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Quake brain blamed for Cantabrians weak memories and poor direction - study

'Quake brain' blamed for Cantabrians' weak memories and poor direction - study

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:25 p.m. by MediaStuff

Trauma-induced "quake brain" is affecting Cantabrians' memories and sense of direction, according to a new study.

Cantabrians frustrated with weak memories and poor direction blamed on quake brain

Cantabrians frustrated with weak memories and poor direction blamed on 'quake brain'

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:05 p.m. by MediaStuff

Trauma-induced "quake brain" is affecting Cantabrians' memory and sense of direction, according to a new study.

Tower Insurance must pay for only 80% of Christchurch heritage home rebuild, court rules

Tower Insurance must pay for only 80% of Christchurch heritage home rebuild, court rules

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 7:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

A man who under-insured his multi-million dollar Christchurch heritage home has lost a High Court battle with his insurer.

Quake brain affecting Cantabrians memory

'Quake brain' affecting Cantabrians' memory

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:46 a.m. by MediaHerald

Researchers have revealed fresh evidence for an earthquake-induced mental fog that affected Canterbury residents, dubbed "quake brain".Research by Otago University scientists found a group of people affected by the traumatic events...

Red Cross pays out $98 million in cash grants since Canterbury earthquakes

Red Cross pays out $98 million in cash grants since Canterbury earthquakes

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:21 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Red Cross has distributed $98 million in cash grants for earthquake recovery in Canterbury.

Red Cross pays out $98 million in cash grants since Canterbury earthquakes

Red Cross pays out $98 million in cash grants since Canterbury earthquakes

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:21 a.m. by MediaStuff

The Red Cross has distributed $98 million in cash grants for earthquake recovery in Canterbury.

Christchurch City Council completing urgent report on failing maintenance levels

Christchurch City Council completing 'urgent report' on failing maintenance levels

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 9:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

The city council is completing an "urgent" report on what can be done to fix failing maintenance levels, amid concerns on the state of parts of Christchurch.

Update on Kaikoura earthquake claims

Update on Kaikoura earthquake claims

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 12:53 p.m. by GovtEQC

St Albans News April/May 2017

St Albans News April/May 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 11:44 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Want to know what issues concern St Albans: the cycleway, what is happening downstream from the northern arterial (i.e.: Cranford St and Sherborne St), the community centre rebuild, and Abberley Park to name but four. These are ongoing stories. But …

Editorial: In long term, Christchurch will need both East Frame and Cranford Basin

Editorial: In long term, Christchurch will need both East Frame and Cranford Basin

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The Christchurch City Council is pushing on with plans to rezone rural land in the Cranford Basin for housing, despite the misgivings of some councillors, the government agency Otakaro and Ngai Tahu. The public consultation process beginning this week is the proper place for those concerns to be heard, but in the longer term, Christchurch will need more houses.

Lancaster Park to be deconstructed in December, future-use remains unclear

Lancaster Park to be deconstructed in December, future-use remains unclear

Monday, 27 March 2017 5:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Work to deconstruct Christchurch's Lancaster Park will start in December, but its long-term fate remains unclear.

Christchurch council staff scrutinising Port Hills invoice as Dalziel queries buyout deal

Christchurch council staff scrutinising Port Hills invoice as Dalziel queries buyout deal

Sunday, 26 March 2017 6:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she cannot understand why the former city council agreed to cover half of the Port Hills red zone buyout.

Ngai Tahu, Otakaro concerned about Christchurch City Councils Cranford Basin plan

Ngai Tahu, Otakaro concerned about Christchurch City Council's Cranford Basin plan

Sunday, 26 March 2017 6:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

A plan to develop land in Christchurch's Cranford basin is under fire over concerns it could undermine a central city housing project.

Canterbury earthquake repair issues increasing for insurance ombudsman

Canterbury earthquake repair issues increasing for insurance ombudsman

Friday, 24 March 2017 6:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman (IFSO) scheme is dealing with higher numbers of earthquake repair-related claims.

Otakaro Orchard needs to raise another $28,000 in seven days

Otakaro Orchard needs to raise another $28,000 in seven days

Friday, 24 March 2017 5:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

Crowdfunding for Christchurch's Otakaro Orchard edible park is more than halfway to its $60,000 goal.

Cathedral Square: Where pigeons roost

Cathedral Square: Where pigeons roost

Friday, 24 March 2017 4:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Developing property in central Christchurch is no walk in Hagley Park.

Community wants red zone developments to be safe and protect the natural environment

Community wants red zone developments to be safe and protect the natural environment

Friday, 24 March 2017 3:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Safety is the highest priority for residents being surveyed about future Christchurch red zone redevelopments.

JOIN US! TWO VACANCIES (TEAM AND BOARD)

JOIN US! TWO VACANCIES (TEAM AND BOARD)

Friday, 24 March 2017 11:26 a.m. by GapFiller

Gap Filler has some gaps to fill. We’re hiring a Project Developer to join the team and we also have a space on our trust board for a new trustee.   Project Developer (paid, full-time) We have some big stuff on the horizon this year in the city. So this Project Developer role will see […]

Christchurch architect awarded $188,000 in costs for house rebuild case

Christchurch architect awarded $188,000 in costs for house rebuild case

Friday, 24 March 2017 10:33 a.m. by MediaThePress

The High Court has awarded Christchurch architect Greg Young nearly $190,000 in costs for his case against Tower Insurance.

