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Pressure wastewater roll-out halted for ten areas of Christchurch

Pressure wastewater roll-out halted for ten areas of Christchurch

Saturday, 26 October 2013 3:12 p.m. by GovtCCC Recommended Featured Popular

Council decisions to install pressure wastewater systems in ten areas of the city were revoked by Christchurch City Council's Acting General Manager City Environment, Terry Howes*, this week. 

Are solar energy systems worth the cost?

Are solar energy systems worth the cost?

Saturday, 26 October 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

More people are installing solar power, but it is still expensive and might not be worth it for everyone, writes HAMISH MCNICOL .

Burwood resource recovery damn impressive

Burwood resource recovery 'damn impressive'

Friday, 25 October 2013 9:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

A city left in ruins is now being recycled out Burwood way. JOHN McCRONE reports on the mammoth job ahead.

Following San Franciscos example

Following San Francisco's example

Friday, 25 October 2013 7:55 p.m. by Media3News

New Zealand has seen major changes in how insurance works as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes.

Extension for Port Hills property owners

Extension for Port Hills property owners

Friday, 25 October 2013 7:40 p.m. by MediaRNZ

The deadline for Crown offers for earthquake-condemned land in Christchurch's Port Hills has been extended by two months.

German company upbeat about rebuild

German company upbeat about rebuild

Friday, 25 October 2013 6:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

German company Knauf is opening distribution and retail outlets in Christchurch and Auckland to help enable it tackle the dominance of plasterboard manufactured by rival Fletcher Building.

Poo tank plan partially canned

'Poo tank' plan partially canned

Friday, 25 October 2013 5:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

Plans to install a low-pressure wastewater system have been revoked in some areas of Christchurch.

Port Hills deadline extended

Port Hills deadline extended

Friday, 25 October 2013 5:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

The deadline for red-zoned Port Hills homeowners to accept the Government's buyout offer has been extended.

Extension for Port Hills property owners

Extension for Port Hills property owners

Friday, 25 October 2013 4:27 p.m. by GovtBeehive

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

$17.3m plan for Canty social housing

$17.3m plan for Canty social housing

Friday, 25 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Three multimillion-dollar social housing developments will be built in Christchurch by the end of next year, the Government says.

Arsenic used in home-building materials

Arsenic used in home-building materials

Friday, 25 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Kiwi homes are being wrapped with plywood containing an arsenic treatment banned in several overseas countries because of toxicity concerns.

Quakes refugees still doing it tough

Quake's refugees still doing it tough

Friday, 25 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

It may have been more than three years since the ground beneath Canterbury first shook, but the era of post-earthquake temporary workplaces drags on.

$17.3m plan for Canty social housing

$17.3m plan for Canty social housing

Friday, 25 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Three multimillion-dollar social housing developments will be built in Christchurch by the end of next year, the Government says.

True hero of CTV collapse farewelled

'True hero' of CTV collapse farewelled

Friday, 25 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

A fire officer decorated for bravery for his efforts at the Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapse has died.

Extension for Port Hills property owners

Extension for Port Hills property owners

Friday, 25 October 2013 3:24 p.m. by GovtCera

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the outcome of this week’s Quake Outcasts hearing in the Court of Appeal will determine how CERA should address issues identified in the Port Hills zoning review, but that may take some time.

Earthquake drain repairs

Earthquake drain repairs

Friday, 25 October 2013 3:10 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Innovation Precinct…. and so we wait… only 1375 days to go….

Innovation Precinct…. and so we wait… only 1375 days to go….

Friday, 25 October 2013 1:40 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Locked out of undamaged factory for 977days – (since Feb 2011) Do we still own our building????    Now 450 days since designated “South frame, Innovation Precinct” – only 4 more years to go before we get told if we are …

Quake-safe your home for the future

Quake-safe your home for the future

Friday, 25 October 2013 11:42 a.m. by GovtEQC

CBD – Available Routes Map – 26th October to 2nd November

CBD – Available Routes Map – 26th October to 2nd November

Friday, 25 October 2013 8:00 a.m. by Transport4chch

For available routes around the Central City please find below the CBD network map. This is updated weekly and is available via our website and The Press newspaper on Saturdays. Please click here to download the network map – Available Routes Map.

The Canterbury Spring has arrived!

The Canterbury Spring has arrived!

Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:43 p.m. by GlennLivingstone

Well it arrived alright, as anticipated. 6 Councillors including the Mayor stood down, 8 sought re-election and 4 made it back. I sat in my old chair for a financial briefing in the chamber and was staggered to see how wide-spread the change was. Tonight, following nearly two weeks of meetings and beginning to set […]

Volunteering Canterbury on move again

Volunteering Canterbury on move again

Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:38 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Volunteering Canterbury has moved offices to Unit 3, 575 Colombo Street, which is behind the green Hunting and Fishing building, just north of South City Mall. The phone number and email addresses remain the same. They are moving to another temporary premise, along with the rest of the Christchurch Community House, which has been based […]

Nightclasses at Papanui High

Nightclasses at Papanui High

Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:21 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Term 4 adult and community classes at Papanui High School start on October 29. A range of courses is on offer, including cooking, fitness and health, arts and crafts, music and house and garden. For more information visit the website: www.papanui.school.nz or phone 3520701 to enrol.

Alice in Videoland fits blueprint

Alice in Videoland 'fits blueprint'

Thursday, 24 October 2013 8:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

It will be business as usual at three central Christchurch sites with the Government confirming it will not take them for the rebuild.

Insurance Policy – automatic reinstatement

Insurance Policy – automatic reinstatement

Thursday, 24 October 2013 8:19 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

The High Court has considered an automatic reinstatement clause in an insurance policy in Wild South Holdings Ltd v QBE Insurance (International) Ltd [NZHC] 2781.  The relevant buildings suffered damage in the September 2010, February 2011 and June 2011 earthquakes. The quakes occurred during a single insurance policy period where the sum insured was about 

Red-zone 50pc compo cap unlawful

Red-zone 50pc compo cap 'unlawful'

Thursday, 24 October 2013 7:38 p.m. by MediaStuff

Owners of uninsured properties and vacant sections in Canterbury's residential red zones are desperate, the Court of Appeal was told yesterday.

Resident helps explosive liquefaction research

Resident helps explosive liquefaction research

Thursday, 24 October 2013 6:52 p.m. by MediaStuff

Martin Howman's neighbours have long since moved out, which is just as well because yesterday he exploded 390kg of gelignite under some of their properties.

Residents explosive liquefaction research

Resident's explosive liquefaction research

Thursday, 24 October 2013 6:52 p.m. by MediaStuff

Martin Howman's neighbours have long since moved out, which is just as well because yesterday he exploded 390kg of gelignite under some of their properties.

Forum looks at state of recovery

Forum looks at state of recovery

Thursday, 24 October 2013 6:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government and Christchurch City Council are teaming up for a public forum on the city's rebuild and recovery.

October 24: The Transitional City Audio Tour take 2

October 24: The Transitional City Audio Tour take 2

Thursday, 24 October 2013 5:19 p.m. by GapFiller

The Transitional City Audio Tour is back again after being reworked to accommodate changes to the ever-evolving city! Coordinated by Gap Filler co-founder Ryan Reynolds, this project offers locals and visitors to the city alike the opportunity to explore part of what was once the CBD on foot, linking selected sites, buildings and landmarks – both […]

Oct 24: The Transitional City Audio Tour take 2

Oct 24: The Transitional City Audio Tour take 2

Thursday, 24 October 2013 5:19 p.m. by GapFiller

The Transitional City Audio Tour is back again after being reworked to accommodate changes to the ever-evolving city. Coordinated by Gap Filler co-founder Ryan Reynolds, this project offers locals and visitors to the city alike the opportunity to explore part of what was once the CBD on foot, linking selected sites, buildings and landmarks – both […]

The Transitional City Audio Tour take 2

The Transitional City Audio Tour take 2

Thursday, 24 October 2013 5:19 p.m. by GapFiller

The Transitional City Audio Tour is back again after being reworked in August/Spetember to accommodate changes to the ever-evolving city. Coordinated by Gap Filler co-founder Ryan Reynolds, this project offers locals and visitors to the city alike the opportunity to explore part of what was once the CBD on foot, linking selected sites, buildings and landmarks […]

Oct 2014: The Transitional City Audio Tour – Take 2

Oct 2014: The Transitional City Audio Tour – Take 2

Thursday, 24 October 2013 5:19 p.m. by GapFiller

Coordinated by Gap Filler co-founder Ryan Reynolds, this project offers locals and visitors to the city alike the opportunity to explore part of what was once the CBD on foot. The tour links selected sites, buildings and landmarks – both notable and obscure – into a trail that takes participants from Gap Filler’s Commons around […]

Oct 2013: The Transitional City Audio Tour – Take 2

Oct 2013: The Transitional City Audio Tour – Take 2

Thursday, 24 October 2013 5:19 p.m. by GapFiller

Coordinated by Gap Filler co-founder Ryan Reynolds, this project offers locals and visitors to the city alike the opportunity to explore part of what was once the CBD on foot. The tour links selected sites, buildings and landmarks – both notable and obscure – into a trail that takes participants from Gap Filler’s Commons around […]

Time-lapse drive in the red zone

Time-lapse drive in the red zone

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff



Where possums party on the roof

Where possums party on the roof

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Burwood couple Patricia and George Cope have watched their neighbourhood disappear around them.

Take a flight over the red zone

Take a flight over the red zone

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff



Broken homes maybe pushed off cliff

Broken homes maybe pushed off cliff

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Homes in the Port Hills could be swept off a cliff if they are too dangerous to demolish.

Every red zone property mapped

Every red zone property mapped

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff



Demolition odometer of progress

Demolition 'odometer' of progress

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Check out our interactive graphic showing the odometer of progress on red zone demolitions.

Demolition progress charted

Demolition progress charted

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff



Red zone demolition behind schedule

Red zone demolition behind schedule

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff



Broken homes may be pushed off cliff

Broken homes may be pushed off cliff

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Homes in the Port Hills could be swept off a cliff if they are too dangerous to demolish.

Day 975 - Addington Action AGM

Day 975 - Addington Action AGM

Thursday, 24 October 2013 3:11 p.m. by addingtonaction

Addington Action
Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 30th October 2013
5pm-5.30pm

Followed by:

October General Meeting
5.30-6.30pm

188 Strickland St, Sydenham
( ChCh Sth Community Gardens Resource Centre)

All interested parties welcome

Day 975 - new website for CSFVC

Day 975 - new website for CSFVC

Thursday, 24 October 2013 2:39 p.m. by addingtonaction

The new website for the Christchurch South Fruit & Veggie Co-op (CSFVC) is



The previous web page about the fruit & veggie co-op on the Addington Action website now redirects people to the CSFVC website.

CRASH – Johns Road now open again as at 12.45pm 24.10.13

CRASH – Johns Road now open again as at 12.45pm 24.10.13

Thursday, 24 October 2013 12:43 p.m. by Transport4chch

Johns Road has now been reopened following an earlier crash.

CRASH – Diversions in place at Johns Rd/Main Nth Rd and Johns Rd/Gardiners Rd – crash on Johns Rd

CRASH – Diversions in place at Johns Rd/Main Nth Rd and Johns Rd/Gardiners Rd – crash on Johns Rd

Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:43 a.m. by Transport4chch Popular

Police have reported the following:  “Canterbury – Johns Rd, Christchurch” At about 10.24am on 24/10/13 a crash occurred on Johns Rd (SH1), Christchurch between a heavy goods vehicle and a car. An occupant of the car is being treated for …

Minister: consents progress excellent

Minister: consents progress excellent

Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:20 a.m. by MediaThePress

Local Government Minister Chris Tremain is confident the Christchurch City Council is on track to regain its accreditation to issue building consents.

Manchester Street Southbound closure from Bealey Avenue from this afternoon (24/10/13)

Manchester Street Southbound closure from Bealey Avenue from this afternoon (24/10/13)

Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:15 a.m. by Transport4chch

Manchester Street will be closed to southbound road users at Aberdeen Street from this afternoon (24/10/13). Southbound road users on Manchester Street north of Bealey Avenue are advised to use an alternative route south such as Durham Street or Barbadoes …

Manchester Street Southbound closure – south of Bealey Avenue from this afternoon (24/10/13)

Manchester Street Southbound closure – south of Bealey Avenue from this afternoon (24/10/13)

Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:15 a.m. by Transport4chch

Manchester Street will be closed to southbound road users at Aberdeen Street from this afternoon (24/10/13). Southbound road users on Manchester Street north of Bealey Avenue are advised to use an alternative route south such as Durham Street or Barbadoes …

