Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fourteen Avon River Bridges & Red Zone CBD Buggery











Tues 08.01.13. Christchurch was in a state of buggery. Sept 2012, CERA minister Brownlee complained about TC3 home owners having time to "buggerize around on Facebook all day... I'm a TC3 resident myself and I'm sick of these people carping and moaning."

1. It was time to see Christchurch CBD, one-span bridges & how they were affected by quakes & CERA's red zoning. I parked my a car at Botanic Gardens car park by Avon River & back-tracked to look at Armagh St Bridge, 1885, by Hagley Park. Several Avon River bridges were built in the 1880s & Victorians built durable stone structures with cast iron balustrades. Thereafter CBD bridges declined in durability. Quakes sorted out strong bridges from weak bridges.

Despite quake damages, most bridges were still used by the public. So much for CERA, SCIRT & Council valuing public safety.

Images, quake damaged Armagh St & Botanic Gdns:


08.01.13. Wood braced, brick bldg, Armagh St. Armagh St Bridge by Hagley Park beyond

By the bridge on Rolleston Ave, an advert board trumpeted the annual Buskers Festival in Hagley Park. The bridge looked OK & was well used by foot & vehicle traffic to Hagley Park & Botanic Gardens. One of the bridge stone posts, weighing a couple of tons, was swivelled by quakes. Quakes swivelled stone obelisks in Christchurch cemeteries too.


08.01.13. Armagh St Bridge by Hagley Park, cnr Armagh St / Rolleston Ave



19.01.13. Juggling unicyclist, Buskers Festival, Hagley Park 


 


Flashback: Red zone, NZDF cordon soldiers, seated by the bridge, chatting up chicks at dusk, post 22.02.11 quake.

Looking down Armagh St into the red zone CBD, lots of demolitions had happened since the quakes, including PWC high rise, gone, demolished. Forsyth Barr high rise stood alone, while insurer & owner dithered. CERA for all its Blueprint big talk had little effect on insurer delays.

2. Botanic Gardens Footbridge by the car park. Holiday season, well used. Bridge was briefly closed post 22.02.11 quake for inspection.


08.01.13. Botanic Gdns Footbridge by car park, Hagley Park


In the pond, by Botanic Gardens information kiosk, stood Hector Zamora's ugly, boxy, metal sculpture, rescued from a Victoria Sq exhibition. Cultural crap.


08.01.13. Hector Zamora sculpture, Christchurch Botanic Gdns



 
3. Botanic Gardens Footbridge by the bandstand & daffodil garden below oaks. Well used, Wasn't closed during quakes & beyond.


08.01.12. Christchurch Botanic Gdns, Rose Gdn


08.01.13. Botanic Gdns Footbridge, nr Hagley Park bandstand

4. Christchurch Hospital Bridge, Rolleston Ave / Cashel St junction. Bridge well used by Hagley Park lovers & hospital. The modern, concrete bridge survived the quakes well.

Images, quake damaged Rolleston Ave:


08.01.13. Hospital Bridge, Rolleston Ave / Cashel St junction

5. Antigua St Footbridge, 1901, between Cambridge Tce & Antigua St, by Antigua Boat Shed. Bridge was cordon closed since the 22.02.11 quake. Huge diagonal crack on concrete abutment, Antigua St side. The footbridge was later repaired.


08.01.13. Antigua St Footbridge, by Antigua Boat Shed


 


I wandered along Cambridge Tce beneath lindens, London planes & chestnut trees & snapped USAR / TF graffiti on a couple of quake closed bldgs.

Images, quake damaged Cambridge Tce:


08.01.13. Quake closed, boarded bldg, Cambridge Tce


08.01.13. USAR / TF graffiti, tagging & yellow stickered, boarded bldg, Cambridge Tce



6. Montreal St Bridge, 1965. Modern concrete bridge. After post quake inspections, daily one-way, northbound heavy usage. Pavement tar seal repairs at span / abutment joins.


08.01.13. Cambridge Tce view of Montreal St Bridge


08.01.13. Cambridge Tce view of quake damaged, Central Police right. Central Police was imploded, 30.05.15

7. Durham St South Bridge, 1976. Modern concrete bridge. After post quake inspections, daily one-way, southbound heavy usage. Like South Brighton Bridge, Durham St South Bridge rotated horizontal-clockwise in the 22.02.11 quake, displacing the concrete span 2-5 cms.

