News and February Networking Meeting Invitation

The Viva! Project – Newsletter – 4 February 2014

Our Next Networking Meeting – Monday 17 February

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Speaker:  Brigitte de Ronde, Christchurch City Council, on the new District Plan

Brigitte will discuss new District Plan and how it will influence and support sustainable urban village development in the rebuild of Christchurch. This will be a great opportunity to have your say in the future of our city and ask any questions.

VENUE: Vespa Room, Pegasus Arms, 14 Oxford Terrace (near the hospital).
Access is off Tuam St & Oxford Tce (map)

DATE:    Monday 17 February 2014
TIME:      5:30 – 7:30pm

RSVP: Jane: bjanequigley@gmail.com. Please pass this invitation on to anyone else you think may be interested.

Drinks & barfood will be available for purchase. Alex at the Pegasus Arms says if you wish to stay on for dinner, you are welcome to call her on 366 0600 to book or email her at orders@pegasus-arms.co.nz – she is happy to send a menu.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Interested in a Sustainable Coastal Village?

New BrightonMembers of the New Brighton community are calling a gathering of all those who might be interested in living in a sustainable village by the sea.  This is a perfect occasion to meet with like-minded folk to live more sustainably and in closer community.

Where: New Brighton Community Board meeting room (corner Beresford and Union Streets)
When: Wednesday, 19 February 2014, at 6:30pm

For further information or to confirm attendance, please contact Pauline 021 209 8946

The full invitation is available here.

One Voice Te Reo Kotahi – Open Forum

Topic: Issues relating to CERA transitioning out in 2016
In the last OVTRK forum, several issues were identified that relate to the process of CERA “transitioning” out in 2016. This process is the topic for this Forum on 10 March 2014.

All the statutory partners named in the CERA Act will be attending:
– Arihia Bennett, CEO, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
– Lianne Dalziel, Mayor, Christchurch City Council
– David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri District Council
– Kelvin Coe, Mayor, Selwyn District Council
– Dame Margaret Bazely, Commissioners Chair, ECan
– Roger Sutton and Michelle Mitchell, CERA

Where: WEA Centre 59 Gloucester St
When: 7.30pm Monday 10 March 2014

See the full invitation here.

Interested in a Sustainable Coastal Village for New Brighton?

New Brighton

Members of the New Brighton community are calling a gathering of all those who might be interested in living in a sustainable village by the sea.  This is a perfect opportunity to meet with like-minded folk to live more sustainably and in closer community.

Where: New Brighton Community Board meeting room (corner Beresford and Union Streets)
When: Wednesday, February 19, at 6.30pm

For further information or to confirm attendance, please contact Pauline 021 209 8946

See the full invitation:  A Sustainable Coastal Village for New Brighton

Viva! Affordability paper

One of the core tenets of The Viva! Project is housing affordability.  With housing availability and house prices reaching crisis point, especially in Christchurch, there is a need for systemic changes in the way we build and renew our housing stock. A wide swathe of issues need to be researched and discussed, encompassing strategies to reduce costs of land, financing, development overheads, construction, household operation and maintenance.

See our overview of the issues in our new Affordability Paper (also available under the Resources heading above).

We will continue to investigate the issue of building costs and use this resource as a knowledge repository.  We’ll keep you posted on updates.

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Hat-trick for LILAC – cheap, green, co-living

LILAC is an inspirational affordable co-housing development in Leeds in the UK.  LILAC stands for Low-Impact Living Affordable Community and it combines low-impact eco housing with affordability and co-housing, possibly one of the first in the world to encompass all of those aspects at the same time.

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See more on their website:  http://www.lilac.coop/

Paul Chatterton from the School of Geography at the University of Leeds presented their story in this TEDx talk.  The story of dogged determination and persistence is very similar to that of the Earthsong co-housing development in Auckland.

Paul describes an ownership model proportional to income which would have a major impact on housing affordability and social housing.

The buildings are built with high levels of insulation and air-tightness along with proper mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (similar to the Passive House approach) resulting in very high thermal efficiency.

Insulation is provided by straw bales, using ModCell‘s innovative modular system.  The system has the advantage of low-, or negative-, carbon construction, yet forms very linear walls indistinguishable from any other modern construction method.

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