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Project detail promised

Project detail promised

Friday, 25 January 2013 12:32 a.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has promised more information on central Christchurch project timelines after businesses and leasing agents expressed frustration at slow progress.

Rebuild buy-ups at 1 per cent

Rebuild buy-ups at 1 per cent

Friday, 25 January 2013 12:32 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has reached agreements with owners on fewer than 5 per cent of properties needed for the redesign of central Christchurch and bought just 1 per cent, but believes it is making progress.

Fast-track consenting for new premises

Fast-track consenting for new premises

Friday, 25 January 2013 12:32 a.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has promised more information on central Christchurch project timelines after businesses and leasing agents expressed frustration at slow progress.

Cathedrals debate reaches Vatican City

Cathedrals debate reaches Vatican City

Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:56 p.m. by MediaStuff

The debate over the fate of Christchurch's two wounded cathedrals has reached Vatican City.

I told you so, says Brownlee on rockfall

I told you so, says Brownlee on rockfall

Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:56 p.m. by MediaStuff

A 40-tonne boulder has been turned into a political football after it smashed into an unoccupied house in Christchurch's Port Hills.

Creative energy humming at Artbox

Creative energy humming at Artbox

Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:04 p.m. by ArtBox

We have electricity!! Well, almost – we now have power connected to the site, and we’re in the process of getti [...]

The Boom is about to Begin: the Perpetual Rebuild

The Boom is about to Begin: the Perpetual Rebuild

Thursday, 24 January 2013 9:55 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

I read in the paper yet again this week that the Canterbury Rebuild is said to accelerate, the boom is about to begin. Which boom? The Central City building boom or is there going to be a serious effort to …

Day 701 - Rolleston to get co-op

Day 701 - Rolleston to get co-op

Thursday, 24 January 2013 8:41 p.m. by addingtonaction

At yesterday's very successful meeting to extend the co-op to Reformed Church of Hornby, 3 people from Rolleston attended and offered to help organise and provide a venue for the co-op in Rolleston.


And there are 3 existing members in Rolleston who get the fruit & veggies from Parker St so that makes 6 people to get it going.

A public meeting is planned for March in Rolleston to launch the co-op.


Co-op inquiries Adrienne Bragth
Wednesdays
Open to anyone

Govt shows sympathy for quake-affected businesses

Govt shows sympathy for quake-affected businesses

Thursday, 24 January 2013 5:43 p.m. by MediaHerald

The Government says it has "sympathy" with frustrated Christchurch businesspeople anxious to return to their earthquake-devastated central business district almost two years after they were forced out.The CBD has been red-zoned...

Danger still evident in Port Hills

Danger still evident in Port Hills

Thursday, 24 January 2013 4:52 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Flat business tax floated to aid Canterbury

Flat business tax floated to aid Canterbury

Thursday, 24 January 2013 3:58 p.m. by MediaStuff

A flat business tax rate of 10 per cent could help Christchurch flourish and speed up the city's recovery, business commentator Sam Stanley says.

Artist says goodbye to condemned building

Artist says goodbye to condemned building

Thursday, 24 January 2013 3:50 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Christchurch artist has created "a personal goodbye" to a condemned building and a reflection on the changing city.

Christchurch CBD progress encouraging

Christchurch CBD progress encouraging

Thursday, 24 January 2013 1:52 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Car theft arrests made in Christchurch

Car theft arrests made in Christchurch

Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:20 a.m. by Media3News

Three people were arrested for motor vehicle theft overnight and will appear in Christchurch District Court today.

Van-sized rock hits red-zoned Christchurch home

Van-sized rock hits red-zoned Christchurch home

Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:18 a.m. by Media3News

A red zoned property in Christchurch has been cordoned off after a hillside rock the size of a van smashed into a house.

Last chance to have a say on transport in central Christchurch

Last chance to have a say on transport in central Christchurch

Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:12 a.m. by GovtCCDU Recommended Popular

Greater Christchurch residents are being urged to have their say on the An Accessible City draft document on transport in central Christchurch before the public consultation phase comes to an end.

Van-sized boulder hits home

Van-sized boulder hits home

Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:03 a.m. by MediaStuff

A boulder the size of van has smashed through the deck into the poles supporting a red-stickered hillside Sumner house.

Van-sized boulder overhangs home

Van-sized boulder overhangs home

Thursday, 24 January 2013 10:37 a.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch police cordoned off a Sumner property last night after a rockfall left a boulder the size of a van unstable on a hillside.

Understanding what happened to AMI…

Understanding what happened to AMI…

Thursday, 24 January 2013 9:25 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

AMI Insurance (AMI) had 1.2055 million policies as of June 30, 2011,  representing NZD 25.4 million (investment income) in profit and assets of  NZD 2.3 billion (2011). 

Early versions of EQC’s website

Early versions of EQC’s website

Thursday, 24 January 2013 7:50 a.m. by avonsidechch

In the previous post  was mentioned as a place to find early versions of EQC’s website information.

