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Officer defends moving USAR teams off CTV site

Officer defends moving USAR teams off CTV site

Monday, 5 November 2012 1:11 p.m. by Media3News Popular

A USAR officer at the CTV collapse has defended his decision to send search and rescue teams elsewhere.

Central New Brighton School - Toni Burnside

Central New Brighton School - Toni Burnside

Monday, 5 November 2012 11:26 a.m. by ChristchurchVoices Popular

$70m precinct up for consideration

$70m precinct up for consideration

Monday, 5 November 2012 11:18 a.m. by MediaThePress

Plans for a $70 million-plus precinct on a one-hectare site in Christchurch's City Mall go up for consideration this afternoon.

Rebuild training for redundant miners

Rebuild training for redundant miners

Monday, 5 November 2012 11:05 a.m. by MediaThePress

Up to 50 workers made redundant from a West Coast coalmine have started retraining to become involved in the Christchurch rebuild.

Calming coats for distressed dogs

Calming coats for distressed dogs

Monday, 5 November 2012 8:11 a.m. by MediaStuff

Two Christchurch women have developed a coat to help calm Canterbury's distressed dogs.

Support grows for centre of diversity

Support grows for centre of diversity

Monday, 5 November 2012 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

A proposed international hub aggregating ethnic businesses in one area in Christchurch's new central business district could well be the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Support grows for ethnic hub

Support grows for ethnic hub

Monday, 5 November 2012 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A proposed international hub aggregating ethnic businesses in one area in Christchurch's new central business district could well be the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Archbishop of Canterbury at Holy Trinity Avonside

Archbishop of Canterbury at Holy Trinity Avonside

Sunday, 4 November 2012 10:48 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

 

Pre 1976 units face uncertain future

Pre 1976 units face uncertain future

Sunday, 4 November 2012 10:37 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Apartments and other multiple unit buildings built before 1976 may face higher insurance costs, costly upgrades and possibly demolition as local councils attempt to make buildings more earthquake resilient (building code compliant). 

Red zone like Beirut – Archbishop

Red zone like Beirut – Archbishop

Sunday, 4 November 2012 4:30 p.m. by Media3News

The head of the Anglican church has seen firsthand the state of Christchurch’s quake-damaged Anglican cathedral.

THE CONCERT SKINNY SLIDE SHOW, thanks to Nick Gee

THE CONCERT SKINNY SLIDE SHOW, thanks to Nick Gee

Sunday, 4 November 2012 3:23 p.m. by TheConcert Popular

Despite the cold weather, thousands swarmed to AMI Stadium to party at The Concert. 

Archbishop of Canterbury stunned by Christchurch damage

Archbishop of Canterbury stunned by Christchurch damage

Sunday, 4 November 2012 3:15 p.m. by MediaHerald

The Archbishop of Canterbury says he is stunned by the scale of damage from the Christchurch earthquakes.Dr Rowan Williams is in the city as part of his New Zealand tour which finishes in Auckland tomorrow.Speaking after a bus...

Archbishop tours Red Zone

Archbishop tours Red Zone

Sunday, 4 November 2012 1:55 p.m. by MediaStuff

The leader of the Anglican Church has distanced himself from the debate over the future of the Christ Church Cathedral.

Quake doco wins award

Quake doco wins award

Sunday, 4 November 2012 1:18 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Gerard Smyth and others who worked on the feature film When A City Falls has won several awards in the TV awards ceremony held on Saturday evening.

Archbishop tours red zone

Archbishop tours red zone

Sunday, 4 November 2012 12:25 p.m. by Media3News

The head of the Anglican church is taking a tour of Christchurch's devastated red zone today during a two-day visit to the city.

Urban rescue changes after CTV operation

Urban rescue changes after CTV operation

Saturday, 3 November 2012 7:29 a.m. by Media3News Popular

Changes have been made to the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) chain of command since the Canterbury Television rescue operation.

