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Migrant workers welcome chance to make Christchurch home

Migrant workers welcome chance to make Christchurch home

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 3:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

Two Christchurch migrant rebuild workers are happy the Government is giving them a better chance to call the South Island their permanent home.

Huge wave of support for locally-led recovery

'Huge wave of support' for locally-led recovery

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 9:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Campaigns to promote a locally-led recovery for the next five years have generated hundreds of public submissions in a few days.

EQC engineer Graeme Robinson wins appeal

EQC engineer Graeme Robinson wins appeal

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 9:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission's (EQC) top engineer has won an appeal against findings he was negligent and incompetent.

Protest over Sydenham dump

Protest over Sydenham 'dump'

Monday, 27 July 2015 3:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Sydenham business owners and residents have protested against plans for a waste transfer facility they fear will bring dust, traffic and smells to the suburb.

Eclectic bunch turn out for earthquake recovery talk

Eclectic bunch turn out for earthquake recovery talk

Sunday, 26 July 2015 1:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

It was an eclectic blend involving city councillors, scholars and even a former government employee but all were singing from the same song sheet when it came to handling the next phase of the city's rebuild.

Who will run the rebuild of Christchurch?

Who will run the rebuild of Christchurch?

Friday, 24 July 2015 6:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

What is the collective term? A fug of conspirators? It is Tuesday night and ex-Christchurch mayor Garry Moore is ring-leading a group of disaffected citizens down at his son's bar, Smash Palace.

Former Mayor Gary Moore calls for council-led recovery in Christchurch

Former Mayor Gary Moore calls for council-led recovery in Christchurch

Friday, 24 July 2015 2:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Former Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore is spearheading a group calling for a city council-led earthquake recovery.

Redcliffs New World supermarket open for business in October

Redcliffs New World supermarket open for business in October

Thursday, 23 July 2015 9:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Redcliffs will soon have a new supermarket more than four years after it was wrecked by the Christchurch earthquake.

OPINION: Gerry Brownlee menus a step too far

OPINION: Gerry Brownlee menus a step too far

Thursday, 23 July 2015 1:06 p.m. by MediaThePress


When I first saw C1 Espresso's latest menu featuring Gerry Brownlee in his underwear as a "dress up" paper doll, I chuckled.

BNZ House in Cathedral Square to be demolished

BNZ House in Cathedral Square to be demolished

Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:55 a.m. by MediaThePress

The boarded up and graffitied former BNZ House in Christchurch's Cathedral Square has at last been sold and will be demolished.

Old BNZ House to come down

Old BNZ House to come down

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

The boarded up and graffitied former BNZ House in Christchurch's Cathedral Square has at last been sold and will be demolished.

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 164… No end in sight yet….

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 164… No end in sight yet….

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 8:04 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Whats new in High Street: I have been waiting now for over 8 months  (plus 4 years) for the much promised Public Realm Lane ways network plan for the Innovation precinct. The lack of the plan is holding up development …

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 8:04 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Whats new in High Street: I have been waiting now for over 8 months for the much promised Public Realm Lane ways network plan for the Innovation precinct. The lack of the plan is holding up development in the precinct. …

EQC and Cera PR budget going through the roof

EQC and Cera PR budget 'going through the roof'

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 2:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has created "an army of spin doctors" to defend its earthquake recovery organisations, a Labour MP says.

Filipino rebuild workers reluctant to speak about exploitation

Filipino rebuild workers reluctant to speak about exploitation

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:42 a.m. by MediaThePress

Migrant workers involved in the Christchurch rebuild are vulnerable to exploitation and poor living conditions – especially those from the Philippines.

Office administrator allegedly stole $107,000 from rebuild firm

Office administrator allegedly stole $107,000 from rebuild firm

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:36 a.m. by MediaThePress

A 40-year-old office administrator charged with stealing $107,445 from a Christchurch rebuild firm has been granted a registrar's remand without plea at the Christchurch District Court.

Filipino rebuild workers reluctant to speak out about exploitation, report finds

Filipino rebuild workers reluctant to speak out about exploitation, report finds

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:32 a.m. by MediaThePress

Migrant workers involved in the Christchurch rebuild are vulnerable to exploitation and poor living conditions - especially those from the Philippines.

Daughter of top EQC manager Gail Kettle removed from claim

Daughter of top EQC manager Gail Kettle removed from claim

Monday, 20 July 2015 9:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

The daughter of one of the Earthquake Commission's top bosses has been taken off a Christchurch case after complaints about her conduct and expertise.

