it is necessary. “We haven’t started work until now as that would have held up the ability to demolish buildings or work on building repairs, and that would have been impractical. Our role now is to address the roads, footpaths and infrastructure that need work as the last step in this process.”

CanterburyRebuild NZDF stats Since the close of the initial response operation in March 2011, rotations of 16 personnel from the Reserve Forces have provided around the clock support of manning the cordons in the Christchurch Red Zone. Rotation Period: 2 months each Rotation manning: Started with 22 reservists manning 5 access points and has reduced to 3 access points with two reservists per access point Manning : 14 personnel per rotation Number of Reservists used: Over 120 reservists have worked on the cordon to date. Work Duration: 2 x 12hr shifts Change over time daily: 0630 and 1830 hrs

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In battle know your enemy Whenever I watch Campbell Live and the interviews of Christchurch homeowners struggling to get anywhere with EQC or their private insurers, it’s hard not to be moved by the emotional state, desperation, and utter powerlessness that each and every one of these people are experiencing. For some coincidental reason (yeah right) EQC and insurers miraculously seem to be able to resolve things shortly after the nation has viewed the plight of these few, even though the homeowners themselves have gotten nowhere for months if not years. As you well know, the insurance battleground is a complex and fraught environment and if it’s not properly understood, though perhaps more importantly if the fight is not entered into with the right strategy and with the right army, then the results for the unprepared and untrained are likely to be catastrophic. Sun Tzu, a Chinese military general, strategist and tactician, in his military text which was later translated into The Art of War says; “if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles”. Knowing the enemy enables you to take the offensive, and knowing yourself enables you to stand on the defensive. Given the way EQC and insurers are behaving, there will need to be a number of battles fought to get you a fair and proper settlement, and my interpretation of the Sun Tzu principle is that to truly know the (insurance) enemy requires the knowledge, expertise and input of a multi-discipline team. The team we’ve used has seen loss adjustors, claim managers, structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, foundation specialists, house removers, quantity surveyors, and lawyers all being used for different areas of the battle. The key is that they need to be used in a structured and co-ordinated manner so that the offensive can be taken to the insurer with impact. This team also needs to have the knowledge, confidence and capability to defend your entitlements when they’re challenged by the enemy.....which as you know will happen.

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It’s not an easy task if it’s to be done right, it’s certainly not quick, and it’s plagued with moving lines of battle as the enemy changes the rules of engagement, but I believe it’s essential to have the proper team to fight for you if your intention is to win the war. What we’ve finding now however is that we’re approaching a point where people are losing the will to fight. They’ve battled for so long to get anywhere and in the face of constant rejection and with little hope, more and more people are accepting defeat because they simply don’t know how to win or they simply don’t want fight any longer. This is a particularly dangerous time as any surrender will play into the hands of EQC and private insurers who will gladly set the terms of the post battle settlement. When I’m asked by people in this situation what they should do, I respond with the following questions; How much do you think you stand to lose? What impact would that have on you and your family? Would that worry you? Could you live with that loss? If someone else could fight for you, would you continue? While everyone’s situation is different, the responses to these questions are all pretty much the same and we’ve yet to meet anyone who says they are willing and happy to give up the fight. They’re just resigned themselves to that fact that they can’t win.....but in reality they can. Hoani Hipango is a partner at Proclaims Management. Proclaims is a Christchurch claims consultancy, whose business processes have been developed in line with international insurance industry practices and with the input of globally acknowledged insurance law experts. To discuss your situation contact Hoani on 943 7144 or to


Progress in the central business district steaming ahead Last month, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee hosted Prime Minister John Key on a tour of the Christchurch CBD to highlight the move from the demolition phase to construction gear up as tonnes of concrete are poured in the CBD every week.

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As the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s operations general manager, Warwick has managed the demolition and operations work programme - both residential and commercial - throughout greater Christchurch.

A total of $800 million worth of commercial consents have been issued in greater Christchurch over the past 12 months with this figure increasing exponentially as the rebuild gains momentum. Only 67 (or 6%) of more than 1,100 buildings earthquake damaged buildings within the four avenues that require a full or partial demolition remain. We’re making good progress with purchasing the properties to allow for construction of the Anchor Projects, outlined in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, which will revitalise the central city. In terms of the priority Anchor Projects - the Convention Centre Precinct, the East Frame, the Bus Interchange, the Justice & Emergency Services Precinct and the Metro Sport Facility – agreements are now in place for the purchase of 63 per cent of the total designated land area, with a

dollar value of $173.5 million. Across all of the projects, agreements are in place for 43.4 per cent of the total designated land area, for a total agreed purchase price of $231.6 million. Building work is already under way with the commencement of the early stages of the Avon River Precinct. When purchasing properties the Crown is taking the approach of creating willingbuyer, willing-seller scenarios, and to date has not been required to use its powers of compulsory acquisition. Two independent valuers are providing advice to the Crown in the negotiations. The sale price agreed for each property reflects specific property features such as location, geological conditions, state of any buildings, the value to the purchaser of any reports and consents obtained by the seller, environmental conditions, insurance, and any tenancies. Complementing progress towards the Anchor Projects, we are all now looking forward to the lifting of the Central Business District cordon around the Rebuild Zone on the 28 June.

The men and women of the New Zealand Defence Force have dedicated many long hours, braving some of the harshest of weather conditions, to man the cordon around the clock since 22 February 2011. On the 30th June they will officially march out from their duties on the cordon. Together with the CCC we’ve been progressively reducing the cordon over the last month. There is still a lot of infrastructure work to be done in the area, and that includes everything from street lighting to repaired footpaths and roads. Owners of property in the cordoned city area have already been contacted to remind them of their responsibilities for fencing off sites that have yet to be repaired or that contain any hazards. Access to some roads and properties will remain fenced depending on demolitions and infrastructure repairs, just as the non-cordoned parts of the city are while hazardous work is underway. The re-opening of the city to the people of Christchurch is another exciting and positive step for us all.

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Team work gets results Mary Turnbull, of Harcourts Gold has established an impressive reputation for meeting the individual needs of her clients and achieving top results for them. Now she has recruited some new members to her team to enable her to provide an even better service to clients – both sellers and buyers. “I encourage people selling their property to consider auction because I am finding the prices achieved with competition are often at a premium,” Mary says, “but the other side of our business is working with clients who are looking to buy houses. This part of the work is expanding with the huge demand for what is a reduced housing resource throughout Canterbury as a consequence of the earthquakes.” Up until recently, Jenny Fowler of Team Turnbull has been the one to liaise with buyers, but now there is Kate Rollo as well, to help clients Westernra Tce find and buy that perfect property for their requirements. In addition Mary has appointed Sue South as her personal assistant and administrative support for the team, ensuring all systems function

effortlessly so clients experience as stress-free a process as possible. When you utilise the services of Mary and her team you can be assured you have selected agents with a top level of knowledge, experience and a proven record. Mary is currently the third most successful Harcourts’ agent in Canterbury, the seventh most successful in New Zealand and, most impressively, the ninth most successful

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Jenny Fowler, Sue South, Mary Turnbull, Kate Rollo When you utilise the services of Mary and her team you can be assured you have selected agents with a top level of knowledge, experience and a proven record. excellence and was number three in Canterbury for listing the most auctions during 2012-13. Out of her 45 auctions in the past 12 months, 44 were successful with some even breaking records for their sale prices. Recently sold properties were 33 Glen Oakes Drive, 1 Queens Ave and 24 Westenra Tce. These were all sold under the hammer on auction day as a result of Mary’s innovative marketing strategies and her tireless determination. Mary and her team specialise in the north-west of the city – Strowan, Papanui, Merivale, Fendalton, Harewood, Avonhead and St Albans. Properties in these suburbs are in very high demand because on the whole they stood up well to the earthquakes. But don’t think that rules you out from

having such a prominent real estate agent as Mary working for you. “I have had listings recently in Cashmere, Barrington, Linden Grove and Spreydon, so if you have a house to sell somewhere other than in the northwest of the city or are looking to buy in another suburb, my team and I will be delighted to assist you.” Mary and her team can be contacted through the Harcourts Gold Papanui office located at 471 Papanui Road. This office took top honours in the world out of 783 offices. “We love being part of such an award-winning office, which provides superb mentoring and support so that we agents can achieve our best too.” Phone Mary on 352 6166 or 0275 252 959. Her email is

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Jamie Tulloch is managing director of E3 Business Accountants Limited and accountants4trades. Accountants4trades is dedicated to providing accounting, tax and business advice to trades and related businesses involved in the Christchurch rebuild and has developed the world's first interactive Benchmark and KPI dashboards for builders and the trades Contact Jamie on 379 2343 or Jamie welcomes queries and comments.

Three months ago I was discussing with a building client the value of benchmarking his business and how it worked. He was not convinced about its value as his understanding of its purpose was for compliance rather than for measuring his company's performance and improving results. He was convinced this stuff was all theoretical and that the real world of building couldn't be measured as there were so many variables that got in the way of having any practical application. He was also convinced the “back office” was worth less than 10% of real value to his business. “They do the payroll, issue invoices and file GST returns. I wouldn't want them doing any more than that, thank you” he said. Here was a challenge I wanted to win because this particular builder had 15 employees and was under-performing compared with the best builders doing exactly what he was doing – building and repairing in Christchurch. His profit was suffering but he was sure it would come right because he had “work up to here!” as he held his hand up to his eyes. He got on well with his team and they all thought

he was a great boss. I knew that if he kept going as he was, he'd be laying off staff as he ran out of money. Where's the great boss then? I spent over an hour asking him leading and provocative questions so I could better understand how he ran his business. Not untypically he was all hard work, long hours, sincere and dedicated. But he had no benchmarks, key performance indicators, targets or budgets to work to. And he was not making profit above a good wage which he could get being employed by any decent building company in the city. And 90 days later, where is he now? I'm very pleased to say in much better shape. He invested two hours of time to learn how to run a better building business. He listened and saw compelling evidence to prove that smart, profitable builders measure everything they do, they beef up the back office and they set benchmarks and smart dashboard reporting systems that they can see at a glance how their business is going. He still works long hours but he sleeps better.

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Coresteel building launch Coresteel Buildings showcased its new innovative technology at the opening of one of its clients buildings at Izone in Rolleston last month. Many came to enjoy drinks and nibbles and saw for themselves the bracketless system which supports buildings of virtually any size without compromising structural integrity. Hamish Reid, Liz Thompson, Nicky Fitzgerald, Shaun Johnston, Stephen Fitzgerald

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Residents want a more energy efficient city The Christchurch Agency for Energy (CAfE) has released the results of a survey of residents on Christchurch and Energy and has found some interesting results. The telephone survey of 400 residents was conducted between 25th March and 17th April. When residents were asked for their understanding of the term 'renewable energy resources' several forms of energy were mentioned. However, the primary resources mentioned by residents were solar power, hydro power generation and wind power. CAfE chief executive Merv Altments felt this research showed a positive grasp of the issues, “People were engaged with energy issues and had a good appreciation of energy and energy use. There was divided opinion as to whether Christchurch is making the right energy decisions.” Respondents were asked if they considered that the Christchurch CBD and suburbs were currently moving in the right direction with regards to future energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives in homes and commercial buildings, almost a third of residents said yes (31%), a third said no (29%), and over a third (40%) weren't sure. Of those who said they perceived Christchurch is moving in the right direction (31%), the issue of speed was

