With the proposed electoral boundary changes, pretty much all of the Flockton Basin is set to become part of the Christchurch East electorate. I don't know what, if any, practical effect that might have but we really can't wait until after the election to have our issues addressed.
Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts. Even when there isn't a lot that can be done it helps to know that people are coming to understand the complexity of the situations we, and many other Christchurch residents, are facing.
Steven Raising houses is definitely something which has been discussed. I'm not sure how feasible it is as replacing piles on TC3 land, such as ours, means using special, extra deep foundations so is an even costlier undertaking than it might be. Raising houses also doesn't address the damage and contamination that flood waters cause to gardens, garages and fences.
Don't most laws (with the exception of things like murder which is challenging to do just a little of) have an end where it's not worth prosecuting and discretion is required? Why should this law be any different than the laws around speeding, or theft, or other forms of assault?
How would we go about quantifying in law how much hitting is too much? Should we go by how hard or how often or by the tool used or bruises left?
Arohanui to you and your family, Russell.
In 2011 we went to Hawaii. It was intended as a getaway from the quakes so things like first world plumbing were a large factor in our choice of destination. It turned out to be an utterly perfect family holiday – the kids were both of an age to be easy travelling companions and to be delighted by everything.
These photos show the wreck of the USS Arizona (Pearl Harbour), Steam Vents in Volcanoes National Park and Bananas in our hotel garden (Hilo).
Oh, the dignity and courage in that letter!
I recently uncovered a stash of letters written to me, by assorted friends, when I'd gone home from university one summer. It was quite hilarious to read four different accounts of the same scandals.
I’ve been a piss poor sleeper for as long as I can remember. Add children, chronic neck pain and a world that doesn’t fit my natural rhythms very well and I am, basically, screwed.
I find that the right bedtime helps. Anytime before elevenish and, even if I drop off ok, I am done for the night after the first sleep cycle.
Reading is almost essential. Sex is hit-or-miss as to whether it makes me drowsy or bouncy. An evening snack (yoghurt and banana is good) helps quite a bit.
If I have a lot of things to do the next day, writing a list before bed helps me not stay awake going over and over everything I need to remember. Conversely, if I do find myself lying awake, planning a detailed, fantasy event (like a swanky party) can still my mind.
Yesterday, at 5am I was awoken from a dream that my partner was cheating on me by the cat spewing on the bed. I may never recover.
I'm so sorry this happened to you, Helen. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective.
As Danielle mentioned above, I have sons, the oldest of which is rapidly hurtling towards adolescence. I’ve been thinking about the messages I need to impart to them as they venture out into the world. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far (for the record I don’t believe I’d be giving any daughters a different message).
No one’s worth is determined by their gender, sexual orientation, dress or number of sexual partners (or a bunch of other things).
People are not prizes to be won.
Sex is something people do with, not to, each other.
No one owes anyone sex, ever.
Other people’s needs and desires may not be the same as yours.
Many situations are easy to misread – communicate before you act.
Talking about it can be hot as hell.
Everyone has the right to determine what happens to their own body.
Good people, with good intentions, can still do awful things if they don’t stop to check their perceptions and assumptions are correct.