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Finance and expenditure committee rejects royal commission into defective earthquake repairs

Finance and expenditure committee rejects royal commission into defective earthquake repairs

Thursday, 16 March 2017 8:58 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Parliament's finance and expenditure select committee has rejected a petition seeking an royal commission into defective Earthquake Commission (EQC) repairs.

New owners have revamp plans for neglected central Christchurch building

New owners have revamp plans for neglected central Christchurch building

Thursday, 16 March 2017 7:44 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

After six years, a damaged and neglected building surrounded by new developments in central Christchurch has been sold.

High Street – Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD…

High Street – Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD…

Thursday, 16 March 2017 9:37 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

What’s New in Lower High Street: 6 years and 1 month after the 22nd February 2011 quake and still neither the Government or the Christchurch City Council have made any attempt to deal with building owners who refuse to repair/sell …

Editorial: Slow down in Christchurch CBD - and from rushing to judgment

Editorial: Slow down in Christchurch CBD - and from rushing to judgment

Thursday, 16 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: As anyone who has been in Christchurch's CBD recently knows all too well, it takes time and patience to get where you want to go.

City council puts Canterbury Provincial Chambers tenders on hold, says other projects are higher priorities

City council puts Canterbury Provincial Chambers tenders on hold, says other projects are 'higher priorities'

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 9:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tenders for the multimillion-dollar Canterbury Provincial Chambers restoration are on hold, with the city council saying other projects are "higher priorities".

Christ Church Cathedral decision imminent, but could change in an instant

Christ Church Cathedral decision imminent, but 'could change in an instant'

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Anglican Church Property Trustees (CPT) are meeting this week to consider a deal with the Government to restore the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch cathedral.

ChristChurch Cathedral decision imminent, but could change in an instant

ChristChurch Cathedral decision imminent, but 'could change in an instant'

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 6:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Anglican Church Property Trustees (CPT) are meeting this week to consider a deal with the Government to restore the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch cathedral.

It’s time to say good bye …

It’s time to say good bye …

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 1:12 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Anger at An Accessible City central Christchurch traffic plan

Anger at 'An Accessible City' central Christchurch traffic plan

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 9:11 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Central Christchurch business leaders and property owners are threatening legal action if an inner city traffic redesign is not stopped.

Actual floor area v Insured floor area

Actual floor area v Insured floor area

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:05 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

In Myall v Tower Insurance Ltd [2016] NZHC 251 the High Court (Dunningham J) considered Tower’s obligations under the insurance policy where the actual floor area was 799m2, but the owner had insured the house for only 650m2.  The number of rooms and amenities were not specified on the insurance policy schedule which only referred to the insured house being a house built in 1885  with an area of 650m2.  There were 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Tower calculated the premiums based on 650m2.  T ...

Learning from recent earthquakes

Learning from recent earthquakes

Monday, 13 March 2017 9:52 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

Animals and natural disasters - Learning from recent earthquakes

Lyttelton Library and Customer Services reopen

Lyttelton Library and Customer Services reopen

Monday, 13 March 2017 9:51 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

The Lyttelton community is welcoming two popular Christchurch City Council facilities coming under one roof, with the grand opening of the Lyttelton Library and Customer Services.

​EQC claim information following March 2017 floods

​EQC claim information following March 2017 floods

Monday, 13 March 2017 5:08 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

​EQC claim information following North Island floods

​EQC claim information following North Island floods

Monday, 13 March 2017 5:08 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Two thirds of Otakaro employees earn more than $100,000 a year

Two thirds of Otakaro employees earn more than $100,000 a year

Monday, 13 March 2017 4:44 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Otakaro has defended its spending on salaries and travel in its first year of operation.

Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club prepares to build a new home

Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club prepares to build a new home

Sunday, 12 March 2017 5:58 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A century-old surf life saving club in Christchurch is preparing for its next stage of life after spending its first season without its clubhouse.

Former theatre and pub site sells for $3 million

Former theatre and pub site sells for $3 million

Sunday, 12 March 2017 3:10 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch property investor and businessman Ben Gough has sold another of his properties – a site just off Cathedral Square which fetched $3 million.

Packe St park planning for the future

Packe St park planning for the future

Friday, 10 March 2017 9:39 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The Packe St Park and Community Garden will be doing a bit of strategic planning at the AGM, so if you are interested in the future of the 21 year old community garden, attend the meeting which is being held …

Friends of Abberley Park meeting

Friends of Abberley Park meeting

Friday, 10 March 2017 9:09 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The Friends of Abberley Park group has been set up to make sure St Albans residents and other users of the park's interests are taken into account in any planning moves and changes by the park's owner, the Christchurch City …

Biggest and priciest apartments yet for central Christchurch

Biggest and priciest apartments yet for central Christchurch

Friday, 10 March 2017 8:00 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's priciest apartment yet will have travertine floors, nearly 700 square metres of space, a giant roof terrace, and a $5.7 million pricetag.

