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Where Did All the Bikes Go?

Where Did All the Bikes Go?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:39 p.m. by MakingChristchurch

Council-owned Orions assets now valued at over $1.1 billion

Council-owned Orion's assets now valued at over $1.1 billion

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 8:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Orion's profit after tax in 2016 is $53 million â€“ $4.6m above the company's target for the year, it has announced.

EQC writes off earthquake repair excesses

EQC writes off earthquake repair excesses

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 5:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Only half the homeowners billed for insurance excesses by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) are paying on time, and many are having their debts written off.

Meet Christchurchs real rock stars

Meet Christchurch's real 'rock stars'

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 2:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tension is in the air as the explosives are eased into place. The rock stars are ready to roll.

Newsletter #11

Newsletter #11

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 1:43 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is newsletter 11 for Grant Shand on EQC and Insurance issues.

Festa street party returns to Christchurch in October with recycling bang

Festa street party returns to Christchurch in October with recycling bang

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 12:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Festival of Transitional Architecture will return on Labour Day weekend and the hunt is on for waste products that can be incorporated into temporary installations.

Owner of central Christchurch buildings commits to city as High Court proceedings settle

Owner of central Christchurch buildings commits to city as High Court proceedings settle

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 8:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owner of multiple buildings on the doorstep of Christchurch's convention centre has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement and committed to restoring the properties.

Fix for flooding problems may cost more and take longer

Fix for flooding problems may cost more and take longer

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 12:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Solving Christchurch's flooding woes might cost more and take longer to fix as the city council weighs up the risk of future natural hazards.

Christchurch bus stops slip between cracks of public transport battle

Christchurch bus stops slip between cracks of public transport battle

Monday, 11 July 2016 8:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

While two councils battle for control over Christchurch's transport network, most of the city's bus stops don't have shelter, seats, or a rubbish bin.

New Gap Caches around the city!

New Gap Caches around the city!

Monday, 11 July 2016 7:27 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Cache is an urban treasure hunt! It will take you on a tour of some new projects, some relocated projects and some old favourites as well. How to play Bring some small pieces of treasure to swap. Print a copy of this map or download it onto your phone (or visit Gap Filler HQ […]

Taxpayer dollars frittered away on school patch-up jobs, say Christchurch principals

Taxpayer dollars frittered away on school patch-up jobs, say Christchurch principals

Monday, 11 July 2016 7:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch principals are frustrated they have to use their budgets on patch-up jobs and essential maintenance instead of creating modern learning environments.

Summary Judgment application fails against insurers

Summary Judgment application fails against insurers

Monday, 11 July 2016 6:48 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Emmons Developments NZ Ltd v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co Ltd & anor [2016] 1244 the High Court (Matthews AJ) discussed a summary judgment application by the owner of Rydges, a carpark and the Grant Thornton Building in Christchurch  for costs of demolition, building protection and fees from Mitsui and Vero subsequent to the earthquakes in 2010/2011.  It noted that Emson applied for summary judgment in early 2016, but then withdrew the application after the insurers filed/served oppositio ...

AMI & Lumley liable for Selwyn fire damage in 2013

AMI & Lumley liable for Selwyn fire damage in 2013

Monday, 11 July 2016 6:24 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In NZ Fire Service Commission & ors v Legg & ors [2016] NZHC 1492 the High Court (Nation J) considered a claim by the NZ Fire Service Commission and the Selwyn District Council to recover costs incurred in fighting a substantial fire in January 2013 that emanated from a burn heap of vegetation from the owners of the property (Leggs) and the landscaping business operated at the property (Evolving Landscapes Ltd).  Leggs sought indemnity for the claim from AMI and Evolving sought indemnity ...

Failed repair/rebuild cases.

Failed repair/rebuild cases.

Monday, 11 July 2016 5:06 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

High Court – Claims about failed remedial work by EQC or insurers are not part of the High Court Earthquake List. They are dealt with separately in a similar manner to which leaky home cases are/were dealt with. This is because such claims usual involve more parties than just the EQC/Insurer (builder, engineer, architect etc). Apparently the Court will shortly issue guidance for the progress of claims.

Redcliffs School Announcement

Redcliffs School Announcement

Monday, 11 July 2016 4:02 p.m. by MtPleasantCC

Redcliffs FAQs

Complex background to Christchurch Crossing car park deal

Complex background to Christchurch Crossing car park deal

Sunday, 10 July 2016 6:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council is considering releasing information about a commercially-sensitive car parking deal it made with a high-profile developer.

New campaign says Christchurch is the best place in the world to be a Kiwi

New campaign says Christchurch is 'the best place in the world to be a Kiwi'

Sunday, 10 July 2016 4:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's "Goldilocks" balance between size, affordability and outdoor opportunities makes it the best place to a Kiwi, new research says.

Labour would underwrite risk in Christchurchs east frame

Labour would 'underwrite risk' in Christchurch's east frame

Sunday, 10 July 2016 2:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Labour Party has taken aim at a major residential development in central Christchurch, saying the Government needs to do more to ensure homes are built.

Earthquake fixes and contaminated land (HAIL)

Earthquake fixes and contaminated land (HAIL)

Sunday, 10 July 2016 9:41 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

For homeowners looking to remediate earthquake damage there may be extra costs caused by contamination of the land where foundation solutions involve the disturbance or removal of soil.  These can include, but are not limited to, the costs associated with engaging an environmental expert, undertaking further investigation and removing the contaminated soil.  The cost to remove and dispose of contaminated soil can be in excess of $100,000.  You can find more information about contaminated land at ...

Christchurch, the best place in the world, to be a Kiwi, to live the Kiwi dream!

Christchurch, 'the best place in the world, to be a Kiwi, to live the Kiwi dream!'

Friday, 8 July 2016 10:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

Since arriving with my family two and half years ago I've enjoyed many conversations, both private and professional, about where our city's at and what Christchurch should be in the future.

Busy school crossing has Christchurch parents sweating, with four crashes in six weeks

Busy school crossing has Christchurch parents sweating, with 'four crashes in six weeks'

Friday, 8 July 2016 6:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher McClelland's scooter is parked sideways across the narrow footpath. It's dark and it's cold, but the 11-year-old's main concern is the fast-moving morning traffic as he tries to cross Farrington Ave on his way to Breens Intermediate.

Busy school crossing has Christchurch parents worried: Four crashes in six weeks

Busy school crossing has Christchurch parents worried: 'Four crashes in six weeks'

Friday, 8 July 2016 6:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher McClelland's scooter is parked sideways across the narrow footpath. It's dark and it's cold, but the 11-year-old's main concern is the fast-moving morning traffic as he tries to cross Farrington Ave on his way to Breens Intermediate.

Christchurch City Councils $28m car parking deal

Christchurch City Council's $28m car parking deal

Friday, 8 July 2016 6:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Details are emerging of a car parking deal with one of Christchurch's high-profile developers, as the battle for control of the central city heats up.

Gap Filler wins International Award

Gap Filler wins International Award

Friday, 8 July 2016 1:05 p.m. by GapFiller Featured Popular

Tom Hooper: We need to be fighting for the city, not fighting over it

Tom Hooper: We need to be fighting for the city, not fighting over it

Friday, 8 July 2016 10:28 a.m. by MediaThePress

It is really sad to see the very public battle playing out over development within the Innovation Precinct. It looks and feels like a confrontational approach and has quickly escalated into pending legal action that would be better avoided.

Christchurchs Blueprint legacy four years on: It is people, it is people, it is people

Christchurch's Blueprint legacy four years on: It is people, it is people, it is people

Friday, 8 July 2016 9:29 a.m. by MediaThePress

In the four years since the Blueprint for Christchurch was revealed, promising that Christchurch would again have a central city, there have been countless words written analysing its progress and process.

Two interested buyers for historic, earthquake-damaged McLeans Mansion after demolition ban

Two interested buyers for historic, earthquake-damaged McLean's Mansion after demolition ban

Thursday, 7 July 2016 5:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of historic Christchurch homestead McLean's Mansion are talking to two potential buyers for the earthquake-damaged building after a court barred them from demolishing it.

Five years after quake damage, Govt announces working party for cathedral

Five years after quake damage, Govt announces 'working party' for cathedral

Thursday, 7 July 2016 4:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

After five years of dereliction, legal spats and uncertainty, the Government has appointed a working party to consider options for the Christ Church Cathedral.

Bolder building solutions research

Bolder building solutions research

Thursday, 7 July 2016 3:56 p.m. by CanterburyUniversity

Building solutions that challenge conventional construction wisdom are being researched, modelled and tested by University of Canterbury academic Dr Geoffrey Rodgers as he re-examines what defines a ‘strong’ building.

Mayor’s statement regarding Redcliffs School announcement

Mayor’s statement regarding Redcliffs School announcement

Thursday, 7 July 2016 3:31 p.m. by LianneDalziel

Mayor Lianne Dalziel welcomes this morning’s announcement by Education Minister Hekia Parata that they’re looking at options for relocating Redcliffs School.

