A mural near Madras St countdown showed 2 workmen joking:
Workman 1: "Is my crack showing?"
Workman 2: "Don't be silly!"
1 image, Madras St:
03.04.12. Mural near countdown, Madras St
There were many post quake cracks in Christchurch - physical, social, emotional, mental, Council & CERA muddling.
Thurs afternoon, 03.04.12. I was curious to see Poplar St, trapped between Lichfield St & Tuam St & running parallel to Madras St. Pre quakes, Jake had flatted at Poplar Mews, Poplar St. Post 04.09.10 quake, Poplar St was intact & I'd snapped pubs & boutique shops there. They were all gone since, CERA demolished.
01.08.12. CERA announced that an L shaped, Green Frame would be made S of Avon River between Madras St & Manchester St & between St Asaph St & Tuam St. It was CERA's scheme based on Council's Share an Idea scheme done post 22.02.11 quake. Many more demolitions were needed in the Green Frame before trees, flowers & grass could be planted in the Green Frame.
Madras St crack showed, with CERA's Green Frame W & CERA's proposed 35 000 seater, roofed stadium E of Madras St. Poplar St environs would become part of CERA's proposed Green Frame. E across Madras St, a huge block between Tuam St & Hereford St to St Pauls demolition site, CERA's Blueprint proposed a 35 000 seater, roofed stadium. The proposed stadium site extended from Madras St E to Barbadoes St, including Turners & Growers site. With its Blueprinted, roofed stadium, CERA was pressurising Council to demolish quake damaged, AMI stadium, before AMI stadium insurance claim was resolved. (AMI Stadium was eventually demolished in 2018).
Council's bldg assets claims were only resolved in Dec 2015 with a puny pay out of $635 million, So much for mayor Parker's & town clerk Marryatt's insurance of Council assets!
8 images, Victoria St, Kilmore St:
03.04.12. Post quake demolition site, Victoria St
I drove down Victoria St by Christchurch Casino, to snap a demolition rubble pile, all that was left of Crowne Plaza Hotel. Two tourists stared into the red zone, by a Council tourist map board on the cordon fence. Those board maps hung at points along red zone, CBD cordon fences. A natty, little, plastic box enabled tourists to take a little tourist map of the red zone CBD.
Council's tourist map board read:
WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH
CITY CENTRE MAP
Due to earthquake damage, parts of the Central City
remain cordoned off from public access.
These cordoned areas will reopen in stages during 2012
as remedial work is completed.
To help you find your way around our city during its
rebuild, pick up a free mini-map from the i-SITE Visitor
Centre, Rolleston Avenue (beside Canterbury Museum)...
03.04.12. Victoria St view of red zone, cordon fence, before Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St. Quake trashed Town Hall left. Abandoned PWC & Forsyth Barr high rises behind. PWC left was demolished. Forsyth Barr right was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel
03.04.12. Red zone, CBD cordon map, red zone fence, Crowne Plaza demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St. The demolition site was CERA Blueprinted as the Maori Cultural Centre
CERA & Council still banned citizen in the red zone, 15 months post 22.02.11 quake. Council was fixated on fixing the quake crapped CBD. CERA occupied the red zone CBD at huge expense to citizens, slowly demolishing bldgs, instead of kicking tardy insurers' & reinsurers' greedy arses & sorting out E suburban, Third World living conditions for those displaced from their homes by quakes & CERA red zone offers..
While CERA fiddled with CBD demolitions & Council fiddled with consents for rebuild of prestige bldgs to replace quake crapped, Council bldgs, already paid for by ratepayers, quake displaced people endured Third World conditions, dossing in garages, cars & tents. (20 months later in 2013 some people still lived in garages. So much for CERA recovery. Weekend Press 30 Nov - 1 Dec).
The rent crisis was due to exhorbitant rents from greedy landlords & rental agents' fees, unaffordable for those still paying mortgages & rates on quake crapped, red zone, unliveable houses. Or unaffordable for those on low incomes, like the unemployed or single parents.
I drove along Peterborough St & snapped another rubble heap, once the Convention Centre. Council was having orgasms about rebuilding a Convention Centre, paid for by ratepayers, with a proposed 7.5% rates increase. Never mind all the other white elephant projects Council had in mind - quake trashed AMI Stadium, Centennial Pool, Town Hall, Christ Church Cathedral... (Later on, NZ National govt Blueprinted a new Convention Centre). Given Council's rebuild hysteria, there was little communication between Council & CERA.
3 images, Peterborough St:
03.04.12. Convention Centre demolition site, Peterborough St. Abandoned Town Hall behind
I parked my car on Armagh St, near Madras St north & wandered across post quake demolition sites to Latimer Sq.
Madras St south wasn't a pretty sight. There was little to see, just bleak quakescapes: abandoned bldgs, demolition sites & bldgs awaiting demolition.
Latimer Sq, cnr Hereford St / Madras St south: St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, where the Anglican church would build a Cardboard Cathedral, Jap architect Ban, to last 20 years, while ruined Christ Church Cathedral farce continued.
A St Johns board read:
8.30 am - 236 Hereford St
Next door to the church office / Vicarage
St Johns 10.00 am - St Margarets
Latimer Square Family service with kids programme
12 Winchester St, Merivale
7 pm - St Saviour's Church
200 Colombo St, Sydenham
81 images, Madras St:
03.04.12. Latimer Sq view of St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Madras St. Port Hills behind. The demolition site beyond St Johns would be CERA's proposed 35 000 seater, roofed stadium site
03.04.12. Madras St & St Johns demolition site view of demolition sites, large block between Hereford St & Cashel St. Cashel St quake survivor bldgs beyond. The demolition sites would be part of CERA's Blueprint, 35 000 seater, roofed stadium site
Madras St, Arrow House demolition site was opp St Johns demolition site.
03.04.12. Latimer Sq, red zone view of Arrow House demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Madras St. CTV bldg demolition site & abandoned IRD bldg behind. The demolition sites would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
03.04.12. Arrow House demolition site, cnr Madras St / Hereford St. Les Mills gym, quake survivor behind. The demolition site & Les Mills gym would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
Madras St & Cashel St crossing: All 4 cnrs were 22.02.11 quake kaput: Hudson Blackwells demolition site; St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church demolition site; abandoned IRD bldg; CTV bldg demolition site, where 115 people died, when the CTV bldg collapsed & burned in the 22.02.11 quake. I passed floral tributes on cordon fences by the CTV site & passed orange, plastic, road barriers before the abandoned IRD bldg. CTV demolition site & IRD would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame.
On Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church, demolition site a blackboard read:
03.04.12. Flowers, red zone cordon fence, CTV bldg, demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. IRD left. Les Mills gym right. The sites would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
03.04.12. Dead flowers, CTV bldg, demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. Les Mills gym behind. The area would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
03.04.12. Dead flowers, CTV bldg, demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. NW view to Hereford St, demolition sites & red zone, CBD high rises. Newstalk ZB high rise right was imploded, 05.08.12
03.04.12. Red zone, cordon tributes to 115 dead, CTV bldg demolition site, cnr Cashel St / Madras St. The area would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
03.04.12. Cnr Cashel St / Madras St view of red zone, quake closed high rises: Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left. Newstalk ZB (Radio Network House) right, was imploded, 05.08.12
03.04.12. Red zone, Cashel St, W view of abandoned, CBD bldgs. Holiday Inn by crane, awaited demolition
03.04.12. Holden Blackwells, demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. The demolition site would be part of CERA's Blueprint, 35 000 seater, roofed stadium site
03.04.12. St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church, demolition site, cnr Cashel St / Madras St. It would be part of CERA's Blueprint, 35 000 seater, roofed stadium site
03.04.12. Abandoned IRD bldg view of white & orange, plastic / water, road barriers, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. Holden Blackwells demolition site beyond
03.04.12. Quake closed, yellow stickered bldg, Madras St, opp Bedford Row. UK USAR / TF graffiti - CLEAR meant no bodies
Bedford Row: Always gloomy behind the abandoned IRD bldg. The old brick stable was gone, just loose stones & 2 pallets of plastic-wrapped stones left on the shingled demolition site, by a tatty, brick wall, with old Victorian ads painted in black letters on faded white backgrounds, on each cnr, exposed after years hidden behind the stable:
03.04.1.2 Red zone, Victorian wall ad, old stable demolition site, cnr Madras St / Bedford Row. Red zone, abandoned Holiday Inn awaited demolition beyond. Bedford Row would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
03.04.12. Old stable, demolition site, Madras St, between Bedford Row & Lichfield St
03.04.12. Red zone, NZDF checkpoint & Victorian wall ad, old stable demolition site, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St. The area would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
Across Madras St was a rusty corrugated iron shed & another demolition site, continuing to Lichfield St cnr. On the opp cnr was a ramshackle bldg with walls peeled off, part demolished.
03.04.12. Abandoned bldgs & demolition site, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St. The area would be part of CERA's Blueprint, 35 000 seater, roofed stadium
03.04.12. Part demolished bldg, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St. The site would be part of CERA's Blueprint, 35 000 seater, roofed stadium
Lichfield St NZDF checkpoint by the red zone cordon fence, controlled contractor access & egress to the red zone & banned citizens, who'd been banned from the red zone CBD for 15 months, so far, since the Feb 22 quake. Christchurch citizens would be banned by NZDF soldiers at red zone CBD checkpoints & CERA occupation of the CBD for 28 months. Cracked!
03.04.12. Red zone, NZDF checkpoint, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St. The area would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
We were used to signs banning citizens at NZDF checkpoints, strangling the red zone CBD:
HOURS OF OPERATION
OUTSIDE OF THIS TIME USE
MANCHESTER ST / CAMBRIDGE TCE
NO PUBLIC ACCESS
BEYOND THIS POINT
PAST THIS POINT
CERA PASSES ONLY
03.04.12. NZDF red zone checkpoint, guarding abandoned CBD, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St,
03.04.12. Red zone, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St, NZDF checkpoint view of quake trashed blgs & car on Poplar St cnr, by a demolition site. Most of the bldgs were demolished
03.04.12. Red zone, NZDF checkpoint, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St
03.04.12. Red zone, apex car hire, demolition site by NZDF checkpoint, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St. Grey portaloo & checkpoint hut opp green, plastic, sewage tank. Red zone, closed bldgs & Holiday Inn high rise behind awaited demolition
Looking W beyond Lichfield St checkpoint, I saw quake trashed bldgs & demolition sites & looked hard to find Poplar St entrance off Lichfield St, as there were so many demolition sites. All that was left of Poplar St was a tar strip, bordered by demolition sites & abandoned brick bldgs. The area would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame.
I wandered S down Madras St, past apex car hire & Edward Gibbon demolition sites to Tuam St crossing. On the other side of Madras St were abandoned bldgs. Neighbouring NG Gallery was restored. The crack in CERA's utopia was that already restored businesses, like NG Gallery, must succumb to CERA's destruction, to enable CERA's Blueprint, 35 000 seater, roofed stadium.
The crack between Council & NZ National govt / CERA was stadium plans. While quake damaged, AMI stadium stood abandoned for years, awaiting insurance pay out, CERA foisted its Blueprint, Madras St stadium on Christchurch citizens, to overshadow the Cardboard Cathedral.
At another demolition site on Ash St cnr, I looked past more demolition sites to Poplar St. At the end of Ash St, Poplar Mews, where Jake had flatted in Poplar St, was gone. Just a brick wall & wooden doors of another brick bldg behind.
03.04.12. Restored NG Gallery, Madras St, opp Ash St. The site would be part of CERA's Blueprint, 35 000 seater, roofed stadium
03.04.12. Red zone, Edward Gibbon, demolition site, Madras St. The site would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
03.04.12. Red zone, Madras St & Edward Gibbon, demolition site, view of vehicle going down Ash St to demolished Poplar St, by wooden doors. The site would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
03.04.12. Red zone, Madras St, Edward Gibbon, demolition site. Metal braced, McKenzie Willis, High St left, Manchester St, Odeon Theatre middle, awaiting demolition & reopened Tuam St, Alice in Videoland right
03.04.12. Red zone, Madras St, Edward Gibbon, demolition site view of CPIT Fashion School, Tuam St, left & red zone, braced, McKenzie Willis, High St right. CPIT Fashion School & McKenzie Willis facade survived the quakes
03.04.12. Madras St, E view of quake demolition sites between Lichfield St & Tuam St. Tuam St quake survivor bldgs right. The demolition sites, incl Turners & Growers site beyond, would be part of CERA's Blueprint, 35 000 seater, roofed stadium
By Tuam St crossing was a Mobil garage, McDonald's & CPIT Fashion School. The red zone fence cordon went W along Tuam St a bit, students lolling in the sun by the Fashion School wall, reading, or chomping lunch. CPIT Fashion School & Mobil garage survived the quakes.
03.04.12. Demolition site, car park & quake damaged, part repaired bldg, cnr Madras St / Tuam St
03.04.12. Weedy demolition site, cnr Madras St / Tuam St
03.04.12. Quake survivors: Mobil garage, cnr Madras St / Tuam St, CPIT Music School, behind right. CPIT tech bldgs left
A woman stood crying by the cordon fence, comforted by her man. Ongoing quakes were raw fear & stress for us all. Meanwhile, CERA's residential red zoning would be a running sore for red zoners for years.
