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Christchurch quake used as case study for global military

Christchurch quake used as case study for global military

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 4:50 p.m. by MediaHerald

The deadly 2011 Christchurch earthquake is being used as a case study for China, the United States and Australia, who are all taking part in a unique military training exercise outside Christchurch this week.

Sydenham Pod Park Opens

Sydenham Pod Park Opens

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 3:25 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

Repairs start on Christchurch Art Gallery

Repairs start on Christchurch Art Gallery

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 3:21 p.m. by GovtCCC

Repair work has started on the Christchurch Art Gallery, with the re-levelling tender that will relieve stress in the building's foundations having been awarded.

Great deal for Christchurch first home buyers

Great deal for Christchurch first home buyers

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 2:23 p.m. by NickyWagner Popular

Institute calls for surveyors to assess quake-damaged homes

Institute calls for surveyors to assess quake-damaged homes

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:31 p.m. by MediaRNZ

The Institute of Surveyors is calling on the Earthquake Commission to use registered professional surveyors when assessing some earthquake damaged houses in Christchurch.

AA Insurance - more on the July progress update

AA Insurance - more on the July progress update

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 7:45 a.m. by avonsidechch

In my post on the 10th of August () the observation was made that nearly half the AA Insurance rebuilds had “been cashed settled which, on the face of it, suggests a full replacement policy isn’t all it was advertised to be.”

Building cheaply a false economy

Building cheaply a false economy

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 8:38 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Companies, especially multinationals, tend to be fixated with the bottom line: Profit, cutting costs and maximising returns for the shareholder. While those things are important, more enlightened companies are focusing on the need for a bottom line that also measures social and environmental responsibility.

Pneumonia risk from liquefaction

Pneumonia risk from liquefaction

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 8:17 p.m. by MediaStuff

The liquefaction that caused added hardship to parts of earthquake-hit Christchurch may also have increased the risk of residents getting pneumonia.

Day 904 - CHCH101 returns

Day 904 - CHCH101 returns

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 8:11 p.m. by addingtonaction

Earlier this afternoon the CHCH101 class from University of Canterbury arrived to help paint and finish off wee jobs at 124 Garlands Rd Depot.

The jobs done well were
The trailer of gear was loaned by the Student Volunteer Army.

The keen team were
Everyone had a good time, most learnt new skills and a number were keen to come back help again especially on the pole barn build. So they are going to keep an eye on the website and the facebook page for when to turn up.

Ci ...

Southern Response - the use of lighter cladding for rebuilds

Southern Response - the use of lighter cladding for rebuilds

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 8:00 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

If you have/had a brick house that is to be rebuilt it appears the Southern Response may substitute a lighter material for the external cladding. The news release is  and reads:

Council debates saving Chch Town Hall

Council debates saving Chch Town Hall

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 5:06 p.m. by Media3News

CERA and Pediments…..

CERA and Pediments…..

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 3:23 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

On a completely different subject for a change.   Pediments: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

CERA and Pediments…..

CERA and Pediments…..

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 3:23 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

On a completely different subject for a change.   Pediments: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article is about the architectural element. Pediment. A pediment is an element in classical, neoclassical and baroque architecture, and derivatives therefrom, consisting of a …

Taking shape…

Taking shape…

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 1:58 p.m. by TempleforChCh

Less than three weeks till the Temple opens!

Powers needed to keep engineers in line

Powers needed to keep engineers in line

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 1:29 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

The Press – Opinion by Andrew Cleland, chief executive of the Institution of Professional Engineers. 

Golf Links Road between Joy Street & New Brighton Road northbound only

Golf Links Road between Joy Street & New Brighton Road northbound only

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 1:20 p.m. by Transport4chch

A one-way system is in place for northbound road users on Golf Links Road from New Brighton Road to Joy Street.    A  detour is in place for southbound road users.

Building act changes

Building act changes

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 1:10 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

Changes have recently been made to the building act, after earthquake claims have been lodged. .

CCC Floor Levels

CCC Floor Levels

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:42 p.m. by EmpoweredChCh

Information about floor levels and changes resulting from the earthquakes can be found on the council’s website here: .

From red zone to all-go zone

From red zone to all-go zone

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:02 p.m. by MediaStuff

There was a "hell of a lot of red tape" to cut through but finally red-zoned homes are being put to good use.

History of Avonside subject of exhibition

History of Avonside subject of exhibition

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:02 p.m. by MediaStuff

An exhibition documenting the history of a red-zoned Christchurch suburb will open next week.

Housing NZ uses red zone homes

Housing NZ uses red zone homes

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:02 p.m. by MediaStuff

There was a "hell of a lot of red tape" to cut through but finally red-zoned homes are being put to good use.

Council considering Town Hall restoration options

Council considering Town Hall restoration options

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:08 a.m. by MediaRNZ

Council considers Town Hall restoration options

Council considers Town Hall restoration options

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:08 a.m. by MediaRNZ

Christchurch Town Hall restoration options

Christchurch Town Hall restoration options

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:08 a.m. by MediaRNZ

Christchurch City Council has been presented with four options for restoring the damaged Town Hall.

Novotel set to re-open

Novotel set to re-open

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:06 a.m. by Media3News

Visitors to Christchurch will soon be able to get a full view of Cathedral Square as the Novotel Hotel opens its doors.

Debate over city library, sports hub

Debate over city library, sports hub

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 1:28 a.m. by MediaThePress

Council staff are pushing for a new athletics track and sports hub in southwest Christchurch.

Four options for Chch Town Hall

Four options for Chch Town Hall

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:25 a.m. by MediaThePress

A report given to city councillors has recommended "maximum retention and restoration" of the Christchurch Town Hall.

Town Hall restoration takes 4 years

Town Hall restoration takes 4 years

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:25 a.m. by MediaThePress

Restoring the Town Hall to its former glory will take four years and cost an estimated $127.5 million.

Debate over Town Hall, city library, sports hub

Debate over Town Hall, city library, sports hub

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:25 a.m. by MediaThePress

Council staff are pushing for a new athletics track and sports hub in southwest Christchurch.

Reflections from the Fukushima Disaster

Reflections from the Fukushima Disaster

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:18 a.m. by stalbanscommunity



Four options for Town Hall

Four options for Town Hall

Monday, 12 August 2013 11:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

A world-class "library of the future" could be built in central Christchurch by the end of 2016.

Councillors consider Town Hall repair options

Councillors consider Town Hall repair options

Monday, 12 August 2013 10:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

Options for repairing and restoring the Christchurch Town Hall are being presented to city councillors today.

Sustainable construction forum

Sustainable construction forum

Monday, 12 August 2013 5:50 p.m. by the_csbf Featured Popular

Lawyers cry foul over EQC rewiring stance

Lawyers cry foul over EQC rewiring stance

Monday, 12 August 2013 10:23 a.m. by EmpoweredChCh

EQC now requires homeowners to upgrade old wiring, at their own cost, before repairs can start. Find out why lawyers believe EQC is obligated to pay for re-wiring, not the homeowner…. read the full article, by Liz Mcdonald, The Press.

Day 903 - SCIRT - Moorhouse Ave - Central City / Sydenham - Stormwater repairs *Update*

Day 903 - SCIRT - Moorhouse Ave - Central City / Sydenham - Stormwater repairs *Update*

Monday, 12 August 2013 9:09 a.m. by addingtonaction

From SCIRT

Moorhouse Ave - Central City / Sydenham - Stormwater repairs *Update*




CTV Building site vandalised

CTV Building site vandalised

Monday, 12 August 2013 5:53 a.m. by Media3News

Vandalism of signs at the site of the CTV Building collapse has upset friends and loved ones of those who died there.

Inspiration for Christchurch

Inspiration for Christchurch

Sunday, 11 August 2013 9:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

Developer Antony Gough stirred up debate when he accused Christchurch's urban design panel of favouring bland designs.

Plans for $89m central library

Plans for $89m central library

Sunday, 11 August 2013 9:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

The project brief for Christchurch's planned new $89 million central city library will be discussed tomorrow as the city council pushes forward with the government's rebuild plans.

Owner takes hands-on role in repair challenge

Owner takes hands-on role in repair challenge

Sunday, 11 August 2013 7:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Damage from the Canterbury earthquakes has had serviced apartment franchise owner Bess Thomson don a pair of overalls, a vest and a hard hat to take up the repair challenge.

Red zone dairy owners new beginning

Red zone dairy owners' new beginning

Sunday, 11 August 2013 5:51 p.m. by Media3News

Four months ago 3 News brought you the story of the Christchurch dairy owners forced to shut their doors because they were operating in the red zone.

