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Welsh slate from Southland Hospital used in Canterbury earthquake rebuild

Welsh slate from Southland Hospital used in Canterbury earthquake rebuild

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 12:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Welsh slate from a condemned Southland Hospital building has given new life to the historic Christchurch Arts Centre damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes.

Christchurch: My personal post-quake tour

Christchurch: My personal post-quake tour

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 12:12 p.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch, New Zealand has long been known as The Garden City. However, these days when I mention my home-away-from-home in New Zealand, I'm likely to hear, "Isn't that the place that was pretty much destroyed by an earthquake?"

The Tairuaumoko Roadshow

The Tairuaumoko Roadshow

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 11:41 a.m. by GovtEQC

Insurers pushing gag orders on settlements

Insurers pushing gag orders on settlements

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 11:30 a.m. by MediaHerald

A Christchurch insurance advocate says gag orders on insurance settlements benefit no one, but the insurer's reputation. A number of customers have told Newstalk ZB their insurer has refused to settle unless they stop posting...

Confidence slump among Christchurch landlords

Confidence slump among Christchurch landlords

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Optimism among Christchurch's commercial property investors has sunk to pre-earthquake levels as the rebuild drags on.

Reassuring customers concerning the limitation period

Reassuring customers concerning the limitation period

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 2:25 a.m. by SouthernResponse

Southern Response announced today that it will not rely on a limitation defence for claims arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes for any proceedings filed in Court before 4 September 2018 – that is, eight years after the first Canterbury earthquake.

Hundreds of quake claims still going over cap

Hundreds of quake claims still going over cap

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 8:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

About 120 homeowners a month are starting earthquake repairs from scratch as their claims are finally referred to insurance companies.

Hundreds of quake claims still going over cap

Hundreds of quake claims still going over cap

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 8:14 p.m. by MediaStuff

About 120 homeowners a month are starting earthquake repairs from scratch as their claims are finally referred to insurance companies.

New Regent St repair work on track for April 6 completion

New Regent St repair work on track for April 6 completion

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 4:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Business will soon return to normal on New Regent St, with repair work on five quake-damaged buildings on track to be completed by Wednesday, April 6.

World-class sensory childrens garden for east Christchurch

World-class sensory children's garden for east Christchurch

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 7:52 a.m. by MediaThePress

A world-class sensory garden with a musical path is about take form in east Christchurch.

Customers claim earthquake repairs shoddy

Customers claim earthquake repairs shoddy

Monday, 28 March 2016 6:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

A builder responsible for 150 earthquake repairs has seen some homeowners terminate their contracts amid claims of poor workmanship, delays and jobs that do not meet consent requirements.

Trust may oversee Provincial Chambers repair

Trust may oversee Provincial Chambers repair

Monday, 28 March 2016 3:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

The earthquake-damaged Canterbury Provincial Chambers could be sold to a trust to fast track its multimillion-dollar restoration.

Housing repairs will create hideous conditions

Housing repairs will create 'hideous' conditions

Monday, 28 March 2016 9:34 a.m. by MediaThePress

More than 60 residents at a city council-owned complex face eight months of noise, dust and constant shuddering because of earthquake repairs.

THE MBIE GUIDELINES – THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY’S NEW CLOTHES – Guest post and perspective article by Kalev Crossland

THE MBIE GUIDELINES – THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY’S NEW CLOTHES – Guest post and perspective article by Kalev Crossland

Sunday, 27 March 2016 6:48 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

In 2010, soon after the start of Canterbury’s earthquake sequence, the Department ofBuilding and Housing published guidance on the repair and reconstruction of earthquake-damaged houses. These guidelines, now under the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE), were a poorly …

Christchurch earthquake survivors epic tale: He gave me my life

Christchurch earthquake survivor's epic tale: 'He gave me my life'

Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:36 a.m. by MediaStuff

Five years on from the Christchurch earthquake, incredible stories of bravery and courage are still emerging for the first time. shares the story of three strangers united forever by the events of that day.

Community invited to provide feedback on Coastal Hazard Report

Community invited to provide feedback on Coastal Hazard Report

Thursday, 24 March 2016 5:03 p.m. by MtPleasantCC

GHD has been appointed by Christchurch City Council to manage an independent review of the Coastal Hazard Assessment Report (Tonkin & Taylor 2015), and we are seeking the community’s input. […]

In the Know Community Hosts

In the Know Community Hosts

Thursday, 24 March 2016 4:48 p.m. by MtPleasantCC

Earthquake support to continue in city libraries – In the Know Community Hosts Although in the Know Hub has closed, support is continuing for people still dealing with claims, repairs and […]

Supporters of Redcliffs School

Supporters of Redcliffs School

Thursday, 24 March 2016 4:37 p.m. by MtPleasantCC

Dear Supporters of Redcliffs School, After the Rally to Reopen Redcliffs School last year we know your organisation has many people that would like to support this issue and be […]

And another gap to fill!