Homes on TC3 land selling

Homes on TC3 land selling

Friday, 2 November 2012 11:10 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

 

Red Cross website aids Canterbury youth

Red Cross website aids Canterbury youth

Friday, 2 November 2012 10:54 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

 

Shock as council closes up centre

Shock as council closes up centre

Friday, 2 November 2012 8:56 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Hei Hei Community Centre will close after the building was found to meet only 18 per cent of the new building standard.

CTV building collapse scene chaotic - USAR officer

CTV building collapse scene 'chaotic' - USAR officer

Friday, 2 November 2012 6:42 p.m. by Media3News

The first Urban Search and Rescue officer on the scene at the CTV building collapse says it was chaotic.

Day 617 - Saffron + Andrew + Todd +Trudi

Day 617 - Saffron + Andrew + Todd +Trudi

Friday, 2 November 2012 6:25 p.m. by addingtonaction Popular

Saffron, Andrew, Todd and Trudi spent the day painting as part of the regular Addington Action work crew. They came as part of a regular volunteer commitment from Holcim Head Office based in Addington.

Lyttelton Tunnel building to be bowled

Lyttelton Tunnel building to be bowled

Friday, 2 November 2012 5:04 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

 

Wellness Workshops

Wellness Workshops

Friday, 2 November 2012 4:46 p.m. by AnxietySupport

Wellness Workshops are an opportunity for you to try out different ways of managing your wellness.  There are many ways in which people gain benefits for their mental and physical wellbeing. Workshops are one off sessions for you to come along and give something a go. TAI CHI , November 20th If you’re looking for...

Announcing…The Concert After Party!

Announcing…The Concert After Party!

Friday, 2 November 2012 4:30 p.m. by TheConcert

 

CTV disaster: No country could have coped - expert

CTV disaster: No country could have coped - expert

Friday, 2 November 2012 4:08 p.m. by MediaHerald

No country in the world would have had the rescue resources to immediately cope with the CTV Building disaster, an expert told an inquest today.The total collapse of the six-storey Christchurch office block in last year's killer...

CTV: Emotional u-turn failed to pay off

CTV: Emotional u-turn failed to pay off

Friday, 2 November 2012 4:08 p.m. by MediaHerald

Search and rescue bosses ordered crack rescue units to stop scouring the collapsed CTV Building's rubble for survivors within 24 hours of it coming down in the February 22 earthquake.But after making the "emotionally fraught" decision...

Part of Purchas Street closed

Part of Purchas Street closed

Friday, 2 November 2012 3:05 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The section of Purchas Street between Geraldine and Barbadoes Street will be closed to traffic for four or five weeks from November 5 while SCIRT fix the pipes. Detours will be required. The intersections to those streets will also be …

Work on Huggins Place

Work on Huggins Place

Friday, 2 November 2012 2:54 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Work begins on wastewater pipeline and lateral replacement in Huggins Place on Monday, beginning from the Hills Road entrance and finishing at the end of the cul de sac. Daytime access to the street will be limited for six weeks …

CTV incredibly complex

CTV 'incredibly complex'

Friday, 2 November 2012 2:45 p.m. by MediaStuff

New Zealand's entire urban search and rescue taskforce may not have been big enough to deal with the devastation at the collapsed Canterbury Television building, an inquest has heard.

Sleep Disorders Overview

Sleep Disorders Overview

Friday, 2 November 2012 2:10 p.m. by AnxietySupport

Common sleep disorders: signs and treatments. Click the image below to watch this video.

Quake-prone Hei Hei centre shut

Quake-prone Hei Hei centre shut

Friday, 2 November 2012 1:37 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Hei Hei Community Centre will close after the building was found to meet only 18 per cent of the new building standard.

Quake-prone Hei Hei centre to shut

Quake-prone Hei Hei centre to shut

Friday, 2 November 2012 12:37 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Hei Hei Community Centre will close after the building was found to meet only 18 per cent of the new building standard.

