Monday, April 30, 2012

NZQA Copyright Theft, NCEA Level 3, Biology Year 13 Exam

Abstract: NZ Qualifications Authority, NZQA "legally" stole intellectual property & used it in NZ school national exams, without copyright owners' consents. NZQA then claimed copyright ownership of the national exam questions & passed exam papers to ESA Publications, which fenced NZQA stolen intellectual property in Workbooks, sold for profit by ESA Publications.

As a SA trained & very experienced biology teacher, I was disgusted to learn NZQA thought it was perfectly alright to steal copyright biology material from NZ & overseas copyright owners, by using vague wording in NZ copyright law to engage in copyright theft.

NZQA didn't feel it had to ask copyright owners for permission to use copyright material in national biology exams, as the copyright owners may spill the beans about exam questions. That rationale for NZQA copyright theft was insulting & outrageous.

Thus copyright material was stolen by NZQA examiners, moderated by NZQA moderators, used in secret by NZQA - printed in national exam papers, used by students in national exams, marked by NZQA examiners, checked by NZQA moderators & drooled over by teacher invigilators throughout NZ. Without knowledge nor permission from copyright owners. 

Post national exams, without contacting copyright owners, NZQA published the exam paper on the internet, with stolen sources given, but images not published. Never mind the hordes of NZQA typists, managers & executives who were paid by NZ taxpayers to perpetuate copyright theft.  

Adding insult to copyright owner injury, NZQA then secretly gave collections of NZQA exam papers, riddled with copyright thefts, to ESA Publications to publish stolen copyright material in Workbook form to be retailed in bookshops.

NZQA, like Pontius Pirate, then washed its sticky hands of the stolen copyright material, allowing the copyright owner, if ever contacted by ESA Publications, to be co-opted by ESA Publications into being an accessory to the theft of the owners' own copyright material, by agreeing to publication of the copyright material in ESA Publications. Absurd but true!

I found out that my copyright Hebe odorata photo, stolen from my Mt Richardson blog post, had been stolen by NZQA for use in the 2011 NCEA, Biology level 3 exam, when an ESA Publications minion emailed me, asking permission to use my Hebe odorata photo in their forthcoming Workbook publication for students & teachers to do exam revision. ESA Publications initially didn't even offer payment for use of my copyright photo.

What a scam!

The following correspondence gave an idea how NZQA copyright scam worked:

03.04.12. ESA Publications minion email:

"I'd like permission please to reproduce Photo which appeared in the NZQA Level 3 NCEA exam in 2011.

A photograph of the Hebe odorata, shrubby plant with small leathery leaves for which the source is given at http://wozawanderer.blogspot.com/2010/02/mt-richardson-beech-forest.html

The photo  would appear as it is in the exam, black and white, on Page 61 of our book, AME NCEA Level 3 Biology Workbook as attached.

We will print about 2,000 of these workbooks which retails at $24.95 GST inc. and which are used for exam revision and practice for the end of year NCEA exams.

We do not need an original image as we scan directly from an original exam paper.

ESA are happy to acknowledgement any permission given.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks..."

Punctuation & expression errors were ESA minion's. Insulting!

08.04.12. My email to ESA Publications minion:

"Unacceptable use of my Hebe odorata photo.

I am a trained & very experienced biology teacher.

You have not identified "We." At the moment, I do not give permission for use of my Hebe odorata photo, as described by you, in any form or storage.

Without my permission, NCEA [sic NZQA] use of my Hebe odorata photo in the 2011 NCEA Biology [Level] 3 exam is / was unacceptable.

NCEA [sic NZQA] did not ask permission for use of my Hebe odorata photo in the 2011 NCEA Level 3 Biology exam. Your email is the first I have heard of my photo appropriation. That amounts to theft of my intellectual property, as many people obviously benefited from my work, without my permission. The least that can be done is an offer of remuneration for use of my Hebe odorata photo in the 2011 NCEA Level 3 Biology exam.

1. 2011 NCEA Level 3 Biology Exam: Please supply a contact person & address for me to follow up the NCEA [sic NZQA] photo use of my intellectual property & remuneration thereof in the 2011 NCEA Level 3 Biology exam.

2. NCEA Level 3 Biology Workbook Pg 61: As I go to a lot of trouble & personal expense, also hazard, in taking pics, I expect remuneration to be offered, especially as the photo will be used for education purposes, by 1000s of people, to benefit publisher, teachers & students for many years. 

To be fair & not exploitative, please make an offer of remuneration for publication use of my Hebe odorata photo, as described by you. Once a remuneration offer is made, I will reconsider use of my intellectual property for the NCEA Level 3 Biology Workbook, Pg 61.

Thanks..."

10.04.12. ESA Publications minion email:

"Thanks for your message.

Under the Copyright Act, NZQA as the national examining authority are able to take [WTF!] images such as yours without notification/asking you and with no fee payable so long as they use the photo for the purposes of a national exam such as NCEA which they did.

ESA are now wanting to reproduce the exam question for which we have permission and would prefer (though it is not essential) to reproduce your photo to go with the question and to do this we need  copyright clearance from you unlike NZQA. [Copyright owner being co-opted into agreeing to theft of their own intellectual property!]

We offer, you the typical, well established fee for use of your photo which is $40 (+ GST if appropriate). [Disgusting! I had to ask].

Please advise if that is acceptable.

I do not know who you would approach at NZQA but the starting point is presumably their website at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ [Just follow orders. Desk thief huh?]

Thanks..."

10.04.12. My email to ESA Publications minion:

"Your words & risible offer are unacceptable & outrageous. What a scam!

You email a fait accompli, without the courtesy of anyone asking me, nor telling me NZQA & national examining authority would use my Hebe odorata photo for the 2011 Biology Level 3 national exam.

All of my Woza Wanderer blog posts have my email address on top & Copyright warning below, ignored by you & NZQA! There was absolutely no excuse for you nor NZQA not to contact me about use of my intellectual property for the 2011 Biology Level 3 exam. The sneaky manner in which my photo was used is an indictment of NZQA & national examining authority.

That amounts to copyright infringement. Your condonation of NZQA theft of my intellectual property is sickening. You say it's OK for NZQA national examining authority to steal my intellectual property, by law, for use in an exam, then after I ask for remuneration for your Workbook use, you offer $40 for use of my photo in a 2000 Workbook print run, after NZQA examiners, teachers & students have already benefited & used my intellectual property, without my consent. You add insult to injury!

What NZQA, NZ national exam authority & you are doing is morally wrong & stinks to hell!

You certainly DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO USE ANY OF MY BLOG PHOTOS FOR ESA WORKBOOKS AS PROPOSED.

When next you are ripped off, remember your slimy, sleazy words to me.

For your information, the Mt Richardson blog post in which my Hebe odorata photo appeared involved the following:

Return drive, Mt Richardson - Christchurch.
Climb Mt Richardson.
Take photos.
Write up blog content on blog programme.
Load photo, camera to computer programme.
Edit photo on computer, another computer programme.
Upload photo, computer to blog programme.
Caption blog photo.
Biology teacher expertise to identify plant in the wild.

Your risible offer goes nowhere near compensating time, resources & professional expertise involved.

Given the dodgy manner in which NZQA obtained exam photos, examiners were too lazy to take photos for exam questions themselves. They lacked professional integrity. Never mind the professional integrity of exam moderators also going along with examiner slackness & theft of intellectual property!..."

10.04.12. ESA Publications Publisher, Mark Sayes email:

"[Minion] has forwarded your email to me for reply.
I can understand your anger and concern [Nice!] as it happens every other year when ESA seek copyright permissions for material in the NZQA exams. [Thus ESA Publications had processed NZQA theft of intellectual property for years!]
You will need to contact NZQA to follow the matter up with them if that's what you choose to do. [Pass the buck!]
Thanks..."

11.04.12. My email to ESA Publications Publisher, Mark Sayes:

"Good you are not using my photo. Your understanding is no good & callously evil if you are not doing anything about blatant theft of others' copyright  intellectual property. Condoning NZ copyright law to "legalize" copyright theft stinks. If you are earning your living doing that you need to polish your morality..."

ESA Publications Publisher, Mark Sayes then phoned our home trying to "understand" my anger & concern, which amounted to whiney, self justification by Mark Sayes for the unjustifiable. My wife took his call.

13.04.12. My letter to NZQA's Chief Executive Dr Karen Poutasi:

"SINCE WHEN WAS THEFT ACCEPTABLE?

I am a SA biology trained and very experienced teacher. I have not taught in NZ due to deafness. Besides teaching, I have worked in the private sector, various jobs in SA, UK, Israel, NZ, including Industrial Relations at De Beers mines in SA.

Until NZQA stole my copyright intellectual property, I have never encountered any organization where theft is / was acceptable. Theft of my copyright intellectual property, Hebe odorata photo and "legally" ratifying its theft is unacceptable and outrageous.

With reference to ESA Publications [minion] initiated emails (see copies), NZQA stole my intellectual property, Hebe odorata photo, by lifting it, without my consent from my Woza Wanderer blog and using it, without my permission, in Question 2, evolution section of the 2011 NCEA Biology level 3 exam paper (90717).

NZQA, examiners, moderators, teachers, students all benefited from NCEA use of my copyright intellectual property, Hebe odorata photo in the 2011 NCEA Biology level 3 exam paper.

Adding insult to injury, with a fait accompli, [minion] asked permission for ESA's use of my copyright intellectual property, Hebe odorata photo, in the forthcoming ESA Workbook publication, 2000 copies @ $24.95 / copy.

After my querying the matter, ESA offered $40.00 for use of my Hebe odorata photo. I did not give permission for its use in the ESA Workbook publication. Their publication derived from NZQA theft is a scam.

What remunerative restitution is NZQA offering for use of my copyright intellectual property, Hebe odorata photo in the 2011 NCEA Biology Level 3 exam paper? [Ignored by NZQA, Dr Karen Poutasi].

As copyright theft of my intellectual property, Hebe odorata photo is not acceptable, please reply in writing by 30.04.12..."

24.04.12. NZQA, Dr Karen Poutasi's letter reply:

"Copyright material in NCEA examination papers [Ignored theft of intellectual property].

Thank you for your letter dated 13 April 2012 regarding your concern [More than concern Dear!] that New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) used an image for which you own the copyright in the 2011 NCEA Biology level 3 examination paper (90717).

NZQA is permitted by law to use copyright material for examinations. Section 49 of the Copyright Act 1994 states, "Copyright is not infringed by anything done for the purposes of the examination, whether by way of setting the questions, communicating the questions to the candidates, or answering the questions." [Legalized theft].

The image was reproduced, including source (in this case, a URL), in the examination paper, as an illustration of an examination question [Examiners should make their own illustrations]. The examination paper was written on by candidates during an examination session and then handed back to supervisors for marking. The examination paper was not a published document, [Huh? How many examiners, moderators, NZQA bureaucrats, teachers, invigilators, students had access to exam papers Dear? So far, all very secretive & sneaky use of my copyright photo without my consent nor knowledge], but a means of communicating the questions to the examination candidates and providing them with the means to answer the questions. [Never mind 'means' stolen from copyright holders].

