Monday, July 25, 2011

Christchurch CBD Snow Cordon, Post June 13 Quake

Images, snowy Heath St, post June 13 quake:

25.07.11. Snowy Heath St house, post June 13 quake

25.07.11. After a mild winter to date, late Sun night, 24 July, it started snowing & continued snowing intermittently on Mon. Snow was about a foot deep in our Heath St garden, the street in deep snow. Unusual for Christchurch, as coastal snow didn't arrive every winter for us.


25.07.11. Snowy Heath St, post June 13 quake



As I wanted to see DTZ bldg demolition, begun on Friday in the CBD cordoned dead zone, I drove down snowy Guildford St. Greers Rd was snowy, as I'd find the rest of Christchurch that day. Roads were early morning iced & a car revved & skidded across Wairakei Rd crossing trying to move after traffic lights' green.


25.07.11. Snowy front yard, Heath St house, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy driveway, Heath St, post June 13 quake

As my Toyota tyres were new with deep treads I had no problem driving in ice & snow. With car lights on, while the snow storm continued, I followed tracks of other cars through snow sludge in the middle of the road. Everyone drove slowly, keeping their distance, cautious at traffic lights. It snowed all the way to the CBD, parked cars had six inches of snow on top.


25.07.11. Snowy back yard, Heath St, post June 13 quake


By Bealey Ave corner, I realized I was mistaken going so early to the CBD in a snow storm, as I had no place to park. Roadside parking, I'd get stuck, as snow was deep & slippery & would compact under car weight, trapping my car. Some cars had slid off roadsides & couldn't move. I drove through the snowstorm up Papanui Rd back to Burnside.


25.07.11. Snowy house decking, Heath St, post June 13 quake


Before noon snowing stopped a bit & sun came out, so I made another attempt. Still no parking, more cars had slid off roadsides, some with hazard lights flickering. I drove along snow sludged Bealey Ave to Leah's school car park, at Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St. I parked on inches of compacted snow, determined to see the snow cordon around quaked ravaged Christchurch CBD. Six weeks ago the car park was liquefactioned by the June 13 quake.

Images, snowy, quake damaged London St & Bealey Ave:


25.07.11. Snowy car park, Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy, plastic sewage tank, London St, post June 13 quake

While I walked back along London St & Bealey Ave the snow storm continued. I wore woollen gear & a green hooded Mackintosh, so was weather proof, legs & shoes excepted. Along Bealey Ave, I coolpixed quakescapes I'd seen before, but snowy, only recognized by location:


25.07.11. Snowy Bealey Ave, nr Fitzgerald Ave cnr, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy sewage sucker trucks, Bealey Ave, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy cnr Bealey Ave / Manchester St, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy cnr Bealey Ave / Colombo St, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy The Deanery demolition site, Bealey Ave, post June 13 quake



25.07.11 Snowy Maori marae demolition site, cnr Bealey Ave / Springfield Rd, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Post Feb 22 quake, snowy, temp bus exchange, Bealey Ave. Other temp bus exchange, on Hagley Ave, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy, serial quake trashed, fence cordoned house, walls stripped off by Feb 22 quake, Bealey Ave, post June 13 quake. The house was demolished

Snowed in, parked sewage sucker trucks; The Deanery demolition site; Maori marae demolition site, Springfield Rd corner; The Pharmacy demolition site, Colombo St corner; Knox Presbyterian Church quake ruin; a mobile pub on Carlton Hotel snowy demolition site, Papanui Rd corner.


25.07.11. Snowy Bealey Ave / Victoria St / Papanui Rd crossing. Mobile pub on Papanui Rd cnr, where quake demolished Carlton Hotel once stood


25.07.11. Snowy, serial quake trashed Knox Presbyterian Church, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St, post June 13 quake


Snow blowing in my face, my glasses removed long ago, I wandered down snowy Victoria St to Fidelity Assurance bldg, being demolished, a digger picking at snowy ruins. It was the only active demolition I saw that day. Not much going on in snowy CBD, most businesses closed by quakes or snow.

Leah had postponed her seminar to aspiring teachers & Luke's tech lectures were postponed too, next day as well. Due to icy roads, bosses gave quake & snow stunned employees a long weekend.

