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Exposure to earthquakes has made
children in Christchurch more resistant to
other pressures in life compared to children
with the usual challenges of growing up,
new research has found.
Massey University clinical psychologist
experiences of the 2010-11 Canterbury
earthquakes to determine how effectively
they coped with the natural disaster.
She found that the children who dealt
most effectively with the earthquakes had
multiple coping strategies compared to a
Wellington comparison group of children
inter viewed who were mainly coping with
the usual challenges of kids growing up
such as conflict in the playground and peer
“All children were interviewed 20
months after the first earthquake during
an ongoing aftershock sequence, and six
selected children from Christchurch were
inter viewed again three years after the initial
earthquake,’’ said Dr Mooney, a researcher
for the Joint Centre for Disaster Research
based at Massey University’s Wellington
campus and Red Cross consultant who has
worked in Haiti, Cambodia and Sudan.
Dr Mooney found that the Christchurch
children who dealt most effectively with the
earthquakes had multiple coping strategies
that they used flexibly, in comparison to
the Wellington children who were mainly
coping with challenges appropriate to their
“For example, children practised how to
keep calm and used distraction as a coping
strategy when they could not control the
situation, but then used a problem-solving
strategy when they could have some impact
on their circumstances.’’
Distractions included playing video games,
texting friends or playing sports.
Problem-solving included suggestions
about what to do in the event of an
aftershock, Dr Mooney said.
“They would use the Richter scale with me
to say what they could do in a magnitude 4.5
or a 6. They had worked out where to go in
whatever space they were in as well.’’
Children who did not cope so well tended
to use avoidance or withdrawal as a way of
dealing with a situation, Dr Mooney says.
In Christchurch, the parent/child and
teacher/child relationship often provided
specific protective elements that helped the
children during the earthquakes.
“They purposely reintroduced the usual
family or class rhythms, went on with
lessons calmly after an aftershock, went out
for walks, celebrated birthdays, etc to re-
establish the children’s routines.’’
Parents and teachers often helped
processing or supporting children’s coping
abilities as well as eventually encouraging a
refocusing on everyday tasks, she says.
“A few children had considerable inner
resources and were able to take away positives
from the situation. For example, a five-year-
old explained how he could support another
child by telling them that the earthquake
was probably only an aftershock — so ‘ just
a little one’,’’ said Dr Mooney who has her
doctorate formally conferred tomorrow at
Massey ’s University ’s graduation ceremonies
at the Michael Fowler Centre.
“ When children perceived that their
community was exhibiting signs of recovery
and competence, the neighbourhood and
community appeared to have a positive
effect on their sense of connectedness, local
identification and promoted their sense of
recovery.’’ — NZME-New Zealand Herald
children ‘more resilient’
It all began with a dance,
and tomorrow Oamaru
couple Laurie and Avis
Tempero will celebrate 60
years of marriage.
Key to their success has
been respect and friendship,
Mr and Mrs Tempero say.
It was when Mr Tempero,
89, travelled from Oamaru to
the “ local hop” in Waimate,
Mrs Tempero’s hometown,
that romance blossomed.
“That ’s where everybody
went on a Saturday night.”
Standing at the back of
the hall, he spotted Mrs
Tempero (nee Thomas).
“I saw this attractive young
girl sitting there and asked
her for a dance.”
Mrs Tempero looked up.
“I said no. I was there with
my boyfriend. ”
Mr Tempero still went
up the next weekend to the
“He must have thought
it was worthwhile having
another go,” said Mrs
Tempero, 82, who worked
at Farmers and the Savoy
Tearooms in Waimate at the
In 1956, she moved to
Oamaru for work and met
up with Mr Tempero.
After dating for over a
year, they became engaged
and married in May 1957
at Waimate’s St Paul’s
After her marriage, she
worked at a retail store in
Oamaru selling lace, gloves
and stockings, before leaving
to raise the couple’s three
Mr Tempero worked his
way up from being “the lad”
at Robertson’s Hardware
to becoming the company
manager. He spent the
majority of his working life
with the firm.
Highlights of the couple’s
life together included
visiting one of their children
in Sydney and sur viving
discovered on both of their
faces in quick succession last
year and early this year. The
couple acted quickly and had
them cut out.
The Temperos spent
their entire married life
in Oamaru and said what
kept them there was the
town’s proximity to cities, its
shopping and community.
“It was a good place to
raise a family. ”
The one piece of advice
they agreed upon was that
every married couple starting
out should give each other
It was also important to be
supportive of each other and
have the occasional shared
The Temperos have three
grandchildren. They will
celebrate their wedding
anniversary in Oamaru with
friends and family.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Oamaru couple Laurie and Avis Tempero at home in their garden.
From dance to diamond wedding
Owners of a big Auckland residential
complex are facing a potential $32.8 million
bill to fix leaky, fire, roof, structural and even
methamphetamine issues — one of New
Zealand’s biggest repairs of its kind.
Peter Scott, body corporate chairman of the
Mountain View Apartments at 68 Mountain
Road at the foot of Mount Wellington, has
written to owners in the four-block estate,
about the huge bill.
That $32.8m could mean Mountain
View Apartments is one of the country’s
most expensive leaky buildings, second to
an estimated $40m repair on Victopia in
Auckland’s CBD opposite TVNZ.
Mountain View ’s bill comprises $26.3m
construction costs, $4.3m in GST, $1.4m
project management to Maynard Marks,
$200,000 to the owners’ representative the
Home O wners and Buyers Association,
$270,000 for Auckland Council and
insurance and $400,000 contingency fees,
owners were told in an update this month.
The Government ’s Financial Assistance
Package, which offers eligible home owners
a contribution towards repairing their leaky
homes, appears in the accounts at $7.8m —
the amount the taxpayers could be up for.
Paul McCormack, an owner of a Mountain
View apartment empty for around two years,
said he expected a bill closer to Victopia’s
“I can’t lease it out because it ’s uninhabitable,
it’s only partly fixed,’’ he said.
McCormack estimated he had lost about
$50,000 in rent and said he was being asked
to pay $300,000 in repairs. He bought the
unit in 2007 for $255,000. It is worth around
$500,000 to $520,000, he said.
Victopia is the high-rise on the corner of
Victoria Street and Nelson Street and is
yet to be fixed. O wners were told in body
corporate minutes that the total repair bill
“could approach $40 million’’.
Stuart Wilson of property and building
consultants Maynard Marks wrote to
owners in March to address issues “raised by
committee members and owners regarding
the level of increased cost of the remediation
Wilson cited “structural strengthening
works, new roof structure and cladding
along with extensive passive fire remedial
works’’ in block two although he said each
block had its own set of issues.
“Methamphetamine contamination was
identified in seven of the 30 apartments,’’
Wilson wrote of block four. Six of seven
units had been decontaminated by March
9, he said. Block four needs a new roof and
cladding, extensive fire protection measures
and was subject to the same issues as blocks
two and three, Wilson wrote.
Block one suffered from “inadequate
provision of structural bracing’’ as well as
roof and cladding issues. All internal walls
and ceilings had to be removed “to deal with
lack of passive fire compliance throughout ’’,
Wilson wrote. Significant electrical and
plumbing work was also needed.
Block three had a unique split-level roof
and internal guttering, pushing up costs
for those areas. Repairs were due to be
completed to that bock by November, “a
duration of 26 months on what is a more
complex and larger block than block two’’,
The property has a separate gym, estimated
to cost $1.4m to fix.
Wilson said Maynard Marks estimated
block one would cost $6.4m, block two
$6.69m, block three and block four $7.1m
Roger Levie of the Home Owners and
Buyers Association said an initial assessment
of the entire project as a weathertightness
repair job about four years ago showed that
it would cost $10m.
“But when work started on the first block,
all the buildings were found to be neither
fire compliant and they all had structural
issues so the scope of works increased
significantly,’’ he said.
“The $32.8m is an appropriate cost due to
the level of repair required. The question is:
had we known that cost before the project
commenced, would we have made different
decisions? We reviewed the demolition
option but repair would still have been the
most viable option,’’ he said.
— N Z M E-New Zealand Herald
$32.8m repair bill for leaky units
An independent review into why
Edgecumbe flooded will look at the entire
operation of the Rangitaiki River scheme,
the review panel’s head announced yesterday.
The review, which is expected to take
until late July, will be headed by former
deputy prime minister Sir Michael Cullen
and feature two technical experts — Kyle
Christensen, a water resources engineer, and
Charlie Price, a geotechnical engineer.
The review, set up by the Bay of Plenty
Regional Council, will look closely at the
breach of the Rangitaiki River in April, which
flooded much of the town of Edgecumbe.
“People understandably are looking for
answers,” Sir Michael said.
“Homes were flooded, property destroyed
and people have lost personal possessions.
“ We know that Tropical Cyclone Debbie
was a significant weather event and that
rivers were running at record levels.
“However, what we don’t know yet is how
this breach happened, and whether more
could have been done to prevent it.”
The review will also examine the council’s
flood management role before the flooding
and its response, and take an overall look at
the river’s design, engineering, maintenance
The community, local Maori and
landowners will be consulted, Sir Michael
said. — NZN
Edgecumbe stopbank failure review under way
Methamphetamine is not a substitute
to marijuana after a bad growing season
pushed up prices, according to Police
Minister Paula Bennett.
Anecdotally the police minister says she
has heard from police and fellow MPs
that a bad growing season in parts of New
Zealand drove up the cost of the drug and
made P more attractive.
Her advice is “don’t go near any of
them” but certainly don’t consider P an
“Can I just say to every New Zealander
that ’s thinking that, that actually a bit of a
toke on marijuana is incredibly different
than actually having a go at P which,
one hit and you are hooked and it takes
an average seven years to get off that
addictive substance,” she said.
“It’s not just soul destroying for the
individuals but we see families and so
many of our towns and cities that are
absolutely destroyed because one member
is going through the hideous addiction.”
Ms Bennett said she did not see legalising
cannabis so drug users would take it over
another drug was the solution to the
country’s methamphetamine problem.
Prime Minister Bill English said access
to methamphetamine was a problem,
regardless of whether it was easier or more
difficult to access than marijuana.
“It’s too easy to get meth,” he said.
“It’s too destructive and we need to be
very focused on disrupting that process
as much as we can.” He has stood by the
efforts in the so-called war on P launched
by his predecessor John Key last year,
saying the police were doing their best
and were getting better in their response.
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