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Breathe a lost opportunity

Breathe a 'lost opportunity'

Thursday, 3 December 2015 3:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

A runner-up in a project intended to showcase residential development in central Christchurch has criticised the Government's handling of the design competition.

For a locally led recovery, change the bill

For a locally led recovery, change the bill

Thursday, 3 December 2015 3:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The Government is currently seeking feedback on what will replace Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) next April 2016.

City risks becoming vacuous money pit: Johnny Moore

City risks becoming 'vacuous money pit': Johnny Moore

Thursday, 3 December 2015 9:16 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Treasury this week issued a report suggesting the .

Central Christchurch risks becoming vacuous money pit - Johnny Moore

Central Christchurch risks becoming 'vacuous money pit' - Johnny Moore

Thursday, 3 December 2015 9:16 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Treasury this week issued a report suggesting the .

Christchurch construction workers blamed for meth use increase, survey says.

Christchurch construction workers blamed for meth use increase, survey says.

Thursday, 3 December 2015 7:57 a.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch construction company boss disputes survey findings that blame construction workers for an increase in methamphetamine addiction in the city.

Public split on new Christchurch stadium

Public split on new Christchurch stadium

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 5:13 p.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch seems split on the idea of a new stadium in the city.

More input from businesses can speed disaster recovery

More input from businesses can 'speed disaster recovery'

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 4:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

More collaboration between businesses, and government and community organisations would improve New Zealand's ability to recover from natural disasters, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Cosmetics flagship store to open in central Christchurch

Cosmetics flagship store to open in central Christchurch

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 4:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

In more good news for central Christchurch's new retail precinct, an Australian cosmetics chain has decided to open its first New Zealand store in the city.

World-first research into insurance industrys quake response

World-first research into insurance industry's quake response

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 3:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

A world-first research project into the insurance industry's response to the Canterbury earthquakes will be a "global resource" for years to come, the man behind it says.

EQC: Auditor-General report shows good progress made

EQC: Auditor-General report shows good progress made

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 3:09 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Earthquake Commission says it is happy with a report outlining improvements it has made on its complaints process - but is aware more work is needed to help dissatisfied customers still waiting for repairs.

Listen to the book-keepers: Johnny Moore

Listen to the 'book-keepers': Johnny Moore

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 2:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Treasury this week issued a report suggesting the .

Are you happy with the Christchurch rebuild so far?

Are you happy with the Christchurch rebuild so far?

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 1:02 p.m. by MediaHerald

A Treasury report has found the Christchurch anchor project programme - which includes a sports facility, convention centre and a stadium - has already missed key milestones. The report gave the programme a red rating, and said it...

Christchurch construction workers blamed for meth use increase

Christchurch construction workers blamed for meth use increase

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 11:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

A new survey blames Christchurch construction workers an increase in methamphetamine addiction in the city.

EQC still lacking on customer service – report

EQC still lacking on customer service – report

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 6:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) still needs to improve how it deals with customers and their complaints, a report says.

Bill English brushes off Treasury report into anchor project viability

Bill English brushes off Treasury report into anchor project viability

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 1:21 p.m. by MediaThePress

Finance Minister Bill English has criticised his own department's analysis of Christchurch's central city anchor projects, saying the language used in the damning reports is "probably a bit strong".

Christchurch rebuild programme unachievable

Christchurch rebuild programme 'unachievable'

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 12:08 p.m. by MediaHerald

A report that found a government programme to help rebuild Christchurch was looking unachievable is out of date, Finance Minister Bill English says.The Treasury report found the Christchurch anchor project programme, which includes...

Anchor project delivery appears unachievable - Treasury report

Anchor project delivery appears 'unachievable' - Treasury report

Monday, 30 November 2015 4:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's once-bold central city recovery plan is hanging in the balance, with Treasury saying it now appears unachievable.

Labour puts earthquake recovery on front bench

Labour puts earthquake recovery on front bench

Monday, 30 November 2015 11:22 a.m. by MediaThePress

Labour's new Canterbury spokeswoman has been promoted to the front bench.

Southern Response classified struggling customers as stoic or downhearted

Southern Response classified struggling customers as 'stoic' or 'downhearted'

Sunday, 29 November 2015 5:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than half of Southern Response customers who took part in a survey said life was a "struggle" and they felt "very bleak" about their future.

Stalled rebuild projects threaten upper South Island tourist industry

Stalled rebuild projects threaten upper South Island tourist industry

Friday, 27 November 2015 9:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury tourism could be losing permanent ground to Queenstown while Christchurch's convention centre progress remain unclear, industry members say.

