Saturday, February 9, 2013

2 Years Post Feb 22 Quake. CERA's Residential Red Zone, Avondale, Tagging

Last year, anniversary of the 22.02.11 quake, I'd walked Avondale red zone streets: Alloway St (Red zone), Prestwick St (Red), Woolley St (Red / Green zone), Sharlick St (R), Edna St (R), Niven St (R/G) & a bit of Breezes Rd (R/G) near Avon River.

It was the day Christchurch people put flowers in orange, plastic, road cones all over Christchurch to remember 185 quake dead. Few demolitions had happened in Avondale & many quake trashed houses were abandoned.

Sat 09.02.13. Nearly 2 years post 22.02.11 quake, I had another look at Avondale residential red zone. En route, I stopped at Carlton Mill Rd for pics of a block of flats being demolished. The flats had stood eyesore-empty since the 22.02.11 quake.

7 images, Carlton Mill Rd:


09.02.13. Flats demolition site & graffiti, Carlton Mill Rd


09.02.13. Flats demolition, Carlton Mill Rd

 
 
  


I parked my car on quake trashed, Avonside Dr, near Avondale Rd Bridge, fence cordoned for SCIRT repairs. Scullers practised rowing on Avon River, Kerrs Reach, while their coaches cycled the stop bank, calling scullers with loudhailers. Abandoned, red zone housing was on both river banks.

67 images, Avonside Dr:


09.02.13. Avonside Dr view, Avon scullers, Kerrs Reach. New Brighton Rd, opp bank



Post quakes, Avon River reclaimed its swampland, where houses had foolishly been built. Across Avon River, Horseshoe Lake area was red zoned, houses abandoned. Avondale by Avon River was in similar swamp wasteland.


09.02.13. Orange digger. Red zone house demolition site, Avonside Dr, Avondale


09.02.13. Avonside Dr view, SCIRT repairs, Avondale Rd Bridge left



09.02.13. Graffito, red zone abandoned house, Avonside Dr, Avondale


09.02.13. Graffiti, red zone, abandoned house, Avonside Dr, Avondale

 

09.02.13. DANGER sign graffito, red zone, house demolition site, Avonside Dr, Avondale


09.02.13. Graffiti, red zone, abandoned house, Avonside Dr, Avondale


NZ National govt / CERA new Crown owner of Avondale red zone, residential land, left the CERA proclaimed red zone an ugly wasteland, a weedy, grassy, fire hazard, a mess. So Far, NZ National govt / CERA hadn't said what it would do with all the red zone residential land it had acquired. Never mind green zoners living near red zone wasteland, their properties reduced in value, due to red zone proximity.


09.02.13. Red zone abandoned house, cnr Alloway St / Avonside Dr, Avondale. Avon River stop bank right


09.02.13. Weedy, red zone, house demolition site, Alloway St, Avondale


09.02.13. Graffiti, red zone, abandoned house, Alloway St, Avondale



09.02.13. Graffiti, red zone, abandoned house, cnr Alloway St / Avondale Rd, Avondale


09.02.13. Avonside Dr view, Avon scullers passing New Brighton Rd repairs, Horseshoe Lake outlet



NZ National govt / Crown / CERA was determined to acquire all the red zone land it proclaimed, with 2 Crown offers: 1. Crown Offer at 2007 rateable value for house & land, with the Crown taking over house insurance policy. 2. Crown Offer for land only, while home owner negotiated with insurer for house pay out. Either way, NZ National govt / Crown got all the red zone land it decreed.


09.02.13. Red zone, demolition site & abandoned housing, cnr Prestwick St / Avonside Dr, Avondale. Avon River stop bank right


09.02.13. Graffiti, red zone, abandoned house, Prestwick St, Avondale


09.02.13. Mowed house demolition sites, red zone, Prestwick St, Avondale


09.02.13. Overgrown garden, red zone, abandoned house, Prestwick St, Avondale


09.02.13. Red zone, Avonside Dr view, Avon scullers, Avondale. Red zone abandoned housing, New Brighton Rd, opp bank



09.02.13. Red zone, Avonside Dr view, Avon scullers, Avondale. Red zone, abandoned housing, Locksley Ave, opp bank



I wandered the red zone between Avonside Dr & Avondale Rd, zigzagging along side streets from Avondale Rd Bridge to Christs College Rowing club, a green, rebuild shed, Kerrs Reach.

Saving grace of CERA wasteland were hardy flowers amongst weeds: roses, cannas, red hot pokers, agapanthus, hydrangeas. I snapped pink lilies on a verge by a blue, plastic water pipe, Avonside Dr. Minutes later a maroon car stopped, a fat woman got out & stole the lilies.


09.02.13. Red zone, house demolition sites, cnr Woolley St / Avonside Dr, Avondale. Avon River stop bank right


09.02.13. Earthquake Contacts sign, red zone, Woolley St, Avondale


09.02.13. Graffiti, red zone, house fence sign, Avonside Dr, Avondale

Insurers & CERA had demolished many red zone houses since I last wandered Avondale. Demolished lots were weedy, a fire hazard. Some mowing had been done on verges & demolition lots. Most lots still had long grass & weeds, particularly side roads, grass & weeds up to window height. Where houses still stood on red zone land, little mowing was done.


09.02.13. Red zone, house demolition site & abandoned house, cnr Sharlick St / Avonside Dr, Avondale. Avon River stop bank right


09.02.13. Red zone, 30 km speed limit sign, cnr Sharlick St / Avondale Rd. Red zone, abandoned house behind


09.02.13. Red zone, blue, water pipe & graffiti, Sharlick St, Avondale


09.02.13. Red zone, overgrown garden & abandoned house, Sharlick St, Avondale

Admonition on a blue taped, house window read:

PLEASE BE
GENTLE I
WAS ONCE
        A
   HOME (blue heart pic)



09.02.13. Mowed, red zone garden & window sign on abandoned house, Sharlick St, Avondale


09.02.13. Orange, plastic, road cones. Red zone, orange digger & blue truck, house demolition site, cnr Sharlick St / Avondale Rd, Avondale. Abandoned house beyond


09.02.13. Mowed garden & graffiti, red zone, abandoned house, Avonside Dr, Avondale



09.02.13. Red zone, cnr Edna St / Avonside Dr. Avon River stop bank right

I didn't snap too many pics of empty, quake trashed housing, as I'd already done that. In places, CERA demolitions were so extensive, I saw right across weedy lots from one side road to another.


09.02.13. Red zone, cnr Niven St / Avonside Dr, Avondale. Avon River stop bank & Locksley Ave, red zone, abandoned housing beyond


09.02.13. Red zone, house demolition site & graffiti, red zone, abandoned house, Niven St, Avondale





09.02.13. Red zone, blue water pipe & graffito, Niven St, Avondale


09.02.13. Red zone, 50 km speed limit sign, Niven St, Avondale


09.02.13. Graffiti, red zone, abandoned house, Niven St, Avondale


09.02.13. Red zone, house demolition site & graffito, red zone house fence, Avonside Dr, Avondale

I confined my pics to tagging on abandoned housing. Disaffected taggers tagged still standing, Avonside Dr houses & some Avondale Rd houses. Taggers were too lazy to walk side roads. Tagging all over town showed abandoned bldgs.


09.02.13. Red zone, cnr Breezes Rd / Avonside Dr, Avondale. Avon stop bank & red zone, Locksley Ave beyond


09.02.13. Graffiti, red zone, abandoned house, Breezes Rd, Avondale


09.02.13. Blue water pipe & red zone, abandoned housing, Breezes Rd, Avondale


09.02.13. Hazard board & red zone, abandoned house awaiting demolition, Breezes Rd, Avondale


09.02.13. Red zone, abandoned business, Breezes Rd, Avondale


09.02.13. Graffito, fence by red zone, house demolition site, Avonside Dr, Avondale



CERA had green, spray-painted the letters HM, with a green tick on top of the M, on every red zone house. Never mind green stickers on front windows showing electricity cut off. Open invitation for taggers.


09.02.13. Graffiti on fence, red zone, abandoned house, Avonside Dr, Avondale




Some houses ready for demolitions had fence cordons. One Hazard board read ASBESTOS. How much asbestos dust floated in the air & in Avonside ponding? Heaps of dried, grey, liquefaction sand still lay on pavements.