Call for Christchurch flat tax to help rebuild

Call for Christchurch flat tax to help rebuild

Thursday, 24 January 2013 7:42 a.m. by Media3News Popular

A leading economist has called for a flat tax in the Canterbury area to attract businesses and assist with the rebuild.

Delays make firms wary of centre

Delays make firms wary of centre

Thursday, 24 January 2013 7:07 a.m. by MediaStuff

Time could be running out to attract businesses back to central Christchurch as frustration builds over a lack of progress.

EQC’s original Claims Procedure Manual

EQC’s original Claims Procedure Manual

Thursday, 24 January 2013 6:20 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Thanks to the vigilance of blog reader Hugo a copy of part of the original EQC Claims Procedure Manual has been located. 

Delays make firms wary of centre

Delays make firms wary of centre

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

Time could be running out to attract businesses back to central Christchurch as frustration builds over a lack of progress.

A glass walkway 4000 feet high at Tianmen Mountain, China

A glass walkway 4000 feet high at Tianmen Mountain, China

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:30 p.m. by CoastalPathway Popular

It’s not Coastal, but it is awesome.  

Government splits Christchurch rebuild contract

Government splits Christchurch rebuild contract

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 9:18 p.m. by Media3News

A $40 million Government deal to supply wallboard for the Christchurch rebuild is being used to inject competition into New Zealand's high-cost home building market.

Southern Response: House claims - out of scope FAQ

Southern Response: House claims - out of scope FAQ

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 9:15 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

NZ to benefit from $40m deal

NZ to benefit from $40m deal

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 9:14 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the introduction of a global building supplies giant to support the Christchurch rebuild, which could see long-term benefits for New Zealanders.

Harewood Community Centre building closes

Harewood Community Centre building closes

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 5:36 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch City Council is today closing the Harewood Community Centre building after receiving the results of a Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE) assessment.

Harewood Rd community centre closed

Harewood Rd community centre closed

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 3:50 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Christchurch City Council is closing the community centre building on Harewood Rd because of earthquake risk. 

Anxiety Cures: Some are Too Good To Be True…

Anxiety Cures: Some are Too Good To Be True…

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 3:18 p.m. by AnxietySupport

 

Expert questions lifted quake threshold

Expert questions lifted quake threshold

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 1:34 p.m. by MediaStuff

Lifting the earthquake prone building threshold from 33 to 67 per cent of new building standard is of questionable benefit, says a British risk management expert hired by the Government.

In the media: White Island volcanic activity concern

In the media: White Island volcanic activity concern

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 1:06 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

 

Govt contracts worth millions in pipeline

Govt contracts worth millions in pipeline

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 12:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

Government contracts for the rebuild of Halswell School and the building of Pegasus School, worth about $10m each, are in the pipeline.

In the media: Christchurch rebuild set to accelerate

In the media: Christchurch rebuild set to accelerate

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 12:15 p.m. by GovtEQC

Day 700 - meeting at Reformed Church of Hornby

Day 700 - meeting at Reformed Church of Hornby

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 12:01 p.m. by addingtonaction

There is a meeting today at 3pm at Hornby Reformed Church to establish another outlet for the Christchurch Fruit & Veggie Co-op in Hornby. Open to anyone in the area who would like to join. Will start distributing Wednesday 13 February when co-op starts again for 2013.


28 Shands Rd, Hornby
Co-op inquiries Louis Couperus 027-230-6137
Wednesdays 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Open to anyone

Christchurch recovery presents opportunities for Wellington

Christchurch recovery presents opportunities for Wellington

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 11:51 a.m. by MACRO

Tuesday, 22 January 2013, 1:12 pm Press Release: Grow Wellington EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY 21 JANUARY 2013 Christchurch recovery presents remarkable opportunities for Wellington businesses. ________________________________________ The Canterbury recovery and rebuild will pick up momentum in 2013. It is now broadly accepted that the impact of the recovery will boost the New Zealand economy for years [...]

On this day: Wairarapa earthquake 1855

On this day: Wairarapa earthquake 1855

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:51 a.m. by GovtEQC

 

Whats on this weekend - 26 & 27 Jan 2013

What's on this weekend - 26 & 27 Jan 2013

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:14 a.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

What's on this weekend?

Strong rise in spending as rebuild begins

Strong rise in spending as rebuild begins

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 9:03 a.m. by MediaThePress

Signs that rebuild benefits are flowing beyond the construction sector are emerging, according to an index of activity in Canterbury.

Govt rebuild contracts worth millions

Govt rebuild contracts worth millions

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Government contracts worth millions of dollars have been awarded already for earthquake recovery projects, with more up for grabs.

Christchurch retailers cool on parking cost rise

Christchurch retailers cool on parking cost rise

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Parking on central Christchurch's mostly empty streets is to get more expensive from Monday, leaving a major retailer and some motorists concerned.

End of era as bridges removed

End of era as bridges removed

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 9:19 p.m. by MediaStuff

An earthquake-damaged footbridge spanning the Avon River has been dismantled after nearly two years of being off-limits.

