SCIRT Learning Legacy
SCIRT Learning Legacy
The sequence of earthquakes that occurred in Christchurch and wider Canterbury during 2010 and 2011 resulted in very significant damage and disruption to the Christchurch horizontal infrastructure networks. In response, Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) was formed and is responsible for repairing and replacing Christchurch's three-waters (water, wastewater and stormwater), roading and bridge networks, as well as some retaining walls and stopbanks. SCIRT is an alliance between Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), City Care, Downer, Fletcher Construction, Fulton Hogan, and McConnell Dowell. The SCIRT Learning Legacy project was initiated in collaboration with UC QuakeCentre, Resilient Organisations and UC CEISMIC, in order that all the learnings from SCIRT's earthquake repair and replacement programme are captured, documented, and disseminated.
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SPCA Canterbury
SPCA Canterbury
The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a voluntary organisation which provides help to animals and owners 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their mission is to advance the welfare of all animals in New Zealand by:
  • preventing cruelty to animals
  • alleviating the suffering of animals
  • and promoting their policies through education and advocacy
After the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, SPCA Canterbury worked tirelessly to rescue, treat, and find animals as well as offer temporary care to animals whose owners were forced to evacuate their homes. This collection holds photographs of SPCA Canterbury's post-quake work, the Pet Emergency Plan they put together for owners after the earthquakes, and their media releases.
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SmartNet Seismics and the City
SmartNet Seismics and the City
Since 1997 SmartNet has connected key business people, researchers, educators and policy makers in order to better tap the talents of New Zealanders in the pursuit of new local and global opportunities. Through short live and online events SmartNet links knowledge generators and innovators with entrepreneurs and policy makers. It promotes knowledge sharing and networking with purpose across old boundaries. Seismics and the City is an annual one-day forum about organisational behaviour in the face of disaster, disruption or major challenge. The first event was run in March 2012. The forums provide information, insights and inspiration as well as opportunities for feedback and input as Christchurch recovers from the destructive series of earthquakes from September 2010. For more information please visit SmartNet Events at www.smartnet.co.nz or phone (+64) (3) 3228293.
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Tertiary Education Union
Tertiary Education Union
The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa is the union of academic and general staff employed within the New Zealand tertiary education system. One of the TEU's primary roles is expressing a collective view on industrial, educational and professional issues within the tertiary education sector, the education community and more broadly in the public arena. In 2011 the TEU had a national voluntary membership in excess of 11000.
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The Christchurch Star Company
The Christchurch Star Company
The Christchurch Star Company is Christchurch's only locally owned media group. The company is well-known for its publication of The Star newspaper. The Star is the country's third largest newspaper by circulation (and the largest in the South Island) and the country's only free metropolitan newspaper. The company also publishes six community newspapers; several lifestyle and trading magazines; and award-winning feature publications. The Christchurch Star Company and UC CEISMIC are working together in partnership to make available earthquake-related material and record the on-going recovery and rebuild of Christchurch.
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The Pledge
The Pledge
The Pledge was a project led by Christchurch lawyer, Garth Gallaway, in collaboration with Rainbow Print, Spicers Paper, Newstalk ZB, Cover to Cover, adgraphix, iSite and The Press. Books were made available in locations around Canterbury for six weeks from 22 March 2011, exactly one month after the 22 February 2011 earthquake. People could sign the books to pledge their commitment to Canterbury and the rebuild of Christchurch. For more information about The Pledge, visit https://www.facebook.com/cantabpledge. This collection holds a digital copy of the books, created with the help of New Zealand Micrographic Services. Signatures and addresses, where present, have been removed in order to protect individuals' privacy.
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Townsend Telescope
Townsend Telescope
The Townsend Telescope is a historic 6-inch refractor telescope made by Thomas Cooke and Sons of York, England in 1864. Gifted to Canterbury College in 1891, the telescope has been housed in the Observatory tower since it was opened in March 1896. Today the telescope is the only part of the Arts Centre still owned by the University of Canterbury. It is open to the public on clear and partly cloudy Friday nights during New Zealand Standard Time. These public viewing sessions are operated free of charge for the promotion of astronomy. In 2011, the UC Department of Physics and Astronomy undertook a project to restore the optics and mechanics of the Townsend Telescope after it was damaged during the 22 February 2011 earthquake. The telescope was damaged when the Observatory tower collapsed, and then again when a digger searched the rubble for trapped individuals. Miraculously the objective lens was found unscathed, meaning that the instrument can be restored. The Department plans to rehouse the restored instrument in the newly built Observatory tower at the Christchurch Arts Centre, returning the working telescope to the Christchurch community. This collection holds material about the history of the Townsend Telescope, the impact of the Canterbury earthquakes on the Observatory and telescope, and the project to restore the telescope.
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Transitional City
Transitional City
Text and images from the book Christchurch: The Transitional City Pt IV. The book documents projects created in response to the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.
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UC QuakeBox Project
UC QuakeBox Project
The QuakeBox is a collaborative project between the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB) at the University of Canterbury and UC CEISMIC (Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive), a group of national organisations that aim to gather and preserve digital content related to the Canterbury earthquakes. An innovative, mobile recording studio built into a shipping container, the QuakeBox has been travelling around Canterbury, giving the public a chance to tell their stories. High quality outputs are available for research use. Please contact the UC CEISMIC team for access.
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UCSA Memories
UCSA Memories
Now that the old University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) building has been demolished, all that is left for thousands of alumni are their memories of student life at UC. To celebrate decades gone by, the UC Foundation invites alumni to share their memories so they can be preserved. As the UCSA prepares to build a new home, this reflection will help them to focus on creating a space that will make memories for generations of students to come. If you have memories you would like to share please email alumni@canterbury.ac.nz
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Understanding Place
Understanding Place
The Understanding Place project gathers and shares resident and manawhenua stories about the residential red zone in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand on a mapping platform, with analytical tools to help people explore each other’s material. The platform is available via the Red Zone Stories app and website. The project allows people in the city to record their thoughts about places in a 600-hectare area that was cleared of houses after the 2011 Canterbury earthquake. At the same time it provides urban planners with a lens through which to view the land – as residents see it.
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United States of America Embassy New Zealand
United States of America Embassy New Zealand
The United States of America Embassy New Zealand (US Embassy) in Wellington, along with the Consulate General in Auckland, provides assistance to American citizens in New Zealand. After the 22 February 2011 earthquake, the US Embassy responded with two goals in mind: to locate and assist American citizens in distress, and to mobilize US Government resources to assist local authorities in preserving life and addressing urgent humanitarian needs. This collection holds photographs, videos, press releases, and blog posts about the US Embassy's involvement in the Canterbury earthquakes, and the achievement of these two goals.
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