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Bells ring in more than 150 church restorations as Kaiapois St Bartholomews Church reopens

Bells ring in more than 150 church restorations as Kaiapoi's St Bartholomew's Church reopens

Sunday, 30 July 2017 4:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Restoring Canterbury's oldest church has reinforced that the Anglican Diocese appreciates history but its members are "not museum curators", Bishop Victoria Matthews said.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority missed opportunities - Government report

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority 'missed opportunities' - Government report

Sunday, 30 July 2017 10:53 a.m. by MediaThePress

A new Government report says authorities made mistakes and missed opportunities that led to inefficiencies and bad public perception of the post-earthquake Canterbury recovery.

More new fashion tenants announced for Christchurchs retail precinct

More new fashion tenants announced for Christchurch's retail precinct

Friday, 28 July 2017 3:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Three more international fashion stores have signed up for the new central Christchurch retail precinct.

Three young entrepreneurs are helping to shape Christchurchs new hospo scene

Three young entrepreneurs are helping to shape Christchurch's new hospo scene

Friday, 28 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

"Dreamt big, dreaming bigger" was the tagline Nick Inkster tapped out in 2014 to go with a photo of the penthouse apartment he had just acquired in Perth.

Court Theatre will fundraise for new city Christchurch building, chief exec says

Court Theatre will fundraise for new city Christchurch building, chief exec says

Friday, 28 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Court Theatre will raise money to fill the funding gap on a proposed new building in Christchurch's city centre, the company's chief executive says.

Southshore residents express anger at Christchurch City Council over flooding

Southshore residents express anger at Christchurch City Council over flooding

Thursday, 27 July 2017 8:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

Nearly 350 Southshore residents have signed a petition to the Christchurch City Council expressing "anger and disappointment at the late and inadequate response" to flood risk in their suburb.

Development costs means Christchurchs Cranford Basin houses will not be cheap

Development costs means Christchurch's Cranford Basin houses will not be cheap

Thursday, 27 July 2017 7:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

High development costs mean houses in the proposed Cranford Basin development will not be cheap, the Christchurch City Council says.

Fletcher bearing costs of Christchurch justice precinct delays

Fletcher bearing costs of Christchurch justice precinct delays

Thursday, 27 July 2017 5:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

Delays to the construction of Christchurch's justice and emergency services precinct will not cost the Government any more money, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams says.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel wants warts and all earthquake recovery symposium

Mayor Lianne Dalziel wants warts and all earthquake recovery symposium

Thursday, 27 July 2017 10:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel raised concerns a canned major earthquake conference focused only on things that went right.

New look expected to be unveiled for Christchurchs Cathedral Square

New look expected to be unveiled for Christchurch's Cathedral Square

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 7:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

Bold ideas for a new-look Cathedral Square in central Christchurch are expected to be unveiled next week.

Replacement earthquake symposium will explore the reality of Christchurchs recovery

Replacement earthquake symposium will explore the reality of Christchurch's recovery

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 6:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she was concerned about the agenda for the cancelled 2017 earthquake symposium.

Christchurch architecture has lost its way and its artistic inspirations

Christchurch architecture has lost its way and its artistic inspirations

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:12 a.m. by MediaThePress

Why is visiting the central city and seeing its newly built and refurbished offices, hotels and shopping complexes such a dreary experience?

Opinion: Christchurch architecture has lost its way and its artistic inspirations

Opinion: Christchurch architecture has lost its way and its artistic inspirations

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:12 a.m. by MediaThePress

Why is visiting the central city and seeing its newly built and refurbished offices, hotels and shopping complexes such a dreary experience?

Ballantynes to shift departments to make way for construction

Ballantynes to shift departments to make way for construction

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Ballantynes department store is about to move some of its departments into new premises while part of its main store is rebuilt.

Residents say Christchurch City Council failed to protect Southshore from floods

Residents say Christchurch City Council failed to protect Southshore from floods

Monday, 24 July 2017 8:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southshore residents are angry that a lack of flood protection allowed homes in their seaside Christchurch suburb to flood in last week's storm.

Fletchers problems highlight constructions age-old strains

Fletcher's problems highlight construction's age-old strains

Monday, 24 July 2017 5:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Justice Ministry's new precinct in Christchurch will probably cost about $130 million to $140m more than expected to complete, JB Were analyst Ricky Ward estimates.

Historic Wood Brothers Mill getting multimillion-dollar revamp

Historic Wood Brothers Mill getting multimillion-dollar revamp

Sunday, 23 July 2017 9:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

Work has started on a multimillion-dollar redevelopment of one of Christchurch's last great industrial buildings.

Wilson Parking and the millions spent on parking misery

Wilson Parking and the millions spent on parking misery

Saturday, 22 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Saturday morning netball dads â€“ and mums â€“ have a car parking routine. First you try to grab one of the free parks on the streets adjacent to the Christchurch Netball Centre at South Hagley Park but good luck with that. These days you are also competing with displaced hospital traffic.

Fletcher gives Christchurch mayor east frame assurances after profit downgrade

Fletcher gives Christchurch mayor east frame assurances after profit downgrade

Friday, 21 July 2017 10:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Building says Christchurch's east frame anchor housing project won't be affected by the company's profit downgrade and the departure of chief executive Mark Adamson.

Construction starts on new Ngaio Marsh Theatre, University of Canterbury Students Association building

Construction starts on new Ngaio Marsh Theatre, University of Canterbury Students' Association building

Friday, 21 July 2017 5:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new Ngaio Marsh Theatre is a step closer as construction starts on a $28 million students' association building.

Landscaping expert encourages mix of natural and urban design in flood-prone areas

Landscaping expert encourages mix of natural and urban design in flood-prone areas

Friday, 21 July 2017 10:41 a.m. by MediaThePress

A visiting expert on landscaping flood-prone city zones recommends Christchurch use natural barriers and water-based construction to deal with rising sea levels.

EQC update on Edgecumbe response

EQC update on Edgecumbe response

Thursday, 20 July 2017 5:04 p.m. by GovtEQC

Christchurch east frame public space to open early 2018, but where are the houses?

Christchurch east frame public space to open early 2018, but where are the houses?

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 7:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's $30 million east frame public space is to open early next year, but it is unlikely it will be surrounded by houses as per the plan..

Performing arts precinct steering group favoured seed money option for Court Theatre

Performing arts precinct steering group favoured 'seed money' option for Court Theatre

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 5:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Court Theatre should only get "seed money" for a new $45 million central Christchurch building and fundraise for the rest, the steering group for the project advised.

City council turning attention to residential eyesores in Christchurch

City council turning attention to residential eyesores in Christchurch

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Encouraged by progress on its "dirty 30" list of derelict commercial buildings, the Christchurch City Council is going after residential landlords it believes are holding up the city's rebuild.

High-end fashion boutiques World and Plume to open stores in Christchurchs McKenzie and Willis precinct by Christmas

High-end fashion boutiques World and Plume to open stores in Christchurch's McKenzie and Willis precinct by Christmas

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 6:22 a.m. by MediaThePress

Two fashion boutiques who lost their premises in Christchurch's High St in the earthquakes are reopening in the central city.

Leaked report says new Court Theatre in central city would not be value for money

Leaked report says new Court Theatre in central city would not be value for money

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 9:21 p.m. by MediaThePress

A new Court Theatre in central Christchurch would be too expensive and should be dropped from the performing arts precinct, a leaked report says.

Fashion designers to open boutiques in McKenzie and Willis precinct

Fashion designers to open boutiques in McKenzie and Willis precinct

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 6:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Two fashion boutiques who lost their premises in Christchurch's High St in the earthquakes are reopening in the central city.

Cycleways good for business, Christchurch City Council says

Cycleways good for business, Christchurch City Council says

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 5:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cycleways are good for business, the Christchurch City Council says, despite threats of legal action and widespread discontent among owners trading alongside the city's new routes.

