Monday, February 20, 2012

Christchurch 22.02.11 Quake Anniversary, Avondale

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
                                                                    Bunty's Retreat

                                  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
                                                                                              Christchurch

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.

Images, quake damaged, 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 checked out 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.

Images, quake damaged Avonside Dr:


22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers, Avon River, Avonside Dr, nr Bowie Pl


22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers on road cones, Avonside Dr, nr Bowie Pl


On Avonside Dr I saw quake anniversary agapanthus in road cones. On Dallington Tce I saw hydrangeas in road cones. A nearby sign read:

  ROAD
CLOSED
 AHEAD

Locksley Ave: Bunches of flowers in road cones. That anniversary day, I saw several ROAD CLOSED signs on Avondale roads, amongst abandoned houses.

Images, quake damaged Dallington Tce & Locksley Ave:

22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers, Avon River stop bank, Dallington Tce, nr Gayhurst Rd Bridge


22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers on road cones, Gayhurst Rd Bridge, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Dallington Tce


22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers on 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:

EXTREME
 DANGER
    KEEP
     OUT

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.

Images, quake damaged Avonside Dr:


22.02.12. Avonside Dr view of quake anniversary flowers on 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:

Healthy Christchurch
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
Association

For details visit www...

During my remembrance walk, I wanted to see Avondale red zone streets, between Avondale Rd & Avonside Dr. I wandered past scores of quake trashed, liquefactioned houses on Avonside  Dr & side streets like Alloway St, Prestwick St, Woolley St, Sharlick St...

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.

Images, quake damaged Alloway St:


22.02.12. Red zone 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 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.

Images, quake damaged 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 road cones, cnr Prestwick St / Avondale Rd


22.02.12. Red zone house, Prestwick St



At other times, I'd seen plastic flowers on road cones on Durham St Sth when Restart Cashel Mall was opened. I'd seen road cones decorated with tinsel over the Xmas period at Parklands.

Images, quake damaged 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 sucker truck, Woolley St

On Woolley St a sucker truck drifted by touting: "Drilling Waste Removal, Cesspit, Pond & Septic Cleaning." For years post quakes, we saw many sucker trucks roaming Christchurch 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 road cone, Woolley St


22.02.12. Red zone, house demolition site, Woolley St


22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in road cone, by quake damaged house, Woolley St


22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in 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.

Images, quake damaged Sharlick St:


22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in road cone, cnr Sharlick St / Avonside Dr. Avon River, raised stop bank & red zone Locksley Ave behind


22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in road cones & 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 road cones, Sharlick St


22.02.12. Post quake, plastic sewage tank & tent, Sharlick St

On Sharlick St I spotted someone living in a blue tarp tent in their front garden. Although Council & 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 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 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.

Images, quake damaged Edna St:


22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in 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:

                        NOTICE
             THIS IS A MULTIPLE
                  HAZARD AREA

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
             HAZARDS WITHIN

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.

Images, quake damaged 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 road cone, Niven St


22.02.12. Red zone, abandoned house, Niven St


22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in 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 to foil thieves, vagrants & hooligans.

Images, quake damaged Breezes Rd:


22.02.12. Quake anniversary flowers in 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, 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 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 on the corner of Avonside Dr / Breezes Rd. Canada geese flew in V formation high above.

Remembrance.

I expected in a year or so's time, that most Avondale red zone houses, near Avon River, would've been 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 ghost houses.


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 road cones, Avonside Dr. Avon River raised stop bank & red zone Locksley Ave behind

Images, quake damaged 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 road cones, 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.

See New Zealand stops to remember (The Press / Stuff Co).

2 comments:

  1. Responded to a UK email inquiring about a demolished house in Papanui Rd.

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  2. Just spied this post. Very weird seeing the family home on someone elses blog! They only moved out on 15 October last year :) I photographed it again last month 24th when i was down for my grandson's 2nd birthday..it had the demolition sign up... i guess it's gone now!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/porkynz/sets/72157632840307245/

    Great coverage as usual! So many of those houses are gone...they're getting on with business!

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