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Another Christchurch consents check

Another Christchurch consents check

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 1:24 a.m. by MediaStuff

The Government is now examining the Christchurch City Council's resource consenting arm.

Design rules could hinder rebuild

Design rules could 'hinder' rebuild

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 1:07 a.m. by MediaStuff

Suggested design rules for Christchurch suburban shopping centres have drawn criticism from the Property Council.

Rebuilding Cathedral Square

Rebuilding Cathedral Square

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 11:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

A six-storey office and retail block on the former ANZ House site could be the first major rebuild in Cathedral Square.

Stadium plan least favoured

Stadium plan least favoured

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 11:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

The proposed new Christchurch stadium is the least popular rebuild project, with nearly a third of people saying it is not needed, a new poll says.

Developers seek planning permits

Developers seek planning permits

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 11:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

A six-storey office and retail block on the former ANZ House site could be the first major rebuild in Cathedral Square.

Parker welcomes private input - up to a point

Parker welcomes private input - up to a point

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 11:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Mayor Bob Parker says the Christchurch City Council is open to partnering with the private sector on some key central-city projects but it wants full control over the restoration of the Town Hall and the construction of the new library.

Stadium plan least favoured anchor project

Stadium plan least favoured anchor project

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 11:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

The proposed Christchurch stadium is the least popular rebuild project, with nearly a third of people saying it is not needed, a new poll says.

Day 869 - Brownlee replies to CanCERN open letter

Day 869 - Brownlee replies to CanCERN open letter

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 11:30 p.m. by addingtonaction

09 JUL 2015
Leanne Curtis
CanCERN
leanne@cancern.org.nz

Dear Ms Curtis

Thank you for , regarding the Earthquake Commission (EQC). I regret the delay in my response.

Your email raises a number of issues with EQC’s delivery of service and proposes potential solutions. The matters that you raise are operational issues and therefore it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.

I understand that CanCERN has regular communication with EQC, including through ...

Stand up for Youth

Stand up for Youth

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 8:34 p.m. by stalbanscommunity



Supporting workers in the rebuild.

Supporting workers in the rebuild.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 8:25 p.m. by avonsidechch

Paul Watson has an opinion piece in today’s Press raising the importance  of rebuild workers getting “… decent jobs with good wages, a safe work environment and a voice in how the city and the rebuild progress.”

July 9: Gap Filler’s CYCLE-POWERED CINEMA – Postponed

July 9: Gap Filler’s CYCLE-POWERED CINEMA – Postponed

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 6:16 p.m. by GapFiller

Sorry folks, OPEN STREETS has been postponed due to July 14th imminent nasty weather. New date is September 29. CPC will be back then. Gap Filler’s Cycle-Powered Cinema returns this weekend, for one day only. A real crowd-pleaser when it was first launched in February 2012, Gap Filler is running “Cycle-Powered Cinema – Take 2” [...]

July 9: Gap Hunt in collaboration with KidsFest

July 9: Gap Hunt in collaboration with KidsFest

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 6:14 p.m. by GapFiller

8 things to do this school holiday at Gap sites around town…   Go on a Gap Hunt around town and see what you can find (you can print a copy of the map here or pick it up from the Pallet Pavilion).   Play a round of Gap Golf in the inner city.  Visit the Pallet [...]

Day 869 - 100 students on August 3

Day 869 - 100 students on August 3

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 5:59 p.m. by addingtonaction

More great news!

National claims

National claims

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 4:31 p.m. by GovtEQC Popular

Day 869 - Workers need good support in rebuild

Day 869 - Workers need good support in rebuild

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 10:57 a.m. by addingtonaction

Reprinted from
9/7/2013


Much has been written on the effects of the earthquakes on our community but little has been said about what post-quake Canterbury is like for workers.

So what of the current state of the Canterbury workforce and what opportunities will there be for it as economic activity cranks up? What is the role of unions in post-quake Canterbury and what effect will government policies around employment law, health and safety and migration make?

We all k ...

Radio NZ Story on EQC OIA Obstruction

Radio NZ Story on EQC OIA Obstruction

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 8:36 a.m. by EQCTruths Popular

It looks as if we are gaining some momentum in raising awareness about EQC’s obstructionist tactics.  Feel free to listen to the interview. 

Chch consents will be faster - Key

Chch consents will be faster - Key

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 5:26 a.m. by Media3News

Handing over Christchurch council's consenting department to Doug Martin will speed up the Canterbury rebuild, John Key says.

Market emerges for low-rise apartments

Market emerges for low-rise apartments

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 12:38 a.m. by MediaThePress

High-rise apartments in central Christchurch may be out of favour with developers, but lower-rise complexes are already on the drawing board.

Brownlee calls time on deadlock

Brownlee calls time on deadlock

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 12:37 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government is threatening to compulsorily acquire central Christchurch land to kickstart a much fought-over retail development.

Brownlee calls time on development deadlock

Brownlee calls time on development deadlock

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 12:37 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government is threatening to compulsorily acquire central Christchurch land to kickstart a much fought-over retail development.

Port Hills homeowners still waiting to learn fate

Port Hills homeowners still waiting to learn fate

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 12:34 a.m. by MediaStuff

Waiting to learn the fate of their land is a numbers game for frustrated Port Hills homeowners - and wait they will continue to do.

Learn to grow vegies with Hand Over a Hundy

Learn to grow vegies with Hand Over a Hundy

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 12:03 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Families in East Christchurch are being challenged to grow their own vegetables as part of the Hand over a Hundy scheme. The scheme is particularly aimed at families with children aged 12-24. Participants are sponsored a hundy (or $100) to …

Floor level survey quality questioned

Floor level survey quality questioned

Monday, 8 July 2013 7:40 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

The accuracy of the measuring tools is being called into question and measurements can be wildly inaccurate. Staff carrying out the surveys for eqc and insurance companies are often not qualified, spend much less time on the job than a qualified surveyor and their tools have not been verified according to Adam Cowie, a qualified surveyor from Topografo.

City air bad

City air bad

Monday, 8 July 2013 7:21 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

It began with the lifting of the cordon around central Christchurch. The streets belong to pedestrians at least, again.

A week that was

A week that was

Monday, 8 July 2013 7:17 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

It began with the lifting of the cordon around central Christchurch. The streets belong to pedestrians at least, again. It was a week in which we learnt that the the council had not learnt from the communications issues highlighted in …

Tenants Protection Association surveys renters

Tenants Protection Association surveys renters

Monday, 8 July 2013 7:11 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Some Christchurch residents are trapped in unaffordable accommodation unable to move to healthier rental accommodation, to pay for heating or save up for a deposit to purchase a home, according to a survey by the Tenants Protection Association.

SCIRT e-news 8 July, 2013

SCIRT e-news 8 July, 2013

Monday, 8 July 2013 6:21 p.m. by SCIRT Popular

Topics covered in this issue of SCIRT e-news:

Christchurch City credit rating cut

Christchurch City credit rating cut

Monday, 8 July 2013 6:00 p.m. by Media3News

Christchurch City Council had its credit rating cut one notch and is still on a negative outlook after losing its accreditation to issue building consents.

Cyclists, walkers to fill Central City streets

Cyclists, walkers to fill Central City streets

Monday, 8 July 2013 4:00 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

 

New touring club launched for locals

New touring club launched for locals

Monday, 8 July 2013 3:56 p.m. by TourismChCh Popular

A Christchurch couple keen to share their passion for Canterbury have set up a touring club to help other locals discover the wonders they have in their backyard.

Christchurch City Councils Credit Rating drops from AA- to A +

Christchurch City Council's Credit Rating drops from AA- to A +

Monday, 8 July 2013 3:23 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

International credit rating agency Standard & Poor's is moving Christchurch City Council's rating from AA- to A +. 

Crown Manager appointed for Christchurch

Crown Manager appointed for Christchurch

Monday, 8 July 2013 3:18 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Christchurch mayoral race: Speculation starts swirling

Christchurch mayoral race: Speculation starts swirling

Monday, 8 July 2013 3:07 p.m. by MediaHerald

Student superhero Flatman, a cocker spaniel called Prince and disgraced former MP Aaron Gilmore are being talked about as potential mayoral candidates in post-quake Christchurch.Speculation is swirling around the city in the wake...

Council to continue issuing consents

Council to continue issuing consents

Monday, 8 July 2013 2:30 p.m. by GovtBeehive Popular

Gerry Brownlee | Building and Construction

Study into seismic design for timber buildings

Study into seismic design for timber buildings

Monday, 8 July 2013 6:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow Popular

Lease contracts in post-quake study

Lease contracts in post-quake study

Monday, 8 July 2013 6:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow

New fire team after quake lessons

New fire team after quake lessons

Monday, 8 July 2013 1:51 a.m. by MediaStuff

If the Alpine Fault were to shake today, these guys are ready for it.

Businesses fate still unclear over stadium plan

Businesses' fate still unclear over stadium plan

Monday, 8 July 2013 12:36 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has bought nearly 50 per cent of the land it needs for the new Christchurch stadium.

Restored registry looks to future

Restored registry looks to future

Monday, 8 July 2013 12:13 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's quake-damaged Arts Centre is officially on the road to restoration.

Central-city sites set to be taken

Central-city sites set to be taken

Sunday, 7 July 2013 11:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

Compulsory acquisition of central-city sites appears likely with Christchurch landowners standing firm despite a deadline to secure east frame land looming.

First restored building in Arts Centre opens

First restored building in Arts Centre opens

Sunday, 7 July 2013 8:19 p.m. by MediaRNZ

Quake advocacy group told to pay $24,000 for OIA

Quake advocacy group told to pay $24,000 for OIA

Sunday, 7 July 2013 5:42 p.m. by MediaRNZ

A Christchurch earthquake advocacy group has been told it will have to pay $24,000 if it wants information from the Earthquake Commission requested under the Official Information Act.

Book Launch "Would You Like A Toilet With That?

Book Launch "Would You Like A Toilet With That?

Sunday, 7 July 2013 3:55 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Day 867 - yesterdays article

Day 867 - yesterdays article

Sunday, 7 July 2013 2:30 p.m. by addingtonaction

By Mike Peters

I was looking forward to reading the article that was yesterday.

John McCrone rang up and came to do the interview a few weeks back. Originally John had wanted to do an article to be published around the opening of 124 Garlands Rd. Endless delays caused by the Council consents process put paid to that.

John is senior feature writer at The Press so I was curious to see what his take on it all would be.

I have learnt in my short life that other people of ...

Several ways to progress claims

Several ways to progress claims

Sunday, 7 July 2013 2:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Homeowner Monique Cupples has a bone to pick with Southern Response and its stated policy of being "firm but fair" with customers over insurance claims.

Government clueless on illegal consents

Government clueless on illegal consents

Sunday, 7 July 2013 1:37 p.m. by MediaHerald

The Government has no idea how long illegal building consents were being issued by Christchurch City Council or how many have been issued.

Christchurch building safety evaluated

Christchurch building safety evaluated

Sunday, 7 July 2013 11:08 a.m. by Media3News

The Government can't say for sure that new buildings in Christchurch are safe.

WeCAN Response to EQC OIA Response

WeCAN Response to EQC OIA Response

Sunday, 7 July 2013 10:52 a.m. by WeCAN Popular

: deliberate treachery, deceit through trustingness in New Zealand. 

A sneeze away from trouble

A 'sneeze away' from trouble

Sunday, 7 July 2013 10:23 a.m. by MediaStuff

A sneeze away from trouble

A 'sneeze away' from trouble

Sunday, 7 July 2013 10:23 a.m. by MediaThePress

Day 866 - helping people help themselves

Day 866 - helping people help themselves

Saturday, 6 July 2013 8:16 p.m. by addingtonaction

 

Transitional square opens in Christchurch

Transitional square opens in Christchurch

Saturday, 6 July 2013 5:33 p.m. by MediaRNZ

Christchurch people were officially welcomed back into Cathedral Square - the heart of the city - on Saturday with live music and a speech by outgoing Mayor Bob Parker.

What’s Going On in this City???? … More on the “Guidelines”

What’s Going On in this City???? … More on the “Guidelines”

Saturday, 6 July 2013 2:02 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco Popular

In conjunction with Adrian Cowie’s work on foundation levels in a previous post I would like to make the following comments about the Guidelines generally. (See).

Stress behind Parkers decision

Stress behind Parker's decision

Saturday, 6 July 2013 7:54 a.m. by Media3News Popular

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has had enough.

AA Insurance - Sum insured for Canterbury customers – cover for retaining walls (bad news for Wellington and Auckland too?)

AA Insurance - Sum insured for Canterbury customers – cover for retaining walls (bad news for Wellington and Auckland too?)

Saturday, 6 July 2013 7:40 a.m. by avonsidechch Popular

AA have updated their new policy information to include two questions and answers relating to retaining walls (they are basically the same question put twice).