Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Red Zone CBD, Royal Visit, Christchurch Quakes



Thurs 16.11.12. Cup & Show week, lovely sunny days. Addington trotting races were finished. A & P Show was going strong. A man was arrested on the North Island, as he'd threatened to throw a bag of horse shit at royal visitors Charles & Camilla. He should visit Christchurch, as we'd endured shit for 2 quake years, from all the doings of ineptocrats - Council, CERA, EQC, insurers.

In June, Christchurch CBD red zone was split by CERA opening Gloucester St to the public, forming N & S red zones. In the interim, I'd wandered red zone cordons in dribs & drabs, DRAB being the operative word due to all the demolitions.

It was time to see the S red zone. I parked my car on Tuam St, near demolished Poplar St, where Jake had flatted, pre quakes at Poplar Mews - demolished.

Images, quake damaged Poplar St:


16.11.12. Demolished Poplar St, S red zone


I snapped the old PO on Tuam St where Alice in Videoland opened months ago & more recently C1 coffee shop opened facing High St. I wandered quake trashed High St. S red zoning to Lichfield St was mostly demolition sites. Corner High St / Lichfield St, Majestic Theatre was abandoned, awaiting demolition in 2014. Beyond, Holiday Inn was being demolished.

Images, quake damaged Tuam St & High St:


17.11.12. Tuam St view of post quake EPIC, cnr Tuam St / Manchester St. Opp cnr part demolished Odeon Theatre


16.11.12. Tuam St view of post quake EPIC left, part demolished Odeon Theatre middle, C1 coffee shop (old PO) right


16.11.12. C1 coffee shop (old PO), cnr Tuam St / High St



16.11.12. High St view of Holiday Inn demolition left, Majestic Theatre awaiting demolition right, S red zone


16.11.12. High St view of Holiday Inn demolition, S red zone

In the opposite direction, I wandered High St to St Asaph St. Hi Vis vested workmen on scaffolding repaired McKenzie Willis facade, propped by steel bracing. Brick bldgs along High St, in the green Frame, S red zone, decayed after 12 000 quakes, rubbish in the bldgs & partial collapses. The bldg next to McKenzie Willis collapsed in a 07.12.12 fire.


16.11.12. McKenzie Willis facade restoration, cnr Tuam St / High St, S red zone


16.11.12. Quake survivor bldg, High St, S red zone. The bldg collapsed in a 07.12.12 fire





16.11.12. Quake survivor bldg, High St, S red zone








I wandered N along Madras St, past another view of Poplar St demolished precinct, wafting smells of demolished bars & restaurants. Another view of Holiday Inn demolition.

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


16.11.12. Madras St N view: NG Gallery right in CCDU's Blueprint stadium zone


16.11.12. Madras St view of Holiday Inn demolition, S red zone. Majestic Theatre awaiting  demolition front

 

16.11.12. Madras St N view: Demolition site & abandoned IR bldg left, green Frame, S red zone. NG Gallery right in CCDU's Blueprint stadium zone

I wandered past post quake, revamped NG Gallery, which obstructed CCDU's Blueprint 35,000 seater, roofed stadium. Snag: Stadia were loss makers & the proposed stadium was on top of the CBD Fault, which damaged Christchurch CBD in the 26.12.10 quake. Ripping up good bldgs & replacing them with with an expensive stadium between Madras St & Barbadoes St was mad.

Madras St / Lichfield St crossing: Demolition sites on all corners. One corner, a ruined wall still stood with gaping windows, another wall tagged. The opposite corner had Gap Filler art on a wall, other walls were tagged. By the old stable demolition site, next to abandoned IR bldg in the green Frame, S red zone, I had another view of Holiday Inn demolition.


16.11.12. Part demolished bldg & tagging, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St




16.11.12. Gap Filler mural & tagging, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St. Abandoned IR bldg, green Frame, S red zone left



16.11.12. Old stable demolition site, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St, green Frame, S red zone


16.11.12. Old stable demolition site, cnr Madras St / Bedford Row, abandoned IR bldg right, green Frame, S red zone


16.11.12. Quake trashed, tagged bldg, demolition site right, Madras St

Madras St / Cashel St crossing: The 185 Empty Chairs Memorial to 185 dead in the 22.02.11 quake was relocated from Oxford Tce Baptist demolition site to St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian demolition site. Nearby bldgs were tagged, even the church bldg honouring quake dead. Taggers had no respect. Down Cashel St in the S red zone I saw abandoned IR bldg & Holiday Inn being demolished.


16.11.12. Tribute to quake dead & tagging by St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian demolition site, cnr Cashel St / Madras St 


16.11.12. 185 Empty Chairs Memorial to quake dead, St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St


16.11.12. Tagging, cnr Cashel St / Madras St



16.11.12. Cashel St view of Holiday Inn demolition, S red zone

Opposite corner, Holden Blackwells was demolished. By the CTV bldg demolition site, green Frame, S red zone cordon fencing had floral & pic tributes to the 115 dead. Beyond CTV demolition site was Arrow House demolition site & more demolition sites nudging Les Mills gym & Calendar Girls along Hereford St.

CERA insulted families of the dead by leaving the CTV site a cordoned mess. Only 3 years post 22.02.11 quake, after complaints from families of the dead, just before the memorial service, did CERA improve the CTV site.


16.11.12. Floral tributes & pics to 115 dead at CTV demolition site, cnr Cashel St / Madras St





Corner Madras St / Hereford St: Concrete foundations were laid for the Anglican Cardboard Cathedral. Today the High Court quashed heritage fanatics' pleas to save Christchurch Cathedral ruin & ensured the Anglican church had to use ruined cathedral insurance payout to pay for a new cathedral, merged with good bits of the old in Cathedral Sq.

Ruined Christchurch Cathedral saga would continue for years, abandoned Christchurch Cathedral a cordoned eyesore.
 

16.11.12. Anglican Cardboard Cathedral foundations, St Johns demolition site, cnr Madras St / Hereford St

Across Arrow House demolition site I looked into the cordoned S red zone by Hereford St.


16.11.12. Arrow House demolition site view of S red zone, cnr Madras St / Hereford St. Torrens House left awaited demolition

Images, quake damaged Hereford St:


16.11.12. SW cnr Latimer Sq / Hereford St


16.11.12. Latimer Sq view down Hereford St into the S red zone. Calendar Girls left



16.11.12. Hereford St view onto the S red zone. Les Mills gym left

Corner Latimer Sq / Worcester St: Quake damaged, The Christchurch Club, part demolished, mouldered behind a DANGER sign on a locked gate. The Bicycle Thief on the opposite corner was abandoned, awaiting demolition. Taggers added graffiti to USAR / TF graffiti on the Frenz Backpacker wall & the Health Clinic wall on Worcester St. Heath Clinic windows were broken & office floors were strewn with junk, awaiting demolition. I watched 3 orange, Hi Vis vested workmen saunter down Worcester St towards ruined Christchurch Cathedral in the S red zone.

Images, quake damaged Worcester St:


16.11.12. Quake trashed, abandoned The Christchurch Club, Worcester St, S red zone



16.11.12. Abandoned The Bicycle Thief, awaiting demolition, Worcester St, S red zone


16.11.12. Workmen, Worcester St, S red zone


16.11.12. USAR / TF graffiti & tagging, abandoned Frenz Backpackers, awaiting demolition, Worcester St, S red zone


16.11.12. Quake trashed, abandoned Health Clinic, awaiting demolition, Worcester St, S red zone







I wandered across Newstalk ZB implosion site to Westende House on Manchester St / Worcester St corner. Westende House was rebuilt after collapsing in the 04.09.10 quake. It was ground zero for TV news reports after that quake. (Brand new Westende House was demolished in 2015 for widening of Manchester St in CERA's Blueprint green Frame). In that big demolition zone beside Manchester St, I was surrounded by demolition sites. Behind the cordon fence I saw Holiday Inn demolition again, above the rest.


16.11.12. Worcester St, Newstalk ZB implosion site view of Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) & red zone


16.11.12. Westende House rebuild, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St. S red zone beyond. Westende House was trashed in the 04.09.10 quake & used as Ground Zero backdrop by media. In 2015 CERA / CCDU demolished Westende House to widen Manchester St


16.11.12. Worcester St view of Holiday Inn demolition, S red zone


On the diagonally opposite corner, The Octagon (Trinity Church) sans tower, was abandoned behind S red zone fencing. So too Design & Arts College & Government Departmental Building. Across Worcester St on a demolition site, where a bldg had burned in the 04.09.10 quake, orange, Hi Vis vested workmen chomped their lunches near a Cathedral Junction wall, splattered with orange paint by an artist, deluded he improved the gap.


16.11.12. The Octagon (Trinity Church) sans tower & Design & Arts College, cnr Worcester St / Manchester St, S red zone

 

16.11.12. Westende House view of S red zone bldgs: Government Departmental Building left, Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel beyond, Cathedral Junction right

Images, quake damaged Manchester St:


16.11.12. Workmen at lunch, Manchester St demolition site. Government Departmental Building, Worcester St, in S red zone beyond


16.11.12. Manchester St view of demolition site & Gap Filler street art on Cathedral Junction wall, S red zone

 





16.11.12. Cnr Manchester St / Worcester St view of The Octagon (Trinity Church) sans tower & S red zone



16.11.12. Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) walls epoxy resin glued, Manchester St



Images, quake damaged Gloucester St:


16.11.12. Demolition site car park & abandoned, multi storey car park, cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St. The multi storey car park was demolished in Sept 2015




16.11.12. Wizard poster, demolition site car park, cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St

Demolition sites along Manchester St were car parks for workmen. A white trailer sold food to workmen. A Wizard poster on a car read:

      DECONSTRUCT CERA
                   NOW!
WE WANT OUR CITY BACK

CERA ordered top down decisions, sidelining Council & doing little consultation with citizens regarding CCDU's Blueprint with expensive anchor projects. Besides one bloated Council hierarchy, National govt's, bloated CERA bureaucracy was supposedly doing the job ratepayers elected Councillors & minions to do. A waste of money, Council vs CERA.

N along Manchester St, in the N red zone, Orion utility bldg was demolished, next to an abandoned, multi storey car park. The multi storey car park was demolished in Sept 2015.


16.11.12. Cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St view of demolition site & Orion demolition site. White bldg awaited demolition for Margaret Mahy Family Playground in CERA's Blueprint green Frame


16.11.12. Cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St view of Sampan House, Pacific Tower (Rendezvous House), Cathedral Junction & The Press new build


16.11.12. Cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St view of Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel), Cathedral Junction & The Press new build. N red zone right



16.11.12. Gloucester St view of demolition sites to Worcester St. The Octagon (Trinity Church) sans tower left, Design & Arts College middle & Gap Filler Street art, Cathedral Junction right, S red zone


16.11.12. Cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St demolition site view of the N red zone. Abandoned BNZ beyond awaited demolition

I wandered along Gloucester St past closed Sampan House, past Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel). Pacific Tower walls looked like spiderwebs, with epoxy resin repairs, then whitewashed to forget the quakes. Like so many epoxy resin repairs to Christchurch quake damaged bldgs, especially concrete tilt-slab bldgs.

More DANGER signs were on Cathedral Junction gates. New Regent St, fence cordoned in the N red zone, was busy with workmen restoring Spanish Mission facades, opening in Feb 2013. Abandoned BNZ loured behind, awaiting demolition. Snag with New Regent St "repairs" was that at least 5 Spanish Mission bldgs were not repaired, for at least another 4 years. So much for Council's / CERA's red zone "repairs."


16.11.12. Cathedral Junction gates, S red zone, Gloucester St





16.11.12. New Regent St restoration, N red zone. BNZ behind awaited demolition









Workmen shifted boards from a ute into The Press front door.


16.11.12. Workmen shifting a board into The Press, Gloucester St. Demolition site & abandoned Camelot Hotel in S red zone beyond. Camelot Hotel would be demolished for Central Library rebuild

In the N red zone, Isaac Theatre Royal was being restored. The facade was boarded, nylon strapped & scaffolded. A side wall was braced with steel. The theatre auditorium was gutted, the stage & flies OK. I watched a digger moving rubble by the other side wall.


16.11.12. Gloucester St view of The Press left & Isaac Theatre Royal restoration, N red zone right


16.11.12. Isaac Theatre Royal restoration, Gloucester St, N red zone


 




The Press demolition site & Warners Hotel demolition site, near Novotel in the S red zone, became a car park. Beyond in the S red zone were Government Departmental Building, Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel, Cathedral Sq. A crane hoisted workmen in a crane box up to Novotel, being repaired.


16.11.12. Gloucester St view of The Press & Warners Hotel demolition sites car park to Worcester St. The Press left, Government Departmental Building, Heritage Hotel, Millennium Hotel middle, Novotel right




16.11.12. Gloucester St view of workmen in crane box hoisted to Novotel. Beyond: Government Departmental Building left, Heritage Hotel middle, Millennium Hotel right in S red zone




16.11.12. Gloucester St view of workmen in crane box hoisted to Novotel, S red zone


I wandered past The Gloucester, awaiting demolition in the N red zone. Behind was Forsyth Barr. CERA had wanted to open the red zone CBD in April, 7 months ago. The red zone CBD would only open in 2013, after 28 months' occupation by CERA. Abandoned high rises like Forsyth Barr blocked reopening. It wasn't "dysfunctional Council" holding up CBD recovery, it was CERA.


16.11.12. Gloucester St view of Novotel & abandoned Camelot Hotel, S red zone left. N red zone right. Camelot Hotel was demolished for the Central Library rebuild




16.11.12. Gloucester St view of abandoned Forsyth Barr, N red zone






16.11.12. The Gloucester awaiting demolition, N red zone, Gloucester St. The Gloucester arcade was demolished, first week Dec 2012

Post 22.02.11 quake, Council took 6 months to consult 1 000s of citizens in the Share an Idea scheme & came up with a CBD rebuild plan. CERA took the next 10 months to produce a 100 day concocted Blueprint for the CBD, filching Council green space ideas, City in a Garden & rejecting others like expensive light rail. CERA taking 10 months to repeat what Council did in 6 months was wasteful duplication & inefficiency by CERA.

Dithering CERA now concocted another 100 day building plan & bullied commercial property owners in CERA's green Frame to cheaply sell their land to the Crown. Not satisfied with land grabbing 7 000+ residential red zone properties, CERA now land grabbed Christchurch CBD. CERA's land grabbing in the CBD was guarded by NZDF soldiers at red zone checkpoints, paid for by NZ taxpayers. To date, Christchurch citizens were banned from their CBD for nearly 2 years.  

CERA Blueprinted CBD loss makers like Convention Centre & Stadium. CERA didn't say who'd maintain & operate those bldgs after construction. CERA had little ideas about injecting life & affordable housing into & around CERA's new CBD.

I wandered past abandoned Camelot Hotel in the S red zone to Gloucester St / Colombo St crossing. Cathedral Sq, NZDF checkpoint by Camelot Hotel, Colombo St: A soldier directed rubberneckers outside the cordon fence & contractors entering the S red zone. We'd endured soldiers & cops at CBD checkpoints ever since the 22.02.11 quake, 21 months ago. Christchurch Cathedral was abandoned, as before. When would CERA demolish asbestos riddled Government Life in Cathedral Sq?


16.11.12. Gloucester St view of abandoned Christchurch Cathedral, S red zone. Novotel left, abandoned Camelot Hotel right. The vehicles were contractors' vehicles.



16.11.12. Christchurch Cathedral NZDF checkpoint, S red zone, Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing. Abandoned Camelot Hotel left




16.11.12. Christchurch Cathedral, NZDF checkpoint view of abandoned Camelot Hotel left, Novotel right, Cathedral Sq, S red zone


16.11.12. NZDF checkpoint view of abandoned Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq, S red zone. Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel beyond


 






16.11.12. NZDF checkpoint view of quake trashed / demolished tower & W facade, abandoned Christchurch Cathedral. Chalice middle, cop kiosk right, Cathedral Sq



16.11.12. NZDF checkpoint view of NE Cathedral Sq, S red zone. Novotel left, Christchurch Cathedral north transept & Heritage Hotel right


16.11.12. Abandoned Government Life, Cathedral Sq, S red zone. Government Life was demolished



16.11.12. NZDF checkpoint hut & portaloo, cnr Colombo St / Gloucester St, S red zone


16.11.12. NZDF checkpoint, cnr Colombo St / Gloucester St, S red zone. Abandoned Camelot Hotel left, abandoned Christchurch Cathedral beyond 





Opposite Forsyth Barr & Cathedral Sq, Farmers multi storey car park was chomped by 2 diggers. Concrete rubble was heaped behind cordon fences & a heap of twisted, rusty steel lay on quake junk. All bldgs in the vicinity, like Chancery Ln bldgs, Farmers, Central Library & Victoria Square apartments, would be demolished for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Some of Gloucester St was also stolen for the Convention Centre, which would stretch from Victoria Sq to Cathedral Sq. For a small city like Christchurch, NZ govt's Blueprint Convention Centre was a waste of taxpayers' money. Never mind Christchurch hotels' conference facilities & Christchurch halls where conventions could be held.


