The 4th September, 2010, 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake - The Day that Changed Christchurch Forever & The Question of HAARP(Part Two)
I note in my weather diary that a light hail shower around 4:30pm, resulted in a rapid temperature drop from a spring-like 13.0 deg C down to 4.5 deg C. A light dusting of snow was also observed on Mt. Herbert ( Banks Peninsula) about this time, and with a rapid clearance, a promise of a frost seemed most likely for the next day.
I was feeling pretty pleased with my daffodil display by the front gate entrance, after just under two years in our new home in New Brighton Road, New Brighton, which previous owners had had the foresight to plant, and me to enjoy!
I was fortunate to be now living in a city that hosted the Ellesmere Garden Show, and inspired by that knowledge and a love of gardening, my landscaping was taking shape rapidly in less than the two years my family had moved in to the New Brighton Property residence...
Ellerslie Flower Show, Christchurch 2009 - 'A Gentleman's Garden'
Unfortunately, many of my photos have been lost as a result of the 6.3 February, 2011 quake, when both computers were destroyed and to date have been unable to locate them in cyberspace!
Plans of Mice and Men
However, pictures taken before the February Quake show the garden pretty much in their former glory ... enjoy, for they are no longer with us, the property being Red-Zoned in 2012, and so now all you will see is a blank space!!!
Front Garden 523 New Brighton Rd
Back section including vegetable garden and fruit trees developing
Flower Bed alongside Driveway
Developing Back Garden and Landscaping
Starting to look pretty
The 'Plans of Men' - Saturday the 4th September, 2010
As noted the previous day, Saturday promised to be a fine day ... however, nature (?) had other plans for our Saturday morning rising, and the expected frost wasn't one of them!
An Unwelcome 4:35 am Saturday Early Call
Some have described it as a rude awakening, but to both my son and myself, initially it was just a gentle shaking out of our deep sleep, and having experienced earthquakes in the past, tried to simply ignore it, as it wasn't at all violent at least for the first few seconds, and besides the prospect of jumping out of a warm bed on a frosty Saturday morning wasn't on my priority list at the time ... but no, it seemed to be getting worse and the 'gentle shaking' was rapidly turning into a rocking motion and getting more violent by the second! [ the actual quake lasted around 30 - 45 seconds - that's long for a big earthquake] The prospect of the house coming down on me was quickly becoming a reality ... So ...
'Time to vacate the house' I decided, forgetting all about leaving my nice warm cocoon, and I headed down the hallway towards the back door ( the power must have cut off by this time, because I think I tried the lights, but nothing). I met my son heading down the hallway making a beeline for the front door ... He had obviously decided 'discretion was the better part of valour' - and avoiding a collision we both made it safely out the front door into the driveway ( that's where you go when you have earthquakes, isn't it!)
This wasn't a time for standing under the nearest doorway-type of earthquake!
Early Morning Vigil As We Await First Light To Survey Damage
Standing in the driveway, in the early morning frost, I tried to make out objects in the pre-dawn light, and was able to see water across the road outside our front gate reflecting in the street lights. I re-entered the house and found a torch, my shoes and dressing gown and returned outside. The camera would have to wait until the sun came up, which it did to give a mainly fine sunny day [see photos].
Initial Survey of Damage
We soon discovered we had no water besides no power, which would come back on in the afternoon. We were without water for 13 days, but were fortunate to have a neighbour who had a spring supplying fresh artesian unfluoridated/unchlorinated water!
As soon as the sun made it's welcome appearance we were able to quickly assess the damage and it was substantial as the following pictures portray. Although we appeared to have suffered a major hit, a walk a little way down the road towards the New Brighton shopping centre showed little damage, and was a few days later was able to travel westward into the suburbs of Papanui and Fendalton, where my family home was located in the 1950's - it sustaining only an apparent dislodged chimney. [see attached photos]
Family Home of the 1950's - Slight Earthquake Damage Only
These and other suburbs to the west and northwest of Christchurch appeared to have escaped any damage in the September quake.
Northwestern Suburbs of Bryndwr/Fendalton after the September quake - unscathed
Certainly, after the 6.3 February earthquake areas in New Brighton that escaped any significant damage in 4th September quake, had their fortunes reversed in February, so that today many of those Red -Zoned properties on New Brighton Rd have been cleared!
Aftershocks(?) - there were many
We should mention those, and whether they were or simply more earthquakes, maybe we will never know?
But, as I noted in my weather diary for the month of September, 2010 ...'100's of aftershocks with a 5.1 magnitude on the 6th September, with the exception of 1 or 2 days only.'
Reality of the September Quake for Eastern Christchurch Residents in Contrast - Pictorial Display
Here are some of the pictures taken (in chronological order as I can best recall), once daylight permitted us to record damage on Day 1 of the big quake:
First Glimpse of the aftermath of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake
First Light Day 1 - New Brighton Road under water (from burst pipes/ adjacent damaged pump station)
Pump Station - out of commission permanently, as it releases a river of water
Day 1 of the Big Quake- Heralds a nice sunny day with 'water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink!'... mainly onto New Brighton Rd ...
Picture taken before the Quakes hit Christchurch showing New Brighton Rd pre-quake
Damaged Road adjacent to damaged pump station with signs of Liquefaction
Severely damaged sidewalk outside front fence on New Brighton Rd - Liquefaction evident
Flooding from Pump Station and tidal surge as land subsidence occurs after the quake
Day 1 - It's only going to get worse!
Lunar Landscape - Liquefaction in front lawn
Bexley Petrol Station showing force of the 7.1 Earthquake
New Brighton Health Shop after the 7.1 Quake
Avon River at the Loop showing river bed upheaval
Man in the Hole attempting to turn off valve from pump station - 'Manhole'
Damaged Presbyterian Church in Merivale - un-inspiring
Home-made seismometer - reassuring handy item in earthquake prone regions
Much improved version of the above - prevents evaporation
People at work and at play a few days after the big quake - New Brighton
Max and Sammi testing the waters on New Brighton Rd
My neighbors doing a bit of gardening - earthquake style
Friendly New Brighton folk just voluntarily turn up and 'muck-in' the clean-up (de-liquefaction!)
End Of Day 1 of the Big Quake
Sunset on New Brighton Road - Not the End of a Perfect Day 1!
Photo from Google map sometime before buildings and land cleared in Red- Zoned 523 New Brighton Rd [approx. 2011 -2012]
Part Two - A Funny Thing happened on The Way to The Earthquake/s - HAARP
What is Haarp?
High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme - an ionospheric research programme jointly funded by the U.S. Airforce, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA)
What does HAARP do
Quite a bit - and not all good! Haarp is a scientific endeavour aimed at studying the properties and behaviour of the ionosphere, with particular emphasis on being able to understand and use it to enhance communications and surveillance systems for both civilian and defence purposes ...
The United States Congressional record deals with the use of HAARP for penetrating the earth with signals bounced off the ionosphere. These signals are in order to locate underground munitions, minerals and tunnels. The problem is the frequency needed for earth penetrating radiation is within the frequency most cited for disruption of human mental functions.
This super powered ionospheric heater could control weather and has already been used for such purposes. HAARP takes huge amounts of energy directed at the ionosphere and bounces it back to earth, disrupting the magnetic field and can cause massive earthquakes...
Aerial view of HAARP site in Alaska
But not in New Zealand, surely?
View of HAARP facility near Christchurch - very interesting is it not?
Watch this interesting video on HAARP
Also: HAARP and the Earthquakes
HAARP Chart for N.Z. Earthquake...
A few of those Co-Incidences or 'Follow the Money' $$$
A Freudian Slip -Up?
John Key Admits Christchurch Earthquake man-made [video]...
John Key says: "Man-made disaster...." not once, but twice and then stumbles to correct himself ...
Transcript of the Video [ in case it disappears!] ...
" ... let's give you a little bit of a sense of what happened there. [Christchurch 7.1 February earthquake] On a scale of things ...[undecipherable here]...So, just to give you a bit of a perspective, it's probably about 20 to 25 billion dollars worth of re-build cost [ notice it's all about money here, nothing about Christchurch or the people including fatalities caused by your 'man-made' disaster]
So, as a man-made ...ah, sorry....as a natural disaster..." [ he actually said this twice in the same interview - a coincidence?]
First Rule of a Crime is to 'Follow the Money"
I am fond of Jews.
The Jews are fond of money.
Oh, but, when they lose,
Damn I think it's funny.
I am fond of Jews
The Jews are fond of money - G.K. Chesterton_________________________________________
John Key 3rd Jewish N.Z. Prime Minister - Background Check
Key becomes New Zealand´s third
Jewish Prime Minister
By Sharon Berger
Australian Jewish News, International section, November 14, 2008
ON Saturday, when National Leader John Key defeated Labour's Helen Clark and became the new prime minister of New Zealand, the small Jewish community of approximately 7000 people were watching closely.
Also observing was Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who called Key to congratulate him on his election win. The two leaders spoke for about 20 minutes and "we understand it was a good call"?, said spokesperson for the Israeli embassy in Canberra, Dor Shapira.
Key, whose mother - Ruth Lazar - was Jewish, fled Austria on the eve of World War II, and the prime minister-elect made a point of acknowledging her during one of the televised election debates. He has also been involved in a number of events with the Jewish community, and said recently that he would like to visit Israel where he has family.
In particular, he wants to pay tribute to his mothers family who did not survive the Holocaust at Jerusalem' s Yad Vashem. "I am very respectful of the Jewish faith and, in general, I'm very respectful of religion, but I'm just not actively religious myself,"? Key said last week.
Key is actually the third prime minister with Jewish ancestry in New Zealand. Julius Vogel served in the 1870s and Sir Francis Henry Dillon Bell, who later converted to Christianity, was at the helm for two weeks in 1925.
Shapira said the embassy welcomed the new Government and looked forward to working with it and continuing the good relations between Israel and New Zealand."?
Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been tumultuous during Clark's reign, who has been in power since 1999. The relationship reached a low point when two apparent Mossad agents were caught attempting to illegally obtain a Kiwi passport.
In 2006, an arrest warrant for "war crimes"? was issued for former Israel Defence Forces chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon, who was travelling in the country. It was later rescinded.
Newly appointed Labour Leader Phil Goff also made few friends in the pro-Israel community when he incensed then-prime minister Ariel Sharon in 2003, when as New Zealand's foreign minister, he greeted Yasser Arafat in Ramallah.
The strain has not been limited to political relations. The Jewish community has faced a number of anti-Semitic attacks, including desecration of graves and a prayer house being burnt to the ground at a Jewish cemetery, over recent years.
The Jewish community is cautiously optimistic that under the National Party and Key's direction, relations between Israel and New Zealand will improve yet they are concerned that he may want to prove he is impartial.
"Obviously there were difficulties with the Labour government in matters relating to Israel. We can only hope that those difficulties will now be a matter of the past,"? said Robert Goot, president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
Besides the three Jewish prime ministers, Auckland has had seven Jewish mayors throughout its history.
The former rabbi of Auckland Hebrew Congregation for seven years, Jeremy Lawrence, said, "Jewish settlement of Auckland is as old as settlement of the city.
It has been a country where the settling community was always warm and welcoming, enabling the Jewish community to establish prominence."? Rabbi Lawrence, now rabbi at The Great Synagogue in Sydney, added, "The Auckland Jewish community all felt proud to identify and participate in the local community politics and discussion. It became a tradition of Jewish families to participate in civic affairs, which continues until today."
"When a Jew, in America or in South Africa, talks to his Jewish companions about 'our' government, he means the government of Israel."
- David Ben-Gurion, Israeli Prime Minister
John Key, 3rd Jewish Prime Minister of N.Z. supports the Holocaust Hoax
Key's Austrian-born mother fled to England in 1939 as the Nazi occupation spread.
He says his mother was fortunate to escape.
“My mother was very lucky, she managed to escape the holocaust. She was living in Vienna when the Nazi’s invaded Austria,” he says.
The Moriah School children are collecting buttons for those who were not as lucky as Key’s mother - one for every child who died in the holocaust.
Children at the Jewish school learn the shameful history of the holocaust in class and in the holocaust centre adjoining the school.
Key said the whole experience was very special.
“It's very moving actually, I mean you've got a situation where the stories that I heard from the ladies in the holocaust centre were very similar to the stories my own mother told me,” he says.
Former Premier Julius Vogel and Prime Minister Francis Dillon Henry Bell were Jews who served in the 1870s and 1920s, prior to the holocaust, but Key is much closer to that history.
Keys says everyone has stories from their past that shape their world view.
“I think there’s a lot of different factors that go into the way you see the world. I think all of us have learnt some lessons from history and we hope they're never repeated,” he says.
And meeting a Jewish-born Prime Minister today is a lesson the children at the Jewish Moriah School are unlikely to forget.
Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/general/key-invited-to-share-his-jewish-ancestry----2009081419#ixzz3CabqTtOq
New Zealand – John Key’s Jewish/Internationalist background
The operation appears to have involved using a ‘Zaka’ search and rescue team which penetrated the closed-off “red zone” in downtown Christchurch, plus a team of forensic analysts sent by the Israeli government, which worked on victim identification in the morgue.
As the latter could have accessed the national police computer database, an urgent security audit was ordered. As a New Zealand security officer said: “…it would take only moments for a USB drive to be inserted in a police computer terminal and loaded with a program allowing remote backdoor access.”
While this appears speculative, New Zealand’s security services had been burned once in the very nasty incident which took place in 2004, when New Zealand jailed two suspected Mossad agents for attempts to obtain passports fraudulently. Diplomatic sanctions were also imposed on Israel as a result, and the police and SIS have since been highly suspicious of anything Israeli.
The situation is particularly suspicious when one takes into account the extraordinary interest taken in these events by Israel’s “Ambassador in the South Pacific” and the fact that he immediately left Australia to fly to Christchurch, to the morgue.
This appears to be a desperate attempt to evaluate the situation, and to facilitate the devising and implementation of damage-control measures.
Why is this issue surfacing now, five months after the events in question? In my opinion, it is entirely possible that elements of New Zealand’s counter-espionage establishment are unhappy with Prime Minister John Key’s covering up any possibility of hostile Israeli activity, and are starting to spill the beans.
