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Welsh slate from Southland Hospital used in Canterbury earthquake rebuild

Welsh slate from Southland Hospital used in Canterbury earthquake rebuild

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 12:43 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Welsh slate from a condemned Southland Hospital building has given new life to the historic Christchurch Arts Centre damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes.

Christchurch: My personal post-quake tour

Christchurch: My personal post-quake tour

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 12:12 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Christchurch, New Zealand has long been known as The Garden City. However, these days when I mention my home-away-from-home in New Zealand, I'm likely to hear, "Isn't that the place that was pretty much destroyed by an earthquake?"

Insurers pushing gag orders on settlements

Insurers pushing gag orders on settlements

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 11:30 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

A Christchurch insurance advocate says gag orders on insurance settlements benefit no one, but the insurer's reputation. A number of customers have told Newstalk ZB their insurer has refused to settle unless they stop posting...

Confidence slump among Christchurch landlords

Confidence slump among Christchurch landlords

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Optimism among Christchurch's commercial property investors has sunk to pre-earthquake levels as the rebuild drags on.

Hundreds of quake claims still going over cap

Hundreds of quake claims still going over cap

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 8:14 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

About 120 homeowners a month are starting earthquake repairs from scratch as their claims are finally referred to insurance companies.

Hundreds of quake claims still going over cap

Hundreds of quake claims still going over cap

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 8:14 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

About 120 homeowners a month are starting earthquake repairs from scratch as their claims are finally referred to insurance companies.

New Regent St repair work on track for April 6 completion

New Regent St repair work on track for April 6 completion

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 4:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Business will soon return to normal on New Regent St, with repair work on five quake-damaged buildings on track to be completed by Wednesday, April 6.

World-class sensory childrens garden for east Christchurch

World-class sensory children's garden for east Christchurch

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 7:52 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A world-class sensory garden with a musical path is about take form in east Christchurch.

Customers claim earthquake repairs shoddy

Customers claim earthquake repairs shoddy

Monday, 28 March 2016 6:33 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A builder responsible for 150 earthquake repairs has seen some homeowners terminate their contracts amid claims of poor workmanship, delays and jobs that do not meet consent requirements.

Trust may oversee Provincial Chambers repair

Trust may oversee Provincial Chambers repair

Monday, 28 March 2016 3:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

The earthquake-damaged Canterbury Provincial Chambers could be sold to a trust to fast track its multimillion-dollar restoration.

Housing repairs will create hideous conditions

Housing repairs will create 'hideous' conditions

Monday, 28 March 2016 9:34 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

More than 60 residents at a city council-owned complex face eight months of noise, dust and constant shuddering because of earthquake repairs.

Christchurch earthquake survivors epic tale: He gave me my life

Christchurch earthquake survivor's epic tale: 'He gave me my life'

Saturday, 26 March 2016 11:36 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Five years on from the Christchurch earthquake, incredible stories of bravery and courage are still emerging for the first time. shares the story of three strangers united forever by the events of that day.

Quake survivors epic tale: He gave me my life

Quake survivor's epic tale: 'He gave me my life'

Friday, 25 March 2016 6:24 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Caffe Roma building gets $900,000 council grant

Caffe Roma building gets $900,000 council grant

Thursday, 24 March 2016 2:49 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

New owners planning to restore a historic central Christchurch building will get a $869,500 city council grant.

Caffe Roma building gets council grant

Caffe Roma building gets council grant

Thursday, 24 March 2016 1:24 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

New owners planning to restore a historic central Christchurch building will get a $869,500 city council grant.

Christchurch painter says building firms using tradespeople like banks

Christchurch painter says building firms using tradespeople 'like banks'

Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:07 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's building industry bills are mounting and it's taking longer for tradespeople to be paid.

Southern Response earthquake claims settlement could take until 2019

Southern Response earthquake claims settlement could take until 2019

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 4:07 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

It could be almost another three years before Southern Response settles all of its Canterbury earthquake claims.

Arts Centre clock tower building ready for new life

Arts Centre clock tower building ready for new life

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 10:40 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

As earthquake repairs are completed stone by stone across Christchurch's historic Arts Centre, one of the complex's best-known spots is ready for new occupants.

