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Tom Hooper: We need to be fighting for the city, not fighting over it

Tom Hooper: We need to be fighting for the city, not fighting over it

Friday, 8 July 2016 10:28 a.m. by MediaThePress

It is really sad to see the very public battle playing out over development within the Innovation Precinct. It looks and feels like a confrontational approach and has quickly escalated into pending legal action that would be better avoided.

Christchurchs Blueprint legacy four years on: It is people, it is people, it is people

Christchurch's Blueprint legacy four years on: It is people, it is people, it is people

Friday, 8 July 2016 9:29 a.m. by MediaThePress

In the four years since the Blueprint for Christchurch was revealed, promising that Christchurch would again have a central city, there have been countless words written analysing its progress and process.

Two interested buyers for historic, earthquake-damaged McLeans Mansion after demolition ban

Two interested buyers for historic, earthquake-damaged McLean's Mansion after demolition ban

Thursday, 7 July 2016 5:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of historic Christchurch homestead McLean's Mansion are talking to two potential buyers for the earthquake-damaged building after a court barred them from demolishing it.

Five years after quake damage, Govt announces working party for cathedral

Five years after quake damage, Govt announces 'working party' for cathedral

Thursday, 7 July 2016 4:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

After five years of dereliction, legal spats and uncertainty, the Government has appointed a working party to consider options for the Christ Church Cathedral.

Developer Alasdair Cassels on working party to decide Christ Church Cathedral fate

Developer Alasdair Cassels on 'working party' to decide Christ Church Cathedral fate

Thursday, 7 July 2016 1:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

High-profile Christchurch developer Alasdair Cassels will help decide the fate of Christ Church Cathedral.

Cashmere High School unveils $21.8 million rebuild proposal

Cashmere High School unveils $21.8 million rebuild proposal

Thursday, 7 July 2016 8:45 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's Cashmere High School is preparing to embark on a major $21.8 million dollar upgrade.

Christchurch City Council to negotiate improved insurance cover for pipes

Christchurch City Council to negotiate improved insurance cover for pipes

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 4:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch City Council is attempting to negotiate more insurance cover for its $6.3 billion worth of underground assets after just 1.6 per cent of those assets are insured.

High St master plan fuels dispute between Christchurch developers

High St master plan fuels dispute between Christchurch developers

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 7:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

A circulating master plan is fuelling debate over the innovation precinct's disputed $50 million McKenzie and Willis redevelopment.

Rapaki residents hope concrete wall will protect against falling rocks

Rapaki residents hope concrete wall will protect against falling rocks

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 6:13 p.m. by MediaStuff

On a ridge above Henry Couch's home sits a row of 17 square concrete blocks, each weighing 2.25 tonnes.

They look heavy, like nothing would move them.

"They've got to be," Couch said.

His property is one of 11 in the marae-based community of Rapaki, in Lyttelton Harbour, red-zoned because of the risk of rock fall. In the February 2011 earthquake, boulders rained down from the hill above the settlement. One, the size of a car, left a gaping hole in his nephew's house. T ...

Residents reject housing intensification plan for parts of Christchurch

Residents reject housing intensification plan for parts of Christchurch

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch residents want a Government-backed proposal to increase housing density scrapped, saying their property values and quality of life will be jeopardised.

Christchurch officials should experiment more - expert

Christchurch officials should experiment more - expert

Monday, 4 July 2016 5:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch officials should experiment more, a visiting expert on urbanism says.

Rapaki sites now reservation, but families hope to return

Rapaki sites now reservation, but families hope to return

Monday, 4 July 2016 7:03 a.m. by MediaThePress

Red-zoned residents from the Lyttelton harbourside settlement of Rapaki hope to one day re-occupy their land.

Housing New Zealand ticks off Christchurch milestone

Housing New Zealand ticks off Christchurch milestone

Sunday, 3 July 2016 2:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

It was one of the biggest social housing challenges ever attempted – to repair 5000 quake damaged homes and to build 700 new ones – in less than three years, at a time when Christchurch and Canterbury were still reeling from the worst sequence of earthquakes ever to hit New Zealand.

