Saturday, December 1, 2012

01.12.12. Democracy Protest & Bums Protest, Christchurch Quakes.



In 2012, I attended some public protests, some I didn't attend, like Save the Cathedral protest, where the Wizard, Burdon, Anderton, Belton slagged off & hostile litigated bishop Matthews & the Anglican diocese, who owned Christchurch Cathedral land, Cathedral Sq.

Councillors & opposition politicians attended some Christchurch protests, some made self serving speeches, like future mayor Dalziel, but no councillors, nor opposition politicians organized any Christchurch protests in 2012. 

Saturday 01.12.12, 2 pm, Latimer Sq: Democracy Sucked protest - same song, different soloists, about a minority National govt messing up post quake Canterbury. Regarding Christchurch post quake recovery, NZ govt was dictatorial, with unelected bureaucrats in EQC, CERA, CCDU, ECAN causing Canterbury strife.

2010-2011 was the year of big quakes. 2012 was the year of big protests, where Christchurch citizens aired grievances. Formats same, backdrops different, hired loud speakers & bull horns same, same soloists with pop-up understudies at every show.

The 01.12.12 Latimer Sq protest sang the same arias: Good, benighted citizens; Bad CERA / NZ Nat govt; Bad TC3 green-blue zoned housing by CERA; Slow repairs & rebuild of housing & CBD by bad EQC, insurers, CCDU / NZ Nat govt; Undemocratic ECAN misled by National govt appointed commissioners, controlling pure Canterbury water & allocating it to dairy farmers. Bad MOE closing & merging Canterbury schools; Weak, dysfunctional Council subservient to CERA / NZ govt; Citizens disempowered by National govt, EQC, CERA, CCDU; Slow insurers; CERA's demolition of heritage bldgs; NZ govt / CERA land-grabbing CBD & residential properties; NZ govt selling public assets; NZ govt trying to force Council to sell ratepayers' assets like Lyttelton Port & Christchurch Airport to pay for CERA's / CCDU's / NZ govt's Blueprint fantasies.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St & Oxford Tce:


01.12.12. Manchester St, N red zone view of abandoned Ernst & Young & PGC demolition site where 18 people died in the 22.02.11 quake. Ernst & Young was demolished


01.12.12. Manchester St Bridge, S view of red zone CBD. Quake buckling on bridge pavement. Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) beyond


01.12.12. CCDU proposed N green Frame park, cnr Oxford Tce / Manchester St. Bldgs in the green Frame would be bought by CERA, or confiscated. Luneys was demolished for the Margaret Mahy Family Playground


01.12.12. Oxford Tce view of CCDU proposed N green Frame park. Bldgs were demolished by CERA for the Margaret Mahy Family Playground


01.12.12. Oxford Tce view of abandoned ACC in CCDU proposed N green Frame park. ACC was demolished by CERA for the Margaret Mahy Family Playground



01.12.12. Oxford Tce view of quake damaged Centennial Pool & ACC on site of CCDU proposed N green Frame playground / park. Bldgs were demolished by CERA for the Margaret Mahy Family Playground

I parked my car on Manchester St, near the PGC demolition site, where 18 people died in the 22.02.11 quake & snapped pics of the N red zone & N & E green Frame (mainly demolition sites) along Manchester St, Oxford Tce, Madras St to Latimer Sq.

NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint green Frame was just a temporary park, NZ govt / CERA buying (or confiscating) CBD quake trashed land at cheapskate prices & reselling for NZ govt profit. NZ govt thus used taxpayers' money to speculate on Christchurch CBD land. Willing seller, willing buyer - HA!

NZ govt's / CERA's bullying reporting: "Late last month, the first Notices of Intention to Take Land were sent to affected landowners in relation to the North Frame, the northern part of the East Frame and the Bus Interchange.

The notices have also been published in the Gazette and local papers. Issuing the notices is part of the compulsory acquisition process. However CCDU General Manager Christchurch Central Project Delivery Greg Wilson, says this step is by no means a barrier to purchasing land by mutual agreement" [HA! In 2015, a commentator in The Press said, "Everything CERA touched turned to shit!"]