Lawyers cry foul over EQC costs stance

Lawyers cry foul over EQC costs stance

Sunday, 11 August 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Legal experts have called the Earthquake Commission's refusal to pay for household rewiring ridiculous and unlawful.

Lives on hold in review wait

Lives on hold in review wait

Sunday, 11 August 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Port Hills homeowners still waiting for the results of a land-zoning review after Canterbury's earthquakes are questioning why the Government is analysing an updated report when it said earlier no new data would be considered.

Cathedral acoustics praise hits high note

Cathedral acoustics praise hits high note

Sunday, 11 August 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

The acoustics of the new Anglican cardboard cathedral have so far pleased experts and audiences.

Lawyers cry foul over EQC costs stance

Lawyers cry foul over EQC costs stance

Sunday, 11 August 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Legal experts have called the Earthquake Commission's refusal to pay for household rewiring ridiculous and unlawful.

Lives on hold in review wait

Lives on hold in review wait

Sunday, 11 August 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Port Hills homeowners still waiting for the results of a land-zoning review after Canterbury's earthquakes are questioning why the Government is analysing an updated report when it said earlier no new data would be considered.

Lives on hold in zoning review wait

Lives on hold in zoning review wait

Sunday, 11 August 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Port Hills homeowners still waiting for the results of a land-zoning review after Canterbury's earthquakes are questioning why the Government is analysing an updated report when it said earlier no new data would be considered.

Lawyers cry foul over EQC rewiring stance

Lawyers cry foul over EQC rewiring stance

Sunday, 11 August 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Legal experts have called the Earthquake Commission's refusal to pay for household rewiring ridiculous and unlawful.

Lives on hold in zoning review wait

Lives on hold in zoning review wait

Sunday, 11 August 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Port Hills homeowners still waiting for the results of a land-zoning review after Canterbury's earthquakes are questioning why the Government is analysing an updated report when it said earlier no new data would be considered.

Lawyers cry foul over EQC rewiring stance

Lawyers cry foul over EQC rewiring stance

Sunday, 11 August 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Legal experts have called the Earthquake Commission's refusal to pay for household rewiring ridiculous and unlawful.

Charity moving houses out of the red zone

Charity moving houses out of the red zone

Sunday, 11 August 2013 4:08 p.m. by Media3News

Houses in Christchurch’s residential red zone are being bought for a bargain and then relocated to better land.

High Street August 2013… trapped in a time warp.

High Street August 2013… trapped in a time warp.

Saturday, 10 August 2013 6:08 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Locked out of undamaged factory for  days – (since Feb 2011)

Rumblings of rebellion in Christchurch

Rumblings of rebellion in Christchurch

Saturday, 10 August 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress



A district where best of city and town merge

A district where 'best of city and town merge'

Saturday, 10 August 2013 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress



Insurance disputes process failing Christchurch

Insurance disputes process failing Christchurch

Saturday, 10 August 2013 3:03 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Cancern has met with the insurance ombudsman to pass on these concerns.

Final offers sent to anchor project properties

Final offers sent to 'anchor project' properties

Saturday, 10 August 2013 12:00 p.m. by MediaRNZ

The agency responsible for building most of Christchurch's key central city projects is sending out final offers of purchase to landowners.

Southern Response - progress report to July 2013

Southern Response - progress report to July 2013

Saturday, 10 August 2013 8:02 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Animals in motion: pets after the quakes

Animals in motion: pets after the quakes

Saturday, 10 August 2013 5:30 a.m. by MediaHerald

Three worlds collided when the 7.1 earthquake shook Christchurch in September 2010.Massive forces bent faults below the Canterbury Plains, jolting a sleeping city awake at 4.35am. The other world - that occupied by animals - got...

Local government democracy and the future of Christchurch

Local government democracy and the future of Christchurch

Friday, 9 August 2013 10:35 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Subsequent talks include city councillor Rev Peter Beck talking about who tells who what to do, Canterbury District Health Board member Olive Webb on autocracy, Andrew Dickerson, former Chief Executive of Age Concern Canterbury Andrew Dickerson on planning for an ageing population in our new city. Associate Professor John Hopkins from the University of Canterbury’s Law School’s talk on September 18, considering whether earthquakes are bad for democracy, brings the series to a close.

Questions for St Albans election candidates

Questions for St Albans election candidates

Friday, 9 August 2013 8:46 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Is there a burning issue or a pointed question you would like to put before: