Saturday, June 29, 2013

NZDF Soldiers Gone, CERA Dictatorship & Cordons Continue, Colombo St

Sun 30.06.13. Midday, the day NZDF soldiers left Christchurch CBD's, red zone cordon for good  During June, CERA reduced strangling cordon fences around the red zone CBD. 28 months post 22.02.11 quake, NZDF soldiers finally left cordon checkpoints, but cordon fences stayed around individual CBD bldgs, some CBD streets & CBD demolition sites. So cordon fencing was still abundant in the quake ruined CBD. Cordon fences would stay for years while "rebuild" happened.

Midday in Cathedral Sq, true to CERA's short-changing form, CERA hadn't removed 2 cordon fences on the west side of ruined Christchurch Cathedral. Citizens were streaming into Cathedral Sq both sides of Worcester St & Colombo St, but were blocked by the 2 remaining cordon fences. CERA office huts were gone from Cathedral Sq, but CERA's leaving 2 cordon fences, stopped citizens walking around their beloved Cathedral.

I'd parked my car near Colombo St / Salisbury St corner, as I wanted to wander southwards down Colombo St for the first time since the 22.02.11 quake. I wandered past demolition sites of old, wooden bldgs both sides of Colombo St. All that remained was a rickety turret of a ghost house by a heap of weedy rubble. 

Images, quake damaged Colombo St:


06.07.13. Double storey house, demolition rubble & turret, Colombo St, nr Salisbury St crossing


Corner Colombo St / Salisbury St: Two adjacent demolition sites - Post 04.09.10 quake, I'd coolpixed a ruined bldg by Braziers with its side wall ripped off, exposing a first floor toilet for all to see. The ruin was long gone. Behind the wall was another demolition site with Gap Filler, mini golf & windmills made from bicycle wheels & plastic, blowing in the wind.


06.07.13. Quake demolition site, cnr Colombo St / Salisbury St


06.07.13. Demolition site & gap filler games, Colombo St, nr Salisbury St crossing


30.06.13. Colombo St southern view of abandoned Copthorne Hotel, awaiting demolition & abandoned Forsyth Barr, awaiting repairs. Port Hills beyond. Abandoned Town Hall right, awaiting repairs

Corner Colombo St / Peterborough St: More corner demolition sites. A corner pissoir covered in adverts stood in line with distant, abandoned Copthorne Hotel & abandoned Forsyth Barr. Copthorne Hotel was later demolished.


30.06.13. Cnr Colombo St / Peterborough St view of post quake CBD skyline. Repaired Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left. Abandoned Forsyth Barr middle & abandoned Town Hall right, both awaiting repairs


06.07.13. Cnr Colombo St / Peterborough St view of abandoned Copthorne Hotel awaiting demolition. Abandoned Forsyth Barr behind awaited repairs


30.06.13. Cnr Colombo St / Peterborough St, demolition site view of Forte Health rebuild left, Kilmore St & abandoned Forsyth Barr right awaiting repairs


30.06.13. Abandoned office bldg, cnr Colombo St / Kilmore St


30.06.13. Cnr Colombo St / Kilmore St view of abandoned Copthorne Hotel awaiting demolition left. Abandoned Town Hall right awaited repairs

Corner Colombo St / Kilmore St: 3 more corner demolition sites. Eastwards along Kilmore St stood a 3 storey, glassy, Forte Health rebuild. On Saturday night, I'd driven along Kilmore St, one-way, fence cordoned, or cone cordoned most of the way from Madras St to Cranmer Sq crossings. That gave the lie to CERA's removal of cordon fencing.


30.06.13. Colombo St western view of Kilmore St, shortly after reopening, 28 months post 22.02.11 quake. Abandoned Town Hall left awaited repairs. Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site beyond left


30.06.13. Colombo St eastern view of cone cordoned, one way Kilmore St. Forte Health rebuild left

Never mind all the cordon fencing around scores of current SCIRT excavations on Christchurch roads. There were irritating detours around SCIRT excavations too. I'd lost count of car light bulbs I'd replaced due to SCIRT potholes, exacerbated by recent heavy rains. Since SCIRT had dug up Christchurch roads for 2 years post 22.02.11 quake, replacing pipes, roads had become worse than quake damages to roads.

Abandoned, cordoned Town Hall began on the SW corner Colombo St / Kilmore St & sprawled westwards toward Pallet Pavilion on the Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site. Councillors voted to repair Town Hall & music buffs extolled Town Hall's acoustics.


30.06.12. Cnr Colombo St / Cambridge Tce view of abandoned Ernst & Young left awaiting demolition


30.06.13. Cnr Colombo St / Cambridge Tce view of Forte Health rebuild, Kilmore St

I wandered a cordon fence avenue across the middle of Colombo St Bridge, 1902. During quakes, N end of the bridge, iron balustrades bashed concrete abutments, causing spalling both sides of the bridge. Eastwards from Colombo St Bridge were demolition sites along Kilmore St & Cambridge Tce & abandoned Ernst & Young next to PGC demolition site, where 18 people died when PGC collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. Ernst & Young was demolished in 2014.