The Great Wall of Christchurch is dividing east from west

'The Great Wall of Christchurch' is dividing east from west

Friday, 10 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

OPINION: Dropping into central Christchurch after a few years was like being dropped into a peculiar sort of war zone.

First stage of Durham Street back to two lanes

First stage of Durham Street back to two lanes

Thursday, 9 March 2017 3:37 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Popular

Durham Street between Kilmore Street and Worcester Boulevard has today returned to two lanes with the bulk of the road works on this portion of the An Accessible Project now complete.

Editorial: The Cathedral Square deadlock is broken, time for investors to ditch the excuses

Editorial: The Cathedral Square deadlock is broken, time for investors to ditch the excuses

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:05 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Cathedral Square has an unlikely saviour.

Paraplegic farmer keeps chasing agriculture

Paraplegic farmer keeps chasing agriculture

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 2:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

Council and businesses need to come together to kick-start New Brighton, expert says

Council and businesses need to come together to kick-start New Brighton, expert says

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 2:10 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Private businesses and Christchurch City Council both need to buy in to New Brighton's recovery to make it work, a former city councillor says.

Progress at last for Christchurchs lower High St as developers launch heritage rescue

Progress at last for Christchurch's lower High St as developers launch heritage rescue

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 7:23 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Plans to rescue historic buildings in Christchurch's lower High St should reopen the only block still closed since the 2011 earthquakes.

Crowdfunding campaign launched to raise $60,000 for Christchurchs edible park

Crowdfunding campaign launched to raise $60,000 for Christchurch's 'edible park'

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 6:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

The developer of Christchurch's "edible park" has re-launched a  after the original was put off by the Port Hills fires.

Cathedral Square to get first new office building since earthquakes

Cathedral Square to get first new office building since earthquakes

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 2:13 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's old BNZ House – six years under demolition – will be replaced by new offices for telecommunications company Spark.

Spark to establish a new office in Christchurch CBD

Spark to establish a new office in Christchurch CBD

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 1:36 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

Release: Spark NZ

Re:Start landlord makes purchase bid for containers

Re:Start landlord makes purchase bid for containers

Monday, 6 March 2017 8:02 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Re:Start's landlord wants to buy the central Christchurch container mall when the trust running it winds up next month.

Our North Island road trip

Our North Island road trip

Monday, 6 March 2017 5:47 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Next portion of riverside promenade construction starting mid-March

Next portion of riverside promenade construction starting mid-March

Monday, 6 March 2017 11:25 a.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

Work on the next stage of the central city riverside promenade will get underway mid-March between Antigua and Durham Streets as part of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct.

Who makes a city? Council planners or citizens?

Who makes a city? Council planners or citizens?

Monday, 6 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: At some point in the history of city making a shift has taken place where the power, creativity, ideas and connectedness of citizens has been ceded to a group of people who make up local government, and further up the chain the regional or national governments.

Red zone opens to Christchurch children

Red zone opens to Christchurch children

Sunday, 5 March 2017 8:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Thousands of families filled part of the long-neglected Christchurch  to celebrate the city's children on a sun-drenched Sunday.

Christchurchs new justice and emergency precinct delayed

Christchurch's new justice and emergency precinct delayed

Sunday, 5 March 2017 1:12 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Completion of Christchurch's $300 million Justice and Emergency Services precinct has been delayed for months, with the centre now not expected to open for business until late this year.

Too much space and too little time

Too much space and too little time

Saturday, 4 March 2017 9:36 a.m. by MakingChristchurch Popular

This article was 

Christchurch has made a bit of a mess of its consultation and planning processes post-quake, but the discussions over Cathedral Square and the residential red zone offer a chance to address this problem and produce some better results.

Both are complex projects that mix publicly owned land with ...

Hundreds more office workers join march back to central Christchurch

Hundreds more office workers join march back to central Christchurch

Friday, 3 March 2017 7:54 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Several hundred office workers are shifting back into central Christchurch over the next few weeks as the reoccupation of the city continues.

$60,000 a steep climb for Christchurch ratepayers?

$60,000 a steep climb for Christchurch ratepayers?

Friday, 3 March 2017 6:44 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The coloured rockfaces may not be the only steep part of these two artificial boulders.

