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Counting the cost

Counting the cost

Sunday, 24 March 2013 8:06 a.m. by MediaThePress

New Zealanders with family and friends across in Australia will be familiar with the Kiwi diaspora but the impoverished Philippines takes emigration to a new level.

Rebuild jobs scam exposed

Rebuild jobs scam exposed

Saturday, 23 March 2013 11:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch businessman posing as a recruiter of Filipino workers has exposed the fees some pay to work in New Zealand.

Rebuild jobs scam exposed

Rebuild jobs scam exposed

Saturday, 23 March 2013 11:37 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Christchurch businessman posing as a recruiter of Filipino workers has exposed the fees some pay to work in New Zealand.

Wood cuts it

Wood cuts it

Saturday, 23 March 2013 10:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Using Canterbury University innovations, Christchurch design and New Zealand timber, a unique building is going up in Victoria St - the first of its kind and a signal of a sustainable, quake-resilient future, writes Rosa Shiels .

Day 758 - Saturday working bee the 1st

Day 758 - Saturday working bee the 1st

Saturday, 23 March 2013 5:43 p.m. by addingtonaction

Today was the first of regular Saturday working bees to construct Addington Action HQ at 124 Garlands Rd, Opawa.

The plan is anyone can turn up on a Saturday at 9am ready to work till 1pm on getting the site ready. If you want to come and help - just make sure you are wearing good sturdy footwear and old work clothes.

As the HQ gets built and opens, the same arrangement will apply to other days of the week, with people meeting there at 9am Monday to Saturday and then being dispatch ...

Plan to use church debris in new centre

Plan to use church debris in new centre

Saturday, 23 March 2013 3:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

The historic stone Sydenham church will be resurrected as a community centre if the Sydenham Heritage Trust has its way.

Sod turning marks start of Avon River Precinct

Sod turning marks start of Avon River Precinct

Saturday, 23 March 2013 12:41 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

A street emerges from the wreckage

A street emerges from the wreckage

Saturday, 23 March 2013 11:37 a.m. by MediaThePress

A street stretching almost 5 kilometres of Christchurch east to west, from the residential red zone to the prestigious Christ's College, offers an insightful cross-section of the Canterbury rebuild. GEORGINA STYLIANOU takes a walk and samples life down Gloucester St.

Work begins on Avon River precinct

Work begins on Avon River precinct

Saturday, 23 March 2013 11:05 a.m. by Media3News

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has turned the first sod as work gets under way on Christchurch's new Avon River precinct.

Sculptural look for site

Sculptural look for site

Saturday, 23 March 2013 9:23 a.m. by MediaThePress

Construction could begin as soon as June on a $100 million glass- wrapped complex replacing the Triangle Centre in Christchurch's City Mall.

Empire building at City Care

Empire building at City Care

Saturday, 23 March 2013 8:46 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Canterbury earthquakes are a goldmine for the Christchurch City Council's business City Care. But not content with its exploding revenues, it is now pushing into mainstream commercial and residential building. Is this the place for a ratepayer-owned company? The Press business editor, MARTA STEEMAN , reports.

UK pledge may lapse if cathedral not restored

UK pledge may lapse if cathedral not restored

Saturday, 23 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

The English millionaire behind a $4 million pledge for the Christ Church Cathedral could reconsider his offer if Anglican leaders do not restore the historic building, his former business partner says.

Red Zone Extension ministerial paper has been released.

Red Zone Extension ministerial paper has been released.

Friday, 22 March 2013 10:10 p.m. by avonsidechch

CERA have released the ministerial paper authorising extension of the Red Zone deadline for most areas to 31 July 2013. It is on their Cabinet papers webpage here (towards the bottom, just above the Port Hills zoning information). There is some interesting stuff in the paper, and a lot that has been withheld, particularly relating to vulnerable people and how this category is defined by CERA.  Of

EQC Privacy Breach

EQC Privacy Breach

Friday, 22 March 2013 8:50 p.m. by EQCTruths Popular

 

More on AA Insurance’s sum insured house policies

More on AA Insurance’s sum insured house policies

Friday, 22 March 2013 8:49 p.m. by avonsidechch Popular

AA Insurance have updated their Sum Insured FAQs (here). More topics are covered and additional information has been provided. The topics covered are: What are the changes happening to your home insurance? Why the change? What is the effect on my home insurance premiums? When will the change happen? Do I need to check and revise the Default Sum Insured on my renewal notice? On what will my

