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Earthquake Commission pulls back from Christchurch

Earthquake Commission pulls back from Christchurch

Friday, 12 August 2016 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

With post-Canterbury earthquake work wrapping up, the Earthquake Commission (EQC) is letting go of hundreds of staff in a restructuring programme. The Commission is now discussing its plans with staff, with the aim of reducing its...

Churches make high-profile appointments as cathedrals sit broken

Churches make high-profile appointments as cathedrals sit broken

Thursday, 11 August 2016 6:17 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Two Christchurch church property teams have made prominent appointments as their earthquake-damaged cathedrals sit in ruins.

Developers close to resolution over High St legal challenge

Developers close to resolution over High St legal challenge

Thursday, 11 August 2016 1:48 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The developer of Christchurch's McKenzie and Willis site is hopeful of a "quick" out of court resolution, after a group of influential rebuild figures launched legal proceedings against the project.

$3m replica facade for historic central Christchurch building

$3m replica facade for historic central Christchurch building

Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:41 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The rebuild of the historic Mayfair building in Christchurch's Cathedral Junction will be finished by Christmas.

Science Alive! chief executive Neville Petrie resigns

Science Alive! chief executive Neville Petrie resigns

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 6:08 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Science Alive! has lost its chief executive, who says it has been a massive challenge to keep the organisation running.

Christchurch the costliest city for home building

Christchurch the costliest city for home building

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 5:26 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch has the highest house building costs in the country and prices look unlikely to fall soon.

EQC announces major downsizing despite thousands of second-time repairs

EQC announces major downsizing despite thousands of second-time repairs

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 4:35 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will slash hundreds of jobs next year, despite having thousands of second-time repairs on its books.

New Plymouth construction firm reaches 100 year milestone

New Plymouth construction firm reaches 100 year milestone

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 4:13 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The company that built a number of New Plymouth icons such as the Len Lye centre and Puke Ariki has turned 100.

House building costs jump 20 per cent

House building costs jump 20 per cent

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:16 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The cost of building a home in New Zealand's main cities has risen by 20 per cent since the Canterbury earthquakes.

High-profile Christchurch developers spoke out against sale of Crowns High St property to rival

High-profile Christchurch developers spoke out against sale of Crown's High St property to rival

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 7:23 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Powerful city developers launched a behind-the-scenes letter-writing campaign in a bid to stop the sale of a group of historic Christchurch buildings to a rival developer.

Christchurch City Council prompted to redesign Mona Vale rose wall

Christchurch City Council prompted to redesign Mona Vale rose wall

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

A replacement brick rose wall at Christchurch's Mona Vale is being redesigned after it was discovered roses would not survive growing next to it.

Multimillion-dollar dispute in Christchurch over Sumner apartments ongoing

Multimillion-dollar dispute in Christchurch over Sumner apartments ongoing

Monday, 8 August 2016 9:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

A decision on whether a dispute over Sumner's Cave Rock Apartments will be resolved in the courtroom is expected by the end of the month.

Multimillion-dollar dispute over Sumner apartments ongoing

Multimillion-dollar dispute over Sumner apartments ongoing

Monday, 8 August 2016 7:16 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A decision on whether a dispute over Sumner's Cave Rock Apartments will be resolved in the courtroom is expected by the end of the month.

No minimum qualification required for EQC assessors, despite criticism of work

No minimum qualification required for EQC assessors, despite criticism of work

Monday, 8 August 2016 5:51 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

No minimum qualification is required to become an Earthquake Commission (EQC) assessor, despite heavy criticism of the work completed by the insurer since the Canterbury earthquakes.

Celebrated filmmaker Gerard Smyth directs interactive series on Christchurchs future

Celebrated filmmaker Gerard Smyth directs interactive series on Christchurch's future

Friday, 5 August 2016 12:42 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A major new series on Christchurch by celebrated filmmaker Gerard Smyth will give the public a chance to debate the city's future.

