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Christchurchs edgy strategy needs a home for edgy artists

Christchurch's 'edgy' strategy needs a home for edgy artists

Thursday, 22 September 2016 5:17 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

OPINION: The Christchurch City Council recently approved a new visitor strategy to transform Christchurch into an "edgy 21st century city with a difference". However, if the ongoing plans towards a new Performing Arts Precinct (PAP) are at the expense of local contemporary arts organisations, a vital contributor to those aims is missing.

Thieves make off with big green bus stop

Thieves make off with big green bus stop

Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:13 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

West Coast Police are puzzled by the theft of a very obvious bright green bus stop.

EQC confirms major downsizing of Canterbury operations

EQC confirms major downsizing of Canterbury operations

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 9:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has confirmed it will slash its Canterbury workforce by about a third, but the number of remaining staff will be higher than originally thought.

Treasury report marks up Christchurch rebuild projects

Treasury report marks up Christchurch rebuild projects

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Treasury has bumped up its marks for the central Christchurch rebuild, following breakthroughs on some projects.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziels red zone residential development proposal feasible

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel's red zone residential development proposal feasible

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 5:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel's idea to build new houses in the residential red zone is feasible, according to a land surveyor.

Home owners aghast at fee for Southern Response class action

Home owners aghast at fee for Southern Response class action

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 3:03 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Southern Response sinks millions of dollars into legal help

Southern Response sinks millions of dollars into legal help

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 1:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

Crown-owned Southern Response has sunk millions into legal help over the past four years and been ordered to pay aggrieved homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Hall construction for Pines and Kairaki beaches begins on sturdy ground

Hall construction for Pines and Kairaki beaches begins on 'sturdy' ground

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

The new Pines and Kairaki Beaches community hall is under construction more than six years since the old one was damaged by the September 2010 earthquake.

Could Christchurchs Municipal Chambers be saved by creative thinking?

Could Christchurch's Municipal Chambers be saved by creative thinking?

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 4:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The Christchurch City Council has a problem – it wants to preserve our architectural heritage, but it has limited funds with which to re-build the city.  Nothing represents this problem more than the old Municipal Chambers on Worcester St.

Condemned building owners to tighten up security

Condemned building owners to tighten up security

Monday, 19 September 2016 4:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of a condemned central Christchurch building have vowed to improve security after teenagers were able to wander inside unimpeded.

Christchurch City council talking to town hall insurers - again

Christchurch City council talking to town hall insurers - again

Monday, 19 September 2016 12:02 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

The city council is busy negotiating with an insurer again - this time over the town hall.A $20 million renovation project, including upgrade of bars and the James Hay Theatre, was underway when the earthquakes struck.

Frustration over Christchurchs St Johns Anglican church repairs

Frustration over Christchurch's St John's Anglican church repairs

Monday, 19 September 2016 11:45 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Six years after the September 2010 earthquake, the Hororata community is still in the dark about when its badly damaged heritage church will be restored.When the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit, the bell tower of St John's Anglican...

Frustration over Christchurchs St Johns Anglican church repairs

Frustration over Christchurch's St John's Anglican church repairs

Monday, 19 September 2016 11:43 a.m. by MediaHerald

Six years after the September 2010 earthquake, the Hororata community is still in the dark about when its badly damaged heritage church will be restored.When the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit, the bell tower of St John's Anglican...

Retailer rail against parking plans in $7m Victoria St upgrade proposal

Retailer rail against parking plans in $7m Victoria St upgrade proposal

Friday, 16 September 2016 9:01 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Victoria St retailers are balking at proposed parking changes in a revised $7 million road redesign.

New tenant for Christchurchs Terrace development, work expected to ramp up next week

New tenant for Christchurch's Terrace development, work expected to ramp up next week

Friday, 16 September 2016 8:19 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch developer Antony Gough says he has secured a new tenant to fill part of his Terrace development and expects work to ramp up at the site next week.

Quake battler Bryan Staples steps back, lawyer Bill Dwyer steps up

Quake battler Bryan Staples steps back, lawyer Bill Dwyer steps up

Friday, 16 September 2016 3:48 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Longtime Earthquake Commission (EQC) adversary Bryan Staples is stepping down as head of his advocacy company Earthquake Services and handing the reins to Christchurch lawyer Bill Dwyer.

Is Christchurchs regeneration too slow?

Is Christchurch's regeneration too slow?

Friday, 16 September 2016 2:45 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Shabby mansion devaluing Fendalton homes, neighbours say

Shabby mansion devaluing Fendalton homes, neighbours say

Friday, 16 September 2016 1:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Residents of an upmarket Christchurch suburb say a shabby earthquake-damaged mansion will drag down property values in their street.

Rod Oram: Christchurch rising from the rubble

Rod Oram: Christchurch rising from the rubble

Thursday, 15 September 2016 4:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

With Christchurch roughly halfway through its rebuild, the shape and feel of the city is starting to emerge from the earthquake rubble.

