Friday, March 4, 2011

Christchurch Quake Cordon, Gang Banging Cops

Continuing my National State of Emergency walk along Christchurch CBD military cordon, I drove to Christchurch CBD via Aikmans Rd & Papanui Rd, the former quake damaged by manholes raised several inches above the road surface.

At Merivale shopping mall I coolpixed the double storey bldg where the Feb 22 quake had ripped off the brick wall, exposing shops. A digger scraped rubble inside the fenced road cordon & an USAR bloke stood around just in case.

NZ cops had a history of gang banging, commissioner Rickard's case pertained. Mine was figurative. Posts back I referred to cops given unlimited powers in a state of emergency, where overbearing & confrontational cops could at a whim target citizens who became enemies of the state, due to flimsy cop excuses.

I'd lived through apartheid state of emergencies, so knew what cops could do. I was a conscripted apartheid soldier, so was my brother, as were several brothers-in-law, one a conscripted cop.

Fri 04.03.11. Gang banging NZ cops: Three cops deleted all my photographs on my Nikon Coolpix camera memory card. I'll call those cops Blank Cop, Grey Cop & Button Cop, as they didn't ID themselves with names & home addresses, despite demanding the same from me.

At that early stage in the national state of emergency, the CBD cordon was segments of steel mesh fencing around the CBD, manned by cops & NZDF soldiers. The CBD cordon hadn't yet morphed into 5 zones: 1, 2, 3, 4 & central red zone, no access. There'd been night curfews & whisperings of lootings, as billions of bucks worth of bldgs & belongings were trapped or smashed in the CBD.

Some people fled their CBD homes, some stayed, & were forced to endure having to ID themselves to cops & NZDF soldiers whenever they entered or left the CBD cordon, which amounted to continual harassment & added stress, after surviving the Feb 22 quake. Aussie cops & Singapore soldiers arrived too, stirring the toxic mix citizens endured.

7 pm. Traffic on Moorhouse Ave, edge of the red zone, no access cordon, national state of emergency. Yellow, Hi Vis vested cops, lounging below a Weebix Kids billboard, confronted me after I'd wandered past them on Moorhouse Ave / Montreal St corner (zone 1). Those cops, if alert, would've seen me wandering along Moorhouse Ave cordon towards them, coolpixing in bright, late afternoon sunlight.

I told Blank Cop to take the dust mask off his unshaven face, as it was impossible for me, a deaf person, to lip read him if he wore a mask. I asked him, "Why are you doing this?" He went blank & deferred to Grey Cop. Funny how cops go dilly when they see a camera - guilty consciences. Yet citizens endured CCTV surveillance & speed trap cameras.

Grey Cop rummaged in his jacket to find his pencil & pad & asked for my ID. (None. Who carried ID on a walk?) He asked for my name & address which I gave.

Button Cop meanwhile pressed the delete button on my camera, deleting all pics & exclaiming that I'd taken pics of the RC Cathedral, where twin towers had collapsed in the Feb 22 quake. He smirked the whole time he deleted pics, enjoying his petty power. He was amazed I'd actually walked from Pavitt St, where I'd parked my car & along Moorhouse Ave to Montreal St. He tried to find an excuse justifying his spitefulness, like I'd been wandering the taboo CBD.

I told him those RC Cathedral pics were zoom pics from Moorhouse Ave. I told him not to waste my camera batteries & that I'd more than likely walked further than him that afternoon. They were out of town goons, as they hadn't a clue where Pavitt St was.

Although collapsed Christchurch Cathedral pics & collapsed RC Cathedral pics had been on the media since day 1 of the quake, Button Cop thought taking quake damaged RC Cathedral pics was the biggest crime in the universe. I though cops had more important things to do.

When I continued along Moorhouse Ave into the setting sun, I thought, "No wonder NZ cops hired Aussie cops to strengthen them, during the national state of emergency. I shouted back to the gang bangers: "You know my name, use it to see my blog. You'll enjoy it."

Sunday, two days later, the cordon was loosened closer to the CBD. Zone 1 opened, but red zone, no access. So what was the point of the gang bangers' harassment?

When I'd walked part of the CBD cordon along Bealey Ave two days ago, Bealey Pharmacy on Colombo St corner was still half collapsed. When I passed again, gang bang day, it had been demolished with a quake damaged, red car put on top of the rubble pile. I'd coolpixed the demolition site & Button Cop spitefully deleted Bealey Pharmacy, demolition site pics & Merivale mall, quake damage pics. I'd already told him they were Merivale pics - far from Moorhouse Ave.

Fri 04.03.11. At the end of Bealey Ave a Singapore soldier directed traffic at the Whitsom St / London St / cordoned Fitzgerald Ave crossing. NZDF soldiers were paired with Singapore soldiers at crossings all along the cordon that day.

London St liquefaction silt still wasn't cleared, 10 days post quake, despite London St becoming a main thoroughfare post quake, gridlocked, whipping up lethal silt dust. I cut down Perth St to avoid the traffic jam while rush hour traffic fed Stanmore Rd. I got jammed in silted Alexandra St while cars tried entering gridlocked Stanmore Rd.

I drove along liquefaction damaged Pavitt St & parked by Leah's School. I found walking down Stanmore Rd quicker than traffic grinding along the road & raising silt dust. I coolpixed water squirting up through bricks on a quake damaged garden path.

I coolpixed close up damage to Worcester St / Stanmore Rd crossing bldgs. A foul, dead smell came from cordoned rubble in a corner bldg. Two people were killed just up Worcester St, when Wicks Fish collapsed. Button Cop deleted those pics.

I wandered down Stanmore Rd, coolpixed a collapsed garden wall, & got gritty with silt dust, with a sense of schadenfreude, as I was walking faster than traffic, while roads like Armagh St & Gloucester St fed traffic into Stanmore Rd.

I walked along calmer Cashel St towards Fitzgerald Ave cordon & coolpixed quake damaged houses, a collapsed garage, a destroyed shop & David's Book Exchange, where a wall was stripped off showing naked books & equipment. Button Cop deleted those pics. David's Book Exchange was demolished.

I wandered along Fitzgerald Ave cordon towards Moorhouse Ave. I wandered past Singapore soldiers & NZDF soldiers at checkpoints, greeting them. Several cop cars passed me en route, none deeming me worth having my pics deleted.

I coolpixed three sweeper trucks, in a moving cloud of dust, sucking up liquefaction silt along Fitzgerald Ave, turning into Cashel St in a cloud of dust & causing a Singapore cordon soldier to vanish for a while, until he escaped - choking. Button cop deleted those pics.

I coolpixed deserted streets like quake undulated & silt dusty Tuam St, silt dust blowing like beach dunes on a windy day. I stopped at a Persian rug business & coolpixed the damaged bldg & thick liquefaction silt outside. Button Cop deleted those pics.

On Fitzgerald Ave / Moorhouse Ave corner I coolpixed quake damaged, bus depot bldgs & workshops. I coolpixed the RC Cathedral in the distance & rubbled pavement by St Paul's School along Moorhouse Ave. Further on I took pics of the RC cathedral which Button Cop objected to. Button Cop deleted those pics too.

I took several pics of the old station, brick, clock tower, damaged in the Sept 4 & Feb 22 quakes, despite wooden reinforcements. I coolpixed Manchester St cordon by CPIT tech bldgs. I stopped to buy a drink at Pak 'n Save. I coolpixed a sign stating only 400 members of the public were allowed in Pak 'n Save at a time due to the quake. I coolpixed a quake broken bldg next to Pak 'n Save & a collapsed, concrete wall. Button Cop deleted those pics too.

I coolpixed the concrete block supported & metal braced over bridge by Colombo St crossing, which was cordoned by orange, plastic fences & cones, rife along Moorhouse Ave. I coolpixed quake damaged Harvey Norman bldg, fallen bricks in the entrance car park & wood braced wall. Button Cop deleted those pics too.

I coolpixed liquefaction silt piles along Moorhouse Ave & more quake damaged bldgs along Moorhouse Ave, like damaged walls of car dealers & the scaffolded pub by Montreal St corner. Button Cop deleted those pics too. The pub was demolished.

Beyond Montreal St crossing & gang banging cops, I resumed coolpixing quake damaged Moorhouse Ave bldgs.

Images, quake damaged Moorhouse Ave & Selwyn St:


04.03.11. Portaloo & cops, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Deserted, cordoned Antigua St, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Liquefaction sink hole in business car park, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Liquefaction silted Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Quake damaged, semi repaired gables, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Quake damaged, brick bldg, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency

I wandered down Selwyn St towards Hagley Park & coolpixed a collapsed, brick garage by a house where I'd coolpixed two weeks ago. It was getting dark, so I quickened my pace past plastic taped sections by the cricket ground.


04.03.11. Feb 22 quake collapsed, brick garage, damaged in the Sept 4 quake too, Selwyn St, national state of emergency

I entered Botanic Gardens by Riccarton Ave & crossed the Avon River by a CONTAMINATED WATER sign & a blue & white information sign about a quake condolence book which anyone could sign. There were several such condolence book signs in Botanic Gardens. Several bits of Botanic Gardens were taped off: public toilets closed, the peace bell, some big trees. Another Botanic Gardens sign stated Canterbury Museum gates were closed on Rolleston Ave.

Images, quake damaged Botanic Gardens:


04.03.11. Feb 22 quake Condolence Book sign, Christchurch Botanic Gdns, national state of emergency

The blue sign read:

CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE
Tuesday 22 February 2011

A PLACE OF REFLECTION AND COMMEMORATION

All welcome to this peaceful place where you can simply reflect
and also leave messages in a book of condolences.

Available between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm daily.
Archery Lawn - Christchurch Botanic Gardens.


04.03.11. WARNING CONTAMINATED WATER sign, Botanic Gardens Bridge over Avon River, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Toilets Closed, Christchurch Botanic Gdns, national state of emergency

After crossing Avon River by Botanic Gardens car park, I peed in a bush next to the public toilet, as it too was closed. A sign on the closed toilet gate: TOILETS CLOSED. By Armagh St bridge, fence cordon across Rolleston Ave, 3 NZDF soldiers sat on chairs, chatting up girls in the twilight. (Corner zone 1 / zone 4).

I was unimpressed by NZDF soldiers that time on the cordon, slack, like they were bored & on holiday. (Like the gang bangers). The Singapore soldiers were impressive, upright, alert & polite. Some looked very young, not shaving yet.

Images, quake damaged Armagh St:


04.03.11. NZDF soldiers, tram & military vehicle, cnr Park Tce / Armagh St cordon, national state of emergency. The tram was stranded there for days, until moved to Ferrymead


04.03.11. Cnr Park Tce / Armagh St cordon, national state of emergency. NZDF soldiers' girlfriends sloping off

I'd seen a blonde girlfriend in the CBD cordon chatting to 3 Kiwi soldiers by Barbadoes St cordon. (Corner zone 2 / red zone, no access). I doubted soldiers would be alert on cordon duty, distracted by girlfriends in the taboo cordon. I wondered why gang banging cops allowed NZDF soldiers to have girlfriends in the CBD, national state of emergency cordon?


