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Are solar energy systems worth the cost?

Are solar energy systems worth the cost?

Saturday, 26 October 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

More people are installing solar power, but it is still expensive and might not be worth it for everyone, writes HAMISH MCNICOL .

Burwood resource recovery damn impressive

Burwood resource recovery 'damn impressive'

Friday, 25 October 2013 9:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

A city left in ruins is now being recycled out Burwood way. JOHN McCRONE reports on the mammoth job ahead.

Following San Franciscos example

Following San Francisco's example

Friday, 25 October 2013 7:55 p.m. by Media3News

New Zealand has seen major changes in how insurance works as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes.

Extension for Port Hills property owners

Extension for Port Hills property owners

Friday, 25 October 2013 7:40 p.m. by MediaRNZ

The deadline for Crown offers for earthquake-condemned land in Christchurch's Port Hills has been extended by two months.

German company upbeat about rebuild

German company upbeat about rebuild

Friday, 25 October 2013 6:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

German company Knauf is opening distribution and retail outlets in Christchurch and Auckland to help enable it tackle the dominance of plasterboard manufactured by rival Fletcher Building.

Poo tank plan partially canned

'Poo tank' plan partially canned

Friday, 25 October 2013 5:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

Plans to install a low-pressure wastewater system have been revoked in some areas of Christchurch.

Port Hills deadline extended

Port Hills deadline extended

Friday, 25 October 2013 5:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

The deadline for red-zoned Port Hills homeowners to accept the Government's buyout offer has been extended.

$17.3m plan for Canty social housing

$17.3m plan for Canty social housing

Friday, 25 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Three multimillion-dollar social housing developments will be built in Christchurch by the end of next year, the Government says.

Arsenic used in home-building materials

Arsenic used in home-building materials

Friday, 25 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Kiwi homes are being wrapped with plywood containing an arsenic treatment banned in several overseas countries because of toxicity concerns.

Quakes refugees still doing it tough

Quake's refugees still doing it tough

Friday, 25 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

It may have been more than three years since the ground beneath Canterbury first shook, but the era of post-earthquake temporary workplaces drags on.

$17.3m plan for Canty social housing

$17.3m plan for Canty social housing

Friday, 25 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Three multimillion-dollar social housing developments will be built in Christchurch by the end of next year, the Government says.

True hero of CTV collapse farewelled

'True hero' of CTV collapse farewelled

Friday, 25 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

A fire officer decorated for bravery for his efforts at the Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapse has died.

Alice in Videoland fits blueprint

Alice in Videoland 'fits blueprint'

Thursday, 24 October 2013 8:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

It will be business as usual at three central Christchurch sites with the Government confirming it will not take them for the rebuild.

Red-zone 50pc compo cap unlawful

Red-zone 50pc compo cap 'unlawful'

Thursday, 24 October 2013 7:38 p.m. by MediaStuff

Owners of uninsured properties and vacant sections in Canterbury's residential red zones are desperate, the Court of Appeal was told yesterday.

Residents explosive liquefaction research

Resident's explosive liquefaction research

Thursday, 24 October 2013 6:52 p.m. by MediaStuff

Martin Howman's neighbours have long since moved out, which is just as well because yesterday he exploded 390kg of gelignite under some of their properties.

Resident helps explosive liquefaction research

Resident helps explosive liquefaction research

Thursday, 24 October 2013 6:52 p.m. by MediaStuff

Martin Howman's neighbours have long since moved out, which is just as well because yesterday he exploded 390kg of gelignite under some of their properties.

Forum looks at state of recovery

Forum looks at state of recovery

Thursday, 24 October 2013 6:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government and Christchurch City Council are teaming up for a public forum on the city's rebuild and recovery.

Time-lapse drive in the red zone

Time-lapse drive in the red zone

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff



Where possums party on the roof

Where possums party on the roof

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Burwood couple Patricia and George Cope have watched their neighbourhood disappear around them.

