Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mt Pleasant, Christchurch Quake

Sat 21.05.11. Three months post 22.02.11, magnitude 6.3 quake, I wandered a lower circuit of Mt Pleasant suburb, Port Hills. I drove up Soleares Ave until stopped by a fence cordon across the road at a roadside rock fall. I parked my car & backtracked to coolpix 8 badly damaged houses above the rock fall on Soleares Ave. Later those damaged houses were green zoned by CERA!

Images, quake damaged Soleares Ave:


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, Oamaru, limestone bricks, Soleares Ave footpath


Creamy, Oamaru, limestone bricks were thrown about on a footpath. Oamaru limestone bricks were useless throughout Christchurch, as Oamaru bricks crumbled, sheared & separated from mortar too easily.

There were broken garden walls, slumped & liquefactioned gardens, cracked driveways. An upper storey wall was peeled off, yet bedroom contents stayed intact - bed made up, light fittings & wall mirror OK.

I saw that dolls house strangeness all over Christchurch: brick walls ripped off by quakes, yet room contents stayed intact - not always though, as quake shaking or collapsed roofs smashed rooms to bits.


At the bottom of the hill I coolpixed a house demolition.


On my way up again, a grizzled lady & her dog were walking downhill. I said, "If you go to those damaged houses they'll scare your pants off. I didn't stay long there." She gave me an odd look.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, roadside rock fall, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Rock fall by Feb 22 quake damaged house, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, roadside rock fall, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, portaloo, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, portaloo, rock fall & quake damaged house, Soleares Ave



Signs on letter boxes read:

DANGER
LIVE WIRES

Tape across driveways & gates read:

DANGER KEEP OUT

or

RESTRICTED AREA
PLEASE KEEP OUT



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, roadside rock fall & fence cordon, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, Soleares Ave view of Avon-Heathcote Estuary


A Yank, Christian lunatic falsely predicted the end off the world on 21.05.11. He wasn't the first or last lunatic to falsely predict catastrophe after Christchurch quakes. Yet NZ media incited hysteria by actually quoting & interviewing the idiot.

Vampire farce: USA model Rachel Hunter visited Christchurch's forbidden, red zone CBD, flanked by flunkeys, & drooling media, CBD ruins behind her. Hunter's excuse for preference over citizens: telethon to raise quake funds. Meanwhile Christchurch citizens endured aftershocks, crapped on portaloos, paid rates & taxes, doffed their caps, waited outside the CBD cordon.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Soleares Ave



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake slumped garden, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged & tarped house, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, Oamaru stone, brick house, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, liquefaction mud & quake damaged garage, Soleares Ave


21.05.11 Feb 22 quake cracked driveway, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Broken glass by Feb 22 quake damaged house, Soleares Ave

TV news reported looting at Off The Square Hotel during the national state of emergency in the military cordoned, red zone CBD. Next day's TV news, a cop said houses in an unnamed road had been looted in a hill suburb on 15 April.

A couple were interviewed whose quake damaged, evacuated house was looted. They smilingly said they'd made it easy for looters by labelling their relocation boxes. The cop recommended removal of police tape from evacuated, damaged houses, boarding up evacuated houses & nailing windows closed. Wonder why cops & media woke up so long after so-called lootings?

Red stickers, cop danger tapes & USAR / TF danger tapes, festooning bldgs all over Christchurch, were open invitations for thieves.



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, fence cordon across Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, concrete, retaining wall, Soleares Ave

NZ Immigration Service was extending work visas for foreigners beyond Rugby World Cup 2011. A personnel goon gushed on TV news that foreign workers were better than locals, as they made an effort to get to NZ. Despite 1 000s of Cantabrians in the hospitality industry losing jobs, like Jake, twice, because of the quake AND Christchurch losing hosting of WC matches due to quake damages.

