Saturday, January 26, 2013

Spotty Christchurch Rebuild & Abandoned Estuarine Housing

Sat 26.01.13. Forget about Christchurch CBD rebuild as CERA's trumpeting was risible. Since CERA's much vaunted CCDU Blueprint last July, rebuild was a non event in the CBD, just continued demolitions. CERA was battling to buy CBD properties for its green Frame, anchor projects & precincts.

All those overpaid CERA bureaucrats were too comfy in their CBD occupation, guarded by NZDF soldiers, in the red zone cordon, to actually do any rebuilding at all.

The private sector was doing a better rebuild in the suburbs than CERA's nothing in the CBD.

Last week, PM Key, after his Antarctic junket, announced that money would be available to encourage builder apprentice training, to kick start the rebuild. Key woke up 2 years too late.

Meanwhile during quake times, son Luke did a builder carpenter tech course, did in-service builder work & rejected an apprenticeship offer, as there was no rebuild going on. Luke then did a tech joinery course & got a full time job at Southern Pine Products, Halswell Junction Rd. 

News Advertiser, 28.01.13, reported that a quake worker's camp, to house 200 workers, opening in April, would be built on Orion site, corner Madras St / Canon St, to house migrant workers for the rebuild. The workers' hostel, Cressy Village, would have natty workers' apartments each with a bedroom, bathroom, wardrobe / storage & kitchenette.

The hostel would be security guarded & alcohol controlled. Swipe-cards would control access - egress. Sounded like migrant worker, mine hostels I knew in apartheid SA. The development was funded by private sector, JGM group, nothing to do with slack CERA. It was wishful thinking as the hostel never eventuated.

Remembering pics I'd blogged of quake trashed bldgs, I drove around suburbs to see completed rebuilds & restorations done by the private sector, not slack CERA:

Corner Papanui Rd / Wyndham St. New shop, built on Haralds 04.09.10 quake demolition site.

Images, quake damaged Papanui Rd:


Across Papanui Rd, several shops were restored post 04.09.10 quake.



Further down Papanui Rd, a new apartment block, built on a 22.02.11 quake demolition site.



Corner Papanui Rd / Aikmans Rd. New copper roofed shop, built on House of Travel 22.02.11 quake demolition site.



Corner Papanui Rd / Mansfield Ave. Kudos shop rebuild, on Kudos 22.02.11 quake demolition site.



Corner Bealey Ave / Colombo St: Tilt slab shops, built on Bealey Pharmacy 22.02.11 quake demolition site.

Images, quake damaged Bealey Ave:


 


Corner Bealey Ave / Madras St: New dental surgery, built on Hearing Aid & Audiology Clinic 22.02.11 quake demolition site.



Corner Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd. Rebuild of Restoration furniture shop, on Restoration 04.09.10 quake demolition site.

Images, quake damaged Barbadoes St:




Opposite corner Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd. Rebuild of shopping centre, on shopping centre 04.09.10 quake demolition site.




Corner Memorial Ave / Clyde Rd. Shops rebuilt with copper wall panels on 22.02.11 quake demolition site.

Images, quake damaged Memorial Ave:




Corner Rossal St / Holmwood Rd. Rebuild of Holmwood Flowers & Holmwood shops, on Holmwood shops 22.02.11 quake demolition site. For over a year a porta-cabin coffee shop did business on the demolition site.

Images, quake damaged Rossal St:



Rangi Ruru School, Rossal St. New general purpose hall was built on a concrete slab, with steel frame & plastic wall panels. The hall was flimsy as the nor'wester rattled plastic panels, glass doors & windows.


Stanmore Rd. Rebuild of Sun Ning Takeaways, on Sun Nings 22.02.11 quake demolition site.

Images, quake damaged Stanmore Rd:


Stanmore Rd. Rebuild of shops, restaurant & bar, on Henry Africa's Restaurant 22.02.11 quake demolition site.




Kerrs Reach, Avon River. Shed rebuilds of 3 rowing club houses trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished: Avon Rowing Club, Union Rowing Club, Christ's College Rowing.

Images, quake damaged Kerrs Reach:
 








Esplanade, Sumner. House rebuild on 22.02.11 quake, brick house demolition site.

