Sinkhole

Friday, 31 May 2013 4:34 p.m.

St Clair Esplanande 31.5.13 (1)St Clair esplanade, Dunedin [image supplied – click to view enlarged]

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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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12 responses to “Sinkhole

  1. Anonymous

    More rugby porn from the ODT team here. Some of the sinkhole photos are quite creative though, once you politely accept and move on from the paper’s preference. But the fifth photo is spot on, with both the council building and stadium collapsing into it. It would be fair to back-fill the hole with the Stadium Councillors, accept that’s likely to increase the risk of further erosion and corruption to an already fragile foundation.

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/259228/celebrity-sinkhole-bradzilla-emerges-st-clair

  2. Calvin Oaten

    Now if that was the result of ‘global warming’ then I’m all for it.

  3. Read Rob Hamlin’s comment at another thread, a relevant excerpt here:

    He says. . .

    On a related council cockup note, I went to have a gawk at the St Clair sinkholes today. It appeared that another one was in the process of emerging behind our ‘wall of integrity’. This one was not near the ramp, but about fifty yards further up, right next to where the road turns right to go along the front of the Esplanade. It was also a good deal further back, maybe twenty to twentyfive feet inland – about five feet away from the blacktop carriageway itself.

    It was only a little fella when I saw it, may be about two feet across and about one deep, but the pavers around it were beginning to open up ominously.

    What absolutely blew me away was the utter lack of any sense of self-preservation the citizenry were showing. This thing looked exactly like the one in the very first photo last week. The one that a few minutes after swallowed the bench next to it. Today, people were walking up and standing right next to it looking in, and when I arrived (God help us all), were even letting their toddlers play in it. Most of these people appeared to be coming from the direction of the massive sinkholes next to the ramp. One would have thought that they could have made the connection.

    I notified the relevant people and left. One supposes that this mass lack of capacity to make the connection, and lack of sense of danger explains the consistent re-election of the vegetables to Council term-in-term-out. is copied here:

    • I visited the Esplanade at Saturday lunchtime and early afternoon. Further to Rob’s comment, there is another as yet tiny-ish slump of the paved walking surface (ringed with orange safety net), south of the area he’s talking about and opposite the DCC’s St Clair public carpark (on the site of the former beach pavillion) – a new sinkhole in the making?

      Yesterday in the good weather everyone was going under the safety tape to look at the sheetpiling and concrete pour in action, the tide was just catching the excavator’s tracks.

      This week the council and contractors are going to have to beef up the means to safely exclude the public from the edge and the paving area.

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    “This week the council and contractors are going to have to beef up the means to safely exclude the public from the edge and the paving area.”
    Whaddarya, an anti-Darwinist?

  5. Calvin Oaten

    Elizabeth, soft wet quicksand doesn’t draw much blood.

    • Broken limbs, bones through skin, crushed lungs and skullcaps etc, piled with unlaced paving bricks and hunks of concrete in the bottom of a hole ain’t pretty, especially if no-one’s breathing.

  6. Hype O'Thermia

    I truly believe, Elizabeth, that you have the sense to stay well back from the edge of the hole.
    For that reason whatsoever may lie within that chasm of doom shall not distress your delicate sensibilities.

  7. Hype O'Thermia

    Oh dear.
    I’m now overwhelmed by dread about what Rob said: “…lack of capacity to make the connection, and lack of sense of danger explains the consistent re-election of the vegetables to Council term-in-term-out”. The numbers for change are looking worse by the minute!

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