“If you’re one of them bugger you…” 3 years on in Christchurch…

Locked out of undamaged factory for 932 days – (since Feb 2011)

Do we still own our building????    Now 405 days since designated “South frame, Innovation Precinct” – only 4 more years to go before we get told if we are going to be compulsorily acquired by CCDU.

I laughed till I cried this morning when I heard this song. It perfectly depicts the plight of many of us in Christchurch. It is a must view…..     http://thechristchurchfiasco.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/into-year-4-bugger-by-the-people-of-christchurch/

Well here we are, 3 years on from the September 2010 earthquake. Lets spare some thought on what we have achieved.

The High Street Building is unfinished and unproductive, getting the builders and contractors on site is an ongoing nightmare.  Although we are being drip fed money by the Insurance company, I seem unable to get a full payout.  This comment in the paper by Andrew Gunn rather hit the nail on the head!  In a nut shell, the longer the insurer hangs on to your money the more interest he make!  Link Here:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/9137530/Drop-cover-hold-on-to-insurance-money

CERA and the CCDU have total control of the city, and have made some extremely poor decisions.

The CBD is dead and completely flattened. Rebuilding seems many years away, while CERA and the CCDU worry about football stadiums, Convention Centres and swimming pools.

The Christchurch City Council appears dysfunctional.  Partly because CERA/CCDU took all their power away from them and partly because they seem incompetent.  Looking at the calibre of the candidates standing for the September elections I can not see this situation resolving itself.

The Labour, Act, New Zealand First parties still have a “code of silence” wrapped around Christchurch issues.  This “code” should have been broken long ago.

I have spent 3 years of my life fighting Insurance issues, both for my house and the High Street Building.

Personally:  My house is stuffed and I am still living in it. Although there are finally signs of possible progress. It is interesting to note that I have had 2 one hour meetings with the Architects.  That’s my lot folks!  A totally new house, on a new footprint, designed by a bunch of men with client consultation of 2 hours.  Insurance is great eh????

My brother’s house needs re-roofing and re-cladding, inside and outside.   He has just been threatened by Southern Response that if he does not make a decision about contracting out of Southern Response he would be put to the bottom of the repair queue. He signed the paper work to contract out and now they have not paid out.

There is a lovely article in the Press on Saturday by Beck Elven: link here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/9121890/The-death-of-resilience-by-1000-paper-cuts

She says: “Oh, but I remember it so very well. Phone calls, claims, paperwork, only to feel unheard, unanswered and out of control.”

I agree with her!

On a more humourous note. I see that my infamy continues:  John McCrone has written a very thoughtful article in the Press this morning. Link here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/9137527/Land-grabs-can-crush-dreams

I was rather amused by his comment, nicely put.

“Nicky Arts and her brother Joe own a printing shop in the 1905 Duncans Building, the elegant Edwardian row of shops down from McKenzie & Willis in High St.

He is a bit famous for leading a charge of business owners when Civil Defence first put the central city behind a wire fence red zone cordon.

Joe being subdued!

Joe being subdued!

She is a bit famous for her blog Shaky Town Blues, detailing how many days the pair have been locked out of their functioning printworks while their livelihood slowly goes under (930 days so far).”

A number of Comments by Ernest Duval are very interesting.

“The Blueprint’s squeezing out of the smaller fry was quite deliberate. The plan was seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-imagine the central city in the broadest of brushstrokes.”

Duval says the Government made some miscalculations that are starting to show.

“First it expected more international investors to show up to take advantage of its blank canvas approach. But this did not happen largely because the global financial crisis left such firms with more than enough other choices.”

Regarding local investors Duval comments that: “So we had a resource sitting right on our doorstep which we should have engaged from day one.”

“And then it neglected to consider how the smaller local investors might react when they found the Blueprint plans shutting them out of the central business district (CBD).”

He also makes one comment that I think will have repercussions in the future:  that is Duval says “the upshot is already visible driving down Victoria St, Addington or anywhere else outside the central city. All that cash is being sunk into commercial properties, an excess of rental space, outside the controlled area of the Blueprint.”

He talks about “an excess of rental space outside the CBD”.  What has happened is that local investors have all built outside the CBD.  In 10 years time when, finally the CBD is rebuilt there is going to be a surplus of rental, mainly office, space outside the CBD. What this will do too future rental prices is the issues.  My pick is that in the short-term these spaces may be filled, but the number of businesses that have closed down or massively retrenched back to their homes and garages will mean vacancies in the future.

Ho humm another day in Christchurch.  Bring on the National elections.

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6 thoughts on ““If you’re one of them bugger you…” 3 years on in Christchurch…

  1. Hi,

    I’m trying to figure out who to vote for and recommend for the upcoming elections, but like most people I know I’m woefully uneducated about local body politics. So I’m contacting a few Chch bloggers who might have some advice.

    Who would you recommend, and warn against, in the Papanui-Shirley and Fendalton-Waimairi wards? And do you support Dalziel for mayor? A few sentences in reply would be great, or better yet a blog!

    Cheers,
    – Caleb Anderson

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