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I think about suicide everyday - Christchurch shed couple

'I think about suicide everyday' - Christchurch shed couple

Wednesday, 3 June 2015 11:33 p.m. by MediaStuff

In a small tin shed in Christchurch, Natasha Fa'aaliga and Gordon Smith huddle together on a thin mattress.

Rebuild Christchurch for people not cars

Rebuild Christchurch for people not cars

Wednesday, 3 June 2015 11:45 a.m. by MediaThePress

It is Saturday afternoon and the city is packed. Throngs of people of all ages saunter through the streets. Some go shopping; some sprawl out in the sunshine around fountains or in the squares; some savour an ice cream; many relax around cafe tables to eat, drink, and chat. Both young children and older adults pack the beer gardens; nobody is drunk or quarrelsome.

Christchurch quake mums sleeping in chairs, dining rooms

Christchurch quake mums sleeping in chairs, dining rooms

Tuesday, 2 June 2015 10:52 p.m. by MediaStuff

Sonya Tranter's "bed" is an armchair in the lounge of the two-bedroom property she rents in Christchurch.

Help for Canterbury caravan mum Trina Nesbitt

Help for Canterbury caravan mum Trina Nesbitt

Tuesday, 2 June 2015 3:50 p.m. by MediaStuff

A North Canterbury mum has been humbled by offers of help.

Ive had enough - Canterbury caravan mum

'I've had enough' - Canterbury caravan mum

Tuesday, 2 June 2015 12:31 a.m. by MediaStuff

A tiny stray kitten hides under Trina Nesbitt's borrowed caravan.

Watch: Christchurchs central police station implosion

Watch: Christchurch's central police station implosion

Sunday, 31 May 2015 5:16 p.m. by MediaStuff

In eight seconds 2000 metres of detonating cord and 100kg of explosives have reduced the skeletal remains of Christchurch's old central police station to rubble.

Watch live: Christchurchs central police station implosion

Watch live: Christchurch's central police station implosion

Sunday, 31 May 2015 10:29 a.m. by MediaStuff

D-Day has finally come for Christchurch's quake-damaged central police station.

Fixing New Brighton after years of neglect

Fixing New Brighton after years of neglect

Friday, 29 May 2015 10:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch barristers return to the CBD

Christchurch barristers return to the CBD

Friday, 29 May 2015 10:33 a.m. by MediaThePress

A group of lawyers are returning to the Christchurch city centre after several years in the suburbs.

Wrong visa lands rebuild workers firm in hot water

Wrong visa lands rebuild worker's firm in hot water

Thursday, 28 May 2015 3:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

The scramble for qualified tradespeople for the Christchurch rebuild has led to an appearance in court by a firm that employed a tiler with the wrong immigration visa.

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament $45m four-year revamp

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament $45m four-year revamp

Thursday, 28 May 2015 2:02 p.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch's quake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament will be revamped to the tune of $45 million over four years.

Southern Response withheld insurance information to avoid confusion

Southern Response withheld insurance information to avoid 'confusion'

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:29 p.m. by MediaStuff

Southern Response kept some costs information from earthquake claimants to avoid "confusion" over the amounts of their insurance settlements.

Christchurch red zone compensation plan delayed

Christchurch red zone compensation plan delayed

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 6:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Owners of vacant, commercial and uninsured properties in Christchurch's residential red zones will have to wait another two months to get a revised buyout offer.

Red Cross packs help with Christchurch cold

Red Cross packs help with Christchurch cold

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 5:35 p.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch red zone dwellers and low income families have been given winter care packages to help them through the cold snap.

True Green Homes collapses, couple loses $100k

True Green Homes collapses, couple loses $100k

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 1:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

When their builder went bust, a Christchurch couple thought they could at least pick up the pieces and start again.

Public Trust Office Building demolition rejected again

Public Trust Office Building demolition rejected again

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 1:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has rejected a second request for demolition of the heritage-listed Public Trust Office Building in central Christchurch.

Tower shares up on dividend hike, share buyback

Tower shares up on dividend hike, share buyback

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 9:40 a.m. by MediaHerald

Tower shares rose today to a month-high after the general insurer hiked its interim dividend and confirmed an on-market share buyback after lifting first-half earnings 36 percent on rising premiums and fewer claims.The stock jumped...

Tower shares up on dividend hike, share buyback

Tower shares up on dividend hike, share buyback

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 9:40 a.m. by MediaHerald

Tower shares rose today to a month-high after the general insurer hiked its interim dividend and confirmed an on-market share buyback after lifting first-half earnings 36 percent on rising premiums and fewer claims.The stock jumped...

