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New Christchurch library contractor announced

New Christchurch library contractor announced

Monday, 14 March 2016 12:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southbase Construction has been awarded the contract to build Christchurch's new central library.

New Central Library ready to go

New Central Library ready to go

Monday, 14 March 2016 12:15 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

The Gaiety – better, stronger and opening soon

The Gaiety – better, stronger and opening soon

Monday, 14 March 2016 9:02 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Earthquake repairs to The Gaiety ­– a popular heritage building, function centre and gathering place for the Akaroa community – have just been completed, in time for the official opening on Friday 1 April 2016.

In Search of Helen Thacker

In Search of Helen Thacker

Friday, 11 March 2016 3:33 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Memorial Wall animated fly-through

Memorial Wall animated fly-through

Friday, 11 March 2016 1:40 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

View the animated fly-through of the Memorial Wall to visualise how the Memorial will look once it is complete.

Southern Response staff get $3.3m in bonuses

Southern Response staff get $3.3m in bonuses

Friday, 11 March 2016 11:33 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Crown-owned Southern Response (SR) has paid staff $3.29 million in bonuses for settling earthquake claims quickly.

EQC and Drainage Claims

EQC and Drainage Claims

Friday, 11 March 2016 9:13 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

EQC announces plan to settle drainage claims 7 Mar 2016 The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is rolling out an assessment programme for sewer and stormwater pipes suspected of having earthquake damage, starting this month (March). EQC’s General Manager of Customer & Claims, Trish Keith, says it currently has about 2,500 drainage claims but expects this could increase to about 6,000 with most claims being settled with cash payment. “EQC’s focus has been getting houses repaired and people back in t ...

Southern Response- Govt Review

Southern Response- Govt Review

Friday, 11 March 2016 9:09 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Here is a link to the report by the Parliament Finance and Expenditure Committee in its annual review of the 2014/15 performance and current operations of Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited.  This is the first review of Southern Response.  The report raises concerns about the ability of Southern Response to settle all claims within the amount allocated by the Government and the payment by Southern Response of bonuses to staff based on their claim settlement record.  Southern Response ...

Laneways revival projects get under way

Laneways revival projects get under way

Friday, 11 March 2016 7:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

Property developers are launching a revival of Christchurch's Poplar Lane hospitality area, spurred on by big new office buildings going up nearby.

Deadline for St Albans News April/May

Deadline for St Albans News April/May

Thursday, 10 March 2016 9:10 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The deadline for articles for the next edition of St Albans News is on March 14. Please send via email to news@stalbans.gen.nz. Volunteers will deliver the newsletter to residents some time between April 2 and April 10 and will cover …

City traffic forced to slow down

City traffic forced to slow down

Thursday, 10 March 2016 8:35 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

From March 12 traffic around the inner city is going to slow down quite considerably because of new speed limits that are being brought in and this could impact on St Albans as drivers search for faster routes to their …

Combined choirs lift the roof

Combined choirs lift the roof

Thursday, 10 March 2016 7:55 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Location: Beulah Church, 140 Springfield Rd, St. Albans Time: Sunday, April 3 2-5.30pm Description: A number of community choirs are getting together for an afternoon celebrating singing. Lisa Jonathan, Rachel Bayliss, Jane Hobson, Nikki Berry and their choirs will each …

Future Christchurch Update - March 2016

Future Christchurch Update - March 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016 4:59 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

Chief Executives Update - 10 March 2016

Chief Executive's Update - 10 March 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016 1:04 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

The acting Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, John Ombler, gives a monthly update on CERA's work to lead the recovery. This month he discusses the Valentines Day earthquake with Dr Kelvin Berryman from GNS and how Christchurch's new rebuild standards can give the community comfort over building safety.

Johnny Moore: Suburban malls vibrancy highlights a languishing centre city

Johnny Moore: Suburban mall's 'vibrancy' highlights a languishing centre city

Thursday, 10 March 2016 10:39 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

OPINION: I'm one of those suckers who still hopes the central city will become the bustling metropolitan centre of the South Island.

Central Christchurch car park building delayed

Central Christchurch car park building delayed

Thursday, 10 March 2016 8:01 a.m. by MediaThePress

A new multi-storey car park in Christchurch's central city will not be open in time for this year's busy Christmas shopping period.

