Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lyttelton, 1 Year Post 22.02.11 Quake

Thurs 08.03.12. Last time I'd visited Lyttelton was 14 months ago, couple of months post 04.09.10, mag 7.1 quake. In the interim, more big quakes had trashed Lyttelton - lethal 22.02.11 quake, 13.06.11 quake & 23.12.11 quake swarm.

Suffice to say, much of Lyttelton I'd seen 14 months ago was quake changed: bldgs trashed, bldgs demolished, bldgs closed. Quake trashed, Evans Pass to Sumner was closed, post Feb 22 quake. (Evans Pass was repaired 2015-17).

Some demolished bldgs: Timeball Station, serial quake trashed by the Feb 22 & June 13 quakes, gone; London St, Harbour Light Theatre & Empire Hotel, gone; Oxford St, WCG Plumber bldg, gone; Gladstone Tce, Lyttelton Museum, gone & more.

I drove from Christchurch up Dyers Pass to Governors Bay & Lyttelton. On the way up Dyers Pass to Sign of the Kiwi, several retaining walls were still quake broken - heaps of stones on pavements.

As Lyttelton was built inside a steep caldera, I saw many more quake broken, retaining walls in Lyttelton - some repaired, many wood braced, or braced with concrete blocks & steel poles.

Images, quake damaged Dublin St:


08.03.12. Dublin St view across Lyttelton Harbour to Banks Peninsula left & Quail Island right. Quake damaged garage left


08.03.12. Multiple Hazard sign, Dublin St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Quake trashed, red stickered house, Dublin St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Quake collapsed, fence cordoned, retaining walls, Dublin St / Winchester St / Coleridge Tce crossing, Lyttelton



08.03.12. Quake collapsed, concrete-block braced retaining wall, cnr Dublin St / Coleridge Tce, Lyttelton



08.03.12. Quake damaged, braced retaining wall, Dublin St, Lyttelton



Lyttelton: I parked my car on Dublin St & did a steep, circular walk, covering several blocks, down to Lyttelton Harbour, to take in serial quake devastation - Winchester St, Canterbury St, London St, Oxford St, Sumner Rd, Gladstone Quay, Norwich Quay...

Images, quake damaged Winchester St:


08.03.12. Post quake, concrete-block & wood braced, retaining wall, cnr Winchester St / Dublin St, Lyttelton. Mt Pleasant backdrop


08.03.12. Yellow stickered, closed house, Winchester St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Quake damaged, faded, red stickered house, cnr Winchester St / Canterbury St, Lyttelton


Dublin St / Winchester St / Coleridge Tce crossing: Several quake damaged houses & retaining walls propped by concrete / wood / steel bracing. Dublin St: Several wooden houses were separated from quake slumped pavement.

Canterbury St down to London St: Some repairs to quake damaged bldgs. Demolition sites on 2 Canterbury St / London St corners.

Images, quake damaged Canterbury St:


08.03.12. Post quake, braced bldg, Canterbury St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, boarded shop, Canterbury St, Lyttelton

Images, quake damaged London St:


08.03.12. Open-air restaurant, quake demolition site, cnr Canterbury St / London St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake library, cnr Canterbury St & London St, Lyttelton

London St: Some bldgs were open for business. Some shops were closed, or relocated. Some weedy, trashy demolition sites. One demolition site, corner Canterbury St / London St, had tables set out as an open-air restaurant. Port Hole pub traded from shipping containers. Further up London St, BNZ traded from a shipping container. Shipping container, shanty shops were all over Christchurch too.


08.03.12. Shipping container, Port Hole pub, demolition site, cnr Canterbury St / London St, Lyttelton





08.03.12. London St S view, quake demolition sites, incl theatre left, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, boarded, fence cordoned, abandoned shop, London St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, fence cordoned, demolition site, London St, Lyttelton

A London St sign read:

Bookshop relocated
    to Portico
           48 London
                Street

Since the quakes there'd been many business relocation signs. Populations shifted too, out of quake trashed housing, causing a housing crisis, as there was little available or affordable housing to accommodate displaced people. NZ govt's response was to do nothing, leave it to the market & condoned quake refugees holing up in caravans, cars, tents, garages & staying with family & friends. Never mind rebuild parasites swarming in, looking for accommodation & putting huge pressure on rentals.


