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Family dismayed at pools demise

Family dismayed at pool's demise

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The daughter of New Zealand children's author Margaret Mahy is "disappointed" that Centennial Pool is being demolished to make way for an inner-city playground named after her late mother.

Stadium site eyed for prefab homes

Stadium site eyed for prefab homes

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Land earmarked for Christchurch's new sports stadium is being touted as a potential site for hundreds of prefabricated apartments planned for the central city.

Save The Suburb

Save The Suburb

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 3:02 p.m. by Swiggs Popular

Christchurch has the opportunity right now to move forward in many positive ways.

Pop-ups could save the CBD

Pop-ups could save the CBD

Monday, 16 June 2014 11:07 a.m. by MediaThePress

Pop-up restaurants should be part of a more vibrant visitor experience within and around the still empty Cathedral Square, Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism boss Tim Hunter says.

Crusader positive about city rebuild

Crusader positive about city rebuild

Monday, 16 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

I've never met anyone so positive about Christchurch and the rebuild.

Spending 30 minutes with Andy Ellis

Spending 30 minutes with Andy Ellis

Monday, 16 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

I've never met anyone so positive about Christchurch and the rebuild.

Life in a container house

Life in a container house

Saturday, 14 June 2014 6:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

It may have taken the quakes to make us look anew at the versatility of the shipping container, but some have long recognised the big boxes' potential for more than moving goods. Ady Shannon looks at life inside a container home.

SCIRT bosses juggling act

SCIRT bosses juggling act

Saturday, 14 June 2014 8:33 a.m. by MediaThePress

It's one of the least sexy words in the rebuild lexicon. Infrastructure. BECK ELEVEN talks to Duncan Gibb of SCIRT, the man in charge of managing the city's pipes, roads and drainage, and learns it's all about people.

SCIRT boss juggling act

SCIRT boss' juggling act

Saturday, 14 June 2014 8:33 a.m. by MediaThePress

It's one of the least sexy words in the rebuild lexicon. Infrastructure. BECK ELEVEN talks to Duncan Gibb of SCIRT, the man in charge of managing the city's pipes, roads and drainage, and learns it's all about people.

Video captures Re:Start Malls move

Video captures Re:Start Mall's move

Friday, 13 June 2014 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

It took 75 crane lifts to move more than 100 Re:Start Mall containers, but sleep-deprived contractors made it happen within 10 days.

New start for Re:START Mall

New start for Re:START Mall

Friday, 13 June 2014 12:04 p.m. by GovtCera

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has today launched an exciting new phase for Christchurch's Re:START Mall by opening a new site for the iconic container shops.

Music centre kick-starts arts precinct

Music centre kick-starts arts precinct

Friday, 13 June 2014 6:44 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's performing arts precinct has been kick-started with the Government committing to buying more land for the project and promising a vibrant arts community in the heart of the city.

Cera has enormous public relations team

Cera has enormous public relations team

Friday, 13 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) has the highest proportion of communications staff of any other Government department.

Roger Sutton looks back on three Cera years

Roger Sutton looks back on three Cera years

Friday, 13 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Roger Sutton does not see himself as Canterbury's earthquake boss after 2016.

Chapel on the road again

Chapel on the road again

Friday, 13 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Mission's historic chapel negotiated its way through city traffic to a new home yesterday. 

Ceras level of comms staff under the spotlight

Cera's level of comms staff under the spotlight

Friday, 13 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) has the highest proportion of communications staff of any other Government department.

Sutton looks back on achievements at Cera

Sutton looks back on achievements at Cera

Friday, 13 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Roger Sutton does not see himself as Canterbury's earthquake boss after 2016.

Music centre to kick off arts precinct

Music centre to kick off arts precinct

Thursday, 12 June 2014 2:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

Construction of Christchurch's music centre will start before the end of the year, the Government has announced.

Govt may raise rebuild contribution to $20b

Govt may raise rebuild contribution to $20b

Thursday, 12 June 2014 12:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government's contribution to the rebuild of Christchurch was likely to end up as high as $20 billion, Prime Minister John Key says.

Key tipped to deliver on arts precinct

Key tipped to deliver on arts precinct

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Prime Minister John Key is expected to announce positive news about the future of Christchurch's performing arts precinct during a visit to the city today.

Red-zone houses can be re-used

Red-zone houses can be re-used

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 2:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Abandoned, forlorn and almost, but not quite, forgotten: The fate of hundreds of Christchurch's red-zone homes hangs in the balance.