04.03.11. High rises PWC left & Forsyth Barr right seen from Park Tce down Armagh St, national state of emergency. PWC was demolished. Craigs House & Victoria Square flats below Forsyth Barr were also demolished

I wandered beside sewage polluted Avon River. Fence cordoned Park Terrace on the opposite bank was too far away to see damages. Twilight reflected off windows of CBD high rises. Most of the high rises were demolished post Feb 22 quake - PWC, Craigs House, Victoria Square flats...

There were media reports about people killed in collapsed PGC & CTV bldgs, all unnecessary deaths, due to slack bldg inspections post Sept 4 quake. There was media hype about quake trashed Hotel Grand Chancellor too. Although twilight high rises I saw in the CBD looked OK from afar, they were dead bldgs, awaiting demolition.


04.03.11. Christchurch high rises seen from Hagley Park across Avon River & Park Tce, national state of emergency. The high rises were demolished

Images, quake damaged Hagley Park:


04.03.11. Cancelled Ellerslie Flower Show marquee & quake tilted power pole, Hagley Park. Marquee was later used for the post quake memorial service, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Wind blown, quake weakened, fallen oak, Hagley Park, national state of emergency

Beside the metal skeleton of a marquee with the setting sun behind, I passed several felled oaks, two uprooted, one crushing a shipping container & some sawn into oak logs as precaution. There were media warnings about the Feb 22 quake loosening tree roots & later nor'westers blowing trees down. Using that fear mongering, tree surgeon adverts soon appeared. In fact few trees fell in the quakes, well adapted to quakes. Trees & shrubs just rose & swayed with the seismic wave as it passed.

Images, quake damaged Bealey Ave:


04.03.11. London booze bus & cordon cones, Bealey Ave / Park Tce crossing, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Bealey Ave view of scaffolded, brick Carlton Hotel, damaged in the Sept 4 quake, trashed in the Feb 22 quake, national state of emergency. Carlton Hotel was demolished


04.03.11. Portaloo, Bealey Ave near Victoria St crossing, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Cordoned Saggio di vino, brick wall collapsed by the Feb 22 quake, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency. Saggio di vino was demolished


04.03.11. Cordoned, brick Saggio di vino (soon demolished) damaged by the Sept 4 quake, trashed by the Feb 22 quake, national state of emergency, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St


04.03.11. Cordoned brick bldgs, damaged by the Sept 4 quake, trashed by the Feb 22 quake (soon demolished) Victoria St, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Feb 22 quake tilted, brick bldg (soon demolished) Victoria St, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Deserted, cordoned Victoria St, seen from Bealey Ave, national state of emergency

As it was twilight, with car lights on in Bealey Ave, I hastened to coolpix close ups of Sept 4 & Feb 22 quake trashed Saggio di vino & Knox Church. The Jap TV crew were still camped in a brown mini bus on the road island opposite Knox Church. Orange, Hi Vis vested soldiers guarded the cordon at intersections. NZDF soldiers were paired with Singapore soldiers.

I strode along Bealey Ave past several quake damaged bldgs I'd coolpixed days ago. I passed pavement portaloos, which oozed smelly liquid. (Shit & hand sanitizer pongs were unforgettable). Silt piles still lay roadside & USAR / TF graffiti polluted the pavement, circled pink & orange, spray painted signage.


04.03.11. NZDF soldier & Singapore soldier at cordon, Bealey Ave / Victoria St crossing, by brick Knox Church, damaged by Sept 4 quake, trashed by Feb 22 quake, national state of emergency. Knox Church stood abandoned for 2 years, then was restored in 2014 with copper clad walls


04.03.11. Cordoned, brick Knox Church, damaged by Sept 4 quake, trashed by Feb 22 quake, Victoria St, national state of emergency. Knox Church stood abandoned for 2 years, then was restored in 2014 with copper clad walls


04.03.11. NZDF soldier & Singapore soldier, military cordon, Victoria St, national state of emergency


04.03.11. Memorial wreath on cordon fence, quake damaged Knox Church, Victoria St, national state of emergency

A memorial, floral wreath with hand written tribute on Knox Church cordon fence read:

In
Remembrance
of those we
have lost

In a city that
we love

Kia kaha
Christchurch xx


04.03.11. Cordon fence by quake damaged Knox Church, Victoria St, national state of emergency

 
04.03.11. Quake rubble & USAR / TF graffiti, Knox Church, Bealey Ave




04.03.11. Quake rubble obstructing Bealey Ave by cordoned Knox Church, national state of emergency


Besides zones 4 & 3, I passed crossing cordons manned by cops, NZDF & Singapore soldiers. Cops looked more impressive in blue uniform on Bealey Ave than Moorhouse Ave gang bangers.

Bealey Ave & Fitzgerald Ave cordons: I saw two NZDF soldiers, seated, holding girlfriends' hands in the twilight while on cordon duty.

Looters paradise - gang banging cops & lovey-dovey, NZDF soldiers in a twilight, romantic, ruined setting.


04.03.11. CBD cordon notice on power pole, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency

A CBD cordon notice, taped to a Bealey Ave, power pole read:

Attention Public

There is a cordon in effect.

From the timings of 0600 to 1800
Only personal [sic] with legitimate reasons and
home owners are permitted to enter the
cordon.
Home owners please have proof of address
and identification ready for inspection.

At 1800 to 0600 the cordoned area is under
curfew.

