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It's good to have friends we enjoy hanging out with.
It's good to have family that will be there for us
when things go pear shaped. These natural bonding
relationships are vital for our well being.
There is another sort of relationship that is vital for
the health of our community.
These are bridging relationships that cross
divides like age, race, and social group.
The church, the community of Jesus,
was called into being to be bridge
Unit repairs delayed six months
By ANNA PRICE
TALKS ARE underway
between the city council and
EQC to finalise proposed
repair costs to a designer city
council social housing complex
The block was cited as a
social housing model for New
Zealand when it was opened
in December 2007.
A detailed engineering
evaluation of Whakahoa Vil-
lage in Gowerton Place in
October last year showed the
complex was more badly
damaged than originally
Council community services
general manager Michael Ait-
ken said the assessment high-
lighted structural damage to
the stairwell and the need to
re-level most of the blocks in
A subsequent damage
assessment had included
more detailed investigations
and propping of the stairwell.
Issues with the stairwell
are preventing access to the
units and are the main reason
for the complex's continued
closure,'' he said.
A geotechnical study in
February this year has shown
up poor ground (TC3) con-
Due to the way the units
are built and the need to re-
level most of them, it is likely
repair costs will be signifi-
cant,'' Mr Aitken said.
Agreement had to be rea-
ched with the council's insurer
before repairs could begin.
This process is likely to
take some time.''
Repairs were not expected
to begin until the end of this
year and would be given pri-
ority, Mr Aitken said.
We appreciate this has
been a difficult time for
One tenant next to a
damaged wall was given 15
minutes to vacate in March
2011, four were told to move
out the following Christmas-
Only three residents
remain in the eight-unit
All residents who required
alternative social housing
units had been re-housed.
Getting crafty for charity
By ABBIE NAPIER
BIG HAUL: Knit World's Melinda
Robertson with a small portion of the
donated winter woollies.
CRAFTY CANTABRIANS have stepped
up this year and knitted more than 1000
pairs of slippers and 1300 scarves for
children who need them most.
Every year Knit World customers and
enthusiasts donate garments to a charity
in need. Lucky recipients have included
Women's Refuge, Christchurch Hospital,
and the SPCA.
This year children's charity KidsCan
were next on the list and a national
target of 12,000 garments was set.
Within a few short months the target had
KidsCan will receive 5600 pairs of
slippers and almost 7000 scarves to dis-
tribute to children without enough warm
clothes for winter.
Cantabrians have contributed almost
20 per cent of the national total, and Knit
World Christchurch manager Angie
Curry said the results had been excep-
tional. She had a pallet load of boxes
crammed with the beautifully hand-made
It was a huge range of people con-
tributing, from rest home groups to
individuals. It's great because it's a really
Knit World organises the donations
and patterns but customers contribute
their time and the wool.
The Canterbury shipment will head to
Auckland at the end of this week, where
it will be sectioned and assigned to
schools back in Christchurch.
Donations return to the area from
which they were sent, but volumes were
so huge a team of Auckland volunteers
would repackage and organise them first.
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