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EQC cuts estimate of outstanding Canterbury earthquake claims by $500m

EQC cuts estimate of outstanding Canterbury earthquake claims by $500m

Thursday, 29 October 2015 8:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) released more than half a billion dollars  to the Crown after reducing its estimate of the size of Canterbury's earthquake claims.

Canterbury families tell their stories of quake rebuild

Canterbury families tell their stories of quake rebuild

Thursday, 29 October 2015 3:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury journalist Lucinda Diack knew it would be difficult telling the stories of Canterbury families rebuilding both their homes and their lives after the 2010-2011 earthquakes. But she says emotions were always right at the surface as she interviewed the families for a new book.

Quake-hit homeowners face another years wait for liquefaction risk compensation

Quake-hit homeowners face another year's wait for liquefaction risk compensation

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 3:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Thousands of Canterbury homeowners are facing more than a year's wait to get compensation for increased liquefaction risk on their land.

Expat tales: Why I came to Christchurch to work on the rebuild

Expat tales: Why I came to Christchurch to work on the rebuild

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 11:04 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Buildings have always fascinated me. I can trace this back to my childhood when I would watch my grandfather, who was an architect, at work. He would take me into his office and I would see his drawings being transformed into models and then actual buildings. Having the power to create something beautiful from scratch has always filled me with a sense of awe.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority misses key recovery targets

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority misses key recovery targets

Monday, 26 October 2015 7:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) excels when it comes to meeting softer targets but has failed to meet key recovery milestones, according to its annual scorecard.

Editorial: Private investment soars while Chchs anchor projects stall

Editorial: Private investment soars while Chch's anchor projects stall

Monday, 26 October 2015 5:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

EDITORIAL: Christchurch already feels like a divided city. That disparity will become even worse in the years to come without some action soon on the promised anchor projects.

Future for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority staff unclear

Future for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority staff unclear

Monday, 26 October 2015 11:45 a.m. by MediaThePress

The region's earthquake recovery boss is staying tight-lipped about the futures of hundreds of staff whose employment contracts expire in six months.

Anchor project designations and large land blocks cause values to drop

Anchor project designations and large land blocks cause values to drop

Sunday, 25 October 2015 8:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

The value of central Christchurch property bought by the Crown for major recovery projects has dropped by more than $100 million, Government information has revealed.

Holy Trinity church bells set to ring Lyttelton again

Holy Trinity church bells set to ring Lyttelton again

Sunday, 25 October 2015 5:52 p.m. by MediaStuff

Part of Lyttelton's Holy Trinity church will soon look out over its port town parish once more.

Christchurchs 100-day blueprint took 67 days with only 20-odd days of design

Christchurch's 100-day blueprint took 67 days with only 20-odd days of design

Sunday, 25 October 2015 3:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

The 100-day blueprint that guides the Christchurch rebuild actually took 67 days to produce and "20-something" days of actual design work, an architect involved said.

Christchurchs 100-day blueprint took 67 days with only 20-odd days of design

Christchurch's 100-day blueprint took 67 days with only 20-odd days of design

Sunday, 25 October 2015 3:31 p.m. by MediaStuff

The 100-day blueprint that guides the Christchurch rebuild actually took 67 days to produce and "20-something" days of actual design work, an architect involved said.

Future for Cera staff unclear

Future for Cera staff unclear

Sunday, 25 October 2015 3:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

The region's earthquake recovery boss is staying tight-lipped about the futures of hundreds of staff whose employment contracts expire in six months.

15,000 workers will support central Christchurch retail precinct

15,000 workers will support central Christchurch retail precinct

Saturday, 24 October 2015 11:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

Up to 15,000 office workers will be powering central Christchurch's new retail precinct by the time it is fully open.

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel wants quake powers used for city centre homes

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel wants quake powers used for city centre homes

Friday, 23 October 2015 4:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's mayor hopes the city's new rebuild agency can use its powers to catalyse residential development within the four avenues.

Govt not ruling out dropping Christchurch convention centre negotiations

Govt not ruling out dropping Christchurch convention centre negotiations

Friday, 23 October 2015 12:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury's recovery boss says the Crown "can never say never" to pulling out of convention centre negotiations, but refuses to say more about the project.

Gerry Brownlee retains power in Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill

Gerry Brownlee retains power in Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill

Friday, 23 October 2015 10:53 a.m. by MediaThePress

Gerry Brownlee will retain most of the power under new legislation governing the next five years of Canterbury's earthquake recovery.

Christchurch quake and flood-hit residents Tower insurance nightmare

Christchurch quake and flood-hit residents' Tower insurance nightmare

Thursday, 22 October 2015 7:46 p.m. by MediaThePress

Being forced out of their quake-damaged home when it flooded with sewage was the last straw for Gaye and Daryl Urlwin.

