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Staff member stole $133,000 from Christchurch rebuild firm

Staff member stole $133,000 from Christchurch rebuild firm

Friday, 3 March 2017 11:57 a.m. by MediaThePress

A woman has admitted stealing $133,000 from the Christchurch rebuild firm where she worked.

Canterbury children, families suffering during quake recovery, police report says

Canterbury children, families suffering during quake recovery, police report says

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 9:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

The prolonged post-earthquake rebuild is affecting Cantabrians' health and lives, according to a police report.

Spare Christchurch bus interchange land could yield cash for Crown

Spare Christchurch bus interchange land could yield cash for Crown

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 7:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Valuable surplus land at Christchurch's bus interchange could be carved off and developed, but there appears to be no clear plan for its use.

Editorial: Lets get excited about a red-zone rowing lake when it gets a tick

Editorial: Let's get excited about a red-zone rowing lake when it gets a tick

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 3:45 a.m. by MediaThePress

Editorial: The plan to build a lake in Christchurch's residential red zone is in the "home straight" according to its proponents.

Government, city council pledge $6 million to grow resilience in Canterbury

Government, city council pledge $6 million to grow 'resilience' in Canterbury

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 8:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

A $6 million fund to help communities in and around Christchurch recover from the earthquakes has been launched.

Christchurchs Victoria Square closed for a year for earthquake restoration

Christchurch's Victoria Square closed for a year for earthquake restoration

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 9:15 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Victoria Square in central Christchurch has closed for a year for a restoration project.

Fences erected on Monday completely block access to the square, including along the Avon River and from the former Crowne Plaza hotel site at Durham and Kilmore streets. 

Work is scheduled to finish in the "first quarter of 2018", a sign states.

For "safety reasons", it will "not be possible to walk through or use the square while work is happening".

New plans submitted for red-zone water facility

New plans submitted for red-zone water facility

Monday, 27 February 2017 8:32 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

The group behind a proposal to build a new lake in Christchurch's residential red zone has released an indicative design of the flat water facility aimed to transform the city's east.

No urgency from Christchurch City Council to refresh controversial agreement, councillor says tweaks needed

No urgency from Christchurch City Council to refresh controversial agreement, councillor says tweaks needed

Monday, 27 February 2017 7:53 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Christchurch City Council says there is "no urgency" to refresh its controversial cost sharing agreement, despite the arrangement drawing heavy criticism from the mayor.

Mike Yardley: Christchurch street changes making city inaccessible, not accessible

Mike Yardley: Christchurch street changes making city inaccessible, not accessible

Monday, 27 February 2017 8:06 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Otakaro's "An Accessible City" project is so painfully slow-going, that a passing glacier could out-pace it.

Christchurchs terraced homes struggling to sell as housing market levels

Christchurch's terraced homes struggling to sell as housing market levels

Sunday, 26 February 2017 9:15 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A flat housing market is threatening plans for high-density living in parts of Christchurch.

Churchs $320m empire cant be used for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Church's $320m empire can't be used for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Saturday, 25 February 2017 8:35 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Anglican diocese has a $320 million empire of cash and properties, but it cannot be used to fund the $100m Christ Church Cathedral restoration.

Eyesore sites still blot Christchurch CBD landscape, six years after the earthquake

Eyesore sites still blot Christchurch CBD landscape, six years after the earthquake

Friday, 24 February 2017 10:28 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The past six years have seen most central Christchurch buildings repaired, rebuilt, replaced, or at the very leased, tidily demolished.

Is charity the key to a completely rebuilt Christchurch?

Is charity the key to a completely rebuilt Christchurch?

Friday, 24 February 2017 9:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

It is the kind of plan where everybody seems to win.

Southern Response may need millions of dollars more of taxpayer funds

Southern Response may need millions of dollars more of taxpayer funds

Friday, 24 February 2017 8:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response may need millions of dollars more in Government funding after the company updated its budget.

End to Christchurch earthquake rates discounts would cost owners hundreds

End to Christchurch earthquake rates discounts would cost owners hundreds

Friday, 24 February 2017 7:10 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A likely end to Christchurch's post-earthquake rates-discount scheme this year would see some homeowners' rates rises jump by more than 50 per cent.

Developer Antony Gough promises October opening for The Terrace

Developer Antony Gough promises October opening for The Terrace

Thursday, 23 February 2017 7:36 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Construction of Christchurch's The Terrace development is at full tilt again, and owner Antony Gough says this time there will be no stopping him.

Christchurch earthquake: The brother we will never get to know

Christchurch earthquake: 'The brother we will never get to know'

Thursday, 23 February 2017 4:51 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Tessa and Anahera Lancaster will grow up wondering what their big brother would have been like.They never met Baxtor.He was just five months old when he was killed after falling masonry fell on him in his cot during the February...

Barry Soper: Kiwis remember Christchurch earthquake six years on

Barry Soper: Kiwis remember Christchurch earthquake six years on

Thursday, 23 February 2017 1:13 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

The Americans do memorials better than most, probably because as the world's policemen they have more to remember.The expansive Arlington Cemetery, just across the Potomac River from Washington DC, is the most hallowed ground in...

Tremor of the heart for the lost

'Tremor of the heart' for the lost

Thursday, 23 February 2017 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

A marble memorial wall etched with the names of the 185 people killed in the Christchurch earthquake has been unveiled in front of their families and loved ones on the sixth anniversary of their deaths.The 112-metre-long wall made...

Manslaughter charges the only option in CTV building earthquake case

Manslaughter charges the only option in CTV building earthquake case

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 8:20 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Police will only consider manslaughter charges in their investigation of the CTV building collapse.

Note on quake memorial wall: My Daddy. Im 13

Note on quake memorial wall: 'My Daddy. I'm 13'

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 1:21 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

"My Daddy. I'm 13."That message is written on one of three rocks that sit next to a flax weaving at the foot of the new Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. The wall has been uncovered so family and friends of those lost...

Canterbury earthquake memorial a place to grieve and hope - English

Canterbury earthquake memorial 'a place to grieve and hope' - English

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 1:00 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Christchurch's earthquake memorial is "a place to grieve, but also a place to hope", says Prime Minister Bill English.

Canterbury earthquake memorial unveiled, six years on

Canterbury earthquake memorial unveiled, six years on

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 9:40 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Heartfelt words to earthquake victims dangle in sunshine beaming through trees as Christchurch gears up for the unveiling of perhaps its most important public space.

Canterbury earthquake memorial unveiling, six years on

Canterbury earthquake memorial unveiling, six years on

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 8:22 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Heartfelt words to earthquake victims dangle in sunshine beaming through trees as Christchurch gears up for the unveiling of perhaps its most important public space.

Before, during and after: See how Christchurch has changed

Before, during and after: See how Christchurch has changed

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 7:54 a.m. by MediaStuff

Drag the sliders below to see how the city has - or in some cases, has not - changed since before the major earthquakes (2008), to the chaotic days in the aftermath of the February 22, 2011 tremor and to this year.

Christchurch Earthquake Memorial draws on rich tradition of memorials around the world

Christchurch Earthquake Memorial draws on rich tradition of memorials around the world

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

In January an unusual internet controversy began to rage over Berlin's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

It brought tears to my eyes: Quake memorial opened to emotional families

'It brought tears to my eyes': Quake memorial opened to emotional families

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 10:12 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Amid the noise of a city rebuilding, along the gentle curve of a river, hundreds of people search for a name.

Six years on: Christchurch from the air

Six years on: Christchurch from the air

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 9:00 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch is transforming as anchor projects get underway .

Year seven of the rebuild - whats ahead for Christchurch?

Year seven of the rebuild - what's ahead for Christchurch?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 7:45 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The anniversary of the February 2011 earthquake ends a busy sixth year for the central Christchurch rebuild, with major new retail and buildings finished, restaurants and bars opening, repairs progressing at the Arts Centre, and construction starting on key anchor projects.

Otakaro boss says Christchurch rebuild plans will start to bear fruit in 2017

Otakaro boss says Christchurch rebuild plans will start to bear fruit in 2017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Six years of effort behind the scenes will come to fruition this year as "physical proof" of Christchurch's earthquake rebuild is revealed.

Anglican bishop worried over fundraising targets for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Anglican bishop worried over fundraising targets for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 6:49 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Anglican leaders fear fundraising targets for the $100 million Christ Church Cathedral restoration project are too ambitious and want taxpayers to foot the bill if the money cannot be raised, sources close to negotiations say.

Moving events to red zone would mean financial loss for Christchurch, company says

Moving events to red zone would mean 'financial loss' for Christchurch, company says

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

Moving major events in Christchurch to the residential red zone would hit the city in the pocket, an event operator says.

Historic architectural links bind Christchurch and Oxfords cathedrals

Historic architectural links bind Christchurch and Oxford's cathedrals

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 4:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

As Christchurch waits for news on its cathedral, a 500-year-old bell tower in Oxford, England, tolls a tale of history that is at the heart of the South Island's biggest city.

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

"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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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.