Posts Tagged ‘rebuild’

Weapons Wanted

The worker on the right has a t-shirt with a good slogan.  It reads “Weapons of Mass Construction”.

“To use these weapons to rebuild
we need tradespeople who are skilled.”

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Victoria Square will be closed for the next year, while it’s being upgraded.  A public outcry persuaded the powers-that-be to revise their earlier plans, but the work will still take a long time.  The whole area is now fenced, with blue mesh that precludes taking photos.  I used to walk through the Square weekly, but that’s not now possible.

Signs suggest people take an alternate path on the other side of the river, which I did.  From here you can see the work in progress, overlooked by Captain Cook.

Visitors are instructed to head to The Commons if they want food and drink, and at midday on Thursday there were just two food trucks operating, and the only customers seemed to be those working on the Town Hall rebuild.

With Cathedral Square still in such a sad state it’s a pity Victoria Square will be out of bounds until 2018.  If you’re looking for a pleasant green space in the central city right now, the Margaret Mahy Family Playground is the place to go.

“I miss our green Victoria Square
and pleasant weekly walks through there.”




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A sign saying ‘footpath closed’ was in my way as I walked to the Book Fridge yesterday.  I’d already jaywalked across the road, and along this ‘closed’ footpath before I got to the sign, so I ignored it, as I do many others of the same ilk.

On my second trip to the fridge (I’m decluttering), as I went to cross the road a man in a high vis vest came running towards me, waving his arms to deter me.  He assured me that it was illegal for me to cross near my house and there was dangerous work going on that meant I could be killed.  The work was concrete cutters on the opposite footpath, and a noisy suction truck.

I queried how it could be more dangerous for me to cross and walk along a footpath where I would be further from the work than I was standing at my front gate, and he said “it just is”.  When I persisted he told me I would be acting illegally to cross there (which I do several times a week).  He said I might die, and it was his job to stop me crossing, otherwise he would be responsible for any consquences.  I then queried the fact that a car was parked beside that very same ‘closed’ footpath, and he replied that it had been there all day – presumably that meant it wasn’t in danger!  While we spoke a woman drove up and parked her car beside the path outside Piko (on yellow lines).  He said this was illegal, but didn’t make any attempt to stop her.

I dutifully walked up to the corner and crossed on the pedestrian crossing, and later observed others using the ‘closed’ path without being accosted.

It is this kind of officiousness that has been annoying so many people during the central city rebuild.   I appreciate this man had health and safety obligations, but he needs to have a logical explanation rather than saying “it just is”.  During the night there were continual noises, and this morning the footpath is clear once more.

“I’m sick and tired of road restrictions
and these unneeded path evictions.”

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This decorative wall is outside the new Justice and Emergency precinct, and very close to where I worked in a temporary office post-earthquake.


It represents a Kakahu (feather cloak) and was made by Auckland artist Lonnie Hutchinson.  More than 1,400 anodised aluminium panels change with the light, and it’s a welcome addition to our central city.

Opening of the Justice and Emergency Precinct has now been delayed until late 2017.

“This lovely wall, made to evoke
the feathers on an ancient cloak.”


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Tradestaff Transport

This bicycle was parked outside the construction site next door.


The young man riding it is from England, and has been here only six weeks.  He’s working for Tradestaff, who kindly supply a bicycle for him to get to work.  It’s sensible inner city transport, and good publicity for them too.

“It’s good that they lend staff these bikes
each one can then go where he likes.”

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The BNZ building in Cathedral Square is finally being removed.


An inner space has opened in the new BNZ building between Hereford and Cashel Streets.


I prefer the wall on the right, which is Scorpio’s entrance.  The walls on the left are not attractive to me.  No sign yet of any greenery in this space, but I understand a lone tree will be planted by tomorrow.  The new pharmacy includes a post shop, and will be open from 8am to 6pm.  Great to have this facility.

“A post shop open all the day
will be just wonderful, I say.”

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Cathedral Square has a new mural.

Mural (Small)

This one’s on the side of the old Rydge’s Hotel car park.  It’s by Jacob Yikes, and apparently it’s the largest one he’s every done.  Rydges Hotel will be repaired, but the fate of the car park building is not yet decided.

“While they’re deciding what to do
the car park has become bright blue.”

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This sign on a building site in Cashel Mall suggests the public is their number one hazard.Hazardous public (Small)

I’m not sure what the EIM stands for – E might be eliminate, and M might be Mitigate.  Could I be incidental (slips, trips, & falls seem appropriate for this, but power?).  Does the sign mean they plan to eliminate the public?  Presumably only from the site.

“It seemed this sign communicated
that public be eliminated.”




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Digging the Dirt

Work has finally started on the rebuild of the next door units, three months after the old ones were demolished.  Today they’re digging deep foundations and taking the soil away on trucks.

Digging next door

Digging next door

It’s good to know there’s an archaeologist on site (even if it does slow down the process).  I thought they only did that for pre-1900 buildings, but apparently not.

“The archaeologist is there
to see what may be brought to air.”

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Floyd Fan?

I like the tagline on this builder’s van.

Pink Floyd (Small)“With no need for education
this van has my approbation.”

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