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Jamie Gough: Christchurch convention centre inaction dragging city down

Jamie Gough: Christchurch convention centre inaction 'dragging city down'

Thursday, 3 March 2016 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Government's lack of action over a convention centre in Christchurch is a "slap in the face" for the city, a city councillor says.

All Invited to Join Premature Cash Settlement Support Group- guest post by Ali Mander

All Invited to Join Premature Cash Settlement Support Group- guest post by Ali Mander

Thursday, 3 March 2016 4:39 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Along with ongoing earthquakes, shoddy repairs and everything else- here is another issue that is surfacing. Please if you are in this position yourself, do join up and support each other through the process. This is another cash settlement beware …

Repaired Sign of the Kiwi to reopen as cafe by Christmas

Repaired Sign of the Kiwi to reopen as cafe by Christmas

Thursday, 3 March 2016 11:26 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's historic Sign of the Kiwi will be fixed and reopen as a cafe by Christmas.

Lower speed limit to make Christchurch safer, but at what cost?

Lower speed limit to make Christchurch safer, but at what cost?

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 7:40 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Slowing down traffic in central Christchurch may make the city safer, but at what cost?

Editorial: City slowdown a welcome move

Editorial: City slowdown a welcome move

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 4:42 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Next week, Christchurch motorists will be asked to slow down like never before. It is a welcome move, if a little ironic: for the city's accelerating rebuild to flourish, we all must hit the brakes.

Speed limit changes for Central City

Speed limit changes for Central City

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 1:51 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

From 12 March 2016 the speed limit for the heart of Christchurch's Central City will change to 30km/h to provide safer, more user friendly and enjoyable ways for people to travel.

Seismics in the City 2016

Seismics in the City 2016

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 12:41 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

“Tomorrow belongs to those who can see it coming.” David Bowie 

Tram resumes visits to New Regent Street

Tram resumes visits to New Regent Street

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 6:31 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

This morning, a tram began using an alternative route from New Regent Street along Worcester Boulevard to the Arts Centre after cordons were last week placed around five buildings on New Regent Street.

Ash predictions, how successful were they?

Ash predictions, how successful were they?

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 2:58 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Concern about decision to cut Canterbury hospital beds

Concern about decision to cut Canterbury hospital beds

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 11:05 a.m. by PRNews Popular

Release: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

New community barbeque area for family playground

New community barbeque area for family playground

Monday, 29 February 2016 2:40 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Empowered Christchurch Calls For Continued Lobbying

Empowered Christchurch Calls For Continued Lobbying

Monday, 29 February 2016 12:11 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh Featured Popular

Following the success of the protest rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the 22 February 2011 earthquake, we have encouraged claimants to use the Empowered Christchurch website to push and lobby for the demands made at the rally. Numbers and input on the site are steadily rising.

4.3 magnitude earthquake wakes sleeping Christchurch residents

4.3 magnitude earthquake wakes sleeping Christchurch residents

Monday, 29 February 2016 10:27 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Update on New Regent Street buildings

Update on New Regent Street buildings

Monday, 29 February 2016 9:52 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch City Council staff today (Friday 26 February) met with the owner of five properties on New Regent Street that have been classified as dangerous and earthquake prone.

Leave it to the market to find a solution?

Leave it to the market to find a solution?

Sunday, 28 February 2016 5:26 p.m. by MakingChristchurch Popular

Use compulsory acquisition of land for housing?

Use compulsory acquisition of land for housing?

Sunday, 28 February 2016 5:21 p.m. by MakingChristchurch Popular

Voluntary land reallocation and adjustment?

Voluntary land reallocation and adjustment?

Sunday, 28 February 2016 5:20 p.m. by MakingChristchurch Popular

More than $800,000 for Gormley sculptures

More than $800,000 for Gormley sculptures

Sunday, 28 February 2016 5:15 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch ratepayers and taxpayers forked out more than $800,000 for two sculptures by world-renowned British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley​.

Memorials write political history our protests don’t

Memorials write political history our protests don’t

Saturday, 27 February 2016 3:33 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

Memorials acquire their landscape definition from sentiment, utility and social purpose. Yes, we sadly lost 185 people during the February 22nd 2011 earthquake and they should be remembered. It is my sincere trust that they are now in a better …

Photographers capture Christchurch five years on

Photographers capture Christchurch five years on

Saturday, 27 February 2016 12:06 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Gerry Brownlee, the making of the man in charge

Gerry Brownlee, the making of the man in charge

Friday, 26 February 2016 10:03 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

The crowd at the Post Primary Teachers' Association meeting was almost united. Brian Dunne, a maths and religious education teacher from St Bede's College, can't recall what the motion was for, but he remembers the entire meeting was in favour of it, except for one voice. It was Gerry Brownlee who called out "No".

Andrew Gunn: Yes Prime Minister

Andrew Gunn: Yes Prime Minister

Friday, 26 February 2016 6:52 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Top architect calls for Christchurch rebuild rethink

Top architect calls for Christchurch rebuild rethink

Friday, 26 February 2016 6:45 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A top architect has called for a rethink of the blueprint — the document and process that guides the rebuild of central Christchurch.

New Regent St building owner agrees to engineering inspection

New Regent St building owner agrees to engineering inspection

Friday, 26 February 2016 6:03 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The owner of five "dangerous" unoccupied buildings in Christchurch's historic New Regent St has agreed to contract engineers to assess earthquake damage, signalling a potential end of the five-year impasse.

Heritage rebuild plan in doubt over Square inaction

Heritage rebuild plan in doubt over Square inaction

Friday, 26 February 2016 3:40 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The rebuild of an iconic Christchurch hotel is on hold because of a lack of action in the "waste land" of Cathedral Square.

Cera spends $100,000 on Melbourne Business School training

Cera spends $100,000 on Melbourne Business School training

Friday, 26 February 2016 12:49 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) has spent about $100,000 on leadership and management programmes at the Melbourne Business School since 2011.

Unsettled earthquake insurance claims

Unsettled earthquake insurance claims

Friday, 26 February 2016 12:16 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

Here is a link to a piece by Cam Preston about the current state of insurance claim settlements.  His view is contrary to that of the Insurance Council on its website here which says that its members are on track to settle the vast majority of claims in 2016.  IAG and Southern Response that together have over two thirds of the claims still have 5069 unsettled claims.  Currently there are only 209 active proceedings on the High Court Earthquake list.

EQC battler: I want some quality of life in my old years

EQC battler: 'I want some quality of life in my old years'

Friday, 26 February 2016 12:10 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Pauline O'Connor​ was trapped in her home for two days following the Valentines Day earthquake, after the sinkhole in her driveway flooded.

Labour backing plan for local led recovery

Labour backing plan for local led recovery

Friday, 26 February 2016 12:07 p.m. by MeganWoods Popular

Release: New Zealand Labour Party

Community feedback sought on QEII Park proposal

Community feedback sought on QEII Park proposal

Friday, 26 February 2016 11:52 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Key decisions from todays Council meeting - 25 Feb 2016

Key decisions from today's Council meeting - 25 Feb 2016

Friday, 26 February 2016 11:48 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch City Council met today and made the following key decisions:

Spark Bikes at the Bus Interchange

Spark Bikes at the Bus Interchange

Friday, 26 February 2016 11:46 a.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

The Bus Interchange is a modern transport hub and the addition of a bike share station means locals and tourists have another transport option for travelling around the central city. From the Bus Interchange locals could use the bikes to commute to their work or leisure destinations, while tourists could travel to the Bus Interchange and then explore the city by bike.

Southern Response Avoids Class Action

Southern Response Avoids Class Action

Friday, 26 February 2016 11:21 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers Popular

By the judgment 24 February 2016 in Southern Response Unresolved Claims Group v Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd [2016] NZHC 2345 the High Court (Mander J) declined the Group’s application for leave to bring the proceeding as a representative action in the name of  its nominated representative, Cam Preston.  The Group is an unincorporated body of 46 people with unresolved claims with SR.  The claims are in various stages with some still “under cap”.  The judgment refer ...

A city of two halves – new quake reignites old battles

'A city of two halves' – new quake reignites old battles

Friday, 26 February 2016 11:12 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Pauline O'Connor​ was trapped in her home for two days following the Valentines Day earthquake, after the sinkhole in her driveway flooded.

New Regent St impasse hurting Christchurch reputation, tourism boss says

New Regent St impasse 'hurting Christchurch reputation', tourism boss says

Friday, 26 February 2016 10:58 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's tourism boss says urgent action must be taken to break the New Regent St impasse because it is damaging the city's reputation.

