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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.

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.

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.

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.

Vodafone tipped as innovation anchor tenant

Vodafone tipped as innovation anchor tenant

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

Telecommunications giant Vodafone is likely to become the anchor tenant of Christchurch's innovation precinct.

Labour criticises asbestos records

Labour criticises asbestos records

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

The Labour Party has accused the Earthquake Commission of keeping poor records about asbestos found in quake-damaged homes.

Pre-quake housing levels by 2016

Pre-quake housing levels by 2016

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 2:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

Housing stock in Christchurch will return to pre-earthquake levels by 2016, the Government says.

Does Christchurch need an anti-ugly day

Does Christchurch need an 'anti-ugly day'

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 9:20 a.m. by MediaThePress

Flashing past the train in Germany the advertising sign caught my eye. "Mach was gegen Hsslich!" "Do something about ugliness." It showed brightly painted steps surrounded by grey concrete.

Concrete dust big threat to rebuild workers

Concrete dust big threat to rebuild workers

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Workers in the Christchurch rebuild are breathing in quantities of toxic concrete dust which could be a "bigger issue than asbestos," experts say.

Broken CBD could turn off rebuild workers

'Broken CBD' could turn off rebuild workers

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 12:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

A big risk to Canterbury's economic growth is any crisis of confidence in the central Christchurch rebuild, Canterbury Development Corporation chief executive Tom Hooper says.

Fletcher investigated over asbestos

Fletcher investigated over asbestos

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 8:44 a.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Construction is being investigated for its handling of asbestos during Christchurch's earthquake rebuild.

Job subsidy could be problematic

Job subsidy could be problematic

Monday, 26 May 2014 9:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

In his 2013 Budget speech, Finance Minister Bill English said the Government's contribution to the Christchurch rebuild would be $15.2 billion.

Christchurch needs smarter rebuild

Christchurch needs 'smarter' rebuild

Monday, 26 May 2014 1:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's homes need to be rebuilt ''smarter'' with insulation and clean-heating devices, the Green Party says.

Repair work at peak

Repair work at peak

Sunday, 25 May 2014 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Infrastructure repair work has hit its peak in central Christchurch.

Staples in $45m deal to build city homes

Staples in $45m deal to build city homes

Sunday, 25 May 2014 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake Commission critic Bryan Staples is entering the residential construction game after securing a $45 million joint venture with a Chinese firm.

Asbestos complaints rocketing

Asbestos complaints rocketing

Sunday, 25 May 2014 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Workers complaining of asbestos exposure in Canterbury have increased by 350 per cent following the Christchurch earthquakes.

Infrastructure repair work hits its peak

Infrastructure repair work hits its peak

Sunday, 25 May 2014 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Transport Operations Centre (CTOC) Ryan Cooney said a push for infrastructure repairs in the CBD was nearing its end.

Bid to save IRD building

Bid to save IRD building

Sunday, 25 May 2014 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Two central city buildings might be spared from the wrecker's ball and converted into apartments or retail space.

Leading Specialist Law Firm Returns to the CBD

Leading Specialist Law Firm Returns to the CBD

Friday, 23 May 2014 1:19 p.m. by PRNews Popular