Images, snowy, quake damaged Victoria St:


25.07.11. Snowy Fidelity Assurance demolition site, Victoria St, post June 13 quake


Pedestrians I passed in the snow were cheerful with hearty greetings, enjoying the novelty of snow, & clean, fresh air, like me. Much better than sludging through liquefaction mud for so long after quakes. Although my legs & feet were wet & SUV hoons splashed slush on pedestrians while driving by, CBD's snowy quakescapes were spectacular.


25.07.11. Snowy Costas Taverna, closed, Victoria St, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Victoria St view of snowy, quake demolition site & view across Montreal St, post June 13 quake

I coolpixed quakescapes I'd seen before, but snowy: Salisbury St & Peterborough St crossings demolition sites, still fence cordoned. Jubilee Clock Tower, Victoria Mansions, The Est@blishment, later demolished, Christchurch Casino. All snowy.

The Peterborough, Montreal St corner, quake trashed, still fence cordoned. Cranmer Court, Kilmore St corner, quake trashed, still fence cordoned (demolished Oct 2012). Snowy Cranmer Square, surrounded by bare London planes: a couple wandered across towards Cranmer Centre demolition site.


25.07.11. Gordon Smith & Sons Fruiterers, snowy view of Victoria St / Salisbury St / Montreal St crossing, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy view across Strategy bldg demolition site to The Est@blishment bldg left, awaiting demolition, & quake damaged Victoria Mansions & Jubilee Clock Tower, Victoria St / Salisbury St / Montreal St crossing, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy Victoria St / Montreal St crossing view of quake damaged Victoria Mansions, Jubilee Clock Tower, The Peterborough, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Montreal St view of snowy, quake demolition site & Victoria St / Peterborough St crossing. Christchurch Casino beyond, post June 13 quake

Images, snowy, quake damaged Montreal St & Cranmer Sq:


25.07.11. Snowy Montreal St view down Peterborough St to Christchurch Casino, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy, fence cordoned, serial quake damaged The Peterborough, cnr Peterborough St / Montreal St, post June 13 quake



25.07.11. Snowy, fence cordoned, serial quake damaged Cranmer Court, cnr Montreal St / Kilmore St, post June 13 quake. Cranmer Court was demolished in Oct 2012



25.07.11. Snowy Cranmer Sq, Cranmer Centre demolition site beyond, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy, quake damaged house, cnr Chester St West / Cranmer Sq, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy Windsor Hotel demolition site & rebuild. Cranmer Centre quake demolition site beyond, cnr Armagh St / Montreal St, post June 13 quake

Images, snowy, quake damaged Armagh St, Durham St Nth & Gloucester St:


25.07.11. Snowy, fence cordoned, quake damaged bldgs, Armagh St, post June 13 quake

I cut down snowy Armagh St & along snowy Durham St Nth, past snowy, quake ruined Provincial Chambers. Photographers were at snowy Gloucester St crossing, still fence cordoned near Central Library.

Not a NZDF cordon soldier in sight, nor cops. Only cops I saw near the snow cordon were two patrol cars, one on Durham St South, another on St Asaph St. Like everything else on snowy days, cops & military shut down too. I could've entered the CBD cordon anywhere. So much for snow cordon security. I had the risible thought of cops & NZDF soldiers tracking interlopers' footprints in CBD snow.


25.07.11. Snowy, serial quake damaged, fence cordoned, Feb 22 quake trashed Provincial Chambers, Durham St Nth. Rydges & Clarendon Tower beyond, post June 13 quake. Clarendon Tower was demolished in 2012. Provincial Chambers was restored





25.07.11. Snow photographers by fence cordoned, serial quake damaged Provincial Chambers, cnr Gloucester St / Durham St Nth, post June 13 quake. Provincial Chambers was restored after many years' dereliction


25.07.11. Snowy CBD quake cordon, checkpoint hut, Gloucester St Bridge. Central Library beyond left, quake damaged Brannigans by diggers right, post June 13 quake. Brannigans was soon demolished. Central Library was demolished in 2014, Farmers behind was demolished in 2012

I wandered along snowy Avon River bank, Cambridge Tce side, looking into dead zone, cordon forbidden CBD. Avon River sewage pollution signs hung on trees. A couple of photographers stood on snowy Worcester St Bridge, peering through the fence cordon, trying to see snowy, quake ruined Christchurch Cathedral.

