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Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre opens to much fanfare, bursting with local pride

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre opens to much fanfare, bursting with local pride

Monday, 21 August 2017 11:32 a.m. by MediaThePress

As if the white sandy beach and surfable waves are not big enough drawcards, a new community centre is set to attract more visitors to the beachside suburb of Sumner.

Christchurch Dilemmas - how is the Avon River doing?

Christchurch Dilemmas - how is the Avon River doing?

Monday, 21 August 2017 8:19 a.m. by MediaThePress

For the Maori settlers of central Otautahi, living by the Avon River would have been like "living next door to Pak 'n Save," according to Joseph Hullen.

South New Brighton groups take aim at council over inaction over flood protection and erosion

South New Brighton groups take aim at council over inaction over flood protection and erosion

Sunday, 20 August 2017 6:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Every time rain is forecast, Sam Hawkins clears sand and stones from the stormwater outlet behind his holiday park.

South New Brighton groups take aim at council over flood protection and erosion inaction

South New Brighton groups take aim at council over flood protection and erosion inaction

Sunday, 20 August 2017 6:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Every time rain is forecast, Sam Hawkins clears sand and stones from the stormwater outlet behind his holiday park.

Adventurous plan would keep Christ Church Cathedral a ruin surrounded by reflective pool

Adventurous plan would keep Christ Church Cathedral a ruin surrounded by reflective pool

Sunday, 20 August 2017 2:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Do not rebuild it or repair the Christ Church Cathedral â€“ keep it as a precious ruin surrounded by reflective pool, an architectural practice suggests.

Ballantynes Christchurch department store reveals details of rebuild plan

Ballantynes' Christchurch department store reveals details of rebuild plan

Saturday, 19 August 2017 12:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Ballantynes has released details and pictures of its planned rebuild of part of its central Christchurch department store.

First weekend expected to be telling for New Brighton pier closure impact

First weekend expected to be telling for New Brighton pier closure impact

Friday, 18 August 2017 5:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

New Brighton businesses have survived their first week with a closed pier, but the impact closing the attraction will have on the community is likely to become clearer over the weekend.

First new supermarket in central Christchurch rebuild to open

First new supermarket in central Christchurch rebuild to open

Friday, 18 August 2017 5:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch will get its most central supermarket yet when a new FreshChoice in Lichfield St opens its doors to grocery shoppers on Tuesday.

Christchurch rebuild projects win top engineering awards

Christchurch rebuild projects win top engineering awards

Friday, 18 August 2017 2:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch projects have won half of the top awards for New Zealand's best consulting engineering.

EQC Kaikoura Earthquake Claim Progress

EQC Kaikoura Earthquake Claim Progress

Friday, 18 August 2017 10:57 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Progress reported on Kaikoura earthquake claims 16 August 2017 Just over one-third – 34% – of the 38,000-plus residential claims from the Kaikoura earthquake managed by EQC and private insurers had been settled at 31 July 2017, EQC says. In a progress report on insurance claims from the earthquake, EQC says 62% of building claims had had their initial assessment completed at 31 July – up from 51% assessed and 28% settled at 30 June. So far EQC says it has paid $39.1 million to ...

Christchurch regeneration agencies can go faster, use more powers: review

Christchurch regeneration agencies can go faster, use more powers: review

Thursday, 17 August 2017 7:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Greater Christchurch councils and Ngai Tahu are not using their earthquake regeneration powers to their full extent, an independent review says.

Earthquake Insurance assignments- indemnity only

Earthquake Insurance assignments- indemnity only

Thursday, 17 August 2017 5:31 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Xu & anor v IAG & anor [2017] NZHC 1964 the High Court (Nation J) decided that reinstatement rights/benefits were not assignable to a new owner where the earthquakes occurred before the new owner took ownership and the previous owner purported to assign the rights/claims by a deed of assignment.  So the new owner was only entitled to indemnity value as an assignee.  The rights under the policy were held to be personal rights of the insured.  The High Court applied the Court of Appeal ...

Christchurch east frame underground works almost complete

Christchurch east frame underground works almost complete

Thursday, 17 August 2017 3:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch east frame's $30 million public area is on track to open early in the new year.

Build Christchurchs new stadium out of wood, Winston Peters says

Build Christchurch's new stadium out of wood, Winston Peters says

Thursday, 17 August 2017 6:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

NZ First Leader Winston Peters wants Christchurch's new stadium to be built out of New Zealand-grown timber.

Gift the cathedral to the people and reconsider the heart of Christchurch

Gift the cathedral to the people and reconsider the heart of Christchurch

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Living through the Canterbury earthquakes and deciding to stay here bonds us. But alongside a human concern for other people's welfare, we share a collective interest in seeing this city through its re-build and prepared for the future.