Confusion over CTV rescuers role

Confusion over CTV rescuer's role

Friday, 2 November 2012 11:50 a.m. by Media3News

David Berry was at the site as an USAR officer - not a firefighter - and says it was up to the fire service to be in charge.

Liquefaction did more damage than shaking: study

Liquefaction did more damage than shaking: study

Friday, 2 November 2012 11:45 a.m. by MediaHerald

Liquefaction did more damage to underground pipes than ground movement in the Christchurch earthquakes, a University of Canterbury study has found.In a year-long study of wastewater pipes in the city, third-year civil engineering...

CTV site was chaos after collapse, inquest told

CTV site was 'chaos' after collapse, inquest told

Friday, 2 November 2012 11:40 a.m. by MediaHerald

Health and safety was non-existent in the immediate aftermath of the CTV Building rescue mission, with firefighters being held by their ankles as they buried into makeshift tunnels to pull out survivors and corpses.A coroner's inquest...

Breathe your stress away and enjoy a better quality of life!

Breathe your stress away and enjoy a better quality of life!

Friday, 2 November 2012 11:29 a.m. by AnxietySupport

The Art of Living Foundation is offering two more FREE De-Stress courses during November: 8 – 11 November and 22 – 25 November Thurs & Fri – 6:30pm – 8:45 pm  Sat & Sun 10am – 2:45 pm Benefits: Increased personal power Tension-free body Anxiety-free mind Emotional stability Heightened mental clarity Increased energy levels A...

CTV rescue chaotic

CTV rescue 'chaotic'

Friday, 2 November 2012 11:09 a.m. by MediaStuff

An urban search and rescue member who took part in the "chaotic" rescue efforts at the collapsed Canterbury Television building says a senior Fire Service representative should have been in charge of the entire site.

Air NZ offers free seats to Christchurch

Air NZ offers free seats to Christchurch

Friday, 2 November 2012 10:59 a.m. by Media3News

Air NZis offering 1500 free seats on flights to and from Christchurch from 16 New Zealand destinations.

Plan to train 900 in trades for Christchurch rebuild

Plan to train 900 in trades for Christchurch rebuild

Friday, 2 November 2012 9:51 a.m. by MediaHerald

A plan to train hundreds of workers for the Christchurch rebuild is being described as extremely timely.900 tradespeople will be trained or up-skilled as part of a new government initiative.Bruce Kohn from the Building Industry...

Liquefaction more damaging to pipes - study

Liquefaction more damaging to pipes - study

Friday, 2 November 2012 9:05 a.m. by MediaStuff

Liquefaction caused far more damage to underground pipes than ground movement in the Christchurch earthquakes, a study has found.

900 rebuild recruits to get $300 a week

900 rebuild recruits to get $300 a week

Friday, 2 November 2012 8:04 a.m. by MediaStuff

About 900 workers will be recruited over the next year through a new training and employment programme to help rebuild Christchurch.

Chchs 900 workers can be housed, says Brownlee

Chch's 900 workers can be housed, says Brownlee

Friday, 2 November 2012 7:52 a.m. by Media3News

The Govt doesn't think there will be a problem housing the 900 workers it is recruiting for the Christchurch rebuild.

HNZ meets quake repair target

HNZ meets quake repair target

Friday, 2 November 2012 5:29 a.m. by Media3News

Housing New Zealand has repaired 212 houses on time and on budget, Housing Minister Phil Heatley says.

We want city back, Parker tells the Govt

We want city back, Parker tells the Govt

Friday, 2 November 2012 12:13 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker wants to take control of the city centre back from Government.

Cranmer Courts owner relieved building gone

Cranmer Courts owner relieved building gone

Friday, 2 November 2012 12:13 a.m. by MediaStuff

People who took to the streets to protest against the demolition of the Cranmer Courts would have thought differently if they were inside the historic building when the September 2010 earthquake hit, says an apartment owner.

