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EQC to apologise to homeowners with shoddy repairs

EQC to apologise to homeowners with shoddy repairs

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will apologise to thousands of home owners facing checks to potentially faulty repairs of their quake-damaged homes.

MBIE report: One third of assessed homes non-compliant

MBIE report: One third of assessed homes non-compliant

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 11:28 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

More than a third of earthquake-damaged Canterbury homes that had their structural repairs assessed by the Government had faulty underfloor work.

Anglicans to build offices alongside Transitional cardboard cathedral

Anglicans to build offices alongside Transitional cardboard cathedral

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 9:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's cardboard cathedral is to get a new neighbour - a double-storey storey office complex to be built on vacant land alongside the church.

Artist wants Christchurch murals saved

Artist wants Christchurch murals saved

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 2:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

The artist who painted murals on the Manchester St car park wants them saved.

Meridian signs up for new central city office

Meridian signs up for new central city office

Monday, 17 August 2015 6:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Power company Meridian Energy will return its 370 office staff to central Christchurch next year.

Christchurch CBD aerial video shows little progress

Christchurch CBD aerial video shows 'little progress'

Monday, 17 August 2015 4:23 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A new aerial video of central Christchurch shows parts of the city rebuild taking shape, alongside plenty of bare land awaiting development.

No responsibility on Fletcher EQR for shoddy quake repairs, contract suggests

No responsibility on Fletcher EQR for shoddy quake repairs, contract suggests

Friday, 14 August 2015 6:59 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission's (EQC) home repair programme project manager can not be held responsible for shoddy quake repairs, its contract suggests.

Shipping containers to be removed from Sumner

Shipping containers to be removed from Sumner

Friday, 14 August 2015 5:54 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The removal of a line of shipping containers from a Sumner roadside is "great news" for the Christchurch suburb, the residents' association says.

Ann Brower: Fix the parapets first

Ann Brower: Fix the parapets first

Friday, 14 August 2015 12:45 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

It's not every day when nearly everyone agrees. In that rare event, the Government should listen.

New Sabin Holloway exhibition captures aftermath of Christchurch earthquake

New Sabin Holloway exhibition captures aftermath of Christchurch earthquake

Friday, 14 August 2015 8:22 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

In the immediate aftermath of the February 2011 earthquake, which killed 185 people and virtually destroyed Christchurch's central business district, the government sealed off the inner city.

Damage specialist warns of catastrophe for homeowners

Damage specialist warns of 'catastrophe' for homeowners

Thursday, 13 August 2015 11:05 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Brownlees bombshell leaves Cantabrians in the dark

Brownlee's bombshell leaves Cantabrians in the dark

Thursday, 13 August 2015 10:33 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Gerry Brownlee dropped a bombshell when he announced all Earthquake Commission (EQC) foundation repairs done without a building consent would be audited and errant builders would face sanctions.

Fix the parapets first

Fix the parapets first

Thursday, 13 August 2015 5:52 p.m. by MediaStuff

It's not every day when nearly everyone agrees.  In that rare event, the Government should listen.

Chemical company lend hand to housing scheme

Chemical company lend hand to housing scheme

Thursday, 13 August 2015 4:04 p.m. by MediaStuff

Volunteer builders from Australia are replacing the "distant memory" of the Christchurch earthquakes with a close-up view of the recovery.

Christchurch recovery documentary debuts tonight

Christchurch recovery documentary debuts tonight

Thursday, 13 August 2015 2:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Thursday, 13 August 2015 9:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

New Zealand, it is said, is one of the least corrupt places in the world. Why, even our bribes to Saudi Arabian businessmen can hardly be called anything but "using a number 8 wire mentality to navigate the complexity of the business...

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Cantabrians not amused by rebuild funny business

Thursday, 13 August 2015 9:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

New Zealand, it is said, is one of the least corrupt places in the world. Why, even our bribes to Saudi Arabian businessmen can hardly be called anything but "using a number 8 wire mentality to navigate the complexity of the business...

Gerry Brownlee targets cowboy builders after EQC foundation review

Gerry Brownlee targets 'cowboy' builders after EQC foundation review

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 9:17 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Construction "cowboys" who did shoddy repairs for the Earthquake Commission (EQC) will have to pay for their mistakes, Gerry Brownlee says.

Fulton Hogan investigated over safety concerns

Fulton Hogan investigated over safety concerns

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 7:51 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Complaints over Fulton Hogan's workplace safety are being investigated.

