Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mayor Parker, & Town Clerk Marryatt Must Go, Post Quake Protest

Noon, Wed, 1 Feb, 2012. I attended the post quake protest where citizens protested inept Council & shenanigans by mayor Parker & town clerk Marryatt.

There'd been citizens' misgivings about the pair long before the quakes: Council spending ratepayers' dollars on dodgy deals - Ellerslie Flower Show; purchase of bankrupt Henderson's properties in the CBD; Council tendering & insurance practices; some councillors being on boards of directors of Council owned companies & getting directors fees on top of huge councillor salaries.

Misgivings magnified during the 23.12.11 quake swarm, after Marryatt was given a 14% pay rise of $68 000 by Parker's Council, shunting Marryatt's salary to $540 000 p.a, more than US president's, NZ PM's, Aussie PM's & UK PM's salaries. The travesty with Marryatt's job performance appraisal - evaluations by Council staff actually lessened, with lower scores.

Never mind that the $68 000 increase was way above what most citizens earned p.a. It was much more than what breadwinner Leah earned p.a, as a highly qualified teacher of many years experience in 3 countries. I bet Leah worked far harder than Marryatt or Parker did. She still waited for Parker & Marryatt to fix busy London St, by her school on the CBD fringe, nearly a year post Feb 22 quake.

Meanwhile Marryatt played golf at ratepayers' expense during work times & was holidaying on the Aussie Gold Coast during the 23.12.11 quake swarm. Marryatt didn't bother returning to Christchurch at that time, when quakes were once again causing chaos.

Marryatt accepted the salary increase & weeks later turned it down, after public protest in the media, with the gagging proviso that councillors work collegially, as councillor leaks had appeared in the media.

Marryatt said he was committed to Christchurch. He'd worked in Christchurch since his appointment in 2007, but during weekends he flew home to Hamilton, North Island, where his wife resided.

While that Council debacle went on, citizens lived in Third World squalor in quake messed, riverside, swampy eastern & hill suburbs. Added to the toxic mix were post quake bureaucracies: EQC, CERA, Fletchers builders, Tonkin & Taylor geotech engineers, which quake victims had to deal with regarding property inspections, insurance pay outs & rebuilds.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry also revealed a toxic brew of buck passing amongst bldg owners, engineer bldg inspectors & Council bldg inspectors. No one took responsibility for mistakes in red, green, yellow stickering of bldgs, nor reliable & valid inspections & public safety procedures.

Result: Unnecessary deaths in the 22.02.11 quake, long after Council, engineers & bldg owners had timeous warnings from the 04.09.10 & 24.12.10 quakes.

01.02.12. The Star headline: "Did these people need to die?" The Star quoted mayor Parker:

"If incompetencies or incorrect actions are highlighted by the Royal Commission then we will stand up and say we made mistakes and these are obviously areas which need to be fixed. But until we've heard all sides of the story, and the context in which decisions were made, we can't do that. It's such an important process - not so much to place blame but to improve for the future. We need to get it right"

I bet families of the dead were incensed by Parker's sleazy words. "Context" indeed!

Nearly a year post 22.02.11 quake, the CBD was still cordon closed, presided over by CERA boss Sutton, his slow demolishers & NZDF soldiers at variable, cordon checkpoints. A few days ago CERA had just begun demolitions of quake trashed housing at Seabreeze Cl, Bexley, 17 months post 04.09.10 quake. Public was still banned from the CBD, under pain of arrest by cordon soldiers & cops & had to stare through cordon fences at quake ravaged desolation.

17 months post 04.09.10 quake, citizens were angry, as EQC & insurer pay outs, repairs & rebuilds were slow & citizens couldn't get on with their lives. We'd all endured 10 000 quakes, including several massive, life threatening quakes.

The protest was well organized, corner Hereford St / Montreal St, by the new Council bldg. Cops cordoned off bits of Hereford St, Montreal St, Worcester St & Cashel St for protesters to avoid traffic. Protesters occupied St Elmo Courts demolition site. In a corner by The Coffee House & Council bldg west wall, a stage was erected for speakers: Peter Lynch, The Wizard, Rev Mike Coleman, others.

Images, quake damaged Montreal St:


01.02.12. Protestor en route to protest, Art Gallery, Montreal St, former red zone. Glassy Council bldg behind




About 4 000 protestors were there - waving placards, voluble & attentive to speakers for all the right reasons. In sum: Bye Bye Marryatt & Parker.


01.02.12. Protestors by the coffee house & Council bldg, cnr Montreal St / Hereford St, former red zone


Council workers peeped from windows above. The Council bldg was newly opened just before 04.09.10 quake damage. It was also damaged in the deadly 22.02.11 quake & closed for months for repairs. Thus the Art Gallery across Worcester Blvd, also quake damaged, was used as a Civil Defence HQ, during states of emergencies, after those quakes. The Art Gallery was later closed for repairs & reopened in Dec 2015.


01.02.12. Protestors & St John ambulance by Council bldg. Central Police bldg right, cnr Montreal St / Hereford St, former red zone, Central Police was imploded 31.05.15


Cops in nearby louring, Central Police peered from windows too. Cops & security personnel mingled, keeping an eye & attending to dizzy old folk, an old lady & a faint old man - St John ambulance was called.


01.02.12. Central Police bldg, cnr Hereford St / Cambridge Tce, former red zone. Central Police was imploded 31.05.15


As it was a mid week, working day there were no school kids, nor workers, except those who took time off work, or lunch break. Otherwise, there was the full public spectrum: small kids, old folks, middle aged & young people. Dogs, cyclists, casual dressed & suits.

As protesters were congested near the speakers' stage, I wandered crowd edges, snapping pics. There were other photographers. TV news vans & equipment: One News, TV3 & radio personnel wandered about, positioning themselves & looking important with fancy equipment. We were national news that sunny afternoon. TV news & Close up featured the protest in evening news programmes.

I didn't snap all the protest placards, as the crowd was congested near the Council bldg, densely occupying St Elmo Courts demolition site, spilling over onto Hereford St by Central Police car park & Montreal St. Protest placards said it all:

Images, protest placards, cnr Montreal St / Hereford St:

NO CONFIDENCE
IN
BOB PARKER


01.02.12. Protestors, cnr Montreal St / Hereford, former red zone


THE ROT
IS AT THE
TOP BOB


COULDN'T
AFFORD A
POLITICIAN
SO I MADE
THIS SIGN


NO MORE
APATHY!


CRAFTY
COSTLY
COWBOYS


THE MAGGOTS
ARE SUCKING THE
LIFE BLOOD OUT
OF THE CITY



   FORGET THE
BUSKERS, BOB'S
     THE REAL
       CLOWN


         END
CORPORATE
       GREED


01.02.12. News crew amongst protestors, cnr Montreal St / Hereford St, former red zone



01.02.12. Protestors by Council bldg, Hereford St, former red zone

END ALL
COUNCIL
CORPORATE
BULLSHIT!


     NO
BUILDING
    FULL
  RATES


CEO & MAYOR
STEAL COMMUNITY
SAFETY AMENITIES



GOODBYE
     BOB!


        THIS
          IS
   OUR LIFE
BOB PARKER


OUR CITY
OUR CHOICE


MARRYATT OUT
CREEPS:
PARKER,
BUTTON, WELLS,
KEOWN, GOUGH,
CORBETT, REID


01.02.12. Protestors, Montreal St, former red zone


BULLSH*T BOB
          OUT!
TRAGIC TONY


GIVE CHCH
    A FAIR
    SHAKE!


   NO
MORE
  LIES
01.02.12. Cop & protestors, Montreal St, former red zone


SACK MARRYATT
SACK PARKER
DEMAND A FRESH
MID-TERM ELECTION!