EQC updates

EQC updates

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 8:16 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

EQC have updated some of the information pages on their website. Click on the name to go to the page: 

Day 699 - gates up

Day 699 - gates up

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 7:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today the main gates for 124 Garlands Rd were hung with the aid of chain blocks, sash cramps and a very large railway crowbar.

The welded bits still need some paint prep and 2 coats of black gloss epoxy enamel.

Then there was a very helpful meeting with 4 bods from the City Council to look at the model of the proposed building and how to get it approved to be built ASAP. It is all looking very good. First step is applying for a PIM.

Marlborough forms links for rebuild

Marlborough forms links for rebuild

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:53 a.m. by MACRO

Marlborough has been quick to create opportunities to enable businesses to take part in the Christchurch rebuild, the man working to link the two areas says. Brendon Burns, a former Christchurch Central MP and former editor of the Marlborough Express now living in Blenheim, is working with the Marlborough District Council and Marlborough Chamber of [...]

Wellington businesses urged to look south

Wellington businesses urged to look south

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 6:22 a.m. by Media3News

Wellington businesses are being urged to look south as the Christchurch rebuild hits top gear.

The Strip site to host $30m precinct

The Strip site to host $30m precinct

Monday, 21 January 2013 11:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

A planned $30 million to $40m bar, restaurant and retail precinct in central Christchurch could be open by the latter half of next year.

My submission to Treasury as part of the review of the Earthquake Commission.

My submission to Treasury as part of the review of the Earthquake Commission.

Monday, 21 January 2013 9:56 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

As many of you will be aware the Earthquake Commission’s (EQC) funding and structure is to come under scrutiny in a government review of the legislation designed to provide a degree of public insurance and financial protection when natural disasters strike. Finance Minister Bill English and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced the review of the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 to be led by Treasury, with help from the Reserve Bank, EQC, Ministry of Business, Innovation ...

Day 698 - New base for Action group will give residents boost

Day 698 - New base for Action group will give residents boost

Monday, 21 January 2013 8:48 p.m. by addingtonaction



By Nick Tollerton
Christchurch Star January 21 2013.

Addington Action will be able to step up its work helping uninsured south Christchurch householders fix their homes when its new base in Garlands Rd opens in March.

The volunteer organisation, which has now spread its net to look after residents in the area from Hoon Hay to Waltham and Opawa, has been given a section by the city council for a peppercorn rental, and was finalising the design last week for a 300 sq m pol ...

Southern Response: customer meeting

Southern Response: customer meeting

Monday, 21 January 2013 8:21 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Day 698 - welded using a trailer as a workbench

Day 698 - welded using a trailer as a workbench

Monday, 21 January 2013 6:30 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today 2 gates for 124 Garlands Rd were welded up using the tandem trailer as a work bench. The crane for tipping the trailer was rejigged to turn the gates over.

A hired MIG welder did the job.

Christchurch mayors new idea for damaged cathedral

Christchurch mayor's new idea for damaged cathedral

Monday, 21 January 2013 5:13 p.m. by Media3News Popular

 

Demolition starts on community centre

Demolition starts on community centre

Monday, 21 January 2013 4:05 p.m. by MediaStuff

Work has begun on demolishing the South Brighton Community Centre in Beatty St.

Hope Bear … here until the end of January 2013

Hope Bear … here until the end of January 2013

Monday, 21 January 2013 2:03 p.m. by GapFiller

The Hope Bear is a 4.5m mural by local artist Tess Sheerin on the corner of Riccarton Rd and Rotheram Street.  It was created with the intention to help brighten up the city and inspire other people in Christchurch to make their mark.

Feb 26: Hope Bear

Feb 26: Hope Bear

Monday, 21 January 2013 2:03 p.m. by GapFiller

The Hope Bear was a 4.5m mural by local artist Tess Sheerin on the corner of Riccarton Rd and Rotheram Street.  It was created with the intention to help brighten up the city and inspire other people in Christchurch to make their mark. Below is the process video giving you an idea of how Tess [...]

Feb 26: Hope Bear … is here for only a little while longer

Feb 26: Hope Bear … is here for only a little while longer

Monday, 21 January 2013 2:03 p.m. by GapFiller

The Hope Bear is a 4.5m mural by local artist Tess Sheerin on the corner of Riccarton Rd and Rotheram Street.  It was created with the intention to help brighten up the city and inspire other people in Christchurch to make their mark. Below is the process video giving you an idea of how Tess [...]

South Brighton Community Centre demolition to begin

South Brighton Community Centre demolition to begin

Monday, 21 January 2013 2:03 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Demolition of the South Brighton Community Centre will begin today (Monday 21 January) and is expected to be completed early next month.

Arts Centre Bookshop hopeful

Arts Centre Bookshop hopeful

Monday, 21 January 2013 11:47 a.m. by MediaThePress

Arts Centre Bookshop owner Darryl Wells is feeling the loss of tourists to the city.