Saturday, June 16, 2012

Quake & CERA Gutted Gloucester St, Christchurch Red Zone CBD

Fri 15.06.12. Sixteen months post 22.02.11 quake, CERA reopened Durham St Nth & gutted Gloucester St, after many demolitions on those streets. Surrounding red zone bldgs were all closed, dead. CERA's belated opening of gutted Gloucester St split the red zone into northern & southern bits.

Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition held up reopening of Durham St Nth (from Kilmore St to Chester St West) which resumed its function for southbound, one-way traffic, albeit bordered by cordon fencing & orange, plastic road barriers.

Gutted Gloucester St was reopened from Gloucester St Bridge to scaffolded Isaac Theatre Royal by The Press & Warners Hotel demolition site & new The Press bldg. The rest of red zone Gloucester St was already reopened. Most bldgs along gutted Gloucester St were closed, dead. Gloucester St became a westbound, one-way street, bordered by red zone cordon fencing & orange, plastic road barriers.

Sat 16.06.12. Rainy, cold afternoon. I parked my car at Cranmer Sq & wandered along Kilmore St to Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, along Durham St Nth to Gloucester St crossing & E along gutted Gloucester St to Latimer Sq. There was lots of rubbernecking traffic & pedestrians.

Cranmer Sq: Rainy. Wintry, bare London planes, gave a good view of Cranmer Court, awaiting demolition, corner Kilmore St / Montreal St. Opposite corner: Chateau Blanc part demolition site. The rest of of Chateau Blanc was restored to 5 star Montreal Hotel.

Images, quake damaged Kilmore St:


16.06.12. Cranmer Sq view of serial quake trashed Cranmer Court, cnr Kilmore St / Montreal St. Cranmer Court was demolished

Kilmore St: Demolition sites & closed bldgs were on both sides of the street.

Kilmore St / Durham St Nth crossing: Copthorne Hotel demolition site. Opposite corner: Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, with 2 diggers on a rubble heap sifting demolition rubble for salvage metal. Behind loured red zone, abandoned Town Hall. Another digger in a hole drilled concrete foundations, making Durham St Nth jump whenever it drilled deep, like a quake aftershock.


16.06.12. Red zone, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, cnr Durham St Nth / Kilmore St. Red zone, abandoned, Town Hall left & quake trashed, red zone high rises


16.06.12. Red zone, abandoned, Town Hall, seen from red zone, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, cnr Durham St Nth / Kilmore St




16.06.12. Red zone, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site view of red zone, quake trashed high rises: PWC left was demolished. Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) middle was restored. Forsyth Barr right was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel


16.06.12. Cnr Kilmore St / Durham St Nth view of red zone, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site & 3 diggers. Red zone, abandoned, Town Hall behind

I didn't stay long, as fence cordoned, closed Spicers behind me jumped too. Spicers was quake boarded, yellow stickered, with quake broken windows & USAR / TF graffiti on glass doors. Spicers was demolished.

Images, quake damaged Durham St Nth:


16.06.12. Red zone, quake boarded, yellow stickered, USAR / TF graffitied Spicers, cnr Durham St Nth / Chester St West. Spicers was demolished




16.06.12. Quake broken window, fence cordoned Radio New Zealand, cnr Durham St Nth / Chester St West. Radio New Zealand was demolished


Durham St Nth: I wandered past Salvation Army bldg (soon demolished) & The Tower Courthouse. On the opposite corner, Chester St West / Durham St Nth, was Methodist Church demolition site, where 3 people died in the 22.02.11 quake. Dried flowers hung on the cordon fence by the closed Methodist Mission bldg. USAR / TF graffiti was on the glass door & quake rubbish lay inside the office.


16.06.12. Fence cordoned, Methodist Church demolition site, cnr Durham St Nth / Chester St West. 3 people died in the Methodist Church, 22.02.11 quake



Durham St Nth / Armagh St Crossing: Two demolition sites on diagonally opposite corners, including Amuri Courts demolition site. Armagh St, by Provincial Chambers bldgs, was red zone closed by a cordon fence. A contractor sign hanging on the cordon fence read:

CONTRACTOR
ACCESS ONLY

An office block was rebuilt on Amuri Courts site.