Young v Tower Insurance – costs

Young v Tower Insurance – costs

Friday, 24 March 2017 10:06 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Mr Young and his co trustees had previously obtained a judgment against Tower Insurance on 7 December 2016 that their house was a rebuild at a cost of $1,620,887 together with general damages of $5ooo for Tower not providing a report.  The owners then asked the Court to order Tower to pay costs of $93,194 and disbursements of $102,259.91 (witness expenses and court fees).  This was said to be less than two thirds of the owners actual legal costs.  Tower said that any costs ought to be reduced si ...

Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD & the Minister for Building & Construction.

Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD & the Minister for Building & Construction.

Friday, 24 March 2017 9:03 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Well that was a bit of a joke.   An answer from The Minister for Building and Construction, Dr Nick Smith.  He tells me: “I am unable to get involved in individual disputes”…. “talk to the Christchurch City Council…”  or ” …

Developer for 224 Cashel Street (former IRD building) wanted

Developer for 224 Cashel Street (former IRD building) wanted

Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:32 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

Ōtākaro Limited wants to hear from parties with the experience, finances and vision to purchase and redevelop the building at 224 Cashel Street, Christchurch (former IRD building).

Christchurch City Councils Cranford Basin plan picking up steam, heads for feedback

Christchurch City Council's Cranford Basin plan picking up steam, heads for feedback

Thursday, 23 March 2017 6:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council has advanced its plan to allow houses to be built at Cranford Basin, but some councillors have aired concerns about the proposal.

DIVERSCITY PEOPLE – meet Jaime from C Lund

DIVERSCITY PEOPLE – meet Jaime from C Lund

Thursday, 23 March 2017 1:47 p.m. by GapFiller

Major artwork gifted as a legacy for Christchurch quake victim

Major artwork gifted as a legacy for Christchurch quake victim

Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:49 a.m. by MediaStuff

Six years after Lisa Willems died in the February 2011 earthquake, her husband has helped gift a major public artwork to Christchurch as part of an $85 million city development.

Christchurch City Council owes Crown up to $39 million over Port Hills buyout deal

Christchurch City Council owes Crown up to $39 million over Port Hills buyout deal

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 9:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council has just received a multimillion-dollar invoice after the Crown picked up the tab for red zone buyouts in the Port Hills.

Linking urban tactics to strategy

Linking urban tactics to strategy

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:46 a.m. by ArchitectureNow

Urban regeneration organisation , which rose to prominence in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, will hold a workshop in Brisbane on 23 March as part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum 2017. The workshop aims to “equip participants with practical and strategic approaches that they can bring to their own urban and community challenges.”

Southland Stadium Appeal – Council held not liable

Southland Stadium Appeal – Council held not liable

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 8:22 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

By the judgment 21 March 2017 in Invercargill City Council v Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust [2017] NZCA 68 the Court of Appeal allowed the Council’s appeal against a High Court (Dunningham J) judgment that it was liable to pay in excess of $16M for the roof collapse of Southland Stadium in September 2010.  The only Council act within the limitation period was the Council issuing a code compliance certificate on 20 November 2000.  The Court decided that the Trust had not r ...

Clip art: A visual Christchurch earthquake story

Clip art: A visual Christchurch earthquake story

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 6:38 a.m. by MediaStuff

Responding to the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, Bronwyn Walker grabbed her scissors and chopped stories from editions of  into thousands of 1.5cm squares.

How much of the red zone needs to go green to support native birds?

How much of the red zone needs to go green to support native birds?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: At , we often get asked this question: "Why do you want so much?"

Christchurch politicians concur: An Accessible City plan should change

Christchurch politicians concur: An Accessible City plan should change

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 9:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council may review its controversial inner city transport plan after some politicians highlighted issues with access, parking and congestion.

Central city group in Christchurch needs cash and ideas

Central city group in Christchurch needs cash and ideas

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 5:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

A group representing private enterprise in central Christchurch says it is more needed than ever as it looks for ways to survive.

Gap Cache

Gap Cache

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 3:17 a.m. by GapFiller

Red zone security bill drops as authorities farewell booby traps and illegal rental days

Red zone security bill drops as authorities farewell booby traps and illegal rental days

Monday, 20 March 2017 6:18 a.m. by MediaThePress

The security bill for Christchurch's residential red zone has dropped two thirds since its post-earthquake peak when authorities were confronted with booby-trapped houses and dodgy rental listings on Trade Me.

Christchurch red zone security bill drops as authorities farewell bad old days of booby traps and illegal rentals

Christchurch red zone security bill drops as authorities farewell bad old days of booby traps and illegal rentals

Sunday, 19 March 2017 6:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The security bill for Christchurch's residential red zone has dropped two thirds since its post-earthquake peak when authorities were confronted with booby-trapped houses and dodgy rental listings on Trade Me.

Christchurch City Council paid more than expected for new Central Library to speed up the process

Christchurch City Council paid more than expected for new Central Library to speed up the process

Sunday, 19 March 2017 3:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the city council paid more than expected on the new Central Library site to get construction started quickly.

Gerry Brownlee aware of concerns Regenerate Christchurch has not achieved a great deal

Gerry Brownlee aware of concerns Regenerate Christchurch has 'not achieved a great deal'

Friday, 17 March 2017 8:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

Gerry Brownlee says he is aware of concerns Regenerate Christchurch has "not achieved a great deal" during its first year.

Farmers market plan for central Christchurchs Re:Start site attracts huge interest

Farmers market plan for central Christchurch's Re:Start site attracts 'huge' interest

Friday, 17 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Twenty businesses have signed up to take premises in the new farmers market precinct planned for central Christchurch.

Finance and expenditure committee rejects royal commission into defective earthquake repairs

Finance and expenditure committee rejects royal commission into defective earthquake repairs

Thursday, 16 March 2017 8:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Parliament's finance and expenditure select committee has rejected a petition seeking an royal commission into defective Earthquake Commission (EQC) repairs.

New owners have revamp plans for neglected central Christchurch building

New owners have revamp plans for neglected central Christchurch building

Thursday, 16 March 2017 7:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

After six years, a damaged and neglected building surrounded by new developments in central Christchurch has been sold.

High Street – Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD…

High Street – Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD…

Thursday, 16 March 2017 9:37 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

What’s New in Lower High Street: 6 years and 1 month after the 22nd February 2011 quake and still neither the Government or the Christchurch City Council have made any attempt to deal with building owners who refuse to repair/sell …

Editorial: Slow down in Christchurch CBD - and from rushing to judgment

Editorial: Slow down in Christchurch CBD - and from rushing to judgment

Thursday, 16 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: As anyone who has been in Christchurch's CBD recently knows all too well, it takes time and patience to get where you want to go.

City council puts Canterbury Provincial Chambers tenders on hold, says other projects are higher priorities

City council puts Canterbury Provincial Chambers tenders on hold, says other projects are 'higher priorities'

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 9:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tenders for the multimillion-dollar Canterbury Provincial Chambers restoration are on hold, with the city council saying other projects are "higher priorities".

Christ Church Cathedral decision imminent, but could change in an instant

Christ Church Cathedral decision imminent, but 'could change in an instant'

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Anglican Church Property Trustees (CPT) are meeting this week to consider a deal with the Government to restore the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch cathedral.

ChristChurch Cathedral decision imminent, but could change in an instant

ChristChurch Cathedral decision imminent, but 'could change in an instant'

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 6:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Anglican Church Property Trustees (CPT) are meeting this week to consider a deal with the Government to restore the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch cathedral.

It’s time to say good bye …

It’s time to say good bye …

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 1:12 p.m. by GapFiller

Anger at An Accessible City central Christchurch traffic plan

Anger at 'An Accessible City' central Christchurch traffic plan

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 9:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

Central Christchurch business leaders and property owners are threatening legal action if an inner city traffic redesign is not stopped.

Actual floor area v Insured floor area

Actual floor area v Insured floor area

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:05 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Myall v Tower Insurance Ltd [2016] NZHC 251 the High Court (Dunningham J) considered Tower’s obligations under the insurance policy where the actual floor area was 799m2, but the owner had insured the house for only 650m2.  The number of rooms and amenities were not specified on the insurance policy schedule which only referred to the insured house being a house built in 1885  with an area of 650m2.  There were 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Tower calculated the premiums based on 650m2.  T ...

Learning from recent earthquakes

Learning from recent earthquakes

Monday, 13 March 2017 9:52 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity

Animals and natural disasters - Learning from recent earthquakes

Lyttelton Library and Customer Services reopen

Lyttelton Library and Customer Services reopen

Monday, 13 March 2017 9:51 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

The Lyttelton community is welcoming two popular Christchurch City Council facilities coming under one roof, with the grand opening of the Lyttelton Library and Customer Services.

Two thirds of Otakaro employees earn more than $100,000 a year

Two thirds of Otakaro employees earn more than $100,000 a year

Monday, 13 March 2017 4:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Otakaro has defended its spending on salaries and travel in its first year of operation.

Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club prepares to build a new home

Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club prepares to build a new home

Sunday, 12 March 2017 5:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

A century-old surf life saving club in Christchurch is preparing for its next stage of life after spending its first season without its clubhouse.

Former theatre and pub site sells for $3 million

Former theatre and pub site sells for $3 million

Sunday, 12 March 2017 3:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch property investor and businessman Ben Gough has sold another of his properties – a site just off Cathedral Square which fetched $3 million.

Packe St park planning for the future

Packe St park planning for the future

Friday, 10 March 2017 9:39 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The Packe St Park and Community Garden will be doing a bit of strategic planning at the AGM, so if you are interested in the future of the 21 year old community garden, attend the meeting which is being held …