Looking over bridge handrails, bridge displacement was seen at span / abutment joins. Quake wrinkled tar was also on road joins between span / abutments. Up river Cambridge Tce side, a span / abutment join was concrete spalled, with reinforcement steel exposed & rusting.


08.01.13. Durham St South Bridge, northwards view. Central Police left. Central Police was imploded, 30.05.15


08.01.13. Road surface, quake rotated join between abutment & span, Durham St South Bridge



08.01.13. Quake rotated join between abutment & span, Durham St South Bridge





08.01.13. Concrete spalling & quake rotation between abutment & span, Durham St South Bridge, Cambridge Tce side





08.01.13. Oxford Tce view of Durham St South Bridge. Central Police & Council bldg beyond. Central Police was imploded, 30.05.15

8. Bridge of Remembrance, 1923-24, WW Memorial Footbridge to Cashell Mall. A dangerous bridge, fence cordon closed to pedestrians since the 22.02.11 quake. Cambridge Tce side, brick walls & steps were displaced by quakes. Cracks in bridge stonework: cracked abutment & cracked wing wall, Cambridge Tce side, cracked side arches supporting stone lions. Bridge of Remembrance was restored.


08.01.13. Cambridge Tce view of Quake damaged, fence cordoned, Bridge of Remembrance











Images, quake damaged Oxford Tce:


08.01.13. Oxford Tce view of quake damaged, fence cordoned Bridge of Remembrance













08.01.13. Bridge of Remembrance view of Restart Cashel Mall


Flashback: 3 cops climbing broken steps of Bridge of Remembrance, going into the forbidden red zone, post 22.02.11 quake. Citizens forbidden.

9. Hereford St Bridge, 1938, Art Deco. Opened since late 2011 when Restart Cashel Mall began, used by vehicle & foot traffic. Quake cracked concrete by abutments & wing walls, Cambridge Tce & Oxford Tce sides. Cracked concrete balustrades. I guessed all the pre-quakes, heavy traffic on one-way Cambridge Tce had weakened Hereford St Bridge & Bridge of Remembrance.

Images, quake damaged Hereford St:


08.01.13. Oxford Tce view of workmen by Hereford St Bridge. Clarendon Tower demolition site beyond



08.01.13. Oxford Tce view of quake damaged Hereford St Bridge

 




 


08.01.13. Hereford St Bridge, western view of Hereford St. Central Police left, Council bldg right. Central Police was imploded 30.05.15


08.01.13. Hereford St Bridge, eastern view of red zone Hereford St. Entrance to Restart Cashell Mall through demolition site right

Flashback: NZDF soldier checkpoint at red zone, cordon fence, Oxford Tce side, post 22.02.11 quake.

10. Worcester St Bridge, 1885. Still fence cordon closed, Our City restoration side. Views beyond the cordon fence into red zone Cathedral Sq, still closed & inaccessible to public. CERA still parked vehicles on the bridge, no longer blocking public access to punting, but parking up river side.

So far CERA had buggered over 7 000+ red zone, residential properties, 28 000 TC3, residential properties & 100s of commercial properties. CERA's offspring SCIRT buggered infrastructure & the CCDU Blueprint buggerized the CBD with anchor projects, precincts, Frames & road widening.

What was the point of building a loss maker Convention Centre when hotels & halls were unused in Christchurch? As tourists weren't flocking to Christchurch maraes, what was the point of buggarizing Victoria Sq with a Maori Cultural Centre? What was the point of moving the legal precinct from Victoria Sq to Tuam St, making a cop / legal monstrosity?

What was the point of a loss maker, covered stadium between Barbadoes St & Madras St, when there were already viable stadiums in Christchurch? What was the point of a Moorhouse Ave, Metro Sports Facility when Hagley Park was close by? There were other sports facilities in Christchurch, in need of quake repairs.

What was the point of a drama / library precinct on Gloucester St, when Central Library & Town Hall looked OK? What was the point of demolishing viable businesses for a green Frame? What was the point of naming Cathedral Sq "The Square"? While I'm moaning why did CCDU have the risible tautology - Blueprint Plan?

Weekend Press 30-31.03.13 reported that rebuilt Westende House would be demolished, corner Manchester St / Worcester St, for CCDU's Manchester St widening. Post 04.09.10 quake, Westende House was media ground zero, many TV & media pics there. For CCDU boss Isaacs to demolish brand new Westende House was madness, while eastern suburbs endured Third World squalor more than 2 years post 22.02.11 quake.  

