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EQC assessment teams at work in Wanganui

EQC assessment teams at work in Wanganui

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 5:09 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Christchurch Personalities Launch Campaign Urging Public Feedback on Transition Plan, Media Release

Christchurch Personalities Launch Campaign Urging Public Feedback on Transition Plan, Media Release

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 3:17 p.m. by RebuildChristchurch Popular

Two Christchurch media personalities have launched a campaign urging residents to “stand up and be counted” in response to the Government’s transition plan for the city.

On this day -  1888 Japanese volcano

On this day - 1888 Japanese volcano

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 11:50 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Draft Victoria Square restoration plan released for feedback

Draft Victoria Square restoration plan released for feedback

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 11:50 a.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Nicky Wagner | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Reflections from Copenhagen – The End

Reflections from Copenhagen – The End

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 3:37 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

Well, I’ve been back home in Christchurch for just a few days, but already Copenhagen (and summer) feels like a bit of a distant memory. So I’d better get my final thoughts down now before they fade completely…   The first things I’d like to share are some of the projects our students completed. These […]

Crisis Politics and Neoliberal Disaster Recovery in Christchurch

Crisis Politics and Neoliberal Disaster Recovery in Christchurch

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 2:54 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Originally posted on :
Otautahi / Christchurch street art (source) Guest article submitted to Fightback by Raven Cretney (Otautahi / Christchurch). Four years ago, on the day following the February 22nd earthquakes in Christchurch, Prime Minister John Key spoke these…

Jarden v EQC[2015] NZHC 1427  – Summary by Sarah

Jarden v EQC[2015] NZHC 1427 – Summary by Sarah

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 2:48 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Facts: the Jardens’ home was damaged by the Sept 4th 2010 and Feb 22nd 2011 earthquakes. The Jardens’ statement of claim sought a rebuild of their house on the basis that it was not economic to repair as the estimate cost …

Jarden v Lumley General Insurance (NZ) Ltd [2015] NZHC 1427  – Summary by Sarah

Jarden v Lumley General Insurance (NZ) Ltd [2015] NZHC 1427 – Summary by Sarah

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 2:48 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Facts: the Jardens’ home was damaged by the Sept 4th 2010 and Feb 22nd 2011 earthquakes. The Jardens’ statement of claim sought a rebuild of their house on the basis that it was not economic to repair as the estimate cost …

Positive earthquake recovery thoughts potentially dangerous

Positive earthquake recovery thoughts potentially dangerous

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:18 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

Positive images of the Christchurch recovery are a “time travel dream machine”, but more distracting than negative ones, according to University of Canterbury (UC) research findings.

Residential property problem looming for CBD

Residential property problem looming for CBD

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:04 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Residential property problem looming for CBD

Continued Government support for Southern Response

Continued Government support for Southern Response

Monday, 13 July 2015 11:28 p.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

Last week's Scoop article about continued Government support for Southern Response is available .

Multi unit buildings - In The Know Hub seminar

Multi unit buildings - In The Know Hub seminar

Monday, 13 July 2015 9:48 p.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

The In the Know Hub’s next seminar,  will be held .

Proposed EQC changes weak - Massey Uni lecturer Michael Naylor

Proposed EQC changes 'weak' - Massey Uni lecturer Michael Naylor

Monday, 13 July 2015 6:41 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Proposals to overhaul the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Act are weak, unimaginative and still leave homeowners "stuck in the quagmire of the two insurer problem", an academic says.

Notes to consider on the draft transition plan

Notes to consider on the draft transition plan

Monday, 13 July 2015 10:43 a.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 expires on 18 April 2016. On 2 July 2015 CERA released a draft Transition Recovery Plan – , which can be viewed at and submitted on through . Feedback is due by .

Multiple events and proof of loss/damage

Multiple events and proof of loss/damage

Monday, 13 July 2015 9:44 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

The Courts have confirmed the ability of insureds to recover for separate damage to insured buildings in separate quakes even where the total recovery then exceeds the sum insured under the policy.  This has caused issues about proving the extent of the damage in each earthquake and remedial scope/costs.  In Vero Insurance New Limited v Morrison & anor [2015] NZCA 246, 16 June 2015 the Court of Appeal considered the use of a model based on ground shaking as a method of allocating damage and ...

Bali volcanic ash shuts down airports

Bali volcanic ash shuts down airports

Monday, 13 July 2015 9:03 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Christchurch concrete pour sets rebuild record

Christchurch concrete pour sets rebuild record

Monday, 13 July 2015 8:51 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A construction firm has performed the largest single concrete pour of Canterbury's rebuild to date.

MAS v East – Need to incur the cost(s) of rebuild/repair

MAS v East – Need to incur the cost(s) of rebuild/repair

Sunday, 12 July 2015 11:57 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

In Medical Assurance Society of NZ Ltd v East & ors [2015] NZCA 250, 17 June 2015 the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal by MAS against a High Court (Whata J) decision on the timing of payment of replacement cost and dismissed it on the standard of the work. The owners’ house was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake.  The concrete slab had a floor level differential of 44mm and areas of the slab had a slope greater than .5%.  The owners proposed underpinning the slab and MAS propose ...

Class actions – EQC & Southern Response

Class actions – EQC & Southern Response

Sunday, 12 July 2015 11:01 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Class actions against EQC and Southern Response have been the subject of media attention in the past 3 years.  This has intensified recently with the proposed class action against Southern Response.  Here is the link to Grant Cameron’s page.  Here is the Southern Response page about the proposed class action.  There is no specific mechanism, or rule(s), by which there can be a “class action” in NZ.  Rules proposed in 2008 have never been implemented.  Recently the Court(s) have ...

Rugby: Stadium issue must be solved for Christchurch

Rugby: Stadium issue must be solved for Christchurch

Saturday, 11 July 2015 7:13 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Missing out on big matches could become the new normal for Christchurch after failing to secure a test in the 2017 Lions tour.The decision to award two tests to Eden Park and the third to Westpac Stadium should be a wake-up call...

Rugby: Stadium issue must be solved for Christchurch

Rugby: Stadium issue must be solved for Christchurch

Saturday, 11 July 2015 7:13 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Missing out on big matches could become the new normal for Christchurch after failing to secure a test in the 2017 Lions tour.The decision to award two tests to Eden Park and the third to Westpac Stadium should be a wake-up call...

CERA new red zone proposal

CERA new red zone proposal

Saturday, 11 July 2015 10:35 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

CERA has released its draft red zone recovery plan.

EQC Act reform

EQC Act reform

Saturday, 11 July 2015 10:28 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Discussions begin on reform of EQC Act Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission (EQC), Gerry Brownlee, and Associate Minister of Finance, Steven Joyce, say the Government has developed a number of proposals to reform the EQC Act, which are being released for public discussion today. “These reforms are designed to ensure the EQC scheme remains focussed on insuring homes; resolves the difficulties experienced in Canterbury with the interaction of land and building cover; better integrate ...

Rebuild milestone for east Christchurch looming

Rebuild milestone for east Christchurch looming

Friday, 10 July 2015 7:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch electricity company Orion is planning to switch power supplies to new underground power cables in east Christchurch by the end of this year - a year behind schedule.

CHCH SOUP

CHCH SOUP

Friday, 10 July 2015 4:37 p.m. by GapFiller Popular

CHCH SOUP picks up on past shared meals we held in the Pallet Pavilion – Autumnal Social Soup, Spring Feast, Summer Feast – and adds a new element – a pitch for the pot. Five ideas for new projects to benefit the city will be put to the audience over the course of the evening. […]

Small quake shakes Bay of Plenty

Small quake shakes Bay of Plenty

Friday, 10 July 2015 12:31 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Five reasons to have your say on Christchurchs future

Five reasons to have your say on Christchurch's future

Thursday, 9 July 2015 10:29 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

After the quakes, many decisions were made without public consultation - everything was an emergency.