Ideas wanted for eastern Christchurch

Ideas wanted for eastern Christchurch

Thursday, 1 November 2012 10:07 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Share your ideas for the eastern suburbs in Christchurch and see what others have come up with. It’s a bit like the CCC share an idea consultation but this one is run by the community. Click here for Eastern Visions …

The IT Debacle

The IT Debacle

Thursday, 1 November 2012 9:39 p.m. by EQCTruths

Few things were as infuriating at EQC as the dreadful IT systems we used.  My contacts at several different departments reported entire days where dozens of people sat around doing nothing because the IT systems were inoperable and I witnessed the same on a couple of occasions.  Very often, people would spend a half hour [...]

The “Awaiting Policy Decision” Bureaucratic Black Hole

The “Awaiting Policy Decision” Bureaucratic Black Hole

Thursday, 1 November 2012 9:19 p.m. by EQCTruths

In George Orwell’s 1984, the tyrannical government of Oceania devised a slogan of “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength”!  Likewise, EQC has formulated what it euphemistically terms the “Awaiting Policy Decision” Queues.

Introduction Post

Introduction Post

Thursday, 1 November 2012 8:41 p.m. by EQCTruths

I formerly worked at The Earthquake Commissioned playing my small part trying to help the good people of Christchurch recover from the devastating earthquakes.  At one time, I felt my work had meaning.  In many instances, I helped distressed people in genuinely dire situations obtain relief.    However, I ultimately left EQC because the stultifying [...]

Housing NZ hits Christchurch repair target

Housing NZ hits Christchurch repair target

Thursday, 1 November 2012 7:59 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Phil Heatley | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Red Cross - Hurricane Sandy appeal

Red Cross - Hurricane Sandy appeal

Thursday, 1 November 2012 7:47 p.m. by avonsidechch

The New Zealand Red Cross is appealing for donations to help those throughout the Caribbean, United States and Canada who have been affected by the hurricane and need relief and recovery assistance. Click here for the Red Cross site. .

900 news jobs for Christchurch rebuild

900 news jobs for Christchurch rebuild

Thursday, 1 November 2012 6:36 p.m. by Media3News

The Government has guaranteed 900 new jobs by next year to help with the Christchurch rebuild.

900 new jobs for Christchurch rebuild

900 new jobs for Christchurch rebuild

Thursday, 1 November 2012 6:36 p.m. by Media3News

The Government has guaranteed 900 new jobs by next year to help with the Christchurch rebuild.

Machines needed in CTV rescue - demolition expert

Machines needed in CTV rescue - demolition expert

Thursday, 1 November 2012 6:24 p.m. by Media3News

A demolition expert at the CTV building collapse has criticised the use of a human chain to remove rubble as a waste of time.

Disaster Response and the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Disaster Response and the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Thursday, 1 November 2012 4:52 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Location: PC Browne Room,upstairs in the Horticultural Hall, Hagley Park Time: November 27 at 05:00pm Description: The Department of Public Health and General Practice of the University of Otago is hosting a seminar with Dr Alistair Humphrey, Medical Officer of …

CTV inquest: There were some horrible sights

CTV inquest: 'There were some horrible sights'

Thursday, 1 November 2012 4:47 p.m. by MediaHerald

A demolition contractor told the inquest into the CTV deaths this afternoon that he was frustrated at the efforts of untrained rescuers.The Coroner's inquest is investigating the deaths of victims of the CTV building collapse in...

Notes from last forum are out

Notes from last forum are out

Thursday, 1 November 2012 3:21 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

Engineer got fed up of waiting to help at CTV

Engineer 'got fed up' of waiting to help at CTV

Thursday, 1 November 2012 2:20 p.m. by MediaStuff

Red tape meant an engineer with vital rescue equipment had to wait two hours before being deployed to the Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapse, an inquest has heard.