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Workshop to aid recovery
Dr Olive Webb
ALMOST TWO years on from the September 2011
earthquake, Hororata clinical psychologist Dr
Olive Webb says more information would give
people living in damaged houses a semblance of
control in an abnormal situation.
She is running a workshop in West Melton Hall
next month to help people understand the effects
of the Canterbury earthquakes -- to help us take
control of our recovery''.
The workshop is supported by the Selwyn Dis-
Two years on most people seemed to be coping
well, but some might still be unsettled, she said.
They might avoid places and could feel like fail-
ures if they could not cope. They might not sleep
and be anxious.
It is a normal
reaction in an
Dr Webb has
first hand experi-
ence of the frustra-
tions people might
deal with. Her
home is damaged
but she has not
had a visit to tell
of its future since
had got to the
point of fixing
their own houses to regain some control.
She hoped the workshop might encourage
people to get extra help if they needed it.
The workshop is being held at West Melton Hall on
Sunday, September 9 from 9am till 3pm.
Registration forms are available from
email@example.com, or 03 318 0880.
SO PROUD: Rolleston's Grant Findlay on the main staircase of Te Koraha homestead.
By ABBIE NAPIER
I feel a real connection to it --
although I wouldn't want to do
it all a third time."Grant Findlay
AFTER TWO years spent working on the
Te Koraha homestead, Rolleston's Grant
Findlay hopes to have a homestead toilet or
broom cupboard named after him -- an hon-
our usually reserved for visiting royalty.
The Fletchers site manager first restored
the Rangi Ruru Girls' School homestead
site in 2002, spending more than 12 months
on the site, managing every step of the pro-
Ten years later he was called back when
the February earthquake devastated'' the
The post-quake repair began in March
last year and included work on the founda-
tions and earthquake proofing. Months
later, the finished building exceeds the
I always say this is a building I would
run in to, not out of,'' he said. It may look
the same but it's a lot different.''
Every inch has been painstakingly
restored, including historic plaster and lath
walls, and thousands of metres of wood
When I heard we were coming back here
again, I wondered how bad the state of it
would be. It was devastation.''
Mr Findlay said no section of the floor
was level, all the walls had cracked and its
many chimneys were gone. Every after-
shock produced horrendous noise.
On June 13 the workers evacuated and
were not inside for the second aftershock.
It was pretty hairy, there were girls run-
ning everywhere screaming,'' he said.
At times, the building had 50 workers on
the site fixing plumbing, installing tech-
nology and working on the quake-proofing.
The first time around, it was just
another job,'' Mr Findlay said. But once it
got to this stage, finished for the second
time, it was a proud moment.
I feel a real connection to it -- although
I wouldn't want to do it all a third time.''
Once home to boarding dormitories, a
laundry and a ballroom, the homestead is
now painted in muted whites and greys,
with restored wood panelling and carved
Most of our jobs, you don't spend two
Christmases on the same site.
I've been back here twice and thoroughly
At the official re-opening last week, Mr
Findlay received an award for his contri-
bution to the school.
Probably reward enough was permission
to park anywhere on the school grounds
(considering a lack of on-street parking),
and the offer of a place for his daughter.
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