Monday, April 22, 2013

CERA's CBD Rats' Maze, New Regent Street Opening & Victoria Square

CERA's red zone CBD cordons were the perfect Skinner box maze. Ever since the 22.02.11 quake, Civil Defence for 2 months, then CERA since May 2011 locked down Christchurch CBD in a box maze, cordon fences & NZDF checkpoints, allowing contractors access only. Citizens were banned on pain of arrest by soldiers. CERA's maze was for citizens' safety of course. It gave the perfect opportunity for insiders like cops & contractors to loot, as there was no checking of goods entering or leaving maze checkpoints, just CERA pass checking by soldiers, languishing at their $10 000 checkpoint huts.

Over the last months, public was allowed into CERA's maze when CERA decided to reduce cordon fencing, bit by bit & reward Skinner's rats: opening of Restart Cashel Mall; opening the temporary bus exchange; bus tours in the red zone CBD; 2 brief walkways down Colombo St to see ruined Christchurch Cathedral, lately a dead end niche viewpoint by Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing checkpoint; opening of Alice in Videoland for video rewards; opening of Les Mills Gym for exercise rewards; brief opening of CTV demolition site for grievers; various brief openings for celebrities & councillors to gloat at ruins, media photo opportunities included.

Lately CERA speeded up the bitty openings of it's rat maze: opening bits of High St, Hereford St & Colombo St near The Crossing by Restart Cashel Mall for shopping & rubbernecking rewards. Last weekend, the much vaunted & delayed opening of New Regent St, Spanish Mission shops. I didn't go as it was raining all weekend.    

Mon 22.04.13. I looked at reopened New Regent St. There wasn't much to see, just 5 reopened shops, the rest closed, awaiting reopening. 

I parked my car on Cambridge Tce by Manchester St Bridge. CERA had opened a cordon niche by the PGC demolition site, where 18 people died in the 22.02.11 quake. The demolition site was grassed & planter boxes were filled with Namaqualand daisies, colouring the cloudy afternoon. A Council sign described the special significance of the site. Behind the cordon fence were red zone, abandoned bldgs, including Ernst & Young, abandoned for over 2 years. (Soon demolished). Abandoned Riverside House. (In 2016 my son did salvage work there). By Avon River, Retour Restaurant copper dome lay on the river bank, after the restaurant was demolished.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St:


22.04.13. USAR / TF graffiti, abandoned Riverside House, cnr Manchester St / Cambridge Tce



22.04.13. Grassed PGC demolition site where 18 people died in the 22.02.11 quake. Abandoned Ernst & Young behind, awaited demolition. Abandoned Riverside House right awaited demolition



22.04.13. Council "special significance" sign for quake death sites, Cambridge Tce


22.04.13. Red zone, abandoned Ernst & Young, awaited demolition, Cambridge Tce


22.04.13. Cambridge Tce view of Retour Restaurant demolition site by Avon River. BNZ Armagh St awaited demolition left, abandoned Forsyth Barr right


22.04.13. Post demolition, Retour Restaurant dome, Cambridge Tce. In 2015 the dome was plastic wrapped

View from Manchester St Bridge: polluted Avon River & abandoned BNZ high rise, Armagh St, awaited demolition - broken, dusty windows & raised banks, front & back, for demolition digger action. Beyond BNZ, abandoned Forsyth Barr awaited repairs. Abandoned Copthorne Hotel, awaited demolition by Victoria Sq. A quake split, retaining wall tilted over Avon River by Retour Restaurant demolition site.


22.04.13. Manchester St Bridge view of red zone, abandoned bldgs: BNZ awaited demolition left, Forsyth Barr middle awaited repairs. Copthorne Hotel awaited demolition right



22.04.13. Manchester St Bridge view of Avon River, quake split retaining wall. Abandoned Copthorne Hotel awaited demolition

I wandered across Manchester St Bridge, past fence cordoned Oxford Tce to south side Armagh Street's abandoned shops: The Flying Burrito Brothers & Costas Souvlaki Bar, with upturned chess table in a shop window, chess pieces sprawled on the floor since the 22.02.11 quake.

Post quakes, Flying Burrito Brothers became Casa Publica.

Images, quake damaged Armagh St:


22.04.13. Cnr Manchester St / Armagh St view of repaired Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left & abandoned Costas Souvlaki Bar middle


22.04.13. Red zone, abandoned Costas Souvlaki Bar left, abandoned Forsyth Barr middle, NZDF checkpoint hut right, Armagh St.


22.04.13. Quake toppled chess table, Costas Souvlaki Bar, Armagh St


22.04.13. Abandoned Costas Souvlaki Bar view of Armagh St / Manchester St crossing. Abandoned Luneys left awaited demolition for CERA's Blueprint playground


22.04.13. USAR / TF graffiti on abandoned business door, Armagh St


22.04.13. Red zone, abandoned Flying Burrito Brothers, Armagh St. Flying Burrito Bros became Casa Publica

North side of Armagh St a NZDF checkpoint hut was behind the cordon fence, next to abandoned Printshop, Couplands Bakery, Antiques & BNZ awaiting demolition.


22.04.13. Red zone, abandoned businesses awaited demolition & NZDF checkpoint hut, cnr Armagh St / Manchester St


22.04.13. Red zone, abandoned businesses awaited demolition, Armagh St


22.04.13. Red zone, abandoned Couplands Bakery awaited demolition, Armagh St


22.04.13. Red zone, abandoned Antiques & BNZ awaited demolition, Armagh St


   
CERA's maze fence dead-ended at New Regent St / Armagh St junction. The shortest, logical way to reach Victoria Sq from that point was straight along Armagh St, about 150m, a city block. But abandoned Forsyth Barr, awaiting repairs, had blocked the way to Victoria Sq for over 2 years.


22.04.13. New Regent St / Armagh St junction view of red zone, abandoned Forsyth Barr, awaiting repairs & Copthorne Hotel awaiting demolition


22.04.13. New Regent St / Armagh St junction view of red zone, abandoned Forsyth Barr awaiting reapirs


Like myself, Skinner's rats wandered New Regent St. Shops were cleaned up, repainted, most were closed. Shop parapets still looked dodgy. Since the quakes I was chary of parapets, fixed or not, as so many parapets collapsed during quakes.

Some closed shops had window wares advertising reopening: maps in a closed map shop; lingerie models in a closed lingerie shop; protest signs by a boarded, dirty, closed shop.

A clothing designer's materials were locked in the closed shop by the landlady, ever since the 22.02.11 quake. The landlady refused to unlock the shop, release the material, nor repair her Regent St shops. In 2016, only after fellow shop keeper protests & Council cordoning her tatty shops did the landlady repair her shops.

Images, quake damaged & part repaired New Regent St:


22.04.13. Southern view of reopened New Regent St. Repaired Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left







22.04.13. West side, reopened New Regent St



22.04.13. East side, reopened New Regent St














22.04.13. Northern view of reopened New Regent St. BNZ awaited demolition behind


22.04.13. Cnr east side, reopened New Regent St / Gloucester St


22.04.13. New Regent St view of repaired Cathedral Junction & Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel)


22.04.13. New Regent St western view of Gloucester St. Abandoned Camelot Hotel left awaited demolition for Central Library rebuild. Isaac Theatre Royal restoration right.


22.04.13. New Regent St SW view of Gloucester St. The Press rebuild left. Abandoned Camelot Hotel beyond, awaited demolition for Central Library rebuild

A jeweller was open, a couple of cafes were open. Two men on a ladder fixed an electric sign by another shop. I wandered into the Fudge shop & thought the fudge was a tourist rip off, $10 for a small plastic punnet of fudge. (Afterwards I drove to Moorhouse Ave, Pak n Save & bought a 200g slab of chocolate, $1.89 special, for Leah.)



22.04.13. Cnr west side, reopened New Regent St / Gloucester St


22.04.13. West side, reopened New Regent St








22.04.13. West side, reopened New Regent St / Armagh St junction. BNZ awaited demolition right


22.04.13. Ubiquitous CERA yellow sticker, New Regent St

I wandered a long loop, through CERA's maze, to Victoria Sq. Despite being opened by CERA for months, Gloucester St was still a mess. Workmen dug foundations by revamped Isaac Theatre Royal, the auditorium still gutted, the front facade still propped by containers.

Images, quake damaged Gloucester St:


22.04.13. Isaac Theatre Royal restoration, Gloucester St. Abandoned Forsyth Barr behind awaited repairs

Workmen on scaffolding repaired closed Cathedral Junction. Likewise workmen repaired closed Novotel. They'd been at it for months.


22.04.13.  Gloucester St view of Cathedral Sq, red zone, abandoned Camelot Hotel left awaiting demolition for Central Library rebuild. Repaired Novotel middle. Repaired Cathedral Junction right.

Two female soldiers checked CERA passes at Cathedral Sq checkpoint. Cathedral Sq was static, as demolition or rebuild of Christchurch Cathedral was delayed by a heritage fanatics' court case. Ugly green, Government Life still stood abandoned in Cathedral Sq, awaiting demolition.
 

22.04.13. Gloucester St view of quake ruined Christchurch Cathedral, N transept & nave. Repaired Novotel left. Abandoned Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel middle. Abandoned Camelot Hotel right awaited demolition for Central Library rebuild


22.04.13. Gloucester St view of Cathedral Sq, NZDF checkpoint view of ruined Christchurch Cathedral left, chalice sculpture middle, checkpoint hut right



22.04.13. Cathedral Sq NZDF checkpoint view of Isaac Theatre Royal restoration left, repaired Novotel & Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) right


22.04.13. Cathedral Sq, NZDF checkpoint view of abandoned Camelot Hotel left, ruined Christchurch Cathedral middle, abandoned Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel behind


22.04.13. Cathedral Sq, NZDF checkpoint view of Christchurch Cathedral ruin, abandoned Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel behind


22.04.13. Cathedral Sq, NZDF checkpoint view of Government Life awaiting demolition

The shortest, logical way to Restart Cashel Mall from Gloucester St was southwards through Cathedral Sq past abandoned, cordoned Christchurch Cathedral. The shortest, logical way to Victoria Sq from Gloucester St was northwards along Colombo St, past abandoned Forsyth Barr. CERA's maze sent Skinner's rats on long cordon detours to Restart Cashel Mall & Victoria Sq.

Behind abandoned Camelot Hotel, in the rat's maze was a parking lot for contractors' vehicles. There were painted green, yellow, blue & white flowers & a green-painted, wiggly line along pavements from Restart Cashel Mall to New Regent St for tourists to follow, in danger of becoming lost in CERA's rats' maze. Puke green, junk art, 2 giant chairs & a sofa, lay on Gloucester St side, near Cathedral Sq, NZDF checkpoint. So-called artists filled roads & demolition sites with tacky junk.

What next? Tagging Christchurch Cathedral walls with colourful spray paint? I wasn't far wrong: When Cathedral Sq was finally opened for citizens, ruined Christchurch Cathedral was cordoned for years by a black fence with tacky coloured patterns.
 

22.04.13. Gloucester St view of red zone abandoned Craigs House & Victoria Square flats left, awaiting demolitions for NZ Govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Forsyth Barr right awaited repairs


22.04.13. Gloucester St view of street art furniture & abandoned Forsyth Barr awaiting reapirs


22.04.13. Gloucester St view of BNZ awaiting demolition left & Isaac Theatre Royal restoration

From Cathedral Sq, NZDF checkpoint one could see northwards right across Farmers demolition site to Armagh St Bridge & the Court House. Backing Farmers demolition site & fronting Victoria Sq were abandoned Craigs House & Victoria Square high rises awaiting demolitions for NZ Govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Abandoned Forsyth Barr loomed above the lot. Gloucester St, Chancery Arcade was still weedy & abandoned, awaiting demolition. Central Library was abandoned, awaiting demolition. Most of the demolitions on the block would make way for NZ Govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre.


22.04.13. Gloucester St view of Farmers demolition site, abandoned Central Library left, abandoned Craigs House & Victoria Square middle, all awaiting demolitions by CERA for NZ Govts' / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre


22.04.13. Abandoned Chancery Arcade, Gloucester St, awaiting demolition to make way for NZ Govts' / CCDUs' Blueprint Convention Centre


22.04.13. Abandoned Central Library, cnr Gloucester St / Oxford Tce, awaiting demolition to make way for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre



CERA opened its rats' maze by Oxford Tce, allowing pedestrians to walk Avon River bank to Victoria Sq, the long way round. I stood on Gloucester St Bridge & saw oil pollution floating down Avon River by Provincial Council bldgs. CERA's pollution checks were crap. For months post quakes, raw sewage flowed in Avon River, POLLUTION signs on river banks. Provincial Council bldg was static, no repairs going on.


22.04.13. Quake cracked wing wall, Gloucester St Bridge


22.04.13. Gloucester St Bridge view of Provincial Council bldg & oil polluted Avon River


22.04.13. Oil polluted Avon River seen from Gloucester St Bridge


22.04.13. Quake cracked wing wall, Gloucester St Bridge

Images, quake damaged Oxford Tce:


22.04.13. Oxford Tce view of Provincial Council bldg by Avon River






22.04.13. Oxford Tce view of Avon River & Armagh St Bridge. Provincial Council & Court House bldgs left


22.04.13. Oxford Tce view of Avon River & Armagh St Bridge


22.04.13. Oxford Tce view of Armagh St Bridge. Court House bldgs beyond

Between abandoned Central Library & abandoned Craigs House I saw right across Farmers demolition site to Gloucester St & abandoned Cathedral Sq bldgs. Armagh St Bridge was cleaned up a bit, but still cordon fenced. Victoria Sq was empty, bordered by cordon fences, demolition sites & abandoned bldgs.


22.04.13. Oxford Tce view of Farmers demolition site. Abandoned Craigs House & Victoria Square flats left awaited demolitions for NZ Govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Forsyth Barr middle awaited repairs


22.04.13. Oxford Tce view of Farmers demolition site. Abandoned Victoria Square flats left awaited demolition for NZ Govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Forsyth Barr left awaited repairs.. Isaac Theatre Royal restoration middle. Repaired Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) right


22.04.13. Oxford Tce view of Farmers demolition site. Abandoned Craigs House left & Central Library right awaited demolitions for NZ Govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Repaired Novotel middle. Abandoned Camelot Hotel middle awaited demolition for Central Library rebuild. Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel middle


Images, quake damaged Victoria Sq:


22.04.13. Victoria Sq / Armagh St Bridge view of abandoned Craigs House & Central Library left awaiting demolition for NZ Govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Abandoned Rydges Hotel middle

Abandoned Craigs House, Victoria Square flats, Forsyth Barr & Copthorne Hotel loomed above autumn Victoria Sq. Craigs House & Victoria Square flats would be demolished by CERA rats for NZ Govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Forsyth Barr awaited repairs. Copthorne Hotel awaited demolition by CERA rats.


22.04.13. Victoria Sq view of abandoned Forsyth Barr left awaiting repairs. Victoria Square flats middle, Craigs House right awaited demolitions for NZ Govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre


22.04.13. Victoria Sq view of abandoned Copthorne Hotel awaiting demolition

I wandered across Victoria Bridge, past abandoned Town Hall & the floral clock, past cordoned Court House to Pallet Pavilion. The shortest, logical way to Peterborough St Library was across Kilmore St & across the old Convention Centre demolition site by abandoned Town Hall. But no, CERA's rats' maze went the long way round via Durham St Nth & Christchurch Casino.


22.04.13. Victoria Bridge view of abandoned Christchurch Town Hall. Victoria Bridge & Town Hall were repaired in 2016


22.04.13. Victoria Bridge view of abandoned Victoria Square flats & Craigs House awaiting demolition for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre


22.04.13. Victoria Bridge upriver view of Avon River & Armagh St Bridge

I abandoned my library visit & returned to my car via Durham St Nth, Gloucester St & New Regent St. En route, I saw Council signs happy for Durham St Methodist Church demolition site to be an asphalt, phone-pay car park for the Court House across the road. Never mind insulting three people who'd died in the 22.02.11 quake when the church collapsed.

Images, quake damaged Durham St Nth:


22.04.13. Christchurch Court House, Durham St Nth. After NZ govt's / CERA's Justice & Emergency Services Precinct was built on the Lichfield St / Tuam St demolition block, cc 2016, Court House became part of revamped Science Alive, relocated from old train station demolition site, Moorhouse Ave


22.04.13. Council parking lot, Durham Street Methodist Church demolition site. Court House behind, Durham St Nth





22.04.13. Durham St Methodist Church demolition site / Council parking lot view of abandoned Spicers, cnr Chester St West / Durham St Nth. Radio NZ demolition site before Spicers. Spicers was demolished too. New lawyers offices were built on Spicers & Radio NZ demolition sites

There was no Council sign about special significance of the Methodist Church site, despite 3 people killed there in the 22.02.11 quake. Council gave special significance to demolitions sites where many people died. Small numbers of deaths at a site were of no special significance to Council. That summed up Councils' uncaring attitude, while people rotted in quake broken homes & quake broken suburbs, awaiting a third winter in Third World conditions, post 22.02.11 quake.

Opposite Court House I looked at abandoned architects' & lawyers' offices. Like so many abandoned bldgs in Christchurch, it still had USAR / TF graffiti on windows, more than 2 years post 22.02.11 quake, the big C a reminder of Clear no bodies.


22.04.13. USAR / TF graffiti, abandoned architects' & lawyers' offices, Durham St Nth


If mayor Parker & his councillors got off their bums & went down Colombo St, between Tuam St & St Asaph St crossings, they'd see car parks & weedy demolition sites by Mollett St, where 16 people died in the 22.02.11 quake. Not specially significant for Council huh? I drove past that area on weekly shopping trips & weeds grew rank on those fatal demolition sites.

I wandered Durham St Nth / Armagh St crossing, back to Avon River. All bldgs in CERA's rats' maze were abandoned, including Provincial Council, under restoration & hotels like Rydges Hotel. Some hotels were being restored, like Rendezvous Hotel (Pacific Tower).


22.04.13. Durham St Nth / Armagh St crossing view of red zone bldgs: Provincial Council restoration & abandoned Rydges Hotel beyond


22.04.13. Durham St Nth / Armagh St crossing view of red zone bldgs, at various stages of abandonment, demolition, restoration or repair


I looked at a bldg being demolished by a digger on Armagh St by the RSA bldg, the digger chomping great chunks of concrete at a time. CERA would open its rats' maze in June, 28 months after CERA's CBD occupation. But there were many red zone CBD demolitions still to go, especially in CERA's East Frame & South Frame.

CERA's Greater Christchurch Recovery Update, Issue 21 May 2013, reported on CCDU's purchase of CBD land for anchor projects:

"The Crown is seeking to purchase 350 properties in total. [Misinformation as many more purchases were needed for CERA's East Frame & South Frame parkland].

In brief (as at 19 April 2013), the Crown now has:

* 31% of the land designated for all the anchor projects combined
* 56% of the land needed for the Convention Centre Precinct
* 51% of the land needed for the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct [part of South Frame]
* 35.6% of the land needed for the East Frame."

No wonder NZ govt / CERA wanted to milk NZ taxpayers for another $10 billion. Given that CERA had touted its CCDU Blueprint in June 2012, nearly a year ago & given CERA's sluggish CBD land grab (landowners being ripped off) it would be years before CERA began its CBD Blueprint precincts.

Images, quake damaged Armagh St:


22.04.13. Demolition near RSA bldg, Armagh St










While citizens still existed in broken homes in broken suburbs, EQC & insurers dithered over repairs or rebuilds & CERA minister Brownlee had a week's break at Maggie Thatcher's funeral.

Brownlee dithered for months over an insurer advocacy service, requested by Council, but concocted an advisory service. Council vouched for an advocacy service in contempt of Brownlee's insurer funded advisory service. Brownlee's advisory service, run by insurers, was a fox in charge of the hen house.

Brownlee & the National govt failed to ensure householders were protected from tardy insurers.

CERA's Greater Christchurch Recovery Update, Issue 21 May 2013, reported Crown owned Southern Response insurer's projected repairs & rebuild schedule:

"DATE.        PROJECTED TOTAL REBUILD / REPAIRS 

May 2013     339
June 2013     363
July 2013     436
Aug 2013     473
Sep 2013     554
Oct 2013     578
Nov 2013    659
Dec 2013     771

Jan 2014      836
Feb 2014     928
Mar 2014     999
Apr 2014     1040
May 2014    1139
Jun 2014      1299
Jul 2014       1363
Aug 2014     1418
Sep 2014     1505
Oct 2014     1553
Nov 2014    1631
Dec 2014    1730

2015 end     2801

2016 end    3608"

Thus CERA recovery minister Brownlee, PM Key & minions expected some householders to wait more than 5 years post 22.02.11 quake, before Crown insurer, Southern Response did repairs or rebuild. With such govt leadership, other tardy insurers laughed all the way to the bank.