URGENT ACTION: IAG Cannot be Allowed to Wind up AMI Insurance Ltd

URGENT ACTION: IAG Cannot be Allowed to Wind up AMI Insurance Ltd

Monday, 20 July 2015 10:50 a.m. by Claimants4Claimants Popular

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Restoring heritage for citys future

Restoring heritage for city's future

Monday, 20 July 2015 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Restoring all but one of the 23 Arts Centre of Christchurch heritage buildings damaged in the 2011 earthquakes is a multimillion-dollar project requiring years of time and investment.What drives chief executive Andre Lovatt is the...

Christchurch growth has hit peak: Westpac

Christchurch growth has hit peak: Westpac

Monday, 20 July 2015 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Though most of the post-earthquake reconstruction work in Canterbury remains to be done, the rebuild's positive contribution to economic growth has just about peaked, Westpac economists believe.The rebuild has represented a large,...

Cera doubles its communications budget

Cera doubles its communications budget

Sunday, 19 July 2015 8:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) has almost doubled its communication budget and increased its public relations staff by a third in the past two years.

Alarm at high level of silica in rebuild

Alarm at high level of silica in rebuild

Saturday, 18 July 2015 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Some people working to rebuild Christchurch have been exposed to high levels of a chemical compound linked to lung disease and other health hazards.

Experts differ on whether Christchurch rebuild has peaked

Experts differ on whether Christchurch rebuild has peaked

Friday, 17 July 2015 9:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than $100 million a week is being spent in Christchurch as the post-quake rebuild reaches its peak, economists say.

Is the Canterbury rebuild is hitting its peak

Is the Canterbury rebuild is hitting its peak

Friday, 17 July 2015 5:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

The construction sector and the rebuild is pretty much as big as it's going to get, a couple of pundits think.

Economist predicts record low for official interest rates

Economist predicts record low for official interest rates

Friday, 17 July 2015 11:20 a.m. by MediaThePress

An economist is predicting the Reserve Bank will soon cut the Official Cash Rate to a historic low.

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch…

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch…

Thursday, 16 July 2015 4:41 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

I notice that my infamy has spread beyond New Zealand

Waste facility a kick in the gut for Sydenham

Waste facility 'a kick in the gut' for Sydenham

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 9:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Sydenham business owners and residents are rallying against the approval of a waste transfer facility they claim will bring dust, traffic and smells to the suburb.

Proposed EQC changes weak - Massey Uni lecturer Michael Naylor

Proposed EQC changes 'weak' - Massey Uni lecturer Michael Naylor

Monday, 13 July 2015 6:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Proposals to overhaul the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Act are weak, unimaginative and still leave homeowners "stuck in the quagmire of the two insurer problem", an academic says.

Christchurch concrete pour sets rebuild record

Christchurch concrete pour sets rebuild record

Monday, 13 July 2015 8:51 a.m. by MediaThePress

A construction firm has performed the largest single concrete pour of Canterbury's rebuild to date.

Rugby: Stadium issue must be solved for Christchurch

Rugby: Stadium issue must be solved for Christchurch

Saturday, 11 July 2015 7:13 p.m. by MediaHerald

Missing out on big matches could become the new normal for Christchurch after failing to secure a test in the 2017 Lions tour.The decision to award two tests to Eden Park and the third to Westpac Stadium should be a wake-up call...

Rebuild milestone for east Christchurch looming

Rebuild milestone for east Christchurch looming

Friday, 10 July 2015 7:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch electricity company Orion is planning to switch power supplies to new underground power cables in east Christchurch by the end of this year - a year behind schedule.

Five reasons to have your say on Christchurchs future

Five reasons to have your say on Christchurch's future

Thursday, 9 July 2015 10:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

After the quakes, many decisions were made without public consultation - everything was an emergency.

EQC charges homeowner $200 for a phone call

EQC charges homeowner $200 for a phone call

Thursday, 9 July 2015 10:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Some quake-hit Canterbury homeowners are angry over receiving an invoice forexcess payments on their Earthquake Commission (EQC) repairs.

Gerry Brownlee cancels party over accusations of improper relationship with businesses

Gerry Brownlee cancels party over accusations of improper relationship with businesses

Thursday, 9 July 2015 6:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has cancelled his own party because of a "conspiracy theorist" claim of favouritism in the rebuild.

Breathe runners up want to take on stalled project

Breathe runners up want to take on stalled project

Thursday, 9 July 2015 4:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

The runners up in a competition to develop a $30 million urban village in Christchurch's central city have offered to take on the stalled project.

Christchurch Town Hall restoration contract signed

Christchurch Town Hall restoration contract signed

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 10:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

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Westende House – A Photo Opportunity for National?

Westende House – A Photo Opportunity for National?

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 2:06 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Around the corner from High Street, proceeding with more speed than anything else in Christchurch, silently, stealthfully and unnoticed by the media, the demolition of the undamaged Westende Building (2012)  progresses. With no “cover boy” photo opportunities wanted by anyone (and not a Member of Parliament to be seen)  this 2-year-old building joins the 100’s of other buildings from the central city at the refuse station.

Duncan Cotterill (Knox) Plaza achieves BASE rating

Duncan Cotterill (Knox) Plaza achieves BASE rating

Tuesday, 7 July 2015 2:23 p.m. by PRNews Popular

 

Christchurch rebuild: From recovery to regeneration

Christchurch rebuild: From recovery to 'regeneration'

Tuesday, 7 July 2015 11:32 a.m. by MediaThePress

Last week Prime Minister John Key announced .

Mike Yardley: City Council-led rebuild would be cataclysmic

Mike Yardley: City Council-led rebuild would be 'cataclysmic'

Tuesday, 7 July 2015 7:05 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: I'm somewhat staggered that so many people were hoping the Prime Minister's big reveal last Thursday would be to hand back full control of Christchurch to the city council.

Major changes to EQC Act proposed

Major changes to EQC Act proposed

Monday, 6 July 2015 4:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers are backing a proposal for major changes to the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Act.

Brownlee Baiting……

Brownlee Baiting……

Monday, 6 July 2015 10:19 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Interesting article in the Press this morning by Barnaby Bennett.  I particularly enjoyed his comments about heritage and the existing buildings. “Exhibit 5: He was wrong about heritage and existing buildings. Dr Jessica Halliday explains this best in her essay …

Tim Smit dreams of an Eden in Christchurch

Tim Smit dreams of an Eden in Christchurch

Friday, 3 July 2015 11:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

On Thursday night at the Canterbury Club, among the worthies and the men in suits, Sir Tim Smit was the scruffiest man in the room in his blue shirt and faded jeans. But he was also the person everyone else had come to hear.

Council claws back rebuild power

Council claws back rebuild power

Friday, 3 July 2015 5:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

The city council clawed back some power from the Government just days before a new plan for Canterbury's earthquake rebuild was released.

Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee slates Breathe Urban Village

Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee slates Breathe Urban Village

Friday, 3 July 2015 12:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

A $30 million urban village planned for central Christchurch "should never have started in the first place", Gerry Brownlee says.

Tales of success and disaster help inspire the rebuild of the Court Theatre

Tales of success and disaster help inspire the rebuild of the Court Theatre

Friday, 3 July 2015 10:23 a.m. by MediaThePress

On a sunny winter's afternoon in central Christchurch, music echoes across an empty place of gravel.

Christchurchs convention centre could be scaled down

Christchurch's convention centre could be scaled down

Thursday, 2 July 2015 11:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new convention centre could be downsized, Prime Minister John Key says.

Fletcher Residential wins $800m Christchurch housing project

Fletcher Residential wins $800m Christchurch housing project

Thursday, 2 July 2015 1:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Residential will buy land from the Government to develop nearly 1000 townhouses in central Christchurch, Prime Minister John Key has announced.

Developer chosen for inner city neighbourhoods

Developer chosen for inner city neighbourhoods

Thursday, 2 July 2015 1:29 p.m. by GovtBeehive Featured Popular

The new inner Christchurch frame residential living. 

John Key Speech: Plans for earthquake recovery laws

John Key Speech: Plans for earthquake recovery laws

Thursday, 2 July 2015 1:24 p.m. by GovtBeehive Featured Popular

New legislation to replace Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act

New legislation to replace Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act

Thursday, 2 July 2015 1:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

A new entity named Regenerate Christchurch will help take over the management of the city's rebuild from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera), Prime Minister John Key has revealed.

Major Christchurch recovery announcements expected

Major Christchurch recovery announcements expected

Wednesday, 1 July 2015 10:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

New power structures for Canterbury's recovery are expected to be revealed on Thursday.

East frame renaming disappointing and a waste of resources

East frame renaming 'disappointing' and 'a waste of resources'

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 7:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

An plan to rename a major residential development in central Christchurch has been labelled "disappointing" and "a waste of resources".