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Hoping for an urban utopia

Hoping for an urban utopia

Friday, 27 November 2015 10:36 a.m. by MediaThePress

CrownCo promises to deliver Christchurchs rebuild dreams

CrownCo promises to deliver Christchurch's rebuild dreams

Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:36 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The man charged with overseeing Christchurch's anchor projects is promising to deliver on the "dreams and aspirations" expressed through the city's  campaign.

Sumner surf clubs new landmark building

Sumner surf club's new landmark building

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 5:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Sumner surf club aimed for landmark building

Sumner surf club aimed for landmark building

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 5:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Deadline for Christchurch convention centre outcome?

Deadline for Christchurch convention centre outcome?

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 11:12 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government will not say whether it has imposed a deadline on Christchurch's convention centre negotiations after months of silence and uncertainty.

Breathe developers rally to secure funding for Christchurch residential project

Breathe developers rally to secure funding for Christchurch residential project

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 12:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

The would-be developers behind a central Christchurch residential development are rallying to secure funding despite missing a Crown-imposed timeline.

Tower posts loss on quake costs, hikes dividend

Tower posts loss on quake costs, hikes dividend

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:52 a.m. by MediaHerald

Tower, the general insurer, posted an annual loss as it prepares for more expensive claims from the Canterbury spate of earthquakes, but raised its dividend payout to reflect a stronger underlying earnings performance. The Auckland-based...

Woman who stole $472k from employer loses appeal

Woman who stole $472k from employer loses appeal

Monday, 23 November 2015 4:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

A woman who stole nearly half a million dollars from her employer and claimed post-quake trauma was partly to blame has had an appeal against her jail sentence dismissed.

Woman who pinned her $472k theft on employer on post-quake trauma loses appeal

Woman who pinned her $472k theft on employer on post-quake trauma loses appeal

Monday, 23 November 2015 4:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

A woman who stole nearly half a million dollars from her employer and claimed post-quake trauma was partly to blame has had an appeal against her jail sentence dismissed.

Court throws out $6.5m insurance offer for Henderson property

Court throws out $6.5m insurance offer for Henderson property

Sunday, 22 November 2015 4:54 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Bankrupt developer Dave Henderson's bid to revive a Christchurch building has helped scupper an insurance payout on the property.

More good news for Christchurchs retail precinct

More good news for Christchurch's retail precinct

Friday, 20 November 2015 9:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new retail precinct has had another big boost with one developer announcing a major tenant and another planning to make his building bigger to meet demand.

Warners Hotel could rise again in Christchurchs Cathedral Square

Warner's Hotel could rise again in Christchurch's Cathedral Square

Friday, 20 November 2015 9:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The American owners of Christchurch's Novotel hotel building in Cathedral Square want to rebuild Warner's Hotel next door.

Crown calls time on central Christchurch residential development

Crown calls time on central Christchurch residential development

Friday, 20 November 2015 7:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

A major residential development in central Christchurch has fallen through after months of delays and silence.

CTV engineer inquiry not in public interest

CTV engineer inquiry 'not in public interest'

Friday, 20 November 2015 6:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

A full investigation into an engineer's involvement in the collapsed CTV building would not be in the public interest, a judge has heard.

New peek at Christchurch heritage project

New peek at Christchurch heritage project

Friday, 20 November 2015 2:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

New artists' impressions give inside glimpses of how central Christchurch's McKenzie and Willis redevelopment will look.

Lyttelton Port approved for major revamp

Lyttelton Port approved for major revamp

Thursday, 19 November 2015 6:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

A major revamp of Lyttelton Port has received final sign-off and will proceed next year.

City pharmacy wait nearly over

City pharmacy wait nearly over

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 11:03 a.m. by MediaThePress

Having to take a long hike for prescriptions and medications in central Christchurch is about to end.

Johnny Moore: Small victories worth celebrating

Johnny Moore: Small victories worth celebrating

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 7:46 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The sitcom that was my sister, dodgy brother-in-law and their bratty children living with my parents is over.

High-flying stairway takes shape inside new Crowne Plaza hotel

High-flying stairway takes shape inside new Crowne Plaza hotel

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 6:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

New stairs going into Christchurch's new Crowne Plaza Hotel signal a new beginning for the building.

150 Canterbury homeowners to file proceedings against EQC

150 Canterbury homeowners to file proceedings against EQC

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 11:52 a.m. by MediaHerald

A group of 150 Canterbury homeowners will file legal proceedings in the High Court against the Earthquake Commission today.The homeowners, known as the EQC Action Group, are seeking three sets of declarations from the court around...

Court asked to rule on EQCs repair standards

Court asked to rule on EQC's repair standards

Monday, 16 November 2015 6:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

Frustrated Canterbury homeowners have launched legal action against the Earthquake Commission (EQC) after failing to reach an agreement out of court.

Quake-hit couple live in unsafe house while waiting for EQC progress

Quake-hit couple live in 'unsafe' house while waiting for EQC progress

Monday, 16 November 2015 4:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Deep spilts are breaking up the concrete floor, walls are out of plumb, and experts have deemed the property a rebuild.

MP issues reminder to insurers

MP issues reminder to insurers

Monday, 16 November 2015 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Two years after a shake-up in the way house insurance is calculated, concerns remain over how well the public understand the change.In 2013, most insurers moved to a sum-insured model where homeowners are now asked to name how much...

Waimakariri district red zoners face uncertain wait

Waimakariri district red zoners face uncertain wait

Sunday, 15 November 2015 5:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Waimakariri's red zone residents will likely be able to stay in their homes but face more uncertainty before their futures are confirmed.

