Wellington-NZ COVID alert, 24 June 2021

It is time to start wearing masks in public, people. Also to register all location visits. Thank you. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/445394/live-updates-wellington-s-first-day-at-covid-19-alert-level-2

Stay safe all. … Kua mutu? … How can we do more?

Cashmere community has an emergency response plan. But the Labour-presbyterian criminal cartel fraudulently acts in our name, siphoning public funds from their people at council to their people at the church. They have stolen our residents’ group bank reserves and most other assets. Should COVID death sweep these streets it will be on these charlatans’ heads. Justice is coming to those who would profit from disaster.

Cashmere Residents’ Association responded to the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquake experience by growing the resource conversation between city council civil defence and a local church, to initiate the Cashmere Residents’ Emergency Support Team / CREST in 2013. We started emergency planning together in April 2014 and declared the CREST plan operable in March 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20190115172505/http://cashmere.org.nz/CREST.html

Snow, rain and fire storms were soon all weathered by the new group, plus the Kaikoura quake tsunami risk. But a temporary change of minister at the church spelled disaster for CREST itself, as the newcomer knew nothing of Christchurch quake community spirit and saw this only as earning opportunity for their church office. Silvia Purdie – the wife of the NZ Army chaplain on contract at Burnham camp – would soon be forced out by her flock for breach of trust, but not before she had forced robbery of Cashmere community, with clear Labour interest. Thus we have corruption on high, to be remediated. It is important to understand this history, to understand and develop preparedness and greater resilience.

The fact that the church refused to review Purdie’s actions and, instead as cover up, have brazenly continued pointed crime against Cashmere community teaches a lot:

1. The reason there was no community preparedness work before the earthquakes is the same as that which follows: competitive grab as a mainstream culture taught by society’s leaders – all available resources are seized.

2. Presbyterianism itself has deep dishonesty, of intrigue for profit with a low root of murder (Mary, Queen of Scots) and very devious acts. Trust is not available there.

3. Fronting local government, for the city council, undermining sound civil defence and community well-being, extending Presbyterian crime as Labour-owned rort here, is the Spreydon-Cashmere Community Fraud (board).

4. ‘Soft’, imperial social-fascism (‘social-democracy’ as mediated and indirect democracy) grows in this way as perpetual rort, robbing assorted community output and assets, disabling the principled volunteerism at society’s base so independent community sense and capability fail.

Our organised community response is inevitably needed again and has these shocking historical obstacles of dishonesty and broken trust to overcome, first and foremost. Help each other to help our selves.

Kia ora

Heavy Rain Warning, 30 May 2021

‘Public urged to stay home during heavy flooding’

“Police are dealing with a number of callouts in Canterbury after heavy flooding. We are aware a number of people have been leaving their homes to check out the flooding, putting themselves at serious risk. Police urge everyone in the affected areas to stay home, hunker down and wait for the weather to pass if they don’t absolutely need to go outside. Putting yourself at risk by sightseeing the floodwaters also puts emergency services and rescue crews at risk. For the latest information about the flooding situation please consult the Civil Defence Emergency Management website. Noho ora mai, New Zealand Police.

Met Service – Weather – Persistent rain with heavy falls. Strong or gale southeasterlies, severe gusting 120 km/h in exposed places including Banks Peninsula.Issued: 10:23am Sun, 30 May 21. Heavy Rain Warning Valid: 26 hrs from 9:00am Sunday to 11:00am Monday Strong Wind Warning Valid: 26 hrs from 9:00am Sunday to 11:00am Monday. You are receiving this message because you are part of Gets Ready at https://christchurch.getsready.net.


https://www.cdemcanterbury.govt.nz – See active alerts.