Johnny Moore: Reports of Christchurchs previous death greatly exaggerated

Johnny Moore: Reports of Christchurch's previous death greatly exaggerated

Thursday, 15 September 2016 1:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Something's been bugging me. It's a little thing, a turn of phrase, but it's been floating around for six years and I worry that if nobody questions it, people will accept it as fact:

Johnny Moore: Claims pre-quake central Christchurch dying exaggerated, replacement monotone

Johnny Moore: Claims pre-quake central Christchurch dying exaggerated, replacement 'monotone'

Thursday, 15 September 2016 1:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Something's been bugging me. It's a little thing, a turn of phrase, but it's been floating around for six years.

EQC looking to cash settle remaining remedial work

EQC looking to cash settle remaining remedial work

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 9:36 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) wants Canterbury customers to accept cash settlements, leaving homeowners to fix shoddy repair work, Labour says.

Liquidators to start Stonewood Homes investigation after securing $1 million

Liquidators to start Stonewood Homes investigation after securing $1 million

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 8:22 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Up to $1 million will be spent investigating the activities of Stonewood Homes companies before the Christchurch building firm's collapse.

Christchurch City Council makes resilience pledge to get up to $5m from Rockefeller partners

Christchurch City Council makes resilience pledge to get up to $5m from Rockefeller partners

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 5:36 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Christchurch City Council has pledged 10 per cent of next year's funding to resilience projects.

Fixing Christchurchs broken east has cost $680m

Fixing Christchurch's broken east has cost $680m

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 12:51 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

About a third of the $2.2 billion cost of fixing Christchurch's earthquake-damaged infrastructure has been spent in the city's east.

Insurers backing down from sum insured policies

Insurers backing down from sum insured policies

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 7:50 a.m. by MediaThePress

Competitive pressure is forcing insurers to back down from "sum insured" house policies, one expert says.

Avon riverside terraces: Eyesore or convenience?

Avon riverside terraces: Eyesore or convenience?

Monday, 12 September 2016 5:02 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

On a sunny Monday, Christchurch's new riverside terraces are dotted with office and construction workers eating their lunch.

Christchurchs Metro Sports Facility to be largest leisure pool in NZ

Christchurch's Metro Sports Facility to be largest leisure pool in NZ

Monday, 12 September 2016 1:22 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Images showing the inside of Christchurch's $300 million Metro Sports Facility have been released for the first time.

Mike Yardley: Avon River Precinct a spendathon of grandiose ambitions

Mike Yardley: Avon River Precinct a spendathon of grandiose ambitions

Monday, 12 September 2016 11:38 a.m. by MediaThePress

It sits in the centre of the Government's first anchor project, the much-vaunted, glacially-paced Avon River Precinct.

Christchurch community denied access to rotting red zone playgrounds

Christchurch community denied access to rotting red zone playgrounds

Sunday, 11 September 2016 5:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch community groups have been denied access to playgrounds left to rot in the city's residential red zone.

Rising construction costs force prices up of renting and buying properties

Rising construction costs force prices up of renting and buying properties

Saturday, 10 September 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Construction costs for residential and commercial builds is forcing sale and rental prices to new heights.

Christchurch anchor projects plagued by land contamination

Christchurch anchor projects plagued by land contamination

Thursday, 8 September 2016 9:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Contamination issues have plagued Christchurch's anchor project sites with the Crown forced to fork out millions of dollars removing hazardous materials from land.

Southern Response satisfaction rating low, insurer to wind down Canty operations

Southern Response satisfaction rating low, insurer to wind down Canty operations

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 6:34 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Cantabrians have scored their experience with Southern Response 4.4 out of 10.

Southern Response satisfaction rates 4.4 out of 10

Southern Response satisfaction rates 4.4 out of 10

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 6:34 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Cantabrians have scored their experience with Southern Response 4.4 out of 10.

Court of Appeal seeks to rein in shemozzle arising from CTV building case

Court of Appeal seeks to rein in 'shemozzle' arising from CTV building case

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 5:10 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A case against an engineer linked to the collapsed CTV building in Christchurch has become "bigger than ", and needs to be reined it, a Court of Appeal judge has said.

Old city bus now a home for quake-affected Christchurch homeowner Rebecca Wright

Old city bus now a home for quake-affected Christchurch homeowner Rebecca Wright

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 1:23 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Without the bus parked in her front yard, Rebecca Wright would still be bathing in a bucket.

Taxpayers fund ex-recovery boss Warwick Isaacs $55k management course in France

Taxpayers fund ex-recovery boss Warwick Isaacs' $55k management course in France

Tuesday, 6 September 2016 8:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's former central city rebuild boss has attended a taxpayer-funded management course in France, more than a year after leaving the Government's recovery organisation.

