I must say upfront that this is probably a very misleading title. Basically, it has nothing to do with my house specifically. It has more to do with my friend, who is an interior designer, and whose encounter with his client (who happens to be another friend of mine) that leaves me wondering if anyone should hire one in the first place.
As it turns out, the client contracted the interior designer to do up his 5-room apartment in Holland Road. It was to be a Mediterranean concept. Due to a series of events beyond the designer’s control, the original kind of terra cotta tiles were not delivered. In fact, the importer could not give a specific date on when the specific tile design will be made available. The client was understandably upset, for out of the scores of designs, he only liked that one. Although the designer offered to provide alternatives to the original design, the client is not willing to negotiate. The matter ended in stalemate: the client is not willing to proceed with other tiles, the designer could not provide the original tiles as ordered. Needless to say, there was significant delays. The client then proceeded to cancel the project and refuses to pay up the balance milestone payment that was due. The designer tried his best to explain and get the milestone payment but to no avail.
I was brought in, unfortunately, to mitigate the situation. I am friends of both and risked being enemies of both too. After much anxiety on my part and with lots of persuasion, the 2 parties finally decided to cancel the project but that any outstanding amount of money for costs incurred by the designer would be paid.
There’s a lesson to be learned here. That if an interior designer is to enter into contract with anyone, he would do well to put in some disclaimer clauses. In particular, he should not be held liable for any inadequacies of third parties, such as the tile importer. Otherwise, he would be opened to endless squabbles and perhaps even more seriously, lawsuits. On the other hand, clients should also be reasonable. In this instance, I was at least glad that matter did get resolve, although not that amicably.
According to Geonet the quake occurred at 7am, Feb 3, 2012, 40.18°S, 173.54°E, 200 km deep around the South Taranaki Bight region.
“What a thump!”, says John Watson.
An earthquake at the same time as my alarm went off. Good morning, Wellington!
Felt that: thought it was the wind rattling the windows. No wind outside. 7yo reports toys falling over upstairs
Apparently there were no reports of damage.
Good morning….New Zealand!
About 15 minutes ago, a strong quake measuring 5.7 magnitude was felt across the top half of the south island and the Wellington region. If you have felt the quake, please share it here.
Just tried accessing Youtube at 1700hrs GMT and there’s nothing on the page. This is what I saw:
500 Internal Server Error
Sorry, something went wrong.
A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.
If you see them, show them this information:
Latest Info On Christchurch Motels Accommodation Status After the Feb 22 Earthquake- UPDATED 7th March 2011
There seemed to be a dearth of information on the operational status of motels in Christchurch. As I understand from a few of the motel owners, there has been many cancellations – and understandably so. Still, the people in Christchurch needs to get back on their feet and I hope I could contribute in a little way towards it’s economy by providing the information below. Besides, travellers to Christchurch may also benefit too. I have written to most of the accommodation providers in Christchurch and I will post their operational status as they respond to me. Please tell others about this page and if you have any further information to add, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I love New Zealand and I visit the country every year. I am due to arrive in Christchurch on March 22, 2011. I was shell-shocked by the news of the Feb 22nd earthquake that hit Christchurch. It had barely recovered from the first one that hit on Sep 4, 2010. I was in the first one and it was distressing enough. They always said that there will be a big one but nobody expected this. At least not 5 months later. I have no wish to carry any picture in this post. There are enough on the Internet.
Honestly, I don’t know how I can be useful. In whatever little way, I will post whatever helpful links I can find and add to this post. (disclaimer: use this info at your own risk. I bear no responsibility of the accuracy of the info provided). If you have any additional information that you would like to contribute here, please email me at: email@example.com.
For motels and accommodation that are fully operational, please check out my post on Christchurch Accommodation
Canterbury Earthquake – By Environment Canterbury
Tourism New Zealand – News for Travellers
Stuff.co.nz – NZ News
NZ Herald – NZ News
TV NZ – Live Updates
Hotels Update – Flyertalk
Hotels Status – Flyertalk
Christchurch Quake Support – Facebook
Christchurch Earthquake People Finder – Google
Petrol Stations Status – AA
Christchurch Road Conditions – AA Roadwatch
Christchurch Quake Map Since Sep 4, 2010 – Paul Nicholls of University of Canterbury’s Digital Media Group
Canterbury Quake Live – GeoNet
Christchurch Recovery Map
Supermarkets and Stores – status of supermarkets and stores
I reckon people will want to know which accommodations are open. I do not have ready access to much information at this moment. But if you are a proprietor or you are aware of accommodations, be it motels, hotels, BB or Backpackers, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre Point at Colombo
Appended here a link to BBH’s website for the latest info on the operational status of Christchurch backpackers: www.bbh.co.nz
That’s all I have for now.