Post quakes, in 2013 Christchurch Council affairs were a mess, after the CERA Act & CERA's subversion of elected councillors' & mayors' functions by CERA appointees, like boss Sutton & henchman Isaacs & appointed Crown managers. CERA's elected minister Brownlee gave CERA's bullying a bit of false democracy.
CERA's imposition on Christchurch for 5 years by NZ National govt was a disaster, as CERA caused many demolitions and huge delays in rebuilds. Besides antagonizing Christchurch City Council with constant interference, CERA held up private sector rebuilds by offering peanuts to CBD property owners for properties for CERA's Blueprint. Antagonized property developers took their development money elsewhere, like Auckland, or offshore. CERA failed to get offshore funding for Christchurch rebuild, like offshore funding from China.
Sunday Afternoon 14.07.13. CERA's Christchurch CBD red zone had been a cordoned dead zone for 2 years 4 months. Two weeks ago, NZDF soldiers had left Christchurch CBD cordons for good. CERA had allowed military cordons to strangle the life out of Christchurch CBD for 28 months' military occupation. CERA had only allowed favoured contractors & demolishers into the CBD. Citizens were banned while CERA contractors profited. As no rebuild went on in CERA's demolition land, the core CBD, I looked at reuilds done by the private sector in Victoria St.
6 images, Victoria St:
14.07.13. Post quake, retail rebuild, near Knox Plaza, Victoria St
Victoria St: Near Knox Church ruin, a glassy, retail rebuild was up next to Knox Plaza, post 22.02.11 quake. Across the road Procope ruin still stood, it's side wall covered in loose boards & tatty tarps blowing in the wintry wind. After a few months, tarps & boarding were useless in foul weather, allowing the elements in. As it was a stormy afternoon, rain & hail blew into Procope ruin. While insurers delayed, ruins rotted, awaiting demolition & rebuild.
14.07.13. Quake ruined Procope, Victoria St
A boarded window read:
NO THX TO SCUM
Across Victoria St, doggerel on a power pole by Ben Brown:
The clock, if somewhat gaudy
tells a time of poets and hatters
apparently all mad
at an intersection
which makes no sense except
that all roads must lead somewhere
sometimes only one way.
C'est la vie it would seem but
there is more than one way to go
in this life, to the cafe, to the bar,
to the money bin to strike
it rich, to the broken church
to square your loss with god,
to another intersection that can't
make up its mind except
that it must exist.
14.07.13. Ben Brown poem on power pole, Victoria St. Quake trashed Procope opp
Victoria St / Salisbury St crossing: A steel frame rebuild was going up on the cnr. Further down Victoria St, behind abandoned Victoria Mansions, another rebuild was going up. Both rebuilds post 22.02.11 quake were quickly done by private developers, without CERA's interference.
14.07.13. Two post quake rebuilds, Salisbury St / Victoria St / Montreal St crossing
Block between Salisbury St / Madras St / Bealey Ave: A new glass & concrete box behind Alan Reay Consultants, easily seen from Salisbury St & Bealey Ave. Glass & concrete boxes were de rigueur post quakes & Christchurch would soon be glass & concrete box paradise. Design engineers & architects had lots to answer for such uninspiring bldgs. Never mind boring tilt slabs bldgs going up too.
Alan Reay Consultants was the engineering design firm which designed the CTV bldg, which collapsed & burned in the 22.02.11 quake, killing 115 people. The Royal Commission of Inquiry found Alan Reay was remiss in not supervising his subordinate Harding who designed the CTV bldg. The Commission found Harding was an inexperienced designer.
Despite the Royal Commission of Inquiry findings, Christchurch families & Japanese families, who'd lost loved ones in the CTV bldg collapse, were upset that NZ National govt did nothing to prosecute Alan Reay Consultants & hold them accountable for 115 deaths. Meanwhile Alan Reay continued practising in Christchurch (The Press 25.11.13).
The Press 09.01.14 reported that Alan Reay Consultants was renamed Engenium. Directors like Reg Garters distanced themselves & Engenium from Alan Reay's name. Business as usual, despite 115 people killed in the CTV collapse.