Partial demolition under way of Christchurch Town Hall

Partial demolition under way of Christchurch Town Hall

Thursday, 22 October 2015 7:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Demolition of the Christchurch Town Hall's eastern function rooms gets under way as part of the facility's $127.5 million restoration.

Heritage former bank site sells

Heritage former bank site sells

Thursday, 22 October 2015 12:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

The cleared site of Christchurch's old ANZ bank chambers has been sold at auction.

Government releases final transition recovery plan for Christchurch

Government releases final transition recovery plan for Christchurch

Thursday, 22 October 2015 11:54 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government will bow out of Christchurch by 2021 under its finalised transition recovery plan.

Heritage former bank site for sale

Heritage former bank site for sale

Thursday, 22 October 2015 8:47 a.m. by MediaThePress

The cleared site of Christchurch's old ANZ bank chambers has been sold at auction.

Christmas 2016 milestone for Christchurchs inner city retail

Christmas 2016 milestone for Christchurch's inner city retail

Thursday, 22 October 2015 8:41 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christmas next year looks set to be a milestone for Christchurch's new retail precinct as construction projects take shape.

Cathedral parties keeping quiet on Govt appointed consultant

Cathedral parties keeping quiet on Govt appointed consultant

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 11:19 a.m. by MediaThePress

The parties tied up in the deadlock over the future of Christ Church Cathedral have been sworn to secrecy about the work being done by a Government-appointed consultant.

More than 6500 homes need fix after faulty EQC repairs

More than 6500 homes need fix after faulty EQC repairs

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 6:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 6500 homes could need remedial work to fix shoddy Earthquake Commission (EQC) repairs.

Top EQC manager Gail Kettle resigns

Top EQC manager Gail Kettle resigns

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 4:27 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

One of the Earthquake Commission's (EQC) top bosses has resigned, only one month after her daughter also quit the organisation.

EQC walks off repairs because of frustrated vulnerable homeowners

EQC walks off repairs because of 'frustrated' vulnerable homeowners

Sunday, 18 October 2015 7:35 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is walking off repair sites after "highly vulnerable" homeowners become argumentative, an assistance service says.

Oamaru woman reunited with fingers 80 years after death

Oamaru woman reunited with fingers 80 years after death

Saturday, 17 October 2015 6:18 p.m. by MediaStuff

An Oamaru woman has been reunited with her fingers - more than 80 years after her death.

Megan Woods in new role as Labour eyes up Canterbury votes

Megan Woods in new role as Labour eyes up Canterbury votes

Friday, 16 October 2015 5:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Megan Woods will be the new face of Labour in Canterbury as the country's largest opposition party looks to make a comeback in the region.

CCHL prepares to help council raise $400m plus

CCHL prepares to help council raise $400m plus

Friday, 16 October 2015 8:25 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch City Council's trading companies, already delivering strong dividends to their owner, are on track to deliver $400 million over two years.

Christchurchs Miro luxury apartment plan founders

Christchurch's Miro luxury apartment plan founders

Thursday, 15 October 2015 7:30 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Plans to build the plushest apartments in the Christchurch rebuild have collapsed and the site will be sold by a mortgagee.

Christchurch housing stock will match demand in 18 months, report suggests

Christchurch housing stock will match demand in 18 months, report suggests

Thursday, 15 October 2015 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch has replaced the number of homes it lost in the earthquakes and may have all the houses it needs within 18 months.

Stay of execution for temporary villages

Stay of execution for temporary villages

Thursday, 15 October 2015 3:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Two of the temporary housing villages in Christchurch will stay open an extra 14 while Kaiapoi's village will close in April next year as planned.

Cantabrians drop, cover, hold for ShakeOut quake drill

Cantabrians drop, cover, hold for ShakeOut quake drill

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

More than 77,000 Cantabrians have have taken part in a nationwide earthquake drill.

Whats behind the containers at Peacocks Gallop, Christchurch

What's behind the containers at Peacocks Gallop, Christchurch

Thursday, 15 October 2015 11:38 a.m. by MediaThePress

Spring has brought glimpses of beauty to the earthquake-scarred former reserve at Peacocks Gallop.

Nourishing body and soul vital for Christchurch rebuild and the rebuilders

Nourishing body and soul vital for Christchurch rebuild and the rebuilders

Thursday, 15 October 2015 11:08 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: When you've been through it both personally and in your work, struggling with EQC, insurers and the rest, nourishing body as well as soul is crucial.

Christchurch site up for sale after Government deal falls through

Christchurch site up for sale after Government deal falls through

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 11:23 a.m. by MediaThePress

A central Christchurch site earmarked for public service offices is on sale for $3.5 million, after negotiations between the owner and the potential Government tenant fell through.

