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Strengthening begins on Christchurchs McKenzie and Willis facade

Strengthening begins on Christchurch's McKenzie and Willis facade

Friday, 15 May 2015 4:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Scaffolding went up this week on the McKenzie and Willis facade on Tuam St ahead of demolition of the remnants of the building behind.

Public Notice: Land Use Recovery Plan amendment to date of review and minor amendments

Public Notice: Land Use Recovery Plan amendment to date of review and minor amendments

Friday, 15 May 2015 2:32 p.m. by GovtCera

The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Hon Gerry Brownlee, has given approval for amendments to be made to the Land Use Recovery Plan extending the date of the Review from April 2015 to 30 September 2015 and to assist with interpretation of the Recovery Plan.

Should quake memorial chairs go on CTV site?

Should quake memorial chairs go on CTV site?

Friday, 15 May 2015 2:13 p.m. by MediaStuff

The 185 white chairs commemorating those that died in the Canterbury earthquakes could become permanent and the artist behind the sculpture wants to put them on the former CTV site.

Christchurch retail precinct good as done

Christchurch retail precinct 'good as done'

Friday, 15 May 2015 1:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

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Will 185 earthquake memorial chairs be a permanent feature on former CTV site?

Will 185 earthquake memorial chairs be a permanent feature on former CTV site?

Friday, 15 May 2015 1:48 p.m. by MediaStuff

The 185 white chairs commemorating those that died in the Canterbury earthquakes could become permanent and the artist behind the sculpture wants to put them on the former CTV site.

Supporting Cantabrians health and wellbeing

Supporting Cantabrians' health and wellbeing

Friday, 15 May 2015 1:45 p.m. by GovtCera

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner says the Community in Mind Shared Programme of Action, being launched today, will ensure the remarkable resilience of Canterbury communities continues.

Aerial Panoramas – A New Way To View An Emerging City

Aerial Panoramas – A New Way To View An Emerging City

Friday, 15 May 2015 1:31 p.m. by RebuildChristchurch Featured Popular

Christchurch has become a blank canvas where a new Christchurch is beginning to emerge, according to Christchurch’s leading rebuild website Rebuild Christchurch.

Insurance Settlement Agreement trends – Part I: guest post by Sarah O’Brien

Insurance Settlement Agreement trends – Part I: guest post by Sarah O’Brien

Friday, 15 May 2015 12:52 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS: Part 1 ‘LIKE FOR LIKE TO WHEN AS NEW, USING MODERN MATERIAL EQUIVALENTS’ The ‘shocking truth’ is, I have found that most insurance company settlement agreements which I have read, are offering the claimants between 33% to 50% …

Spread the word: The SEEDS Charter

Spread the word: The SEEDS Charter

Friday, 15 May 2015 12:28 p.m. by GapFiller

SEEDS (Stimulating Enterprising Environments for Development and Sustainability) has been a two-year pilot programme, funded to the tune of several million euros by the European Union, to explore interim-use possibilities on temporarily vacant sites and in empty buildings. There were pilot projects in six different European countries.   You can read about them and a whole lot more on their website .

Pallet Pavilion short film!

Pallet Pavilion short film!

Friday, 15 May 2015 11:05 a.m. by GapFiller

At long last, we are proud to announce that the Pallet Pavilion short-film is ready for you to view! 

An award of Interest – are you entitled to it?

An award of Interest – are you entitled to it?

Friday, 15 May 2015 10:41 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Understandably after four years of waiting for settlement of what are often clear cut claims I am beginning to receive more and more questions from people about ‘interest payments’ and whether or not these could be recovered from insurers. Below is …

Cecile Meier: Memorial design cant please everyone

Cecile Meier: Memorial design can't please everyone

Friday, 15 May 2015 7:57 a.m. by MediaThePress

The quake memorial design announcement this week had me thinking about monuments, grief, and loss.

Earthquake insurers unlikely to meet own settlement deadlines

Earthquake insurers unlikely to meet own settlement deadlines

Friday, 15 May 2015 7:44 a.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers scrambling to complete Canterbury earthquake rebuilds and settlements are unlikely to meet self imposed completion targets, the Reserve Bank says.

Earthquake memorial says nothing about Christchurch

Earthquake memorial 'says nothing about Christchurch'

Friday, 15 May 2015 7:30 a.m. by MediaStuff

The winning design for the national Christchurch earthquake memorial looks like it could be situated "anywhere in the world", a Christchurch landscape architect says.

In the know hub attracts crowds

In the know hub attracts crowds

Thursday, 14 May 2015 4:55 p.m. by FletcherEQR

Council begins talks over sale of part of QEII Park to Ministry of Education

Council begins talks over sale of part of QEII Park to Ministry of Education

Thursday, 14 May 2015 4:52 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch City Council is to begin discussions with the Ministry of Education (MoE) over relocating Avonside Girls' and Shirley Boys' High Schools to part of QEII Park, alongside the new Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre.

185 earthquake memorial chairs face uncertain future

185 earthquake memorial chairs face uncertain future

Thursday, 14 May 2015 4:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

The future of the 185 white chairs commemorating those killed in the Christchurch earthquake is being discussed.

Response from Andrew Little, Labour Leader of the Opposition

Response from Andrew Little, Labour Leader of the Opposition

Thursday, 14 May 2015 3:42 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

6 May 2015 Dear Sarah Thank you for your letter. 

Memorial design cant please everyone

Memorial design can't please everyone

Thursday, 14 May 2015 3:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

The quake memorial design announcement this week had me thinking about monuments, grief, and loss.

Bus Interchange opening postponed

Bus Interchange opening postponed

Thursday, 14 May 2015 2:49 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

Technical issues with the automated system at Christchurch’s new Bus Interchange has meant the operational opening of the facility will be postponed.

Excess invoice for CHRP building repair

Excess invoice for CHRP building repair

Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:01 a.m. by GovtEQC

In the know hub attracts crowds

In the know hub attracts crowds

Thursday, 14 May 2015 10:29 a.m. by GovtEQC

Marble earthquake memorial an ironic choice, says surivor

Marble earthquake memorial an ironic choice, says surivor

Thursday, 14 May 2015 8:37 a.m. by MediaThePress

A marble wall etched with the names of earthquake victim will be a feature of the official Christchurch earthquake memorial.

Insurers face higher earthquake costs

Insurers face higher earthquake costs

Thursday, 14 May 2015 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Insurers may face higher costs over the Canterbury earthquake after several firms recently increased estimates for the final bill, according to the Reserve Bank.

Canterbury Earthquake Memorial Designer Announcement 13 May 2015

Canterbury Earthquake Memorial Designer Announcement 13 May 2015

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 3:59 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

On Wednesday 13 May 2015, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Hon Gerry Brownlee announced The Memorial Wall as the selected design for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial. Designed by Slovenian architect, Grega Vezjak, The Memorial Wall design resonated well with the families of those who died in the earthquake, the seriously injured and the people of Canterbury.

Business park underway on old tyre factory site

Business park underway on old tyre factory site

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 3:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Several decades after Christchurch-based construction company Luneys built a tyre factory in the city, they are back working on the same site. But this time it is as property developers.

2015 Gap Filler SPRING Internship : now open for applications

2015 Gap Filler SPRING Internship : now open for applications

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 3:34 p.m. by GapFiller

Adaptive Urbanism in Christchurch, New Zealand 

A Significant Milestone- guest post by Empowered Christchurch

A Significant Milestone- guest post by Empowered Christchurch

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 3:32 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Empowered Christchurch has reached an agreement with the City Council on a process to protect the rights of ratepayers.One of the Building Consent Authority’s roles should be to protect ratepayers from dangerous building practices.The Council has now agreed with us …

Winning design for Christchurch earthquake memorial revealed

Winning design for Christchurch earthquake memorial revealed

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 2:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

A memorial wall with a bridge over the Avon River and a contemplative space for victims' families has been chosen as Christchurch's earthquake memorial.

Canterbury earthquake memorial wall design revealed

Canterbury earthquake memorial wall design revealed

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 2:53 p.m. by MediaHerald

The design of a memorial wall dedicated to victims of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake has been unveiled.The design, by Slovenian architect Grega Vezjak, has been chosen from the short-list of six designs to be built on the stretch...

Wall design chosen for Earthquake Memorial

Wall design chosen for Earthquake Memorial

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 2:10 p.m. by GovtBeehive

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Winning design for quake memorial delayed to 2017

Winning design for quake memorial delayed to 2017

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 2:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

A memorial wall with a bridge over the Avon River and a contemplative space for victims' families has been chosen as Christchurch's earthquake memorial.

Cash Settlements – guest post by Claimants 4 Claimants

Cash Settlements – guest post by Claimants 4 Claimants

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:43 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Managing the Insurance Dilemma: Cash Settlements Event to be held at the following time, date and location: Click here to register: https://canterburyinsurance.eventbrite.co.nz. Monday, 25 May 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (NZST) Christchurch Transitional Cathedral 234 Hereford Street Christchurch, …

99% of Cook Strait Quake claims settled

99% of Cook Strait Quake claims settled

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:00 a.m. by GovtEQC

Managing the Insurance Dilemma: Cash Settlements

Managing the Insurance Dilemma: Cash Settlements

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 10:38 a.m. by Claimants4Claimants

Dr Duncan Webb and Peter Woods are following up as promised on the 22nd February Forum. Below is the link for you to be able to register. This is a free meeting, but asking for a donation to help those out in Nepal. Sincerely hope you can make. Every bit we learn, every bit we do differently as homeowners, is one way to apply pressure to achieve change from our government and insurers.

Further 7.3 quake in Nepal

Further 7.3 quake in Nepal

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 8:48 a.m. by GovtEQC

Migrants still needed for Canterbury rebuild peak

Migrants still needed for Canterbury rebuild peak

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

New rules should make life easier for extra migrants needed for the peak period of the Canterbury rebuild.

Government relaxes immigration rules to help Christchurch rebuilders

Government relaxes immigration rules to help Christchurch rebuilders

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 4:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has relaxed some immigration rules to allow workers assisting with the Christchurch rebuild to stay longer and move between employers easier.