16.11.12. Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing view of N red zone: Farmers car park demolition left, abandoned Isaacs House middle, abandoned Forsyth Barr right




16.11.12. Cnr Colombo St / Gloucester St view of Farmers multi storey car park demolition, N red zone. Victoria Square apartments awaited demolition behind























16.11.12. Gloucester St view of Farmers demolition rubble & abandoned Forsyth Barr, N red zone




16.11.12. Gloucester St view of Farmers multi storey car park demolition, N red zone







 


16.11.12. Gloucester St view of Farmers multi storey car park demolition & abandoned Forsyth Barr





16.11.12. Gloucester St view of Central Library awaiting demolition & Farmers Multi storey car park rubble. Both bldgs made way for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre



I wandered past a part demolished bldg on Gloucester St opposite Farmers demolition site. The bldg was gutted. Through the bldg, I saw workmen chomping their lunches on Cathedral Sq. The bldg would make way for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre.


16.11.12. Demolition gutted bldg, Gloucester St, S red zone. Government Life awaited demolition behind. The bldg would make way for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre





16.11.12. Gloucester St NE view of Isaac Theatre Royal restoration, N red zone. S red zone right


16.11.12. Gloucester St view of abandoned Government Life, awaiting demolition, Cathedral Sq, S red zone

Chancery Ln, Arcade shops decayed with broken windows & rubbish on the pavement behind S red zone cordon fencing. Weeds grew through paving stones in the arcade. Chancery Ln bldgs were demolished in 2015 to make way for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre.


16.11.12. Gloucester St view of quake trashed Arcade shop, Chancery Ln, S red zone











Opposite Chancery Ln, Central Library awaited demolition, weeds on the roof. A heap of leaves lay by the boarded front door & USAR / TF graffiti besmirched wall & windows. Central Library was demolished for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre.


16.11.12. Gloucester St view of Farmers demolition rubble & Isaac Theatre Royal restoration, N red zone


16.11.12. Central Library awaited demolition, Gloucester St, N red zone



16.11.12. USAR / TF graffiti by boarded Central Library door, Gloucester St, N red zone



16.11.12. USAR / TF graffiti, Central Library, cnr Gloucester St / Oxford Tce, N red zone



16.11.12. Cnr Gloucester St / Oxford Tce view of quake trashed Provincial Council, N red zone

I wandered past Brannigans demolition site to fence cordoned restaurants on Oxford Tce corner. A DANGER sign was on the S red zone cordon fence. I watched a workman carry a concrete disc from Our City restoration to his ute. Our City was propped by concrete blocks & steel bracing.

Images, quake damaged Oxford Tce:


16.11.12. Quake trashed restaurant awaited demolition, Oxford Tce, S red zone




16.11.12. Quake trashed Café Roma, Oxford Tce, S red zone. Abandoned Rydges Hotel behind

 

16.11.12. S red zone cordon fence, Oxford Tce. Our City restoration behind

Near fence cordoned Oxford Tce, I wandered along Avon River bank by the fence cordon, with a view of Clarendon Tower demolition in the S red zone & Our City restoration junk, stacked bricks, metal, a papered turret, in the Suffragette Memorial garden, to punters idling by the river. Three blokes wore boaters, waistcoats, white shirts & longs. No tourist punters. Our City by Worcester St Bridge was braced by concrete blocks & steel.


16.11.12. Oxford Tce view of abandoned Rydges Hotel & Clarendon Tower demolition, S red zone


16.11.12. Avon River bank view of Gloucester St Bridge. Craigs House awaited demolition in N red zone beyond


16.11.12. Avon River bank view of Cambridge Tce


16.11.12. Avon River bank view of Our City restoration junk, S red zone




16.11.12. Avon River bank view of Our City restoration junk by Suffragettes Monument, Oxford Tce, S red zone




16.11.12. Avon River bank view of Our City restoration, S red zone



16.11.12. Avon River punting. Worcester St Bridge & new Council bldg beyond




 



Gloucester St Bridge had a good view of quake trashed, Provincial Council, covered in tarps, awaiting restoration. School kids wandered across the bridge going to the red zone.

Images, quake damaged Gloucester St:
 

16.11.12. Gloucester St Bridge view of quake trashed Provincial Council, awaiting restoration, N red zone





16.11.12. Gloucester St Bridge upriver view of Our City restoration junk left & new Council bldg middle


16.11.12. School kids crossing Gloucester St Bridge. Landsborough House (URS House) awaited demolition right

Corner Gloucester St / Durham St Nth: Landsborough House (URS House) awaited demolition. (It was demolished a week later, within 48 hours). Opposite corner, another demolition site, an Espresso trailer sold coffee to passersby, near an advert festooned pissoir.


16.11.12. Landsborough House (URS House) awaiting demolition, cnr Gloucester St / Durham St Nth. A week later, URS House was demolished within 48 hours


16.11.12. Espresso coffee trailer & pissoir by demolition site, cnr Cambridge Tce / Gloucester St

Cambridge Tce: Kea Coffee Co trailer sold food to passersby. Months ago, I'd last seen the trailer on Theme Basics demolition site, corner Manchester St / St Asaph St.

Images, quake damaged Cambridge Tce & Worcester St Bridge:


16.11.12. Kea Coffee Co trailer, Cambridge Tce. By 2015 Kea Coffee Co trailer moved to closed Gloucester St Bridge



16.11.12. Cambridge Tce view of Avon River punting by Worcester St Bridge. Red zone beyond



16.11.12. Worcester St Bridge view of Cambridge Tce & Central Police, Hereford St. Central Police was imploded 30.05.15


Worcester St Bridge was fence cordoned with signs on the fence - WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH, EXTREME DANGER KEEP OUT, a Wizard poster, Save the Cathedral pics, CERA parking notices:

THIS AREA IS DESIGNATED
         AS PARKING FOR
       CERA EMERGENCY
RESPONSE VEHICLES ONLY


16.11.12. Signs on Worcester St Bridge fence cordon, S red zone









16.11.12. CERA vehicles obstructing Worcester St Bridge, S red zone. Our City & Rydges Hotel behind

Five CERA vehicles were parked on Worcester St Bridge, obstructing pedestrians. CERA boss Sutton scuttled up Worcester Blvd. Since when were CERA's unelected minions exempt from parking tickets by Council? There were enough Wilson car parks on demolition sites for CERA minions.

21.12.12. It took CERA weeks to accede they blocked public access to Worcester St Bridge & that the bridge was easiest access to punting, instead of Gloucester St Bridge further down river. Only on 21.12.12 was a bit of Worcester St Bridge opened for punters. If CERA continued to take that long to make simple decisions, CBD recovery was doomed by CERA. They only had till 2016 (5 year tenure post 22.02.11 quake) to sort out recovery, with other govt departments & expertise at CERA's disposal.

So far almost 2 years post 22.02.11 quake, CERA's recovery was a demolition derby, rather than a coordinated, well planned & designed rebuild, for the people by the people. The recovery so far was overseen by top-down, dictatorial, minority National govt, recovery minister Brownlee. CERA's General Manager Economic Recovery was leaving CERA. (CERA press release, Chief Executive update, 19 December 2012).   

By Cambridge Tce, I wandered along Avon River bank & watched a digger demolishing Clarendon Tower, Oxford Tce, in the S red zone.

Images, quake damaged Oxford Tce:


16.11.12. Cambridge Tce, Avon River bank view of Clarendon Tower demolition, Oxford Tce, S red zone







Oxford Tce, Restart Cashel Mall side: I looked at a Gap Filler, dance platform. ANZ bank was in a porta-cabin by Remembrance Arch. Besides Restart shipping container shops, since I'd last visited Restart, a shop had reopened & another was readied for reopening. Restart was buzzing with shoppers. Groups of school kids sang & made music for passersby.

Hereford St: Several abandoned bldgs in the S red zone cordon still had USAR / TF graffiti on walls & windows. Tete a Tete, old wooden Shands Emporium, wonky & wood braced, was ready for relocation, amidst demolition site car parks at Restart back entry.

In 2015 Shands Emporium relocated to Manchester St next to Trinity Church / Octagon Restaurant. At the same time CERA / CCDU wastefully demolished brand new Westende House to widen Manchester St.

Images, quake damaged Hereford St:


16.11.12. Hereford St Bridge view of Hereford St / Oxford Tce crossing. S red zone left



16.11.12. Oxford Tce view of Clarendon Tower demolition, S red zone. NZDF checkpoint hut left




16.11.12. E view, Hereford St. S red zone left


16.11.12. USAR / TF graffiti, Hereford St abandoned bldg






16.11.12. Hereford St, Tete a Tete, Shands Emporium awaiting relocation to Manchester St. Restart Cashel Mall demolition site car parks both sides



 


16.11.12. Demolition site car parks, Restart Cashel Mall back entry, Hereford St





Ibis Hotel, Hereford St, was recently opened, not much business went on there. Opposite Ibis Hotel, on a demolition site, a temporary astro turf football pitch was installed. A mural read:

 FOOTBALL      FOREVER       FOOTBALL        CHCH       FOREVER
                                               IN THE GAP
 
In the southern red zone I saw Holiday Inn demolition again. There were other demolition sites, like Hanafins, or bldgs awaiting demolition, like IBM. BNZ was part demolished due to asbestos hazard, then stayed abandoned for years, an eyesore. (Still abandoned in 2016). BNZ wasn't the only abandoned bldg on Cathedral Sq. Christchurch Cathedral ruin was abandoned, an eyesore for years. At that point my Samsung battery expired.


16.11.12. Post quake, reopened Ibis Hotel, Hereford St





16.11.12. Quake trashed, abandoned bldg, opp Ibis Hotel, Hereford St, S red zone



16.11.12. USAR / TF graffiti on quake trashed bldg, opp Ibis Hotel, Hereford St, S red zone

 


16.11.12. Temp football pitch on demolition site, opp Ibis Hotel, Hereford St


 

16.11.12. S red zone bldg, awaiting demolition, cnr Hereford St / Colombo St. Holiday Inn demolition right




16.11.12. Hereford St view of Holiday Inn demolition, S red zone



16.11.12. Demolition site football pitch, Hereford St. Colombo St bldg awaited demolition in S red zone beyond




16.11.12. Demolition site, football pitch view of S red zone, Hereford St / Colombo St / High St crossing. IBM awaited demolition left. BNZ part demolition in progress right. BNZ stayed part demolished for years


16.11.12. BNZ part demolition site left, Hanafins demolition site middle, Hereford St / Colombo St / High St crossing, S red zone


Images, quake damaged Colombo St:


16.11.12. Stook statue, cnr Colombo St / High St / Hereford St, S red zone

I wandered past Restart Cashel Mall shops to The Crossing, then wandered Colombo St, in a shipping container tunnel, past repairs to closed National Bank (merging with ANZ Bank) to Lichfield St crossing.

In a demolition site, Wilson car park, near the temporary Bus Exchange, I spotted a new gift shop in a porta-cabin. I also found porta-cabin, public toilets by Tuam Library.


17.11.12. Porta-cabin gift shop, demolition site car park, temporary Bus Exchange, cnr Colombo St / Tuam St

Near Mollett St, where 16 people died in the 22.02.11 quake, crushed by masonry fallen from old bldgs, I read Kirsty Dunn's poem on Beggs Music shop wall:

Amidst the shards of glass
      & twisted steel
   Beside the fallen brick
& scattered concrete
 we begin to understand
that there is beauty in the
                broken
Strangers do not live here
                anymore.

Beggs Music relocated to South City mall.


17.11.12. Kirsty Dunn's poem, Beggs Music shop mural, Colombo St / Mollett St junction


Corner Colombo St / St Asaph St: Tradestaff mural of bldgs, workers & greenery.


17.11.12. Demolition site & Tradestaff mural, cnr Colombo St / St Asaph St



Corner Colombo St / Tuam St: I HOPE CHRISTCHURCH WILL... blackboard mural. A good view of Holiday Inn demolition in the S red zone. 


17.11.12. Blackboard mural on demolition site, cnr Colombo St / Tuam St


17.11.12. Wilson demolition site car park view of Holiday Inn demolition, cnr Colombo St / Tuam St. Old Council bldg in S red zone right, awaited demolition for the new Bus Exchange





I wandered along Tuam St past the old Council bldg back to my car, S red zone cordon one side, green Frame the other side, with perfectly good bldgs to be bought by CCDU for its Blueprint.

Tuam St / Manchester St crossing: Odeon Theatre facade, propped by shipping containers, the rest of the old, brick theatre demolished. I wandered past demolition sites on S red zone Manchester St, with another good view of Holiday Inn demolition. Post quakes, on one Manchester St corner, EPIC Innovation, black & blue shed was built. An ugly building.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St:


17.11.12. Manchester St / Tuam St crossing view of Holiday Inn demolition, S red zone



17.11.12. Demolition site & post quake EPIC IT shed, cnr Tuam St / Manchester St 


CCDU boss Isaacs announced revamping of CBD roads, lots of cycleways & walkways. St Asaph St & Tuam St would be one-ways with widening of Manchester St & Tuam St. Kilmore St & Salisbury St would be two-ways, as traffic was less. The 30 km speed limit in the CBD meant faster traffic would damage new bldgs on Christchurch quake trashed, CBD swampland.

Fri 17.11.12. A special day. I returned to the S red zone CBD with Leah to complete pics I'd missed.

"I bet Charles & Camilla are in the red zone," I said. Instead of the usual 2 NZDF checkpoint soldier, I'd seen 3 NZDF soldiers at Colombo St / Cathedral Sq checkpoint. A senior cop also drove out of the red zone & chatted to a soldier.

Images, quake damaged Gloucester St:


17.11.12. Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing view of NZDF checkpoint by abandoned Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq, S red zone


Sure enough 4 motorbike, royal escort cops arrived & blocked traffic on Gloucester St, then goons in flash cars whizzed out of the S red zone. We didn't see Charles & Camilla then, but a soldier told us they were in the high van with dark windows which had just passed.


17.11.12. Police escort for Charles & Camilla royal visit, Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing, by Cathedral Sq NZDF checkpoint, S red zone





At Restart Cashell Mall we looked at the Oxford Tce dance platform, where dancers practised next to Rekindle's reclaimed wood furniture exhibit. Later Charles & Camilla danced with locals there. A Rekindle poster read:

Rekindle's mission is
to support communities
to utilize their wood
waste fully and in doing
so, maximize the benefit
of the purposeful work
involved.

Images, Restart Cashel Mall:


17.11.12. Oxford Tce dance platform, Restart Cashel Mall. Charles & Camilla danced with locals there



We joined the 4 000 odd crowd on Cashel Mall, the crowd thickening near The Crossing gate into the S red zone. Twinkle Toes giant digger demolished Holiday Inn in the red zone, while we waited for the royals to arrive.


17.11.12. Hereford St, demolition site car park, back entry to Restart shipping container shops, Cashel Mall


17.11.12. Post quake Restart shipping container shops, Restart Cashel Mall






17.11.12. Crowd awaiting Charles & Camilla royal visit, Restart Cashel Mall. Twinkle Toes giant digger demolished Holiday Inn beyond, S red zone


17.11.12. Twinkle Toes giant digger demolished Holiday Inn, Cashel Mall, S red zone





17.11.12. Crowd by Ballantynes awaiting arrival of Charles & Camilla, Restart Cashel Mall


17.11.12. Cashel Mall crowd by The Crossing, S red zone, awaiting arrival of Charles & Camilla. Twinkle Toes giant digger demolished Holiday Inn beyond


17.11.12. Cashel Mall view of Twinkle Toes giant digger demolished Holiday Inn, S red zone






17.11.12. Crowd on Restart Cashel Mall by The Crossing awaiting arrival of Charles & Camilla. Twinkle Toes giant digger demolished Holiday Inn beyond




17.11.12. CERA minister Brownlee mingling, while awaiting arrival of Charles & Camilla at The Crossing, Cashel Mall / Colombo St, S red zone 


17.11.12. Cashel Mall crowd by The Crossing awaiting arrival of Charles & Camilla. Twinkle Toes giant digger demolished Holiday Inn beyond






CERA minister Brownlee mingled. Cashel Mall crawled with uniformed & non uniformed cops. When Charles & Camilla entered Restart through the gate, Leah was the first to shake Camilla's hand. Led by a goon & Brownlee, the hand-shaking maul walked Cashel Mall towards Remembrance Arch.


17.11.12. Cops in Cashel Mall crowd awaiting arrival of Charles & Camilla from the S red zone





17.11.12. CERA minister Gerry Brownlee & goon leading royal party, Cashel Mall


17.11.12. Back to cam, Camilla mingling & hand-shaking, Restart Cashel Mall





17.11.12. Charles mingling & hand-shaking, Restart Cashel Mall





17.11.12. PM Key mingling & hand-shaking, Restart Cashel Mall



17.11.12. CERA boss Sutton mingling, Restart Cashel Mall


17.11.12. PM Key mingling, Restart Cashel Mall








I stood on a bench & got back shots of Camilla & a couple of close ups of Charles hand shaking. Brownlee, few paid attention to him, led down Cashel Mall, with cops & goons with curly wires sticking out their ears staying close to the royals. CERA boss Sutton scuttled by. PM Key came up in the rear.

"I like your tie," said Leah to Key. A nice blue tie. Leah wore blue too. That broadened Key's smile, his goon grinned too.


17.11.12. "I like your tie." PM Key mingling, Restart Cashel Mall

Nice for royals to mingle with peasants, paying for their royal holiday, while Twinkle Toes smashed Holiday Inn to smithereens. A pissoir poster with a Charles pic read:

Hey Charlie,
feel like joining
us in singing
our national
anthem today?

[Charles pic]

Or should a New Zealander be our next head of state?
 


17.11.12. Cashel Mall, The Crossing view of Twinkle Toes giant digger demolishing Holiday Inn, S red zone




Returning to our car on Tuam St, we saw the blue light brigade leaving the S red zone cordon via Colombo St & Lichfield, by the old, abandoned Bus Exchange.

Images of quake damaged Colombo St & Lichfield St:


17.11.12. Royal escort cops leaving the S red zone, Colombo St / Lichfield St crossing


21 months post 22.02.11 quake, occupying CERA opened Victoria Sq for peasants to visit.

I parked our car on Chester St West & we wandered past Pallet Pavilion on Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site. Brick paving at the back end of Victoria Sq was quake-buckled near the floral clock - no flowers yet, just dirt. Posters on a cordon fence read:

         OPENING
                    SOON!
CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE
WWW.GAPFILLER.ORG.NZ

           SIGN UP HERE!!!
             VOLUNTEER
       TO HELP BUILD THE
                    GAP
                  FILLER
SUMMER PALLET PAVILION

The Pallet Pavilion was a Gap Filler initiative, constructed & deconstructed by volunteers, which lasted more than a year, December 2012 - April 2014. Social activities were held at the Pallet Pavilion on Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, corner Kilmore St / Durham St Nth. It was the only new construction on my walk, piles of blue CHEP pallets. So much for CERA recovery.

Images, quake damaged Kilmore St:


17.11.12. Pallet Pavilion, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St Nth


We wandered across a little tarmac causeway, fencing either side, like Christchurch citizens who'd survived 12 000 quakes over the last 2 years, would damage Victoria Sq more than the quakes had. Victoria Bridge survived the quakes. A N red zone cordon fence by Town Hall back entrance had an EXTREME DANGER sign on it. The Dandelion Fountain by Avon River wasn't working, weeds grew below. Brick stairs to the Town Hall door were buckled. Quake damaged Town Hall had boarded windows.

Images, quake damaged Victoria Sq:


17.11.12. N red zone cordon fence, by quake trashed Christchurch Town Hall, Victoria Sq


17.11.12. Quake survivor, Victoria Bridge, Victoria Sq


17.11.12. Victoria Sq view of quake trashed Christchurch Town Hall & Dandelion Fountain, not working, by Avon River


17.11.12. Quake trashed Dandelion Fountain & quake buckled steps going to quake trashed Christchurch Town Hall




We wandered Colombo St, N red zone fence cordon, past demolition sites, to Colombo St / Armagh St crossing. Winnie Bagoes was gone, a pile of twisted reinforcement steel on the demolition site.


17.11.12. Victoria Sq view of twisted steel heap on Winnie Bagoes demolition site, cnr Colombo St / Armagh St, N red zone. Abandoned BNZ right, awaited demolition




17.11.12. Victoria Sq view of abandoned Forsyth Barr left & abandoned National Bank (merged with ANZ) / Isaac House, cnr Colombo St / Armagh St, N red zone




17.11.12. Victoria Sq view of Colombo St demolition truck by Forsyth Barr


17.11.12. Victoria Sq view of Forsyth Barr, cnr Colombo St / Armagh St, N red zone

Abandoned Forsyth Barr loomed over Victoria Sq & Queen Victoria, Boer War statue, remembering Canatabrians killed by Boers & mostly by enteric fever. Victoria wasn't amused at CERA's slow demolitions & Forsyth Barr spoiling her view.


17.11.12. Queen Victoria Boer War Statue, Victoria Sq. Forsyth Barr beyond


CERA's red zone cordon around Victoria Sq cordoned Christchurch citizens away from the CERA occupied CBD. Whereas queen Victoria's empire troops cordoned 1 000s of Boer War women, children, POWs & blacks in concentration camps in SA & elsewhere in her empire, like Ceylon.
 

17.11.12. Queen Victoria Boer War Statue, Victoria Sq




17.11.12. Demolition trucks, Armagh St by Victoria Sq, N red zone

Demolition trucks were parked behind cordon fencing on Colombo St & Armagh St. People wandered Victoria Sq, glad to see greenery instead of drab demolition dust. Victorians had shown the way with green spaces - Victoria Sq, Latimer Sq, Cranmer Sq, Hagley Park.

An old woman stood before abandoned Victoria Square flats, talking to her family. It was the first time she'd seen her abandoned flat since the Feb 22 quake. Victoria Square flats & next door Craigs House would be demolished for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre.


17.11.12. Abandoned Victoria Square flats & abandoned Craigs House, Armagh St, by Victoria Sq, N red zone. The bldgs were demolished for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre


We returned to our car via Armagh St Bridge, opened for the royal visit. Pity citizens had to wait so long for CERA & Council to wake up.