Images, quake damaged Worcester St Bridge:


08.01.13. Cambridge Tce view of quake cordoned Worcester St Bridge. Our City restoration & abandoned Rydges Hotel, red zone beyond


08.01.13. Worcester St Bridge view of Worcester St / Cambridge Tce crossing by Harleys


08.01.13. CERA vehicles on quake cordoned Worcester St Bridge & view into the forbidden red zone







08.01.13. Oxford Tce view of Avon punters by Worcester St Bridge. Central Police bldg middle, Council bldg right. Central Police was imploded 30.05.15


Flashbacks: Cops & NZDF soldiers guarding the fence cordoned, Worcester St Bridge post 04.09.10 quake. Three cops snapping pics of quake damaged bldgs on Worcester Blvd.

11. Gloucester St Bridge, 1886. Open since CERA divided the CBD red zone into north & south red zones. Concrete spalling at upriver span / abutment join, Cambridge Tce side & wing wall, Oxford Tce side. Concrete cracks on downriver stonework. Red zone, cordon fencing blocked Oxford Tce by closed Central Library & a fence cordon blocked Provincial Council restoration.

Images, quake damaged Gloucester St Bridge:


08.01.13. Oxford Tce view of quake damaged Gloucester St Bridge. Abandoned red zone bldgs beyond - Craigs House left, Victoria Square middle, Forsyth Barr right. Craigs House & Victoria Square were demolished








08.01.13. Gloucester St Bridge view of Provincial Council restoration in red zone

Flashbacks: NZDF soldiers crossing, to do cordon duties & cops & NZDF soldiers checkpointing Oxford Tce junction, post 04.09.10 quake. Checkpoint hut by the bridge & cops & NZDF soldiers checking vehicle access for the red zone, post 22.02.11 quake. Town Crier chatting to a cop directing traffic by Durham St Nth corner.

12. Armagh St Bridge, 1883, by Victoria Sq. Red zone, cordon fencing by Provincial Council & high rises along Armagh St & Victoria Sq. Holes in bridge road with exposed pipes, downriver side. It was impossible to see other damage (?) due to cordon fencing both sides of bridge & vegetation obscuring bridge sides.

Images, quake damaged Armagh St:
 

08.01.13. Armagh St Bridge view of Provincial Council props in red zone




08.01.13. Armagh St Bridge view of abandoned red zone bldgs: Provincial Council restoration right. Highrises - Craigs House, Victoria Square, Forsyth Barr beyond. Craigs House & Victoria Square were demolished

 



08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of abandoned red zone high rises: Forsyth Barr left, Victoria Square middle, Craigs House right. Victoria Square & Craigs House were demolished



CERA recently crowed about buying Craigs House, glassy high rise in Victoria Sq, for its Blueprint Convention Centre. So far CERA hadn't said who would build or own the Convention Centre, or who would pay the $300m - $500m ballooning costs?

What stopped any CBD hotel becoming a Convention Centre? - Latimer Hotel? Ibis Hotel? Heritage Hotel? Millennium Hotel? Rendezvous Hotel? Novotel? Rydges Hotel? The George Hotel? 

Excepting Latimer Hotel, a rebuild, The George Hotel, trading near Hagley Park & recently reopened Ibis Hotel, the rest of the above mentioned hotels were closed & useless in CERA's forbidden CBD red zone. The Hotels had been closed for nearly 2 years, some being repaired.

A bridge view showed Craigs House had a distinct tilt southwards, when compared to verticals on neighbouring Victoria Square high rise & Forsyth Barr high rise in the red zone beyond. Victoria Square high rise was northwards tilted. Death row bldgs, Craigs House & Victoria Square were demolished to make way for NZ govt's / CCDU's Convention Centre

Flashback: NZDF soldiers guarding red zone, cordon fence, corner Armagh St & Durham St Nth. View of slack cops seated on plastic chairs in red zone cordon, by Durham St Methodist Church ruin, after 3 people died there in the 22.02.11 quake.

CERA's Blueprint included a CBD riverside park from Christchurch Hospital to Fitzgerald Ave, costing up to $100 million, design cost $3 million. (Weekend Press 26-27.01.13). A rip off as most of the CBD riverside park was already there, long before quakes. As usual CERA was shy as to who would pay - taxpayers, ratepayers, or both?

