Where To From Here?
Jan08

Where To From Here?

By Bridget Gourlay If I could relive a moment, it would be one from September 3. It was a rainy day, but the promise of spring was in the air. The blossom and daffodils had come out after a long winter. The temperature was creeping upwards. Coats were still needed, but not hats or gloves. That lunchtime, I walked from the Academy newsroom on Colombo Street to an appointment across town. As I wandered along the bustling footpaths of...

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Hitting The Hinterland

By Katie McKone Christchurch’s hinterland is experiencing its own set of aftershocks resulting from the February 22 earthquake. The movement of people, goods and services has been felt in ebbs and flows throughout the South Island and beyond, testing infrastructure and industry. Agriculture With reportedly minimal damage sustained within the rural community, its immediate response has been on alleviating the effects for their urban...

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Look Before You Leap

By Katie McKone One simple and pertinent message is being conveyed to Christchurch businesses – look before you leap. As garages around the city turn into makeshift offices and boardroom meetings are held in suburban lounges, people are realising it is time to utilise all networks and take a new approach to survive. Yet an element of panic and desperation is also evident as many start to consider what their futures may hold....

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Mind Over Matter

By Katie McKone While the physical scars may be starting to fade, the devastating Christchurch earthquake will be forever etched in our minds. The February 22 disaster has put a huge toll on the psyche of those left to pick up the pieces — from the many businesses forced to start from scratch, to the thousands of uprooted and displaced families unable to return to their homes. Tragedy on such a scale is not something that can simply...

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Spreading The Load

By Kate Pierson A crisis always seems to happen when you least expect it — you can thank Murphy’s Law for that. When your business is hit by its arch-enemy, chaos, head on, it can feel like you’re living proof of the saying ‘everything comes in threes’, as one calamity leads to another. It’s like when the first of many precariously balanced dominos gets knocked over — one by one, they’ll all come tumbling down. It is a scenario...

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Footsteps To Success
Jan08

Footsteps To Success

It may sound crazy, but in Copenhagen they have taken the cars out of one street in the CBD a year over the past few decades as part of a strategy to enliven the Danish capital. It’s now one of the most efficient, environmentally friendly cities in the world with flocks of tourists (and city planners) visiting it each year. Others have followed suit. Hong Kong pedestrianised its famous Sai Yeung Choi Street in 2003 and the Parisians...

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