CCC Wet Weather Update – Monday 31st May 2021
If you don’t need to travel please don’t. It has been heartening to hear of people checking up on their neighbours. Take care. For live updates on the wet weather situation, please visit: https://newsline.ccc.govt.nz/news/story/flooding-affecting-parts-of-christchurch-banks-peninsula If anyone is living close to a river or waterway is feeling at all unsafe, please self-evacuate. If you wish to report a problem in your area, please contact our call centre on 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.
Road Closures in Christchurch City:
Avondale Rd – CLOSED – New Brighton Rd / Bassett St to Breezes Rd
Avonside Dr – CLOSED – Retreat Rd to Woodham Rd
Avonside Dr – CLOSED – Wainoni Rd to Torlesse St
Aynsley Tce – CLOSED – Centaurus Rd to Opawa Rd
Clarendon Tce – CLOSED – Full length
Cumor Tce – CLOSED – Full length
Eastern Tce – CLOSED – Tennyson St to Malcom Ave
Eglinton St – CLOSED – Breezes Rd to Woolley St
Ford Rd – CLOSED – Opawa Rd to Newberry Rd
Hulverston Dr – OPEN – Severe Flooding – Avondale Rd to Orrick Cres
Maces Rd / Ruru Rd – CLOSED at the intersection
McCormacks Bay Rd – CLOSED – Full length
New Brighton Rd – CLOSED – Bower Ave to Pages Rd / Hawke St
Newport St – CLOSED – Emlyn Pl to Wainoni Rd
Oakridge Tce – CLOSED – Wales St to Nicholls St
Owles Tce – CLOSED – Hardy St to Collingwood St
Richardson Tce – CLOSED – Full length
River Rd – CLOSED – North Parade to Banks Ave
Wholley St – CLOSED – Avondale Rd to Waratah St

See also https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/weather-news/300320099/canterbury-floods-live-evacuations-amid-regional-emergency

All routes south are currently closed

State highway update – 1 June 2021

SH1 Burnham to Dunsandel
SH1 Ashburton, The Ashburton (Hakatere) River Bridge
SH1 Temuka remains closed with closure now from Donald St to Lynnford Rd in Hinds. SH73 Springfield to Castle Hill – next update due by midday Thursday, 3 June SH77 Darfield to Mount Hutt

SH77 Mount Hutt to Winchmore
SH79 Orari to Rangitata

SH1 Ashburton near Saunders Rd – Flooding
SH1/SH8 Timaru to Fairlie – Flooding
SH75 Barrys Bay to Birdlings Flat
SH77 Mount Hutt to Winchmore – Flooding
SH79 Geraldine to Rangitata – Flooding
SH8 Fairlie to Tekapo (Burkes Pass) – Flooding
SH82 Station Peak – Flooding

– Christchurch City Council – issued at 9am


Suppliers arrange truck routes as southern businesses feel pinch


Aftermath: Farmers severely impacted



Labour-church-council criminals rob Cashmere, embezzle public funds #CrookedClerics

From 2018 to 2020 – behind this fence, pictured in October 2020 – Labour-church criminals robbed Cashmere community blind; leaving us grossly misled and unprepared for AF8, without sound reason.

Our residents’ group was stripped of all assets and destroyed, as a political hit involving corrupt church and city council officials on the Labour party periphery. ‘Disgusting’ goes nowhere near describing the shallow, coarse, petty and acquisitively rotten behaviours displayed by otherwise ‘noteworthy’ persons, here in this peaceful Christchurch suburb. Over $5,000 of residents’ funds have been stolen, amongst other pointless damages.

They have left our humble community fragmented, debased and much more greatly at risk – in emergencies and day to day – because Labour corruption infects the state of New Zealand, police and court: Cashmere and Christchurch preparedness have been foolishly undermined.

Cashmere Residents’ Association (CRA) reformed, on a ninety-year history of periodic resurgences, in 1996 – responding to Labour government 1989 Local Government Act and 1991 Resource Management Act reforms, to provide local feedback on new land developments. The new CRA, independently organised, variously waxed and waned from 1996 until its destruction by a dishonest Labour-oriented hit squad in 2018. These are them below. In twenty-two years of trying to exist there was a stand-out hobbler of the CRA committee who ultimately – for Labour control purposes – brought it rapidly crashing down one day, on an egotistical whim:

  1. Leona Murahidy, court perjurer – via partner in crime, Ralph Roden. Murahidy stole the Cashmere Residents’ newsletter of February 2018 then lied to both NZ Police and District Court to obstruct their recovery and delivery to their true owners, the residents. Next Murahidy deleted all of the CRA banking records – who can imagine why? … As nominal ‘Secretary’ of CRA, Murahidy had never fulfilled the role beyond social secretary of the group and as usual collator of newsletter content and distribution coordinator, which was to be issuing – for her friends – clear Labour bias. Murahidy hijacked the CRA committee meetings to her lounge, a Friday night drinking venue, to complete privatisation and invite external liquidation processes. Labour agents then had free rein to dismember a modest but increasingly respected, volunteer public service institution of substance. It is Murahidy’s fence illustrated, during 2020’s general election campaign, above.
  2. Silvia Purdie, former short-term Presbyterian minister in Cashmere, motivator of and conspirator with Murahidy. Purdie launched vitriolic attack upon CRA that ultimately – although she was roundly ejected by her flock for an internal breach of trust first – saw Cashmere Presbyterian criminally obtain bulk residents’ funds.
  3. David Morrell, Anglican and Canterbury District Health Board leader, oversaw theft of all the Cashmere Residents’ funds – to benefit Labour objectives, his political ally base ‘2021’; oh the irony in that date. Church propriety is thus thoroughly in question, despite Morrell’s imprimatur, most signally.
  4. David Troughton, Beckenham resident, has led the siphoning of Cashmere Residents’ funds into Cashmere Presbytery, ignoring / taking advantage of the turmoil the corrupt Purdie chose to create, despite his own conflicts with her at their church. Troughton also hosts Labour signage on his fence regularly.
  5. Joan Blatchford, former CRA chair and on-and-off city council staff member, pulled the 2018 significant group of indignant and petitioning CRA members aside – in a closed process on council grounds – to confuse, mislead and neutralise their complaint. The bulk of CRA members and the broader Cashmere community were never informed or involved in the process of resolving conflict within their organisation, most corruptly, thanks to this outright betrayal of trust. Blatchford has the backing of former Cashmere project partner, now mayor’s office staffer, Mary Richardson – who falsifies public records to advantage Labour aspirations: community board example in 2015.
  6. Every criminal plot needs a mastermind, a lead influencer, it seems. In this case it has been Phil Clearwater, local campaign leader and 2007 etc running mate of Morrell for Labour-2021. Tying this social disaster for Cashmere community together, at its heart, is Clearwater feeding through ill-gotten funds for his wife to spend at Troughton’s church, asserting corrupt power over residents. That has happened already three ways, in the name of Cashmere Residents, illegitimately: i. Following Purdie and Murahidy’s lead, the CRA preparedness work at Cashmere Presbyterian was crashed – abused and negated – so that Pam Clearwater could be installed as treasury holder over the residents’ resilience initiative there; ii. Pretending all was business as usual, Pam Clearwater could then receive rate-payer funds too – siphoned through Phil’s pocket, all-Labour community board and into Pam’s hands, for spending at the church. Council staff had advised against this but were overruled by the community board; iii. Morrell used accountant Richard Leete, a neighbour and member of the church, to funnel CRA funds to Pam Clearwater when the pair – installed secretly, illegally by Blatchford – wound the CRA up in 2020.

Who can prepare our community now, for its greatest disaster challenge ahead, viz Plans… before Alpine Fault quake hits? Corruption – dishonest manipulation for power, wealth and influence – trumps all in the Labour way. Communities are disabled, gutted and actively laughed at, here – left to a natural event fate. Lives may avoidably be lost! This is NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

The fact that New Zealand disaster preparedness is inadequate is largely if not mostly due to Labour’s corrupt (party-first) development methodology. They have let the field languish – as last of all concerns, indefinitely – but if anyone steps up to fill the void they will smash them to claim credit for any initiative seen. So nothing much has progressed or can under Labour rule.

Adequate New Zealand disaster preparedness depends wholly on getting past the obstacle that Labour grasping power trips put in our communities’ way.

Kia ora.

Kia kaha,


To be cont’d.

Coronavirus alert, local scanning today, 4 Nov 11.30am-4.30pm, Cashmere

“A pop-up Covid-19 testing centre will be open in the carpark of Christchurch’s Princess Margaret Hospital today.

People concerned about the two new community cases of Covid-19 in the city are being encouraged to go there for a free test.

No appointment is required, and people do not need to have symptoms.” —

Covid-19: Genome sequencing of infected health worker links case to fishing crew – RNZ

+ Covid-19: Genome sequencing links first Christchurch community case to fishermen – Stuff

Re Pop up COVID-19 testing tomorrow in car park at the Princess Margaret Hospital – CDHB

No other community Covid-19 cases in NZ today after second managed isolation worker revealed last night – TVNZ, graphic:

Screenshot at 2020-11-06 09-07-18-crop

Coronavirus: Second Christchurch managed isolation worker tests positive for COVID-19 – TV3

Update, 6 Nov – COVID-19 testing continues to be available for Cantabrians – CDHB

Cashmere crime, #EQ worse is to come

Today we breathe a sigh of cautious relief. Our community has held together, backed the health professionals and each other, to isolate, quarantine and get through coronavirus management stage one quite safely. We don’t want a repeat, so congratulations, well done, stay the course.

With 2020’s CoViD-19 pandemic held at bay, for now at least, crisis may be easing. While ready to return to emergency status if needed, now we must also rebuild the broad social strength we had before disaster. We have been given pause to think. To absorb all the lessons of one tumultuous decade for Christchurch, Canterbury and New Zealand / Otautahi, Waitaha, Te Wai Pounamu me Te Ika a Maui: ‘Aotearoa’. Ensuring we have truth at all times in pursuing this.[1]

A mild mid-pandemic aftershock earthquake reminded us of the tectonic past and future for our locality; before this one, nationally significant, also. Fielding historic global plague disease, where we stayed at home to help halt virus spread, we might see that, on top of a shattering decade not quite gone, still worse is yet to come: AF8 (Alpine Fault magnitude 8+) national preparedness. Without delay we must resume urgent community preparedness for a scale of New Zealand emergency not yet witnessed. We have much experience to contribute to the essential work. This is hugely challenging; almost as much as the natural catastrophe ahead. The truth discomfits and shocks, almost matching the stupendous earthquake hazard here.

From 2011 to 2018, Cashmere community had earthquake preparedness actively underway, inspiring neighbouring suburbs through a healthy residents’ group developing a response plan. But we were then robbed: attacked, shattered and stolen from, as a community, for base material political reasons. Disgusting offence was rained upon a placid, inoffensive, genuine volunteering Cashmere community, trying to look after itself just a little.

A right-wing organisation attacked us and stalks our streets – a gangster group tracing back to 1930s origins and flavoured social-fascist in the ignorant, brutal and unsubtle methods of that period, having inherited a role of privilege from then.

Cashmere residents’ organisation – the Cashmere Residents’ Association re-founded in 1996 – has been robbed, gutted and destroyed by a criminal league between the New Zealand Labour Party periphery and involving the local presbyterian church. The residents’ preparedness, based at the church, was stolen from there and CRA finances taken over by a church representative , CRA non-member Leete. Twice the church was asked to run a holding account for the residents’ preparedness work and twice they refused, with ‘enough to do already of their own’ and not wanting responsibility here. So the CRA had to open its own account for this purpose, for CREST, and to seek funds to progress.[2] But as soon as the CRA successfully applied for some Christchurch Red Cross funds being distributed by ACTIS, for its basic good work, new church minister Purdie tried to steal it: wanting to splurge on an extravaganza lunch at the church ‘fit for [Labour] dignitaries’ instead of the basic community barbeque that has support. Frustrated, Purdie attacked and easily helped destroy CRA residents’ autonomy – as part of Labour local dictate. These politicians then gave over rate monies, to be feted with the proposed splurge later.[3] Purdie has since been sent down the road, by the congregation, for reading private feedback comments elicited by the church clerks. An external hire, with no experience of the Canterbury earthquakes but wanting to profit from them, the Purdie fit was non-existent.

Church elder Troughton has acted to cover up for the minister, pretend nothing has happened and that the CRA CREST plan goes on without CRA. This abject fraud, for extending the local Labour hegemony, was to attract rate-payer funds directly to the church and away from residents. Councillor and community board member Clearwater siphoned city council funds – against city council staff advice – to his wife to spend at the church, on the now falsified and off-course CREST community plan. CREST had been suspended immediately the presbyterian church began its robbery attacks upon Cashmere Residents’ Association (done to service extended Labour hegemony, for the first time since the suburb was brought under city administration since the local government reforms of 1989 – it had always been part of Heathcote County Council before that time).

A party of lawyers, preachers, academics and journalists, Labour went completely off-course when elected to government in 1984: “it was easily seduced and flattered by big business support. … the Labour Party’s old trade union base was largely ignored but kept modestly quiescent… Treasury, the Treasury Ministers and big business colluded to restructure much of the economy on the basis of a thoroughgoing neo-classical ideology misleadingly called Rogernomics. … corporatisation of state trading entities … in 1987 … the vote was well up in the wealthier suburbs and well down in the old heartland … [making] New Zealand … more socially divided, with greater extremes of wealth and poverty, an inadequate consensus around social goals.” – The 1st Term of the 4th Labour Government, Michael Cullen speech, 30 April 2004.