No support for Christchurch rebuild bill from Opposition

No support for Christchurch rebuild bill from Opposition

Friday, 26 February 2016 8:28 a.m. by MediaThePress

Opposition parties are withdrawing their support for legislation that sets up a partnership between government and council, replacing the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

Anger builds after New Regent St buildings classed dangerous after Valentines Day earthquake

Anger builds after New Regent St buildings classed 'dangerous' after Valentines Day earthquake

Friday, 26 February 2016 7:06 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The owner of five "dangerous" New Regent St buildings has been put on notice to make them safe.

Make safe notice issued to owner of dangerous New Regent St buildings

Make safe notice issued to owner of 'dangerous' New Regent St buildings

Friday, 26 February 2016 7:06 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The owner of five "dangerous" New Regent St buildings has been put on notice to make them safe.

Fraudster spent Red Cross earthquake grants on drugs, alcohol, KFC

Fraudster spent Red Cross earthquake grants on drugs, alcohol, KFC

Thursday, 25 February 2016 4:26 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A woman was described as "cynical, calculated, and manipulative" by a judge who jailed her for fraudulently claiming Red Cross hardship grants after the Christchurch earthquakes.

Southern Response group action thrown out

Southern Response group action thrown out

Thursday, 25 February 2016 4:11 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Christchurch High Court has rejected a group action bid by almost 50 Canterbury homeowners wanting to sue their earthquake insurer together.

Seismic liquefaction trigger mechanisms

Seismic liquefaction trigger mechanisms

Thursday, 25 February 2016 12:45 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Christchurch: Five buildings cordoned off as dangerous

Christchurch: Five buildings cordoned off as dangerous

Thursday, 25 February 2016 12:41 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Five unoccupied buildings on Christchurch's New Regent Street have been cordoned off, after an engineering report identified them as dangerous and earthquake prone.A member of the public called the City Council concerned about the...

New trust set up to manage Councils social housing

New trust set up to manage Council's social housing

Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:40 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch City Council has completed the first key step in setting up a charitable trust that is proposed to take over management of its social housing service in the second half of this year.

UC professor uses supercomputer to simulate earthquake shaking

UC professor uses supercomputer to simulate earthquake shaking

Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:38 a.m. by CanterburyUniversity Popular

Wondering what it looked like when the earth moved during the Valentine’s Day quake? University of Canterbury Professor in Earthquake Engineering Brendon Bradley has, using UC’s Blue Gene supercomputer, simulated the ground shaking from the 14 February earthquake.

Serendipitous quake unearths explanation

Serendipitous quake unearths explanation

Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:26 a.m. by PRNews Popular

Release: Lincoln University

New Regent St buildings classed dangerous after Valentines Day earthquake

New Regent St buildings classed 'dangerous' after Valentines Day earthquake

Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:23 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's tourist tramway is being stopped from going along New Regent St because of concerns about the safety of five privately-owned buildings.

High Court rules no representative action against Southern Response

High Court rules no representative action against Southern Response

Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:18 a.m. by PRNews Popular

By Edwin Mitson 

Council addresses safety concerns on New Regent Street

Council addresses safety concerns on New Regent Street

Thursday, 25 February 2016 9:53 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch City Council is taking steps to make sure people visiting and working in New Regent Street remain safe after concerns were raised about five privately owned buildings.

In the bank - earthquake insurance pay-out good news for ratepayers

In the bank - earthquake insurance pay-out good news for ratepayers

Thursday, 25 February 2016 9:51 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch City Council has received full and final net payment of $603 million from its insurers for damage resulting from the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

Two arrested for scaling central Christchurch crane at night

Two arrested for scaling central Christchurch crane at night

Thursday, 25 February 2016 9:17 a.m. by MediaThePress

Late-night crane climbers are putting their lives at risk, often to take selfies, on central Christchurch construction sites.

Opinion: Stonewood failure a familiar rebuild tale

Opinion: Stonewood failure a familiar rebuild tale

Thursday, 25 February 2016 7:38 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Opinion: The failure of building company Stonewood Homes this week followed a depressingly familiar pattern.

Representative (class) action update

Representative (class) action update

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 9:39 p.m. by SouthernResponse Popular

There has been coverage today that a decision has now been made not to allow the proposed class action to proceed as the group had intended.