Take a flight over the red zone

Take a flight over the red zone

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff



Broken homes maybe pushed off cliff

Broken homes maybe pushed off cliff

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Homes in the Port Hills could be swept off a cliff if they are too dangerous to demolish.

Every red zone property mapped

Every red zone property mapped

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff



Demolition odometer of progress

Demolition 'odometer' of progress

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Check out our interactive graphic showing the odometer of progress on red zone demolitions.

Demolition progress charted

Demolition progress charted

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff



Red zone demolition behind schedule

Red zone demolition behind schedule

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff



Broken homes may be pushed off cliff

Broken homes may be pushed off cliff

Thursday, 24 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Homes in the Port Hills could be swept off a cliff if they are too dangerous to demolish.

Minister: consents progress excellent

Minister: consents progress excellent

Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:20 a.m. by MediaThePress

Local Government Minister Chris Tremain is confident the Christchurch City Council is on track to regain its accreditation to issue building consents.

Accidents take toll on rebuild

Accidents take toll on rebuild

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's construction industry is still racking up a staggering number of serious workplace accidents and fatalities, despite having a rebuild-specific health and safety charter.

Govt appeals ruling over Christchurch land

Govt appeals ruling over Christchurch land

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 6:11 p.m. by MediaRNZ

The Government says if it offered to pay owners of uninsured or vacant land in Christchurch a full rateable value, it would set an unfair precedent.

Sumner cinema cleared to open for festival

Sumner cinema cleared to open for festival

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Sumner's Hollywood Cinema has been cleared to run its international film festival after overcoming safety concerns.

Sumner cinema cleared to open for festival

Sumner cinema cleared to open for festival

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Sumner's Hollywood Cinema has been cleared to run its international film festival after overcoming safety concerns.



Quake outcast appeal heard

Quake outcast appeal heard

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 4:58 a.m. by MediaStuff

An offer to buy uninsured properties and empty sections in Christchurch's residential red zone at half the land valuation does not breach human rights, the Court of Appeal has been told.

Yeoman and Newbury developing at full speed

Yeoman and Newbury developing at full speed

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 1:42 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch property developers Miles Yeoman and Craig Newbury have been busy since the earthquakes.

Futuristic technology wins urban design competition

Futuristic technology wins urban design competition

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 6:05 p.m. by Media3News

A futuristic building design has been unveiled in Christchurch, which features foundations that can be pumped up with air after an earthquake.

Cathedral rebuild would mean digging deep

Cathedral rebuild would mean digging deep

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 11:28 a.m. by MediaThePress

Deep foundations will be needed if the Christchurch Catholic Cathedral is rebuilt on its present site, church officials say.

McCloud cheers on progress

McCloud cheers on progress

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 11:23 a.m. by MediaThePress

Do not get bogged down in building design because it is what goes on in between the structures that matters, British designer Kevin McCloud says.

Christchurch could rival Melbourne

Christchurch could rival Melbourne

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 11:23 a.m. by MediaThePress

Do not get bogged down in building design because it is what goes on in between the structures that matters, British designer Kevin McCloud says.

Canterbury health board gets $320m quake payout

Canterbury health board gets $320m quake payout

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:10 a.m. by MediaRNZ

Canterbury District Health Board is prioritising where to spend its record insurance payout for earthquake damage.

Concerns after left-field church proposal rejected

Concerns after 'left-field' church proposal rejected

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 9:46 a.m. by Media3News

Ian Taylor says the Anglican Church didn't seem interested in discussing the "living cathedral" idea, let alone consider it.

Italian firm designs urban village for Chch

Italian firm designs urban village for Chch

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 4:30 a.m. by MediaThePress

An urban village designed by a team of Italian architects is being held up as the new face of central city living in Christchurch.

CDHB settle $320m insurance claim

CDHB settle $320m insurance claim

Monday, 21 October 2013 8:24 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has settled its multimillion-dollar earthquake-related insurance claim, but there is still a significant shortfall for its quake repairs bill.

CDHB settles $320m insurance claim

CDHB settles $320m insurance claim

Monday, 21 October 2013 8:24 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has settled its multimillion-dollar earthquake-related insurance claim, but there is still a significant shortfall for its quake repairs bill.

Canterbury DHB wins $320M insurance fight

Canterbury DHB wins $320M insurance fight

Monday, 21 October 2013 8:22 p.m. by Media3News

 

Southern Responses lack of response

Southern Response's lack of response

Monday, 21 October 2013 7:28 p.m. by Media3News

 

Ministry could appeal Phillipstown decision

Ministry could appeal Phillipstown decision

Monday, 21 October 2013 7:24 p.m. by Media3News

A week and a half ago, Phillipstown School, a decile-one Christchurch primary school with 160 pupils, won a High Court victory over the Ministry of Education.

 

In short, Phillipstown was being merged out of existence as part of the geographical reinvention of Christchurch schooling following the earthquakes.

 

Phillipstown fought for its life in the Hi ...

Housing NZs quake repairs painfully slow

Housing NZ's quake repairs 'painfully slow'

Monday, 21 October 2013 6:38 p.m. by MediaHerald

The rate of repairs to earthquake-damaged Housing New Zealand homes in Christchurch has been slammed for being "painfully slow".Just 8 per cent of the Crown agency's broken city housing stock has been repaired, with more than 4500...

Housing quake repairs off target - Labour

Housing quake repairs off target - Labour

Monday, 21 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Assurances that Housing New Zealand is on schedule to repair 5000 earthquake-damaged state homes by 2015 are now a "heroic assumption", Labour says.

Rebuild migration boost changes social fabric

Rebuild migration boost changes social fabric

Monday, 21 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury's social fabric will be vastly different for years to come as a result of post-earthquake migration, a university professor says.

Housing NZ on track to reach repair target

Housing NZ 'on track' to reach repair target

Monday, 21 October 2013 2:59 p.m. by MediaRNZ

Anglicans reject Cathedral vision

Anglicans reject Cathedral vision

Sunday, 20 October 2013 6:48 p.m. by MediaThePress



Red-zoners launch battle to rebuild

Red-zoners launch battle to rebuild

Sunday, 20 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Red-zone rebuilds could soon become reality.

Letterboxes tell stories of lost homes

Letterboxes tell stories of lost homes

Sunday, 20 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Armed with a spade, a crowbar, a screwdriver and a trailer, two Christchurch men are "harvesting" letterboxes from red-zoned houses before they are due for demolition.

Harvesting red-zone letterboxes for art

Harvesting red-zone letterboxes for art

Sunday, 20 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Armed with a spade, a crowbar, a screwdriver and a trailer, two Christchurch men are "harvesting" letterboxes from red-zoned houses before they are due for demolition.

Research: Most classrooms quake resilient

Research: Most classrooms quake resilient

Sunday, 20 October 2013 2:48 p.m. by Media3News

Timber-framed classrooms are extremely resilient to earthquakes, meaning hundreds of millions of dollars won't need to be spent strengthening school buildings.

Delays over rebate scheme for inner-city

Delays over rebate scheme for inner-city

Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:25 a.m. by MediaThePress

Property developers have criticised the Christchurch City Council for dragging its feet over financial incentives for inner-city residential development.

Explosions could have impact on claims

Explosions could have impact on claims

Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:25 a.m. by MediaStuff

Explosive testing by the Earthquake Commission in the residential red zone could have future implications for the settlement of land claims in areas susceptible to liquefaction.

Developers bemoan councils inaction

Developers bemoan council's inaction

Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:25 a.m. by MediaThePress

Property developers have criticised the Christchurch City Council for dragging its feet over financial incentives for inner-city residential development.

New city pool to open 2016

New city pool to open 2016

Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:08 a.m. by MediaThePress

The central city is set to have a new swimming pool by the middle of 2016, but one city councillor says that's still too long to wait.

Saving the red-zone cats

Saving the red-zone cats

Saturday, 19 October 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff