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Coal miners retrain for Christchurch rebuild

Coal miners retrain for Christchurch rebuild

Thursday, 25 July 2013 9:50 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A few beers with mates in a west city bar is more than just a Friday night ritual for McConnell Dowell project supervisor Les Tredinnick.

Detroit outcome for High Street

Detroit outcome for High Street

Thursday, 25 July 2013 8:51 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Locked out of undamaged factory for 885 days – (since Feb 2011) Do we still own our building????   who knows – 359 days since designated “South frame”- only 4 +more years to go before we get told if we are …

Reid Stiven the Liar

Reid Stiven the Liar

Thursday, 25 July 2013 8:26 a.m. by EQCTruths Popular

Reid Stiven stated last week on Newstalk ZB that anyone could phone 0800 DAMAGE and obtain their EQC engineering report.  Stiven suffers either from delirium or from a pathological inability to tell the truth.  Of course, no one in the media actually challenges Stiven on his lies, although every objective person knows that it is […]

EQC defends work of quake damage assessors

EQC defends work of quake damage assessors

Thursday, 25 July 2013 8:07 a.m. by MediaRNZ

The Earthquake Commission is defending the quality of earthquake damage investigators following claims they have wrongly assessed earthquake damage in Christchurch homes.

Buyout offer battle taking toll

Buyout offer battle taking toll

Thursday, 25 July 2013 7:54 a.m. by MediaStuff

It's been almost two and a half years of waiting for the Quake Outcasts but the next few weeks might prove the hardest.

Sum insured - what amount should you insure your house for? What could go wrong?

Sum insured - what amount should you insure your house for? What could go wrong?

Thursday, 25 July 2013 7:15 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

As mentioned in previous posts, future house insurance policies will be based upon what YOU have assessed as being the cost of rebuilding. This isn’t just the cost of time and materials, it also includes costs relating to demolition and disposal of the rubble, surveys, local and regional council consents, legal fees, plus others that are complex (e.g. disposing of asbestos) or don’t come to  mind

Homeowners challenge misleading EQC assessments

Homeowners challenge 'misleading' EQC assessments

Thursday, 25 July 2013 6:02 a.m. by MediaRNZ

Some Canterbury homeowners say their houses are dropping in value because of misleading estimates of damage from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Goughs claims rubbished by design panel

Gough's claims rubbished by design panel

Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:07 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch property developer Antony Gough has slammed the city's urban design panel for criticising his multimillion-dollar Terrace development plans and favouring the "bland, creamy [and] homogenous".

Christchurch gains 22 migrants a day

Christchurch gains 22 migrants a day

Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:06 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch is welcoming 22 migrants a day.

Busy Christchurch gains 22 migrants a day

Busy Christchurch gains 22 migrants a day

Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:06 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch is welcoming 22 migrants a day.

Photo Tour of Cathedral Square Christchurch - Post Earthquakes

Photo Tour of Cathedral Square Christchurch - Post Earthquakes

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 5:55 p.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews Popular

Christchurch CBD reopened to the public at the end of June 2013. This was after being cordoned off to the public since the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in February 2011. A walk through Cathedral Square on the 24th July 2013 revealed massive gaps were buildings have fallen. Christchurch Cathedral still stands in ruins and ongoing demolitions continue in the area.



















Coastal Pathway project gets a boost from Fulton Hogan

Coastal Pathway project gets a boost from Fulton Hogan

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 5:00 p.m. by CoastalPathway

The 6.5 km Coastal Pathway from Ferrymead to Sumner has received a welcome boost thanks to a $250,000 contribution from construction company Fulton Hogan. The company is rebuilding the causeway across McCormack’s Bay and as part of that project it …

The Implications of a Wellington Scenario

The Implications of a Wellington Scenario

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 4:22 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

As we have often stated on this blog New Zealand is a seismic country and events in Wellington and Marlborough have recently again proved the point. (See http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10902101). Whilst we are pleased that no serious injury eventuated, Wellingtonian’s need to …

Buckleys Road – Lane Closure

Buckleys Road – Lane Closure

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 3:37 p.m. by Transport4chch

Buckleys Road at Pamela Street is reduced to one lane southbound (towards the city) for urgent sewer repair works. Delays expected – please consider alternative routes.