And another gap to fill!

Thursday, 24 March 2016 4:11 p.m. by GapFiller

Some changes to how we do things has meant an other new role at Gap Filler is up for grabs! We are now also searching for a Project Developer. This person will be part of the team(s) that create our awesome projects. Experience in project, event and/or people management would be an advantage and of […]

Caffe Roma building gets $900,000 council grant

Caffe Roma building gets $900,000 council grant

Thursday, 24 March 2016 2:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

New owners planning to restore a historic central Christchurch building will get a $869,500 city council grant.

Can you help us fill a gap?

Can you help us fill a gap?

Thursday, 24 March 2016 2:00 p.m. by GapFiller

We are looking for a new Activator! Your role will be to help organise the events and activities that occur on the Gap Filler sites around the city (think discos at the Dance O Mat, poetry readings at the Book Fridge and concerts at Sound Garden).   If this sounds like you, contact rachael@gapfiller.org.nz for […]

Caffe Roma building gets council grant

Caffe Roma building gets council grant

Thursday, 24 March 2016 1:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

New owners planning to restore a historic central Christchurch building will get a $869,500 city council grant.

Solution found to coordinate tram and construction

Solution found to coordinate tram and construction

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:38 a.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

Agreement has been reached to keep the trams operating while paving work is completed on the section of track through Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct’s The Terraces, says Christchurch Central Development Unit Director Baden Ewart.

Treasury describes EQC claimants as “weary and distrustful”

Treasury describes EQC claimants as “weary and distrustful”

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:08 a.m. by MeganWoods Popular

Release: New Zealand Labour Party

Christchurch painter says building firms using tradespeople like banks

Christchurch painter says building firms using tradespeople 'like banks'

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:07 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's building industry bills are mounting and it's taking longer for tradespeople to be paid.

Proposed cap on rates increases at 5 per cent in draft Plan

Proposed cap on rates' increases at 5 per cent in draft Plan

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:53 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch City Council is proposing to cap its average rates' increase at five per cent for the 2016-17 financial year and for a further two years after that. 

Awatea housing development completed!

Awatea housing development completed!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:45 a.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

$20m mental health package for Canterbury

$20m mental health package for Canterbury

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:34 a.m. by GovtBeehive Featured Popular

Release: New Zealand Government

Southern Response earthquake claims settlement could take until 2019

Southern Response earthquake claims settlement could take until 2019

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 4:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

It could be almost another three years before Southern Response settles all of its Canterbury earthquake claims.

Arts Centre clock tower building ready for new life

Arts Centre clock tower building ready for new life

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 10:40 a.m. by MediaThePress

As earthquake repairs are completed stone by stone across Christchurch's historic Arts Centre, one of the complex's best-known spots is ready for new occupants.

University of Canterbury engineering programme drops in global ranking

University of Canterbury engineering programme drops in global ranking

Monday, 21 March 2016 8:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

The University of Canterbury's (UC) civil and structural engineering programme has dropped five places in the latest international ranking.

Half-billion dollar plan for Christchurchs old convention centre site

Half-billion dollar plan for Christchurch's old convention centre site

Monday, 21 March 2016 7:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

A half-billion dollar precinct of shops, offices, hotels, restaurants and apartments is planned for Christchurch's old convention centre site.

Builders get tough on making clients pay up to escape debt collectors

Builders get tough on making clients pay up to escape debt collectors

Monday, 21 March 2016 9:34 a.m. by MediaThePress

Debt collectors are chasing more builders as the money they owe skyrockets.

130-year-old Oxford Baptist Church to rebuild in central Christchurch

130-year-old Oxford Baptist Church to rebuild in central Christchurch

Sunday, 20 March 2016 6:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Central Christchurch's Baptist community is launching a $8.5 million rebuild to replace their 130-year old heritage-listed church that collapsed in the earthquakes.

130-year-old Oxford Baptist church to rebuild

130-year-old Oxford Baptist church to rebuild

Sunday, 20 March 2016 6:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Central Christchurch's Baptist community is launching a $8.5 million rebuild to replace their 130-year old heritage-listed church that collapsed in the earthquakes.

Lonely journey for elderly Christchurch woman for earthquake repairs

Lonely journey for elderly Christchurch woman for earthquake repairs

Sunday, 20 March 2016 4:47 p.m. by MediaStuff

Ina Drury, 86, is waiting to get her home repaired for a second time.

