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Report confirms Christchurch rents boom is over

Report confirms Christchurch rents boom is over

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 7:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

Survey of Canterbury quake repairs caned by critics and advocates

Survey of Canterbury quake repairs caned by critics and advocates

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 7:21 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Government survey of quake repairs is nothing more than a "giant snow job", experts and community advocates claim.

EQC to apologise to homeowners for shoddy repairs

EQC to apologise to homeowners for shoddy repairs

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 5:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will apologise to thousands of homeowners facing checks to potentially faulty repairs to their quake-damaged homes.

MBIE Report on EQC Faulty Repairs

MBIE Report on EQC Faulty Repairs

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 4:07 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Below is an extract from the MBIE website about its report on faulty building repairs.  The report identified significant failings with the “jack and pack” method.  Here is the link. Report into Canterbury residential repairs released 19 August 2015 The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released a report into the Building Code compliance of earthquake repairs to Canterbury homes. The report follows an independent survey of 101 homes randomly selected from mor ...

Christchurch car park murals wont be saved

Christchurch car park murals won't be saved

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 3:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

Citing cost, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority will not save .

Looking forward to PARK(ing) Day on September 18 this year

Looking forward to PARK(ing) Day on September 18 this year

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 2:17 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

PARK(ing) Day is your chance to transform a small public area in the city from a car-parking space to an active public space! PARK(ing) Day is a daylong global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces. Now an annual event, the project began in 2005 when […]

PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 2:17 p.m. by GapFiller

PARK(ing) Day held on 18th September was an opportunity to transform a small public area in the city from a car-parking space to an active public space! PARK(ing) Day is a daylong global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces. Now an annual event, the project began […]

Non-compliant repairs will be put right

Non-compliant repairs will be put right

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:31 p.m. by FletcherEQR Popular

EQC to apologise to homeowners with shoddy repairs

EQC to apologise to homeowners with shoddy repairs

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will apologise to thousands of home owners facing checks to potentially faulty repairs of their quake-damaged homes.

MBIE report: One third of assessed homes non-compliant

MBIE report: One third of assessed homes non-compliant

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 11:28 a.m. by MediaThePress

More than a third of earthquake-damaged Canterbury homes that had their structural repairs assessed by the Government had faulty underfloor work.

EQC will put right non-compliant repairs

EQC will put right non-compliant repairs

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 11:19 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Anglicans to build offices alongside Transitional cardboard cathedral

Anglicans to build offices alongside Transitional cardboard cathedral

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 9:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's cardboard cathedral is to get a new neighbour - a double-storey storey office complex to be built on vacant land alongside the church.

Knox Presbyterian Church rebuild

Knox Presbyterian Church rebuild

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 6:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow Popular

Christchurch continues to fight to retain what little is left of its architectural heritage following the Canterbury ‘quakes. So, it is with hope that we celebrate the recent announcement that the Christchurch Town Hall is to be resurrected and, along with , which was recently restored by  and a talented team of conservation experts, Knox Presbyterian Church has been ‘rebuilt’ by local firm .

MBIE survey results

MBIE survey results

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 5:35 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

You may have seen or heard of the results of a repairs survey by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), released today.

Artist wants Christchurch murals saved

Artist wants Christchurch murals saved

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 2:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

The artist who painted murals on the Manchester St car park wants them saved.

The Anatomy of a Claim: A Policyholder’s Guide To Property Insurance

The Anatomy of a Claim: A Policyholder’s Guide To Property Insurance

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 10:54 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

In 2012 I published The Christchurch Fiasco: the Insurance Aftershock. The book was developed as a result of my frustrations with IAG/State Insurance and the treatment of our claim which five years later is still, unresolved. That book was not …

Meridian signs up for new central city office

Meridian signs up for new central city office

Monday, 17 August 2015 6:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Power company Meridian Energy will return its 370 office staff to central Christchurch next year.

Christchurch CBD aerial video shows little progress

Christchurch CBD aerial video shows 'little progress'

Monday, 17 August 2015 4:23 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A new aerial video of central Christchurch shows parts of the city rebuild taking shape, alongside plenty of bare land awaiting development.

SCAPE 8 New Intimacies

SCAPE 8 New Intimacies

Monday, 17 August 2015 1:44 p.m. by SCAPE Christchurch Biennial Featured Popular

A Public Art Walkway to help people create new memories and re-connect with the changed Christchurch landscape; .

On this day -  1999 Earthquake exposes weak infrastructure

On this day - 1999 Earthquake exposes weak infrastructure

Monday, 17 August 2015 10:58 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Failed remedial work continued

Failed remedial work continued

Sunday, 16 August 2015 9:40 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Stuff and the Press recently published the article here about the likely liability of Fletchers and insurers for defective earthquake remedial work.  It is unfortunate that those involved in the article did not accurately state the law.  Where an insurer chooses to do, or have paid for, remedial work under the insurance policy then it is liable for the quality of that work as if it was the builder.  There are a few Court proceedings already against insurers for defective building work.  Fletcher ...

Agony Returns – guest post by Edward

Agony Returns – guest post by Edward

Saturday, 15 August 2015 12:36 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, Mr Adrian Cowie’s analysis of the situation with City housing stock, as published on Stuff makes for chilling reading and at this point it behoves us to examine the …

No responsibility on Fletcher EQR for shoddy quake repairs, contract suggests

No responsibility on Fletcher EQR for shoddy quake repairs, contract suggests

Friday, 14 August 2015 6:59 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission's (EQC) home repair programme project manager can not be held responsible for shoddy quake repairs, its contract suggests.

Shipping containers to be removed from Sumner

Shipping containers to be removed from Sumner

Friday, 14 August 2015 5:54 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The removal of a line of shipping containers from a Sumner roadside is "great news" for the Christchurch suburb, the residents' association says.

Ann Brower: Fix the parapets first

Ann Brower: Fix the parapets first

Friday, 14 August 2015 12:45 p.m. by MediaStuff

It's not every day when nearly everyone agrees. In that rare event, the Government should listen.

Public Notice: Draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan

Public Notice: Draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan

Friday, 14 August 2015 11:39 a.m. by GovtCera Popular

The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, the Hon Gerry Brownlee, has received the draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan from Environment Canterbury (ECan).  The preparation of a draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan was directed in June 2014 by the Minister under section 16 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.

Gisborne shaken by earthquake

Gisborne shaken by earthquake

Friday, 14 August 2015 8:53 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

New Sabin Holloway exhibition captures aftermath of Christchurch earthquake

New Sabin Holloway exhibition captures aftermath of Christchurch earthquake

Friday, 14 August 2015 8:22 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

In the immediate aftermath of the February 2011 earthquake, which killed 185 people and virtually destroyed Christchurch's central business district, the government sealed off the inner city.

EQC failed remedial work

EQC failed remedial work

Friday, 14 August 2015 12:35 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Here is the link to the post on the EQC website about failed remedial work.  The houses the subject of the investigation will be the tip of the iceberg.  I do not recommend that homeowners rely on EQC to accurately scope and remediate the failings.  Better to engage an independent expert.

Earthquake Insurance Statistics

Earthquake Insurance Statistics

Friday, 14 August 2015 12:30 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Five Years On: How Insurance Claims Arising from the 2010-11 Earthquakes Have Been Dealt With New Zealand’s proximity to the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire leads to 20,000 recorded earthquakes each year. Most earthquakes are minor but annually around 200 are strong enough to be felt. Between September 2010 and June 2011, Canterbury was hit by three major earthquakes. While such natural events are not uncommon in the country, the intensity of those earthquakes, and the fact that they oc ...

Brownlees bombshell leaves Cantabrians in the dark

Brownlee's bombshell leaves Cantabrians in the dark

Thursday, 13 August 2015 10:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

Gerry Brownlee dropped a bombshell when he announced all Earthquake Commission (EQC) foundation repairs done without a building consent would be audited and errant builders would face sanctions.

Fix the parapets first

Fix the parapets first

Thursday, 13 August 2015 5:52 p.m. by MediaStuff

It's not every day when nearly everyone agrees.  In that rare event, the Government should listen.

Feedback sought on port plan

Feedback sought on port plan

Thursday, 13 August 2015 4:49 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Feedback sought on port plan

Feedback sought on port plan

Thursday, 13 August 2015 4:39 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee is inviting public comment on a draft recovery plan for the damaged Lyttelton Port and its surrounding area.

Chemical company lend hand to housing scheme

Chemical company lend hand to housing scheme

Thursday, 13 August 2015 4:04 p.m. by MediaStuff

Volunteer builders from Australia are replacing the "distant memory" of the Christchurch earthquakes with a close-up view of the recovery.

Last visit by EQC claims managers to Wanganui office

Last visit by EQC claims managers to Wanganui office

Thursday, 13 August 2015 3:58 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Christchurch recovery documentary debuts tonight

Christchurch recovery documentary debuts tonight

Thursday, 13 August 2015 2:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Future Christchurch Update - August 2015

Future Christchurch Update - August 2015

Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:44 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

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Chief Executives update - 13 August 2015

Chief Executive's update - 13 August 2015

Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:24 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

John Ombler, Acting Chief Executive, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, chats to developer Antony Gough about his development in the Retail Precinct and broader progress in the city, including the Metro Sports Facility.

Chief Exectutives update - 13 August 2015

Chief Exectutive's update - 13 August 2015

Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:24 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

John Ombler, Acting Chief Executive, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, chats to developer Antony Gough about his development in the Retail Precinct and broader progress in the city, including the Metro Sports Facility.

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Thursday, 13 August 2015 9:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

New Zealand, it is said, is one of the least corrupt places in the world. Why, even our bribes to Saudi Arabian businessmen can hardly be called anything but "using a number 8 wire mentality to navigate the complexity of the business...

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Thursday, 13 August 2015 9:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

New Zealand, it is said, is one of the least corrupt places in the world. Why, even our bribes to Saudi Arabian businessmen can hardly be called anything but "using a number 8 wire mentality to navigate the complexity of the business...

Gerry Brownlee targets cowboy builders after EQC foundation review

Gerry Brownlee targets 'cowboy' builders after EQC foundation review

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 9:17 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Construction "cowboys" who did shoddy repairs for the Earthquake Commission (EQC) will have to pay for their mistakes, Gerry Brownlee says.

Whittle Knight & Boatwood Ltd

Whittle Knight & Boatwood Ltd

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 7:58 p.m. by wkbco2015

Whittle Knight & Boatwood Ltd is among theleading property management and .Our goal is to provide services that fit the requirements of residential and commercial property owners, buyers and investors. We are based in Upper Riccarton, but we serve all main Christchurch suburbs, so you don’t have to go far to find agents who can give you what you need.

Fulton Hogan investigated over safety concerns

Fulton Hogan investigated over safety concerns

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 7:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Complaints over Fulton Hogan's workplace safety are being investigated.

MBIE – A Seismic Slight of Hand and at Worst Fraud?

MBIE – A Seismic Slight of Hand and at Worst Fraud?

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 6:00 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

And it’s happening right under your nose. For me, throughout the post-earthquake phase, probably the most critical and cynical practice that I have witnessed taking place right across the city during the course of the settlement of insurance claims, is …

Positive signs of wellbeing recovery continue

Positive signs of wellbeing recovery continue

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:54 a.m. by GovtCera Popular

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner says it is encouraging to see the many signs of progress leading to people's recovery as the fifth anniversary of the September 2010 earthquake approaches.

Positive signs of wellbeing recovery continue

Positive signs of wellbeing recovery continue

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:37 a.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Nicky Wagner | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Media coverage about repair quality

Media coverage about repair quality

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:17 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

CHCH SOUP Winter 15

CHCH SOUP Winter 15

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:13 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

With an almost full moon shining over The Arcades the Gap Filler and Ministry of Awesome teams were joined by 50 guests to celebrate our first CHCH SOUP.  Seven awesome ideas were pitched for the pot (which reached $700!) making voting very difficult. However, Lorna and Keishana’s Opti-Mum project won. Opti-Mum aims to deliver holistic antenatal courses to empower NZ […]

Strategic Action Points April 2014 – March 2015

Strategic Action Points April 2014 – March 2015

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:58 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

This pictogram looks back over the past year at our achievements.  Our values are central to all our projects, bringing locals and visitors into the city to engage in recreational, cultural and political activities.

Liquefaction or Putrification?

Liquefaction or Putrification?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:58 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Sometimes things smell and sometimes they really pong – but even when you look you can’t find the source – yet the smell lingers thickly in the air – I’m sure you’ve all had that experience. I really couldn’t go past this one, …

Liquefaction or Putrifaction?

Liquefaction or Putrifaction?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:58 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Sometimes things smell and sometimes they really pong – but even when you look you can’t find the source – yet the smell lingers thickly in the air – I’m sure you’ve all had that experience. I really couldn’t go past this one, …

EQC foundation repair shortcomings revealed

EQC foundation repair shortcomings revealed

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:46 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will review thousands of underfloor repairs after a Government investigation found shortcomings.

Buyer needed to save historic former artists studio and lodge

Buyer needed to save historic former artist's studio and lodge

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 9:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury artist Bill Hammond is looking for someone to rescue his old home and studio.