Alternative site sought for Redcliffs School

Alternative site sought for Redcliffs School

Thursday, 7 July 2016 3:29 p.m. by GovtMOE

Release: New Zealand Government

Working Group progressing reinstatement options

Working Group progressing reinstatement options

Thursday, 7 July 2016 3:13 p.m. by GovtBeehive Featured Popular

A Working Group is considering options for the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral and will, once a consensus has been reached, recommend the best way forward, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Gerry Brownlee says.

Developer Alasdair Cassels on working party to decide Christ Church Cathedral fate

Developer Alasdair Cassels on 'working party' to decide Christ Church Cathedral fate

Thursday, 7 July 2016 1:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

High-profile Christchurch developer Alasdair Cassels will help decide the fate of Christ Church Cathedral.

Cashmere High School unveils $21.8 million rebuild proposal

Cashmere High School unveils $21.8 million rebuild proposal

Thursday, 7 July 2016 8:45 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's Cashmere High School is preparing to embark on a major $21.8 million dollar upgrade.

Victoria Park visitor centre reopens

Victoria Park visitor centre reopens

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 10:33 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

The building opened its doors at the weekend after completing months of post-earthquake strengthening and external and internal repair work.

Christchurch City Council to negotiate improved insurance cover for pipes

Christchurch City Council to negotiate improved insurance cover for pipes

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 4:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch City Council is attempting to negotiate more insurance cover for its $6.3 billion worth of underground assets after just 1.6 per cent of those assets are insured.

High St master plan fuels dispute between Christchurch developers

High St master plan fuels dispute between Christchurch developers

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 7:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

A circulating master plan is fuelling debate over the innovation precinct's disputed $50 million McKenzie and Willis redevelopment.

Rapaki residents hope concrete wall will protect against falling rocks

Rapaki residents hope concrete wall will protect against falling rocks

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 6:13 p.m. by MediaStuff

On a ridge above Henry Couch's home sits a row of 17 square concrete blocks, each weighing 2.25 tonnes.

They look heavy, like nothing would move them.

"They've got to be," Couch said.

His property is one of 11 in the marae-based community of Rapaki, in Lyttelton Harbour, red-zoned because of the risk of rock fall. In the February 2011 earthquake, boulders rained down from the hill above the settlement. One, the size of a car, left a gaping hole in his nephew's house. T ...

Residents reject housing intensification plan for parts of Christchurch

Residents reject housing intensification plan for parts of Christchurch

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch residents want a Government-backed proposal to increase housing density scrapped, saying their property values and quality of life will be jeopardised.

Some facts about the 181 High Street McKenzie & Willis building development

Some facts about the 181 High Street McKenzie & Willis building development

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 4:49 p.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

Good stuff is happening at the top end of High Street area.

Construction contract awarded for $72 million facility

Construction contract awarded for $72 million facility

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 10:34 a.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Press Release: New Zealand Government

Christchurch officials should experiment more - expert

Christchurch officials should experiment more - expert

Monday, 4 July 2016 5:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch officials should experiment more, a visiting expert on urbanism says.

Strong earthquake strikes in Marlborough

Strong earthquake strikes in Marlborough

Monday, 4 July 2016 1:59 p.m. by GovtEQC

Rapaki sites now reservation, but families hope to return

Rapaki sites now reservation, but families hope to return

Monday, 4 July 2016 7:03 a.m. by MediaThePress

Red-zoned residents from the Lyttelton harbourside settlement of Rapaki hope to one day re-occupy their land.

Housing New Zealand ticks off Christchurch milestone

Housing New Zealand ticks off Christchurch milestone

Sunday, 3 July 2016 2:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

It was one of the biggest social housing challenges ever attempted – to repair 5000 quake damaged homes and to build 700 new ones – in less than three years, at a time when Christchurch and Canterbury were still reeling from the worst sequence of earthquakes ever to hit New Zealand.

Little movement on hundreds of EQC claims five years after Canterbury quakes

Little movement on hundreds of EQC claims five years after Canterbury quakes

Sunday, 3 July 2016 1:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Hundreds of earthquake-hit Canterbury homeowners remain in the Earthquake Commission's clutches more than five years after the earthquakes, as their insurance claims remain unresolved.

$1 billion housing pitch unveiled by Prime Minister John Key

$1 billion housing pitch unveiled by Prime Minister John Key

Sunday, 3 July 2016 12:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

Prime Minister John Key has revealed a $1 billion infrastructure spend-up to speed up the construction of tens of thousands of new homes.