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Christchurchs building consent surge creates national high

Christchurch's building consent surge creates national high

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 8:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

The national value of building consents has hit an all-time high as Christchurch gets set for a string of rich projects.

Residents to fight LIM listing on coastal hazards

Residents to fight LIM listing on coastal hazards

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 8:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

A group of Christchurch residents plan to mount a legal challenge to have details of flood and erosion risk removed from their property titles.

EQC refuses to revisit jack and pack repair but then changes stance

EQC refuses to revisit jack and pack repair but then changes stance

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 7:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) refused to revisit a homeowner's jack and pack repair, despite promises to address shoddy foundation work, but then appeared to change its stance when challenged.

Editorial: Taking coastal hazards from the district plan the right thing to do

Editorial: Taking coastal hazards from the district plan the right thing to do

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 7:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

EDITORIAL: There's an old joke which goes something like this. "Nobody ever listens to me," person A says. "Pardon?", comes the response.

US expert called in to help Catholic cathedrals restoration

US expert called in to help Catholic cathedral's restoration

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 4:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's Catholic leaders have flown in an American architecture specialist to help restore their earthquake-damaged city cathedral.

Regenerate Christchurch marks new era of collaboration says Mayor Lianne Dalziel

Regenerate Christchurch marks new era of collaboration says Mayor Lianne Dalziel

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 12:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the new collaborative working environment the city council and the Government have created though Regenerate Christchurch is a game-changer.

Vulnerable Alf now too sick to enjoy new home

Vulnerable Alf now too sick to enjoy new home

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 1:41 a.m. by MediaThePress

Alf Johnson moved into his newly-rebuilt home three days before his 94th birthday.

Major power failure or earthquake biggest risks to NZ – survey shows

Major power failure or earthquake biggest risks to NZ – survey shows

Monday, 28 September 2015 8:52 p.m. by PRNews Popular

A major power failure or an earthquake on the Alpine fault or in Wellington are two of the biggest risks New Zealand risk managers worry about, according to a Risk NZ survey.

Elderly man dying after four-year rebuild wait finally over

Elderly man dying after four-year rebuild wait finally over

Monday, 28 September 2015 8:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Alf Johnson moved into his newly-rebuilt home three days before his 94th birthday.

New Christchurch earthquake authority to be slimmed down

New Christchurch earthquake authority to be slimmed down

Sunday, 27 September 2015 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new earthquake recovery authority will be substantially smaller than its predecessor.

Call for action on wrecked Cathedral Square

Call for action on wrecked Cathedral Square

Friday, 25 September 2015 9:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Frustrated landowners say Cathedral Square is a wreck and needs action, as plans are unveiled for a new agency  to manage the Christchurch rebuild.

Boutique building will replicate lost city heritage

Boutique building will replicate lost city heritage

Friday, 25 September 2015 9:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

A boutique hotel will be built to replicate the lost Mayfair building in Cathedral Junction in central Christchurch.

Poor planning behind Christchurchs Metro Sports Facility

Poor planning behind Christchurch's Metro Sports Facility

Friday, 25 September 2015 6:28 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Government under-estimated the cost of building Christchurch's new central city sports centre and the extent of the "liquefiable" ground at its chosen site, official documents have revealed.

Slows progress on abandoned buildings at the heart of Christchurch

Slows progress on abandoned buildings at the heart of Christchurch

Friday, 25 September 2015 12:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

Delays for multimillion-dollar anchor projects and insurance stalemates mean a dozen quake-damaged buildings are still standing near Christchurch's Cathedral Square. CECILE MEIER investigates what's happening behind the derelict facades.

Slow progress on abandoned buildings at the heart of Christchurch

Slow progress on abandoned buildings at the heart of Christchurch

Friday, 25 September 2015 12:16 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Delays for multimillion-dollar anchor projects and insurance stalemates mean a dozen quake-damaged buildings are still standing near Christchurch's Cathedral Square. CECILE MEIER investigates what's happening behind the derelict facades.

Regenerate Christchurch detail to be revealed Friday

'Regenerate Christchurch' detail to be revealed Friday

Thursday, 24 September 2015 9:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

The power structure for running Christchurch's earthquake rebuild when Cera winds up is about to be revealed.

Couple to sue IAG for breaking binding rebuild agreement

Couple to sue IAG for breaking 'binding' rebuild agreement

Thursday, 24 September 2015 6:15 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch couple is considering suing their insurer after it back-tracked on an agreement to rebuild their earthquake-damaged home.

Chinese firms investment in Christchurch not guaranteed - Manji

Chinese firm's investment in Christchurch not guaranteed - Manji

Thursday, 24 September 2015 12:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

The councillor who has been the primary liaison with the Chinese company looking to invest up to $3 billion into Christchurch says there is no guarantee they will do anything.

