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Championship swimming returns to Canterbury post earthquake

Championship swimming returns to Canterbury post earthquake

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 9:42 a.m. by MediaStuff

Championship swimming has made a triumphant return to Christchurch for the first time since the Earthquakes.

Old Calendar Girls building demolished to make way for East Frame residential development

Old Calendar Girls building demolished to make way for East Frame residential development

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 8:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's old Calendar Girls building is being pulled down, to make way for the East Frame residential development.

14-storey $30 million hotel a post-earthquake first for Christchurch

14-storey $30 million hotel a post-earthquake first for Christchurch

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 4:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch will get its first new high-rise hotel since the earthquakes at a cost of up to $30 million.

Waters Edge apartments in Ferrymead would be rebuilt lower - developer

Waters Edge apartments in Ferrymead would be rebuilt lower - developer

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 3:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Developers of the demolished Ferrymead waterfront apartments want to rebuild when they have enough interest, but say the replacement will be low-rise.

Waters Edge apartments would be rebuilt lower - developer

Waters Edge apartments would be rebuilt lower - developer

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 3:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Developers of the demolished Ferrymead waterfront apartments want to rebuild when they have enough interest, but say the replacement will be low-rise.

Poky apartments threaten central Christchurch repopulation

Poky apartments threaten central Christchurch repopulation

Monday, 25 July 2016 10:58 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch developers cramming poorly-designed apartments into small spaces are frustrating potential buyers wanting central city living.

Owners claim luxury pad flooded, insurer making factually incorrect statements

Owners claim luxury pad flooded, insurer making 'factually incorrect' statements

Friday, 22 July 2016 8:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

An $8.5 million insurance spat over a luxury Christchurch mansion is destined for the courtroom.

GeoNet turns 15 - what have we learned about earthquakes in that time?

GeoNet turns 15 - what have we learned about earthquakes in that time?

Friday, 22 July 2016 5:38 p.m. by MediaStuff

On February 22, 2011, the earth broke, ripping apart lives and wreaking havoc on Christchurch.

Green dreams for Christchurchs red zone

Green dreams for Christchurch's red zone

Friday, 22 July 2016 5:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

We are in familiar territory again – scribbling dreams of future Christchurch on bright Post-it notes and sticking them to the wall.

Christchurch needs to fight for slice of NZs tourism boom

Christchurch needs to 'fight' for slice of NZ's tourism boom

Friday, 22 July 2016 4:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch needs to become an "edgy 21st century city" if it stands a chance of attracting its share of New Zealand's tourism boom, the city council says.

Working group costs taxpayers thousands while Christ Church Cathedral decays

Working group costs taxpayers thousands while Christ Church Cathedral decays

Friday, 22 July 2016 2:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Taxpayers will stump up about $50,000 for the working party considering the fate of the derelict Christ Church Cathedral.

Older Christchurch homes with rubble foundations at risk, EQC Fix group says

Older Christchurch homes with rubble foundations at risk, EQC Fix group says

Friday, 22 July 2016 11:01 a.m. by MediaThePress

Rob Doney​ was looking forward to selling his ex-wife's rental property and moving on.

Unexpected message found in Christchurchs Sign of the Kiwi during repairs

Unexpected message found in Christchurch's Sign of the Kiwi during repairs

Friday, 22 July 2016 6:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

A group of contractors repairing the roof of Christchurch's historic Sign of the Kiwi building discovered a hidden message.

Rydges Hotel to be repaired, ex-staff may be rehired

Rydges Hotel to be repaired, ex-staff may be rehired

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 9:37 a.m. by MediaThePress

The earthquake-damaged Rydges Hotel in central Christchurch will be fixed and former staff may be called back to work there again when it reopens.

New plan offers few changes to Victoria Square, after earlier revamp rubbished

New plan offers few changes to Victoria Square, after earlier revamp rubbished

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 8:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Few changes will be made to Christchurch's Victoria Square after a proposed $7 million makeover of the site drew the ire of the public.

Top Canterbury designs shortlisted for architecture awards

Top Canterbury designs shortlisted for architecture awards

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 5:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

One in four of the projects shortlisted for the New Zealand Architecture Awards were built in Canterbury.

Spark plans new central Christchurch building for up to 700 staff

Spark plans new central Christchurch building for up to 700 staff

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 3:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Telecommunications company Spark will bring up to 700 staff back into central Christchurch in another major boost for the CBD.

Over 2818kg of hazardous materials found on Christchurch Port Hills red zone property

Over 2818kg of hazardous materials found on Christchurch Port Hills red zone property

Monday, 18 July 2016 11:38 a.m. by MediaThePress

Auditors have discovered 2818 kilograms of toxic materials on a property in Christchurch's Horotane Valley, including caustic soda, paint, and agrichemicals such as the banned pesticide DDT.

Christchurch earthquake study rebuffs lost opportunity

Christchurch earthquake study rebuffs 'lost opportunity'

Monday, 18 July 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

At least four research applications related to suicide and the Christchurch earthquakes were declined funding over the past five years.These rejected research proposals were a lost opportunity for New Zealand and the world, experts...

One of Christchurchs Sol Square buildings demolished after arson attack

One of Christchurch's Sol Square buildings demolished after arson attack

Saturday, 16 July 2016 5:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

It was the end of an era in Christchurch on Saturday as one of Sol Square's main buildings was torn down after being ravaged by fire.

Nimby stoush over High St undermines self-reliance

Nimby stoush over High St undermines self-reliance

Saturday, 16 July 2016 12:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Nimbyism (not in my backyard) is slowly distorting our basic societal values for the worse, eroding our community-centred can-do attitude.

Public Trust Office building faces demolition after removal from heritage list

Public Trust Office building faces demolition after removal from heritage list

Friday, 15 July 2016 7:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's old Public Trust office is one step closer to being demolished, after its owner successfully applied to have the building's heritage status removed.

Evan Smith cant find the words to thank son for life-saving liver gift

Evan Smith can't find the words to thank son for life-saving liver gift

Friday, 15 July 2016 1:22 p.m. by MediaStuff

Over the five years since the Christchurch earthquakes, Evan Smith has fought two very different battles.

Rangioras 140-year-old Red Lion pub to be reduced to rubble

Rangiora's 140-year-old Red Lion pub to be reduced to rubble

Friday, 15 July 2016 9:31 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Red Lion will roar no more as the historic Rangiora pub is set to be pulled down.

North Canterburys 140-year-old Red Lion to be reduced to rubble

North Canterbury's 140-year-old Red Lion to be reduced to rubble

Friday, 15 July 2016 8:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Red Lion will roar no more as the historic Canterbury pub in Rangiora is set to be pulled down.

Office sharing becoming new trend for Christchurch businesses

Office sharing becoming new trend for Christchurch businesses

Friday, 15 July 2016 8:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Shared spaces, co-working, hot-desking, desk-surfing. Whatever you call it, there is no denying it's a growing trend.Gabrielle Stuart spoke to some of the many Christchurch business people moving out of their offices and choosing...

DCL and Otakaro, leading Christchurchs rebuild getting paid outrageous salaries

DCL and Otakaro, leading Christchurch's rebuild getting paid outrageous salaries

Friday, 15 July 2016 8:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Two publicly-owned companies spearheading the city's rebuild have average salary rates in excess of $120,000.Development Christchurch Ltd, a city council controlled organisation, could average about $135,714, while Otakaro Ltd,...

Cost of rebuilding Christchurch homes after earthquake rising to 40%

Cost of rebuilding Christchurch homes after earthquake rising to 40%

Friday, 15 July 2016 8:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Since the earthquakes, the cost of building new homes in Canterbury has risen by nearly 40 per cent.Subdivisions have multiplied, with almost 15,000 new homes in Christchurch consented since January 2011, together worth more than...

Gerry Brownlee denies blame for failed Breathe residential project

Gerry Brownlee denies blame for failed Breathe residential project

Thursday, 14 July 2016 4:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

The developer behind a failed urban village claims his Chinese backers pulled out because of comments Gerry Brownlee made.

Cash-strapped insurance service gets $50,000 Christchurch council grant

Cash-strapped insurance service gets $50,000 Christchurch council grant

Thursday, 14 July 2016 3:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

An insurance advocacy service struggling to help Christchurch's earthquake-hit homeowners has received a much-needed cash injection.