Earthquake Memorial North Bank time lapse

Earthquake Memorial North Bank time lapse

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 5:07 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

The North Bank of the Earthquake Memorial was opened on February 22. This time-lapse shows 3 months of work that went into its creation, including the final planting day involving the bereaved families and those who were seriously injured in the quake. The Memorial’s South Bank work is about to get underway and will be completed for the February 22 commemoration next year.

Central Christchurch car park delayed

Central Christchurch car park delayed

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 4:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

A new multi-storey car park in Christchurch's central city will not be open in time for this year's busy Christmas shopping period.

Work starts on New Regent Street building repairs

Work starts on New Regent Street building repairs

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 4:33 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

Work to repair five dangerous buildings on New Regent Street is scheduled to begin tomorrow.

Council assistance for frequently flooded Flockton properties

Council assistance for frequently flooded Flockton properties

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 12:19 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

The Council is stepping in to help Flockton property owners who've had frequent above-floor flooding, where their flooding has been worsened by the earthquakes, and the $48 million Dudley flood mitigation schemes will not offer a timely reduction to their flood risk.

Restoration begins on Sign of the Kiwi

Restoration begins on Sign of the Kiwi

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 11:07 a.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

"As a piece of old-world heritage, the Sign of the Kiwi is a treasure of national significance," says Richie Moyle, Programme Manager Heritage Rebuild.

Final meeting of Community Forum

Final meeting of Community Forum

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 10:35 a.m. by GovtCera Popular

Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee says the Community Forum has met for the last time, signalling the end of an era for the group that has significantly influenced the recovery of greater Christchurch.

Final meeting of Community Forum

Final meeting of Community Forum

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 10:31 a.m. by GovtBeehive

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Council confident of raising $10 million for new library

Council confident of raising $10 million for new library

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 5:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council is confident it will raise the $10 million needed from philanthropic donations to complete the city's new central library.

Mt Pleasant News March 8 2016

Mt Pleasant News March 8 2016

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 4:57 p.m. by MtPleasantCC

The Best Fest Yet! On Saturday the Association celebrated its third Estuary Fest. What an amazing day! Beautiful weather, great music and food combined with lots of community mingling meant everyone went home with […]

Alpine fault research unveiled.

Alpine fault research unveiled.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 1:21 p.m. by GovtEQC

EQC to redo thousands of drain inspections after variable quality first time around

EQC to redo thousands of drain inspections after 'variable quality' first time around

Monday, 7 March 2016 7:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will reassess 2500 claims for earthquake damage to sewer and stormwater pipes, despite carrying out assessments in 2010 and 2011.

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team Update March 2016

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team Update March 2016

Monday, 7 March 2016 10:25 a.m. by SCIRT Featured Popular

EQC announces plan to settle drainage claims

EQC announces plan to settle drainage claims

Monday, 7 March 2016 9:54 a.m. by GovtEQC

Canterbury construction hits record levels, peak may be still to come

Canterbury construction hits record levels, peak may be still to come

Sunday, 6 March 2016 6:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury has had its busiest year ever for construction – and the peak may be still to come.

Caffe Roma building rescue a punt, but new owners are giving it a go

Caffe Roma building rescue a punt, but new owners are giving it a go

Sunday, 6 March 2016 3:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

Trying to save Christchurch's old Caffe Roma building is a punt, its new owners say.

Firefighters frustrated by slow progress on Christchurchs $50m stations rebuild

Firefighters 'frustrated' by slow progress on Christchurch's $50m stations rebuild

Saturday, 5 March 2016 12:35 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Construction of seven new fire stations in Christchurch is yet to begin five years after the earthquakes, with "frustrated" firefighters still working from temporary facilities.

EQC & Insurance Newsletter #9

EQC & Insurance Newsletter #9

Friday, 4 March 2016 8:29 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Here is the link to newsletter #9.

Christchurchs army of the forgotten

Christchurch's army of the forgotten

Friday, 4 March 2016 4:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

End of the road for the red zone

End of the road for the red zone

Friday, 4 March 2016 3:59 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

For several years, the abandoned roads around Frances Rawling's house have doubled as a giant lovers' lane.

