Tagged: Canterbury

E for Effort: The EQC Report Card (Part 2) - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Aug 30, 2011

eqc.govt.nz How Has the EQC Performed Following the Canterbury Earthquakes? How would the EQC cope, when faced with the monumental task of managing nearly 400,000 claims from two major events in close succession? That was always going to be a tall order. Nearly one year on from the Greendale fault rupture, what can we say about the EQCs performance? Unsurprisingly, … Read More

E for Effort: The EQC Report Card (Part 1) - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Aug 30, 2011

MARTIN DE RUYTER/The Nelson Mail Perhaps it’s a good time to give the EQC a preliminary grade on their performance following the Canterbury earthquakes. After all, New Zealand homeowners pay EQC premiums every year to help ensure that our communities are able to recover from natural disasters. So, has the EQC met the expectations of the public that they serve? … Read More

Monitoring and Recording Archaeology in Canterbury…Again - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Jun 22, 2011

Christchurch heritage has once more been in the headlines over the last week or so.   The collapse and slide of the Lyttleton Timeball Station, more damage in the central area, and huge areas of liquefaction in the past week are all big news for archaeology and heritage.  Whilst I want the best for the residents of Christchurch and the surrounding area, I … Read More

Christchurch no More Risky than Wellington. But Does That Make a Good News Story? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jun 01, 2011

Wellington Faults. Source: GNS Science CERA Meeting Scares Media Some media outlets have put a rather negative spin on GNS Science’s most recent earthquake forecast for the central Canterbury region, which was discussed at a recent meeting of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). GNS’s latest forecasting model estimates the probability of a “large” (magnitude 6.0 to 6.9) event occurring … Read More

Canterbury Earthquake Update: Aftershocks ‘exactly what we expected’ - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jan 27, 2011

Source: The Press In a recent Press Opinion piece, earthquake and tectonic expert Dr. Kevin Furlong explained the distribution of aftershocks following the Darfield earthquake, and why we shouldn’t be surprised by what we have learned, and felt, so far. His article can be viewed by clicking the following link:  Dr Furlong, Opinion piece. Kevin Furlong is a Professor of Geosciences at Penn … Read More

Wine and the Watchtower - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 23, 2010

This photo has always impressed me. A fantastic view from the International Space Station. Locals will recognise our prime wine growing areas of the Wairarapa, Blenhiem, Nelson, Waipara and Canterbury. It also reminds me – I saw some god botherers … Continue reading → … Read More

Boulevard of Broken Dreams — Kaiapoi, PtII - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Oct 12, 2010

The Story of Kaiapoi (Continued) Photo: Jesse Dykstra On one particularly hard-hit Kaiapoi street, I spoke to a resident who expressed an increasingly sense of helplessness as aftershocks continued to tear his home apart. His family feared that they would be unable to live in their home for much longer.  Others in the neighborhood spoke of frustration that they had not yet received any … Read More

Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Kaiapoi, PtI - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Oct 08, 2010

Not a Memory Yet Photo: Jesse Dykstra It has now been over 4 weeks since the Darfield earthquake rocked Canterbury, yet aftershocks continue to terrorize the region. Monday night, a magnitude 5 aftershock (the largest since Sept 8th) rattled Christchurch, and early this morning a magnitude 4.4 rumble served notice that the Greendale fault has not yet finished … Read More