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Auckland law firm warning Canterbury homeowners of shoddy steel

Auckland law firm warning Canterbury homeowners of shoddy steel

Thursday, 19 January 2017 7:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

An Auckland litigation firm is warning thousands of Canterbury homeowners their properties may have been built with shoddy steel mesh.

Acquisition issues hit cost of Christchurchs south frame as Crown remains tight-lipped

Acquisition issues hit cost of Christchurch's south frame as Crown remains tight-lipped

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 9:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Land acquisition problems plaguing Christchurch's $20 million south frame anchor project will delay and increase the cost of the development.

How many  Bars and Cafes do we need?

How many Bars and Cafes do we need?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 9:45 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

How many bars and cafes does the Christchurch CBD need?  The short answer is not as many as it has. I see that Liz McDonald from The Press has written a few articles and begun to discuss the issue.  The …

Canterbury rebuild plateau knocks business confidence to four-year low

Canterbury rebuild 'plateau' knocks business confidence to four-year low

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 9:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Business confidence in Canterbury has plummeted to its lowest level in four years, but it is no surprise to the Employers' Chamber of Commerce (CECC).

Car Insurance NZ Costs Low

Car Insurance NZ Costs Low

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 7:00 p.m. by LostChristchurch

Car Insurance NZ Costs Low Car insurance NZ costs usually rise when drivers don’t commute to different destinations in New Zealand safely by carefully surveying the environment. The process of keeping the price of an insurance policy within a reason …

Construction begins on Christchurchs new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Construction begins on Christchurch's new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 4:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

A man who worked at Christchurch's old QEII sports facility for more than 30 years, only to be ousted by the 2011 earthquake, has witnessed construction starting on its replacement.

QEII’s comeback begins

QEII’s comeback begins

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 3:27 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

It’s all go at QEII Park, with Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Councillor David East celebrating the start of work on the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre this morning (Tuesday 17 January).

Christchurch central library funding partnership announcement expected

Christchurch central library funding partnership announcement expected

Monday, 16 January 2017 9:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she will make an "exciting announcement" about a funding partnership for the new central library next month.

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial: What happened to the cherry trees?

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial: What happened to the cherry trees?

Monday, 16 January 2017 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

A botanist says there is "no good reason" for swapping cherry blossom trees for maples in the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial design.

Editorial: Christchurchs central library is going to be worth the cost

Editorial: Christchurch's central library is going to be worth the cost

Monday, 16 January 2017 4:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

At first glance, the news of the budget for the new central Christchurch library ballooning by more than half seems alarming.

Southern Response withholds Council refunds

Southern Response withholds Council refunds

Monday, 16 January 2017 10:53 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

The Labour Candidate for Christchurch Central, Dr Duncan Webb has discovered that Southern Response owes homeowners thousands in wrongly withheld refunds. 

New Christchurch library costs rise by more than half to $95 million

New Christchurch library costs rise by more than half to $95 million

Sunday, 15 January 2017 4:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

The cost of the new Christchurch central library has risen to $95 million from an original budget of $60 million.

Christchurch nightlife - is the party over?

Christchurch nightlife - is the party over?

Friday, 13 January 2017 8:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tough times are forcing some central Christchurch hospitality operators from the industry, with some giving away businesses just to get out.

Does Christchurch have too many bars and restaurants?

Does Christchurch have too many bars and restaurants?

Friday, 13 January 2017 7:33 p.m. by MediaThePress



"It's not like it used to be – you'd just open the doors and have a big party. Those days are well gone.

Christchurchs non-profit sector shines brightly in rebuild

Christchurch's non-profit sector shines brightly in rebuild

Friday, 13 January 2017 1:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

It has taken a few years but many Canterbury non-profit groups have at last replaced their quake-hit buildings, often with surprising style.

Consent refunds

Consent refunds

Friday, 13 January 2017 1:55 a.m. by SouthernResponse

You may have heard some comments in the media recently about refunds due when a building consent lapses.

$85m Grand Central another leg up for central Christchurch

$85m Grand Central another leg up for central Christchurch

Thursday, 12 January 2017 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Central Christchurch is about to get another boost with the biggest shift yet of public servants back to the central city.

EQC land assessments underway

EQC land assessments underway

Thursday, 12 January 2017 1:00 p.m. by GovtEQC

Christchurch Cathedral Ruins

Christchurch Cathedral Ruins

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 7:06 a.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews

Early in January 2017, I visited Christchurch Cathedral. Well I viewed it through the fences that have surrounded it for almost six years now. Once the heart of the city, it stands in ruins, its fate still uncertain. Most locals have strong opinions about whether it should be saved or not. Some are for and some against but few are neutral. Maybe 2017 will bring a decision!














Southern Response wrongly withheld council refunds from customers

Southern Response wrongly withheld council refunds from customers

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response may owe homeowners thousands in wrongly withheld refunds.