University of Canterbury engineering programme drops in global ranking

University of Canterbury engineering programme drops in global ranking

Monday, 21 March 2016 8:57 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The University of Canterbury's (UC) civil and structural engineering programme has dropped five places in the latest international ranking.

Half-billion dollar plan for Christchurchs old convention centre site

Half-billion dollar plan for Christchurch's old convention centre site

Monday, 21 March 2016 7:24 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A half-billion dollar precinct of shops, offices, hotels, restaurants and apartments is planned for Christchurch's old convention centre site.

Builders get tough on making clients pay up to escape debt collectors

Builders get tough on making clients pay up to escape debt collectors

Monday, 21 March 2016 9:34 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Debt collectors are chasing more builders as the money they owe skyrockets.

130-year-old Oxford Baptist church to rebuild

130-year-old Oxford Baptist church to rebuild

Sunday, 20 March 2016 6:04 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Central Christchurch's Baptist community is launching a $8.5 million rebuild to replace their 130-year old heritage-listed church that collapsed in the earthquakes.

130-year-old Oxford Baptist Church to rebuild in central Christchurch

130-year-old Oxford Baptist Church to rebuild in central Christchurch

Sunday, 20 March 2016 6:04 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Central Christchurch's Baptist community is launching a $8.5 million rebuild to replace their 130-year old heritage-listed church that collapsed in the earthquakes.

Lonely journey for elderly Christchurch woman for earthquake repairs

Lonely journey for elderly Christchurch woman for earthquake repairs

Sunday, 20 March 2016 4:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Ina Drury, 86, is waiting to get her home repaired for a second time.

Lonely journey for elderly Christchurch woman for earthquake repairs

Lonely journey for elderly Christchurch woman for earthquake repairs

Sunday, 20 March 2016 4:47 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Ina Drury, 86, is waiting to get her home repaired for a second time.

Recovery entities say new model will work

Recovery entities say new model will work

Sunday, 20 March 2016 4:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Playing hardball on splitting Christchurchs repair bill

Playing hardball on splitting Christchurch's repair bill

Friday, 18 March 2016 5:25 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Developer Antony Gough criticises new 30kmh speed limit, lack of car parks and cycle lanes in CBD

Developer Antony Gough criticises new 30kmh speed limit, lack of car parks and cycle lanes in CBD

Friday, 18 March 2016 2:56 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A prominent developer says Christchurch is becoming the "inaccessible" city.

Devastated families want someone held accountable for Christchurch quake deaths

Devastated families want someone held accountable for Christchurch quake deaths

Thursday, 17 March 2016 8:59 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Errol Hadfield is resigned to the fact no-one will be held accountable for the death of his daughter-in-law during the February 2011 earthquake.

Parties commend work on Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill

Parties commend work on Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill

Thursday, 17 March 2016 8:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

The changes to the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill will not be seen for another two weeks.

Tram track closure disastrous for retailers, say Christchurch landowners

Tram track closure 'disastrous' for retailers, say Christchurch landowners

Thursday, 17 March 2016 6:51 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Central Christchurch landowners and retailers say the closure of a tram route for road upgrades will be disastrous for business.

Building firm admits creating false earthquake repair documents

Building firm admits creating false earthquake repair documents

Thursday, 17 March 2016 4:48 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch building firm and its owner have been fined $2500 each for falsifying documents relating to earthquake repairs.

Architect of the Christchurch rebuild defends the emerging glass and steel city

Architect of the Christchurch rebuild defends the emerging glass and steel city

Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:17 a.m. by MediaThePress

Architects come in flavours. There's the black turtleneck and beard brigade, folks who chose their wardrobe and accessories with the same attention they bring to buildings (clients willing). There's the hippies, such as Hundertwasser, best known in New Zealand for his Kawakawa toilets. Their designs sometimes lack straight lines. There's the sole practitioners, working from a converted garage, say, and often building houses for the flush.

Revealed: The four fatal earthquake sites where criminal charges could be laid

Revealed: The four fatal earthquake sites where criminal charges could be laid

Thursday, 17 March 2016 9:09 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

The criminal inquiry into deadly building collapses during the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch has been narrowed to four sites.

Changes to Christchurch quake recovery bill to more closely prescribe ministers powers

Changes to Christchurch quake recovery bill to 'more closely prescribe' minister's powers

Thursday, 17 March 2016 6:45 a.m. by MediaThePress

The city council is backing changes to new legislation that will govern the next phase of Christchurch's recovery.

