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EQC confirms major downsizing of Canterbury operations

EQC confirms major downsizing of Canterbury operations

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 9:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has confirmed it will slash its Canterbury workforce by about a third, but the number of remaining staff will be higher than originally thought.

Treasury report marks up Christchurch rebuild projects

Treasury report marks up Christchurch rebuild projects

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

Treasury has bumped up its marks for the central Christchurch rebuild, following breakthroughs on some projects.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziels red zone residential development proposal feasible

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel's red zone residential development proposal feasible

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 5:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel's idea to build new houses in the residential red zone is feasible, according to a land surveyor.

EQC confirms shape of smaller organisation for 2017

EQC confirms shape of smaller organisation for 2017

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 4:02 p.m. by GovtEQC

Southern Response sinks millions of dollars into legal help

Southern Response sinks millions of dollars into legal help

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 1:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

Crown-owned Southern Response has sunk millions into legal help over the past four years and been ordered to pay aggrieved homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Rik Tindall – regional council candidate

Rik Tindall – regional council candidate

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 9:43 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

We must safeguard our pure water aquifers by strict regulation of large water takes and pollution: public vigilance through elected representation. Rivers and lakes must be kept at high quality through good quantity flows. Balance trade-off between industrial use and …

Hall construction for Pines and Kairaki beaches begins on sturdy ground

Hall construction for Pines and Kairaki beaches begins on 'sturdy' ground

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

The new Pines and Kairaki Beaches community hall is under construction more than six years since the old one was damaged by the September 2010 earthquake.

Could Christchurchs Municipal Chambers be saved by creative thinking?

Could Christchurch's Municipal Chambers be saved by creative thinking?

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 4:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The Christchurch City Council has a problem – it wants to preserve our architectural heritage, but it has limited funds with which to re-build the city.  Nothing represents this problem more than the old Municipal Chambers on Worcester St.

Recovery roadblocks cause for concern

Recovery roadblocks cause for concern

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 12:43 p.m. by MeganWoods Popular

 

Canterbury wellbeing indicators show continued improvement

Canterbury wellbeing indicators show continued improvement

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 12:42 p.m. by GovtDHB Popular

Judical modernisation – Interest & DC limit to $350,000

Judical modernisation – Interest & DC limit to $350,000

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 11:35 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

The Judicial Modernisation Bill has now been subdivided into subsidiary bills – one of which is the Interest on Money Claims Bill and another that deals with the District Court.  It has now passed through the House committee stage with only its third reading and Royal Assent to go.  Good for claimants and bad for EQC it now provides that a defendant is liable to pay interest where the defendant pays money to settle the claim after proceedings commenced, but before any judgment.  Previously ...

Canterbury social housing programme book launched

Canterbury social housing programme book launched

Monday, 19 September 2016 7:56 p.m. by GovtDBH Popular

Press Release: Housing New Zealand

Clean-up of asbestos fragments in Waimakariri red zone

Clean-up of asbestos fragments in Waimakariri red zone

Monday, 19 September 2016 6:52 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

Clean-up of asbestos fragments in Waimakariri red zone

Condemned building owners to tighten up security

Condemned building owners to tighten up security

Monday, 19 September 2016 4:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of a condemned central Christchurch building have vowed to improve security after teenagers were able to wander inside unimpeded.

Linwood College Update

Linwood College Update

Monday, 19 September 2016 3:33 p.m. by MtPleasantCC

LINWOOD COLLEGE   PRESS RELEASE 14 SEPTEMBER, 2016 Community engagement shows desire for Linwood College to become “local school of choice.” 

Christchurch City council talking to town hall insurers - again

Christchurch City council talking to town hall insurers - again

Monday, 19 September 2016 12:02 p.m. by MediaHerald

The city council is busy negotiating with an insurer again - this time over the town hall.A $20 million renovation project, including upgrade of bars and the James Hay Theatre, was underway when the earthquakes struck.

Frustration over Christchurchs St Johns Anglican church repairs

Frustration over Christchurch's St John's Anglican church repairs

Monday, 19 September 2016 11:45 a.m. by MediaHerald

Six years after the September 2010 earthquake, the Hororata community is still in the dark about when its badly damaged heritage church will be restored.When the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit, the bell tower of St John's Anglican...

Frustration over Christchurchs St Johns Anglican church repairs

Frustration over Christchurch's St John's Anglican church repairs

Monday, 19 September 2016 11:43 a.m. by MediaHerald

Six years after the September 2010 earthquake, the Hororata community is still in the dark about when its badly damaged heritage church will be restored.When the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit, the bell tower of St John's Anglican...