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canvassed. In response to “Are these future energy efficiency initiatives being implemented fast enough at this point in time?” responses were split with yes 30%, no 54%, don't know or unsure 16%. Eighty-seven per cent of those surveyed believed that incentives need to be offered to encourage people to utilise renewable energy resources during the repair/rebuild of their home. 98.50% of residents agreed with the statement that 'there should be an emphasis on keeping residents healthy by ensuring homes are warm and well insulated'. · 91% also agreed with the statement that 'I believe that EQC should encourage residents to install insulation and or double glazing in their homes during the repair process'. · 83% also believe that there should be changes to the building code to encourage greater use of renewable energy resources such as solar power.

· 80% of residents wanted more information relating to subsidies and the eligibility criteria to develop an energy efficient home. · 83% of residents also believed that given the current circumstances in Christchurch, that low emission wood burners should be allowed in new home builds. Heat pumps were used in nearly a quarter of homes (23%) while one in 20 residents (5%) said their homes had solar panels. Researchers concluded respondents perceived that there was a key opportunity to position Christchurch as a leader and innovator in terms of creating an energy efficient city for the future and to enable residents to support practical, functional, innovative and cost effective energy strategies for the future. Within this framework, residents strongly believed there needed to be plans for emergencies relative to

energy sources for the future, to ensure that they are able to meet the basics of life (i.e. heating and water) in the event of further seismic events. This would allow reduced dependence on current forms of energy for comfort and survival – for example, the freedom of choice regarding the installation of wood burners, and the introduction of legislation. There was a perception held that some of these renewable energy resources could potentially prove more reliable in the event of further significant aftershocks/power blackouts in Christchurch such as current energy sources like electricity, therefore alleviating hardships caused by power outages within the city. Residents also felt the utilisation of a 'natural' energy resource fed into a 'feel good factor' by preserving the environment for future generations. The survey has a statistical margin of error of ±4.9% at the 95% confidence level. The sample included residents through the whole city with proportions of, 0.75% in the Central City, and roughly a quarter in each of the Eastern 26.25%, Northern 25.50%, Southern 22.50% and Western, 25.00% suburbs.


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huge amount of experience within the building industry, this company guarantees the job will be completed to the highest standard. Richards Building Ltd can manage any project from start to finish taking all the unnecessary stress away from its clients. It deals with achieving the dream home within its client’s expectations, agreed timeframes and most importantly the agreed budget. This company can provide a huge range of services to its clients. From renovations to building new homes,

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Richards Building Ltd can do it all. It also specialises in earthquake repairs and rebuilds and is accredited with Fletchers EQR. This means that it is able to repair any earthquake damage that houses may have sustained. Many clients have personally chosen this company to work on their homes through the ‘preferred contractor’ option or the ‘Opt out’ programme. It is currently working directly with Fletchers and EQC on various home repairs as well as with many opt out clients, therefore is familiar with the processes first hand. It can manage your ‘opt out’ repairs from start to finish on your behalf, relieving the client of any unnecessary stress or concerns. Client Jackie Fitzsimmons, who recently had a house completed by Richards Building Ltd is a happy customer: “I appreciated Brad’s clear communication, prompt responses and accurate time framing”. Richards Building Ltd is a member of the Certified Builders Association of NZ and is a Licensed Building

Practitioner through the Department of Housing. This company is also a member of HazardCo, ensuring health and safety processes are adhered to on all work sites. Brad believes that communication is the most important aspect in any project. This company prides itself on this skill and gives its clients all the information they need at every stage in the process, resulting in a successful build where everyone is stress free and happy.

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Building solid homes impacts our environment We have solid in our name,” says Kyle Byers of Solid Builders Limited, “and we build solid, substantial, yet eco-friendly homes.” “ We’ve lived through the earthquakes and had the house damage, the heartache and the uncertainty ourselves. Now we are dedicated to helping to rebuild Christchurch using sustainable materials wherever possible and ensuing that each house we build is high in energy efficiency. We will never get the opportunity to make such a positive impact on our very own environment again.” Solid Builders and its companion design company EcoBuilt Homes, are owned and operated by Kyle who is a licensed building practitioner with some 20 years experience in the construction industry. He has also lived in other parts of the world and has built homes in the UK and the USA. He says he was exposed to different ways of building during this time, opening his mind to different building practices. Solid Builders has already carried out repairs to many earthquake-damaged homes for damage assessed at under

the $100,000 cap. It is also working with major insurance companies on overcap level residential repairs and new builds. Homeowners in this category

costs and emissions. “My team of carpenters are dedicated to their work and above all pride themselves on the quality of their workmanship and on

“ have the right to nominate the company as their preferred builder. Should homeowners make this choice they will be working with a company that is committed to design systems that will minimise water and energy consumption, have effective ecoinsulation and efficient heating systems. The construction will also be carried out with a minimum amount of waste and using local materials to reduce transport

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their care for the environment.” Solid Builders can co-ordinate the whole process of the repair or rebuild from concept plan to working drawings, through the council consent process the completion of the work. The designs, plans and work will be managed within the financial envelope agreed between the insurance company and the homeowner. Homeowners can therefore rest

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assured they will be looked after in the best possible manner. The company works closely with homeowners to include a range of ecomeasures into their repair or rebuild. “We believe that houses old or new can be transformed to have a lower impact on the environment and we can add as many or as few eco-features as the homeowner wants or a budget allows for. Something to bear in mind is that eco-homes will be more affordable to run in the future given the savings on power and other factors.” Kyle can speak first–hand about the possibility of bringing older homes up to 21st century eco-standards. He retrorenovated part of his own 1930s house and now enjoys all the benefits of a healthy, environmentally responsible home. Solid Builders can be contacted at 0800 4 A BUILDER or 027 290 1434, email or via their web-site

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Smaller and smarter homes Steve McMillan of Carpe Diem is an innovator with passion and vision. He is passionate about the construction industry and his vision is to build homes more quickly and more cheaply, but with no compromise on quality.

a photovoltaic solar system, a heat pump and extra insulation that we believe will reduce average energy costs by around 50% annually. We will be able to have this house completed in around twelve weeks so it will be opened in the spring.” Carpe Diem also plans to build a second Smarter Small Home in Pegasus Town as a house and land package. This design is the Marymere – 163sqm, four bedrooms and two bathrooms for $499,000 including landscaping, drapes, heat pump and hot water under-floor heating system. “We offer a complete concept with these homes – a lifestyle change incorporating stylish yet practical designs, quicker construction and ongoing improvements in living standards through smarter use of energy.” But Carpe Diem’s focus on innovation goes further than houses alone. Steve and his team, along with structural and geo-technical engineers are in the process of developing a foundation design for building on Christchurch’s

The Marymere design 163sqm 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

Carpe Diem, in conjunction with James Hardie and Creative Arch Architects are therefore proud to have the licence to build the Smarter Small Homes range of houses. These homes are designed to be eco-friendly, have low carbon emissions, be sustainable and high in energy efficiency – and they use a modular system, which reduces costs and speeds up the build time. This type of system also means that houses can be added to as families grow and requirements change.

The homes are built using the James Hardie Scyon product – an advanced lightweight cement-composite that delivers heavy duty performance and has been created with New Zealand’s conditions in mind. “We are just about to start building a Smarter Small Homes showhome in Sovereign Palms”, Steve explains. The design is called “Grassmere”. It is 183m2, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and a single garage all for $263,000 including GST. It will also have

TC3 category land. “Carpe Diem is committed to the rebuild of Christchurch and finding cheaper foundation solutions for TC3 land is crucial. What we have come up with is a light-weight in-ground foundation and timber sub-floor which we are confident will be some 60 per cent cheaper than the foundations that have been suggested in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s building guidelines for TC3 land. It’s likely to be about $200 per square metre as compared with $450-$550. Fundamental to these costings is that the land does not have to be remediated first.” Steve adds that Carpe Diem hope to have final approval for the foundation design by August. This is very encouraging news for people rebuilding on TC3 land.

Call Carpe Diem on (03) 389 7874 or visit them in their new premises at 407 Ferry Rd to find out how you can live smarter in a Smarter Small Home. See the Carpe Diem web-site for more information.


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Red Cross reaches 100,000 quake grant recipients New Zealand Red Cross has distributed earthquake grants to 100,000 recipients – a quarter of the greater Christchurch population. Bamford Primary School is the 100,000th recipient of a grant from the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Commission. The decile 2 school in Woolston received a Christchurch Schoolchildren’s Grant worth $35,148. Commission chair Sir John Hansen presented a congratulatory plaque to the pupils and principal at Bamford Primary last month saying it was an incredible achievement. “When the members of the Commission started out in 2011 we never thought we would distribute grants to 100,000 recipients,” he says. “It speaks volumes about the generosity of people in New Zealand

and overseas who donated the money that has enabled us to help a quarter of the population of greater Christchurch. We will continue to support the people of Christchurch through the grants and programmes that are currently available and those being developed for the future.” Bamford Primary principal Colin Hammond says the Red Cross grant is a blessing for Christchurch schoolchildren and their families, who put on a brave face despite being hit really hard by the quakes. “A number of our pupils are still living in garages and broken homes and are still feeling shell-shocked.

New Zealand Red Cross Earthquakes Commission Chair Sir John Hansen presents a congratulatory plaque to the pupils of Bamford Primary for being the 100,000 recipient of a Red Cross grant.

Their families are under financial pressure and would struggle to pay for the activities that the grant will subsidise," says Mr Hammond. Bamford Primary has used some of the grant to help fund a recent Year 13 trip to Ferrymead Historic Park. It will use the rest to subsidise a “Break from the Quake” camp in Wellington, a trip to Hanmer, and outings to Willowbank, Orana Park and the Antarctic Centre. Also planned is a community hangi, a disco, and programmes to help some of the more anxious children. Mr Hammond says most of the school’s fundraising streams have dried up so the grant is a “light at the

end of the tunnel". New Zealand Red Cross has been actively involved with the people of Christchurch since the September 2010 quake. Its outreach team has made 3632 visits and 5164 door knocks and the recovery team has distributed 43,500 torch radios. The New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Commission has distributed $86m in grants. The New Zealand public and overseas donors contributed a total of $128m to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal, which is now closed. Seven million dollars has been spent on programmes and most of the remaining funds are committed to existing grants that are still open.

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Good design makes life simpler Can’t find the clothes you want when you are running late for work? Monty and Tracey McKeefry of Beyond Storage have years of experience in designing and installing storage options into new and existing homes. We talked to them about what a well-designed wardrobe should do for you. Why is it important to have well-designed wardrobe storage? Just imagine being able to find everything when you need it. The best thing about having a professionally designed wardrobe is that there is a place for everything and everything is in its place, meaning no more frantic searches for clothing items. What type of wardrobe is the most efficient? We believe walk-in wardrobes are the way to go. The functionality and elegance of a walk-in wardrobe is very appealing. They can be customised to store virtually everything, not just shoes and clothes, and allow for items to be easily accessible. In almost all new homes we are seeing a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite as standard inclusions for the master bedroom. What kinds of fittings are used in walk-in wardrobes? Shelving, drawers and baskets add a touch of personality to a wardrobe. The top shelf can be used to store items you rarely need to access such as out of season clothes, accessories and bags. Cane baskets or boxes with lids add texture and colour, as well as making great storage spaces. What is the process for working with Beyond Storage to have a new wardrobe designed? The first step is to contact us (03) 942 7132 or 027 594 2713 or through our website We will give you a free consultation and no obligation quote in your home. If you are building a new house we will design and quote for any necessary storage solutions from your plans. It is important to build in future-proofing at design stage and install systems that can be adapted and changed as your family’s needs alter. Do you have a showroom where I can see examples of your products? We don’t have a showroom, but a full portfolio of our storage products and designs can be viewed on our web-site or alternatively we can arrange to take you to a home where we are currently installing new storage systems. Not having a permanent showroom means that we can keep product costs down.

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Need a new house but confused about your choices? Don’t worry – there is a professional, wellestablished building company dedicated to helping you get into your dream home. Orange Homes does so much more than simply build an ordinary home. A family business, Orange Homes enjoys a reputation for trust and reliability backed by decades of experience. The team can create a home for you and your family that will exude style, substance and a quality which will last a lifetime. Current owner Greg Orange is the third generation of builders in the

Orange family and has been creating homes for families for almost 40 years in both Canterbury and across the West Coast. Ongoing word-of-mouth referrals see satisfied clients recommend Orange Homes to their friends as their builder of choice. In fact, client testimonials are full of praise for the excellence and quality of the workmanship in every home built by the company. Flexible enough to be able to accommodate clients’ needs yet large enough to offer great buying power, Orange Homes can help you find a suitable section, then customise your house plan from the company’s

extensive plan portfolio. Alternately, you can have a unique plan drawn up inhouse to meet your budget and fit in with your lifestyle. In addition, with the trend for more sustainable and economical options in the way of heating and lighting homes, the team will happily refer any client who wants an energy-efficient option to the right people for the type of option they require. And once your plan has been approved, Orange Homes will build the house for you, so you work with the same team throughout the entire process. A Master Build Guarantee along with detailed and fixed price tender means there are no hidden costs or extras. You have a guarantee your home will be built to completion with the quality of workmanship and support you would expect. If yours is an insurance issue, you will have peace of mind knowing that the company deals with all the major insurance companies.

To find out what the Orange Homes team can do for you, visit them at 245 Annex Rd or phone 343 3955. You can also take a walk through the Wigram Skies show home at 49 Sioux Ave, or watch the website for updates on the four new show homes planned for this year.

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Architectural masterpieces Ashburton firm keeps turning them up “Bring us your ideas and your vision for your dream home or commercial premises and we will turn them into reality”, says John Gibbs, Principal of Blueprint Architectural Services in Ashburton. “Whatever your construction needs, Blueprints can provide the construction design services that will see your project successfully completed.” John established Blueprints in 2001. He has 40 years of experience in the building industry and more than 20 years as a self-employed architectural designer, is a member of Architectural Designers New Zealand and is also a licensed building practitioner, permitted to carry out all aspects of design. “Variety is what we thrive on. The challenge for us is to be flexible in terms of design, to produce structures that are different stylistically from one another and which are aimed to meet an individual client’s brief and don’t simply follow trends.” Variety is certainly the keynote of the firm’s work.

Throughout the years it has designed thousands of buildings from residential to commercial, from industrial to agricultural. “We can design homes, extensions, commercial and industrial properties and just about anything else,” says John. The refurbishment of the Blue Pub at Methven is just one high-profile project carried out by Blueprints, as is the Lakehouse at Lake Hood. In a departure from hospitality-type structures, Blueprints has also

with a number of designs for homes in the upper price range and we did the design for one of the first rebuilds after the September 2010 earthquake. That was for the Triangle Garage in Ashburton.” You can view this and other completed projects from Blueprints’ fantastic portfolio on its web-site Today’s consenting and compliance processes have become considerably more complex. Design work must be complete and

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show all aspects of the proposed building with sufficient detail so that a Building Consenting Authority can state; “If the proposed building is completed in accordance with these documents it will be compliant with the

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Two way traffic in three to four months South Brighton and Southshore residents will have two-way access restored to their main bridge on Bridge Street in two to three months, aiming for September. SCIRT delivery team Fulton Hogan is planning to reopen the bridge to twoway traffic, by building temporary diversion structures around the bridge’s supporting ends or abutments.Since September last year, residents have had a 5km detour via New Brighton to get home, as the work to repair the bridge constricted the space available for traffic to one lane only. The temporary structures will improve the safe working zone for the crew responsible for jacking the bridge later this year to install the new abutments, which support the bridge vertically and laterally. Overall repairs to the Bridge Street bridge in South Brighton are progressing well. The methodology for the bridge repair has changed due to complexities that were not anticipated originally, delaying the completion date. However, recognising the importance of the two-way traffic access, SCIRT’s

Location of the two temporary abutments (in red) to create a two way traffic route.

South Brighton bridge Fulton Hogan team has designed a safe and creative solution. This means that although the overall rebuild will take longer, the inconvenience to the community will be not be extended. Work will soon start to install 350 sheet piles needed for both temporary abutments. A crawler crane will be used to install the sheet piles from the existing embankment. When the sheets are installed, the area will be backfilled to create a temporary abutment. The diversion route will then be paved and temporary traffic barriers will be

installed. In September these two temporary abutments will be opened to allow for two-way traffic over the bridge. Two-way traffic for pedestrians and cyclists over the bridge will be maintained as is currently the case. Later this year, after jacking of the bridge, the SCIRT crew will start the excavation to expose and replace the damaged abutments. These will be demolished while the bridge deck is supported on temporary piles. New piles will then be installed and the new abutment constructed on the new piles. The bridge deck will be lowered down onto the new abutments and finally the approaches to the bridge will be repaired and paved.

Work currently on site is to continue with the installation of the 35 metre temporary piles to support the bridge when it is jacked. Due to the nature of the works, when the bridge deck is jacked there will be a full road closure in place for two to three days. This is expected later this year possibly in November. Recreational and sport clubs will be informed that the space on the river under the bridge will be slightly narrower because of the sheet piles. The current weight restriction on the bridge stays in place during construction. Progress to date on the repair includes:  Pier piles have been inspected and

signed off by the engineers  Pier pile caps repair work is complete on the eastern pier  70% of the repairs to the piers is complete  Temporary piling on the eastern abutment has been completed.  Piling is now occurring on the west side of the bridge  Ground improvement work will start shortly. The rebuild of the Bridge Street bridge is scheduled for completion in August 2014.

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Overwhelmed by $10,000 win A New Brighton home owner whose past life had been an “absolute nightmare” for more than two years was overwhelmed when she found out she had won $10,000 recently.

Dianna Donald presented with the cheque for $10,000. Dianna Donald entered the competition in February by seeking a quote to install the New Zealand-made Palliside weatherboards. The win came as a complete surprise for Ms Donald when she was presented with the cheque recently. The win comes after two and a half years of living a nightmare. “Not only was our house badly damaged by the

earthquakes, but I was in the central city during the February earthquake and was highly traumatised. I lost my car which was in a parking building in town and my job because my workplace was demolished.” To make things even worse, the father of Mrs Donald’s children also passed away last year. Ms Donald had only purchased her

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home, which was her first, eight days before the September 2010 earthquake. Ms Donald’s New Brighton home was on TC3 land suffering serious earthquake damage. It has recently been demolished and is being rebuilt by her insurer IAG and Landmark Homes Canterbury Until eight weeks ago Ms Donald and her three teenage daughters had been living in their earthquake-damaged home, awaiting the outcome of negotiations between IAG and EQC. IAG had assessed it as a rebuild while EQC continues to maintain the house was repairable. IAG is now taking EQC to court to obtain a ruling on this matter. “It has been a pretty miserable situation,” Ms Donald says. “One whole side of the house was braced up because it was structurally unsound; the roof was leaking; we couldn’t drink the tap water because it had sand in it and we had no flushing toilet.” “This is

just like the icing on the cake – I’m really so excited about getting a new house, and hopefully being able to move in by Christmas.” Landmark Homes commercial manager Coralie Pollard says when Landmark Homes designed a new home for Dianna, consideration was given to having a lightweight product that would be suitable for a seaspray zone, and still offer the traditional weather board look. By chance, the use of the Palliside qualified the home to be entered into the competition to win $10,000. Palliside weatherboards representative Hare Pitama, who presented Ms Donald with the cheque, says he couldn’t think of a more deserving winner of the competition. “After all that she has been through, it is great to be able to give her something to celebrate,” he says. Ms Donald hasn’t decided how she will use the money. “I’m not sure if it has sunk in yet – maybe I’ll put it in a garden,” she said.

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Growing a sense of community Faringdon of Rolleston is proving to be a huge success for its developers. More than simply a superb lifestyle subdivision, Faringdon is regarded by home buyers as being excellent value for the quality it offers. “It’s been a very busy six months, much busier than expected,” says Hughes Developments marketing director Bruce Harvey. “Due to the success of Faringdon’s pre-release sales, the first stages have sold out and the next stages are in the process of being designed, pending release.” A high-class product coupled with its competitive entry price makes Faringdon an attractive option to those seeking a new home. The developers bought some 82ha south of Rolleston’s town centre, where they are creating a similar

community to that which works so well in Northwood. “Wider streets, extensive reserves, reticulated gas and that wonderful sense of community – no one else does what we do,” Bruce says. “Creating an ambience within the community starts at the design phase, and we have done this in areas such as Ocean Ridge and Gainsborough. It’s all quite stunning.” Section sizes at Faringdon range from 400sqm to 1,031sqm, and house and land packages are available. The popularity of the new subdivision has been surprising, Bruce says. “There are enormous numbers of people identifying Faringdon as the place to live. Residents are upgrading from existing properties in Rolleston, with many coming from within a 5km radius. Quite a few are now coming from other parts of Christchurch wanting TC1 land, south of the city centre – Opawa, Beckenham, Sydenham, Hoon Hay,

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Halswell, Hornby and the east.” Stages 1 to 4 have already completely sold out. Stage 4A covers an additional 20 new sections which form their own little community in a reserve featured cul de sac. Fourteen of these had been sold at the time of writing, and only eight sections were still available in Stage 5. The next stage totals the building of 113 sections. Already around 95% (almost 100) have been sold, with 13 or 14 left at the time of writing. Stages 6 and 7 are designed and construction is scheduled to start shortly and released for sale in July. They will be titled in March 2014. Prices will start from $175,000. The Faringdon information centre, corner of Goulds and Dynes Rds, is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 4pm. If you want to find out more or to make an appointment, contact Bruce Harvey on 0800 667 849. More details on Faringdon, including geo-tech and LIM reports, can be viewed on the website


A quiet home avoids health threats to families Research shows that environmental noise is a serious health threat, linked to issues like sleep disturbances, stomach problems and impaired immunity. A 2011 World Health Organization (WHO) report quantified the consequences of noise on the urban population of Western Europe, finding that “at least 1 million healthy life years are lost every year from traffic-related noise” (from health problems brought on by sleep disturbances). “We’ve forgotten how valuable peace and quiet are. When you go away on holiday you realise just how much stress your body is carrying,” says Acoustiblok New Zealand director Gregory Henwood. “People in Christchurch, in particular, are maxed out.” Shutting out the noise of others, whether family members in the next room watching television, neighbours, nearby busy roads – even planes if you live near the airport – can be beneficial to your overall wellbeing. So why not install soundproofing in your home for that peace of mind for a healthy life? Acoustiblok, which arrived in New

Zealand at the beginning of April and was demonstrated at the Christchurch Home Show in March, is a high quality product that reduces sound transmission in homes, apartment blocks and commercial buildings. It is very dense and has a gravity of two. Manufactured in Tampa, Florida, by a NASA spin-off company, Acoustiblok has been available to the US market for 24 years and can now be found in over 50 countries around the world. Tests show that a layer of 3mm Acoustiblok in a standard stud wall with 18mm plasterboard reduces sound transmission by as much as 30 decibels or equivalent to 305mm of poured concrete. Acoustiblok is engineered not to stop or even absorb sound, but, through a unique thermodynamic process, transforms the sound energy into trace amounts of inaudible friction energy (heat), in a process called “isothermal/adiabatic”. As the

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COMMERCIAL The village that needs a home By Karen Pasco

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A village which takes into consideration the wishes and needs of the people who would potentially live there, is looking for an urban site to call home. The Viva Project initiated after the Christchurch earthquakes, is a collaboration between architects, visionaries, and ordinary people looking for a village within a city that is socially, financially, culturally and environmentally sustainable. The Viva Project co-convenor Jane Quigley says after the earthquakes, she gathered together a group of Christchurch people who all wanted to see a move to a more sustainable rebuild in the Christchurch inner city. A workshop saw 150 people turn up at CPIT to listen to international speakers and a number of architects discuss different ideas. From there, those people were split into groups of eight to design their village. “It was like the Share an Idea workshops to find out about what they wanted to see in this village.” What came out was a village made up of 58 properties consisting of terraced housing and apartments. Included are shared green spaces, car parking offsite, communal areas, commercial area and a vibrant community where people know who it is that lives around them. The collaboration of ideas was put

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together by Jasmax architects and entered into the Breathe urban village competition. It was shortlisted as a finalist – one of four from the 68 entries originally received. “We now have until 2 August to submit our next plans and feasibility for the competition.” This will include the costings of the project,” Jane says. If the Viva Project wins it will be allocated land however if it doesn't, it still hopes to develop the village on a different site. Turners and Growers had agreed to be involved in the project with land it owned in the CBD however, this ground has since been designated for the new stadium. Hence convenors are on the lookout for a new site. Already 50 people of various ages and stages in life have already shown their intention of wanting to either live in the village or perhaps invest in properties or rent on site. People have been quick to rebut the common ideas that everybody wants bigger spaces - quite happy to live in smaller dwellings. “I've heard developers say they don't believe people in the inner city want to live in apartments but what we've found throughout this project is people really do. I think it's because they will have access to outside green space.” “This has appealed to people really looking for a community that has really been missing from western living. It has been compared to small Swiss and French villages within a city setting.”



Rebuild provides rewarding work Seeing local landmarks being brought back to life after suffering damage is always satisfying.

One of the latest to be resurrected is the magnificent St Paul’s Church in Papanui. Whyte Construction, in conjunction with RCP project management and the Anglican church, has been project managing this amazing restoration. Managing director Rick Jones says the project has been most rewarding. “We’ve had to combine new and old building techniques to repair this magnificient heritage building which was originally built in the 1800s.

We have been able to restore it and upgrade it at the same time.” Whyte Construction is one of the leading construction companies in Canterbury. It has a great deal of empathy with Christchurch homeowners who have been through untold stresses and difficulties over the past two years and want to do what they can to help rebuild people’s homes. It is therefore working with all the major insurance companies – IAG,

VERO, AMI and Lumleys - on over-cap level residential repairs and new builds. Homeowners in this category have the right to nominate Whyte Construction as their preferred builder. It can then co-ordinate the whole process of the repair or rebuild through architectural designers and engineers – from concept plan to working drawings, to the council consent process and the completion of the work. The designs, plans and the work will be managed within the financial envelope agreed between the insurance company and the homeowner. A homeowner may also choose to employ their own architect and use Whyte Construction for the build only. “We have an established and credible history as licensed builders,” says Dave Whyte, Managing Director of Whyte Construction. “That’s extremely important for people to know when they’re selecting a builder for their project, especially at a time in Canterbury when some untested building practitioners are trying to take advantage of earthquake rebuild work.

We, on the other hand, are known for our quality assurance.” Whyte Construction has an enviable reputation for its skill and experience in building on the tricky hillside suburbs – locations that require flexibility of design and construction and which are rarely suitable for standard plans and building techniques. Earthquake-affected homeowners undertaking new builds or repairs in these areas can be assured that Whyte Construction will apply engineering as well as building expertise to a new home’s design or to a repair solution. This is certain to give people peace of mind that the design or repair solution will be robust and earthquake resistant. “Bring any building issue to us and we will find a solution. We embrace the latest technologies, materials and building techniques,” says Rick. “With the homeowner we can develop a design that is as unique and individual as the homeowner themselves.” Whyte Construction is located at 37 Leslie Hills Drive, Riccarton. Phone 348 0173. For more information visit

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Traffic management trials underway Trials are being set-up throughout Christchurch to look at ways of improving traffic management around road works sites to help reduce motorist delays and minimise driver frustration. Following the earthquakes, the Christchurch City Council and NZ Transport Agency have been working closely with SCIRT and Environment Canterbury to find ways to keep people, goods and services moving to support the rebuild. “More and more pressure is being put on the roading network with an ever increasing number of works sites being setup for the rebuild,” says Christchurch City Council Transport and Greenspace Manager John Mackie. “As well as vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, our roads are having to accommodate the crews and equipment for repairing our water, stormwater and sewerage pipes, those


upgrading utilities and building and repairing our roads, as well as those working in the Central City to rebuild our buildings.” He says critical to the success of the rebuild and for the region’s economic prosperity is keeping the transport network operating at optimal levels. “To achieve this, we need to keep everyone moving.” A number of trials and investigations are already underway to look at how to deliver greater efficiency with temporary traffic management, thereby reducing delays and minimising detours. “There are large numbers of road cones, signage, speed limits and overlapping worksites about the city. With the trials,

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we’re looking at whether we can use less signage, testing alternative speed management through these areas, looking at new site layouts and ways to improve messaging to make it easier to get about the city.” Mr Mackie says the trials are being carried out at existing SCIRT works sites, with the first results expected within the next couple of months. “With the safety of both road workers and road users our top priority, we make no apologies for taking the time to ensure any changes we make do not compromise any levels of safety.

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Critical to the success of the rebuild and for the region’s economic prosperity is keeping the transport network operating at optimal levels. “If changing the way we operate on the ground is likely to put anyone’s safety at greater risk, we will not make the change: it is as simple as that.” Mr Mackie says in the interim motorists wanting to find out what is happening on our roads and to plan their journey should visit the website. “Visiting the website will help them save time while we complete the trials and look at possible changes to temporary traffic management.”

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The standard commercial lease used in New Zealand and commonly used in Christchurch before the earthquakes, did not contain provisions governing many of the situations that landlords and tenants have had to deal with, a University of Canterbury (UC) researcher says. UC PhD student Toni Collins is investigating whether reform of the law is required in order to clarify, and increase the effectiveness of the law applicable to commercial leases in circumstances where a building cannot be used after a major event. ``In a disaster, effective law is essential for providing certainty amid chaos. Landlords and tenants need to be clear about their legal rights in relation to their leases so that their focus, in times of disaster, can be on their businesses rather than legal disputes. “Many commercial landlords and tenants have been prevented from using the buildings they lease following the earthquakes. There are many reasons for this. The building could be damaged, has lost essential services, is behind the red zone cordon, is at risk from unsafe neighbouring buildings or requires repairs or strengthening.


“The legal position of affected parties differs, depending on the reasons they are unable to use the building. The legal position will also differ depending on whether the parties had made provision in their lease to deal with these issues. “Where there is no provision in the lease, the parties' legal rights must be governed by the general law. The problem is the general law is unclear.” Collins says, at first sight, it would appear that the lease could be a frustrated contract and the common law doctrine of frustration may apply together with the Frustrated Contracts Act 1944. However, this area of the law is unclear. At present there is no definitive test for determining whether a contract has been frustrated and therefore, whether the doctrine of frustration even applies to leases in Christchurch. Collins’ research, supervised by

UC PhD student Toni Collins

professors Jeremy Finn and Elizabeth Toomey, is looking at how effective the current law has been for parties to commercial leases following the earthquakes. “I want to know how those people who did not make provision in their leases for this kind of disaster dealt with their earthquake-related lease issues. Was the law clear? Did they know what their legal rights were? Did the law provide effective remedies for them? “For the other parties who made provision in their leases, I want to know what provision was made and how it worked for them - for example, did they use a force majeure clause? “My research will also look at the law on when a building is untenantable,

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Pods provide answers to rental crisis

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A Christchurch construction company has launched its own solution to the worker accommodation shortage. Designed by Edifice, The Pods are 20 foot shipping containers converted into compact, stylish, comfortable and affordable worker accommodation. Edifice managing director Rob Strickland says he decided to establish The Pods after he struggled to find rental accommodation for his own construction workers arriving in Christchurch to help meet rebuild demands. “The rebuild is starting to move at pace. Thousands of workers are now in need of long and short-term accommodation. We saw a gap in the market and an opportunity to house workers arriving in Christchurch and hopefully relieve some of the pressure off the residential rental market. “With motels costing more than $100 a night, and many with no vacancies, workers and their employers are looking for an alternative solution,” says Rob. “At approximately $250 per week per unit, we believe The Pods are a quality, practical and affordable answer to the rental crisis.” Edifice offers two investment opportunities. The first is to custom design and build The Pods for private

investors who have suitable unused land available. The investors would then manage and rent The Pods privately. The second option is to invest in The Pod Accommodation Project – a worker accommodation development owned and operated by Edifice. The Pod Accommodation Project will feature a large communal kitchen and central indoor and outdoor living spaces. It will have on-site management and security. Each unit will be fully-furnished with a one bedroom ensuite and kitchenette. Each pod will also have all creature comforts including Wi-Fi, Sky television, a Blu-ray player with movie library, a flat screen LCD TV and a sound system. Minimum investment in The Pod Accommodation Project is $45,000 for one unit. The Pods have been architecturally designed by Auckland architecture firm Moai. Each unit will be built in New Zealand; however materials, including the shipping container, are made in China. Edifice is currently in the process of confirming a location for The Pod Accommodation Project. Plans are for the build to be complete by October 2013.

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