Thursday, February 21, 2013

Remembering 22 February 2011, Quake Memorial Service, Second Anniversary

Images, quake damaged Wairakei Rd:

 

22.02.13. Flowers in road cones, Wairakei Rd

 
Friday 22.02.13. I drove down Wairakei Rd to the February 22 quake Memorial Service at Latimer Sq. Like last year's anniversary, people put flowers in road cones. On a fence by Ilam Rd junction a banner read:

WE REMEMBER. Red hearts either side of the words.

 

22.02.13. WE REMEMBER banner, Wairakei Rd

I parked my car on Worcester St & wandered past quake trashed houses to Latimer Hotel rebuild. Later Latimer Hotel was renamed Rydges hotel. Across the road The Tower On Latimer was gutted, awaiting demolition.

Images, quake damaged Worcester St:


22.02.13. Quake trashed house, Worcester St


22.02.13. Latimer Hotel rebuild, cnr Worcester St / Latimer Sq. Latimer Hotel was later renamed Rydges Hotel




22.02.13. Quake boarded house & The Tower On Latimer, awaiting demolition, cnr Worcester St / Latimer Sq


About 4 000 crowd on Latimer Sq awaited the Memorial Service. There were 2 black platforms for media cameras & a speakers' platform before the crowd by Hereford St trees. A NZ flag fluttered at half mast, next to 4 creamy, makeshift, memorial steps, a cross on top. The 4 memorial steps tapered to the cross, back dropped by Latimer Sq trees. Floodlights illuminated the makeshift memorial.

Images, quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq:


22.02.13. Crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


 





By the speakers' platform, a giant screen broadcast the service for all to see. On the other side of the speakers' platform NZ army band in red jackets were seated. Men choristers in black cassocks hovered.

Before the Memorial Service commenced, the giant screen read:

REMEMBERING
22 FEBRUARY 2011

Two years on we remember our
community's strength and kindness
in the days following the earthquake
and take heart in our city's future.


22.02.13. Choristers, NZ Army Band & makeshift memorial, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. Politicians, crowd & NZ Army Band, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



22.02.13. Crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



22.02.13. NZ Army Band & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


Mingling in the crowd were various uniforms - Rescue worker in blue overalls, St John Ambulance personnel, CERA workers in orange, Hi Vis vests, Ryan Security personnel in olive, Hi Vis vests, cops, NZDF soldiers, ladies seated at a little Information tent, workmen in hard hats & Hi Vis vests.

While waiting for the service to begin I wandered down Madras St to see the Anglican Cardboard Cathedral, a work in progress - A-frame arches up, cardboard-roll roof almost completed. A NZ army band truck was parked on Hereford St with a side mural of bandsmen.

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


22.02.13. NZ Army Band truck, IR bldg left, Les Mills gym right, Hereford St


22.02.13. Anglican Cardboard Cathedral construction, St Johns demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Madras St







 

22.02.13. CTV bldg demolition site, Madras St. 115 people died when the CTV bldg collapsed. Les Mills gym behind




Across Madras St, next to Les Mills gym, the cordon fence by CTV bldg demolition site was opened for families of the dead to pay their respects & place flowers on site. Three female CERA officials in orange, Hi Vis vest & a female NZDF soldier in uniform stood by. 115 people died when CTV bldg collapsed & burned.

A road sign read:

       TEMPORARY
    ROAD CLOSURE

  22 FEBRUARY 2013

               FOR
MEMORIAL SERVICE

             FROM
  11 AM TO 3.30 PM
          22/02/2013

       ENQUIRIES: ...

On the fence cordon a CERA condolence sign read:

                        February 22nd 2013

       This site has been opened today to allow
access for the families and friends who lost their
                    loved ones two years ago.

             It will remain open until 6.30 pm.

Our hearts and thoughts are with you all today.


22.02.13. CERA condolence sign, cordon fence, CTV bldg demolition site, Madras St

CERA usually had a fence cordon around the CTV site to stop mindless taggers polluting the place, like pigeons.

Diagonally across the road, corner Madras St / Cashel St, stood the 185 Empty Chairs memorial, remembering 185 quake dead. The memorial had stood on St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian demolition site. Above all loured red zone, abandoned, IR bldg.


22.02.13. 185 Empty Chair Memorial, St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian demolition site, cnr Cashel St / Madras St

Back on Latimer Sq, I recognized some grieving families in the crowd. Media pics, Royal Commission of Inquiry pics & Coroner's Inquest pics made them recognizable over the last couple of years.

Images quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq:


22.02.13. Makeshift memorial, NZ flag & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. Deaf signers in crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. Politicians & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



22.02.13. CERA minister Brownlee left, mayor Parker, PM Key, Ngai Tahu's Solomon, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



22.02.13. Mayor Parker, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



22.02.13. Choristers & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. NZ Army Band & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq









22.02.13. Makeshift memorial, NZ flag, politicians & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


 

22.02.13. Catholic & Anglican bishops, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. Media vehicles, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



22.02.13. St John Ambulance & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq

A claque of politicians, hangers-on & councillors, mostly wearing black, stood in front of the memorial cross & speakers' platform. Two bishops, Catholic & Anglican, wearing medieval garb, stood next to the broadcast screen by media vehicles beneath trees. Both their cathedrals had collapsed in quakes.



22.02.13. Crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq







22.02.13. Cleric & PM Key speech, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



22.02.13. Crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq









22.02.13. Crowd & NZ Army Band, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq 




A female cleric ran the service. Tribute speeches were made by mayor Parker, followed by PM Key. Others dignitaries made speeches & prayers, like the bishops, interspersed with a bible reading, The Lords Prayer, "How great thou Art" & other hymns... NZ army band played & choristers in cassocks led the singing. SE side of Latimer Sq a group of deaf signers "sang" the hymns too.


22.02.13. Politicians & crowd before makeshift memorial, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. PM Key wreath laying at makeshift memorial, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. Mayor Parker wreath laying at makeshift memorial, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



22.02.13. Ngai Tahu's Solomon wreath laying at makeshift memorial, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



22.02.13. CERA minister Brownlee, mayor Parker, PM Key, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. Toyama School principal wreath laying at 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq. PM Key, Ngai Tahu's Solomon & cops behind




22.02.13. Cops wreath laying at 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq. PM Key & Ngai Tahu's Solomon behind



22.02.13. St John Ambulance wreath laying at 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq. PM Key behind left


22.02.13. Politicians applause for St John Ambulance wreath laying, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq. Toyama School principal left, next to Labour leader Shearer. Mayor Parker & PM Key right


22.02.13. Makeshift memorial, politicians & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq




22.02.13. Choristers, NZ Army Band & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq





  

22.02.13. Politicians & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



22.02.13. Politicians, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq. Labour MP Cosgrove & Labour leader Shearer left, CERA minister Brownlee & mayor Parker middle, PM Key & Ngai Tahu's Solomon right


22.02.13. Makeshift memorial & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. Catholic & Anglican bishops & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq




22.02.13. Jewish couple with floral tribute, 22.02.11 Memorial Service, Latimer Sq




22.02.13. NZ Army Band conductor & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



At 12.51 pm a minute's silence was held to mark the time of the February 22 quake & to remember the dead. Wreaths were laid on the memorial cross steps by politicians & dignitaries, including cops & St John, the latter 2 got applause from politicians.


22.02.13. Media photographers & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. Mourners laying floral tributes on makeshift memorial, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq




22.02.13. NZ Army Band & crowd, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq




22.02.13. Mourners by makeshift memorial, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq








 



22.02.13. NZ Army Band, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq




Mourners came from all over the world to the Memorial Service, as many different nationals died in the February 22 quake. Japanese principal of Toyama School laid a wreath. Some of his language students died in the CTV collapse. A Jewish couple wearing yarmulkes laid a wreath. Israeli tourists died when unreinforced masonry collapsed in the CBD.


22.02.13. Labour MP Cosgrove, Labour leader Shearer & mourners, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. Labour MP Dyson & mourner, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq


22.02.13. Mayor Parker, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq

After official wreath laying, families of the dead queued & laid flowers on the memorial steps. Scruffy media photographers scurried around snapping pics & videos, focussing on weepers. The creamy, makeshift memorial was cheap & nasty. Media photographers cheapened the service too.

The ugly thing about the Memorial Service was that politicians hijacked mourners' grief, putting politicians centre stage, in media limelight. Real mourners, the families were in the wings, making late entrances after politicians.  
 

22.02.13. Floral tributes, makeshift memorial, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq



22.02.13 Crowd dispersing, 22.02.11 quake Memorial Service, Latimer Sq










Although it was a Memorial Service for those who died in the 22.02.11 quake, PM Key boasted about the Blueprint Convention Centre National govt foisted on Christchurch's red zone CBD. National govt hadn't asked citizens if they wanted a NZ govt Convention Centre nor other CBD Blueprint follies.

Labour MPs were snubbed, standing by the National / Council claque, not taking part in Memorial Service ceremonials. The only Labour MP who did anything for Christchurch East was Dalziel. who'd whinged at several protests in 2012. Late last year Labour's Dyson made a speech at a Democracy protest, but that was all. As for Labour leader Shearer, what did Shearer do for Christchurch over the last 2 quake years? The Memorial Service was the first time I saw Shearer in Christchurch.

The following week when Shearer shuffled his echelons, he dropped Dalziel from the upper & said that in future more Labour MPs would have a say in Christchurch rebuild. Shearer, just politicked for upcoming 2014 elections.  

Meanwhile Anderton, ex MP & wannabe Christchurch mayor, beaten last election by Parker, slagged off bishop Matthews, who'd complained about his legal obstructions, stopping Anglicans saving quake-weathered & pigeon-shat icons & precious artifacts from quake-ruined Christchurch Cathedral.

Instead of expecting others to pay for their follies, it was time Anderton & heritage fanatics put up or shut up. Despite Anderton's self-proclaimed sagacity about Christchurch "culture," Anderton hadn't learnt when to shut up. Anderton didn't speak for my migrant culture. In apartheid SA I'd encountered many cultural fascists like Anderton. And why should other religions & atheists pay for Anglican ruin repairs?

Two years post 22.02.11 quake, Anderton's culture ignored eastern suburbs' Third World roads & squalid living conditions.

Although the steeple collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake, injuring & trapping a woman & the west facade collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake & more quakes damaged the cathedral more & the cathedral ruin weathered & rotted for 2 years behind a NZDF cordon, citizens banned, Anderton & his heritage fanatics expected a compliant clergy, laity & tourists to approve their disingenuous Save the Cathedral.

The High Court had already ruled Christchurch Cathedral should be rebuilt by the Anglican diocese in Cathedral Sq, using insurance money. Anderton & heritage fanatics were like dog owners expecting others to pay for their god shit.

Post quakes, as there was more than enough vacant, demolition land on CBD swampland, Anderton could make an offer to the Anglican diocese to buy ruined Christchurch Cathedral. Heritage fanatics could then save the ruin. Without heritage fanatics' meddling, the Anglican diocese could build a new Christchurch Cathedral elsewhere in the CBD.

I'd happily visit a brand new, safe, Christchurch Cathedral. Fixed or not, like other dangerous bldgs in post quake Christchurch, you wouldn't catch me going near the fall zone of Christchurch Cathedral ruin.

Fri 22.02.13, 10.56 pm, 3.9 mag quake, 8 km depth, 15 km E of Christchurch (Geonet). I slept through it. Leah said it jolted & shook our house.

The Press, Wed 27.02.13. While Anderton jabbered about Saving the Cathedral, CERA boss Sutton spouted another excuse, why 8 months after Council requested an Insurance Advisory Service for citizens having difficulties with CERA's residential zoning decisions & subsequent insurer delays, nothing was done by CERA: "We're at the stage now of consulting with the Community Forum and we're committed to making sure that it's a good service that actually works for people."

What Community Forum? The so-called Community Forum was silent for many post quake months.

Two years post 22.02.11 quake, Sutton's version of earthquake RECOVERY - "consulting." Ha! Sutton was not up to earning his half million dollar p/a salary. It was time Sutton stepped aside & allowed someone competent to run earthquake recovery. EQC, insurers, CERA safeguards for assisting post quake residential recovery were obnoxious.

Sutton should publish minutes of ALL his "consulting," not just Insurance Advisory Service, so taxpayers paying his exorbitant salary were informed of Sutton's "consulting" with slackers like EQC & insurers.

Weekend Press, March 2-3, 2013, front page headline: EQC WORKERS BULLIED. Emson, EQC's customer service boss whinged about irate clients bullying EQC staff, & EQC having to protect itself against irate clients, with razor wire fencing, heightened reception desks & beefed up security at their cosy little hubs, like Bower Ave, which dealt with New Brighton's EQC & CERA neglected clients.

Emson sounded like WINZ whinging case managers, dealing with people on the dole, demonized as a threat to bludging WINZ workers, protected in their cosy WINZ offices by CCTV cameras & beefy security.

Emson failed to acknowledge EQC was the problem not clients. Emson failed to mention that months ago, Wed 08.08.12, Rev Coleman, ex mayor Moore, Labour MP Dalziel, councillors Livingstone & Carter & protesters had marched in bucketing rain to Emson's cosy Princess St office, demanding that EQC dealt with clients properly. Emson & EQC boss Simpson just stood in the rain & listened to protestors' complaints.

Did EQC pull finger? No. Six months later, Emson demonized citizens enduring EQC incompetence for over 2 years since the 04.09.10 quake.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Cathedral left to die with  no dignity (The Press / Stuff Co). 

See Church spat on sad day for city (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Cathedral plan now detailed group says (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Dismay over delays in insurance advice (The Press / Stuff Co).

See EQC workers bullied (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Neglected Cantabs say people not buildings priority (The Press / Stuff Co).

2 comments:

  1. Another fantastic post Mark! You're a trooper! I'm sorry but i couldn't help laugh when reading your jandal paragraph :)
    Here's my rebuild, currently underway...it has its own issues:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/porkynz/8504178711/in/set-72157632845528583

    All the best...
    Sandy

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  2. Nice to see rebuild Sandy. Good luck with it.

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