Top marks for remedial work

Top marks for remedial work

Monday, 19 September 2016 9:59 a.m. by FletcherEQR

The Risk of Being Nowhere

The Risk of Being Nowhere

Monday, 19 September 2016 7:01 a.m. by MakingChristchurch

Ken May – health board candidate

Ken May – health board candidate

Sunday, 18 September 2016 4:17 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

I am a retiree, retired from the RNZAF after over twenty years of Service, then I worked for Air New Zealand and, until June 2015, I was employed for sixteen years as Team Leader for GE Healthcare, supplying Healthcare Solutions …

Retailer rail against parking plans in $7m Victoria St upgrade proposal

Retailer rail against parking plans in $7m Victoria St upgrade proposal

Friday, 16 September 2016 9:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

Victoria St retailers are balking at proposed parking changes in a revised $7 million road redesign.

New tenant for Christchurchs Terrace development, work expected to ramp up next week

New tenant for Christchurch's Terrace development, work expected to ramp up next week

Friday, 16 September 2016 8:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch developer Antony Gough says he has secured a new tenant to fill part of his Terrace development and expects work to ramp up at the site next week.

Quake battler Bryan Staples steps back, lawyer Bill Dwyer steps up

Quake battler Bryan Staples steps back, lawyer Bill Dwyer steps up

Friday, 16 September 2016 3:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

Longtime Earthquake Commission (EQC) adversary Bryan Staples is stepping down as head of his advocacy company Earthquake Services and handing the reins to Christchurch lawyer Bill Dwyer.

Is Christchurchs regeneration too slow?

Is Christchurch's regeneration too slow?

Friday, 16 September 2016 2:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

Shabby mansion devaluing Fendalton homes, neighbours say

Shabby mansion devaluing Fendalton homes, neighbours say

Friday, 16 September 2016 1:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Residents of an upmarket Christchurch suburb say a shabby earthquake-damaged mansion will drag down property values in their street.

 Local body candidates don’t know about red zone proposals

Local body candidates don’t know about red zone proposals

Thursday, 15 September 2016 5:23 p.m. by greeningtheredzone Featured Popular

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Rod Oram: Christchurch rising from the rubble

Rod Oram: Christchurch rising from the rubble

Thursday, 15 September 2016 4:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

With Christchurch roughly halfway through its rebuild, the shape and feel of the city is starting to emerge from the earthquake rubble.

Johnny Moore: Reports of Christchurchs previous death greatly exaggerated

Johnny Moore: Reports of Christchurch's previous death greatly exaggerated

Thursday, 15 September 2016 1:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Something's been bugging me. It's a little thing, a turn of phrase, but it's been floating around for six years and I worry that if nobody questions it, people will accept it as fact:

Johnny Moore: Claims pre-quake central Christchurch dying exaggerated, replacement monotone

Johnny Moore: Claims pre-quake central Christchurch dying exaggerated, replacement 'monotone'

Thursday, 15 September 2016 1:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Something's been bugging me. It's a little thing, a turn of phrase, but it's been floating around for six years.

Don Church – health board candidate

Don Church – health board candidate

Thursday, 15 September 2016 12:20 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The CDHB is faced with a substantial upgrade of buildings and services to cope with an expanding and ageing population but restricted funding has forced the board to prioritise between competing demands. However, for Christchurch Hospital, there is some assistance …

Janet De Lu – health board candidate

Janet De Lu – health board candidate

Thursday, 15 September 2016 12:10 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The CDHB faces some very difficult challenges right now. Per capita funding has been cut in the latest budget, so that we are now 17% below the national average in per capita funding. This is in the face of some …

Steve Wakefield – health board candidate

Steve Wakefield – health board candidate

Thursday, 15 September 2016 12:10 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

I have served as Deputy Chair of the Canterbury DHB for the last three years, and would like to be elected to continue this work. I have 35 years of IT and business consulting experience and was previously NZ Chartered …

Dr Rochelle Phipps – health board candidate

Dr Rochelle Phipps – health board candidate

Thursday, 15 September 2016 12:05 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

I’ve been a Canterbury GP since 2001 and currently work as a medical advisor for ACC whilst raising my young son. I hold an MBA degree and have just completed a term on the board of the Royal NZ College …

Dr Cynthia Roberts – regional council candidate

Dr Cynthia Roberts – regional council candidate

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 8:38 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Pure artesian drinking water, waterways we can once again swim in and a seabed and coastline protected from contamination and over-extraction is on everyone’s list. 

EQC looking to cash settle remaining remedial work

EQC looking to cash settle remaining remedial work

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:47 a.m. by EQCFix

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) wants Canterbury customers to accept cash settlements, leaving homeowners to fix shoddy repair work, Labour says.