01.02.12. Protestors, cnr Hereford St / Montreal St, former red zone


SIDESHOW BOB'S
TEAM MUST GO!


14% PAY RISE
THAT SOUNDS
FAIR
YEAH RIGHT!

14% PAY RISE
    FAT CATS
       RULE


HEY TONY!
COME PLAY GOLF!
BOB & COUNCIL
WONT KNOW
TEE HE HE!
BY ORDER. HIGHER GOLFERS
COMMISSION


NO MORE
BACK ROOM
BOB 'N TONY SHOW


01.02.12. Protestors, Hereford St, former red zone



GOODBYE
TONY!


SIDE SHOW
       BOB
YOUR OUT
LEAVE NOW
NO MORE BULLSHIT


     MARRYATT
          HEAD
        NORTH
AND STAY THERE


NO PARKING (-ING crossed out, replaced with -ER)
PARKER


       BOB
WE NEED A
   BUILDER


     FRESH
ELECTIONS
      NOW


CHCH
CITY COUNCIL
NOTHING TO HIDE
NOTHING TO FEAR


COUNCIL
DETECTIVES
SNOOP ON
QUAKE VICTIMS


NOT YOUR
    CITY!


BOB PARKER
SO FULL OF
SPIN
HE'S NOT IN
TOUCH WITH
PEOPLE


       ELECTIONS
            NOT
COMMISSIONERS



01.02.12. Protestors, cnr Hereford St / Montreal St, former red zone


          SUSAN [Wells]
       SELLS US
            OUT
REMOVE PARKER'S
     PIMPS NOW


BOB &
TONY
MUST GO

TRUTH
COSTS
NOTHING


   MARRYATT
   A SYMBOL
          OF
WIDER GREED


01.02 12. Protestors, cnr Montreal St / Hereford St, former red zone


    PARKER
MARRYATT
     MUST
       GO!


REQUIRE A
CHANGE:-
"CLERK"
"SIDESHOW"
ASSAD:-
OUT


WE WANT
OPENNESS
HONESTY
ACCOUNTABILITY


               NZ
BUILT BY WORKING
PEOPLE!
DESTROYED BY
            SUITS


         TIRED OF BEING
        TREATED LIKE A
           MUSHROOM
KEPT IN THE DARK AND
        FED BULLSH-T!


STOP NOW MARRYATT!
AND SAVE YOURSELF
FROM ETERNAL SHAME!
GOD IS WATCHING YOU
JESUS IS THE KEY! YES!
THE WAY AND THE LIGHT
REPENT!!! FOR SALVATION


            9000 PW
   COS I'M WORTH IT
WE DIDN'T THINK SO


REMOVE THE CROCODILES
THE POND IS TOO SMALL


BYE
BYE
BOB



THIS IS YOUR STORY
            BOB


NEW ELECTION
 SACK PARKER
       AND HIS
MAYRRYATT MAN


           DCM
        PARKER
     MARRYATT
        BUTTON
WELL DESERVED


BLATANT AUTOCRACY OUT
DEMOCRATIC CONSULTANCY IN


RATE (crossed out)
RAPED
PAYERS


TRICKLE DOWN
ECONOMICS =
YOUR'E IN
YOU'RE OUT
URINE
ROLL BACK INEQUALITY


    PUPPETEER TONY
SHOULD LEAVE TOWN
  WITH THE BUSKERS...
      AND TAKE SIDE
SHOW CLOWN BOB
         WITH HIM


IS THE EAST
STILL PART
OF CHCH?

CRONYISM IS NOT A
PUBLIC SERVICE

OUR CITY
OUR CHOICE

BOB
AND
TONY
SHOW
MUST
GO

AUTUMN
ELECTIONS

RECLAIM CH-CH
SACK
MARRYATT


01.02.12. Protest crowd dispersal, cnr Montreal St / Hereford St, former red zone















        COME ON
             BOB
SACK MARRYATT


Near the end of the 2 hour protest a southerly wind blew in, ruffling speakers' papers, protesters' hair & clothes & swirling demolition dust. After the protest the crowd dispersed, while a group stood talking by the stage. Some protestors left their placards under demolition stones, or on fences.