Quake damaged Clarendon Tower loomed over the lot, awaiting demolition. Gotta ask why that new high rise's inside stairwells failed on several floors during the 22.02.11 quake, trapping workers? Clarendon Tower was demolished in 2012.

Images, snowy, quake damaged Cambridge Tce:


25.07.11. Snowy Cambridge Tce view of sewage polluted Avon River, Oxford Tce, Rydges, Clarendon Tower & serial quake trashed, braced, Our City, old, brick bldg, post June 13 quake. Clarendon Tower was demolished in 2012


25.07.11. Snowy Cambridge Tce view of sewage polluted Avon River, Worcester St Bridge, serial quake trashed Our City, old, brick bldg left & Central Police right, post June 13 quake. Central Police was imploded 31.05.15


25.07.11. Snowy, quake cordoned, Worcester St Bridge view of quake damaged, new Clarendon Tower, demolished in 2012


25.07.11. Snowy, fence cordoned Worcester St Bridge, quake braced Our City, old, brick bldg left, quake damaged, new Clarendon Tower right, Feb 22 quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral centre, obscured by cordon, crane & snow storm, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Cambridge Tce view of snow cordoned Worcester Blvd, looking towards Canterbury Museum, post June 13 quake

Snowy Hereford St Bridge, not a soul, by cordoned, dead CBD. Beside Avon River, I wandered below snow dripping, trees, past the WW1 Henry Nicholas VC statue, snow on his bronze, lemon squeezer hat. Across Avon River, I looked at quake dead cafes on Oxford Tce, snow slipping off ruined awnings. The cafes would be demolished to make way for The Terrace complex.


25.07.11. Cnr Cambridge Tce / Hereford St view of snow cordoned, old, brick, serial quake damaged Library Chambers & brand new, quake damaged, Christchurch City Council bldg behind. Library Chambers was demolished, Council bldg was repaired


25.07.11. Snowy Hereford St Bridge view of snow cordoned, serial quake damaged Clarendon Tower, demolished in 2012


25.07.11. Snowy Cambridge Tce, WW1 Henry Nicholas VC statue view of snow cordoned, Cashel St, Bridge of Remembrance & DTZ bldg demolition site left, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy Cambridge Tce view of sewage polluted Avon River, snow cordoned, Oxford Tce cafes, Feb 22 quake closed, post June 13 quake. The cafes were demolished to make way for The Terrace complex


25.07.11. Snowy Cambridge Tce view of sewage polluted Avon River, snow cordoned Oxford Tce cafes, quake trashed Hotel Grand Chancellor beyond, later demolished. Post June 13 quake, Oxford Tce cafes were demolished to make way for The Terrace complex

On Bridge of Remembrance, near snowy lion statues, I peered through the fence cordon, trying to see Whitcoulls demolition site on snowy Cashel Mall. I lingered with another photographer, coolpixing snowy DTZ demolition ruin, work stopped. A sign on the cordon fence read:

EXTREME
 DANGER
    KEEP
     OUT

A smiley bloke skied past along Durham St South.


25.07.11. Snow cordon, Bridge of Remembrance view down quake trashed Cashel Mall, Hotel Grand Chancellor beyond, later demolished, DTZ bldg demolition site right, post June 13 quake




25.07.11. Snow cordon, Bridge of Remembrance view of DTZ bldg demolition site, post June 13 quake



Images, snowy, quake damaged Durham St Sth:

25.07.11. Durham St Sth, snow cordon view of DTZ bldg demolition site, post June 13 quake




On a Lichfield St cordon fence a sign read:

doctors
on cashel...

YES WE ARE OPEN
WELCOMING NEW PATIENTS

25.07.11. Durham St Sth, snow cordon view down snowy, deserted Lichfield St, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Durham St Sth, snow cordon view of DTZ bldg demolition site, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Durham St Sth, snow cordon view of DTZ bldg demolition site, post June 13 quake. See the CBD, snow cordon skier



I cut along snowy Mollet St by car sales bldgs. People died in the Feb 22 quake at the end of fence cordoned Mollet St when old brick bldgs collapsed on pedestrians & a red bus on Colombo St.

Killed including 2 Israeli backpackers, slagged off by media as Mossad spies. What an insult to the dead & their families, including others who died nearby. I had yet to hear apologies from critics & apologies from owners of death trap bldgs, who failed to make them safe post 04.09.10 quake warning.

Images, snowy, quake damaged Mollett St & St Asaph St:


25.07.11. Mollett St, snow cordon view of distant Colombo St crossing area, where 16 people died in the Feb 22 quake

St Asaph St eastwards, some cars sludged through snow, a few pedestrians like me picked our way through. I coolpixed quake damaged St John bldg & a snowy, sewage pipe excavation.

I coolpixed Colombo St, empty, frozen quakescapes, demolition rubble gone, where 16 people died in the Feb 22 quake.

Business signs hung on the snow cordon. Only morons hung adverts where people died.


25.07.11. Snowy, quake damaged St John bldg, St Asaph St, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Colombo St, snow cordon demolition site, between St Asaph St / Tuam St, where 16 people died along Colombo St in the Feb 22 quake. Serial quake damaged Westpac, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Holiday Inn back drop, all were demolished


25.07.11. Cnr St Asaph St / Colombo St snow cordon, demolition site. 16 people died along Colombo St during the 22.02.11 quake



A Colombo St shop window sign read:

Due to the Earthquake
Colombo St DSC is
Currently put of Action,

We Will Return!

Meanwhile we do offer
full service at Hornby,
Riccarton, Papanui & Northwood
Stores.

Thank you
DSC Management

 Post quakes, there were many such shop window signs in Christchurch.

25.07.11. DSC, quake closed sign, cnr St Asaph St / Colombo St snow cordon, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. St Asaph St, snow cordon view of serial quake damaged old, Christchurch City Council bldg, Tuam St, left. Quake damaged, Hotel Grand Chancellor & Holiday Inn, right, post June 13 quake. The 3 bldgs were demolished


25.07.11. St Asaph St, snow cordon view of quake damaged Odeon Theatre, Manchester St, post June 13 quake. Odeon Theatre was part demolished & remained derelict for years, Tuam St facade was retained


25.07.11. Snow cordoned, quake demolition site & serial quake trashed, old, brick Theme Basics beyond, cnrs St Asaph St / Manchester St, post June 13 quake. Theme Basics was demolished


25.07.11. St Asaph St crossing view down snow cordoned Manchester St, towards snowy Port Hills, post June 13 quake. Most of the bldgs in the pic were demolished


25.07.11. St Asaph St, snow cordon N view up Manchester St & serial quake trashed, CBD bldgs, post June 13 quake. Most of the bldgs in the pic were demolished



I wandered past snowy St Asaph St & Manchester St quakescapes, past McKenzie Willis, some snowy bldgs still part demolished, fence cordoned. A sign on Manchester St cordon fence read:

WARNING
NO PUBLIC ACCESS
BEYOND THIS POINT

An old lady in black trudged past in the snow, using ski poles for support.


25.07.11. St Asaph St, snow cordon E view of serial quake trashed, part demolished, old, brick bldgs, behind High St, post June 13 quake









St Asaph St / High St / Madras St crossing, I coolpixed snowy quakescapes behind fence cordons. Photographers, touring the snow cordon in warm luxury, hopped out of their SUV & happy snapped. I'd seen them at other crossings. A High St brick bldg, collapsed by the June 13 quake, was part cleared. Snowy rubble.


25.07.11. St Asaph St, snow cordon view of High St serial quake damaged bldgs, post June 13 quake




25.07.11. Snowy St Asaph St / Madras St crossing, by Christchurch Polytech, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. St Asaph St, snow cordon N view of Madras St, CBD, serial quake damaged bldgs, post June 13 quake. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished



25.07.11. Snowy St Asaph St crossing S view down snowy Madras St, towards snowy Port Hills. Christchurch Polytech left, old, quake damaged, railway station clock tower right, post June 13 quake

By St Asaph St / Ferry Rd fork, I coolpixed distant RC Cathedral dome's wooden skeleton, serial quake damaged. The dome had fewer wooden ribs, frozen to death. The next day a crane removed the dead dome.