Lonely journey for elderly Christchurch woman for earthquake repairs

Lonely journey for elderly Christchurch woman for earthquake repairs

Sunday, 20 March 2016 4:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Ina Drury, 86, is waiting to get her home repaired for a second time.

Recovery entities say new model will work

Recovery entities say new model will work

Sunday, 20 March 2016 4:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

Developer Antony Gough criticises new 30kmh speed limit, lack of car parks and cycle lanes in CBD

Developer Antony Gough criticises new 30kmh speed limit, lack of car parks and cycle lanes in CBD

Friday, 18 March 2016 2:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

A prominent developer says Christchurch is becoming the "inaccessible" city.

CHCH SOUP Summer 2016

CHCH SOUP Summer 2016

Friday, 18 March 2016 12:46 p.m. by GapFiller

Another balmy evening was enjoyed at The Commons for CHCH SOUP Summer 2016, where more than $600 was raised for the pot.  We heard pitches for an inner-city composting service, a social enterprise supporting quality photography services for non-profits, an adventurous battle sport and a project documenting the merging schools in Aranui giving them a […]

Devastated families want someone held accountable for Christchurch quake deaths

Devastated families want someone held accountable for Christchurch quake deaths

Thursday, 17 March 2016 8:59 p.m. by MediaStuff

Errol Hadfield is resigned to the fact no-one will be held accountable for the death of his daughter-in-law during the February 2011 earthquake.

Parties commend work on Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill

Parties commend work on Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill

Thursday, 17 March 2016 8:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

The changes to the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill will not be seen for another two weeks.

Tram track closure disastrous for retailers, say Christchurch landowners

Tram track closure 'disastrous' for retailers, say Christchurch landowners

Thursday, 17 March 2016 6:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Central Christchurch landowners and retailers say the closure of a tram route for road upgrades will be disastrous for business.

Vero settlement agreement valid

Vero settlement agreement valid

Thursday, 17 March 2016 6:11 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

On March 2016 the Court of Appeal in Prattley Enterprises Ltd v Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd [2016] NZCA 67 dismissed an appeal by an insured against the High Court’s refusal to set aside a settlement agreement on the grounds of mistake.  It also comments on the inappropriateness of a Risk Worldwide person (George Keys) purporting to give “expert’ evidence when that person had a financial interest in the outcome of the claim.  Prattley claimed that it was mistaken in relation ...

Building firm admits creating false earthquake repair documents

Building firm admits creating false earthquake repair documents

Thursday, 17 March 2016 4:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch building firm and its owner have been fined $2500 each for falsifying documents relating to earthquake repairs.

Update on ILV settlements

Update on ILV settlements

Thursday, 17 March 2016 2:03 p.m. by GovtEQC

Update on ILV

Update on ILV

Thursday, 17 March 2016 2:03 p.m. by GovtEQC

New approach to February 2016 quake claims

New approach to February 2016 quake claims

Thursday, 17 March 2016 1:55 p.m. by GovtEQC

EQC drainage assessments underway

EQC drainage assessments underway

Thursday, 17 March 2016 1:19 p.m. by GovtEQC

Learning from the past. Building for the future.

Learning from the past. Building for the future.

Thursday, 17 March 2016 12:18 p.m. by GovtEQC

Architect of the Christchurch rebuild defends the emerging glass and steel city

Architect of the Christchurch rebuild defends the emerging glass and steel city

Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:17 a.m. by MediaThePress

Architects come in flavours. There's the black turtleneck and beard brigade, folks who chose their wardrobe and accessories with the same attention they bring to buildings (clients willing). There's the hippies, such as Hundertwasser, best known in New Zealand for his Kawakawa toilets. Their designs sometimes lack straight lines. There's the sole practitioners, working from a converted garage, say, and often building houses for the flush.

Changes to Regeneration Bill give more power to Christchurch

Changes to Regeneration Bill give more power to Christchurch

Thursday, 17 March 2016 9:48 a.m. by PRNews Popular

Changes to Regeneration Bill give more power to Christchurch

Trained Pacific workers join the Christchurch rebuild

Trained Pacific workers join the Christchurch rebuild

Thursday, 17 March 2016 9:43 a.m. by PRNews Popular

A partnership between the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE), Pacific Trust Canterbury and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) will provide an opportunity for up to 28 skilled workers from the Pacific islands to fill a skills shortage and work on the Christchurch rebuild.

Revealed: The four fatal earthquake sites where criminal charges could be laid

Revealed: The four fatal earthquake sites where criminal charges could be laid

Thursday, 17 March 2016 9:09 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

The criminal inquiry into deadly building collapses during the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch has been narrowed to four sites.