And John Key, raised by a Jewish mother and thus himself technically Jewish, may find himself torn between conflicting loyalties; or quite possibly not, if one takes into account his career prior to politics, including involvement in international finance, and a stint at the Foreign Exchange Committee of the New York Federal Reserve Bank.
And what possible motivation could a man earning as much as $2 million a year have, to switch to the considerably less remunerative field of politics?
All in all, it seems highly suspicious to me.
Below is a series of relevant quotes from John Key’s “Wikipedia” entry, for which multiple references are supplied. As you peruse them, things will begin to fall into place.
“Key was born in Auckland, New Zealand, only son of George Key and Ruth Key (née Lazar), on 9 August 1961. His father was an immigrant from Britain, and a veteran of the Spanish Civil War and World War II. He died of a heart attack in 1967. Key and his two sisters were raised in a state house in Christchurch by his Austrian-Jewish immigrant mother.” (Emphasis added – JG)
“Key attends church frequently but is agnostic when it comes to belief in God. He has stated that he does not believe in life after death, and that he sees religion as ‘doing the right thing’. Key’s wife, Bronagh (née Dougan) Key, is the daughter of Northern Irish emigrants of mixed religious descent. Key is the third prime minister or premier of New Zealand (after Julius Vogel and Francis Bell) with Jewish ancestry.”
“In 1995, he joined Merrill Lynch as head of Asian foreign exchange in Singapore. That same year he was promoted to Merrill’s global head of foreign exchange, based in London, where he may have earned around US$2.25 million a year including bonuses, which is about NZ$5 million at 2001 exchange rates. Some co-workers called him “the smiling assassin” for maintaining his usual cheerfulness while sacking dozens (some say hundreds) of staff after heavy losses from the 1998 Russian financial crisis. He was a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the New York Federal Reserve Bank from 1999 to 2001.” (Emphasis added – JG)
“On 25 July 2008, Key was added to the New Zealand National Business Review (NBR) Rich List for the first time. The list details the wealthiest New Zealand individuals and family groups. Key had an estimated wealth of NZ$50 million. Key is the wealthiest New Zealand Member of Parliament.”
“During the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Key was a proponent of Hosni Mubarak’s government, citing his support of Israel and refusing to call for his resignation. When asked if Mubarak should step down, he said ‘no’.”
“Key came under fire in the New Zealand Parliament in August 2007, when the Government claimed that had Key been Prime Minister at the time, he would have sent troops to Iraq.”
See John Key’s Wikipedia entry here.
See my post “More Mossad spying in New Zealand: Zaka team used?” here.
See my ‘New Zealand / Mossad / Zaka / Sayanim’ category here.
The Smiling Assassin
"It's like England without the attitude," he wisecracked, adding: "Visit in the next 30 days and I will pick you up at the airport."
Key was joking with Letterman, yet his underlying message was serious. Since he took office in November 2008, the Prime Minister has cut income and corporate taxes, offered scholarships for business executives and taken personal control of the country's tourism ministry to boost a stuttering $125 billion economy.
One million New Zealanders, including a quarter of university graduates, have moved to work overseas - 260,000 in the past 10 years. Unemployment rose in the second quarter to 6.8 per cent from 6 per cent in the first.
Key says New Zealand needs to lift per capita income by 35 per cent to match that of Australia. In the meantime, he's trying to replace departing compatriots with wealthy foreigners.
"Attracting high-net-worth individuals is critical in terms of the investments they make and the opportunities they provide for others." As for his currency background, it comes in most handy in political debates.
"Parliamentary question time is very much like being on a trading floor," he says. "You live off your wits, and you feed off the environment."
Key, who leads the centre-right National Party, is pushing pro-business policies. He has trimmed the top income tax rate to 33 per cent from 38 per cent compared with 45 per cent for Australia.
Next year, the corporate tax rate will fall to 28 per cent, two percentage points below Australia's, from 30 per cent.
He's trying to win free-trade agreements with India and Russia. He has cut bureaucracy so that Auckland will be run by one local authority instead of eight.
And on August 9, he announced a scholarship under which New Zealand executives can get grants of as much as $110,000 to study at top international business schools and come back to work in the country.
"Look at what he's done; it's quite remarkable," says Jonathan Ling, chief executive officer of Fletcher Building, the country's biggest publicly traded company, who often recruits executives from the New Zealand diaspora. Since Key took office Fletcher shares have gained 30 per cent to $7.40 on August 23.
Key isn't starting from scratch in luring affluent visitors. New Zealand has long been home to such investors as billionaire hedge-fund manager Julian Robertson and former Levi Strauss president Tom Tusher.
Robertson developed two of the nation's most spectacular golf resorts, Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. In 2002, he bought two wineries, including Dry River, which produces what Bloomberg Markets wine and spirits columnist Elin McCoy describes as one of the New World's great pinot noirs.
Tusher, 69, owns Blanket Bay, a $750 to $2500-a-night hideaway near Queenstown, and the Amisfield winery.
Neither man will disclose the total value of his investments.
"New Zealand is the most beautiful place on Earth," says Robertson, 78, who oversees US$23 billion at New York-based Tiger Management LLC and spends three months a year in the country.
"I am a fan of the Prime Minister," says Robertson, who is due to open his third New Zealand resort, Matakauri Lodge, this Friday. "Now they have a progressive conservative premier, I think it will be much better for them." Key ousted the Labour Party's Helen Clark, who had led the country for nine years.
The Prime Minister's job has been complicated - even for a veteran currency trader - by a New Zealand dollar that has yo-yoed between US39 cents and US82 cents in the past decade.
Hostage to the so-called carry trade, the currency rises when foreign investors pour in money to take advantage of higher-interest-bearing assetsand falls when they pull money out.
Exports and inbound tourism, which make up almost 40 per cent of New Zealand's GDP, become more expensive with a strong kiwi dollar.
That hurts a country that's the biggest global exporter of dairy products and lamb and whose visitors account for 20 per cent of foreign-exchange earnings. New Zealand suffers, although less so, when the kiwi dollar hits lows, because imports cost more.
Key says there's not much he can do to prevent the kiwi's wild swings, even with his 20 years of foreign-exchange experience.
What he can do is try to negotiate more free-trade agreements to compensate for barriers and subsidies that restrict access for meat and dairy products in New Zealand's biggest markets.
OECD figures in July showed that in New Zealand, a free-trading nation, 1 per cent of farmers' incomes comes from subsidies, compared with 61 per cent in Norway, 23 per cent in the European Union and 9 per cent in the US.
"We would be the most vulnerable nation in the world to the vagaries of global markets," says Andrew Ferrier, chief executive officer of Fonterra.
A rebounding global economy is already helping Key's prospects. Sales of milk, butter and lamb are increasing as the world emerges from its financial crisis.
New Zealand's economy is poised to grow 3 per cent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund, compared with a 1.6 per cent contraction in 2009.
On Monday Fonterra reported that its dairy exports rose to a record 2.1 million metric tonnes in the year ended July 31, buoyed by demand from China and other parts of Asia.
The Prime Minister is getting the benefit of the doubt from some rivals because of his personality and inspirational life story, says Mike Moore, a former Labour Party Prime Minister and one-time director-general of the World Trade Organisation.
