July 30, 2012

Interactive CBD plan- the new Christchurch proposal

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Good site - you can click on the areas to read more.

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Video: Introducing the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan | Christchurch Central Development Unit



The new plan was released tonight. There may be protestors outside because homes and people in many areas are still not being looked after, and they feel it is the wrong priority, but to secure investment and give us something to look forward to, this is an interesting concept - and great news for those of us working at Christchurch Polytechnic (CPIT) according to this:
" Within a large L-shaped green space the city’s new form will take shape. The low density open space eastern frame will run from Kilmore Street to Saint Asaph Street, encapsulating an entire block-width of land between Madras and Manchester Streets. It’s expected new urban living apartments will be developed along the edge of this space.
“This innovation is the most significant change from the draft Recovery Plan, and is likely to enhance the economic value of the area and promote denser central city development,” Mr Brownlee says.
The southern part of the frame, from Madras Street to Hagley Avenue, encapsulating the entire block-width of land between Tuam and Saint Asaph Streets will develop into a campus-style area, with a walkway and cycleway. Sited between the hospital and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) site, this area will be ideally suited to the health, innovation and education sectors.
“I anticipate a light, airy, college-campus style feel for the home of numerous innovative Christchurch companies and public sector agencies,” Mr Brownlee says.
At the southern end of the frame area and close to another anchor project – the hospital and health precinct – will be a new metro sports facility. This aquatic and indoor arena will be capable of playing host to national and international events. It will offer high-performance training and sports medicine facilities alongside retail and entertainment activity complementary to sport.
An important key to the city’s commercial regeneration will be a new convention centre, which will cater for up to 2000 people and complement other large centres proposed in Auckland and Queenstown. The centre will be a catalyst to hotel investment and will connect the Square to the Avon River Precinct, which will ensure visitors enjoy the uniquely green beauty the central city has to offer."

July 8, 2012

Christchurch cat returns after 16 months - NZ News - Video - 3 News

A feel good, post-earthquake story on tv tonight about the missing cat, "Boy", who was finally reunited with his owners this week. It will give some hope to a few other pet owners around the city who have also still got pets missing from the earthquake.

Gyanesha, the manager of the Cats Protection League where the cat was handed in, is one of our past vet nursing students so it was particularly meaningful for me to watch!
Great work 'Nesha :)

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July 3, 2012

Rock and Rolling New Zealand

That thick line to the right of this picture is the earthquake we just had - off the west coast of Wellington - and felt everywhere. A long swaying shake here - but possibly a 7 according to the news. Lucky for Wellington it was 258 km deep....

Unsettling!

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