Manchester Street Southbound closure – south of Bealey Avenue from 24/10/13

Manchester Street Southbound closure – south of Bealey Avenue from 24/10/13

Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:15 a.m. by Transport4chch

Manchester Street will be closed to southbound road users at Aberdeen Street from 24/10/13. Southbound road users on Manchester Street north of Bealey Avenue are advised to use an alternative route south such as Durham Street or Barbadoes Street. Westbound …

Road closures – Cathedral Square from Friday 13 Oct for 3 days – Festa – Canterbury Tales event

Road closures – Cathedral Square from Friday 13 Oct for 3 days – Festa – Canterbury Tales event

Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:00 a.m. by Transport4chch

The following road closures will be in place from Friday 25th October until Sunday 27th October each day from 4pm to 1am for the Festa-Canterbury Tales event to be held in Cathedral Square. Oxford Terrace between Lichfield Street to north …

Gloucester Street between Montreal and Durham – NOW westbound only (as at 24.10.13)

Gloucester Street between Montreal and Durham – NOW westbound only (as at 24.10.13)

Thursday, 24 October 2013 7:30 a.m. by Transport4chch

Gloucester Street between Montreal and Durham Streets is now restricted to westbound traffic as Stage Two of works gets underway. Westbound road users from Durham Street will be advised to use Hereford Street to access Montreal Street. Signs will direct …

Accidents take toll on rebuild

Accidents take toll on rebuild

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's construction industry is still racking up a staggering number of serious workplace accidents and fatalities, despite having a rebuild-specific health and safety charter.

Oct 22: Sound Garden

Oct 22: Sound Garden

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 8:53 p.m. by GapFiller

Let’s make some music! Gap Filler along with local creatives Gaby Montejo, Jason Ware, Tim McGurk and Trent Hiles have created a variety of musical instruments from recovered and re-appropriated materials. Called Sound Garden. It shares the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Street (formerly Mum’s 24 restaurant) with a Greening the Rubble Project. The instruments […]

Sound Garden

Sound Garden

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 8:53 p.m. by GapFiller

Let’s make some music! Gap Filler along with local creatives Gaby Montejo, Jason Ware, Tim McGurk and Trent Hiles have created a variety of musical instruments from recovered and re-appropriated materials. Called Sound Garden. It shares the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Street (formerly Mum’s 24 restaurant) with a Greening the Rubble Project. The instruments […]

Oct 2013: Sound Garden

Oct 2013: Sound Garden

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 8:53 p.m. by GapFiller

Sound Garden is a project which invites the public to create spontaneous music from improvised instruments. The music is intended to contrast with the demolition noise-scape of current Christchurch. Gap Filler, along with local creatives Gaby Montejo, Jason Ware, Tim McGurk and Trent Hiles have created a variety of musical instruments from recovered and re-appropriated […]

Oct 2014: Sound Garden

Oct 2014: Sound Garden

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 8:53 p.m. by GapFiller

Sound Garden is a project which invites the public to create spontaneous music from improvised instruments. The music is intended to contrast with the demolition noise-scape of current Christchurch. Gap Filler, along with local creatives Gaby Montejo, Jason Ware, Tim McGurk and Trent Hiles have created a variety of musical instruments from recovered and re-appropriated […]

Sleep, sleep…… elusive sleep……..!

Sleep, sleep…… elusive sleep……..!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 6:26 p.m. by AnxietySupport

Tuesday November 5th: Dr. Alex Bartle, The Sleepwell Clinic For those of us who struggle to get a good night’s sleep (and for some it seems we never do) a restful and full night’s sleep is an ideal of bliss!  Dr. Alex Bartle is one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on sleep and how to...

Govt appeals ruling over Christchurch land

Govt appeals ruling over Christchurch land

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 6:11 p.m. by MediaRNZ

The Government says if it offered to pay owners of uninsured or vacant land in Christchurch a full rateable value, it would set an unfair precedent.

Communicating Well, When You’re Anxious………

Communicating Well, When You’re Anxious………

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 5:35 p.m. by AnxietySupport Popular

Tuesday December 3rd, Clem McGrath, Life Coach Associates   When we’re anxious we may need to communicate our experience and our needs to others to ensure we get services and support.  This includes our need to communicate well with those of our friends, family and whanau who support us and who we support.  Just when...