Red Zone is very dangerous- do not try this at home

Red Zone is very dangerous- do not try this at home

Friday, 22 March 2013 7:06 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

This has got me riled.  After 2 years of telling us that High Street is very dangerous and we have to grovel for access we get this: This is very dangerous, but only if you own any of these buildings. …

New ideas mooted for Cathedral repair

New ideas mooted for Cathedral repair

Friday, 22 March 2013 5:26 p.m. by Media3News

A Christchurch trust has revealed new detail of a plan to restore the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch Cathedral.

New ideas for Cathedral repair

New ideas for Cathedral repair

Friday, 22 March 2013 5:26 p.m. by Media3News

A Christchurch trust has revealed new detail of a plan to restore the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch Cathedral.

Tour shows off restored Christchurch homes

Tour shows off restored Christchurch homes

Friday, 22 March 2013 4:47 p.m. by Media3News

Quake-damaged houses back to full glory and shock-proofed new structures were open to visitors in Christchurch today.

Day 757 - online CSFVC shop being trialed

Day 757 - online CSFVC shop being trialed

Friday, 22 March 2013 3:20 p.m. by addingtonaction

An online shop for the Christchurch South Fruit & Veggie Co-op is currently being trialed. It will be for the use of the 22 distribution centres to place and pay for their weekly orders for fruit & veggie packs that they then distribute the following week to their members.

Each distribution centre will require a password to login to their own customer account.

This trial uses
The aim is to pretty much automate as much as possible with the system sending out email and te ...

EQC accidentally releases claimants private info

EQC accidentally releases claimants' private info

Friday, 22 March 2013 3:18 p.m. by MediaHerald

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has reportedly released private information of more than 9700 claimants.The email had the claim numbers and street addresses of the claimants in an attachment, but did not include the names, Fairfax...

EQC releases private info of 9700 claimants

EQC releases private info of 9700 claimants

Friday, 22 March 2013 2:21 p.m. by Media3News

The EQC mistakenly released the private information of 9700 claimants this morning, it has been revealed.

EQC privacy breach

EQC privacy breach

Friday, 22 March 2013 2:04 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Rebuild attracts 1200 new Cantabs

Rebuild attracts 1200 new Cantabs

Friday, 22 March 2013 1:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

More people came to Canterbury than left last year as the region's rebuild attracts overseas workers, new figures reveal.

Day 757 - fruit & veggie orders

Day 757 - fruit & veggie orders

Friday, 22 March 2013 12:38 p.m. by addingtonaction

There are 416 orders from 19 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centers for fruit and veggie packs next week. These will be packed and distributed on Wednesday 27 March.

   1 Addington Action
14 Addington School
23 Burnham
  6 Comcare Addington
26 Discovery
25 Eureka St
13 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
  0 Kidsfirst Selwyn St
39 Manuka Cottage
44 Opawa Baptist
28 Parker St
24 Reformed Church in Hornby
13 Riccarton Community Church
  0 Ro ...

Commissioners plea to Brownlee

Commissioner's plea to Brownlee

Friday, 22 March 2013 12:20 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Human Rights Commissioner has written to Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee asking for some red-zoners to be given more time to consider compensation offers.

Day 757 - regular work every Saturday at Garlands Rd

Day 757 - regular work every Saturday at Garlands Rd

Friday, 22 March 2013 11:34 a.m. by addingtonaction

There will be regular volunteer work at 124 Garlands Rd every Saturday from 9am till 1pm unless its a public holiday weekend like Easter, Queens Birthday etc.

The work will be getting the new base for Addington Action built.
Just turn up with your boots on and wear old clothes. If it is bucketing down don't come.

Book Signing- Saturday 23nd March 2013

Book Signing- Saturday 23nd March 2013

Friday, 22 March 2013 11:07 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

Sarah Miles will be signing her book on: Saturday 23rd March at the Whitcoulls Bookshop, Riccarton Mall, Christchurch  12:00 noon Come and have a chat! Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Canterbury, Central Business District, Christchurch, Christchurch earthquake, insurance, New Zealand, Oceania, policyholder …

New plan for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

New plan for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Friday, 22 March 2013 8:50 a.m. by MediaHerald

Engineers have unveiled a plan which they say can allow for the restoration of the Christ Church Cathedral.At the city council's earthquake forum yesterday representatives from the Great Christchurch Building Trust said the cathedral...

Quake city looks good for job-starved Brits

Quake city looks good for job-starved Brits

Friday, 22 March 2013 8:09 a.m. by MediaThePress

Migrant labour sourcing firm New Zealand Skills in Demand says demand for skilled workers to take part in Christchurch's quake-related construction boom is strengthening significantly.

Rebuild plays role in GDP surge

Rebuild plays role in GDP surge

Friday, 22 March 2013 7:58 a.m. by MediaThePress

New Zealand's economy took a leap forward late last year, posting a 1.5 per cent growth spurt, with Canterbury's rebuild playing its part in the stronger than expected economic activity.

SFO probes two rebuild fraud cases

SFO probes two rebuild fraud cases

Friday, 22 March 2013 7:30 a.m. by EQCTruths

 

Red-zoners plea goes to Parliament

Red-zoners' plea goes to Parliament

Friday, 22 March 2013 7:28 a.m. by MediaStuff

A group of Christchurch red-zoners will plead their case for full land compensation at Parliament next month, despite knowing the effort is in vain.

SFO probes two rebuild fraud cases

SFO probes two rebuild fraud cases

Friday, 22 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Two Christchurch rebuild fraud cases are being investigated, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has confirmed.

Christchurch needs over 35,000 new houses

Christchurch needs over 35,000 new houses

Friday, 22 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

The pressure on Christchurch's housing market should ease within the next three years with an expected 30,000 sections coming on the market.

SFO probes two rebuild fraud cases

SFO probes two rebuild fraud cases

Friday, 22 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Two Christchurch rebuild fraud cases are being investigated, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has confirmed.

Christchurch building consents point to growth

Christchurch building consents point to growth

Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:17 p.m. by MediaStuff

More than $500 million in new commercial building projects have been consented in Christchurch over the past 12 months - the highest amount in the last six years.

Construction firm unveils giant industrial subdivision

Construction firm unveils giant industrial subdivision

Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:17 p.m. by MediaStuff

South Island-based construction firm Calder Stewart has unveiled its largest-ever development which could be Christchurch's biggest industrial subdivision.

Quake city looks good for job-starved Brits

Quake city looks good for job-starved Brits

Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:17 p.m. by MediaStuff

Migrant labour sourcing firm New Zealand Skills in Demand says demand for skilled workers to take part in Christchurch's quake-related construction boom is strengthening significantly.

Loners, Vagrants and Deserters – The Port Hills Cave Dwellers

Loners, Vagrants and Deserters – The Port Hills Cave Dwellers

Thursday, 21 March 2013 9:00 p.m. by LostChristchurch

Since early European settlement, the caves that honeycombed the Port Hills, from Sumner to Lyttelton, have been used by all manner of loners, vagrants and deserters as places of escape or retreat One Sunday in July, 1863, a party of men employed in the tunnel, while on an excursion to Godley Head, discovered an old man in a cave. He was in the last state of exhaustion. ‘Having administered some food and a stimulant to the sufferer’, the old man recovered enough to speak. He told them ...

Commercial Consents tops five hundred million

Commercial Consents tops five hundred million

Thursday, 21 March 2013 8:24 p.m. by GovtCCC

The value of works for major commercial building consents has topped $500 million dollars in the last 12 months, exceeding figures for the last six years.

New social housing developments to go ahead

New social housing developments to go ahead

Thursday, 21 March 2013 8:17 p.m. by GovtCCC

Christchurch City Council has given the go ahead for up to 22 new social housing units to be built on vacant land in existing complexes in Spreydon and Aranui by the end of this year.

SFOs quake rebuild fraud investigations progressing well

SFO's quake rebuild fraud investigations 'progressing well'

Thursday, 21 March 2013 8:07 p.m. by MediaHerald

The Serious Fraud Office today reiterated the measures it is taking to address the risks of fraud and corruption during the Christchurch rebuild.It comes after Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee was questioned in Parliament...

SFO probes two Chch rebuild fraud cases

SFO probes two Chch rebuild fraud cases

Thursday, 21 March 2013 4:01 p.m. by Media3News

The Serious Fraud office is investigating two cases of fraud in relation to the Christchurch rebuild.

Fletcher stands by internal process performance

Fletcher stands by internal process performance

Thursday, 21 March 2013 3:50 p.m. by FletcherEQR Popular

EQC reaffirms zero tolerance for fraud

EQC reaffirms zero tolerance for fraud

Thursday, 21 March 2013 3:29 p.m. by GovtEQC

Government pays further $31 million for Christchurch City earthquake response costs

Government pays further $31 million for Christchurch City earthquake response costs

Thursday, 21 March 2013 1:03 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Nikki Kaye | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Day 756 - Polytech students have already joined another co-op :)

Day 756 - Polytech students have already joined another co-op :)

Thursday, 21 March 2013 1:00 p.m. by addingtonaction

The meeting planned next week to sign the CPIT Maori Studies students up as a distribution centre as part of the CSFVC has been cancelled. It turns out these ingenious students have already hooked up witht the Linwood Fruit & Veggie Co-op. Maybe the Nursing students could do the same since Linwood is closer for them.

Sutton warns of compulsory acquisition

Sutton warns of compulsory acquisition

Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:39 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch landowners in central-city blueprint zones have been warned to speed up negotiations or face compulsory acquisition.

Brownlee questioned over fraud allegations

Brownlee questioned over fraud allegations

Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:24 a.m. by MediaHerald

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has been questioned in Parliament over allegations of fraud and corruption involving Canterbury earthquake rebuild contracts.The Serious Fraud Office has started a formal investigation...

Brownlee questioned over quake fraud allegations

Brownlee questioned over quake fraud allegations

Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:24 a.m. by MediaHerald

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has been questioned in Parliament over allegations of fraud and corruption involving Canterbury earthquake rebuild contracts.The Serious Fraud Office has started a formal investigation...

Memories of Chch could fade, says historian

Memories of Chch could fade, says historian

Thursday, 21 March 2013 9:12 a.m. by MediaStuff

Memories of Christchurch before the earthquakes could be forgotten without work to preserve them through pictures and oral histories, a local historian says.

Quake tax issues will linger

Quake tax issues will linger

Thursday, 21 March 2013 7:40 a.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury firms and individuals will face tax complications flowing on from the disruptive 2010 and 2011 earthquakes for years to come, tax experts from accountancy firms say.

Peters questions Brownlee over alleged frauds

Peters questions Brownlee over alleged frauds

Thursday, 21 March 2013 6:26 a.m. by EQCTruths

I am glad that Winston Peters brought up the issue of Fletchers frauds, including invoiced work that has never taken place.  One of the most alarming things about the whole process is that EQC’s overall incompetence facilitates the ability of fraudsters to operate and screw the system.  It is akin to having a dirty house [...]

Wallboard repairs – the problems of inadequate assessments and inadequate repairs

Wallboard repairs – the problems of inadequate assessments and inadequate repairs

Thursday, 21 March 2013 6:18 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

Gib (Winstone Wallboards Ltd) have put their March RE:BUILDING newsletter on the web here. Of most interest for those having their homes repaired is the article REPAIRING DAMAGED HOMES: GET THE STRUCTURE RIGHT FIRST. The short article covers the issue of inadequate damage assessments and the problems that arise from both inadequate assessments and repairs. The article is here. There is a Gib

Limited cordons likely to remain in Chch

Limited cordons likely to remain in Chch

Thursday, 21 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Building demolitions in central Christchurch could limit access to parts of the inner city when the mid-year deadline to remove the rebuild zone cordon passes.

Cathedral options to be public soon

Cathedral options to be public soon

Thursday, 21 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Designs for the future of the Christ Church Cathedral will be made public for the first time next month, giving Cantabrians their chance to have a say on the future of the building.

Limited cordons likely to remain

Limited cordons likely to remain

Thursday, 21 March 2013 1:35 a.m. by MediaThePress

Building demolitions in central Christchurch could limit access to parts of the inner city when the mid-year deadline to remove the rebuild zone cordon passes.

Health warning over remaining silt

Health warning over remaining silt

Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:25 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

The remains of liquefaction lurking under Christchurch houses is causing health problems but can be removed courtesy of insurance companies. It may be out of site but it can still cause damage. Silt from the 2011 earthquakes is piled high …