Rolleston or Rangiora: Which is Christchurchs premier satellite town?

Rolleston or Rangiora: Which is Christchurch's premier satellite town?

Friday, 6 January 2017 9:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Rivalry is set to heat up between the booming satellite towns of Rolleston and Rangiora as new shops, schools and subdivisions open.

Canterbury earthquake memorial to open for February 22, 2017 anniversary

Canterbury earthquake memorial to open for February 22, 2017 anniversary

Friday, 6 January 2017 12:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial is on-schedule to open on the sixth anniversary of the February 22, 2011 earthquake.

Christchurch market stallholders to be homeless again after tough times

Christchurch market stallholders to be homeless again after tough times

Thursday, 5 January 2017 10:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Market stalls in central Christchurch are packing up again and their owners say they desperately need a good home.

Drone flyover shows big job ahead for repairers of Christchurchs Sumner Rd

Drone flyover shows big job ahead for repairers of Christchurch's Sumner Rd

Thursday, 5 January 2017 8:19 p.m. by MediaStuff

Sporadic blasts in the Port Hills herald progress on Sumner Rd, but a drone flyover shows the extent of the work still to be done.

St Germain among new eateries gearing up to open in central Christchurch

St Germain among new eateries gearing up to open in central Christchurch

Wednesday, 4 January 2017 8:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

New eateries are preparing to open their doors in central Christchurch's newly completed developments.

Treasured heritage buildings to reopen in 2017

Treasured heritage buildings to reopen in 2017

Monday, 2 January 2017 4:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Many of Christchurch's most treasured heritage buildings will reopen in 2017 after being off limits since the 2011 earthquakes.

Christchurch businessman Roger Bridge made ONZM in New Year Honours

Christchurch businessman Roger Bridge made ONZM in New Year Honours

Saturday, 31 December 2016 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Christchurch businessman Roger Bridge has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and philanthropy. Bridge's background rests in property investment and management. He has been involved...

Staff abused, wipers ripped off cars at Canterbury EQC offices as tensions erupt

Staff abused, wipers ripped off cars at Canterbury EQC offices as tensions erupt

Friday, 30 December 2016 8:51 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Wrecked company cars and threats against staff members continue to plague the Earthquake Commission (EQC) as it tries to settle thousands of unresolved insurance claims in Canterbury.

2017: When Christchurch finally goes from recovery to rebuild

2017: When Christchurch finally goes from recovery to rebuild

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 9:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

2017 is looming as the year Christchurch may finally break out of earthquake-recovery mode as major roadworks near completion and key rebuild projects get under way.

Antigua boat shed owners mark 30 years despite rough waters

Antigua boat shed owners mark 30 years despite rough waters

Monday, 26 December 2016 7:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of Antigua Boat Sheds cafe and boat hire business have notched up 30 years, but it has not all been easy paddling

Till ring long and loud in Christchurch in 2016

Till ring long and loud in Christchurch in 2016

Sunday, 25 December 2016 6:30 p.m. by MediaThePress


Christchurch retailers expect this week's Boxing Day sales will cap off a bumper 2016.

We’re taking SOUP to the ‘burbs

We’re taking SOUP to the ‘burbs

Saturday, 24 December 2016 9:39 p.m. by GapFiller

Christchurchs East Frame gets $1m bonus for transitional activities

Christchurch's East Frame gets $1m bonus for transitional activities

Saturday, 24 December 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Living is spending $1 million on public "temporary use" projects so its central Christchurch East Frame housing development does not sit an idle wasteland for years.

Council pushing ahead with Cranford Basin housing development

Council pushing ahead with Cranford Basin housing development

Friday, 23 December 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

The city council will push ahead with a plan to build houses on rural-zoned land near Northlands mall after getting the green light from the Government.

Johnny Moore: Playgrounds for young and old show Christchurch rebuild at its best

Johnny Moore: Playgrounds for young and old show Christchurch rebuild at its best

Thursday, 22 December 2016 1:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

2016 is almost over and while many will say "good riddance" to a year that dished up its fair share of surprises, it has been a year of progress in Christchurch city.

Car Insurance in New Zealand

Car Insurance in New Zealand

Thursday, 22 December 2016 11:56 a.m. by LostChristchurch

Car Insurance in New Zealand If you are looking into getting car insurance in New Zealand, you will want to consider all of the facts before making your decision. For instance, you don’t actually have to purchase car insurance in …

Johnny Moore: Playgrounds for young and old show Chch rebuild at its best

Johnny Moore: Playgrounds for young and old show Chch rebuild at its best

Thursday, 22 December 2016 11:42 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: 2016 is almost over and while many will say "good riddance" to a year that dished up its fair share of surprises, it has been a year of progress in Christchurch City.