High Street again…7 years on

High Street again…7 years on

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 10:01 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

So What’s new in High Street. Work on the Peeble’s units has ground to a halt,  It has been over 4 weeks since any progress has been made.  I have not had a clear answer as to the reasons? At …

Mike Yardley: Will Christchurch rebuild delays rebound at election time?

Mike Yardley: Will Christchurch rebuild delays rebound at election time?

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: What role will the state of the Christchurch rebuild play into voters' deliberations?

Riccarton Rd businesses unite to take on Christchurch City Council over roadworks

Riccarton Rd businesses unite to take on Christchurch City Council over roadworks

Monday, 14 August 2017 4:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fed-up business owners along an arterial Christchurch road are banding together to take on the city council over ongoing roadworks.

The future of Cathedral Square?

The future of Cathedral Square?

Monday, 14 August 2017 10:51 a.m. by ArchitectureNow

Regenerate Christchurch has recently released a draft plan outlining the potential future shape of Cathedral Square. Changing the Square from one large space into three greened interconnected places, each with their own purpose and character, is one of the draft concept’s key ideas.

Christchurch Dilemmas: Whos helping us build our city?

Christchurch Dilemmas: Who's helping us build our city?

Monday, 14 August 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Most days Richard Navales comes home from work and calls his wife and three sons.

The powerful symbolism of an unfinished Christ Church Cathedral

The powerful symbolism of an unfinished Christ Church Cathedral

Monday, 14 August 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: What is a cathedral; what do people see it representing?

Five years on, architects of Christchurch rebuild blueprint stand by their plan

Five years on, architects of Christchurch rebuild blueprint stand by their plan

Sunday, 13 August 2017 5:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

The authors of the 100-day blueprint for the central Christchurch rebuild say it is still a good plan.

Five years on, architects of Christchurch rebuild blueprint stand by their plan

Five years on, architects of Christchurch rebuild blueprint stand by their plan

Sunday, 13 August 2017 5:41 p.m. by MediaStuff

The authors of the 100-day blueprint for the central Christchurch rebuild say it is still a good plan.

Land useless after Government pulls out of south frame purchase, owner says

Land 'useless' after Government pulls out of south frame purchase, owner says

Sunday, 13 August 2017 5:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch landowner says the Government has left him with useless land after pulling out of purchase negotiations for the city's planned south frame.

Rescue group wants to buy Christchurchs McLeans Mansion for $1

Rescue group wants to buy Christchurch's McLean's Mansion for $1

Sunday, 13 August 2017 3:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

The trust formed to rescue McLean's Mansion in central Christchurch wants to buy it for $1.

Ngai Tahus new $85m Christchurch office complex will strengthen citys mana

Ngai Tahu's new $85m Christchurch office complex will 'strengthen city's mana'

Thursday, 10 August 2017 6:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

Ngai Tahu Property's new $85 million Christchurch office development has officially opened, four months after the first tenants moved in.

Roger Sutton in charge of first district energy scheme in Christchurch rebuild

Roger Sutton in charge of first district energy scheme in Christchurch rebuild

Thursday, 10 August 2017 6:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's post-quake ambition was to create a super efficient district energy scheme for the CBD, but it went nowhere.

New $85m office complex strengthens Ngai Tahu mana in city - iwi

New $85m office complex strengthens Ngai Tahu mana in city - iwi

Thursday, 10 August 2017 4:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

Ngai Tahu Property's flash new central Christchurch office buildings are the most energy efficient of the rebuild, Roger Sutton says.

Christchurchs $240 million convention centre set to be complete by early 2020

Christchurch's $240 million convention centre set to be complete by early 2020

Thursday, 10 August 2017 2:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's $240 million convention centre will be complete by the first quarter of 2020, the Government has announced.

New Brighton Pier to close to the public for repairs, concerning local businesses

New Brighton Pier to close to the public for repairs, concerning local businesses

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 3:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

Businesses in a seaside Christchurch suburb are worried about what will happen when a local attraction closes for repairs.

Horseshoe Lake and the other Christchurch unsung heroes of draining a flat city

Horseshoe Lake and the other Christchurch unsung heroes of draining a flat city

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Don't assume the languid shallow waters of Waikakariki or Horseshoe Lake make this an insignificant backwater. Technically an abandoned former meander of the Avon River, it is in fact a wahi taonga, a site treasured by local Maori, and is critical to the drainage of north west Christchurch.

Complexity and difficulty of justice precinct not understood - Fletcher

'Complexity and difficulty' of justice precinct not understood - Fletcher

Tuesday, 8 August 2017 4:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Building has apologised for missing multiple deadlines in a series of letters to the Ministry of Justice.

No Christchurch Town Hall shows until 2019 as construction challenges push out completion date

No Christchurch Town Hall shows until 2019 as construction 'challenges' push out completion date

Monday, 7 August 2017 7:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

Construction delays mean the Christchurch Town Hall is unlikely to hold events until 2019.