"We in the Labour Party have a serious problem with John Key," says Moore, who this month became New Zealand's ambassador to the US. "He's a very hard man to hate."
Key grew up with adversity. His late mother, Ruth Lazar, an Austrian Jew, fled to Britain in 1938. In 1948, she married George Key, an Englishman. The couple emigrated to New Zealand in the 1950s.
His father died when Key was 6. He and his two siblings and Ruth lived in a state house in Christchurch, where the Keys made their way among other struggling families. He never lacked confidence.
"From very early on, I wanted two things," Key says. "I wanted to go into business and become financially independent.
Secondly, I wanted to go into politics. When I was very young, I wanted to be Prime Minister."
Key's path to riches and political power began in 1985 - the year when New Zealand floated the kiwi, which had been pegged to a basket of currencies.
He decided he could make his fortune trading the suddenly fluctuating New Zealand dollar.
He joined Bankers Trust in Auckland in 1988, so eager to succeed that he and his wife, Bronagh, slept in the green glow of a financial terminal beside their bed.
In 1995, Merrill Lynch hired him as a managing director of Asian foreign exchange in Singapore.
Three months into the job, then-boss Steve Bellotti asked what Key thought of Merrill's foreign-exchange business. "I think it sucks," Key said.
Key told Bellotti that Merrill could be a bigger player in currencies. Bellotti, who confirms the story, shared that view.
"They had the clients and the cross-border flow in equities, fixed interest and commodities, but they were not capturing the foreign-exchange part," Bellotti says.
Bellotti offered Key the job of global head of foreign exchange in London with the proviso that if he didn't perform he'd be fired in a year.
"If I don't make it in 11 months, I'll quit," Key replied.
Instead, it was Key who ended up sacking other people.
Bellotti says Key expanded the business as they'd planned. Then came the 1997 Asian financial crisis and 1998 Russian debt default.
Key was ordered to cut his 300-strong team by 50 or 60, Bellotti recalls.
"It was a very difficult environment," Key says. "But for the survival of the business, we did what was necessary."
Bellotti, now managing director for global markets at Australia New Zealand Banking Group in Sydney, says Key succeeded as a currency trader without taking big risks.
"He was not the king of volatility," Bellotti says. "He was not the superstar outstanding athlete. He was consistent sometimes to the point of being boring. He was also a great team builder."
Key also became wealthy. Newspapers have reported that he earned about US$2 million a year in London and his fortune is now US$40 million.
He'll say only: "It was a substantial amount of money - enough to have choices."
By then a father of two, Key chose to quit Merrill and take a shot at becoming Prime Minister.
He sought to improve his chances of successfully entering politics with a classy gift - and humour - to win over a local party official who had invited him to a beach barbecue.
Turning up with a $200 bottle of Stonyridge Larose, one of the country's best red wines, he recommended that his host not serve it with the sausages.
"It was good wine," Key says, "I hope he still has it in his cellars."
Key's political debut wasn't easy even with such schmoozing. He was selected as a National Party candidate only after a bruising intraparty contest.
He faced New Zealand voters for the first time during the 2002 general election. National suffered its worst defeat ever, winning 27 seats in the 120- member Parliament.
Key, who'd been chosen for one of the safest seats, escaped the rout.
"If I hadn't challenged in such a strong seat, I would never have made it," he says.
With so few National members in Parliament, he was promoted to finance spokesman in 2004.
National lost the 2005 election and his colleagues chose him to be Opposition Leader in 2006.
Key has suffered reverses during his two years in office - and digs at his background.
"It is all very well being an international money shuffler, but I thought they were part of the problem, not the solution," Labour Party Opposition Leader Phil Goff says.
Key's attempts to raise living standards closer to Australia's are having the opposite effect, he says, noting that Australia's economy has been growing faster than New Zealand's and its jobless rate - 5.3 per cent in July - is lower.
"You have to deliver, not just be a smiling face," Goff says.
Key backed down in July on a plan to open conservation areas to mining after protesters said the move would jeopardise tourists' and food shoppers' image of a green New Zealand.
So far, most voters aren't holding mistakes against Key. If an election had been held in early August, his National Party would have been re-elected with 54.5 per cent of the vote, a poll conducted for TV3 found.
The poll that really counts will come when Key's three-year term ends in November 2011 and he seeks re-election. If the world keeps buying New Zealand farm products and if former colleagues on forex desks don't make the country's currency too volatile, Key should be smiling for another three years.
Strange Goings-on after the February Earthquake from our Jewish Prime Minister?
Report: Israeli Who Died in New Zealand Quake was Mossad Spy
The New Zealand-based Southland Times newspaper reported that the local police’s national computer has been under scrutiny in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake, due to a fear that Israeli agents had loaded software into the system that would allow backdoor access to highly sensitive intelligence files.
According to the report, the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) ordered the checks as part of an urgent investigation which had been ordered due to what was described as suspicious activities of several groups of Israelis during and immediately after the earthquake.
The report pointed a finger at four Israelis – Ofer Mizrachi from Kibbutz Magal near Haifa (who was killed in the quake), Michal Fraidman, Liron Sade and Guy Jordan. It said the four, who were in Christchurch at the time of the earthquake, became a prime focus of the SIS investigation.
The reason for investigating the four, said the report, was their suspicious behavior after the earthquake: The four had been shopping in the city on the morning of the earthquake and had returned to their van when the quake hit.
Mizrachi, the driver, was killed instantly and the other three managed to escape the vehicle, following which they took photos of the crushed van and left New Zealand within 12 hours.
The Southland Times also noted that when Mizrachi’s body was recovered from the van several days later, he was found to be carrying at least five passports. All this led the SIS to investigate the four Israelis' behavior, claims the report.
Later, the report goes on to say, an unaccredited Israeli search and rescue squad was confronted by armed New Zealand officers and removed from the sealed-off “red zone” of the central city.
The SIS decided to investigate possible links between the many passports found on Mizrachi, the immediate flight of his three companions, the high-powered Israeli interest shown in the earthquake (Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was noted as having called New Zealand Prime Minister John Key four times on the day of the quake), the unexplained behavior of the Israeli search and rescue squad, and a mysterious seventh Israeli, in New Zealand illegally, who was first reported missing in the earthquake and weeks later was reported to have left the country.
The SIS reportedly was also interested in the Facebook tribute page set up for Mizrachi that has attracted only five “likes” in the more than four months it has been on the social media site.
New Zealand police said Tuesday their systems and the information contained on them were secure and were subject to regular security audits and intrusion checks.
Prime Minister John Key Refuses to Discuss SIS Investigation
Prime Minister Key was asked to confirm the details of the SIS investigation on Tuesday, but refused to do so, saying it was not in the national interest.
Key also insisted there had been no misuse of New Zealand passports, and would only say that the calls from Netanyahu on the day of the earthquake were “to offer help and advice.”
“If I believed that it was in the national interest for me to disclose the full details that I have then I would do so but I don't believe it is,” Key was quoted by The Southland Times as having said. “I hasten to add you are making allegations that are not necessarily correct or proven.”