Little movement on hundreds of EQC claims five years after Canterbury quakes

Little movement on hundreds of EQC claims five years after Canterbury quakes

Sunday, 3 July 2016 1:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Hundreds of earthquake-hit Canterbury homeowners remain in the Earthquake Commission's clutches more than five years after the earthquakes, as their insurance claims remain unresolved.

$1 billion housing pitch unveiled by Prime Minister John Key

$1 billion housing pitch unveiled by Prime Minister John Key

Sunday, 3 July 2016 12:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

Prime Minister John Key has revealed a $1 billion infrastructure spend-up to speed up the construction of tens of thousands of new homes.

Christchurch rebuild business boom still beckons for South Canterbury firms

Christchurch rebuild business boom still beckons for South Canterbury firms

Friday, 1 July 2016 5:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Timaru construction firm set up a special team and bought two houses to make the most of rebuild opportunities in Christchurch, a director says.

Construction on Christchurch Hospitals outpatient facility weeks away from start

Construction on Christchurch Hospital's outpatient facility weeks away from start

Friday, 1 July 2016 2:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

Construction on Christchurch Hospital's $72 million new outpatient building is weeks away from starting, with the Government awarding the contract to Canterbury-based Leigh's Construction.

Johnny Moore: High St stoush is closed-shop behaviour

Johnny Moore: High St stoush is 'closed-shop behaviour'

Thursday, 30 June 2016 6:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Selling booze in the Innovation Precinct allows me to benefit from all the construction going on. Those hard working tradies need a cold beer at the end of the day don't they?

Surge of new hotels expected on back of Christchurch Convention Centre plan

Surge of new hotels expected on back of Christchurch Convention Centre plan

Thursday, 30 June 2016 6:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

News of firm plans for Christchurch's new Convention Centre is expected to stimulate construction from Cathedral Square north.

Christchurch City Council to spend $2.5m buying seven flood-prone Flockton homes

Christchurch City Council to spend $2.5m buying seven flood-prone Flockton homes

Thursday, 30 June 2016 4:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Ratepayers will spend about $2.5 million buying seven Flockton Basin properties because they cannot be protected from flooding.

Plenty to celebrate as works starts on big indoor sports centre in east Christchurch

Plenty to celebrate as works starts on big indoor sports centre in east Christchurch

Thursday, 30 June 2016 6:13 a.m. by MediaThePress

Work is about to begin on a $5 million indoor sports centre featuring New Zealand's first 200-metre full circumference running track.

Fellow Christchurch developer goes into bat for $50m McKenzie and Willis development

Fellow Christchurch developer goes into bat for $50m McKenzie and Willis development

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 8:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

A "knee-jerk" High Court stoush over the $50 million McKenzie and Willis redevelopment is not in the city's interest, a Christchurch developer says.

Crown goes it alone on Christchurch Convention Centre after breakdown

Crown goes it alone on Christchurch Convention Centre after breakdown

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 7:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch will get a scaled-back taxpayer-funded convention centre complex after the breakdown of a two-year public-private partnership.

Christchurchs oldest farm buildings to be restored

Christchurch's oldest farm buildings to be restored

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 8:40 a.m. by MediaThePress

Funds are being sought for the restoration of a significant piece of Canterbury heritage.

Expert stonemason works on historic Peel Forest church

Expert stonemason works on historic Peel Forest church

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 3:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

A third-generation stonemason, originally from Northern Ireland, is visiting South Canterbury to help keep tradition alive here.

Expert stonemason works on historic Peel Forest church

Expert stonemason works on historic Peel Forest church

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 3:49 p.m. by MediaStuff

A third-generation stonemason, originally from Northern Ireland, is visiting South Canterbury to help keep tradition alive here.

