Lifting the Red Zone Cordons….. What does it mean for us?

ha ha what a joke…

Locked out of undamaged factory for 835 days – (since Feb 2011)

Do we still own our building????   who knows – 309 days since designated “South frame”- only 4 +more years to go before we get told if we are going to be compulsorily acquired by CCDU

So the central city cordons come down by the 28th of June 2013.

What does that mean for us in High Street.  Nothing!!!!.

As a result of 2+ years of indecision and lack of direction by CERA/CCDU and the building owners in High Street, we will remain behind fencing.

The parapets are in many cases still insecure, the rubble remains and the globe building is still lying in the street.

Here is a copy scan of the cordon reduction. It does not show our area. In fact I had trouble even finding a link to it on the net, hence the scan.


Here are the dates:
CERA proposes to remove large parts of the CBD rebuild zone cordon by 28 June 2013, however in some cases cordon fences may be removed sooner than that.  
Please note the following target areas and dates for progressive-cordon removals, and also note these are subject to change – at short notice.
Friday 7 June 2013 – 3.00pm
·         All CBD Rebuild zone fences North of Gloucester Street

Friday 14 June 2013 – 3.00pm
·         All CBD Rebuild zone fences South of Gloucester Street, and East of Manchester Street

Friday 21 June 2013 – 3.00pm
·         All CBD Rebuild zone fences South of Hereford Street

Friday 28 June 2013 – 3.00pm
·         The remaining CBD Rebuild zone fences – if safe and practical to do so.

However fences will remain around all sites that are under construction, under demolition or dangerous. Other properties that don’t fall into these three categories – may also be fenced, at the owners discretion.
As the building owner or their representative it is your responsibility to ensure that the building and property is adequately secured ready from this date.  You will also be responsible for arranging to mitigate any hazards, including erecting suitable fencing – when the CERA cordon fencing is removed.
Please be aware that any public space that is no longer within the cordon will revert to the Christchurch City Council’s management.  Normal construction/demolition site management procedures will apply, such as temporary traffic management, dealing with pavement and road encroachments, parking restrictions etc.
the CERA Case Managers and Cordon Management team

I have been mulling over the legacy of CERA/CCDU.  In our block they have been unsuccessful in forcing the building owners to act.

What were they good at:  They WERE successful at demolitions citywide.

One of the interesting issues to surface is that the CERA/CCDU  had this misguided idea that “overseas Investors” would rush into Christchurch to assist the rebuild.  It always puzzled me why they thought this.  We are a very small, low wage economy, there was never a hope that they would get the return a large investor would require. Also when the big investors did come to have a look they very quickly worked out the CERA/CCDU were so controlling that it was impossible to work with them. So this reinvestment never happened.

CERA/CCDU then failed at engaging with the local building/business owners. They were so busy swaning off overseas to find these “large investors” that they failed to talk to the locals. This resulted in the refusal of the building owners to either commit to repair or re invest in the city. Partially because it was totally inaccessible, and partially because we were shut out. The local investors very quickly realised that the opportunities were out side the city centre, ie outside the green frame.  What we have now is a donut city. All the heart is outside the city centre and inside the frame is a vacuum.

Tied in with the CERA/CCDU failures was the failure of the Government to ensure that Insurance issues were dealt with in a timely and reasonable manner.

Combined with the bypassing of the Christchurch City Council,  the total loss of democracy, the lack of direction from Chris Findlayson – the Minister of Heritage ( who has been remarkable silent in Christchurch), the inability of the Christchurch City Council Heritage team to save large proportions of the CBD.

The situation for us is impossible, depressing and shows no signs of improving.

We have decided that we will no longer wait for access to the front of our building from High Street, we will reopen with our factory shop from St Asaph Street.

Watch this space.

Ho hum, I wait with interest for the much-needed commission of inquiry into the functioning and decisions of CERA/CCDU. The lack of in-depth analysis of this situation is a constant puzzle to me.


7 thoughts on “Lifting the Red Zone Cordons….. What does it mean for us?

  1. or, of course, when there were local businesses who were equipped and keenly motivated to repair their buildings and reopen their businesses, CERA instead actively endeavoured to starve them out so that they could steal their land for other pipe-dreams, resulting in thos owners swearing that hell would have to freeze over before they would ever again expose themselves to this little town

    • Hi Bruce, I could not agree more. But I am biased! I still want to know why certain building owners were picked out for favourable treatment while the rest of us were left to fall.

      • one of those not so nice Catholic Girls schools. So wrong gender for a start! Notice I am not fessing up. It was a horrible place. They liked “nice” girls that did what they were told.

  2. while mulling what CERA were “good at”, you forgot to mention they were good at producing maps with colours on them

    credit, where credit due!

    • ha! yes you are right they must have a excellent IT department, maybe I should go and get a job there. I could do the job easy! I did struggle to seee some positives. regards Nicky

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