Two months post 4 September, 7.1 magnitude Canterbury quake, I drove with Leah via Brooklands to Kaiapoi, about 20 km north of our Burnside, Christchurch home, to coolpix quake damages & repairs. Soon after the quake, Kaiapoi mayor complained that too many rubberneckers were visiting Kaiapoi. Thus Kaiapoi was cordoned off from the rest of the world for a while.
Those complaints were denials, causing censorship, which lost goodwill from those who could've helped, by increasing business custom & providing new business ideas for quake damaged areas.
Tear-jerking, Kaiapoi news: People glared at strangers, sobbed with self pity, slagged off "tourists" & moaned about sharing portaloos with neighbours, while waiting for Nanny State hand outs from EQC & insurers.
Two months post quake, Kaiapoi workmen had done many road repairs, some streets more zebra striped with new tar seal than pedestrian crossings. Streets still had portaloos & green summer grass grew in quake cracks, Gaia using liquefaction silt as new soil.
Downriver, huge quake cracks still broke up Raven Quay road beside Kaiapoi River, but CBD side of Raven Quay was graded with new soil, so a new public footpath could be made on top of the stop bank, replacing the quake damaged footpath.
As Courtenay Dr was near Kaiapoi River, Courtenay Stream & Courtenay Lake, it was badly damaged by liquefaction. Post quake Courtenay Dr had new tar seal in big patches, with driveways, curbs & drains still cracked & several badly damaged houses tape-cordoned & evacuated.
As we'd just driven from neglected Brooklands, it was obvious that Waimakariri District Council had done more post quake rebuilding at Kaiapoi than Christchurch City Council had done at Brooklands.
A sign in the middle of Courtenay Dr read:
Images, quake damaged Courtenay Dr, NCF Reserve, Raven Quay & Reay Pl:
12.11.10. Portaloo & road sign discouraging weekend rubberneckers, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake tilted lamp post, cnr Courtenay Dr & Charters St, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. NCF Reserve sign on liquefaction damaged Courtenay Dr cnr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Liquefaction damaged, concrete driveway & road, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Liquefaction damaged drain, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Liquefaction damaged drain, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Liquefaction cracked, concrete driveway & repaired road, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Post quake, DANGER RAW SEWAGE sign, NCF Reserve, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Liquefaction silt, NCF Reserve, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake crack near Courtenay Lake, NCF Reserve, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Liquefaction silt, NCF Reserve, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Grass growing over liquefaction silt, NCF Reserve, Kaiapoi
Two months post 04.09.10 quake, lots of liquefaction silt could still be seen at NCF Reserve. Grass overgrew the liquefaction silt. A sign by NCF Reserve read:
DANGER RAW SEWAGE
The stop bank over Courtenay Stream was being repaired, but there many deep quake cracks on the asphalt footpath beside Styx River. The cracks were due to lateral spreading on Kaiapoi River bank.
12.11.10. Repair to quake damaged, stop bank road over Courtenay Stream, Raven Quay, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake cracked road, Raven Quay, Kaiapoi. Cracks went for several 100 metres towards Kaiapoi CBD
12.11.10. Close up of quake cracked road, Raven Quay, Kaiapoi. Road slumped towards Kaiapoi River, due to lateral spreading
12.11.10. Quake cracked road slumping towards Kaiapoi River, Raven Quay, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Workman & quake cracks, Raven Quay, Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Liquefaction damaged roadside & concrete driveway, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake damaged house, cnr Courtenay Dr & Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
Kaiapoi houses showed typical quake trashing: loose chimneys, loose tiles, tilted houses sinking into liquefaction mud, cracked house walls, either vertical cracks, or zig-zag cracks, particularly top & bottom corners, due to shaking & twisting. Garden walls tilted & garage doors were wrenched at odd angles from garage walls. Doors were separated from door jambs at odd angles. Some houses were yellow stickered. Others were cordoned with orange or white danger tape.
Kaiapoi roads were cracked & buckled. Concrete curbs were spalled & snapped. Driveway concrete was cracked, huge slabs of concrete displaced several centimetres apart. Lamp poles & power poles were tilted at odd angles. Heavy steel drain covers were displaced at odd angles. Earthmoving vehicles repaired Raven Quay.
