Monday, December 27, 2010

Boxing Day Aftershocks

Still celebrating Christmas we were awake early Boxing Day morn at 2.07 am when the 4.2 magnitude aftershock jolted & shook our Heath St, Burnside house. Worse would come.

We'd experienced thousands of aftershocks since the Sept 4, magnitude 7.1, Christchurch quake. Frequency & magnitude of aftershocks had reduced over the last few weeks, but the Boxing Day quake reminded us brutally there were more quakes to come.

The Boxing Day quake was caused by the "new" CBD Fault running under Christchurch CBD, damaging Cashel Mall. When quakes roared, NZ seismologists & NZ National govt jumped. We'd already endured a state of emergency post 04.09.10 quake & the Boxing Day quake was a warning to authorities that aftershocks could cause deaths. Authorities hardly heeded the warning.

Unstable bldgs, damaged in the Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day quake, would stand around for months, some steel mesh cordoned, some not. Heritage fanatics still wanted to save lethal, old bldgs. Their smug complacency more stunning than quakes. Mayor Parker still jabbered about Cantabrians' "resilience." Authorities boasted about no one dying in the quakes. As if NZ engineering, building codes had saved lives. So far. But quakes didn't listen to humans, nor obey bldg codes.

4 images, Gardiners Rd:


27.12.10. Two quake damaged houses, Gardiners Rd, Bishopdale

26.12.10. According to GeoNet there followed more aftershocks 3.8, 3.7, 2.7, 3.8 during Boxing Day morn till a 4.9 mag aftershock again jolted & shook our wooden, rental house at 10.30 am. My computer wobbled, my computer seat shook, jiggling me. Pot plant leaves waved. I rushed into our bedroom & saw Leah gripping our bed for dear life, till shaking stopped.


27.12.10. Board repaired, quake damaged, house wall, Gardiners Rd, Bishopdale

During the Sept 4 quake, months of aftershocks & Boxing Day aftershocks, we'd had no breakages & although our kitchen cupboard doors were flung open by the Sept 4 quake, no crockery nor glassware was broken.

Nearby friend, Greers Rd: Sept 4 quake - no house damage. Boxing Day aftershocks - cracked concrete fringe wall around house piles below the house (our house had a quake-flexible, wooden plank fringe); cracked concrete paths around the house, paths were separated from the house. I saw that concrete path damage all over Christchurch. Post quakes, there would be lots of ripped up & removed concrete paths, new shingle mulch, new flower beds, garden cracks filled in & re-grassed, disguising quake damage to potential house buyers.


27.12.10. Quake damaged house & liquefaction sand pile, Gardiners Rd, Bishopdale

Christchurch CBD was again cordoned by CD & cops during Boxing Day for bldg inspections, while we continued our Boxing Day merriment. I picked up Jake & girlfriend from their Waltham Rd flat. Quake damaged bldgs nearby were still as they'd been on Sept 4, rubble lying below bldgs after parapet damages & tape cordoned. The Waltham Rd cordon caused traffic to weave round the cordon. At Burnside, Jake cooked us a green mussel meal which we had for Boxing Day lunch.


27.12.10. Close up, quake cracked, house wall & liquefaction sand by front door, Gardiners Rd, Bishopdale

We shopped at Riccarton Westfield mall, the busiest I'd seen in 15 years. Thousands of mall shoppers weren't put off Boxing Day deals at Westfield, despite whinging by CBD retailers how tough it was to trade after the recession & Christchurch Sept 4 quake. CBD retailers whining about tough trading conditions, hoping for NZ National govt & Council handouts, weren't doing enough to clean up their own mess: rubble by broken bldgs & cordons blocking traffic. Slow inspections, assessments & settlements by EQC & insurers didn't help matters. I suspected the loudest moaners hadn't quake-proofed their old brick / stone bldgs enough before the Sept 4 quake. There were many old brick / stone bldgs in Christchurch with strong quake-proofing which had withstood the Sept 4 quake & aftershocks well. Blame victims I know, but too much self pity & inertia would cause more devastation in quakes to come.

11 images, Lichfield St, Barbadoes St:


27.12.10. Tatty tarps on quake damaged bldg, Lichfield St, 4 months post quake

31C humid afternoon, 2 quake damaged houses, Gardiners Rd: 1 front wall boarded from roof to foundations. Next house, cnr wall cracked & boarded. Grey liquefaction mud heap roadside.

Lichfield St: Business, single storey bldg - green & blue tarps covering a quake peeled, brick wall. Post Sept 4 quake, colourful tarps on quake damaged bldgs were no longer a novelty, as plastic tarps looked faded & tatty after 4 months' sun and winds. Inert EQC assessors & insurers needed a hard look at the results of their money grasping delays. Would they like to live in the mess below tatty tarps, with boards instead of windows & walls, amidst rubble heaps & cordons?

For at least 3 years in post quake Christchurch, I smelt noxious sewage during my wanderings. Pre quake Council had habitually pumped sewage into rivers. That unclean, ungreen habit backfired post quakes, as broken water & sewage pipes leaked into Heathcote River & Avon River.


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damage to brick Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. The serial quake damaged Convent stood for many months, only demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Close up, Boxing Day aftershocks damage to brick Community of the Sacred Name, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. The Convent was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Close up, Boxing Day aftershocks damage to brick Community of the Sacred Name & fence, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. The Convent was demolished post 13.06.11 quake

Returning to Jake's flat I drove down Barbadoes St: Old, brick, double storey, Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, had been Sept 4 quake damaged, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. It was more damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks. Steel fence cordoned. Bricks had fallen off a gable, damaging a lower roof. More bricks had peeled off an upper wall above gable windows, crunching a steel fence, littering the pavement with rubble.