Happy St Patricks Day from the Irish who call New Zealand home

Happy St Patrick's Day from the Irish who call New Zealand home

Thursday, 17 March 2016 1:02 a.m. by MediaThePress

Sometimes the grass is just greener on the other side - even if you come from the Emerald Isle.

Council backs changes to Christchurch quake recovery bill

Council backs changes to Christchurch quake recovery bill

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 9:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

The city council is backing changes to new legislation that will govern the next phase of Christchurch's recovery.

Southern Response CEO top bonus earner with about $500,000

Southern Response CEO top bonus earner with about $500,000

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 7:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response (SR) chief executive Peter Rose has pocketed nearly half a million dollars in bonuses since 2012, figures show.

Design contest for new Avon footbridge

Design contest for new Avon footbridge

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 6:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

An "iconic and spectacular" footbridge over the Avon River is being earmarked for the city centre.

Free-for-all on cheap plumbing products sparks complaints

'Free-for-all' on cheap plumbing products sparks complaints

Monday, 14 March 2016 5:07 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Weak plumbing industry regulations have lead to a spike in Cantabrians complaining about shoddy products, plumbers say.

New Christchurch library contractor announced

New Christchurch library contractor announced

Monday, 14 March 2016 12:31 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Southbase Construction has been awarded the contract to build Christchurch's new central library.

In Search of Helen Thacker

In Search of Helen Thacker

Friday, 11 March 2016 3:33 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Southern Response staff get $3.3m in bonuses

Southern Response staff get $3.3m in bonuses

Friday, 11 March 2016 11:33 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Crown-owned Southern Response (SR) has paid staff $3.29 million in bonuses for settling earthquake claims quickly.

Laneways revival projects get under way

Laneways revival projects get under way

Friday, 11 March 2016 7:15 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Property developers are launching a revival of Christchurch's Poplar Lane hospitality area, spurred on by big new office buildings going up nearby.

Johnny Moore: Suburban malls vibrancy highlights a languishing centre city

Johnny Moore: Suburban mall's 'vibrancy' highlights a languishing centre city

Thursday, 10 March 2016 10:39 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

OPINION: I'm one of those suckers who still hopes the central city will become the bustling metropolitan centre of the South Island.

Central Christchurch car park building delayed

Central Christchurch car park building delayed

Thursday, 10 March 2016 8:01 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A new multi-storey car park in Christchurch's central city will not be open in time for this year's busy Christmas shopping period.

Central Christchurch car park delayed

Central Christchurch car park delayed

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 4:34 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A new multi-storey car park in Christchurch's central city will not be open in time for this year's busy Christmas shopping period.

Council confident of raising $10 million for new library

Council confident of raising $10 million for new library

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 5:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council is confident it will raise the $10 million needed from philanthropic donations to complete the city's new central library.

EQC to redo thousands of drain inspections after variable quality first time around

EQC to redo thousands of drain inspections after 'variable quality' first time around

Monday, 7 March 2016 7:58 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will reassess 2500 claims for earthquake damage to sewer and stormwater pipes, despite carrying out assessments in 2010 and 2011.

Canterbury construction hits record levels, peak may be still to come

Canterbury construction hits record levels, peak may be still to come

Sunday, 6 March 2016 6:15 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Canterbury has had its busiest year ever for construction – and the peak may be still to come.

Caffe Roma building rescue a punt, but new owners are giving it a go

Caffe Roma building rescue a punt, but new owners are giving it a go

Sunday, 6 March 2016 3:52 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Trying to save Christchurch's old Caffe Roma building is a punt, its new owners say.

Firefighters frustrated by slow progress on Christchurchs $50m stations rebuild

Firefighters 'frustrated' by slow progress on Christchurch's $50m stations rebuild

Saturday, 5 March 2016 12:35 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Construction of seven new fire stations in Christchurch is yet to begin five years after the earthquakes, with "frustrated" firefighters still working from temporary facilities.

Christchurchs army of the forgotten

Christchurch's army of the forgotten

Friday, 4 March 2016 4:49 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

End of the road for the red zone

End of the road for the red zone

Friday, 4 March 2016 3:59 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

For several years, the abandoned roads around Frances Rawling's house have doubled as a giant lovers' lane.