Beyond the cordon, all that was left of Poplar St was a tar strip with demolition sites both sides, bordered by shipping containers & tatty, brick bldgs, quake survivors. Wasteland. W down Tuam St, half in & half out of the red zone fence, Alice in Videoland bldg was recently reopened.
03.04.12. Red zone, W view down Tuam St: Demolished Poplar St behind shipping containers right, reopened Alice in Videoland beyond. The area would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
03.04.12. CPIT Fashion School view of red zone, High St, demolition sites middle & Poplar St, demolition sites right. Beyond, Alice in Videoland, reopened left & red zone, closed, Westpac & Holiday Inn high rises awaited demolitions right
03.04.12. CPIT Fashion School, W view along red zone, Tuam St. Reopened Alice in Videoland right
03.04.12. CPIT Fashion School, Tuam St, N view of red zone demolition sites & abandoned bldgs. IRD bldg right. The area would be part of CERA's Blueprint, Green Frame
03.04.12. CPIT Fashion School view of Poplar St, bordered by demolition sites, shipping containers & abandoned bldgs. Abandoned Majestic Theatre, Westpac & Holiday Inn beyond awaited demolitions
After Tuam St crossing, Madras St became livelier with tech students & countdown shoppers.
03.04.12. S view, Madras St / St Asaph St / High St crossing. St Asaph St demolition site, car park beyond
03.04.12. Cnr High St / Madras St view of Madras St, northbound traffic & quake survivor bldgs
Madras St / St Asaph St / High St crossing was a mess, with a demolition site turned into a car park on one cnr & student pedestrians dodging traffic by cordon fences, blocking off red zone High St. At the end of High St, Holiday Inn loomed, awaiting demolition.
03.04.12. W view down red zone, High St & closed, quake survivor bldgs. CPIT Music School right.
03.04.12. Students crossing St Asaph St from Madras St to red zone, St Asaph St / High St cnr
Further S down Madras St, workmen on scaffolding at NZ Broadcasting School repaired quake cracks on the wall with epoxy glue. Cracks showed all over the wall, like 1 000s more Christchurch bldgs, repaired with epoxy glue, then repainted. Dodgy.
On the opp side of Madras St was a closed bldg with a relocation notice painted in lurid colours on a quake cracked window.
03.04.12. Workmen epoxy glueing a quake cracked wall, NZ Broadcasting School, Madras St
03.04.12. Cnr Madras St / Allen St, S view of quake survivor, CPIT tech bldgs left, Madras St
03.04.12. Cnr Madras St / Allen St, N view of quake survivor bldgs, Madras St
03.04.12. Student bikes & students, CPIT tech, Madras St
03.04.12. Relocation notice, quake cracked, shop window, Madras St
On Southwark St cnr was a demolition site car park. On the opp cnr, a quake trashed, brick bldg stood, with quake toppled parapet exposed & unrepaired, topped by an unrepaired gutter pipe.
03.04.12. Demolition site car park, cnr Madras St / Southwark St
03.04.12. Quake trashed, brick parapet & gutter pipe, cnr Madras St / Southwark St
03.04.12. Repairs to quake damaged bldg, cnr Madras St / Southwark St
03.04.12. Countdown, cnr Madras St / Moorhouse Ave
03.04.12. Mural near countdown, Madras St
03.04.12. Madras St view of quake closed, brick station (Science Alive) with boarded clock tower, Moorhouse Ave. The old brick station was demolished in August 2012. The clock was saved for the new Science Alive, which relocated to the old Court House, Durham St Nth, in 2016
Moorhouse Ave was busy as usual. I snapped the old, brick station, post quake closed, with boarded clock tower.
In August 2012 the old station (Science Alive bldg) was demolished. The tower clock stopped when the 04.09.10 quake struck. The clock was saved for the new Science Alive, relocated to the old Court House, Durham St Nth, in 2016.
I returned to my car through quake wastelands & Latimer Sq. Not a sign of rebuild along Madras St south.
During my April 2012 wander down quake shattered, Madras St, CERA was scheming a Blueprint, Green Frame & stadium on all those Madras St demolition sites. (CERA's Blueprint, August 2012). My walk was limbo time, Madras St, as CERA hadn't yet Blueprinted Madras St, forcing its Green Frame & expensive stadium projects on owners either side of Madras St.
03.04.12. Latimer Sq, N view to Gloucester St / Madras St junction
* Wandered Madras St, Victoria St, Kilmore St, Peterborough St.
Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.
See Record $635m insurance payout for Christchurch City Council (The Press / Stuff Co).