Cera should lease new building earmarked for demolition to artists - developer

'Cera should lease new building earmarked for demolition to artists' - developer

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 8:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

Students and artists should use a new building set to be demolished to make way for a stadium that "may never happen", a developer says.

Chinese companys $2 billion plan for Christchurch rebuild

Chinese company's $2 billion plan for Christchurch rebuild

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 7:35 p.m. by MediaHerald

A giant Chinese company has today revealed plans to raise a US$2 billion fund to help with post-earthquake Christchurch's rebuild.Mayor Lianne Dalziel has signed a non-binding "letter of cooperation and friendship" on behalf of...

Extent of shoddy quake repair work exposed in reports

Extent of shoddy quake repair work exposed in reports

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 4:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

Homeowners' reports from the Government's first inspection of Canterbury's earthquake repairs reveals the extent of "poorly executed" and shoddy work.

CTV to debut doco series on East Christchurch

CTV to debut doco series on East Christchurch

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 4:29 p.m. by MediaStuff

East Christchurch is the subject of seven-part, half-hour documentary series that will debut on CTV on Thursday night.

Builders reluctant to self-certify work

Builders reluctant to self-certify work

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 1:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

The firm behind a Christchurch "leaky home" says the case highlights how important it is for the building industry not to be able to certify their own work.

New leaky home built in Christchurch, Home Owners & Buyers Association says

New 'leaky home' built in Christchurch, Home Owners & Buyers Association says

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:24 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch couple and their two children were left living in a freezing home throughout winter, plugging gaps in the walls with newspaper.

Wife creates dream garden for quake amputee husband Brian Coker

Wife creates dream garden for quake amputee husband Brian Coker

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 11:03 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Helen and Brian Coker were always keen gardeners.

Avon River art trail hinges on $10 million in philanthropic donations

Avon River art trail hinges on $10 million in philanthropic donations

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 8:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

A series of new artworks will line the Avon River – if philanthropists to fund them can be found.

Earthquake Commissions $60 foundation fix

Earthquake Commission's $60 foundation fix

Friday, 18 September 2015 8:26 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch homeowner is fighting an Earthquake Commission (EQC) assessment suggesting it would cost only $60 to fix his rental property's quake-damaged foundation.

Heritage stone church rebuild

Heritage stone church rebuild

Friday, 18 September 2015 3:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

A $3.5 million project to rebuild the historic St Peter's Church in upper Riccarton is awaiting resource consent.

Heritage stone church rebuild

Heritage stone church rebuild

Friday, 18 September 2015 3:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

A $3.5 million project to rebuild the historic St Peter's Church in upper Riccarton is awaiting resource consent.

EQC wasnt equipped to deal with the middle classes

EQC wasn't equipped to deal with the middle classes

Friday, 18 September 2015 2:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

Where did the Earthquake Commission (EQC) go wrong?

Potential exposure to asbestos at Christchurch Arts Centre

'Potential exposure' to asbestos at Christchurch Arts Centre

Friday, 18 September 2015 10:50 a.m. by MediaThePress

Workers may have been exposed to asbestos during the restoration of a major Arts Centre site.

Christchurchs Bridge of Remembrance restoration complete

Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance restoration complete

Thursday, 17 September 2015 7:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Limestone lions again perch on the side arches of the Bridge of Remembrance, to signify the $6.7 million project to restore the earthquake-damaged war memorial is complete.

Very complex CTV building collapse investigation ongoing

'Very complex' CTV building collapse investigation ongoing

Thursday, 17 September 2015 4:56 p.m. by MediaHerald

The "very complex" criminal investigation into the deadly collapse of the Canterbury Television building in the February 2011 earthquake is still ongoing, with no decision yet on whether anyone will be charged.Investigators have...

Southern Response at the mercy of Earthquake Commission

Southern Response 'at the mercy' of Earthquake Commission

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 8:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response says it is "at the mercy" of the Earthquake Commission's (EQC) claims assessment process.

Christchurch buildings win New Zealand Wood Resene Timber Design Awards

Christchurch buildings win New Zealand Wood Resene Timber Design Awards

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 7:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Stylish new timber buildings in Christchurch have been recognised in national design awards.

Insurers get building consents on most structural quake repairs

Insurers get building consents on most structural quake repairs

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 8:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers appear to be more cautious than the Earthquake Commission (EQC) in their approach to quake repairs.

Gerry Brownlee dismisses excitement over shoddy quake repairs

Gerry Brownlee dismisses 'excitement' over shoddy quake repairs

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 4:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says he is not buying into the "excitement that some want to generate" about defective earthquake repairs.