Down-to-earth demo boss rides earthquake wave

Down-to-earth demo boss rides earthquake wave

Friday, 4 March 2016 9:44 a.m. by MediaThePress

Gerald Daldry jokes that if any of his workers turned up in a tie, he'd probably strangle them with it.

Quake claimant to fellow IAG customers: Clog the system

Quake claimant to fellow IAG customers: 'Clog the system'

Friday, 4 March 2016 7:50 a.m. by MediaThePress

A battle-weary Canterbury insurance claimant wants IAG policyholders bulk-file court claims to "clog the system".

New buyer for Christchurchs historic Addington mill

New buyer for Christchurch's historic Addington mill

Friday, 4 March 2016 6:52 a.m. by MediaThePress

Another buyer has been found for an historic earthquake-damaged flour mill in Christchurch.

New buyer for historic Addington mill

New buyer for historic Addington mill

Friday, 4 March 2016 6:52 a.m. by MediaThePress

Another buyer has been found for an historic earthquake-damaged flour mill in Christchurch.

Magnitude-3.4 earthquake rocks Christchurch

Magnitude-3.4 earthquake rocks Christchurch

Thursday, 3 March 2016 7:46 p.m. by MediaStuff

A magnitude-3.4 quake centred at Southshore has rocked Christchurch.

Magnitude-3.4 quake rocks Christchurch

Magnitude-3.4 quake rocks Christchurch

Thursday, 3 March 2016 7:46 p.m. by MediaStuff

A magnitude-3.4 quake centred at Southshore has rocked Christchurch.

Moderate quake rocks Christchurch

Moderate quake rocks Christchurch

Thursday, 3 March 2016 7:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

A magnitude-3.6 quake centred at Southshore has rocked Christchurch.

Science Alive! needs tenants to share new Victoria Quarter

Science Alive! needs tenants to share new Victoria Quarter

Thursday, 3 March 2016 7:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's Science Alive! trust is looking for tenants to make its $50 million property development a reality.

Jamie Gough: Christchurch convention centre inaction dragging city down

Jamie Gough: Christchurch convention centre inaction 'dragging city down'

Thursday, 3 March 2016 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government's lack of action over a convention centre in Christchurch is a "slap in the face" for the city, a city councillor says.

All Invited to Join Premature Cash Settlement Support Group- guest post by Ali Mander

All Invited to Join Premature Cash Settlement Support Group- guest post by Ali Mander

Thursday, 3 March 2016 4:39 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Along with ongoing earthquakes, shoddy repairs and everything else- here is another issue that is surfacing. Please if you are in this position yourself, do join up and support each other through the process. This is another cash settlement beware …

Repaired Sign of the Kiwi to reopen as cafe by Christmas

Repaired Sign of the Kiwi to reopen as cafe by Christmas

Thursday, 3 March 2016 11:26 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's historic Sign of the Kiwi will be fixed and reopen as a cafe by Christmas.

Lower speed limit to make Christchurch safer, but at what cost?

Lower speed limit to make Christchurch safer, but at what cost?

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 7:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Slowing down traffic in central Christchurch may make the city safer, but at what cost?

Editorial: City slowdown a welcome move

Editorial: City slowdown a welcome move

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 4:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

Next week, Christchurch motorists will be asked to slow down like never before. It is a welcome move, if a little ironic: for the city's accelerating rebuild to flourish, we all must hit the brakes.

Speed limit changes for Central City

Speed limit changes for Central City

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 1:51 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

From 12 March 2016 the speed limit for the heart of Christchurch's Central City will change to 30km/h to provide safer, more user friendly and enjoyable ways for people to travel.

Seismics in the City 2016

Seismics in the City 2016

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 12:41 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

“Tomorrow belongs to those who can see it coming.” David Bowie 

Tram resumes visits to New Regent Street

Tram resumes visits to New Regent Street

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 6:31 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

This morning, a tram began using an alternative route from New Regent Street along Worcester Boulevard to the Arts Centre after cordons were last week placed around five buildings on New Regent Street.

Ash predictions, how successful were they?

Ash predictions, how successful were they?

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 2:58 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular