As if the destruction and disruption of the earthquakes isn’t enough, long suffering residents of Christchurch are having to deal with the worst flooding the city has seen for
40 years a century.
“Our homes are insured, our land is insured so why after three years are we still living like this?”
“We’ve got another winter to get through . . . it’s a disgrace.” source
Residents say they are angry that “nothing had been done as a result of similar flooding in the same areas last year.” After last year’s flood the beleaguered Earthquake Commission (EQC ) has said that claims will be settled by the end of the year, that is too long for some residents source.
Last straw and caught out
‘We were caught out‘ said the city council’s mayor. But residents said Christchurch City Council “knew about the risks but did not respond adequately with sandbags.” The priority for sandbags were businesses that had not been affected by floods before.
The damage caused by this latest flood is likely to be the last straw for some residents. Experts say that the quakes have made the flooding worse because liquefaction, subsidence and uplift posed an enhanced flooding threat to the city.
“Mr Coleman and his family live in Carrick St, Mairehau. He said the road floods nearly every time it rains, but the latest incident had forced him and his wife to starting thinking about moving.
“We’re worried about our health and the water quality, because there was sewage coming up and we worry about it every time it rains.” source
According to the latest reports a cliff has collapsed in Lyttelton, followed by a strong smell of fuel from storage tanks at the port which resulted in evacuations of residents from Brittan and Cressy Terraces.
Unfortunately, some people made a bad situation worse. Was there really any need to create bow waves from doing this?
@E2NZ yeah. Major flooding risk in this area since the earthquakes. Many questions for EQC, Gov’t & insurance companies not bein answered.
— Jessica Hollis (@jkhollis) March 5, 2014
Feelings were understandably running high among weary residents. Three years of living with outstanding repairs to earthquake damage and now this (source Trademe).
There is very serious flooding and threats of further flooding out east and with rain expected to persist all night it will continue to be a serious situation.
The Christchurch City Council has opened a welfare centre for people threatened by flood-waters in east Christchurch.
The centre opened at 8.30pm at Mairehau High School, 440 Hills Rd. People are advised to bring their own bedding.
Update: Council responds to flood warning
Christchurch City Council is continuing to coordinate staff and contractors to assist residents in low-
lying areas across the city at risk of potential flooding.
The Council is prepared to respond to weather forecasting that shows the storm will continue throughout the night until around 7am, when it is expected to ease.
High tide is due at 9.05pm, but the Council reassures residents that this is not expect to cause an increase to flood levels.
The Council Civil Defence staff are door-knocking on properties in the Flockton Basin area advising residents of the flood-water levels, the risk to their property and to consider evacuating to protectthemselves and valuables.
The Council Civil Defence team has set-up a Welfare Centre that will be open from 8.30pm at
Mairehau High School, 440 Hills Rd, Mairehau 8052. Residents will be provided with shelter and tea and coffee. Residents are advised to bring their own bedding.
Road closures due to temporary traffic management:
• Ruru Road at the corner of Maces
• Wakefield Avenue at Evans Pass Road
• Marine Parade at Mountbatten Street
• Owles Terrace
• Carrick Street
• Thornton Street
• Harrison Street
Health and safety:
The Council’s Land Drainage and Roading teams have traffic management plans in place and will be working throughout the night to assist residents to help prevent bough wash from vehicles entering houses.
The Council is asking drivers to be extra conscious of the surface flooding and to drive slowly and carefully in affected areas.
It is possible flood-waters on roads and parks may be contaminated, so the Council says to avoid the water where possible or make sure you wash your hands and remove and wash any clothing that gets wet.
For more information please contact:
Senior Communications Adviser
Christchurch City Council
Phone: 027 824 8105
There’s been another wildlife slaughter in Kaikoura, as if seals, wild pigs and deer aren’t enough to satisfy the blood lust.
Some maniac has lured gulls with food, shot them and driven over their stunned bodies on Kaikoura’s wharf.
The founder of the township’s Marine Centre and Aquarium, Megan Bosch, has condemned the cruelty, mindful of what tourists would think. This isn’t a good look for the small town that makes a living from tourists eager to experience the local marine life.
From a report on Stuff.co.nz:
“I know people think they are just seagulls but it’s the mentality behind the cruelty that is so outrageous. It’s scary that they get a thrill out of it and we live among these people,” she said.
“This is a horrible sight for tourists to this town. These people who did this have got no respect for the town that feeds them.”
The Department of Conservation (DOC) and the police were contacted. DOC staff removed the dead birds and cleaned up the area.
Sergeant Julian Lewis said he had been alerted to the dead gulls by a number of concerned people, who were disgusted by what they described as a massacre.
“Police are also disgusted,” he said. “We are following a strong line of inquiry, and working closely with DOC to identify those responsible.”
Stuff also reported that this wasn’t the first time birds had been slaughtered on the wharf, citing two other incidents in July 2011, plus others in previous years.
The weekly Kaikoura Star reported the incident on Wednesday, almost a week after it happened. Also in the same edition were police reports of drunk driving, and arrests for trespass and assault. A local 24 year old man appeared in Blenhiem District Court and a 15 year old youth was referred to Youth Services.
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Boycott Coundown Xenophobia – Nevan Lancaster Called a ‘Shill.’ Commerce Commission Backed off in 2010
Days after Boycott Countdown campaigner Nevan Lancaster asked for Australia to be left to burn, he’s been called a shill on his own Facebook page.
Lancaster promoted what looked like a Foodstuffs’ PR release (screenshot above), citing it as justification for boycotting the Australian supermarket chain ‘Countdown’ in New Zealand.
The conversation was joined by Andrew Johnstone who pointed out that other retailers employed exactly the same sharp practices as Countdown, they even poached staff from each other to make sure they stayed abreast of ‘current practices’:
Johnstone previously said “Foodstuffs are diabolical to deal with”
Yet despite evidence that all retailers play the same game, the NZ Competition Commission has been told to only investigate Countdown supermarkets and not its NZ competitors.
Why is that? It is because the CC only investigates monopolies and not duopolies. It is, in effect, impotent and firing blanks in the supermarket war.
Worse still, its involvement means that the government can sidestep difficult questions whilst the investigation is underway. An investigation that is likely to conclude after the election.
Meanwhile, the average Kiwi grocery shopper continues to pay some of the highest food prices in the world.
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“Why food prices are sky high ………Spaghetti !! (2010) MarketGround.co.nz
Grocery insiders say the two big supermarket chains are using dodgy tactics when dealing with food producers – including pocketing discounts instead of passing them on.
They say small Kiwi companies are getting hurt as the big players negotiate aggressively.
Last week the Green Party and Horticulture New Zealand called for a supermarket code of conduct and an ombudsman to investigate prices after fruit and vegetable growers complained supermarket mark-ups were up to 500% higher than what they were paid at the gate.
Since then several producers have told the Sunday Star-Times that supermarket tactics include:
Charging producers unreasonable fees, including a 2.5% “payment term” just to be paid.
Blacklisting producers who sell to their rival.
Demanding producers advertise in the supermarket’s in-store magazine, which can cost $800 a page.
Refusing to share the costs of discounts and promotions.
Keeping back a percentage of a discount offered by a producer.
Running promotions with rival producers in the same week, on the same shelf, without telling either.
Progressive Enterprises (Foodtown, Woolworths, Countdown) and Foodstuffs (Four Square, New World and Pak’nSave) represent 95% of the sector.
A supplier who would not be identified for fear of being blacklisted said suppliers were getting squeezed, while a grocery broker said it was hardest for small Kiwi start-up businesses to survive because they had no power.
“Coke can say no but small suppliers are going to say yes because otherwise they lose the listing. It’s really very difficult.”
Progressive and Foodstuffs would not comment, saying trading terms were confidential.
Green’s food spokeswoman Sue Kedgley said the Commerce Commission should investigate.
Last year it indicated its hands were tied after similar calls sparked by an Australian study that found New Zealand prices had gone up more than 42% since 2000. The commission said its ability to look into price control issues related to monopolies, not duopolies.
Last week supermarkets denied that they marked up fruit and vegetables by up to 500%, saying they earned 4-5% in the dollar after tax and costs, but that was across all items and did not account for mark-ups on product types.
Progressives and Foodstuffs will both pass on the upcoming 2.5% GST increase to consumers.
WHERE YOU PAY THE MOST
TOP 5 BIGGEST PRICE INCREASES
(JULY 2008-MAY 2010)
Canned spaghetti 43%
White sugar 38%
A New Zealand hate site is promoting the overthrow of Australia by asking Kiwis to boycott all things Australian – from Supermarkets to banks to DIY stores. To date the page has only attracted 10,300 likes. Its mission statement is: “Countdown owned by Woolworths of Australia is refusing to stock NZ products in its Aussie supermarkets. Lets return the favour and refuse to shop there.”
The reason for setting up the page was stated in this simple message from the semi-literate admin (Ed. let’s hope he’s better with numbers than he is words) of the Boycott Countdown Facebook page:
February 7 by Boycott Countdown.
Good morning all. Lets (sic) start giving the Aussie’s (sic) a taste of their own medicin (sic). Bunning’s (sic) also seems to be doing the same and remember Pak n Save and New World are all owned by Kiwi’s (sic) under a cooperative structure so by supporting them you support your local community not a country that treats kiwi’s (sic) as second class citizens.
It appears the true motivation for the site isn’t to protest against an alleged Australian boycott of New Zealand produce. Could it be repressed passive-aggressiveness because New Zealanders do not have access to welfare handouts in Australia?
‘Never trust an Aussie‘
The page, which is administered by Tauranga ‘accountant’ Nevan Lancaster (below), posted this garbled message about imputation credits, also on 7 February. Now we may be getting down to the real reason for his call to boycott Australian businesses - does he resent paying tax on his Australian investments? Maybe that’s the reason for the bully-boy tactics, or maybe he just hates Australians? Mr Lancaster also owns kayak rental business. Is he going to refuse to serve Aussies from now on? (Ed. highly unlikely, cash wins).
http://www.interest.co.nz/news/68378/pm-key-says-australia-has-agreed-review-its-block-allowing-imputation-credits-dividends-n This has being (sic) an issue for several years with Australia penalizing NZ investors while NZ has allowed Aussie’s (sic) to take advantage of our imputation credits. Still hew (sic) only promised to look not actually fix. Never trust and (sic) Aussie!
On the same day his hatred for Australian businesses and tax systems spilled over, and he started to suggest that Australia be left to burn in bush fires, forgetting the assistance that Australia gave during the Christchurch earthquakes and Pike River (Coal) Mine disaster (see image at the top of this page).
This is how his hate speech was countered by some New Zealanders. It is good to know that there are still some decent people in New Zealand and that sanity can prevail.
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In April 2011 a copy of the government’s draft energy strategy: Developing Our Energy Potential was released ’mistakenly’ into the public domain. It quickly became evident that the present National government was placing far too much emphasis on the mining of fossil fuels in New Zealand.
The Green Party called the strategy which promoted coal and oil exploration, 19th century and said it put ‘petroleum and mineral fuel reserves (essentially oil, gas and coal) ahead of investing in renewable power sources and new technologies.
This article may be of interest to you if you’re thinking about emigrating to New Zealand and hoping to be accepted in the country. If this article demonstrates how New Zealanders regard their closest neighbours (supposed ANZAC spirit included), what chance do migrants and trading partners from further afield stand?
E2NZ.org has always been of the opinion that New Zealand’s campaign to boycott Countdown (a subsidiary of Woolworths Ltd.) owed more to rabble rousing xenophobia than any ‘noble’ idea of protecting Kiwi jobs.
Now the chairman of the Sydney based Woolworth’s chain, Ralph Waters, has castigated New Zealanders for accusing his company of boycotting NZ products, and for alleging that Countdown had demanded unfair retrospective payments from its suppliers.
He told the Herald on Sunday:
“I am concerned about the unnecessary and unworthy impact of this on Countdown and our 3000 New Zealand employees, and I am very disturbed about how quickly it slips into anti-Australian rhetoric. It comes too often in New Zealand … it is unhealthy.
“Three to four months after my wife arrived in New Zealand, she said she couldn’t watch the news at night because it was just so full of belting up Australia. And it comes in waves.”
On the subject of Woolworth’s alleged dumping of Kiwi products from its shelves he said:
Woolworths Australia had bought $310.5 million worth of New Zealand products in the past 12 months, and was in negotiations with a local company for a big new supply contract.
“So that’s a black ban on New Zealand suppliers? We are a $300m customer to New Zealand and are being treated like this.”