01.02.12. Protest placard left at protest site, cnr Montreal St / Hereford St, former red zone




I wandered back to my car on Durham St Nth, following red zone, CBD cordon fences & snapping pics of quake trashed bldgs & demolitions:

Montreal St, Art Gallery was closed for quake repairs. The Art Gallery was Civil Defence HQ during states of emergencies, post 04.09.10 & 22.02.11 quakes. A tall bldg behind the Art Gallery in Gloucester St was being demolished.

               AUTUMN
              ELECTIONS
OUR CITY OUR DECISION

Images, quake damaged Worcester Blvd & Gloucester St:


01.02.12. Protestor leaving protest, cnr Montreal St / Worcester Blvd, by the Art Gallery, former red zone




01.02.12. Demolition site behind Art gallery, Gloucester St, former red zone

Red zone Brannigans, was being demolished, Gloucester St, opposite red zone, closed Central Library.


01.02.12. Brannigans demolition, cnr Gloucester St / Oxford Tce, red zone

Red zone, serial quake trashed Provincial Council bldg was covered in tarps & supported by 3 stacked, shipping containers, corner Gloucester St / Durham St Nth.

Images, quake damaged Durham St Nth:


01.02.12. Feb 22 quake trashed Provincial Council bldg, cnr Gloucester St / Durham St Nth, red zone


01.02.12. Quake trashed Provincial Council bldg, cnr Armagh St / Durham St Nth, red zone


Methodist Church demolition site was cordoned, where 3 people died in the Feb 22 quake, former red zone, corner Durham St Nth / Chester St West.


01.02.12. Methodist Church demolition site, cnr Durham St Nth / Chester St West, former red zone






Images, quake damaged Chester St West:

01.02.12. Red zone house, next to Methodist Church demolition site, Chester St West, former red zone. The house was demolished


Corner Chester St West / Durham St Nth: Every time I wandered past Radio NZ House, an X crack at one corner was bigger than the last time I'd passed. Serial quakes were shaking the liquefactioned bldg to bits. An example of CERA minister Brownlee's "damage on damage." Radio NZ House was later demolished.

01.02.12. X crack on Radio NZ House, caused by serial quakes, Chester St West, former red zone. Radio NZ House was demolished

Couple of demolition sites, former red zone, Chester St West.


01.02.12. Quake demolition site, Chester St West, former red zone


01.02.12. House demolition site, cnr Chester St West / Cranmer Sq, former red zone

Boarded, serial quake trashed, cordoned Cranmer Court, former red zone, corner Kilmore St / Montreal St. Cranmer Court was demolished after protests, Oct 2012.

Images, quake damaged Montreal St:


01.02.12. Serial quake damaged Cranmer Court, cnr Kilmore St / Montreal St, former red zone. Cranmer Court was demolished after protests, Oct 2012







Serial quake damaged, cordoned The Peterborough, former red zone, corner Montreal St / Peterborough St.


01.02.12. Serial quake damaged The Peterborough, cnr Montreal St / Peterborough St, former red zone


Serial quake damaged, cordoned Jubilee Clock Tower, by quake damaged, cordoned Victoria Mansions & demolition sites, former red zone Montreal St / Victoria St / Salisbury St crossing.