12.11.10. Quake damaged roof, Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake cracked house wall, Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake split, house walls, Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake tilted, gate post & house columns, Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake damaged doorway, Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
12.11.10 Quake damaged roof above front door, Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake tilted garage, Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake tilted, garage wall, Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake tilted, garden wall post, Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake tilted, garden wall, Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake snapped, concrete curb, Reay Pl, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Liquefaction damaged doorway & garages, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Yellow stickered, quake damaged doorway, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake twisted, house wall, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake cracked, house wall, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake split, house walls, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake cracked, house corner, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake damaged, house doorway & garage, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Close up of yellow stickered, quake damaged, house doorway & garage, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake cracked, concrete driveway, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Yellow stickered, quake damaged house, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
A sign on a Courtenay Dr, house door read:
NO UNAUTHORISED PERSONS
PERMITTED TO ENTER THIS SITE
ALL PERSONS ENTERING THIS SITE MUST:
1. COMPLY WITH THE HEALTH & SAFETY ACT 1992
2. REPORT TO THE SITE FOREMAN ON ARRIVAL
3. WEAR APPROPRIATE SAFETY CLOTHES & EQUIPMENT
Over the next few years, while post quake rebuild progressed, we'd see many demolition & construction WARNING signs.
12.11.10. WARNING DANGEROUS AREA sign on quake damaged, house door, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake split, house corner walls, Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi
Images, quake repaired Raven Quay:
12.11.10. Post quake, earth moving vehicles, Raven Quay, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Testing newly graded stop bank, before rebuild of tar sealed footpath, quake damaged Raven Quay, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake damaged Raven Quay view of Kaiapoi River & quake tilted Kaiapoi Visitors Centre
Images, quake damaged, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Kaiapoi River:
12.11.10. Quake tilted, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Coastguard bldg & MV Tuhoe ship, Kaiapoi River, seen from Raven Quay. Deb Donnell published the pic in her 2015 book, Christchurch, Keswin Publishing, Ltd
12.11.10. Quake tilted Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Kaiapoi River, seen from Raven Quay
Seen on Raven Quay, a Waimakariri District Council sign read:
REBUILDING THE STREETS OF KAIAPOI
The Waimakariri District Council is now moving from a response mode to a recovery mode. An Infrastructure Recovery Unit has been established to manage the recovery. Recovery areas are shown below. [Kaiapoi map - Kaiapoi West, Town Centre, Kaiapoi East, Kaiapoi South].
The unit is made up of teams that are working on the recovery of water and sewer services and also your streets.
THE STREETSCAPE TEAM
Rebuild your damaged streets as soon as possible! These include older areas of Kaiapoi (East and West) and Pines Beach / Kairaki.
The Streetscape Team wants to hear your views and discuss ideas before any plans are prepared. The team is inviting you to a series of Street Ideas BBQs and Town Centre Project Open Days. Any street issues or design ideas for the more modern area of Kaiapoi South can be discussed with the Streetscape Team at any of these events.
Visit www... to submit your details and receive regular updates via email on what's happening in your area...
12.11.10. REBUILDING THE STREETS OF KAIAPOI sign, post quake Raven Quay, Kaiapoi
Images, quake damaged Williams St:
12.11.10. Quake trashed, Blackwells Department Store, Williams St, Kaiapoi
Blackwells Department store was quake trashed & plastic road barrier cordoned, roof partly ripped off, exposing trusses, side wall collapsed, ground floor windows boarded.
12.11.10. Close up of quake trashed Blackwells, Williams St, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Williams St view of quake damaged Blackwells, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Close up, Williams St view of quake damaged Blackwells, Kaiapoi
Images, quake damaged, Mandeville Bridge, Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Williams St Bridge view of quake damaged, Mandeville Bridge, Kaiapoi River
Madeville Bridge over Kaiapoi River was quake buckled & fence cordoned on both river banks.
