Taking The Shake Out of Quakes
Jan08

Taking The Shake Out of Quakes

By Bridget Gourlay One of the deadliest earthquakes of all time occurred in Portugal’s capital in 1755. Believed to be nearly a nine on the Richter scale, the Lisbon earthquake was followed by fires and a tsunami, killing up to 100,000 people in the surrounding countries it affected. The Portuguese empire never recovered. Three hundred years later, and our buildings are made of much stronger stuff, as we’ve witnessed in Christchurch....

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Vamoosing Vermin
Jan08

Vamoosing Vermin

Prevention is better than cure. That’s the message from pest control product manufacturer Kiwicare. Now that its spring, Kiwicare’s David Brittain says now is the time to act. To cut down on the number of spiders and flies hanging around in summer, people should be ‘proofing’ their homes. The Christchurch business sells a range of products that gets rid of pests. “Some people get a professional to do this, but it’s quite easy to do it...

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The Grand Plan
Jan08

The Grand Plan

By Bridget Gourlay There’s a silver lining to every cloud. With continuous aftershocks, red-zoned suburbs and a demolished city centre lying eerily bare — Christchurch really needs its silver lining. The central city draft plan was released in mid August. An expensive wish list from the council, it focuses on creating a ‘city within a garden’ — green spaces, pedestrian-friendly roads, lightrail joining the suburbs to the CBD. Largely,...

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Desperate Endeavour
Jan08

Desperate Endeavour

Memories of the February 22 earthquake weigh heavily on the minds of us all; none more so than those who were there on the day dealing with the disaster. Keith Norton, a firefighter of 36 years and a USAR member for nine, was one of the first on the scene of the CTV site. A few weeks later he was sent to Japan to deal with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. He speaks to Bridget Gourlay about his experiences....

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The Daily Grind
Jan08

The Daily Grind

By Bridget Gourlay Most employees in New Zealand spend their weekdays at work following set hours. How can the office — often a scene of drudgery — become a lively, vibrant, productive place that employees thrive in? Katie Robinson from workplace wellness company Vitality Works, says it has become abundantly clear that offices are happier places when the staff are healthy. “‘Presenteeism’ is a huge issue,” she says. “That’s being at...

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More Than Just A Day At The Races.
Jan08

More Than Just A Day At The Races.

Christchurch is looking forward to one of the major events on its social calendar — Cup and Show Week — following the worst year in the city’s history. While the September 4 and February 22 earthquakes and continuing run of aftershocks have left parts of Christchurch devastated, Cantabrians are gearing up for all the action, fashion and excitement at Addington Raceway. Cup Day at Addington is the biggest harness racing meeting in the...

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