Tue 05.07.11. A sunny, winter afternoon, ten months post 7.1 mag, Sept 4 quake & 3 weeks post 6.3. mag, June 13 quake, I walked around Christchurch shrunken, CBD cordon again. Many of the abandoned CBD bldgs I saw that day would be demolished by CERA.
During two states of emergencies post Sept 4, mag 7.1 quake & deadly Feb 22, mag 6.3 quake, Christchurch CBD was fence cordoned & check-pointed at various crossings by cops & NZDF soldiers. Post Feb 22 quake, the NZDF cordon would strangle the red zone CBD for 28 months.
Post Feb 22 quake, parts of the NZDF cordon within the CBD 4 Avenues were designated red zone. Thereafter over several weeks the red zone cordon shrunk around the CBD after bldg inspections & quake demolitions.
Post Feb 22 quake, I'd walked around liquefaction sludged red zone & since had wandered bits of sludged red zone perimeter as it shrunk closer to the Avon River.
A couple of days before the June 13 quake, I'd wandered opened red zone close to Christchurch Town Hall & Convention Centre. Again, I wanted to see what had happened there & beyond.
CERA made the Landcheck website which divided Christchurch land into red zone, orange zone, white zone & green zone, according to land condition post quakes. But none of the CBD red zone cordoned roads, were designated red zone on the Landcheck website.
The new red zone designation enabled NZ govt to buy red zone land from 5 100 home owners whose homes were designated red zone by NZ govt. i.e. The land was so quake damaged, according to NZ govt, houses needed to be demolished & displaced home owners had to find new land & homes. Never mind the quakes, it was internal displacement caused by NZ govt red zoning.
Residential red zoning would be contentious, as some red zoned housing was hardly damaged & home owners were pressured to sell to NZ govt by threats of cutting off services, like water & sewage reticulation, electricity supply, land line phones & rubbish removal.
NZ govt's residential land grab would enable NZ govt to increase Crown assets cheaply at citizens' expense, then NZ govt could later remediate the land for resale. NZ govt was already selling Crown assets owned by taxpayers, like utility shares, but would use taxpayers' money to buy govt designated, red zone land, owned by Christchurch taxpayers.
Images, quake damaged Carlton Mill Rd:
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, slumped & cracked Avon River bank, Carlton Mill Rd
Green zone property owners could do quake repairs. Red zone property owners could negotiate with NZ govt & / or insurers for compensation. Orange & white zone property owners' lands were in limbo. NZ govt still had to decided whether their land was worth rebuilding on or not. Like Port Hills suburbs, or Christchurch CBD.
NZ govt was thus using quakes to revalue all Christchurch land. NZ govt was using NZ taxpayers' money to speculate on quake trashed land owned by Christchurch taxpayers.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake danger, quake cracked flats, Avon River bank, Carlton Mill Rd
Checking Landcheck streets in the CBD former red zone, I only found orange, white & green zone designations, with CERA excuses that further assessments & mapping were needed. Funny how the CBD cordon was designated red zone in the first place, with citizens banned entry on pain of cop or NZDF soldier arrest, except for CERA's favoured few.
Yet Council would write a draft rebuild plan for CBD land which wasn't properly checked, like Council wanted a CBD rebuild on quake crapped land. CERA was giving Council busy work, while CERA usurped Council functions & personnel. CERA's meddling in Council affairs would carry on for years.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake danger, quake damaged house, Avon River bank, Carlton Mill Rd
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, abandoned, quake damaged housing & scaffolded flats, Avon River bank, Carlton Mill Rd
As red zone designations were murky, I called the CBD cordon "sludge zone." In the sludge zone much quake shaking, jolting & liquefaction mud from the Avon River & underground streams caused huge damage to Christchurch CBD. Sludge zone CBD was a vast demolition zone during CERA's 5 year regime.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Danger Keep Out, quake trashed house, Avon River bank, Carlton Mill Rd. The house was demolished
I parked my car on Carlton Mill Rd by Avon River, beyond the cordoned sludge zone. I often drove that way, past blocks of flats & older houses, mostly closed & abandoned after quakes. Avon River bank was badly cracked & slumped towards sewage polluted water. Flats & smaller bldgs were cracked & slumped too. One block of flats was wrapped in scaffolding & white plastic.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Avon River bank slumped by quake damaged housing, Carlton Mill Rd. Slumping was due to lateral spreading
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, scaffolded, plastic wrapped, quake damaged flats, Avon River bank, Carlton Mill Rd
I crossed Bealey Ave & saw demolition rubble being excavated from the old Carlton Hotel site, which was demolished weeks ago. Ruined doorways had stood testament to Carlton Hotel & Burger King before their final demolition.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Carlton Bridge, cnr Carlton Mill Rd / Harper Ave / Park Tce
Corner Bealey Ave / Park Tce, a sign read:
Images, quake damaged Bealey Ave & Victoria St:
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Avon River Punting sign, cnr Bealey Ave / Park Tce. During the Feb 22 quake, national state of emergency the crossing was a cop / NZDF soldier checkpoint into Christchurch CBD, forbidden red zone. A LAV was regularly parked nearby
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, final demolition of Carlton Hotel site, cnr Bealey Ave / Papanui Rd. Carlton Hotel was damaged by the Sept 4 quake, scaffolded & steel braced for months, then trashed by the Feb 22 quake
Across Bealey Ave by old Saggio di vino demolition site, stood a steel skeleton of a new post quake, tilt slab bldg. Few new bldgs were going up post quake, yet. Opposite was ruined Knox Presbyterian Church, gaping nave holes, beneath wooden arches, battered by quakes. Knox Church stood empty and abandoned for 2 years before copper clad, wall restoration in 2014.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Knox Presbyterian Church, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St. Knox Church was badly damaged by the Sept 4 quake, board repaired, then trashed by the Feb 22 quake. Cordoned Saggio di vino demolition site in foreground. Knox Church stood derelict till Oct 2013, when its restoration began
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, cordon signs, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, concrete tilt slab, construction site on Sept 4 quake demolition site, Victoria St, near Bealey Ave
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, shipping containers guarding Fidelity Life bldg, soon demolished, Victoria St, near Bealey Ave
I wandered down sludged Victoria St, livelier than my wander weeks ago. Traffic was on the road, some businesses were closed, some open, waiting for customers. USAR / TF graffiti still polluted closed business facades & pavements. Differing dates on different USAR / TF teams' graffiti showed that teams checked the work of other teams. C or CLEAR meant no bodies.
Shipping containers guarded quake damaged, Fidelity Life bldg, demolished the next week. Spags was open, waiting for pizza customers. Gordon Smith & Sons Fruiterers was open, advertising Fresh Fish & Bananas $1.49 kilo.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, closed business with USAR / TF graffiti, Victoria St, between Bealey Ave & Salisbury St crossings. Clear meant no bodies
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, open shop, Victoria St
Corner Victoria St / Montreal St: Across Montreal St, The Cook Shop customers were seated at a pavement table, viewing quake demolition sites - free.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Feb 22 quake damaged, cordoned bldg, cnr Victoria St / Salisbury St. The bldg was demolished
I wandered past Strategy bldg demolition site, corner Victoria St / Salisbury St. The opposite bldg was still fence cordoned, windows shattered. The bldg was later demolished.
Jubilee Clock Tower, corner Victoria St / Salisbury St / Montreal St stood firm, but battered, steel finial skewed, in front of battered Victoria Mansions. Demolition sites behind.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Strategy bldg, Feb 22 quake demolition site, cnr Victoria St / Salisbury St. Feb 22 quake damaged, Jubilee Clock Tower & Victoria Mansions beyond
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Feb 22 quake damaged, Jubilee Clock Tower & Victoria Mansions, cnr Victoria St / Salisbury St / Montreal St
Victoria St / Salisbury St / Montreal St crossing: Post Sept 4 & Feb 22 quakes demolition site, where an antique business once stood, had purple flowers growing in a bed before a "Rebuild Brick by Brick" sign. During the Feb 22 quake national state of emergency, the crossing was sludged by NZDF soldiers & cops, checkpointing national state of emergency demolitions behind fence cordons & shipping containers.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Sept 4 quake demolition site with flowers & sign, cnr Victoria St / Salisbury St
Victoria St / Peterborough St crossing: I wandered past NZ Early Childhood Education bldg demolition site. Sludged Christchurch Casino opposite was open, awaiting customers. A sewage sucker truck sucked smelly muck from Peterborough St by the Casino. The Est@blishment bldg on the opposite corner, was fence cordoned, awaiting demolition.
05.07.11. Cnr Victoria St / Peterborough St view of post June 13 quake, Feb 22 quake damaged Christchurch Casino & cordoned Crowne Plaza Hotel & Copthorne Hotel beyond. Both hotels were demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Feb 22 quake damaged, open Christchurch Casino, cnr Victoria St / Peterborough St
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged The Est@blishment bldg, awaiting demolition, cnr Victoria St / Peterborough St
Beyond Christchurch Casino was sludge zone: opposite shops & restaurants closed; Riverlands House, fence cordoned, boarded, closed; Copthorne Hotel, fence cordoned, boarded, closed, clear plastic shimmied where window panes once were. Crowne Plaza Hotel, corner Kilmore St, fence cordoned, boarded, closed, a chunk of masonry recently fallen from a first floor.
Riverlands House, Copthorne Hotel & Crowne Plaza Hotel were all demolished.
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged, cordoned Riverlands House, cnr Victoria St / Kilmore St. Riverlands House was demolished
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged Copthorne Hotel, awaiting demolition, cnr Victoria St / Kilmore St
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged, cordoned bldgs: Crowne Plaza Hotel left, Copthorne Hotel middle, Riverlands House right, cnrs Victoria St / Kilmore St. All 3 bldgs were demolished
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged, cordoned Crowne Plaza Hotel, cnr Victoria St / Kilmore St. Crowne Plaza Hotel was demolished
Images, quake damaged Kilmore St:
Along sludged Kilmore St, restaurants & businesses were closed. Christchurch Convention Centre was closed, broken glass by doors, some boarded. Convention Centre was demolished. Town Hall was closed, portaloo & shipping container obscuring front doors. No workmen in sight. Sludge zone fence cordon still curved across Kilmore St / Colombo St crossing.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake damaged business, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St Nth. The bldg was demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Feb 22 quake damaged bldg, Kilmore St. The bldg was demolished
05.07.11. Cordoned Feb 22 quake sink hole below Christchurch Convention Centre sky bridge, Kilmore St. The Convention Centre & sky bridge were demolished. Abandoned Town Hall right
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged Christchurch Convention Centre, Kilmore St. The Convention Centre was demolished
05.07.11. Shipping container & portaloo by Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged / closed Town Hall, Kilmore St
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, fence cordon across Colombo St / Kilmore St crossing
Southwards down cordoned Colombo St, beyond Avon River, sludge zone high rises sludged towards broken Christchurch Cathedral.
Northwards outside the cordon, opposite Town Hall, a Feb 22 quake demolition site, where bricks had fallen from a June 13 quaked block of 5 abandoned shops. A sludgy, liquefaction volcano lay in demolition sand. The 5 Colombo St shops were later demolished.
Eastwards, Kilmore St side, behind the cordon fence, a part demolished brick bldg. It was later completely demolished. Many bldgs were part demolished, then stood around for months. Demolition was later completed.
Example: Christchurch Cathedral was damaged in the Sept 4 quake. The tower collapsed in the Feb 22 quake. The tower was part demolished. A steel "battering ram" was erected to support the western wall. The June 13 quake caused the 'battering ram" to batter the western wall & rose window to bits. Thereafter heritage fanatics wailed ad nauseum about saving ruined Christchurch Cathedral. Court cases stopped Anglicans demolishing Christchurch Cathedral, which stood cordoned & abandoned to the elements for years.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Feb 22 quake demolition sites seen from Kilmore St / Colombo St cnr
05.07.11. June 13 quake, sludgy liquefaction volcano on Feb 22 quake demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Colombo St. The trashed bldg was demolished
Images, quake damaged Colombo St:
05.07.11. Sludgy liquefaction volcano thorough new asphalt, by Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged shop, Colombo St, near Town Hall. The bldg was demolished
05.07.11. Colombo St view of Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake trashed bldg, between Kilmore St & Peterborough St. The bldg was demolished
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake trashed shop, Colombo St. The shop was demolished
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged shops, Colombo St. The shops were demolished
05.07.11. Thai Smile, Colombo St, was demolished
05.07.11. Quake survivor bldg, Colombo St
05.07.11. Closed, red stickered bldg & quake junk, cnr Colombo St / Peterborough St. The bldg was demolished
Sludged Peterborough St, eastwards: still deserted after my last wander, same old liquefactioned, battered, fence cordoned, sludge zone bldgs. One house site was more demolished, a mechanic's business next door was newly demolished.
Images, quake damaged Peterborough St:
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, part demolished Feb 22 quake damaged housing, Peterborough St. The bldgs were later completely demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Feb 22 quake trashed house, Peterborough St. The house was demolished
05.07.11. Quake trashed house, Peterborough St, was demolished post June 13 quake
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Peterborough St. CBD cordon fence left
Sludged Manchester St: Serial quake broken St Lukes Anglican Church - June 13 quake, a wall fell from the broken church by St Lukes Close. Several other church walls collapsed too. The church roof was tagged in a high line with red plastic ties, for kauri beam, roof removal by crane. Workmen in orange, Hi Vis vests demolished St Lukes. Only the wooden bell tower survived the quakes.
Images, quake damaged Manchester St:
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake liquefactioned St Lukes Close, Manchester St
05.07.11. Sept 4, Feb 22, June 13 quake trashed St Lukes Anglican Church, cnr Manchester St / Kilmore St. St Lukes was demolished after the kauri beamed roof was removed by crane
Sludged Manchester St businesses were quake crumbled & more liquefactioned. Corner Kilmore St: road sink hole by Chubb, a black sewage pipe on the road. Chubb was later demolished.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, concrete punched car park, cnr Kilmore St / Manchester St. The bldg was demolished
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged bldgs, both sides of unseen Sept 4 quake trashed Repertory Theatre, Kilmore St. Repertory Theatre & all bldgs in pic were demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, liquefactioned Chubb bldg, cnr Manchester St / Kilmore St. Chubb was demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, liquefaction sink hole by Chubb bldg, cnr Manchester St / Kilmore St
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake, liquefaction sludged Cancer Society bldg, Manchester St
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake trashed bldgs, Manchester St. Unseen PGC bldg demolition site behind. All bldgs in the pic were demolished
Corner Manchester St / Cambridge Tce: nearby PGC bldg demolition site, where 18 people died on Feb 22, still double fence cordoned. Workmen in orange, Hi Vis vests snooped. Condolence messages hung on the fence cordon.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, CBD fence cordon, cnr Manchester St / Cambridge Tce. Quake closed businesses beyond. All bldgs in the pic incl PWC high rise & Retour Restaurant were demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Feb 22 quake, double fence cordon by PGC demolition site, cnr Manchester St / Cambridge Tce. 18 people died when the PGC bldg collapsed, Feb 22 quake. All bldgs in the pic were demolished. 2016. My son did salvage work in the front bldg
A poster on the cordon fence read:
A CITY BROKEN
- BUT IT WILL MEND
A CITY FALLEN
- BUT IT WILL RISE AGAIN
WEEPING, IN DESPAIR
- BUT THEY WILL
FOR FROM ALL THIS
THERE WILL COME
A STRONG CITY
A SAFE CITY
A BEAUTIFUL CITY
A GARDEN CITY
MY CITY / OUR CITY
Over the next few weeks I saw those heartfelt words on several CBD cordon fences.
Images, quake damaged Cambridge Tce:
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake, liquefaction sludged Canterbury Manufacturers Association bldg, cnr Manchester St / Cambridge Tce. The bldg was demolished & was replaced by a small park.
I wandered eastwards, below poplars on sludged Cambridge Tce by Avon River towards sludged Madras St, soggy road to myself. All Cambridge Tce bldgs were closed, including Canterbury Manufacturers Association bldg on the corner. CMA was demolished & a small park was developed on site.
Beyond Avon River, amongst Oxford Tce, dead high rises, by ACC bldg a board sign read: DUST MASK + HELMET!!
ACC was demolished. By Dec 2015, Margaret Mahy Family Playground was built on site. Hummed with happy families.
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged ACC bldg, Oxford Tce, seen from Cambridge Tce. ACC was demolished. Margaret Mahy Family Playground was built on site
I thought of Ashley Campbell's idea of an Avon River Park on sludged red zone river lands. She'd opened a Facebook page with the Avon River Park idea & had permission to use some of my blog pics of Avon River wetlands. There was lots of Facebook discussion, mostly positive, about the proposed Avon River Park.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Cambridge Tce view of Avon River poplars by CBD fence cordon, Oxford Tce. Feb 22 quake trashed Hotel Grand Chancellor beyond, later demolished
The Press 02.07.11 reported on the Avon River Park: "Gerry Brownlee told The Press that the land would be remediated eventually and engineered for residential sections once again..." There you had it, land grab by means of NZ govt residential red zoning, stomping on citizens land rights & speculation by NZ govt using taxpayers' money.
Red zoning was insulting to homeowners forced from sludged, red zone land by quakes. NZ govt speculated on red zone land, bought cheaply from displaced people. (2007 land valuation compensation, never mind tight-fisted insurers). I doubted quakes obeyed politicians & engineers with ideas of soil bashed land remediation & underground dams, after Christchurch had sludged & sunk into swampland. NZ govt's heritage to future generations would be dodgy bldgs on already quake sludged land.
I posted on the Avon River Park Facebook wall: "Sad about home owners losing their land. If NZ govt wants to get its red zone, compensation money back it could plant native trees & sell them as carbon credits in their very own carbon credit scheme."
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, NZDF cordon checkpoint, Madras St / Oxford Tce crossing. The Poplars beyond was demolished
Beyond Avon River, Madras St / Oxford Tce crossing checkpoint was the same as before, cop & NZDF soldiers checking vehicles accessing the sludge zone, dead zone. Oxford Tce Baptist Church was demolished, a pile of concrete, backed by sludged Chester St, abandoned housing.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Oxford Tce Baptist Church demolition site. Chester St quake damaged bldg beyond was demolished. The church was rebuilt 2017
I followed sludged Cambridge Tce along Avon River to sludged Barbadoes St, then visited side streets off sludge zone, demolition zone Madras St to Latimer Sq, not all streets, as the winter afternoon shortened fast.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, sewage polluted Avon River, The Bricks, Cambridge Tce right, Oxford Tce left
Sludged Kilmore St: Fire Service bldg still had a plastic tunnel house outside cordoning the street, with parked fire engines awaiting action. Relocated business signs were on demolition sites on Kilmore St / Barbadoes St corners. One read:
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Images, quake damaged Barbadoes St & Madras St:
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05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, checkpoint hut specifications, CBD cordon, seen at Madras St cordon
The wooden huts were found at open & closed checkpoints all around the CBD fence cordon. Waste of taxpayers' money, considering a good second hand car could be bought for half that price. National state of emergency, Civil Defence "looting" taxpayers' purses. Given that each puny checkpoint hut cost $10 000, it was risible that EQC was insured for only $100 000 for each under cap house claim.
In a sludged, leaky car park, a bloke by his bike stared at the sunken Canterbury Trade Union Centre bldg in the fence cordon. Next door was a smaller quake damaged bldg, brick wall peeled off. The bldgs were soon demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground car park.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, sunken Canterbury Trade Union Centre, cnr Madras St / Armagh St. The bldgs were demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground car park
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, leaky, sludgy, liquefactioned car park, Madras St cordon. The bldgs were demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground car park
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, closed, cordoned, quake damaged bldgs, Madras St, near Oxford Tce crossing. The bldgs incl The Poplars right were demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground car park
Quake sunk Amicus House, corner Armagh St / Madras St, was later demolished. Along sludged Madras St, Harcourts bldg & Securities House were already demolished. Near Gloucester St corner, two diggers completed demolition of Securities House in the late afternoon sun.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, quake trashed Amicus House right, later demolished, Madras St / Armagh St cordon. All bldgs in the pic were demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, diggers, Securities House demolition site, Madras St cordon. Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) behind
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, diggers completing Securities House demolition, cnr Madras St / Gloucester St. All bldgs in the pic were demolished
Back on sludged Barbadoes St, I coolpixed serial quake damaged bldgs: a house, brick wall peeled off, rooms exposed. Double storey house, Worcester St corner, brick walls peeled off, a board sign read: DO NOT DEMOLISH! Wishful thinking, the house was demolished. The demolition site became a temporary Youth Hub. Nearby on Barbadoes St, a red digger was parked on top of house demolition rubble.
Images, quake damaged Barbadoes St:
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, serial, quake damaged, old, brick house, Barbadoes St
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, serial, quake damaged, double storey house, cnr Barbadoes St / Worcester St. The house was demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, digger on demolition rubble, Barbadoes St, near Worcester St crossing
I wandered down sludged Hereford St to Latimer Sq fence cordon, some quake damaged bldgs were empty. Brick Hereford House was gone, demolished.
Brick Beaufort House was trashed. When I'd passed that way before, a sign stated: "Do Not Demolish Heritage." Beaufort House B & B owner deconstructed Beaufort House, brick by brick.
Across the road, St Johns Anglican Church was quake trashed & soon demolished. The Anglican Cardboard Cathedral was built on St Johns demolition site.
Images, quake damaged Hereford St:
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake broken Beaufort House, Hereford St. Beaufort House was demolished
05.07.11. Sept 4 quake, Feb 22 quake, June 13 quake trashed St Johns Anglican Church, cnr Hereford St / Madras St. St Johns was demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site
I wandered down sludged Cashel St, past Provincial Hotel corner demolition site, to the CTV bldg demolition site, Madras St corner. 115 people died in the Feb 22 quake collapsed & burnt CTV bldg.
By demolished St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church, a pile of Oamaru stone, column drums remained. A pile of church wood beams, with two fluted, blue & gold painted, metal poles, remained. A pile of spaghettied scaffolding pipes remained.
Images, quake damaged Cashel St:
05.07.11. Demolition site, Sept 4 quake damaged, serial quake trashed Provincial Hotel, cnr Barbadoes St / Cashel St
05.07.11. Demolition site, Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church, cnr Cashel St / Madras St
CTV bldg fire-blackened lift shaft was gone, demolished. All that was left of the CTV bldg & 115 dead was an empty demolition site, nearby graffiti on a brick wall & dead flowers on the fence cordon, by Holden Motors. No one around, but me.
CERA erred by dumping CTV demolition rubble at Burwood dump (at a separate cordoned site) as forensic evidence was destroyed. A year later at the July 2012 Royal Commission of Inquiry, engineers claimed ignorance as to why the CTV bldg collapsed. (Forensic evidence was gone).
Abandoned Inland Revenue bldg stood opposite the CTV site. Over the next few years, while Christchurch CBD was red zoned & occupied by CERA & NZDF cordons, we posted our tax returns to Wellington IR office.
05.07.11. Condolence flowers on demolition site, cordon fence, Feb 22 quake collapsed CTV bldg, cnr Madras St / Cashel St
I wandered down sludged Lichfield St to the sludge zone, demolition zone, a half demolished, brick bldg beyond the fence cordon. Broken, abandoned bldgs loured down the street. Broken window glass lay on the pavement by fabric house, near a portaloo. The bldg was demolished. On the fence cordon a protest sign read:
Images, quake damaged Lichfield St:
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, CBD cordon fence by quake damaged fabric house, Lichfield St. The bldg was demolished.
On the fence cordon a ubiquitous warning sign:
Over the next couple of years during CERA's occupation of the red zone CBD, those unwelcoming signs angered me. Citizens paid rates & taxes to be banned from our own CBD by govt bureaucrats. The excuse being public safety of course. Due to CERA's stupidity, CERA would later struggle to convince citizens it was OK to return to the CERA demolished CBD. There would be little to see, just abandoned bldgs & CERA demolished wasteland.
05.07.11. Fence cordoned Lichfield St / Madras St crossing. Serial quake trashed Lichfield St bldgs beyond. All the bldgs in the pic were demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, part demolished bldg, cnr Lichfield St / Madras St cordon
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, quake crushed cars in car park between Lichfield St / Tuam St. Green, plastic sewage tank beyond
Across Turners & Growers site, between Lichfield St & Tuam St, were excavator machines, trucks & two quake crushed cars. At sludged Tuam St checkpoint, I spoke to a NZDF soldier checking trucks leaving the sludge zone, demolition zone: "When trucks leave," he said, "they drive under that raised water pipe on Tuam St, to shower sludge off." Poplar St, where Jake had pre quakes flatted in the sludge zone, was dead, ravaged brick bldgs nearby. Most Poplar St bldgs were demolished.
Images, quake damaged Madras St:
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, car park view of serial quake trashed Madras St bldgs, between Tuam St / Lichfield St cordoned crossings. Edward Gibbon was demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, serial quake trashed Madras St cordon bldgs. Inland Revenue bldg behind. Edward Gibbon & apex car hire, between, were demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Tuam St / Madras St cordon, checkpoint view of serial quake damaged Tuam St bldgs. Quake trashed Poplar St junction, by face brick bldg. Edward Gibbon & bldgs up to Alice in Videoland (old PO, creamy parapet) were demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, CBD cordon, NZDF soldier, Tuam St / Madras St crossing checkpoint
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, brick wall peeled off bldg by quake, Tuam St, near Madras St cordon checkpoint
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, C4 Coffee, relocated from CBD cordoned Poplar St to Tuam St, near Madras St cordon checkpoint
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, truck wash by CBD checkpoint, Tuam St / Madras St cordon checkpoint
From St Asaph St / Barbadoes St crossing, I coolpixed quake damaged RC Cathedral. The dome, a bare, wooden skeleton, green copper plating gone. The dome was removed by crane.
Images, quake damaged St Asaph St:
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, serial quake damaged RC Cathedral dome, seen from Barbadoes St / St Asaph St crossing. The dome was removed by crane
Sludged St Asaph St was gridlocked. I coolpixed the serial quake trashed, brick, Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, corner Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. The Convent was soon demolished.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, serial quake damaged, brick, Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. The Convent was demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, CBD cordon fence signs, St Asaph St, near Christchurch Polytech
St Asaph St: Opposite a CPIT bldg, a June 13 quake, collapsed, old, brick bldg, sprawled behind a fence cordon, rubble & tangled metal on the road. On the cordon fence a sign read:
Lost your gym?
* Free joining
* Free uniform
* Free 1st week
Academy of Combat Mixed Martial Arts
Buchan St, Sydenham
By sludged St Asaph St / High St crossing, business protest signs hung on the sludge zone, fence cordon:
PLEASE SAVE HIGH STREET
THE HEART OF CHCH CITY
The protest signs hung by abandoned, dangerous, brick bldgs on High St. For the next few years, those abandoned High St bldgs slouched behind cordon fences - eyesores.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, portaloo by cordon fence, St Asaph St / Madras St / High St crossing
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, CBD cordon fence, protest sign, High St / St Asaph St crossing
05.07.11. St Asaph St, CBD cordon fence view of June 13 quake trashed, old, brick bldg, High St
05.07.11. CBD business protest sign, by June 13 quake collapsed bldg, High St / St Asaph St cordon
Further along St Asaph St by McKenzie Willis, the cordon fence was festooned with more business protest signs:
WHEN IS THE
Near the protest signs, a relocation / business as usual sign read:
Now open at
181 Blenheim Road
Come and visit us
at our new premises
for all your
home furnishing needs
Most CBD businesses had relocated to the suburbs, while CERA occupied the NZDF cordoned CBD. Those businesses either bought or built new premises, or rented long term in the suburbs. CERA occupied its CBD sludge zone, demolition zone & it would be years before the CBD revived. If ever?
Behind St Asaph St cordon fence was a Feb 22 quake, demolition site, with shingle, part demolished bldgs & old brick bldgs backing High St, sanitized as a "movie set" for rubberneckers & quake tourists to ogle.
The snag with many old, brick / stone bldgs on St Asaph St & High St & elsewhere in the CBD, was that they were not made quake-safe, with reinforcements, before the 2010-2011 quakes. Thus there were many Feb 22 quake deaths by fallen masonry in the CBD. Death trap owners in the CBD who didn't quake reinforce their bldgs had much to answer for.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, serial quake damaged, old brick bldg, St Asaph St cordon
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, business protest signs, part demolished / cleaned up, serial quake damaged bldgs, St Asaph St cordon
What a crock, national state of emergency, Civil Defence / CERA demolishers were. They should've demolished those High St death trap, brick bldgs, backing St Asaph St asap.
Insurers told CERA where to shove their inadequate demolishing, by upping insurance premiums on old, unreinforced brick or stone bldgs, making them worthless as so-called heritage bldgs. The only sensible option left was to demolish - after whining & hand wringing by heritage fanatics. (The Press front page 12.07.11.) No point in insurers insuring brick & stone death traps.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, business signs on fence cordon, part demolished / sanitized, serial quake damaged bldgs, St Asaph St cordon
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, part demolished / sanitized, serial quake damaged bldgs, St Asaph St cordon. The bldgs were demolished
By sludged St Asaph St / Manchester St crossing I coolpixed more demolition sites & northwards along Manchester St, beyond the fence cordon, in the sludge zone, demolition zone, more quake ravaged bldgs. A NZDF soldier did checkpoint duty, contractor access only, quake proof.
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake broken bldgs, CBD cordon, cnr Manchester St / St Asaph St. The bldg was demolished.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, St Asaph St cordon view of Tuam St quake damaged bldg & quake damaged Holiday Inn & Hotel Grand Chancellor beyond. All the bldgs were demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, St Asaph St cordon view of quake damaged, old, brick bldg, Tuam St. The bldg was demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, St Asaph St / Manchester St cordon, checkpoint northwards view of serial quake damaged Manchester St. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, part demolished, cleaned up, serial quake damaged bldgs, St Asaph St / Manchester St crossing. All bldgs were demolished
05.07.11. Cnr St Asaph St / Manchester St southwards view of quake damaged, Manchester St bldgs. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, St Asaph St cordon view of quake damaged, brick Odeon Theatre, Manchester St. Odeon Theatre was part demolished, flies gone, but Tuam St facade was retained. Odeon Theatre was still part demolished in 2015, an eyesore
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, St Asaph St cordon view of serial quake damaged bldgs: old Christchurch City Council bldg left, Hotel Grand Chancellor middle & Holiday Inn right. All were demolished
While sun set by St Asaph St / Colombo St corner, I coolpixed a digger, beyond the fence cordon, on top of demolition rubble, bashing the remains of a Colombo St, brick bldg to bits.
