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Court asked to rule on EQCs repair standards

Court asked to rule on EQC's repair standards

Monday, 16 November 2015 6:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

Frustrated Canterbury homeowners have launched legal action against the Earthquake Commission (EQC) after failing to reach an agreement out of court.

Moving Canterbury from recovery to regeneration

Moving Canterbury from recovery to regeneration

Monday, 16 November 2015 5:49 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Parliament’s Local Government and Environment Committee is considering a number of bills relating to the regeneration of the Canterbury region.

Quake-hit couple live in unsafe house while waiting for EQC progress

Quake-hit couple live in 'unsafe' house while waiting for EQC progress

Monday, 16 November 2015 4:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Deep spilts are breaking up the concrete floor, walls are out of plumb, and experts have deemed the property a rebuild.

On this day - 1985 Colombian volcanic eruption

On this day - 1985 Colombian volcanic eruption

Monday, 16 November 2015 12:53 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

New liquor store planned for Hills Rd

New liquor store planned for Hills Rd

Monday, 16 November 2015 11:48 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

A new liquor store is planned for 90 Hills Rd but some St Albans and Richmond residents are objecting to yet another store being added when there are plenty of others within a kilometre or two. The planned store is …

MP issues reminder to insurers

MP issues reminder to insurers

Monday, 16 November 2015 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Two years after a shake-up in the way house insurance is calculated, concerns remain over how well the public understand the change.In 2013, most insurers moved to a sum-insured model where homeowners are now asked to name how much...

Waimakariri district red zoners face uncertain wait

Waimakariri district red zoners face uncertain wait

Sunday, 15 November 2015 5:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Waimakariri's red zone residents will likely be able to stay in their homes but face more uncertainty before their futures are confirmed.

Gap Filler celebrates five years of brightening Christchurchs vacant spaces

Gap Filler celebrates five years of brightening Christchurch's vacant spaces

Friday, 13 November 2015 7:11 p.m. by MediaStuff

Filling empty spaces has become an art in Christchurch, with Gap Filler leading the way in bringing joy and fun to a once decimated city.

Scirt errors cause massive water loss in Christchurch

Scirt errors cause massive water loss in Christchurch

Friday, 13 November 2015 6:08 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

About 12 million litres of water went down Christchurch drains in 2014 because of damage caused by road works, demolitions and construction.

The $500,000 intersection

The $500,000 intersection

Friday, 13 November 2015 4:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Nourishing body and Soul

Nourishing body and Soul

Thursday, 12 November 2015 9:21 p.m. by MakingChristchurch

Margaret Mahy playground on track for Christmas opening, Government says

Margaret Mahy playground on track for Christmas opening, Government says

Thursday, 12 November 2015 5:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

Prime Minister John Key took a muddy tour of Christchurch's Margaret Mahy playground as construction crews rally to complete the project before Christmas.

Happy birthday to us!

Happy birthday to us!

Thursday, 12 November 2015 2:41 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

GAP FILLER IS TURNING 5!!!!

The official sod-turning for construction of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial, 12 November 2015

The official sod-turning for construction of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial, 12 November 2015

Thursday, 12 November 2015 12:55 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

Work has officially begun on the Earthquake Memorial site, starting with the North Bank. A reflective gathering space will be developed here before the Memorial Wall itself is built across the river on the south bank.

EQC Act Must be changed

EQC Act Must be changed

Thursday, 12 November 2015 12:47 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Recommended Popular

The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) is calling for changes to the EQC Act to reduce delays and duplicated effort when another natural disaster strikes.

Construction of Earthquake Memorial begins

Construction of Earthquake Memorial begins

Thursday, 12 November 2015 10:37 a.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Cycleway design a ‘man made disaster’

Cycleway design a ‘man made disaster’

Thursday, 12 November 2015 10:26 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Businesses and residents in St Albans are none too impressed with the design Christchurch City Council has come up with for the Papanui Parallel cycleway. And they told the council staff undertaking the first consultation meeting at the St Albans …

Focal mechanism analysis of Christchurch Boxing Day aftershocks

Focal mechanism analysis of Christchurch Boxing Day aftershocks

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 4:40 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Earthquake insurer Southern Response sets aside $4m for legal fees

Earthquake insurer Southern Response sets aside $4m for legal fees

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 4:21 p.m. by MediaStuff

Government-owned insurer Southern Response has set aside $4 million for its legal costs over the next year, as it faces a lawsuit from disgruntled Christchurch customers angry with its work on earthquake repairs.

Margaret Mahy Family Playground - Progress flyover

Margaret Mahy Family Playground - Progress flyover

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 2:45 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

This flyover video shows the progress of the Margaret Mahy Family Playground under construction between the Avon River and Armagh Street. Once finished in December 2015, the Margaret Mahy Family Playground will connect the East Frame and Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River.

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The role of the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) is to lead the rebuild of Christchurch central. CCDU is part of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authori ...

Insurers want EQC Act overhaul

Insurers want EQC Act overhaul

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 12:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers want an overhaul of the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Act to eliminate "inefficiencies, additional costs and delays" before another disaster strikes.

The seismic response of multi-storey buildings

The seismic response of multi-storey buildings

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:09 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Dynamic behaviour of multi-storey buildings

Dynamic behaviour of multi-storey buildings

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 9:37 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Speech to the Insurance Council of New Zealand annual conference

Speech to the Insurance Council of New Zealand annual conference

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 9:15 a.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 8:41 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Hot off the Press… Notification that the South Frame details have been announced.  (The ones that have been sitting on the ministers desk for over 6 months….. Link here:  http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/73878366/south-frame-details-and-drawings-revealed “The powers that be” have finally released the South Frame …

South Frame details and drawings revealed

South Frame details and drawings revealed

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 7:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

New details and images have been released of the South Frame precinct to be built in central Christchurch.

Johnny Moore: Heritage trusts burning through money post-quake

Johnny Moore: Heritage trusts burning through money post-quake

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 5:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: I walk past the old Excelsior Hotel site on my way to work most days. A hotel with a long history in Christchurch, by the time the earthquakes hit it was doing trade as a good ol' pub with pokies, sports on telly and jugs of beer.

Engineering excellence on Lyttelton project

Engineering excellence on Lyttelton project

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:23 p.m. by FletcherEQR Popular

Literary sculptures installation begins

Literary sculptures installation begins

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:58 a.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Nicky Wagner | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

South Frame public space designs revealed

South Frame public space designs revealed

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:54 a.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

EQC budgets $5m for court cases in 2015/16

EQC budgets $5m for court cases in 2015/16

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has budgeted $5 million in the next year to fight frustrated Canterbury homeowners in court.

Literary Trail at The Terraces - Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct

Literary Trail at The Terraces - Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 9:19 a.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

This flyover video shows the progress of The Terraces section of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct. The Terraces will link the river to a new riverside promenade, and bars and restaurants in the new Retail Precinct.

Papanui Parallel cycleway consultation

Papanui Parallel cycleway consultation

Monday, 9 November 2015 9:32 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Location: St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo St Time: November 11 3.30pm – 6pm, with presentation at 5pm. Description: Find out about the changes planned in St Albans – cul de sac in Trafalgar St, car park removal, tree removal, …

Planned cycleway will alter St Albans streets

Planned cycleway will alter St Albans streets

Monday, 9 November 2015 9:24 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Traffic lights at the Edgeware Road/ Colombo St corner and Trafalgar St is no longer a through route to Merivale because it will have a double cul-de-sac near Dover St. These are two of the main changes to the streets …

Eyes on the City Part II

Eyes on the City Part II

Monday, 9 November 2015 5:29 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Eyes on the City is Back! Everyone’s favourite portable grandstand is hitting the streets of Christchurch again. Each Wednesday at 12:30 you’ll find the Grandstandium parked up at a different central city site, replete with commentary box, commentator, scoreboard and – new this season – an on-field roving reporter. We’ll bring you all the day’s […]

Cera residential red zone survey insulting

Cera residential red zone survey 'insulting'

Sunday, 8 November 2015 5:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Former Christchurch red zone residents say they feel "insulted" by the lack of promotion of a Government survey about its buy-out process.