I can assure that personnel goon my immigrant family & I didn't consider ourselves better than locals, as we made an effort to get to NZ. Also NZ was a land of immigrants, including locals.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Soleares Ave




21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, roadside rock fall, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged drain, curb & pavement, Soleares Ave



Christchurch Mail 16.05.11 reported: "Based on the number of homes with damage at or above the EQC's $100 000 cap, Mount Pleasant tops the numbers of similarly damaged Bexley homes by three..." Christchurch Mail gave numbers damaged above the $100 000 cap as follows: "Mount Pleasant 740; Bexley 737; Burwood 552; Moncks Bay 511; Avondale 458; Dallington 444; Travis 398; Rawhiti 377; Aranui 358; St Martins 328."

So what? That didn't count 1 000s of houses with EQC claims damages less than $100 000 each. Crucial was whether a bldg was red stickered, or not. If red stickered, the bldg had to be abandoned & home owners had to seek accommodation elsewhere. And negotiate with EQC & / or insurers, enabling repairs or purchase of another property, or not. Never mind displacement of family & disruption of education & jobs.

The $100 000 cap was an amount fixed by govt & EQC pre 2007 to fix quake damaged houses. By the time the 2010-2011 quakes struck, the $100 000 cap wasn't increased, despite EQC requesting govt to do so in 2007. That resulted in EQC being under-insured by reinsurers & the ghastly farrago of EQC & Fetchers fixing under cap houses & home owners having to negotiate with their insurers to fix or rebuild over cap houses. That left home owners piggy in the middle between EQC & insurers, causing endless squabbles & delays.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, portaloo & cabbage tree, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, Soleares Ave




I sweated up steep Soleares Ave, past a children's playground, past pavement portaloos & side roads with fey Spanish names like Cadiz Ln, Santa Maria Ave... Road damage was repaired, but broken pavements, broken driveways & broken retaining walls remained.

Several houses on the way up were part repaired with boards on broken windows & walls. Several cars passed on Soleares Ave had to turn back at the fence cordon.



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged garden wall, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, Soleares Ave



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged wall, Soleares Ave



21.05.11. Portaloo & Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, Soleares Ave



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, residents only sign, Soleares Ave

Beyond Mt Pleasant Rd junction, I wandered up Mt Pleasant Rd a bit to coolpix more broken homes. On my way down I saw more broken homes, broken roofs, some homes boarded up as on Soleares Ave. On my way down Mt Pleasant Rd, I coolpixed damaged homes across the valley towards Soleares Ave: boarded homes, damaged roofs, tarps on walls & roofs.

Images, quake damaged Mt Pleasant Rd:


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Mt Pleasant Rd house, seen from Soleares Ave cnr



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Soleares Ave / Mt Pleasant Rd junction


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, portaloo, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, man fixing stone retaining wall, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, concrete supported power pole & road works, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged houses, Mt Pleasant Rd




21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged roof, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Skips in Feb 22 quake damaged driveway, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged roof, Mt Pleasant Rd



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, Mt Pleasant Rd


Mt Pleasant Rd pavement was in bad condition, slumped in places with some shingle repairs filling in quake holes. Some driveways were ruined with slumping & cracking. On my way down, I passed paired portaloos, demolished houses, several tilted & damaged garages & red stickered houses.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged roof, The Rise / Mt Pleasant Rd junction


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake portaloos, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, new concrete & names over fixed, leaky pipe, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, tarped & boarded houses, Mt Pleasant Rd




21.05.11. Road cones by Feb 22 quake damaged Mt Pleasant Rd



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake portaloos, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged roof, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Mt Pleasant Rd



21.05.11. Mt Pleasant Rd view of Feb 22 quake damaged houses near Soleares Ave




21.05.11. Mt Pleasant Rd view of Feb 22 quake damaged houses & McCormacks Bay

As usual, traffic wound its way up the Port Hills, several cyclists & walkers passed. People did gardening, an old man fixed his rock retaining wall & a couple sawed two wonky pine saplings by their driveway.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged ceiling, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, green roof, Mt Pleasant Rd







21.05.11. Feb 22 quake collapsed garage, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house wall, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged garage, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Mt Pleasant Rd



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged roof, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, house wall & roof, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Mt Pleasant Rd view of Feb 22 quake damaged houses near Soleares Ave



21.05.11. Fallen tree across Feb 22 quake damaged driveway, Mt Pleasant Rd



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Mt Pleasant Rd

At the bottom of Mt Pleasant Rd a Council sign advised about sewer renewal in McCormacks Bay Rd, as the sewage system from Ferrymead Bridge all the way to Sumner was trashed by the Feb 22 quake. After the quake, McCormacks Bay Rd was a lumpy, bumpy, liquefactioned mess, used as a one-way road, while nearby quake damaged Main Rd causeway was patch repaired.

