Sat 18.02.12, Christchurch, Festival of Flowers: Leah & I visited Christchurch Botanic Gdns, start of the annual flower festival & saw floral displays. By one of the portaloo, floral displays a sign read:
Christchurch Garden City Trust presents
festival of flowers
17 Feb - 2 Mar 2012
Port-a-loos on a Pine Mound
Poor Bunty. The plumbing of her Cashmere residence is munted!
In order to maintain her high standards she has commandeered and made her
own port-a-loo to which she has tastefully applied her designer skills. She must
retain her self-sufficiency and her privacy in her personal privy. Her garden is
blooming and the future is looking bright.
Cashmere Garden Club
Colour me beautiful
At nearby Canterbury Museum, we saw a room full of wearable art & another room with 100s of quilted hearts, from NZ & overseas, hung on walls. The Hearts for Christchurch idea rose from the 22.02.11 quake.
17 images, Christchurch Botanic Gdns:
18.02.12. Post quake, Festival of Flowers, Christchurch Botanic Gdns, Rolleston Ave
18.02.12. Taking the piss, quake portaloo, Christchurch Botanic Gdns
18.02.12. Post quake, Hearts for Christchurch, Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave
Part of the heart room was sectioned off with flowers & monarch butterflies. Four days later the monarch butterflies were released at the 22.02.11 quake memorial service, Hagley Park.
18.02.12. Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave: Monarch butterflies for 22.02.11 quake anniversary, memorial service, Hagley Park
Christchurch had already endured the big 04.09.10 & Boxing Day quakes before the 6.3 mag quake struck at 12.51 pm on 22.02.11.
Feb 22 quake death toll: 185.
As the Royal Commission of Inquiry was already doing most of the work, it was about time slack cops started investigating manslaughter cases against building owners who'd allowed rotten, death trap bldgs to stand & designers, architects, engineer inspectors & Council workers who'd allowed such bldgs to blot the landscape for decades. Council was rotten, as pre-quakes Council had failed to enforce its own bldg code for old, quake prone bldgs.
Wed 22.02.12, 8.30 am. I watched a live TV broadcast of the Feb 22 quake, memorial service in Latimer Sq. Self important dignitaries sat on stage: Old Maori leader with a stick, Governor General, mayor, National Leader, Labour Leader, Anglican bishop, a Moslem priest, a Rabbi, 2 Asian priests, all dressed like peacocks in their finest feathers, all speechifying except the GG, with some interpretation by 2 hand-waving, deaf-interpreters.
Four high school girls sang & the staged affair ended with a seated military band playing, accompanied by a male soloist, military dressed in red coats. The whole lot, including a small standing crowd, were surrounded by cops.
I felt ill watching that spectacle, thinking that those self important people never stood up, raising concerns about the safety & security of Christchurch citizens post 04.09.10 & Boxing Day quakes, 5 months warning before the lethal 22.02.11 quake. Just business as usual, a few cordoned & stickered bldgs & to hell with citizens' safety!
Over quake years people contacted me personally, or via blog comments & emails, giving feedback. Some asked for permission to use my blog pics, for post quake fundraisers; proposed Avon River Park; queries about damaged bldgs; for Council planning of suburban shop rebuilds; Regional Council quake safety planning. A Canadian school teacher used my blog posts for classroom activities. Other pic use: university theses - MAs & Phds; journalist information; quake archeology research; quake mapping research; engineering, quake flooding research; protest organizers; journal publications...
Wed 22.02.12. Avoiding official & media schmaltz at quake anniversary functions, I wandered quake damaged roads & bldgs in Avondale, as quakescapes were changing fast.
Quake ravaged bldgs & their demolitions had irrevocably changed Christchurch. Many bldgs I'd snapped were demolished. Many still to go. I'd snapped pics, published a blog post & a few day later drove by & some of the bldgs were gone, empty demolition sites.
3 images, Avonside Dr:
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers on bench, Avon River, Avonside Dr, nr Bowie Pl
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers on orange, plastic, road cones, Avonside Dr, nr Bowie Pl
On Avonside Dr I saw quake anniversary agapanthus in orange, plastic, road cones. On Dallington Tce I saw hydrangeas in orange, plastic, road cones. A nearby sign read:
Locksley Ave: Bunches of flowers in orange, plastic, road cones. That anniversary day, I saw several ROAD CLOSED signs on Avondale roads, amongst abandoned houses.
5 images, Dallington Tce, Locksley Ave:
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cones, Gayhurst Rd Bridge, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Dallington Tce
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cones, Locksley Ave, nr Gayhurst Rd Bridge. Houses were demolished
22.02.12. Red zone, Locksley Ave, abandoned house & blue water pipe, Locksley Ave. The house was demolished
22.02.12. Locksley Ave view of quake anniversary flowers on EXTREME DANGER, Snell Pl Footbridge, closed, over Avon River. Snell St Footbridge was demolished
Anniversary flowers festooned, quake closed, Snell Pl footbridge, with a sign on the cordon fence which read:
Never mind cracked, buckled, lumpy, patched roads still to be properly fixed by Council & masses of liquefaction silt still to be cleared by Council. I regularly drove past new, sewage pipe excavations by South New Brighton School, which still used portaloos a year post Feb 22 quake. The sewage roadworks went on for months, causing Estuary Rd / Bridge St detours & a dust bowl for residents.
4 images, Avonside Dr:
22.02.12. Avonside Dr view, quake anniversary flowers on orange, plastic, road cones, Avon River stop bank, by Avondale Rd Bridge
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers on Avondale Rd Bridge. See quake separation of span from abutment. In 2013 the abutment was demolished & replaced by SCIRT
Avonside Dr: Anniversary flowers festooned Avondale Rd Bridge. A sign by the bridge read:
and Avon Otakaro Network
February 22 / Earthquake Commemoration Site
river of flowers
Te Waitohi Maumahara
Site to be hosted by From (time)
Avondale Residents 12:30 to 1:30pm
For details visit www...
Quake damage everywhere: tilted power poles; cracked, liquefactioned pavements; blue, plastic, water pipes on pavements; roadside, green or black, plastic, sewage tanks; toppled garden walls; toppled house walls; overgrown gardens; abandoned houses, curtains closed; wood propped walls; tarped roofs; boarded walls & windows; toppled chimneys; cracked, liquefactioned driveways; closed garages; rubbish in gardens & on pavements; Council, plastic, rubbish bins in gardens; demolition sites.
Alongside Avonside Dr the gravel repaired, raised stop bank separated Avondale roads from Avon River & stopped green zoned Avondale from drowning.
16 images, Alloway St:
22.02.12. Red zone, green portaloo & Avon River stop bank, cnr Avonside Dr / Alloway St
22.02.12. Red zone house, Alloway St
22.02.12. Post quake, house demolition site, cnr Alloway St / Avondale Rd
22.02.12. Post quake, boarded house, Alloway St
Significant that sunny day were 1 000s of flowers people put on orange, plastic, road cones in red zone areas & on other roads I passed, like River Rd & Dallington Tce: agapanthus, hydrangeas, roses, lilies, many other flowers & fern leaves. Rosemary for remembrance too. Posies on power poles also honoured the dead.
19 images, Prestwick St:
22.02.12. Red zone house, cnr Prestwick St / Avonside Dr
22.02.12. Quake trashed, red zone house, Prestwick St
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cones, cnr Prestwick St / Avondale Rd
22.02.12. Red zone house, Prestwick St
Another time, I'd seen plastic flowers on orange, plastic, road cones on Durham St Sth, when Restart Cashel Mall was opened. I'd also seen tinsel on orange, plastic, road cones during Xmas quakes at Parklands.
31 images, Woolley St:
22.02.12. Quake tilted, power poles, cnr Avonside Dr / Woolley St. Avon River raised stop bank & red zone Locksley Ave behind
22.02.12. Post quake, blue, sucker truck, Woolley St
On Woolley St a blue, sucker truck drifted by touting: "Drilling Waste Removal, Cesspit, Pond & Septic Cleaning." For years post quakes, we saw sucker trucks roaming Christchurch's bumpy roads, causing more damage to already quake ravaged roads.
22.02.12. Quake trashed, red zone house, Woolley St
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cone, Woolley St
22.02.12. Rubbish bins. Red zone, house demolition site, Woolley St
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cone, by quake damaged house, Woolley St
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cones, Avondale Rd
22.02.12. Quake abandoned tricycle, Woolley St
22.02.12. Red zone, abandoned house, Woolley St
CERA Landcheck website: Avondale streets I wandered, stated CERA zoning as follows:
Alloway St: 43 properties, 43 red zone.
Prestwick St: 31 properties, 31 red zone.
Woolley St: 56 properties, 25 red zone, 31 green zone.
Sharlick St: 24 properties, 24 red zone.
Edna St: 24 properties, 24 red zone.
Niven St: 56 properties, 23 red zone, 33 green zone.
Breezes Rd: 89 properties, 27 red zone, 62 green zone.
Pembroke St: 50 properties, 11 red zone, 39 green zone.
Several Avondale streets were entirely red zoned near Avon River. Where some streets were part red zoned & part green zoned, the green zoned houses were further away from Avon River & its liquefaction hell. According to CERA & tame engineering firm Tonkin & Taylor, red zoners had to leave home for good, as infrastructure was too expensive to replace.
Over the next couple of years, most of the red zone houses I wandered past would be demolished by CERA. I pitied green zoners who endured dusty, grimy, demolition sites & newly formed wasteland between CERA's red zone & green zone. CERA formed wastelands allowed gawkers, vagrants, vandals, thieves, arsonists, taggers to harass soon to depart red zoners & neighbouring green zoners.
14 images, Sharlick St:
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cone, cnr Sharlick St / Avonside Dr. Avon River, raised stop bank & red zone Locksley Ave behind
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cones & plastic, green, plastic, sewage tank, Avonside Dr. Avon River, raised stop bank left
22.02.12. Quake junk on house demolition site, Sharlick St
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers on orange, plastic, road cones, Sharlick St
22.02.12. Post quake, black, plastic, sewage tank & blue tent, Sharlick St
On Sharlick St I spotted someone living in a blue tarp tent in their front garden. Although Council & NZ National govt / CERA were in denial about the post quake housing crisis, exacerbated by red zoning, evidence of tents, caravans, vans, car sleepers, beach sleepers abounded in Christchurch for anyone who cared to rub poop from their eyes. As for NZ Labour opposition, there was hardly a cheep about the post quake housing crisis.
22.02.12. Red zone, abandoned house, Sharlick St
22.02.12. Red zone, abandoned motorbike, Sharlick St
All the properties I wandered close to Avon River were red zone. Further away from Avon River properties became green zone. While snapping pics, I wandered all the shorter streets between Avonside Dr & Avondale Rd. I wandered short bits of Breezes Rd & Pembroke St & when it became obvious properties were green zoned (neat gardens, cut grass, parked cars, twitching curtains) I returned to my car near Avonside Dr.
17 images, Edna St:
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flower in orange, plastic, road cone, cnr Avonside Dr / Edna St
22.02.12. Quake trashed, red zone house, Edna St. Blue water pipe on pavement
22.02.12. Red zone, house demolition site, Edna St
On Edna St a Hazard notice on a board read:
THIS IS A MULTIPLE
PERSONS ENTERING THIS PROPERTY
MUST COMPLY WITH ALL SAFETY
REGULATIONS UNDER THE
HEALTH AND SAFETY IN
EMPLOYMENT ACT 1992
AND ITS AMENDMENTS
DO NOT ENTER
WITHOUT PERMISSION AND
NOTIFICATION OF THE
I saw several such hazard notices in Avondale that day.
22.02.12. Red zone, abandoned house, Edna St
Like other post quake, red zones I'd wandered, the area was slummy & derelict, with overgrown gardens & abandoned, quake trashed houses. Patched roads were cleared of liquefaction mud, but pavements & many driveways were still full of mud. Portaloos & green or black, plastic, sewage tanks were still on road verges a year post Feb 22 quake. Two sucker trucks roamed, still clearing drains.
29 images, Niven St:
22.02.12. Fence cordoned, red zone house, cnr Niven St / Avonside Dr. Avon River raised stop bank behind
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cone, Niven St
22.02.12. Red zone, abandoned house, Niven St
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cones, by road works, cnr Niven St / Avondale Rd
Some red zone houses were still inhabited. Others gave the appearance of being inhabited with mowed lawns. I saw 3 lawn mower businesses cutting lawns & verges, hopefully to foil thieves, vagrants & hooligans.
36 images, Breezes Rd:
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flower in orange, plastic, road cone, Breezes Rd
22.02.12. Post quake, house demolition site, red zone, Breezes Rd
22.02.12. Wood braced, garden wall, red zone, Breezes Rd
22.02.12. Post quake, green, plastic, sewage tank & abandoned, red zone housing, Breezes Rd
There were several detours along Avondale Rd as road workers did repairs. Liquefactioned shops by Breezes Rd / Avondale Rd junction were all closed.
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cones, red zone, Breezes Rd
22.02.12. Red zone, abandoned house, Breezes Rd
22.02.12. Quake trashed, liquefactioned, closed shops, Breezes Rd / Avondale Rd junction
22.02.12. Post quake road works, cnr Breezes Rd / Avondale Rd
At 12.51 pm, 22.02.11 quake time, I snapped road signs, cnr Avonside Dr / Breezes Rd. Canada geese flew in V formation high above.
I expected in a year or so's time, that most Avondale red zone houses, near Avon River, would be demolished. Once people left, nature quickly took over: tall weeds & grass everywhere & lush plant growth.
The ghastly thing about Avondale I wandered, was that a year ago the houses were lived in. A year later, just quake trashed, ghost houses, demolition sites & weedy gardens.
22.02.12. Quake anniversary, Canada geese, V formation flying over Avon River, cnr Breezes Rd / Avonside Dr
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cones, Avonside Dr. Avon River raised stop bank & red zone Locksley Ave behind
23 images, Pembroke St:
22.02.12. Quake trashed, abandoned house, cnr Pembroke St / Avonside Dr. Blue water pipe on pavement
22.02.12. Post quake, liquefactioned junk, red zone, Pembroke St
22.02.12. Quake trashed house, Pembroke St
22.02.12. Post quake, abandoned house, Pembroke St. Low, 30 km speed limit, to stop traffic shaking houses to bits
22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in orange, plastic, road cones, Pembroke St
* Wandered Avonside Dr, Dallington Tce, Locksley Ave, Alloway St, Prestwick St, Woolley St, Sharlick St, Edna St, Niven St, Breezes Rd, Pembroke St.
23.02.12. Mag 4.1 quake, 5.21 am, 15 km depth, 20 km NE of Christchurch (GeoNet). Pegasus Bay faults rumbled again.
Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.
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