Image, quake damaged Sumner Esplanade:


There were more private rebuilds & restorations going on, the above a random sample. Architects & designers who designed those bldgs were a sorry lot. Greyness, drabness & tilt slab boxes their metier.

The Press Wed 30.01.13 front page blared, "Who owns our city?" Pages 10-11 showed that most CBD land was owned by private landowners, with a sprinkling owned by Council & less owned by the Crown - so far.

NZ govt / CERA land grabbed vast tracts of residential red zone land. CERA also land grabbed CBD land for its green Frame in the middle of the quake trashed, CERA demolished CBD. CCDU boss Isaacs said Frame land would later be sold, once land prices were raised in CERA's core CBD.

NZ govt / CERA gambled with taxpayers' money to speculate on CBD Frame land. "Have a nice day" CERA boss Sutton did minority National / coalition govt's greedy work.

If CBD landowners didn't want to sell their land to CERA for its green Frame, CERA would use its omnipotent powers to confiscate the land with a risible offer. 

CERA had already made Crown offers of half rateable value on red zone vacant land. CERA also bullied NG boutique on Madras St to sell for CERA's Blueprint 35 000 seater, roofed stadium. Never mind that NG boutique was already post quakes restored.

CERA didn't say who would pay for the $500m roofed stadium to be built on Turners & Growers site, atop the CBD Fault. Expecting ratepayers to pay for NZ govt's / CERA's unfeasible Blueprint schemes was risible.

There were already green strips along Avon River banks in the CBD, Hagley Park bordering the CBD too. There was also the proposed AVON / Otakaro Park mooted by a citizens' 18 500 signature petition to parliament for red zone land along Avon River banks from city to sea. So far the AVON Park idea was ignored by NZ govt / CERA.  

Images, quake damaged Estuary Rd:


27.01.13. Quake trashed house, Estuary Rd




Sun 27.01.13. I parked near the end of Estuary Rd, Southshore by Avon / Heathcote Estuary. It was low tide, an easy walk on mud flats to see abandoned red zone housing lining the estuary.



27.01.13. Quake damaged house, Estuary Rd










Many Estuary Rd houses were quake damaged, with temporary repairs done: roofs patched; chimney gap, tarp covered; boarded walls & windows; golden foam filler in wall cracks...


27.01.13. Quake damaged house, Estuary Rd







27.01.13. Plastic sewage tank by quake damaged house, Estuary Rd


27.01.13. Quake damaged house, Estuary Rd




27.01.13. House demolition site, Estuary Rd


27.01.13. Quake damaged house, Estuary Rd



 
Although many Estuary Rd houses were inhabited, some were boarded & abandoned, some had overgrown gardens. I passed a couple of demolition sites too. At the end of Estuary Rd, an Ebbtide St house facing Avon / Heathcote Estuary was fire damaged.

Images, quake damaged Ebbtide St:



27.01.13. Quake damaged house, Ebbtide St


27.01.13. Quake & fire damaged house, Ebbtide St



28.01.13. NZ govt press release, CERA minister Brownlee boasted that so far EQC / Fletcher had spent $1 billion on house repairs. The Press reported that EQC / Fletcher would spend another $2 billion on house repairs by 2015. That was for EQC's under cap $100 000 house repairs.

Never mind 1 000s of home owners waiting years for EQC to decide if their homes were over cap $100 000 before homeowners could negotiate claims with insurers. EQC took years to decide on over cap repairs, while reinsurers replenished funds to pay $100 000 over cap repairs or rebuilds. By March 2016, many home owners still waited for EQC to decide on over cap $100 000 repairs or rebuilds. Over 5 years since the 22.02.11 quake, NZ govt's use of EQC to stall over cap repairs or rebuilds, caused huge strife for over cap home owners. Not a peep from the rest of NZ while that fiasco happened.



27.01.13. Southshore Spit view across Avon / Heathcote Estuary to Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant & Mt Cavendish


27.01.13. Southshore Spit view across Avon / Heathcote Estuary to Redcliffs & Mt Pleasant



27.01.13. Godwits, Avon Heathcote / Estuary, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Oystercatcher, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Quake damaged house, Ebbtide St



Meanwhile, people lived in squalid conditions in quake trashed houses. Despite CERA's / EQC's / Fletcher's boasting, anyone driving around eastern suburbs could see many houses still needed repairs: cracked walls, tarped roofs & chimneys, boarded windows & doors, wood & paper walls with brickwork peeled off, damaged roofs.