The garden that love built: 2016 Gardena Gardener of the Year winner announced

The garden that love built: 2016 Gardena Gardener of the Year winner announced

Friday, 27 November 2015 3:46 p.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury woman Helen Coker has been named the 2016 Gardena Gardener of the Year by .

Hoping for an urban utopia

Hoping for an urban utopia

Friday, 27 November 2015 10:36 a.m. by MediaThePress

CrownCo promises to deliver Christchurchs rebuild dreams

CrownCo promises to deliver Christchurch's rebuild dreams

Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:36 a.m. by MediaThePress

The man charged with overseeing Christchurch's anchor projects is promising to deliver on the "dreams and aspirations" expressed through the city's  campaign.

Sumner surf clubs new landmark building

Sumner surf club's new landmark building

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 5:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Sumner surf club aimed for landmark building

Sumner surf club aimed for landmark building

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 5:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Deadline for Christchurch convention centre outcome?

Deadline for Christchurch convention centre outcome?

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 11:12 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government will not say whether it has imposed a deadline on Christchurch's convention centre negotiations after months of silence and uncertainty.

Breathe developers rally to secure funding for Christchurch residential project

Breathe developers rally to secure funding for Christchurch residential project

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 12:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

The would-be developers behind a central Christchurch residential development are rallying to secure funding despite missing a Crown-imposed timeline.

Tower posts loss on quake costs, hikes dividend

Tower posts loss on quake costs, hikes dividend

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:52 a.m. by MediaHerald

Tower, the general insurer, posted an annual loss as it prepares for more expensive claims from the Canterbury spate of earthquakes, but raised its dividend payout to reflect a stronger underlying earnings performance. The Auckland-based...

Woman who stole $472k from employer loses appeal

Woman who stole $472k from employer loses appeal

Monday, 23 November 2015 4:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

A woman who stole nearly half a million dollars from her employer and claimed post-quake trauma was partly to blame has had an appeal against her jail sentence dismissed.

Woman who pinned her $472k theft on employer on post-quake trauma loses appeal

Woman who pinned her $472k theft on employer on post-quake trauma loses appeal

Monday, 23 November 2015 4:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

A woman who stole nearly half a million dollars from her employer and claimed post-quake trauma was partly to blame has had an appeal against her jail sentence dismissed.

Court throws out $6.5m insurance offer for Henderson property

Court throws out $6.5m insurance offer for Henderson property

Sunday, 22 November 2015 4:54 p.m. by MediaStuff

Bankrupt developer Dave Henderson's bid to revive a Christchurch building has helped scupper an insurance payout on the property.

More good news for Christchurchs retail precinct

More good news for Christchurch's retail precinct

Friday, 20 November 2015 9:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new retail precinct has had another big boost with one developer announcing a major tenant and another planning to make his building bigger to meet demand.

Warners Hotel could rise again in Christchurchs Cathedral Square

Warner's Hotel could rise again in Christchurch's Cathedral Square

Friday, 20 November 2015 9:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

The American owners of Christchurch's Novotel hotel building in Cathedral Square want to rebuild Warner's Hotel next door.

Crown calls time on central Christchurch residential development

Crown calls time on central Christchurch residential development

Friday, 20 November 2015 7:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

A major residential development in central Christchurch has fallen through after months of delays and silence.

CTV engineer inquiry not in public interest

CTV engineer inquiry 'not in public interest'

Friday, 20 November 2015 6:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

A full investigation into an engineer's involvement in the collapsed CTV building would not be in the public interest, a judge has heard.

New peek at Christchurch heritage project

New peek at Christchurch heritage project

Friday, 20 November 2015 2:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

New artists' impressions give inside glimpses of how central Christchurch's McKenzie and Willis redevelopment will look.

Lyttelton Port approved for major revamp

Lyttelton Port approved for major revamp

Thursday, 19 November 2015 6:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

A major revamp of Lyttelton Port has received final sign-off and will proceed next year.

City pharmacy wait nearly over

City pharmacy wait nearly over

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 11:03 a.m. by MediaThePress

Having to take a long hike for prescriptions and medications in central Christchurch is about to end.

Johnny Moore: Small victories worth celebrating

Johnny Moore: Small victories worth celebrating

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 7:46 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The sitcom that was my sister, dodgy brother-in-law and their bratty children living with my parents is over.

High-flying stairway takes shape inside new Crowne Plaza hotel

High-flying stairway takes shape inside new Crowne Plaza hotel

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 6:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

New stairs going into Christchurch's new Crowne Plaza Hotel signal a new beginning for the building.

150 Canterbury homeowners to file proceedings against EQC

150 Canterbury homeowners to file proceedings against EQC

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 11:52 a.m. by MediaHerald

A group of 150 Canterbury homeowners will file legal proceedings in the High Court against the Earthquake Commission today.The homeowners, known as the EQC Action Group, are seeking three sets of declarations from the court around...

Court asked to rule on EQCs repair standards

Court asked to rule on EQC's repair standards

Monday, 16 November 2015 6:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

Frustrated Canterbury homeowners have launched legal action against the Earthquake Commission (EQC) after failing to reach an agreement out of court.

Quake-hit couple live in unsafe house while waiting for EQC progress

Quake-hit couple live in 'unsafe' house while waiting for EQC progress

Monday, 16 November 2015 4:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Deep spilts are breaking up the concrete floor, walls are out of plumb, and experts have deemed the property a rebuild.

MP issues reminder to insurers

MP issues reminder to insurers

Monday, 16 November 2015 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Two years after a shake-up in the way house insurance is calculated, concerns remain over how well the public understand the change.In 2013, most insurers moved to a sum-insured model where homeowners are now asked to name how much...

Waimakariri district red zoners face uncertain wait

Waimakariri district red zoners face uncertain wait

Sunday, 15 November 2015 5:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Waimakariri's red zone residents will likely be able to stay in their homes but face more uncertainty before their futures are confirmed.

Gap Filler celebrates five years of brightening Christchurchs vacant spaces

Gap Filler celebrates five years of brightening Christchurch's vacant spaces

Friday, 13 November 2015 7:11 p.m. by MediaStuff

Filling empty spaces has become an art in Christchurch, with Gap Filler leading the way in bringing joy and fun to a once decimated city.

Scirt errors cause massive water loss in Christchurch

Scirt errors cause massive water loss in Christchurch

Friday, 13 November 2015 6:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

About 12 million litres of water went down Christchurch drains in 2014 because of damage caused by road works, demolitions and construction.

The $500,000 intersection

The $500,000 intersection

Friday, 13 November 2015 4:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Margaret Mahy playground on track for Christmas opening, Government says

Margaret Mahy playground on track for Christmas opening, Government says

Thursday, 12 November 2015 5:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

Prime Minister John Key took a muddy tour of Christchurch's Margaret Mahy playground as construction crews rally to complete the project before Christmas.

Earthquake insurer Southern Response sets aside $4m for legal fees

Earthquake insurer Southern Response sets aside $4m for legal fees

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 4:21 p.m. by MediaStuff

Government-owned insurer Southern Response has set aside $4 million for its legal costs over the next year, as it faces a lawsuit from disgruntled Christchurch customers angry with its work on earthquake repairs.

Insurers want EQC Act overhaul

Insurers want EQC Act overhaul

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 12:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers want an overhaul of the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Act to eliminate "inefficiencies, additional costs and delays" before another disaster strikes.

South Frame details and drawings revealed

South Frame details and drawings revealed

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 7:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

New details and images have been released of the South Frame precinct to be built in central Christchurch.

Johnny Moore: Heritage trusts burning through money post-quake

Johnny Moore: Heritage trusts burning through money post-quake

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 5:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: I walk past the old Excelsior Hotel site on my way to work most days. A hotel with a long history in Christchurch, by the time the earthquakes hit it was doing trade as a good ol' pub with pokies, sports on telly and jugs of beer.

EQC budgets $5m for court cases in 2015/16

EQC budgets $5m for court cases in 2015/16

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has budgeted $5 million in the next year to fight frustrated Canterbury homeowners in court.

Cera residential red zone survey insulting

Cera residential red zone survey 'insulting'

Sunday, 8 November 2015 5:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Former Christchurch red zone residents say they feel "insulted" by the lack of promotion of a Government survey about its buy-out process.

Video: The last block from Christchurchs old CBD

Video: The last block from Christchurch's old CBD

Sunday, 8 November 2015 3:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Graffiti has taken over the last recognisable block left of the old Christchurch CBD.

Heritage facade on old Excelsior Hotel will be lost

Heritage facade on old Excelsior Hotel will be lost

Saturday, 7 November 2015 2:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's old Excelsior Hotel is to be rebuilt as a modern building with a replica facade.