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Christchurch in financial strife

Christchurch in financial strife

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 4:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council is facing a cost over-run of $534 million which could balloon if it fails to secure $1 billion in insurance payouts.

Gerry Brownlee queries KordaMentha audit

Gerry Brownlee queries KordaMentha audit

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 3:12 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has expressed concerns about an independent financial report into the Christchurch City Council's financial position.

Apartment complex for New Brighton

Apartment complex for New Brighton

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 1:17 a.m. by MediaThePress

The building had not been designed yet, but would include 47 apartments, and office and retail space.

City council audit released at 4pm

City council audit released at 4pm

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 12:26 a.m. by MediaThePress

An independent audit into the finances of the Christchurch City Council will be released this afternoon.

Lets look to Dresden in rebuild

Let's look to Dresden in rebuild

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 12:02 a.m. by MediaThePress

 On the nights of February 13 to 15, 1945, Allied bombers carpet-bombed the German city of Dresden. The resultant firestorms killed an estimated 35,000 people, although the total number is disputed. The historic centre was destroyed.

City draft plan not investor-friendly

City draft plan not investor-friendly

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 11:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

South Island branch president Glenn Taylor says the overriding response has been "far from positive, with many indicating that the revised draft is of even poorer quality than its predecessor".

Big hole in city development plan

Big hole in city development plan

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 11:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

However, there is always a danger that the outer lights can give out so much amenity that the central one can be turned off and become obsolete - the doughnut effect.

Views on St Albans centre use sought

Views on St Albans centre use sought

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 11:37 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The St Albans Residents’ Association (SARA) wants better use to be made of the transitional centre at 1047 Colombo Street and is surveying residents’ and past users’ views on the centre. “SARA would like to see the centre used to support the recovery of the St Albans residents,” SARA co-chair Emma Twaddell says, “and for […]

First stage of transport revamp begins

First stage of transport revamp begins

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 7:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

Work is starting on making Christchurch a more accessible city.

Christchurch Housing Rates Valuation

Christchurch Housing Rates Valuation

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 7:35 p.m. by MediaCTV

ECAN 1405 01 YouTubeNEWS

ECAN 1405 01 YouTubeNEWS

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 7:23 p.m. by MediaCTV

Container Pods

Container Pods

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 7:22 p.m. by MediaCTV

Red-zone homes in suspicious blaze

Red-zone homes in 'suspicious' blaze

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 6:45 p.m. by MediaStuff

Two red-zoned Christchurch homes have gone up in flames this morning.

CTV News   Tuesday 6 May

CTV News Tuesday 6 May

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 6:20 p.m. by MediaCTV

Rebuild paves way for city ute-opia

Rebuild paves way for city ute-opia

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Glen Chettleburgh takes good care of his ute, making sure it is the shining ambassador of his painting company.

First measure to help ease Northern Motorway congestion – NZTA

First measure to help ease Northern Motorway congestion – NZTA

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 3:21 p.m. by Transport4chch

The first of the short-term measures to help ease congestion on Christchurch’s Northern Motorway is being installed tomorrow night (Wednesday 7 May). Traffic bollards (as pictured above) are being placed along the painted medium at the Tram Road onramp to …

Madras Street and Bealey Avenue – reduced lanes from tonight

Madras Street and Bealey Avenue – reduced lanes from tonight

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 12:01 p.m. by Transport4chch

From tonight, Tuesday 6 May, Madras Street will be restricted to one lane northbound from approximately Moa Place through to Bealey Avenue from 7pm to 6am. During the day Madras will be restricted to two lanes – left turn out …

Madras Street and Bealey Avenue – reduced lanes at night

Madras Street and Bealey Avenue – reduced lanes at night

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 12:01 p.m. by Transport4chch

Madras Street will be restricted to one lane northbound from approximately Moa Place through to Bealey Avenue from 7pm to 6am. During the day Madras will be restricted to two lanes – left turn out onto Madras and straight through …

Outcasts goes case to highest court

Outcasts goes case to highest court

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 1:34 a.m. by MediaStuff

The Quake Outcasts will have their case heard in New Zealand's highest court.

Is the residential red zone unlawful?

Is the residential red zone unlawful?

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 1:34 a.m. by MediaStuff

In August, the Outcasts and Fowler Developments Ltd won a judicial review of the Government's offer to buy uninsured properties and empty sections at 50 per cent of the land valuation.

$300,000 homes for Christchurch

$300,000 homes for Christchurch

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 12:15 a.m. by MediaStuff

The trust was launched in central Christchurch at an event attended by about 60 people including representatives of the Christchurch City Council, Housing New Zealand and other agencies.

Confusion around Section 38 notices

Confusion around Section 38 notices

Monday, 5 May 2014 11:58 p.m. by MediaStuff



Expert explains Section 38 regulations

Expert explains Section 38 regulations

Monday, 5 May 2014 11:58 p.m. by MediaStuff



Keeping Christchurch Moving 2nd April 2014

Keeping Christchurch Moving 2nd April 2014

Monday, 5 May 2014 7:47 p.m. by MediaCTV

CTV News Monday 5 May

CTV News Monday 5 May

Monday, 5 May 2014 7:37 p.m. by MediaCTV

May 6, 2012 – Sydenham gets a new piano!

May 6, 2012 – Sydenham gets a new piano!

Monday, 5 May 2014 7:18 p.m. by GapFiller

May 6 – Sydenham gets a new piano! Announcing the arrival of a freshly painted piano at the music room 390 Colombo street. The last piano got rather wet and had to be recycled at Creative Junk, sadly. Now this piano has a new and improved shelter to help it withstand the rain. This piano […]

Work begins for An Accessible City

Work begins for An Accessible City

Monday, 5 May 2014 4:33 p.m. by GovtCera

The implementation of the transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan takes a significant step forward today, as the company appointed to design and oversee construction of the three major projects within phase one begins its work.

Demo starts on civic building

Demo starts on civic building

Monday, 5 May 2014 4:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

Demolition work on Christchurch's "distinctive" former civic building is under way.

Port Hills rockfall barriers largely unaffordable

Port Hills rockfall barriers 'largely unaffordable'

Monday, 5 May 2014 3:54 p.m. by MediaStuff

Port Hills residents battling to stay in their red-zoned homes are unlikely to get any further help from the Christchurch City Council.

Work begins for An Accessible City

Work begins for An Accessible City

Monday, 5 May 2014 3:51 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

The implementation of the transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan takes a significant step forward today, as the company appointed to design and oversee construction of the three major projects within phase one begins its work.

Port Hills demolition goes without a hitch

Port Hills demolition goes without a hitch

Monday, 5 May 2014 3:35 p.m. by Media3News

The complex job of demolishing earthquake-damaged houses on Christchurch's Port Hills has finally begun.

Christchurch mansion demolitions underway

Christchurch mansion demolitions underway

Monday, 5 May 2014 2:48 p.m. by MediaOneNews

The first demolitions started today on the Port Hills mansions.

Communities collecting flood data – template available

Communities collecting flood data – template available

Monday, 5 May 2014 2:09 p.m. by CanCERN Popular

The Christchurch City Council is collecting information from those residents affected by repeated floods. The Beckenham Neighbourhood Association has met with the Spreydon Heathcote Community Board to facilitate the collection of this data. If you live in that Ward and are affected by floods and would like to complete their survey please click .

Flooding Feedback Encouraging

Flooding Feedback Encouraging

Monday, 5 May 2014 1:17 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Around 120 people rolled up at the Edgeware Bowling Club yesterday as the Shirley / Papanui Community Board began the first of city wide information sessions and focus groups on flooding.

Ryan Cooney: Christchurch Traffic

Ryan Cooney: Christchurch Traffic

Monday, 5 May 2014 11:42 a.m. by CanterburyMorningsZB

Manager of the Christchurch Transport Operations Centre, Ryan Cooney talks to Newstalk ZB's Chris Lynch about travelling around the city.

Gap Filler Working Bee – 17 May

Gap Filler Working Bee – 17 May

Monday, 5 May 2014 11:33 a.m. by GapFiller

Gap Filler’s next monthly working bee will be taking place on Saturday the 17th of May. There’ll be work on golf holes, the book exchange and possibly more. AND there’ll be a bbq, as well as bananas and drinks to keep us going (thanks All Good Organics!) Our working bees are an easy way to […]

Age of Anxiety………………

Age of Anxiety………………

Monday, 5 May 2014 11:02 a.m. by AnxietySupport

Anxiety disorders are the most commonly diagnosed mental illness. Now Atlantic editor Scott Stossel has fronted the disorder that he suggests, although a curse, may in some ways also be a blessing. By Catherine Woulfe  24th April, 2014 Scott Stossel, future editor of the Atlantic, spent his childhood crying on sidelines and trembling in corners....

Why are politicians deliberately obstructing recovery?

Why are politicians deliberately obstructing recovery?

Monday, 5 May 2014 10:54 a.m. by HughPavletich Popular

Why are central and local politicians deliberately obstructing an affordable / normal recovery ?

Southern Response Class Action Comment

Southern Response Class Action Comment

Monday, 5 May 2014 10:40 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

A local lawyer has been promoting a potential class action against Southern Response.  The promoters of the class action idea say their complaint is about the time it has taken to resolve claims. 

Look Up………………

Look Up………………

Monday, 5 May 2014 10:35 a.m. by AnxietySupport

  If you have an i-phone, Android, cellphone or live your life on a laptop or tablet, or have friends or family that do, then this is a must watch: - http://blog.petflow.com/this-is-a-video-everyone-needs-to-see-for-the-first-time-in-my-life-im-speechless/

Bus Detours from Tuesday 6th May

Bus Detours from Tuesday 6th May

Monday, 5 May 2014 7:19 a.m. by Transport4chch

Expect delays CBD week of Monday 5th May

Expect delays CBD week of Monday 5th May

Monday, 5 May 2014 7:17 a.m. by Transport4chch Featured Popular

The return to work and school for many this week will see increased traffic volumes and  increased delays for road users.

CBD week of Monday 5th May – delays expected

CBD week of Monday 5th May – delays expected

Monday, 5 May 2014 7:17 a.m. by Transport4chch

The return to work and school for many this week will see increased traffic volumes and  increased delays for road users. With 40 SCIRT crews now working in the central city the city infrastructure rebuild is at its peak and …

Montreal Street & Colombo Street – work completed

Montreal Street & Colombo Street – work completed

Monday, 5 May 2014 6:56 a.m. by Transport4chch

Road users are advised that the current SCIRT work on Montreal Street around the clock tower has been completed and two traffic lanes are restored. 

Port Hills demolition gets underway

Port Hills demolition gets underway

Monday, 5 May 2014 6:53 a.m. by Media3News

The complex job of demolishing dangerous homes on Christchurch's Port Hills is beginning today.

Flockton residents urged to have their say

Flockton residents urged to have their say

Monday, 5 May 2014 5:13 a.m. by Media3News

Christchurch City Council is calling on flood-ravaged residents to have their say on the future of Flockton.

Demolition of cliff-top homes begins

Demolition of cliff-top homes begins

Monday, 5 May 2014 4:21 a.m. by MediaStuff

It will take four weeks to demolish a cluster of cliff-top homes destroyed by the earthquakes.

Kill the performing arts precinct

Kill the performing arts precinct

Monday, 5 May 2014 1:47 a.m. by MediaThePress

Before the earthquakes, Christchurch had a functioning and effective .

Innovation driving Canterbury economy

Innovation driving Canterbury economy

Monday, 5 May 2014 12:59 a.m. by MediaThePress



Renewed village to be renamed

Renewed village to be renamed

Sunday, 4 May 2014 10:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

Ryman Healthcare's Beckenham Courts village is to be renamed as part of a $20 million rebuild that follows damage from the 2011 earthquakes.

Valuations add to red-zone stress levels

Valuations add to red-zone stress levels

Sunday, 4 May 2014 5:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has raised concerns about the way property revaluations were done in Christchurch's residential red zone.

Valuations add to red-zone stress

Valuations add to red-zone stress

Sunday, 4 May 2014 5:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has raised concerns about the way property revaluations were done in Christchurch's residential red zone.

Revitalising New Brighton campaign kicks off

Revitalising New Brighton campaign kicks off

Sunday, 4 May 2014 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

SURF founder Tony Brooks, who owns Pierside Cafe and Bar, has been working closely with the New Brighton Business and Landowners Association to attract investment to the community with earthquake-damaged properties, repeated flooding and less retail interest.

Christchurch Exodus – Cosmetic only?!

Christchurch Exodus – Cosmetic only?!

Sunday, 4 May 2014 4:52 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Every year, tens of millions of people abandon their homes because of natural disasters. I am currently hearing stories in Christchurch that this is beginning to happen here as well. Unfortunately this appears to be only the tip of the iceberg. CERA and associated bodies do not seem to realize/care that Christchurch residents are only prepared to put up with so much. Solutions to the insurance stale-mate and flood risks need to be found sooner rather than later otherwise the ...

Can Christchurch be saved?

Can Christchurch be saved?

Saturday, 3 May 2014 5:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Rebuilding New Zealand's second-biggest city was always going to be challenging.

Lesley Murdoch reviews the Kiwi league test with Radio sports Elliott Smith and former Kiwi Gerard Stokes.

Lesley Murdoch reviews the Kiwi league test with Radio sports Elliott Smith and former Kiwi Gerard Stokes.

Saturday, 3 May 2014 9:16 a.m. by CanterburyMorningsZB

Elliott Smith and Gerard Stokes join Lesley Murdoch to wrap up the Kiwi Kangaroo league test from Sydney.

Therese Walsh tals with Lesley Murdoch about the volunteers required for Cricket World Cup 2015.

Therese Walsh tals with Lesley Murdoch about the volunteers required for Cricket World Cup 2015.

Saturday, 3 May 2014 9:04 a.m. by CanterburyMorningsZB

Lesley Murdoch talks with Therese Walsh from Cricket World Cup 2015 about the volunteers needed to help make the event run smoothly and how people can apply to become volunteers.

Is junkitecture our future?

Is junkitecture our future?

Saturday, 3 May 2014 12:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

British architecture critic Jonathan Glancey says that "huge impersonal forces" are turning many cities into boring places. What are the implications for Christchurch? PHILIP MATTHEWS reports.