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Rescue group wants to buy Christchurchs McLeans Mansion for $1

Rescue group wants to buy Christchurch's McLean's Mansion for $1

Sunday, 13 August 2017 3:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

The trust formed to rescue McLean's Mansion in central Christchurch wants to buy it for $1.

Ngai Tahus new $85m Christchurch office complex will strengthen citys mana

Ngai Tahu's new $85m Christchurch office complex will 'strengthen city's mana'

Thursday, 10 August 2017 6:36 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Ngai Tahu Property's new $85 million Christchurch office development has officially opened, four months after the first tenants moved in.

Roger Sutton in charge of first district energy scheme in Christchurch rebuild

Roger Sutton in charge of first district energy scheme in Christchurch rebuild

Thursday, 10 August 2017 6:15 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's post-quake ambition was to create a super efficient district energy scheme for the CBD, but it went nowhere.

New $85m office complex strengthens Ngai Tahu mana in city - iwi

New $85m office complex strengthens Ngai Tahu mana in city - iwi

Thursday, 10 August 2017 4:14 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Ngai Tahu Property's flash new central Christchurch office buildings are the most energy efficient of the rebuild, Roger Sutton says.

Christchurchs $240 million convention centre set to be complete by early 2020

Christchurch's $240 million convention centre set to be complete by early 2020

Thursday, 10 August 2017 2:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's $240 million convention centre will be complete by the first quarter of 2020, the Government has announced.

New Brighton Pier to close to the public for repairs, concerning local businesses

New Brighton Pier to close to the public for repairs, concerning local businesses

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 3:36 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Businesses in a seaside Christchurch suburb are worried about what will happen when a local attraction closes for repairs.

Horseshoe Lake and the other Christchurch unsung heroes of draining a flat city

Horseshoe Lake and the other Christchurch unsung heroes of draining a flat city

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

OPINION: Don't assume the languid shallow waters of Waikakariki or Horseshoe Lake make this an insignificant backwater. Technically an abandoned former meander of the Avon River, it is in fact a wahi taonga, a site treasured by local Maori, and is critical to the drainage of north west Christchurch.

Complexity and difficulty of justice precinct not understood - Fletcher

'Complexity and difficulty' of justice precinct not understood - Fletcher

Tuesday, 8 August 2017 4:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Building has apologised for missing multiple deadlines in a series of letters to the Ministry of Justice.

No Christchurch Town Hall shows until 2019 as construction challenges push out completion date

No Christchurch Town Hall shows until 2019 as construction 'challenges' push out completion date

Monday, 7 August 2017 7:33 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Construction delays mean the Christchurch Town Hall is unlikely to hold events until 2019.

Moving on from the almighty car: A change up for Christchurchs transport mix

Moving on from the almighty car: A change up for Christchurch's transport mix

Saturday, 5 August 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

In car-centric Christchurch, it still feels a brave call. Charlotte Bebbington​ and Ken Ching have opened a shop in the central city selling chic urban commuter bikes.

Christchurch heritage vicarage buyers seek council grant

Christchurch heritage vicarage buyers seek council grant

Friday, 4 August 2017 4:47 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch couple who have bought a historic vicarage say they need ratepayers' help to restore it.

No beneficiary found for tiny piece of central Christchurch land ownerless for 120 years

No beneficiary found for tiny piece of central Christchurch land ownerless for 120 years

Friday, 4 August 2017 3:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has claimed a piece of land that belonged to Christchurch's first mayor after efforts to find an heir failed.

Otakaro yet to divest ownership of completed anchor projects

Otakaro yet to divest ownership of completed anchor projects

Thursday, 3 August 2017 7:31 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Crown company Otakaro Limited is still maintaining property it was supposed to hand over to permanent owners months ago.

Christchurch unit owner says quake claim cost her job, health, relationship

Christchurch unit owner says quake claim cost her job, health, relationship

Thursday, 3 August 2017 4:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Unit owner Maria Hayward says the earthquake claim process for people like her has dragged on for years too long.

Multi-fault earthquakes – the new normal?

Multi-fault earthquakes – the new normal?

Thursday, 3 August 2017 2:52 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Editorial: Scrap over costs for Christ Church Cathedral spills into General Election

Editorial: Scrap over costs for Christ Church Cathedral spills into General Election

Thursday, 3 August 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Given this week's Labour Party's leadership ructions, all eyes nationally are now on campaigning for September 23's General Election, just 51 days away.

Former bankrupt fined for dumping demo waste starts quake assessment firm

Former bankrupt fined for dumping demo waste starts quake assessment firm

Wednesday, 2 August 2017 7:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

A former bankrupt once fined for illegally dumping demolition waste is pitching earthquake assessment services to Kaikoura residents.

Southshore residents feel let down by insufficient flood mitigation work

Southshore residents feel let down by 'insufficient' flood mitigation work

Wednesday, 2 August 2017 7:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southshore residents feel "abandoned" by the Christchurch City Council after multiple floods, but little action to permanently protect them from seawater inundation.

Over $20 billion worth of construction in Canterbury since quakes

Over $20 billion worth of construction in Canterbury since quakes

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 7:22 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

More than $20 billion has been spent on building in Canterbury since the earthquakes and the rebuild is still to peak.