The old, brick Convent would only be demolished post 13.06.11 quake. Why did authorities take so long to demolish?


27.12.10. Serial quake damaged, brick, Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St. The Convent was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Close up, quake damaged, Community of the Sacred Name, cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St. The Convent was demolished post 13.06.11 quake

Cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St: Diagonally opp Community of the Sacred Name Convent, a NZ Response Team bloke escorted a bldg inspector, externally checking a Burgundy painted, single storey, brick Dojo, next to a double storey, green / grey painted, brick bldg, next to steel mesh cordoned rubble. The green / grey bldg would soon be demolished.

NZRT weren't visible post 04.09.10 quake, due to a hotchpotch of uniforms & Hi Vis vests, but were more obvious post Boxing Day quake with red overalls & orange helmet. Rapid bldg inspections of bldg exteriors, for red, yellow or green stickering, were done by engineer bldg inspectors, escorted by NZRT blokes. Later on inspections were made inside bldgs. Rapid external assessments of bldgs caused confusion about bldg safety. Although trained in search & rescue, NZRT were CD dogsbodies, doing mainly search & escort duties. The 22.02.11 quake would prove there was little CD management coordination amongst cops, fire service, USAR / TF & NZRT.



27.12.10. Quake demolished bldg, Boxing Day aftershocks, yellow, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspector, escorted by red overalled NZRT bloke, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. Green / grey bldg was demolished after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Quake damaged bldgs, Boxing Day aftershocks bldg inspectors, Barbadoes St. Green / Grey bldg was demolished after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks yellow, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspector, escorted by red overalled NZRT bloke, inspecting quake damaged Barbadoes St bldg. Green / Grey bldg was demolished after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Quake damaged, closed window, Barbadoes St. The bldg was demolished post Boxing Day quakes


27.12.10. Quake damaged, open window, Barbadoes St. The bldg was demolished after Boxing Day aftershocks

GeoNet recorded more Boxing Day aftershocks: 3.6, 3.5, 2.9, 3.7, 2.9, 3.7, 3.1, 3.0, 3.2, 3.0, 3.5, then another big mover & shaker 4.4 at 0.10 am, 27.12.10, followed by 3.0 at 2.01 am, in all 18 aftershocks during 24 hours over Boxing Day. The Press reported more than 20 aftershocks that day. Take your pick. We rode them all.

4 images, Madras St:


27.12.10. Undamaged, quake reinforced bldg, opp quake damaged Nurse Maude bldg, shipping container cordon, cnr Madras St / Tuam St. The bldgs were demolished post 22.02.11 quakes


27.12.10. Cordoned, quake damaged Nurse Maude bldg, Madras St. Nurse Maude was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, apex car rentals, Madras St. Apex car rentals was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, brick parapet, apex car rentals, Madras St. Apex car rental was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Madras St: Double storey, Apex Car Rental, parapet bricks on pavement; orange, plastic, road cone, steel mesh cordoned. Other unstable bldgs, steel mesh cordoned. Some, like Nurse Maude, double storey, brick bldg had double layers of shipping containers protecting traffic from falling debris post Sept 4 quake.

2 images, Lichfield St:


27.12.10. Car tow below serial, quake damaged bldg, Lichfield St. The bldgs were demolished post 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, brick parapets, Lichfield St lane. Most Lichfield Lanes bldgs were demolished post 2011 quakes

Cnr Lichfield St / Poplar St: Where a car had been crushed by top storey, falling bricks, during the Sept 4 quake, I watched a glaring cop & tow vehicle operator remove another car parked below a 4 storey, brick, Lichfield St bldg. Since the sept 4 quake, the bldg owner just had a steel mesh cordon on the pavement, obstructing foot traffic. That laissez faire attitude would be fatal in the next big quake, as bldgs had become more & more unstable during interim aftershocks.

A Lichfield St Lane: Brick rubble fallen from parapets of a 2 storey & a 3 storey, opp brick bldg; lane red, plastic, DANGER KEEP OUT taped, steel mesh cordoned.

4 images, Cathedral Sq:


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, orange, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspector escorted by red overalled NZRT bloke, cnr Cathedral Sq / Colombo St. Bldg was demolished post 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, cordoned X Base, Cathedral Sq. X Base was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, red sticker, The Press, Cathedral Sq. The Press bldg was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished

SW cnr Cathedral Sq: Already cracked parapet above Southern Encounters bldg, looked wobbly. Soon strengthened with wooden boards. Southern Encounters bldg would be demolished post 22.02.11 quake.

NE cnr Cathedral Sq: Busy, people sunning themselves, shopping & quaffing at pavement cafes watching passersby. New rubble fallen off steel mesh cordoned, X Base backpackers, which would be demolished post 22.02.11 quake. A NZRT bloke in red overalls, escorted a bldg inspector up Colombo St. The Press main door, red stickered, wording too small to read unless close up:

DO NOT APPROACH OR ENTER THIS BUILDING

THIS BUILDING IS A DANGEROUS BUILDING...

USING OR OCCUPYING THIS BUILDING IS AN OFFENCE...

Despite the Boxing Day quake, red sticker, The Press bldg would be occupied during the 22.02.11 quake, an employee killed there during the Feb 22 quake.

Who made the halfwit decision to occupy The Press bldg, after red sticker taboo & 5 months of aftershock warnings? The Press bldg would be demolished post 22.02.11 quake.


27.12.10. Bus tourists, Cathedral Junction, cnr Cathedral Sq / Worcester St

8 images, Cashel Mall, Colombo St:


27.12.10. Uncordoned Cashel Mall towards High St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Westpac bldg held up well during the 22.02.11 quake, but was serial, quake damaged & demolished. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes


27.12.10. The Crossing, cnr Cashel Mall / Colombo St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. The air bridge & these bldgs, Ballantynes right, survived the 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Colombo St & cordoned Cashel Mall, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Cashel Mall was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake. Ballantynes left & Pagoda Court right survived the 2011 quakes. Cop car & cop in yellow, Hi Vis vest guarded the cordon


27.12.10. Colombo St & cop cordoned Cashel Mall, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Ballantynes left & Pagoda Court right survived the 2011 quakes. Cop car & cop in yellow, Hi Vis vest guarded the cordon


27.12.10. Cop in yellow, Hi Vis vest directing pedestrians, cordoned Cashel Mall, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Ballantynes behind survived the 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Rubberneckers at yellow, Hi Vis vested, cop cordoned Cashel Mall, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Ballantynes behind survived the 2011 quakes

Colombo St, High St: Busy with traffic, holiday crowds & shoppers. Uncordoned approach to Manchester Courts up Hereford St quiet.

The Crossing, Colombo St / Cashel St: Cashel Mall busy towards High St. The other side of The Crossing, by closed Ballantynes, steel mesh cordoned, guarded by cop & cop car. Citizens banned from Cashel Mall. Several bldgs damaged. A red overalled, NZRT bloke escorted an orange, Hi Vis vested bldg inspector past Ballantynes. Steel mesh cordoned CBD was crawling with cops, red overalled NZRT blokes, bldg inspectors.

Having already endured 4 months of quakes, rubberneckers ignored dangers of hazardous, unstable, CBD bldgs. Post 04.09.10 quake, that complacency was condoned by mayor Parker & the media, jabbering about Cantabrians' "resilience".


27.12.10. Colombo St N view, The Crossing & Boxing Day aftershocks, steel mesh cordon, Cashel Mall. Pagoda Court left survived the 2011 quakes, was abandoned for years & demolished in 2018


27.12.10. Shoppers & orange, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspector, escorted by red overalled NZRT bloke, steel mesh cordoned Ballantynes, Colombo St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Ballantynes survived the 2011 quakes

Tuam St: I watched a bloke climb a ladder on a roof to check a chimney.

2 images, Tuam St, Moorhouse Ave:


27.12.10. Man checking chimney, Tuam St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


27.12.10. Shuttle bus stop, Moorhouse Ave, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Old station clock tower, post quake wood braced against aftershocks. The old station clock tower was damaged by the 22.02.11 quake, despite deep foundations to counter train vibrations. The old station was demolished

I rode the free, yellow Shuttle bus along Moorhouse Ave, past the old station with its clock tower wood-bandaged against aftershocks. The Shuttle went along Madras St past bldgs I'd already coolpixed, so I hopped off near Manchester Courts to coolpix demolition there. After 2 months of "demolition debate" demolition had proceeded on Manchester Courts: Yellow, Southern Demolition digger parked behind a blue container & steel mesh cordon. Post Sept 4 quake, businesses around Manchester Courts were in terminal decline. Manchester Courts & several businesses steel mesh cordoned, razor wire on top. A NZRT bloke escorted a female, orange, Hi Vis vested bldg inspector past Manchester Courts, a 5 storey mound of demolition rubble, top stairs, going nowhere, silhouetted against blue sky. Another red overalled NZRT bloke escorted an orange, Hi Vis vested inspector to abandoned Rockshop behind the steel mesh cordon. Cars weaved past steel mesh fences. I would give permission to an Auckland Uni student to publish some of my Manchester Courts pic in his Phd dissertation.

9 images, Manchester St, Colombo St:


27.12.10. Day after Boxing Day aftershocks, orange, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspector, escorted by NZRT bloke, post quake demolished, Manchester Courts, Manchester St





27.12.10. Rubberneckers, post quake demolished, Manchester Courts, Manchester St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, razor wire cordon, post quake demolished, Manchester Courts, Manchester St


27.12.10. Steps going nowhere above post quake demolished, Manchester Courts, Manchester St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Day after Boxing Day aftershocks, orange, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspector, escorted by NZRT bloke, by Rockshop & Manchester Courts cordon, Manchester St. Post 22.02.11 quake, Rockshop relocated to Hornby


27.12.10. Steps going nowhere above 5 storey, quake demolition mound, Manchester Courts, Manchester St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. The left bldg was demolished post 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Close up, 5 storey demolition mound, Manchester Courts, Manchester St, day after Boxing day aftershocks. The bldg behind was demolished post 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Shuttle bus stop, The Crossing, cnr Colombo St / cordoned Cashel Mall, day after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged Winnie Bagoes, Colombo St, Victoria Sq. Winnie Bagoes was demolished post 22.02.11 quake.

I hopped on the Shuttle bus again going past Victoria St casino. I coolpixed Winnie Bagoes by Victoria Sq. Bad luck for Winnie Bagoes, as the business had been damaged by the Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks too. It was my last Shuttle bus trip in Christchurch CBD, as the 22.02.11 quake would stop Shuttle buses forever.

I walked to the Roman Catholic, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Barbadoes St, to coolpix damage there. Next door, Music Centre of Christchurch had been damaged by the Sept 4 quake & trashed by the Boxing Day quake. It would be demolished post 13.06.11 quake. While I coolpixed the Music Centre, a man entered the bldg, ignoring the Council red sticker on the front door & took his time collecting books & files inside. The red sticker read:

DO NOT APPROACH OR ENTER THIS BUILDING

THIS BUILDING IS A DANGEROUS BUILDING UNDER SECTIONS 121 AND 124 OF THE BUILDING ACT 2004

USING OR OCCUPYING THIS BUILDING IS AN OFFENCE PURSUANT TO S128 OF THE BUILDING ACT 2004

Contact the Christchurch City Council Building Recovery Office for approval of any proposed action to remedy the danger...

So much for red stickering, as I'd seen different Council red stickers, with different wording, on other quake damaged bldgs, all over Christchurch over the last 5 months. Council red stickers differed from private, engineering firm stickers, which caused confusion. In future, Council would prove to be lethargic regarding bldg inquiries & consenting.

13 images, Barbadoes St:


27.12.10. Quake damaged, Roman Catholic, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Barbadoes St. Unstable domed towers & cathedral structure. Twin towers collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. The RC Cathedral was part demolished post 13.06.11 quake. Transept walls & remaining facade were braced by layered shipping containers


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, Music Centre of Christchurch facade, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks toppled scaffolding & debris, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, back gable, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, back gable, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. Catholic Cathedral dome behind. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, back gables, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Nor'wester flapping, plastic covers on Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, back gable, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake

Music Centre of Christchurch, next to RC Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Barbadoes St: Steel scaffolding toppled. More damages to brick gables, rubble littering car parks & gardens, front & back of the brick / stone bldg. A mess. Nor'westers had flattened steel mesh cordon fencing & ripped shabby, black plastic off already damaged gables. While I coolpixed, tattered plastic flapped in the hot wind. I got the creepy feeling again, too close to unstable bldgs.


27.12.10. Nor'wester flapping plastic cover on Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged gable, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks debris, flattened cordon fence, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, gable & debris, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Red Sticker, Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, front facade, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. RC Cathedral tower dome behind. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake

I drove along Ferry Rd to see Sept 4 quake trashed, brick bldgs at Woolston. Nothing new: abandoned, quake trashed bldgs with long, brown grass & cordon fences, 4 months post Sept 4 quake. Despite 4 post quake months, long summer days for work to be done & 1 000s of aftershock warnings, it took authorities, like Council, ages to demolish lethal, old, quake trashed bldgs.

8 images, Avonside Dr, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach:


27.12.10. Council, non residents, no entry sign, seen in Christchurch quake damaged zones, especially riverside areas, like Avonside Dr

I drove along Avonside Dr & Locksley Ave where I'd coolpixed quake damage weeks ago. Blue & white Council signs forbade non residents driving along Avonside & Dallington roads near Avon River. 30 km speed limit signs abounded, stopping cars destroying quake weakened water pipes & sewage pipes.


27.12.10. Quake damaged, Avonside Dr. Steel mesh cordoned, orange pump. Concrete block supported, quake tilted, power pole

Avonside Dr, Avon River: Several houses had been red stickered & evacuated after liquefaction damage by the Sept 4 quake. Roads were still rutted, bumpy, in poor condition, some tar sealing strips had been done. Some lumpy roads had been shingle patched. Liquefaction raised manholes still obstructed traffic & a steel mesh cordoned pump pumped water in Avonside Dr.


27.12.10. Grey Superloo, Locksley Ave by Avon River, 4 months post 04.09.10 quake

Four months post Sept 4 quake & 1 day post Boxing Day quake, I drove along Council forgotten quake areas, Dallington & Avonside, portaloos along roads still & quake tilted power poles still supported by big concrete blocks.


27.12.10. Orange pump, grey HireQuip loo & quake damaged Locksley Ave & housing, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


27.12.10. Locksley Ave quake damage & quake damaged housing, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

Wind scorched grass grew long by Avon River banks. Gale force nor'westers over the past weeks had blown tree branches & leaves in heaps along riverbanks. Quake damaged, Avonside Dr houses I'd coolpixed weeks ago were abandoned, long grass in gardens.


27.12.10. Unrepaired quake crack, Avon Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach, 4 months post Sept 4 quake. Avon Rowing Club was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


27.12.10. Unrepaired quake cracks, Kerrs Reach rowing clubs car park, 4 months post Sept 4 quake. Porritt Park behind

Behind Kerrs Reach rowing clubs I saw huge, unrepaired quake cracks in car parks where Union Rowing Club had tilted into liquefaction ooze by Avon River bank during the Sept 4 quake.


27.12.10. Unrepaired, quake cracks, Kerrs Reach rowing clubs car park, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

Porritt Park by Wainoni Rd: I looked at quake damaged hockey fields by an Avon River meander & saw masses of Sept 4 liquefaction sand patching grass in Porritt Park.

Locksley Ave by Avon River, Kerrs Reach. Also post Sept 4 quake, tar seal patched, grass overgrowing riverside footpaths, unfixed footpath cracks.

Cnr Locksley Ave / Gayhurst Rd: Tilted power pole. Sept 4 quake abandoned, quake tilted, brick house. Overgrown garden. Grey, liquefaction silt in driveway, blocking garage doors. Cracked concrete path pulled away from house. Cracked concrete driveway. The house would be demolished in 2012.

17 images, Gayhurst Rd:


27.12.10. Abandoned, quake tilted house, overgrown garden, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Locksley Ave. The house was demolished in 2012


27.12.10. Quake tilted house & power pole, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Locksley Ave, The house was demolished in 2012


27.12.10. Quake tilted house, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Orange, plastic, road cone & orange / white, plastic, road barrier cordon & quake tilted house, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Quake tilted house cnr, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Close up, quake tilted house cnr, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Abandoned barrow, cnr quake tilted house, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Quake cracked, concrete path, pulled from quake tilted house, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Close up, quake cracked, concrete path, pulled from quake tilted house, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Liquefaction sand by garage doors, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Locksley Ave. The house was demolished in 2012


27.12.10. Quake cracked driveway, liquefaction sand by garage & house doors, Locksley Ave. The house was demolished in 2012

Glenarm Tce near end of Locksley Ave: Abandoned houses. Bumpy road not tar sealed in places. Third World mess. Locksley Ave houses, cracked driveways, broken garden walls, dry liquefaction silt everywhere.


27.12.10. Quake destroyed, abandoned, cordoned, St Paul's School, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Demolition of quake damaged, St Paul's School hall roof, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Close up, demolition of quake damaged, St Paul's School hall roof, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Quake damaged, abandoned, cordoned St Paul's School, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Demolition of quake damaged, St Paul's School hall, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Rubberneckers, demolition of quake damaged, St Paul's School hall, Gayhurst Rd

Gayhurst Rd: St Paul's School being demolished, post Sept 4 quake - roof tiles stripped, exposing trusses. Walls being demolished, yellow digger. The dead school was fenced off.

5 images, Dallington Tce:


27.12.10. Quake damaged, Dallington Tce, portaloo, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


27.12.10. Road repair, yellow pump cordon, Dallington Tce, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


27.12.10. Overgrown, abandoned St Paul's School, Dallington Tce, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

Dallington Tce, River Rd: Like Avonside Dr, Locksley Ave - bumpy, cracked, patched with shingle or tar seal. Some houses still had portaloos & like Avonside Dr, yellow roadside pumps pumped sewage / water through thick, plastic pipes roadside.


27.12.10. Pump cordons, unfinished road repairs, Dallington Tce, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

Four months post Sept 4, mag 7.1 quake, many houses along Avonside Dr, Locksley Ave, Dallington Tce & River Rd still used portaloos (generic name) as Council hadn't fixed sewage & water pipes, messed by the Sept 4 quake.


27.12.10. Yellow pump, Avon River bank, Dallington Tce, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

Four months post Sept 4 quake, Dallington Tce & River Rd by Avon River still stank of
sewage. River Rd was badly slumped by the Sept 4 quake, but had been mostly resurfaced, although still lumpy & bumpy.

30.12.10. Three days later, CBD streets were filled with holiday makers & tourists. Cashel Mall: Cop cordon gone, The Crossing, steel mesh cordon gone. Some old, brick shops, steel mesh cordoned, red stickered. Single storey, Last Train to India shop trashed by parapet bricks falling onto its roof from next door's double storey, brick bldg. Steel gutter hanging from parapet, roofing materials inside trashed shop. Christchurch was lucky again, as the quake happened during a public holiday, shops empty. That sort of shop trashing, bricks falling onto neighbours' roofs, would happen in the 22.02.11 quake with fatalities. Several double or triple storey, brick bldgs with loose brick parapets. One double storey, brick facade, boarded & wood braced, had a large X crack on the facade. Over the next 3 quake years I would see those X cracks on many quaked bldgs. Ballantynes, cracked wall panel above verandah. ASB bank, white, plastic DANGER taped. Many Cashel Mall bldgs would be demolished post 22.02.11 quake.

30 images, Cashel Mall, Hereford St:


30.12.10. Bridge of Remembrance view, post Boxing Day aftershocks Cashel Mall & cordons. Cashel Mall was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & most Cashel Mall bldgs were demolished thereafter


30.12.10. Steel mesh cordoned Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged shops, Cashel Mall. Shops were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Cop. Steel mesh cordoned Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged shops, Cashel Mall. Shops were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, roof damaged shops, Cashel Mall. Shops demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged roof, Cashel Mall. Bldg demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, parapet & roof, Cashel Mall. Bldgs demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, roof collapsed into shop, Cashel Mall. Shop demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged parapet, Cashel Mall. Bldg demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, cracked shop window, Cashel Mall. Bldg demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Wood braced, quake damaged wall, Cashel Mall, despite quake proofing. Bldg demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged facade, Cashel Mall, despite quake proofing. Bldg demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10 Close up, Boxing Day aftershocks, X cracked, brick facade, Cashel Mall. Bldg demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, shop notice, Cashel Mall


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged bldg, Cashel Mall. Bldg demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, shop inspection stickers, Cashel Mall


30.12.10. Purple hair. Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged bldg, Cashel Mall. Bldgs demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Ballantynes cracked wall panel, Cashel Mall, Boxing Day aftershocks. Ballantynes survived the Feb 22 quake & continued business after Cashel Mall reopened on 29.10.11, amongst RESTART shipping container shops on demolition sites


30.12.10. Cordoned ASB Bank, Cashel Mall, Boxing Day aftershocks. Bldg demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks notices, ASB Bank, Cashel Mall. Bldg demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Hereford St, Yorkshire House, steel mesh cordoned. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged brick parapet. Bldgs demolished post 2011 quakes


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged brick parapet, Yorkshire House, Hereford St. The bldgs demolished post 2011 quakes


30.12.10. Orange, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspectors in cordon, Hereford St, after Boxing Day aftershocks. Monkey Bar bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Orange, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspectors inspect Monkey Bar, Hereford St, after Boxing Day aftershocks. Monkey Bar was demolished post 22.02.11 quake. Next door Shands Emporium survived the quake, owned by the Gough family, was moved to Manchester St next to Trinity Church in June 2015


30.12.10. Orange, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspectors & girl in Monkey Bar cordon, Hereford St, after Boxing Day aftershocks. Monkey Bar was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks cordon by Hereford Court, Hereford St. Hereford Court was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Broken windows, Hereford Court, Hereford St, after Boxing Day aftershocks. Hereford Court was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Wendy's Art Deco bldg, Hereford St, after Boxing Day aftershocks. Wendy's was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Wendy's Art Deco eagle, 1929 cornice, quake damaged, Hereford St. Eagle was toppled by the 22.02.11 quake. Wendy's was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. TSB Bank roof quake damaged, blue tarped, Hereford St. TSB Bank was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Close up, blue tarp, TSB Bank quake damaged roof, Hereford St. TSB Bank was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Hereford St: 3 storey Yorkshire House, side brick parapet fallen, bldg steel mesh cordoned. 2 storey, Monkey Bar brick bldg, steel mesh cordoned. 2 orange, Hi Vis vested inspectors checking bldg exterior. Next door, 2 storey Shands Emporium also steel mesh cordoned. Owned by Gough family Shands Emporium would be relocated to Manchester St next to Trinity Church, June 2015. 4 storey Hereford Court, broken windows. 4 storey Wendy's bldg, 1929 Art Deco cornice cracked. 3 storey TSB bldg, roof damaged, blue tarped, orange, plastic, road cone cordoned.

Like Cashel Mall, little did we know that that parallel section of Hereford St would be trashed by the 22.02.11 quake. We didn't know then that nearby, quake ruined Christ Church Cathedral would stand derelict & fence cordoned for years. All those bldgs, near Avon River, were built on swampy ground.

Cathedral Sq: Christ Church Cathedral, steel mesh cordoned. W facade, gable cross removed. Future quakes would trash Christ Church Cathedral. 3 storey, Southern Encounter bldg, steel mesh cordoned, parapet boarded. Cnr Southern Encounter / old PO / Information bldg - 4 orange, Hi Vis vested blokes chatting to another bloke behind steel mesh cordon.

11 images, Cathedral Sq, Worcester Blvd:


30.12.10. Christ Church Cathedral, Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, Cathedral Sq. Cathedral tower was toppled by the 22.02.11 quake. Rose window facade collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake. In Oct 2011, the dean announced Christ Church Cathedral would be part demolished & repaired. The dean resigned & became a CCC councillor. There was more W facade damage in the 23.12.11 Xmas quake swarm


30.12.10. Christ Church Cathedral W facade, steel mesh cordoned, Boxing Day aftershocks. Crooked cross was removed from gable, Cathedral Sq. The tower collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. The rose window facade collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake. Christ Church Cathedral western facade was more damaged in the 23.12.11 Xmas quake swarm


30.12.10. Quake & Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged parapet, boarded, Southern Encounter, Cathedral Sq. Southern Encounter bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Post Boxing Day aftershocks, orange, Hi Vis vested workmen, cnr old PO Information Centre / Southern Encounter bldg, cnr Cathedral Sq. Southern Encounter bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Oxford Tce: Clarendon Tower high rise, steel mesh cordoned. 3 storey, old facade, cracked parapet. 2 storey brick, Our City bldg, steel braced side wall, Avon River bank.


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, cordoned Clarendon Tower, cnr Cathedral Sq / Oxford Tce. Clarendon Tower was demolished after many months closure in the CBD, red zone cordon, post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Close up, Boxing Day aftershocks, cracked parapet, Clarendon Tower, cnr Cathedral Sq / Oxford Tce. Clarendon Tower was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Sept 4 quake cracked & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged facade & cordon, Clarendon Tower, cnr Cathedral Sq / Oxford Tce. Christchurch Cathedral tower was toppled by the 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Quake damaged, braced Our City bldg, cnr Worcester Blvd / Oxford Tce

Worcester Blvd: 2 storey brick bldg - side wall, upper storey peeled off, wood braced, black plastic tarped, steel mesh cordoned. 2 storey, grey stone Art Centre - turret, blue nylon strapped. 2 yellow, Hi Vis vested insectors snapping pics. Words on back of one bldg inspector's yellow, hard hat: IF I RUN KEEP UP WITH ME.


30.12.10. Shabby wood bracing & black plastic cover, quake damaged bldg, Worcester Blvd. Post 22.02.11 quake, shipping container, artisan shops were installed by the bldg


30.12.10. Post Boxing Day aftershocks, yellow, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspector, quake damaged Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd. The Arts Centre was severely damaged by the Feb 22 quake & cordon closed for years for restoration


30.12.10. Post Boxing Day aftershocks, yellow, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspectors, Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd

42 images, River Rd, Lois Pl, Dallington Tce, Locksley Ave:


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake River Road, Avon River quake damaged drain. Speed limit 30 km / hr


31.12.10. New tar seal on Sept 4 quake cracks, cnr River Road / Lois Pl


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged drain, source of sewage stink, opp River Rd & Lois Pl cnr


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged drain, Avon River, source of sewage stink, River Rd. To date, nearby residents had to endure shit stink 4 months post Sept 4 quake


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, blue portaloo, tar seal patch, Lois Pl, nr Avon River


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, grey portaloo, tar seal patches, Lois Pl, nr Avon River


31.12.10. Grey & brown Superloos, River Rd, Sept 4 quake buckled, Medway St Footbridge, Avon River


31.12.10. Upstream view, Sept 4 quake buckled, Medway St Footbridge, Avon River, between River Rd & Avonside Dr


31.12.10. Forbidden, Sept 4 quake buckled, Medway St Footbridge, Avon River, between River Rd & Avonside Dr


31.12.10. River Rd downstream view, Sept 4 quake buckled, Medway St Footbridge, Avon River


31.12.10.  Sept 4 quake buckled concrete curb, River Rd by Avon River

Mid 2009 eighteen months ago, I'd walked Avon River banks including Avonside Dr, Kerrs Reach, New Brighton Rd, Locksley Ave, Dallington Tce, River Rd - idyllic winter views.

31.12.10. On the last day of 2010, four months post 04.09.10 quake, I returned to coolpix quake damage by two Avon River horseshoe meanders, incl River Rd, Dallington Tce & Locksley Ave between Gayhurst Rd & Glenarm Tce. Mid September, I'd coolpixed liquefaction damage to Glenarm Tce & Locksley Ave, the last day of the quake state of emergency. I wanted to see improvements, if any, during midsummer.


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake Dallington Tce view, Canada geese, Avon River bend. Avonside Dr & footpath left, River Rd right


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake pump cordons, Dallington Tce, Avon River. Sewage stink from river muck caught in floating pontoon


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake Avon River bend: Dallington Tce view of quake tilted, concrete drain, Avonside Dr bank, with stinking muck floating below drain


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, Avon River bend: Dallington Tce close up, quake tilted, concrete drain, Avonside Dr bank, with stinking muck floating below drain


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake Dallington Tce pump, steel mesh cordon, 30 km / hr speed limit & road repairs


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake pump, steel mesh cordon, Dallington Tce, Avon River & 30 km / hr speed limit


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake pump cordons, Dallington Tce, Avon River


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake close up, pump steel mesh cordons, Dallington Tce, Avon River


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake tar seal repair, pump steel mesh cordon, Dallington Tce, Avon River


31.12.10. Post quake kayakers, Avon River, yellow pump, Dallington Tce

On that state of emergency day, I'd seen trucks carry shingle to fill quake holes along Locksley Ave from Glenarm Tce to Gayhurst Rd. The Glenarm Tce sinkhole had been repaired & tarsealed. Some roads I wandered had been tarseal patched. But, 4 months post 04.09.10 quake, as many roadside pumps still pumped crap along Locksley Ave & Dallington Tce beside Avon River, & as roads hadn't all been completely tar sealed, & with many roadside portaloos too, it was obvious Council hadn't fixed sewage pipes along those roads. Power poles were still tilted, supported by concrete blocks. Traffic was slowed by 30 km speed limit signs & orange, plastic, road cone detours around pumps & quake raised manholes. Displaced concrete drains & snapped concrete curbs stayed unrepaired. Several Locksley Ave houses had cracked driveways and yellow stickered front windows, inviting snoopers & thieves.


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake tilted, power pole, concrete block support. Orange pump, grey, HireQuip loo, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Concrete block supporting Sept 4 quake tilted, power pole. Orange, HireQuip loo, orange pump, Locksley Ave, Avon River


31.12.10. Concrete block supporting Sept 4 quake tilted, power pole. Grey Superloo, quake damaged Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, grey Superloo, road signs, Locksley Ave, Avon River


31.12.10. Repaired cnr Locksley Ave / Glenarm Tce. A huge quake hole was on the cnr on the last day of the quake state of emergency, mid Sept 2010

Given slow rebuild at Dallington & Avonside, I doubted Council & EQC would make New Year's resolutions to speed up post quake rebuild of riverside roads & housing.


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake speed limit sign, green Superloo, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged, concrete driveway & house, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged, power pole, concrete driveway & house, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, green Superloo & quake damaged house, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged driveways, house & portaloo, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, yellow, pump pipe, orange, plastic, road cone detours, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, yellow, pump pipe, sign, quake road damage, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, yellow, pump pipe, orange, plastic, road cones, quake road damage, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged road & house, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Yellow, pump pipe, Sept 4 quake damaged Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged Locksley Ave, green portaloo


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, yellow, pump pipe, grey Superloo, quake damaged Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, orange pump, grey, HireQuip loo, Locksley Ave

04.01.11. Exactly 4 months post 04.09.10 quake & aftershocks, The Press reported EQC boss Ian Simpson, "confirmed that assessors were expected to complete six inspections a day..." & said there were "over 400" assessors.

Given tens of thousands of quake insurance assessments still to do, the puny number of assessors & their laughable workload, it would take months for quake damaged properties to be assessed. No wonder quake victims were angry with EQC. They were being ripped off, waiting months for insurance assessments, caught between the horns of EQC & insurers.

The Press 10.01.11 reported that EQC assessors had 3 days' training; worked 10 hrs / day; worked a 6 day contract week, 3 weeks on, 1 week off; pay varying between $500 - $1 000 per day. "More than half of the 240 loss adjusters hired since Canterbury's Sept 4 quake are former police officers."

What did ex cops know about bldg construction & assessment? EQC paid assessors too much, to do too little, in too much time.


31.12.10. Post Sep 4 quake, orange pump & Avon River kayakers, Locksley Ave

Four months post Sept 4 quake, all around Christchurch visual results of slow EQC settlements were evident: shabby, windblown tarps & boards on quake damaged bldgs; no rebuilds or repairs happening; many wood & metal braced bldgs; unfixed garden walls & fences; many scaffolded bldgs with little repairs / rebuilds happening; unfixed chimneys; unfixed roads & power poles; rubble lying on demolition sites for weeks; empty sites with no rebuilding; abandoned houses & overgrown gardens; closed shops & businesses.

06.01.11. The Press reported that Canterbury had experienced over 4 200 aftershocks post 04.09.10 quake.


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, WORKS END road sign, Locksley Ave

Works End road signs all over Christchurch were ironic, as post Sept 4 quake rebuild & road repairs had a long way to go.

09.01.11. The News Advertiser headline, "Tagging in suburb the last straw" complained about post quake tagging in Dallington.

11.01.11. I had a look, walked 5 Dallington roads & found the "Tagging" article nonsense. I walked Snell Pl, Halberg St, Landy St & found much pavement & garden wall quake damage, with post quake repaired, bumpy roads, but no graffiti. I saw 4 portaloos on Landy St, showing that sewage pipes were still unfixed.

7 images, Ferner St, Birchfied Ave:


11.01.11. Post Sept 4 quake, orange pump, Ferner St / McBratneys Rd crossing

Ferner St, Birchfield Ave: No graffiti, but I saw 2 road pumps pumping deep, quake sinkholes in Ferner St, soon to be repaired, & 4 months post Sept 4 quake, road repairs going on at Ferner St.


11.01.11. Quake sink holes with orange & white, plastic, road barrier cordon, 4 months post Sept 4 quake, Ferner St

*Wandered Gardiners Rd, Lichfield St, Barbadoes St, Madras St, Cathedral Sq, Cashel Mall, Colombo St, Tuam St, Moorhouse Ave, Manchester St, Avonside Dr, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach, Gayhurst Rd, Dallington Tce, Hereford St, Worcester Blvd, River Rd, Lois Pl, Ferner St, Birchfield Ave. 177 images.

12.01.11. EQC Report, The Star: "EQC is increasing resources this month and particularly the number of assessors on the ground i.e. loss adjusters and estimators. There are 394 assessors working in the field this week and a total of 1 044 staff including call centre and support staff.

We are currently training more loss adjusters, most of whom are from NZ and expect to have an additional 90 by the end of January."

Although EQC had taken money from home owners for decades, EQC was poorly prepared for the Christchurch quakes. EQC created a huge, feckless bureaucracy.

11.01.11. Quake sinkholes, orange / white, plastic, road barrier cordon, Ferner St, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


11.01.11. Quake sinkhole, road repairs, Ferner St, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


11.01.11. Birchfield Ave crossing view, post Sept 4 quake road repairs to Ferner St

EQC's Aussie assessors flocked back to Australia due to Queensland & Brisbane floods needing insurance assessors. Why were Aussie assessors contracted by EQC, taking jobs from Kiwis?


11.01.11. Quake damaged drain, 4 months post Sept 4 quake, cnr Birchfield Ave / Ferner St


11.01.11. Post quake pump, Birchfield Ave, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

"Claims at 11 Jan: 4 September Earthquake 157 524; 19 October Aftershock 2 277; 14 November Aftershock 1 973; 26 December Aftershock 5 365; Total 167 139.

Claims Settlement Status, Tuesday 11 Jan: Claims complete 29 345; Fieldwork complete 23 787; Fieldwork in progress 25 175; Fieldwork not started 88 843..."

So far, only 17.5% claims were completed. At that rate it would take 2 years for claims to be completed. Delays, delays, by bureaucratic EQC & insurers. The longer insurers buggered claimants by keeping money, the more they made for shareholders.

Coda:

Many of the roads & bldgs mentioned above would be trashed by the 22.02.11 & 13.06.11 quakes - Christchurch CBD, Avon River suburbs & E suburbs. Thousands of demolitions would happen. Post 22.02.11 quake, CERA would red zoned large tracts of Dallington Tce, Locksley Ave, Gayhurst Rd, Avonside Dr & River Rd, the land too quake damaged for repairs. Thus red zoners would be forced to leave & do battle with NZ National govt / CERA, EQC & insurers for pay outs.

My Facebook comments:

Slept thru a 5.1 quake, 6.03 am this morn. Leah woke up. Series of aftershocks since yesterday afternoon, Wed, mostly in the 3 mags, incl 4.0 at 8.06 am this morn. Was jolted by a 3.9 aftershock while in Botanic Gdns, 11.10 am.

"Experts" expect batches of aftershocks every 4-6 weeks or so, for another year at least. They make up gobbledegook as they go along. Jan 20 at 3.40 pm.

@Sheila, Pam, Averil. It's funny now after about 4 500 aftershocks (last night's NZTV news). Leah slept thru a 4.4 quake last night at 2.12 am & thought this Fri morn that I BS her about it. Check GeoNet for tremor updates. Usually any tremor bigger than 4 Leah clouted me awake. Jan 21 at 2.55 pm.

@George. Humans are adaptable. Saw workmen on scaffolding checking stained glass windows, some cracked, in Christ Church Cathedral the other day, when Cathedral cordons were removed after recent aftershocks. Usual tourists in the CBD, but repairs are slow due to slow payments by insurers. Lots of tatty tarps, roof scars due to trashed chimneys, boarded up bldgs, cordons, empty demolition sites, lumpy, bumpy half fixed roads, portaloos & pumps by patched riverside suburbs, but little re-building going on. Jan 23 at 9.35 am.

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