More of the Labour-aligned criminality was seen within the Cashmere Residents’ Association itself. Long-servers Murahidy and Roden, in partnership asserted a level of ‘ownership’ over CRA committee doings – these had waxed and waned through the last two decades, under their involvement more or less, never progressing. Theirs was total editorial control over the CRA newsletter, which ultimately they treated as control over the CRA committee – without having to take on its other major and formal obligations. Murahidy hosted Labour signage on her front fence at election times and gave unprincipled column space to the party’s local interests, in a preference deal. For example Mautner, for the Labour-owned community board, claimed lead of a river water quality improvement group, strategically – once the issue had been popularised loudly by the regional left. Despite Cashmere being a major contributing catchment it was actively refused entry alongside all other neighbourhoods along the river (where Labour held sway), yet Murahidy provided free publicity of annual events. The outright corruption did not end there.

Benefits for Murahidy, and thus Roden, from doing Labour dirty work included stocking the wine-rack and meat freezer with goods donated for CRA purposes, once enough of the purpose had been duly served. So they defended their CRA newsletter monopoly by stealing the emergency drill release of February 2018 – as funded by the Red Cross and belonging to the Cashmere residents, not to them! As Labour support, Murahidy has made fools – of both the police and the district court, by lying the way through these events, denying the event permit CRA had existed when as evidence it does – and also of Roden, for being the one left to the perjure at court. Justice must follow, eventually. Part of the deceit was claiming event preparedness was in parts insufficient, when it had been their offered promise that the parts would be! Dishonest sabotage eroded but could not stop Cashmere’s CREST exercise of February 2018, nor these very long but essential lessons drawn since.

The same reason there was no community preparedness before earthquakes shattered Christchurch is the same reason preparedness currently cannot be built after them – Labour party fracturing and exploitation of communities; their primary method is to instil apparent dependence upon them, by any means necessary. Their actions have never been this well-documented, for balancing them towards community safety.

The cover-up of the Labour-presbyterian crime against Cashmere extended beyond the church circle documented above, to involve city council parties – deeply.

When residents petitioned to recover their torpedoed Association mid-2018, these few were surgically drawn aside and utterly, destructively inveigled and robbed – leaving the rest of the community outside, uninformed and unrepresented.

Former CRA chair and council staff officer Blatchford proposed three trustees take power over CRA affairs – the aforementioned presbyterian Leete, along with Tait and Morrell. Democratic process eludes the trio to this day, at the 2019 CRA AGM most recently, leaving them unelected Labour dictator plants over Cashmere neighbourhood; and robbers too, in that they proposed squandering residents’ funds to disperse them – in another feting party, of course! This proposal would divert a good measure of the CRA reserves to the in-house Labour/city appointees running the loss-making Sign of the Takahe venue, ‘to hire the venue grounds’ etc. Only Covid-19 lockdown could stop this outrageous scam of 22 March 2020.


Tait is an associate of Blatchford, who worked with Richardson to feed her $12,939 as consultant for updating CRA for the digital era based around survey mandate in 2009.[4] Both then walked away, into good council jobs – Richardson to the mayor’s office – but the CRA got over this stall and managed healthy, steady growth and momentum through community earthquake recovery response 2011-17, which is what the 2018-19 robbery has largely and criminally seized back. Richardson has gone on to greater scandal, incidentally.[5]

Morrell is a former 2021 Labour local campaign colleague of Clearwater, so is not an impartial, reliable or respectable actor in this situation. Residential politics must be neutral and apolitical to be inclusive and representative. Instead, this lot have plainly robbed all their neighbours of independent advocacy right.

In 2015, Richardson – on behalf of the city council – oversaw falsification of an official record. A minor matter, but enough to confirm Labour’s corrupting influence upon Christchurch 100%. The issue was a seconder for a motion at community board, that the Labour representative (Potter) wanted changed to give this minuscule ‘credit’ to another Labour rep – it was their motion after all, but this isn’t what happened when the recommended motion had been passed. So the board, under McMahon at the time, falsified their minutes to produce the record that they wanted – 100% credit – with Richardson’s support. A corrupted CCC top to bottom? At least it is the major influence there, to this day. An overt hazard to the public at large, through misplaced values and actions.

The Labour corruption rot does not stop at the Christchurch City Council. Here we find a 2019 new candidate for ECan defrauding voters, by openly stealing a competing brand – that which had upset Labour incumbents in Christchurch for overt conflict of interest around irrigation water development in 2007 – SaveOurWater.org.nz.
IMG_20191001_192206-scaled.25-crop. The theft was committed over the Labour campaign authorisation of Jake McLellan, an incoming city councillor (through highly suspicious attack on incumbent Dion Swiggs where cooption of naiive and ambitious youth and their organisations, to any purpose, is hallmark Labour subterfuge organising). Evidence of the Labour ‘Save Our Water’ brand theft is seen in a competing billboard on display in Christchurch at the same time: IMG_20191012_190634-crop

Hughey’s theft (for Labour campaign traction) was a repeat of Lownde’s in 2016, where election rules explicitly prohibit campaigning using the target council’s logo (ECan’s at top left here): Steve-Lowndes-Screenshot-2016-10-crop-scaled.5 Although formal complaint to electioNZ.com returning officer Morton goes precisely nowhere, indicating how deeply the New Zealand state is wedded to social-fascist criminality and unreliability as a functioning norm.