The only personal [sic] permitted to enter are -
* Health professionals
* Canterbury council staff
* Contractors
* Media

No Exceptions

If you have any questions, please approach Police or NZDF personal. [sic]

Thank you for your co-operation.

The notice was unsigned. Anyone's guess who concocted that ignorance between personal & personnel? For months, that dictatorial attitude would piss off residents who endured the CBD cordon, as they needed ID papers every time they entered or left the CBD cordon.

For 28 months some residents, cops, military, contractors, councillors, a few chosen celebrities, like MPs, clergy & choir boys would be allowed temporary access to the CBD cordon. The rest of us were banned. What skullduggery & cover ups went on in the cordoned CBD during all those hush-hush months?

In the fullness of CBD cordon times, business owners would be allowed into the CBD cordon, under escourt, to collect some business belongings. But their time was restricted to a few hours.

Along the CBD cordon I saw several military vehicles, including Unimogs. The overkill LAV was gone from Bealey Ave / Fitzgerald Ave corner. What were the military thinking?

Girlie holding, NZDF soldiers & NZDF soldiers & gang banging cops slouching on chairs at checkpoints didn't inspire me with confidence that cordon looters would be quelled.

Later Luke told me he saw LAVs & Unimogs on Memorial Ave that Friday afternoon.

With many coolpix stops, it took me 3.75 hours to walk the CBD cordon & more, as London St, Stanmore Rd & Hagley Park / Botanic Gardens were beyond the CBD cordon.

Saturday 05.03.11. Quotes from The Press: After 6 months of dithering, Minister of Earthquake Recovery Brownlee (pity about 185 deaths) said the "old dungers" must go, referring to old, unstable, brick & stone bldgs.

Lorraine North, Chairwoman, Canterbury Arts and Heritage Trust, Merivale, didn't get it. Despite Merivale old, brick, shopping bldgs trashed On Aikmans Rd & Papanui Rd she made stupid statements like:

"Many of us value not only the aesthetics of our stone architecture but also the utopian 19th century values they represent... our most beautiful stone buildings reflect the importance our founding fathers attached to..."

Victorians & Edwardians got it wrong Lorraine - brick & stone death traps in an earthquake zone. Lorraine spouted claptrap, while quake crushed bodies still weren't identified at Burnham morgue.

Like post Sept 4 quake, there was jabbering in the media about heritage bldgs, but jabberers were chary about who would maintain dangerous brick & stone bldgs, who would pay for post quake repairs, (or demolitions & haulage of rubble) & who would use the seedy, rickety heritage bldgs? Sydenham Heritage Church, now a pile of demolished rubble, had stood empty & unused for years, a stony eyesore on Brougham St / Colombo St corner.

Saturday 05.03.11 aftershocks: 2.29 pm, 3.5 magnitude; 4.39 pm, 3.9 magnitude; 7.34 pm, 4.8 magnitude - big & growly, shook our house.

Sunday 06.03.11. It rained heavily in the morning & was still raining about 3 pm when I drove from Burnside to town, to re-coolpix what Button Cop had maliciously deleted on Friday. On Bealey Ave / Colombo St corner, I coolpixed Bealey Pharmacy demolition site rubble, a damaged red car on top.


06.03.11. Bealey Pharmacy demolition site, cnr Colombo St / Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


Silted London St was gridlocked again, so I drove down bumpy, lumpy, silted Perth St & joined silted Alexandra St & silted, cracked Stanmore Rd gridlock. Silt still hadn't been cleared from those post quake, main thoroughfares. Rain had settled dust, but had returned liquefaction silt to mud. Cars were using quake cracked River Rd & Stanmore Rd / Avonside Dr traffic lights were working at last. Gridlock ceased thereafter.

Images, quake damaged Stanmore Rd & Cashel St:


06.03.11. Quake damaged, concrete brick wall, cnr Stanmore Rd & Hereford St, national state of emergency. The wall was rebuilt


06.03.11. Quake damaged David's Book Exchange, Cashel St, national state of emergency. David's Book Exchange was demolished



06.03.11. Quake collapsed, brick garage, Cashel St, national state of emergency


06.03.11. Quake collapsed, brick house wall, Cashel St, national state of emergency

I drove along Cashel St & retook pics I'd taken before, including a quake collapsed, brick garage & David's Book Exchange, later demolished. A white, double storey, wooden house was being board repaired by a workman & a white sign above the doorway read: LOOTERS WILL BE BEATEN. The B was crossed out to EATEN. The house had another Apocalypse sign on the doorway on Friday too.

Signs had sprung up all over Christchurch, written on cardboard, some humorous, most giving road directions: SLOW DOWN, FREE WATER...


06.03.11. Board repair, quake damaged wooden house, Cashel St, national state of emergency



06.03.11. Quake damaged, brick Cashel Fish & Chips, cnr Cashel St / Fitzgerald Ave, national state of emergency. Cashel Fish & Chips was demolished



06.03.11. Earthquake Inspection Report, National Bank, cnr Cashel St / Fitzgerald Ave, national state of emergency

The cordon had loosened on Fitzgerald Ave since Friday, so I drove across & parked near a Barbadoes St red zone, no access fence cordon, deeper in the CBD, manned by 3 NZDF soldiers. Singapore soldiers had gone. I coolpixed a brick broken car, broken bldgs & close ups of the tilted Hotel Grand Chancellor. Several Sunday afternoon rubberneckers stood around chatting to NZDF soldiers.

Beyond the cordon fence were quake trashed bldgs, all abandoned. On the left side of Cashel St, I saw scaffolded Provincial Hotel & St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church, both damaged in previous quakes, both soon demolished. Beyond was abandoned, Inland Revenue bldg, Madras St corner. Opposite IR bldg I couldn't see collapsed CTV bldg, where 115 people died. The lethal CTV site was obscured by Holden Blackwell, deep in the forbidden cordon.

On my way back to my car, I saw 4 blue uniformed cops sauntering the pavement, on foot patrol.


06.03.11. Quake damaged, brick bldg, Cashel St, near the red zone, no access cordon, national state of emergency


06.03.11. Broken glass, Cashel St no access cordon, national state of emergency. CLEAR - USAR / TF graffito for Clear, no bodies


06.03.11. Quake crushed car, Cashel St, red zone, no access cordon, national state of emergency. Window C - USAR / TF graffito for Clear, no bodies


06.03.11. Quake damaged, brick bldg, Cashel St, red zone, no access cordon, national state of emergency. Backdrop: quake tilted Hotel Grand Chancellor, soon demolished


06.03.11. ROAD CLOSED, Cashel St, no access cordon, national state of emergency. Serial quake trashed, scaffolded, St Pauls Pacific Presbyterian Church left, soon demolished. Hotel Grand Chancellor behind right was demolished


06.03.11. Cashel St cordon view of quake trashed Hotel Grand Chancellor, CBD red zone, no access cordon, national state of emergency. Hotel Grand Chancellor was demolished


06.03.11. Cyclist & NZDF soldier, red zone, no access cordon, Cashel St, national state of emergency. The bldgs were demolished


06.03.11. Civvies & NZDF cordon soldiers, Cashel St no access cordon, national state of emergency. Serial quake trashed, scaffolded Provincial Hotel, Barbadoes St cnr, top right, was soon demolished. Left bldgs were demolished too


06.03.11. Civvies & NZDF cordon soldier, Cashel St no access cordon, national state of emergency. Serial quake trashed, scaffolded Provincial Hotel & St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church left, were soon demolished. Abandoned Inland Revenue bldg beyond middle

From Fitzgerald Ave again, I coolpixed quake buckled, Tuam St, a black car bumping along, going closer to the red zone, no access, CBD fence cordon.

Images, quake damaged Tuam St & St Asaph St:


06.03.11. Feb 22 quake buckled Tuam St, going to the CBD red zone, no access cordon, national state of emergency


06.03.11. Liquefaction trapped & brick wall, crushed cars, St Asaph St, national state of emergency. C on car windows meant Clear, no bodies


06.03.11. Feb 22 quake, brick wall damaged cars, St Asaph St, national state of emergency. C on window meant Clear, no bodies.

Around the corner on St Asaph St, I coolpixed 2 wall collapsed, crushed cars, stuck in liquefaction silt, by a quake broken bldg. Both cars' back windows had USAR / TF, C signs, showing Clear, no bodies.

I spoke to a NZDF soldier, standing behind another Barbadoes St red zone, no access fence cordon, deep in the CBD. I told him I'd seen bldgs on his turf demolished post Sept 4 quake. Behind him I saw a collapsed, old, brick bldg.


06.03.11. NZDF soldier at red zone, no access cordon, St Asaph St / Barbadoes St crossing, national state of emergency. Collapsed, old, brick bldg behind


06.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, brick parapet, red zone, no access cordon, St Asaph St, national state of emergency

I coolpixed the brick Community of the Sacred Name convent, damaged in Sept 4 & Boxing Day quakes, which lost its brick gables in the Feb 22 quake. I wondered why authorities hadn't demolished that old, brick Convent months ago? It had stayed a hazardous obstruction on Barbadoes St since the Sept 4 quake. (Convent was demolished post 13.06.11 quake). I coolpixed another bldg on St Asaph St, damaged by the Feb 22 quake, brick parapet collapsed.


06.03.11. Community of the Sacred Name convent, damaged by the Sept 4 quake, trashed by the Feb 22 quake, Barbadoes St, red zone, no access cordon, national state of emergency. Convent was demolished


Round the corner on Ferry Rd / Barbadoes St crossing, red zone, no access fence cordon, guarded by a NZDF soldier, wearing a yellow, Hi Vis vest, I coolpixed side views of the broken RC Cathedral, its twin towers collapsed & big cracks below the main dome. Beyond I coolpixed CBD sky line views of jutting high rises, including quake tilted Hotel Grand Chancellor, soon demolished.

Images, quake damaged Ferry Rd:


06.03.11. NZDF soldier at Ferry Rd red zone, no access cordon, national state of emergency. Backdrop: quake trashed Hotel Grand Chancellor, soon demolished


06.03.11. Ferry Rd view of RC Cathedral, Barbadoes St. RC Cathedral was damaged by the Sept 4 quake, trashed by the Feb 22 quake, twin towers collapsed, red zone, no access cordon. Piled shipping containers supported the RC Cathedral front facade & transepts while deconstruction took place


On Fitzgerald Ave / Moorhouse Ave corner, cars ground by, while pedestrian rubberneckers dodged silt & quake rubble. I coolpixed red bus depot damage & CBD sky line high rises. Quake trashed bus depot bldgs were demolished post June 13 quake. High rises took longer to demolish.

Images, quake damaged Moorhouse Ave:


06.03.11. Cnr Moorhouse Ave / Fitzgerald Ave bus depot view of CBD high rises in the red zone, no access cordon, national state of emergency. Quake trashed bus depot bldgs were demolished post June 13 quake


06.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, brick bldgs, bus depot, cnr Moorhouse Ave / Fitzgerald Ave, national state of emergency. Demolished post June 13 quake


26.10.11. Bus depot demolition site, 8 months post Feb 22 quake, cnr Moorhouse Ave / Fitzgerald Ave


06.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, brick bldg, cnr Moorhouse Ave / Fitzgerald Ave, national state of emergency. Demolished post June 13 quake


06.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged brick bldg, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency. Demolished soon post Feb 22 quake

From Moorhouse Ave I coolpixed the RC Cathedral, quake trashed facade, pics Button cop had deleted 2 days ago.


06.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged RC Cathedral facade, with collapsed twin towers, Barbadoes St, red zone, no access cordon, national state of emergency. Piled shipping containers supported the facade & transepts while deconstruction took place

Barbadoes St, red zone, no access crossing had two blue uniformed cops, in yellow, Hi Vis jackets, check-pointing contractors' vehicles going into the CBD cordon. I'd seen NZDF soldiers & a girl friend in that cordon on Friday.

Since Friday, cops & NZDF soldiers had smartened up, straight backs & folded arms & were more alert. They weren't seated Sad Sacks anymore. Not a girl friend in sight.


06.03.11. Alert NZDF soldiers at cordon, Manchester St red zone, no access cordon, by Pak 'n Save, national state of emergency


06.03.11. Portaloos, Pak 'n Save car park, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency


06.03.11. Moorhouse Ave Pak 'n Save quake sign, national state of emergency

A Moorhouse Ave, Pak 'n Save sign on a window read:

Due to Safety
Requirements
ONLY 400 People
are allowed
in the store
at any one time

THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING


06.03.11. Quake damaged bldg near Pak 'n Save, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency. The bldg was demolished


06.03.11. Post Feb 22 quake, steel & concrete block braced, Moorhouse Ave over bridge by Colombo St crossing, national state of emergency


At busy Pak 'n Save, by Manchester St crossing, on the edge of the red zone, no access cordon, I coolpixed the cordon & CBD sky line, then coolpixed broken bldgs I'd done on Friday: signs; cracked bldg next to Pak 'n Save; collapsed concrete wall; Harvey Norman, propped by wooden bracing (soon demolished); quake weakened, concrete over bridge, strengthened by concrete blocks & steel bracing


06.03.11. Cop car, & cone cordon, Moorhouse Ave / Colombo St over bridge, national state of emergency. Beyond, old, brick station (Science Alive bldg). The clock in the wood braced, brick clock tower stopped in the Sept 4 quake. The old station was trashed by the Feb 22 quake & was demolished


06.03.11. Three NZDF soldiers at cordon, Colombo St / Moorhouse Ave crossing, national state of emergency


06.03.11. Quake trashed, wood braced Harvey Norman brick bldg by cordoned over bridge, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency. Harvey Norman was demolished


06.03.11. Portaloo & liquefaction silt, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency

Three NZDF soldiers guarded Colombo St / Moorhouse Ave crossing, red zone, no access cordon. The comfortable South City wooden bench I'd seen on Friday, with a seated Singapore soldier, was discarded further down Colombo St.


06.03.11. Feb 22 quake tilted, brick wall, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency

I wandered along Moorhouse Ave again, past Durham St Sth, at the edge of the no access red zone, while coolpixing silt piles, busy traffic, road cordon cones & quake damage along the way.


06.03.11. Scaffolded, cordoned pub, cnr Moorhouse Ave / Montreal St, national state of emergency. Demolished post June 13 quake

At Montreal St crossing (zone 1) I coolpixed the scaffolded pub on the corner. (Demolished post June 13 quake). On the opposite corner the cops were gone, but they'd left a mess for others to clean up: chairs, table, plastic crates, water bottles, bicycle, metal stand. A cardboard sign read:

MEDIA
PASSES


06.03.11. Cop media passes sign, cnr Moorhouse Ave / Montreal St, zone 1 cordon, national state emergency


Further down Moorhouse Ave a digital road sign read:

ALL
CONTRACTORS
USE

MOORHOUSE /
BARBADOES
STREET


06.03.11. Road cone cordons directing traffic, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency


06.03.11. Portaloo & road cone cordon, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency


06.03.11. Post Feb 22 quake, wood & steel braced bldgs, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency


06.03.11. Post Feb 22 quake, digital traffic sign, Moorhouse Ave, national state of emergency

Back at Pak 'n Save I did some shopping, still only 400 shoppers allowed in Pak 'n Save at a time. The pretty, Samoan checkout girl had a white & yellow frangipani flower stuck in her hair above her ear. "You remind me of a Gauguin painting," I said. She smiled.

Months later after trial shopping At Hornby Pak 'n Save, I changed my weekly shopping to Moorhouse Ave, Pak 'n Save, as it had adequate above-ground parking. Post quakes I was spooked by underground & mall undercover parking. I'd seen too many quake collapsed garages.


One News, Mon 07.03.11, showed 2 blue uniformed cops patrolling in their Holden, saving quake stricken citizens from themselves & others. I wanted to puke, not my experience. Car patrolling cops were messing up quake broken roads, weak water pipes, weak sewage pipes & weak drains, while polluting already polluted rubble & silt dusty atmosphere with exhaust fumes.

Another TV item featured an Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) cop opining about 4-6 armed cops patrolling Christchurch that night, with guns. AOS was a hit squad / execution squad.

One night a year ago, AOS came to our Burnside neighbourhood & terrorized citizens with road blocks - appearing out of the dark, automatic rifle armed, wearing dark glasses, black uniforms & black balaclavas. They shot to death a wheelchaired, drunk, trigger-happy madman down the road from us.

Tues 08.03.11, two weeks post Feb 22 quake, I helped Leah clean up her 2 teaching rooms at her London St school. London St was full of liquefaction silt still, while traffic ground past.

Both sides of Fitzgerald Ave in Zone 2 was opened, although by Avon Loop, near Leah's school, only one coned lane was open, where Fitzgerald Ave's northbound lane had collapsed - vast cracks roadside.

Dads had dug away most of the liquefaction silt in the school playground & car park, but some silt remained. A massive silt pile remained outside the school gate, with more silt piles along London St. The school was covered in silt dust, some outside window ledges 1/2 cm thick with silt, a health hazard. The verandah in front of Leah's class was thick with silt dust, the playground too.

The cleaning lady had already tidied up Leah' s first floor office a bit, but Leah had to tidy her teaching aids & paperwork. The Feb 22 quake had toppled a glass fronted cupboard from another cupboard. The cleaner had left a plastic crate full of broken glass. I swept up lots of powdered glass on the carpet.

I left Leah to tidy up & looked at staffroom mess: spilt coffee smeared on the floor, broken glassware, powdered glass, broken crockery, chairs, books & periodicals strewn about. Commercial cleaners would soon clean the school.

Leah's classroom was a mess. While cleaning up, I felt the terror - cloying like silt dust, pasting my nose, eyes, mouth & throat, making me cough. Leah's little corner of hell: books & teaching aids strewn everywhere, shelf stuff on the floor, teacher's & kids' stuff scattered.

Leaving teacher desk & records for Leah to tidy, I cleaned one little corner of hell: rearranged tangled desks, straightened a displaced, steel cupboard, replaced tumbled chairs, cleared up fallen teacher aids, games, chalk, board duster & swept up masses of seeds, scattered from 2 plastic buckets, seeds crushed by the steel cupboard, feed for pet rats.

Coda. 07.09.11. The Press headline: Earthquake photos Police produce charity book.

The Press reported: "'Christchurch 22.2 Beyond the Cordon' Hodder Moa, Auckland, 2011, features 256 images shot by police photographers as the rescue and recovery operation was underway...

All royalties from the book will go to the Christchurch Family Help Trust."

As media cops I'd encountered 6 months ago had check-pointed media passes into the CBD, red zone, cordon, they would've known about other media / forensic cops taking exclusive pics in the red zone.

The cops' book Introduction stated: "While the photographers saw themselves as privileged in playing a part in victim identification, they were also the only photographers in the central city 'red zone' for three weeks after the initial earthquake. That meant they were the only ones able to capture events as they unfolded."

Anyone with a zoom lens could've taken pics of most of the red zone CBD, if they weren't harassed by cops & NZDF soldiers. Media cops were scared of competition from my small zoom pics of the RC Cathedral which I'd snapped from Moorhouse Ave.

The media cops' book was propaganda, as Christchurch public, who'd survived 4 major quakes & 1 000s of aftershocks over the last year, were still banned from the red zone.

There was talk of allowing foreign media access to the CBD, red zone, cordon during Rugby World Cup. By isolating, minimising, eliminating & treating citizens like fools, authorities shouldn't be surprised if scorned & treated the same.

The arsewipe cops I encountered, corner Moorhouse Ave / Montreal St, were protecting their mates' exclusive pics in the red zone & their jackass deletion of my digital pics was police misconduct.

FACEBOOK

June (RSA): We are keeping track on internet. Glad you are all OK. Lots of love to you all. Mar 3 at 2:21 am.

Mark: June. Trying to put newsy stuff on Facebook. Also a record, as things are changing quickly. Mar 3 at 4:31 am.

Mark: The Star, 02 Mar, lawyer said, "Christchurch City Council inspected the building [CTV, 115 dead] following the September earthquake and deemed it safe for occupation." Mar 3 at 4:34 am.

Mark: Walked some of the CBD cordon yesterday, Tues. Military & cops at every crossing. Walked Bealey Ave, London St, Stanmore Rd, Hereford St & inside the national state of emergency cordon - bits of Fitzgerald Ave & Avonside Dr. A soldier let me in. Lots of damage. Much liquefaction dust by Leah's school, as cars were in gridlock there. Mar 3 at 5:12 am.

Mark: Civil Defence, cops & military are thinking of relaxing the CBD cordon for a while, to allow people to fetch possessions & business records, to carry on with business elsewhere. Mar 3 at 6:15 am.

Mark: NZ govt is coughing up $10 000 to families for those who died. Hope it covers a decent funeral & headstone / memorial.

Jake is not eligible for the one-off, $500 singles Red Cross grant, as he's luckily still being paid by his employer [business interruption insurance] despite no work. Waiting for the restaurant to be inspected. Mar 3 at 5:20 am.

Mark: Thanked 3 dads yesterday, digging liquefaction silt by Leah's classroom. Car park already cleared, 3 silt mounds there. Huge silt mounds outside school, London St. Silt volcanoes which trapped Leah's Honda were still there, dry now, malevolent with dust. School smelt shitty, mod bldg, looks OK from outside. Couple of hours post quake, I'd coolpixed bottom floor inside things, flung everywhere. Mar 3 at 5:30 am.

Mark: Wonder why Civil Defence & Council morons haven't cleared liquefaction silt away on Stanmore Rd & London St. Those narrow roads, houses & businesses are covered in evil, liquefaction dust. Those tiny roads, gridlocked for a week, are now main & hazardous throroughfares past Leah's school, bottle-necking traffic from major Bealey Ave & Avonside Dr & other roads' heavy traffic, like Armagh St.

Council idiots are now sending water tankers to spray Bealey Ave & Stanmore Rd to settle dust [makes mud] ineffectual & a health hazard. Clear the silt first! I dread to think of the germs settling into Leah's school after all that lethal dust penetration. Mar 3 at 6:28 am.

Mark: Coolpixed old, brick Bealey Pharmacy, cnr Bealey Ave / Colombo St, yesterday Tues. Useless, new, galvanized iron on parapet, post Sept 4 quake, looked pathetic, as the whole bldg collapsed, crushing cars. Fence cordon now obstructs Bealey Ave traffic. Mar 3 at 5:48 am.

Mark: Walked along Bealey Ave, spitting like a consumptive in a dust storm. Wasn't going to swallow grit in my mouth, like cement dust, in my hair & beard. (Used a mask for my next walk).

Saw a blonde pavement hustler selling "Christchurch Essence." Bottles of unboiled water free. Further on, two bagged trees, with red message tape & card messages on trees. I wrote, "Pray for Chch." Dust everywhere, windy nor'wester, part of history.

Jap TV team camped with 2 brown mini buses on grassy, treed, road island opposite Knox Church. I could see right through the destroyed brick church - sideways. One News team - camping with 3 posher porta-cabins on Papnui Rd, opposite destroyed brick Carlton Hotel. We'd bought Burger King burgers there, post Sept 4 quake, while scaffolding & steel bracing supported a wall. Mar 3 at 6:10 am.

Mark: Death toll 163. [Final toll 185]. National Memorial Service soon.
22 000 still without power.
PM John Key to visit bad suburbs today (One News). Mar 4 at 6:54 am.

Mark: 78% have water, 89% have power.
50% heritage bldgs red stickered.
220 000 tons silt removed so far (One News). [500 000 tons, CERA, Sept].

Wonder if they've removed all the silt from London St, now a main thoroughfare by Leah's school. Two days ago when I was there, London St was a germ warfare zone. Mar 4 at 10:07 am.

Mark: Death toll 165. [Final toll 185].
Sat afternoon aftershocks: mag 3.5, 3.9, 4.8, growly, shook our house.
Sat, while walking the CBD, 3 spiteful cops deleted my coolpix, Moorhouse Ave. Got nothing better to do than harass citizens. No wonder Aussie cops were hired to strengthen locals. Saw Kiwi soldiers holding girl friends' hands in cordon LOL. Singapore soldiers looked more professional. Mar 5 at 7:07 pm.

John (RSA): Regularly following your blog. Strange reaction from police, as you say - the majority of the buildings have been photographed many times over from day one. Mar 7 at 6:16 am.

Mark: Thanks John. Reckon I met Sad Sacks that day, rest seem on the ball. History is galloping by in Chch. Hazardous bldgs being demolished, left, right & centre, during the national state of emergency, extended for another week, into the 3rd week now. Coolpixed Beckenham Baptist Church last week, quake trashed, demolished soon afterwards. Go well. Mar 8 at 12:16 pm.

Mark Death toll 166. [Final toll 185]. National Day of Mourning 18 March.
95% Chch connected to power. 81% connected to water.
10 000 homes may be lost (TV & The Press news).

Saw on Cashel St, quake damaged house: LOOTERS WILL BE BEATEN. B crossed out - EATEN. 8 Mar at 12:24 pm.

Alan (RSA): Very sad. Thank you for your commentary on this tragedy Mark. In today's world, everyone seems to forget so soon. The quake must have been so traumatic for people in the city. Mar 8 at 11:09 pm.

Mark: Very Alan. Lots of people leaving Chch to get away for a bit. Dunno if they'll ever return. Much cleaning up, demolitions, repairs & rebuilding to do (the latter many years) with workers & all the "foreigner" helpers & do-gooders cluttering up things. Our family like others felt the need to stay & get on with it, trying to get back to "normal" asap. Thanks for the moral support, appreciated. Mar 9 at 8:04 am.

Maggie (RSA): I think that it is dreadful that looters go in and help themselves. Have the same problem here. Mar 10 at 4:31 am.

Mark: Must be billions of dollars of destroyed & "safe" bldgs & belongings for the taking by criminals Maggie. Hence cops & soldiers are very alert now, even borrowed a helicopter from Auckland to buzz over Chch to watch out for looters, day and night. Mar 12 at 11:11 am.

Mark: Two weeks post quake: Helped clean Leah's 2 classrooms yesterday, a mess. Still felt the terror amidst the cloying silt dust. Some destroyed schools are doing double shift schooling with OK schools - morning & afternoon shifts. Some parents are taking their school kids to other towns & cities for schooling. Leah's school is OK, but sewage & water connections were kaput. Mar 9 at 8:18 am.

Coda: Tues 19.11.13 The Press. More than 2 years later, I'm amused at a top cop indignant about senior constable Gordon Mayer admitting guilt at his trial for soliciting sex in uniform from the public whilst on duty. It showed the ethos of cops we endured during 2010-2013 quake years.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Corrupt cop worked at unhealthy station (The Press / Stuff Co).

2 comments:

  1. I lived on the corner of cashel st and stanmore road just up from davids book store, got told my old flat was demolished recently

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  2. Sorry to hear that Philip. I drive past Cashel St corner most mornings. The demolitions are part of my life now. Every day I see more demolitions & empty lots. David's Book store gone too.

    Lots of quake damage along Stanmore Rd, especially Worcester St intersection, looks like a war zone now. Just empty demolition lots where shops once stood.

    Demolitions happening all over Christchurch now: CBD, business, residential & soon red zoned suburban housing. Go well.

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