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Property chief shocked by Canterbury building liquidations

Property chief shocked by Canterbury building liquidations

Monday, 29 August 2016 7:40 a.m. by MediaHerald

A Christchurch-based property chief expressed shock at the scale of Canterbury building company liquidations but says it shows problems with the sector.John Hare, chief executive of Holmes Group and the former principal engineering...

Canterburys bloody problem: Hundreds of building-related firms failing

Canterbury's 'bloody problem': Hundreds of building-related firms failing

Sunday, 28 August 2016 6:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 60 construction-related Christchurch companies have been liquidated this year, owing creditors an estimated $40 million.

Former IRD building to be repaired for office or educational use

Former IRD building to be repaired for office or educational use

Sunday, 28 August 2016 12:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

The former Inland Revenue building in central Christchurch will likely be repaired and used as office space or "education use".

Calder Stewart to develop major HOYTS cinema complex in Christchurch CBD

Calder Stewart to develop major HOYTS cinema complex in Christchurch CBD

Friday, 26 August 2016 4:31 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

August 26 2016 - Calder Stewart

Leighs Cockram Joint Venture Ltd. to proceed with Metro Sports Facility

Leighs Cockram Joint Venture Ltd. to proceed with Metro Sports Facility

Friday, 26 August 2016 4:04 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Popular

Ōtākaro Limited has selected Leighs Cockram Joint Venture Ltd. to proceed as the single ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) contractor for the next design stage of the Metro Sports Facility, an aquatic and indoor sports and leisure venue that will grow participation in sport and recreation in Canterbury and provide facilities to support athlete high-performance. Construction of the facility will be managed by Ōtākaro Limited, and construction will be jointly funded by the Crown and the Christchur ...

Visitor spend in Christchurch bouncing back

Visitor spend in Christchurch bouncing back

Friday, 26 August 2016 3:45 p.m. by TourismChCh Popular

 

Major international fault line activity expected

Major international fault line activity expected

Friday, 26 August 2016 3:22 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Council to plan response to Coastal Hazards peer review report

Council to plan response to Coastal Hazards peer review report

Thursday, 25 August 2016 2:17 p.m. by GovtCCC

The Council today agreed to receive the recently completed Coastal Hazards peer review report, and asked Council staff to report back in one month on how the Council will respond to the peer review’s recommendations.

Emails reveal ‘useless’ booklet could have meant higher settlements

Emails reveal ‘useless’ booklet could have meant higher settlements

Thursday, 25 August 2016 11:51 a.m. by MeganWoods

Documents released to Labour under the OIA show the Government’s scrapped insurance advice booklet could have led to higher settlements for Southern Response customers, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods.

Johnny Moore: Christchurch risks becoming a beige dystopia

Johnny Moore: Christchurch risks becoming a 'beige dystopia'

Thursday, 25 August 2016 9:33 a.m. by MediaThePress

Are we rebuilding the city centre we dreamed of?

Italian earthquake levels villages

Italian earthquake levels villages

Thursday, 25 August 2016 8:48 a.m. by GovtEQC

MBIE Cash Settlement Booklet

MBIE Cash Settlement Booklet

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 6:27 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the link to the MBIE Cash Settlement booklet recently released via an OIA request.  It was prepared by MBIE and CERA with input from EQC, CCC and Worksafe.  It is an excellent handbook for homeowners and contains accurate advice as to what to do when considering a cash settlement.  It makes many useful suggestions as to information to ask of the EQC/Insurer before settling and also what ought to be included in the cash settlement calculation.  Still a useful resource.

Documents reveal EQ repairs and methodology dont meet building code

Documents reveal EQ repairs and methodology don't meet building code

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 6:03 p.m. by EQCFix

With the sixth anniversary of the September earthquake in Canterbury only days away, documents obtained by EQC Fix, under the Official Information Act, show hundreds of repairs referred to the MBIE’s Technical Engineering Panel, did not comply with the Building Code.

Quake damage repairs leaving homes in worse state

Quake damage 'repairs' leaving homes in worse state

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 8:48 p.m. by EQCFix

Documents released under the Official Information Act reveal more than half of EQC repairs over the last 200 referrals have left houses in a worse state than before the quakes.

Govt buckled over quake cash settlements, say Canterbury group

Govt buckled over quake cash settlements, say Canterbury group

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 8:52 a.m. by EQCFix

A group which supports Cantabrians through their experiences with EQC says the government has buckled to insurance companies which don't want to help homeowners.

High Court denies uninsured Quake Outcasts appeal

High Court denies uninsured Quake Outcasts' appeal

Monday, 22 August 2016 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

A group of uninsured Christchurch homeowners has lost an appeal for more compensation after claiming a Government offer was unlawful.

Cash Settlement Booklet

Cash Settlement Booklet

Monday, 22 August 2016 4:53 p.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

The press today reported for Canterbury homeowners. This is totally unacceptable. As a trustee of the Canterbury Insurance Assistance Service we could see two years ago that cash settlement and more importantly what homeowners needed to know after they got the cash was going to be vitally important. 

Open City!!

Open City!!

Monday, 22 August 2016 4:15 p.m. by GapFiller

We’re working on a project, which is all about sharing sweet free things to do in our city and we need your help! Let us know what your sweet free thing to do is within the 4 Aves, where it is and when it’s available. Thank you!!! Please email your ideas to fillthegap@gapfiller.org.nz

3,000 Kiwi kids descend upon the Alpine Fault

3,000 Kiwi kids descend upon the Alpine Fault

Monday, 22 August 2016 11:19 a.m. by GovtEQC

Private insurers urged Government not to publish booklet for Canterbury homeowners

Private insurers urged Government not to publish booklet for Canterbury homeowners

Sunday, 21 August 2016 7:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

Private insurers pressured the Government not to publish a booklet guiding Canterbury homeowners through the cash settlement process.

Government close to securing land needed for Christchurchs Performing Arts Precinct

Government close to securing land needed for Christchurch's Performing Arts Precinct

Sunday, 21 August 2016 4:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government is close to purchasing all the land required for a proposed Performing Arts Precinct in central Christchurch.

Government close to buying last two sites for Christchurchs Performing Arts Precinct

Government close to buying last two sites for Christchurch's Performing Arts Precinct

Sunday, 21 August 2016 4:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government is close to purchasing all the land required for a proposed Performing Arts Precinct in central Christchurch.

Christchurch building firm H&R Garlick folds after 20 years in business

Christchurch building firm H&R Garlick folds after 20 years in business

Friday, 19 August 2016 7:12 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The family-owned Christchurch building company behind the Re:Start Mall fit-out has collapsed, with creditors left $1.5 million out of pocket.

Queensland earthquake could have been devastating

Queensland earthquake could have been devastating

Friday, 19 August 2016 4:07 p.m. by GovtEQC

Cave Rock apartment owners will not accept full and final settlement offer from IAG

Cave Rock apartment owners will not accept 'full and final' settlement offer from IAG

Thursday, 18 August 2016 6:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of Christchurch's Cave Rock Apartments have rejected a multimillion-dollar settlement offer from their insurer.

Gap Filler Guided walks

Gap Filler Guided walks

Thursday, 18 August 2016 2:52 p.m. by GapFiller

Explore Gap Filler and other temporary projects around our city on a guided walk during the The Breeze Walking Festival 2016 around our central city.   Explore our Ever Evolving City 4 & 5 October 12-1pm Meet at The Commons (corner of Kilmore and Durham Streets) Bookings essential- walk limited to 25. Email fillthegap@gapfiller.org.nz or phone 020 400 35811 Explore […]

PARK(ing) Day 16 September 2016

PARK(ing) Day 16 September 2016

Thursday, 18 August 2016 2:37 p.m. by GapFiller

PARK(ing) Day is your chance to transform a parking space to an active public space for the day, an hour or two over lunchtime or even before or after work and be apart of an annual global event! PARK(ing) Day is an international open sourced event that falls on the thirdFriday of September every year,  where […]

First choral performance in new venue, The Piano

First choral performance in new venue, The Piano

Thursday, 18 August 2016 9:22 a.m. by PRNews Popular

First choral performance in new venue, The Piano

Parting the Avon River for the citys waste

Parting the Avon River for the city's waste

Thursday, 18 August 2016 6:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

Repairs to one of Christchurch's largest sewer lines involves a complex, almost biblical task: parting the Avon River.

Reassurance around the limitation period

Reassurance around the limitation period

Thursday, 18 August 2016 2:41 a.m. by SouthernResponse

 

Old and new in Rutherfords Den restoration

Old and new in Rutherford's Den restoration

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 6:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Rutherford's Den is making a 21st century comeback.

Crown company Otakaro Ltd not a public office

Crown company Otakaro Ltd not a 'public office'

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 2:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new Crown company doesn't have to abide by public record-keeping standards, despite being in charge of millions of dollars of taxpayers' money.

EQ Fix

EQ Fix

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 1:39 p.m. by MtPleasantCC

A super quick update, and some useful links relating to last nights launch.

Canterbury IAG employee calls quake claimants stingy, insurer says comment was inappropriate

Canterbury IAG employee calls quake claimants 'stingy', insurer says comment was inappropriate

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 1:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

An IAG staffer made inappropriate public comments and should have been more transparent when taking aim at a claimant, her employer says.

Big retaining wall job starts above Christchurch suburb of Sumner

Big retaining wall job starts above Christchurch suburb of Sumner

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:01 a.m. by MediaThePress

Preliminary work is under way for the rebuild of a 62-metre long earthquake-damaged retaining wall at the top of Christchurch's Evans Pass.

Canterbury IAG employee needed to be more transparent, made inappropriate comment

Canterbury IAG employee needed to be more transparent, made inappropriate comment

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 8:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

An IAG staffer made inappropriate public comments and should have been more transparent when taking aim at a claimant, her employer says.

Christchurch City Council looks at more cost effective ways to repair Old Municipal Chambers

Christchurch City Council looks at more 'cost effective' ways to repair Old Municipal Chambers

Sunday, 14 August 2016 6:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

Options to repair Christchurch's Old Municipal Chambers have proven too costly, prompting the city council to explore new strategies.

Elderly Christchurch woman faces mammoth wait for second time repairs, despite being a priority

Elderly Christchurch woman faces mammoth wait for second time repairs, despite being a 'priority'

Sunday, 14 August 2016 4:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

An elderly Earthquake Commission (EQC) customer has waited months for the insurer to fix botched repairs to her house, even after being classified a "highest priority" customer in March.

Red zone conversations on the horizon for Christchurch

Red zone 'conversations' on the horizon for Christchurch

Sunday, 14 August 2016 2:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new recovery agency wants to start putting plans in place for the city's residential red zone by the end of the year.

Nationwide building boom creating next leaky buildings crisis

Nationwide building boom creating next leaky buildings crisis

Sunday, 14 August 2016 12:43 p.m. by MediaStuff

The nationwide building boom is plastering over the cracks of the next leaky homes crisis.

Seven elderly residents at Sumner apartments died waiting for settlement

Seven elderly residents at Sumner apartments died waiting for settlement

Friday, 12 August 2016 6:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than half the elderly residents forced from Christchurch's Cave Rock Apartments will never return home.

EQC prepares for an exit from Christchurch

EQC prepares for an exit from Christchurch

Friday, 12 August 2016 6:08 p.m. by EQCFix

David Slack talks with Peter Woods from Anthony Harper Law Firm to discuss the on-going issues facing people 5 years after the big earthquakes as EQC prepares to finish its work in the city.

Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers wants more action on Kaiapoi red zone

Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers wants more action on Kaiapoi red zone

Friday, 12 August 2016 4:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Waimakariri's mayor has called for less talk and more action on getting community amenities into Kaiapoi's red zoned land.

Avonside family home one of the last for demolition on Christchurchs flat land red zone

Avonside family home one of the last for demolition on Christchurch's flat land red zone

Friday, 12 August 2016 4:42 p.m. by MediaStuff

Cathy Allen spent her childhood in the double-storey timber house at 452 Avonside Drive. Years later, she and husband Chris raised their own family there.

Roger Sutton very happy to join Anglican church board

Roger Sutton 'very happy' to join Anglican church board

Friday, 12 August 2016 3:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Two Christchurch church property teams have made prominent appointments as their earthquake-damaged cathedrals sit in ruins.

No plan for second-time quake repairs, Labours Megan Woods says

No plan for second-time quake repairs, Labour's Megan Woods says

Friday, 12 August 2016 2:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has not decided how to deal with the thousands of Canterbury homes needing remedial earthquake repairs.

Petition calling for EQC inquiry considered by select committee

Petition calling for EQC inquiry considered by select committee

Friday, 12 August 2016 2:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

An inquiry into defective Earthquake Commission (EQC) repairs appears to be a step closer, after a petition protesting substandard work was referred to a parliamentary committee.

No plan for remedial repairs - Labours Megan Woods says

No plan for remedial repairs - Labour's Megan Woods says

Friday, 12 August 2016 1:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has not decided how to deal with the thousands of Canterbury homes needing remedial earthquake repairs.

EQC no show as hundreds meet over botched repairs

EQC no show as hundreds meet over botched repairs

Friday, 12 August 2016 12:58 p.m. by EQCFix

The Earthquake Commission was a no-show at a meeting of hundreds of people complaining of botched earthquake repairs. More than 300 people packed into last night's meeting in Christchurch, organised by advocacy group EQC Fix.

Earthquake Commission pulls back from Christchurch

Earthquake Commission pulls back from Christchurch

Friday, 12 August 2016 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

With post-Canterbury earthquake work wrapping up, the Earthquake Commission (EQC) is letting go of hundreds of staff in a restructuring programme. The Commission is now discussing its plans with staff, with the aim of reducing its...

St Albans Art Society Exhibition on at Eastgate

St Albans Art Society Exhibition on at Eastgate

Thursday, 11 August 2016 10:48 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

If you head down to Eastgate Mall in Linwood before August 21 you can catch the St Albans Art Society exhibition between 9am and 6pm. The society holds art sessions at the St Albans Community Centre on Friday mornings.