EQC foundation repair shortcomings revealed

EQC foundation repair shortcomings revealed

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:46 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will review thousands of underfloor repairs after a Government investigation found shortcomings.

Buyer needed to save historic former artists studio and lodge

Buyer needed to save historic former artist's studio and lodge

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 9:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury artist Bill Hammond is looking for someone to rescue his old home and studio.

Contractors score best views of Christchurch from citys cranes

Contractors score best views of Christchurch from city's cranes

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:39 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Workers on Christchurch cranes have the best views of the city, interrupted only by the occasional flock of birds.

Cop visit for sending daily emails to insurer

Cop visit for sending daily emails to insurer

Monday, 10 August 2015 8:45 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Police have visited the Christchurch home of a staunch insurance industry critic over daily emails sent to his insurer.

No appeal after Graeme Robinson incompetence claims quashed

No appeal after Graeme Robinson incompetence claims quashed

Monday, 10 August 2015 4:29 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

The engineer's body will not appeal a decision clearing the actions of top Earthquake Commission staffer Graeme Robinson.

Future Christchurch hub closes its doors after 70,000 visits

Future Christchurch hub closes its doors after 70,000 visits

Sunday, 9 August 2015 7:47 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Future Christchurch information hub has closed its doors after more than 70,000 visitors.

Brooklands: The town the Government couldnt kill

Brooklands: The town the Government couldn't kill

Saturday, 8 August 2015 1:46 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

When departing Brooklands residents took the street signs as souvenirs, Les Griffiths decided to do something about it.

Retailers vie for top spots in retail precinct

Retailers vie for top spots in retail precinct

Friday, 7 August 2015 7:02 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Retailers are jostling to secure shops in a new retail precinct under construction in central Christchurch.

Squatters and vandals take over Christchurchs Caffe Roma

Squatters and vandals take over Christchurch's Caffe Roma

Friday, 7 August 2015 4:29 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Squatters have set up camp in central Christchurch's earthquake-damaged Caffe Roma.

Australian architecture firm wins tender to build St Martins library

Australian architecture firm wins tender to build St Martins library

Friday, 7 August 2015 10:50 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

An Australian architecture firm specialising in multi-use premises has won a contract to rebuild the St Martins Community library in Christchurch.

Christchurch Red Zone offers under way

Christchurch Red Zone offers under way

Thursday, 6 August 2015 4:33 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Red zone property owners will have until December 10 to accept a new Crown compensation offer on their property.

Christchurch rebuild documentary The Art of Recovery to premiere

Christchurch rebuild documentary The Art of Recovery to premiere

Thursday, 6 August 2015 11:21 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A feature on the creative rebuild of Christchurch opens at the International Film Festival next week.

Rebuilding Christchurch from a green blueprint

Rebuilding Christchurch from a green blueprint

Thursday, 6 August 2015 6:36 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Four months after the February 2011 earthquake, the Christchurch City Council launched Share an Idea, a project that asked residents about their aspirations for a new-look central city.

Judge: Ceras slow demolitions not to blame for arsons

Judge: Cera's slow demolitions not to blame for arsons

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 12:59 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A judge has rejected a defence lawyer's suggestion that the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's (Cera) slowness in carrying out red zone demolitions has contributed to Christchurch's spate of arsons.

Top cop Dave Cliff gets Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority job

Top cop Dave Cliff gets Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority job

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 12:15 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A "well-respected" top police officer has been seconded to lead the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's final phase.

More than 14,000 construction jobs could disappear in Canterbury: Westpac

More than 14,000 construction jobs could disappear in Canterbury: Westpac

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 9:13 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Canterbury's young and unemployed have benefited the most from the region's rebuild but 14,000 construction jobs could disappear in the next few years, a major bank says.

Crown pledges additional funds for Christchurchs metro sport facility

Crown pledges additional funds for Christchurch's metro sport facility

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 4:10 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Government is pledging additional money to Christchurch's metro sport facility but will not reveal the new agreed financial cap.

Home repair risk in Canterbury, building industry warns

Home repair risk in Canterbury, building industry warns

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 11:54 a.m. by MediaThePress

The quality of Christchurch's residential rebuild could be compromised as insurance cash settlements increase, warn building industry leaders.