Restored McKenzie and Willis facade unveiled in central Christchurch

Restored McKenzie and Willis facade unveiled in central Christchurch

Friday, 5 August 2016 10:08 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The scaffolding is down and the McKenzie and Willis facade is back on the central Christchurch landscape.

Restored McKenzie and Willis facade has been unveiled in central Christchurch

Restored McKenzie and Willis facade has been unveiled in central Christchurch

Friday, 5 August 2016 10:08 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The scaffolding is down the McKenzie and Willis facade is back on the central Christchurch landscape.

Town Hall miracle: Christchurchs iconic building will breathe again

Town Hall miracle: Christchurch's iconic building will breathe again

Thursday, 4 August 2016 1:49 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Within the heart of the Town Hall - the auditorium - there is a "performance of a different kind" underway.A symphony of noise emanates from workers and machines painstakingly putting back together one of the great symbols of the...

Ceres New Zealand takes IAG insurance to court over Peterborough Apartments

Ceres New Zealand takes IAG insurance to court over Peterborough Apartments

Thursday, 4 August 2016 12:24 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

A rebuild firm that is trying to repair and restore the historic Peterborough Apartments has taken its insurance company to court.Ceres New Zealand bought the category two heritage building in December 2012 to save it from demolition,...

Rent free office space being offered in Christchurch

Rent free office space being offered in Christchurch

Thursday, 4 August 2016 11:42 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Commercial leasing agencies are seeing more incentives creeping into the market to bring tenants back into the central city.Landlords are willing to offer office space to the right tenants rent-free for a period, or contribute to...

Crime climbing during Canterbury rebuild

Crime climbing during Canterbury rebuild

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 9:20 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

An "underbelly" of rebuild-related crime has helped drive a major increase in robberies and other offences in Canterbury over the past year, the region's top cop says.

Green and cost effective plan for Waimakariri red zone

Green and cost effective plan for Waimakariri red zone

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 9:49 a.m. by MediaThePress

Edible gardens, a BMX track and a dog park are among the ideas laid out for large areas of earthquake-damaged land in the Waimakariri district.

Noel Leeming joins Brother in return to central Christchurch

Noel Leeming joins Brother in return to central Christchurch

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 7:50 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Noel Leeming and Brother International are the latest retailers to reopen central Christchurch flagship stores.

EQC hires engineering students help re-inspect Christchurch homes

EQC hires engineering students help re-inspect Christchurch homes

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 2:48 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) hired engineering students over summer to help clear its backlog of re-inspections.

Insurers unable to say when liability from Canterbury earthquakes will be known

Insurers unable to say when liability from Canterbury earthquakes will be known

Monday, 1 August 2016 8:11 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Private insurers have no idea when their total liability from the Canterbury earthquakes will be known, the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) says.

Husband of woman killed in CTV building collapse wants closure

Husband of woman killed in CTV building collapse wants closure

Monday, 1 August 2016 1:44 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A man whose wife was killed in the CTV building collapse hopes an investigation into the site's foundations will finally bring justice to those responsible.

Engineers and soil specialists begin examination of CTV site

Engineers and soil specialists begin examination of CTV site

Monday, 1 August 2016 12:56 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Engineers and soil specialists have begun examining the foundations of the building that killed 115 people during Christchurch's February 2011 earthquake.

Bravery medal for doctor who risked his life

Bravery medal for doctor who risked his life

Monday, 1 August 2016 11:33 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A doctor who crawled through a smoke-filled tunnel to help those trapped in Christchurch's CTV building never met his fellow rescuers again, despite forming an intense bond on the day.

Christchurchs South Library will cost more to fix than it did to build

Christchurch's South Library will cost more to fix than it did to build

Sunday, 31 July 2016 4:36 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Repairing Christchurch's earthquake-damaged South Library will cost at least 43 per cent more than its original build price.

Bravery medal for doctor who risked his life at the CTV building

Bravery medal for doctor who risked his life at the CTV building

Sunday, 31 July 2016 1:26 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A doctor who crawled through a smoke-filled tunnel to help those trapped in Christchurch's CTV building never met his fellow rescuers again, despite forming an intense bond on the day.

Christchurch CTV heroes honoured with bravery medals

Christchurch CTV heroes honoured with bravery medals

Sunday, 31 July 2016 1:20 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A Canterbury doctor remembers hoping his wife did not find out where he was while he was crawling through a tunnel towards a group trapped in Christchurch's collapsed CTV building.

We were in overdrive, says one of Christchurch CTV heroes honoured with bravery medals

We were in overdrive, says one of Christchurch CTV heroes honoured with bravery medals

Sunday, 31 July 2016 1:20 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Canterbury doctor remembers hoping his wife did not find out where he was while he was crawling through a tunnel towards a group trapped in Christchurch's collapsed CTV building.

Retail precinct on track for Christmas shoppers

Retail precinct on track for Christmas shoppers

Friday, 29 July 2016 6:12 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch residents should be Christmas shopping in Cashel Street's new buildings.

Earthquake Commission to review damage to Christchurch home after claimants five year fight

Earthquake Commission to review damage to Christchurch home after claimant's five year fight

Friday, 29 July 2016 5:49 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Bridget Biss' earthquake story is a tale of woe.

Foundations of CTV building to be examined

Foundations of CTV building to be examined

Friday, 29 July 2016 2:37 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Police investigating the deadly collapse of the Canterbury Television building in the February 2011 earthquake will next week excavate the disaster site to examine the soil and foundations.The South wall foundation and parts of...

Police to dig up soil, test foundations at Canterbury Television building site

Police to dig up soil, test foundations at Canterbury Television building site

Friday, 29 July 2016 2:31 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Police investigating the fatal Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapse in the 2011 earthquake will dig trenches to examine the site's soil and foundations.

Gloucester St section to permanently close for convention centre

Gloucester St section to permanently close for convention centre

Friday, 29 July 2016 11:32 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A section of a central Christchurch street will permanently close next week to make way for the convention centre.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens to honour earthquake deaths with cherry blossoms

Christchurch Botanic Gardens to honour earthquake deaths with cherry blossoms

Thursday, 28 July 2016 2:21 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Twenty eight young Japanese language students lost their lives when the CTV building collapsed during the February 22, 2011, quake.Now eight cherry blossom trees will be planted in the Botanic Gardens to honour their memory.The...

Christchurch Hospitals carpark building set for complex demolition

Christchurch Hospital's carpark building set for complex demolition

Thursday, 28 July 2016 7:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Important vials and breakable objects in the next-door laboratories means the demolition of Christchurch Hospital's carpark building will be a complex process.

Prime Minister John Key opens architectural buildings in Christchurch

Prime Minister John Key opens architectural buildings in Christchurch

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 7:20 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Prime Minister John Key said developers should be commended for two architectural projects he opened in Christchurch on Wednesday.

EQC botches repair, ignores application to cover accommodation costs

EQC botches repair, ignores application to cover accommodation costs

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 3:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

Nikki Ross used to love her tidy family home.

Discharged Christchurch bankrupt takes aim at insurer

Discharged Christchurch bankrupt takes aim at insurer

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 3:19 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A discharged Christchurch bankrupt is in a bitter standoff with his insurer, which says it cannot pay him out for his severely damaged home.

Release of Crossing car park documents delayed

Release of Crossing car park documents delayed

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:32 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The release of commercially-sensitive information about a multimillion-dollar parking deal between the Christchurch City Council and a high-profile developer has stalled.

Championship swimming returns to Canterbury post earthquake

Championship swimming returns to Canterbury post earthquake

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 9:42 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Championship swimming has made a triumphant return to Christchurch for the first time since the Earthquakes.

Old Calendar Girls building demolished to make way for East Frame residential development

Old Calendar Girls building demolished to make way for East Frame residential development

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 8:04 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's old Calendar Girls building is being pulled down, to make way for the East Frame residential development.

14-storey $30 million hotel a post-earthquake first for Christchurch

14-storey $30 million hotel a post-earthquake first for Christchurch

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 4:13 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch will get its first new high-rise hotel since the earthquakes at a cost of up to $30 million.

Waters Edge apartments in Ferrymead would be rebuilt lower - developer

Waters Edge apartments in Ferrymead would be rebuilt lower - developer

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 3:28 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Developers of the demolished Ferrymead waterfront apartments want to rebuild when they have enough interest, but say the replacement will be low-rise.

Waters Edge apartments would be rebuilt lower - developer

Waters Edge apartments would be rebuilt lower - developer

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 3:28 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Developers of the demolished Ferrymead waterfront apartments want to rebuild when they have enough interest, but say the replacement will be low-rise.

Poky apartments threaten central Christchurch repopulation

Poky apartments threaten central Christchurch repopulation

Monday, 25 July 2016 10:58 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch developers cramming poorly-designed apartments into small spaces are frustrating potential buyers wanting central city living.

Owners claim luxury pad flooded, insurer making factually incorrect statements

Owners claim luxury pad flooded, insurer making 'factually incorrect' statements

Friday, 22 July 2016 8:03 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

An $8.5 million insurance spat over a luxury Christchurch mansion is destined for the courtroom.

GeoNet turns 15 - what have we learned about earthquakes in that time?

GeoNet turns 15 - what have we learned about earthquakes in that time?

Friday, 22 July 2016 5:38 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

On February 22, 2011, the earth broke, ripping apart lives and wreaking havoc on Christchurch.

Green dreams for Christchurchs red zone

Green dreams for Christchurch's red zone

Friday, 22 July 2016 5:29 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

We are in familiar territory again – scribbling dreams of future Christchurch on bright Post-it notes and sticking them to the wall.

Christchurch needs to fight for slice of NZs tourism boom

Christchurch needs to 'fight' for slice of NZ's tourism boom

Friday, 22 July 2016 4:53 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch needs to become an "edgy 21st century city" if it stands a chance of attracting its share of New Zealand's tourism boom, the city council says.

Working group costs taxpayers thousands while Christ Church Cathedral decays

Working group costs taxpayers thousands while Christ Church Cathedral decays

Friday, 22 July 2016 2:00 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Taxpayers will stump up about $50,000 for the working party considering the fate of the derelict Christ Church Cathedral.

Older Christchurch homes with rubble foundations at risk, EQC Fix group says

Older Christchurch homes with rubble foundations at risk, EQC Fix group says

Friday, 22 July 2016 11:01 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Rob Doney​ was looking forward to selling his ex-wife's rental property and moving on.

Unexpected message found in Christchurchs Sign of the Kiwi during repairs

Unexpected message found in Christchurch's Sign of the Kiwi during repairs

Friday, 22 July 2016 6:15 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A group of contractors repairing the roof of Christchurch's historic Sign of the Kiwi building discovered a hidden message.

Rebuilding post-quake Christchurch one home at a time

Rebuilding post-quake Christchurch one home at a time

Thursday, 21 July 2016 4:17 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Rydges Hotel to be repaired, ex-staff may be rehired

Rydges Hotel to be repaired, ex-staff may be rehired

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 9:37 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The earthquake-damaged Rydges Hotel in central Christchurch will be fixed and former staff may be called back to work there again when it reopens.

New plan offers few changes to Victoria Square, after earlier revamp rubbished

New plan offers few changes to Victoria Square, after earlier revamp rubbished

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 8:09 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Few changes will be made to Christchurch's Victoria Square after a proposed $7 million makeover of the site drew the ire of the public.