Israeli Ambassador: Israelis Were Not Mossad Agents
Meanwhile, Israeli Ambassador Shemi Tzur dismissed as “science fiction” the suspicions that the Israelis who were caught up in the earthquake were Mossad agents.
Tzur, who is based in Canberra but flew into Christchurch hours after the earthquake, was quoted by The Southland Times as saying he was “shocked and upset” that New Zealand’s intelligence agencies would have such suspicions.
He said that Mizrachi’s three friends had left New Zealand so hurriedly because they were shocked and crying and wanted to go home.
“I drove his three friends to the airport so they could go home,” Tzur was quoted as saying. “They were shocked and crying, they were just talking about their friends. To suggest anything else, someone has been feeding you science fiction.”
Regarding Mizrachi’s multiple passports, Tzur said, “I was handed a parcel of his effects and it did contain more than one passport,” but noted that dual citizenship is common in Israel because of difficulties over the use of Israeli passports in some other countries.
Tzur responded to the newspaper’s inquiry regarding the Israeli search and rescue teams, and noted that they were sent by the parents of two Israeli backpackers who also died in the quake.
“I know they were very upset and angry at being turned away,” said Tzur. “They appealed to me and I spoke to the police, who were very apologetic but firm that they could not join the search.”
Christchurch NZ Land Grab ...
John Key (the Jew) Lying Eyes (with apologies to Pinocchio):
"Fifty thousand, at the Maximum ..." Yeah, Right!
End of the Day & talking about Climate Change as if it was somehow a problem!
And, believes in the AGW Hoax
'End Of The Day': Video
Doesn't support or recognise that the unborn child has a right to life - typical Jew
Catholics Unveiled Masonic Jewish Plot in 1936 (Encore)
In 1936, two Catholic newspapers published accounts of speeches given at a recent B'nai Brith conclave in Paris. It spells out the Illuminati Jewish program of world domination as well as the Protocols of Zion. Paranoia or a dire warning ignored? You decide.
"And the Gentiles, in their stupidity, have proved easier dupes than we expected them to be. One would expect more intelligence and more practical common sense, but they are no better than a herd of sheep. Let them graze in our fields till they become fat enough to be worthy of being immolated to our future King of the World..."
Secret Jewish Plot Unveiled by the Catholic Gazette of England
In the London Catholic Gazette of February 1936 a sensational article was published under the heading: "The Jewish Peril and the Catholic Church".
The article of the "Catholic Gazette" read as follows:
"THE JEWISH PERIL AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH" That there had been and still is a Jewish problem no one can deny. Since the rejection of Israel, 1,900 years ago, the Jews have scattered in every direction, and in spite of the difficulties and even persecution, they have established themselves as a power in nearly every nation of Europe.
In view of this Jewish problem, which affects the Catholic Church in a special way, we publish the following amazing extracts from a number of speeches recently made under the auspices of a Jewish society in Paris.
"As long as there remains among the Gentiles any moral conception of the social order, and until all faith, patriotism and dignity are uprooted, our reign over the world shall not come.
"We have already fulfilled part of our work, but we cannot yet claim that the whole of our work is done. We have still a long way to go before we can overthrow our main opponent: the Catholic Church...
"We must always bear in mind that the Catholic Church is the only institution which has stood, and which will, as long as it remains in existence, stand in our way. The Catholic Church, with her methodical work and her edifying and moral teachings, will always keep her children in such a state of mind, as to make them too self-respecting to yield to our domination, and to bow before our future King of Israel...
"That is why we have been striving to discover the best way of shaking the Catholic Church to her very foundations. We have spread the spirit of revolt and false liberalism among the nations of the Gentiles so as to persuade them away from their faith and even to make them ashamed of professing the precepts of their Religion and obeying the Commandments of their Church. We have brought many of them to boast of being atheists, and more than that, to glory in being descendants of the ape!
We have given them new theories, impossible of realization, such as Communism, Anarchism, and Socialism, which are now serving our purpose...The stupid Gentiles have accepted them with the greatest enthusiasm, without realizing that those theories are ours, and that they constitute our most powerful instrument against themselves...
GENTILES BUILDING THEIR OWN JAILS
"We have blackened the Catholic Church with the most ignominious calumnies, we have stained her history and disgraced even her noblest activities. We have imputed to her the wrongs of her enemies, and thus brought these latter to stand more closely by our side... So much so, that we are now witnessing to our greatest satisfaction, rebellions against the Church in several countries... We have turned her clergy into objects of hatred and ridicule, we have subjected them to the contempt of the crowd... We have caused the practice of the Catholic religion to be considered out of date and a mere waste of time..
"And the Gentiles, in their stupidity, have proved easier dupes than we expected them to be. One would expect more intelligence and more practical common sense, but they are no better than a herd of sheep. Let them graze in our fields till they become fat enough to be worthy of being immolated to our future King of the World...
"We have founded many secret associations, which all work for our purpose, under our orders and our direction. We have made it an honour, a great honour, for the Gentiles to join us in our organizations, which are, thanks to our gold, flourishing now more than ever. Yet it remains our secret that those Gentiles who betray their own and most precious interests, by joining us in our plot should never know that these associations are of our creation and that they serve our purpose...
"One of the many triumphs of our Freemasonry is that those Gentiles who become members of our Lodges, should never suspect that we are using them to build their own jails, upon whose terraces we shall erect the throne of our Universal King of Israel; and should never know that we are commanding them to forge the chains of their own servility to our future King of the world.
"So far, we have considered our strategy in our attacks upon the Catholic Church from the outside. But this is not all. Let us now explain how we have gone further in our work, to hasten the ruin of the Catholic Church, and how we have penetrated into her most intimate circles, and brought even some of her Clergy to become pioneers of our cause.
"Apart altogether from the influence of our philosophy, we have taken other steps to secure a breach in the Catholic Church. Let me explain how this has been done.
"We have induced some of our children to join the Catholic body, with the explicit intimation that they should work in a still more efficient way for the disintegration of the Catholic Church, by creating scandals within her. We have thus followed the advice of our Prince of the Jews, who so wisely said:
'Let some of your children become canons, so that they may destroy the Church'. Unfortunately, not all among the 'convert' Jews have proved faithful to their mission. Many of them have even betrayed us! But, on the other hand, others have kept their promise and honored their word. Thus the counsel of our Elders has proved successful.
"We are the Fathers of all Revolutions - even of those which sometimes happen to turn against us. We are the supreme Masters of Peace and War. We can boast of being the Creators of the REFORMATION! Calvin was one of our Children; he was of Jewish descent, and was entrusted by Jewish authority and encouraged with Jewish finance to draft his scheme in the Reformation.
"Martin Luther yielded to the influence of his Jewish friends, and again, by Jewish authority and with Jewish finance, his plot against the Catholic Church met with success...
"Thanks to our propaganda, to our theories of Liberalism and to our misrepresentations of Freedom, the minds of many among the Gentiles were ready to welcome the Reformation. They separated from the Church to fall into our snare. And thus the Catholic Church has been very sensibly weakened, and her authority over the Kings of the Gentiles has been reduced almost to naught..