Huge support for royal commission into defective quake repairs

Huge support for royal commission into defective quake repairs

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 2:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

The deadline for signing a petition demanding an inquiry into substandard earthquake repairs will likely be extended after receiving overwhelming support.

Spectacular demolition turns car park murals into dust

Spectacular demolition turns car park murals into dust

Monday, 14 September 2015 2:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

Murals on the Manchester St car park are being crunched into dust after a call to save the artworks failed.

EQC gearing up to fix shoddy repairs

EQC gearing up to fix shoddy repairs

Sunday, 13 September 2015 6:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is putting together a team of 35 staff to deal with defective repairs, and expects "there'll be an ongoing need to support customers for some time".

Only 1 per cent of EQC repairs done with building consent

Only 1 per cent of EQC repairs done with building consent

Sunday, 13 September 2015 5:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Only 1 per cent of the 66,769 quake repairs the Earthquake Commission (EQC) has completed were done under a building consent or exemption.

Daughter of EQC executive being investigated again

Daughter of EQC executive being investigated again

Friday, 11 September 2015 7:01 p.m. by MediaStuff

Daughter of EQC excutive being investigated again

Daughter of EQC excutive being investigated again

Friday, 11 September 2015 6:26 p.m. by MediaStuff

Petition for Royal Commission inquiry into shoddy repairs launched

Petition for Royal Commission inquiry into shoddy repairs launched

Thursday, 10 September 2015 9:13 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A petition asking Parliament for a royal commission of inquiry into shoddy quake repairs has been launched.

Food and drink soon at bus interchange

Food and drink soon at bus interchange

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 7:25 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Relief is in sight for hungry and thirsty passengers at Christchurch's new bus interchange.

IAG accused of bullying customers

IAG accused of 'bullying' customers

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 12:51 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

IAG is "bullying" customers to accept unsuitable repair or rebuild plans, an insurance lawyer says.

Southern Response hits back at class action

Southern Response hits back at class action

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 11:58 a.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response has taken aim at a class action lawsuit, saying customers who signed up for it were likely to have their payouts delayed and could end up worse off.

EQC faces court challenge over repair policies

EQC faces court challenge over repair policies

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 11:46 a.m. by MediaStuff

A group of homeowners is taking legal action against the Earthquake Commission (EQC) over its repair and cash settlement policies.

Big jump in woman learning trades in Canterbury

Big jump in woman learning trades in Canterbury

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 7:10 a.m. by MediaThePress

Joy  is enjoying operating a cherry picker in the fresh air, fixing a light fitting in a Christchurch carpark.

Big jump in women learning trades in Canterbury

Big jump in women learning trades in Canterbury

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 7:10 a.m. by MediaThePress

Joy  is enjoying operating a cherry picker in the fresh air, fixing a light fitting in a Christchurch carpark.

Young Cantabrians to have their say in shaping of Christchurch

Young Cantabrians to have their say in shaping of Christchurch

Monday, 7 September 2015 4:40 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A campaign to give young Cantabrians a say in shaping the future of their city has been launched.

Young Cantabrians to have their say in shaping of Christchurch

Young Cantabrians to have their say in shaping of Christchurch

Monday, 7 September 2015 4:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

A campaign to give young Cantabrians a say in shaping the future of their city has been launched.

Late, inadequate and frequently defective

Late, inadequate and frequently defective

Friday, 4 September 2015 11:12 p.m. by MediaStuff

It's not only earthquake repairs that are defective.  The Earthquake Commission system is broken too.

Greendale residents smash pianos in earthquake memorial

Greendale residents smash pianos in earthquake memorial

Friday, 4 September 2015 7:00 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Three pianos played their last tune as they were smashed by Greendale residents during an earthquake memorial.

Inquisitive duo caught inside Christ Church Cathedral

'Inquisitive' duo caught inside Christ Church Cathedral

Friday, 4 September 2015 12:19 p.m. by MediaStuff

Two "inquisitive" intruders caught inside Christ Church Cathedral have been arrested by police.

Rodents and rot: Canterbury Provincial Chambers a long-term fix

Rodents and rot: Canterbury Provincial Chambers a long-term fix

Thursday, 3 September 2015 9:43 p.m. by MediaStuff

The crown jewel of the Canterbury Provincial Chambers looks like a store room that hasn't finished being built yet. It's dark, with a weather proof ceiling so low you feel like you're about to hit your hard hat on it. There are timber and steel supports everywhere – you have to clamber over them to get through the doorway.

Kaiapoi five years on: Living on the edge

Kaiapoi five years on: Living on the edge

Thursday, 3 September 2015 9:35 p.m. by MediaStuff

Her house is on a lean, the future is uncertain and she has no neighbours but Jackie Hall, 84, is quite happy in Kaiapoi where she has lived most of her life.