25.07.11. Snowy St Asaph St / Ferry Rd fork view across a quake demolition site to quake dead, RC Cathedral dome, crane removed the next day, post June 13 quake

Snowy Barbadoes St / St Asaph St corner, I coolpixed old, brick, serial quake trashed, Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, part demolished, at last. It should've been demolished post Sept 4 quake, an eyesore & a hazard to pedestrian & vehicle traffic. The convent was soon completely demolished.


25.07.11. Snowy cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St, serial quake trashed, old, brick, Community of the Sacred Name demolition site, post June 13 quake








I wandered up snow sludged Barbadoes St to Bealey Ave, coolpixing snowy quakescapes. Snowed demolition vehicles were parked between Tuam St & Lichfield St. Two blokes trying to fix their car in snow sludge at Lichfield St crossing were sprayed by passing SUVs.

Images, snowy, quake damaged Barbadoes St:


25.07.11. Barbadoes St view of snowy, CBD car park between Tuam St & Lichfield St. Quake damaged CBD - Westpac, Holiday Inn, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Inland Revenue beyond, post June 13 quake. Westpac, Holiday Inn & Hotel Grand Chancellor were demolished


25.07.11. Blokes fixing a snowbound car, cnr Barbadoes St / Lichfield St. Serial quake damaged Holiday Inn, Inland Revenue & Hotel Grand Chancellor beyond, post June 13 quake. Westpac & Hotel Grand Chancellor were demolished

Corner Barbadoes St / Cashel St, I coolpixed snowy Provincial Hotel demolition rubble & views of dead CBD high rises, like quake tilted Hotel Grand Chancellor, later demolished. I coolpixed distant, empty CTV bldg demolition site, where 115 people died in the 22.02.11 quake.


25.07.11. Snowy Provincial Hotel, quake demolition site, cnr Barbadoes St / Cashel St, post June 13 quake. Quake damaged Inland Revenue bldg & Hotel Grand Chancellor Hotel, later demolished. Quake collapsed, demolished CTV bldg once teetered between the pic lamp posts, 115 people died in the 22.02.11 quake there


I coolpixed snowy, house ruins near Barbadoes St / Hereford St & Worcester St crossings. Eastwards, roads were more sludged, as people used those road bits more. Westwards, closer to the CBD, roads were less sludged, as the CBD snow cordon zone was dead, no point visiting.


25.07.11. Barbadoes St W view of snow cordoned Hereford St. Serial quake trashed St Johns Anglican Church left, Latimer Sq right, post June 13 quake. St Johns was demolished to make way for the Anglican Cardboard Cathedral, built in 2012-2013. Feb 22 quake trashed Hotel Grand Chancellor left, later demolished


25.07.11. Snowy, quake damaged bldgs, Barbadoes St, nr Hereford St crossing, post June 13 quake




25.07.11. Snowy, serial quake damaged, double storey house, cnr Barbadoes St / Worcester St, post June 13 quake. The double storey house was demolished




25.07.11. CBD snow cordon view from Barbadoes St / Worcester St crossing, post June 13 quake

I saw snowy fence cordons, down Gloucester St & Armagh St, towards quake dead CBD. Corner snowy Barbadoes St / Armagh St, I coolpixed snowmen in a snowy demolition site. As it was school holidays, people made snowmen.

A snowy, Fire Service tunnel house still cordoned Kilmore St, fire engines blocking the road by Avon River bank.


25.07.11. Snowy, quake demolition site & snowy, quake damaged bldg, cnr Barbadoes St / Armagh St, post June 13 quake



25.07.11. Barbadoes St / Armagh St crossing, S view down snowy Barbadoes St towards snowy Sugarloaf, Port Hills, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Barbadoes St crossing, W view down snow cordoned Kilmore St, by NZ Fire Service bldg & fire engines, temp tunnel house, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snowy, quake demolition site & quake damaged bldg, cnr Barbadoes St / Kilmore St, post June 13 quake


The Bricks, Avon River, Oxford Tce & Cambridge Tce sides: I coolpixed snowscapes through a house demolition fence.


25.07.11. Barbadoes St view of sewage polluted Avon River & snowy The Bricks, snowy Cambridge Tce right, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Fence cordoned, snowy, house demolition site, cnr Barbadoes St / Cambridge Tce, post June 13 quake

About 2 pm, when snow clouds lifted, down Barbadoes St I glimpsed snowy Port Hills, including Sugarloaf. Thawing snow sludged roads more, soaking my feet & leggings.