30.06.13. Southern view of fence cordon avenue across quake damaged, Colombo St Bridge. Abandoned Copthorne Hotel left awaited demolition. Forsyth Barr behind awaited repairs, Victoria Square apartments right awaited demolition


30.06.13. Quake damaged NE abutment, Colombo St Bridge. Forte Health rebuild left, Kilmore St. Abandoned Ernst & Young right, Cambridge Tce, awaited demolition in 2014



30.06.13. Quake damaged, cordoned Colombo St Bridge. Abandoned Ernst & Young behind, awaited demolition in 2014


30.06.13. Fence cordon between Colombo St Bridge & abandoned Town Hall awaiting repairs. Pre 22.02.11 quake ad on wall


30.06.13. Quake damaged NW abutment, Colombo St Bridge by cordoned, abandoned Town Hall awaiting repairs


30.06.13. Northern view of fence cordon avenue across quake damaged, Colombo St Bridge. Abandoned Town Hall left awaited repairs


30.06.13. Victoria Sq view of cordoned cnr Colombo St / Oxford Tce. Abandoned Ernst & Young left & abandoned Copthorne Hotel right awaited demolitions


30.06.13. Victoria Sq / Colombo St view of Oxford Tce demolition site & abandoned Ernst & Young, Cambridge Tce, awaiting demolition in 2014
 
Citizens streamed across Victoria Sq from Pallet Pavilion, on Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, going to Cathedral Sq. By Avon River a cream coloured, Maori totem pole stood before abandoned Town Hall awaiting repairs. The totem pole was later removed.


30.06.13. Victoria Sq view of Victoria Bridge left over Avon River & Maori totem pole, later removed


30.06.13. Maori totem pole, later removed, by Avon River, Victoria Sq. Quake trashed, abandoned Town Hall behind awaited repairs


Victoria Sq was fence cordoned along Colombo St by abandoned Copthorne Hotel & Winnie Bagoes demolition site. Armagh St, eastwards of Victoria Sq was open towards Oxford Tce demolition sites & reopened New Regent St, but westwards it was closed due to Craigs House demolition for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre.


30.06.13. Victoria Sq / Colombo St cordon view of Colombo St demolition sites & abandoned Copthorne Hotel, awaiting demolition. Repaired Pacific tower (Rendezvous Hotel) middle



30.06.13. Victoria Sq / Colombo St cordon view of abandoned Copthorne Hotel left, awaiting demolition. Abandoned Forsyth Barr middle awaited repairs. Abandoned The National Bank / Isaac House right


30.06.13. Victoria Sq view of abandoned The National Bank / Isaac House & Victoria Square apartments awaiting demolition right

 
Two women & their dog stood in front of Queen Victoria, Boer War statue, staring at abandoned Forsyth Barr & The National Bank / Isaac House.


30.06.13. Victoria Sq view of 2 women & dog viewing Forsyth Barr. Queen Victoria statue, Capt James Cook statue & The Arcades behind


Corner Colombo St / Armagh St: Abandoned Forsyth Barr & The National Bank / Isaac House guarded demolition sites both sides of Colombo St going to Cathedral Sq. Forsyth Barr was gutted. The owner wanted to repair it for Crowne Plaza Hotel. Never mind concrete stairs collapsing down stairwells in the 22.02 11 quake, trapping survivors, who saved themselves by abseiling out of windows. The National Bank / Isaac House was cracked both corners, windows & doors boarded.


30.06.13. Victoria Sq view of abandoned Forsyth Barr left awaiting repairs & abandoned The National Bank / Isaac House right

An sign on Forsyth Barr cordon fence read:

    SEVERE FALL
        HAZARD
   DO NOT ENTER
PERMIT REQUIRED


30.06.13. Fall Hazard sign, Forsyth Barr cordon fence, due to salvage of bldg contents


30.06.13. Colombo St / Armagh St crossing. Quake buckled pavement in foreground, demolition sites towards Oxford Tce beyond


30.06.13. Boarded door & quake cracked bldg cnr, The National Bank / Isaac House, cnr Colombo St / Armagh St


30.06.13. Colombo St / Armagh St crossing. Abandoned Copthorne Hotel left & abandoned Ernst & Young right awaited demolitions. Demolition sites towards Oxford Tce right

Colombo St to Gloucester St crossing: Demolition sites both sides of Colombo St, including Farmers demolition site, for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre, which would include part of Gloucester St, after abandoned Central Library & abandoned Chancery Lane Arcade were demolished.
 

30.06.13. Colombo St view of demolition site, repaired Novotel left, abandoned Camelot Hotel middle, awaiting demolition for Central Library rebuild. Ruined Christchurch Cathedral right


30.06.13. Colombo St demolition site view of repaired Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left, repaired Novotel middle, abandoned Camelot Hotel right, awaiting demolition for Central Library rebuild


30.06.13. Colombo St view of abandoned Telecom & abandoned Government Life, Cathedral Sq. Government Life was demolished, an asbestos hazard

The idea of creating a pleasant walk from Victoria St, past Ngai Tahu's new Cultural Center, across Victoria Sq, past the new Convention Centre, new Performing Arts Precinct across Colombo St & new Central Library across Gloucester St to Cathedral Sq was a good idea. But nowhere in NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint was there mention of car parks for traffic which would use the new Central Library, new Convention Centre & new Performing Art Precinct. Unless CCDU got its planning act together, it would cause traffic chaos, as Gloucester St would become a dead end by the new Convention Centre.

Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing to Cathedral Sq: The NZDF checkpoint was gone at last. As little demolitions nor restorations went on at Cathedral Sq, why did CERA take so long to open Cathedral Sq?


