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St Albans News – first issue for 2017

St Albans News – first issue for 2017

Sunday, 29 January 2017 11:36 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

It looks like the transitional community centre will be heading to Shirley later this year when work begins on the permanent centre. But what will happen while the centre is being built? We find out that nothing is certain yet, …

The back story to the legal action IAG and Tower have launched against EQC

The back story to the legal action IAG and Tower have launched against EQC

Saturday, 28 January 2017 7:54 p.m. by EQCFix Popular

How EQC has avoided being stung by rising land values; Cameron Preston has the back story to the IAG and Tower have launched against EQC

Cera staff running own property business on the side

Cera staff running own property business on the side

Saturday, 28 January 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's (Cera) staff employed to bring investment to Christchurch set up their own company through which investors would pay them a fee on private property deals, a Stuff investigation has found.

Earthquake survivor and pin-up star Monique Mclennan returns to Christchurch

Earthquake survivor and pin-up star Monique Mclennan returns to Christchurch

Saturday, 28 January 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Monique Mclennan once waited for death. Now she lives with no regrets and is poised to realise her dream.

St Andrews Hill Bridlepath Road Intersection update

St Andrews Hill Bridlepath Road Intersection update

Friday, 27 January 2017 7:36 a.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Please find attached a document regarding proposed options (including the status quo) for the St Andrews Hill Road/Bridle Path Road/Main Road intersection layout.  You have been identified as a possible stakeholder who could be interested in this project and may wish to provide some feedback. St Andrews Hill Leaflet There will be two drop in...

Customer newsletter January 2017

Customer newsletter January 2017

Friday, 27 January 2017 2:44 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

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Earthquake Strengthening legislation

Earthquake Strengthening legislation

Thursday, 26 January 2017 8:45 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

“The Government is using emergency powers introduced after the November 2016 quake to require the work in Wellington, Lower Hutt, and Blenheim, where there is a heightened risk of an aftershock, to force 300 building owners to strengthen within a …

Earthquake Strengthening legislation -one rule for Wellington and for us?

Earthquake Strengthening legislation -one rule for Wellington and for us?

Thursday, 26 January 2017 8:45 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

“The Government is using emergency powers introduced after the November 2016 quake to require the work in Wellington, Lower Hutt, and Blenheim, where there is a heightened risk of an aftershock, to force 300 building owners to strengthen within a …

A redeveloped Cathedral Square could evoke memories of Europe

A redeveloped Cathedral Square could evoke memories of Europe

Thursday, 26 January 2017 8:17 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch has an opportunity to transform Cathedral Square into a centre reminiscent of those in Europe, says the man helping lead the area's regeneration.

Christchurchs historic Wood Brothers Mill gets $900,000 council grant

Christchurch's historic Wood Brother's Mill gets $900,000 council grant

Thursday, 26 January 2017 4:37 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Another attempt is being made to buy and redevelop a run-down, earthquake-damaged historic flour mill in Christchurch.

IAG and Tower Insurance taking Earthquake Commission to High Court over land damage payments

IAG and Tower Insurance taking Earthquake Commission to High Court over land damage payments

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 7:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) may be short-changing Christchurch homeowners, according to two insurance companies.

Estuary Fest 2016 – Is Coming!

Estuary Fest 2016 – Is Coming!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 1:59 p.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Estuary Fest is coming up on Saturday 4th February, 1-6pm on McCormack’s Bay Reserve. We’d love your  help; if you can assist in any way through giving of your time or by donating resources we would certainly appreciate it. Can you help with the following?       * Donating goods for the Tombola stall? Anything from...

Former Christchurch City Council boss brings wealth of knowledge to Kaikoura

Former Christchurch City Council boss brings wealth of knowledge to Kaikoura

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 5:30 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Jane Parfitt has plenty of expertise in earthquake recovery, having worked on the Christchurch City Council for the past 12 years.

First steps into Christchurchs residential red zone

First steps into Christchurch's residential red zone

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

OPINION: Regenerate Christchurch has signalled the start of what we have been waiting for since the red zone decisions in mid-2011 – a process for determining what will become of these lands.

Julian Lee: Cathedral Square is a pernickety plaza puzzle

Julian Lee: Cathedral Square is a pernickety plaza puzzle

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 7:15 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Cathedral Square is in the throes of an existential crisis. For one, it's not really square (more of a diamond really) and, for the past five years, it's only had half of a cathedral. But the Half-Cathedral Diamond doesn't really have the same ring to it.

Atlas Quarter homes in central Christchurch to be ready by late 2017

Atlas Quarter homes in central Christchurch to be ready by late 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 7:08 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Buyers can now register their interest in new homes being built in a Government-led project in central Christchurch.

Christchurchs Re:Start container mall may stay open until September

Christchurch's Re:Start container mall may stay open until September

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 3:33 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The developer who plans to build a farmers' market and mall on the site of Christchurch's container mall says he wants to keep it around for longer than planned.

A Place to Remember to be dedicated next month

A Place to Remember to be dedicated next month

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 1:48 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial that will be dedicated next month has been shaped by many whose lives were most profoundly impacted by the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

Adina Thorn law firm accused of trying to increase nervousness over steel mesh

Adina Thorn law firm accused of trying to increase 'nervousness' over steel mesh

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 6:44 a.m. by MediaThePress

Steel & Tube has taken a swipe at Adina Thorn Lawyers, accusing it of attempting to "increase homeowner nervousness".

Carter Group to run The Crossing car park building for at least 50 years

Carter Group to run The Crossing car park building for at least 50 years

Monday, 23 January 2017 10:25 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Christchurch City Council has paid $28 million to the Carter Group in exchange for The Crossing car park building to remain for at least 50 years.

Artist calls for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Artist calls for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Monday, 23 January 2017 10:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

The artist behind Christchurch's 185 white chairs has indicated he wants the installation to become permanent.

University releases future plans for campus

University releases future plans for campus

Monday, 23 January 2017 9:20 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

A University of Canterbury master plan to guide campus development for the next 30 years proves the University has largely completed its earthquake recovery, according to Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr.

Call for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Call for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Monday, 23 January 2017 7:50 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Tha artist behind Christchurch's 185 white chairs has indicated he wants the installation to become permanent.

Regeneration strategy for Christchurchs Cathedral Square expected mid-year

Regeneration strategy for Christchurch's Cathedral Square expected mid-year

Monday, 23 January 2017 6:45 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A clear vision for Christchurch's Cathedral Square is expected by June.

Christchurchs Sign of the Kiwi reopens in time for 100th anniversary

Christchurch's Sign of the Kiwi reopens in time for 100th anniversary

Monday, 23 January 2017 4:31 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Janice Thornton ran the Sign of the Kiwi cafe for just three days before the September 2010 earthquake.

When it comes to disaster preparedness for people with disabilities, can we do better?

When it comes to disaster preparedness for people with disabilities, can we do better?

Friday, 20 January 2017 7:00 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Several bewildered cows captured hearts around the world, after they were photographed standing atop an isolated grass island in their mangled North Canterbury paddock.

Quake Outcasts wait for appeal date after decision on uninsured homes

Quake Outcasts wait for appeal date after decision on uninsured homes

Friday, 20 January 2017 6:02 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A solicitor representing the Quake Outcasts says the High Court's order to pay $55,605 in court costs to the Government is nothing unusual, but hopes it will be reversed in appeal.

Auckland law firm warning Canterbury homeowners of shoddy steel

Auckland law firm warning Canterbury homeowners of shoddy steel

Thursday, 19 January 2017 7:20 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

An Auckland litigation firm is warning thousands of Canterbury homeowners their properties may have been built with shoddy steel mesh.

Acquisition issues hit cost of Christchurchs south frame as Crown remains tight-lipped

Acquisition issues hit cost of Christchurch's south frame as Crown remains tight-lipped

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 9:12 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Land acquisition problems plaguing Christchurch's $20 million south frame anchor project will delay and increase the cost of the development.

How many  Bars and Cafes do we need?

How many Bars and Cafes do we need?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 9:45 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

How many bars and cafes does the Christchurch CBD need?  The short answer is not as many as it has. I see that Liz McDonald from The Press has written a few articles and begun to discuss the issue.  The …

Canterbury rebuild plateau knocks business confidence to four-year low

Canterbury rebuild 'plateau' knocks business confidence to four-year low

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 9:37 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Business confidence in Canterbury has plummeted to its lowest level in four years, but it is no surprise to the Employers' Chamber of Commerce (CECC).

Car Insurance NZ Costs Low

Car Insurance NZ Costs Low

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 7:00 p.m. by LostChristchurch Popular

Car Insurance NZ Costs Low Car insurance NZ costs usually rise when drivers don’t commute to different destinations in New Zealand safely by carefully surveying the environment. The process of keeping the price of an insurance policy within a reason …

Construction begins on Christchurchs new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Construction begins on Christchurch's new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 4:24 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A man who worked at Christchurch's old QEII sports facility for more than 30 years, only to be ousted by the 2011 earthquake, has witnessed construction starting on its replacement.

QEII’s comeback begins

QEII’s comeback begins

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 3:27 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

It’s all go at QEII Park, with Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Councillor David East celebrating the start of work on the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre this morning (Tuesday 17 January).

Arts Centre secures innovative theatre company as new tenants

Arts Centre secures innovative theatre company as new tenants

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 1:36 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Christchurch central library funding partnership announcement expected

Christchurch central library funding partnership announcement expected

Monday, 16 January 2017 9:39 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she will make an "exciting announcement" about a funding partnership for the new central library next month.

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial: What happened to the cherry trees?

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial: What happened to the cherry trees?

Monday, 16 January 2017 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A botanist says there is "no good reason" for swapping cherry blossom trees for maples in the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial design.

Editorial: Christchurchs central library is going to be worth the cost

Editorial: Christchurch's central library is going to be worth the cost

Monday, 16 January 2017 4:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

At first glance, the news of the budget for the new central Christchurch library ballooning by more than half seems alarming.

Southern Response withholds Council refunds

Southern Response withholds Council refunds

Monday, 16 January 2017 10:53 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The Labour Candidate for Christchurch Central, Dr Duncan Webb has discovered that Southern Response owes homeowners thousands in wrongly withheld refunds. 

New Christchurch library costs rise by more than half to $95 million

New Christchurch library costs rise by more than half to $95 million

Sunday, 15 January 2017 4:23 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The cost of the new Christchurch central library has risen to $95 million from an original budget of $60 million.

Christchurch nightlife - is the party over?

Christchurch nightlife - is the party over?

Friday, 13 January 2017 8:34 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Tough times are forcing some central Christchurch hospitality operators from the industry, with some giving away businesses just to get out.

Does Christchurch have too many bars and restaurants?

Does Christchurch have too many bars and restaurants?

Friday, 13 January 2017 7:33 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular



"It's not like it used to be – you'd just open the doors and have a big party. Those days are well gone.

Christchurchs non-profit sector shines brightly in rebuild

Christchurch's non-profit sector shines brightly in rebuild

Friday, 13 January 2017 1:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

It has taken a few years but many Canterbury non-profit groups have at last replaced their quake-hit buildings, often with surprising style.

Still time to lodge EQC claims for Kaikoura quake event

Still time to lodge EQC claims for Kaikoura quake event

Friday, 13 January 2017 12:59 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Consent refunds

Consent refunds

Friday, 13 January 2017 1:55 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

You may have heard some comments in the media recently about refunds due when a building consent lapses.

$85m Grand Central another leg up for central Christchurch

$85m Grand Central another leg up for central Christchurch

Thursday, 12 January 2017 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Central Christchurch is about to get another boost with the biggest shift yet of public servants back to the central city.

EQC land assessments underway

EQC land assessments underway

Thursday, 12 January 2017 1:00 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Christchurch Cathedral Ruins

Christchurch Cathedral Ruins

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 7:06 a.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews Popular

Early in January 2017, I visited Christchurch Cathedral. Well I viewed it through the fences that have surrounded it for almost six years now. Once the heart of the city, it stands in ruins, its fate still uncertain. Most locals have strong opinions about whether it should be saved or not. Some are for and some against but few are neutral. Maybe 2017 will bring a decision!














Southern Response wrongly withheld council refunds from customers

Southern Response wrongly withheld council refunds from customers

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Southern Response may owe homeowners thousands in wrongly withheld refunds.

Rolleston or Rangiora: Which is Christchurchs premier satellite town?

Rolleston or Rangiora: Which is Christchurch's premier satellite town?

Friday, 6 January 2017 9:28 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Rivalry is set to heat up between the booming satellite towns of Rolleston and Rangiora as new shops, schools and subdivisions open.

Canterbury earthquake memorial to open for February 22, 2017 anniversary

Canterbury earthquake memorial to open for February 22, 2017 anniversary

Friday, 6 January 2017 12:22 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial is on-schedule to open on the sixth anniversary of the February 22, 2011 earthquake.

Christchurch market stallholders to be homeless again after tough times

Christchurch market stallholders to be homeless again after tough times

Thursday, 5 January 2017 10:12 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Market stalls in central Christchurch are packing up again and their owners say they desperately need a good home.

Drone flyover shows big job ahead for repairers of Christchurchs Sumner Rd

Drone flyover shows big job ahead for repairers of Christchurch's Sumner Rd

Thursday, 5 January 2017 8:19 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Sporadic blasts in the Port Hills herald progress on Sumner Rd, but a drone flyover shows the extent of the work still to be done.

St Germain among new eateries gearing up to open in central Christchurch

St Germain among new eateries gearing up to open in central Christchurch

Wednesday, 4 January 2017 8:14 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

New eateries are preparing to open their doors in central Christchurch's newly completed developments.

Treasured heritage buildings to reopen in 2017

Treasured heritage buildings to reopen in 2017

Monday, 2 January 2017 4:50 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Many of Christchurch's most treasured heritage buildings will reopen in 2017 after being off limits since the 2011 earthquakes.

Christchurch businessman Roger Bridge made ONZM in New Year Honours

Christchurch businessman Roger Bridge made ONZM in New Year Honours

Saturday, 31 December 2016 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Christchurch businessman Roger Bridge has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and philanthropy. Bridge's background rests in property investment and management. He has been involved...

Staff abused, wipers ripped off cars at Canterbury EQC offices as tensions erupt

Staff abused, wipers ripped off cars at Canterbury EQC offices as tensions erupt

Friday, 30 December 2016 8:51 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Wrecked company cars and threats against staff members continue to plague the Earthquake Commission (EQC) as it tries to settle thousands of unresolved insurance claims in Canterbury.

2017: When Christchurch finally goes from recovery to rebuild

2017: When Christchurch finally goes from recovery to rebuild

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 9:08 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

2017 is looming as the year Christchurch may finally break out of earthquake-recovery mode as major roadworks near completion and key rebuild projects get under way.

Antigua boat shed owners mark 30 years despite rough waters

Antigua boat shed owners mark 30 years despite rough waters

Monday, 26 December 2016 7:15 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The owners of Antigua Boat Sheds cafe and boat hire business have notched up 30 years, but it has not all been easy paddling