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Homeowners urged to seek EQC review

Homeowners urged to seek EQC review

Thursday, 12 May 2016 8:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

Thousands of Cantabrians have been "short-changed" by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and need to start holding the organisation to account, homeowners have been told.

Scrap over Christchurchs infrastructure repair bill causes delays and uncertainty

Scrap over Christchurch's infrastructure repair bill causes delays and uncertainty

Thursday, 12 May 2016 7:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

A funding scrap over the rebuild of Christchurch's damaged pipes and roads caused delays to about 30 projects over eight months.

Another Arts Centre block ready for leasing

Another Arts Centre block ready for leasing

Thursday, 12 May 2016 6:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

Another major block in Christchurch's Arts Centre is ready for tenants as its repair nears completion.

Still hopes of repayments from Alligator Drainage work, court told

Still hopes of repayments from Alligator Drainage work, court told

Thursday, 12 May 2016 5:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Canterbury drainlayer is continuing efforts to get money back for his customers, even as he begins a 10-month home detention term for fraud.

IAG ordered to pay Christchurch couple more than $700,000

IAG ordered to pay Christchurch couple more than $700,000

Thursday, 12 May 2016 4:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Barbara and Francis Gidden have taken on one of New Zealand's biggest insurance companies â€“ and won.

Forest park vision for Christchurch red zone

Forest park vision for Christchurch red zone

Thursday, 12 May 2016 4:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

A "low cost, high benefit" plan could transform Christchurch's red zone into a city-to-sea forest park.

Earthquake victim Ann Brower delighted with new safety building law

Earthquake victim Ann Brower 'delighted' with new safety building law

Thursday, 12 May 2016 3:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake survivor Ann Brower says she is "delighted" the Government will force earthquake-prone buildings to become safer sooner.

Crown and Christchurch council concerned about slippage in Scirt programme

Crown and Christchurch council concerned about 'slippage' in Scirt programme

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 7:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

The rebuild of Christchurch's earthquake-damaged pipes and roads is falling behind schedule, with December's completion target looking unlikely.

Will $7m Victoria St plan mean fewer customers, more leaves?

Will $7m Victoria St plan mean fewer customers, more leaves?

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 6:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Victoria St business owners are skeptical about a $7 million overhaul of the street designed to create an inner-city "destination area".

Christchurch couple say EQC stopping them from getting on with their lives

Christchurch couple say EQC stopping them from getting on with their lives

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 6:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch couple say the Earthquake Commission (EQC) is "ruining" their lives, as they continue to wait for adequate repairs so they can finish their partly-renovated home.

Christchurch City Council engineers inspect New Regent St parapets

Christchurch City Council engineers inspect New Regent St parapets

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 5:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

City council engineers are inspecting parapets on Christchurch's New Regent St to see if they need strengthening or repairs.

Christchurch City Councils $6 million plan for Victoria St could ruin business

Christchurch City Council's $6 million plan for Victoria St could 'ruin business'

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 7:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch City Council proposal to close part of a major inner-city route to traffic will make the future of some Victoria St businesses "quite hopeless", a long-standing tenant says.

Lawyer wants apology from Gerry Brownlee after ambulance chaser comment

Lawyer wants apology from Gerry Brownlee after 'ambulance chaser' comment

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 6:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

The lawyer behind wants a personal apology from Gerry Brownlee after he described lawyers representing Canterbury homeowners as "ambulance chasers".

Christchurch lawyer wants apology from Gerry Brownlee after bus chaser comment

Christchurch lawyer wants apology from Gerry Brownlee after 'bus chaser' comment

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 6:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

The lawyer behind wants a personal apology from Gerry Brownlee after he described lawyers representing Canterbury homeowners as "ambulance chasers".

EQC to confirm final quake claim classifications by end of June

EQC to confirm final quake claim classifications by end of June

Monday, 9 May 2016 10:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has given itself six weeks to classify a final "bucket" of Canterbury earthquake claims, the Insurance Council says.

EQC less than one third through botched repair jobs, as requests pile up

EQC less than one third through botched repair jobs, as requests pile up

Monday, 9 May 2016 8:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has revisited less than a third of the thousands of botched repairs on its books, as the number of remedial jobs continues to increase.

Christchurchs new library threatened after Crown cans philanthropic funding

Christchurch's new library threatened after Crown cans philanthropic funding

Sunday, 8 May 2016 5:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Crown has pulled the pin on its long-awaited plans to raise money for Christchurch's anchor projects, threatening to leave the city's new central library in the lurch.