05.07.11. Colombo St demolition, Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake trashed old, brick bldgs, between St Asaph St & Tuam St crossings
In the Feb 22 quake, 16 people died in the vicinity: 2 died near the bldg; 1 died further down Colombo St; 4 died by Mollett St crossing; 8 died in a red bus when old, brick bldgs collapsed; 1 died near Tuam St crossing.
05.07.11. Cnr Asaph St / Colombo St demolition site view of quake damaged bldgs, Westpac left, Hotel Grand Chancellor middle, Holiday Inn right. All were demolished
After demolition completion, the digger operator in orange, Hi Vis vest climbed down from his digger & chatted to another orange, Hi Vis vested workman on top of Colombo St rubble. The NZDF soldier checkpoint I'd seen weeks ago was gone.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, workmen on St Asaph St / Colombo St demolition rubble,
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, digger on truck, by serial quake trashed bldgs, Colombo St. Most Colombo St bldgs in the pic were demolished
It was getting dark, so I quickened my pace & returned to Carlton Mill Rd, via Avon River beside the sludge zone, demolition zone - along sludged St Asaph St, Durham St South, Cambridge Tce, Armagh St, Cranmer Sq, Montreal St & Victoria St.
05.07.11. June 13 quake, fence cordoned, quake damaged shop, St Asaph St
Images, quake damaged Durham St South, Cambridge Tce & Durham St North:
05.07.11. June 13 quake, fence cordoned, quake damaged shop, Durham St South
Although some streets were busy with 5 o'clock traffic, little business went on in the sludge zone, most shops were closed. I passed some walkers, photographers & tourists. My wander past fence cordoned, sludge zone, west side:
Cracked Bridge of Remembrance steps by fence cordoned Cashel Mall.
Silent, dead cafes across Avon River, Oxford Tce. Louring sludge zone high rises.
Opposite the Central cop shop (imploded in 2015): crumbling, brick & stone Library Chambers (soon demolished) Hereford St / Cambridge Tce corner. Quake damaged new Council high rise behind.
05.07.11. Brand new, Christchurch City Council bldg & old, brick Library Chambers, trashed by Feb 22 & June 13 quakes (soon demolished) cnr Hereford St / Cambridge Tce
Worcester St Bridge, fence cordon view into the sludge zone of crumbled Christchurch Cathedral. Kutwell Fabrics, Club Cafe, Canterbury Cheese Mongers & EXTREME DANGER signs hung on the fence. The NZDF soldier checkpoint I'd seen weeks ago was gone.
05.07.11. June 13 quake, Worcester St Bridge, cordon view of crane obscured, quake damaged Christchurch Cathedral
05.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged Clarendon Tower, awaiting demolition, cnr Worcester St / Oxford Tce, seen from Cambridge Tce
Durham St North / Gloucester St sludge zone checkpoint with NZDF soldier & wooden hut.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, portaloo & NZDF soldier checkpoint hut, cnr Durham St North / Gloucester St cordon. Feb 22 quake trashed Provincial Chambers beyond
Crumbled stone Provincial Chambers, Durham St North. The NZDF soldier checkpoint I'd seen weeks ago was gone, corner Armagh St / Durham St North sludge zone. Provincial Chambers stood abandoned for years, but was later restored.
05.07.11. CBD fence cordoned Provincial Chambers, Durham St North, damaged by the Sept 4 quake, trashed by the Feb 22 quake. Provincial Chambers was later restored
In twilight, Asian tourists were thrilled by quake ruins in the sludge zone. I watched an ute driver pull open the Armagh St fence cordon (contractor access only) & exit the sludge zone. Beyond the fence cordon was forbidden sludge zone by cordoned Copthorne Hotel & cordoned Crowne Plaza Hotel. Both hotels were later demolished.
Not a cop or NZDF soldier in sight. Although close to Hereford St, Central cop shop, cops & NZDF soldiers were conspicuously absent. So much for cop & soldier checkpoints. And cops blamed sludge zone thefts on "looters." Slack cops tried to organize volunteers as eyes & ears for the cordon exterior. Nothing like snitching fellow citizens to build community spirit? Or a Police State?
A red helicopter pilot flew tourists around Christchurch trashed CBD & donated the first $20 of every tourist flight fee to a woman who lost her legs in the Feb 22 quake. Non cordon, CBD residents complained about their privacy invaded for months by the helicopter. Never mind peaceful silence in the sludge zone cordon for months.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake tourists by CBD fence cordon, cnr Armagh St / Durham St North. Behind the fence, quake trashed Provincial Chambers awaited restoration
Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed, June 13 quake flattened, stone Methodist Church, Durham St North, by a no exit fence cordon. Three people died there in the Feb 22 quake.
The Sept 4 quake had left large cracks in the Methodist Church stone walls, reinforced with useless steel rods. Thereafter the church was fence cordoned. Who allowed people to enter the quake damaged church post Sept 4 quake damages?
05.07.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed, June 13 quake demolished Methodist Church, Durham St North
Sun 10.07.11. TV reported jackass cops wasting the justice system's resources, trying to convict Arie Voorkamp, 25, Aspergers syndrome, no previous convictions & his mate for "looting" 2 light bulbs from a quake destroyed property.
NZDF soldiers elbowed Arie while arresting him, causing a black eye & blackouts. Cops gaoled Arie for 11 nights & his mate for 6 weeks. Cops & their jackass bosses didn't process the case properly, by timeously contacting owners of the "looted" property to inform them of the "looting."
Post Feb 22 quake, a Facebook troll, expat "friend" condoned military / cop bullying, saying "looters" should be shot during a state of emergency. I told him: "Fuck off!" (London's & UK's August 6... rioting looters proved my point, that bullying, occupying cops incited looting & violence from disaffected people).
Considering billions of dollars worth of quake damage to Canterbury & Christchurch, cops bullying Arie Voorkamp & his mate for "looting" 2 light bulbs was pathetic. The case was dropped by cops after media & public scorn.
Corner Armagh St / Montreal St sludge zone: Windsor Hotel was gone, demolished. Tilt slab bldg rose next door, opposite demolished Cranmer Centre.
Serial quake damaged Cranmer Court, corner Kilmore St / Montreal St sludge zone: a stone turret lay on the pavement, stones were piled on pallets. Cranmer Court was demolished in 2012 despite public protests.
Images, quake damaged Victoria St:
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, Jubilee Clock Tower, cnr Montreal St / Victoria St
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, open Caxton Press, Victoria St
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, open fruiterers, cnr Montreal St / Victoria St
Back on sludged Victoria St, Gordon Smith & Sons Fruiterers was still open for trade. Caxton Press was open, night workmen working presses, were seen through glass windows. Crumbled Knox Presbyterian Church, corner Victoria St / Bealey Ave, wooden roof arches & roof were silhouetted, lit by passing traffic. Another 2 years would pass before restoration began on Knox Church, cladding it with copper walls.
05.07.11. Post June 13 quake, twilight, quake trashed Knox Presbyterian Church, cnr Victoria St / Bealey Ave. Knox Church was restored in 2014 with copper clad walls
Back home, my feet & jandals were sludged by liquefaction mud, not even rain washed mud off properly. Shoes & feet needed scrubbing.
Fri 08.07.11. I relocated Jake's gear across town from his Cranford St "flat," a quake trashed garage, to Gilby St, off Armagh St, near Fitzgerald Ave, second quake move in 4.5 months. I drove Jake's girlfriend & new landlady across town to Hillmorton via Lincoln Rd. Dig a Tattoo, old, brick bldg, was quake destroyed on Dickens St corner, brick walls peeled off, later demolished. I did 2 more moves of Jake's gear for storage at our Burnside rental.
I did 2 more moves of his former landlady's gear to another rental down Cranford St to Sherborne St. She moved, non red zone home, as her Feb 22 quake cracked home was liquefactioned & builders were moving in to fix things post June 13 quake.
At one point on Sherborne St, with 5 passengers, I held up busy traffic, jack-knifing the trailer while reversing. Sludgy in liquefaction mud & puddles. Lumps, bumps, pot holes & road patched repairs made trailer towing a roller coaster ride along Wairakei Rd, Heaton St, Innes Rd, Cranford St, Sherborne St, Bealey Ave, Fitzgerald Ave, Stanmore Rd...
Post Feb 22 quake, Jake moved 4 times in 6 months, before settling into a Geraldine St flat & finding another hospitality job. Due to the Feb 22 quake, he'd lost his best friend, crushed in a Manchester St pub; lost possessions in his quake flooded flat; lost his restaurant job, twice, after nearly being crushed by a collapsing restaurant wall. As parents we helped as best we could - helping pay his weekly bills & rent for several months; washing his quake soiled clothes; helping his flat moves & storing his furniture at our Burnside rental.
Jake's & his landlady's house moves were microcosms of 1 000s of other quake stricken moves in Christchurch. There were population shifts all over the city, some in the city itself, some outside the city to towns like Rangiora & Rolleston. And when EQC got its tardy act together, there would be many more moves to scarce rentals, when Fletchers repaired quake trashed, under cap houses. No wonder the rental market inflated. And CERA minister Brownlee would deny there was a housing crisis. He was out of touch.
The Press 08.07.11. Front page article reported "new" faults: Sept 4 quake, Greendale Fault; Dec 26, CBD Fault; Feb 22, Port Hills Fault, all running west <-> east; June 13, Peninsula Fault, running NW <-> SE from Sumner, across Lyttelton Harbour, Port Levy to Pigeon Bay, about 20 km from Christchurch.
Coda: The Press 14.08.15. Brower Amendment, Building Amendment Bill: Ann Brower was the only survivor in a red bus crushed by falling masonry on Colombo St, near Mollett St junction, during the 22.02.11 quake. Due to Ann's lobbying, the Brower Amendment in the Building Amendment Bill ensured that parapets, chimneys, gables, facades on old bldgs throughout NZ were repaired. Bldg owners of unreinforced bldgs throughout NZ were given 7.5 years to strengthen their crap bldgs.
Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.
See Police drop looting charges (The Press)
See Ann Brower, Fix the parapets first (The Press / Stuff Co).