Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Linwood Park Village & Dallington Broken Homes, Christchurch Quake

01.06.11. Fourteen weeks post 22.02.11, magnitude 6.3, Christchurch quake, Leah, teachers & students still used portaloos at their London St school, where passing trucks shook the school.

After being flooded out of his Waltham flat by the Feb 22 quake, Jake still used a chemical toilet where he dossed in a quake cracked garage, Sherborne St. He stayed there for several months before finding a decent flat in Geraldine St.

Luke missed two days' tech over the last two weeks due to water stoppages. We'd become used to Third World Christchurch. Later on Luke would lose more lecture time when tech staff went on strike.

Images, Linwood Park Village, Aldwins Rd:


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Linwood Park Village construction


After dropping Luke off at Sullivan Ave tech, I stopped at Linwood Park to look at the temporary village being constructed for people whose homes needed post quake repairs / rebuilds. They would use the village as temporary accommodation while their homes were repaired / rebuilt - after tardy EQC & insurance companies coughed up.


10.06.11. Post Feb 22 quake, Linwood Park board, Aldwins Rd


10.06.11. Post Feb 22 quake bldg progress at Linwood Park, for displaced quake survivors, while their homes were repaired / rebuilt



It was early days with village construction - excavations, house skeletons, workmen, machines, mud. It would be interesting to see what happened to the village during winter rains, as it was built on low ground.


10.06.11. Post Feb 22 quake, Linwood Park bldg progress, Aldwins Rd



10.06.11. Ten days later I returned to Linwood Park. Builders in yellow & orange, Hi Vis vests were building 41 houses, wintry trees backdrop. Two diggers excavated a drainage pond.

A gate guard in orange, Hi Vis vest check-pointed truck access at Aldwins Rd entrance. A LINWOOD PARK board at the village gate read: "Temporary Village For People Displaced By The Earthquakes."


20.06.11. Post June 13 quake, Tree Work, Linwood Park, Linwood Ave side


20.06.11. A week post 13.06.11, mag 6.3 quake, I revisited Linwood Park Village. It was liquefactioned. I saw liquefaction volcanoes at 3 points within 25 m of new housing: outside the Village fence - Linwood Ave side, Aldwins Rd entrance side & inside the fence near new housing. It was impossible to see more liquefaction, as it was a drizzly, mid winter morn & Village roads & construction areas were muddy.


20.06.11. Post June 13 quake, Linwood Park Village construction, Aldwins Rd


20.06.11. Post June 13 quake, Linwood Park Village construction by drainage pond


A black pipe snaked away from the half full drainage pond to a decapitated shipping container, outside the site fence, used as a sludge sump, with water pouring from the top of the container into a sewage stinking canal alongside Linwood Park Village. Building of the 41 houses continued.


20.06.11. Post June 13 quake, Linwood Park Village construction, Aldwins Rd


20.06.11. Post June 13 quake, liquefactioned Linwood Park Village construction, Aldwins Rd


A NZ govt, internet, information sheet "LINWOOD PARK VILLAGE SITE" read:

"... Many agencies have been involved in assessing the suitability of sites for temporary accommodation villages...

...Agencies include Department of Building & Housing, Christchurch City Council, Civil Defence, NZ Fire Service, NZ Police, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education as well as geotechnical engineers & other specialists..."

Built by: "a consortium of Hawkins Construction, Spanbuild & Fulton Hogan..."

Managed by: "Christchurch City Council, NZ Police, NZ Fire Service, Ministry of Social Development, Civil Defence, Ministry of Education, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Canterbury District Health Board, Other key agencies & stakeholders..."

"Management Plan covers issues: security & crime prevention, water & waste services, traffic management & safety, rubbish collection, noise & animal control..."

Rent: "2 person, 1 bedroom, $190 / week.
4 person, 2 bedroom, $271 / week.
6 person, 3 bedroom, 337 / week..."

Residents would pay their own power & telephone accounts.

Other prospective village sites: Rawhiti Domain & Kaiapoi Domain.

A year later, June 2012, the above rental prices would contribute to the housing crisis (denied by National politicians) where quake shattered residents paid exorbitant rents for crap housing. In the interim, although our Burnside 3 bedroom house rent was increased, it was less than Linwood Village 3 bedroom house rent. So much for NZ govt largesse at Linwood Park Village.