09.02.13. Graffiti, red zone, abandoned house, Avonside Dr, Avondale







The footbridge over Porritt Park stream by rebuilt, green shed, Christ's College Rowing club was gone, demolished. A new, double lane footbridge was later rebuilt.


09.02.13. Avonside Dr, stop bank view, post quakes, rebuilt, Christ's College Rowing club, Avondale

Tagging by Wainoni Rd shops, near Bickerton St junction, opp Porritt Park: A quake-closed surgery wall, window & rubbish bin, tagged. Fish & Chips shop side wall, tagged. Windows of other shops, tags etched on glass. Yellow bldg on Bickerton St cnr, tagged. Avonside Dr, tags on several abandoned houses, opp Porritt Park.

11 images, Wainoni Rd:


09.02.13. Tagged road signs & power pole, Wainoni Rd




09.02.13. Tagged red zone surgery, Wainoni Rd




09.02.13. Tagged Fish & Chips shop wall, Wainoni Rd



09.02.13. Tagged business, cnr Bickerton St / Wainoni Rd



8 images, Avonside Dr:


09.02.13. Tagged, abandoned red zone house, Avonside Dr, opp Porritt Park





09.02.13. Tagged, abandoned, red zone house, Avonside Dr, nr Snell Pl demolished footbridge




I crossed Avon River via Gayhurst Rd Bridge. Quake trashed, swampland, Locksley Ave, like Avonside Dr on the opp bank, was also red zoned. Locksley Ave had less tagging, verges & demolished lots were in better mown condition. Snell Pl footbridge was gone, demolished. Just 2 concrete abutment stumps left on Avon River banks.

9 images, Locksley Ave:



09.02.13. Red zone, house demolition site & tagged, abandoned house, Locksley Ave, nr Gayhurst Rd Bridge


09.02.13. Quake trashed, abandoned, red zone house, cnr Snell Pl / Locksley Ave


09.02.13. Red zone tagging by abutment stump, demolished Snell Pl Footbridge over Avon River



09.02.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Locksley Ave


09.02.13. Tagging, red zone house fence, Locksley Ave


09.02.13. Red zone graffito, green, plastic, sewage tank, Locksley Ave


09.02.13. Red zone graffiti, Locksley Ave

 
I parked my car under a tree at Locksley Ave / New Brighton Rd junction, by the stop bank. Whenever I drove along New Brighton Rd, I saw Avon River, reclaimed swampland. Quakes had sunk the road by Locksley Ave junction, causing Avon River ponding & water seepage at high tides. One roadside, demolition lot was a stagnant pond, mature reeds growing in the pond. Pity the swamp housing behind.

52 images, New Brighton Rd:


09.02.13. Painted over tagging, red zone, abandoned house, cnr Locksley Ave / New Brighton Rd



09.02.13. Red zone tagging, abandoned house, New Brighton Rd




By ponding, a road detour next to several tagged, abandoned houses, was the usual SCIRT mess we  endured post quakes - cordon fencing, detour signs, orange, plastic, road cones, tar patching, excavation machines, Hi Vis vested workmen standing around, SUPER SILENT road pumps & pipes. Since SCIRT took over infrastructure renewal, Christchurch became Detour City. Every week I drove along new detours by SCIRT excavations.


09.02.13. Red zone tagging, abandoned housing, New Brighton Rd


09.02.13. Avon River seepage & ponding on red zone, demolition site, New Brighton Rd



09.02.13. Avon River ponding, middle of New Brighton Rd, nr Locksley Ave junction. Avon River, stop bank right


09.02.13. Tagging, red zone, abandoned house, New Brighton Rd


 

09.02.13. Red zone, abandoned housing, New Brighton Rd


09.02.13. Tagging, red zone, abandoned house, New Brighton Rd






Given the volume of tagging on red zone housing, New Brighton Rd, taggers ignored CERA signs:

                  CERA
NO AUTHORISED ACCESS
           NO DUMPING


09.02.13. CERA sign & tagging, red zone, abandoned house, New Brighton Rd




09.02.13. Hubcaps on a cordon fence, red zone, abandoned house, New Brighton Rd


09.02.13. Tagging, red zone fence, New Brighton Rd



09.02.13. Tagging & white, plastic sandbags, New Brighton Rd, nr Horseshoe Lake outlet

 
I wandered the detour footpath & snapped pics of tagged housing up to Horseshoe Lake, pump station outlet. On a cordon fence 6 hubcaps hung, showing road bumpiness. Workmen in orange, Hi Vis vests chomped their lunches, seated on white, plastic sandbags, under a willow on Avon River bank. They had to pump water from below quake trashed, New Brighton Rd into Horseshoe Lake outlet.  