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq NZDF checkpoint gone, cnr Colombo St / Gloucester St. Ruined Christchurch Cathedral & Chalice sculpture behind


30.06.13. Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing, western view of briefly reopened Gloucester St & abandoned Central Library right, awaiting demolition. Every bldg in this pic would be demolished for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre, which would include this bit of Gloucester St


30.06.13. Colombo St / Gloucester St crossing, eastern view of reopened Gloucester St. Isaac Theatre Royal restoration left. Repaired Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) & Novotel right. Novotel blue sign disingenuously thanked Council / NZDF / CERA for occupying Christchurch CBD for 2 years 4 months post 22.02.11 quake



30.06.13. Cnr Colombo St / Gloucester St by abandoned Camelot Hotel: Cordoned Christchurch Council sign boasted about colours & creativity in the post quake CBD. Some art works were kindergarten stuff, from adult artists too


30.06.13. Christchurch Coat of Arms, steel plaque on Colombo St pavement by abandoned Camelot Hotel


30.06.13. Abandoned Camelot Hotel left, repaired Pacific tower (Rendezvous Hotel) right, NE cnr Colombo St / Cathedral Sq. Camelot Hotel would be demolished for Central Library rebuild

Images, quake damaged Cathedral Sq:


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq western view of abandoned bldgs: Telecom left, Central Police, Hereford St middle, Government Life right, awaiting demolition. Central Police was imploded 30.05.15


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq western view of abandoned bldgs: Telecom & old PO obscured by trees. Central Police right, Hereford St, was imploded 30.05.15

Cathedral Sq: Christchurch Cathedral was surrounded by cordon fencing & at the east end, both sides, a double layer of shipping containers stood alongside walls, in case of collapse. Wherever I looked at Christchurch Cathedral, there was loose, cracked stonework, which belied heritage fanatics' restoration ideal. The tower had collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake & was demolished. The western facade had part collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake, leaving a great gaping hole, with attendant steel bracing. Pigeons roosted inside the Cathedral on Cathedral roof beams.


30.06.13. Serial quake trashed, fence cordoned Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq. Abandoned Millennium Hotel behind


Anyone who thought that ruined, rotting Christchurch Cathedral was worth restoring was barking mad. We'd heard lots of barking from heritage fanatics over the last 3 years since the 04.09.10 quake. Strange that Catholic Anderton wasn't barking about restoring the RC Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Barbadoes St, also ruined by quakes.


30.06.13. Serial quake trashed, fence cordoned Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq



 
 



30.06.13. Boarded N transept of serial quake trashed, fence cordoned Christchurch Cathedral & WW memorial statue, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Serial quake trashed, fence cordoned Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq. Abandoned Telecom right


30.06.13. Western facade of Christchurch Cathedral collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake. WW memorial statue right





30.06.13. Shipping container barrier & cordon fence on north side of quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Shipping container barrier by N transept, chancel & apse, serial quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq




30.06.13. Serial quake damaged apse & N transept, Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq



30.06.13. Serial quake trashed, fence cordoned apse, Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq




I wandered eastwards around Christchurch Cathedral, windows boarded & shipping container swaddled, past abandoned Camelot Hotel, to repaired Novotel, ready to reopen in August, past a Novotel sign on Warners Hotel demolition site, disingenuously thanking Council / NZDF / CERA for keeping citizens safe, past a lawyer's notice on the same demolition site.


30.06.13. Abandoned Camelot Hotel, Cathedral Sq, awaiting demolition for Central Library rebuild


30.06.13. Repaired Novotel, Cathedral Sq

Through a gap between Camelot Hotel & Novotel I saw abandoned Forsyth Barr & Isaac Theatre Royal, the beginnings of NZ govt's CCDU's Blueprint Performing Arts Precinct. If the quake trashed & foundation cracked Town Hall was restored, the Performing Arts Precinct would duplicate Town Hall facilities. A Blueprint cock up between NZ govt / CCDU & Council.


30.06.13. Isaac Theatre Royal restoration seen between abandoned Camelot Hotel left & repaired Novotel right, Cathedral Sq. Camelot Hotel was demolished for Central Library rebuild



 30.06.13. Abandoned Forsyth Barr seen between abandoned Camelot Hotel left & repaired Novotel right, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Warners Hotel demolition site view of abandoned Government Life left & abandoned Camelot Hotel right, awaiting demolitions, Cathedral Sq. Camelot Hotel was demolished for Central Library rebuild


30.06.13. Lawyer's notice, Warners Hotel demolition site, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. The Press demolition site view of abandoned Government Life middle & abandoned Camelot Hotel right, awaiting demolitions, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view across Warners Hotel & The Press demolition sites to Isaac Theatre Royal restoration, seen between repaired Novotel left & The Press rebuild right. Shipping containers covered the theatre facade, Gloucester St

I wandered past The Press demolition site, to abandoned Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel, a wall part demolished.




30.06.13. Warners Hotel demolition site view across The Press demolition site to Cathedral Junction left & Governmental Departmental Buildings right, Cathedral Sq. Novotel blue sign disingenuously thanked Council / NZDF / CERA for 2 years 4 months occupation of Christchurch CBD post 22.02.11 quake


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq, Christchurch Cathedral view of The Press demolition site (car park) Novotel left, The Press rebuild middle, Cathedral Junction right, Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) behind



30.06.13. Cathedral Sq, Christchurch Cathedral eastern view of Worcester St: Cathedral Junction left, Government Departmental Buildings right



30.06.13. Heritage Hotel restoration left. Abandoned Millennium Hotel right, Cathedral Sq 






30.06.13. Heritage Hotel restoration left. Abandoned Millennium Hotel right, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Entrance to abandoned Millennium Hotel, Cathedral Sq


South side of Christchurch Cathedral had boarded windows, rubble lying next to the nave wall & a small turret in overgrown, grass, all fence cordoned. The Cathedral Visitors Centre, nave walls, chancel & apse all showed quake damaged masonry. Christchurch Cathedral was weak stone construction, which heritage fanatics wanted to waste millions restoring. Never mind the swamp & CBD Fault on which Christchurch Cathedral was built. Across the road, a Smith crane was parked next to abandoned, part demolished BNZ. The fence cordon west of the collapsed western facade stopped citizens circling Christchurch Cathedral.


30.06.13. Shipping container barrier, S side of Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Fence cordon by S transept, Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq






30.06.13. S nave wall, quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq



30.06.13. Fence cordon, S side of Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Christchurch Cathedral, overgrown garden, removed turret & serial quake trashed S side of nave & S transept, Cathedral Sq



30.06.13. Colombo St view of fence cordoned S side of serial quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Colombo St view of fence & shipping container cordoned S transept, Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq. Repaired Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) middle. Heritage Hotel restoration right


30.06.13. Demolition crane parked by part demolished BNZ, cnr Cathedral Sq / Colombo St


30.06.13. Demolition crane view of part demolished BNZ left, reopened Ibis Hotel middle, abandoned Telecom & old PO right, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Colombo St view of demolition crane parked by part demolished BNZ right. Christchurch Cathedral S transept left, Cathedral Sq. Repaired Novotel & Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) behind


30.06.13. Demolition crane view of abandoned Millennium Hotel, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Colombo St view of demolition crane, abandoned Christchurch Cathedral left, abandoned Millennium Hotel right


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq S view down cordoned Colombo St. Part demolished BNZ left, abandoned Timezone right

Cathedral Sq west: ANZ demolition site behind a cordon fence, a hole filled with rubble, twisted steel rods & parked diggers with teeth; abandoned public toilets; abandoned old PO & Tourist Information; abandoned Rydges Hotel; abandoned Government Life (awaiting demolition) interspersed with demolition sites.
 

30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view of cordoned ANZ demolition site



30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view of part demolished BNZ


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view of closed public toilets & reopened Ibis Hotel left, abandoned Telecom middle, abandoned old PO / Tourist Information right


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view of serial quake trashed W facade & S nave wall of Christchurch Cathedral. Steel bracing was useless in the 13.06.11 quake





30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view of abandoned Forsyth Barr & abandoned Camelot Hotel left (awaiting demolition) serial quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral middle, Chalice sculpture right


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view of ANZ demolition site left, closed public toilets right. Closed Lichfield St car park garage beyond,


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view of closed public toilets


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view of abandoned Millennium Hotel left, part demolished BNZ right

I left Cathedral Sq & wandered south along Colombo St, past ANZ demolition site & apocalyptic Hereford St where a sausage sizzle sizzled by a demolition rubble crusher. For lunch I bought a cooked sausage, fried onion & slice of bread, $2 for kids' cancer care. 

Images, quake damaged Colombo St:


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq S view of Colombo St


30.06.13. Part demolished BNZ, cnr Cathedral Sq / Colombo St


30.06.13. ANZ demolition site, Colombo St. Closed public toilets & reopened Ibis Hotel left, abandoned Telecom & abandoned old PO / Tourist Information right




30.06.13. ANZ demolition site, Colombo St. Illusion junk art on wall behind


30.06.13. Demolition digger, tangled steel reinforcement rods & demolition rubble, ANZ demolition site, Colombo St



30.06.13. Colombo St / Hereford St / High St crossing: Part demolished BNZ left, Hanafins demolition site middle


30.06.13. Colombo St / Hereford St / High St crossing: Hanafins demolition site left, Stook sculpture & KFC demolition site right


30.06.13. Colombo St / Hereford St / High St crossing S view down Colombo St, demolition sites & abandoned bldgs both sides. Stook sculpture left



30.06.13. Colombo St W view down Hereford St, demolition sites left to abandoned Central Police, reopened Ibis Hotel right. Central Police was imploded 30.05.15



30.06.13. Sausage sizzle by demolition rubble crusher, cnr Colombo St / Hereford St


30.06.13. Demolition rubble crusher & sausage sizzle on demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Colombo St. Reopened Ibis Hotel left & abandoned Cathedral Sq bldgs beyond


30.06.13. Sausage sizzle on demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Colombo St. Abandoned Cathedral Sq bldgs beyond


30.06.13. Colombo St / Hereford St / High St crossing view of Chalice sculpture & abandoned Cathedral Sq bldgs




30.06.13. Colombo St / Hereford St / High St crossing view of abandoned Christchurch Cathedral left & part demolished BNZ right


30.06.13. Colombo St / Hereford St / High St crossing view of abandoned, old PO left & abandoned Government Life right, awaiting demolition, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Colombo St S view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs towards The Crossing by Cashel St


30.06.13. Colombo St W view across a demolition site to Hereford St. Repaired, new Council bldg middle



30.06.13. Colombo St NW view past abandoned Timezone left towards abandoned bldgs in Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Colombo St SE view past demolition sites  & abandoned bldgs to High St

I wandered past abandoned bldgs & demolition sites to The Crossing at Cashel St & busy Restart Cashel Mall. On the sky bridge was an illusion painting, part bldg, part sky. Council though spending money covering abandoned bldgs with junk art would kiss things better. Junk art was plastered or painted on bdgs & roadsides all over the CBD. Never mind USAR / TF & taggers' graffiti & advert boards / fence banners for myriads of contractors sucking off ratepayers & taxpayers.

A couple of Council boards on Colombo St read: ADDING COLOUR AND CREATIVITY TO THE CENTRAL CITY. Pity Council hadn't added colour & creativity to Council housing, which was behind in repairs. Council had its priorities wrong.  


30.06.13. The Crossing S view, Colombo St / Cashel St crossing. Illusion art, part bldg, part sky on sky bridge. Port Hills beyond


30.06.13. Abandoned Pagoda Court, The Crossing W side, Colombo St / Cashel St crossing



30.06.13. The Crossing E side, Colombo St / Cashel St crossing view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs to High St left & Cashel St right. Hotel Grand Chancellor, Holiday Inn & Westpac high rises all demolished, middle


30.06.13. The Crossing E side,  Colombo St / Cashel St crossing view of demolition site & abandoned bldg, High St


30.06.13. Demolition site & abandoned bldgs, The Crossing E side, Colombo St / Cashel St crossing


I wandered past the abandoned Bus Exchange, part demolished, basement flooded by rain; past reopened Ballantynes to Lichfield St crossing. West side of Lichfield St was open, going to the temporary Bus Exchange. East side of Lichfield St was fence cordon closed. Cordons gone CERA? Yeah right!


30.06.13. The Crossing E side, Colombo St / Cashel St crossing view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs down Cashel St



30.06.13. The Crossing W side, Colombo St / Cashel St crossing view of Restart Cashel Mall. Reopened Ballantynes left. Abandoned Pagoda Court right



30.06.13. Quake trashed, closed, abandoned, old Bus Exchange, Colombo St


30.06.13. Quake trashed, closed, abandoned, old Bus Exchange NW view of Colombo St towards Cathedral Sq. Abandoned Pagoda Court at The Crossing left


30.06.13. Reopened Ballantynes, Colombo St


30.06.13. Flooded basement on demolition site by quake trashed, closed, abandoned, old Bus Exchange, Colombo St



30.06.13. Colombo St SE view of fence cordon closed Lichfield St. Demolition site left, old Council bldg middle, The Frontrunner right. Old Council bldg was demolished for the new Bus Exchange, opened May 2015


30.06.13. Colombo St E view of fence cordon closed Lichfield St. Closed, old Bus Exchange left, demolition sites & abandoned bldgs right


30.06.13. Colombo St W view of reopened Lichfield St


30.06.13. Cnr Lichfield St / Colombo St S view. Abandoned The Frontrunner left


30.06.13. Colombo St / Lichfield crossing, N view up Colombo St. Some bldgs reopened left, incl Ballantynes by sky bridge. Fence cordoned demolition site & abandoned, old Bus Exchange right
 
I returned to my car & texted Leah to come & see reopened Cathedral Sq. When we both returned to Cathedral Sq the west side cordon fencing was gone, so citizens could once again circle Christchurch Cathedral, unmolested by cordon fencing, glowering security, NZDF soldiers & cops, already lurking in their Cathedral Sq kiosk, cop car parked alongside.

Two years, four months post 22.02.11 quake, Colombo St in the CBD was mostly demolition sites, abandoned bldgs & a few reopened shops like Ballantynes. Rebuilds had a long way to go. Although CERA had dictatorial powers, its Blueprint didn't have any retail rebuilds on main street, Colombo St. What a blunder!

Meanwhile developers by Restart Cashel Mall squabbled & did next to nothing. The perfect place for a retail centre was by The Crossing, east side of Colombo St, stretching towards Manchester St past Hotel Grand Chancellor, Holiday Inn & Westpac demolition sites. The area was a vast demolition site awaiting retail development.

The Crossing 2015: Cashel Mall had several retail developments including The Crossing, Colombo St; ANZ Centre, NE corner Cashel St / Colombo St, opposite The Crossing; BNZ Centre, NW corner Cashel St / Colombo St, by Restart Cashel Mall, opposite Ballantynes. They formed a retail hub together with The Terrace development further up Cashel Mall by Bridge of Remembrance, Oxford Tce. Between new retail developments both sides of Colombo St, Restart Cashel Mall container shops & abandoned Pagoda Court were in limbo.


30.06.13. Fence cordoned, serial quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq




30.06.13. Fence cordoned, WW memorial statue by quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral, closed Visitors Centre & N transept, Cathedral Sq


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view of serial quake trashed, cordoned Christchurch Cathedral. Abandoned Millennium Hotel behind


30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view of serial quake trashed, cordoned Christchurch Cathedral & bordering hotels: Novotel & Rendezvous Hotel (Pacific Tower) left, Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel right




30.06.13. Cathedral Sq view of serial quake trashed, cordoned Christchurch Cathedral W facade



Newspaper headlines:

The Star Fri 28.06.13, MOTORISTS GO POTTY: "SCIRT planning manager Angus Bargh said SCIRT had about 130-150 'active' work sites with more than 80 detours on the network. 

'My expectation after last week's rain is that every single detour will require some level of patching.'...

He said any pot holes outside SCIRT's work sites should be reported to the council."

Christchurch citizens endured CERA's / SCIRT's apartheid even in fixing pot holes - CERA's SCIRT or Council pot hole repairs? Citizens endured the ongoing farce between CERA & Council - CERA dictated, Council resisted. Brownlee was Transport minister too & later on became Defence minister.

With all the court cases Brownlee endured over the years, Brownlee behaved like Mussolini, with scant regard for security or court judgements. Brownlee & his entourage were caught sneaking though a Christchurch Airport side door to avoid domestic airline checks. In 2014 Brownlee was fined $2 000 for that contempt of airport security.

Although courts ruled that NZ govt's / CERA's red zoning was illegal, in 2015 after delays for uninsured, vacant land, red zoners, Brownlee again delayed CERA pay outs to uninsured, vacant land, red zoners.

The Press Sat 29.06.13: MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN CHRISTCHURCH, a full page trumpeting.

Mayor Parker raved about CBD anchor projects being cost shared by the Crown & Council. He forgot to mention Ngai Tahu's Cultural Centre, expansion of the Hospital Precinct, new Justice & Emergency Services Precinct, Hagley Cricket Oval.