Cycleways good for business despite Christchurch ratepayers discontent, council says

Cycleways good for business despite Christchurch ratepayers' discontent, council says

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 3:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cycleways are good for business, the Christchurch City Council says, despite threats of legal action and widespread discontent among owners trading alongside the city's new routes.

Christchurch woman finds same sense of community while teaching in disaster-stricken Namie, Japan

Christchurch woman finds same sense of community while teaching in disaster-stricken Namie, Japan

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 9:35 a.m. by MediaStuff

Amy Vivian-Neal says some may think she was unfortunate to be assigned a teaching role in a displaced Japanese town of Namie.

Government buys one of last two sites for Christchurchs performing arts precinct

Government buys one of last two sites for Christchurch's performing arts precinct

Monday, 17 July 2017 7:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has purchased one of the last two remaining sites required for Christchurch's performing arts precinct after three years of negotiations.

Slow progress on land buy-up for Christchurchs south frame project

Slow progress on land buy-up for Christchurch's south frame project

Sunday, 16 July 2017 6:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

No more whole properties are needed to complete Christchurch's south frame project, but Crown progress buying the land needed is slow.

Christchurch Earthquake Images - New Book

Christchurch Earthquake Images - New Book

Saturday, 15 July 2017 7:14 p.m. by ChChEarthquakeNews Popular

The city of Christchurch has changed dramatically over the last seven years as a result of the repeated earthquakes in the area. is a collection of photos starting from the morning of the 4th September 2010 earthquake through to June 2017 when I photographed the ruins of Christchurch Cathedral. The first few pages show before and after images of one of the intersections in town - illustrating how some areas have been rebuilt although there is still a lot of work to be done. Other shots include ...

Two days a tourist in the Garden City

Two days a tourist in the Garden City

Saturday, 15 July 2017 6:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Leaner lake and canal proposed for Christchurch red zone

Leaner lake and canal proposed for Christchurch red zone

Friday, 14 July 2017 3:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

A new design for a proposed flat water facility in Christchurch's red zone features a narrower lake and a canal.

Six-star hotel to take over Christchurchs Harley Chambers site

Six-star hotel to take over Christchurch's Harley Chambers site

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 7:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

One of the Christchurch City Council's "dirty 30" earthquake-damaged buildings is set to make way for a six-star, 150-room hotel.

19th century sod cottage in Christchurch could be partially encased in glass

19th century sod cottage in Christchurch could be partially encased in glass

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 4:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

One of Christchurch's most historic buildings could be partially encased in glass to preserve its heritage.

Is the east frame a solution for a lagging Christchurch Central?

Is the east frame a solution for a lagging Christchurch Central?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 6:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's east frame housing project will help pump life back into the CBD, the city's mayor says as a new report highlights the area's slow recovery.

New occupants needed for rescued Christchurch heritage buildings

New occupants needed for rescued Christchurch heritage buildings

Monday, 10 July 2017 4:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Two of Christchurch's oldest buildings in the process of being restored now need tenants or a new owner.

Report from 2017 FORUM on June 29

Report from 2017 FORUM on June 29

Monday, 10 July 2017 3:37 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi Popular

Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector and making connections for us and our children after us

Floating houses on the Avon River could revitalise red zone

Floating houses on the Avon River could revitalise red zone

Monday, 10 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: What to do with abandoned red zone land in Christchurch is still unresolved. Conventional housing has been ruled out, while improving the land to reinstate it for housing would be inordinately expensive.

Christchurch CBD commercial rebuild will supersede residential in 2017-18: report

Christchurch CBD commercial rebuild will supersede residential in 2017-18: report

Sunday, 9 July 2017 7:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's commercial rebuild is set to peak in the next year as delayed public projects finally take off.

The hell of being stuck in EQC limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

The hell of being stuck in EQC limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

Sunday, 9 July 2017 6:20 p.m. by EQCFix Popular

VICKI ANDERSON. Last updated 09:49, July 8 2017. Stuff.

Time running out for earthquake claimants to litigate against insurers: advisory service

Time running out for earthquake claimants to litigate against insurers: advisory service

Saturday, 8 July 2017 1:49 p.m. by EQCFix Popular

The Residential Advisory Service (Ras) is telling earthquake claimants to get in before it is too late. Some insurers can claim their Limitations Act defence against litigation as of September 4. A Ras spokesman said claimants still dealing with EQC should contact their private insurer if there was even a chance their claim could go over cap......

The hell of being stuck in EQC limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

The hell of being stuck in EQC limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

Saturday, 8 July 2017 9:44 a.m. by MediaThePress


When Georgia Scott talks about the terrifying moment her family escaped the fire that destroyed their Christchurch home just hours after they moved in, she smiles politely but her shaking hands tell a different story.

The hell of being stuck in ECQ limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

The hell of being stuck in ECQ limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

Saturday, 8 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress


When Georgia Scott talks about the terrifying moment her family escaped the fire that destroyed their Christchurch home just hours after they moved in, she smiles politely but her shaking hands tell a different story.

Anglican synod given out-dated information on Christ Church Cathedral, heritage campaigners say

Anglican synod given out-dated information on Christ Church Cathedral, heritage campaigners say

Friday, 7 July 2017 9:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

Synod members are being told by Anglican leaders that the rebuild of the Christ Church Cathedral will take twice as long and cost about $20 million more than previously agreed.

Time running out for earthquake claimants to litigate against insurers: advisory service

Time running out for earthquake claimants to litigate against insurers: advisory service

Friday, 7 July 2017 8:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Residential Advisory Service (Ras) is telling earthquake claimants to get in before it is too late.

Christchurch Art Gallery to raise $1m for new artwork by sculpture artist Ron Mueck

Christchurch Art Gallery to raise $1m for new artwork by sculpture artist Ron Mueck

Friday, 7 July 2017 7:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch Art Gallery has launched an ambitious $1 million fundraising campaign to buy a sculpture by a celebrated international artist.

Christchurch Art Gallery to raise $1m for new artwork by celebrated sculpture artist Ron Mueck

Christchurch Art Gallery to raise $1m for new artwork by celebrated sculpture artist Ron Mueck

Friday, 7 July 2017 7:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch Art Gallery has launched an ambitious $1 million fundraising campaign to buy a sculpture by a celebrated international artist.

EQC will not take back Canterbury earthquake claim overpayments

EQC will not take back Canterbury earthquake claim overpayments

Friday, 7 July 2017 5:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Overpaid Earthquake Commission (EQC) claimants will hold on to their extra money.

Children suffer housing crisis fallout as rate of low-decile transience hits record

Children suffer housing crisis fallout as rate of low-decile transience hits record

Friday, 7 July 2017 4:13 p.m. by MediaHerald

Transient children have hit record numbers in low-income schools as the housing crisis forces more renting families to move house repeatedly.Numbers are still low, but the latest Ministry of Education data shows that 2.8 per cent...

Johnny Moore: Cost of central city land holding back renewal in Christchurch

Johnny Moore: Cost of central city land holding back renewal in Christchurch

Friday, 7 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: We're fast approaching the five-year anniversary of the release of the 100 Day Plan.

The Toyota Corolla is the most Kiwi car in the world

The Toyota Corolla is the most Kiwi car in the world

Thursday, 6 July 2017 5:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

New Zealand is home to rugby, kiwis (the bird), Kiwis (the people) and pavlova. It's also home to a lot of Toyota Corollas.

One drivers long-held affection for trusty Toyota Corolla

One driver's long-held affection for trusty Toyota Corolla

Thursday, 6 July 2017 4:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Frances Horton is one of nearly 10,000 North Shore drivers who own the region's most popular car - a Toyota Corolla.