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Inspiring concepts for new urban living in Christchurch unveiled

Inspiring concepts for new urban living in Christchurch unveiled

Sunday, 3 March 2013 7:03 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Concepts for new urban living in Christchurch were unveiled in a public exhibition on Worcester Boulevard this evening.

Exciting projects to reinvent the red zone

Exciting projects to reinvent the red zone

Sunday, 3 March 2013 6:47 p.m. by AvonOtakaro Recommended Popular

These are just three exciting possibilities the public can explore at an all-day “Projects Forum” hosted by the Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON)..

Key decisions from Feb Council meeting

Key decisions from Feb Council meeting

Sunday, 3 March 2013 6:40 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured

Christchurch City Council met (Thursday 28 February), with the key decisions made outlined below:

Council revises social housing closure threshold

Council revises social housing closure threshold

Sunday, 3 March 2013 6:38 p.m. by GovtCCC

Christchurch City Council has today agreed to revise the threshold for closing its social housing complexes that have undergone a Detailed Engineering Evaluation, following a notice of motion recommending the change.

CCDU Six-Pack 1 March 2013

CCDU Six-Pack 1 March 2013

Sunday, 3 March 2013 6:34 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

 

Day 738 - Oportunities for students

Day 738 - Oportunities for students

Sunday, 3 March 2013 4:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Simon Gurnsey, Volunteer Army Foundation Projects Director, visted Addington Action HQ earlier today to discuss ways that students could be involved assisting with the repair of uninsured homes.

As a result, every Saturday morning from 9am till 1pm will be reserved for student volunteers organised by the Volunteer Army Foundation to paint houses when the weather is good, and clear quake rubble from sections of quake damaged homes waiting repair etc when the weather is bad.

Because ...

Day 738 - Opportunities for students

Day 738 - Opportunities for students

Sunday, 3 March 2013 4:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Simon Gurnsey, Volunteer Army Foundation Projects Director, visted Addington Action HQ earlier today to discuss ways that students could be involved assisting with the repair of uninsured homes.

As a result, every Saturday morning from 9am till 1pm will be reserved for student volunteers organised by the Volunteer Army Foundation to paint houses when the weather is good, and clear quake rubble from sections of quake damaged homes waiting repair etc when the weather is bad.

Because ...

EQC and the Private Insurance Industry Be Warned!

EQC and the Private Insurance Industry Be Warned!

Sunday, 3 March 2013 1:46 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

t was no surprise to me at all to read the article about EQC being bullied by angry homeowners. (See). A man walked into EQR Hub and went bananas and who can blame him! I am amazed that the population has taken so much pain and anguish on the chin for so long. Perhaps that’s all about to change!

Council housing to reopen

Council housing to reopen

Sunday, 3 March 2013 1:41 p.m. by MediaStuff

 

Write a poem about Victoria Street

Write a poem about Victoria Street

Sunday, 3 March 2013 12:18 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The Christchurch City Council is commissioning two poems as public art. Write a poem about Victoria Street and its heritage and it could end up being painted on the Street. Victoria Street was once called Wadeley Road and was an …

Community Discussion: on transport

Community Discussion: on transport

Saturday, 2 March 2013 11:21 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Location: Mairehau Library, 42 Kensington Ave, St Albans. Time: 7-8pm March 12 Description: The discussion this month focuses on transport, roading and pathways in St Albans. We have invited Spokes, Living Streets, CCC transport planners, NZ Transport Transport Authority and …

TV extras sought for Chch EQ drama

TV extras sought for Chch EQ drama

Saturday, 2 March 2013 11:09 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Extras are needed for a new television drama series about the February 2011 earthquake. Email a head and shoulders photo to “>wirecasting@gmail.com along with contact details and you could end up on the small screen. Gaylene Preston, who produced Home …

Engineers at odds over safety of rebuilding Chch Cathedral

Engineers at odds over safety of rebuilding Chch Cathedral

Saturday, 2 March 2013 5:18 p.m. by Media3News Popular

The Anglican Church's plans for the Christchurch Cathedral site will be revealed this month, but campaigners are still battling to save the quake-damaged building.

EQC workers bullied by angry homeowners

EQC workers bullied by angry homeowners

Saturday, 2 March 2013 11:03 a.m. by EQCTruths Popular

 

Christchurch Numbers are Staggering!  Guest Post by Herman Meijburg

Christchurch Numbers are Staggering! Guest Post by Herman Meijburg

Saturday, 2 March 2013 10:36 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

On February 22nd Michael Wright presented in the Press the latest numbers relating to how Christchurch inches towards recovery. The figures refer to the number of damaged properties: of 84,500 properties with damage up to 100,000 NZ$, 32,000 have been …

Valerie and Matt Go to Court

Valerie and Matt Go to Court

Saturday, 2 March 2013 9:43 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

“We haven’t got that much time left. Instead of doing things we enjoy like spending time with our grandchildren we have spent countless hours fighting our insurance company. We’ve been totally consumed by the whole thing and so much money …

CERA and OIA requests

CERA and OIA requests

Saturday, 2 March 2013 7:55 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Getting official information out of CERA presents a similar range of challenges as will be found with a number of other government agencies (not counting EQC who play harder with delay, wilful obfuscation, obstruction, and antagonism performed at Olympic levels). 

Insurance pitfalls for unwary

Insurance pitfalls for unwary

Saturday, 2 March 2013 6:30 a.m. by MediaHerald

What is happening? Insurance companies are changing home insurance policies from open-ended "replacement" policies to "sum insured" policies. In future they will only pay up to the sum insured that you choose, not for open-ended...

Has EQC Heard of Skype?

Has EQC Heard of Skype?

Friday, 1 March 2013 11:15 p.m. by EQCTruths

 

Call for action on city centre

Call for action on city centre

Friday, 1 March 2013 11:03 p.m. by MediaStuff

Urgent action has been called for to stem the loss of businesses from central Christchurch, with construction of enough buildings to house half its office work force already under way outside the rebuild zone.

Call for action on Christchurch CBD

Call for action on Christchurch CBD

Friday, 1 March 2013 11:03 p.m. by MediaStuff

Urgent action has been called for to stem the loss of businesses from central Christchurch, with construction of enough buildings to house half its office work force already under way outside the rebuild zone.

EQC workers bullied

EQC workers bullied

Friday, 1 March 2013 10:58 p.m. by MediaStuff

Angry Cantabrians, frustrated with the speed of the rebuild, are threatening to blow up earthquake repair hubs and shoot staff.

Transitional works selected for Lytteltons civic square site

Transitional works selected for Lyttelton's civic square site

Friday, 1 March 2013 9:23 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured

 

CERA - Community issues and questions update

CERA - Community issues and questions update

Friday, 1 March 2013 8:44 p.m. by avonsidechch

 

EQC - Update on Multi-unit buildings (flats, units, apartments, rest home units)

EQC - Update on Multi-unit buildings (flats, units, apartments, rest home units)

Friday, 1 March 2013 8:43 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

EQC have published information on how they are treating multi-unit buildings (here). The information reads: Update: Multi-unit buildings 1 March 2013 A special Multi-Unit Building Team at EQC is working on the complex assessment and settlement of homes that form part of a multi-unit. A multi-unit is where two or more homes share at least one common element – such as a wall, garage, roof,

Day 736 - Sydenham house painting

Day 736 - Sydenham house painting

Friday, 1 March 2013 5:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today Paul and Mike painted another quake damaged house to seal cracks in stucco. 10 litres paint were used but will need to get some more to finish the job off next week.

Mar 1: Pizzzzzzzzzzzza is ready!

Mar 1: Pizzzzzzzzzzzza is ready!

Friday, 1 March 2013 2:25 p.m. by GapFiller

  Yes, it’s ready!  CPIT architecture students have made a masterpiece of a clay, woodfired pizza oven and it’s ready for community groups to use.   There are a few things to take into consideration … the oven takes 3 hours to get ready, and needs to be ‘manned’ during this time.  Brought pizza bases [...]

Multi-unit buildings

Multi-unit buildings

Friday, 1 March 2013 1:45 p.m. by GovtEQC

Mar 1: It’s baaaaack, oh yeah! Re-re-launch 7th March…

Mar 1: It’s baaaaack, oh yeah! Re-re-launch 7th March…

Friday, 1 March 2013 1:09 p.m. by GapFiller

That’s right! The Dance-O-Mat is back again!  Gap Filler staff had the pleasure of christening it this morning in it’s new spot – the corner of Cashel Street and Oxford Tce (where the Tap Room used to be).   Next Thursday 7th March, there will be a wee bit of a party to ‘officially’ welcome [...]

Day 733 - redzone materials

Day 733 - redzone materials

Friday, 1 March 2013 11:00 a.m. by addingtonaction

Addington Action has been given permission to remove recycled materials from redzone houses waiting demolition.

This was arranged by Brian Parker from as part of the .

There are very strict health and safety protocols for Addington Action to follow to be able to do this. The recycled material will be used to fix uninsured homes and for building Addington Action's depot at 124 Garlands Rd.

Christchurch CBD - Photographic Tour Two Years after Earthquake

Christchurch CBD - Photographic Tour Two Years after Earthquake

Friday, 1 March 2013 8:36 a.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews Popular

A walk through Christchurch CBD in late February 2013 revealed that while many buildings have been demolished, there are still dozens more to come down. Wide open spaces bear testimony to the loss the city has sustained but there are also signs of progress and the rebuild that is underway. Follow this photographic tour to see Christchurch central two years after the devastating 6.3 earthquake on February 22nd 2011.

Views of Christchurch central from Cashel Mall. These pictures were t ...

Breathe finalists announced

'Breathe' finalists announced

Friday, 1 March 2013 8:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow Popular

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson announced the four finalists for the Christchurch urban design competition “Breathe”.

Building momentum

Building momentum

Friday, 1 March 2013 8:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow

The Canterbury earthquakes have provided New Zealand with a unique opportunity to rebuild a vibrant, first-class, innovative city and residential area.

Day 736 - fruit & veggie orders

Day 736 - fruit & veggie orders

Friday, 1 March 2013 7:30 a.m. by addingtonaction

There are 383 orders from 19 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centers for fruit and veggie packs next week. These will be packed and distributed on Wednesday 6 March.

  1 Addington Action
12 Addington School
16 Burnham
  6 Comcare Addington
15 Discovery
28 Eureka St
  0 Generation Health
10 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
  0 Kidsfirst Selwyn St
46 Manuka Cottage
46 Opawa Baptist
27 Parker St
22 Reformed Church in Hornby
  9 Riccarton Co ...

EQC - another update to the Contents Claims FAQ (especially affecting those whose home is to be demolished)

EQC - another update to the Contents Claims FAQ (especially affecting those whose home is to be demolished)

Friday, 1 March 2013 6:39 a.m. by avonsidechch

EQC yesterday further updated the claims page in a number of areas. Probably the most significant is for those whose house is to be demolished. The new section reads: Property in homes to be demolished If your home is to be demolished as a direct result of earthquake damage and you've made a claim for contents that cannot be recovered from the house, we won't be able to settle your claim until

New Regent St reopening pushed back again

New Regent St reopening pushed back again

Friday, 1 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

New Regent St's cobbled footpaths and pastel facades will remain behind cordon fencing for at least another month as the reopening date is pushed back for the fourth time.

Latest opening date for New Regent St . . . April

Latest opening date for New Regent St . . . April

Friday, 1 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

New Regent St's cobbled footpaths and pastel facades will remain behind cordon fencing for at least another month as the reopening date is pushed back for the fourth time.

Church tied by terms of deed, court told

Church tied by terms of deed, court told

Friday, 1 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Anglican leaders cannot spend insurance money from the Christ Church Cathedral on the new cardboard cathedral, the attorney-general has told the High Court.

IT sector draws employees with better pay, conditions

IT sector draws employees with better pay, conditions

Friday, 1 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Employers in Christchurch's information and communications technology sector are offering higher salary and contract rates and, increasingly, offering relocation costs and initial rental accommodation to attract skilled staff.

IT sector draws employees with better pay, conditions

IT sector draws employees with better pay, conditions

Friday, 1 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Employers in Christchurch's information and communications technology sector are offering higher salary and contract rates and, increasingly, offering relocation costs and initial rental accommodation to attract skilled staff.

New Regent reopening pushed back again

New Regent reopening pushed back again

Friday, 1 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

New Regent St's cobbled footpaths and pastel facades will remain behind cordon fencing for at least another month as the reopening date is pushed back for the fourth time.

Urban Village project finalists chosen

Urban Village project finalists chosen

Friday, 1 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Village greens, vege gardens and vibrant laneways are among the features being touted for a new residential development in Christchurch's city centre.

Flexibility in recovery housing market needed

Flexibility in recovery housing market needed

Friday, 1 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The housing market in Christchurch will need to adapt over the next 15 years as the city goes through different stages of recovery.

EQC - updated information on land claims

EQC - updated information on land claims

Thursday, 28 February 2013 9:45 p.m. by avonsidechch

EQC have updated their web page on land claims (here). The principle addition is information about their booklet Guide to Canterbury Land Claims (February 2013 edition). Amongst other things the Guide covers: how to make a claim for land damage how EQC assesses and settles land damage what is and isn’t covered, and how much excess you’ll pay specific information for owners of land in

OIA Debacle Continues as EQC Charges $76 Per Hour

OIA Debacle Continues as EQC Charges $76 Per Hour

Thursday, 28 February 2013 6:45 p.m. by EQCTruths Popular

The following letter received by one of our readers shows the arrogance of EQC. 

Day 735 - roof painted and ...

Day 735 - roof painted and ...

Thursday, 28 February 2013 6:30 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today, Paul, Stu and Mike did a number of jobs

Hawkesbury Avenue, St Albans

Hawkesbury Avenue, St Albans

Thursday, 28 February 2013 12:22 p.m. by FletcherEQR Popular

University of Canterbury records huge loss

University of Canterbury records huge loss

Thursday, 28 February 2013 9:50 a.m. by Media3News

The University of Canterbury is denying it's on its last legs after posting a $67 million annual deficit.

Concrete pour largest within rebuild zone

Concrete pour 'largest within rebuild zone'

Thursday, 28 February 2013 8:12 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The largest concrete pour within the central city cordon has started this morning.

Will you be out of the Red Zone by the 31 July deadline?

Will you be out of the Red Zone by the 31 July deadline?

Thursday, 28 February 2013 6:42 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Cathedral plan now detailed, group says

Cathedral plan now detailed, group says

Thursday, 28 February 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has rejected a plan to make the Christ Church Cathedral safe but the group behind the proposal claims it has been further developed and meets all concerns.

Well from the 1860s discovered in Lyttelton

Well from the 1860s discovered in Lyttelton

Thursday, 28 February 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

A 30-metre-deep well dating back to the 1860s has been uncovered in excavations at a Lyttelton house.

Low-income people have nowhere to go

Low-income people 'have nowhere to go'

Thursday, 28 February 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch couple and five of their six children are living in a relative's sleepout as they struggle to find a place to live.

Re:Start tenants get longer leases

Re:Start tenants get longer leases

Thursday, 28 February 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's Re:Start mall has been given a new lease of life.

Rebuild, Mainzeal demise, open doors for City Care

Rebuild, Mainzeal demise, open doors for City Care

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:54 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Christchurch City Council-owned City Care is widening its business and moving into traditional residential and commercial construction, seizing opportunities offered by the Canterbury recovery.

Hunter Furniture set to reopen

Hunter Furniture set to reopen

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:41 p.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch-based furniture retailer Hunter Furniture is set to reopen tomorrow, joining the likes of Harvey Norman and Smiths City's Powerstore in the bulk retail zone on Moorhouse Ave.

Hunter Furniture set to reopen

Hunter Furniture set to reopen

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch-based furniture retailer Hunter Furniture is set to reopen tomorrow, joining the likes of Harvey Norman and Smiths City's Powerstore in the bulk retail zone on Moorhouse Ave.

Northern Motorway back on agenda

Northern Motorway back on agenda

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:28 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Plans are being made for a new section to be added to the Northern Motorway to link the Waimakariri River Bridge area with QEII Drive bringing fast moving traffic in and out of the city. The proposed Northern Arterial is …