Ancient waterway delays Avon River precinct

Ancient waterway delays Avon River precinct

Monday, 3 August 2015 4:18 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch anchor project has been hit with further construction delays after contractors discovered an ancient waterway.

Building Ngai Tahus property empire

Building Ngai Tahu's property empire

Friday, 31 July 2015 5:23 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Living in a wasteland - Christchurchs red-zone stayers

Living in a wasteland - Christchurch's red-zone stayers

Friday, 31 July 2015 5:08 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Chinese-Kiwi group plans upscale apartments on Cranmer Court site

Chinese-Kiwi group plans upscale apartments on Cranmer Court site

Friday, 31 July 2015 3:44 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Former Christchurch Mayor Sir Bob Parker leading a consortium planning upmarket apartments on a historic central city site.

Red zoners back to court over compensation offer

Red zoners back to court over compensation offer

Thursday, 30 July 2015 8:12 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A group of Christchurch red zoners is heading back to court to fight for more compensation following the approval of new payout terms by the Government.

23,000 new Canterbury homes approved since quakes

23,000 new Canterbury homes approved since quakes

Thursday, 30 July 2015 2:02 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

House building is still slowing in Canterbury, where more than new 23,500 homes have been consented since the start of the earthquakes.

The Terrace - open for business by early 2016?

The Terrace - open for business by early 2016?

Thursday, 30 July 2015 1:30 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Property man Antony Gough is delighted to have restarted his development The Terrace  - but admits he has learnt some tough lessons.

Uninsured red zone property owners get better offer

Uninsured red zone property owners get better offer

Thursday, 30 July 2015 1:14 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A group of Christchurch red zone property owners have won their battle for a 100 per cent Crown buy-out.

Uninsured red zone property owners get 100 per cent offer

Uninsured red zone property owners get 100 per cent offer

Thursday, 30 July 2015 11:16 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A group of Christchurch red zone property owners have won their battle for a 100 per cent Crown buy-out.

Migrant workers welcome chance to make Christchurch home

Migrant workers welcome chance to make Christchurch home

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 3:49 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Two Christchurch migrant rebuild workers are happy the Government is giving them a better chance to call the South Island their permanent home.

Huge wave of support for locally-led recovery

'Huge wave of support' for locally-led recovery

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 9:47 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Campaigns to promote a locally-led recovery for the next five years have generated hundreds of public submissions in a few days.

EQC engineer Graeme Robinson wins appeal

EQC engineer Graeme Robinson wins appeal

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 9:34 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission's (EQC) top engineer has won an appeal against findings he was negligent and incompetent.

Protest over Sydenham dump

Protest over Sydenham 'dump'

Monday, 27 July 2015 3:58 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Sydenham business owners and residents have protested against plans for a waste transfer facility they fear will bring dust, traffic and smells to the suburb.

Eclectic bunch turn out for earthquake recovery talk

Eclectic bunch turn out for earthquake recovery talk

Sunday, 26 July 2015 1:40 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

It was an eclectic blend involving city councillors, scholars and even a former government employee but all were singing from the same song sheet when it came to handling the next phase of the city's rebuild.

Who will run the rebuild of Christchurch?

Who will run the rebuild of Christchurch?

Friday, 24 July 2015 6:12 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

What is the collective term? A fug of conspirators? It is Tuesday night and ex-Christchurch mayor Garry Moore is ring-leading a group of disaffected citizens down at his son's bar, Smash Palace.

Former Mayor Gary Moore calls for council-led recovery in Christchurch

Former Mayor Gary Moore calls for council-led recovery in Christchurch

Friday, 24 July 2015 2:37 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Former Christchurch Mayor Garry Moore is spearheading a group calling for a city council-led earthquake recovery.

Redcliffs New World supermarket open for business in October

Redcliffs New World supermarket open for business in October

Thursday, 23 July 2015 9:04 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Redcliffs will soon have a new supermarket more than four years after it was wrecked by the Christchurch earthquake.

OPINION: Gerry Brownlee menus a step too far

OPINION: Gerry Brownlee menus a step too far

Thursday, 23 July 2015 1:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular


When I first saw C1 Espresso's latest menu featuring Gerry Brownlee in his underwear as a "dress up" paper doll, I chuckled.

BNZ House in Cathedral Square to be demolished

BNZ House in Cathedral Square to be demolished

Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:55 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The boarded up and graffitied former BNZ House in Christchurch's Cathedral Square has at last been sold and will be demolished.