Craig Pauling – regional council candidate

Craig Pauling – regional council candidate

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 12:22 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Kia ora koutou, I am seeking election to Environment Canterbury to make a positive contribution to our region, and in particular to support further work on protecting and enhancing our unique heritage, waterways and biodiversity. I am born, bred and …

Lan Pham – Regional council candidate

Lan Pham – Regional council candidate

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 11:46 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

I’m a freshwater ecologist who believes putting the health of our people and planet above corporate greed will enable our society and economy to thrive. I direct a charitable organisation called Working Waters Trust. We work alongside communities across Canterbury, …

Steve Lowndes – candidate for regional council

Steve Lowndes – candidate for regional council

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 11:45 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

I’m standing for the Regional Council because I have been closely involved with the Canterbury Water Management Strategy for the last five years at a local and regional level and because of the return to partial democracy. I undertake to …

Terry Huggins – candidate for the regional council

Terry Huggins – candidate for the regional council

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 11:44 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Terry Huggins My profile on the voting papers will tell you that I am an older candidate. In the sixties I worked with a progressive farmer on a mixed sheep and cropping farm near Pleasant Point. It was intensive farming …

Rod Cullinane – candidate for regional council

Rod Cullinane – candidate for regional council

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 11:44 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Rod is concerned about the significant and ongoing degradation of Canterbury’s waterways and is well qualified for that – possessing a unique set of business and environmental skills. He is a qualified Lawyer and Accountant, with wide experience as a …

EQC looking to cash settle remaining remedial work

EQC looking to cash settle remaining remedial work

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 9:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) wants Canterbury customers to accept cash settlements, leaving homeowners to fix shoddy repair work, Labour says.

Liquidators to start Stonewood Homes investigation after securing $1 million

Liquidators to start Stonewood Homes investigation after securing $1 million

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 8:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

Up to $1 million will be spent investigating the activities of Stonewood Homes companies before the Christchurch building firm's collapse.

Christchurch City Council makes resilience pledge to get up to $5m from Rockefeller partners

Christchurch City Council makes resilience pledge to get up to $5m from Rockefeller partners

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 5:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council has pledged 10 per cent of next year's funding to resilience projects.

Minor eruption on White Island

'Minor' eruption on White Island

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 2:07 p.m. by GovtEQC

Fixing Christchurchs broken east has cost $680m

Fixing Christchurch's broken east has cost $680m

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 12:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

About a third of the $2.2 billion cost of fixing Christchurch's earthquake-damaged infrastructure has been spent in the city's east.

Insurers backing down from sum insured policies

Insurers backing down from sum insured policies

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 7:50 a.m. by MediaThePress

Competitive pressure is forcing insurers to back down from "sum insured" house policies, one expert says.

Canterbury District Health Board candidates

Canterbury District Health Board candidates

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 1:39 a.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Twenty two candidates have put their hands up for the Canterbury District Health Board election but only eight are required. Voting takes place shortly by post and closes on October 8. Please check out their statements (along with photographs) on …

Avon riverside terraces: Eyesore or convenience?

Avon riverside terraces: Eyesore or convenience?

Monday, 12 September 2016 5:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

On a sunny Monday, Christchurch's new riverside terraces are dotted with office and construction workers eating their lunch.

Christchurchs Metro Sports Facility to be largest leisure pool in NZ

Christchurch's Metro Sports Facility to be largest leisure pool in NZ

Monday, 12 September 2016 1:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

Images showing the inside of Christchurch's $300 million Metro Sports Facility have been released for the first time.

Environment Canterbury candidates

Environment Canterbury candidates

Monday, 12 September 2016 12:19 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

While we put together more information on the Environment Canterbury candidates, here is a link to the profiles on the E Can website. Scroll down to the Christchurch constituency to find profiles of: Rod Cullinane Terry Huggins Drucilla Kingi-Patterson Steve …

Mike Yardley: Avon River Precinct a spendathon of grandiose ambitions

Mike Yardley: Avon River Precinct a spendathon of grandiose ambitions

Monday, 12 September 2016 11:38 a.m. by MediaThePress

It sits in the centre of the Government's first anchor project, the much-vaunted, glacially-paced Avon River Precinct.

Preliminary Design of Metro Sports Facility released

Preliminary Design of Metro Sports Facility released

Monday, 12 September 2016 10:45 a.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

 

Christchurch community denied access to rotting red zone playgrounds

Christchurch community denied access to rotting red zone playgrounds

Sunday, 11 September 2016 5:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch community groups have been denied access to playgrounds left to rot in the city's residential red zone.

Moving poetry

Moving poetry

Sunday, 11 September 2016 2:41 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Martin Cooney, who recently operated his healing practice (plus counselling and meditation teaching) in the old maternity shop in Edgeware Rd, has upped sticks for 701 Barbadoes St, opposite Ristretto. He wrote this short poem about his shift… The Time …

Poems and politics

Poems and politics

Sunday, 11 September 2016 12:57 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

She may be a budding politician but Dora Roimata Langsbury also writes poetry. This one about her father is one of the poems that adorned wire fences along Victoria St. My Father’s Footsteps I can see you up ahead of …