25.07.11. Snow graders, Barbadoes St, nr Cambridge Tce crossing, post June 13 quake

Fulton Hogan awoke at last, sending two graders down Barbadoes St, clearing snow. During my snow cordon trudge, I'd seen Fulton Hogan drivers, stopped roadside in SUVs, or spraying snow slush on pavement pedestrians while driving by, SUV hoons.


25.07.11. Snowy Barbadoes St Cemetery, cnr Barbadoes St / Salisbury St, post June 13 quake


I wandered snowy Barbadoes St Cemetery, coolpixing snow-capped tomb stones, some quake collapsed in snow.


25.07.11. Snowy Barbadoes St Cemetery, post June 13 quake




Back on snowy Bealey Ave I coolpixed snowmen, road islands bright with thawing snow. A grader cleared snow at Fitzgerald Ave crossing.

Images, snowy, quake damaged Bealey Ave & London St:


25.07.11. Snow thaw & snowman, Bealey Ave, towards Fitzgerald Ave crossing, post June 13 quake


25.07.11. Snow grader, cnr Fitzgerald Ave / Bealey Ave, post June 13 quake


London St, I coolpixed snowy, quake damaged houses, portaloos & a plastic sewage tank by Perth St crossing. Pedestrians picked their way over lumpy, iced snow.


25.07.11. Snowy portaloo & serial quake damaged house, London St, post June 13 quake. The house was demolished


25.07.11. Snowy quakescape, London St, post June 13 quake




I coolpixed a snow woman with boobs, carrot nose & black bikini bottom. "You've got her snow-quaked," I said to boozing snowmen. I coolpixed snowy Seabrook McKenzie Centre, playground & quake portaloos. During the June 13 quake, 6 weeks ago, school grounds had oozed tons of liquefaction mud & water.


25.07.11. Snowy Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St, post June 13 quake






Near home on snowy Greers Rd I passed a 6 foot snow penis with snow balls.

Tue 26.07.11. The Press front page headline: "Christchurch suffers coldest day since 1918." A Mon 2C high, lowest day temperature since 1918. Misleading, as Christchurch regularly had minus C winter temps, at night. Guaranteed wind chill on my walk was less than 2C. But snow what?

Sat 30.07.11. Close up TV programme: A NZ Rich List prick pontificated that NZ was "on the road to ruin" (come to Christchurch) if NZ increased the minimum wage of $13/hr. Tell that to Christchurch people who lost their jobs in quakes! Jake lost his restaurant jobs twice due to quakes. He flatted in a quake trashed garage for 4.5 months over winter, while Leah & I supported him financially.

The Rich List prick didn't say how he & his family could live on that wage for a year, with tax? Nor why workers on that exploitative wage had to work many overtime hours to make ends meet. Funny that NZ management salaries, perks, productivity & efficiency weren't mentioned at all.

It was obvious that although there was massive quake damage throughout Christchurch residential suburbs, well off suburbs like Fendalton with all its quake damages by Avon River, Wairarapa Stream & other wetlands were not red zoned, yet many other wetland suburbs were red zoned - like Avonside, Dallington, Avonhead, Burwood, Brooklands...

Why was there no residential red zoning in posh Fendalton? There were many quake trashed, abandoned houses in Fendalton close to where I lived. There was lots of residential quake damage in Fendalton, hidden by high walls & shrubbery, northwards from Little Hagley Park right through to Ilam Road in CERA minister Brownlee's constituency. 

Despite quakes, given Christchurch average house sale price, May to July 2011, as $386 279 (The Press 09.08.11) it would take several incarnations for anyone on the minimum wage to save enough to buy a house. Rich list buggers & beneficiary bashers hadn't a clue.

The CBD snow skier, indomitable, old lady with ski poles, snowmen I saw that snow cordon day, made me laugh. Made me cry too.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

2 comments:

  1. LOL couple of laughy moments there at the end :)

    Another fantastic blog..Thanks Mark

    Sandy

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  2. Thanks Sandy. It wasn't all doom & gloom. Lots of people enjoying the snow & stacks of snowmen & others built. Go well.

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