Showing posts from December 25, 2011

EQC release fourteen more new geotech factual reports

EQC have released fourteen more T&T geotechnical factual reports. These reports are the results of geotechnical work undertaken months or weeks ago and so will throw no light on last week's events (see below). The reports cover:
AvonsideBeckenham & CashmereBromleyBryndwr Burwood Christchurch City Fendalton LinwoodMerivale New Brighton Richmond Shirley South New BrightonWoolston These, and the previously released reports, can be found here.

To repeat what was said in previous posts: much of the material is impenetrable to the normal mind but may have some useful background and summary information in the main part. The appendices have the bulk of the technical stuff. Appendix A defines the area under investigation, shows where the testing took place and what sort of testing it was. The other appendices vary in content and intelligibility.

The full list of releases is now:

Zoning appeals

In today's Press (here) it is mentioned that on the 23rd a Green Zone resident received a letter from CERA advising his zoning appeal had been turned down: he was confirmed as being Green. On the same day his area of Burwood erupted into mud volcanoes and was awash with silt and water.

This raises serious issues about the zoning appeal process.

The first point to note is that the appeal process has yet to be made public by CERA (it isn't mentioned on their website and they are not responding to e-mails until the 4th of January). It possibly doesn't even exist in final form. Until the process is announced and scrutinised there is absolutely no certainty that the appeal process is accessible, fair or reasonable. At the moment it seems to be more in the nature of a secret tribunal.

The second point is the absence of access to information about how decisions are being made for particular areas or individual properties. On what criteria was a decision based? What weig…

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