Growing Christchurch hospitality empires post-quake

Growing Christchurch hospitality empires post-quake

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 10:50 a.m. by MediaThePress


Growing Christchurch hospitality empires post-quake

Growing Christchurch hospitality empires post-quake

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 10:50 a.m. by MediaStuff


Quake victim Stacey Herbert weeks away from visiting Hanger prosthetic clinic

Quake victim Stacey Herbert weeks away from visiting Hanger prosthetic clinic

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 3:33 p.m. by MediaStuff

The flights are paid for and the hotel booked – earthquake survivor Stacey Herbert is weeks away from taking her first steps in new prosthetic legs.

Corporate storyteller hired for health precinct promotion

'Corporate storyteller' hired for health precinct promotion

Monday, 12 October 2015 5:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

An Auckland-based "corporate storyteller" has been hired to boost the profile of Christchurch's planned health precinct.

Some EQC complaints open for six months or more

Some EQC complaints open for six months or more

Sunday, 11 October 2015 7:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than a quarter of the active complaints lodged with the Earthquake Commission (EQC) have been open for at least six months, with some dating back years.

Global company helps Habitat for Humanity social housing project

Global company helps Habitat for Humanity social housing project

Sunday, 11 October 2015 5:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

A global science and technology company has stepped in to support Habitat for Humanity's plan to build seven Christchurch homes.

Christchurch CBD awakens

Christchurch CBD awakens

Saturday, 10 October 2015 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Tuesday morning in central Christchurch, it's unseasonably warm - temperatures are pushing 30C by mid-morning. A strong northwesterly is stirring up grit from the many construction sites, turning the city centre into a dust bowl-...

More than 300 EQC staff leave in a year

More than 300 EQC staff leave in a year

Friday, 9 October 2015 6:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 300 staff have left the Earthquake Commission (EQC) in the last year, with one former employee blaming poor working conditions for the exodus.

Christchurch earthquake survivor Ann Bodkin credits preparedness for survival

Christchurch earthquake survivor Ann Bodkin credits preparedness for survival

Friday, 9 October 2015 5:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

After surviving 26 hours trapped following the February 22 Canterbury earthquake, former Southlander Ann Bodkin credits being prepared for her survival.

Court rules quake-damaged Lladro figurines are artworks

Court rules quake-damaged Lladro figurines are artworks

Friday, 9 October 2015 4:05 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Christchurch businessman has failed in his insurance claim to prove that his artworks, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars . . . are not artworks.

EQC close to announcing increased liquefaction risk policy

EQC close to announcing increased liquefaction risk policy

Thursday, 8 October 2015 5:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Thousands of Canterbury homeowners will soon find out how the Earthquake Commission (EQC) will settle claims for properties with increased liquefaction risk.

Office space outpacing tenant demand

Office space 'outpacing' tenant demand

Wednesday, 7 October 2015 9:29 a.m. by MediaThePress

The market for large, expensive central city buildings is almost saturated and some multi-million-dollar developments may struggle to attract tenants, commercial leasing agents say.

Quake journey over for group of elderly neighbours

Quake journey over for group of elderly neighbours

Tuesday, 6 October 2015 5:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

If Margaret McGovern had the strength or the energy to fight the Earthquake Commission (EQC), she says she would. If she had the money, she would leave Christchurch.

Christchurch earthquake victims: We got lucky

Christchurch earthquake victims: 'We got lucky'

Tuesday, 6 October 2015 2:28 p.m. by MediaHerald

If the Christchurch earthquakes had hit just a few weeks earlier, things could have been so much worse for one local family that is using its close call with nature to warn others to always be prepared. 

SCIRT under investigation for worker injury but maintains safe record

SCIRT under investigation for worker injury but maintains safe record

Sunday, 4 October 2015 4:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

The organisation leading the rebuild of Christchurch's roads and underground infrastructure is being investigated by WorkSafe New Zealand after a worker was injured.

TEDx ChCh: Top five speakers and moments

TEDx ChCh: Top five speakers and moments

Sunday, 4 October 2015 12:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Saturday's sold-out TEDx Christchurch was another success. Here are my favourites bits:

Central city apartments flooding market post-quake

Central city apartments flooding market post-quake

Saturday, 3 October 2015 11:31 a.m. by MediaThePress

Hundreds of central city apartments and townhouses are continuing to hit the market as thousands of residents are expected to flock back into Christchurch's rebuilding CBD.

Livestream: TEDx 2015 Christchurch

Livestream: TEDx 2015 Christchurch

Friday, 2 October 2015 2:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

The sixth year of sees it return to the central city on Saturday with a day-long conference aimed at "inspiring, provoking and uplifting".

Convention centre delays force major medical conference to Auckland

Convention centre delays force major medical conference to Auckland

Thursday, 1 October 2015 7:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's first post-quake international conference has been lost to Auckland because of delays and uncertainty around the city's new convention centre.