Moving on from the almighty car: A change up for Christchurchs transport mix

Moving on from the almighty car: A change up for Christchurch's transport mix

Saturday, 5 August 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

In car-centric Christchurch, it still feels a brave call. Charlotte Bebbington​ and Ken Ching have opened a shop in the central city selling chic urban commuter bikes.

Christchurch heritage vicarage buyers seek council grant

Christchurch heritage vicarage buyers seek council grant

Friday, 4 August 2017 4:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch couple who have bought a historic vicarage say they need ratepayers' help to restore it.

No beneficiary found for tiny piece of central Christchurch land ownerless for 120 years

No beneficiary found for tiny piece of central Christchurch land ownerless for 120 years

Friday, 4 August 2017 3:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has claimed a piece of land that belonged to Christchurch's first mayor after efforts to find an heir failed.

Otakaro yet to divest ownership of completed anchor projects

Otakaro yet to divest ownership of completed anchor projects

Thursday, 3 August 2017 7:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Crown company Otakaro Limited is still maintaining property it was supposed to hand over to permanent owners months ago.

Christchurch unit owner says quake claim cost her job, health, relationship

Christchurch unit owner says quake claim cost her job, health, relationship

Thursday, 3 August 2017 4:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Unit owner Maria Hayward says the earthquake claim process for people like her has dragged on for years too long.

Multi-fault earthquakes – the new normal?

Multi-fault earthquakes – the new normal?

Thursday, 3 August 2017 2:52 p.m. by GovtEQC

Editorial: Scrap over costs for Christ Church Cathedral spills into General Election

Editorial: Scrap over costs for Christ Church Cathedral spills into General Election

Thursday, 3 August 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Given this week's Labour Party's leadership ructions, all eyes nationally are now on campaigning for September 23's General Election, just 51 days away.

Former bankrupt fined for dumping demo waste starts quake assessment firm

Former bankrupt fined for dumping demo waste starts quake assessment firm

Wednesday, 2 August 2017 7:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

A former bankrupt once fined for illegally dumping demolition waste is pitching earthquake assessment services to Kaikoura residents.

Southshore residents feel let down by insufficient flood mitigation work

Southshore residents feel let down by 'insufficient' flood mitigation work

Wednesday, 2 August 2017 7:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southshore residents feel "abandoned" by the Christchurch City Council after multiple floods, but little action to permanently protect them from seawater inundation.

Over $20 billion worth of construction in Canterbury since quakes

Over $20 billion worth of construction in Canterbury since quakes

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 7:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than $20 billion has been spent on building in Canterbury since the earthquakes and the rebuild is still to peak.

More than $20 billion worth of construction in Canterbury since quakes

More than $20 billion worth of construction in Canterbury since quakes

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 7:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than $20 billion has been spent on building in Canterbury since the earthquakes and the rebuild is still to peak.

Quake Outcasts decision: Unlawful for Govt to discriminate in red zone buyout

Quake Outcasts decision: 'Unlawful' for Govt to discriminate in red zone buyout

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 5:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee made an "unlawful" decision to discriminate against uninsured homes in the red zone buy-out.

Govts second red zone offer unlawful, appeal court rules

Govt's second 'red zone' offer unlawful, appeal court rules

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 12:54 p.m. by MediaHerald

The government's second offer to owners of uninsured property and bare land in Christchurch's 'red zone' was also unlawful, the Court of Appeal has ruled, although it wants to chew over more information before determining how to remedy...

Get the scoop in St Albans News for August/September 2017

Get the scoop in St Albans News for August/September 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 10:33 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Edgeware is getting a new cafe and bakery. It’s called the Edge and you can find it in the old Mitre 10 building sometime in Spring, right next to the Supervalue supermarket. The new cycleway may not be finished but …

Christchurch city leaders discuss importance of public consultation in rebuild

Christchurch city leaders discuss importance of public consultation in rebuild

Monday, 31 July 2017 7:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch leaders say public input is key to a successful city rebuild.

Christchurch businesses hit by roadworks unlikely to get financial help

Christchurch businesses hit by roadworks unlikely to get financial help

Monday, 31 July 2017 5:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch businesses hit by roadworks are unlikely to receive financial compensation, the city council says.

Kiwi contribution to tall timber buildings

Kiwi contribution to tall timber buildings

Monday, 31 July 2017 12:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

Changes proposed to bring life to the Square

Changes proposed to bring life to the Square

Monday, 31 July 2017 12:25 p.m. by Regenerate Featured Popular

A draft concept to bring more life to Cathedral Square and the surrounding area proposes reshaping the Square to create three lively gathering places, each with their own character and purpose, within a greener setting.

Christchurch Dilemmas: Cathedral Gardens for a new-look Cathedral Square

Christchurch Dilemmas: 'Cathedral Gardens' for a new-look Cathedral Square

Monday, 31 July 2017 12:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fancy a picnic in Cathedral Square? On a lawn, by a stream, near wetlands with native vegetation and birdlife?