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How many  Bars and Cafes do we need?

How many Bars and Cafes do we need?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 9:45 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

How many bars and cafes does the Christchurch CBD need?  The short answer is not as many as it has. I see that Liz McDonald from The Press has written a few articles and begun to discuss the issue.  The …

Canterbury rebuild plateau knocks business confidence to four-year low

Canterbury rebuild 'plateau' knocks business confidence to four-year low

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 9:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Business confidence in Canterbury has plummeted to its lowest level in four years, but it is no surprise to the Employers' Chamber of Commerce (CECC).

Construction begins on Christchurchs new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Construction begins on Christchurch's new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 4:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

A man who worked at Christchurch's old QEII sports facility for more than 30 years, only to be ousted by the 2011 earthquake, has witnessed construction starting on its replacement.

Christchurch central library funding partnership announcement expected

Christchurch central library funding partnership announcement expected

Monday, 16 January 2017 9:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she will make an "exciting announcement" about a funding partnership for the new central library next month.

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial: What happened to the cherry trees?

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial: What happened to the cherry trees?

Monday, 16 January 2017 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

A botanist says there is "no good reason" for swapping cherry blossom trees for maples in the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial design.

Editorial: Christchurchs central library is going to be worth the cost

Editorial: Christchurch's central library is going to be worth the cost

Monday, 16 January 2017 4:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

At first glance, the news of the budget for the new central Christchurch library ballooning by more than half seems alarming.

New Christchurch library costs rise by more than half to $95 million

New Christchurch library costs rise by more than half to $95 million

Sunday, 15 January 2017 4:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

The cost of the new Christchurch central library has risen to $95 million from an original budget of $60 million.

Christchurch nightlife - is the party over?

Christchurch nightlife - is the party over?

Friday, 13 January 2017 8:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tough times are forcing some central Christchurch hospitality operators from the industry, with some giving away businesses just to get out.

Does Christchurch have too many bars and restaurants?

Does Christchurch have too many bars and restaurants?

Friday, 13 January 2017 7:33 p.m. by MediaThePress



"It's not like it used to be – you'd just open the doors and have a big party. Those days are well gone.

Christchurchs non-profit sector shines brightly in rebuild

Christchurch's non-profit sector shines brightly in rebuild

Friday, 13 January 2017 1:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

It has taken a few years but many Canterbury non-profit groups have at last replaced their quake-hit buildings, often with surprising style.

Consent refunds

Consent refunds

Friday, 13 January 2017 1:55 a.m. by SouthernResponse

You may have heard some comments in the media recently about refunds due when a building consent lapses.

$85m Grand Central another leg up for central Christchurch

$85m Grand Central another leg up for central Christchurch

Thursday, 12 January 2017 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Central Christchurch is about to get another boost with the biggest shift yet of public servants back to the central city.

Southern Response wrongly withheld council refunds from customers

Southern Response wrongly withheld council refunds from customers

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response may owe homeowners thousands in wrongly withheld refunds.

Rolleston or Rangiora: Which is Christchurchs premier satellite town?

Rolleston or Rangiora: Which is Christchurch's premier satellite town?

Friday, 6 January 2017 9:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Rivalry is set to heat up between the booming satellite towns of Rolleston and Rangiora as new shops, schools and subdivisions open.

Canterbury earthquake memorial to open for February 22, 2017 anniversary

Canterbury earthquake memorial to open for February 22, 2017 anniversary

Friday, 6 January 2017 12:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial is on-schedule to open on the sixth anniversary of the February 22, 2011 earthquake.

Christchurch market stallholders to be homeless again after tough times

Christchurch market stallholders to be homeless again after tough times

Thursday, 5 January 2017 10:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Market stalls in central Christchurch are packing up again and their owners say they desperately need a good home.

St Germain among new eateries gearing up to open in central Christchurch

St Germain among new eateries gearing up to open in central Christchurch

Wednesday, 4 January 2017 8:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

New eateries are preparing to open their doors in central Christchurch's newly completed developments.

Treasured heritage buildings to reopen in 2017

Treasured heritage buildings to reopen in 2017

Monday, 2 January 2017 4:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Many of Christchurch's most treasured heritage buildings will reopen in 2017 after being off limits since the 2011 earthquakes.

Staff abused, wipers ripped off cars at Canterbury EQC offices as tensions erupt

Staff abused, wipers ripped off cars at Canterbury EQC offices as tensions erupt

Friday, 30 December 2016 8:51 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Wrecked company cars and threats against staff members continue to plague the Earthquake Commission (EQC) as it tries to settle thousands of unresolved insurance claims in Canterbury.

2017: When Christchurch finally goes from recovery to rebuild

2017: When Christchurch finally goes from recovery to rebuild

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 9:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

2017 is looming as the year Christchurch may finally break out of earthquake-recovery mode as major roadworks near completion and key rebuild projects get under way.

Antigua boat shed owners mark 30 years despite rough waters

Antigua boat shed owners mark 30 years despite rough waters

Monday, 26 December 2016 7:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of Antigua Boat Sheds cafe and boat hire business have notched up 30 years, but it has not all been easy paddling

Till ring long and loud in Christchurch in 2016

Till ring long and loud in Christchurch in 2016

Sunday, 25 December 2016 6:30 p.m. by MediaThePress


Christchurch retailers expect this week's Boxing Day sales will cap off a bumper 2016.

Christchurchs East Frame gets $1m bonus for transitional activities

Christchurch's East Frame gets $1m bonus for transitional activities

Saturday, 24 December 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Living is spending $1 million on public "temporary use" projects so its central Christchurch East Frame housing development does not sit an idle wasteland for years.

Council pushing ahead with Cranford Basin housing development

Council pushing ahead with Cranford Basin housing development

Friday, 23 December 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

The city council will push ahead with a plan to build houses on rural-zoned land near Northlands mall after getting the green light from the Government.

Johnny Moore: Playgrounds for young and old show Christchurch rebuild at its best

Johnny Moore: Playgrounds for young and old show Christchurch rebuild at its best

Thursday, 22 December 2016 1:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

2016 is almost over and while many will say "good riddance" to a year that dished up its fair share of surprises, it has been a year of progress in Christchurch city.

Johnny Moore: Playgrounds for young and old show Chch rebuild at its best

Johnny Moore: Playgrounds for young and old show Chch rebuild at its best

Thursday, 22 December 2016 11:42 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: 2016 is almost over and while many will say "good riddance" to a year that dished up its fair share of surprises, it has been a year of progress in Christchurch City.

Multi-million dollar playground brought the heartbeat back to the city

Multi-million dollar playground brought the heartbeat back to the city

Thursday, 22 December 2016 9:52 a.m. by MediaThePress

One year ago, a multi-million dollar playground opened in Christchurch's CBD, bringing hundreds of thousands more through the recovering city centre.

Editorial: Patchwork CBD recovery is holding us all back

Editorial: Patchwork CBD recovery is holding us all back

Thursday, 22 December 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

In a for , Mike Yardley took aim at the crumbling eyesores that dot Christchurch's CBD.

Editorial: Patchwork CDB recovery is holding us all back

Editorial: Patchwork CDB recovery is holding us all back

Thursday, 22 December 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

In a for , Mike Yardley took aim at the crumbling eyesores that dot Christchurch's CBD.

Flooding and liquefaction EQC claims forwarded through insurance companies

Flooding and liquefaction EQC claims forwarded through insurance companies

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 9:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurance companies could be holding on to Earthquake Commission (EQC) settlements they are not entitled to, a claimant warns.

William Rolleston statue returned to where he is meant to be

William Rolleston statue returned to 'where he is meant to be'

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 1:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

"It is kind of reassuring to have him back in a way. It is where he is meant to be."

Christchurch engineering firm says it could fix Lancaster Park ground for below $30m

Christchurch engineering firm says it could fix Lancaster Park ground for below $30m

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

The ground engineering firm responsible for re-levelling the Christchurch Art Gallery says it could do the same at Lancaster Park for less than $30 million.

Dates announced for construction of east frame homes

Dates announced for construction of east frame homes

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 4:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Construction of homes in Christchurch's east frame will start before Easter.

Quake Prone Buildings….again or is that still….

Quake Prone Buildings….again or is that still….

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:27 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

There has been a flurry of articles recently, about quake prone buildings.  I do not expect any action to be taken as a result of these articles.   I think that this issue is way too hard for the powers that …

Mike Yardley: Christchurch CBD revival makes the laggards look even worse

Mike Yardley: Christchurch CBD revival makes the laggards look even worse

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: There is an undeniable spring in the step of central city shoppers.

Christchurch Judge takes aim at claimants and advisers after misconceived claim

Christchurch Judge takes aim at claimants and advisers after 'misconceived' claim

Monday, 19 December 2016 5:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

The High Court has taken a swipe at Christchurch's most in demand earthquake litigation firm, saying it may have to bear responsibility for its clients' "misconceived" court action.

Earthworks imminent at site of Christchurchs new metro sports facility

Earthworks imminent at site of Christchurch's new metro sports facility

Monday, 19 December 2016 4:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

The start of earthworks at Christchurch's new metro sports facility is imminent, Crown rebuild agency Otakaro Ltd says.

Driving on Breezes Rd anything but a breeze as roadworks continue to frustrate

Driving on Breezes Rd anything but a breeze as roadworks continue to frustrate

Saturday, 17 December 2016 7:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Roadworks delays in Aranui have left many residents fed up with the ongoing road repairs.

Regenerate Christchurch lays out process, not progress, on redeveloping the red zone

Regenerate Christchurch lays out process, not progress, on redeveloping the red zone

Friday, 16 December 2016 10:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than six years after earthquakes began wrecking Christchurch's eastern Avon riverside suburbs, a plan for the red-zoned land has been released.

Class action against earthquake insurer Southern Response gets the green light

Class action against earthquake insurer Southern Response gets the green light

Friday, 16 December 2016 8:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

A class action against Southern Response has been given the green light to continue proceedings against the Canterbury earthquake insurer.

End of an era as Christchurchs Aranui High School closes

End of an era as Christchurch's Aranui High School closes

Thursday, 15 December 2016 8:21 p.m. by MediaThePress

The thought of Aranui High School being wiped "off the face of the planet" hurts for Bert Knops.

Five trees to be removed from central Christchurch street to allow for building repairs

Five trees to be removed from central Christchurch street to allow for building repairs

Thursday, 15 December 2016 7:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch resident Lindsay Carswell wants the council to hold off pulling out the trees on High St in the central city.

Lancaster Parks wrecking-ball fate all but sealed

Lancaster Park's wrecking-ball fate all but sealed

Thursday, 15 December 2016 6:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch City Council will prepare options for demolishing Lancaster Park, dismissing claims it could be repaired.

Life in the Christchurch CBD Red Zone….

Life in the Christchurch CBD Red Zone….

Thursday, 15 December 2016 9:08 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Due to the fact that the Christchurch City Council does not do any maintenance in parts of our street (ie cleaning, removing rubbish, fixing water leaks etc) in the red Zone fenced off area,  we have taken to doing our own rudimentary “street sweeping”.   It is a dirty,  wet, smelly and unhygienic mess.  We got tired of the mess being walked into our factory area!

Tower to cough up $1.6 million after withholding report from Christchurch architect

Tower to cough up $1.6 million after withholding report from Christchurch architect

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 6:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tower Insurance withheld information from a Christchurch client who has successfully sued the firm after it proposed winching his home back into place to repair it.

Business, residential development approved for Waimakariri red zone

Business, residential development approved for Waimakariri red zone

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 7:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Several red-zoned blocks of central Kaiapoi are set to be sold or leased for business and residential use under a new Government plan.

Insurers to handle quake claims

Insurers to handle quake claims

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 3:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

Private insurers will take over Kaikoura earthquake claims from the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

Lancaster Park - a rest home for aged rugby fans?

Lancaster Park - a rest home for aged rugby fans?

Monday, 12 December 2016 6:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake-damaged Lancaster Park could become a rest home for aged sports fans, a report prepared for Christchurch City Council says.

Sumner container removal a Christmas present for Christchurch

Sumner container removal a 'Christmas present' for Christchurch

Monday, 12 December 2016 5:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Contractors have removed the last of the shipping containers that lined Christchurch's quake-hit seaside suburbs.

Hospital staff must not be short-changed in Crown land swap, union warns

Hospital staff must not be 'short-changed' in Crown land swap, union warns

Sunday, 11 December 2016 4:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

The country's largest nurses' union has sought assurances Christchurch Hospital will not be "short-changed" as it looks set to trade away a car park used by nearly 300 staff.

New Christchurch city emerging as barriers come down

New Christchurch city emerging as barriers come down

Sunday, 11 December 2016 3:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

A new Christchurch central city is emerging in a rash of pre-Christmas openings and informal unveilings.

Big step forward for mansion gallery plan

Big step forward for mansion gallery plan

Thursday, 8 December 2016 6:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Public support and a Christchurch City Council grant have saved McLean's Mansion, says the man behind plans to open it as an art gallery.

Gloucester St bridge to reopen before christmas

Gloucester St bridge to reopen before christmas

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 5:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Vehicles will soon begin to pass between the ornamental ironwork railings of the Gloucester St Bridge.

Carlton Courts reopens with new businesses

Carlton Courts reopens with new businesses

Monday, 5 December 2016 7:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Carlton Courts building on one of Christchurch's busiest corners has been repaired and will become a food and drink hub again.

The politics of Christchurchs glass box rebuild

The politics of Christchurch's glass box rebuild

Monday, 5 December 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The architecture of the rebuild shouldn't be dismissed as merely a passing style. Instead its materials and spaces speak of a particular politics. I think most people intuitively understand this and I suspect it's why the city's new glass boxes receive ongoing criticism.

Goughs sell building to Dotcom lawyer

Goughs sell building to Dotcom lawyer

Friday, 2 December 2016 7:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Kim Dotcom's lawyer has bought a heritage building in central Christchurch from the Gough family at a discounted price.

Calls for faster action on 900 quake-prone buildings in Christchurch

Calls for faster action on 900 quake-prone buildings in Christchurch

Friday, 2 December 2016 5:37 a.m. by MediaThePress

The North Canterbury earthquake has triggered renewed calls for faster action on earthquake-prone buildings, despite new laws designed to speed up the process.