There was little love lost between Council & CERA, ever since Brownlee had called mayor Parker a clown, had put a Crown observer into Council for a couple of months to sort out Council dysfunction & miscommunications, after Parker's plea for help in controlling stroppy councillors. CERA had also tried forcing Council to sell Council assets to pay for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint anchor projects in the CBD. Dictatorship in Christchurch.

Council awaited NZ govt's / CERA's costings for its expensive anchor projects, like 35 000 seater covered rugby stadium, convention centre, sports facility, performing arts precinct... While CERA & Council squabbled, citizens suffered quake trashed roads & housing. 

Although April was when EQC Truths blogger published the EQC leak in which 83 000+ claimants' details were revealed, neither Brownlee, Sutton, nor CERA mentioned the leak in CERA's May 2013, Greater Christchurch Recovery Update.

Sun 28.04.13. TV One News reported on National's conference at Hanmer Springs, Key & Brownlee inflating their rebuild guesstimate from $30 billion to $40 billion. Of course it would cost NZ taxpayers more than previous guesstimates, as NZ govt's / CERA's anchor projects, demolitions & land grabs in the CBD's N, E & S Frames were expensive follies.

NZ govt was spending billions of taxpayers' dollars buying, demolishing, investing & hoping for resale killings in Christchurch CBD lands. Meanwhile Brownlee couldn't even organize a proper advocacy service for homeowners battling insurers. So much for quake recovery.   

While NZ govt boasted about big spending for Christchurch rebuild, evidence on Christchurch streets was the contrary. Just a monstrous mess, more than 2 years post 22.02.11 quake, with SCIRT detours & a plethora of road cones all over. My entertainment over the last few months was to observe SCIRT teams "working" whenever I drove past. Most workmen stood around chatting, holding spades or brooms, or sitting doing nothing. Usually just a machine operator was working.

Example, Rossal St: 4 workmen, 2 sitting on a pavement doing nothing, one feeding a yellow cable into a manhole in the middle of the road, protected by orange road cones, traffic slowed & detoured, a fat boss standing over him doing nothing. Half an hour later when I drove past again, same scenario - same workman feeding the cable into the manhole, boss doing stand over, 2 "workmen" still seated. Great Kiwi / SCIRT productivity.

Meanwhile access to Leah's London St school was difficult for months, road fences blocking London St, while SCIRT diggings on Stanmore Rd progressed, causing one lane detours by New World supermarket & beyond. With similar detours & narrowings of nearby Bealey Ave, Leah had to find new ways of driving to school.

Pity the National party didn't have the courage to face taxpayers in places like New Brighton, where they'd see their post quake governing mess: red zone, abandoned housing; demolition wastelands; slum living conditions including tagging; intermittent flooding by Avon River, causing patched roads like New Brighton Rd & Owles Tce, near Pages Rd Bridge, becoming impassable during flooding; interminable SCIRT excavations on Estuary Rd & Rookwood Ave /  Bowhill Rd traffic circle...

There was the scandal at Hanmer Springs, National conference, where drunken list MP Gilmore called a waiter "dickhead," & threatened to call PM Key to sack the waiter, as the waiter refused to serve more booze to drunken Gilmore. An example of the excesses of MMP parliament where listed, unelected MPs bullied. Gilmore threatened utu on his detractors before he resigned.

While Gilmore pigged at the trough, some Cantabrians lived like pigs, in quake ruined suburbs, in muddy, broken housing, awaiting repairs, with broken roads, awaiting repairs, a third post quake winter soon. 

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Insurance advocacy service approved (The Press / Stuff Co). 

See Speculation on Heritage tower demolition (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Stop the lollipop makeovers (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Parker keen to explain service to Brownlee (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Owners resisting Govt buy up (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Road works deter customers from citys businesses (The Press / Stuff Co).


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