NZ govt's / CERA's / CCDU's anchor project cost sharing:

"Convention Centre Precinct. CCC $0. Crown contribution including land $284m. [By 2015 that fantastic cost had blown out to considerably more. June 2016. NZ Govt announced a scaled down Convention Centre, just a hall, without hotel, offices, flats & shops].

The Frame. CCC $0. Crown contribution including land $481m."

Council had meekly allowed NZ govt / CERA to land grab new Convention Centre land from Victoria Sq all the way across Gloucester St to Cathedral Sq. Worse, Council had meekly allowed NZ Govt / CERA to cheapskate acquire vast CBD Frame land - E Frame, between Madras St & Manchester St & between Oxford Tce & Lichfield St - CCDU wannabe parklands, housing, commercial bldgs; S Frame, between Tuam St & St Asaph St & between Manchester St & Montreal St, including Innovation Precinct eastwards & Hospital Precinct westwards & CCDU's obscure commercial developments; N Frame Oxford Tce & abandoned Centennial Pool area, site of the Blueprint Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

Snag with CCDU's ever expanding wish list in the Frame was that many sound, quake survivor bldgs & businesses would be destroyed by CERA & forced to relocate outside the Frame, like viable car dealers. The Frame was govt land speculation using taxpayers' money.

Even if the new Convention Centre & Frame developments were handed back to Council in later years, Christchurch citizens would've had no say whatsoever in their making. But they would've paid for both in their rates & taxes.

"Metro Sports Facility. CCC $147m. Crown contribution including land $70m.

Performing Arts Precinct. CCC $158m including Town Hall rebuild. Crown contribution including land $8m. [New mayor Dalziel & her new councillors later decided to repair the old Town Hall to obviate wasting money rebuilding a new Town Hall].

Central Library. CCC $60m. Crown contribution including land $19m.

The Square [No longer Cathedral Sq]. CCC $5m. Crown contribution including land $5m [Hogwash as Cathedral Sq was already there].

Avon River Precinct. CCC $6m. Crown contribution including land $89m. [Hogwash as Avon River banks were already there, Council owned. If the post quake Watermark by Antigua Boatsheds was an example of development, then it was a waste of money, as it was just a boardwalk, revamped riverside paths & a concrete wall for taggers to pollute].

Bus Interchange. CCC $40m. Crown contribution including land $51m. [As per the temporary bus exchange on Tuam St, moving the new Bus Interchange further along Tuam St would cause huge traffic congestion on Colombo St, Tuam St & Manchester St].

Stadium. [35 000 seater, roofed]. CCC $253m (capped). Crown contribution including land $37m."

Ratepayers were landed with an expensive, loss maker, white elephant stadium, dictated by NZ govt. Why wasn't NZ Rugby contributing? CCDU Blueprinted the stadium on the CBD Fault which caused the Boxing Day quake 2010. Never mind all the devastating quakes post Boxing Day quake on Christchurch swamp. Mad planning went for all the above anchor projects foisted on ratepayers by NZ govt / CERA / CCDU.

Who wanted to live in E Frame housing near the stadium plonked in CERA's CBD? If readers though I talked crap, that's what SA apartheid social engineers did: Separate development by structural violence - military occupation (NZDF soldiers checkpointed Christchurch CBD cordons for 28 months) intimidation by soldiers & cops to do govt dirty work, not to mention Hi Vis vested, hard hatted workers, weak or non existent local govt, greedy business collaborators, fencing, demolitions, forced removals (red zone residential & CBD land acquisitions & clearances National govt style) stadiums & other monstrosities.

The Press Mon 01.07.13. COUNCIL SET TO LOSE CONSENTING POWER

International Accreditation New Zealand removed Council's accreditation for bldg consents.

Regarding NZ govt doing everything it could to discredit Christchurch Council, versus Council doing everything it could to obstruct NZ govt, it was the pot calling the kettle black.

On the one hand arrogant, overpaid, Council management didn't heed public protests in 2012, so mayor, town clerk & councillors had themselves to blame. 

On the other hand, NZ govt / CERA had no room to blame, as it did little to sort out tardy EQC & tardy insurer woes, which citizens complained about ever since the 04.09.10 quake. As EQC / insurer tardy pay outs, repairs & rebuilds had dragged out for years & would continue to drag out in future, it was a national disgrace. Both Council & NZ govt already had nearly 3 years to speed up bldg consent processing.

The Press Tue 02.07.13. EQC NEGOTIATES $3.25B IN REINSURANCE COVER

Ironic, as NZ govt hadn't ensured that EQC was adequately reinsured pre 2010-2011 quakes, despite EQC's 2008 warnings to NZ govt, hence the ghastly farrago of the current inadequate cap of $100 000 for individual house repairs & ducking & diving by EQC & insurers, causing untold grief for 1 000s of citizens with quake ruined housing. Pity The Press never adequately reported the lack of EQC reinsurance pre quakes, relying only on "Bert" whinings in Stuff Co comments.

Herd of stampeding elephants: "Following northern hemisphere negotiations undertaken by EQC's Hugh Cowan, the commission has reinsurance cover of $3.25 billion, up from the $2.5b of reinsurance cover from single events held prior to the 2010 earthquake..." 

[That reporting by NZ govt / EQC was quietly done, soon after NZ govt / CERA & Council trumpeted the above cost sharing of govt foisted CBD anchor projects & govt shafting of Council over its bldg consents processing. The whole consents debacle was stage managed by NZ govt / CERA to make govt look good & Council to look bad].

"EQC has received 467 000 claims

It was about 37 per cent through the land settlements, but most of those settled so far were in the hill suburbs, Simpson said.

The insurer was also 37 per cent through its building claims..."

[Only 37% nearly 3 years post 04.09.10 quake!]

"In terms of the Canterbury Home Repair Programme, run by Fletcher EQR, about 40 000, or half of the 81 000 house repairs have been done. [Half of the quake damaged homes still suffered more freezing winters].

About 91 per cent of contents claims have been resolved."

Pathetic EQC nearly 3 years post 7.1 mag quake, 04.09.10.

The Star Wed 03.07.13. QUAKE 'HOMELESS' GROW

"Between 5 000-7 000 Christchurch people have been classed as 'homeless' in the latest statistics released by Ministry of Housing Innovation and Employment.

[Both my adult sons were classified 'homeless,' as they couldn't find a flat to share, despite searching & lived at our Burnside rental home till they found a rental to share. Both were well qualified & worked long hours.]

The figures include people who have had to move out of their houses while undergoing earthquake repairs, people who cannot afford city's high rents [my sons rents inflated since the quakes, current average $400 p/w.] and those living on the streets...

A ministry researcher Dan Martin... defined homelessness as people with 'insecure' housing including those who live on the streets and those in overcrowded homes... [Us - small, cold, damp, 3 bedroom, ex state house, rental with 4 adults overcrowding].

But the situation wont get better until a peak in 2015-2016 because of demand for housing fuelled by rebuild workers arriving in the city, and people moving out of houses while they are being repaired...

City councillor Livingstone went public over his plans to move red zone houses onto Council owned land for a cost of $80 000 per home, money he said was already sitting in the city council's coffers. [Livingstone hustled for imminent Council elections. Livingstone woke up late, despite jabbering at public protests in 2012.]

Likewise insurance & house relocation companies have called for red zone houses to be shifted to help address the housing crisis.

A CERA spokeswoman said it supports the relocation of houses and have assisted in shifting more than 100 houses so far."

In 2012, CERA minister Brownlee was in denial, saying there was no housing crisis. Meanwhile Jake's Waltham flat was flooded in the 22.02.11 quake, then Jake endured 6 months unemployment, squatting in a quake trashed garage off Sherborne St, with chemical toilet, surrounded by mounds of liquefaction mud during winter. We helped Jake financially during that tough time.

After that Jake found a good flat at Geraldine St, lived there a while, then moved to a friend's house in Albemarle St. He left recently, as the friend was having a baby & needed Jake's room.

So Jake moved in with us at Burnside. Jake & Luke wanted to flat together & searched for a flat for months. No luck. So far, Luke had worked for nearly 2 years in the joinery industry & lived with us at Burnside. Jake worked for 8 years in the hospitality industry & flatted all that time. Our family was a microcosm of Christchurch's post quake, housing crisis.

So far, the housing crisis was misled by Council & CERA management monkeys, all passing the buck - both Council & state housing were not being repaired fast enough. And consents for red zoners' new housing were not being issued fast enough by Council. Hence slow govt intervention by a Crown manager, nearly 3 years post 04.09.10 quake. Maryatt, Parker, Sutton & Brownlee had lots to answer for.

Wed 03.07.13. MARRYATT TAKES LEAVE FROM COUNCIL The Press reported that town clerk Marryatt had taken indefinite leave, was under investigation & a Crown manager would be appointed to manage bldg consents until Dec 2014. Since before the quakes Council showed appalling management & Marryatt was responsible for debacle after debacle - dodgy Henderson property purchases; under insurance of Council assets - no insurance for Bromley sewage plant; giving staff 10 extra days paid leave per year; slow bldg consent issues...

Maryatt & his consents staff had issued consents for dangerous new bldgs, despite Council's faulty red / yellow / green stickering of bldgs post 04.09.10 quake; despite bldgs collapsing in subsequent quakes; despite public protests in 2012 about Sideshow Bob & Teflon Tony; despite the Royal Commission of Inquiry finding fault with Council's management - upshot $80 000, Felicity Price report about inadequate Council internal communications, which Marryatt said would improve. Yeah right.

Parker supported Marryatt too long, including his exorbitant salary & $68 000 salary increase. Parker was Brownlee's puppet & both feared Labour's Dalziel becoming the new mayor post 2013 local Council elections.

Despite positive public opinion about Parker's media abilities post 22.02.11 quake, Parker was a pathetic quake mayor. In 2012 unable to control errant councillors, Parker asked Brownlee for help. Upshot - an appointed Crown manager to keep an eye on councillors for a couple of months, with Marryatt demanding councillors be gagged after his salary increase leak & some councillors publicly protesting about his salary increase. Marryatt took a grievance case against Council for the latter. And Marryatt & Parker didn't want public attending Council meetings. Marryatt's excuse: "Commercially sensitive."

Unable to control his errant town clerk, regarding non supply of Consents Accreditation information, Parker again asked Brownlee for help. Upshot - appointment of another Crown manager to supervise & upgrade Council bldg consents issuing until the end of 2014. Democracy was dead in Christchurch.

Fri 05.07.13. TV One News reported that mayor Parker would not stand for a third term. (The Press Sat-Sun 06-07.07.13. MAYOR PARKER QUITS).

What a farce: Within a week, departure of NZDF soldiers from CBD checkpoints; Trumpeting of cost sharing for anchor projects by Council & NZ govt; Council loss of consents accreditation; Mayor Parker putting town clerk / consents boss Marryatt on indefinite leave; CERA minister Brownlee ensuring a Crown manager would sort out consents till the end of 2014; Puppet Parker, supporting Marryatt through thick & thin, not standing for mayor again.

That left Christchurch demolition zones & rebuild zones open for a new mayor & councillors. Recycled Labour MP & mayoral candidate Dalziel had no competition. Parker's "A Team," those who'd supported Marryatt's $68 000 pay rise in 2012, wouldn't survive the next Council election. Public protestors had bayed for their blood in 2012.

Parker & Marryatt were arrogant, overpaid, divisive sell outs. On their watch, Marryatt & Parker did huge damage to Canterbury democracy: Pre quakes, supporting the usurping of ECAN by appointed Crown managers (elected managers sacked) controlled by appointed dame Bazley, allowing greedy dairy farmers to overuse Canterbury Plains waters. Sell outs Parker & Marryatt bought Auckland's Ellerslie Flower Show for $3m, a loss maker (Weekend Press 3-4.08.13) & bought crap CBD properties from bankrupt Henderson.

Post quakes, Parker & Marryatt meekly sold out several Council functions to usurping CERA, like SCIRT road works. They meekly sold out to CERA, which acquired CBD Frame lands & CBD Convention Centre land, paying peanuts to CBD land owners. They meekly sold out to 2 appointed Crown managers in Council within 2 years. They meekly sold out to CERA regarding CBD red zone commercial land, like Convention Centre land & N, E & S Frame lands. They meekly sold out to CERA regarding red zone riverside & Port Hills residential land. Parker & Marryatt sold out to NZ govt, enabling massive land grabs in Christchurch CBD, riverside & Port Hills suburbs.

Parker said he was exhausted & Marryatt was on leave, not fronting up to ratepayers again, after giving Council workers 10 days extra paid leave per year, post quakes.

I never heard Parker nor Marryatt complaining about the NZDF occupation of Christchurch CBD, where initially cops & mostly soldiers manned red zone checkpoints for 28 months post 22.02 11 quake, citizens banned. Regarding Council consents & insurances, ratepayers would pay for Parker's & Marryatt's ineptitude for years to come. NZDF soldiers gone, Marryatt gone, Parker gone. Good riddance to the lot of them. 

Meanwhile citizens awaiting house repairs or rebuilds, still battled EQC & insurers & some still existed in quake damaged housing, enduring their third post quake winter. Having demolished Parker & Marryatt, it was time Brownlee jackbooted EQCs' & insurers' asses.

Tue 30.07.13. Jake & Luke found a safe, 5 bedroom, wooden, double storey, house rental by Heathcote River, Ashgrove Tce, Cashmere & moved in with 3 mates & hangers-on. Both sons commuted long distances to & from their CBD & Merivale work, over quake & SCIRT crapped roads, as there were no suitable rentals near their work.

Leah & I now enjoyed more space in our 3 bedroom, Burnside rental, but clearing out our sons' stuff, 28 years' worth, needed months of sifting, sorting & cleaning.

Our landlady increased our Burnside rent again, second time in a year, as she said rates had increased & insurance had tripled. Given that insurers only planned to complete housing repairs / rebuilds by the end of 2016 (sick joke post 22.02.11 quake) it looked like a glorified Ponzi scheme, whereby people like us living in sound post quake housing paid for rebuild / repairs of quake trashed housing, via our post quake, exorbitant insurance premiums & rates.

The Weekend Press 3-4.07.13 house rental adverts gave 2 Harcourts adverts & just 16 expensive house rentals. So much for Brownlee's market forces. The lack of housing for insurgent rebuild workers forced rental prices up for long time residents like us. (CERA idled, doing nothing about rebuild workers' housing, causing massive demand for rentals). Landlords, insurers & Council won with increased revenues. Tenants lost, as salaries & wages hadn't risen. We paid for increased rental costs without any rise in Leahs' breadwinner salary, nor increase in WINZ rental supplement.

NZ govt did nothing about the inflated rental market in Christchurch, transfixed by the GCSB saga. Should PM Key's revised spy law be promulgated, more civil liberties would be lost, just like apartheid & post apartheid SA. Laughable that smirking Key justified GCSB law changes to spy on NZ citizens, due to nebulous Kiwis training as Al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen, yet Key didn't name those Kiwis, nor their so-called terrorist activities. Key's comments were as risible as his "weapon of mass destruction" referring to the recent Boston bomb. 

Leah & I lived through decades of apartheid Nationalist govt, scaremongering about commie terrorists lurking behind every SA door, to justify oppressive security laws. PM Key's National govt scaremongering about Al Qaeda terrorists lurking behind every Kiwi door, to justify his oppressive spy law, was fascist ideology. Like apartheid Nationalist PMs, National PM Key spun cordons of the mind.

Although Key's NZDF soldiers had left CBD cordon checkpoints, Key's dictatorial CERA / CCDU appointees would infest Christchurch CBD till their use by date, 18.04.16.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Council set to lose consenting power (The Press / Stuff Co).

See EQC negotiates $3.25b in reinsurance cover (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Christchurch rents leap $100 a week (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Brownlee calls time on development deadlock (The Press / Stuff Co). 

See Blueprint timeline on target (The Press / Stuff Co). 

See PM Key's Spy Law Change (NZ Herald). 

See New Zealand disasters boost insurers profits (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Gerry Brownlee fined for airport security breach (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Crown reviewing supreme court ruling 13 March 2015 (CERA).

See Deadline for publication of draft residential red zone offer recovery plan extended 26 May 2015 (CERA).

See Christchurch red zone compensation plan delayed (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Christchurch retail precinct good as done (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Crown to go it alone on Christchurch Convention Centre (The Press / Stuff Co).