Crown cans philanthropic funding for Christchurch library and other anchor projects

Crown cans philanthropic funding for Christchurch library and other anchor projects

Sunday, 8 May 2016 5:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Crown has pulled the pin on its long-awaited plans to raise money for Christchurch's anchor projects, leaving the council to find money for its new central library elsewhere.

Margaret Mahy Playground to become accessible for children with disabilities

Margaret Mahy Playground to become accessible for children with disabilities

Sunday, 8 May 2016 3:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's multi-million dollar Margaret Mahy Playground will be upgraded with new disability-friendly equipment by September.

Insurer Southern Response queried on asbestos testing and removal

Insurer Southern Response queried on asbestos testing and removal

Friday, 6 May 2016 8:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Questions have been raised about whether Southern Response both tested for and removed asbestos before demolishing an earthquake-damaged Christchurch property.

Insurer Southern Response queried on asbestos testing and removal

Insurer Southern Response queried on asbestos testing and removal

Friday, 6 May 2016 8:28 p.m. by MediaStuff

Questions have been raised about whether Southern Response both tested for and removed asbestos before demolishing an earthquake-damaged Christchurch property.

Earthquake Commission asks how to turn off the tap on second time repairs

Earthquake Commission asks how to 'turn off the tap' on second time repairs

Thursday, 5 May 2016 7:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) wants to know how it can "turn off the tap" on Canterbury homeowners seeking second time repairs, according to a presentation given to staff.

Earthquake Commission asks how to turn off the tap on second time repairs

Earthquake Commission asks how to 'turn off the tap' on second time repairs

Thursday, 5 May 2016 7:17 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) wants to know how it can "turn off the tap" on Canterbury homeowners seeking second time repairs, according to a presentation given to staff.

Familys new $800k Christchurch property found to contain asbestos

Family's new $800k Christchurch property found to contain asbestos

Thursday, 5 May 2016 3:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

Monique and Garry Bond spent $800,000 on a property in upmarket Christchurch to build their dream home, only to learn it was contaminated with asbestos.

Familys new $800k Christchurch property found to contain asbestos

Family's new $800k Christchurch property found to contain asbestos

Thursday, 5 May 2016 3:22 p.m. by MediaStuff

Monique and Garry Bond spent $800,000 on a property in upmarket Christchurch to build their dream home, only to learn it was contaminated with asbestos.

Human investment in Christchurchs red zone must be taken into account

'Human investment' in Christchurch's red zone must be taken into account

Thursday, 5 May 2016 10:41 a.m. by MediaThePress

Communities in east Christchurch say the city's red zone could become "contested land" if the process for deciding its future is unfair.

Property developers need right recipe for success

Property developers need right recipe for success

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 6:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Experience?

Damage causes Christchurch house to rot as owners battle insurers

Damage causes Christchurch house to rot as owners battle insurers

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 8:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Paul Gilbertson's Christchurch home is in "serious trouble" as damage from liquefaction rots floorboards and foundations.

Damage causes Christchurch house to rot as owners battle insurers

Damage causes Christchurch house to rot as owners battle insurers

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 8:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

Paul Gilbertson's Christchurch home is in "serious trouble" as damage from liquefaction rots floorboards and foundations.

Southern Response announces new chief executive

Southern Response announces new chief executive

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 2:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Peter Jensen, will be the new chief executive of Southern Response, the government-owned company charged with settling Canterbury earthquake insurance claims.

Trams return to historic central Christchurchs New Regent St

Trams return to historic central Christchurch's New Regent St

Monday, 2 May 2016 3:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Trams are once again operating through Christchurch's heritage streetscape after a lengthy and forced break.

Not enough information, low offers behind red zone buy-out

Not enough information, low offers behind red zone buy-out

Sunday, 1 May 2016 5:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

A lack of information and unfair offers were the "major problems" behind the Government's buy-out process, a red-zone stayer says.

No performance targets for Fletcher EQR until 2015

No performance targets for Fletcher EQR until 2015

Sunday, 1 May 2016 4:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Construction did not have performance targets for thousands of Canterbury home repairs for more than four years after the February 2011 earthquake.

Tiny new spaces for New Brighton

Tiny new spaces for New Brighton

Sunday, 1 May 2016 2:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

​A new design competition is calling for creative ideas for five "tiny huts" to bring life to Christchurch's coastal suburb of New Brighton.