Egregious and corrupt governance error has been made, in relation to:
“There is no simple cookie cutter solution when it comes to emergency management and response planning. Every scenario is different and every business is different.. But looking after your people is key“ – Emergency response plans need to put people over profit, Crombie Lockwood, Nov 2019. Our community has been abusively weakened, when re Coronavirus: We need a new vision, based on co-operation not competition, The Press, Apr 2020.

Typical aggressive pettiness failing to reduce a Labour opponent was seen in
Two Dunedin MPs, McDonald’s and a sizzling Twitter beef 14 Feb 2020

Example of the worse-than-hopeless presbyterian clerical link with Labour was seen in the mishaps of David Clark MP, one-time Minister of Health during CoViD-19 pandemic crisis.

Was more Labour ‘insider trading’ at play here, when Police called to calm tensions at Christchurch refugee event, 20 Jul 2020? …
Screenshot at 2020-07-27 13-00-56 … See facebook.com/CommunityVoice.NZ/post 7 Aug 2020.

[1] ‘Aotearoa’ is a nineteenth-century colonial construct, for a nation that was formerly firmly divided along iwi rohe / tribal boundary lines and with separate north and south island names.

[2] CREST was the Cashmere Residents Emergency Support Team.

[3] Not Wanted: Cashmere frauds – NZLabour Christchurch CREST, blog post, Nov 2018

[4] OUR project 2007-2009 Cashmere Residents’ Association website

[5] Top council staff ‘manipulated’ reports to hide bad news from councillors and public, Stuff, 14 Nov 2019 + Secrets and lies: Will the public ever know what Christchurch City Council was hiding?, 23 Nov 2019.

[6] Boundary changes put 62,000 people in new electorates across the South Island

[DRAFT #2 – more editing to be done.]

Queues, empty shelves, closed dairies: how to shop?

31 March 2020
This post is to collate all the answers for getting essential supplies. It will be developed over the course of today on. So do call back for updates. Kia kaha. Keep your bubble fellows home, safe.

In neighbourhoods, we have some responsibility to know everybody is being adequately fed. So let’s get to all the effective solutions, here on this page. (See Civil Defence notice below.[1])

Dairies – if they are open / past 5pm – sell out of preferred milk. Supermarket prices remain stable, but going there wastes precious time and petrol, for most; preferred bread disappears.

The Countdown delivery truck is often seen on the road. RadioNZ chatted about over-loaded demand for deliveries – ordered online if you know how and when to queue there, at midnight?
TV1 News confirmed the online shopping overload story tonight, sadly: Support groups coming to the aid of the gravely ill and elderly who are unable to go to the supermarket. Home-shop:
shop.countdown.co.nz + paknsaveonline.co.nz + newworld.co.nz/shop/online-shopping (Nth Is) or New World Northwood Food To Go + Freshchoiceyourway.co.nz

Beans-NZ-310320 Freshchoice-beans-310320

How to safely grocery shop during coronavirus outbreak Newstalk ZB, 29 March 2020
See basic covid19.govt.nz/latest-updates/guidance-for-shopping-for-essentials

Fresh fruit & vegetables, online shopping choices: Cultivate, Foodbox, Food Together, Funky Pumpkin, Garden City Produce, Ooooby, Raeward Fresh, Spring Collective = Young farmers pumping out six times as many delivery boxes as usual

Also, there are organised shopping help volunteers for those needing it, like isolated elderly, e.g. Student Volunteer Army SVA Grocery, Friends In Need + shop list delivereat … and individuals e.g. on Neighbourly.co.nz/covid-19-reach-out and Facebook etc.

News today: Civil Defence will be restocking all food banks immediately – State of Emergency extended by 7 days RNZ, 31 March 2020 – streamed announcement.