EQC charges homeowner $200 for a phone call

EQC charges homeowner $200 for a phone call

Thursday, 9 July 2015 10:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Some quake-hit Canterbury homeowners are angry over receiving an invoice forexcess payments on their Earthquake Commission (EQC) repairs.

Gerry Brownlee cancels party over accusations of improper relationship with businesses

Gerry Brownlee cancels party over accusations of improper relationship with businesses

Thursday, 9 July 2015 6:28 p.m. by MediaStuff

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has cancelled his own party because of a "conspiracy theorist" claim of favouritism in the rebuild.

Gerry Brownlee cancels party over accusations of improper relationship with businesses

Gerry Brownlee cancels party over accusations of improper relationship with businesses

Thursday, 9 July 2015 6:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has cancelled his own party because of a "conspiracy theorist" claim of favouritism in the rebuild.

Gerry Brownlee cancels party after "conspiracy theorist" favouritism claim

Gerry Brownlee cancels party after "conspiracy theorist" favouritism claim

Thursday, 9 July 2015 5:53 p.m. by MediaStuff

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has cancelled his own party because of a "conspiracy theorist" claim of favouritism in the rebuild.

Breathe runners up want to take on stalled project

Breathe runners up want to take on stalled project

Thursday, 9 July 2015 4:37 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The runners up in a competition to develop a $30 million urban village in Christchurch's central city have offered to take on the stalled project.

Tell us what you think reply form

Tell us what you think reply form

Thursday, 9 July 2015 2:39 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Found what you were looking for?

Found what you were looking for?

Thursday, 9 July 2015 2:39 p.m. by GovtEQC

A Truffle Dish for the Commons People

A Truffle Dish for the Commons People

Thursday, 9 July 2015 11:01 a.m. by GapFiller Popular

Ever wondered what Truffles taste like? As part of New Zealand’s first, Canterbury Truffle Festival, Alex Davies Chef will be cooking truffled jacket potatoes matched with cold coffee for the ‘commons’ people. It will cost only $10 to try one of dining’s most prestigious ingredients, stuffed into a buttered baked potato, there will be a […]

Buses Resume Through Brookhaven

Buses Resume Through Brookhaven

Thursday, 9 July 2015 10:54 a.m. by MtPleasantCC Popular

Understanding processes during or after repairs

Understanding processes during or after repairs

Thursday, 9 July 2015 12:42 a.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

The In the Know Hub’s latest seminar,  was held on  and was presented by Southern Response and Arrow.

Christchurch Town Hall restoration contract signed

Christchurch Town Hall restoration contract signed

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 10:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

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Westende House – A Photo Opportunity for National?

Westende House – A Photo Opportunity for National?

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 2:06 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Around the corner from High Street, proceeding with more speed than anything else in Christchurch, silently, stealthfully and unnoticed by the media, the demolition of the undamaged Westende Building (2012)  progresses. With no “cover boy” photo opportunities wanted by anyone (and not a Member of Parliament to be seen)  this 2-year-old building joins the 100’s of other buildings from the central city at the refuse station.

Duncan Cotterill (Knox) Plaza achieves BASE rating

Duncan Cotterill (Knox) Plaza achieves BASE rating

Tuesday, 7 July 2015 2:23 p.m. by PRNews Popular

 

Christchurch rebuild: From recovery to regeneration

Christchurch rebuild: From recovery to 'regeneration'

Tuesday, 7 July 2015 11:32 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Last week Prime Minister John Key announced .

Mike Yardley: City Council-led rebuild would be cataclysmic

Mike Yardley: City Council-led rebuild would be 'cataclysmic'

Tuesday, 7 July 2015 7:05 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

OPINION: I'm somewhat staggered that so many people were hoping the Prime Minister's big reveal last Thursday would be to hand back full control of Christchurch to the city council.

Update on EQR repairs

Update on EQR repairs

Monday, 6 July 2015 5:15 p.m. by FletcherEQR Popular

Eight weeks after the establishment of a new Central hub repair teams are making good progress planning the completion of remaining repairs in the Canterbury Home Repair Programme.

Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell

Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell

Monday, 6 July 2015 5:02 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Last week I attended the book launch of the book Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell. She was the recipient of the Michael King Writer’s Fellowship in 2013 and was to write twin books, one fiction and …

Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell and Introduced by James Norcliffe

Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell and Introduced by James Norcliffe

Monday, 6 July 2015 5:02 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Last week I attended the book launch of the book Villa at the Edge of the Empire by Fiona Farrell. She was the recipient of the Michael King Writer’s Fellowship in 2013 and was to write twin books, one fiction and …

Discussions begin on reform of EQC Act

Discussions begin on reform of EQC Act

Monday, 6 July 2015 4:26 p.m. by GovtBeehive Featured Popular

Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission (EQC), Gerry Brownlee, and Associate Minister of Finance, Steven Joyce, say the Government has developed a number of proposals to reform the EQC Act, which are being released for public discussion today. 

Major changes to EQC Act proposed

Major changes to EQC Act proposed

Monday, 6 July 2015 4:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers are backing a proposal for major changes to the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Act.

Public discussion invited on reform of EQC Act

Public discussion invited on reform of EQC Act

Monday, 6 July 2015 2:12 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

CCC Long Term Plan Update

CCC Long Term Plan Update

Monday, 6 July 2015 12:47 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi Popular

In our last OVTRK Update we referred to our submission on the Christchurch City Council Long Term Plan (LTP).  We are pleased to report that this was followed by a request to the OVTRK Organising Group (OG) for a conversation with their Community Governance Unit staff Mary Richardson and Stacey Holborough. That conversation occurred on 29 June and we will follow up.  Have you already heard

Christchurch Recovery Plan - have your say

Christchurch Recovery Plan - have your say

Monday, 6 July 2015 12:44 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi Popular

Your feedback  to this is needed by Thursday 2pm 9 July  OVTRK has been given the opportunity to make a presentation on 10 July to the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy Implementation Committee (UDSIC).   The newly released Recovery: Transition to Regeneration plan (see section 6.1) refers to the UDSIC (membership) role in considering overall leadership and coordination of

Brownlee Baiting……

Brownlee Baiting……

Monday, 6 July 2015 10:19 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Interesting article in the Press this morning by Barnaby Bennett.  I particularly enjoyed his comments about heritage and the existing buildings. “Exhibit 5: He was wrong about heritage and existing buildings. Dr Jessica Halliday explains this best in her essay …

Vital Christchurch “Conversation” Requires Leadership & Vision

Vital Christchurch “Conversation” Requires Leadership & Vision

Saturday, 4 July 2015 2:09 p.m. by RebuildChristchurch Popular

Christchurch city’s largest online recovery community warns that clear leadership and vision is required following the Government’s announcement of plans for regeneration of the city.

Booze left on the shelf after 2011 earthquake

Booze left on the shelf after 2011 earthquake

Saturday, 4 July 2015 2:03 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Release: Lincoln University

Tim Smit dreams of an Eden in Christchurch

Tim Smit dreams of an Eden in Christchurch

Friday, 3 July 2015 11:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

On Thursday night at the Canterbury Club, among the worthies and the men in suits, Sir Tim Smit was the scruffiest man in the room in his blue shirt and faded jeans. But he was also the person everyone else had come to hear.

Fletcher snares the big prize but local bidder not happy

Fletcher snares the big prize but local bidder not happy

Friday, 3 July 2015 7:48 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

 

Council claws back rebuild power

Council claws back rebuild power

Friday, 3 July 2015 5:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

The city council clawed back some power from the Government just days before a new plan for Canterbury's earthquake rebuild was released.

Council claws back rebuild power

Council claws back rebuild power

Friday, 3 July 2015 5:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

The city council clawed back some power from the Government just days before a new plan for Canterbury's earthquake rebuild was released.