"This is an important step should the acquisition by agreement process fall down but it doesn't mean that we aren't working extremely hard to reach agreement with affected landowners..." (CERA Greater Christchurch Recovery Update, Issue 16, December 2012).

There you have it, Christchurch CBD land-grab, by dictatorial NZ govt / CERA.

There were parallels with apartheid SA: Green strip between group areas, SA govt wanted to separate; minimal compensation & bulldozing of perfectly good bldgs for separated commerce; separate development of favoured & un-favoured CBDs; forced removal of un-favoured citizens...

Examples: Black Sophiatown, Johannesburg; Coloured District Six, Cape Town; Indian Durban North; Durban's West St CBD for whites & Indian Grey St precinct; Indian Cato Manor... SA apartheid govt forcibly moved citizens from all of those areas. There were many more.

The same happened in Christchurch with govt decreed, so-called, residential red zone & red zone CBD, excuses being quakes, public safety, green Frame for land speculation.

There were dictatorial MPs like Key, Brownlee, Parata, Carter, English & appointed bureaucrats like Sutton, Isaacs, Ford & appointed commissioners in Council. Never mind principals & staff jackbooted out of closed & merged schools.

There were NZDF cordons & checkpoints ever since the 22.02.11 quake. And citizen bannings from CBD cordons, govt passes needed for access.

What next  - privacy intrusions, like property invasions by cops without warrants, conscription, censorship, torture, indefinite detentions for thieves / dissidents / enemies of the state?

The latter had already happened post 22.02.11 quake, when cops & soldiers mugged & arrested a so-called "looter" Arie Voorkamp & his mate, who were detained for weeks without trial. Voorkamp, "looter" of a light bulb from a red zone bldg, was autistic.

Shortly after that quake I was detained by 3 cops, corner Montreal St / Moorhouse Ave, during the National State of Emergency. Good cop, bad cop routine: Two bad cops stood over, while good cop deleted scores of my quake pics while giggling & commenting.

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


01.12.12. Edmonds clock tower left, decapitated for post quake restoration, cnr Oxford Tce / Madras St



Corner Oxford Tce / Madras St: A Council sign on a cordon fence around Edmonds clock tower restoration read:

THIS CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL FACILITY
          IS CLOSED DUE TO THE EARTHQUAKES.

The Council is striving to access and carry out work on
   its 1 600 buildings as quickly as possible as part of its
                                Facilities Rebuild Plan programme.

                                For more information...


01.12.12. Grassed Oxford Tce Baptist Church demolition site, cnr Oxford Tce / Madras St. The 185 Empty Chair Memorial for 185 quake dead was relocated from the grassy site to St Pauls Trinity Pacific demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St


01.12.12. Cnr Oxford Tce / Madras St view of The Poplars apartments demolition site & quake trashed Free Legal Help, Madras St. The bldgs were demolished for the Margaret Mahy Family Playground car park




01.12.12. Madras St S view of car parks & demolition sites around Armagh St crossing to Latimer Sq


01.12.12. Charley B's Backpackers demolition site, cnr Madras St / Gloucester St. CCDU had an international competition for housing designed for the site. Latimer Sq beyond


01.12.12. Your City Gym bldg demolition site right, cnr Madras St / Gloucester St, in CCDU's Blueprint green E Frame park


01.12.12. Madras St, Your City Gym bldg demolition site view of demolition sites by Gloucester St across Newstalk CBD implosion site to Manchester St. Creamy bldg, Design & Arts College. Below Trinity Church / The Octagon, sans tower, in S red zone. Dark bldg, Westende House rebuild in green E Frame. All demolition sites, incl Westende House, in CCDU's Blueprint green E Frame park. Brand new Westende House was demolished in 2015 for Manchester St widening


01.12.12. Madras St view across demolition sites in CCDU's Blueprint green E Frame park to Manchester St, by gaudy mural. CBD red zone bldgs left, Cathedral Junction middle, Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) right


01.12.12. CCDU's Blueprint green E Frame park / Newstalk ZB implosion site view of CBD red zone bldgs: Trinity Church / The Octagon, sans tower left. Behind Design & Arts College & Government Departmental Building. Beyond Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel. Westende House rebuild right was demolished in 2015 for Manchester St widening

Images, quake damaged Latimer Sq:


01.12.12. Latimer Sq view of part demolished The Christchurch Club, cnr Latimer Sq / Worcester St


01.12.12. Speaker trailer, democracy protest, Latimer Sq

Latimer Sq. Democracy Protest soloists: Organizer Wayne Hawker, Rev Coleman, councillor Livingstone, Labour MP Dalziel, popup understudies. Arias were sung from the back of an Abell flatbed truck, festooned with Canterbury red & black balloons, below Latimer Sq trees. A crowd of about 1 000 happy-clappy protesters cheered, chanted, raised their hands & placards. The Anglican Cardboard Cathedral foundation was across Latimer Sq, corner Hereford St / Madras St.

Democracy Protest signs read:

      RESTORE
CHRISTCHURCH
   DEMOCRACY


01.12.12. Protest signs, democracy protest, Latimer Sq

WE WANT OUR
   CITY  BACK
        RALLY
           FOR
 DEMOCRACY...


RESTORE
IT NOW!
DEMOCRACY


CHRISTCHURCH
DEMO !!
!! CRACY
EDUCATION
HERITAGE
ECAN etc, etc.


    HERITAGE
DESTRUCTION
         JUST
        STOP




TO BE DEMOLISHED
CCDU BLUEPRINT (pics of pre quakes CBD bldgs)

CHRISTCHURCH DEMOCRACY
OUR CITY OUR SAY... (banner)


LISTEN TO
CHRISTCHURCH
GENUINE DEMOCRACY GENUINE CONSULTATION (banner)




01.12.12. Wizard & democracy protesters, Latimer Sq


01.12.12. Democracy protest truck, Latimer Sq

WECAN! (banner)



            RALLY
              FOR
      DEMOCRACY
OUR CITY OUR SAY...

 
BRING BACK
DEMOCRACY



OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF NEW ZEALAND... (Letter on board. The giant letter was presented to parliament by Green MP Eugenie Sage, ACT MP Denis O'Rourke & Labour MP Dalziel).


01.12.12. Open letter to the Prime Minister of NZ, democracy protest, Latimer Sq


WECAN - KEY CAN'T
ECAN FOR CANTERBURY,
NOT FOR KEY'S CRONIES


DEFEND
DEMOCRACY
KEEP THE
PREDATORS AWAY


IF AT FIRST YOU
DON'T SUCCEED
SECEDE
INDEPENDENCE
FOR
CANTERBURY


  NO MANDATE
TO TAKE AWAY
CANTERBURY'S
  DEMOCRACY
         SAVE
        ECAN

 
    RESTORE
DEMOCRACY
RECLAIM
* OUR SCHOOLS
* OUR CITY
* OUR FUTURE


DON'T PLUNDER THE PUBLIC
NO ASSET SALES


    DEMOCRACY  WAS FOUGHT FOR
     DON'T LET IT BE STOLEN AWAY
STOP THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER!


STOP THE RIP OFF
HALT ASSET SALES

WE WANT
A FAIR GO
  FOR ALL
   KIWIS


GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE.
 NOT FOR THE MANIPULATORS
   PROFITEERS AND PARASITES.
  WHO MAKES THE DECISIONS?
     WHO MAKES THE MONEY?
                  WHO PAYS?


STOP THE EROSION
OF DEMOCRACY
RESTORE ELECTIONS FOR ECAN

       SAVE
    DEMOCRACY
AND OUR SCHOOLS


HOME RULE FOR 
  CANTERBURY
   BRING BACK
  DEMOCRACY


PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST
ALLIANCE
NEW ZEALAND'S DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST PARTY



01.12.12. Councillor Glenn Livingstone interview, democracy protest, Latimer Sq


GREEN
GREEN PARTY OF AOTEAROA (banner)


STAND
    UP
 FIGHT
 BACK




  BRING BACK
 DEMOCRACY
AND DIGNITY


PROTECT THE NATIONAL INTEREST
NOT THE NATIONAL PARTY
NO ASSET SALES


UNLOCK DEMOCRACY
AND THROW AWAY THE KEY 


VOTE TO GROW OUR ECONOMY
NO ASSET
SALES

ROGERNOMICS, RUTHENASIA
  NOW KEYHOLE SURGERY -
CUTTING BACK OUR DEMOCRACY



PROPERTY
   RIGHTS
    YEAH
    RIGHT!


      I CAN'T
        VOTE
      EITHER
        DOGS
            4
DEMOCRACY (dog's orange, Hi Vis vest)



DISMISS
NATIONAL
NANNIES
RESTORE DEMOCRACY



BROWNLEE
WORSE THAN
EARTHQUAKE






CERA - 1
PROPERTY
RIGHTS - 0


CBD
THIEVES

PAY GV
FOR CBD

DONT
STEAL


COWS
HAVE MORE
WATER RIGHTS
THAN WE DO


TRANSPARENCY PLEASE
RELEASE
THE TEXT

            LOCAL
     DEMOCRACY
FOR CANTERBURY
            NOW
2016 IS TOO LONG

ECAN protest posters referred to ECAN being run by NZ govt appointed commissioners since 2010, after elected ECAN managers were jackbooted out. In 2015, Key's National govt wanted ECAN management replaced by govt appointed commissioners & elected managers in 2016.


RESTORE OUR ASSETS (banner)


   IT'S OUR
     VOTE
  TO GIVE
NOT YOURS
  TO TAKE


                   DEMOCRACY! IS
      GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE!
OR THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE.
NOT JOHN KEYS STOOGES! WHAT
WE HAVE NOW IS FASCISM! RIGHT WING
AUTHORITARIANS OPPOSED TO DEMOCRACY
WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND OUR RIGHT
TO CHOOSE!

KEY LIES


Heritage bldg pic (several at the protest)

SAVE
CRANMER
COURTS (pic crossed out)
SAVE
THE
PETERBOROUGH
CENTRE (pic ticked)
SAVE SAVE SAVE


DON'T
DESPAIR
WE STILL HAVE
A GENERAL
ELECTION IN
2014 -
(AT LEAST SO FAR)


01.12.12. Rev Mike Coleman & protesters, democracy protest, Latimer Sq

OUR             OUR
CITY             SAY  
   IT'S         ONLY
   THE        WAY


RESTORE
CHRISTCHURCH
DEMOCRACY



 DICTATOR
      SHIP
        IS
      NOT
 WHAT WE
    NEED


DEMOCRACY
IS FALLING
THROUGH THE
CRACKS

DEFEND
DEMOCRACY
KEEP THE
PREDATORS
AWAY!


01.12.12. Labour MP, Lianne Dalziel & protesters, democracy protest, Latimer Sq

  INSURANCE
       FRAUD -
GOVERNMENT
   COMPLICIT

 ECAN
JUNTA
  OUT



     SACK
NATIONAL

KEY
LIES





01.12.12. Maori warden & protesters, democracy protest, Latimer Sq








VOTING IS A KEY RIGHT
 ECAN IS A KEY WRONG


  IF YOU'RE
  WAITING
FOR A SIGN
      THIS
      IS IT


        SHOCK
     DOCTRINE (Disaster Capitalism, like SA white Nationalists ruling SA after WW11)
WORKING WELL
       IN CHCH



Two lampoon portraits of CERA minister Brownlee, one with Brownlee as a suffragette


   DEMOCRACY
(Brownlee portrait)
          NOPE

WE HAD DEMOCRACY ONCE
                PROTECT IT
      FROM THE HIJACKERS


     CRONY
CAPITALISM

CHRISTCHURCH
LOVE
YOUR
DEMOCRACY (heart sign)

OUR (water, pic of tap)
OUR (schools, pic of ruler)
pic of bell warning




01.12.12. Protest speakers, Wayne Hawker & Rev Mike Coleman, democracy protest, Latimer Sq




 
STOP ERODING DEMOCRACY
     WE DID NOT VOTE FOR
            DICTATORSHIP



SAVE
DEMOCRACY


        KEY'S WAY
     EXPORT JOBS
  THEN VICTIMISE
THE UNEMPLOYED

FRACK FREE (green NZ map on black T shirt)



 
"FROM THE GRASSROOTS UP
   NOT THE BEEHIVE DOWN"
- DAVID SHEARER (Labour banner)














BRING BACK LOCAL
DEMOCRACY
STOP THE HIJACK

   ECAN
STUFFED


   BULLIE
BROWNLIE


  WHY IS OUR WEALTH
  BEING TRANSFERRED
TO THE ALREADY RICH?
              UNFAIR!


