Saturday, February 9, 2013

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

Last year, anniversary of the 22.02.11 quake, I 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 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 to snap pics of a block of flats being demolished. The flats had stood eyesore-empty since the 22.02.11 quake.

Images, quake damaged 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. Scullers were like Charon rowing the River Styx, as dead, abandoned, red zone housing was on both river banks.

Images, quake damaged Avonside Dr:


09.02.13. Avonside Dr view of Avon scullers on Kerrs Reach. New Brighton Rd on 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. Red zone house demolition site, Avonside Dr, Avondale


09.02.13. Avonside Dr view of SCIRT repairs to 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 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 govt / CERA hadn't said what it would do with all the red zone residential land it acquired. Never mind green zoners who lived next to red zone wasteland.


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 of Avon scullers passing New Brighton Rd repairs by Horseshoe Lake outlet



NZ 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 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 of Avon scullers, Avondale. Red zone abandoned housing, New Brighton Rd, on opp bank



09.02.13. Red zone, Avonside Dr view of Avon scullers, Avondale. Red zone abandoned housing, Locksley Ave, on 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 new, green 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 on 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. Red zone, demolition machines on 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 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 speed 50 km 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 on red zone house fence, Avonside Dr, Avondale

I confined my pics to graffiti on empty housing. Disaffected taggers left ugly graffiti on still standing Avonside Dr houses & some Avondale Rd housing. Attention seeking taggers were too lazy to walk side roads.


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 on 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. I wondered how much asbestos was floating 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 Christ's College Rowing club was gone, demolished.


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

I looked at tagging by Wainoni Rd shops, near Bickerton St junction, opposite Porritt Park. A quake-closed surgery wall, window & rubbish bin was tagged. The Fish & Chips shop side wall was tagged. Windows of other shops had tags etched on glass. A yellow bldg on Bickerton St corner was covered in graffiti. Avonside Dr, there was graffiti on several abandoned houses, opposite Porritt Park.

Images, quake damaged 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



Images, quake damaged 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 opposite bank, was also red zoned. Locksley Ave had less graffiti, verges & demolished lots were in better mown condition. Snell Pl footbridge was gone, demolished. Just 2 concrete abutment stumps left on Avon River banks.

Images, quake damaged 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 graffito by abutment stump, demolished Snell Pl Footbridge over Avon River



09.02.13. Red zone abandoned house, Locksley Ave


09.02.13. Graffiti, 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 how Avon River was reclaiming swampland. Quakes had sunk the road by Locksley Ave junction, causing Avon 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.

Images, quake damaged New Brighton Rd:


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



09.02.13. Red zone graffiti, 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, 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 caused by SCIRT excavations.


09.02.13. Red zone graffiti, 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. Graffiti, red zone abandoned house, New Brighton Rd


 

09.02.13. Red zone abandoned housing, New Brighton Rd


09.02.13. Graffiti, 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 & graffiti, 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. Graffiti, red zone fence, New Brighton Rd



09.02.13. Graffiti & 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 sandbags, under a willow on Avon River bank. Their job was 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. Pumps by 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 of scullers on 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 of Kerrs Reach, Avon River


09.02.13. New Brighton Rd red zone view of scullers on 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 whitewashed & re-tagged. Taggers gave the middle finger to CERA.


09.02.13. 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 of scullers on Kerrs Reach, Avon River. Red zone abandoned Avondale housing beyond


 




George Orwell "1984" quote: "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, roofed rugby stadium...(Mainland Press 14.02.13).

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

Whatever. Christchurch quake trashed roads & SCIRT patched roads were still Third World. SCIRT bureaucrats should drive eastern suburb roads to see what a joke their statistics were. We lived in 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. Early 2015, CERA still cleared land for its Blueprint Convention Centre. In 2016 the Convention Centre site was also a vast demolition site. PM Key worried about cost blowouts for NZ govt's Convention Centre. Never mind upkeep costs for ratepayers once the Convention Centre was eventually built. If at all?

Reminiscent of Scottish Clearances: Sound bldgs like Chancery Ln Arcade, Central Library, Farmers, Craigs House, Victoria Square flats were demolished by CERA for its Blueprint Convention Centre.

Who paid for CERA's CBD Blueprint schemes? Snag, 2 years post 22.02.11 quake, NZ govt's Blueprint Convention Centre was still just a Blueprint. CERA's minions in hard hats, like Sutton & Isaacs & planners gave themselves sinecures.

Eastern suburb people still existed on quake trashed land & in quake trashed housing, while SCIRT, Council, EQC, insurers & CERA dithered.

Meanwhile NZ First list MP, Prosser slagged off Muslims with his published "Wogistan" comment & recommended Muslim men shouldn't be allowed on plane flights. Prosser wasn't even original in his racist comments. He stole them from SA apartheid Nationalist racists: Bantustans. Africans & Indians, including Christians, Hindus & Muslims, were forbidden use of white public transport, forced to use their own separate transport.

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. What a laugh. 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. When soldiers vamoosed, cordon fences were removed & citizens were no longer banned from the 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 the eastern suburbs, as EQC & insurers expediently 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.

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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