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EQC apologises to Christchurch family who bought poorly repaired home

EQC apologises to Christchurch family who bought poorly repaired home

Sunday, 10 April 2016 6:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has apologised to a Christchurch family who bought a house they thought was repaired, only to discover they had fallen victim to shoddy building work.

Mayor’s speech to The Neighbourhood Trust

Mayor’s speech to The Neighbourhood Trust

Sunday, 10 April 2016 2:20 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The Mayor Lianne Dalziel gave a speech to the Neighbourhood Trust’s AGM at the McFaddens Centre on March 29. The text of her speech is given below: Good evening Council has a couple of recess weeks a year and this …

Heritage facade on old Excelsior Hotel in Christchurch demolished

Heritage facade on old Excelsior Hotel in Christchurch demolished

Sunday, 10 April 2016 2:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

The last remains of Christchurch's old Excelsior Hotel have been demolished.

Why the next Volunteer Army should involve tourists

Why the next Volunteer Army should involve tourists

Saturday, 9 April 2016 4:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: What would happen to New Zealand's story if our visitors not only explored our country but were able to actively contribute to making it better while they were here? What story would they then share with friends and family around the world? What emotional bond to our country would they create?

Owners hope to keep central mall building

Owners hope to keep central mall building

Saturday, 9 April 2016 3:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

While cranes swing on big construction sites around it, work has quietly started on the old Pagoda Court restaurant building in Christchurch's new retail precinct.

EQC and Repairs

EQC and Repairs

Friday, 8 April 2016 8:53 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to the Radio NZ website story about problems with EQC repairs.  It includes 2 interviews and mentions Grant Shand as being involved getting EQC to pay cap for a homeowner.

Cathedral Towers apartment buildings, with rooftop restaurant, planned for Cathedral Square

'Cathedral Towers' apartment buildings, with rooftop restaurant, planned for Cathedral Square

Friday, 8 April 2016 8:21 p.m. by MediaThePress

New plans for a $25 million apartment tower complex, with a rooftop restaurant, could prove a breakthrough for Cathedral Square.

Opposition to Christchurch Airport building $80m Novotel hotel on city outskirts

Opposition to Christchurch Airport building $80m Novotel hotel on city outskirts

Friday, 8 April 2016 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Plans to build a 200-room hotel at Christchurch airport have upset some city developers and business people who say the location will damage inner city regeneration.

Opposition to Christchurch Airport building $80m hotel on city outskirts

Opposition to Christchurch Airport building $80m hotel on city outskirts

Friday, 8 April 2016 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Plans to build a 200-room hotel at Christchurch airport have upset some city developers and business people who say the location will damage inner city regeneration.

Another unit fenced off in Christchurchs historic New Regent St

Another unit fenced off in Christchurch's historic New Regent St

Friday, 8 April 2016 6:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

New Regent St property owners have been asked to assess the safety of certain features on their buildings after new concerns were raised.

Kiwi engineer awarded for Christchurch liquefaction research

Kiwi engineer awarded for Christchurch liquefaction research

Friday, 8 April 2016 1:58 p.m. by MediaStuff

A team of kiwi engineers have achieved international recognition for their research on liquefaction damage during Canterbury's earthquakes.

Rally for royal commission into Canterbury earthquake repairs

Rally for royal commission into Canterbury earthquake repairs

Friday, 8 April 2016 12:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

Frustrated homeowners are calling for a royal commission into the quality of Canterbury's earthquake repair job.

Christchurch rebuild projects gets worst performance rating in Treasury report

Christchurch rebuild projects gets worst performance rating in Treasury report

Friday, 8 April 2016 8:39 a.m. by MediaThePress

Major projects contributing to Christchurch's earthquake rebuild have received the worst performance rating from Treasury.

Quality assurance and support

Quality assurance and support

Friday, 8 April 2016 2:18 a.m. by SouthernResponse

To read today's e-newsletter release regarding quality assurance in our build programme, please .

$9.2m Cathedral Square development on hold over lack of progress

$9.2m Cathedral Square development on hold over lack of progress

Thursday, 7 April 2016 7:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

The $9.2m redevelopment of Cathedral Square is on hold because of uncertainty over surrounding rebuild projects including the Convention Centre.

Never mind the EQC ‘scorecard’ – Time to demand an Audit.  Guest Post by Sleazkey

Never mind the EQC ‘scorecard’ – Time to demand an Audit. Guest Post by Sleazkey

Thursday, 7 April 2016 8:33 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

We are now in the sixth year post-earthquakes.  We are told that EQC have reduced their staff significantly, which must mean that there is no longer the pressure of work that there was. (See http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/67998762/Contractor-numbers-cut-as-EQC-home-repair-programme-downsizes).  However, some investigation reveals that …

Ngai Tahu Property may pull out of Christchurch convention centre project

Ngai Tahu Property may pull out of Christchurch convention centre project

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 9:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

Details of the final shape of Christchurch's convention centre precinct have been hammered out this week, as one of the developers signals it could pull out of the project.

Chinese firms $3 billion for Christchurch sits idle

Chinese firm's $3 billion for Christchurch sits idle

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 3:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Chinese firm planning to invest $3 billion in the Christchurch rebuild has yet to commit any money to the city.

Canterbury mental health funding boost to help children - Ministry of Health

Canterbury mental health funding boost to help children - Ministry of Health

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 2:54 p.m. by MediaStuff

A funding boost for Canterbury's mental health system should help to address a rise in children and young people needing help, the Ministry of Health says.

Reducing Risk, Raising Resilience

Reducing Risk, Raising Resilience

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 1:40 p.m. by GovtEQC

Christchurch schools attempt to avoid panicking students during lockdown drills

Christchurch schools attempt to avoid panicking students during lockdown drills

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 12:20 p.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch schools are grappling with ways to hold emergency lockdown drills that do not traumatise students.

Future Christchurch Update - April 2016

Future Christchurch Update - April 2016

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 8:51 a.m. by GovtCera

Chief Executives Update - 5 April 2016

Chief Executive's Update - 5 April 2016

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 4:45 p.m. by GovtCera

With the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority due to end on Monday 18 April, the acting Chief Executive John Ombler talks with the chief executives of agencies that are inheriting functions from CERA:
- Peter Mersi, from Land Information New Zealand  
- David Smol from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
- Chai Chuah from the Ministry of Health
- Andrew Kibblewhite from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
 

Prestigious award for liquefaction research

Prestigious award for liquefaction research

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 2:56 p.m. by GovtEQC

Whats wrong with Christchurch suburb of Linwood, apartment developers ask

What's wrong with Christchurch suburb of Linwood, apartment developers ask

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 9:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Property developers planning an apartment complex in the Christchurch suburb of Linwood hope their project will help boost a neighbourhood they believe should be more popular.

Christchurch artwork mystery solved

Christchurch artwork mystery solved

Monday, 4 April 2016 4:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

The mystery artist behind an unnamed $17,000 sculpture placed prominently near Christ Church Cathedral two months ago can be revealed.

Sculpture of mirrors in central Christchurch a $17,000 artwork

Sculpture of mirrors in central Christchurch a $17,000 artwork

Monday, 4 April 2016 4:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

The mystery artist behind an unnamed $17,000 sculpture placed prominently near Christ Church Cathedral two months ago can be revealed.

New Regent St barricades to come down on Saturday

New Regent St barricades to come down on Saturday

Monday, 4 April 2016 4:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

The barricades blocking trams and trade on New Regent St since February will come down on Friday, to the relief of business owners.

New Regent St barricades to come down

New Regent St barricades to come down

Monday, 4 April 2016 3:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

The barricades blocking trams and trade on New Regent St since February will come down on Friday, to the relief of business owners.

Buyers line up for Christchurch mansion

Buyers line up for Christchurch mansion

Monday, 4 April 2016 12:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

The fate of Christchurch's historic McLean's Mansion remains uncertain despite plenty of offers from would-be buyers for the property.

Nine years is a hell of a long time to wait….. Guest post by Herman Meijburg

Nine years is a hell of a long time to wait….. Guest post by Herman Meijburg

Sunday, 3 April 2016 5:53 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

In my last blog (See https://thechristchurchfiasco.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/recovery-fatigue-guest-blog-by-herman-meijburg/)  I wrote about the fact that after years of struggling with their insurers some Cantabrians give up and accept a settlement despite the fact that it leaves them ‘out of pocket’. Their reasons are perfectly …

Group action against Southern Response heading back to court

Group action against Southern Response heading back to court

Sunday, 3 April 2016 2:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

A group action against Government-owned quake claims firm Southern Response is set to return to court, but some members have tried pulling out.