Top Christchurch architect suing Tower for millions over unusual repair method

Top Christchurch architect suing Tower for millions over 'unusual' repair method

Monday, 5 September 2016 9:59 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

An award-winning Christchurch architect is dumbfounded by Tower Insurance's "highly unusual" earthquake repair plan to winch his home back into place.

Christchurchs oldest timber bridge reopens after $1 million restoration

Christchurch's oldest timber bridge reopens after $1 million restoration

Monday, 5 September 2016 7:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

"An eccentric old bugger" built this, city councillor Jamie Gough said as he and some sheep reopened Christchurch's oldest timber bridge.

Christchurch developers drop court action over McKenzie and Willis development

Christchurch developers drop court action over McKenzie and Willis development

Monday, 5 September 2016 6:41 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A group of Christchurch developers have backed out of court action against the $50 million McKenzie and Willis development.

Christchurch Dilemmas: Taking power back in Christchurch

Christchurch Dilemmas: Taking power back in Christchurch

Monday, 5 September 2016 9:27 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Mike Yardley: Christchurchs recovery has finally found its mojo in 2016

Mike Yardley: Christchurch's recovery has finally found its mojo in 2016

Monday, 5 September 2016 8:12 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

OPINION: 

EQC sued 263 times by Canterbury homeowners since 2010 earthquake

EQC sued 263 times by Canterbury homeowners since 2010 earthquake

Sunday, 4 September 2016 8:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has incurred $31 million in legal costs over the last six years, with the natural disaster insurer forced to fight 263 High Court proceedings since Canterbury's earthquakes.

Steel mesh in some homes could be non-compliant

Steel mesh in some homes could be non-compliant

Sunday, 4 September 2016 12:31 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Thousands of homes built in the Waikato since 2012 may have steel mesh in their concrete slab foundations that doesn't meet the building code.

Housing provider set to use shipping containers for emergency housing

Housing provider set to use shipping containers for emergency housing

Saturday, 3 September 2016 11:39 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A shipping container company has a solution to Auckland's homeless crisis: modified containers with beds, bathrooms and heating.

New Brighton: Power to the People

New Brighton: Power to the People

Saturday, 3 September 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: 

Opinion: Spirited and rambunctious New Brightonites key to its recovery

Opinion: 'Spirited and rambunctious' New Brightonites key to its recovery

Saturday, 3 September 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

It was 2011 and the first day of my new job in New Brighton. Having spent most of my 20s overseas I had just arrived back to my hometown of Christchurch, inspired to be a part of the recovery. I found a park for my car near New Brighton Mall but it was a tight one. As I attempted to back in, two different people stopped and directed my course – smiling and waving me in. It was a wonderful welcome and a sign of how I would come to know the area.

New Brighton Pier work to begin soon

New Brighton Pier work to begin soon

Friday, 2 September 2016 5:46 p.m. by MediaThePress

Time is running out for construction companies eager to repair Christchurch's New Brighton Pier.

Minister Gerry Brownlee concerned and annoyed by EQC blunder

Minister Gerry Brownlee concerned and annoyed by EQC blunder

Friday, 2 September 2016 5:17 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Gerry Brownlee has been left "annoyed" after the Earthquake Commission (EQC) failed to pick up 2200 extra requests to re-repair damaged Christchurch properties.

EQC discover extra 2200 remedial requests following internal review

EQC discover extra 2200 remedial requests following internal review

Friday, 2 September 2016 1:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission has 2200 more botched repairs to sort out than it thought, after its reporting failed to pick up the extra work.

Earthquake Commission downplays error

Earthquake Commission downplays error

Friday, 2 September 2016 11:35 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

The Earthquake Commission is downplaying an administration discrepancy which saw it fail to keep track of more than 2000 "remedial requests" - calls from claimants who have had work done that they were not satisfied with.An internal...

Controversial Manchester St bus super stop to go ahead

Controversial Manchester St bus super stop to go ahead

Thursday, 1 September 2016 3:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

A controversial bus super stop on Christchurch's Manchester St is likely to go ahead after being moved and downsized.

Mayor buys first undies in four years as Rangiora Farmers reopens

Mayor buys first undies in four years as Rangiora Farmers reopens

Thursday, 1 September 2016 10:26 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

It's been four years since David Ayers bought a pair of new undies.

Otakaro boss Albert Brantley could earn $100,000 in addition to base salary

Otakaro boss Albert Brantley could earn $100,000 in addition to base salary

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 8:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

The man in charge of delivering Christchurch's anchor projects stands to make an extra $100,000 on top of his base salary, which could see his pay packet top $550,000 annually.

Developer Antony Gough hoping for settlement to High St stoush within a week

Developer Antony Gough hoping for settlement to High St stoush within a week

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 5:59 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch property developer involved in a High Court stoush over a $50 million development is hopeful a settlement can be reached within the next week.