There were few smiles at the protest. Enduring 11 000 quakes & emotional, physical & financial pain was etched on everyone's faces.
52 images, Clarence St:
08.08.12. EQC & insurer protesters arriving, Clarence St
08.08.12. Cop car, EQC & insurer protest, Clarence St
While I snapped pics a bloke handed me a poster to carry:
Poster slogans showed fury at EQC's & insurers' delays:
Citizens' desperation, late repairs & rebuilds, caused by EQC's & insurers' delays, would continue for years.
CAMPAIGN AGAINST FOREIGN
CONTROL OF AOTEAROA
FOR GOOD BEHAVIOUR
EQC would waste years deciding on under cap $100 000 Fletcher repairs & over cap $100 000 repairs or rebuilds to be organized by insurers after EQC's dithering. Meanwhile claimants' frustration & desperation continued.
CERA EQC SR
[3 monkeys, see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil]
SEE SPEAK HEAR
2 YEARS AND STILL
YEAH GERRY EQC ARE DOING NOTHING REALLY WELL!!!
EQC made omnipotent decisions on repairs or rebuilds of owners' private properties, yet EQC hadn't the courtesy, will, nor ability to release land reports to land owners about EQC decisions.
08.08.12. Rev Coleman, EQC & insurer protest, Clarence St
CERA had divided green zone residential properties into Technical Categories, TC1, TC2, TC3, according to the severity of ground damage. Thus TC1, like our Burnside rental, needed no change to foundations, as there was little or no ground damage during quakes. 28 000 TC3 home owners endured severe liquefaction during quakes & had to repair their house foundations to a stricter code at great cost if they wanted to sell. To date, snag was neither EQC nor CERA could tell what foundation improvements were needed for TC2 & TC3 properties. Hence TC3 property owners were left in limbo by EQC & CERA muddling over foundation strengthening.
Adding insult to injury, insurers did nothing until EQC & CERA sorted out their TC3 mess.
NEED A HOME
HOW MANY YEARS DO WE WAIT???
ASK LOUISE 12 YEARS
5-8 YRS F-OFF
FIX THE WORST
NZ National Govt / EQC / Fletchers fixed easy house repairs first, to pump up their rosy statistics giving the impression huge numbers of repairs were quickly done. Difficult repairs & $100 000 over-cap repairs or rebuilds were delayed for years by EQC & insurers. Never mind shonky repairs by insurers like IAG fixing concrete slab foundations with grout or resin.
Aug 2015. An investigation by NZ govt's MBIE ministry reported that EQC / Fletchers repairs of house foundations were shoddy, especially jack & pack foundation repairs. A Fletchers boss blamed migrant Irish workers. CERA minister Brownlee blamed cowboy builders. Typical Kiwi blame shifters! Later on, EQC would need to repair 5 500 shoddy, house repairs.
EQC & INSURERS
08.08.12. EQC & insurer protesters, Clarence St
WE ARE BEING
RING 0800 DAMAGE...
...TO TALK TO NIGEL IN
EQC risibly outsourced call advisors in Brisbane, ignorant of Christchurch's catastrophy.
BROKE MY HOME
BUT EQC BROKE
08.08.12. Rev Coleman, EQC & insurer protesters, Clarence St
08.08.12. Cop, EQC & insurer protesters, Clarence St
99 images, Princess St:
08.08.12. EQC & insurer protesters marching, Princess St,
08.08.12. Cops directing traffic for EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
MEAN SICK KIDS
08.08.12. EQC & insurer protesters, EQC office, Princess St
Rev Coleman started the march in the rain along Princess St to EQC offices. There EQC boss Simpson & sidekick, Emson, under a black umbrella, awaited the crowd in the rain in the EQC car park. Simpson & Emson wore black, polished shoes, black longs, & black jackets, with natty EQC badges on their shoulders, slick ineptocrats awaiting a brighter future.
08.08.12. Rev Coleman, EQC office, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
Four loudspeakers on a trailer enabled all to hear, including EQC office minions sucking off taxpayers. Four cops in yellow, Hi Vis waterproofs hovered while the crowd arrived, then stayed to intimidate. Coat-tail councillors Livingstone & Carter were also at the protest.
Rev Coleman introduced speakers like Labour MP Dalziel, who spoke for quake trashed, E suburbs. (Dalziel soon became Christchurch mayor after Parker). Other speakers included ex mayor Moore...
08.08.12. Dalziel, Labour MP, EQC office, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
08.08.12. Ex mayor Moore, Rev Coleman, EQC boss Simpson & EQC customer services boss Emson, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
08.08.12. Dalziel, Labour MP, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St. Dalziel soon became Christchurch mayor after Parker
08.08.12. Ex mayor Moore, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
08.08.12. Protesters, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
During one of his speeches Rev Coleman held up a photo of Xmas quake bruised, 85 year old, Gillman, who was battling to get her TC3 zoned, Rocking Horse Rd house sorted with EQC & insurer. Rev Coleman objected to CERA's & insurers' non prioritizing of housing repairs.
08.08.12. Simpson, EQC boss & Emson, EQC customer services boss, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
08.08.12. Rev Coleman, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
As dad's taxi I often travelled that way, as son Luke's girlfriend lived near Rocking Horse Rd, Southshore.
Ineptocrats Simpson & Emson replied. Some protestors took the mike & asked questions, or complained. Their queries & fury spoke for 1 000s of others, unable to be at the protest in bucketing rain.
08.08.12. Protesters, EQC office, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
Hopeless protesters versus Helpless EQC & insurers: The protest was about well off people who had their own homes, paid mortgages, EQC premiums, insurance premiums & rates, (some with quake trashed houses doing same, plus forced to pay rent elsewhere), but post quakes were TC3 green-blue zoned into limbo land by CERA. They had BIG BUCKS to gain from the rich people protest.
08.08.12. Simpson, EQC boss & Emson, EQC customer services boss, EQC office, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
08.08.12. Protesters, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
08.08.12. Rev Coleman & EQC boss Simpson, EQC office, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
08.08.12. EQC boss Simpson, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
08.08.12. EQC customer services boss Emson, EQC office, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
08.08.12. Protesters, EQC office, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
Spare a thought for poor people, who didn't own their own homes, who also suffered the quakes & via rents paid landlords' mortgages, EQC premiums, insurance premiums & rates, who gained nothing from the protest.
08.08.12. Cop & EQC office workers, EQC & insurer protest, Princess St
After 1.5 hours in the rain, protestors marched along Clarence St to IAG insurer office to protest there, trailed by a cop. I'd had enough rain, so wandered off to my car at Bunnings car park. My sopping Swanndri had kept me warm. I'd worn my Springbok rugby beanie too.
* Wandered Clarence St, Princess St.
It was about time CERA minister Brownlee, EQC boss Simpson & sidekick Emson, CERA boss Sutton & former CERA demolition boss & CCDU boss Isaacs prioritized repairs or rebuilds of CERA green zoned residential housing.
08.08.12. EQC & insurer protesters marching, Princess St
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08.08.12.Councillors Livingstone & Carter, EQC & insurer protest, cnr Clarence St / Princess St. Livingstone was re-elected, next Council elections. Carter didn't seek re-election.
It was time omnipotent CERA powers enabled EQC & insurers, to stop messing about with apportionment, land drilling & land report delays & pay up pronto! EQC delays about under cap & over cap $100 000 repairs just enabled insurers to delay over cap $100 000 repairs & rebuilds.
08.08.12. EQC & insurer protesters marching, Clarence St
08.08.12. Dalziel, Labour MP & interviewer, EQC & insurer protest, cnr Clarence St / Princess St. Dalziel became Christchurch mayor after Parker
Meanwhile at the Royal Commission of Inquiry, as to why the CTV bldg collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake, killing 115 people & injuring many, buck passing & blame shifting was standard from those questioned by commissioners - pathetic performances by Council bldg inspectors, design engineers, structural engineers, draughtsman & building construction manager.
First it was engineers blaming incompetent Council inspectors messing up safety stickering of the CTV bldg, post 04.09.10 & Boxing Day 2010 quakes.
Then it was engineers' disingenuous inability to decide whether the CTV bldg collapsed due to rotten concrete columns, or rotten concrete joins between concrete columns & joins between concrete shear wall & concrete floor diaphragms.
Then it was design engineer boss, Alan Reay shifting blame to subordinate, engineer David Harding, who did calculations for the CTV design. What kind of boss didn't regularly check / supervise his subordinate's work?
Only after 3 truculent appearances at the Royal Commission did Reay belatedly apologise for collapse of the CTV bldg, stating the CTV bldg did not meet his standards. When will Reay give evidence as to how the CTV bldg did not meet his standards? (The Star 08.08.12).
Then there was the engineering draughtsman who forgot he drew the plans for the CTV bldg.
Then convicted fraudster Gerald Shirtcliff, who at first deigned to appear before the Commission, was questioned on Australian video-link. Construction manager Shirtcliff disingenuously stated he only checked CTV construction once a month & it was the building foreman's responsibility to build the CTV bldg. Shirtcliff was too busy managing 2 other construction sites elsewhere in Christchurch. (The Press 09.08.12).
Then structural engineer Jacobs stated the CTV bldg didn't have enough reinforcement steel in the columns. (The Star 10.08.12). Funny how design engineer Reay said the columns were OK, but the CTV bldg was weakened by serial quakes.
Given all the blame shifting & no supervision, it was a wonder the CTV bldg was built at all.
The horrors of the CTV bldg collapse, quoted from van Beynen's book "Trapped," referring to Japanese students learning English at the King's Education language school in the CTV bldg:
"Only 11 of the 23 in the travelling party made it back to Toyama... Twelve of the group, all students, were killed in the collapse of the CTV building. Another student from Toyama... was also killed. A university student, she had travelled to Christchurch independently ... Of the 116 [sic 115] who died in the CTV building on 22 February, 28 were students from Japan and 64 were students of the King's Education language school. Its principal Brian Taylor and teachers including Te Taki Tairakena and six other staff were also killed."
It was time those involved with design, construction & inspection of the CTV bldg showed integrity for their actions & omissions. Families of the dead & injured were owed an explanation as to why the CTV bldg collapsed. Not cowardice, evasions & blame shifting.
09.08.12, 8.03 pm, mag 3.7 quake, depth 8 km, within 5 km of Lyttelton (GeoNet). Trembled our Burnside house. Startled us while watching TV.
The Press 13.08.12, reported a Cantabrian flogging FUTTERLY UCKED T shirts.
02.04.14. The Press reported that EQC customer services boss Emson would leave EQC at the end of the month, April 2014.
In future, Reay would be notorious for wriggling out of accountability for the CTV collapse. Reay even avaded disciplinary action from Ipenz, Institute of Professional Engineers NZ, simply by resigning from Ipenz (The Press, 18.06.14).
Sun 21.02.16. Cathedral Sq. A similar protest about EQC & insurer delays was held. Five years post 22.02.11 quake, why was NZ National govt / CERA / PM Key & Brownlee not doing anything about EQC incompetence & delays & insurer delays?
Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.
See TC3 residents protest against EQC, IAG (The Press / Stuff Co).
See My role was limited - Shirtcliff (The Press / Stuff Co).
See Quake claims need to be prioritised better - Sutton (The Press / Stuff Co).
See Top EQC official leaving (The Press / Stuff Co).
See Elderly man dying after four year rebuild wait finally over (The Press / Stuff Co).
See Gerry Brownlee targets cowboy builders after EQC foundation review (The Press / Stuff Co).
See Christchurch homeowner fights IAG quake repair strategy (The Press / Stuff Co).
See No responsibility on Fletcher EQR for shoddy quake repairs contract suggests (The Press / Stuff Co).
See Survey of Canterbury quake repairs caned by critics and advocates (The Press / Stuff Co).
See Six out of seven IAG repairs found to be deficient in Govt investigation (The Press / Stuff Co).
See Cheap fixes devaluing thousands of homes (The Press / Stuff Co).