GOING UP
POVERTY
INEQUALITY
UNCERTAINTY
GOING DOWN
FAIRNESS
TRUST
HOPE

GERRYTOCRACY


   NO
ASSET
SALES

GETTING SUFFRAGE WAS
A BATTLE WON
NOT THE WAR
FIGHT
TO PROTECT
DEMOCRACY


  FRACK FREE
CANTERBURY (car sticker)


SAVE OUR OURUHIA SCHOOL 
         AREA FOR GROWTH (car sticker)

KEY AND CO.
OUR SCHOOLS,
    LISTEN TO
 THE LOCALS!


DEMOCRACY
RULES


 HAVE A
   VOICE...
     THE
PEOPLE'S
 CHOICE


NZ DEMOCRACY
NOT 4 SALE





SHAME!
DON'T SELL NEW ZEALAND


SAVE THE CATHEDRAL
               STOP
          HERITAGE
     DESTRUCTION




   BROWNLEE
 WORSE THAN
EARTHQUAKE





NOT TOO
SHAKEN TO
VOTE
- THANK YOU

        CHRISTCHURCH
          SURE TO RISE
STOP THE DESTRUCTION (pic of Christchurch Cathedral on Edmonds can)
     SIGN THE PETITION...


S.O.S. AVONDALE PRIMARY
WE DONT NEED NO RELOCATION... NO... NO
WE DON'T NEED NO AMALGAMATION... NO... NO
WE NEED TRUTHFUL INFORMATION... YEAH... YEAH
WE NEED GENUINE CONSULTATION... YEAH... YEAH
HEY HEKIA LEAVE OUR SCHOOLS ALONE
ALL IN ALL JUST ANOTHER KICK IN THE GUTS!


There were oldies, kids, families, dogs, cyclists, pram pushers & a wheelchair lady swelling the throng. At the N end of Latimer Sq a music stage was erected for a concert, bordered by cordon fencing. Opposite Latimer Sq in the green E Frame, an advert for ZM 91.3 Today's Hit Music, Xmas art was painted on 4 layers of shipping containers, erected on Arrow House demolition site. Total 24 containers. Containers were an art form in post quake Christchurch.



AFFORDABLE
ELECTRICITY
FOR ALL -
NOT JUST
PROFIT FOR THE
PROSPEROUS.


DEATH
KNELLS
FOR OUR
DEMOCRACY
ECAN TAKEOVER (crossed out)
CERA (crossed out)
RMA CHANGES (crossed out)
ETS CHANGES (crossed out)
TPPA (crossed out)
LOCAL
GOVERNMENT
ABOLITION
BILL (crossed out)


WHERE WERE
     YOU DAD
  WHEN THEY
        STOLE
          OUR
       WATER?


80% OF CANTERBURY WATER IS USED FOR
IRRIGATION ALLOCATED BY GOVERNMENT
COMMISSIONERS
RETURN CANTERBURY WATER TO DEMOCRATIC CONTROL



        SAVE
    DEMOCRACY
AND OUR SCHOOLS


NZ IS SUPPOSED
      TO BE A
DEMOCRACY!
NATIONAL NEEDS TO GO


TRANS PARENCY PLEASE (Referring to Trans Pacific Partnership)
               RELEASE
              THE TEXT


           NCW
CHRISTCHURCH
             NZ (banner)


   ECAN
STUFFED



      100%
NITRATES
CADMIUM


       SHOCK
    DOCTRINE
WORKING WELL
      IN CHCH

OUR
WATER
OUR
VOTE


 GIVE
 CHCH
A FAIR
SHAKE (hat)


GIVE BACK "OUR CITY"
WECAN ECAN VOTE!
OUR CITY OUR PLAN!
HERITAGE? YES PLEASE!
EXTRADITE BROWNLEE WHERE?




     STOP THE RIP OFF
BRING BACK A FAIR SOCIETY
HALT ASSET SALES


WE WANT OUR
    CITY BACK...

      INTL LAW.
             NO
 CONFISCATION
 WITHOUT FULL
COMPENSATION





NO MANDATE
TO TAKE AWAY
CANTERBURY'S
DEMOCRACY
SAVE
ECAN

STOP THIEF
GIVE US OUR
VOTES BACK!


ASSET SALES WILL
PRIVATIZE PROFITS
            AND
SOCIALIZE COSTS


THERE ARE OTHER
  VOTERS IN THIS
       COUNTRY
        BESIDES
      JOHN KEY

UNLOCK DEMOCRACY
AND THROW AWAY THE KEY


THIS GOVERNMENT IS
VENAL, RAPACIOUS
AND UNPOPULAR
(ONLY 32% OF US VOTED NATIONAL)









01.12.12. Green MP, Eugenie Sage, democracy protest, Latimer Sq




ANOTHER YEAR OF
GROWING INEQUALITY...



01.12.12. Act MP, Denis O'Rourke, democracy protest, Latimer Sq






100%
DEMOCRATIC
NEW ZEALAND



HAVE A
 VOICE...
    THE
PEOPLE'S
 CHOICE

























CLOSE THE
      GCSB (Government Communications Security Bureau}
  NOT THE
        SIS (Security Intelligence Service)




BROWN-LIE
   FULL OF
         IT


DEMOCRACY NOT AUTOCRACY
STOP THE HIJACK
SAVE OUR SCHOOLS




Half way through, protesters marched to Cranmer Sq, past red zone CBD ruins, demolition sites & abandoned bldgs, via Worcester St, Manchester St, Gloucester St, Montreal St. En route the crowd stopped on Gloucester St Bridge, while the Wizard fastened a signed protest banner onto the red zone cordon fence by Provincial Council, awaiting restoration.


01.12.12. Wizard & marching protesters, democracy protest, Latimer Sq

DICTATOR
      SHIP
        IS
      NOT
 WHAT WE
    NEED


HONOUR THE
SUFFRAGETTES
DEFEND
WHAT
THEY
WON


01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Latimer Sq













01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Latimer Sq





KEY
LIES






    SACK
NATIONAL


01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Latimer Sq




     DON'T TURN
            OUR
TOWN HALL INTO
  A DAIRY FARM






         DEMOCRACY...
               A JOKE
BULLSHIT = BROWNLEE


 STOP
  THE
THEFT (stop sign)

NO
MORE
BROWNLEE
PROMISES
RESTORE
ECAN
ELECTIONS

OUR WATER
OUR SCHOOLS
OUR
CITY
OUR VOTES
STOLEN!

STOP THE
CREEPING
TAKEOVER






Images, quake damaged Worcester St & Manchester St:


01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Worcester St





I'M NOT A
 TOURIST
  PLEASE
  LISTEN!






    NO VOTE
          NO
DEMOCRACY


  DEMOCRACY
    IS FALLING
THROUGH THE
      CRACKS


    RESTORE
DEMOCRACY
        NOW


JOHN KEY
EARTH IS
OUR PLANET
NOT
YOUR ATM


01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Worcester St




01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, cnr Worcester St / Manchester St. Red zone, Trinity Church / The Octagon, sans tower, Design & Arts College, Government Departmental Building left. Westende House rebuild right. Westende House rebuild was demolished for Manchester St widening



01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Manchester St. Cathedral Junction mural & quake cracked Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) beyond





01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St. Design & Arts College right

Images, quake damaged Gloucester St:


01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Gloucester St. Sampan House, Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) The Press left


01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Gloucester St. Cathedral Junction, The Press left


01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Gloucester St. Red zone, Isaac Theatre Royal & New Regent St restorations left


01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Gloucester St. New Regent St restoration left, The  Press right


01.12.12. Marching democracy protesters on Gloucester St. Red zone, quake trashed, Christchurch Cathedral left. Abandoned Camelot Hotel right awaiting demolition for Central Library rebuild


01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Cathedral Sq, NZDF checkpoint, Gloucester St / Colombo St crossing



01.12.12. Marching protesters, democracy protest, Gloucester St. Abandoned Central Library right by Farmers demolition site. Central Library & Farmers were demolished for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre



01.12.12. Marching democracy protesters, red zone, Chancery Lane Arcade, off Gloucester St. Chancery Ln bldgs were demolished for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre


01.12.12. Marching democracy protesters, Gloucester St Bridge. Government Life awaited demolition, Cathedral Sq

DEMOCRACY
        NOW


     SACK
NATIONAL


STOP THE RIP OFF
HALT ASSET SALES
BRING BACK A FAIR SOCIETY


01.12.12. Marching democracy protesters, Gloucester St Bridge







STOP THIEF.
GIVE US OUR
VOTES BACK!



WITH THE CATHEDRAL
HEART OF OUR CITY
SHAME
THE OWNER
WANTS IT
DOWN
SHAME
SHAME
OUR
CITY
HERITAGE



   THANK YOU NZ GOVT
AND SPECIAL THANKS TO
EQC FOR STUFFING
UP OUR LIVES 





 MAKE
   ART
   NOT
MONEY


01.12.12. Democracy protest banners & protesters, quake trashed Provincial Council, Gloucester St Bridge


WE PLEDGED
TO STAY
NOW HEAR
OUR SAY

(Post 04.09.10 quake, citizens signed a pledge to stay in quake damaged Canterbury & not flee).






01.12.12. Marching democracy protesters, cnr Durham St Nth / Gloucester St


 
DEMOCRACY & FREEDOM
SECURE PROPERTY
RIGHTS


MCDONALDS
DEMOCRACY
OUR WATER
OUR CITY
OUR VOTE

OUR
WATER
OUR
VOTE

WE'VE BEEN
SILENCED
TOO LONG (protester had black tape over her mouth)
 

GOVERNMENT
BY THE PEOPLE
FOR THE PEOPLE
NOT AGAINST
THE PEOPLE
 

01.12.12. Marching democracy protesters, Gloucester St






01.12.12. Marching democracy protesters, cnr Gloucester St / Montreal St, by Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ during quakes states of emergencies

Images, quake damaged Cranmer Sq:


01.12.12. Cranmer Sq view of marching democracy protesters, cnr Montreal St / Armagh St


01.12.12. Democracy protest, Cranmer Sq






Cranmer Sq: While the crowd re-gathered, 4 pretty girls, wearing orange, Hi Vis vests, did a movement number on the flatbed Abell truck.





Prima donnas like the Wizard & others sang their arias. Were all the 2012 protests any use? Protests were ignored by CERA / NZ National govt. (Brief mentions on radio & TV news). 2012 protests were street rituals, weak & noisy, sung by welfare state, baby boomers. There were no cops at the democracy protest, Saturday afternoon cop sloth. Only Maori Wardens in yellow, Hi Vis vests crowd-controlled at the Squares & directed traffic. There was even a Maori kid, Trainee Warden.


01.12.12. Democracy protest, Cranmer Sq

























DON'T PLUNDER THE PUBLIC
           NO ASSET SALES


     DON'T TURN
             OUR
TOWN HALL INTO
  A DAIRY FARM


SHOULD THE
GOVERNMENT
SELL OFF OUR
PUBLIC ASSETS?



01.12.12. No Asset Sales, petition signing, democracy protest, Cranmer Sq


01.12.12. Democracy protest, Cranmer Sq


When the street opera finished, I returned to my car via Kilmore St, past Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site & Peterborough St, past quake-blitzed bldgs & demolition sites.