20.06.11. June 13 quake cracked footpath, Linwood Park Village construction


20.06.11. Post June 13 quake, drainage sump, Linwood Park Village construction. "Normal" housing background


20.06.11. Post June 13 quake, sewage polluted canal by Linwood Park Village construction. "Normal" housing background

Linwood Park Village was a Potemkin Village where govt agencies cajoled displaced & quake traumatised people to rent houses in the village, after their homes were liquefactioned or condemned, awaiting repairs / rebuilds.

Locals had already voiced concern about flooding of low lying Linwood Park Village in winters & Linwood Park Village was already liquefactioned by the Feb 22 quake. (And June 13 quake. Bob Todd complained to the Council about site drainage - News Advertiser 20.06.11).


20.06.11. Post June 13 quake, portaloos at Linwood Park Village construction


As Linwood Park Village was liquefactioned by the June 13 quake, before completion of the Potemkin Village, it would be interesting to see if people already displaced by liquefactioned houses would be interested in sheltering in brand new, liquefactioned Linwood Park Village.


20.06.11. Post June 13 quake, new drain pipes at Linwood Park Village construction


Meanwhile minister of Earthquake Recovery, Brownlee was reported in The Press, 20.06.11, that a "speculative" 10 000 to 12 000 houses would be demolished. "The Earthquake Commission paid the first $100 000 then it was up to private insurers whether the home was rebuilt or repaired Brownlee said."

Brownlee was disingenuous, as NZ govt in 2008 hadn't increased reinsurer cover for the EQC cap payment of $100 000 per residential property, despite EQC asking NZ govt to do so. Thus EQC was woefully under-insured, despite home owners paying premiums for decades. When the big quakes hit Canterbury, residential property owners were caught between under-insured EQC & insurers reluctant to settle payments over the risibly low EQC $100 000 cap. That would cause agony & stress for home owners for years. Never mind the slew of court cases to come.

Potemkin Villages would never be able to accommodate the numbers of quake displaced people.


20.06.11. Post June 13 quake, Linwood Park Village construction


Then there was the idiot idea of farmers flogging swampland between Redwood & Marshlands, yes liquefactioned Marshlands, to form a new housing development south of the Styx River, 2 400 new houses.

Images, quake damaged Gayhurst Rd & Locksley Ave:


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, Locksley Ave roadside & CONTAMINATED WATER sign by Gayhurst Rd Bridge


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged road join, Gayhurst Rd Bridge


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged retaining wall, Avonside Dr, Gayhurst Rd Bridge


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake leaning house, Gayhurst Rd


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Gayhurst Rd by Gayhurst Rd Bridge


01.06.11. Gayhurst Rd Bridge view of Sept 4 & Feb 22 quake damaged house, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Locksley Ave. The house was demolished in 2012


01.06.11. Sept 4 & Feb 22 quake damaged house, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Locksley Ave. The house was demolished in 2012





01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged,boarded house, Locksley Ave


Post 4 Sept, 7.1 magnitude quake I'd seen lots of Dallington damage on Gayhurst Rd, Glenarm Tce, Locksley Ave, New Brighton Rd. Post Feb 22 quake, I'd already walked Dallington Tce & some of New Brighton Rd.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave, nr Gayhurst Rd Bridge






01.06.11. I returned to Locksley Ave to see what the Feb 22 quake had done to Dallington. I did a circular walk, about 5 kms: from Gayhurst Rd Bridge, where I parked my car beside Avon River - Locksley Ave, New Brighton Rd, Creswell Ave, Gayhurst Rd.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave, nr Gayhurst Rd







01.06.11. Sewage pump pipe & portaloo by Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave

Locksley Ave houses damaged by the Sept 4 quake were trashed by the Feb 22 quake. I saw many more houses damaged by the Feb 22 quake, much liquefaction damage by Avon River.

Locksley Ave by Gayhurst Rd Bridge was still in bad repair - riverside liquefaction mud, although road holes & bumps had been evened out & shingle repaired by the time I got to Glenarm Tce.


