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Public pay more than once thought for Christchurchs delayed central library

Public pay more than once thought for Christchurch's delayed central library

Thursday, 19 April 2018 8:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

The public will fork out millions of dollars more than once thought to build Christchurch's new central library, partly due to "expanded expectations" for the new facility.

New QEII Park name and cultural advice cost ratepayers over $18,000

New QEII Park name and cultural advice cost ratepayers over $18,000

Thursday, 19 April 2018 7:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch ratepayers have paid a Māori trust nearly $19,000 for cultural advice on the QEII Park recreation and sport centre, including a new name.

New QEII Park name and cultural advice cost ratepayers over $18,000

New QEII Park name and cultural advice cost ratepayers over $18,000

Thursday, 19 April 2018 7:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch ratepayers have paid a Māori trust nearly $19,000 for cultural advice on the QEII Park recreation and sport centre, including a new name.

Plans under way to demolish All Seasons eyesore

Plans under way to demolish All Seasons eyesore

Thursday, 19 April 2018 5:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of the derelict All Seasons Hotel in Christchurch could be seeking tenders for its demolition by the end of the month.

Asbestos-ridden council flats remain unoccupied, 18 months after contamination discovery

Asbestos-ridden council flats remain unoccupied, 18 months after contamination discovery

Thursday, 19 April 2018 3:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Mike Mason wants to return to the home he was hastily moved out of 18 months ago, when contractors discovered asbestos had contaminated his belongings.

Government must clear up on-solds issue to instill confidence in Christchurch houses

Government must clear up on-solds issue to instill confidence in Christchurch houses

Thursday, 19 April 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

There is a billion-dollar problem with Christchurch houses and no one knows who should pay to fix it.

Owner of under-insured mansion loses court battle over payout

Owner of under-insured mansion loses court battle over payout

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 8:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owner of a Christchurch mansion wrecked by the earthquakes has lost his fight for a bigger payout after his insurance policy listed the wrong floor size.

Rebuild minister wants Christ Church Cathedral cleaned up next week

Rebuild minister wants Christ Church Cathedral cleaned up next week

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 8:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods would be happy if the front of the Christ Church Cathedral could be cleaned up next week.

Businessman jailed for more than three years over $1.5m Canterbury rebuild tax payments fail

Businessman jailed for more than three years over $1.5m Canterbury rebuild tax payments fail

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 4:07 p.m. by MediaHerald

A Canterbury rebuild businessman has been sentenced to more than three years jail - after failing to pay $1.5-million in employee tax deductions.47-year-old Libor Lasek was sentenced on 44 charges relating to five building companies...

EQC on-sold liability could cost as much as $1 billion

EQC 'on-sold' liability could cost as much as $1 billion

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 12:43 p.m. by EQCFix

Christchurch "on-sold" homeowners could wait as long as 18 months to know who will pay for their over-cap re-repairs and unscoped damage.

Out-of-court settlement possible for Southern Response class action

Out-of-court settlement possible for Southern Response class action

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 8:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response could be approaching an out-of-court settlement with insurance claimants who have battled for nearly three years for their day in court.

St Albans businesses against one-way idea for section on Christchurchs Colombo St

St Albans businesses against one-way idea for section on Christchurch's Colombo St

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 7:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Proposals for transforming a section of road into a one-way street in the Christchurch suburb of St Albans have local businesses concerned about how it will impact their livelihoods.

Can a fault’s history signal future quakes?

Can a fault’s history signal future quakes?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 4:30 p.m. by GovtEQC

Christchurch man will not eat until Southern Response resolves their insurance claim, seven years on

Christchurch man will not eat until Southern Response resolves their insurance claim, seven years on

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 2:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

Peter Glasson says he is willing to die outside the offices of Southern Response if that is what it takes to be heard.

Police confirm decision not to lay charges over CTV building

Police confirm decision not to lay charges over CTV building

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 1:01 p.m. by MediaHerald

Police have confirmed their decision not to lay charges over the CTV building in Christchurch, despite "significant" design deficiencies.Police said this afternoon that they and the Crown Law had reviewed a statement issued by Professor...

Christchurchs lingering eyesore buildings are a parade of the uglies

Christchurch's lingering eyesore buildings are a 'parade of the uglies'

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

While admiring the reverence of Cranmer's Square Field of Remembrance on Sunday, I got chatting to a typically effervescent Irish tourist.

Neighbours fed up with derelict hotel after seven years

Neighbours 'fed up' with derelict hotel after seven years

Monday, 16 April 2018 9:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

Neighbours of a neglected and vandalised hotel on a Christchurch main street have called for action over its derelict condition.

Christchurchs new QEII Park just weeks away from opening

Christchurch's new QEII Park just weeks away from opening

Monday, 16 April 2018 8:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

A 17-month build to construct the $38.6 million QEII Park Recreation and Sport Centre is coming to an end.

Government locked in to contract for delay-riddled east frame

Government 'locked in' to contract for delay-riddled east frame

Monday, 16 April 2018 8:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government says it is "locked in" to its $800 million east frame contract with Fletcher Living despite calls to strip the company of the delayed project.

Good luck with that: Departing Bishop criticises cathedral restoration in swansong sermon

'Good luck with that': Departing Bishop criticises cathedral restoration in swansong sermon

Monday, 16 April 2018 6:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

Departing Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews has taken aim at the Christ Church Cathedral restoration being driven by "the wealthy and the powerful".

Earthquake Claim Limitation – IAG & Southern Response

Earthquake Claim Limitation – IAG & Southern Response

Monday, 16 April 2018 10:58 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a short video I did about the limitation act(s) applying to earthquake claims and the extended limitation period(s) that apply to claims against IAG and Southern Response.  For IAG it is 30 June 2018 and Southern Response it is 3 September 2018.

Future Outlook: Police cars and taped-up security cameras for Justice Precinct mural

Future Outlook: Police cars and taped-up security cameras for Justice Precinct mural

Sunday, 15 April 2018 5:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

The police cars took some getting used to for street artist Chimp.

Rauora Park and the Greenway provide new spaces for people

Rauora Park and the Greenway provide new spaces for people

Saturday, 14 April 2018 8:26 a.m. by MediaThePress

They are meant to help frame a central city which sprawled too far before the earthquakes.

Little sight yet of blueprints vision for central Christchurchs south frame

Little sight yet of blueprint's vision for central Christchurch's south frame

Friday, 13 April 2018 9:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

Seven years since the 2011 earthquake, three sites are still needed complete Christchurch's long-awaited south frame.

Opportunity knocks for a multi purpose arena in Christchurch

Opportunity knocks for a multi purpose arena in Christchurch

Friday, 13 April 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Every city experiences good and bad outcomes in their evolution over time. Those outcomes are influenced by many factors, such as politics, economics and, as Christchurch well knows, natural disasters.

Rowers vs Regen: Trust wants Regenerate Christchurch to reconsider lake proposal

Rowers vs Regen: Trust wants Regenerate Christchurch to reconsider lake proposal

Thursday, 12 April 2018 9:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

The trust behind a world-class rowing lake idea for Christchurch's residential red zone will seek high-level intervention to keep the project afloat.

Owners of historic Christchurch building seek demolition consent for hotel project

Owners of historic Christchurch building seek demolition consent for hotel project

Thursday, 12 April 2018 4:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of Christchurch's historic Harley Chambers building are seeking resource consent to demolish it and build a luxury hotel.

Dropping a rowing lake from red zone plans a rejection of Think Big projects

Dropping a rowing lake from red zone plans a rejection of Think Big projects

Thursday, 12 April 2018 10:43 a.m. by MediaThePress

Water… Now that I've got your attention let's talk about sex.

Room for realism and boldness in Christchurchs red zone

Room for realism and boldness in Christchurch's red zone

Thursday, 12 April 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

It is beginning to feel like an annual rite.

Dirty 30 downsize: Eight eyesore sites remain in central Christchurch

'Dirty 30' downsize: Eight eyesore sites remain in central Christchurch

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 8:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Twisted steel and concrete. Shipping containers propping up facades. Graffiti in the windows and weeds taking over footpaths.

Sports lake, large-scale housing, golf course all scrapped from Christchurch red zone planning

Sports lake, large-scale housing, golf course all scrapped from Christchurch red zone planning

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 7:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

Hopes for a world class rowing lake in Christchurch's residential red zone are dead in the water.

Ministry of Social Development backtracks on earthquake rental allowance

Ministry of Social Development backtracks on earthquake rental allowance

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 7:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

A temporary accommodation allowance for Cantabrians out of their homes for earthquake repairs will be reviewed after at least one homeowner was found to have been wrongly denied payment.

Southern Response – Misleading DRA’s

Southern Response – Misleading DRA’s

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 1:22 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a short video that I did about the practice of AMI/Southern Response in concealing costings from homeowners.  Homeowners that settled before 1 October 2014 are likely have short settled by in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars.  The first Court trial on this issue starts 21 May 2018.

Insurance claim/policy assignment

Insurance claim/policy assignment

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 1:07 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a short video I did about the issues with assignments of EQC and insurance claims.  We are still waiting for a Court of Appeal decision after a hearing on 15 February 2018 about the ability to assign insurance claims/proceeds for replacement costs.

Ōtākaro head Albert Brantley quits rebuild firm after 2 years at helm

Ōtākaro head Albert Brantley quits rebuild firm after 2 years at helm

Monday, 9 April 2018 3:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

The head of Crown-owned Christchurch rebuild company Ōtākaro is stepping down.

Status Green: Native seed mats restoring red zoned Port Hills properties

Status Green: Native seed mats restoring red zoned Port Hills properties

Monday, 9 April 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Where a house once sat above the port town of Lyttelton, a green revolution is under way.

CTV victims families say critical issues overlooked in the decision not to prosecute

CTV victims' families say 'critical' issues overlooked in the decision not to prosecute

Saturday, 7 April 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Family members of some of the victims of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapse say critical issues were overlooked in the decision not to lay criminal charges in the case.

Key to earthquake recovery: pleasure and leisure

Key to earthquake recovery: 'pleasure and leisure'

Saturday, 7 April 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

When it comes to talk about the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the conversation is often divided.

Her last steps: Dancing in the street

Her last steps: 'Dancing in the street'

Saturday, 7 April 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff





Christchurchs under-construction convention centre on track and already taking bookings

Christchurch's under-construction convention centre on track and already taking bookings

Friday, 6 April 2018 2:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

Bookings are already rolling in for Christchurch's under construction convention centre, which is starting to take shape.

Christchurch re-repairs cost EQC $270m in total

Christchurch re-repairs cost EQC $270m in total

Friday, 6 April 2018 12:26 p.m. by EQCFix

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Botched repair bill $270m for 11,000 homes and counting

Botched repair bill $270m for 11,000 homes and counting

Thursday, 5 April 2018 7:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

New figures reveal the Earthquake Commission (EQC) has now spent over quarter of a billion dollars fixing over 11,000 homes with botched or inadequate home repairs in Canterbury.

Christ Church Cathedral mess a bloody disgrace

Christ Church Cathedral mess a 'bloody disgrace'

Thursday, 5 April 2018 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Overgrown weeds and tall grass in front of the Christ Church Cathedral are a "bloody disgrace" and a "civic embarrassment", Christchurch leaders say.

Jasmaxs CTV memorial completed

Jasmax's CTV memorial completed

Thursday, 5 April 2018 1:03 p.m. by ArchitectureNow

The collapse of the CTV building in Christchurch during the 2011 earthquake resulted in the loss of 115 lives and many more injuries. The site, on the corner of Cashel and Madras streets, remains one of the most poignant reminders of the event for local residents.

Christchurch City Council Building Compliance issues…. again

Christchurch City Council Building Compliance issues…. again

Thursday, 5 April 2018 8:44 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

What is new in Lower High St? We are having issues with the CCC regarding our Code of Compliance.  No,  it is not Structural, or Fire safety, or public safety….  that is too obvious!   CCC Building Consents are refusing …

New Brighton Pier repairs unlikely to be completed this month as planned

New Brighton Pier repairs unlikely to be completed this month as planned

Wednesday, 4 April 2018 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

New Brighton Pier repairs are unlikely to be finished until May â€“ two months after they were supposed to be completed.

Mike Yardley: Canterbury deserves a world-class arena, modern hospitality laws

Mike Yardley: Canterbury deserves a world-class arena, modern hospitality laws

Tuesday, 3 April 2018 7:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

As much as Ed Sheeran's triple-concert conquest of Dunedin put Christchurch in the shade, the sky didn't fall in.

Regenerate Christchurch spends $6.8 million on consultants in two years

Regenerate Christchurch spends $6.8 million on consultants in two years

Monday, 2 April 2018 5:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Under-fire Regenerate Christchurch has spent $6.8 million on consultants in two years â€“ as the wait for red zone and Cathedral Square plans continues.

Preschool amongst businesses thriving in Christchurchs red zone

Preschool amongst businesses thriving in Christchurch's red zone

Monday, 2 April 2018 12:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Inside Christchurch's abandoned Red Zone, a tiny business community continues to operate despite almost no one living there.

Preschool amongst businesses thriving in Christchurchs residential red zone

Preschool amongst businesses thriving in Christchurch's residential red zone

Monday, 2 April 2018 12:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Inside Christchurch's abandoned red zone, a tiny business community continues to operate despite almost no one living there.

Christchurch City Councils flash new Lichfield St car park building loses $18k in a month

Christchurch City Council's flash new Lichfield St car park building loses $18k in a month

Sunday, 1 April 2018 7:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

Empty spaces mean the Christchurch City Council's flash new $31.3 million car parking building appears to be hemorrhaging money.

Christchurch Hospital park-and-ride car park may be in breach of consent

Christchurch Hospital park-and-ride car park may be in breach of consent

Sunday, 1 April 2018 7:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Hospital's park-and-ride site may be operating illegally because of its neglected condition.

Canterbury earthquakes: Kids born after disaster inheriting trauma from parents through DNA, schools dealing with more behaviour issues

Canterbury earthquakes: Kids born after disaster inheriting trauma from parents through DNA, schools dealing with more behaviour issues

Saturday, 31 March 2018 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Canterbury children born after the 2011 earthquake have inherited trauma from their parents through their DNA - similar to what can happen to children of war veterans, experts say.That and the ongoing trauma experienced by children...

Disrupting property development in Lyttelton

Disrupting property development in Lyttelton

Saturday, 31 March 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

"This project is way out of people's comfort zone," says Camia Young.

EQC information for January 2018 storm customers

EQC information for January 2018 storm customers

Thursday, 29 March 2018 1:34 p.m. by GovtEQC

Christchurch residents frustrated by eternal consultation and not a lot of action in red zone

Christchurch residents frustrated by 'eternal consultation' and 'not a lot of action' in red zone

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 8:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Millions of dollars has gone into developing Christchurch red zone options, which were to be shown off in a "major summer exhibition", but there's one problem – summer has gone and the exhibition hasn't happened.

Struggling Christchurch businesses fear a quiet Easter as visitors go elsewhere

Struggling Christchurch businesses fear a quiet Easter as visitors go elsewhere

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 7:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cash-strapped central Christchurch businesses fear the city is being left behind as major events and out-of-town visitors go elsewhere for yet another holiday weekend.

Ambitious Lyttelton project could create Roman baths, cinema, souk-like market

Ambitious Lyttelton project could create Roman baths, cinema, souk-like market

Monday, 26 March 2018 8:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

Roman-style baths, a souk-like market and a quirky cinema could be built in Lyttelton if a collective's project gets off the ground.

Christchurch Hospital visitors face parking mess, while closer council parking building sits half-empty

Christchurch Hospital visitors face parking mess, while closer council parking building sits half-empty

Monday, 26 March 2018 6:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Using Christchurch's under-occupied Lichfield St car park building for hospital visitors would solve several problems at once, a city business leader says.