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Tony Astle takes over vacant Christchurch Art Gallery restaurant

Tony Astle takes over vacant Christchurch Art Gallery restaurant

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 2:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Art Gallery's restaurant – closed since the earthquakes – will be reopened by well-known restaurateur Tony Astle.

Christchurch population steadies after leakage to districts

Christchurch population steadies after leakage to districts

Monday, 20 February 2017 11:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

The flight by Christchurch residents to neighbouring districts has subsided, with the city's population returning to pre-earthquake levels.

Bruce Springsteen has Christchurch earthquake hero Michael Harford on his side

Bruce Springsteen has Christchurch earthquake hero Michael Harford on his side

Monday, 20 February 2017 6:38 p.m. by MediaStuff

Michael Harford stands on the grass at AMI Stadium and looks up at the stage he's helping build for Bruce Springsteen's Christchurch concert. The moment is bittersweet.

Growing calls for lifelong visas to be granted to Chinese parents who lost children in the quake

Growing calls for lifelong visas to be granted to Chinese parents who lost children in the quake

Monday, 20 February 2017 6:38 p.m. by MediaHerald

Pressure is mounting for the Government to reconsider the plea for lifelong visitor visas from Chinese parents who lost their only child in the Christchurch earthquake.These parents - known as shidu parents because they lost the...

Christchurch earthquake memorial designer Grega Vezjak wins another memorial competition, in Kentucky

Christchurch earthquake memorial designer Grega Vezjak wins another memorial competition, in Kentucky

Monday, 20 February 2017 5:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

The designer of Christchurch's earthquake memorial has a gift for designing memorials half a world away from his home in Slovenia.

Christchurch earthquake memorial designer Grega Vezjak wins another memorial competition, in Kentucky

Christchurch earthquake memorial designer Grega Vezjak wins another memorial competition, in Kentucky

Monday, 20 February 2017 5:19 p.m. by MediaStuff

The designer of Christchurch's earthquake memorial has a gift for designing memorials half a world away from his home in Slovenia.

Government, church at odds over offer to restore Christ Church Cathedral

Government, church at odds over offer to restore Christ Church Cathedral

Sunday, 19 February 2017 5:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Anglican Church and the Government appear to be at loggerheads over whether an offer has been made to help restore the "eyesore" Christ Church Cathedral.

Bishop calls media standup in Cathedral Square to refute Gerry Brownlees $25m help offer

Bishop calls media standup in Cathedral Square to refute Gerry Brownlee's $25m help offer

Sunday, 19 February 2017 3:59 p.m. by MediaHerald

There were scenes of frustration and anxiety in Christchurch's Cathedral Square this afternoon as Bishop Victoria Mathews called an emergency media standup to refute Gerry Brownlee's claims this week the Government offered the church...

Editorial: Give parents of quake victims an open invitation

Editorial: Give parents of quake victims an open invitation

Saturday, 18 February 2017 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

If ever there was a compassionate ground to grant visitors a permanent visa to New Zealand it is surely those who lost children in Christchurch's CTV building that collapsed in the February 22 earthquake. Among the foreign students...

Chinese quake parents want lifelong visas to visit their childrens graves

Chinese quake parents want lifelong visas to visit their children's graves

Saturday, 18 February 2017 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Chinese parents who lost their only child in the February 2011 earthquake are pleading with our government to grant them lifelong visas so they can visit their children's graves.They want the right to enter New Zealand every year...

Christchurch earthquake: The shidu parents who lost everything and are pleading for help

Christchurch earthquake: The shidu parents who lost everything and are pleading for help

Saturday, 18 February 2017 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

"I can't get out. My legs are stuck under concrete." It was a Tuesday morning in Guangzhou, southern China, when Zhi-Ping Lai answered his daughter's call."Dad, there's an emergency. An earthquake," she said.Chang Lai, 27, was...

Captain Robert Falcon Scott statue to be reinstated on original base

Captain Robert Falcon Scott statue to be reinstated on original base

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 9:11 a.m. by MediaThePress

A repair team has come up with a way to fix Christchurch's statue of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, which broke in the February 2011 earthquake.

Christchurch earthquake money audit wanted

Christchurch earthquake money audit wanted

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 8:50 a.m. by MediaHerald

The South Brighton Residents' Association wants to know what happened to earthquake donations for the eastern suburbs.They have submitted a comprehensive letter to the Coastal-Burwood Community Board asking it to find out from the...

Roads closed to make room for Christchurchs metro sports facility

Roads closed to make room for Christchurch's metro sports facility

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

Some on-street parking near Christchurch Hospital has been lost as work ramps up on the city's metro sport facility site

Small town homeowners under-insured for Kaikoura quake rebuilds

Small town homeowners under-insured for Kaikoura quake rebuilds

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 5:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

Concern is growing that seriously damaged buildings near the Kaikoura earthquake epicentre are under-insured or uninsured.

Roads close to make room for Christchurchs metro sports facility

Roads close to make room for Christchurch's metro sports facility

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Some on-street parking near Christchurch Hospital has been lost as work ramps up on the city's metro sport facility site

New Brighton Library reopens after earthquake repairs

New Brighton Library reopens after earthquake repairs

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:12 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's New Brighton Library has reopened after being closed for six months for repairs and refurbishment.

Timelines more important than masterplans for Christchurch projects

Timelines more important than masterplans for Christchurch projects

Monday, 13 February 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Christchurch has made a bit of a mess of its consultation and planning processes post-quake, but the discussions over Cathedral Square and the residential red zone offer a chance to address this problem and produce some better results.

Earthquake Commission confirms more than 100 privacy breaches and 445 near misses

Earthquake Commission confirms more than 100 privacy breaches and 445 'near misses'

Sunday, 12 February 2017 6:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 100 privacy breaches occurred at the Earthquake Commission (EQC) last financial year, most involving personal information being sent to the wrong claimants.

Cathedral Towers luxury penthouses priced at $5 million

Cathedral Towers luxury penthouses priced at $5 million

Thursday, 9 February 2017 7:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

Five million dollars will buy what are probably Christchurch's priciest apartments â€“ the penthouses in the planned luxury Cathedral Towers.

Minister Gerry Brownlee: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority criticism unbalanced, misses the point

Minister Gerry Brownlee: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority criticism unbalanced, misses the point

Thursday, 9 February 2017 11:18 a.m. by MediaHerald

The Auditor-General's report into the effectiveness of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) is unbalanced and misses the point, Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

Born to fundraise? Christ Church Cathedral campaigners ask Bruce Springsteen for help

Born to fundraise? Christ Church Cathedral campaigners ask Bruce Springsteen for help

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 5:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

Heritage campaigners want Bruce Springsteen to help launch a fundraising drive to restore the Christ Church Cathedral.

Tensions between Cera and Christchurch City Council delayed rebuild, report says

Tensions between Cera and Christchurch City Council delayed rebuild, report says

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 5:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tensions between the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and Christchurch City Council have caused delays in Canterbury's post-earthquake rebuild, a new report says.

Sumner Lifeboats $1.7 million Blue Arrow Rescue stranded at low-tide since Christchurch earthquakes

Sumner Lifeboat's $1.7 million Blue Arrow Rescue stranded at low-tide since Christchurch earthquakes

Monday, 6 February 2017 5:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

An ongoing and costly effort to clear the Sumner Lifeboat Institution's slipway could end if the Christchurch City Council decides to extend its breakwater upgrade project.

Costly and inefficient makeshift services for lonely red-zoned neighbourhoods

'Costly and inefficient' makeshift services for lonely red-zoned neighbourhoods

Sunday, 5 February 2017 7:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

There aren't many vehicles in lonely Brooklands, the mostly abandoned Christchurch suburb â€“ except for the sewage trucks.

Canterbury rebuild lessons conference delayed, Brownlee reluctant to back event

Canterbury rebuild lessons conference delayed, Brownlee 'reluctant' to back event

Sunday, 5 February 2017 7:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Crown has postponed a conference on Canterbury rebuild lessons, saying it is too soon because big projects such as the convention centre and residential red zones are unfinished.

Editorial: Allegations of earthquake recovery double-dipping must be thoroughly investigated

Editorial: Allegations of earthquake recovery double-dipping must be thoroughly investigated

Thursday, 2 February 2017 5:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Labour leader Andrew Little is absolutely correct to be calling for the auditor-general to investigate reports of conflicts of interest at the former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

Labours Andrew Little says he will expedite outstanding quake insurance claims

Labour's Andrew Little says he will 'expedite' outstanding quake insurance claims

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

Labour Party leader Andrew Little says he will err "on the side of justice" for Canterbury earthquake insurance claimants if he becomes prime minister.

Labour leader Andrew Little says he will expedite Canterbury quake insurance claims

Labour leader Andrew Little says he will 'expedite' Canterbury quake insurance claims

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Labour Party leader Andrew Little says he will err "on the side of justice" for Canterbury earthquake insurance claimants if he becomes prime minister.

Councillor suggests fuel tax could help pay for Christchurchs roadworks

Councillor suggests fuel tax could help pay for Christchurch's roadworks

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 8:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

A fuel tax could help solve Christchurch's roading woes, a city councillor says.

Christchurchs Thorn Engineering fails, director fighting criminal charges

Christchurch's Thorn Engineering fails, director fighting criminal charges

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 7:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch engineering firm involved in the construction of a major central city anchor project has gone bust.

John Goddard: New level of uncertainty for quake-hit homeowners

John Goddard: New level of uncertainty for quake-hit homeowners

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 9:49 a.m. by MediaThePress

Late last year, EQC and the Insurance Council (ICNZ) agreed that insurers, and not EQC, would assess earthquake damage arising from the Kaikoura earthquake.  The Government touted this arrangement as a "new and simplified" approach which showed it had listened to the issues arising from the Canterbury earthquakes.  However, as is to be expected with any innovation, the devil is in the detail and the detail throws up a number of unanswered questions.

Cera staff to be investigated over private company dealings

Cera staff to be investigated over private company dealings

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 6:08 a.m. by MediaThePress

Revelations that Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) staff tried to do commercial property deals for their own company will be investigated by the Prime Minister's Department and the State Services Commission.

Mike Yardley: The long, frustrating road to fixed streets

Mike Yardley: The long, frustrating road to fixed streets

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Six years on from the Christchurch earthquakes, how would you rate the state of our roads?

Class action against Southern Response returns to court after company appeals

Class action against Southern Response returns to court after company appeals

Monday, 30 January 2017 9:57 p.m. by MediaStuff

The class action against Southern Response faces another hurdle as the company is appealing the court decision that allows the case to proceed.

Some Christchurch quake victims families say chair memorial should be scrapped

Some Christchurch quake victims' families say chair memorial should be scrapped

Monday, 30 January 2017 7:51 p.m. by MediaStuff

Self-indulgent, inappropriate and strange – that's what some relatives of 2011 earthquake victims think of the white chair memorial.

New Moorhouse development continues central Christchurch streets retail growth

New Moorhouse development continues central Christchurch street's retail growth

Monday, 30 January 2017 7:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Retail growth on Christchurch's Moorhouse Ave is set to continue with a new shopping and office complex to be built on the busy Colombo St intersection.

Cera staff running own property business on the side

Cera staff running own property business on the side

Saturday, 28 January 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's (Cera) staff employed to bring investment to Christchurch set up their own company through which investors would pay them a fee on private property deals, a Stuff investigation has found.

Earthquake survivor and pin-up star Monique Mclennan returns to Christchurch

Earthquake survivor and pin-up star Monique Mclennan returns to Christchurch

Saturday, 28 January 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Monique Mclennan once waited for death. Now she lives with no regrets and is poised to realise her dream.

A redeveloped Cathedral Square could evoke memories of Europe

A redeveloped Cathedral Square could evoke memories of Europe

Thursday, 26 January 2017 8:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch has an opportunity to transform Cathedral Square into a centre reminiscent of those in Europe, says the man helping lead the area's regeneration.

Christchurchs historic Wood Brothers Mill gets $900,000 council grant

Christchurch's historic Wood Brother's Mill gets $900,000 council grant

Thursday, 26 January 2017 4:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Another attempt is being made to buy and redevelop a run-down, earthquake-damaged historic flour mill in Christchurch.

IAG and Tower Insurance taking Earthquake Commission to High Court over land damage payments

IAG and Tower Insurance taking Earthquake Commission to High Court over land damage payments

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 7:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) may be short-changing Christchurch homeowners, according to two insurance companies.

Former Christchurch City Council boss brings wealth of knowledge to Kaikoura

Former Christchurch City Council boss brings wealth of knowledge to Kaikoura

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 5:30 a.m. by MediaThePress

Jane Parfitt has plenty of expertise in earthquake recovery, having worked on the Christchurch City Council for the past 12 years.

First steps into Christchurchs residential red zone

First steps into Christchurch's residential red zone

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Regenerate Christchurch has signalled the start of what we have been waiting for since the red zone decisions in mid-2011 – a process for determining what will become of these lands.

Julian Lee: Cathedral Square is a pernickety plaza puzzle

Julian Lee: Cathedral Square is a pernickety plaza puzzle

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 7:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cathedral Square is in the throes of an existential crisis. For one, it's not really square (more of a diamond really) and, for the past five years, it's only had half of a cathedral. But the Half-Cathedral Diamond doesn't really have the same ring to it.

Atlas Quarter homes in central Christchurch to be ready by late 2017

Atlas Quarter homes in central Christchurch to be ready by late 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 7:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Buyers can now register their interest in new homes being built in a Government-led project in central Christchurch.

Christchurchs Re:Start container mall may stay open until September

Christchurch's Re:Start container mall may stay open until September

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 3:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

The developer who plans to build a farmers' market and mall on the site of Christchurch's container mall says he wants to keep it around for longer than planned.

Adina Thorn law firm accused of trying to increase nervousness over steel mesh

Adina Thorn law firm accused of trying to increase 'nervousness' over steel mesh

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 6:44 a.m. by MediaThePress

Steel & Tube has taken a swipe at Adina Thorn Lawyers, accusing it of attempting to "increase homeowner nervousness".

Carter Group to run The Crossing car park building for at least 50 years

Carter Group to run The Crossing car park building for at least 50 years

Monday, 23 January 2017 10:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council has paid $28 million to the Carter Group in exchange for The Crossing car park building to remain for at least 50 years.

Artist calls for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Artist calls for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Monday, 23 January 2017 10:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

The artist behind Christchurch's 185 white chairs has indicated he wants the installation to become permanent.

Call for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Call for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Monday, 23 January 2017 7:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tha artist behind Christchurch's 185 white chairs has indicated he wants the installation to become permanent.

Regeneration strategy for Christchurchs Cathedral Square expected mid-year

Regeneration strategy for Christchurch's Cathedral Square expected mid-year

Monday, 23 January 2017 6:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

A clear vision for Christchurch's Cathedral Square is expected by June.

Christchurchs Sign of the Kiwi reopens in time for 100th anniversary

Christchurch's Sign of the Kiwi reopens in time for 100th anniversary

Monday, 23 January 2017 4:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Janice Thornton ran the Sign of the Kiwi cafe for just three days before the September 2010 earthquake.

When it comes to disaster preparedness for people with disabilities, can we do better?

When it comes to disaster preparedness for people with disabilities, can we do better?

Friday, 20 January 2017 7:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Several bewildered cows captured hearts around the world, after they were photographed standing atop an isolated grass island in their mangled North Canterbury paddock.

Quake Outcasts wait for appeal date after decision on uninsured homes

Quake Outcasts wait for appeal date after decision on uninsured homes

Friday, 20 January 2017 6:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

A solicitor representing the Quake Outcasts says the High Court's order to pay $55,605 in court costs to the Government is nothing unusual, but hopes it will be reversed in appeal.

Auckland law firm warning Canterbury homeowners of shoddy steel

Auckland law firm warning Canterbury homeowners of shoddy steel

Thursday, 19 January 2017 7:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

An Auckland litigation firm is warning thousands of Canterbury homeowners their properties may have been built with shoddy steel mesh.

Acquisition issues hit cost of Christchurchs south frame as Crown remains tight-lipped

Acquisition issues hit cost of Christchurch's south frame as Crown remains tight-lipped

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 9:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Land acquisition problems plaguing Christchurch's $20 million south frame anchor project will delay and increase the cost of the development.