"We are grateful to Protestants for their loyalty to our wishes - although most of them are, in the sincerity of their faith, unaware of their loyalty to us. We are grateful to them for the wonderful help they are giving us in our fight against the stronghold of Christian Civilization, and in our preparations for the advent of our supremacy over the whole world and over the Kingdoms of the Gentiles.
"So far we have succeeded in overthrowing most of the Thrones of Europe. The rest will follow in the near future. Russia has already worshiped our rule, France, with her Masonic Government, is under our thumb.
England, in her dependence upon our finance is under our heel; and in her Protestantism is our hope for the destruction of the Catholic Church. Spain and Mexico are but toys in our hands. And many other countries, including the U.S.A., have already fallen before our scheming.
CHURCH WAS LAST BASTION
"But the Catholic Church is still alive...
"We must destroy her without the least delay and without the slightest mercy.
Most of the Press in the world is under our Control; let us therefore encourage in a still more violent way the hatred of the world against the Catholic Church. Let us intensify our activities in poisoning the morality of the Gentiles. Let us spread the spirit of revolution in the minds of the people.
They must be made to despise Patriotism and the love of their family, to consider their faith as a humbug, their obedience to their Church as a degrading servility, so that they may become deaf to the appeal of the Church and blind to her warnings against us.
Let us, above all, make it impossible for Christians outside the Catholic Church to be reunited with that Church, or for non-Christians to join that Church; otherwise the greatest obstruction to our domination will be strengthened and all our work undone. Our plot will be unveiled, the Gentiles will turn against us, in the spirit of revenge, and our domination over them will never be realized.
"Let us remember that as long as there still remain active enemies of the Catholic Church, we may hope to become Masters of the World... And let us remember always that the future Jewish King will never reign in the world before the Pope in Rome is dethroned, as well as all the other reigning monarchs of the Gentiles upon earth."
Related, the book "The Plot Against the Church" by Maurice Pinay online
Destruction of all moral values - John Key conforms to Jewish ideals
More Grist for the Mill
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Is it just a mere co-incidence that as soon as we get a Jewish Prime Minister N.Z. gets clobbered with massive earthquakes?
Do I still believe his twice 'man-made' disaster comment was just a slip-up?
- Frankly, No!
'At The End of the Day' - I personally think 'he gave it all away' (Freudian slip-up) and his Jewish masters will not at all have been happy with John!
Final Comment - based on circumstantial evidence produced so far in this blog( ... there is much more ...)
9/4 & 2/22 was Christchurch's 9/11 - Fair Comment?_______________________________________________
Key: U.S. journalist Greenwald 'a loser.'
The Moment of truth - Very Interesting as we head further down the rabbit-hole
Christchurch N.Z. Land Grab -Agenda 21
Must be more coming?
How the Snowden story unfolded
US journalist Glenn Greenwald says the Government's stance has continually shifted since he arrived in New Zealand last week, and particularly after he took his evidence to the US National Security Agency on Sunday.
Prime Minister John Key says Greenwald's reports are wrong and he's here as a guest of Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom, in a bid to skew Saturday's general election.
Here's how the details dripped out:
• Saturday, September 13 - In a television interview, Glenn Greenwald raises questions about how how truthful the Government was about new spying laws, passed in August last year, and the insistence that the Government Communications Security Bureau does not engage in mass surveillance.
He said the the foreign spy agency engages with ''extraordinary amounts of analysis of metadata - meaning who's talking to whom for how long, where they are when they speak - on a massive, indiscriminate scale, not just internationally but of New Zealanders as well''.
Later that day Prime Minister John Key hit back, saying Greenwald did not have ''all'' the information. He admitted for the first time that GCSB spies, with the help of the NSA, looked into ''mass protection'' - which could have be seen as wholesale spying - after two cyber-attacks on private firms in late 2011 and early 2012. However, he said this didn't get past the ''business case.'' He promised to declassify top-secret documents proving his assurances.
• Sunday, September 14 - Greenwald re-iterates his claims, and says his investigations are close to completion. ''Any politician in New Zealand who has made statements like that that there's no mass surveillance been taking place aimed at New Zealanders is a politician who has been deceiving the public. And that's what our reporting will show.''
As with all his previous reporting, he takes the documents to the NSA for a response, although they declined to comment.
Key goes on the attack, opting to insult Greenwald. ''Dotcom's little henchman will be proved to be incorrect because he is incorrect....there never has been mass surveillance and there is not mass surveillance.''
At the launch of National's children and family policy, he gives reporters further details. But he said he now wouldn't release any declassified material until he sees what Greenwald has got. Key said Cabinet signed off a proposal for the GCSB to investigate a business case for widespread ''cyber protection.''
He stopped the work in March, as an internal review of the GCSB was taking place, because he thought it went "too far. ''
"In the end, that never even got to a business case,'' he stressed. The top-secret papers he would release would show the proposal to look at a business case, the decision to put it on ice, and about the new ''bespoke'' GCSB programme is, which two companies have signed up to.
''It's very much about, in a non-invasive way, making sure that information or emails coming into the company are analysed for any digital signatures that would indicate a virus or malware,'' he said.
Greenwald responded to Key's personal attack, tweeting: ''Does the Prime Minister think that bizarre ad honimen attacks against me will make the facts - and the documents - disappear?''
• Monday, September 15th - The day of the ''Moment of Truth'' arrives. In the late afternoon, Greenwald's news site The Intercept publishes its investigation and the relevant NSA documents, as well as an article from Snowden. The former NSA analyst confirms the GCSB had shared access to XKeyscore, a controversial data harvesting tool, and that he personally sifted through the private communications of New Zealanders.
''If you live in New Zealand you are being watched.'' Greenwald's report says the GCSB worked in 2012 and 2013 to implement ''a mass metadata surveillance system.'' With NSA co-operation, the GCSB implemented Phase I of project ''Speargun,'' either in late 2012 or early 2013, which involved the covert installation of cable access equipment to New Zealand's undersea Southern Cross cable link.
Phase II was to be the insertion of ''metadata probes,'' the report said. It was backed by NSA documents that said this was scheduled for ''mid-2013'' but needed new legislation to pass. They also reveal senior intelligence official Roy Ferguson, based in the department of prime minister and cabinet (DPMC), travelled to Washington in March 2013 to update NSA officials on progress of the law.
Within a couple of hours, Key's office released four declassified documents, three Cabinet minutes and Project Cortex Business Case Cabinet paper. They show that in September 2013 Cabinet formally rescinded a request for business case for ''initiative 741'8'' (what NSA called Speargun) and gave notice of new, ''narrower'' project. In July 2014, Cabinet agreed to Cortex, a narrower cyber security programme.
At the MOT event, organised by the Internet Party, Snowden appears from Russia by videolink. He goes further than his article, saying that there are two NSA facilities in New Zealand. He explains that while working in Hawaii as an infrastructure analyst he could opt out of running searches on countries in the Five Eyes alliance with a checkbox, known as ''Five Eyes Defeat.''
• Tuesday, September 16th - Key hits back, saying Greenwald and Snowden are making unsubstantiated claims. He denies there are NSA bases in New Zealand, although NSA staff are seconded here, and said the Five Eyes parties had an agreement not to spy on each other. ''Yes there are databases that New Zealand intelligence agencies might be able to access, but the information that would be in that database would be for legitimate and legal reasons.''
He refuses to talk about XKeyscore.
In an interview with Fairfax, Greenwald reveals he will soon report that New Zealand is involved in spying on its Pacific neighbours, allies, and other Western democracies, sometimes at the behest of the US.
And he says Kiwis were duped over the GCSB legislation passed last year.
•Wednesday, September 17th - Spy watchdog Cheryl Gwyn issues a statement, saying she hasn't identified "indiscriminate interception" of Kiwis data, but Greenwald challenges what the GCSB has told her. In a radio interview, Key appears to concede that Snowden ''might well be right'' that Kiwis data is accessible through XKeyscore system. ''What I can say is the GCSB does not have access to any information through X-Keyscore or any other database, unless they basically comply with the New Zealand law, and the New Zealand law forbids that - unless there is a warrant to do so,'' he told reporters.
Dot.com's lawyer Amsterdam: this is N.Z.'s Watergatehttp://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/dotcom-s-lawyer-bob-amsterdam-nz-watergate-video-6080045
Heading Further down the Rabbit Hole !
Starting to Connect the Dots by Now?
9/11 was an Inside and Outside Job: Remembering Israel’s Role in 9/11
Jewish Commentator Reports That Jewish Neocons Were Behind Iraq War [Watch Video]
It’s important to remember Israel’s role in 9/11
Israel’s Role in 9/11 was Gigantic
Who had control of the military and NORAD to force it to stand down while 4 passenger planes went to their designated targets? Who knew the intricacies of US commercial flights to get around the FAA traffic control? Who had the power if needed to operate planes by remote control? Who had control of the courts in the United States to make sure that no wrongful death claims went to trial? Who had control of disposal so all the steel girders … were shipped to China before they could be chemically analyzed? Who had the power to control the NYPD and the NYFD? Who had the power to allow dozens of suspects to escape to foreign countries, especially Israeli suspects? Who had the technology to bring down steel-girded buildings … ?
Who had the advanced computer knowledge to coordinate the attacks? Who had the state-of-the-art knowledge about explosives and detonators? Who had control of the press and media to curtail investigations? Who is most familiar with and has political control over the city of New York …? Who has a history of unprovoked attacks or even false flag operations, some of which have been directed at the United States? Who has a network of spies operating in the United States that can facilitate the attacks? Who has personnel in almost ever sector of the American Federal Government to create a massive coverup? …
Who benefits? … Israel had the motive, the power, the money, the influence, the technology, the terrorist history, and most of all, was the only one who benefited from 9/11.
Israel’s Role in 9/11 Covers Everything From Mossad Front Companies to Dancing Israelis On Rooftops …
- The Israeli military agency Mossad using their front company Urban Moving Systems to blow up bombs and frame Muslims (their van just so happened to have a mural decoration on the side of a plane going into the the WTC!);
- Israelis celebrating the destruction of the Twin Towers by dancing on the rooftop;
- The Israeli company ZIM vacating their WTC lease just a week before 9/11, incurring a $50,000 fine to do so;
- Israeli backdoor technology penetrating the U.S. Government’s Telecom System and compromising national security;
- Over 100 Mossad agents being arrested before and after 911, but quietly sent back to Israel; and much much more.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Let Slip a Couple of Things …
The Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that 9/11 had been beneficial for Israel. “We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,” he was quoted as saying. He reportedly added that these events “swung American public opinion in our favor.” Netanyahu also said of the 9/11 attacks that “it’s very good.”
Very good indeed … for Israel. Death, destruction and terror for anyone else. When it comes to 9/11, it’s well overdue to direct out attention to Israel’s role in 9/11, and the rising Zionist domination of the world in general, if we want to uncover the truth and stand up for peace and freedom.
9/11 was an inside job in the sense that many top US officials were in on it; but 9/11 was also most definitely an outside job in that Israel appears to be the mastermind behind it, and had the necessary scope of power to carry it out, and cover it up.
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More As We Head Deeper Into The Rabbit-Hole
Face to Face - most Hollywood Movie Houses Owned By Zionists
And, This Is Well Worth A Watch :
"Zionist Jew Agenda Exposed - Shocking"
SEQUEL - The never -ending story?
February 22nd 2011, 6.3 magnitude Earthquake - A Pictorial Presentation
New Brighton Rd like A War Zone? Shortly After the 6.3 magnitude Earthquake, February 22nd, 2011 [24th February, 2011]
Clock at New Brighton Pier after the 6.3 Mag Quake undamaged
This is turning into a Never-Ending story, in sympathy with the earthquakes it seems!
It was a Tuesday on that morning of February 22nd, 2011 ... I still remember it quite well, at least the bits that stand out after three years.
I note in my diary ( weather one ) briefly "overcast rain with the grand total of 3.0 mm for the 24 hours of that day"...and that's all, and by the 3rd of March I had completely 'given it away' and no more records were kept ...
However, it must have stopped raining that morning, because by midday I had been in the garden picking some lettuce leaves to make a midday snack, and the weather had cleared ... I must have moved back into the house sometime shortly before 1 pm ... and without any warning, as I was standing at the kitchen bench, there was an almighty bang and a crash, like a massive truck had slammed against the western side of the house! The time was 12:51pm
Without giving it another thought I dashed for the front door as things were crashing down, including sadly our computers which were written off.
I barely made it to the front door but somehow managed to remain on my feet as I wrenched it open, as it must have been truly jammed by the initial shock.
I stumbled outside managing again to remain upright and in my headlong flight from the house ended up slamming against the driveway fence in order to steady myself!
As I walked down the driveway, I noticed the now permanent sight of Road working contractors on New Brighton Road ... I recall saying out loud to myself and perhaps to the guys out on the road ..." This is going to send a few people packing out of Christchurch!"
"The earthquake was 10 km SW of Christchurch," and I noted, as well in my diary ..." more like 7.4!" [reports were coming through that it was a 6.3 magnitude quake]
It was certainly different to the September Quake, which came on gradually, unlike today's one which hit with a shocking jolt !
We were getting early reports of many fatalities that day, and I noted 75 fatalities at least by the following day, in my diary ( weather diary - you include earthquakes in them as well as weather and related damage)
All in all, the total number ended up at 186 ( I have included the later death of a premature baby born as a result of that quake )
Lounge some days after the 6.3 quake - computer down and front door unable to be closed
High tide and land subsidence as water invades front of property
New Brighton Road - Not getting Any Better
All That Liquefaction Just Had To Go Somewhere
Shallow 6.3 Quake Tears the land apart along New Brighton Road
Quake Scarred Grassy River Bank Alongside Avon River, New Brighton
That Was Some Quake!
Post 6.3 Quake 'Clean-Up! - New Brighton Road
That explains why the land has dropped as much as it has!
Looking West Along New Brighton Road At The Mess!
New Brighton Road - 'Munted'!
Na, We're fine thank you, just popped in for a cup 'o tea and a chat!
What would we have done without the Thermette - Kiwi Invention!
No power or water - More than one way to skin a cat!
Locals just doing what Kiwis do naturally, taking the initiative - helping out without Government Red Tape!
I think it was a non-Catholic Church, victim of the February Quake - But I forget!
