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The Past Awaits

The Past Awaits

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 6:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow

When Alice fell through the looking glass, she was faced with an uncanny sense of scale. Whenever I arrive back in Christchurch I feel the same way, except that it is not me that seems too big but the buildings. Friendly, familiar old New Regent Street looks suddenly uncomfortable in the shadows of a building recently erected on Gloucester Street, while, nearby, The Press headquarters towers over its heritage façade.

Southern Response appoints new Chief Executive

Southern Response appoints new Chief Executive

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 3:06 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

Southern Response, the government-owned company settling Canterbury earthquake insurance claims, has confirmed today that it has appointed Peter Jensen as Chief Executive for the final stages of its claim settlement programme.

Trams return to historic central Christchurchs New Regent St

Trams return to historic central Christchurch's New Regent St

Monday, 2 May 2016 3:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Trams are once again operating through Christchurch's heritage streetscape after a lengthy and forced break.

EQC & Insurance Newsletter 10

EQC & Insurance Newsletter 10

Monday, 2 May 2016 1:15 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Here is the link to Grant Shand EQC & Insurance Newsletter 10.

Not enough information, low offers behind red zone buy-out

Not enough information, low offers behind red zone buy-out

Sunday, 1 May 2016 5:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

A lack of information and unfair offers were the "major problems" behind the Government's buy-out process, a red-zone stayer says.

No performance targets for Fletcher EQR until 2015

No performance targets for Fletcher EQR until 2015

Sunday, 1 May 2016 4:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Construction did not have performance targets for thousands of Canterbury home repairs for more than four years after the February 2011 earthquake.

Tiny new spaces for New Brighton

Tiny new spaces for New Brighton

Sunday, 1 May 2016 2:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

​A new design competition is calling for creative ideas for five "tiny huts" to bring life to Christchurch's coastal suburb of New Brighton.

Bus detour during roadworks

Bus detour during roadworks

Sunday, 1 May 2016 1:01 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

From Monday, May 2 until further notice all buses travelling towards the Palms will detour away from the north part of Barbadoes St while road works are carried out. Buses will detour off Barbadoes St onto Edward Ave and Geraldine …

EQC Action Group wins Landmark Settlement – News Release

EQC Action Group wins Landmark Settlement – News Release

Saturday, 30 April 2016 6:39 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

A group of 98 Canterbury homeowners has won a landmark settlement with the Earthquake Commission (EQC) following a bid for a declaratory judgement in the High Court. A Joint Statement, released today by the EQC and the EQC Action Group …

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQCs liability hugely

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely'

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQCs liability hugely

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely'

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

Settlement expands EQCs liability hugely, as more homeowners speak out

Settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely', as more homeowners speak out

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

Settlement expands EQCs liability hugely, as more homeowners speak out

Settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely', as more homeowners speak out

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

A Great Place to Be: Christchurch locals still want a clean, green garden city

A Great Place to Be: Christchurch locals still want a clean, green garden city

Friday, 29 April 2016 4:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

At last year's pilot clean-up, 250 volunteers collected 3.3 tonnes of litter from 5 kilometres of Christchurch river banks. Organisers have renamed this year's event and hope many more volunteers will turn out on Saturday, May 7, to retrieve polystyrene, plastic bottles, bottle tops, and other junk from city waterways.

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

Friday, 29 April 2016 1:08 p.m. by EQCFix

EQC's refusal to admit it was wrong - and insist Thursday's joint declaration had always been its position - expands its liability hugely by meaning all prior claimants can ask for a review, writes Massey University insurance expert Dr Michael Naylor.

Fears standards will suffer as thousands of extra NZ apprentices trained

Fears standards will suffer as thousands of extra NZ apprentices trained

Friday, 29 April 2016 1:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 29,000 construction workers need to be recruited over the next three years without compromising standards, building chiefs said this week.

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

Friday, 29 April 2016 12:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The Earthquake Commission and the EQC action Group on Thursday released a statement setting out their joint agreement on a series of basic principles about how to interpret the EQC Act regarding EQC's obligations around the stand of repairs.

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

Friday, 29 April 2016 12:25 p.m. by MediaStuff

OPINION: The Earthquake Commission and the EQC action Group on Thursday released a statement setting out their joint agreement on a series of basic principles about how to interpret the EQC Act regarding EQC's obligations around the stand of repairs.

Christ Church Cathedral plans announcement due soon

Christ Church Cathedral plans announcement due soon

Friday, 29 April 2016 8:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

A long-awaited announcement on how the deadlock over Christ Church Cathedral will be broken is expected soon.

EQC Action Group wins landmark settlement

EQC Action Group wins landmark settlement

Friday, 29 April 2016 2:00 a.m. by EQCFix

A , released today by the EQC and the EQC Action Group supported by its law firm Anthony Harper, records homeowners' full entitlements under the EQC Act, removing ambiguity and inconsistency around EQC repair standards.

Homeowners come out firing following landmark EQC court settlement

Homeowners come out firing following 'landmark' EQC court settlement

Thursday, 28 April 2016 7:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Homeowners have come out firing after a landmark settlement confirmed the Earthquake Commission's legal obligation to repair damaged homes to a "when new" condition.

Settlement agreement confirms EQC’s position

Settlement agreement confirms EQC’s position

Thursday, 28 April 2016 2:41 p.m. by GovtEQC

First White Island eruption in three years

First White Island eruption in three years

Thursday, 28 April 2016 2:00 p.m. by GovtEQC

EQC Action Group wins landmark settlement

EQC Action Group wins landmark settlement

Thursday, 28 April 2016 1:40 p.m. by EQCGroupAction Featured Popular

The EQC Action Group is a group of owners of houses that were damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.  In November 2015 the Action Group started a proceeding in the High Court against the Earthquake Commission. The Action Group sought declarations to clarify the extent of the Commission’s liability under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 (Act) for the earthquake damage to the houses owned by members of the Action Group.

EQC Group Action

EQC Group Action

Thursday, 28 April 2016 1:28 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

The EQC Action Group has settled its dispute with EQC.  Here is a link to the website that has the settlement terms.  There is a joint statement that sets out what is agreed. Insurance under the Act insures the house for replacement value, which includes the cost to reinstate a house to substantially the same condition as when new and the cost of complying with any applicable laws; EQC’s liability includes the costs to fix undamaged parts where that is affected by remediation of damaged pa ...

Ruling EQC must repair to when new standard has implications for thousands

Ruling EQC must repair to 'when new' standard has implications for thousands

Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

A settlement between the Earthquake Commission and the EQC Action Group is far-reaching and will affect thousands of Canterbury homeowners, the group's lawyer says.

Community board uneasy over Lyttelton Port of Christchurchs Dampier Bay proposal

Community board 'uneasy' over Lyttelton Port of Christchurch's Dampier Bay proposal

Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:56 a.m. by MediaThePress

A plan for commercial development in Christchurch's Dampier Bay is being met with scepticism from the local community board.

EQC must repair to when new standard

EQC must repair to 'when new' standard

Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:46 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has confirmed its legal obligation to repair damaged homes to a 'when new' condition, not a pre-earthquake condition.

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Andersons former LWR buildings

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Anderson's former LWR buildings

Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:03 a.m. by MediaThePress

A lengthy, multi million-dollar High Court dispute continues to wage over part of fraudster Ken Anderson's former Lane Walker Rudkin site in central Christchurch.

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Andersons former LWR buildings

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Anderson's former LWR buildings

Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:03 a.m. by MediaStuff

A lengthy, multi million-dollar High Court dispute continues to wage over part of fraudster Ken Anderson's former Lane Walker Rudkin site in central Christchurch.

Earthquake Commission yet to offer Crown payout for red zoned land

Earthquake Commission yet to offer Crown payout for red zoned land

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 7:05 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Crown is still waiting for an estimated $330 million offer from EQC for thousands of red-zoned properties purchased following the Canterbury earthquakes.

EQC and Action Group agree settlement principles

EQC and Action Group agree settlement principles

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 1:25 p.m. by GovtEQC Featured Popular

 

Property leaders call Christchurchs South Frame flawed and wasteful

Property leaders call Christchurch's South Frame 'flawed and wasteful'

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 8:40 a.m. by MediaThePress

Senior property figures in Christchurch are expressing concern about the viability of the city's proposed south frame.

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Christchurchs Victoria Square

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Christchurch's Victoria Square

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 6:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

Ngai Tahu has abandoned plans for a cultural centre in Victoria Square, one of the anchor projects in the Christchurch blueprint.

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will redo the outside of a house bought by a couple who thought the property was repaired, but later found cracks had been painted over by tradesmen.

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:50 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will redo the outside of a house bought by a couple who thought the property was repaired, but later found cracks had been painted over by tradesmen.

No fireworks for Christchurchs New Brighton Pier

No fireworks for Christchurch's New Brighton Pier

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:41 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The city's annual Guy Fawkes display is unlikely to be hosted at the New Brighton Pier for the next two years.

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Victoria Square

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Victoria Square

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Ngai Tahu has abandoned plans for a cultural centre in Victoria Square, one of the anchor projects in the Christchurch blueprint.

800 new car parking spaces for central Christchurch

800 new car parking spaces for central Christchurch

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 3:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

The long-awaited rebuild of an earthquake-damaged car parking building in central Christchurch will start soon.