Expensive New Zealand
The company had also been a driving force in helping to bring down food prices. Ralph Waters told The Herald on Sunday:
“New Zealand consumers, and the economy generally, would not have benefited from the deflation in grocery prices over the last several years without us having very robust buying conversations with our suppliers – and especially when the prices for many of these products that New Zealand consumers are paying is more than people elsewhere round the world pay for the same products. You can put that on the record.”
Grocery Code of Conduct
In December 2013 Woolworth’s chief executive Grant O’Brien teamed up with Westfarmers (Coles) to persuade rival offshore supermarket chains to sign up to their “landmark grocery code of conduct with suppliers.”
The code will increase the degree of oversight by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and is intended partly to allay fears of dominance by Coles and Woolworths:
”It’s now time for Aldi, Costco and IGA to join the conversation,” he told shareholders at Woolworths’ annual meeting.
”In terms of the wider competition debate, all stakeholders would be well minded to keep what’s best for customers at the forefront of their minds.”
Aldi, Costco and Metcash have so far shown no inclination to join Woolworths and Coles in signing the code of conduct, which was finalised last week after 14 months of negotiations with the Australian Food and Grocery Council…”
[He said] the code established a clear set of principles around trading relationships between retailers and suppliers, and would provide greater certainty and clarity without adding complexity or cost…” source.
It is not known if a similar code was suggested for New Zealand. Though it is entirely possible that the current backlash against Countdown/Woolworths ltd. in New Zealand was instigated by New Zealand supermarkets fearful that it could established in their country.
What better defence could they have but to attack first, putting Woolworths’ on the back foot against a tide of anti-Australian foment. Anyone want to place a bet on who’s been lobbying Shane Jones to make false accusations under the cover of parliamentary privilege?
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- Violence Considered as an Option in the Boycott Countdown Campaign February 17, 2014
- Begin the Countdown – Time to start being critical thinkers New Zealand February 17, 2014
- The Boycott Countdown Group should protect Kiwi workers first and foremost February 16, 2014
- Begin the Countdown – “Ashamed to be a Kiwi…Scaremongering at its worst in NZ” February 16, 2014
- Begin the Countdown – Australians, tell us your view of the NZ Countdown Boycott. It doesn’t add up February 16, 2014
- Begin the Countdown – Xenophobic Intent Revealed: ‘Let’s Bash Immigrants Too’ – updated February 14, 2014
Planning to move to Christchurch to help with the rebuild?
You should keep an eye on a series that Stuff.co.nz is running, asking readers to submit their before and after earthquake photos.
The first one (above) is a sobering reminder that after three years the city still has a long way to go. View the assignment here.
The forgotten Eastern suburbs not seen from the skies
What is even more startling is Google street views of the Eastern suburbs. For example:
Also see Then and now, Zone life – our disappearing suburbs http://file.stuff.co.nz/thepress/zonelife/b4after/ which shows images taken from Google Street view
- “Scathing Report Describes New Zealand and EQC’s Ill-preparedness” February 21, 2014
New Zealand’s scenery and green image is a draw card used to entice people to live in a country miles from anywhere. It’s used a foil to counter low wages and high prices, and to create the impression that the country is a mini-paradise welcoming hard working migrants.
If that strikes a chord with you, read this feature in the Australian Herald Sun News on 17 February 2014, you may see the country differently afterwards.
Country has no future
“I COULD live here, I thought last month, as I drove through one of the world’s most beautiful countries. One day, I had a beach of seals to my left and snowy mountains to my right. Another, a ferry took me through a deep sound as glorious as any in Norway.
But I can’t live in lovely New Zealand, for much the same reason an astonishing 650,000 New Zealanders live here instead, leaving just 4.4 million back home…”
See, a country that can’t give its young a future has no future itself. And having also just inspected the dead canary called Tasmania, I’m desperate we learn that lesson.
Sure, New Zealand isn’t a basket case. It’s growing, and its unemployment rate is only a bit over ours. It’s bigger problem is that it is small and remote, and without two pieces of luck that saved us — coal and iron ore…” more here
Of course, what he can’t see is that New Zealand’s coal and iron ore are called dairy and tourism. The first creates pollution that renders its waterways little more than open sewers and contaminates drinking water with crypto and other zoonotic diseases. The second is budget and lacking in lustre, with a government constantly trying to work out how to milk that too.