More than $20 billion worth of construction in Canterbury since quakes

More than $20 billion worth of construction in Canterbury since quakes

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 7:22 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

More than $20 billion has been spent on building in Canterbury since the earthquakes and the rebuild is still to peak.

Quake Outcasts decision: Unlawful for Govt to discriminate in red zone buyout

Quake Outcasts decision: 'Unlawful' for Govt to discriminate in red zone buyout

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 5:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee made an "unlawful" decision to discriminate against uninsured homes in the red zone buy-out.

Govts second red zone offer unlawful, appeal court rules

Govt's second 'red zone' offer unlawful, appeal court rules

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 12:54 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

The government's second offer to owners of uninsured property and bare land in Christchurch's 'red zone' was also unlawful, the Court of Appeal has ruled, although it wants to chew over more information before determining how to remedy...

Get the scoop in St Albans News for August/September 2017

Get the scoop in St Albans News for August/September 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 10:33 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Edgeware is getting a new cafe and bakery. It’s called the Edge and you can find it in the old Mitre 10 building sometime in Spring, right next to the Supervalue supermarket. The new cycleway may not be finished but …

Christchurch city leaders discuss importance of public consultation in rebuild

Christchurch city leaders discuss importance of public consultation in rebuild

Monday, 31 July 2017 7:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch leaders say public input is key to a successful city rebuild.

Christchurch businesses hit by roadworks unlikely to get financial help

Christchurch businesses hit by roadworks unlikely to get financial help

Monday, 31 July 2017 5:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch businesses hit by roadworks are unlikely to receive financial compensation, the city council says.

Kiwi contribution to tall timber buildings

Kiwi contribution to tall timber buildings

Monday, 31 July 2017 12:59 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Changes proposed to bring life to the Square

Changes proposed to bring life to the Square

Monday, 31 July 2017 12:25 p.m. by Regenerate Featured Popular

A draft concept to bring more life to Cathedral Square and the surrounding area proposes reshaping the Square to create three lively gathering places, each with their own character and purpose, within a greener setting.

Christchurch Dilemmas: Cathedral Gardens for a new-look Cathedral Square

Christchurch Dilemmas: 'Cathedral Gardens' for a new-look Cathedral Square

Monday, 31 July 2017 12:00 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Fancy a picnic in Cathedral Square? On a lawn, by a stream, near wetlands with native vegetation and birdlife?

Dramatic changes unveiled will reshape Christchurchs Cathedral Square

Dramatic changes unveiled will reshape Christchurch's Cathedral Square

Monday, 31 July 2017 12:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Dramatic changes reshaping Christchurch's Cathedral Square to attract people and events have been unveiled for public consultation.

Councillor rips Christchurch economic strategy, but most happy with refresh

Councillor rips Christchurch economic strategy, but most happy with refresh

Sunday, 30 July 2017 6:28 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch has a new economic development strategy, but it has attracted strong criticism from a city councillor who says it does not prioritise the importance of the environment.

Bells ring in more than 150 church restorations as Kaiapois St Bartholomews Church reopens

Bells ring in more than 150 church restorations as Kaiapoi's St Bartholomew's Church reopens

Sunday, 30 July 2017 4:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Restoring Canterbury's oldest church has reinforced that the Anglican Diocese appreciates history but its members are "not museum curators", Bishop Victoria Matthews said.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority missed opportunities - Government report

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority 'missed opportunities' - Government report

Sunday, 30 July 2017 10:53 a.m. by MediaThePress

A new Government report says authorities made mistakes and missed opportunities that led to inefficiencies and bad public perception of the post-earthquake Canterbury recovery.

More new fashion tenants announced for Christchurchs retail precinct

More new fashion tenants announced for Christchurch's retail precinct

Friday, 28 July 2017 3:32 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Three more international fashion stores have signed up for the new central Christchurch retail precinct.

Three young entrepreneurs are helping to shape Christchurchs new hospo scene

Three young entrepreneurs are helping to shape Christchurch's new hospo scene

Friday, 28 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

"Dreamt big, dreaming bigger" was the tagline Nick Inkster tapped out in 2014 to go with a photo of the penthouse apartment he had just acquired in Perth.

Court Theatre will fundraise for new city Christchurch building, chief exec says

Court Theatre will fundraise for new city Christchurch building, chief exec says

Friday, 28 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Court Theatre will raise money to fill the funding gap on a proposed new building in Christchurch's city centre, the company's chief executive says.

Southshore residents express anger at Christchurch City Council over flooding

Southshore residents express anger at Christchurch City Council over flooding

Thursday, 27 July 2017 8:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Nearly 350 Southshore residents have signed a petition to the Christchurch City Council expressing "anger and disappointment at the late and inadequate response" to flood risk in their suburb.

Development costs means Christchurchs Cranford Basin houses will not be cheap

Development costs means Christchurch's Cranford Basin houses will not be cheap

Thursday, 27 July 2017 7:34 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

High development costs mean houses in the proposed Cranford Basin development will not be cheap, the Christchurch City Council says.

Fletcher bearing costs of Christchurch justice precinct delays

Fletcher bearing costs of Christchurch justice precinct delays

Thursday, 27 July 2017 5:01 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Delays to the construction of Christchurch's justice and emergency services precinct will not cost the Government any more money, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams says.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel wants warts and all earthquake recovery symposium

Mayor Lianne Dalziel wants warts and all earthquake recovery symposium

Thursday, 27 July 2017 10:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel raised concerns a canned major earthquake conference focused only on things that went right.

New look expected to be unveiled for Christchurchs Cathedral Square

New look expected to be unveiled for Christchurch's Cathedral Square

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 7:14 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Bold ideas for a new-look Cathedral Square in central Christchurch are expected to be unveiled next week.

Replacement earthquake symposium will explore the reality of Christchurchs recovery

Replacement earthquake symposium will explore the reality of Christchurch's recovery

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 6:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she was concerned about the agenda for the cancelled 2017 earthquake symposium.

Christchurch architecture has lost its way and its artistic inspirations

Christchurch architecture has lost its way and its artistic inspirations

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:12 a.m. by MediaThePress

Why is visiting the central city and seeing its newly built and refurbished offices, hotels and shopping complexes such a dreary experience?

Opinion: Christchurch architecture has lost its way and its artistic inspirations

Opinion: Christchurch architecture has lost its way and its artistic inspirations

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:12 a.m. by MediaThePress

Why is visiting the central city and seeing its newly built and refurbished offices, hotels and shopping complexes such a dreary experience?

Ballantynes to shift departments to make way for construction

Ballantynes to shift departments to make way for construction

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Ballantynes department store is about to move some of its departments into new premises while part of its main store is rebuilt.

Residents say Christchurch City Council failed to protect Southshore from floods

Residents say Christchurch City Council failed to protect Southshore from floods

Monday, 24 July 2017 8:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southshore residents are angry that a lack of flood protection allowed homes in their seaside Christchurch suburb to flood in last week's storm.

Fletchers problems highlight constructions age-old strains

Fletcher's problems highlight construction's age-old strains

Monday, 24 July 2017 5:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Justice Ministry's new precinct in Christchurch will probably cost about $130 million to $140m more than expected to complete, JB Were analyst Ricky Ward estimates.

Historic Wood Brothers Mill getting multimillion-dollar revamp

Historic Wood Brothers Mill getting multimillion-dollar revamp

Sunday, 23 July 2017 9:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

Work has started on a multimillion-dollar redevelopment of one of Christchurch's last great industrial buildings.

Wilson Parking and the millions spent on parking misery

Wilson Parking and the millions spent on parking misery

Saturday, 22 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Saturday morning netball dads â€“ and mums â€“ have a car parking routine. First you try to grab one of the free parks on the streets adjacent to the Christchurch Netball Centre at South Hagley Park but good luck with that. These days you are also competing with displaced hospital traffic.

Fletcher gives Christchurch mayor east frame assurances after profit downgrade

Fletcher gives Christchurch mayor east frame assurances after profit downgrade

Friday, 21 July 2017 10:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Building says Christchurch's east frame anchor housing project won't be affected by the company's profit downgrade and the departure of chief executive Mark Adamson.

Construction starts on new Ngaio Marsh Theatre, University of Canterbury Students Association building

Construction starts on new Ngaio Marsh Theatre, University of Canterbury Students' Association building

Friday, 21 July 2017 5:43 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's new Ngaio Marsh Theatre is a step closer as construction starts on a $28 million students' association building.

Landscaping expert encourages mix of natural and urban design in flood-prone areas

Landscaping expert encourages mix of natural and urban design in flood-prone areas

Friday, 21 July 2017 10:41 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A visiting expert on landscaping flood-prone city zones recommends Christchurch use natural barriers and water-based construction to deal with rising sea levels.

EQC update on Edgecumbe response

EQC update on Edgecumbe response

Thursday, 20 July 2017 5:04 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Christchurch east frame public space to open early 2018, but where are the houses?

Christchurch east frame public space to open early 2018, but where are the houses?

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 7:36 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's $30 million east frame public space is to open early next year, but it is unlikely it will be surrounded by houses as per the plan..

Performing arts precinct steering group favoured seed money option for Court Theatre

Performing arts precinct steering group favoured 'seed money' option for Court Theatre

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 5:42 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Court Theatre should only get "seed money" for a new $45 million central Christchurch building and fundraise for the rest, the steering group for the project advised.

City council turning attention to residential eyesores in Christchurch

City council turning attention to residential eyesores in Christchurch

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Encouraged by progress on its "dirty 30" list of derelict commercial buildings, the Christchurch City Council is going after residential landlords it believes are holding up the city's rebuild.

High-end fashion boutiques World and Plume to open stores in Christchurchs McKenzie and Willis precinct by Christmas

High-end fashion boutiques World and Plume to open stores in Christchurch's McKenzie and Willis precinct by Christmas

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 6:22 a.m. by MediaThePress

Two fashion boutiques who lost their premises in Christchurch's High St in the earthquakes are reopening in the central city.