Property leaders question Christchurch frame plan

Property leaders question Christchurch frame plan

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 2:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

Senior property figures in Christchurch are expressing concern about the viability of the city's proposed south frame.

Change of heart over Regenerate Christchurch board members fees

Change of heart over Regenerate Christchurch board members' fees

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 9:41 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has released information about how much the board members of Christchurch's new recovery agency will be paid.

Christchurch Five Years On – Part III

Christchurch Five Years On – Part III

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow

The ground-breaking Christchurch City Council 2011 ‘Share an Idea’ campaign, which generated 106,000 community responses, expressed Cantabrians’ view that a future city which incorporated its past heritage was very important to them. Sadly, however, this has been largely thwarted by the actions of CERA, often in concert with reluctant owners of damaged heritage buildings, relieved to be rid of a perceived millstone. What should have controlled the heritage recovery progress – The Canterbury E ...

Crowd watches as Christchurchs Bridge of Remembrance reopens

Crowd watches as Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance reopens

Monday, 25 April 2016 5:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Old and young, tourists and locals, cyclists and families gathered to witness the reopening of the Bridge of Remembrance.

Eden Project plan to go before Regenerate Christchurch for consideration

Eden Project plan to go before Regenerate Christchurch for consideration

Monday, 25 April 2016 2:46 p.m. by MediaThePress

Te Papa on steroids.

Infrastructure repairs in St Albans

Infrastructure repairs in St Albans

Monday, 25 April 2016 12:21 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Edgeware Road, between Hills Rd and Geraldine St will be one way for three months from April 26 for wastewater repairs at the Edgeware Rd/Champion St intersection. Eastbound traffic will be detoured into Edward Ave and Barbadoes St. Warrington St, …

More apprentices needed fast as shortage hits NZ construction industry

More apprentices needed fast as shortage hits NZ construction industry

Sunday, 24 April 2016 11:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

A drastic shortage of apprentices is putting strain on New Zealand's construction industry as work ramps up throughout the country.

Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club officially opened

Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club officially opened

Saturday, 23 April 2016 5:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Under threat of rain from a cloudy Christchurch sky, 200 people gathered at Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club to officially open the new coastal landmark.

Red zoning decision separate to EQCs settlement offers

Red zoning decision 'separate' to EQC's settlement offers

Friday, 22 April 2016 9:24 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) says there is no correlation between the Government's decision to red zone a property and the land damage settlement offers it makes to clients.

Red zoning decision separate to EQCs settlement offers

Red zoning decision 'separate' to EQC's settlement offers

Friday, 22 April 2016 9:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) says there is no correlation between the Government's decision to red zone a property and the land damage settlement offers it makes to clients.

Cera disestablished

Cera disestablished

Friday, 22 April 2016 1:38 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

below is from the CERA website CERA has been disestablished This page directs you to the agencies to contact for information and assistance on the regeneration of greater Christchurch, along with some useful contacts. The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) was established as a government department on 29 March 2011 to lead and coordinate the Government’s response and recovery efforts following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 in Canterbury. CERA was disestablished on 18 April 2016 a ...

Sustaining democracy in disaster: The seeds of recovery

Sustaining democracy in disaster: The seeds of recovery

Thursday, 21 April 2016 11:20 p.m. by MakingChristchurch Popular

No red zone decisions made on citys red zone - Regenerate Christchurch

No red zone decisions made on city's red zone - Regenerate Christchurch

Thursday, 21 April 2016 5:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new recovery agency says it will consider all proposals for the city's red zone, despite a rowing lake being singled out by local and central Government.

Video: What Christchurchs anchor project sites look like now

Video: What Christchurch's anchor project sites look like now

Thursday, 21 April 2016 4:28 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

With the , CHARLIE GATESvisited the sites of the flash anchor projects the rebuild organisation announced for Christchurch in 2012.

Hamilton’s earthquake risk to be pinpointed

Hamilton’s earthquake risk to be pinpointed

Thursday, 21 April 2016 4:06 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Shilton & Brown creditors scramble to recover from losses

Shilton & Brown creditors scramble to recover from losses

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 8:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

An employer has slashed his wages and asked staff to work 70-hour weeks as businesses linked to a collapsed demolition firm scramble to cover their losses.

$50 million tower to replace lost apartments in central Christchurch

$50 million tower to replace lost apartments in central Christchurch

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 6:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

The $50 million rebuild of a central Christchurch apartment tower has been approved.

Historic McKenzie and Willis facade revealed - but not for long

Historic McKenzie and Willis facade revealed - but not for long

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 5:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch is getting a glimpse of the partly-restored historic facade of the McKenzie and Willis redevelopment, but it will only be a quick one.