Hair cut just outside the red zone

We ventured into South City yesterday so that I could have a hair cut. South City is in the CBD just outside the cordoned off area, otherwise known as the red zone. I’ve never seen this part of town so quiet.

My hair-dresser has been busy she says but one thing is new: most of her clients are not wanting their hair blown dry. She suspects this is because they just want to get the hell out of the shopping mall before another aftershock strikes. I confess I felt a little the same.

Across the road from the mall is the Smiths City car park. Ever since I moved to NZ almost 6 years ago, I have tried to avoid multi-storey car parks for fear of earthquakes. The Smiths City car park pancaked during the February 22nd earthquake and realised my worst fears. Prior to this, I was able to laugh at my paranoia. But no more. Photo: (courtesy of Here’s a pic of the carpark. As you can see the levels have collapsed onto each other.

Driving home from South City we went north towards the cordon which is currently at St Asaph St. Here’s a building on the corner of Colombo and St Asaph.

The Knox Church on Bealey Ave:

The Carlton Hotel on the corner of Bealey Ave and Papanui Road:

We took these photos yesterday and I’ve since heard that the hotel is down for urgent demolition as they fear it will collapse onto the busy intersection. It may have gone already.

So the Wiggles concert is next weekend and we have tickets. To Wiggle or not to Wiggle, that is the question. I was hoping they might cancel the show so we could get our money back but sadly they’re still coming. The concert is at the
CBS Arena which has a green sticker and so is safe to use. I might see whether I can find out what sort of roof it has. If it’s a steel roof, I think I can brave it.