Christchurch Public Trust Office heritage building to be restored

Christchurch Public Trust Office heritage building to be restored

Friday, 3 March 2017 12:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch heritage building has been given a new lease on life.

Office worker steals $133k from Christchurch rebuild firm

Office worker steals $133k from Christchurch rebuild firm

Friday, 3 March 2017 12:37 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

An office worker has today admitted stealing $133,000 from a Christchurch company involved in the city's rebuild.The administrator and receptionist, who has interim name suppression, handled large amounts of cash at the firm.But...

Kaikoura Land Tests

Kaikoura Land Tests

Friday, 3 March 2017 12:35 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Christchurch Public Trust Office to be restored

Christchurch Public Trust Office to be restored

Friday, 3 March 2017 12:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch heritage building has been given a new lease on life.

Staffer stole $133,000 from Christchurch rebuild firm

Staffer stole $133,000 from Christchurch rebuild firm

Friday, 3 March 2017 11:57 a.m. by MediaThePress

A woman has admitted stealing $133,000 from the Christchurch rebuild firm where she worked.

Staff member stole $133,000 from Christchurch rebuild firm

Staff member stole $133,000 from Christchurch rebuild firm

Friday, 3 March 2017 11:57 a.m. by MediaThePress

A woman has admitted stealing $133,000 from the Christchurch rebuild firm where she worked.

District Court Limit now $350,000

District Court Limit now $350,000

Friday, 3 March 2017 10:41 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

As of 1 March 2017 the District Courts Act 2016 is in effect so that the District Court can now accept claims up to $350,000 rather than the previous $200,000.  This will enable many earthquake insurance/eqc claims to be filed in the District Court with its cheaper filing fee ($200 vs $1350).  The District Court also operates a quick track for earthquake claims shortening time frames for events.

Reflecting on glass

Reflecting on glass

Thursday, 2 March 2017 5:44 a.m. by MakingChristchurch Popular

Canterbury children, families suffering during quake recovery, police report says

Canterbury children, families suffering during quake recovery, police report says

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 9:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

The prolonged post-earthquake rebuild is affecting Cantabrians' health and lives, according to a police report.

Spare Christchurch bus interchange land could yield cash for Crown

Spare Christchurch bus interchange land could yield cash for Crown

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 7:31 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Valuable surplus land at Christchurch's bus interchange could be carved off and developed, but there appears to be no clear plan for its use.

Inaccessible City- The CHCH CBD

Inaccessible City- The CHCH CBD

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 9:25 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

As a follow on from my last post in January. I note that I have not had a response from the Building Minister, Nick Smith, regarding the implementation of stronger legislation in Christchurch or even attempt to force recalcitrant building …

Editorial: Lets get excited about a red-zone rowing lake when it gets a tick

Editorial: Let's get excited about a red-zone rowing lake when it gets a tick

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 3:45 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Editorial: The plan to build a lake in Christchurch's residential red zone is in the "home straight" according to its proponents.

Government, city council pledge $6 million to grow resilience in Canterbury

Government, city council pledge $6 million to grow 'resilience' in Canterbury

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 8:59 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A $6 million fund to help communities in and around Christchurch recover from the earthquakes has been launched.

$6 million community resilience fund launched

$6 million community resilience fund launched

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 5:08 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel today launched a $6 million fund to help greater Christchurch communities in their earthquake recovery.

Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub is out of the starting blocks

Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub is out of the starting blocks

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 4:46 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

Christchurchs Victoria Square closed for a year for earthquake restoration

Christchurch's Victoria Square closed for a year for earthquake restoration

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 9:15 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Victoria Square in central Christchurch has closed for a year for a restoration project.

Fences erected on Monday completely block access to the square, including along the Avon River and from the former Crowne Plaza hotel site at Durham and Kilmore streets. 

Work is scheduled to finish in the "first quarter of 2018", a sign states.

For "safety reasons", it will "not be possible to walk through or use the square while work is happening".

New plans submitted for red-zone water facility

New plans submitted for red-zone water facility

Monday, 27 February 2017 8:32 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

The group behind a proposal to build a new lake in Christchurch's residential red zone has released an indicative design of the flat water facility aimed to transform the city's east.

No urgency from Christchurch City Council to refresh controversial agreement, councillor says tweaks needed

No urgency from Christchurch City Council to refresh controversial agreement, councillor says tweaks needed

Monday, 27 February 2017 7:53 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Christchurch City Council says there is "no urgency" to refresh its controversial cost sharing agreement, despite the arrangement drawing heavy criticism from the mayor.