Christchurchs very special historic Hamish Hay Bridge repaired

Christchurch's 'very special' historic Hamish Hay Bridge repaired

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 2:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The family of Christchurch's longest-serving mayor have celebrated the completion of repairs to a bridge named in his honour.

McKenzie and Willis developer Richard Peebles questions timing of legal action

McKenzie and Willis developer Richard Peebles questions timing of legal action

Monday, 27 June 2016 8:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

The man behind Christchurch's $50 million McKenzie and Willis redevelopment says recent legal action against the project has come out of the blue.

Editorial: Chch developers are doing the right thing by challenging retail project

Editorial: Chch developers are doing the right thing by challenging retail project

Monday, 27 June 2016 6:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

At first glance the project certainly appears at odds with Christchurch's grand plan. In fact, some say the $50 million redevelopment of the old McKenzie and Willis building goes as far as threatening the integrity of the city's rebuild blueprint.

Editorial: Public scrutiny of blueprint projects fair

Editorial: Public scrutiny of blueprint projects fair

Monday, 27 June 2016 6:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

Details of an inner-city stoush over the number of shops being included in the Richard Peebles-led project have been revealed by .

Skinning, crazy people and underwear racing at Queenstown Winter Festival

Skinning, 'crazy people' and underwear racing at Queenstown Winter Festival

Sunday, 26 June 2016 3:34 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Dozens of "skinners" greeted the dawn from the top of the Remarkables on Saturday as part of the Queenstown Winter Festival.

Developers legal challenge symptom of available city space, expert says

Developers' legal challenge 'symptom' of available city space, expert says

Friday, 24 June 2016 6:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's central city blueprint is "in tatters", a property expert says, as a legal dispute between powerful developers and businessmen erupts.

Countdown harnessing the skills of older workers

Countdown harnessing the skills of older workers

Friday, 24 June 2016 11:45 a.m. by MediaThePress

New Zealand ranks among the top OECD countries in supporting older workers like supermarket manager Maria Blair.

Christchurch development figures start new company, launch High Court proceedings

Christchurch development figures start new company, launch High Court proceedings

Thursday, 23 June 2016 8:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

A group of Christchurch's most powerful development figures have joined forces to mount a legal challenge against the city council and the company behind the $50 million McKenzie and Willis redevelopment.

Riverbank terraces officially opened in central Christchurch

Riverbank terraces officially opened in central Christchurch

Thursday, 23 June 2016 6:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Kapiti Coast-based poet Apirana Taylor got a thrill seeing the public lunching on the Avon riverbank in Christchurch.

Christchurch rebuild in fight for resources against booming North Island centres

Christchurch rebuild in fight for resources against booming North Island centres

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

Delays in the Christchurch rebuild mean the city is now fighting for investment and resources against booming North Island cities, particularly Auckland, a new report says.

Canterbury Insurance Assistance Service forced to put operations on hold

Canterbury Insurance Assistance Service forced to put operations on hold

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 7:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

An insurance advocacy service for Christchurch's earthquake-hit homeowners can no longer afford to pay staff wages and has been forced to put its operations on hold.

Everyone stays mum on future of quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral

Everyone stays mum on future of quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 1:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Government ministers, campaigners and Anglican leaders are staying silent on the future of the Christ Church Cathedral, months after an announcement on the quake-damaged building was expected.

Earthquake legislation used to fast track development in Southshore and Papanui

Earthquake legislation used to fast track development in Southshore and Papanui

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 6:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

New earthquake legislation will be used to fast track development in two parts of Christchurch.

Sculpture unearthed after five years under rubble donated to Canterbury Museum

Sculpture unearthed after five years under rubble donated to Canterbury Museum

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 4:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

A sculpture that fell off a cliff in the June 2011 Christchurch earthquakes and lay under rubble for five years has been donated to the Canterbury Museum.