Eleven months later, June 2012, the causeway was still one of the worst roads in Christchurch. So much for SCIRT horizontal infrastructure repairs. Slow repairs, controlled by govt bureaucrats, were forcing people to endure Third World conditions. I'd driven better roads in Africa.

Newly appointed SCIRT boss Mark Ford would direct SCIRT repairs from Auckland, as Ford deigned to relocate to quake ravaged Christchurch. Like Christchurch town clerk Tony Marryatt, working weeks in Christchurch, but flying home to Hamilton in weekends.

In 1987 apartheid SA, I'd experienced similar half-baked management when I'd lived & taught in Third World QwaQwa homeland, where most management staff lived in white residential towns (like Harrismith, Kestell, Bethlehem) away from black residential QwaQwa.

Only in 2013 was the causeway closed for permanent repairs. McCormacks Bay Rd became the congested, lumpy detour while the causeway was repaired. 


21.05.11. Mt Pleasant Rd, Feb 22 quake demolished house view of Mt Pleasant & Balmoral Hill


21.05.11. Mt Pleasant Rd, Feb 22 quake demolished house view of McCormacks Bay


21.05.11. Mt Pleasant Rd, Feb 22 quake demolished house view of Mt Pleasant


21.05.11. Mt Pleasant Rd view of Feb 22 quake damaged houses near Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, Mt Pleasant Rd view of McCormacks Bay & Avon-Heathcote Estuary


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Mt Pleasant Rd & portaloo



I wandered along McCormacks Bay Rd, parallel to busy causeway traffic, with sunny views over Avon-Heathcote Estuary. I wandered past road excavations, sewage stink wafting from muddy, fenced holes, past digger machines & huge, black, plastic, sewer pipes, stacked, for burial under the road.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, locked house gate & quake restriction signs, Mt Pleasant Rd. Invite for thieves


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake demolition, Mt Pleasant Rd



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged garage, Mt Pleasant Rd



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged garden wall, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake portaloo by houses, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, red stickered house, Mt Pleasant Rd



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged garage, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house wall, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake portaloos, Mt Pleasant Rd

I passed several quake damaged, red stickered houses, some boarded. One had shattered corner walls. I saw clothing still hanging in a broken, second storey cupboard, nearby bed skewed. The house was later demolished & rebuilt.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged houses, Mt Pleasant Rd


Mt Pleasant Squash Club was busy with its Saturday Farmers Market, crowds socializing & buying from stalls. In the kids playground a mound of liquefaction silt remained.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, roadside business signs, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged roof, Mt Pleasant Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Mt Pleasant Rd


I wandered up Soleares Ave again, back to my car, past a pharmacy with community notices in the window & Flames restaurant, open, doing business. I coolpixed more quake damaged houses.

Images, quake damaged McCormacks Bay Rd & Main Rd:


21.05.11. Christchurch City Council, sewer repair sign, McCormacks Bay Rd. June 13 quake would trash Christchurch sewer system again


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, new sewer excavations, McCormacks Bay Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, Main Rd causeway by Avon-Heathcote Estuary


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, new sewer excavations, McCormacks Bay Rd




Over the week the coroner released the last few names of those who'd died in the 22.02.11 quake & cops released details of where the 182 died: 115 in CTV bldg; 18 in PGC bldg; 36 more in CBD; 12 in suburbs; 1 later added to the list (The Press 21.05.11). Death toll later increased to 185, due to injury deaths. Gotta ask why cops & the coroner took so long?


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house & sewer renewal, McCormacks Bay Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake trashed bedroom, McCormacks Bay Rd. The house was demolished & rebuilt



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, McCormacks Bay Rd



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house by sewer renewal, McCormacks Bay Rd



21.05.11. Feb 22 quake cracked, kidsfirst wall, McCormacks Bay Rd


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, wood repaired house, McCormacks Bay Rd


21.05.11. Post Feb 22 quake, farmers market, McCormacks Bay Rd


Wed 25.05.11. 6 am, 7 km deep, 10 km SE of Chch, magnitude 4.1 quake woke us up. (Geonet).

That night I watched the TV programme "5 Days in the Red Zone" where 2 quake-tourist cops drove from Alexandra to 22.02.11 quake trashed Christchurch to save Cantabrians from themselves. They gawped at quake damage in the CBD forbidden red zone, including quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral.

At Papanui they were shocked to see "rubberneckers" (their word) taking pics of a 04.09.10 quake & 22.02.11 quake damaged, old, brick bldg being demolished.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, McCormacks Bay Rd


The corner Harewood Rd / Main North Rd bldg, which awed those gormless cops, was fence cordoned for months since the 04.09.10 quake.

I'd coolpixed the bldg on my weekly jaunts to Papanui National Bank & Northlands Mall. An adjacent bldg had already been part demolished, long before the quake-tourist cops arrived. Christchurch citizens were used to seeing demolitions since the 04.09.10 quake.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake bent, boarded house, McCormacks Bay Rd



21.05.11. Post Feb 22 quake, sewer renewal signs & farmers market, McCormacks Bay Rd

The quake-tourist cops were also shocked at photographers taking pics of unstable Sydenham Heritage Church, which was also damaged by the 04.09.10 & 22.02.11 quakes. The old, stone church had stood empty for years, an eyesore on Brougham St / Colombo St corner.

I'd coolpixed the church long before those quake-tourist cops came & gawped. The church was demolished early in the 22.02.11 quake, national state of emergency. Those cops complained about photographers while photographing themselves.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged houses, cnr McCormacks Bay Rd / Soleares Ave

Images, quake damaged Soleares Ave:



21.05.11. Post Feb 22 quake, community notices in pharmacy window, Soleares Ave

The quake-tourist cops, with their expediently captive TV cameraman, forgot they were in Christchurch on sufferance, during the national state of emergency. Their vehicle patrolling messed quake damaged roads, they took needed accommodation & supplies like water, food, power & petrol from citizens, forbidden entering the red zone. Good riddance to them, more hindrance than help.


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house & portaloo, Soleares Ave


21.05.11. Feb 22 quake, fence cordoned Soleares Ave by roadside rock fall


21.05.11. Post Feb 22 quake, woman & dog by roadside rock fall, Soleares Ave

Coda. Wed 14.11.12. 18 months later, The Press reported that although green zoned, 8 houses at the bottom of Soleares Ave could not be timeously repaired, as council deigned to pay $2.5 million fixing an access road to the 8 houses, to enable builders / repairers access to the 8 houses. So much for mayor Parker & town clerk Marryatt looking after ratepayers. The slow timing also gave an idea of slow land zoning by CERA & slow negotiations by EQC & insurers messing home owners around.

Those 8 frustrated home owners were a microcosm of frustrations & anger endured by 7 860 red zoned & about 28 000 TC3 green-blue zoned home owners. (CERA Greater Christchurch Recovery Update, Issue 15 November 2012).

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See $2.5m repairs to access 8 homes (The Press / Stuff Co).

2 comments:

  1. Great detail again Mark...thanks so much. Still waiting to hear what the costs are to my house [former family home now rented] in Breezes Road so i'd say those figures in your post are going to be even higher...many not even been looked at by EQC yet. They even skipped over my fast track assessment. A pain when i live in Auckland!

    Cheers
    Sandy

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  2. Thanks Sandy. Ouch. Discrepancy again between what EQC & media say & reality. Go well.

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