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Threats to kill among dozens of hostile acts against Earthquake Commission staff

Threats to kill among dozens of hostile acts against Earthquake Commission staff

Saturday, 22 June 2019 11:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

It started with anger over the phone, but spiralled into abusive personal texts referencing her children.

Disciplinary proceedings might reveal more about CTV building, court told

Disciplinary proceedings might reveal more about CTV building, court told

Thursday, 20 June 2019 5:06 a.m. by MediaStuff

Professional disciplinary investigation of engineer Alan Reay should proceed, Crown says.

Christchurch quake appeal trust has $19.5m of unfinished projects on its books

Christchurch quake appeal trust has $19.5m of unfinished projects on its books

Thursday, 20 June 2019 4:48 a.m. by MediaStuff

An earthquake appeal trust is deciding how to distribute close to $4m generated from millions of dollars in unspent funds.

Engineer Alan Reay tries to rule out disciplinary possibility over CTV building

Engineer Alan Reay tries to rule out disciplinary possibility over CTV building

Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:14 a.m. by MediaStuff

Alan Reay's firm designed the building that collapsed with the loss of 115 lives.

Justice Minister Andrew Little has high hopes for the new Canterbury earthquake tribunal

Justice Minister Andrew Little has high hopes for the new Canterbury earthquake tribunal

Monday, 17 June 2019 10:09 a.m. by MediaHerald

A new Canterbury earthquake tribunal will be a "circuit-breaker" for those who have struggled with insurance claims since the February 2011 quake. The Budget earmarked $3.4 million for the establishment of a Canterbury Earthquakes...

Work to repair Christchurchs quake-damaged McLeans Mansion ramps up

Work to repair Christchurch's quake-damaged McLean's Mansion ramps up

Sunday, 16 June 2019 7:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

A "forensic analysis" – and a lot of cash – is needed to repair New Zealand's largest wooden home.

State of shock: How our buildings save lives but little else

State of shock: How our buildings save lives but little else

Sunday, 16 June 2019 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Quakes have shaken our confidence in modern construction. Are we building the wrong buildings?

Councils 2012 plan promised bustling streets, tram but reality different for Linwood Village

Council's 2012 plan promised bustling streets, tram but reality different for Linwood Village

Sunday, 16 June 2019 5:27 a.m. by MediaThePress

A plan has Linwood Village bustling, pavements lined with shoppers and a modern tram connection to the rest of Christchurch - but the reality is different.

Councils 2012 plan promised bustling streets, tram but reality is different for Linwood Village

Council's 2012 plan promised bustling streets, tram but reality is different for Linwood Village

Sunday, 16 June 2019 5:27 a.m. by MediaThePress

Linwood Village is bustling, with pavements lined with shoppers and a modern tram network. Well, that was the plan.

Housing development planned for former Central New Brighton School site in eastern Christchurch

Housing development planned for former Central New Brighton School site in eastern Christchurch

Sunday, 16 June 2019 1:32 a.m. by MediaThePress

Plans are under way to turn a former eastern Christchurch school into housing.

Canterbury children wrongly diagnosed and medicated - researcher

Canterbury children 'wrongly diagnosed and medicated' - researcher

Friday, 14 June 2019 5:02 p.m. by MediaStuff

Researcher says it is likely ''hundreds'' of Canterbury children diagnosed with ADHD actually have PTSD.

Roads hot topic in June issue of St Albans News

Roads hot topic in June issue of St Albans News

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 9:57 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Two community boards have thrown out planners’ recommendations for roads south of Innes (aka DEMP) and substituted a few that give more priority to reducing traffic rather than just mitigating the effects of probably double the numbers of vehicles coming …

EQC gets another $45m top up from the public purse

EQC gets another $45m top up from the public purse

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 5:57 a.m. by MediaThePress

Taxpayers have given another $45m to the Earthquake Commission, as the cost of re-repairs on botched insurance work tops $405m.

Funding cut, early end for controversial rebuild body Regenerate Christchurch

Funding cut, early end for controversial rebuild body Regenerate Christchurch

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 4:07 a.m. by MediaThePress

The rebuild agency has been told to start handing work over to the city council so it can wind up early.

New engineer spotted alleged defects in Christchurch high-rise from the street

New engineer spotted alleged defects in Christchurch high-rise from the street

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 5:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

Alleged defects in a seven-level CBD building spotted by a recent graduate on a night out.

Historic Risingholme homestead reopens after earthquake and arson repairs

Historic Risingholme homestead reopens after earthquake and arson repairs

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 5:40 a.m. by MediaThePress

Quake repairs were about to start on Christchurch's Risingholme homestead when an arsonist struck, almost ending hopes of saving it.

Earthquake Commission secures reinsurance worth $6.2b for the next 12 months

Earthquake Commission secures reinsurance worth $6.2b for the next 12 months

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 7:13 a.m. by MediaThePress

EQC's multibillion-dollar backstop is one of the "largest catastrophe programmes" in the world.

Court Theatre replaces asbestos roof one year after it contaminated workshop

Court Theatre replaces asbestos roof one year after it contaminated workshop

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 3:58 a.m. by MediaThePress

The asbestos roof was leaky and last year contaminated the Christchurch theatre's workshop.

Memorial planned for Christchurch red zone stayer John Taylor

Memorial planned for Christchurch red zone stayer John Taylor

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 1:24 a.m. by MediaThePress

John Taylor was the last to leave Christchurch's Avonside Drive after the earthquakes. It's hoped his memory will live on in a proposed memorial.

All the Christchurch CBD rabbits died, but one

All the Christchurch CBD rabbits died, but one

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

The dog chased rabbits and – to our amazement – caught one.

EQC funds science on the seafloor

EQC funds science on the seafloor

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 2:56 p.m. by GovtEQC

Insurance puzzle leaves immaculate Christchurch character home unsellable

Insurance puzzle leaves immaculate Christchurch character home unsellable

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Their restored bungalow is earthquake repaired, rewired, renovated and repainted. So why won't insurers touch it?

James Hay Theatre reopens at Christchurch Town Hall, aiming to draw more acts

James Hay Theatre reopens at Christchurch Town Hall, aiming to draw more acts

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 4:42 a.m. by MediaThePress

The familiar plush green seats look the same, but behind the scenes things at the James Hay Theatre are new and improved.

Christchurch stadium could cost almost $1b to build and operate

Christchurch stadium could cost almost $1b to build and operate

Monday, 27 May 2019 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

It may cost $1.5m a month to operate, but council expects revenue to "largely offset" those costs.

Laneway threatens popular Christchurch bar Smash Palace

Laneway threatens popular Christchurch bar Smash Palace

Friday, 24 May 2019 7:04 a.m. by MediaThePress

Popular Christchurch bar Smash Palace may close if the Government succeeds in its push to put a laneway through the site.

Dispute over buildings structural design not indicative of wider issues - MBIE

Dispute over building's structural design not indicative of wider issues - MBIE

Thursday, 23 May 2019 6:20 a.m. by MediaThePress

Changes to six-storey building could be enforced if engineering design does not meet code.

Opening date set for Christchurch convention centre

Opening date set for Christchurch convention centre

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 4:37 a.m. by MediaThePress

The $475 million Christchurch building's first convention in October 2010 will be about wetlands.

New author on the block wins prestigious award for revealing first book

New author on the block wins prestigious award for revealing first book

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 2:18 a.m. by MediaStuff

When Chessie Henry strapped her cellphone to the steering wheel in an ad hoc attempt to interview her father, she had no idea how far the project would take her.

Recovery In High Street drags on and on and on….

Recovery In High Street drags on and on and on….

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 6:01 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

What is new in High Street? Well this is getting interesting, finally after 8 years,  sort off…. for some people…..  hum…. with a few qualifications……. Consortium group has opened some of their rebuild Duncan’s units and the first tenants have …

Insurance in New Zealand is changing

Insurance in New Zealand is changing

Sunday, 19 May 2019 7:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

What if your home insurance premium jumped from $2000 to $17,000? No joke, it’s happening in some places.

Proposed revamp of Christchurchs High St will extend tram line

Proposed revamp of Christchurch's High St will extend tram line

Sunday, 19 May 2019 5:55 a.m. by MediaThePress

The street will lose 26 car parks in three blocks and a 10kmh speed limit will be put in place if the proposal is accepted.

Document reveals possible August 2020 completion date for outstanding parts of Chch south frame

Document reveals possible August 2020 completion date for outstanding parts of Chch south frame

Sunday, 19 May 2019 5:10 a.m. by MediaThePress

Crown rebuild agency Ōtākaro hopes to have remaining parts of Christchurch's south frame completed by August 2020, a tender document shows.

Christchurch City Council holding briefing on stadium for interested contractors

Christchurch City Council holding briefing on stadium for interested contractors

Sunday, 19 May 2019 3:24 a.m. by MediaThePress

The session is to try nail down costs and look at industry capability to build the long-awaited anchor project in Christchurch.

EQC Act Changes

EQC Act Changes

Friday, 17 May 2019 12:28 p.m. by GovtEQC

Developing central city draws positive response from Christchurch residents

Developing central city draws positive response from Christchurch residents

Thursday, 16 May 2019 9:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Central Christchurch is seen as offering more than a year ago, but anti-social behaviour concerns remain.

Four significant threats sent in letters to EQC may be linked

Four significant threats sent in letters to EQC may be linked

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 4:47 a.m. by MediaThePress

A letter referencing the mosque shootings follows a bullet sent in the mail and a bomb threat.

EQC received threatening letter that referenced Christchurch mosque attacks

EQC received threatening letter that referenced Christchurch mosque attacks

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 7:31 a.m. by MediaThePress

A threatening letter sent to EQC may be linked to a bullet it was mailed two years ago.