Gap Filler celebrates five years of brightening Christchurchs vacant spaces

Gap Filler celebrates five years of brightening Christchurch's vacant spaces

Friday, 13 November 2015 7:11 p.m. by MediaStuff

Filling empty spaces has become an art in Christchurch, with Gap Filler leading the way in bringing joy and fun to a once decimated city.

Scirt errors cause massive water loss in Christchurch

Scirt errors cause massive water loss in Christchurch

Friday, 13 November 2015 6:08 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

About 12 million litres of water went down Christchurch drains in 2014 because of damage caused by road works, demolitions and construction.

The $500,000 intersection

The $500,000 intersection

Friday, 13 November 2015 4:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Margaret Mahy playground on track for Christmas opening, Government says

Margaret Mahy playground on track for Christmas opening, Government says

Thursday, 12 November 2015 5:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

Prime Minister John Key took a muddy tour of Christchurch's Margaret Mahy playground as construction crews rally to complete the project before Christmas.

Earthquake insurer Southern Response sets aside $4m for legal fees

Earthquake insurer Southern Response sets aside $4m for legal fees

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 4:21 p.m. by MediaStuff

Government-owned insurer Southern Response has set aside $4 million for its legal costs over the next year, as it faces a lawsuit from disgruntled Christchurch customers angry with its work on earthquake repairs.

Insurers want EQC Act overhaul

Insurers want EQC Act overhaul

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 12:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers want an overhaul of the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Act to eliminate "inefficiencies, additional costs and delays" before another disaster strikes.

South Frame details and drawings revealed

South Frame details and drawings revealed

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 7:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

New details and images have been released of the South Frame precinct to be built in central Christchurch.

Johnny Moore: Heritage trusts burning through money post-quake

Johnny Moore: Heritage trusts burning through money post-quake

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 5:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: I walk past the old Excelsior Hotel site on my way to work most days. A hotel with a long history in Christchurch, by the time the earthquakes hit it was doing trade as a good ol' pub with pokies, sports on telly and jugs of beer.

EQC budgets $5m for court cases in 2015/16

EQC budgets $5m for court cases in 2015/16

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has budgeted $5 million in the next year to fight frustrated Canterbury homeowners in court.

Cera residential red zone survey insulting

Cera residential red zone survey 'insulting'

Sunday, 8 November 2015 5:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Former Christchurch red zone residents say they feel "insulted" by the lack of promotion of a Government survey about its buy-out process.

Video: The last block from Christchurchs old CBD

Video: The last block from Christchurch's old CBD

Sunday, 8 November 2015 3:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Graffiti has taken over the last recognisable block left of the old Christchurch CBD.

Heritage facade on old Excelsior Hotel will be lost

Heritage facade on old Excelsior Hotel will be lost

Saturday, 7 November 2015 2:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's old Excelsior Hotel is to be rebuilt as a modern building with a replica facade.

Insurance brokers returning to central city

Insurance brokers returning to central city

Friday, 6 November 2015 9:57 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular


Insurance brokers Crombie Lockwood are joining the move back to central Christchurch.

Old Excelsior Hotel will rise again

Old Excelsior Hotel will rise again

Friday, 6 November 2015 8:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's old Excelsior Hotel is to be rebuilt as a modern building with a replica facade.

Topshop confirms new Christchurch store

Topshop confirms new Christchurch store

Friday, 6 November 2015 1:43 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

International fashion retailer Topshop has confirmed a badly-kept secret — that it is coming to Christchurch.

EQCs legal bill continues to rise

EQC's legal bill continues to rise

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 2:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 270 legal cases have been brought against the Earthquake Commission (EQC) since the Canterbury earthquakes.

Big law firm takes space in retail precinct

Big law firm takes space in retail precinct

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 8:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Big Christchurch law firm Cavell Leitch will lease space in the new BNZ Centre going up in central Christchurch.

Govt eyes red zone options to recoup money

Govt eyes red zone options to recoup money

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 5:21 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Government hopes to recoup money from Christchurch's red zone by leasing or selling land for private sector development including tourism businesses and small-scale farming.

Heritage bank building for sale by convention site

Heritage bank building for sale by convention site

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 4:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

The lone heritage building on Christchurch's convention centre block is for sale.

IAG NZ posts hefty loss as quake bill mounts

IAG NZ posts hefty loss as quake bill mounts

Monday, 2 November 2015 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A major New Zealand insurer has posted a loss of more than half-a-billion-dollars and is blaming the Canterbury earthquakes for the state of its finances.

Gravity effect fills Christchurchs new Innovation Precinct

Gravity effect fills Christchurch's new Innovation Precinct

Saturday, 31 October 2015 5:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

It's considered the star performer of Christchurch's anchor projects.

Catholic Church gets win on 999-year lease compensation claim

Catholic Church gets win on 999-year lease compensation claim

Friday, 30 October 2015 4:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

A High Court decision on insurance paid to Christchurch property developer David Henderson could help the Catholic Church rebuild a cherished chapel.

Survey finds poor satisfaction rate with EQC

Survey finds poor satisfaction rate with EQC

Friday, 30 October 2015 1:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Less than half of Earthquake Commission (EQC) customers say they are satisfied with how their claims were handled, even though Cantabrians in the home repair programme were excluded from the survey.

Southern Response chairman Ross Butler in new rebuild role

Southern Response chairman Ross Butler in new rebuild role

Friday, 30 October 2015 11:05 a.m. by MediaThePress

The chairman of Government-owned insurer Southern Response will step into a new role overseeing the development of Christchurch's major anchor projects.

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 Popular

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.