[1] From our civil authorities at 4:39 pm, Canterbury Civil Defence + ccc.govt.nz/services/civil-defenceHelp Available For Canterbury Residents “a local helpline is now operating to help vulnerable people who are unable to access essentials such as food and medication. These measures will particularly assist the disabled, at risk groups, and people who cannot access these services themselves… Residents who need assistance can call 0800 24 24 11. For Christchurch city, the helpline will operate 24/7.” TV1 story also covers prices 1 April 2020. CDEM Group 0800 numbers for essential supplies, National Emergency Management Agency.

If desperate, try calling 0800 HUNGRY – Christchurch’s biggest food bank – 0800hungry.org
See Canterbury Foodbanks “If you are in need of food assistance please contact one of the foodbanks or agencies listed who may be able to help”, also food banks on city council CINCH. New, foodbank.org.nz for giving support through The Salvation Army. Long-term Kore HiaKai – Zero Hunger church lobbyists.

See PriceWatch re fuel cost & write to pricewatch@mbie.govt.nz on every type of cost concern – PM gives update on price gouging, border closures NewstalkZB, 30 March 2020.
Covid-19 lockdown: Fruit, vegetables going to waste – traders RNZ, 30 March 2020 +
How to shop and eat under Covid-19 lockdown +
Supermarket chains say price differences may be due to promotions.
Shop owner left with no option but to let $25,000 worth of produce rot RNZ/TV1, 1 April 2020.

Expansion of essential goods sold in lockdown welcomed by retailers RNZ, 31 March 2020
For essential electrical goods, deliverable online, see: noelleeming.co.nz + thewarehouse.co.nz
Briscoes, Mitre 10 join companies selling essential items NZ Herald/NewstalkZB, 31 March 2020 + Mitre 10, Briscoes join Smiths City and The Warehouse in selling essentials during lockdown Stuff. Trade Me Shop essentials incl. some foods. A long list of retailers and growing now…

Christchurch recycling temporarily halted during Covid-19 crisis Stuff, 2 April 2020.

Coronavirus emergency help

If you have viral illness symptoms, call Healthline – 0800 358 5453
or call your GP – don’t show up at a medical centre. Online – Healthline

More information – COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Ministry of Health NZ
+ COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Canterbury District Health Board

All parts of New Zealand’s pandemic response – covid19.govt.nz
NZ C19 phNum help
Stay home – Stay safe – Be kind – Save lives – Kia kaha / Be strong

Canterbury police see spike in family violence incidents Stuff, 30 Mar 2020

Re essential food and medication supplies, see our Queues, empty shelves, closed dairies: how to shop? post.

Lockdown Living in isolation Day 1

Cashmere aerial view south-west, pre Cashmere Estates build

Cashmere aerial view south-west, pre Cashmere Estates build

26 March 2020. Kia ora koutou, hello all,
We are now in day one of at least four weeks’ self-isolation. This is a difficult time in so many ways. But together we can always find a way through any disaster. We have done so before, time and again, in this southern area of relative peace and harmony, in this great city Christchurch. A very warm welcome to you all who have joined this group – from Kennedy’s Bush through to Redcliffs, Spreydon/Sydenham to the Port Hills. Now is the time to brainstorm and share our ideas for what we can contribute to social cohesion and well-being.
This is not an easy time for anyone. So maybe just check in and say Hi with a comment below this post. Suggest whatever helpful service we may be able to add, or state what if anything isn’t working reasonably for you, under the covid19.govt.nz conditions.
The topic of home deliveries seems particularly fraught and overworked by volunteer offers, as a potential vector of disease and security risk. But as neighbours, when we know for certain that our homes are cleared of Covid-19, perhaps we would be able to share what we can spare if others are running short on anything – like the proverbial cup of sugar for greeting new neighbours – on a very limited local basis.
Right now, even that material mutual support is outlawed. But do take the time to know your neighbours, at the safe two metres minimum distance, however you can: some may be just too isolated, frail, vulnerable or insecure to reach out.
The benefit of using the Neighbourly social medium is that accounts are verified and interactions become traceable. So if anyone asks for help here, what they get back is going to be ‘kosher’/safe and proper support, eventually.
So let us know what you think and what the situation is, if it is at all challenging for you. Take care, stay safe – in your tight ‘bubble’ of isolation – and always Be Kind. Kia kaha.
Best regards

Cashmere Coronavirus Support Group – CCSG

N.B. This post originated on the CCSG page on Neighbourly, on isolation Day 1, 26 March 2020. The fact that Neighbourly, after asking their community leads to set up these CSGroup pages, then locked them out from making original posts, confirms that the Stuff commercial media direction is really cutting them adrift from their local bases, in an astounding way. Broadcast:
Stuff Neighbourly’s story about itself, in this emergency, is here: How the garden fence friendships of yesteryear are flourishing during the coronavirus crisis 29 March 2020

CREST activation – CoViD-19

Cashmere Residents Emergency Support Team has now activated, in accordance with its Cashmere Community Response Plan, after New Zealand declaration of national emergency on 25 March 2020. Decision was immediate, effective 26 March – Day 1 of pandemic lock-down.

CREST logo May 2014

CREST logo May 2014

This means CREST communications infrastructure works in support of residents, isolating at home in Cashmere community, against the CoViD-19 pandemic. Ref. covid19.govt.nz

Daily health update briefings from the government are made at 1pm and 3pm – broadcast, screened and live-streamed at RadioNZ, TV1 and NZHerald via facebook, Freeview, websites, etc. etc.

This is our second CREST plan activation, after it was made operative on 25 March 2015. The first plan activation was in response to the Port Hills fires of February 2017, when we opened an information hub briefly for Cashmere community.

A year later, in February 2018, CREST ran an emergency drill to further test and develop its plan. The result transformed CREST dramatically. More details of the learning and adaptation will follow. But today, active once again, CREST develops Cashmere Coronavirus Support Group for residents to join if they like it to help them.

Stay home. Stay safe. Kia kaha.

Kia ora

Cashmere Residents Emergency Support Team

Cashmere Coronavirus Support Group

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Cashmere Coronavirus Support Group
Started here: https://www.neighbourly.co.nz/group/cashmere-coronavirus-support-group
Upgrade here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CashmereCSG/
New Zealand’s pandemic response: covid19.govt.nz – see COVID-19 NZ Interactive Map

Self-isolation is the order of the day, for at least four weeks – begun two days ago, 25.3.20. CREST communication channels stand beside you, whatever you may need to know in this health emergency, with Cashmere Coronavirus Support Group. Stay home. Stay safe. Kia kaha.

Street support groups in Cashmere
Holliss Ave COVID-19 Neighbourhod Care on Facebook
Cashmere Residents’ resilience on Facebook

Neighbouring coronavirus support groups
Huntsbury Hill Residents & Huntsbury Neighbourhood on Facebook
St Martins, Christchurch Neighbourhood Page on Facebook
Beckenham Neighbourhood on Facebook
Lower Cashmere Residents Association-LCRA on Facebook & Lower Cashmere Residents’ Group on Neighbourly
Somerfield Residents Association & SCERT – Somerfield Community Emergency Response Team on Facebook
Spreydon Coronavirus Support on Neighbourly &
Spreydon Neighbourhood Network & Spreydon Connection on Facebook
Westmorland Residents Association on Facebook & website

Neighbourhood Support + Well-intentioned neighbours risk spreading coronavirus, Neighbourhood Support says TVNZ, 27 Mar 2020

Support for disadvantaged communities
COVID-19 Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund – MSD
Foodbanks, Food Rescue and Community Food Services – MSD + see our How to shop? post.
$27m COVID-19 boost for select essential social services +
The latest guidance and information for all social services – MSD

Coronavirus facts
2019–20 coronavirus pandemic Wikipedia world map, figures etc
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic World Health Organization & Situation Dashboard + worldometer + nCoV2019.live + Johns Hopkins University figures + ZDNet mapping overview
Here’s what coronavirus does to the body National Geographic, 18 Feb 2020
1918 Spanish Flu historical documentary | Swine Flu Pandemic | Deadly plague of 1918 YouTube, 1 Oct 2018 + Spanish Flu: a warning from history 30 Nov 2018
What we can learn about Covid 19 from past pandemics RadioNZ, 1 April 2020
Can We Learn Anything from the SARS Outbreak to Fight COVID-19? healthline.com ~Mar 2020
How China’s “Bat Woman” Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus Scientific American, 11 Mar 2020 & “The Coronavirus Outbreak” for more
C19 Pathogen has been spreading in humans for decades, study finds NZ Herald, 30 Mar 2020
One Health Aotearoa expert answers* + helpwithcovid.com global volunteers
Covid-19 RadioNZ headline story archive
covid-19 Newsroom headline story archive
Coronavirus NZ updates facebook
What happens after New Zealand has been locked down? Stuff, 27 Mar 2020 +
Confidential Government emergency plan warns recovery still some time away 3 April 2020.
* Medics answer your virus questions Stuff, 30 Mar 2020