08.03.12. Post quake, Bookshop relocation sign, London St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, business as usual, London St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Quake damaged, fence cordoned bldgs, London St, Lyttelton



08.03.12. Post quake, Empire Hotel demolition site, London St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, demolition site, London St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, business as usual, Indian Restaurant, London St, Lyttelton

Corner Oxford St / Sumner Rd: Demolition site with a concrete dinosaur & an old piano decorating the rubble. Police Station, 1880, next door was quake trashed, closed & fence cordoned. Porta-cabin cop shop next door, Sumner Rd. Evans Pass to Sumner, quake closed. Opposite cop shop: Canterbury Association house, quake trashed, closed. A bronze plaque read:

    CANTERBURY CENTENARY
                   1850-1950
ON THIS SITE STOOD THE HOUSE
ERECTED BY THE CANTERBURY
  ASSOCIATION FOR ITS AGENT
          J.R. GODLEY IN 1850

Images, quake damaged Sumner Rd:


08.03.12. Post quake road works, cnr Oxford St / Sumner Rd, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, demolition site & quake trashed police station, cnr Oxford St / Sumner Rd, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Quake demolition site, cnr Oxford St / Sumner Rd, Lyttelton



08.03.12. Sumner Rd, post quake, northern view of London St, Lyttelton. Port Hills backdrop


08.03.12. Quake trashed house & demolition site, cnr Sumner Rd / Oxford St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Quake trashed house & bronze plaque, memorial to JR Godley, 1st agent for Canterbury Association, 1850, Sumner Rd, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, Sumner Rd N view of London St, Lyttelton. Port Hills backdrop: Bridle Path & Mt Cavendish top right


08.03.12. Quake trashed, Police Station, 1880, Sumner Rd, Lyttelton




08.03.12. Post quake, porta-cabin Police Station, Sumner Rd, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, closed Sumner Rd to Evans Pass & road works, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, lunch time workmen, Sumner Rd. Lyttelton Harbour & Port Hills backdrop

Oxford St down to Gladstone Quay & Norwich Quay: Several demolition sites.

Images, quake damaged Oxford St:


08.03.12. WCG Plumber, demolition site, Oxford St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, boarded business, Oxford St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, demolition site, Oxford St, Lyttelton





08.03.12. Post quake, demolition site, cnr Oxford St / Norwich Quay. Port Hills backdrop



Images, quake damaged Gladstone Quay & Norwich Quay:

08.03.12. Quake trashed, tarped, fence cordoned bldg, cnr Oxford St / Gladstone Quay, Lyttelton



08.03.12. Post quake, Lyttelton Port entrance, by Pilgrims Rock over bridge, Norwich Quay


08.03.12. Quake trashed, fence cordoned, abandoned Fuze Restaurant, Lyttelton Port entrance over bridge, Gladstone Quay


Gladstone Quay: Lyttelton Museum gone, demolished. Lyttelton Times badly damaged, but still standing, top storey walls peeled off, rooms exposed.


08.03.12. Post quake, Lyttelton Museum, demolition site, Gladstone Quay


08.03.12. Post quake, Lyttelton Museum demolition site view: Export log piles, Lyttelton Port. Banks Peninsula backdrop

Lyttelton Port was doing OK. Wet, woody smell from export log piles when I wandered by.


08.03.12. Quake trashed, fence cordoned, boarded, abandoned Lyttelton Times, Gladstone Quay



08.03.12. Post quake, Pilgrims Rock, Norwich Quay, Lyttelton



Pilgrims Rock, Norwich Key: Demolition sites nearby & quake closed, fence cordoned bldgs, by harbour entrance. A Pilgrims Rock, bronze plaque read:

THE FIRST SETTLERS OF THE
CANTERBURY ASSOCIATION
               KNOWN AS
THE CANTERBURY PILGRIMS
LANDED NEAR THIS SPOT
    16 th DECEMBER 1850

By Pilgrims Rock a stone wall, bronze plaque read:

THIS SITE MARKS THE APPROXIMATE LANDWARD
      END OF THE FIRST JETTY AND SEAWALL IN
     ERSKINE BAY BUILT BY SHIPWRIGHTS JOHN
CRUBB, JAMES McNEIL AND ROBERT & MAGNUS
      ALLAN IN 1849 - 50 FOR THE CANTERBURY
                            ASSOCIATION

Norwich Quay: Most businesses were closed, including Shadbolt House. Several weedy, demolition sites to Oxford St. Lyttelton Seafoods & Lyttelton Bakery traded from porta-cabins.

Shadbolt House was demolished in Oct 2012.

On Norwich Quay, opposite abandoned Shadbolt House, a quake abandoned bldg was gift wrapped - walls painted red, golden ribbon around the walls. A sign on a wall read:

    All i want
          4
  Christmas is
an answer from
       EQC

Citizens were annoyed with inept EQC's slow claims processing.


08.03.12. Quake abandoned bldg, Norwich Quay, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Quake abandoned, boarded bldg, Norwich Quay, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, Norwich Quay N view, Lyttelton. Port Hills backdrop


08.03.12. Post quake, abandoned Seafarers Centre, Norwich Quay, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, demolition site by Seafarers Centre, Norwich Quay


08.03.12. Quake damaged Shadbolt House, Norwich Quay, Lyttelton. Shadbolt House was demolished in Oct 2012


08.03.12. Post quake, porta-cabin, Lyttelton Sea Foods, by Shadbolt House, Norwich Quay, Lyttelton. Shadbolt House was demolished in Oct 2012


08.03.12. Post quake, portaloo & bins, between porta-cabin, Lyttelton Bakery & Shadbolt House, Norwich Quay. Shadbolt House was demolished in Oct 2012


08.03.12. Post quake demolition site, Lyttelton Bakery, cnr Norwich Quay / Canterbury St


Canterbury St up to London St: Some businesses open. Some demolition sites. Some repairs to closed bldgs.

Images, quake damaged Canterbury St:


08.03.12. Post quake, fence cordoned, braced, part repaired, The Loons, Canterbury St, Lyttelton





08.03.12. Post quake, part repaired business, Canterbury St, Lyttelton



London St to Dublin St: Some businesses open. Some closed. Some demolition sites. Some quake survivor housing.


08.03.12. Post quake, cnr Canterbury St / London St, Lyttelton. Mt Pleasant backdrop



Images, quake damaged London St:

08.03.12. Post quake, Ray White Real Estate, London St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, fence cordoned, boarded, closed bldg, London St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post Quake, St John, London St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, shipping container BNZ, London St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, London St S view, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, Lyttelton Fire Station, fence cordoned, part closed, London St



08.03.12. Post quake, Lyttelton fire engine, ready for business, shielded by shipping containers, London St



08.03.12. Post quake, Lyttelton Visitor Centre, business from a shipping container, London St


08.03.12. Post quake, Pegasus Bay Fishing, business as usual, London St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Quake survivor housing, London St, Lyttelton. Mt Pleasant backdrop


Dublin St: Many collapsed retaining walls, propped with concrete blocks, wood & steel bracing.

More than a year post Feb 22 quake, owners of damaged bldgs & retaining walls, all over Lyttelton & Christchurch, still waited for repairs, due to slow EQC & insurance pay outs & even slower Fletcher builders.

Port Hills $500 000 bouncing rocks study: CERA's bouncy geologists & scientists in hard hats & Hi Vis vests, checked Port Hills, jabbering about mapping rocks & computer modelling of Port Hills' bouncing rocks to be done by Milan varsity. (One News, 09.03.12 & Weekend Press 10-11.03.12).

Meanwhile, Port Hills white zoners had waited more than a year post Feb 22 quake for land zoning. CERA boss Sutton raved about the bouncing rocks study, while white zoners waited for land zoning - June deadline.

Media puffery about EQC, insurers & Fletcher working hard, did not match evidence of 1 000s of unrepaired, retaining walls, garden walls & broken bldgs all over Lyttelton & Christchurch. Slow pace of permanent repairs was disgraceful!

14 months ago, I'd seen a collapsed retaining wall in Oxford St, neatly tarped. It was still collapsed & tarped, but the tarp had tattily blown off. There were many tarped, retaining walls in Lyttelton & tarped bldgs. I wondered how long they would stay tarped & braced?

As for boarded windows & walls, like in Christchurch, yellow boards where weathered grey, after months of weathering.

EQC, CERA & Fletcher were weighted in the balance & found wanting. Lyttelton so-called rebuild was a microcosm of Christchurch. There were many demolitions & patch repairs, but few permanent repairs & next to no rebuilds.

If bldg owners were paid out pronto, by EQC & insurers & owners selected their own builders, instead of waiting for sluggish Fletcher, permanent repairs & rebuilds would go much faster. Well groomed by NZ welfare state, in practice, bldg owners meekly waited for bureaucratic EQC, insurers, CERA & Fletcher.

Images, quake damaged Dublin St:


08.03.12. Post quake, tarped business, cnr London St / Dublin St, Lyttelton



08.03.12. Quake collapsed, fence cordoned, retaining wall, cnr London St / Dublin St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Quake collapsed, concrete-block repaired, retaining wall, cnr London St / Dublin St, Lyttelton



08.03.12. Quake slumped roadside & pavement, fence cordoned, patch repaired, Dublin St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Lyttelton Club by quake slumped road & quake collapsed retaining wall, Dublin St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Quake slumped Dublin St & patch repaired, fence cordoned pavement, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Garage by quake slumped pavement, Dublin St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Fence cordoned bldg by quake slumped pavement, Dublin St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Patch repaired bldgs by quake slumped pavement, Dublin St, Lyttelton



08.03.12. Dublin St view over Lyttelton Harbour, Banks Peninsula left, Quail Island right


08.03.12. Dublin St view of 2 quake collapsed retaining walls, fence cordoned & tarped, Lyttelton

Images, quake damaged Winchester St:


08.03.12. Winchester St N view of quake collapsed, retaining walls, part repaired, Lyttelton. Port Hills backdrop


08.03.12. Quake survivor housing seen from Winchester St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Fletcher builder sign, Winchester St, Lyttelton


08.03.12. Post quake, dangerous church bldg, boarded windows, Winchester St, Lyttelton



08.03.12. Post quake, Winchester St southern view, Lyttelton

Heathcote Valley: I drove back to Christchurch via Lyttelton Tunnel. Heathcote Valley side, NZ Transport Agency bldg was closed, front entrance badly quake damaged. Sept 4, quake collapsed, Castle Rock loured above. Gondola Station was closed. NZ Transport Agency bldg was demolished in 2013.

Nearby, workmen in orange, Hi Vis vests dug up pipes at the bottom of Bridle Path. The Maltworks silos in Heathcote Valley were gone, demolished. Several orange diggers were parked by a rubble pile.

Images, quake damaged Lyttelton Tunnel Rd:


08.03.12. Quake trashed, NZ Transport Agency bldg, nr Lyttelton Tunnel, Heathcote Valley side. Front entrance shielded by shipping containers, due to Port Hills rock fall danger. NZ Transport Agency bldg was demolished




08.03.12. Back of quake trashed, NZ Transport Agency bldg, nr Lyttelton Tunnel, Heathcote Valley side. NZ Transport Agency bldg was demolished



08.03.12. Sept 4, 2010 quake collapsed Castle Rock, above NZ Transport Agency bldg, nr Lyttelton Tunnel, Heathcote Valley side. NZ Transport Agency bldg was demolished


08.03.12. Post quake, abandoned Gondola Station, nr Lyttelton Tunnel, Heathcote Valley

Coda: CERA reported on SCIRT repairs to Lyttelton retaining walls:

"Many of the town's publicly owned retaining walls support roads and underground infrastructure. They also have significant heritage value [CERA had no qualms about demolishing heritage bldgs in Christchurch, like Cranmer Court, despite public protests]. Walls connected to essential services and water supply or those which have a risk of failure that could cause public safety or access issues are being rebuilt first." (Greater Christchurch Recovery Update, Issue 16, December 2012).

Tues 22.01.13. I drove to Lyttelton, but I couldn't buy petrol there. Was told by a local that Lyttelton residents had to buy petrol in Christchurch. Two years post 22.02.11 quake, no garages sold petrol in Lyttelton.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See CERA scientists agog at studies... (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Repairs to reopen Sumner Road to get underway (NZTA).

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