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Red zoning shows New Zealand needs to do more to protect property rights

Red zoning shows New Zealand needs to do more to protect property rights

Thursday, 3 November 2016 8:04 a.m. by MediaThePress

There is not one single person, community or organisation who could say they were prepared for the blow the Canterbury earthquakes would deliver.

Governments third power move on Christchurch red-zoning impinged human rights, report says

Government's 'third power' move on Christchurch red-zoning impinged human rights, report says

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 9:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government's use of a "third source of power" in the earthquake red-zoning process eroded property rights and affected the mental wellbeing of those who chose to stay, a report says.

Governments third power move on Christchurch red-zoning impinged human rights, report says

Government's 'third power' move on Christchurch red-zoning impinged human rights, report says

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 9:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Government's use of a "third source of power" in the earthquake red-zoning process eroded property rights and affected the mental wellbeing of those who chose to stay, a report says.

Government agencies turned back on insurance guide days before release

Government agencies turned back on insurance guide days before release

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 5:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Two rebuild agencies pulled their support of a guide to help Canterbury homeowners with cash settlements, despite the Government's own legal advice saying there was no risk in publishing.

Apollo to start work on QEII next month

Apollo to start work on QEII next month

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 4:59 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

Christchurch City Council has chosen Apollo Projects Ltd to build the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre.

Christchurch City Council announces Scirt replacement

Christchurch City Council announces Scirt replacement

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 4:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

A new organisation will replace the multi-agency team repairing Christchurch's quake-damaged streets and sewers.

Insurers settle $19 billion Canterbury claims

Insurers settle $19 billion Canterbury claims

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 3:50 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Featured Popular

The Insurance Council of New Zealand announced today that private insurers have paid out nearly $19 billion to settle commercial and residential claims since the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, of which nearly $9 billion was for domestic claims.

New safety documentation guide

New safety documentation guide

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 10:31 a.m. by FletcherEQR

Multiple unit buildings pose risk to Southern Responses liability

Multiple unit buildings pose risk to Southern Response's liability

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 2:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Multiple-unit buildings present the highest risk of a liability blowout costing Southern Response millions of dollars, documents show.

King of the Square

King of the Square

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 1:55 p.m. by GapFiller

K-Pop this Saturday (Nov 5)!

K-Pop this Saturday (Nov 5)!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 1:41 p.m. by GapFiller

New $10 million Quest hotel for old Cokers site in central Christchurch

New $10 million Quest hotel for old Coker's site in central Christchurch

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 11:23 a.m. by MediaThePress

Plans to establish a $10 million hotel on a central Christchurch corner would revive the site's long history of guest accommodation.

Switched On first to open in Belfast Business Park

Switched On first to open in Belfast Business Park

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 10:12 a.m. by PRNews Popular

 

Christchurch Filipino worker slapped with $24,000 bill for appendix removal

Christchurch Filipino worker slapped with $24,000 bill for appendix removal

Monday, 31 October 2016 4:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Filipino worker in Christchurch slapped with a $24,000 medical bill says he wasn't advised to get medical insurance.

Central Italy shaken again by a 6.6 magnitude quake

Central Italy shaken again by a 6.6 magnitude quake

Monday, 31 October 2016 11:03 a.m. by GovtEQC

Last touches going on Sign of the Kiwi restoration

Last touches going on Sign of the Kiwi restoration

Sunday, 30 October 2016 2:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

The last touches are going on the stone restoration, and internal work is almost complete at the Sign of the Kiwi.

Grieving earthquake widower shocked dodgy building materials still be used.

Grieving earthquake widower shocked dodgy building materials still be used.

Saturday, 29 October 2016 4:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

A ​man, whose wife died in the CTV building collapse in 2011, is alarmed that shonky building materials are being used in the rebuild.

Grieving earthquake widower shocked dodgy building materials still be used.

Grieving earthquake widower shocked dodgy building materials still be used.

Saturday, 29 October 2016 4:45 p.m. by MediaStuff

A ​man, whose wife died in the CTV building collapse in 2011, is alarmed that shonky building materials are being used in the rebuild.

A secular suggestion for Cathedral Square: a tall tower

A secular suggestion for Cathedral Square: a tall tower

Friday, 28 October 2016 9:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Christchurch Cathedral was a monument to the aspirations and beliefs of the first British settlers of Canterbury.

Still no dates for east frame buyers

Still no dates for east frame buyers

Friday, 28 October 2016 8:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

Buyers keen on apartments in Christchurch's east frame are being kept in the dark about how to secure a home.

Brownlee prefers new residential development for Breathe land, no timeline for work

Brownlee prefers new residential development for Breathe land, no timeline for work

Friday, 28 October 2016 6:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Gerry Brownlee wants a new residential development built on the Christchurch block formerly earmarked for the failed Breathe Urban Village.

Canterbury rebuild homes draw praise

Canterbury rebuild homes draw praise

Friday, 28 October 2016 5:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

A new home for a red-zoned family and an earthquake rebuild are among four Canterbury buildings to have won national architectural recognition.

$60 million Cathedral Towers gets go ahead

$60 million Cathedral Towers gets go ahead

Thursday, 27 October 2016 5:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Central Christchurch's $60 million Cathedral Tower Apartments development has been given the go-ahead.

Quakes rattle central Italy and Rome

Quakes rattle central Italy and Rome

Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:00 a.m. by GovtEQC

Final announcement for Redcliffs School days away

Final announcement for Redcliffs School days away

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 4:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

A decision on whether Redcliffs School will be able to return to its original site is expected early next week.

New Christchurch Central Librarys first foundations poured

New Christchurch Central Library's first foundations poured

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 10:57 a.m. by MediaThePress

Contractors poured the first concrete foundations for Christchurch's new central library.

Expert bewildered by Crowns pursuit of Christchurchs south frame

Expert bewildered by Crown's pursuit of Christchurch's south frame

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 7:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

Private negotiations between the Crown and central city businesses appear to be holding up plans to acquire the last plots of land sought for Christchurch's south frame anchor project.

Excavation nears end at Christchurch Central Library

Excavation nears end at Christchurch Central Library

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 4:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new central library is due for completion in mid-2018.

How not to Repair a Heritage Building in The Christchurch CBD…part 187

How not to Repair a Heritage Building in The Christchurch CBD…part 187

Monday, 24 October 2016 6:19 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Marketing the CBD. I note with considerable surprise that there is No Marketing Plan to encourage businesses and customers back to the Christchurch CBD.  I consider that creating a functioning CBD is one of the most important issues that the …

Festa artworks map lost Christchurch

Festa artworks map lost Christchurch

Monday, 24 October 2016 3:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

A fresh analysis of lost Christchurch heritage architecture made its points in beautiful ways.

Backlog of defective buildings and shoddy workmanship sparks calls for building warranties

Backlog of defective buildings and shoddy workmanship sparks calls for building warranties

Sunday, 23 October 2016 11:24 a.m. by EQCFix

In August last year, the Government released its findings after investigating unconsented earthquake repairs.  A third of those repairs were not compliant with the building code.

Court action on shonky steel mesh creates pressure for government inquiry

Court action on 'shonky' steel mesh creates pressure for government inquiry

Saturday, 22 October 2016 11:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 100 home-owners have joined a class action against steel building mesh suppliers, as a Stuff investigation reveals widespread concern about builders' cost-cutting.

Opportunist builders, dodgy steel and shonky standards create new building crisis worse than leaky homes

Opportunist builders, dodgy steel and shonky standards create new building crisis 'worse than leaky homes'

Saturday, 22 October 2016 1:32 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Take a building inspector through the soon-to-be city of Flat Bush in Auckland's south-east, and watch his hackles rise.

Opportunist builders, dodgy steel and shonky standards create new building crisis worse than leaky homes

Opportunist builders, dodgy steel and shonky standards create new building crisis 'worse than leaky homes'

Saturday, 22 October 2016 1:32 p.m. by MediaStuff

Take a building inspector through the soon-to-be city of Flat Bush in Auckland's south-east, and watch his hackles rise.

Backlog of defective buildings and shoddy workmanship sparks calls for building warranties

Backlog of defective buildings and shoddy workmanship sparks calls for building warranties

Friday, 21 October 2016 7:47 p.m. by MediaStuff

You too can be a builder in post-earthquake Canterbury.

Backlog of defective buildings and shoddy workmanship sparks calls for building warranties

Backlog of defective buildings and shoddy workmanship sparks calls for building warranties

Friday, 21 October 2016 7:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

You too can be a builder in post-earthquake Canterbury.

Sumner shipping containers should be cleared in summer

Sumner shipping containers should be cleared in summer

Friday, 21 October 2016 6:31 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The majority of work at Christchurch's Deans Head will be completed by Christmas, with more shipping containers protecting the road in the area to be removed in early 2017.