17.11.12. Armagh St Bridge view of Craigs House, Victoria Square flats & Forsyth Barr by Victoria Sq. Craigs  House & Victoria Square flats were demolished for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre

We crossed Durham St Methodist Church demolition site, where 3 people died in the Feb 22 quake. Street art hung on a wall, remembering the dead. A circular art work read:

6.3 MAG  *  22.02.11  *  12.51 PM  *  R.I.P. 185  *

Across Chester St West, Radio New Zealand was being demolished.

Images, quake damaged Durham St Nth:


17.11.12. Street art by Methodist Church demolition site, Durham St Nth







17.11.12. Radio New Zealand demolition, cnr Chester St West / Durham St Nth

All we saw in the S red zone CBD cordon was closed, damaged bldgs, abandoned since the 22.02.11 quake, NZDF checkpoints & hundreds of dusty demolition sites on quake trashed swampland. The CBD red zone was a demolition dead zone, empty, no life, no commerce.

National govt reined in mayor Parker's crackpot schemes, like light rail; Council wanting to own, quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral; relocating Canterbury University campus back to the CBD to return youth to the demolished CBD; all councillors voting in favour of saving quake trashed Town Hall, without ascertaining ground conditions via Tonkin & Taylor land reports.

No one reined in National govt's / CERA's Blueprint for the demolished CBD - roofed Stadium, Convention Centre, Metro Sports Facility, green Frame... Labour was useless, squabbles between leader David Shearer & wannabe leader David Cunliffe. The only Labour MP showing gumption was Dalziel, speaking up for quake trashed eastern suburbs.

NZ govt's / CCDU's E & S green Frames, bordering CERA's shrunken CBD, were a means to take land from CBD property owners. While National govt tried selling national assets, National govt tried taking property assets from Christchurch citizens. Mad govt schemes paid for by ratepayers & taxpayers.

The green Frame idea, according to CCDU boss Issacs, was that the green Frame would maintain value of CERA reduced CBD land. Codswallop, as there was lots of viable CBD land / businesses outside CCDU's so-called core CBD, extending to the 4 Avenues & beyond. CCDU just manipulated citizens' desires for a City in a Garden.

National govt hadn't even said what it would do with 7 000+ red zone, residential properties it had land-grabbed in quake trashed suburbs.

EQC still dithered with TC3 land drilling & slow repairs. Mainland Press, EQC announcement 29.11.12:

"When will claims be settled?

Our promise is that worst damaged homes will be repaired by the end of 2013. All other homes will be repaired by the end of 2015.

All claims for land damage will be settled by the end of 2014 at the latest."

So EQC expected some owners of badly damaged homes to slum it for nearly 3 years post 22.02.11 quake & owners of less damaged homes to slum it for longer, up to 5 years post 22.02.11 quake. EQC boss Simpson was recently given a $70 000 raise for running EQC. 

Never mind squabbles with insurers, Ministry of Education proposed changes to Christchurch schools, slow road & bridge repairs by SCIRT, power struggles over taxpayers' & ratepayers' dollars by Council & CERA.

Coda: Mar 2016, five years post 22.02.11 quake. CERA had almost reached its expiry date, to be replaced by Regenerate Christchurch, another govt entity. CERA's Blueprint rebuild was slow in Christchurch CBD. Margaret Mahy Family Playground was in the green Frame. The Convention Centre demolition site was a fence cordoned site, no Convention Centre rebuild, yet. Christchurch Cathedral was still ruined & cordoned. The Cardboard Cathedral functioned by Latimer Sq. Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Barbadoes St, would be part restored.

Victoria Sq was surrounded by demolition sites. Victoria Bridge & nearby Gloucester St Bridge were being restored by SCIRT. Town Hall was being restored, the Dandelion Fountain gone. Other roads & bridges were being repaired by SCIRT. Christchurch roads generally were an appalling, bumpy & patched mess.

The new Bus Exchange operated between Lichfield St & Tuam St. Further W between those streets, the Justice & Emergency Services precinct was being built. Some of New Regent St, Cathedral Junction & some Cathedral Sq hotels did business. New office blocks were going up on Restart Cashel Mall like The Terraces, BNZ & ANZ. A new parking garage was going up near The Crossing. New office blocks were already built on Cambridge Tce, Durham St Nth, Victoria St & High St. Provincial Council bldg awaited restoration. Christchurch Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd, was being restored.

CERA left many dusty, demolition sites in its core CBD, some grass patches in its green Frame. CERA had "taken" many private business sites in its core CBD for its Blueprint anchor projects. Many CBD businesses had relocated to the suburbs away from CERA's CBD stranglehold.

Most of the 7 000+ residential red zone houses were demolished by CERA. Insurers & EQC still expediently bumbled along regarding house claims: 5 500 repairs had to be redone due to Fletchers shoddy repairs. 4 500 house insurance repair / rebuild claims were still unresolved due to EQC's slow overcap $100 000 decisions. NZ govt did nothing about the EQC's & insurers' deny, delay, defend mess. The Press 08.03.16 reported that EQC's 2010-11 claims inspections of drains (sewage & storm water pipes) were shoddy & 2 500 drain claims needed review. The were calls by the public & opposition MPs like Megan Woods for an Inquiry into EQC's ineptness.

Content & pics Copyright mark JS Esslemont.

See Crown eyes 104 CBD properties (The Press / Stuff Co).

See EQC Chief Executive Ian Simpson gets $70 000 pay rise (The Press / Stuff Co).

See CERA Chief Executive update, 19 December 2012 (CERA media releases).

See Christchurch then and now (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Gapfiller, Pallet Pavilion.

See Dodgy drains to get review (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Regenerate Christchurch agency confirmed 25 September 2015 (CERA).