Time To Ask The Hard Questions About The Central City Rebuild

Time To Ask The Hard Questions About The Central City Rebuild

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 3:54 p.m. by Swiggs Featured Popular

There is a saying that when ministers or the government release information late on a Friday it is usually because they want it swept under the rug without too many questions. This happens a lot with this government to do with this recovery and last Friday it happened again. This time we must take notice as it is a very serious situation. We must start asking some hard questions of CERA and the government.

New integrated Pacific health facility opens in Christchurch

New integrated Pacific health facility opens in Christchurch

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 3:24 p.m. by PRNews Popular

 

Launch of the Urban Living Wall

Launch of the Urban Living Wall

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 2:22 p.m. by NickyWagner

On Friday last week I had the privilege of launching the Urban Living Wall on the corner of High Street and Cashel Street in the Christchurch Central Business District. The Urban Living Wall project is a partnership between the Department of Conservation (DOC), Christchurch City Council, Fabriko (founders of the Fab Lab), and Auckland University of Technology.

On this day - 2008 Sichuan earthquake

On this day - 2008 Sichuan earthquake

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 8:56 a.m. by GovtEQC

Lead found on Margaret Mahy playground site

Lead found on Margaret Mahy playground site

Monday, 11 May 2015 8:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Hazardous material including lead have been found on the site of a planned multi-million-dollar family playground.

191 inner-city homes from Christchurch Housing Accord

191 inner-city homes from Christchurch Housing Accord

Monday, 11 May 2015 4:38 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

The Government has signed agreements with Fletcher Living for the construction of 191 new homes at two inner-city sites as part of the Housing Accord with the Christchurch City Council, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

Christchurch Police Station building Implosion Date Confirmed

Christchurch Police Station building Implosion Date Confirmed

Monday, 11 May 2015 4:12 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Statement by Ngai Tahu:

Women challenging assumptions in construction sector

Women challenging assumptions in construction sector

Monday, 11 May 2015 3:58 p.m. by PRNews

Winners of the inaugural Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards have been hailed as “courageous leaders who are passionate about changing the construction sector” during last night’s awards ceremony at the Rydges Latimer in Christchurch.

Insurers Settle $15 billion Canterbury Claims

Insurers Settle $15 billion Canterbury Claims

Monday, 11 May 2015 12:45 p.m. by InsuranceCouncilNZ Popular

The Insurance Council of New Zealand announced today that private insurers have paid out almost $15 billion to settle commercial and residential claims since the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, of which over $6 billion was for domestic claims.

Hawkins Infrastructure ramps up SI business

Hawkins Infrastructure ramps up SI business

Monday, 11 May 2015 10:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

Hawkins Infrastructure is making inroads into increasing the size of new projects on its books.

Quake overhaul targets schools and hospitals

Quake overhaul targets schools and hospitals

Monday, 11 May 2015 9:05 a.m. by GovtEQC

Earthquake-prone building assessments fall short, survivor says

Earthquake-prone building assessments fall short, survivor says

Sunday, 10 May 2015 11:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Changes to the way earthquake-prone structures are assessed do not go far enough to protect people from the most dangerous parts of buildings, earthquake survivor Ann Brower says.

Red tape still boosting home build costs

Red tape still boosting home build costs

Sunday, 10 May 2015 10:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Increased red tape and demand for labour means house construction in Christchurch will get dearer still, industry sources say.

Eastern pool development delayed by indecision

Eastern pool development delayed by indecision

Sunday, 10 May 2015 10:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Development of the $39 million pool facility for Christchurch's eastern suburbs is being delayed because the community cannot agree on the size of the pool.

Scottish Society service

Scottish Society service

Saturday, 9 May 2015 12:09 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Location: Scottish Society Hall, Caledonian Rd Time: 10.30 am on May 5 Description: The Scottish Society is holding a service to commemorate those who served in WWI. Speakers and children from St Albans School are involved in a performance. But …

Christchurch anchor projects delays causes frustration

Christchurch anchor projects delays causes frustration

Friday, 8 May 2015 11:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury sports enthusiasts and businesses are "hugely disappointed" and frustrated two of Christchurch's major anchor projects will be delayed.

More Edgeware Rd  wastewater repairs

More Edgeware Rd wastewater repairs

Friday, 8 May 2015 7:10 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The large northern relief wastewater trunk, which runs along Edgeware Rd to Hills Rd is being repaired. The repairs involve traffic detours – city bound traffic along Hills Rd will take a detour along Edgeware Rd for a week. Later …

Insurers have lost confidence in "poor" EQC data

Insurers have lost confidence in "poor" EQC data

Friday, 8 May 2015 6:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers have lost confidence in Earthquake Commission (EQC) data and predictions, an industry source says.

Family playground due to open for Christmas holidays

Family playground due to open for Christmas holidays

Friday, 8 May 2015 5:59 p.m. by GovtCCDU Popular

Work is underway to have one of the world’s largest outdoor play areas – the Margaret Mahy Family Playground – open in Christchurch in time for the Christmas holidays.