Images, quake damaged Southshore Spit:



27.01.13. Southshore Spit view of gulls & oystercatchers, Avon / Heathcote Estuary. McCormacks Bay, Mt Pleasant, Castle Rock & The Tors beyond



27.01.13. Plovers, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit





27.01.13. Black swans, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Quake cracked slipway & abandoned, red zone house, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Quake trashed retaining wall by Avon / Heathcote Estuary, red zone, Southshore Spit



27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit






 

27.01.13. Gulls, Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats, Southshore Spit. Clifton beyond


27.01.13. Plovers & oystercatcher, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, Southshore Spit

I wandered to the end of Ebbtide St, then wandered to Southshore Spit Reserve along estuary mud flats. Lots of waterfowl: godwits, plovers, gulls, black swans, oystercatchers, Canada geese... Magnificent views across the estuary of Mt Pleasant, McCormacks Bay, Redcliffs, Barnett Park, Moncks Bay, Clifton.

Weekend Press Feb 2-3 reported a planned $26m walkway / cycleway along that estuary route, from Ferrymead to Scarborough. A waste of money, as that walk was always done on Main Rd - Beachville Rd - Main Rd pavements, Sumner beach & Esplanade. What stopped cyclists using roads as usual?

The expensive walkway / cycleway scheme was as crackpot as the mayor wanting to put Christchurch Cathedral ruin under a glass cover to attract tourists. Or the Anglican bishop suggesting beach sand on Cathedral Sq.

Why stop at Ferrymead? The walkway / cycleway could go all the way round Avon / Heathcote Estuary to Southshore Spit.

The walkway / cycleway would fork at Ferrymead & go beside Heathcote River, using existing paths, to Cashmere Rd. An Avon River fork from South Brighton Bridge would take walkers & cyclists along existing Avon River stop banks, including the proposed AVON / Otakaro Park, to Christchurch CBD.



27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit



27.01.13. Quake cracked retaining wall & abandoned house, red zone, Southshore Spit



27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit



27.01.13. Boat For Sale by red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit





27.01.13. Oystercatchers, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit



27.01.13. Quake trashed retaining wall & abandoned house, red zone, Southshore Spit







27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit



27.01.13. Quake trashed retaining wall, red zone, Southshore Spit


 


27.01.13. Quake broken drain, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, red zone, Southshore Spit

Scores of red zone houses were abandoned at the waterfront, with jetsam of sorry lives - boats, garden furniture, BBQ equipment, giving the impression of habitation to deter burglars. Some gardens had cut grass, many were overgrown. Quake damage: broken windows, houses tilted, sinking into ooze, broken pillars, cracked walls, wood braced walls, boarded walls & windows, trashed swimming pools, steps, gates, retaining walls & slipways at the waterfront.



27.01.13. Quake trashed retaining wall, pool & red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit



27.01.13. Quake trashed retaining wall by Avon / Heathcote Estuary, red zone, Southshore Spit



27.01.13. Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats, red zone, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Quake trashed slipway, Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats, red zone, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit



27.01.13. Cotyledons by retaining wall rubble, red zone, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Quake trashed slipway, red zone, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit





27.01.13. Quake cracked retaining wall by Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats, red zone, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit







27.01.13. House demolition site by Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats, red zone, Southshore Spit

Never mind some houses were in good condition. All red zoners were forced to abandon their houses, as NZ govt / CERA decreed quake trashed infrastructure too expensive to fix. That happened all over Christchurch wherever red zones were decreed. Brooklands had to be abandoned. although there were many good houses there.
 

27.01.13. Plastic sewage tank by Avon / Heathcote Estuary, red zone, Southshore Spit. Mt Pleasant & Redcliffs across estuary


27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit






27.01.13. Boat, Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats, red zone, Southshore Spit


27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned housing, Southshore Spit



27.01.13. Boats & red zone, abandoned housing, Southshore Spit








27.01.13. Southshore Spit, red zone view across Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats to Redcliffs




Key's National govt would go down in history as the govt that robbed land from it's citizens using quakes as the excuse for the govt land grab. That citizens were still banned from Christchurch CBD by NZDF checkpoints & cordon fencing was pathetic. Key's National govt never explained why it made Crown offers on residential red zone properties. Instead of using EQC as gatekeeper, why had Key's National govt not let insurers just get on with pay outs for quake damages, repairs & rebuilds of residential properties?