How Id fix Christchurchs quake-hit eastern suburbs

How I'd fix Christchurch's quake-hit eastern suburbs

Monday, 25 May 2015 3:05 p.m. by MediaStuff

Frustrated residents living in Christchurch's say it's time "positive change" started to take place in the area.

CTV building memorial at centre of Knox Plaza

CTV building memorial at centre of Knox Plaza

Monday, 25 May 2015 1:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

When Graham Bennett's new public sculpture Extant is officially opened early in June, John Ryder, Christchurch businessman and owner of Knox Plaza on Victoria Street, will be thinking of his former-business partner Brian Taylor and the 80 staff and students from Kings Education at the CTV building who lost their lives in the February 2011 quake.

Relationships Aotearoa closing would be just the start, warns sector

Relationships Aotearoa closing would be just the start, warns sector

Monday, 25 May 2015 11:45 a.m. by MediaStuff

The funding crisis, which may force the closure of Relationships Aotearoa could just be the start of a "challenging time" for Canterbury social services.

Christchurchs $53 million bus interchange opens

Christchurch's $53 million bus interchange opens

Monday, 25 May 2015 10:56 a.m. by MediaThePress

University students, school pupils and tradesmen were among the dozens of people catching a bus for the first time at Christchurch's new bus interchange.

Canterbury mood disorders up post quake, boozing halved

Canterbury mood disorders up post quake, boozing halved

Sunday, 24 May 2015 11:04 p.m. by MediaStuff

Health professionals are at a loss to explain the findings of a Canterbury health study showing hazardous drinking has almost halved since the 2011 earthquakes.

Government commits to greater earthquake claims support for Southern Response if its $1b pledge is not enough.

Government commits to greater earthquake claims support for Southern Response if its $1b pledge is not enough.

Friday, 22 May 2015 2:20 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Government has promised to back all of Southern Response's earthquake claims even if the company needs more than the $1 billion of Government support already pledged.

Earthquake stress triggers mental health issues

Earthquake stress triggers mental health issues

Friday, 22 May 2015 1:17 p.m. by MediaStuff

Tony is a 32-year-old man who had hoped to get a job in the rebuild after his marriage broke up in Ashburton but couldn't get a job. He became depressed and suicidal and was admitted to HIllmorton where he was treated and recovered well.

Earthquake disaster movie San Andreas coming to Christchurch

Earthquake disaster movie San Andreas coming to Christchurch

Friday, 22 May 2015 11:14 a.m. by MediaStuff

It might be more than four years since the horrific events of February 22, 2011, but are Christchurch cinemagoers ready to see a Hollywood blockbuster about a devastating earthquake?

Police station implosion wont clash with Christchurch Marathon

Police station implosion won't clash with Christchurch Marathon

Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:12 p.m. by MediaStuff

The implosion of Christchurch's old central police station will not clash with the Christchurch Marathon.

Police station implosion plan changed to avoid clash with marathon

Police station implosion plan changed to avoid clash with marathon

Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:12 p.m. by MediaStuff

Plans to implode Christchurch's old police station have been changed to avoid a potential clash with the city's marathon.

Extra money for Christchurch rebuild

Extra money for Christchurch rebuild

Thursday, 21 May 2015 9:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

An additional $108 million of Government money is being poured into Christchurch's rebuild to ensure anchor projects stay on track.

Budget 2015: $27m boost for Christchurch recovery

Budget 2015: $27m boost for Christchurch recovery

Thursday, 21 May 2015 3:24 p.m. by MediaHerald

The Government has boosted funding for Christchurch's post-quake recovery by another $27 million in today's Budget.A total of $107.8 million has been put aside over the next four years, taking the Government's contribution to the...

Time to ditch Christchurchs central city rebuild plan

Time to ditch Christchurch's central city rebuild plan

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 2:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Last weekend,  published a timeline of progress on Christchurch's rebuild. Of the 19 projects listed, 14 will not be completed on time and some, let's face it, may not be completed at all.

Prime Minister says Christchurch convention centre costs "prohibitive"

Prime Minister says Christchurch convention centre costs "prohibitive"

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Costs for a Christchurch Convention Centre have blown out meaning budget pruning work is needed, Prime Minister John Key says.

Cash payment warranted quake workers dismissal - ERA

Cash payment warranted quake worker's dismissal - ERA

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 2:36 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Christchurch earthquake recovery worker has lost an unjustifiable dismissal case after claiming cash he received for helping a contractor was "just a mate helping a mate".

Retail precinct sites on track for Christmas 2016 opening

Retail precinct sites on track for Christmas 2016 opening

Friday, 15 May 2015 10:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's central retail precinct is on track to welcome customers in 18 months' time.

Christchurch rebuild dream falling behind

Christchurch rebuild dream falling behind

Friday, 15 May 2015 10:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

Court grants Crowns central Christchurch land grab

Court grants Crown's central Christchurch land grab

Friday, 15 May 2015 10:14 p.m. by MediaStuff

The High Court has allowed the Crown to take over a block of central Christchurch land before compensation has been paid to the landowner.

Court grants Crowns central Christchurch land takeover

Court grants Crown's central Christchurch land takeover

Friday, 15 May 2015 6:57 p.m. by MediaStuff

The High Court has allowed the Crown to take over a block of central Christchurch land before compensation has been paid to the landowner.

Strengthening begins on Christchurchs McKenzie and Willis facade

Strengthening begins on Christchurch's McKenzie and Willis facade

Friday, 15 May 2015 4:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Scaffolding went up this week on the McKenzie and Willis facade on Tuam St ahead of demolition of the remnants of the building behind.

Should quake memorial chairs go on CTV site?

Should quake memorial chairs go on CTV site?

Friday, 15 May 2015 2:13 p.m. by MediaStuff

The 185 white chairs commemorating those that died in the Canterbury earthquakes could become permanent and the artist behind the sculpture wants to put them on the former CTV site.

Christchurch retail precinct good as done

Christchurch retail precinct 'good as done'

Friday, 15 May 2015 1:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

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Will 185 earthquake memorial chairs be a permanent feature on former CTV site?

Will 185 earthquake memorial chairs be a permanent feature on former CTV site?

Friday, 15 May 2015 1:48 p.m. by MediaStuff

The 185 white chairs commemorating those that died in the Canterbury earthquakes could become permanent and the artist behind the sculpture wants to put them on the former CTV site.

Cecile Meier: Memorial design cant please everyone

Cecile Meier: Memorial design can't please everyone

Friday, 15 May 2015 7:57 a.m. by MediaThePress

The quake memorial design announcement this week had me thinking about monuments, grief, and loss.

Earthquake insurers unlikely to meet own settlement deadlines

Earthquake insurers unlikely to meet own settlement deadlines

Friday, 15 May 2015 7:44 a.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers scrambling to complete Canterbury earthquake rebuilds and settlements are unlikely to meet self imposed completion targets, the Reserve Bank says.

Earthquake memorial says nothing about Christchurch

Earthquake memorial 'says nothing about Christchurch'

Friday, 15 May 2015 7:30 a.m. by MediaStuff

The winning design for the national Christchurch earthquake memorial looks like it could be situated "anywhere in the world", a Christchurch landscape architect says.

185 earthquake memorial chairs face uncertain future

185 earthquake memorial chairs face uncertain future

Thursday, 14 May 2015 4:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

The future of the 185 white chairs commemorating those killed in the Christchurch earthquake is being discussed.

Memorial design cant please everyone

Memorial design can't please everyone

Thursday, 14 May 2015 3:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

The quake memorial design announcement this week had me thinking about monuments, grief, and loss.

Marble earthquake memorial an ironic choice, says surivor

Marble earthquake memorial an ironic choice, says surivor

Thursday, 14 May 2015 8:37 a.m. by MediaThePress

A marble wall etched with the names of earthquake victim will be a feature of the official Christchurch earthquake memorial.

Insurers face higher earthquake costs

Insurers face higher earthquake costs

Thursday, 14 May 2015 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Insurers may face higher costs over the Canterbury earthquake after several firms recently increased estimates for the final bill, according to the Reserve Bank.

Business park underway on old tyre factory site

Business park underway on old tyre factory site

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 3:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Several decades after Christchurch-based construction company Luneys built a tyre factory in the city, they are back working on the same site. But this time it is as property developers.

Winning design for Christchurch earthquake memorial revealed

Winning design for Christchurch earthquake memorial revealed

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 2:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

A memorial wall with a bridge over the Avon River and a contemplative space for victims' families has been chosen as Christchurch's earthquake memorial.

Canterbury earthquake memorial wall design revealed

Canterbury earthquake memorial wall design revealed

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 2:53 p.m. by MediaHerald

The design of a memorial wall dedicated to victims of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake has been unveiled.The design, by Slovenian architect Grega Vezjak, has been chosen from the short-list of six designs to be built on the stretch...

Winning design for quake memorial delayed to 2017

Winning design for quake memorial delayed to 2017

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 2:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

A memorial wall with a bridge over the Avon River and a contemplative space for victims' families has been chosen as Christchurch's earthquake memorial.

Migrants still needed for Canterbury rebuild peak

Migrants still needed for Canterbury rebuild peak

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

New rules should make life easier for extra migrants needed for the peak period of the Canterbury rebuild.

Government relaxes immigration rules to help Christchurch rebuilders

Government relaxes immigration rules to help Christchurch rebuilders

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 4:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has relaxed some immigration rules to allow workers assisting with the Christchurch rebuild to stay longer and move between employers easier.