Meanwhile CERA / NZ govt hadn't responded to the 18 500 signature petition about a proposed AVON / Otakaro Park through demolished, riverside, residential red zones, from the CBD to Avon-Heathcote Estuary. What would happen to all that ex-residential, riverside land, land-grabbed by NZ govt?

Later on, NZ govt would resell land grabbed land "surplus to requirements" in the Frame & residential red zone to make a profit on land grabbed land. The rest of NZ watched National govt's greed, at landowners' expense, unfolding without protest.


08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of Avon punters by Armagh St Bridge. Provincial Council restoration beyond


Punters drifted by, blokes wearing Edwardian boaters & rattling punting poles through Avon sludge. None of the bridges under which they slogged were Edwardian. A rock by Avon River had a plaque extolling cultural cringe amongst Avon willows, a French settler, Napoleon & St Helena.

The walk beside Avon River was full of exotic trees with bronze plaques, dead mayors' names inscribed on bridges, regimental plaques (Bridge of Remembrance), Hiroshima - Nagasaki atrocities plaque, statue to a Kiwi VC soldier with plaque & more...  

CERA touted cultural fascism: Ngai Tahu taking over post quake Victoria Sq by means of a CERA proposed Ngai Tahu Te Puna Ahurea Cultural Centre. What next? Maori bridges connecting quake ruins in CBD raupo swamps?

Pity CERA didn't consult Christchurch Asian communities. Where I lived at Burnside - Avonhead, there were many more Asians than Maori. In fact there was no consultation with communities regarding NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint for Christchurch CBD. It was just top down buggery by NZ National govt.

As bicultural Sir Mark Solomon was cosy with CERA, it was time Solomon asked why CERA was so slack with eastern suburb repairs? Take a drive along Travis Rd, or Pages Rd, or New Brighton Rd to New Brighton Solomon. You'll see bugger all done in eastern suburbs to repair roads & housing properly. Many people there including Maori were existing in post quake slums.

Better still leave your car & walk. Look at Wainoni, Aranui, Dallington, Burwood, Bexley, New Brighton, Southshore, not teeming with CERA workers. Drive or walk along the crap causeway to Redcliffs & Sumner Solomon. Was Solomon cosying up to CERA to cheaply buy red zone, Avon riverside land for Ngai Tahu bicultural troughers? 

Fri-Sun 18-20.01.13. PM Key, who'd swooned at a Merivale restaurant & Sir Solomon flew to Antarctic for 3 days, returning Shakleton's 3 whiskey bottles & erecting a Maori statue.

Images, quake damaged Victoria Sq:


08.01.13. St Helena willows plaque & Avon punters, Victoria Sq



08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of Forsyth Barr in forbidden red zone

12. Victoria Bridge, 1863-64, widened - 1885, Victoria Sq. Survived the quakes. Town Hall beyond was a poor survivor, red zone, fence cordon closed, dandelion fountain not functioning, weedy, brick steps tilted by the Town Hall door.

Victoria Bridge & Town Hall were repaired in 2016.


08.01.13. Victoria Bridge, quake survivor, Victoria Sq. Quake trashed Town Hall in forbidden red zone right








08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of quake trashed Town Hall by dandelion fountain & Avon River, forbidden red zone. Town Hall was repaired in 2016




08.01.13. Maori totem pole, Victoria Sq & quake trashed Town Hall by Avon River in forbidden red zone. The totem pole was removed. Town Hall was repaired in 2016

13. Colombo St Bridge, 1902, by the Town Hall. Quake buckled iron arch, upriver side. Red zone, fence cordon closed along Colombo St & Victoria Sq. Demolition vehicles were parked on Colombo St, by abandoned Copthorne Hotel, later demolished. Wooden tables & chairs still stood on the balcony, customers fled 2 years ago in the 22.02.11 quake. Many demolition sites in the red zone, ghastly gaps.