Settlement expands EQCs liability hugely, as more homeowners speak out

Settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely', as more homeowners speak out

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

Settlement expands EQCs liability hugely, as more homeowners speak out

Settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely', as more homeowners speak out

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQCs liability hugely

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely'

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQCs liability hugely

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely'

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

A Great Place to Be: Christchurch locals still want a clean, green garden city

A Great Place to Be: Christchurch locals still want a clean, green garden city

Friday, 29 April 2016 4:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

At last year's pilot clean-up, 250 volunteers collected 3.3 tonnes of litter from 5 kilometres of Christchurch river banks. Organisers have renamed this year's event and hope many more volunteers will turn out on Saturday, May 7, to retrieve polystyrene, plastic bottles, bottle tops, and other junk from city waterways.

Fears standards will suffer as thousands of extra NZ apprentices trained

Fears standards will suffer as thousands of extra NZ apprentices trained

Friday, 29 April 2016 1:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 29,000 construction workers need to be recruited over the next three years without compromising standards, building chiefs said this week.

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

Friday, 29 April 2016 12:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The Earthquake Commission and the EQC action Group on Thursday released a statement setting out their joint agreement on a series of basic principles about how to interpret the EQC Act regarding EQC's obligations around the stand of repairs.

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

Friday, 29 April 2016 12:25 p.m. by MediaStuff

OPINION: The Earthquake Commission and the EQC action Group on Thursday released a statement setting out their joint agreement on a series of basic principles about how to interpret the EQC Act regarding EQC's obligations around the stand of repairs.

Christ Church Cathedral plans announcement due soon

Christ Church Cathedral plans announcement due soon

Friday, 29 April 2016 8:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

A long-awaited announcement on how the deadlock over Christ Church Cathedral will be broken is expected soon.

Homeowners come out firing following landmark EQC court settlement

Homeowners come out firing following 'landmark' EQC court settlement

Thursday, 28 April 2016 7:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Homeowners have come out firing after a landmark settlement confirmed the Earthquake Commission's legal obligation to repair damaged homes to a "when new" condition.

Ruling EQC must repair to when new standard has implications for thousands

Ruling EQC must repair to 'when new' standard has implications for thousands

Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

A settlement between the Earthquake Commission and the EQC Action Group is far-reaching and will affect thousands of Canterbury homeowners, the group's lawyer says.

Community board uneasy over Lyttelton Port of Christchurchs Dampier Bay proposal

Community board 'uneasy' over Lyttelton Port of Christchurch's Dampier Bay proposal

Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:56 a.m. by MediaThePress

A plan for commercial development in Christchurch's Dampier Bay is being met with scepticism from the local community board.

EQC must repair to when new standard

EQC must repair to 'when new' standard

Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:46 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has confirmed its legal obligation to repair damaged homes to a 'when new' condition, not a pre-earthquake condition.

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Andersons former LWR buildings

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Anderson's former LWR buildings

Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:03 a.m. by MediaThePress

A lengthy, multi million-dollar High Court dispute continues to wage over part of fraudster Ken Anderson's former Lane Walker Rudkin site in central Christchurch.

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Andersons former LWR buildings

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Anderson's former LWR buildings

Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:03 a.m. by MediaStuff

A lengthy, multi million-dollar High Court dispute continues to wage over part of fraudster Ken Anderson's former Lane Walker Rudkin site in central Christchurch.

Earthquake Commission yet to offer Crown payout for red zoned land

Earthquake Commission yet to offer Crown payout for red zoned land

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 7:05 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Crown is still waiting for an estimated $330 million offer from EQC for thousands of red-zoned properties purchased following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Property leaders call Christchurchs South Frame flawed and wasteful

Property leaders call Christchurch's South Frame 'flawed and wasteful'

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 8:40 a.m. by MediaThePress

Senior property figures in Christchurch are expressing concern about the viability of the city's proposed south frame.

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Christchurchs Victoria Square

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Christchurch's Victoria Square

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 6:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

Ngai Tahu has abandoned plans for a cultural centre in Victoria Square, one of the anchor projects in the Christchurch blueprint.

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will redo the outside of a house bought by a couple who thought the property was repaired, but later found cracks had been painted over by tradesmen.

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:50 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will redo the outside of a house bought by a couple who thought the property was repaired, but later found cracks had been painted over by tradesmen.

No fireworks for Christchurchs New Brighton Pier

No fireworks for Christchurch's New Brighton Pier

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

The city's annual Guy Fawkes display is unlikely to be hosted at the New Brighton Pier for the next two years.

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Victoria Square

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Victoria Square

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Ngai Tahu has abandoned plans for a cultural centre in Victoria Square, one of the anchor projects in the Christchurch blueprint.

800 new car parking spaces for central Christchurch

800 new car parking spaces for central Christchurch

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 3:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

The long-awaited rebuild of an earthquake-damaged car parking building in central Christchurch will start soon.