What will become of the Avon River red zone?

What will become of the Avon River red zone?

Thursday, 14 July 2016 2:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Council-owned Orions assets now valued at over $1.1 billion

Council-owned Orion's assets now valued at over $1.1 billion

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 8:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Orion's profit after tax in 2016 is $53 million â€“ $4.6m above the company's target for the year, it has announced.

EQC writes off earthquake repair excesses

EQC writes off earthquake repair excesses

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 5:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Only half the homeowners billed for insurance excesses by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) are paying on time, and many are having their debts written off.

Meet Christchurchs real rock stars

Meet Christchurch's real 'rock stars'

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 2:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tension is in the air as the explosives are eased into place. The rock stars are ready to roll.

Festa street party returns to Christchurch in October with recycling bang

Festa street party returns to Christchurch in October with recycling bang

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 12:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Festival of Transitional Architecture will return on Labour Day weekend and the hunt is on for waste products that can be incorporated into temporary installations.

Owner of central Christchurch buildings commits to city as High Court proceedings settle

Owner of central Christchurch buildings commits to city as High Court proceedings settle

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 8:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owner of multiple buildings on the doorstep of Christchurch's convention centre has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement and committed to restoring the properties.

Fix for flooding problems may cost more and take longer

Fix for flooding problems may cost more and take longer

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 12:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Solving Christchurch's flooding woes might cost more and take longer to fix as the city council weighs up the risk of future natural hazards.

Christchurch bus stops slip between cracks of public transport battle

Christchurch bus stops slip between cracks of public transport battle

Monday, 11 July 2016 8:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

While two councils battle for control over Christchurch's transport network, most of the city's bus stops don't have shelter, seats, or a rubbish bin.

Taxpayer dollars frittered away on school patch-up jobs, say Christchurch principals

Taxpayer dollars frittered away on school patch-up jobs, say Christchurch principals

Monday, 11 July 2016 7:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch principals are frustrated they have to use their budgets on patch-up jobs and essential maintenance instead of creating modern learning environments.

Complex background to Christchurch Crossing car park deal

Complex background to Christchurch Crossing car park deal

Sunday, 10 July 2016 6:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council is considering releasing information about a commercially-sensitive car parking deal it made with a high-profile developer.

New campaign says Christchurch is the best place in the world to be a Kiwi

New campaign says Christchurch is 'the best place in the world to be a Kiwi'

Sunday, 10 July 2016 4:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's "Goldilocks" balance between size, affordability and outdoor opportunities makes it the best place to a Kiwi, new research says.

Labour would underwrite risk in Christchurchs east frame

Labour would 'underwrite risk' in Christchurch's east frame

Sunday, 10 July 2016 2:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Labour Party has taken aim at a major residential development in central Christchurch, saying the Government needs to do more to ensure homes are built.

Christchurch, the best place in the world, to be a Kiwi, to live the Kiwi dream!

Christchurch, 'the best place in the world, to be a Kiwi, to live the Kiwi dream!'

Friday, 8 July 2016 10:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

Since arriving with my family two and half years ago I've enjoyed many conversations, both private and professional, about where our city's at and what Christchurch should be in the future.

Busy school crossing has Christchurch parents sweating, with four crashes in six weeks

Busy school crossing has Christchurch parents sweating, with 'four crashes in six weeks'

Friday, 8 July 2016 6:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher McClelland's scooter is parked sideways across the narrow footpath. It's dark and it's cold, but the 11-year-old's main concern is the fast-moving morning traffic as he tries to cross Farrington Ave on his way to Breens Intermediate.

Busy school crossing has Christchurch parents worried: Four crashes in six weeks

Busy school crossing has Christchurch parents worried: 'Four crashes in six weeks'

Friday, 8 July 2016 6:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher McClelland's scooter is parked sideways across the narrow footpath. It's dark and it's cold, but the 11-year-old's main concern is the fast-moving morning traffic as he tries to cross Farrington Ave on his way to Breens Intermediate.

Christchurch City Councils $28m car parking deal

Christchurch City Council's $28m car parking deal

Friday, 8 July 2016 6:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Details are emerging of a car parking deal with one of Christchurch's high-profile developers, as the battle for control of the central city heats up.

