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Pegasus Post: January 24, 2017

Pegasus Post: January 24,

FREE TUESDAY JANUARY 24 2017 Pegasus “We have lost a lot of good friends but we still have a close community” Your friendly local Pharmacy Robyn Thew 379 7100 Post Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group • Prescriptions • Medico Packs • Health Advice • Gifts • Dry Cleaning • Passport/ID photos HEALTH ADVICE MEDICINES Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Thurs 9am-6pm 11 Parnwell Street. Ph 383 4814 PRESCRIPTIONS FREE LOCAL DELIVERY BURWOOD / AVONDALE Linwood, Avonside, Richmond, Shirley, Burwood, Dallington, Wainoni, Bromley, Aranui, Avondale, Bexley, New Brighton, Northshore, Queenspark, Parklands, South Brighton PASSPORT/ID PHOTOS Tsunami plan starts but residents’ groups split DRY CLEANING SERVICES COSMETICS QUIT SMOKING GREAT RANGE OF GIFTS • By Gabrielle Stuart TWO MONTHS after the failed tsunami evacuation, work is beginning on a plan for South Brighton residents which could help them get out faster. Civil Defence and Te Waka Aroha South Brighton are working together on a community evacuation plan, which would cover things like evacuation routes and organise help for vulnerable residents. They plan to hold a community meeting in several weeks to discuss the proposal. But other residents’ groups in New Brighton, North New Brighton and Waimairi have yet to be contacted by Civil Defence. And the Pegasus Post can reveal confusion between groups in the South Brighton area has meant other work developing community plans has stalled. The South Brighton Residents’ Association has been working with the South Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club to co-ordinate a network of volunteers to help in an emergency, and has also been distributing information to residents in the area. But that work has been put on hold because they did not have information from Civil Defence. City council Civil Defence UNDER WAY: A plan for improving the tsunami evacuation process in South Brighton is under way, but residents in other areas along the Brighton coast are still waiting. head Alicia Palmer said she had not received any messages directly from the residents’ association. “Our understanding is that Te Waka Aroha South Brighton and the Southshore Residents Association are working closely together,” she said. But South Brighton Residents’ Association chairman Hugo Kristinsson said that was not the case. Te Waka Aroha South Brighton founder Jane Harrison was a former member of the residents’ group, but he said there had been very little communication between the groups since she left three years ago. “I cannot understand why she is actually getting involved with this, because she specifically said she doesn’t want to get involved with any earthquake issues,” he said. Hugo Kristinsson Jane Harrison PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN He said tsunami response information should come from the association, to avoid confusion and mixed messages. But Ms Harrison said she was happy to work with the residents’ association and share information she received from Civil Defence. She said they planned to focus on different aspects of an evacuation plan, co-ordinating community meetings and working with individuals, while the residents’ association focused on distributing information. Mr Kristinsson said he believed that would still create confusion. In other areas around Brighton, other groups are also still waiting for information. New Brighton resident Susie Bragg said she planned to hold a residents’ meeting more than a month ago to discuss the failed evacuation and how to improve it. But that meeting had to be cancelled, because she couldn’t get information from Civil Defence staff at the city council. “We couldn’t get answers from council, and if we didn’t have that information there wasn’t any point,” she said. She plans to co-ordinate with Te Waka Aroha South Brighton to use the information they get from Civil Defence. Poto WILLIAMS MP for Christchurch East For information and advice: P 03 382 0288 E poto.williams.mp@parliament.govt.nz Electorate office: 133 Brighton Mall PO Box 18898 New Brighton 8641 Office Hours Monday - Friday 9:30 - 3:00pm Authorised by Poto Williams, Parliament Buildings, Wellington BLINDS...Cleaned, Repaired & Restored... Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our re-oiling service. Rejuvenate your lacquered CEDAR BLINDS High-tech Cleaning We clean and repair all types of blinds – Venetians, Cedar, Verticals, Roller, Hollands, Romans and Pleated – with environmentally friendly cleaning products. 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