12.11.10. Post quake KAIAPOI LOOKING FORWARD sign, Williams St, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake damaged, Mandeville Bridge, Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Close up of quake buckled, Mandeville Bridge, Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Quake damaged, Mandeville Bridge over Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Quake buckled, Mandeville Bridge over Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Close up of quake buckled, Mandeville Bridge over Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Fence stopping use of quake damaged, Mandeville Bridge, Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Mandeville Bridge sign, Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Raven Quay view of quake damaged, Mandeville Bridge, Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Close up of quake damaged, Mandeville Bridge, Kaiapoi River
Images, quake damaged, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, & Kaiapoi Coastguard, Kaiapoi River:
12.11.10. Quake tilted, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre. Concrete secured cables & new concrete foundation stopped the bldg sliding further into Kaiapoi River
Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, an old railway station besides Kaiapoi River, was quake tilted southwards & was secured by means of new, steel cables & new concrete piles on the west side of the bldg. A new concrete foundation on the south side, dated 11.9.10, stopped further slippage of the bldg into Kaiapoi River. On the north side, a deep crack, about 30 cm wide, was where the bldg pulled away from the old railway platform. The crack was wide enough for Leah to sit & place her legs in the crack.
A red sticker, dated 05.09.10, already faded pink, attached to Kaiapoi Visitors Centre door, read:
DO NOT ENTER OR OCCUPY
THIS PLACARD IS NOT A DEMOLITION ORDER
This building has been seriously damaged and is unsafe. Do not enter. Entry may result in death or injury. The damage observed from external inspection is described below:
"Building on a lean has moved southwards."
Entry only with specific authorisation from Territorial Authority acting under the authority of the Civil Defence Emergency Controller...
I'd already seen many red stickers on Christchurch bldgs. They were confusing, as they just indicated quick external inspections, were too small to read at a distance & were often ignored.
Kaiapoi Coastguard bldg, next to Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, was also tilted. Concrete paving beside Kaiapoi Coastguard was cracked. At the northeast corner, a deep quake hole, with conked in concrete paving.
12.11.10. Quake tilted window, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Post quake, concrete foundation, 11.09.10, stopping Kaiapoi Visitors Centre sliding further into Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Leg in quake cracked concrete, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Kaiapoi River. MV Tuhoe ship behind
12.11.10. Quake tilted, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Quake tilted, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Kaiapoi River
12.11.10. Quake cracked concrete, Kaiapoi Coastguard, Charles St.
12.11.10. Quake cracks by quake tilted, Kaiapoi Coastguard, Charles St. Quake hole between concrete slabs & bldg
12.11.10. Quake tilted, Kaiapoi Coastguard, Charles St
12.11.10. Quake tilted, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Charles St. Gap between concrete platform & bldg
12.11.10. Mind the gap, tilted Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Charles St
12.11.10. "Building on a lean and has moved southwards." Faded red sticker, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Charles St
12.11.10. Quake damaged roof, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Charles St
12.11.10. Quake tilted, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, Charles St
12.11.10. Quake tilted, Kaiapoi Visitors Centre view of quake tilted poles, Charles St
Images, quake damaged Tom Ayers Dr, Jones St, Charles St & Askeaton Dr:
12.11.10. Quake damaged, Tom Ayers Dr, quake tilted lamp post & Kaiapoi Visitors Centre
12.11.10. Post quake portaloos, quake buckled curbs & road repairs, Jones St, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Quake cracked, concrete curb, Charles St, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Charles St drain, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Repaired road, liquefaction silt & quake snapped concrete curb, Charles St, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Liquefaction silt & quake snapped curb, Charles St, Kaiapoi
12.11.10. Ducks in Steam by quake damaged, driveway bridge, Askeaton Dr, Kaiapoi
Three months post Sept 4 quake, NZ's Governor General followed my footsteps & rubbernecked Kaiapoi, Pines Beach & Kairaki Beach, reported in The Press, while EQC boasted about "225 loss adjusters and estimators plus support staff working in Canterbury over the Christmas and New Year period... Call Centres will remain staffed 24 hours a day and seven days a week right through the period. Payments and other EQC staff will be working through as well."
EQC Claims summary
"The claims we received by 6 December deadline for the 4 September earthquake was 160 641. [Different from the 190 000 figure EQC spouted to parliament questioners a week or so ago]. This was made up of 157 071 claims for the main quake, 1 178 for the 19 October aftershock and 1 792 for the 14 November aftershock.
The two aftershocks were of a magnitude that allowed us to treat them as new events i.e. separate earthquakes. The explanation for this is quite technical. It has to do with size, intensity and depth, and a perception they are likely to generate further damage. [Gobbledegook. EQC was worried their too soon December 6 deadline couldn't accommodate aftershocks claims properly].
Since then the claim numbers for the aftershocks has grown to 2 010 and 1 879 respectively... The deadlines for lodging claims from 19 October and 14 November aftershocks are three months from those dates..."
EQC Claims settlement status
"Monday 6 Dec: Fieldwork in progress 20 724; Fieldwork complete 17 112; Claims complete 16 687; Fieldwork not started 105 292.
Friday 17 Dec: Fieldwork in progress 23 668; Fieldwork complete 19 330; Claims complete 22 666; Fieldwork not started 95 472.
Claims at 17 December
Christchurch 126 238
Waimakariri 11 962
Selwyn 11 792
Timaru 4 154
Ashburton 3 602
Other 3 383
Total 161 131" (The Press).
EQC's own Dec 17 fieldwork & claims figures didn't quite tally with their own Total - 5 out. According to EQC's fantastic figures, 3.5 months post quake, EQC had only settled 14% of claims.
EQC had dithered over claims for 3.5 months. Pity EQC didn't settle claims quickly, instead of boasting how hard staff would work over the festive season. I bet all those staff were paid extra holiday rates at taxpayers' expense.
Coda: Post 22.02.11 & 13.06.11 quakes, the Press 19.08.11 reported that on 18.08.11, nearly a year post Sept 4 quake, NZ govt & CERA got its compensation act together: "940 orange zone homes in the district including 840 in Kaiapoi and 80 in Pines Beach are placed into the red zone, with another 220 reclassified green."
Red zone homes were on quake damaged ground too expensive to repair & home owners must evacuate their homes & negotiate with the govt & / or insurers for compensation. Kaiapoi red zone included long lengths of Courtenay Dr & Charles St.
The Press quoted Earthquake Recovery minister Brownlee: "The overall drop for the area is round about the height of an A4 piece of paper."
Sept 2015. MV Tuhoe ran aground on the Waimakariri River mouth bar after repairs at Lyttelton. MV Tuhoe was broken up for salvage.
Mark: I looked at quake damaged Kaiapoi & Brooklands yesterday. Portaloos everywhere. Why anyone builds houses on sand, almost surrounded by water like at Brooklands ghost town, is beyond me?
Kaiapoi livelier: Liquefaction damaged Courtenay Dr & Charles St were cleaned up & repaired. Kaiapoi Visitors Centre, red stickered, closed, had tilted & moved about 1 foot southwards in the quake. November 13 at 2.11 am.
Jonathan (RSA): I trust you were nowhere near that? November 13 at 2.17 am.
Mark: I saw it 2 months afterwards Jonathan when things had calmed down. On Saturday 11 September someone put a concrete foundation behind the Visitors Centre to stop it sliding into the Kaiapoi River. November 13 at 2.46 am.
Mark: Woken up this morn, 1.34 am, Sun 14 Nov by a big aftershock, mag 4.7, depth 7 km, 20 km west of Chch (Geonet). As I was lying on our lounge carpet, after house shaking, creaking & jolting, I felt it in my bones, a buzzing in my hip joint, like a distant buzz saw for a while, until I got up irritated. No wonder farm animals are spooked by quakes. November 14 at 8.43 am.
Louise (RSA): I can't believe you are STILL having aftershocks, been going on for some time now! November 14 at 9.13 am.
Mark: Louise 2 months+ the gods are crazy, any hubris is knocked the hell out. Said to Leah, "Few aftershocks lately," then WHAM! On a giant juggler's plate, spinning on a stick & slow-mo wobbling, round & wobbly round. November 14 at 9.50 am.
Sheila (RSA): You going to remain there Mark? Really a challenge hey? Thanks for keeping us in the loop. November 14 at 6.53 pm.
Mark: Pointless moving thanks Sheila. Rest of NZ is in the same boat. (Maori call South Island a "waka" - canoe). A bigger aftershock 4.9 mag, depth 9 km, 7.21 pm last night Sunday, 20 km SW of Chch (Geonet).
Challenging as we've had to adapt to quakes: startling but we've got used to them. We discuss aftershocks: "Was that bigger, smaller than the last one?" Hopefully things will settle soon. November 15 at 8.47 pm.
Janet (NZ): And Christchurch has lots of other good qualities worth staying for. November 15 at 3.00 pm.
Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.
See MV Tuhoe salvage after running aground on Waimakariri River mouth bar (The Press / Stuff Co).