Future hangs in balance for embattled rebuild agency Regenerate Christchurch

Future hangs in balance for embattled rebuild agency Regenerate Christchurch

Monday, 13 May 2019 6:19 a.m. by MediaThePress

The new focus of rebuild agency Regenerate Christchurch will be outlined in the coming weeks.

Restoration brings new life to old Christchurch Arts Centre building

Restoration brings new life to old Christchurch Arts Centre building

Sunday, 12 May 2019 7:30 a.m. by MediaThePress

Another piece of the Arts Centre jigsaw is finished.

East Lake Trust petitions select committee to push for flatwater lake in red zone plans

East Lake Trust petitions select committee to push for flatwater lake in red zone plans

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 7:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

The 2.2-kilometre lake in Christchurch's red zone would be used for watersports such as rowing, dragon boating and waka ama.

Australian firm to fund homeowners class action against Southern Response

Australian firm to fund homeowners' class action against Southern Response

Monday, 6 May 2019 7:13 a.m. by MediaStuff

Legal action by Southern Response customers will be funded on a no-win no-fee basis.

Public talks restart on roadworks for Christchurchs Victoria St

Public talks restart on roadworks for Christchurch's Victoria St

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 4:43 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council has made "minor improvements" to the road upgrade plan in the two years the work was on hold.

Milestone reached in Christ Church Cathedral rebuild as design advisers appointed

Milestone reached in Christ Church Cathedral rebuild as design advisers appointed

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 3:22 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Christ Church Cathedral rebuild has reached a "significant milestone" with the appointment of new engineers and architects.

Earthquake-hit ex-Rydges hotel building clears High Court insurance battle

Earthquake-hit ex-Rydges hotel building clears High Court insurance battle

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 3:40 a.m. by MediaThePress

A 14-storey Christchurch hotel's $190m quake rebuild will go ahead after years of legal wrangling.

Earthquake-hit ex-Rydges hotel building clears Supreme Court insurance battle

Earthquake-hit ex-Rydges hotel building clears Supreme Court insurance battle

Monday, 29 April 2019 8:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

A 14-storey Christchurch hotel's $190m quake rebuild will go ahead after years of legal wrangling.

Report from 2019 Forum

Report from 2019 Forum

Friday, 26 April 2019 12:45 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

OVTRK Forum on 1st April 2019 on Decision-Making for the Wellbeing Budget Report - from Adie Gray's presentation and from the four discussion groups The One Voice Te Reo Kotahi kaupapa was supported by Mananui Ramsden leading us in a mihi whakatau to open the Forum. Adie Gray, Statistics NZ Maori Partnership and Design Lead, then gave an overview of links between the work of Statistics NZ

Businesses open in restored section of Christchurchs historic High St

Businesses open in restored section of Christchurch's historic High St

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 5:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

Trading has resumed in a row of century-old Christchurch buildings quake-damaged, but now faithfully restored.

Owner can sue broker and insurer after house was under-insured, court says

Owner can sue broker and insurer after house was under-insured, court says

Monday, 22 April 2019 5:07 a.m. by MediaThePress

Owner says she didn't know her quake-hit home was under-insured, but insurer and broker say her lawsuit is too late.

Canterbury earthquake rebuild workers village Workotel for sale

Canterbury earthquake rebuild workers' village Workotel for sale

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 7:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Opened to house construction workers after the Canterbury earthquakes, the owners want their money out of Workatel.

Going halves: Negotiating Christchurchs EQ recovery exit package

Going halves: Negotiating Christchurch's EQ recovery exit package

Friday, 12 April 2019 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Could council refuse to take the new convention centre off the government's hands? Depends on the final, global settlement.

Biennial Grants Programme 2020

Biennial Grants Programme 2020

Thursday, 11 April 2019 3:01 p.m. by GovtEQC

Celebrate: Corporate multinational fast food returns to central Christchurch

Celebrate: Corporate multinational fast food returns to central Christchurch

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 5:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

OPINION: It feels like the news KFC is moving back to Christchurch's CBD came and went without anyone realising what a milestone it represents for the rebuild.

Earthquake Commission inquiry calling for public submissions

Earthquake Commission inquiry calling for public submissions

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 11:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Public input is "critical" to a high-level review of EQC's Canterbury quake response.

Indecision and intrigue stalking Christchurch

Indecision and intrigue stalking Christchurch

Monday, 8 April 2019 5:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

OPINION: A prevailing current of uncertainty is swirling across much of Christchurch's cultural and spiritual landscape right now.

Christchurch earthquake repairs tipped to cost $1 billion

Christchurch earthquake repairs tipped to cost $1 billion

Saturday, 6 April 2019 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Fixing poorly done earthquake repairs is likely to cost $1 billion, says a structural engineer involved in more than 100 cases. John Scarry said he is yet to see a competent repair in 140 Christchurch jobs he has assessed.Scarry,...

Earth dam researcher wins 2019 Ivan Skinner Award

Earth dam researcher wins 2019 Ivan Skinner Award

Thursday, 4 April 2019 12:45 p.m. by GovtEQC