End Christchurchs insurance ransom

End Christchurch's insurance 'ransom'

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Three years on from the Christchurch earthquakes, we asked readers what one thing they would fix about the city now. says insurance companies need to up their game. 

Rebuild spend in $10b blowout

Rebuild spend in $10b blowout

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

The total spend for the earthquake rebuild could grow to $50 billion, another $10b above the official estimate, says Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce boss Peter Townsend.

Centennial Pool complex coming down

Centennial Pool complex coming down

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 2:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Demolition of the Centennial Pool complex will begin next week in order to make way for a new playground.

Rebuild to be slower and flatter, survey finds

Rebuild to be slower and flatter, survey finds

Monday, 9 June 2014 9:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Canterbury rebuild will be "longer, slower and flatter", with the peak now a year later in 2016, according to a new confidence survey.

New Muscle Slab[TM] foundation design ideal for Christchurch TC2 & TC3

New Muscle Slab[TM] foundation design ideal for Christchurch TC2 & TC3

Monday, 9 June 2014 5:54 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Press release, Monday 9 June 2014, msHAPPEN Ltd, Christchurch, NZ: A new ready-to-build slab foundation system called Muscle Slab[TM] is now available for quake damaged homes in Christchurch. Designed and developed by consulting engineers, Bekker Engineering Design NZ, the new Muscle Slab system is ideal for TC2 and TC3 properties that are to be repaired or rebuilt.

Nearly 400 new hotel rooms for Christchurch

Nearly 400 new hotel rooms for Christchurch

Monday, 9 June 2014 10:29 a.m. by MediaThePress

Significant new hotel projects are underway which could add about 395 rooms to Christchurch's visitor accommodation in the next 18 months.

Labour promises quake Court and flooding work

Labour promises quake Court and flooding work

Monday, 9 June 2014 9:29 a.m. by MediaStuff

Labour says it will send in army engineers to get flood protection work done in Christchurch if that's what it takes to fix the problem.

EQC cheque buoys council home repairs

EQC cheque buoys council home repairs

Monday, 9 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council's social housing repair and rebuild programme has received a $15 million cash injection from the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

Anchor tenant confirmed for Cashel St

Anchor tenant confirmed for Cashel St

Friday, 6 June 2014 2:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

A major office tenant is returning to the city centre with a new six-storey building.

Investing in Christchurch – the new PwC Centre

Investing in Christchurch – the new PwC Centre

Friday, 6 June 2014 10:59 a.m. by PRNews Popular

Canty economy booming but costs up

Canty economy booming but costs up

Friday, 6 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Cantabrians face some of the biggest increases in living costs in the country.

Big resurgence in NZ house-building

Big resurgence in NZ house-building

Thursday, 5 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Auckland and Christchurch's rapid house-building resurgence has surprised and delighted economists as it hit the highest level since 2002.NZIER principal economist Shamubeel Eaqub said a strong recovery was coming through in the...

Corbel concentrating on bigger builds

Corbel concentrating on bigger builds

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 12:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch building firm Corbel Construction is placing more emphasis on larger commercial building projects, although it is still busy with earthquake repairs and residential projects.

Building work races ahead

Building work races ahead

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 12:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Building work boomed in the March quarter, led by home building in Canterbury.

Is city living a tempting lifestyle?

Is city living a tempting lifestyle?

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 10:38 a.m. by MediaThePress

Would you want to live in the central city? In Christchurch, with its broken buildings, empty rubble-strewn sites, lack of parking, and rough slalom-course roads lined with orange cones? You must be joking - or so many people might suppose.

Theatre Royal sets opening date

Theatre Royal sets opening date

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 7:55 a.m. by MediaThePress

The restored Isaac Theatre Royal will reopen in central Christchurch on November 17.

Re: Start Mall is on the move

Re: Start Mall is on the move

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Workmen were last night preparing to move shipping containers in Christchurch's Re:Start mall.

Building giants squeeze small firms

Building giants 'squeeze' small firms

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Claims about anti-competitive practices in New Zealand's plasterboard market have been added to by a former Christchurch building sector worker who says he has first-hand experience of it.

Red-zone demos reveal green space

Red-zone demos reveal green space

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 2:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) has cleared 4433 properties in the red zone so far.

Vodafone commits to Chch CBD

Vodafone commits to Chch CBD

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 1:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch is to become home to one of six high-tech ''playpens'' for start-ups worldwide in Vodafone's new South Island headquarters.

Vodafone to develop new Christchurch facilities in the heart of Innovation Precinct

Vodafone to develop new Christchurch facilities in the heart of Innovation Precinct

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 11:18 a.m. by VodafoneNZ Popular

Vodafone New Zealand is to establish a $50 million South Island headquarters in the heart of Christchurch’s new Innovation Precinct.

Innovation Precinct update… “why are we waiting?…

Innovation Precinct update… “why are we waiting?…

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 9:47 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

The rumours about Vodafone in the innovation precinct have been bubbling away for months and all the while CERA/CCDU/MBIE has been delaying the release of the “Innovation Precinct plans” until they could “find, bribe, con, secure” – take your pick, an anchor tenant. Looks like Vodafone is to be the “anchor tenant” they have so desperately wanted. Why they needed an anchor tenant is a bit of a moot point, but it was they only way they could stick with the ...

Rebuild workers hired as contractors miss out

Rebuild workers hired as 'contractors' miss out

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 8:52 a.m. by MediaThePress

Hundreds of rebuild workers might be missing out on ACC cover, holiday pay, sick leave and KiwiSaver because they are hired as contractors when they should be employees.

Rebuild at a turning point

Rebuild 'at a turning point'

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The rebuild of Christchurch's CBD is finally starting to happen, city leaders and investors say.

Christchurch container mall makes way for permanent rebuild

Christchurch container mall makes way for permanent rebuild

Monday, 2 June 2014 3:43 p.m. by Media3News

Retailers at Christchurch's Re:START container mall have spent the day packing up their shops so that relocating the containers can begin tomorrow.

Theatre company moving into CBD

Theatre company moving into CBD

Sunday, 1 June 2014 11:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

An experimental theatre company is moving into the former Academy Cinema building in the Christchurch Arts Centre.

Debate over costs gap

Debate over costs gap

Sunday, 1 June 2014 11:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

In 2013 the Government put aside $2.3 billion in its budget for rebuilding Christchurch's quake-damaged horizontal infrastructure.

Battle to save cathedral far from over

Battle to save cathedral far from over

Sunday, 1 June 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

A group of Anglicans in a small Canterbury community are vowing to take the battle for Christ Church Cathedral to the court of public opinion after a judge lifted a stay on a planned demolition of the 110-year-old building.

Future Chch: Mini-Melbourne or maxi-Ashburton?

Future Chch: Mini-Melbourne or maxi-Ashburton?

Saturday, 31 May 2014 2:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Will the new Christchurch be a mini-Melbourne or a maxi-Ashburton? Architect Peter Marshall of Warren and Mahoney tells PHILIP MATTHEWS about his vision for the city.

What will our new city look like?

What will our new city look like?

Saturday, 31 May 2014 2:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Will the new Christchurch be a mini-Melbourne or a maxi-Ashburton? Architect Peter Marshall of Warren and Mahoney tells PHILIP MATTHEWS about his vision for the city.

Rebuild paying own way - leaders

Rebuild paying own way - leaders

Saturday, 31 May 2014 12:05 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch leaders say it is a nonsense that Canterbury is guzzling funds from the Government and taxpayer for the rebuild.

Record number of home consents

Record number of home consents

Friday, 30 May 2014 1:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

More new homes are being approved for Christchurch than at any time on record, as the rebuild gathers pace.

Gerry Brownlee: Asbestos management the best

Gerry Brownlee: Asbestos management 'the best'

Friday, 30 May 2014 10:58 a.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Canterbury Home Repair Programme (CHRP) is "one of the best examples of asbestos investigation and management in New Zealand".

Asbestos risk unresolved

Asbestos risk unresolved

Friday, 30 May 2014 8:22 a.m. by MediaThePress

Authorities dealing with Christchurch's rebuild were still discussing the best way to handle asbestos in quake-damaged homes in late 2012, documents show. 

Website to dob in building rorts

Website to dob in building rorts

Friday, 30 May 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

The Commerce Commission is so concerned about construction industry cartels, price-fixing and bid-rigging that it has launched a website calling for whistleblowers.

Re:Start Mall on the move

Re:Start Mall on the move

Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Re:Start Mall businesses are preparing to shift to another site to make way for a $100 million retail precinct development. 

Housing target optimistic - builders

Housing target optimistic - builders

Thursday, 29 May 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Frustrating delays mean a Government target of replenishing Christchurch city's housing stock by 2016 is optimistic, builders say.