01.02.12. Montreal St view of serial quake damaged Jubilee Clock Tower, former red zone


01.02.12. Serial quake damaged Victoria Mansions, Jubilee Clock Tower, The Peterborough, Salisbury St / Victoria St / Montreal St crossing, former red zone


01.02.12. Quake demolition sites: white bldgs, Caxton Press, part demolished, seen from Montreal St / Salisbury St / Victoria St crossing, former red zone

Images, quake damaged Salisbury St & Durham St Nth:

01.02.12. Weedy demolition site, cnr Salisbury St / Victoria St, former red zone


Couple of quake damaged bldgs, Salisbury St, former red zone


01.02.12. Serial quake damaged bldg, Salisbury St, former red zone


Red zone, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition in progress, corner Victoria St & Kilmore St.


01.02.12. Durham St Nth view of Crowne Plaza Hotel, early demolition in red zone

Demolition sites & quake damaged housing & synagogue, former red zone, Durham St Nth, near Bealey Ave. The synagogue was later repaired.


01.02.12. House demolition site, Durham St Nth, former red zone


01.02.12. Serial quake damaged housing, Durham St Nth, former red zone






01.02.12. House demolition site, Durham St Nth, former red zone




01.02.12. Porta-cabins on demolition site, Durham St Nth, former red zone


01.02.12. Repairs to quake cracked walls, Durham St Nth, former red zone


01.02.12. House demolition site, Durham St Nth, former red zone



01.02.12. Serial quake damaged synagogue, Durham St Nth, former red zone. The synagogue was repaired


01.02.12. Serial quake damaged house, Durham St Nth, former red zone





01.02.12. House demolition site, Durham St Nth, former red zone


Zimbabwe cricketers were currently touring NZ, playing Blackcaps internationals. As Kiwis were great protestors, often boasting about protesting the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour, why were Kiwi protestors so quiet about Zimbabwe dictator Mugabe's cricketers touring NZ?

03.02.12. More than a month post 23.11.12 quake swarm, TV announced that Terrace on the Park flats, corner Park Tce & Salisbury St was dangerous & ready to collapse. The house next door was red stickered & owners had to evacuate.

CERA minister Brownlee warned that "damage on damage" was happening to bldgs in serial quakes & owners & inspectors must inspect bldgs again, post 23.12.11 quake swarm. The warning was late, as anyone living in Christchurch during serial quakes knew that months ago. (Weekend Press, 4-5 Feb, 2012).

Did Council & CERA really know what they were doing regarding dangerous bldgs? I'd driven past Terrace on the Park many times since quakes began & like dangerous blocks of evacuated flats on nearby Carlton Mill Rd, it was fence cordoned & left to rot & wait for more quake trashing. Traffic rumbled by & diagonal, quake cracked crosses, X X X... on concrete wall panels were there for any passerby to see.

Post 24.12.10 quake, I recalled diagonal crosses on brick facades, or concrete slabs, on serial quake damaged bldgs, like in Cashel Mall & St Elmo Courts, yet authorities allowed pedestrians & traffic to go past for months, with deaths resulting, 22.02.11, in Cashel Mall & elsewhere in the CBD.

Mayor Parker went on another overseas junket, paid by ratepayers. Parker flew away from Council problems with CERA, a carbuncle on Council's back, as CERA bureaucrats were taking over Council functions & Parker & Marryatt acquiesced. Yet Councillors & Parker condoned Marryatt's pay rise, with Marryatt doing less work, as many of his functions were usurped by CERA.

Coda: 2015. A brand new office block was on the St Elmo Courts site. The office block had the latest base isolators, enabling the bldg to move about 40 cm in any direction during future quakes. Central Police was imploded 31.05.15.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Call to fire CEO, hold election (The Press / Stuff Co).


See '1 per cent' chance of mag 7.0 quake (The Press / Stuff Co).


See Star system to rate quake safety of bldgs (The Press / Stuff Co).


See St Elmo Courts / Offices rebuild (Architecture Now).


3 comments:

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  2. You're welcome to your spin anon XD, but there are many in Chch qualified for the mayor's job, with integrity too. Broken ribs so what?

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  3. Received an email from protest facilitator Peter Lynch, asking permission to link my blog to the Cantabrians Unite website. Agreed.

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