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Christchurch City Council misses out on $3.2 million in revenue as consenting work cools off

Christchurch City Council misses out on $3.2 million in revenue as consenting work cools off

Thursday, 5 October 2017 6:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

A nosedive in the number of residential building consents has cost the the Christchurch City Council millions of dollars in lost revenue, documents show.

Historic buildings at Christchurchs Halswell Quarry Park repaired

Historic buildings at Christchurch's Halswell Quarry Park repaired

Thursday, 5 October 2017 5:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council has restored three historic buildings at Halswell Quarry Park.

Cancer Society seeks land for new home after losing buildings to the earthquakes

Cancer Society seeks land for new home after losing buildings to the earthquakes

Thursday, 5 October 2017 3:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

After years of operating from temporary premises following the Christchurch earthquakes, the Cancer Society is looking for a new home.

Christchurch to get National Science Centre when Science Alive! returns to the CBD

Christchurch to get National Science Centre when Science Alive! returns to the CBD

Thursday, 5 October 2017 3:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

When Science Alive! moves into central Christchurch, it is going to bring a whole new attraction and ambitious goals.

Let’s grow a healthy garden city

Let’s grow a healthy garden city

Thursday, 5 October 2017 5:24 a.m. by MakingChristchurch

Councillor concerned by lack of communication over Christchurchs delayed rebuild projects

Councillor concerned by lack of communication over Christchurch's delayed rebuild projects

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 8:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

A lack of communication on progress and delays to rebuild projects in Christchurch is "really concerning", a city councillor says.

First tenant will move into Christchurchs The Terrace this month

First tenant will move into Christchurch's The Terrace this month

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 7:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Six years after promising to rebuild on his riverfront land, Anthony Gough will this month see the first business move into his $140 million Terrace development.

No start date or contractor confirmed for Christchurchs metro sports facility, as site sits empty

No start date or contractor confirmed for Christchurch's metro sports facility, as site sits empty

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 7:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

The site for Christchurch's $300 million metro sports facility is sitting empty, still without a confirmed contractor or start date.

EQC to stay in Christchurch in 2018 and beyond

EQC to stay in Christchurch 'in 2018 and beyond'

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 7:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will extend its presence in Christchurch beyond the end of 2017.

St Albans News October/November issue now out

St Albans News October/November issue now out

Monday, 2 October 2017 8:53 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

It looks like Duncan Webb has taken the Christchurch Central seat (of which St Albans is a large part) but the party vote at the preliminary count was close. We can only wait patiently while the parties negotiate to decide …

Pressure on Government to come up with land for Christchurchs Eden Project attraction

Pressure on Government to come up with land for Christchurch's Eden Project attraction

Monday, 2 October 2017 7:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Eden Project planned for Christchurch's Avon Loop needs a land deal in the next three to six months or the $100 million project may fall over.

Action taken on over half of central Christchurchs Dirty 30

Action taken on over half of central Christchurch's 'Dirty 30'

Monday, 2 October 2017 6:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

A city council name and shame approach to derelict buildings is getting results in central Christchurch.

Hurt & Hope: Post-quake addiction and domestic abuse bring Cantabrians down

Hurt & Hope: Post-quake addiction and domestic abuse bring Cantabrians down

Saturday, 30 September 2017 8:21 a.m. by MediaStuff



Eve Jones* didn't think she and her three children needed support â€“ her ex-husband was the sick one.

He would hide bottles of vodka, pour water into the ones he'd secretly emptied and drink in his car.

In their 15 years together, he'd always liked a drink. But it became worse a couple of years after the February 2011 earthquake with the stress of living in a broken city. He had also lost a family member in the tremor.

Canterbury University students bid farewell to the last construction crane on campus

Canterbury University students bid farewell to the last construction crane on campus

Friday, 29 September 2017 1:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Condolences came flooding in this week for the loss of a university campus institution.

Civic Trust awards recognise Christchurch rebuild

Civic Trust awards recognise Christchurch rebuild

Friday, 29 September 2017 11:27 a.m. by MediaThePress

Some of Christchurch's major earthquake rebuild and restoration projects have been recognised with awards from the Christchurch Civic Trust.

Johnny Moore: Former Christchurch Mayor Garry Moores family home to be demolished

Johnny Moore: Former Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore's family home to be demolished

Friday, 29 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

I grew up in an old villa in Shirley with zero redeeming architectural characteristics.

A new cornerstone of retail opens in central Christchurch

A new cornerstone of retail opens in central Christchurch

Friday, 29 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Meander through the maze-like lanes and mixed levels of The Crossing in central Christchurch and there is plenty to draw the eye from shopfronts to a surprise artwork, heritage facades and the odd glimpse of blue sky. It is easy to get a little lost here. Lost in time and space, exploring what is the city's most significant retail development in a decade.

Christchurchs central library gets a name: Tūranga

Christchurch's central library gets a name: Tūranga

Thursday, 28 September 2017 2:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new central library will be named Tūranga, complementing the Māori name for Cathedral Square.

Crown-led housing project triggers transformation

Crown-led housing project triggers transformation

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 5:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Crown-led development of 106 new homes is triggering the rejuvenation of an industrial part of central Christchurch.

Crown-led housing project triggers transformation of Christchurchs Welles St

Crown-led housing project triggers transformation of Christchurch's Welles St

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 5:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Crown-led development of 106 new homes is triggering the rejuvenation of an industrial part of central Christchurch.

Gap Filler with Christchurch International Airport

Gap Filler with Christchurch International Airport

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:07 a.m. by GapFiller

Ping Pongs goes to Christchurch International Airport!

Ping Pongs goes to Christchurch International Airport!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:07 a.m. by GapFiller

Christchurchs Public Trust heritage project ready to go

Christchurch's Public Trust heritage project ready to go

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 2:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

The new owners who rescued Christchurch's old Public Trust building are close to starting work on renovations.

Venue jigsaw for 1600 delegates coming to Christchurch

Venue jigsaw for 1600 delegates coming to Christchurch

Monday, 25 September 2017 6:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's largest conference since the earthquakes has spread itself over a "jigsaw" of venues in the absence of a specialised convention centre.

Meet our interns!

Meet our interns!

Monday, 25 September 2017 10:54 a.m. by GapFiller

How the Christchurch district energy scheme works

How the Christchurch district energy scheme works

Monday, 25 September 2017 6:37 a.m. by MediaThePress

Will another National Government mean anything different for Christchurch?

Will another National Government mean anything different for Christchurch?

Saturday, 23 September 2017 11:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Three more years. National is in the box seat in Christchurch. Labour will scarcely be able to believe it.

Faster repopulation needed in central Christchurch for business survival

Faster repopulation needed in central Christchurch for business survival

Friday, 22 September 2017 6:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch has been warned it must speed up its central city population growth if new enterprises are to survive.

Southern Response liability estimate grows $395 million in a year

Southern Response liability estimate grows $395 million in a year

Friday, 22 September 2017 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response could be on the hook for $395 million more in insurance claims than previously expected.

EQC continues its success in helping Edgecumbe

EQC continues its success in helping Edgecumbe

Friday, 22 September 2017 4:54 p.m. by GovtEQC

Revitalised Christchurch central city still seen as fragile

Revitalised Christchurch central city still seen as fragile

Friday, 22 September 2017 3:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

All told, it will contain more than $1 billion worth of new buildings.

Funding suspension and winter delay central Christchurch road works

Funding suspension and winter delay central Christchurch road works

Friday, 22 September 2017 2:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Work is expected resume soon on the upgrades of Christchurch's Manchester and Durham streets after two months of little action.

Whats with the giant spray paint cans in central Christchurch?

What's with the giant spray paint cans in central Christchurch?

Friday, 22 September 2017 1:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Giant spray paint cans will provide the canvas for more street art in central Christchurch.

Johnny Moore: People missing from the heart of the rebuild

Johnny Moore: People missing from the heart of the rebuild

Friday, 22 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: It's been more than seven years since earthquakes showed up and smashed Christchurch city. Seven years is coincidentally the lifespan of a newt, possibly the only member of the salamander family to have a US politician named after it.

Johnny Moore: People missing from the heart of Christchurch rebuild

Johnny Moore: People missing from the heart of Christchurch rebuild

Friday, 22 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

It's been more than seven years since earthquakes showed up and smashed Christchurch city. Seven years is coincidentally the lifespan of a newt, possibly the only member of the salamander family to have a US politician named after it.

Canterbury earthquake claims make up a fifth of housing insurance investigations

Canterbury earthquake claims make up a fifth of housing insurance investigations

Thursday, 21 September 2017 7:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury earthquake complaints made up more than a fifth of housing insurance investigations by the Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman (IFSO) in the past year.

Compulsorily acquired land compensation claim unlikely to succeed

Compulsorily acquired land compensation claim unlikely to succeed

Thursday, 21 September 2017 5:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch property owner's claim for more compensation for his Crown-acquired land is likely doomed to fail, a court has ruled.

Contractor dumped from Christchurch Hospital building says it will finish his business

Contractor dumped from Christchurch Hospital building says it will 'finish' his business

Thursday, 21 September 2017 1:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

A man behind a firm contracted to work on Christchurch Hospital's new acute services building says his business is "finished" after the contract was cancelled with two days' notice.

Christchurch crash victim Eileen Pearce, 86, inspiration for elderly post-quake insurance battlers

Christchurch crash victim Eileen Pearce, 86, inspiration for elderly post-quake insurance battlers

Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

A woman who died in a car crash in Christchurch became the face of post-quake elder abuse during her lengthy insurance battle.

EQC & Insurance Newsletter #16

EQC & Insurance Newsletter #16

Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:50 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the link to our 16th EQC & Insurance Newsletter

Jake Bailey: Give Christchurch a chance

Jake Bailey: Give Christchurch a chance

Thursday, 21 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

By Jake Bailey There has been a lot of discussion about the Christchurch rebuild over the past month or so. A bit of discussion about stadiums, the opening of the Justice Precinct, the Cathedral, a bit of criticism published as...

Eye-watering professional fees for Christchurch convention centre

'Eye-watering' professional fees for Christchurch convention centre

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 3:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

The amount spent on professional fees for the Christchurch convention centre is "eye-watering" but the details released by authorities raise more questions than they answer, a property development professional says.

$11m spent on Christchurch convention centre design consultants

$11m spent on Christchurch convention centre design consultants

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 12:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Design consultants for Christchurch's new convention centre have cost a government development company more than $11 million.

Earthquake damage or Pre-existing.

Earthquake damage or Pre-existing.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:18 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In He v Earthquake Commission and ors [2017] NZHC 2136 the High Court (Dunningham J) had to decide whether the damage to Mr He’s property at 377 Selwyn Street, Addington was caused by the earthquakes or not.  The judgment records that over the life of the proceeding Mr He had engaged 6 different structural engineers.  The judgment also records that the tenant of the property at the time of the earthquakes supported EQC and the insurer that the damage existed before the earthquakes.  Predic ...

Election stats

Election stats

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 2:03 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

According to statistics on the elections.org.nz website an estimated 79.32 per cent of voters in the Christchurch Central electorate that encompasses St Albans, have registered to vote as at September 17. The percentage is an estimate as the population figures …

Handful of places offer early voting

Handful of places offer early voting

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:26 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Few places have been authorised to offer advanced voting and none of them is in St Albans. The closest place to vote early in the Christchurch Central electorate is at the Central Library in Peterborough St, which you can do …

Community board opposes funding reduction

Community board opposes funding reduction

Monday, 18 September 2017 1:40 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The Papanui-Innes community board is contesting the reduced amount it is receiving in Christchurch City Council funding to allocate for spending in the community. And they have written to the mayor about the reduction to voice their concerns. The 2017/18 …

AMI Insurance – Exclusion clause application

AMI Insurance – Exclusion clause application

Monday, 18 September 2017 11:43 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In AMI Insurance Ltd v Legg & ors [2017] 321 the Court of Appeal upheld AMI’s appeal that it was liable to indemnify the Leggs for damage/costs from a rubbish heap fire on their Selwyn property in January 2013.  Some of the material in the heap came from the Leggs’ lifestyle block and some from a separate landscaping business run by their company Evolving Landscapes Ltd.  Legg insured the lifestyle block with AMI and ELL insured the business with Lumley.  In the High Court Nation ...

Plans revealed for 122 east frame homes

Plans revealed for 122 east frame homes

Sunday, 17 September 2017 7:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 120 new homes are set to be built in Christchurch's east frame in one of the biggest steps forward yet for the slow-moving project.

Crown signs with church to progress Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Crown signs with church to progress Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Friday, 15 September 2017 8:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

"Significant progress" has been made on the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral .

Nepalese street art lights up Christchurchs Innovation Precinct

Nepalese street art lights up Christchurch's Innovation Precinct

Friday, 15 September 2017 6:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

A yeti has come to Christchurch.

Prattley v Vero Insurance – Costs judgment

Prattley v Vero Insurance – Costs judgment

Friday, 15 September 2017 11:53 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Prattley Enterprises Ltd unsuccessfully sued Vero Insurance  to set aside a settlement agreement on insurance claims for earthquake damage to Worcester Towers.  It lost in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  Risk Worldwide funded the litigation.  In Prattley Enterprises Ltd v Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd [2017] NZHC 1599 the High Court (Dunningham J) awarded Vero $277,674 for legal costs and $467,571.67 for disbursements.  Vero had sought $596,508 for legal fees and $472,800.48 ...