Video: The last block from Christchurchs old CBD

Video: The last block from Christchurch's old CBD

Sunday, 8 November 2015 3:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Graffiti has taken over the last recognisable block left of the old Christchurch CBD.

Heritage facade on old Excelsior Hotel will be lost

Heritage facade on old Excelsior Hotel will be lost

Saturday, 7 November 2015 2:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's old Excelsior Hotel is to be rebuilt as a modern building with a replica facade.

Insurance brokers returning to central city

Insurance brokers returning to central city

Friday, 6 November 2015 9:57 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular


Insurance brokers Crombie Lockwood are joining the move back to central Christchurch.

Old Excelsior Hotel will rise again

Old Excelsior Hotel will rise again

Friday, 6 November 2015 8:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's old Excelsior Hotel is to be rebuilt as a modern building with a replica facade.

Topshop confirms new Christchurch store

Topshop confirms new Christchurch store

Friday, 6 November 2015 1:43 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

International fashion retailer Topshop has confirmed a badly-kept secret — that it is coming to Christchurch.

Our latest earthquake preparedness campaign goes live

Our latest earthquake preparedness campaign goes live

Friday, 6 November 2015 1:32 p.m. by GovtEQC

John Key visit to Lloyds

John Key visit to Lloyd's

Thursday, 5 November 2015 4:24 p.m. by PRNews Popular

John Key visit to Lloyd's

Leave no-one behind’ essential in emergency response - Human Rights Commission

Leave no-one behind’ essential in emergency response - Human Rights Commission

Thursday, 5 November 2015 4:07 p.m. by HumanRightsComm Recommended Popular

The participation and empowerment of people  affected by national emergencies in decision making are two key principles the Human Rights Commission wants to see underpinning Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies.

Award-winning Chef Takes Culinary Sojourn in Christchurch

Award-winning Chef Takes Culinary Sojourn in Christchurch

Thursday, 5 November 2015 3:50 p.m. by RebuildChristchurch Featured Popular

An online video series promoting the eclectic central Christchurch dining scene was launched yesterday.

Future Christchurch Update - November 2015

Future Christchurch Update - November 2015

Thursday, 5 November 2015 3:22 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

Chief Executives update - 5 November 2015

Chief Executive's update - 5 November 2015

Thursday, 5 November 2015 11:52 a.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 talks about the upcoming Cup and Show Week to the manager of the event, Richard Attwood.

Home of the Taniwha - The Big Picture

Home of the Taniwha - The Big Picture

Thursday, 5 November 2015 1:04 a.m. by EyesEast Featured Popular

EQCs legal bill continues to rise

EQC's legal bill continues to rise

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 2:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 270 legal cases have been brought against the Earthquake Commission (EQC) since the Canterbury earthquakes.

EQC and its legal costs

EQC and its legal costs

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 12:00 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

This morning National Radio (Morning Report) broadcast an interview I did with Conan Young about the amount paid by EQC for legal costs in relation to Christchurch earthquake claims.  In information released under the OIA EQC disclosed that the legal costs have been $23.6M.  In 2014 the legal costs were $7.4M.  These numbers do not include amounts paid by EQC for legal costs of homeowners.  The interview was broken into 2 parts.  Here is the link to part 1 and here is the link to part 2.

Te Whakaruruhau ki Otautahi Christchurch Community House

Te Whakaruruhau ki Otautahi Christchurch Community House

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 9:04 a.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi Popular

UPDATE on what TE WHAKARURUHAU KI OTAUTAHI CHRISTCHURCH COMMUNITY HOUSE offers  Christchurch Community House is a resource for non-profit groups and community initiatives in Christchurch.  Situated at 301 Tuam St, it offers the following spaces: o A large meeting room that will seat up to 50 people.  It has a data projector and

NGO Networking Party - 25 November, 7:30pm

NGO Networking Party - 25 November, 7:30pm

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 8:30 a.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi Popular

Keep this date! 7.30pm Wednesday 25 November NGO NETWORKING PARTY  BYO drinks and small plate at the WEA Centre 59 Gloucester St  This final OVTRK Forum for 2015 follows on from the October 2015 One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) Forum which was led by two researchers contracted by CERA Chrys Horn and Sarah Wylie. We focussed around two key questions: ·