Sumners Cave Rock signal to be repaired

Sumner's Cave Rock signal to be repaired

Sunday, 3 April 2016 2:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

Sumner's Cave Rock will lose its "ugly fences" with the promise of long-awaited repairs.

How not to repair a Heritage Street In the Christchurch CBD

How not to repair a Heritage Street In the Christchurch CBD

Sunday, 3 April 2016 11:40 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Oh the irony. How delicious…. On one hand we have the very public spectacle of a building owner in New Regent Street facing public condemnation from the other building owners about her reticence to repair her units in the New …

Ali Jones responds to pool article

Ali Jones responds to pool article

Saturday, 2 April 2016 4:20 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

I’ve just read in the latest edition of the STAN that I was not at the Feb council Meeting where the pool land sale was on the agenda. I was! I had a commitment in Auckland and was late into …

Latest St Albans News: Change is afoot

Latest St Albans News: Change is afoot

Saturday, 2 April 2016 4:18 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Lots of news about St Albans this month: includes BP’s designs for its corner site and what the neighbours think of that, the pool group will finally get the land back in Edgeware Rd so they can build two swimming …

Lumley/IAG

Lumley/IAG

Saturday, 2 April 2016 11:52 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

As of 1 April 2016 the various Lumley general insurance claim teams merge into the IAG model.    

New Christchurch rebuild entities fraught with potential power conflicts

New Christchurch rebuild entities 'fraught with potential power conflicts'

Friday, 1 April 2016 6:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: David Bowie said "Tomorrow belongs to those who can see it coming." But it is hard to look clearly into the future if you are mired in unresolved earthquake related problems. The St Valentine's Day seismic reminder was high on the emotional Richter scale.

Tide of over-cap earthquake insurance claims bigger than thought

Tide of over-cap earthquake insurance claims bigger than thought

Friday, 1 April 2016 5:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

The tide of earthquake insurance claims still to go over-cap is likely to be bigger than figures suggest.

Cera boss to head new Christchurch unit in Prime Ministers department

Cera boss to head new Christchurch unit in Prime Minister's department

Friday, 1 April 2016 2:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

A senior manager from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) will oversee the Christchurch rebuild for the Prime Minister's department.

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill passes unanimously

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill passes unanimously

Thursday, 31 March 2016 7:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new earthquake recovery regime has been given the go ahead.

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill passes

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill passes

Thursday, 31 March 2016 5:08 p.m. by GovtCera

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed unanimous support for the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill during its third and final reading in Parliament today.

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill passes

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill passes

Thursday, 31 March 2016 4:39 p.m. by GovtBeehive

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Historic churches moved, set to be restored

Historic churches moved, set to be restored

Thursday, 31 March 2016 3:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

A woman has bought and moved two historic earthquake-damaged churches, with the project one of the largest for a house-moving company.

$3m spent saving historic Canterbury home

$3m spent saving historic Canterbury home

Thursday, 31 March 2016 11:25 a.m. by MediaThePress

A Canterbury couple spent two years and $3 million saving an earthquake-damaged historic home after they "fell in love with it".

Sydenham Heritage Church rubble to be cleared after five years

Sydenham Heritage Church rubble to be cleared after five years

Thursday, 31 March 2016 9:19 a.m. by MediaStuff

Clearance of the Sydenham Heritage Church rubble will start in about two months.

Welsh slate from Southland Hospital used in Canterbury earthquake rebuild

Welsh slate from Southland Hospital used in Canterbury earthquake rebuild

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 12:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Welsh slate from a condemned Southland Hospital building has given new life to the historic Christchurch Arts Centre damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes.

Christchurch: My personal post-quake tour

Christchurch: My personal post-quake tour

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 12:12 p.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch, New Zealand has long been known as The Garden City. However, these days when I mention my home-away-from-home in New Zealand, I'm likely to hear, "Isn't that the place that was pretty much destroyed by an earthquake?"