Extra $104m for Crown-owned Southern Response in very extreme case

Extra $104m for Crown-owned Southern Response in 'very extreme' case

Friday, 21 October 2016 6:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response (SR) would need an extra $104 million if the "worst case" scenario while settling claims in Canterbury became a reality.

$2 million plea to save Christchurchs historic McLeans Mansion

$2 million plea to save Christchurch's historic McLean's Mansion

Friday, 21 October 2016 6:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

An urgent cash injection is needed to save one of the world's largest wooden houses and turn it into a major Christchurch tourist attraction.

Earthquake builder Phil Cooper facing charges in Philippines

Earthquake builder Phil Cooper facing charges in Philippines

Friday, 21 October 2016 5:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

Charges of illegally recruiting Filipino tradespeople have been filed against Buildtech founder Phil Cooper in the Philippines.

Sol Square building going to auction

Sol Square building going to auction

Friday, 21 October 2016 1:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Sol's Square's main block will go under the hammer at a mortgagee auction next month.

EQC releases Annual Report 2015-2016

EQC releases Annual Report 2015-2016

Friday, 21 October 2016 1:19 p.m. by GovtEQC

Kids Can Up-Cycle

Kids Can Up-Cycle

Friday, 21 October 2016 7:02 a.m. by GapFiller

Earthworks begin on Christchurch convention centre site

Earthworks begin on Christchurch convention centre site

Thursday, 20 October 2016 7:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

A solitary digger sits idle in the rain, flagged by fencing and murky puddles.

New fast food outlets, including Pedros, to join Funky Pumpkin in new complex

New fast food outlets, including Pedro's, to join Funky Pumpkin in new complex

Thursday, 20 October 2016 4:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

South Christchurch residents will be licking their lips at the prospect of new food options on Colombo St, including the popular Pedro's House of Lamb.

Johnny Moore: Getting stuck in on High St

Johnny Moore: Getting stuck in on High St

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:52 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: I run a business on High Street in the central city.

Earthworks underway on Convention Centre Site

Earthworks underway on Convention Centre Site

Thursday, 20 October 2016 8:55 a.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Popular

Substantial earthworks are now underway on the Christchurch Convention Centre site.

Shining the Light on the Third Sector - OVTRK October 2016 update

Shining the Light on the Third Sector - OVTRK October 2016 update

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 9:35 p.m. by OneVoiceTeReoKotahi

As part of our work in valuing Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) we'd love to have 5 minutes of your time.   Please follow this link to fill out the form and answer six simple questions that tell us about your mahi.   We'll be publishing the results on our blog as part of a series where you get to be the star!  Collecting these stories was one of the ideas that emerged from the Sector Forum

Christchurch developer Philip Carter snaps up key city site

Christchurch developer Philip Carter snaps up key city site

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 7:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Property investor and developer Philip Carter has snapped up a key site in central Christchurch's new retail precinct.

Southern Response had plan to under-deliver, claimants say

Southern Response had plan to under-deliver, claimants say

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 6:55 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Government agency Southern Response deliberately set out to short-change Christchurch householders, a group wanting to take a class action has claimed.

Word From the President

Word From the President

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 3:37 p.m. by MtPleasantCC

Hi everyone, What a wonderful occasion last Friday was! To finally see the community centre full of people enjoying themselves made all the effort worthwhile. Unfortunately in all the excitement, I forgot to thank some of the people who made the event possible. Firstly, Moveable Feasts, who provided all that delicious food and the staff...

Scirt could be re-formed without central government - Townsend

Scirt could be re-formed without central government - Townsend

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 9:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch business leader says the Christchurch City Council will delay more essential projects after it disbands the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt).

A resilient city is a resourceful city and waste is its opposite

A resilient city is a resourceful city and waste is its opposite

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 8:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

Resilience is the buzzword of our times. And it is especially beloved by local governments, with towns around New Zealand all pledging to become more resilient.

Preparation starts on Christchurchs metro sports site

Preparation starts on Christchurch's metro sports site

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 1:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

After a long wait, work will start this week preparing the site of Christchurch's new metro sports facility.

Early works begin for Metro Sports Facility

Early works begin for Metro Sports Facility

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 11:40 a.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Popular

 

Reduce, Reuse & Rhythm

Reduce, Reuse & Rhythm

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 11:06 a.m. by GapFiller

Subscribing to the future of work

Subscribing to the future of work

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 1:42 a.m. by MakingChristchurch

Class action against Southern Response in court again

Class action against Southern Response in court again

Monday, 17 October 2016 9:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

A group action against Government agency Southern Response returns to court this week with a new claim.