Monday, December 12, 2011

Richmond & Dallington, Dead Zone Ghosts

Tues 13.12.11. It was 15 months post 04.09.10 quake, 10 months post deadly 22.02.11 quake & exactly 6 months post 13.06.11 quake. I'd last wandered Avon River north bank 6 months ago. It was time I returned.

In the interim, properties along Avon River were designated red zone by CERA, meaning liquefactioned riverside ground was too liquefaction prone for repairs. Quake trashed infrastructure, housing & businesses would cost too much to repair too. In short, red zone citizens had to leave & rebuild their quake trashed lives, homes & businesses elsewhere.

Red zone, ghost houses were easy to see, as gardens were summer rampant: weeds, long grass, flowers & shrubs grew wild. Some houses were still inhabited, gardens with cut grass. Council had cut some verges, most were weedy.

In Dallington, I did a circuit walk along quake trashed roads, from Gayhurst Rd Bridge, along Locksley Ave beside Avon River, doubled back along Glenarm Tce, then wandered Gayhurst Rd a bit to snap red zone, dead zone, ghost houses.

Locksley Ave: Mostly ghost houses by Avon River. Many boarded windows. Blind ghosts.

Images, quake damaged Locksley Ave:


13.12.11. Cnr Locksley Ave / Gayhurst Rd view of quake damaged Gayhurst Rd Bridge



13.12.11. Serial quake trashed ghost house & overgrown garden, cnr Locksley Ave / Gayhurst Rd. The house was demolished


13.12.11. Serial quake trashed Locksley Ave, nr Gayhurst Rd Bridge & Feb 22 quake stop bank by Avon River


13.12.11. Serial quake trashed, boarded, ghost house & overgrown garden, Locksley Ave, nr Gayhurst Rd Bridge



Glenarm Tce: Some ghost houses. Some houses inhabited.

Images, quake damaged Glenarm Tce:


13.12.11. Serial quake trashed cnr Locklsey Ave / Glenarm Tce



13.12.11. Quake house demolition site, Glenarm Tce


13.12.11. Serial quake trashed, ghost house & overgrown garden, Glenarm Tce



Gayhurst Rd: Most ghost houses were near Avon River. Quake trashed St Paul's School ground was a Macdow / Fletcher construction hub, filled with earthmoving machines & bldg materials. Beyond Glenarm Tce junction, houses were more inhabited. There were fewer ghost houses the further I wandered from Avon River.

A power pole advert read:

Bexley & East Side Red Zoners
                       Rally
Sunday 9th October, 2 pm at the
              Wairoa Reserve
Corner Wairoa & Morganwood Streets
Come hear Rev Mike Coleman & other guest
              speakers discuss:

Full Replacement insurance should be honoured
for all homes due to be demolished in the Red
Zone.

Need for transparency when it comes to why our
homes have been zoned red. Do you want your
land to be rezoned?

Is Rateable Value a fair deal for your Red Zoned
land?

Better relocation options so that homeowners can
move on without losing equity or increasing their
debt burden.

How are you coping? This may be one of the
largest decisions you make in your life!

We will get change by working together.

19.11.11, I'd already seen Rev Mike Coleman protesting at Show Your Colour Crusade, Cranmer Sq. There were rumblings of dissent from citizens dissatisfied with bureaucracies dealing with quake trashed housing - Council, EQC, CERA, insurers. Public protests had already begun, but next year
2012, there would be many more protests.

Images, quake damaged Gayhurst Rd:


13.12.11. Post quake, land zoning protest notice, Gayhurst Rd

In Christchurch there were many official & unofficial signs about quakes - business adverts, relocations, lost pets, protests, Council, demolition, construction signs. A Metro Orbiter bus sign read:

      The ORBITER
is NOT using this stop
at present due to road
    conditions and the
   closure of Gayhurst
            Bridge...


13.12.11. Orbiter bus, temp route notice, away from Gayhurst Rd quake damage


13.12.11. Post quake, green, plastic, sewage tank, Gayhurst Rd


13.12.11. Serial quake trashed, boarded ghost house & overgrown garden, Gayhurst Rd



13.12.11. Wood braced, serial quake trashed, ghost house, Gayhurst Rd


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost houses, Gayhurst Rd


A SCIRT road sign read:

Permanent sewer replacement
Gayhurst Road & surrounds...

Sign on a roadside, green, plastic sewage tank:

HUMAN WASTE
          ONLY

WASH HANDS AFTER DISPOSAL!!
BEWARE OF SPLASHBACKS!!

13.12.11. SCIRT board for sewer replacement & green plastic, sewage tank, Gayhurst Rd


  13.12.11. Overgrown garden & quake boarded, red zone house, Gayhurst Rd


13.12.11. Post quake, red zone, tagged garage, Gayhurst Rd


13.12.11. Serial quake sunk, ghost house, Gayhurst Rd


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost house, Gayhurst Rd



Sign on a house fence, fearing burglars, read:

We are still
living here.
Visitors most
welcome.
Anyone else
be aware of
the Dog.





13.12.11. Post quakes, St Paul's School construction site hub, where school hall once stood, before demolition, Gayhurst Rd


St Paul's school demolition site sign read:

ST PAUL'S SCHOOL
     OPEN @ OUR
TEMPORARY SITE...





13.12.11. Serial quake trashed, ghost house & overgrown garden, Gayhurst Rd


13.12.11. Overgrown gardens & serial quake trashed, ghost house, Rupert Pl, off Gayhurst Rd


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost house, Gayhurst Rd


Glenarm Tce: I chatted to a woman & her adult grand daughter. The family had lived there for generations & had seen Dallington grow. The grandmother was 94 years old & didn't want to leave her Glenarm Tce home. The woman said her father had seen houses built by Gayhurst Rd Bridge / Locksley Ave & the houses were built on swampland. Quakes had returned riversides to swamps.

