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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
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BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Waimakariri District Council
earthquake recovery manager Sandra James has been
at the helm of the hub from day one.
Hub still a
By CATE BROUGHTON
Nearly two years after it was set up, Kaiapoi's
earthquake recovery hub is still a mainstay in
supporting the quake-weary community.
In the past year the team of 17 support co-
ordinators has assisted just under 2000 people
and is working with 471 households.
Waimakariri District Council earthquake recov-
ery manager Sandra James has been at the helm
from day one and says the experience has been the
greatest challenge of her career.
The biggest challenge has been the continual
change of plans.''
Having to put the council's initial remediation
plans on hold and the announcement of 1100 red
zoned properties was a low point, Ms James said.
It was a real shock to people. It was a huge
upheaval and morale was pretty low because we
were looking forward to getting people back into
their homes and we had put a lot of work into it.''
Having the council hub locally based and using
existing community services had been key to deliv-
ering effective services, Ms James said.
Support workers could appreciate more fully the
range of emotions coming from people beaten
down by the experience.
They have seen utter frustration, anger, resig-
nation, tiredness, and some people are walking
away because they just don't have any fight left.
That lack of control over your destiny . . . lack of
choice is very hard.
On the other hand this is a very resilient com-
munity and many people have said oh well, its no
one's fault and we're lucky we live in an organised
We have some compensation and we will just
get on with it','' she said
The next biggest challenges would be providing
affordable housing and supporting TC3 home own-
ers through the drilling and assessment process.
In late June and July 450 housing surveys were
distributed to people still living in the red zone.
Of the 170 returned, 70 people said they didn't
have a plan for where they would go when the
deadline for the government offers expired in April
next year, Ms James said.
So we know there are some people who are
While it was not the role of council to build
houses, it could play a part in facilitating dis-
cussion about solutions she said.
There are innovative solutions, for example,
the Queenstown Lakes Housing Trust for visiting
workers -- so it can be done.
We just need to look at different models.''
In the next few weeks drilling would begin for
300 TC3 zoned properties and those owners would
be supported through that.
The real sign of success for the hub would be
when we can pack up and go'', Ms James said.
TWO YEARS ON - SEPTEMBER 4
Abuse by children
By CATE BROUGHTON
You have got parents who are stressed, coping with housing issues and that comes
back to the kids and we are getting quite young kids coming our way. For a lot of families
that have got issues anyway the earthquakes have made it worse.
Youth Aid Constable Andrew Macfarlane
Children as young as 10 are
taking their frustrations out
on family and friends, a Kai-
apoi police youth aid officer
Constable Andrew Macfar-
lane said he had no doubt
earthquake stress was filter-
ing down from parents to
children, leading to assaults
by some as young as 10 and
You have got parents who
are stressed, coping with
housing issues, and that
comes back to the kids and
we are getting quite young
kids coming our way.''
The assaults were mainly
taking place in the family
home or at school and were
being committed by boys and
girls, Mr Macfarlane said.
Housing issues were the
main cause of family stress.
It's families that have
had to move around a lot or
are still living in the red zone
and don't know where they
are going to go.''
Police were getting calls
from parents and schools
who were at a loss to know
what to do.
For a lot of families that
have got issues anyway the
earthquakes have made it
He said he referred chil-
dren to Child Youth and
Family on a weekly basis.
Mr Macfarlane said it was
rewarding working with
families on a solution and
putting them in touch with
other agencies that could
deal with the problems caus-
But for some a housing sol-
ution was not easy to find.
For some of these people
there is no solution they just
have to go on a waiting list.''
Senior Sergeant Mike
McRandle said another
major challenge for the
police in Kaiapoi was dom-
estic violence and disorder
connected with alcohol
He said research showed
that 12-18 months after a
disaster was when many
people could crack under the
So we know we are in
that danger time and that
can have all kinds of conse-
quences -- on mental health
and relationships and then
you can get alcohol abuse
Police were taking a pro-
active approach to ensure
the people of Kaiapoi stayed
safe during the next recovery
phase, Mr McRandle said.
We know the Kaiapoi
community is hurting so
everyone does need a bit of
Preventative efforts in-
cluded an initiative aimed at
challenging men involved in
domestic violence to change
their behaviour. There would
also be more alcohol patrols
to reduce drink driving and
anti-social behaviour on
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