01.06.11. Portaloo, Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave, nr Glenarm Tce







01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Avon River stop bank, Locksley Ave, nr Glenarm Tce


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, Locksley Ave, nr Glenarm Tce


In that short stretch beside Avon River, I didn't have to look hard to find quake damage to every Locksley Ave house: liquefaction mud, broken garden walls, house cracks, broken windows, damaged driveways, broken walls, tilted houses, warped garages, houses settled into mud. "We're sunk!" was meaningful while I wandered past quake tilted Locksley Ave houses.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, portaloo, cnr Locksley Ave / Glenarm Tce


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, roadwork machines, Glenarm Tce


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged curb, cnr Locksley Ave / Glenarm Tce


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, green, plastic, sewage tank, Locksley Ave, nr Glernarm Tce


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, wood braced house, Locksley Ave



I coolpixed many broken homes on Locksley Ave, as they all faced the Avon River & few had obscuring walls or hedges. I took fewer pics on other roads that cloudy morn, as hedges & fences obscured quake damage.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Locksley Ave view of sewage polluted Avon River, cnr Locksley Ave / Glenarm Tce


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake tilted house, Locksley Ave



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged roof, Locksley Ave


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake closed, fence cordoned footbridge, Locksley Ave - Avonside Dr. The footbridge was demolished



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave, nr Kerrs Reach







CONTAMINATED WATER signs stood along Avon River bank. The concrete footbridge over the Avon between Avonside Dr & Locksley Ave, near Snell Pl, was fence cordoned both sides. A boy climbed over the fences & skateboarded across, first checking I wasn't coolpixing him.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Locksley Ave CONTAMINATED WATER sign. Avon River & Avon Park beyond


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Locksley Ave view of pump, Avonside Dr & Avon Park

After an Avon River bend by Kerrs Reach, Avonview Retirement Village was quake damaged, but occupied. Kerrs Reach riverbank had huge quake cracks & slumping due to lateral spreading.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, Avonview Retirement Village, Locksley Ave


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Avonview Retirement Village, Locksley Ave view of Kerrs Reach rowing clubs


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake cracked footpath, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach. Rowing clubs opp bank


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, Avonview Retirement Village, Locksley Ave








01.06.11. Feb 22 quake slumped Avon River bank, Kerrs Reach, Locksley Ave. Slumping was due to lateral spreading. Avon Park beyond


01.06.11. Locksley Ave view of Feb 22 quake trashed Avon Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach. Avon Rowing Club was demolished & rebuilt




01.06.11. Locksley Ave view of Feb 22 quake sunk Union Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach. Union Rowing Club was fire razed, demolished & rebuilt


01.06.11. Locksley Ave view of Feb 22 quake trashed Union Rowing Club & Avon Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach. Both rowing clubs were demolished & rebuilt


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, relocation junk & portaloo, Locksley Ave


01.06.11. Locksley Ave view of Feb 22 quake damaged, Arawa Canoe Club, Kerrs Reach


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach


01.06.11. Locksley Ave view of Feb 22 quake sunk Christ's College Rowing, Kerrs Reach. Christ's College Rowing was demolished & rebuilt


Across Avon River, rowing clubhouses were more damaged than post Sept 4 quake. The concrete KERRS REACH sign by Union Rowing Club was sunk into the riverbank beneath asphalt. Only signs of clubhouse life were waterfowl crapping on pontoons.

Avon Rowing Club, Union Rowing Club & Christ's College Rowing would be demolished & rebuilt.

I passed a burnt out house with black rafters pointing to the louring sky. A business couple mowed lawns at some Locksley Ave houses, giving the impression broken homes were occupied. They weren't. Locksley Ave was dead.

Later, abandoned Locksley Ave houses would be targeted by thieves & vandals. The sooner quake trashed houses along Avon River banks were demolished the better.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, burnt out house, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach


01.06.11. Canada geese, Feb 22 quake cracked footpath, Kerrs Reach, Locksley Ave. Cracking was caused by lateral spreading


01.06.11. Duck & Canada geese, Feb 22 quake cracked footpath, Kerrs Reach, Locksley Ave. Cracking was caused by lateral spreading

In places along Locksley Ave, Avon River bank was heightened by a small, post quake stop bank. I walked on top for clearer coolpix. I wasn't the only walker - ladies, dog walkers & joggers. I chatted to an old lady who remarked that Locksley Ave was dead. I told her that on the afternoon of the 22.02.11 quake, from London St Leah & I'd smelt people burning after the CTV bldg collapsed.


01.06.11. Jogger, post Feb 22 quake stop bank, Kerrs Reach, Locksley Ave


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, double storey house, Locksley Ave



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake slumping below post quake stop bank, Kerrs Reach, Locksley Ave. Slumping was caused by lateral spreading




01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach













Road repairs went on at Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach, Fulton Hogan excavators & trucks abounded while workmen did repairs. It was all in vain, as CERA would red zone Locksley Ave. It would be months before CERA zoned houses properly. Money was wasted doing unnecessary repairs to housing & roads, prior to CERA's tardy zoning. Conflict & money wastage between Council & CERA was a story awaiting insiders' telling.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, repairs to Locksley Ave drain, Kerrs Reach



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach




01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Locksley Ave repairs & Kerrs Reach stop bank


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake cracked footpath & repairs to Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, repairs to Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach




01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house & portaloo, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house & garage, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged drain, Locksley Ave


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged gate, Locksley Ave


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake house sign, Locksley Ave




01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, portaloo & man emptying a chemical toilet into a plastic sewage tank, Locksley Ave


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, autumn leaves on Kerrs Reach stop bank, Locksley Ave

On Locksley Ave, I passed many quake tilted houses & quake sunk houses, wallowing in liquefaction mud. At first glance houses looked OK, but many were tilted or twisted a few degrees off vertical & / or horizontal. A place of misery & weeping. On the opposite Avon bank, Avonside Dr houses looked stuffed too.

Some red stickered houses were abandoned, others were still inhabited. A hand written sign on a board read:

WE ARE STILL
LIVING HERE!

Vague, as some people placed such signs to scare off looters.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake sunk house, Locksley Ave





01.06.11. Feb 22 quake liquefactioned house, Locksley Ave


01.06.11. Portaloo & Feb 22 quake skewed Orion electrical units, Locksley Ave



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, CONTAMINATED WATER sign by drain hatch, Kerrs Reach, Locksley Ave. Avonside Dr across Avon River


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Kerrs Reach stop bank & slumping of Avon River bank, cnr Locksley Ave / New Brighton Rd. Slumping was caused by lateral spreading



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, cnr Locksley Ave / New Brighton Rd


New Brighton Rd was busier, some shops open, some fence cordoned, red stickered & closed. Liquefaction mud still lay thick in overgrown gardens & on pavements. I coolpixed a house I'd seen damaged by the Sept 4 quake. It had sunk at least a foot into liquefaction mud by the time I returned 14 weeks post Feb 22 quake.

Images, quake damaged New Brighton Rd:


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, liquefactioned driveways, New Brighton Rd, nr Kerrs Reach



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, New Brighton Rd



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, liquefactioned letter boxes, New Brighton Rd



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, road sign & green, plastic, sewage tank, New Brighton Rd


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake tilted power pole, New Brighton Rd


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, portaloo by closed business, cnr Queensbury St / New Brighton Rd


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red stickered, closed business, New Brighton Rd



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake closed motel, New Brighton Rd



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, wood braced house, New Brighton Rd


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake portaloo, cnr Kingsford St / New Brighton Rd


01.06.11. Sept 4 & Feb 22 quake sunk house, New Brighton Rd



Corner New Brighton Rd / Cresswell Ave: I watched workmen rewire & re-erect a cell phone tower, a crane supporting the tower while they worked. Like on New Brighton Rd, I coolpixed several quake damaged houses on Creswell Ave opposite Burwood Park.

Images, quake damaged Creswell Ave:


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, workmen repairing cell phone tower, cnr Creswell Ave / New Brighton Rd



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Creswell Ave









A sign on the Quaker Meeting House, Creswell Ave read:

THIS VENUE IS CLOSED
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Please contact your group organiser

or

call the Quakers...

Quaker Meeting for worship will
now take place on Sunday at
12.15 pm at the

Mary Potter Community Centre
442 Durham Street

A wag once said, "We're all Quakers."

01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, portaloo & Quaker Meeting House, Creswell Ave


Gayhurst Rd was busy with shingle road repairs, plastic road cones channeling traffic. All side roads had recently been shingle repaired. Portaloos stood on pavements on all roads I walked. In the cold weather, portaloos had a distinctive pong - crap & hand sanitizer. I saw two people emptying chemical toilets into green, plastic tanks on roadsides.

