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Chile's quake lessons
Cantabrians can learn from world's hot spots
MULTI PURPOSE: Christchurch's art gallery became an important meeting point in the days following the February 2011
Photo: DAVID HALLETT
Dr Jacky Bowring
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY'S head
of Landscape Architecture is
heading to Chile to help rebuild a
Dr Jacky Bowring is research-
ing for a project with a Chilean
colleague to learn best practices
for future-proofing earthquake-
prone cities against any future
With Dr Paula Villagra, Dr
Bowring is putting together a
paper of shared information she
hopes will be partly in use by the
end of the year.
Dr Bowring, a member of a com-
mittee working on a national
earthquake memorial to be
unveiled on February 22, 2016,
will spend a week in Chile.
The majority of that time will be
spent in Valdivia, the scene in
1960 of the world's largest
recorded earthquake -- 9.5 on the
She will observe the city's land-
scape and how it has developed in
the decades since.
A major part of the project is
examining landscapes and how
they could be designed to help
keep communities safe and shel-
tered in case of emergency.
Dr Bowring believes it is poss-
ible for facilities like schools to
be built with a multifunctional
purpose in mind.
She said that with minor design
changes, large buildings could
easily be used as emergency cen-
tres or shelters.
You only have to look how
the [Christchurch] Art Gallery
was used after the February
Dr Bowring said it was equally
important that green spaces were
also carefully thought out.
In some cases, it can be as sim-
ple as making sure there is green
space area without trees and clear
of buildings. If somewhere like
Latimer Square is used as an
emergency makeshift hospital,
there needs to be easy access for
helicopters and enough room to
put tents up.''
She said waterways also needed
to be designed in a way that would
be user-friendly for firefighters in
As part of her research, Dr
Bowring is interviewing emerg-
ency service workers such as fire-
men, police and civil defence.
By using their practical
experiences of the Canterbury
events, we can compile data that
will prove invaluable to rebuilding
the city in a safe way.
It doesn't have to be much.
Subtle changes in design that are
hardly visible in day-to-day life
can make all the difference.''
Dr Bowring said the rebuild of
Canterbury was an exciting pros-
pect, but believed it needed to be
done with the future in mind,
including planning for worst case
Big turnout on the future of village
HORORATA RESIDENTS turned out in force
to have their say on ideas for a possible future
blue print for the village last week.
More than 90 residents packed into the local
hall for the meeting, called by the Hororata
The trust had invited anyone with an inter-
est in the town to bring ideas of what the
future should hold for the village.
Trust chairwoman Dr Olive Webb was thril-
led with the large turnout and what she
described as a very positive'' discussion.
The rural village was hit hard by the
September 2010 quake and the trust was for-
med to help bring it back to its former glory.
Dr Webb said the trust encouraged residents
to dream a little'' in their ideas.
The response was encouraging, with all
kinds of innovative and passionate ideas
raised, she said.
The ideas are being collated and will be
released publicly before the next meeting, at
which they will be discussed in further detail.
The three main objectives the trust hopes to
achieve are helping the community come to a
consensus on what Hororata should look like,
what should be preserved, and what new pro-
jects should be fundraised for.
Dr Webb said there was a feeling in the
village that residents needed to take a hands-
on approach rather than sit around and wait''.
The date of the second meeting will be con-
firmed in the coming weeks.
exit 'hardest ever'
Lincoln University student Ella
Krauts' golden run on television
cooking show MasterChef New
Zealand ended on Sunday night.
Ms Krauts made it into the top five
of the 16 starters who qualified for
the television stage of the
competition, filmed over summer.
In her final year of a food science
and business degree, Ms Krauts
won special praise from the
judges. Simon Gault described her
exit as one of the hardest
decisions ever made on the show
and Josh Emett told her there
would always be a job open at his
exclusive Rata restaurant in
wins stair challenge
Cheryl Wilson was the pick of the
Selwyn entries in Saturday's
Firefighter Sky Tower Stair
Challenge in Auckland. The
Dunsandel volunteer finished first
equal in the female grand masters
section, running the 51 flights or
1103 steps, wearing up to
25 kilograms of equipment, to
raise money for Leukaemia and
Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Rolleston, Southbridge and
Dunsandel volunteer fire brigades
were represented at the event,
which raised $471,000. More
than 500 firefighters from 140
brigades completed the race.
Cash for creative
Applicants have until May 31 to
apply for Selwyn District Council's
creative communities funding.
Funding has previously supported
poetry and craft workshops, art
exhibitions and art tutors, staging
of plays and concerts, and a
children's art festival. Individuals,
groups, or organisations can apply
for various types of projects, but
they should have some benefit to
the Selwyn District community. A
total of $4500 is available to
share around the community.
Applications can be directed to:
phone 03 347 2708. Applications
close on May 31.
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