09.02.13. Red zone, Horseshoe Lake, pump station, New Brighton Rd



09.02.13. Green pumps & orange, plastic, road cones, red zone, Horseshoe Lake outlet, New Brighton Rd. Avondale red zone beyond Avon River



09.02.13. Water pumped from below quake trashed New Brighton Rd flowing into Horseshoe Lake outlet

Avon River rolled on & scullers still sculled past red zone, ghost housing by Kerrs Reach.


09.02.13. New Brighton Rd, red zone view, scullers, Kerrs Reach, Avon River. Avondale red zone, abandoned housing beyond



09.02.13. SCIRT detour & tagged, abandoned, red zone housing, New Brighton Rd

 



09.02.13. New Brighton Rd, red zone view, Kerrs Reach, Avon River


09.02.13. New Brighton Rd, red zone view, scullers, Kerrs Reach, Avon River. Avondale abandoned, red zone housing beyond



09.02.13. Avon River, post quake seepage & ponding by tagged, abandoned, red zone house, New Brighton Rd


A week later, some of the New Brighton Rd houses were CERA whitewashed. And re-tagged. Taggers middle fingering CERA.


09.02.13. Orange, plastic, road cones, SCIRT detour by Avon River ponding on a red zone, house demolition site, New Brighton Rd


 

09.02.13. Red zone, New Brighton Rd view, scullers, Kerrs Reach, Avon River. Red zone, abandoned Avondale housing beyond


 



George Orwell, "1984": "In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

Last week, CERA minister Brownlee had a secret meeting with Council, sweet-talking compliant councillors into postponing their 10 year, Long Term Plan for Christchurch until 2015. Meanwhile Council would have a 3 year plan, cost sharing with CERA. Just so that Brownlee could waste ratepayers' money on white elephants, like a Blueprint Convention Centre, a Blueprint roofed stadium... (Mainland Press 14.02.13).

CERA boasted about progress in its "Greater Christchurch Recovery Update" newsletter, with overweening articles by Brownlee & CERA boss Sutton. SCIRT published a column of meaningless statistics. Example, Issue 18 February 2013: "157,464 square metres road pavement laid." SCIRT didn't say if the tar seal was permanent or just patches.

Whatever. Christchurch quake trashed roads & SCIRT patched roads were still Third World. SCIRT bureaucrats should drive E suburb roads to see what a joke their statistics were. Detour City, or Pothole City. Take your pick.

More CERA boasting, same newsletter:

"Land Acquisition Update

Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) has settled its first land acquisition deals, [CBD land grab] signed two further agreements, and received signed sale and purchase documents from 16 land owners. It has also reached agreement in principal with a further 19 parties.

Minister for Canterbury Earthquake recovery Gerry Brownlee says, 'Negotiations are underway on 177 other properties, some of them well advanced, so altogether CCDU has made progress on 216 CBD sites starting with those of highest priority.'

[Vague as Brownlee didn't say if land acquisitions were for CERA / Crown Blueprint bldgs or Blueprint Frame land?]

CCDU is well advanced through the planning process for the Convention Centre [proved worldwide loss maker] and will have all the land cleared by year's end. Clearance of land required for the Metro Sports Facility will begin this year, paving the way for construction in 2014."

The Blueprint Metro Sports Facility wasn't built in 2014. In 2016, Metro Sports Facility site was still a vast demolition site. 2018. Still no construction of Metro Sports Facility on Crown acquired land, where Luke had worked off Antigua St.

Early 2015, CERA still cleared land for its Blueprint Convention Centre. In 2016 the Convention Centre site was still a vast demolition site. PM Key worried about cost blowouts for NZ National govt's Convention Centre. Never mind upkeep costs for ratepayers once the Convention Centre was built. 2018. The Blueprint Convention Centre was being built. Sound bldgs, like Chancery Ln Arcade, Central Library, Farmers, Craigs House, Victoria Square flats had been demolished by CERA for its Blueprint Convention Centre.

Two years post 22.02.11 quake, E suburb citizens still existed on quake trashed land & in quake trashed housing, while SCIRT, Council, EQC, insurers & CERA dithered.

Wed 13.02.13, 4.39 pm, 3.6 mag quake, 8 km depth, 15 km W of Christchurch (GeoNet). Wobbled my computer chair as it rumbled by. Leah said it shook her London St school.

Fri 15.02.13. One News. Brownlee spin: Wearing a hard hat, Brownlee announced the red zone CBD would henceforth be called the Rebuild Zone. Ha Ha! Whenever I looked into the CBD red zone I saw ghost bldgs & few workers. Weekend Press 16-17.02.13 also boasted figures by Brownlee similar to the above. Brownlee said NZDF cordons would be gone by July.

Two years post 22.02.11 quake, the CBD was still red zone, cordon fenced, with NZDF checkpoints guarded by soldiers. Only after 28 months of red zone, military cordoned CBD did NZDF soldiers vamoose, cordon fences were removed & citizens were no longer banned from the CERA demolished CBD. When rebuild actually happened in the CBD, not planning, nor paltry restorations of old bldgs, like New Regent St & Isaac Theatre Royal, then maybe Brownlee could call it the Rebuild Zone.

Not much rebuilding or repairs went on in E suburbs, as EQC & insurers dithered. Taggers took over. Until roads were fixed properly by SCIRT one couldn't boast about a rebuild - anywhere. Recovery? Ha!

MAINZEAL construction Co, contracted to CERA, went into receivership last week. MAINZEAL wasn't the last construction company going into receivership during CERA's tenure. In 2016 STONEWOOD HOMES went bung too.

*Wandered Carlton Mill Rd, Avonside Dr, Wainoni Rd, Locksley Ave, New Brighton Rd.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Convention Centre project 'pivotal' (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Prime Minister says Christchurch Convention costs prohibitive (The Press / Stuff Co).


4 comments:

  1. Such a wasteland isn't it Mark!

    I visited my former family home in Niven Street last Christmas - parents moved out in October. In just 2 months of no one there this is what it looked like.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/porkynz/sets/72157632148236151/
    I'm going back there in a couple of weeks time to take more comparison pics...i'm surprised it's not been demolished yet.

    Great post again! Oh...and that fish and chip shop in Wainoni Road you mention, has the BEST fish and chips ever :) give them a try!

    Cheers
    Sandy

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  2. Will definitely try the Fish & Chips shop Sandy. Always looking for the BEST chips. Huge number of house demolitions over the last year in Avondale. Niven St still has some green zone housing, but it would be awful living there, with all the fire, dust, burglar & vandal hazards. CERA housing demolitions seem random, no special order. Mostly empty, weedy sites now. Amazing how quickly vegetation took over. I think you'll be shocked at changes when you visit. Summery dry at the mo. But Avon River just rolls on...

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  3. LOL you and me both re the best chippie! I'm sadly disappointed in Auckland's lot I can tell you!

    Indeed it was one of those horrible situations for many streets running off Avondale Road. Avondale Road being the deciding factor for the line to stay line to go option. I'd be gutted if I was in the other half of the street that remained, although we can't imagine it yet, but it may look rather nice and snazzy once all the landscaping etc is done but currently it just looks pants :( Here is Avondale Road & [Green zoned] section of Niven street hours post quake...suffered a much as the red zoned section. http://www.flickr.com/photos/porkynz/5469383473/in/photostream/
    I get down regularly so not overly shocked at the overall condition of the area, just saddened really. It was lovely a the end of last year though to see the rowers back on the river and a feeling of some 'normalcy' along the river.

    Cheers!
    S

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  4. Thanks for the pic views. Very sad Sandy. All those ghost houses still awaiting demolitions. Yet further upriver Kerrs Reach rowing clubhouses are almost completely rebuilt, so rowing is going strong. Hopefully CERA / Council will come up with plans to beautify the area again. At the mo they're transfixed by the CBD rebuild which isn't happening yet. CBD is still red zone cordoned with ongoing demolitions.

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