It was simply nice to have somewhere you could go to have a cup o' tea and a bite
Emergency Relief Centre set up by locals in New Brighton providing meals and basics for the facility deprived Earthquake New Brighton residents
Red Billed seagulls appear not overly concerned about their new cracked-up roosting pad
Many a pleasant walk alongside the picturesque Avon river, rapidly becomes a thing of the past
New Brighton Residents open up their homes as an emergency meeting place for anybody who just needed a meal
Time out to catch up with the Neighbors
"Would you like some Tomato Sauce with that, dear?" - Breakfast, Dinner ,Tea?
Things are sometimes not what they are cracked up to be!
Another empty lot in the making
'Munted' New Brighton side road
New Brighton Road - Who would have imagined?
New Brighton - side road off New Brighton Rd does not escape the February quake
Residents with wells offer free water - Free Fresh Water!!
New Brighton Road - Not getting any better!
New Brighton Mall suffers light damage only
Shag Rock, Sumner - painted before the 2010/2011 earthquakes
View of Shag Rock, Sumner - from Southshore - pre Earthquakes
What a Sad Sight - Shag Rock, no more!
Ruining my walking track along Cockayne Reserve alongside Avon River!
Sewer from broken system pumped out across New Brighton Road into Avon River - No Swimming!
A Good Nor'Wester And It's Becoming a Health Hazard - New Brighton Road
Southern Alps from New Brighton Road
The main Quake 6.3 magnitude and aftershocks immediately following the main shock at 12.51pm Tuesday, 22nd February 2011.
Q. How many quakes in Christchurch and the Canterbury region on the 22nd February?
A. An amazing 74 listed by Geonet [see link below and example of map]
Showing build-up to 6.3 mag quake
Aftershocks immediately following the main quake
Main aftershocks since 22 February 2011
Below is a list of all aftershocks of Richter, Moment & Body-wave Magnitudes 5.0 and above that have hit Christchurch since 22 February 2011 earthquake.
|Date||Time||Richter Magnitude||Moment Magnitude||Body-wave Magnitude||Earthquake Epicentre||Depth (km)||Depth (miles)||Modified Mercalli|
|22 February 2011||12:51 pm||6.3||6.2||6.3||10 km south of Christchurch||5.0 km||3.1 miles||X. Intense|
|22 February 2011||1:04 pm||5.8||5.5||5.5||10 km south of Christchurch||5.9 km||3.6 miles||VII. Very Strong|
|22 February 2011||2:50 pm||5.9||5.6||5.6||Within 5 km of Lyttelton||6.72 km||4.1 miles||VII. Very Strong|
|22 February 2011||2:51 pm||5.1||4.5||4.4||Within 5 km of Lyttelton||7.3 km||4.5 miles||VI. Strong|
|22 February 2011||4:04 pm||5.0||4.5||4.4||Within 5 km of Christchurch||12.0 km||7.4 miles||VI. Strong|
|22 February 2011||7:43 pm||5.0||4.4||4.5||20 km south-east of Christchurch||12.0 km||7.4 miles||VI. Strong|
|5 March 2011||7:34 pm||5.0||4.6||4.5||10 km south-east of Christchurch||9.5 km||5.9 miles||VI. Strong|
|20 March 2011||9:47 pm||5.1||4.5||4.5||10 km east of Christchurch||11.83 km||7.3 miles||VI. Strong|
|16 April 2011||5:49 pm||5.3||5.0||5.2||20 km south-east of Christchurch||10.6 km||6.5 miles||VI. Strong|
|30 April 2011||7:04 am||5.2||4.9||4.7||60 km north-east of Christchurch||8.7 km||5.4 miles||VI. Strong|
|10 May 2011||3:04 am||5.2||4.9||5.0||20 km west of Christchurch||14.4 km||8.9 miles||VI. Strong|
|6 June 2011||9:09 am||5.5||5.1||5.1||20 km south-west of Christchurch||8.1 km||5.0 miles||VI. Strong|
|Date||Time||Richter Magnitude (ML)||Moment Magnitude (Mw)||Body-wave Magnitude (Mb)||Earthquake Epicentre||Depth (km)||Depth (miles)||Modified Mercalli|
|13 June 2011||1:00 pm||5.9||5.3||5.0||10 km south-east of Christchurch||8.9 km||5.5 miles||VIII. Destructive|
|13 June 2011||2:20 pm||6.4||5.9||6.0||10 km south-east of Christchurch||6.9 km||4.2 miles||IX. Violent|
|13 June 2011||2:21 pm||5.1||4.8||4.8||10 km south-east of Christchurch||10.2 km||6.4 miles||VI. Strong|
|15 June 2011||6:27 am||5.2||4.8||5.0||20 km south-east of Christchurch||5.8 km||3.5 miles||VI. Strong|
|21 June 2011||10:34 pm||5.4||5.2||5.2||10 km south-west of Christchurch||8.3 km||5.2 miles||VI. Strong|
|22 July 2011||5:39 am||5.3||4.7||4.7||40 km west of Christchurch||12 km||7.4 miles||VI. Strong|
|2 September 2011||3:29 am||5.0||4.6||4.5||10 km east of Lyttelton||7.6 km||4.7 miles||VI. Strong|
|9 October 2011||8:34 pm||5.5||4.9||5.0||10 km north-east of Diamond Harbour||12.0 km||7.4 miles||VI. Strong|
|Date||Time||Richter Magnitude (ML)||Moment Magnitude (Mw)||Body-wave Magnitude (Mb)||Earthquake Epicentre||Depth (km)||Depth (miles)||Modified Mercalli|
|23 December 2011||1:58 pm||5.9||5.8||5.8||20 km north-east of Lyttelton||8 km||4.9 miles||VIII. Destructive|
|23 December 2011||2:06 pm||5.3||5.4||5.4||21 km east-north-east of Christchurch||10.1 km||6.2 miles||VII. Very Strong|
|23 December 2011||3:18 pm||6.2||6.0||5.9||10 km north of Lyttelton||6 km||3.7 miles||VIII. Destructive|
|23 December 2011||4:50 pm||5.1||4.7||4.8||20 km east of Christchurch||10 km||6.2 miles||VI. Strong|
|24 December 2011||6:37 am||5.1||4.9||5.1||10 km east of Akaroa||9 km||5.5 miles||VI. Strong|
|2 January 2012||1:27 am||5.1||4.8||4.9||20 km north-east of Lyttelton||13.3 km||8.2 miles||VI. Strong|
|2 January 2012||5:45 am||5.3||20 km north-east of Lyttelton||13.5 km||8.3 miles||VII. Very Strong|
|2 January 2012||5:45 am||5.6||5.1||5.1||20 km north-east of Lyttelton||13.5 km||8.3 miles||VII. Very Strong|
|6 January 2012||2:22 am||5.0||4.5||4.6||20 km north-east of Lyttelton||6.7 km||4.0 miles||VI. Very Strong|
|7 January 2012||1:21 am||5.3||4.8||5.0||20 km east of Christchurch||8.4 km||5.2 miles||VI. Strong|
|15 January 2012||2:47 am||5.1||4.6||4.5||10 km east of Christchurch||5.8 km||3.6 miles||VI. Strong|
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