27.01.13. Red zone, abandoned house, Southshore Spit

 


Once CERA was gone in April 2016, after doing NZ National govt's dirty work, red zoning, touting Crown offers & land grabbing estuarine properties, I expected a future NZ govt would profitably sell all that land. Engineers would invent new fangled foundations to float on estuarine ooze & viola more Southshore development. And riches in developers' pockets.


27.01.13. Southshore Spit view across Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats to Mt Pleasant



27.01.13. Southshore Spit view across Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats to Clifton


27.01.13. Southshore Spit view across Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats to Barnett Park & Mt Pleasant


27.01.13. Southshore Spit view across Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats to Moncks Bay & Redcliffs


27.01.13. Southshore Spit view across Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats to Redcliffs


27.01.13. Southshore Spit view across Avon / Heathcote Estuary mudflats to McCormacks Bay

I wandered to the end of Southshore Spit to look across the estuary mouth at quake trashed housing on Clifton cliff top - houses torn apart by quakes & cliff fall. One house, teetered two thirds on top of the cliff, with one third rubble scattered at the cliff bottom, on tons of cliff fall boulders by Peacocks Gallop.


27.01.13. Southshore Spit view of quake trashed houses on Clifton cliff edge. Shipping container barrier below cliff at Peacocks Gallop




27.01.13. Southshore Spit view of quake collapsed Shag Rock & quake trashed houses on Clifton cliff edge











27.01.13. Southshore Spit view of quake collapsed Shag Rock


27.01.13. Southshore Spit view of a quake cracked retaining wall on Clifton cliff top. Shipping container barrier below

From Southshore spit, the double row of Peacocks Gallop, shipping containers, "protecting" traffic by Clifton cliff fall looked puny.


27.01.13. Tsunami siren atop pole, Southshore Spit Reserve

Mon 04.02.13, 4.44 pm, 3.8 mag quake, 3 km depth, 10 km SE of Christchurch (Geonet). Rattled by, truck like, quivering my computer chair for about 30 seconds while I edited this post. 

Tues 05.02.13. The Press reported Council ineptitude regarding repairing Council housing, despite Council receiving $21m from EQC for repairs 10 months ago:

"The Council - the second biggest landlord in the country - received a $21 million interim payment from the commission last April so it could begin repairing damage to its housing units. So far it has repaired only five units.

Housing new Zealand has repaired 230 of its hardest hit properties...

The closures [recent Council flat closures] bring the number of Council housing units out of action because of quake damages to about 470."

What a scandal. No wonder CERA minister Brownlee was annoyed with Council. Councillors were overpaid idiots, without compassion nor desire to help citizens existing in squalid post quake conditions.

Wed 06.02.13, 8.02 pm, 3.6 mag quake, 8 km depth, 10 E of Christchurch (Geonet). I didn't feel it at Burnside, neither did Leah at Classical Sparks show in Hagley Park. Luke, closer to the epicentre at South New Brighton, said it shook his girlfriend's house.

Meanwhile SCIRT for several weeks dug up Estuary Rd again by South New Brighton School, for the third time in a year. Luke's girlfriend's family couldn't drive onto their property for days, while SCIRT buried new, concreted water pipes. Irritating.

No wonder Brownlee had a private meeting with Council (part of SCIRT) regarding ballooning infrastructure costs. SCIRT should've buried new sewage & water pipes simultaneously, instead of digging up Estuary Rd 3 times by South New Brighton School.

Leah was still shaken to hell at her London St school, while demolishers took their time demolishing nearby Richmond Working Mens Club. Whenever a demolition machine jolted or smashed, the school shook.

Coda. 23.03.16. The Press reported that Christchurch cycleways would be completed in 2022.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Chch investors seize chance, take on risk (The Press / Stuff Co). 

See Crown offers for flat land residential red zones (CERA).

See Big three have $1.2b price tag (The Press / Stuff Co). 

See Planned coastal pathway would cost $26m (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Housing fixes my priority Johanson (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Christchurch cycleways construction to take longer than planned (The Press / Stuff Co).