Tom Hooper: We need to be fighting for the city, not fighting over it

Tom Hooper: We need to be fighting for the city, not fighting over it

Friday, 8 July 2016 10:28 a.m. by MediaThePress

It is really sad to see the very public battle playing out over development within the Innovation Precinct. It looks and feels like a confrontational approach and has quickly escalated into pending legal action that would be better avoided.

Christchurchs Blueprint legacy four years on: It is people, it is people, it is people

Christchurch's Blueprint legacy four years on: It is people, it is people, it is people

Friday, 8 July 2016 9:29 a.m. by MediaThePress

In the four years since the Blueprint for Christchurch was revealed, promising that Christchurch would again have a central city, there have been countless words written analysing its progress and process.

Two interested buyers for historic, earthquake-damaged McLeans Mansion after demolition ban

Two interested buyers for historic, earthquake-damaged McLean's Mansion after demolition ban

Thursday, 7 July 2016 5:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of historic Christchurch homestead McLean's Mansion are talking to two potential buyers for the earthquake-damaged building after a court barred them from demolishing it.

Five years after quake damage, Govt announces working party for cathedral

Five years after quake damage, Govt announces 'working party' for cathedral

Thursday, 7 July 2016 4:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

After five years of dereliction, legal spats and uncertainty, the Government has appointed a working party to consider options for the Christ Church Cathedral.

Developer Alasdair Cassels on working party to decide Christ Church Cathedral fate

Developer Alasdair Cassels on 'working party' to decide Christ Church Cathedral fate

Thursday, 7 July 2016 1:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

High-profile Christchurch developer Alasdair Cassels will help decide the fate of Christ Church Cathedral.

Cashmere High School unveils $21.8 million rebuild proposal

Cashmere High School unveils $21.8 million rebuild proposal

Thursday, 7 July 2016 8:45 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's Cashmere High School is preparing to embark on a major $21.8 million dollar upgrade.

Christchurch City Council to negotiate improved insurance cover for pipes

Christchurch City Council to negotiate improved insurance cover for pipes

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 4:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch City Council is attempting to negotiate more insurance cover for its $6.3 billion worth of underground assets after just 1.6 per cent of those assets are insured.

High St master plan fuels dispute between Christchurch developers

High St master plan fuels dispute between Christchurch developers

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 7:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

A circulating master plan is fuelling debate over the innovation precinct's disputed $50 million McKenzie and Willis redevelopment.

Rapaki residents hope concrete wall will protect against falling rocks

Rapaki residents hope concrete wall will protect against falling rocks

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 6:13 p.m. by MediaStuff

On a ridge above Henry Couch's home sits a row of 17 square concrete blocks, each weighing 2.25 tonnes.

They look heavy, like nothing would move them.

"They've got to be," Couch said.

His property is one of 11 in the marae-based community of Rapaki, in Lyttelton Harbour, red-zoned because of the risk of rock fall. In the February 2011 earthquake, boulders rained down from the hill above the settlement. One, the size of a car, left a gaping hole in his nephew's house. T ...

Residents reject housing intensification plan for parts of Christchurch

Residents reject housing intensification plan for parts of Christchurch

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch residents want a Government-backed proposal to increase housing density scrapped, saying their property values and quality of life will be jeopardised.

Christchurch officials should experiment more - expert

Christchurch officials should experiment more - expert

Monday, 4 July 2016 5:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch officials should experiment more, a visiting expert on urbanism says.

Rapaki sites now reservation, but families hope to return

Rapaki sites now reservation, but families hope to return

Monday, 4 July 2016 7:03 a.m. by MediaThePress

Red-zoned residents from the Lyttelton harbourside settlement of Rapaki hope to one day re-occupy their land.

Housing New Zealand ticks off Christchurch milestone

Housing New Zealand ticks off Christchurch milestone

Sunday, 3 July 2016 2:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

It was one of the biggest social housing challenges ever attempted – to repair 5000 quake damaged homes and to build 700 new ones – in less than three years, at a time when Christchurch and Canterbury were still reeling from the worst sequence of earthquakes ever to hit New Zealand.