Rolling her index finger & thumb together she opined that red zoning was all to do with money & the cost of rebuilding infrastructure. Never mind if a so-called red zone house was quake damaged or not. Although Locksley Ave houses were quake trashed below their Glenarm Tce family home, their home was relatively unscathed, yet both roads were red zoned by CERA.

She didn't mind me snapping, but said early days post quakes, it was humiliating all the photographers snapping pics of their distress - like they were in a zoo. She pointed out all the neighbours' red zone houses, already abandoned. "Good luck to you & your mom," I said.

Images, quake damaged Dallington Tce:


13.12.11. Feb 22 quake trashed, Gayhurst Rd Bridge join, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Dallington Tce


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost house, cnr Dallington Tce / Gayhurst Rd


13.12.11. Serial quake trashed, ghost house, Dallington Tce


13.12.11. Feb 22 quake, Avon River stop bank, Dallington Tce, nr Gayhurst Rd Bridge


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost house, Dallington Tce


Thereafter I wandered red zone Dallington Tce, beside Avon River bank. Dallington Tce road condition was relatively OK: Road works going on, couple of sludge pumps I'd seen months ago, still pumping.


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost house, Dallington Tce







13.12.11. Sewage sucker trucks, Feb 22 quake stop bank, Avon River, Dallington Tce


13.12.11. Post quakes, overgrown driveway, St Paul's School back gate, Dallington Tce


13.12.11. Post quakes pump & truck, Dallington Tce


Dallington Tce by Avon River: Several ghost houses. Some houses were still inhabited. Pongy portaloos, I'd seen months ago, still lined pavements


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost house, Dallington Tce








13.12.11. Avon River bend, Dallington Tce. Serial quake trashed drain, opp bank, Avonside Dr. The drain was soon demolished

I wandered red zone Richmond, snapping ghost houses along River Road. After I passed quake trashed, Medway St Footbridge over the Avon, River Rd got worse: shingled, deeply rutted, slumped banks, curbs cracked & spalled. Pongy portaloos, I'd seen months ago, still lined pavements.

River Rd: Many ghost houses. Many boarded windows. Blind ghosts. Some houses were inhabited.

Images, quake damaged River Rd:


13.12.11. Footbridge over Avon River tributary, cnr Dallington Tce / River Rd


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost house, River Rd






Despite many ghost houses, with overgrown gardens, inhabited red zone houses had neat gardens, cars parked in driveways, people coming & going on quake trashed roads.


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost house, River Rd









13.12.11. Sept 4 quake trashed, Medway St Footbridge, Avon River, River Rd / Avonside Dr. The footbridge was deconstructed for heritage storage at Ferrymead

Unique that humid morning were many cops: I saw two cop cars patrolling Gayhurst Rd, one cop on foot too, with clipboard. On River Rd I saw one patrolling cop car & two cops on foot, with clipboards, accompanied by officials in blue, Hi Vis vests with back logos:

 WELFARE
RESPONSE
    TEAM

NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT

The blue, Hi Vis vested officials were Canterbury Temporary Accommodation Service in drag. Their office was in the WINZ bldg, Winston Ave, Papanui.


13.12.11. Post quakes, Welfare Response Team / Canterbury Temporary Accommodation Service & Sallies van, Medway St


13.12.11. Serial quake trashed house & overgrown garden, cnr Medway St / River Rd


13.12.11. Post quakes, portaloo & Bobcat digger, River Rd


13.12.11. Sept 4 quake trashed, Medway St Footbridge, Avon River, River Rd / Avonside Dr. The bridge was deconstructed for heritage storage at Ferrymead


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost house, River Rd




By Medway St, off River Rd, I saw a parked Salvation Army van with 3 women in blue, Hi Vis vests with "Welfare" logos. Across Avon River, on Avonside Dr, I saw another cop with clipboard & an official wearing a blue, Hi Vis vest. They were wandering from house to house, door-knocking & peering in windows, trying to find inhabitants.


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost house, River Rd




Images of quake damaged Lois Pl:

13.12.11. Post quakes, drain construction site & portaloo, cnr River Rd / Lois Pl


13.12.11. Serial quake trashed, boarded, ghost house, Lois Pl, off River Rd





Images of quake damaged River Rd:

13.12.11. Post quakes, drain construction site, River Rd, opp Lois Pl


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed, ghost house, River Rd









Canterbury police state was alive & well: Cops & CERA minions invaded citizens' abandoned properties, long before CERA deals were completed between red zoners & the Crown. Did cops have warrants to enter those riverside properties, while stalking red zoners? I didn't see anyone answering door-knockers.


13.12.11. Serial quake trashed, boarded, ghost house, River Rd






13.12.11. Post quakes, green, plastic, sewage tank, overgrown park, River Rd


13.12.11. Serial quake trashed River Rd, nr Swanns Rd Bridge




If that happened post Sept 4 quake, or Feb 22 quake, no problem, but cops & govt lackeys invading red zone properties 10 months post Feb 22 quake & 6 months post 13.06.11 quake, was stretching "Welfare" somewhat. Since when did NZ cops show "Welfare" altruism?


13.12.11. River Rd view of "Welfare" cop & temp accommodation official, checking a red zone, ghost house, Avonside Dr

At Swanns Rd Bridge my Samsung camera battery was exhausted, so I left more River Rd ghosts for another day.


13.12.11. Overgrown garden & serial quake trashed house, River Rd, nr Swanns Rd Bridge



Most of the red zone houses along Locksley Ave, Glenarm Tce, Gayhurst Rd, Dallington Tce & River Rd I saw that day were demolished by CERA.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.


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