Problems with Christchurch

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From the earthquakes which devastated its previously stable landscape and brought down its vibrant CBD to horrific repeated flooding, seemingly interminable planning for a new cathedral and a firm civic belief in future catastrophic man-made sea-level rise, Christchurch certainly has problems.

They present the devil’s own difficulties if you’re living through them, but whether you’re trying to deal with them, leave them behind, or you’re simply looking on curiously from afar, you can learn about them here.

14 Thoughts on “Problems with Christchurch

  1. It’s not hard to see the problem with this part of ChCh. The city is interlaced with streams that drain the water out of what is a former swamp

    The stream closest to the Flockton Basin area is the Dudley Stream, which has been quite badly affected

    The council engineers are working on a plan to dredge and re-shape this stream, but apparently this will take up to two years to complete

    The outcome of this is uncertain too, since there is no guarantee that they will not create bigger problems elsewhere.

    Meanwhile, the local residents get flooded every time there is heavy rain

    “Fast tracking” land claims means paying out so people can leave

  2. Judging by this we are in for some more wild weather and flooding in ChCh

  3. Cripes! I can hear your collective cry of “give us a break!”

  4. ChCh mayor Lianne Dalziel interviewed on RadioNZ

    The usual stuff about one metre of sea level rise by 2100, and discussions of what to do about the people in Brighton, who are one of the least affected people (our place never flooded once in 14 years, and there was no flooding even in the last event)

    The situation around the drainage and dredging of the creeks needs to be resolved.

    There seem to be some similarities to the Somerset Levels floods, though at least the EU weren’t involved in the ChCh policy making as far as I know

  5. Richard C (NZ) on March 13, 2014 at 8:07 am said:

    >”It’s not hard to see the problem with this part of ChCh……..”

    >“Fast tracking” land claims means paying out so people can leave”

    This being the rational assessment Andy. Probably most folks know both problem (after just 1 flood they would) and solution.

    Unfortunately not everyone is rational – even in leadership.

  6. Richard C (NZ) on March 13, 2014 at 8:23 am said:

    ‘VIPs claims flagged by EQC’

    Published: 5:52AM Thursday March 13, 2014 Source: Fairfax

    The Earthquake Commission told staff to flag claimants who were television personalities and sports stars, documents show.


    It tells staff the information is not for prioritising the claim.

    Great that the EQC takes care of the important stuff.

  7. EQC, Gerry Brownlee and co don’t want to budge because it could open a potential “floodgate” (no pun intended) of claims.

    When the Sept quake happened, EQC were throwing around money like a lolly scramble.
    Like all great socialist ventures, they fail when they run out of other peoples money to spend.

    The red zone process was really a taxpayer bailout of insurance companies (in my view).
    I suspect that a deal was struck to limit the worst of the liability and let the NZ taxpayer pick up the tab.

    This deal has been done now and there is no need for any more red zoning. EQC and insurance can shuffle papers all day long, the mayor can prattle on about climate change, and nothing gets done

    It will take up to two years to remediate the creeks that drain the city, and until that happens, the properties will continue to flood.

  8. Alexander K on March 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm said:

    In my three score and ten plus years, I have witnessed endless major cock-ups in minor and major river control and geoengineering made by local and national bodies. Basic, sensible engineering appears to be factored out of our national education system: names such as ‘Abbotsford’ are still clear in my memories and I can still hear the words of an unnamed Southland farmer after the Abbottsford disaster – ‘Never cut the toe off a landslip, no matter how ancient’.

  9. This is quite a cool real time animation of winds around NZ, showing Lusi tracking towards us,-41.08,1569

  10. Ian Cooper on March 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm said:

    The latest prognosis from MetVUW isn’t looking so bad for Chch. Because the centre of Lusi is moving so far west of the N.I. before making landfall on the West Coast (S.I.) we here in the L.N.I. west coast are copping only strong easterlies and no rain except for some on the main ranges. This will not be the drought breaker that many around here are hoping for, nor will it bring dangerous flooding that it may have done if the centre had passed directly down the spine of the N.I.

  11. Alexander K on March 16, 2014 at 9:47 am said:

    Not much drama from Lusi in West Auckland near the Te Atatu exit from the NW Motorway where we live, thankfully. As of Sunday morning, only 23 mm rain fell in total (Sat & Sun) according to my rain guage in the back yard, which I empty after reading around 7.00 am each day. The winds worked on our veges in the garden and almost blew some cabbages out of the ground, but no real damage. The reports of biggish power outages and fallen trees in other parts of Auckland surprised us and reinforced that we live in a very sheltered area.
    We have had nil rain for some time and our mostly Kikuyu lawn was quite parched and bare in spots. I water the veges, the fruit trees and the flowers, but the lawn has to take what comes.

  12. Lusi was a complete fizzer down south.

    I want my money back

  13. Richard C (NZ) on March 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm said:

    Blew a birds nest out of a tree down the road. Other than that, yeah fizzer.

    It’s big when they close the Tga port entrance here but I doubt that was even thought about.

  14. We didn’t even get any wind. It was just a fine drizzle on Sunday. Saturday was fine and warm.

    Some “topical cyclone” that was, huh!

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