Notice was not given to you, as copyright-holder, with respect to including your photo in the exam  paper for two reasons:

(1) No notice is required under Section 49 of the Copyight Act 1994; [Legalized theft] and
(2) Giving such notice would have signalled, at least in part, the contents of the examination paper and would have rendered the examination invalid. [Adding insult to copyright owner injury! Why couldn't examiners make their own illustrations? They were supposed to be professionals with vast teaching & examining expertise?]

Because the image was used [stolen] in a legally prescribed manner, your copyright was not infringed by NZQA and remuneration was not required. [BS! Why did ESA Publications reluctantly offer remuneration?]

The examination paper published [Huh? You've just said, 'The examination paper was not a published document...' See above] on the NZQA website contains the source for the image but not the image itself. Refer http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/nqfdocs/ncea-resource/exams/2011/90717-exm-32111.pdf [A sneaky way of not showing my NZQA stolen copyright photo in a NZQA document published on the internet].

The copyright statement on NZQA's website advises that commercial applicants need to make arrangements with third party copyright owners such as yourself. Refer http://nzqa.govt.nz/about-this-site/commercial-use-of nzqa-material/ . These arrangements do not involve NZQA. [Pass the buck NZQA, like ESA Publications, with copyright owners playing piggy in the middle. NZQA laundered its theft of copyright material to ESA Publications, then NZQA sanctimoniously washed its dirty hands of theft].

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to respond to your concerns. [So what?] I hope this clarified the situation for you..." [Theft is theft, no matter how it's dressed!]

30.04.12. My letter response to NZQA, Dr Karen Poutasi:

""NZQA Theft of my Copyright Hebe odorata photo in the NCEA 2011, Biology level 3 exam

Your letter dated 24.04.12 refers:

Your rationale for NZQA theft of my copyright Hebe odorata photo is absurd. As for honesty, fairness, integrity, expedient publishing of photo source & not image & buck passing to 'commercial applicants,' go figure!

Having looked at exam revision booklets retailed in book shops, it is obvious to me that NZQA is stealing from many copyright owners, NZ & overseas, 'for the purpose of examinations.' (sic)

The risible law you quote & use is wrong. It is a travesty, as it enables & condones NZQA copyright theft.

What are you doing to right 'anything done?'"

I looked at ESA Publications "NCEA Year 13 Biology Workbook," 2010, which stated the following:

"Copyright [3 author names] ... [Launderers of NZQA theft!]
Copyright ESA Publications (NZ) Ltd, 2010 [Launderer of NZQA theft!]
Copyright NZQA in the exam questions [NZQA didn't create many of the illustrations, graphs nor tabulations! Just stole them!]

This Book is copyright. [LOL!]

The questions used in this book are taken from the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 external NZQA examinations. All these questions are reproduced with the permission of NZQA which owns copyright in the questions...

Infringements will be prosecuted."

ESA had better prosecute itself, as it laundered NZQA stolen copyright material. ESA was happy for teachers to buy their books, but was not keen on teachers copying from their books too much!

NZQA stole copyright material from others & plagiarized it as its own, passing it off to ESA Publications for profit.

Thus NZQA stole copyright material from various copyright owners throughout the world (NZ legalized theft), secretly used it in national exams, miraculously became copyright owner of the stolen copyright illustrations etc, embedded in national exam paper questions, then passed the legalized theft in those exam papers to ESA Publications, who tried to find the copyright owners & maybe paid them money for the NZQA legally stolen copyright material, then ESA miraculously owned the copyright of those stolen, embedded materials in their own publications!

That's like a thief stole my car, by law, to examine it, then the thief's pal came to me, saying my stolen car belonged to him, as the thief had transferred it to him, but when I complained, he could pay me a pittance for my stolen car!

I counted 26 illustrations, graphs & tabulations in the ESA Publications, "NCEA Year 13 Biology Workbook," 2010, where sources were acknowledged from internet, books & periodicals. There were many more illustrations, graphs & tabulations where no source acknowledgements were made. So NZQA stole a helluva lot of copyright material for national exam purposes, hiding behind a shonky NZ copyright law, allowing NZQA to steal from NZ & overseas copyright holders.

And that was just the Year 13 Biology Workbook.

Never mind other year 13 subject exams, which NZQA managed & other subject exam papers which NZQA passed to ESA Publications, without copyright owners' consent, for Workbook publications & retail. In shops, I saw many different subject exam Workbooks published by ESA Publishers.

And what of other national exams managed by NZQA?

If the reader thought I was a mean curmudgeon, several individuals & organizations have asked permission to us my blog photos. No problem. They asked permission. NZQA didn't.

For the record, permission askers: A forestry survey publication, which fell through, due to publisher hassles. A USA artist. Latterly during the 2010-2012 Christchurch quakes, several individuals asked permission, for quake fundraising. Christchurch City Council asked permission, for its rebuild plan for Worcester St / Stanmore Rd quake trashed precinct. A lawyer checking on people illegally demolishing his High St bldg, asked permission. A Swede asked permission, for a Wikipedia pic. Permission declined.

An Auckland journalist, founder of the Avon / Otakaro Park website & petition to NZ parliament, asked to use some of my pre quake Avon River pics for the website. The pics were used for years, encouraging people to believe in the Avon River Park, the proposed park to be formed on quake trashed Avon River land, from city to sea. (There were many more permission requests).

21.05.2012. NZQA, Dr Karen Poutasi's reply to my 30.04.12 letter:

"Copyright material in NCEA examination papers

Thank you for your letter of 30 April 2012 regarding the reproduction of one of your photographs in the NCEA examination paper.

As outlined in my letter of 24 April 2012, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority has the lawful authority to do this, [steal] as, for example, does any other educational organisation setting examinations.

[Steal].

Section 49 of the Copyright Act 1994 which is available at http://legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1994 states that:

'Copyright is not infringed by anything done for the purposes of an examination, whether by way of setting the questions, communicating the questions to the candidates, or answering the questions.'

In enacting this provision, Parliament has acknowledged the need for the use [theft] of copyright material in this way. NZQA will continue to make use of this provision in the future where it sees fit to do so."

There you have it. NZQA saw fit to steal copyright material from copyright holders worldwide.

NZQA's Dr Karen Poutasi showed no compunction, remorse, nor apology for NZQA's blatant copyright theft, just repeated her former letter content. 

NZQA stole copyright pics, illustrations & material, here there & everywhere, used it in national examinations, without asking copyright holders' permissions, then post exams, NZQA claimed copyright ownership of examination questions & distributed NZQA stolen copyright material in examination papers, to ESA Publications, thus laundering the stolen copyright material for profit, in the form of examination revision books, sold in bookshops.

After stealing copyright materials for exam questions, & post exams, distributing it to ESA Publications, NZQA claimed copyright of ESA published exam questions. ESA Publications claimed copyright of copyright material stolen by NZQA, embedded in NZQA exams & published for sale in ESA publications exam revision books.

25.05.12. My letter response to NZQA, Dr Karen Poutasi:

NZQA theft of my copyright Hebe odorata photo, used by NZQA without my permission, in 2011 NCEA Biology 3 national exam & distributed by NZQA on the internet & distributed to ESA Publications for publication & sale in revision books, without my permission

As NZ legislation you have twice quoted fudges NZQA's theft of my Hebe odorata photo, copyright material already used by NZQA for 2011 NCEA Biology 3 national exam purposes, but does not cover distribution of my copyright material elsewhere -

1. Please quote relevant sections of NZ legislation which enables NZQA to distribute my copyright material on the internet in disguised form (source revealed but image hidden) without my permission & enables NZQA to distribute my copyright material to ESA Publications for ESA Publications & NZQA to profit from sale of my copyright material in ESA Publications exam revision books, without my permission. And for ESA Publications & NZQA to claim copyright of my stolen copyright material, after publications of exam papers & revision books.

You have shown no compunction, remorse, nor apology for theft of my copyright Hebe odorata photo, used in the 2011 NCEA Biology 3 national exam paper & post exam distribution of my copyright material in the exam paper to ESA Publications for publication & sale in a revision book, all without my permission.

I see in ESA Publications, national exam revision books, for sale, that NZQA claims copyright of exam questions, where copyright material was used without permission & ESA Publications claims copyright of that copyright material, distributed by NZQA in the form of national exam papers, to be published in book form & sold for national exam revision purposes.

As NZQA theft of copyright material is unfair to copyright holders, like myself, & as you have twice quoted NZ legal verbiage, which does not make copyright theft right & as NZQA has used my copyright material without my permission in the 2011 NCEA Biology 3 national exam & post exam distributed my copyright material on the internet without my permission & distributed my copyright material to ESA Publications, to sell in national exam revision books form, without my permission -

2. What are you personally doing to correct matters?

12.06.12. NZQA, Dr Karen Poutasi's reply to my 25.05.12 letter:

"As outlined in my letters of 24 April 2012 and 23 May 2012, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has been fully compliant with the copyright Act 1994 in the way it has used your photograph.

[Dr Karen Poutasi avoided the word "theft," just perpetrated a rotten law & didn't bother to answer my 2 questions].

NZQA stated very clearly in its communications with third parties wishing to reproduce NZQA examination material that they must seek permission of the owner of the copyright.

[Dr Karen Poutasi passed the buck & thought laundering NZQA copyright theft by ESA Publications made copyright theft right].

If you have any concerns with the way ESA Publications have used your image, you should contact the company direct."

Dr Karen Poutasi passed the buck to ESA Publications, after distributing my NZQA stolen copyright material in a national exam without my permission, distributing my copyright material on the internet without my permission & distributing my copyright material to ESA publications for ESA Publications profit without my permission.

However Dr Karen Poutasi justified NZQA's copyright theft, she was wrong. Dr Karen Poutasi was a copyright thief, her letters showed she was a cheat, unethical, using a rotten NZ law to cover her NZQA thefts. Her NZQA minions & proxy publisher minions were gangs of copyright thieves. 

Coda 12.05.13. In 2012, as Dr Poutasi showed no integrity regarding NZQA copyright theft, in 2013 I wondered how Dr Poutasi would deal with cheating Chinese students who paid ghost writers to write their university assignments for NZQA approved degrees?

Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

See ESA Publications (NZ).

See Facebook Avon River Park / Otakaro

See Chinese cheats rort NZ universities with fakes (The Press / Stuff Co). 


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Christchurch Cathedral Farce, Northbound Madras St Reopening & Green, East Frame

The Star, 25.04.12. CERA announced that northbound Madras St was reopening on Fri 27.04.12. From Latimer Sq, northbound Madras St was already reopened for months. It was post quake demolition site after demolition site. For months, Madras St was a single north bound lane, with a fence cordon by demolition sites blocking the other lane. With all the demolitions along Madras St it, was ripe for widening.

By Latimer Sq, Christchurch Cathedral diocese was building a post quake, A-frame, Cardboard Cathedral on St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, corner Madras St / Hereford St.

23.04.12. Demolition began on the 22.02.11 quake collapsed tower of Christchurch Cathedral. Heritage fanatics tried again to Save the Cathedral from complete demolition. Halfwit Wizard raised 50 signatures to Save the Cathedral & was present when bishop Matthews consecrated St Johns demolition site, sprinkling water on the site. Two codgers jabbering in medieval garb. What a farce!.

Bishop Matthews contended that ratepayers must pay $240 000 p/a for use of the Cardboard Cathedral, reasoning that Cantabrians would use the Cardboard Cathedral for civic functions, as had happened pre quakes in Christchurch Cathedral.

Matthews hadn't consulted ratepayers (many non Christians & atheists) about demolition of quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral, yet expected ratepayers to pay for the $5 million, A-frame Cardboard Cathedral over its proposed 20 year life.

Post quakes, as Town Hall, theatres & other halls were abandoned or demolished in the CBD, Mathews had a point about a hall for hire, the Cardboard Cathedral. Her detractors like The Wizard hadn't come up with any other viable hall idea. Ruined Christchurch Cathedral & the land on which it was built was owned by the Anglican diocese, not The Wizard nor heritage fanatics.

Nov 2013. While the toxic Wizard whined in the CBD (paid $16 000 p/a by Council of course) he showed no compassion nor zeal about helping 1 000s of Cantabrians who'd lost their homes to quakes & CERA red zone offers. The Wizard often protested at recently revamped New Regent St, opposite The Press offices of course. He never protested in the suburbs.

Images, quake damaged Hereford St:


27.04.12. Hereford House demolition site by St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, Hereford St


27.04.12. St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Madras St. Blackwells Hudson & CTV bldg demolition sites & abandoned IRD bldg beyond, Cashel St




27.04.12. St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Madras St. Blackwells Hudson & CTV bldg demolition sites & abandoned IRD bldg beyond, Cashel St



Jap architect, Shigeru Ban gave a free plan of the Cardboard Cathedral to the diocese to enhance his reputation. The Press pic of the proposed Cardboard Cathedral looked like giant toilet rolls, an A-frame, toilet roll roof covered in plastic, on shipping container walls, with N facing window to impress tourists. Ban's cardboard tube, plastic & container plan looked like a giant tent. That rubbish dump architecture heralded Christchurch CBD's rebuild - mostly steel frame & glass boxes.

Nearby St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church, a flexible wooden church, corner Oxford Tce / Durham St Sth, survived the quakes & could easily be shared with Christchurch Cathedral congregation. (Other denominations shared churches with congregations of quake shattered churches). Pity bishop Matthews wasn't doing her pastoral duty, ensuring quake suffering ratepayers were properly housed post quakes, instead of jabbering about her prestigious house of god.

Images, quake damaged Durham St Sth:


27.04.12. Quake survivor, St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church, cnr Durham St Sth / Oxford Tce





27.04.12. Quake surviving, stained glass windows, St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church, cnr Durham St Sth / Oxford Tce






Ban should put his architect's mind to providing affordable, safe housing for post quake, displaced Cantabrians. Free designs of course, in the spirit of his Cardboard Cathedral.

Fri morning 27.04.12. Flooding on my way to Christchurch red zone, CBD: When I stopped my car at Wairakei Rd / Greers Rd crossing, red lights, a burst pipe near CERA minister, Brownlee's electorate office flooded Greers Rd by the shops. Workmen in orange, Hi Viz vests scurried around, planting orange, road cones to detour traffic. Others used a blue sucker truck to suck flood water.

Hours later, on my return from the red zone CBD, Greers Rd flood water was gone, but orange, Hi Viz vested, City Care workmen dug a hole to replace the broken pipe. Fourteen months post 22.02.11 quake, as there was flooding after a little rain in Greers Rd, Brownlee needed to organize CERA minions to stop flooding in the red zone CBD & quake trashed eastern suburbs, where quakes had caused land sinking.

Nov 2013. There was repeated news about heavy rains flooding Flockton Basin, where quakes had sunk the area about half a metre. Houses were flooded after rains & householders endured repeated post quakes flooding. Meanwhile Council, EQC, CERA & insurers dithered.

Images, quake damaged Greers Rd:


27.04.12. Post quake flooding & repairs, cnr Greers Rd / Wairakei Rd


27.04.12. Repairs to post quake flooding, Greers Rd

 


I drove to Oxford Tce in the CBD to snap St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church, a wooden church. During quakes, the church organ was damaged, but the stained glass windows were OK. The wooden church stood proud, while nearby Cashel St bldgs & hundreds of nearby CBD bldgs were trashed by serial quakes.

St Michael proved that wood was good in quakes, as wood was flexible. Our wooden house shook & jiggled in 10 000+ quakes, so far & stood firm. Concrete was crap in quakes, as concrete shattered, cracked & spalled. Post quakes, Council & CERA allowed concrete, tilt slab bldgs to be built all over Christchurch.

I parked my car at Worcester St by Latimer Sq to look at Madras St & the newly opened red zone, CBD niche, along Oxford Tce & Armagh St towards Manchester St.

St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, Latimer Sq, corner Hereford St / Madras St: Weedy with demolition junk on site & a fence cordoned view towards the CTV bldg demolition site, where 115 people died in the 22.02.11, mag 6.3 quake.

Ban's Cardboard Cathedral would soften that grim view. In the red zone, opposite the CTV site, 5 year old IRD bldg was abandoned, like other red zone bldgs.

Images, quake damaged Worcester St:


27.04.12. Worcester St W view of Latimer Sq & red zone, CBD, ghost high rises



27.04.12. Post quake, abandoned bldgs nr Latimer Sq, Worcester St


27.04.12. Post quake rebuild of Latimer Hotel, Worcester St, opp Latimer Sq









Latimer Sq: Surrounded by demolition sites & ghost bldgs. On Worcester St, opposite Latimer Sq, construction workers completed Latimer Hotel rebuild's concrete foundations, more than a metre thick & raised concrete, tilt slab walls.

01.08.12. CERA announced that its L shaped, Green Frame would be made south of Avon River between Madras St & Manchester St & between St Asaph St & Tuam St. That CERA idea was based on Council's Share an Idea scheme done post 22.02.11 quake. Hundreds more demolitions were needed in the Green Frame before trees, flowers & grass were planted in the Green Frame. CERA's risible plan was that the Green Frame would shrink the CBD to maintain property values in the shrunken CBD. It was NZ govt / CERA bureaucratic fantasy of course, as there were 100s of quake survivor, CBD bldgs outside CERA's Green Frame.


27.04.12. Worcester St, quake damaged bldgs, nr Latimer Sq




I wandered across deserted Latimer Sq, quake refuge & scene of sorrow & rescuer activity during the 22.02.11 quake.

Images, quake damaged Latimer Sq:


27.04.12. Latimer Sq, N view to Gloucester St / Madras St crossing


237.04.12. Latimer Sq / Hereford St / Madras St junction, S view over Arrow House & CTV bldg demolition sites to abandoned IRD bldg, Cashel St


27.04.12. Latimer Sq, N view to Gloucester St / Madras St crossing


Madras St: I wandered northwards towards Armagh St. Desolate demolition sites, used as car parks, were both side of Madras St.

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


27.04.12. Latimer Sq, N view of Gloucester St / Madras St crossing & quake demolition sites both sides of Madras St. CERA's site for Residential Demonstration Project right, green, E Frame left


27.04.12. Quake demolition sites, Madras St, nr Latimer Sq. CERA's green, E Frame left


27.04.12. Quake demolition sites, Madras St / Armagh St crossing. CERA's green, E Frame left.

Corner Madras St / Armagh St: I wandered past Amicus House demolition site & the irony of quake-closed realtor bldg, bordered by quake demolition sites. Down deserted Armagh St, red zone Forsyth Barr & PWC high rises loomed. Forsyth Barr was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC was demolished.

Images, quake damaged Armagh St & Oxford Tce:


27.04.12. Madras St, W view along deserted, red zone Armagh St. Forsyth Barr & PWC high rises beyond. Forsyth Barr was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC was demolished. CERA's green, E Frame would go from Madras St to Manchester St, incl some of Armagh St


27.04.12. Quake closed realtor bldg, red zone, Armagh St. PWC high rise awaited demolition. CERA's green, E Frame would go from Madras St to Manchester St, incl some of Armagh St




Armagh St - Oxford Tce - Manchester St loop: I cut past abandoned, yellow stickered, Centennial Pool bldg to autumn leafy Oxford Tce. I wandered past abandoned ACC bldg & abandoned, board / fence cordoned Charles Luneys bldg by poplar-lined Avon River to Manchester St Bridge.

On a yellow sticker on Centennial Pool glass door, a protester had scrawled:

SAVE ME NO WHITE
                               ELEPHANTS

Protesters disliked CERA demolishing repairable Centennial Pool for the Margaret Mahy Family Playground in CERA's green, E Frame. Luneys & ACC bldg were demolished for the playground too. It was NZ govt / CERA top-down decisions & CERA fantasies, without consultation with citizens about citizens' needs.


27.04.12. Pissoir unused since 22.02.11 quake, red zone, Armagh St, by Centennial Pool


27.04.12. Quake trashed, Centennial Pool, red zone, between Armagh St & Oxford Tce, Centennial Pool was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground






27.04.12. Red zone, Oxford Tce view of Centennial Pool garden


27.04.12. Red zone, Oxford Tce view of Avon River, Cambridge Tce & quake damaged Madras St Bridge


27.04.12. Red zone, Centennial Pool board, Oxford Tce


27.04.12. Red zone, quake damaged, abandoned ACC bldg, Oxford Tce. ACC was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground



27.04.12. Red zone, quake damaged / closed Bohemian Cafe Bar, Oxford Tce. Bohemian Bar was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground



27.04.12. Red zone, abandoned, Charles Luneys bldg, cnr Oxford Tce / Manchester St. Luneys was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground


27.04.12. Red zone, Oxford Tce view of quake damaged Manchester St Bridge


27.04.12. Quake buckled pavement, Manchester St Bridge cordon view of red zone, NZDF checkpoint, cnr Cambridge Tce


27.04.12. Manchester St Bridge, red zone, cordon view of Retour Restaurant, awaiting demolition, in CBD red zone, Cambridge Tce. Abandoned Ernst & Young behind was demolished

Manchester St Bridge & Manchester St: Views into the dead, red zone CBD. Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) loomed above Forsyth Barr & PWC high rises, the former restored to Crowne Plaza Hotel, the latter awaited demolition

The long standing, red zone, NZDF checkpoint still occupied Cambridge Tce side, but the red zone, cordon fence occupied only half of Manchester St Bridge, lengthwise across the span. Retour Restaurant & Ernst & Young, Cambridge Tce, awaited demolition.

Images, quake damaged Cambridge Tce & Manchester St:


27.04.12. Red zone, cordoned Manchester St / Cambridge Tce / Manchester St Bridge, NZDF checkpoint view of CBD red zone. Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) high rise was restored


27.04.12. Manchester St / Cambridge Tce crossing, red zone, NZDF checkpoint view of quake-closed high rises in CBD red zone. BNZ left & PWC right were demolished



A NZDF checkpoint soldier checked vehicles in & out of the red zone, via Manchester St across Manchester St Bridge & Cambridge Tce, past the Retour Restaurant & PGC bldg demolition site, where 18 people died in the 22.02.11 quake. Another grim view.

A NZDF checkpoint sign read:

AUTHORISED
   VEHICLES
CONTRACTOR
  ENTRANCE


27.04.12. Red zone, Manchester St / Cambridge Tce crossing, NZDF checkpoint view of PGC bldg demolition site. 18 people died when PGC bldg collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. Ernst & Young behind was demolished




When I checked the eastern span of Manchester St Bridge, quakes had shifted the concrete span a couple of centimetres westwards, As in all Avon River bridges I'd seen, quake damage was spalling, buckling, or separations, disguised by asphalt patching, between bridge spans & abutments.


27.04.12. Manchester St Bridge, Avon River down stream view of poplars. Cambridge Tce left, Oxford Tce right


27.04.12. Manchester St Bridge pavement, 22.02.11 quake buckled above abutment & span join. Oxford Tce beyond

I wandered along Manchester St by Charles Luneys bldg, razor wire above a boarded door in Armagh St, to Manchester St / Armagh St crossing. Red zone, Bob Brown's Hi Fi corner bldg was quake trashed - broken window panes, curtains fluttering through window gaps & cracked walls. At the back corner of Bob Brown's Hi Fi bldg, Armagh St side, a steel reinforcement, column base was exposed, where masonry had fallen off.

Bob Brown's Hi Fi would be demolished, Verkerks butchery too, on the opposite corner. Over the years we'd bought Verkerks meat. Bob Brown's Hi Fi was demolished for CERA's Margaret Mahy Family Playground.


28.04.12. Manchester St Bridge S view of red zone, Manchester St / Oxford Tce crossing. Red zone, closed Charles Luneys bldg left, quake-closed Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) & Novotel in red zone beyond. Both hotels were restored. Luneys was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground in CERA's green, E Frame


27.04.12. Manchester St Bridge S view of red zone, CBD cordon fence & abandoned bldgs


Images, quake damaged Armagh St:




27.04.12. Cnr Manchester St / Armagh St E view of red zone, Armagh St bldgs. Quake-closed Charles Luneys bldg left & quake survivor, Orion utility right. Charles Luneys was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground


27.04.12. Red zone, fence cordoned, razor wired, boarded, quake-damaged, Charles Luneys bldg, cnr Manchester St / Armagh St, was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground




27.04.12. Red zone, Armagh St E view of quake-closed, Charles Luneys bldg left & abandoned ACC bldg right, which were demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground


27.04.12. Red zone, Armagh St W view of red zone, CBD abandoned bldgs. Verkerks left was demolished. Forsyth Barr middle was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC right was demolished





27.04.12. Red zone, fence cordoned, boarded, quake-closed, Verkerks Butchery, cnr Armagh St / Manchester St. Verkerks was demolished



27.04.12. Red zone, Armagh St / Manchester St crossing, S view of red zone, fence cordoned, quake-closed, CBD bldgs


27.04.12. Quake trashed, Bob Brown's Hi Fi bldg, red zone, cnr Armagh St / Manchester St. Bob Brown's Hi Fi was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground



















27.04.12. Red zone, Armagh St bldgs: Orion utility left. Quake trashed, Bob Brown's Hi Fi middle was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Forsyth Barr beyond was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel

Armagh St to Madras St crossing: Orion utility still did business. A guard in blue uniform stood at the back gate. Orion linesmen worked well during quakes, reconnecting & keeping power going. During quakes & post quakes, great work was also done by sewer men, telecom workers, water men & road workers keeping services going.

A wall plaque on Orion bldg celebrating a neon mural read:

"Paul Hartigan
Nebula 2001

Neon & mercury-argon tubing on painted aluminium with programmed animation sequence. Commissioned by Orion New Zealand Limited. Officially opened on Monday 19 November 2001..."



27.04.12. Red zone, quake survivor, Orion utility, neon & aluminium mural, Armagh St



27.04.12. Red zone, red oak leaves on Orion aluminium, pavement cover, Armagh St




27.04.12. Red zone, portaloos, back of Orion utility, Armagh St


27.04.12. Quake fallen sign, tyres workshop, red zone, Armagh St


27.04.12. Back of quake trashed Centennial Pool, red zone, Armagh St. Centennial Pool was demolished for Margaret Mahy Family Playground


Corner Armagh St / Madras St: Flood puddle by Amicus House demolition site, with an Orion electricity, green metal box buzzing in the foul water. Pedestrians wandered by. Diagonally opposite, in an empty Wilson car park, water still flooded from a burst well near Crighton B & B. The well had flooded Madras St ever since the Feb 22 quake. I suspected the flooding was caused by an underground stream connected to nearby Avon River. And Council & CERA were keen to rebuild on quake trashed CBD sites. 

All that flooding would be included in CERA's Blueprint, green, E Frame.

I wandered back to Latimer Sq along demolition wasteland Madras St.


27.04.12. Quake buckled, paving stones by abandoned realtor bldg, red zone, Armagh St





27.04.12. Armagh St, southern view of quake trashed, abandoned, red zone bldgs, awaiting demolition, Gloucester St. Latimer Sq trees left


Images, quake damaged Madras St:



27.04.12. Red zone, Amicus House demolition site, post quake flooding, cnr Armagh St / Madras St. Wilson car park on demolition site beyond. The flooding would be in CERA's Green Frame & Wilson car park would become CERA's Residential Demonstration Project. It was a taste of CERA's / Council's Nov 2013 proposals for high density living dotted around Christchurch



27.04.12. Red zone, Armagh St / Madras St crossing, W view of Forsyth Barr left in red zone, CBD. Forsyth Barr was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC right was demolished


27.04.12. Red zone, Amicus House demolition site, post quake flooding, cnr Madras St / Armagh St. Forsyth Barr middle beyond was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC beyond right was demolished


27.04.12. No cars in red zone Madras St. Gloucester St & Latimer Sq beyond


27.04.12. Madras St, weedy demolition site, W view of red zone, quake-closed, CBD bldgs. Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) beyond was restored



27.04.12. Red zone, Madras St, demolition site SW view of quake trashed, abandoned, red zone bldgs, awaiting demolition, Gloucester St




27.04.12. Red zone, Madras St demolition site view of red zone, abandoned bldgs. Left bldgs were demolished. Forsyth Barr middle was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC middle right was demolished

Corner Madras St / Gloucester St: A Smith crane was parked, boom lowered, on Securities House demolition site.

Across Madras St were empty car parks on demolition sites, Charlie B's Backpackers was long gone. The demolition sites would become CERA's Residential Demonstration Project. A taste of things to come, when in Nov 2013 CERA & Council proposed high density housing, 30 - 65 dwellings per hectare, to be dotted all around Christchurch.



27.04.12. Red zone, Smith crane on Securities House demolition site, cnr Madras St / Gloucester St




27.04.12. Madras St, quake demolition sites, nr Latimer Sq. Charley B's Backpackers gone, right. CERA's Residential Demonstration Project would be on the site


27.04.12. Patched cnr Gloucester St / Madras St, W view of red zone CBD. Quake-closed, Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) beyond. Latimer Sq tree left. CERA's Green Frame would go from Latimer Sq to Manchester St just before Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel)


27.04.12. Latimer Sq W view of red zone, quake-closed Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel). Pacific Tower was restored


27.04.12. Latimer Sq S view to Hereford St / Madras St junction

Saturday afternoon 28.04.12. I did the Madras St walk with Leah, who was disorientated by all the red zone, cordon fencing & missing bldgs around Latimer Sq & northwards along Madras St. Near Centennial Pool, we looped along Oxford Tce by autumn leafy Avon River, past The Poplars demolition site & past Oxford Tce Baptist Church, demolition site, with its 185 Empty Chairs memorial, remembering 22.02.11 quake dead.


28.04.12. Post quake, braced, Edmonds Clock Tower, nr Madras St Bridge. The clock stopped at 12.51 pm when the 22.02.11 quake struck. Edmonds Clock Tower was later decapitated for repairs

Edmonds Clock Tower was fence cordoned, scaffolded, nylon strapped, steel & concrete block braced. The clock stopped at 12.51 pm when the 22.02.11 quake struck. The gargoyles were plastic wrapped & taped. Although FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY were inscribed on the Clock Tower, I thought there was no hope for CBD, quake trashed land. CERA later turned the area into Green Frame & Edmonds Clock Tower was decapitated for repairs.

We crossed quake damaged Madras St Bridge, repeat story of quake damages between spans & abutments & wandered along Cambridge Tce, kicking autumn leaves. I'd wandered that way several times during quake seasons, bldgs still abandoned.


28.04.12. Post quakes, Madras St Bridge, upriver view of Avon River poplars. Oxford Tce left, Cambridge Tce right


I snapped the fence cordoned, Theosophy bldg, which became more damaged by serial quakes. By Avon River bank, Leah stuck her leg about half a metre deep into a leafy, quake crack between road & curb.

Images, quake damaged Cambridge Tce:


28.04.12. Serial quake trashed, cordoned, Theosophy bldg, Cambridge Tce. Theosophy bldg was demolished









28.04.12. Quake junk, Cambridge Tce


28.04.12. Quake crack between road & curb by Avon River, Cambridge Tce E view. Quake trashed Theosophy bldg left was demolished


28.04.12. Quake crack between road & curb by Avon River, Cambridge Tce. W view to Manchester St NZDF checkpoint

Quakes & CERA red zone cordons strangled the life out of CBD bldgs on both Avon River banks. As the riverside bldgs looked dangerous, despite removal of liquefaction silt & touch ups, most of those riverside bldgs were demolished. So much for CERA's vaunted encouragement of commercial activity in the red zone CBD. I didn't see bldg owners & entrepreneurs, nor international funding rushing back to that NE part of Christchurch CBD.

The joy of wandering Madras St environs that weekend - there were more pedestrians than cars. It would be a miracle if the red zone CBD continued to be so. Contractor vehicles & heavy-duty, demolition & construction vehicles had hammered the citizen-forbidden, red zone CBD for months.

Sun 29.04.12. Madras St tranquility for pedestrians & cyclists only lasted 2 days. On Sunday, southern Madras St beyond Latimer Sq to Tuam St was reopened, after 14 months of demolitions post 22.02.11 quake. 

Coda, Jan 2013. It would be 28 months before the NZDF occupation of Christchurch CBD by CERA would stop. CERA's WMDs were demolisher diggers. Pre quakes Christchurch citizens were so welfare state smug, they didn't know their own government would occupy their CBD by means of cordons, closed bldgs, demolitions & NZDF checkpoints for 28 months. Citizens banned. All for citizens' safety of course, while NZ govt / CERA cherry picked what CERA proclaimed, red zone land CERA wanted to buy with taxpayers' money for its projects & precincts.

By late 2015 NZ govt's / CERA's "rebuild" verbiage morphed to "regeneration" verbiage,

Content & pics copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See CERA shadow over cathedral (The Press / Stuff Co). 

See Shigeru Ban's architecture (The Press / Stuff Co). 

See CERA documents on Christchurch Cathedral.

See Flockton Cluster beg council for flood aid (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Margaret Mahy Family Playground (CCDU).