Images, quake damaged Kilmore St & Peterborough St:


01.12.12. Abandoned restaurant awaiting demolition, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St Nth



01.12.12. Pissoir by Convention Centre demolition site, Peterborough St. Red zone bldgs behind. Abandoned Town Hall right




01.12.12. Mural by demolition site, cnr Peterborough St / Colombo St

A demolition site mural, corner Colombo St / Peterborough St, quoted Anne Frank:

Isn't it wonderful that nobody need waste a single moment to improve the world.
 


01.12.12. Quake trashed bldg by demolition site, cnr Colombo St / Peterborough St


01.12.12. Garden & mural on demolition site, cnr Colombo St / Peterborough St




01.12.12. Abandoned flats, Peterborough St

Sun 02.12.12, 11 am, New Brighton Beach Cenotaph. The bums protest was against slack Council, as Council did little to improve New Brighton, which endured quake trashed infrastructure, roads, homes & small businesses, including increased tagging. Scumbags tagging the Cenotaph had no respect.

Images, quake damaged New Brighton Beach:


02.12.12. Bums protest, New Brighton tagged Cenotaph





Old Maori cannibal insult - I've eaten you & you're a piece of shit. Organizer Tony Brooks spoke to about 80 protesters at the tagged Cenotaph. Yep I counted - 80 bums, 160 glutes, clothed & unclothed, a few false bums handed out too, for those too shy to show their glutes.


02.12.12. Councillor Peter Beck, bums protest, New Brighton tagged Cenotaph




02.12.12. Councillor Glenn Livingstone, bums protest, New Brighton tagged Cenotaph


Ex priests, now councillors, Glenn Livingstone & Peter Beck said a few words, then protesters went down to the beach, faced the Pacific, lined up & bum saluted Christchurch.


02.12.12. Bums protest, New Brighton beach



During the week, Council had announced a post quake revamping of New Brighton Mall, new plan for New Brighton. It remained to be seen if it was just another broken promise, like so many broken promises for New Brighton. (Mar 2013, councillor Beck handed in his resignation to mayor Parker).

I liked New Brighton Mall improvement proposal, but putting a pool bldg on Marine Parade on the shore line, blocking the only N-S, access - egress, shore road between North New Brighton & Southshore was stupid.


02.12.12. Bums protest, New Brighton beach







Driving the S-N length of Marine Parade would show planners their pool bldg would bottleneck both sides of their mall / pool complex. Never mind quick exit should a tsunami arise. The hydro slide idea was daft as the best hydro slides were waves on the beach.

14.05.15 The Press reported a Council proposed, dune promenade from Waimairi Beach to North Beach.


02.12.12. Whale pool, New Brighton beach


02.12.12. Gulls, New Brighton beach shower



02.12.12. New Brighton beach



02.12.12. New Brighton beach club house

Mon 03.12.12. CERA minister Brownlee showed his preference for secrecy, censorship & contempt for a free press when he said the The Press was "the enemy." Brownlee was like apartheid politicians who'd castigated a free press & other media, hence censorship in apartheid SA.

Mon 10.12.12. Released to the public, Royal Commission of Inquiry report into collapse of the CTV bldg in the 22.02.11 quake, killing 115 people. Report was scathing about remiss engineers: bad design & supervision; bad Council consenting & supervision; bad construction & supervision; bad repairs & bldg manager supervision; bad green sticker inspecting by incompetent Council workers (non engineers) post 04.09.10 & 26.12.10 quakes.

CTV collapse survivors & families of the 115 dead considered litigation, as nearly 2 years post 22.02.11 quake no one was held accountable for the CTV collapse. Yet lawyers opined it would be hard to get a conviction, as there was no corporate manslaughter law in NZ. Those lawyers should prevail on parliament to sort out a new corporate manslaughter law, as ACC was inadequate for CTV grieving families & survivors.

Mar 2016. Still no one was held accountable for the CTV collapse. A disgrace.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Public consultation a farce say MPs (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Open letter to the Prime Minister of NZ (The Christchurch Fiasco blog).

See Baring bums for Brighton (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Bold ideas to bring life back to area (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Hydroslides in Brighton rescue plan (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Canterbury Royal Commission Reports 1-7 (NZ Govt).

See Democracy neglected in Canterbury (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Christchurch City Council wants ECAN sidelined (The Press / Stuff Co).

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