6 images, Madras St:
14.07.13. Alan Reay Consultants (renamed Engenium) Madras St. By 2015 the Alan Reay sign was gone
14.07.13. Demolition site & office bldg, Madras St
14.07.13. Bealey Ave view, demolition site & office bldg
Cnr Madras St / Bealey Ave: A dental clinic rebuild on the old Audiology Clinic demolition site, post 22.02.11 quake. Pre quakes, I'd attended the Audiology Clinic.
14.07.13. Dental Clinic rebuild on Audiology Clinic demolition site, Cnr Bealey Ave / Madras St
Cnr Bealey Ave / Colombo St: Tilt slab imagic shops rebuild on the old Bealey Pharmacy demolition site, incl The Gift Shop, post 22.02.11 quake.
3 images, Bealey Ave:
14.07.13. Imagic shops rebuild on Colombo Pharmacy demolition site, cnr Colombo St / Bealey Ave
A SCIRT sign on Colombo St, by a ROAD CLOSED sign read:
SHOP PARKING AVAILABLE
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR
Since SCIRT caused so many detours, due to all its road diggings around Christchurch, there were many such SCIRT signs by SCIRT detours around shops.
14.07.13. SCIRT, ROAD CLOSED sign, cnr Colombo St / Bealey Ave
Cnrs Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd: Shopping Centre rebuild, several shops, including Barbadoes Foodstore, on the old Shopping Centre demolition site. Another rebuild shop across Barbadoes St. Cnr opp Shopping Centre, Restoration rebuild on the old Restoration demolition site - All rebuilds post 04.09.10 quake.
10 images, Barbadoes St:
14.07.13. Shops rebuild on shops demolition site, cnr Edgeware Rd / Barbadoes St
14.07.13. Shop rebuild on shop demolition site, Barbadoes St
14.07.13. Restoration rebuild on Restoration demolition site, cnr Edgeware Rd / Barbadoes St
The shops all had much thicker concrete foundations when compared to pre quakes foundation slabs. Future quakes would have to be mighty powerful to crack the new foundation slabs & force liquefaction mud inside.
Near cnr Barbadoes St / Warrington St, next to St Albans Park: An old, wooden surgery was propped on 4 steel crutches, while a small, blue digger & small, white front-end-loader excavated pre quakes, concrete foundations, for replacement with new, thicker, concrete foundations. The new bldg hoisting technology was developed in response to good bldgs surviving quakes on weak concrete pile foundations, or weak concrete slab foundations, or weak concrete ring foundations. Thus good bldgs could be saved aloft, while new foundations were built beneath them.
14.07.13. Wooden surgery propped on 4 steel crutches, while concrete foundations are rebuilt, Barbadoes St, nr St Albans Park
Cnrs Sherborne St / Westminster St: Shopping Centre rebuild, including Papas Pizzas, on the old Shopping Centre demolition site, post 04.09.10 quake. Diagonally opp cnr, Angus Butchery demolition site was still empty. Next door, 2 rebuild shops, incl Willow Shoes & St Albans Seafood, Fish n Chips
4 images, Sherborne St:
14.07.13. Copper clad shops rebuild on shops demolition site, cnr Sherborne St / Westminster St
14.07.13. Shops rebuilds on shops demolition sites, Westminster St
*Wandered Victoria St, Madras St, Bealey Ave, Barbadoes St, Sherborne St.
Although there were more rebuilds outside CERA's core CBD, I drove home, as wintry weather was too foul for finding more rebuilds. I'd been blogging Christchurch quake zones for over 3 years & was tired of driving long distances on quake crapped roads to find so few rebuilds.
Tuesday 16.07.13. NZTV One News reported CERA minister Brownlee saying the Human Rights Commission was "dreadfully wrong" querying why CERA's review of 150 red stickered, Port Hills houses was taking so long? Meanwhile 150 homeowners were stopped by CERA from living in their Port Hills homes ever since the 22.02.11 quake - so far 2.5 years. Brownlee's response was that the homeowners should've accepted NZ National govt's / CERA red zoning. A NZ National govt land-grab.
CERA had repeatedly delayed residential property zonings & proved to be the Anus Mundi in shonky dealings with Cantabrians. Never mind delays by EQC & insurers, regarding repairs & rebuilds, all causing untold anguish for Cantabrians.