16.06.12. Durham St Nth / Armagh St crossing, E view along red zone Armagh St & CBD dead high rises. Serial quake trashed Provincial Chambers right awaited restoration. PWC left & Craigs House & Victoria Sq flats right awaited demolition for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre


Eastwards PWC, Craigs House & Victoria Sq flats demolitions delayed reopening of Armagh St red zone. Serial quake trashed Provincial Council bldg, covered in tarps, awaited restoration.


16.06.12. Red zone, serial quake trashed, tarped Provincial Council, awaiting restoration, cnr Durham St Nth / Gloucester St 

Durham St Nth & Gloucester St crossing: On one corner was abandoned Landsborough House / URS House.(Landsborough House was demolished, Nov 2012). Demolition in progress on the opposite Gloucester St corner. Provincial Council ruin was on the diagonally opposite corner.

Office blocks were rebuilt on the Gloucester St corners.


16.06.12. Landsborough House / URS House next to a demolition site, cnr Durham St Nth / Gloucester St. Landsborough House was demolished, Nov 2012. An office block was rebuilt on site


16.06.12. Demolition in progress, cnr Gloucester St / Cambridge Tce. A wavy, glass walled, office block was rebuilt on site


16.06.12. Red zone, serial quake trashed, tarped, Provincial Council, awaited restoration, cnr Durham St Nth / Gloucester St

Gloucester St Bridge: Wing wall was quake cracked. Red zone, checkpoint fencing & NZDF soldiers' checkpoint hut were gone. Avon River, downstream view to red zone Town Hall beyond Victoria Sq. Upstream view along red zone, fence cordoned, Oxford Tce to scaffolded, red zone, Our City bldg, Worcester St. Central Police, corner Cambridge Tce / Hereford St, loomed behind, awaiting implosion 31.05.15.


16.06.12. Quake cracked wing wall, Gloucester St Bridge view of red zone Central Library & CBD dead high rises. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished

View across Avon River to red zone high rises on Oxford Tce: Rydges Hotel, closed, Clarendon Tower, demolition in progress. View across Avon River along gutted Gloucester St to red zone Central Library. Beyond, red zone high rises - Forsyth Barr awaited restoration as Crowne Plaza Hotel; PWC, a demolition in progress. Farmers, next to Central Library, both awaited demolitions. Across the road was red zone Brannigans demolition site. Red zone Grant Thornton bldg behind, awaited demolition, Cathedral Sq.


16.06.12. Gloucester St Bridge, Avon River downstream view to red zone Victoria Sq & quake trashed Town Hall




16.06.12. Gloucester St Bridge, Avon River upstream view of red zone Our City bldg & Central Police high rise obscured by trees awaited implosion 31.05.15. Quake damaged, new Council bldg middle


16.06.12. Red zone, Oxford Tce view of red zone Our City bldg, Worcester St. Quake trashed Central Police behind, awaited implosion 31.05.15


16.06.12. Durham St Nth view of quake damaged bldg, red zone, Oxford Tce. Grant Thornton bldg, awaited demolition behind left, Cathedral Sq. Red zone, abandoned Café Roma & Rydges Hotel right, Oxford Tce


16.16.12. Red zone, abandoned Café Roma, Oxford Tce


16.06.12. Red zone, quake closed, broken windows, Italian restaurant, Oxford Tce


16.06.12. Gloucester St / Oxford Tce crossing view of Brannigans demolition site. Red zone, Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) & Novotel high rises left. Abandoned Government Life & Grant Thornton middle, Cathedral Sq, awaited demolitions


16.06.12. Brannigans demolition site, Gloucester St view of red zone Clarendon Tower, demolition in progress left. Back of red zone Rydges Hotel right

Gutted Gloucester St / Oxford Tce corner: Red zone fence cordon, closed cafes & Brannigans demolition site. Government Life, in the red zone behind, awaited demolition. Opposite corner: abandoned Central Library, USAR / TF graffiti on corner window. Central Library entrance was boarded, awaiting demolition.

Images, quake damaged Gloucester St:


16.06.12. Red zone, abandoned Central Library awaited demolition, cnr Oxford Tce / Gloucester St, for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre





Chancery Ln & arcade opposite Central Library: Red zone arcade bldg was fence cordon closed with quake rubbish & oak leaves heaped on the pavement. Abandoned arcade-front shops included: The Dolls House Night Club; Coffee Queen; Dr Cut Hair studio, green & yellow stickered; Souvlaki shop, USAR / TF graffiti on glass door; Citywide Florest, quake rubbish strewn behind window; Japanese Kitchen & Pub Tatsumi.

In 2015 Chancery Ln, arcade shops were demolished for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre.


16.06.02. Gloucester St view of red zone, abandoned Chancery Ln shops, demolished in 2015 for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre





16.06.12. Gloucester St view of red zone, abandoned Chancery Ln shops, demolished in 2015 for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre



16.06.12. Red zone, abandoned Chancery Ln shops, demolished in 2015 for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre







16.06.12. Gloucester St view of red zone, abandoned Chancery Ln shops, demolished in 2015 for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre









 
 



16.06.12. Gloucester St view of red zone, abandoned Chancery Ln shops, demolished in 2015 for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre


People stopped & stared down Chancery Ln at a heap of quake rubble in Cathedral Sq. Next door to Chancery Ln arcade bldg was a demolition site. Behind loured abandoned Government Life, with quake broken windows, in red zone Cathedral Sq, awaiting demolition.

In 2014 CERA's website news read:

The Lieutenant General, The Right Honourable Sir Gerry Mateparae, Governor General of New Zealand declared the land described in the Schedule to this notice [Chancery Ln land] to be taken [stolen] for the purpose of [the] Convention Centre Precinct, Christchurch City and vested in the Crown on 27 November 2014... 

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

Land "taken" was NZ govt / CERA speak for a NZ govt / CERA land grab of citizens' CBD land. Plain theft! That meant the Blueprinted Convention Centre would occupy & completely block Gloucester St & its vehicle & foot traffic next to Cathedral Sq. CERA minister Brownlee, CERA lackeys & Governor General Mateparae were contemptuous of Canterbury citizens. God Save The Queen indeed!

In another post I described how NZQA had "taken" one of my Hebe odorata blog pics for use in a year 13, national biology exam, without my Copyright permission. NZ govt lackey, head of NZQA, Dr Karen Poutasi condoned "taking" my Hebe odorata pic for year 13, national, biology exam purposes, because a rotten NZ law said NZQA could do so.

Similar to National govt lackey, Dr Poutasi justifying NZ govt theft of Copyright material from citizens, by quoting me rotten section 49 of the Copyright Act 1994, what we experienced in post quake Christchurch was NZ govt / CERA bureaucrats & Governor General using the rotten CER Act to enable a National dictatorship In Canterbury. Did so-called, opposition Labour do anything about it? Nothing. Squabbling clowns!


16.06.12. Gloucester St view across demolition site to abandoned Government Life, Cathedral Sq, awaited demolition


16.06.12. Quake broken windows, Government Life, Cathedral Sq, awaited demolition

Gutted Gloucester St: Farmers was closed, awaiting demolition. USAR / TF graffiti was by the boarded front door, razor wire loops on top. Farmers Fabulous Fashion shop was closed, quake rubbish on floor. Tower insurance was yellow stickered, glass door ajar, USAR / TF graffiti by door. Tower office was filled with quake junk.


16.06.12. Red zone, closed, boarded, razor wired, USAR / TF graffitied, Farmers, awaited demolition, Gloucester St, for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre





16.06.12. Quake trashed, red zone, abandoned, USAR / TF grafftied, Tower Insurance, Farmers bldg, awaited demolition, Gloucester St, for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Clear meant no bodies



Farmers shop window sign read:

     FULTON HOGAN
       AUTHORISED
   PERSONNEL ONLY
THIS IS A DANGEROUS
       WORKPLACE...


16.06.12. Red zone, Fulton Hogan sign, Farmers, awaiting demolition, Gloucester St, for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre

There were a plethora of such public-insulting signs along gutted Gloucester St, signs for red zone workmen & NZDF checkpoint soldiers.

Corner gutted Gloucester St / Colombo St: A demolition site next to Farmers.

Gutted bldg opposite Farmers: USAR / TF graffiti on glass door behind the cordon fence, a shingle heap by the door, black holes in the walls, with an apocalyptic view to red zone Cathedral Sq. The bldg was demolished in 2015.