Strong demand for earthquake insurance service continues

'Strong demand' for earthquake insurance service continues

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 1:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

An insurance service for Christchurch earthquake claimants has asked for more money as "strong demand" from homeowners continues.

Christchurch homeowner jumping through hoops to sell written-off house

Christchurch homeowner jumping through 'hoops' to sell written-off house

Monday, 20 June 2016 4:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Trevor Lyttle just wants to sell his "broken" Christchurch home and get on with his life.

Christchurch landmarks and history inspire new laneway names

Christchurch landmarks and history inspire new laneway names

Monday, 20 June 2016 3:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cantabrians could soon be taking a stroll down Memory Lane.

Stunning restoration of Arts Centres Great Hall on display

'Stunning' restoration of Arts Centre's Great Hall on display

Saturday, 18 June 2016 5:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Great Hall at Christchurch's Arts Centre has opened its doors to reveal an "absolutely stunning" restoration.

SOL Square court battle continues as former Christchurch hotspot rots away

SOL Square court battle continues as former Christchurch hotspot rots away

Saturday, 18 June 2016 4:21 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owner of SOL Square remains locked in a multimillion-dollar court battle as the once bustling complex rots, despite interest from potential developers.

Story of a street: A snapshot of the earthquake recovery in Christchurch

Story of a street: A snapshot of the earthquake recovery in Christchurch

Friday, 17 June 2016 9:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Getting there is a mission in itself. John Patterson, the energetic 80-year-old organiser of Parklands' Older Generation Forum, apologises.

East frame community will be a NZ first

East frame community will be a NZ first

Friday, 17 June 2016 7:16 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's east frame housing development will be a green rated community â€“ a New Zealand first.

Civic Assurances director fee hike voted down for second time in three years

Civic Assurance's director fee hike voted down for second time in three years

Friday, 17 June 2016 4:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tony Marryatt should offer his resignation over Civic Assurance's failed bid to hike its directors fees, an elected councillor says.

Councils vote down Civic Assurance push for 15 per cent director fee hike

Councils vote down Civic Assurance push for 15 per cent director fee hike

Friday, 17 June 2016 12:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

A cash-strapped council insurer's bid to increase its directors fees has been rejected by councils across New Zealand.

New Regenerate Christchurch chief promises red zone action - but not until September

New Regenerate Christchurch chief promises red zone action - but not until September

Thursday, 16 June 2016 6:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Public debate on the future of Christchurch's red zone is not set to start until September – a full six years after the earthquakes began.

Gerry Brownlee hints at rising EQC premiums while promoting insurance cover to Australia

Gerry Brownlee hints at rising EQC premiums while promoting insurance cover to Australia

Thursday, 16 June 2016 1:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

Gerry Brownlee has signalled rising Earthquake Commission (EQC) premiums during an interview with Australian media.

Former Cera manager chosen as chief executive of Regenerate Christchurch

Former Cera manager chosen as chief executive of Regenerate Christchurch

Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:05 a.m. by MediaThePress

A former manager at the now-defunct Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) will head the city's new recovery agency.

New gadgets light up Christchurchs Bridge of Remembrance

New gadgets light up Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 9:11 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

New multi-coloured lights were tested for the first time at Christchurch's restored Bridge of Remembrance on Tuesday night.

Church Bay residents unite to restore jetty

Church Bay residents unite to restore jetty

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 4:46 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Manpower and determination will be the saviours of Church Bay jetty, with restoration work on the historic structure in Lyttelton Harbour continuing into the cold of winter.

Tables turned on suburban office landlords

Tables turned on suburban office landlords

Monday, 13 June 2016 7:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's suburban office landlords are slashing rents by up to a quarter as tenants return to the central city.

Work on Christchurch sports facility site to start in a matter of months

Work on Christchurch sports facility site to start in a matter of months

Monday, 13 June 2016 6:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

The start of work on Christchurch's $300 million metro sports facility is in sight with initial work at the giant section to start around October, Otakaro Limited confirmed on Monday.