Wainoni Road – delays during peak hours expected

Wainoni Road – delays during peak hours expected

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 3:30 p.m. by Transport4chch

Wainoni Road – Avonside Drive to Pannell Avenue – city bound traffic lane closed and one way system in place.   This is likely to result in queuing and delays during peak hours and we recommend using alternate routes.

Urban design panel wants a bland rebuild

Urban design panel wants a 'bland' rebuild

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 2:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

A prominent property investor has criticised the panel that promotes good design for rebuilt Christchurch.

Urban Design Panel wants bland rebuild

Urban Design Panel wants 'bland' rebuild

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 2:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

A prominent property investor has criticised the panel that promotes good design for rebuilt Christchurch.

Chch quake survivors plea to Wgtn council

Chch quake survivor's plea to Wgtn council

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 2:06 p.m. by Media3News

A survivor of the Christchurch quakes has put out a heartfelt appeal to the Wellington City Council.

Lessons from Christchurch: Insurance policies and significant events

Lessons from Christchurch: Insurance policies and significant events

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 1:03 p.m. by MediaHerald

Insurance is one of the biggest business issues to emerge from the Christchurch earthquakes.It's led several businesses to consider whether they can claim under their existing policy and whether that policy is still appropriate.After...

Red zone and buyouts not illegal

Red zone and buyouts 'not illegal'

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:27 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Government's decision to declare parts of Christchurch a red zone and seek to buy land was made outside of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act - but it was not illegal.
 
The third and final day of the High Court trial between the Quake Outcasts and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and CERA chief executive Roger Sutton has seen counsel David Goddard defend the Government's decisions.
 
He told the court the CER Act provided "additional powers to ...

Quake repairs: Minor repairs, major issue

Quake repairs: Minor repairs, major issue

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

July 24: August sitters required for the Pavilion

July 24: August sitters required for the Pavilion

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:29 a.m. by GapFiller

It’s time to find another round of PALLET PAVILION SITTERS to Sign Up for August!!! The response so far has been wonderful and we are going to ask you, your family, your friends to keep helping us with this… Please go to the link below and take it from there. Quite simply, the money we can [...]

Outcasts options bleak

Outcasts' options 'bleak'

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A decision to make reduced red-zone offers to uninsured Christchurch landowners is contrary to earthquake recovery, a court has been told.

Quake repairs: Its been a shambles

Quake repairs: It's been a shambles

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

$1m win for red-zoner

$1m win for red-zoner

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A Christchurch woman who planned to raid her pension to build a new home can now afford the ultimate upgrade after winning $1 million in Bonus Bonds.

$1m win for older red-zoner

$1m win for older red-zoner

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A Christchurch woman who planned to raid her pension to build a new home can now afford the ultimate upgrade after winning $1 million in Bonus Bonds.

$1m win for elderly red-zoner

$1m win for elderly red-zoner

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A Christchurch woman who planned to raid her pension to build a new home can now afford a big upgrade after winning $1 million in Bonus Bonds.

New base isolators for Christchurch building

New base isolators for Christchurch building

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 4:17 a.m. by MediaStuff

Base isolators have been around since the 1970s in New Zealand, helping reduce the impact of earthquakes on buildings, but a new Christchurch building is going a step further.

Urban Design Panel wants bland rebuild

Urban Design Panel wants 'bland' rebuild

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 2:26 a.m. by MediaStuff

A prominent property investor has criticised the panel that promotes good design for rebuilt Christchurch.

