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Get the sizzling hot summer edition of St Albans News

Get the sizzling hot summer edition of St Albans News

Friday, 26 January 2018 10:04 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The February/March issue of St Albans News has a botanical theme to it. We mark the passing of a well-known and loved local identity Bill Sykes, one of the people behind Packe St Park’s foundation and the centre pages are …

Consent sought to spend $1m on strengthening former hospitality site in Sol Square

Consent sought to spend $1m on strengthening former hospitality site in Sol Square

Friday, 26 January 2018 7:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

The first steps have been taken to revive the Sol Square hospitality hub in central Christchurch.

First new Catholic church in Christchurch since quake is a jewel in the crown for sisters

First new Catholic church in Christchurch since quake is a 'jewel in the crown' for sisters

Friday, 26 January 2018 6:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's first new Catholic church since the earthquakes – the rebuilt Nazareth House chapel – has been opened.

Road works to block Christchurch Hospital access

Road works to block Christchurch Hospital access

Thursday, 25 January 2018 7:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Road works will block access to the main entrance of Christchurch Hospital and a new outpatients building for at least two months, but alternative routes still haven't been finalised.

Christchurchs heavy vehicle bans impractical to enforce

Christchurch's heavy vehicle bans impractical to enforce

Thursday, 25 January 2018 7:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

Dozens of Christchurch streets have heavy vehicle bans that cannot practically be enforced.

Interest on EQC payments

Interest on EQC payments

Thursday, 25 January 2018 10:01 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Since the commencement of the Interest on Money Claims Act 2016 on 1 January 2018 EQC is now exposed to a liability to pay interest on late EQC payments from the date the money ought to have been paid until it was paid.  Previously the Court said it would only order EQC to pay interest as part of a substantive court judgment for the unpaid amount(s).  The new liability applies to court proceedings commenced after 1 January 2018.  It is an incentive to sue EQC now if you have not been paid as int ...

Christchurch election promises - where do they stand now?

Christchurch election promises - where do they stand now?

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 5:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Children's mental health will likely be the first area to benefit from the Government's election promises to Christchurch.

Christchurch building cleared for public use now deemed earthquake prone and closed

Christchurch building cleared for public use now deemed earthquake prone and closed

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 3:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

A 99-year-old Christchurch building cleared for public use has now been deemed earthquake prone nearly seven years following the Canterbury 2011 earthquakes.

EQC & New Apportionment of Damage Method

EQC & New Apportionment of Damage Method

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:31 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993, EQC has to apportion the damage/cost between earthquake events as there is a cap per event that is usually $100,000 plus GST per event.  Where there were damage inspections between quakes then it is straight forward to apportion based on actual damage.  In the past EQC has apportioned damage in the absence of inspections based on damage % in the area.  It has now taken to apportioning based purportedly on remedial costs on properties  in the area.  It is ...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 4:36 p.m. by GovtEQC

Antony Wright’s eulogy for Bill Sykes

Antony Wright’s eulogy for Bill Sykes

Monday, 22 January 2018 4:20 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

(Delivered at Botany Bill’s funeral in Christchurch on January 9, 2018)    Bill’s botanical roots started very early. He was born in the County of Suffolk in East Anglia and grew up in the village of Wyverstone. We have his …

Earthquake and Insurance Newsletter

Earthquake and Insurance Newsletter

Sunday, 21 January 2018 3:53 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is our most recent Earthquake and Insurance Newsletter.

Residents share safety concerns over 18-month Christchurch roadworks project

Residents share safety concerns over 18-month Christchurch roadworks project

Friday, 19 January 2018 6:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Eighteen months of roadworks has begun on one of Christchurch's major arterial roads, leaving residents concerned about the safety of children and pedestrians.

Taxpayer grant gets repairs started at Canterburys quake-damaged Hurunui Hotel

Taxpayer grant gets repairs started at Canterbury's quake-damaged Hurunui Hotel

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 6:21 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of North Canterbury's quake-damaged Hurunui Hotel say they will start repairs "first thing Monday" after receiving a $132,500 taxpayer heritage grant.

Temporary post-quake housing for sale in Christchurch

Temporary post-quake housing for sale in Christchurch

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 5:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government is selling off about $12 million of temporary earthquake housing in Christchurch.

Repairs confirmed for historic former Post Office building in Christchurch

Repairs confirmed for historic former Post Office building in Christchurch

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 2:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cathedral Square's oldest building, Christchurch's old chief post office, could become a hospitality hub.

Queenstown fans grasp new techniques at ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

Queenstown fans grasp new techniques at ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

Monday, 15 January 2018 4:41 p.m. by MediaStuff

Queenstown cricket players are learning new tricks from the sport's young elite as they watch the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup game.

Owner of Cathedral Squares Old Post Office building fires up at council road blocks

Owner of Cathedral Square's Old Post Office building fires up at council 'road blocks'

Friday, 12 January 2018 6:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owner of Cathedral Square's historic Old Post Office has hit out at city council redevelopment "road blocks".

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Residential-earthquake-decision-myall-v-tower-insurance

Friday, 12 January 2018 12:15 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Judgment: 23 February 2017 JUDGMENT OF Judge DUNNINGHAM The Facts Mr Myall owned a large house called Riverlaw (eight bedrooms + six bathrooms) built in 1852 and registered with the Historic Places Trust. The house had been recently renovated and …

Kaiaua & Thames coast storm

Kaiaua & Thames coast storm

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 11:08 a.m. by GovtEQC

Future Outlook: Purpose-built canopy for Rāwhiti Domain sports courts

Future Outlook: Purpose-built canopy for Rāwhiti Domain sports courts

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 8:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

Plans are under way for an all-weather outdoor sports facility in east Christchurch's Rāwhiti Domain.

Q&A: What it was like to report on a NZ disaster

Q&A: What it was like to report on a NZ disaster

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 11:26 a.m. by MediaHerald

Veteran science journalist Paul Gorman, now assistant editor at the Otago Daily Times , has recounted his experiences reporting on the Canterbury earthquakes in a new book. Portacom City: Reporting on the Christchurch and Kaikoura...

Mike Yardley: Challenges still ahead for Christchurchs post-earthquake rebuild

Mike Yardley: Challenges still ahead for Christchurch's post-earthquake rebuild

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

As the central city's incremental reconstruction prepares to enter its 8th post-quake year, the with some highly anticipated milestones.

Empty central Christchurch sites cover land three times the size of Botanic Gardens

Empty central Christchurch sites cover land three times the size of Botanic Gardens

Monday, 8 January 2018 9:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Empty sites in central Christchurch cover land about three times the size of the Botanic Gardens.

New technology updates Lytteltons rare 19th century timeball

New technology updates Lyttelton's rare 19th century timeball

Monday, 8 January 2018 8:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

Twenty-first century technology will operate the rebuilt 19th century Lyttelton timeball tower when it is back in action in April.

Nelson couple rebuild home with materials salvaged from red-zoned cottage

Nelson couple rebuild home with materials salvaged from red-zoned cottage

Sunday, 7 January 2018 8:21 p.m. by MediaStuff

Four years after dismantling their red-zoned cottage in Christchurch, Alison Locke and Mike Moss have rebuilt their home at the base of the Grampians.

Multi-million dollar big ticket developments to open in Christchurch in 2018

Multi-million dollar big ticket developments to open in Christchurch in 2018

Monday, 1 January 2018 9:24 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch residents and visitors will be able to enjoy new riverside bars, central city cinemas, a farmers' market, a new swimming pool complex, and a new library in 2018.

Roadworks mayhem: Christchurch publicans angry about being marooned by roadworks

Roadworks mayhem: Christchurch publicans angry about being marooned by roadworks

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 4:47 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The operator of Christchurch's historic Pegasus Arms pub is worried plans to virtually fence it off during roadworks will kill business.

Property owners frustrated at shuttered shops on Christchurchs New Regent St

Property owners frustrated at shuttered shops on Christchurch's New Regent St

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Boarded up shops on Christchurch's New Regent St are a "disgrace" and slowing business in the area, local owners say.

Canterbury schools take on nearly 1900 more students in 2017

Canterbury schools take on nearly 1900 more students in 2017

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury schools have enrolled nearly 1900 more students this year than in 2016, outstripping growth elsewhere in New Zealand.

Canterbury schools take on nearly 1900 more students in 2017

Canterbury schools take on nearly 1900 more students in 2017

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury schools have enrolled nearly 1900 more students this year than in 2016, outstripping growth elsewhere in New Zealand.

Rebuilt QEII Recreation and Sport Centre six months away

Rebuilt QEII Recreation and Sport Centre six months away

Monday, 25 December 2017 6:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new multimillion-dollar QEII Recreation and Sport Centre will produce chlorine for the city's pools on site.

Christchurchs Victoria square to reopen in March

Christchurch's Victoria square to reopen in March

Monday, 25 December 2017 3:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Crews revamping Christchurch's Victoria Square are working through the Christmas break to meet a March deadline.

Homeowners struggling with Earthquake Commission claims get welcome news

Homeowners struggling with Earthquake Commission claims get welcome news

Saturday, 23 December 2017 6:44 p.m. by EQCFix Popular

More than 3500 homeowners are still struggling with unsettled Earthquake Commission (EQC) claims.

More Christchurch venues hungry for a slice of the hospitality pie

More Christchurch venues hungry for a slice of the hospitality pie

Friday, 22 December 2017 6:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Increasing appetites for eating and drinking out has fuelled a cafe, bar and restaurant boom in Christchurch.

Rebuilt central Christchurch church open just in time for Christmas Day

Rebuilt central Christchurch church open just in time for Christmas Day

Friday, 22 December 2017 6:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

For the first time since the earthquakes, the congregation of the Oxford Terrace Baptist Church will celebrate Christmas under their own roof.

New Christ Church Cathedral restoration trust appointed

New Christ Church Cathedral restoration trust appointed

Friday, 22 December 2017 5:46 p.m. by MediaThePress

The trustees that will oversee restoration of the Christ Church Cathedral have been appointed by Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods.

Public to have say on EQC inquiry into Christchurch earthquake response

Public to have say on EQC inquiry into Christchurch earthquake response

Friday, 22 December 2017 3:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cantabrians are being called on to provide direction for an inquiry into the Earthquake Commission (EQC), as the Government works urgently on new mechanisms to settle outstanding claims.

Southern Response- Buy another house policy

Southern Response- Buy another house policy

Friday, 22 December 2017 12:44 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd v Shirley Investments Ltd [2017] NZHC 3190 the High Court (Thomas J) decided that the costs of enhanced foundations and demolition were not to be included in the calculation of an insured’s entitlement under the insurance policy as these were additional costs that were only payable when incurred.  These costs would not be incurred on the “buy another house” option.  The Court also confirmed that the amount payable under the “bu ...

High Street issues drag on for 7 years…

High Street issues drag on for 7 years…

Friday, 22 December 2017 10:14 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

What is new in High Street?… High Street has been closed for nearly 7 years. The last street in the city to get any attention.  (Have you considered that this is longer than World War 11 lasted).       As you know …

Just under $900,000 spent on Cathedral Square, but building owner very disappointed with progress

Just under $900,000 spent on Cathedral Square, but building owner 'very disappointed' with progress

Thursday, 21 December 2017 7:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

Regenerate Christchurch's Cathedral Square spending is closing in on $1 million, but the rebuild agency cannot say when redevelopment work will start.

The battle of Christchurchs proposed red zone lakes

The battle of Christchurch's proposed red zone lakes

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 9:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

Algal blooms could prove troublesome for proposed flatwater lakes in the Christchurch red zone, but advocates are adamant they can be managed.

Christ Church Cathedral restoration bill passes in Parliament

Christ Church Cathedral restoration bill passes in Parliament

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 6:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

A bill designed to fast-track restoration of the earthquake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral has passed into law.

Be prepared

Be prepared

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 11:14 a.m. by GovtEQC

More cash sought to improve Christchurchs weak major events portfolio

More cash sought to improve Christchurch's 'weak' major events portfolio

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 7:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch has a "weak" major events portfolio, which will not change with existing funding levels, ChristchurchNZ says.

Mid-century Christchurch office building gets $900,000 heritage grant from city council

Mid-century Christchurch office building gets $900,000 heritage grant from city council

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 7:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

A late 1950s office building in central Christchurch will be restored and turned into a hotel with the help of a ratepayer grant.

Future Outlook: A socially-conscious car park opens in central Christchurch

Future Outlook: A socially-conscious car park opens in central Christchurch

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 3:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

Sick of chaotic, choka-block city car parks? A social initiative is attempting to change the way people park in town.

Feedback on Christchurch red zone supports ecological restoration

Feedback on Christchurch red zone supports ecological restoration

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 3:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Feedback on the future of Christchurch's red zone shows clear support for turning much of the area back to nature, but mixed support for re-establishing houses on the earthquake-damaged land.

Two steps forward, one step back for Christchurch in annual review

Two steps forward, one step back for Christchurch in annual review

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 7:41 a.m. by MediaThePress

The home-straight charge into Christmas has become my personal marker on the city centre's incremental post-quake renaissance.

Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods calls for timeline on outstanding insurance claims

Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods calls for timeline on outstanding insurance claims

Monday, 18 December 2017 8:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

The MP in charge of Christchurch's earthquake recovery has put the pressure on to get outstanding insurance claims settled.

Kaikoura earthquake update 7

Kaikoura earthquake update 7

Monday, 18 December 2017 3:57 p.m. by GovtEQC

CTV families demand law changes to stop people "getting away with murder"

CTV families demand law changes to stop people "getting away with murder"

Sunday, 17 December 2017 8:10 p.m. by MediaStuff

Families fighting for justice for the victims of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapse have demanded changes in the law to close up "cracks" they say have allowed people to "get away with murder".

Christchurch woman stuck with massive unstable hillside

Christchurch woman stuck with 'massive unstable hillside'

Sunday, 17 December 2017 7:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch woman cried after a contractor she trusted dug up her hillside section, allegedly leaving it unstable and requiring more than $100,000 in works to remediate.

Fences to come down on public park in central Christchurch east frame

Fences to come down on public park in central Christchurch east frame

Sunday, 17 December 2017 1:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Housing in Christchurch's east frame may still be a way off, but the $30 million public space inside it is about to open.