Images, quake damaged Colombo St:


08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of quake damaged Colombo St Bridge





08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of red zone, truck shower (to lay dust) & demolition sites, Colombo St. Abandoned Ernst & Young beyond was demolished


08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of abandoned Copthorne Hotel, awaiting demolition & Forsyth Barr, Colombo St, forbidden red zone





08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of demolition truck by Copthorne Hotel, awaiting demolition, Colombo St, forbidden red zone

Queen Victoria Boer War statue glared at car tyres dumped on red zone Armagh St pavement & USAR / TF graffiti on cordoned bldgs. I snapped pics down quake trashed, fence cordoned Colombo St: Forsyth Barr high rise (collapsed stairwells) & Christchurch Cathedral, NZDF checkpointed, cordoned ruin.

Images, quake damaged Victoria Sq:


08.01.13. Queen Victoria Boer War Statue, Victoria Sq. Abandoned Victoria Square apartments in forbidden red zone beyond. Victoria Square apartments were demolished for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre


08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of Forsyth Barr in forbidden red zone. Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left


08.01.13 Victoria Sq S view down Colombo St into the forbidden red zone. Forsyth Barr & Camelot Hotel left. Camelot Hotel was demolished for Central Library rebuild. Christchurch Cathedral ruin beyond. Isaac House / National Bank right


08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of Camelot Hotel & Christchurch Cathedral ruin in forbidden red zone. Camelot Hotel was demolished for Central Library rebuild


08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of tyre rubbish by Farmers, Armagh St pavement, forbidden red zone. Farmers was demolished for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre




08.01.13. Weedy pavement, Victoria Square apartments, forbidden red zone. Victoria Square apartments were demolished for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre


08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of Victoria Square apartments & Craigs House in forbidden red zone. Victoria Square apartments & Craigs House were demolished for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre

Near the Court House, the floral clock behind cordon fencing looked good. Pallet Pavilion (Gap Filler initiative) on Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site looked good. Demolition sites were all around Kilmore St / Victoria St / Durham St Nth crossing. Restaurants bldg, a demolition in progress, corner Kilmore St / Durham St Nth. Town Hall was isolated by demolition sites & Victoria Sq / Colombo St cordon. Radio NZ was a demolition in progress, corner Durham St Nth / Chester St West.
 

08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of fence cordoned walkway going to Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site


08.01.13. Victoria Sq view of fence cordoned floral clock & Court House


08.01.13. Fence cordoned walkway going to Victoria Sq from Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site. Abandoned Forsyth Barr beyond

Images, quake damaged Kilmore St:


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


 

08.01.13. Pallet Pavilion view of Forsyth Barr left, Salvation Army bldg middle (soon demolished) & Court House right, in forbidden red zone


08.01.13. Pallet Pavilion view of Copthorne Hotel & Riverlands House demolition sites, Durham St Nth / Kilmore St / Victoria St crossing. Christchurch Casino right



08.01.13. Pallet Pavilion view of Gap Filler hut middle & Town Hall in forbidden red zone right



08.01.13. Pallet Pavilion view of restaurants demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St Nth


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



Images, quake damaged Durham St Nth:


08.01.13. Pallet Pavilion view of Salvation Army bldg left (soon demolished) & Radio NZ demolition site, cnr Durham St Nth / Chester St West


08.01.13. Rotary pansies in tyre, demolition site car park, cnr Durham St Nth / Armagh St



Generally, Victorian steel & concrete bridges withstood quakes better than later bridges. I guess Victorians used more durable steel & concrete.

SCIRT repairs to bridges were slow. On several bridges, quakes caused concrete to spall or crack, revealing reinforcement steel. Concrete damages allowed air & moisture in, which rusted reinforcement steel, further weakening bridges.

CERA's hypocrisy: CERA allowed 1 000s of citizens to use quake damaged bridges daily along Avon River to Avon - Heathcote Estuary, yet for 2 years+ CERA occupied & fence cordoned Christchurch CBD with NZDF checkpoints, forbidding citizens' entry.

Never mind more quake damaged bridges used by citizens. Damaged concrete & steel reinforced piers, X steel braced Moorhouse Ave over bridge sprang to mind. I drove that way on weekly shopping trips & was spooked at Colombo St traffic lights, by Rebel, the over bridge looming over me. Two years post 22.02.11 quake, it was still steel braced & dangerous, used by 1 000s of motorists.

SCIRT repaired Moorhouse Ave over bridge in 2015-16.

Images, quake damaged Moorhouse Ave:


08.01.13. Feb 22 quake damaged Moorhouse Ave over bridge, Moorhouse Ave / Colombo St crossing



08.01.13. Post 22.02.11 quake steel bracing of Moorhouse Ave over bridge


Due to slow demolitions & as CERA still hogged Worcester St Bridge & Colombo St Bridge cordons, red zone, closed entries to Cathedral Sq, that didn't bode well for CERA trumpeted mid year 2013 opening of the CBD red zone. There were already too many broken deadlines for zonings by CERA. Despite CBD bridges connections, CERA disconnected with citizens.


08.01.13. Feb 22 quake trashed piers & steel bracing, Moorhouse Ave over bridge




 



Since the 22.02.11 quake, national state of emergency, CERA adopted the Civil Defence, militarized mind set, with a NZDF cordoned, checkpointed, demolition / rebuild zone in the CBD. Citizens banned.


08.01.13. Feb 22 quake damaged piers & steel bracing, Moorhouse Ave over bridge







CERA minister Brownlee antagonized heritage buffs & called mayor Parker a clown. CERA co-opted Council workers & did little to increase EQC efficiency & curb insurers' manipulations of insurance pay outs for residential rebuilds or repairs. Latest CERA deadline to complete all residential rebuilds or repairs - 2016.

That sentenced 1 000s to slum living in quake damaged housing for years. Never mind fire hazards from red zone demolition waste & overgrown gardens; crap repairs & health hazards, like hiding damaged roof asbestos behind boards.

CERA made cheapskate Crown offers, based on 2007 rateable value, to over 7 000 residential red zoners, enabling NZ National govt to land grab vast tracts of red zone land & enabling insurers to manipulate contractual obligations with low offers & slow pay outs to red zoners.

Latest shafting reported by The Press, 14.01.13, was that after insurer pay outs on quake damaged homes, land speculators were buying written off properties for cash (quake trashed, sold housing no longer insurable or mortgageable) & putting tenants in quake trashed housing, while speculating on land prices.

So much for Brownlee's "market" sorting out post quakes, overpriced housing & rentals. Christchurch Employers' Chamber of Commerce boss Townsend said last year, he could "smell the money" when referring to investment money pouring into Christchurch CBD rebuild.

Townsend was quiet when Christchurch was flooded by illegal immigrants & foreigners, like Irish & Filipinos, wanting to cash in on rebuild work. Never mind Kiwi unemployed.

As for politician Don Brash recommending turning a blind eye on illegal rebuild workers in Christchurch, as his sister's Christchurch house still needed quake repairs, Brash was a fool. (The Press 21.01.13). Brash's comment mocked legal migrants like myself, who'd jumped many NZIS hoops to get NZ residence, at great personal cost.

Brash should look at SA to see what happened when millions of illegals flooded in from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia, Congo...

If CERA, insurers, EQC & Fletcher pulled fingers, all residential repairs could've been completed by now, almost 2 years post 22.02.11 quake & more than a year post Xmas quake swarm 2011. Instead CERA / EQC / Fletcher said house repairs would be completed by 2015!

Post 22.02.11 quake, cops whipped up hysteria about looters. The only looter I perceived was CERA - looting red zone residential properties & looting old & new CBD properties, with unnecessary demolitions for its Blueprint Frame.

Thurs 17.01.13. 12.55 pm, 3.3 mag quake, 6 km depth, 15 km E of Christchurch (Geonet). I didn't feel the quake at Burnside, but Luke who was staying a couple of days at South New Brighton said the quake shook his girlfriend's house. Over the 2 days he also felt 4 more quakes not mentioned by Geonet. It wasn't the first time we felt more quakes than reported by Geonet. The Christmas quake swarm 23.12.11 sprang to mind.

The Press published a figure of 11 000 quakes since the 04.09.10 quake. That figure had been quoted for months. So much for seismic expertise & journalistic sourcing.

Sat 19.01.13. 9.15. pm, 4.6 mag quake, 12 km depth, 15 km SW of Christchurch (Geonet). Waved by & shook our lounge pot plants.

Content & pics, Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See No need to tell of asbestos (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Critically damaged bridges & concepts for earthquake recovery. (Waldin, Jennings & Routledge paper).

See CERA's CCDU blueprint for Christchurch CBD (NZ govt).

See Written off homes selling for rentals (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Ngai Tahu's reach shapes a new city (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Rebuild needs all hand to the pump (The Press / Stuff Co).

See River parks bill would run to 100m (The Press / Stuff Co).

See SCIRT repair of Moorhouse Ave over bridge.


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