Home Sum Insured Package

Home Sum Insured Package

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:40 p.m. by pacsol

 

Earthquake Assessment Service for Wellington

Earthquake Assessment Service for Wellington

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 9:40 p.m. by avonsidechch

EQC have publicised a house assessment programme Quakecheck, that uses services offered by the New Zealand Master Builders Federation and Certified Builders Association and is available anywhere in the Wellington city area. The purpose of the programme is to assess the risk an earthquake will pose to your house. The cost is $160 (see here for cost information and inspection details), and it is

Earthquake information for Wellingtonians.

Earthquake information for Wellingtonians.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 9:35 p.m. by avonsidechch

EQC, Civil Defence and other agencies produce a range of information sources that are useful pre and post earthquake. New Zealand’s highly variable geography and geology means that the information is of a general nature. For those who want to do a bit of research on earthquake preparedness for a city with some characteristics similar to Wellington, the San Francisco area offers a range of useful

Day 883 - site plan revision

Day 883 - site plan revision

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 9:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Max Capocaccia, the architect sent through the revised site plans for 124 Garlands Rd earlier today.

The council planner wanted the area for car parking to be clearly marked on the site plan.

Thanks Max for all your help.

Court hears red zone options bleak

Court hears red zone options 'bleak'

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 6:28 p.m. by MediaStuff

A decision to write off Christchurch's worst-affected land has been labelled ''de facto compulsory acquisition''.

Temporary Ferrymead Bridge resurfacing – from 28 July – night works only

Temporary Ferrymead Bridge resurfacing – from 28 July – night works only

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 4:42 p.m. by Transport4chch

Resurfacing will be carried out on Ferrymead Bridge from 8pm Sunday 28th July. The bridge will be reduced to one lane with a stop/go traffic system in place between 8pm and 6am for approximately two weeks.  The footpath on the bridge will …

Stadium design economics: an art or a science?

Stadium design economics: an art or a science?

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 4:27 p.m. by CoffeyProjectsChCh Popular

Bealey Ave, Richmond – reduced lanes eastbound & road closures in vicinity

Bealey Ave, Richmond – reduced lanes eastbound & road closures in vicinity

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 3:32 p.m. by Transport4chch

SCIRT contractor Downer are currently repairing the wastewater system in the Lower Richmond area. Work is about to begin on the wastewater system on Bealey Avenue and Champion Street. The works will start around 24 July 2013. Eastbound traffic on Bealey …

Wellington Earthquake Assessment Service

Wellington Earthquake Assessment Service

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 3:26 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Riverlaw Terrace – partial closure this week

Riverlaw Terrace – partial closure this week

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 3:21 p.m. by Transport4chch

Part of Riverlaw Terrace, St Martins, will be closed to road traffic from Wednesday this week (24 July) as SCIRT team City Care works on the gravity wastewater pipe. The road closure will run between 234 Riverlaw Terrace and Beckford …

Riverlaw Terrace – partial closure

Riverlaw Terrace – partial closure

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 3:21 p.m. by Transport4chch

Part of Riverlaw Terrace, St Martins, will be closed to road traffic from Wednesday this week (24 July) as SCIRT team City Care works on the gravity wastewater pipe. The road closure will run between 234 Riverlaw Terrace and Beckford …

Day 883 - co-op buy

Day 883 - co-op buy

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 1:54 p.m. by addingtonaction

The buy for the packing at the co-op tomorrow is (crates and cartons). Bought by Craig

Bananas 33
Apples 24
Kiwi 22
Lemons 11
Broccoli 18
Leeks 18
Carrots 22
Onions 37
Oranges 1 bin

Record number of migrants moving to Christchurch

Record number of migrants moving to Christchurch

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 12:33 p.m. by Media3News

The long expected post-quake boom of migrant workers has finally begun in Christchurch, with new records being set for the number of people moving in from overseas.

Quake repairs: EQR totally incompetent

Quake repairs: EQR 'totally incompetent'

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 12:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Quake repairs: EQC totally incompetent

Quake repairs: EQC 'totally incompetent'

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 12:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

To the Survivors of the Cook Strait Earthquakes

To the Survivors of the Cook Strait Earthquakes

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:11 a.m. by DebDonnell Popular

How to cope with overwhelm and fear from the Cook Strait Earthquakes If you have experienced the Cook Strait Earthquakes (Seddon and Wellington) then you are a survivor! I am a survivor of the 2010-2011 Christchurch Earthquakes and offer you 7 tips on how to cope with your disaster. Your current experiences are stirring up [...]

Insurers helping to transform Chch

Insurers helping to transform Chch

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 9:05 a.m. by MediaThePress

Lawyer says offers unfair

Lawyer says offers 'unfair'

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Government officials knew rezoning residential land would essentially reduce values to zero meaning the buyout offer was one that "cannot be refused", the Christchurch High Court was told.

Quake repairs: We were amazed

Quake repairs: We were amazed

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch: No future for my kids

Christchurch: No future for my kids

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Precinct contractors sought

Precinct contractors sought

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

An updated timeframe for Christchurch's justice and emergency services precinct shows the likely $100 million-plus project starting next February and taking three years to complete.

Justice precinct contractors sought

Justice precinct contractors sought

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

An updated timeframe for Christchurch's justice and emergency services precinct shows the likely $100 million-plus project starting next February and taking three years to complete.

Lawyer says buyout offers unfair

Lawyer says buyout offers 'unfair'

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Government officials knew rezoning residential land would essentially reduce values to zero meaning the buyout offer was one that "cannot be refused", the Christchurch High Court was told.

Volunteer @ Your Place

Volunteer @ Your Place

Monday, 22 July 2013 8:54 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Location: St Albans Baptist Church, 64 McFaddens Road Time: September 17 1-6pm Description: Volunteer Canterbury is running sessions in different communities showing how people can get more involved in their local community as volunteers. September is the turn of St …

Asbestos in houses

Asbestos in houses

Monday, 22 July 2013 8:37 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

EQC will only remove asbestos from Christchurch homes where the claddings have actually been damaged by the quakes. Any other asbestos-removal is the responsibility of the homeowner. Asbestos materials were used in houses in New Zealand from 1940s to 1990s …

EQC customers can phone for their engineering report

EQC customers can phone for their engineering report

Monday, 22 July 2013 8:26 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

EQC’s Reid Stiven told a NewstalkZB interview hosted by Chris Lynch on July 16 that any EQC customer who wants their engineering should just call 0800DAMAGE and request a copy. This is not an OIA request so you are entitled …

Quake tips from Christchurch residents

Quake tips from Christchurch residents

Monday, 22 July 2013 8:25 p.m. by Media3News

The people of Christchurch give advice to Wellington after yesterday's 6.5 quake.

Get to know your neighbours – CCC is paying

Get to know your neighbours – CCC is paying

Monday, 22 July 2013 8:12 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

If you are planning a spring fling in your neighbourhood after the brouhaha of the local elections has died down, the city council has a small subsidy available through the local community board for your street party. As long as …

Free soup and movie lunch

Free soup and movie lunch

Monday, 22 July 2013 7:47 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Location: St Albans United Church, Corner of Nancy Avenue and Knowles Street Time: August 8 12-2pm Description: The St Francis of Assisi Parish Mairehau holds free soup and movie lunches, once a month during the winter. This is a time …

Justice precinct contractors sought

Justice precinct contractors sought

Monday, 22 July 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

An updated timeframe for Christchurch's justice and emergency services precinct shows the likely $100 million-plus project starting next February and taking three years to complete.

Christchurch lures migrants as rebuild opportunities grow

Christchurch lures migrants as rebuild opportunities grow

Monday, 22 July 2013 4:48 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

The growing Christchurch rebuild is proving attractive to migrants, with new records being set for the number of people moving to the city from overseas.