It was shameful that Brownlee's CERA delayed zoning dealings, yet Brownlee had recently instigated a Crown manager to deal with Council consents delays till the end of 2014. Brownlee should pull in a Crown manager to deal with CERA's delays, as there were few rebuilds in Christchurch's core CBD. Purchase of CBD Frame land was also bogged down by CERA's low offers. Regarding CERA's vaunted CBD rebuild in CERA's demolition wasteland - What rebuild CERA?
More than 2 years into its regime, CERA had so little to report on its non doings that it filled its latest Greater Christchurch Recovery Update, Issue 23, July 2013, with 12 pages, 3 columns per page, of all the do-gooder helpers helping copeless Cantabrians, CERA misleading the lot of course. Headlines:
P 1. SPECIAL EDITION SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY, A LONG HAUL, BUT HELP IS OUT THERE. (CERA)
Contact numbers: Canterbury Support Line... Community Energy Action... Red Cross... CERA... EQC... CCC... Waimakariri District Council... Selwyn District Council...
P 2. EXTENSION TO SETTLEMENT IN THE RESIDENTIAL RED ZONE (CERA)
FREE FINANCIAL ADVICE (CERA)
WE ARE HERE TO HELP IF YOU NEED IT (WINZ). Pre quakes, I was stuffed around by feckless WINZ bureaucrats for years - stand over & bullying tactics, letters not answered, many fruitless meetings & bad advice.
P 3. EARTHQUAKE SUPPORT LIGHTENS THE LOAD FOR OPAWA RESIDENT (Earthquake Support Coordination Service).
CANTERBURY EARTHQUAKE TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION SERVICE - A RANGE OF SUPPORTS ON OFFER
P 4. SURVIVING THE THIRD YEAR AFTER DISASTER - SUPPORT FOR GREATER CHRISTCHURCH ROB GORDON PhD
The doctor wittered 3 columns of Psycho 101, do-gooder nonsense.
P 5. ALL RIGHT? IN GREATER CHRISTCHURCH? (Allright)
AFTER HOURS CARE IN CHRISTCHURCH
After Hours contact numbers: 24 Hour Surgery... Riccarton Clinic... Moorhouse Medical Centre... Linwood After Hours Surgery... Papanui After Hours Surgery... Psychiatric Emergency Mental Health Services... In an emergency call 111
P 6. INSURANCE SUPPORT & ASSISTANCE. List of all the insurer delayers & their contact numbers:
IAG & IAG contacts:
THE CO-OPERATIVE BANK
The above insurers & their shady reinsurers were a rogues' gallery of willful delayers regarding assessments, repairs & rebuilds.
All that CERA did was belatedly produce its Residential Advisory Service, RAS.
IAG said in CERA's Update: "IAG is committed to complete all claims within its rebuild and repair programme by December 2015." As some of those claims were from the 04.09.10 quake & many from the 22.02.11 quake, claims should've been completed within a year. Imagine living in a quake crapped house waiting for repair or rebuild for years as proposed by IAG. That was the reality of post quake Christchurch. Many houses still had tatty tarps on roofs; faded, grey boards covering quake damages & faded, grey, wooden braces propping up walls. Insurers were wilfully delaying settlements for years & blaming EQC about EQC's slow $100 000 overcap decisions.
P 7. RESIDENTIAL ADVISORY SERVICE, HELPING HOMEOWNERS THROUGH THE REBUILD / REPAIR PROCESS. RAS was recently formed by CERA & insurers to avoid court cases, in opposition to Council's Residential Advocacy Service (court cases). A dissonance between CERA & Council & CERA usurping Council functions. Local democracy died when Anus Mundi CERA took over.
P 8. CONTRIBUTING TO THE EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY IN CANTERBURY
(Housing New Zealand. Slow in housing stock repairs & rebuilds).
SCIRT: HOW WE CAN HELP YOU (Slow in road repairs & road infrastructure rebuilds). SCIRT's gang of slackers: City Care; Downer; Fletcher; Fulton Hogan; McConnell Dowell.
Meanwhile Fletchers, also contracted to EQC, had earned a rotten reputation for slow repairs of quake trashed housing. CERA's / EQC's boasting was that 40 000 housing repairs were completed. But that was only half the housing repairs needed to be completed, nearly 2.5 years post 22.02.11 quake.
NZ National govt owned a big proportion of Fetchers & EQC was a govt agency, so the combination of Anus Mundi CERA, inept EQC, evasive Fletchers & tardy insurers was a post quake disaster for housing repairs & rebuilds. Canterbury housing repairs & rebuilds were in disarray for years post quakes. Never mind Council's & Housing NZ's slow repairs of Council & state housing. Never mind CCDU's interference with private enterprise in CERA's core CBD & the Frame.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES RESOURCES
P 9. RED CROSS SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
COMMUNITY ENERGY ACTION'S TOP TIPS TO STAY WARM
WARM HOMES A PRIORITY THIS WINTER (Environment Canterbury) Pre quakes, ECAN usurped local democracy by NZ National govt's appointment of govt commissioners & sacking of local elected managers.
P10. A HELPING HAND IN THE SELWYN DISTRICT (Selwyn District Council)
THE HUB HAS MOVED HOUSE! (Waimakariri District Council)
SPECIALIST ADVICE GRANT FOR MAORI HOME OWNERS (Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu) An exclusive Maori home owner grant. Apartheid was kicking in Canterbury.
P 11. SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE FOR CONNECTING COMMUNITIES
- CHRISTCHURCH APPEAL TRUST
- CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL. If CERA had an inkling of democracy, Council would've been on page one ahead of the rest.
P12. KEEP WARM & WELL THIS WINTER Healthy Christchurch, a CDHB intersectoral partnership with 200+ signatory organizations, including Earthquake Support Coordination; Community Energy Action Trust; Age Concern; NZ Fire Service; WINZ; Tenants Protection Association; Allright...
Sunday 21.07.13, 5.09 pm, 6.5 mag quake, 20 km E of Seddon, 58 km SSW of Wellington, 48 km ESE of Blenheim. (TV OneNews & US Geological Survey). There would be many EQC claims from Seddon, Wellington & Blenheim. As EQC had not got its Christchurch quakes claims sorted, nearly 3 years post 04.09.10 quake, EQC staff would be running around like headless chickens.
The Press 30.07.13 reported that last year 54 relatives of those killed in the CTV collapse had complained about Alan Reay to the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ, IPENZ. Complainants wanted Reay investigated by IPENZ. Although Reay had been an IPENZ member since 1970, Reay tried to squirm out of an IPENZ investigation using legal action against IPENZ.
Two years since the above post, CERA was useless at even starting building its Blueprint anchor projects, like Convention Centre, Metro Sports Facility, 35 000 seater, covered stadium, E Frame housing... As CERA was disbanding in 2016, on Thursday 02.07.15, PM Key announced the formation of a new govt organization, Regenerate Christchurch to replace CERA, under control of the PM's Office. Brownlee would be boss of Regenerate Christchurch from 2016. A Stuff Co wag dubbed it Degenerate Christchurch.
Disbanded CERA functions would be taken over by Regenerate Christchurch & other central & local govt agencies & departments like: Otakaro Limited; Land Information New Zealand (LINZ); Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE); the Greater Christchurch Group in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; Ministry of Health / Canterbury District Health Board. Given the hotch-potch of CERA functions, no wonder CERA was a disaster.
CERA & Regenerate Christchurch were similar to SA apartheid development corporations - QDC, QwaQwa Development Corporation, TDC, Transkei Development Corporation... where homeland "citizens" had no say in Nationalist govt decrees foisted on them.
NZ National coalition govt would rule Christchurch for years post quakes, with CERA stooges, then Regenerate Christchurch stooges, while Council puppets danced on govt strings. NZ National govt tried forcing Council to sell its revenue producing assets like Christchurch Airport & Lyttelton Port to pay off National govt foisted, Blueprint anchor projects, millstones round ratepayers' necks. It was stupid contemplating selling a revenue producing asset like Christchurch Airport to pay for a loss producing, rugby stadium foisted by NZ National govt / CERA.
Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.
See Are insurance companies deliberately delaying? (The Press / Stuff Co).
See Rebuild speeding up but still slow (The Press / Stuff Co).
See Damaged homes leave many out in the cold (The Press / Stuff Co).
See Quake repairs EQR totally incompetent (The Press / Stuff Co).
See CTV engineer fights probe (The Press / Stuff Co).
See EQC cuts costs with lower standards (The Press / Stuff Co).
See CTV collapse liability demanded (The Press / Stuff Co).
See New legislation to replace Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act (The Press / Stuff Co).