16.06.12. Red zone, part demolished bldg, opp Farmers, Gloucester St. The bldg was demolished in 2015





16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St / Colombo St crossing, W view down red zone Gloucester St. Farmers & Central Library right awaiting demolition. All bldgs in this pic were demolished to make way for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprinted Convention Centre, which would block off Gloucester St

Gutted Gloucester St / Colombo St crossing: N, huge demolition sites both corners, NZDF checkpoint hut on one corner, cordon fence across Colombo St. In the red zone, quake trashed Forsyth Barr & PWC high rises loured above. PWC was a demolition in progress. That week The Press reported that the last of the concrete stairs, which collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake, were removed by crane from Forsyth Barr, which would be restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel.


16.06.12. Red zone, demolition site, cnr Gloucester St / Colombo St. Red zone Forsyth Barr & PWC high rises beyond. PWC was demolished. Forsyth Barr was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel





16.06.12. Red zone, cnr Gloucester St / Colombo st view of red zone, PWC, demolition in progress


16.06.12. Red zone, cnr Colombo St / Gloucester St N view along red zone Colombo St. Red zone, NZDF soldiers' checkpoint hut & Forsyth Barr high rise right, awaited restoration as Crowne Plaza Hotel


16.06.12. Red zone, cnr Gloucester St / Colombo St, E view down red zone Gloucester St. Demolition site & The Gloucester arcade left, awaited demolition. Demolition site, new The Press bldg & Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) right


16.06.12. Red zone, cnr Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing view of red zone demolition site, new The Press & Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left, Gloucester St. Red zone Novotel & Camelot Hotel, Cathedral Sq right. Camelot Hotel was demolished for Central Library rebuild

S, a NZDF checkpoint hut, Cathedral Sq side of Colombo St. Checkpoint signs on the cordon fence read:

                NO
            PUBLIC
           ACCESS
   PAST THIS POINT
CERA PASSES ONLY

           WARNING
   NO PUBLIC ACCESS
  BEYOND THIS POINT
CONTRACTORS ONLY

The public-insulting signs were created by CERA & Council for contractors, many of whom weren't Cantabrians, who'd already endured 10 000+ quakes over the last 16 months.
 
NZDF checkpoint view of quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral W facade. Views of abandoned bldgs around Cathedral Sq, awaiting demolitions: Grant Thornton; Government Life; Clarendon Tower, BNZ.

As it was already a year into CERA's occupation of the CBD, why was CERA taking so long with red zone demolitions, like Government Life & Farmers multi-storey car park?


16.06.12. Red zone, cnr Gloucester St / Colombo St, NW view of red zone Farmers, awaited demolition for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre


16.06.12. Red zone, Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing checkpoint, SW view of NZDF soldiers' hut & abandoned Government Life, Cathedral Sq, awaited demolition



16.06.12. Red zone, Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing S view of Cathedral Sq: Abandoned Camelot Hotel left, awaited demolition for Central Library rebuild. Ruined Christchurch Cathedral middle with N nave wall & quake trashed W facade. Christchurch Cathedral tower was demolished




16.06.12. Red zone, Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing, NZDF checkpoint hut view: Red zone, Chalice left, IBM awaited demolition middle, Telecom right

A CERA hazard board on the NZDF checkpoint, cordon fence read:

Your safety is our priority. Before entering this site ensure you are familiar with these general on site hazards.

All persons entering this site must:                     Cordon access hours:       to          Days
Be wearing protective footwear                           In emergencies dial 111
Be wearing protective headwear                        
Be wearing a high visibility vest

           Red zone evacuation procedure: 3 blasts on horn signals immediate evacuation

                                   General Hazards associated with Red Zone

Potential source of harm          Description               Action required               Comment

Gas leaks                                                              No smoking in buildings
Live cables                                                            Treat all cables as live
Asbestos                                                               Approved handlers only
Dust                                                                     Dust masks recommended
Unstable buildings                                                 Hard hats must be worn
                                                                            Avoid unstable buildings
Loose masonry / bricks                            Do not enter buildings unless cleared to do so
Aftershocks                                                           Drop, cover, hold
                                                              Magnitude 5 or above evacuate immediately
Heavy machinery           Cranes / diggers / tracks     Caution around machinery
                                                                            Wear high visibility vest
                                                               Only approach once operator gives all clear
Traffic                          Traffic lights not working   Normal road rules apply
                                    Vehicles                            30 km maximum speed limit
Wastes                                                  Avoid unnecessary contact with all wastes
Damaged sewer / water mains                  Wear protective clothing when handling wastes
Damaged roads footpaths  Rubble            Caution when walking especially over rubble
Uneven surfaces               Rubble
Darkness                       Street lights out                  Torch / head lamp
                                    No lights in building

