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Christchurch quakes 13 June 2011

Powerful earthquakes rock Christchurch #eqnz
Aftershocks continue #eqnz

New Zealand Civil Defence (NZCD)
http://www.civildefence.govt.nz http://www.twitter.com/NZcivildefence

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)
http://www.cera.govt.nz/
http://www.facebook.com/CanterburyEarthquakeRecoveryAuthority
https://twitter.com/CERAgovtnz

Earthquake Commission New Zealand (EQC)
http://www.eqc.govt.nz/

Christchurch City Council
http://www.ccc.govt.nz/
http://www.twitter.com/ChristchurchCC

Media news:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/
http://www.3news.co.nz/
http://tvnz.co.nz/

(13 June, 9.01pm) @CERAgovtnz RT @msdgovtnz Cowles Stadium Welfare Centre open http://ow.ly/5geid for those needing emergency assistance in #chch following #eqnz

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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Letter from Christchurch – it’s bad

WHAT DO RED STICKERS MEAN NOW?

Just had a long and rather unpleasant shake as I began to write. I am not certain how many demolitions have taken place with independent engineering advice that the buildings are OK. I know of one definite case in Lyttelton and we had a very close call with the Tunnel building. Transit had the diggers in place ready to demolish. A tenant alerted a friend who got on to NZHPT who actually got their engineer onto the case promptly. He said the damage was minor and Transit backed down (probably because they have a memo of understanding with NZHPT).

In the CBD owners have of course been unable to get independent experts in but decisions are being made to demolish simply because buildings have been red-stickered. The red sticker means they are unsafe to enter as it stands – it should not mean automatic demolition. It involves no judgement as to whether the building could be restored if appropriate shoring up took place. At present owners are being given 24 hours notice that a building is going to be demolished with little possibility of influencing the decision and no chance to recover possessions.

I will try to get more details on the process or lack of it at a meeting I am going to tomorrow. We have received calls from a number of distressed owners who have valuable property in buildings which they believe can be restored but who fear that they will lose both building and contents without being able to do anything about it.

The general approach seems to be that any reasonably undamaged buildings in a block are just a nuisance and will slow down the process of clearance – that it is more efficient to clear out everything (this is the view of somebody working hard to prevent listed buildings from being demolished).

Another reason behind the demolition of red-stickered buildings is that the demolition companies apparently get the materials and contents as salvage – so we have been informed by an antique shop owner who defied the red stickers (in a suburban area) in order to recover stock ahead of the demolition crews.

I will try to get more details to you tomorrow, it is clear that there are owners who want to restore their buildings but are simply being told they have to come down and that is that.

{Names removed, letter received by What if? on Tuesday 12.07am. -Eds}

“DEMOLITION CREWS, THEY’RE WORSE THAN THE LOOTERS.”

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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