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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, MAY 23, 2013
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By ABBIE NAPIER
WARM UP: Insulation grants are still available this winter but you need to
get in quick.
GOING INTO the third winter
since the 2011 earthquakes,
there is still a lot of funding and
assistance in place for Cantab-
rians needing help with heating.
The Red Cross responded rap-
idly and successfully to the prob-
lems faced by Cantabrians in
the weeks, months and years fol-
lowing the earthquakes. Assist-
ance included food, basic
necessities, winter warmer pac-
kages and financial aid.
However, the region is now
going into its third post-quake
winter, and with many people
still in damaged or temporary
homes, the cold season is likely
to hit hard.
Last year, the Red Cross
organised $400 in heating relief
for damaged households -- cost-
ing the aid organisation about
This year, there are still 7500
Winter Warmer packs available
through the Red Cross. Infor-
mation about how to apply for
one of these will be posted at
community hubs (or see red
There are still many other
services available in Christ-
church to keep you and your
family warm this winter.
The Energy Advice Service
can help you make your home
more energy efficient by reduc-
ing your electricity bills (phone
0800 388 588).
If your house isn t damaged
and you want to invest some
money into making it cosier, the
Warm Up New Zealand pro-
gramme has been given more
funding by the Government, and
offers a 33 per cent discount on
insulation (60 per cent for Com-
munity Card holders).
If your home is having EQC
repairs done, you can organise
the installation of insulation
while the work is being carried
out. Speak to your Fletchers
case manager for information on
how to organise this process.
The Curtain Bank has heaps
of curtains for people needing to
keep the heat in. Applicants
need a referral from a partner
agency or a Community Services
card. Check out cea.co.nz or
03 374 7222 for information on
how to apply.
Cantabrians may be eligible
for Work and Income assistance
with their heating bills or pur-
chase of a heat source. A home
check is required (0800 559 009).
Contact 0800 GET WARM if
you have been hospitalised twice
in the last year with a chronic
health condition. You may be
eligible for a heating grant.
Age Concern can help the eld-
erly with measures to make
their home warmer, safer, and
also keep it maintained
(0800 803 344).
Flu vaccinations are available
free of charge for pregnant
women, anyone with a long-term
illness, the elderly, and children
under 18 years. Call your doctor
or 03 379 1939.
PERFECT PINT: The Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof is finally back.
By ABBIE NAPIER
THE LONG WAIT for the return of
the Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof was
finally over when the brand new res-
taurant and bar opened its doors
quietly last week.
The new premises is a far cry from
its original site in an old stone build-
ing on the Avon River -- which has
continued to slowly march towards
the river since the 2011 earthquakes.
Owner Mark McGuiness was
determined to re-open the iconic
establishment, and after a central
city deal fell through, concentrated
his efforts on refurbishing an empty
shop front in The Colombo carpark
During the early days of construc-
tion it was hard to see how the
modern shop carcass could be given
the same character as its historical
predecessor. But Mr McGuiness has
pulled it off.
The new fit-out is in many ways
much like the old -- dark wood, booth
seating and rustic furniture. The odd
pillar or railing breaks up the space
and keeps the merry after-work
drinkers corralled away from the
The menu provides the same rus-
tic wholesome offerings as it did, and
all the favourite beers are there.
The Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof is
open for business already and is well
worth visiting to lend your support to
a recovering business.
Find the establishment in the car
park behind The Colombo mall in
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