Jake had used a chemical toilet in his quake cracked, garage "flat," Sherborne St, since the 22.02.11 quake. Chemicals in the toilet didn't remove the smell. The chemical toilet always smelt crap, unpleasant to endure during the cold, wet winter.

Imagine having to regularly carry your full chemical toilet down a liquefaction slippery driveway to a roadside, plastic tank, then pour your crap into the tank in full view of passing foot & vehicle traffic. That's what 1 000s of Cantabrians endured during the 2011 winter. Never mind quake-buggered housing & roads.

Trashing of Christchurch's sewage system by the 22.02.11 quake was so bad that Christchurch soon used up the world's supply of chemical toilets!

A spray-painted sign by a Gayhurst Rd bus stop summed it up:

SLOW DOWN
CRACKED
PIPES

Images, quake damaged Gayhurst Rd:


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Dallington Community Hub sign, Gayhurst Rd


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake road signs, Gayhurst Rd


01.06.11. Post Feb 22 quake road repairs, Gayhurst Rd. Yellow lidded recycling bin & green, plastic, sewage tank on pavement


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, portaloos, school playground, Gayhurst Rd


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Gayhurst Rd







01.06.11. Post Feb 22 quake sign, St Paul's School hall demolition site, Gayhurst Rd. St Paul's School was trashed by the Sept 4 quake

I coolpixed the demolition site where St Pauls School hall once stood & was demolished post Sept 4 quake.

I drove across Gayhurst Rd Bridge to Avonside Dr & Kerrs Rd to look at quake damaged Kerrs Reach rowing clubhouses & Porritt Park hockey field, by an Avon River loop.

02.06.11. Christchurch Council sucked off its own ratepayers: Mark Sainsbury, TV Close up interviewed Christchurch deputy mayor Ngaire Button, risibly defending why Council gardeners were gardening in the CBD red zone, while citizens & ratepayers like CBD business persons were banned access to the CBD red zone.

There were many gardens outside the CBD red zone needing Council attention, including ratepayers' overgrown, quake damaged gardens & Council gardens, pavements, footpaths & verges.

Citizens' goodwill was lost by Button's attitude & after Councillors went on a trip to San Francisco, checking out old, quake rebuilds there! A waste of ratepayers money.

Queens Birthday, 06.06.11: 9.09 am, 5.5 magnitude quake, 15 km deep, 20 km SW of Christchurch, spoilt our beauty sleep. Later in the day: 5.04 pm, 4.5 magnitude quake, 10 km depth, 20 km W of Christchurch. (Geonet).

After the June 13, magnitude 6.3 quake, on Thurs 23.06.11, PM Key & Minister of Earthquake Recovery, Brownlee announced the zoning of Christchurch into red, orange, green & white zones, according to the state of the ground, post quakes.

Locksley Ave, Glenarm Tce, Avonside Dr & some of Gayhurst Rd, Dallington Tce, River Rd & New Brighton Rd were eventually designated red zone by CERA, meaning quake destroyed land & permanent evacuation, after govt & / or insurance pay out, for quake destroyed land / housing & displacement of home owners.

Other property zonings were green, white & orange, the latter two placing properties in limbo, while CERA dithered whether land would be fixed or not.

Early 2012, CERA included the Landcheck website in the CERA website, obscuring zone searches. A case of bureaucrats fixing something unbroken, as one couldn't see at a glance different zoning in a specific street. Thus CERA made it impossible to check zonings properly. CERA only allowed a search for a specific property.

Why did NZ govt take so long with zonings? By the end of June 2012, CERA still hadn't completed rezoning Port Hills white zone properties. After 1 000s of property zonings, 166 white zoned, Port Hills properties still had a rezoning deadline - August 2012. Residential property zoning consisted of delays by CERA / govt & frustration, stress & waiting by homeowners.

Once properties were zoned properly only then could homeowners deal with govt & / or insurers for compensation, repairs or rebuilds. Govt offers were non-negotiable & insurers just delayed payments with excuses. NZ govt would do nothing about insurers' delaying tactics.

By October 2013, many red zone houses along Glenarm Tce & Locksley Ave were bought by NZ govt & demolished by CERA.

By the end of 2014 most houses along Locksley Ave & vast numbers of houses along Gayhurst Rd, Glenarm Tce & New Brighton Rd were demolished by CERA & replaced by grassland.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.