                    Note: Refer to specific site hazard notice boards at each site


16.06.12. CERA red zone, hazard board, Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing, NZDF checkpoint, red zone, Cathedral Sq



16.06.12. Red zone, Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing, NZDF checkpoint to red zone, Cathedral Sq




16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St / Colombo St crossing, NZDF checkpoint to Cathedral Sq. Abandoned, red zone, Government Life behind, awaited demolition



16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St / Colombo St crossing, NZDF checkpoint view of quake junk by red zone Camelot Hotel. Red zone, ruined Christchurch Cathedral beyond, Cathedral Sq. Camelot Hotel was demolished for Central Library rebuild

Gutted Gloucester St: Fence cordoned, The Gloucester arcade was abandoned, demolition sites both sides & behind The Gloucester. Boarded display window & USAR / TF graffiti on the glass door. The Gloucester arcade was demolished, 1st week Dec 2012.


16.06.12. Red zone, The Gloucester arcade, Gloucester St, demolished 1st week Dec 2012


Opposite, S side of gutted Gloucester St: a massive demolition site behind red zone, closed Camelot Hotel & red zone, closed Novotel. On the demolition site an orange, cherry picker was parked behind Novotel. Quake rubbish was strewn: wood, rusty pipes, a pile of paving stones. Camelot Hotel was demolished for Central Library rebuild.


16.06.12. Red zone, demolition junk & cherry picker on demolition site, Gloucester St. Novotel behind

Gap between red zone, closed Camelot Hotel & red zone, closed Novotel revealed the N nave wall, transept, apse & intact roof of Christchurch Cathedral. 16 months post 22.02.11 quake, it was the first time CERA let the public to see the N side of Christchurch Cathedral. Externally it looked OK, except for boarded windows & a shipping container, barrier wall below. The cordon fence prevented close scrutiny of Christchurch Cathedral walls. Serial quake damages inside Christchurch Cathedral were anyone's guess.


16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St view of serial quake damaged, Christchurch Cathedral, N transept & N nave wall, Cathedral Sq




16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St view of serial quake damaged Christchurch Cathedral, N transept & apse, Cathedral Sq

Christchurch Cathedral: So far all that was demolished was the tower, which collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. It wasn't the first time the tower collapsed in quakes. It collapsed a couple of times in the Victorian era & was rebuilt for our generation of heritage fanatics to fuss over.

Gutted Gloucester St: Demolition site next to scaffolded, red zone, abandoned Isaac Theatre Royal. A contractor sign on the cordon fence read:

  QUAKE
 REPAIRS
KEEP OUT

Isaac Theatre Royal was restored over many months, shipping containers supporting the front facade & auditorium gutted.


16.06.12. Red zone, demolition site by red zone, Isaac Theatre Royal, Gloucester St

N view into red zone of Forsyth Barr & PWC high rises.

S side of gutted Gloucester St: New The Press bldg by Warners Hotel & The Press demolition site. 22.02.11 quake: An employee of The Press died in the old, quake trashed bldg.

S view from gutted Gloucester St across The Press demolition site to red zone, quake survivors: rusticated Government Departmental Buildings & Heritage Hotel, Worcester St & Millennium Hotel, Cathedral Sq.



16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St, S view of The Press & Warners Hotel demolition sites, Cathedral Sq. New The Press & red zone, Cathedral Junction left, Government Departmental Buildings & Heritage Hotel middle, Millennium Hotel & Novotel right



16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St demolition site view of Forsyth Barr

 

16.06.12. Red zone, Isaac Theatre Royal, restoration in progress, Gloucester St





16.06.12. Red zone, new The Press, Gloucester St


16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St, NW view of Isaac Theatre Royal restoration

Gutted Gloucester St: Fence cordoned, red zone New Regent St, awaited restoration. Fence cordoned, red zone Cathedral Junction. Fence cordoned Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) next to fence cordoned, red zone Sampan House.


16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St, N view of New Regent St, awaiting restoration. BNZ bldg beyond, awaited demolition




16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St view of Cathedral Junction & Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel)

A sign on Cathedral Junction locked gate read:

 DANGER
KEEP OUT







16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St view of Sampan House & demolition sites to red zone, Newstalk ZB, awaited implosion

Gloucester St / Manchester St crossing: Demolition site on one corner, opposite closed, multi-storey car park. Manchester St towards Armagh St crossing was fence cordon closed, as Orion bldg awaited demolition. A fence cordon sign read:

SAFETY NOTICE BOARD...
 

16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St / Manchester St crossing, Safety Noticeboard on cordon fence. Orion right, awaited demolition, Manchester St


There were huge demolition sites on the S side of gutted Gloucester St / Manchester St crossing, going to Worcester St. S view of closed Newstalk ZB high rise, awaited implosion, surrounded by demolition sites, to Latimer Sq. S views of Westende Jeweller rebuild on 04.09.10 quake, ground zero, corner Manchester St / Worcester St. S views across demolition sites to Trinity Church / The Octagon & Design & Arts College in the red zone, Worcester St.


16.06.12. Red zone, Gloucester St, S view across demolition sites to red zone, Trinity Church / The Octagon & Design & Arts College, Worcester St


16.06.12. Red zone, serial quake trashed, Trinity Church / The Octagon, Worcester St

Corner Gloucester St / Manchester St, cordon fence sign read:

    DANGER
DEMOLITION
   KEEP OUT!


16.06.12. Red zone, demolition sign & Gloucester St, E view to Your City Gym bldg, Madras St junction. Your City Gym bldg was demolished


16.06.12. Red zone, demolition sign & Gloucester St, W view of quake damaged Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel). Pacific Tower was restored


16.06.12. Quake junk, demolition site, cnr Gloucester St / Latimer Sq. Latimer Hotel rebuild beyond

Gutted Gloucester St to Latimer Sq: Another demolition site next to closed, Your City Gym bldg, corner gutted Gloucester St / Madras St. Nine men, wearing orange, Hi Vis vests & hard hats, worked on scaffolding on Your City Gym bldg. Your City Gym bldg was demolished. E view across demolition sites & Latimer Sq to Latimer Hotel rebuild, between Gloucester St & Worcester St.


16.06.12. Demolition site by Your City Gym bldg, awaiting demolition, cnr Gloucester St / Madras St


16.06.12. Workmen on scaffolding, Your City Gym bldg, awaiting demolition, cnr Gloucester St / Madras St



Despite CERA's hype about CBD rebuild, there were few workers in the CBD.

So far, CERA had antagonised citizens, regarding red zone, CBD access; demolitions; land zonings; EQC's & insurers' slow performances & housing crisis.

So far, CERA had demolished 80% of CBD bldgs. Pre-quakes, there were many crap bldgs in the CBD. Given that councillors were CERA's puppets & that CERA gutted Gloucester St was just one of many red zone, gutted streets, how would CERA rebuild Christchurch CBD in the next 4 years of its occupation?

CERA's Blueprint rebuild over the next 4 years was glacially slow, only the Bus Exchange, Margaret Mahy Family Playground, Justice & Emergency Services precinct were completed.

Mon 18.06.12. The Press reported CERA minister Brownlee's spin on the housing crisis: "... we do not have a housing crisis, we have housing difficulties for some people." Yeah right. Meanwhile quake displaced people endured their second post quake winter in cars, converted buses, caravans & garages.

Flooded out of his Waltham flat in the 22.02.11 quake, Jake dossed in a Sherborne St, quake-cracked garage for months, frozen during the 2011 winter. He & his girlfriend were forced to use a chemical toilet during that winter, as did 1 000s of other Cantabrians. The only other options were portaloos, or holes in the ground. Mounds of liquefaction mud polluted the garden & driveway. Whenever we visited Jake the garage stank of crap. Pity Brownlee & stooge Sutton never endured a Christchurch winter in a garage with a chemical toilet.

Although post quakes people paid taxes & endured rent increases (myself included, 2 EQC inspections months ago, no repairs yet); paid mortgages on condemned, unliveable houses; paid insurances for unliveable, condemned houses; lived in broken homes, garages, cars, caravans, tents & slept on sand dunes, Brownlee thought "housing difficulties for some" was not a housing crisis.

Coda: January 2014. There was little rebuild in Christchurch CBD, despite CERA's occupation of the CBD for 2.5 years.

Post quakes, 2013 to mid 2016, Luke rented a quake cracked house, 8 Berwick Street, St Albans, exorbitant rent, till his landlord booted him out to rebuild the crappy rental.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Govt to look at housing problem (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Rebuild slowness repels workers (The Press / Stuff Co).

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