Southern Response Group Action

Southern Response Group Action

Thursday, 22 December 2016 10:44 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

On 16 December 2016 Gendall J in the judgment in The Southern Response Unresolved Claims Group v Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd [2016] NZHC 3105 gave approval to the proceedings against Southern Response being brought as a representative action.  The Group currently comprises 41 members who allege that Southern Response engaged in a strategy to improperly minimise its overall financial exposure to Canterbury earthquake claims.  The strategy is detailed in the judgment.  Gendall J also ...

Multi-million dollar playground brought the heartbeat back to the city

Multi-million dollar playground brought the heartbeat back to the city

Thursday, 22 December 2016 9:52 a.m. by MediaThePress

One year ago, a multi-million dollar playground opened in Christchurch's CBD, bringing hundreds of thousands more through the recovering city centre.

Editorial: Patchwork CDB recovery is holding us all back

Editorial: Patchwork CDB recovery is holding us all back

Thursday, 22 December 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

In a for , Mike Yardley took aim at the crumbling eyesores that dot Christchurch's CBD.

Editorial: Patchwork CBD recovery is holding us all back

Editorial: Patchwork CBD recovery is holding us all back

Thursday, 22 December 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

In a for , Mike Yardley took aim at the crumbling eyesores that dot Christchurch's CBD.

Flooding and liquefaction EQC claims forwarded through insurance companies

Flooding and liquefaction EQC claims forwarded through insurance companies

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 9:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurance companies could be holding on to Earthquake Commission (EQC) settlements they are not entitled to, a claimant warns.

William Rolleston statue returned to where he is meant to be

William Rolleston statue returned to 'where he is meant to be'

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 1:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

"It is kind of reassuring to have him back in a way. It is where he is meant to be."

Students design 130 metre mural for East Frame

Students design 130 metre mural for East Frame

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 1:05 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Popular

Students aged between four and 15 from two Christchurch schools have designed a 130 metre mural to help bring to life the East Frame while construction of the public space is carried out.

Worcester East Terrace and Worcester Bridge punt stop complete.

Worcester East Terrace and Worcester Bridge punt stop complete.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:59 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

Ōtākaro Limited has now completed work on the Worcester East Terrace and Worcester Bridge punt stop.

Quake Outcasts appeal to Supreme Court

Quake Outcasts appeal to Supreme Court

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:41 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Quake Outcasts v Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery [2016] NZSC 166 the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by QO to appeal directly to the Supreme Court from a High Court decision dismissing their judicial review application of the revised compensation offers.  The court decided there were no reasons to allow the QO to skip the Court of Appeal.

Christchurch engineering firm says it could fix Lancaster Park ground for below $30m

Christchurch engineering firm says it could fix Lancaster Park ground for below $30m

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

The ground engineering firm responsible for re-levelling the Christchurch Art Gallery says it could do the same at Lancaster Park for less than $30 million.

Lawyer liable for no earthquake insurance

Lawyer liable for no earthquake insurance

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:46 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

The High Court has decided in Witty v Rout [2016] NZHC 3016 that a lawyer is liable for failing to insure a house for earthquake damage as part of administering an estate.  Ms Hampson died on 15 September 2010 and probate was granted to Messrs Witty and Rout on 4 October 2010.  The insurance over the property came to an end in November 2010 as the premiums were not paid, so the property was uninsured when it was damaged in the 2011 earthquakes.  Mr Rout was sued in his capacity as executor and a ...

EQC supports Auckland students to attend world earthquake conference

EQC supports Auckland students to attend world earthquake conference

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:17 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Work on East Frame Residential Development to begin early 2017

Work on East Frame Residential Development to begin early 2017

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 8:56 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

Construction of the first apartments in the East Frame Residential Development will begin in late March/early April 2017.

Dates announced for construction of east frame homes

Dates announced for construction of east frame homes

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 4:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Construction of homes in Christchurch's east frame will start before Easter.

Lost Christchurch

Lost Christchurch

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 1:29 p.m. by LostChristchurch

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Quake Prone Buildings….again or is that still….

Quake Prone Buildings….again or is that still….

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:27 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

There has been a flurry of articles recently, about quake prone buildings.  I do not expect any action to be taken as a result of these articles.   I think that this issue is way too hard for the powers that …

Mike Yardley: Christchurch CBD revival makes the laggards look even worse

Mike Yardley: Christchurch CBD revival makes the laggards look even worse

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: There is an undeniable spring in the step of central city shoppers.

Earthworks to begin on Metro Sports Facility site

Earthworks to begin on Metro Sports Facility site

Monday, 19 December 2016 5:42 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Recommended Featured Popular

Christchurch Judge takes aim at claimants and advisers after misconceived claim

Christchurch Judge takes aim at claimants and advisers after 'misconceived' claim

Monday, 19 December 2016 5:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

The High Court has taken a swipe at Christchurch's most in demand earthquake litigation firm, saying it may have to bear responsibility for its clients' "misconceived" court action.