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Tensions between Cera and Christchurch City Council delayed rebuild, report says

Tensions between Cera and Christchurch City Council delayed rebuild, report says

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 5:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tensions between the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and Christchurch City Council have caused delays in Canterbury's post-earthquake rebuild, a new report says.

Sumner Lifeboats $1.7 million Blue Arrow Rescue stranded at low-tide since Christchurch earthquakes

Sumner Lifeboat's $1.7 million Blue Arrow Rescue stranded at low-tide since Christchurch earthquakes

Monday, 6 February 2017 5:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

An ongoing and costly effort to clear the Sumner Lifeboat Institution's slipway could end if the Christchurch City Council decides to extend its breakwater upgrade project.

Costly and inefficient makeshift services for lonely red-zoned neighbourhoods

'Costly and inefficient' makeshift services for lonely red-zoned neighbourhoods

Sunday, 5 February 2017 7:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

There aren't many vehicles in lonely Brooklands, the mostly abandoned Christchurch suburb â€“ except for the sewage trucks.

Canterbury rebuild lessons conference delayed, Brownlee reluctant to back event

Canterbury rebuild lessons conference delayed, Brownlee 'reluctant' to back event

Sunday, 5 February 2017 7:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Crown has postponed a conference on Canterbury rebuild lessons, saying it is too soon because big projects such as the convention centre and residential red zones are unfinished.

Editorial: Allegations of earthquake recovery double-dipping must be thoroughly investigated

Editorial: Allegations of earthquake recovery double-dipping must be thoroughly investigated

Thursday, 2 February 2017 5:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Labour leader Andrew Little is absolutely correct to be calling for the auditor-general to investigate reports of conflicts of interest at the former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

Labours Andrew Little says he will expedite outstanding quake insurance claims

Labour's Andrew Little says he will 'expedite' outstanding quake insurance claims

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

Labour Party leader Andrew Little says he will err "on the side of justice" for Canterbury earthquake insurance claimants if he becomes prime minister.

Labour leader Andrew Little says he will expedite Canterbury quake insurance claims

Labour leader Andrew Little says he will 'expedite' Canterbury quake insurance claims

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Labour Party leader Andrew Little says he will err "on the side of justice" for Canterbury earthquake insurance claimants if he becomes prime minister.

Councillor suggests fuel tax could help pay for Christchurchs roadworks

Councillor suggests fuel tax could help pay for Christchurch's roadworks

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 8:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

A fuel tax could help solve Christchurch's roading woes, a city councillor says.

Christchurchs Thorn Engineering fails, director fighting criminal charges

Christchurch's Thorn Engineering fails, director fighting criminal charges

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 7:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch engineering firm involved in the construction of a major central city anchor project has gone bust.

John Goddard: New level of uncertainty for quake-hit homeowners

John Goddard: New level of uncertainty for quake-hit homeowners

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 9:49 a.m. by MediaThePress

Late last year, EQC and the Insurance Council (ICNZ) agreed that insurers, and not EQC, would assess earthquake damage arising from the Kaikoura earthquake.  The Government touted this arrangement as a "new and simplified" approach which showed it had listened to the issues arising from the Canterbury earthquakes.  However, as is to be expected with any innovation, the devil is in the detail and the detail throws up a number of unanswered questions.

Cera staff to be investigated over private company dealings

Cera staff to be investigated over private company dealings

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 6:08 a.m. by MediaThePress

Revelations that Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) staff tried to do commercial property deals for their own company will be investigated by the Prime Minister's Department and the State Services Commission.

Mike Yardley: The long, frustrating road to fixed streets

Mike Yardley: The long, frustrating road to fixed streets

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Six years on from the Christchurch earthquakes, how would you rate the state of our roads?

Class action against Southern Response returns to court after company appeals

Class action against Southern Response returns to court after company appeals

Monday, 30 January 2017 9:57 p.m. by MediaStuff

The class action against Southern Response faces another hurdle as the company is appealing the court decision that allows the case to proceed.

Some Christchurch quake victims families say chair memorial should be scrapped

Some Christchurch quake victims' families say chair memorial should be scrapped

Monday, 30 January 2017 7:51 p.m. by MediaStuff

Self-indulgent, inappropriate and strange – that's what some relatives of 2011 earthquake victims think of the white chair memorial.

New Moorhouse development continues central Christchurch streets retail growth

New Moorhouse development continues central Christchurch street's retail growth

Monday, 30 January 2017 7:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Retail growth on Christchurch's Moorhouse Ave is set to continue with a new shopping and office complex to be built on the busy Colombo St intersection.

Cera staff running own property business on the side

Cera staff running own property business on the side

Saturday, 28 January 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's (Cera) staff employed to bring investment to Christchurch set up their own company through which investors would pay them a fee on private property deals, a Stuff investigation has found.

Earthquake survivor and pin-up star Monique Mclennan returns to Christchurch

Earthquake survivor and pin-up star Monique Mclennan returns to Christchurch

Saturday, 28 January 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Monique Mclennan once waited for death. Now she lives with no regrets and is poised to realise her dream.

A redeveloped Cathedral Square could evoke memories of Europe

A redeveloped Cathedral Square could evoke memories of Europe

Thursday, 26 January 2017 8:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch has an opportunity to transform Cathedral Square into a centre reminiscent of those in Europe, says the man helping lead the area's regeneration.

Christchurchs historic Wood Brothers Mill gets $900,000 council grant

Christchurch's historic Wood Brother's Mill gets $900,000 council grant

Thursday, 26 January 2017 4:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Another attempt is being made to buy and redevelop a run-down, earthquake-damaged historic flour mill in Christchurch.

IAG and Tower Insurance taking Earthquake Commission to High Court over land damage payments

IAG and Tower Insurance taking Earthquake Commission to High Court over land damage payments

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 7:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) may be short-changing Christchurch homeowners, according to two insurance companies.

Former Christchurch City Council boss brings wealth of knowledge to Kaikoura

Former Christchurch City Council boss brings wealth of knowledge to Kaikoura

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 5:30 a.m. by MediaThePress

Jane Parfitt has plenty of expertise in earthquake recovery, having worked on the Christchurch City Council for the past 12 years.

First steps into Christchurchs residential red zone

First steps into Christchurch's residential red zone

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Regenerate Christchurch has signalled the start of what we have been waiting for since the red zone decisions in mid-2011 – a process for determining what will become of these lands.

Julian Lee: Cathedral Square is a pernickety plaza puzzle

Julian Lee: Cathedral Square is a pernickety plaza puzzle

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 7:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cathedral Square is in the throes of an existential crisis. For one, it's not really square (more of a diamond really) and, for the past five years, it's only had half of a cathedral. But the Half-Cathedral Diamond doesn't really have the same ring to it.

Atlas Quarter homes in central Christchurch to be ready by late 2017

Atlas Quarter homes in central Christchurch to be ready by late 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 7:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Buyers can now register their interest in new homes being built in a Government-led project in central Christchurch.

Christchurchs Re:Start container mall may stay open until September

Christchurch's Re:Start container mall may stay open until September

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 3:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

The developer who plans to build a farmers' market and mall on the site of Christchurch's container mall says he wants to keep it around for longer than planned.

Adina Thorn law firm accused of trying to increase nervousness over steel mesh

Adina Thorn law firm accused of trying to increase 'nervousness' over steel mesh

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 6:44 a.m. by MediaThePress

Steel & Tube has taken a swipe at Adina Thorn Lawyers, accusing it of attempting to "increase homeowner nervousness".

Carter Group to run The Crossing car park building for at least 50 years

Carter Group to run The Crossing car park building for at least 50 years

Monday, 23 January 2017 10:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council has paid $28 million to the Carter Group in exchange for The Crossing car park building to remain for at least 50 years.

Artist calls for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Artist calls for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Monday, 23 January 2017 10:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

The artist behind Christchurch's 185 white chairs has indicated he wants the installation to become permanent.

Call for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Call for 185 white chairs to become permanent memorial to Canterbury earthquake

Monday, 23 January 2017 7:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tha artist behind Christchurch's 185 white chairs has indicated he wants the installation to become permanent.

Regeneration strategy for Christchurchs Cathedral Square expected mid-year

Regeneration strategy for Christchurch's Cathedral Square expected mid-year

Monday, 23 January 2017 6:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

A clear vision for Christchurch's Cathedral Square is expected by June.

Christchurchs Sign of the Kiwi reopens in time for 100th anniversary

Christchurch's Sign of the Kiwi reopens in time for 100th anniversary

Monday, 23 January 2017 4:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Janice Thornton ran the Sign of the Kiwi cafe for just three days before the September 2010 earthquake.

When it comes to disaster preparedness for people with disabilities, can we do better?

When it comes to disaster preparedness for people with disabilities, can we do better?

Friday, 20 January 2017 7:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Several bewildered cows captured hearts around the world, after they were photographed standing atop an isolated grass island in their mangled North Canterbury paddock.

Quake Outcasts wait for appeal date after decision on uninsured homes

Quake Outcasts wait for appeal date after decision on uninsured homes

Friday, 20 January 2017 6:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

A solicitor representing the Quake Outcasts says the High Court's order to pay $55,605 in court costs to the Government is nothing unusual, but hopes it will be reversed in appeal.

Auckland law firm warning Canterbury homeowners of shoddy steel

Auckland law firm warning Canterbury homeowners of shoddy steel

Thursday, 19 January 2017 7:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

An Auckland litigation firm is warning thousands of Canterbury homeowners their properties may have been built with shoddy steel mesh.

Acquisition issues hit cost of Christchurchs south frame as Crown remains tight-lipped

Acquisition issues hit cost of Christchurch's south frame as Crown remains tight-lipped

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 9:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Land acquisition problems plaguing Christchurch's $20 million south frame anchor project will delay and increase the cost of the development.

Canterbury rebuild plateau knocks business confidence to four-year low

Canterbury rebuild 'plateau' knocks business confidence to four-year low

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 9:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

Business confidence in Canterbury has plummeted to its lowest level in four years, but it is no surprise to the Employers' Chamber of Commerce (CECC).

Construction begins on Christchurchs new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Construction begins on Christchurch's new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 4:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

A man who worked at Christchurch's old QEII sports facility for more than 30 years, only to be ousted by the 2011 earthquake, has witnessed construction starting on its replacement.

Christchurch central library funding partnership announcement expected

Christchurch central library funding partnership announcement expected

Monday, 16 January 2017 9:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she will make an "exciting announcement" about a funding partnership for the new central library next month.

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial: What happened to the cherry trees?

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial: What happened to the cherry trees?

Monday, 16 January 2017 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

A botanist says there is "no good reason" for swapping cherry blossom trees for maples in the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial design.

Editorial: Christchurchs central library is going to be worth the cost

Editorial: Christchurch's central library is going to be worth the cost

Monday, 16 January 2017 4:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

At first glance, the news of the budget for the new central Christchurch library ballooning by more than half seems alarming.

New Christchurch library costs rise by more than half to $95 million

New Christchurch library costs rise by more than half to $95 million

Sunday, 15 January 2017 4:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

The cost of the new Christchurch central library has risen to $95 million from an original budget of $60 million.

Christchurch nightlife - is the party over?

Christchurch nightlife - is the party over?

Friday, 13 January 2017 8:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tough times are forcing some central Christchurch hospitality operators from the industry, with some giving away businesses just to get out.

Does Christchurch have too many bars and restaurants?

Does Christchurch have too many bars and restaurants?

Friday, 13 January 2017 7:33 p.m. by MediaThePress



"It's not like it used to be – you'd just open the doors and have a big party. Those days are well gone.

Christchurchs non-profit sector shines brightly in rebuild

Christchurch's non-profit sector shines brightly in rebuild

Friday, 13 January 2017 1:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

It has taken a few years but many Canterbury non-profit groups have at last replaced their quake-hit buildings, often with surprising style.

$85m Grand Central another leg up for central Christchurch

$85m Grand Central another leg up for central Christchurch

Thursday, 12 January 2017 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

Central Christchurch is about to get another boost with the biggest shift yet of public servants back to the central city.

Southern Response wrongly withheld council refunds from customers

Southern Response wrongly withheld council refunds from customers

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response may owe homeowners thousands in wrongly withheld refunds.

Rolleston or Rangiora: Which is Christchurchs premier satellite town?

Rolleston or Rangiora: Which is Christchurch's premier satellite town?

Friday, 6 January 2017 9:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Rivalry is set to heat up between the booming satellite towns of Rolleston and Rangiora as new shops, schools and subdivisions open.

Canterbury earthquake memorial to open for February 22, 2017 anniversary

Canterbury earthquake memorial to open for February 22, 2017 anniversary

Friday, 6 January 2017 12:22 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial is on-schedule to open on the sixth anniversary of the February 22, 2011 earthquake.

Christchurch market stallholders to be homeless again after tough times

Christchurch market stallholders to be homeless again after tough times

Thursday, 5 January 2017 10:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Market stalls in central Christchurch are packing up again and their owners say they desperately need a good home.

Drone flyover shows big job ahead for repairers of Christchurchs Sumner Rd

Drone flyover shows big job ahead for repairers of Christchurch's Sumner Rd

Thursday, 5 January 2017 8:19 p.m. by MediaStuff

Sporadic blasts in the Port Hills herald progress on Sumner Rd, but a drone flyover shows the extent of the work still to be done.

St Germain among new eateries gearing up to open in central Christchurch

St Germain among new eateries gearing up to open in central Christchurch

Wednesday, 4 January 2017 8:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

New eateries are preparing to open their doors in central Christchurch's newly completed developments.

Treasured heritage buildings to reopen in 2017

Treasured heritage buildings to reopen in 2017

Monday, 2 January 2017 4:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Many of Christchurch's most treasured heritage buildings will reopen in 2017 after being off limits since the 2011 earthquakes.

Christchurch businessman Roger Bridge made ONZM in New Year Honours

Christchurch businessman Roger Bridge made ONZM in New Year Honours

Saturday, 31 December 2016 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Christchurch businessman Roger Bridge has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and philanthropy. Bridge's background rests in property investment and management. He has been involved...

Staff abused, wipers ripped off cars at Canterbury EQC offices as tensions erupt

Staff abused, wipers ripped off cars at Canterbury EQC offices as tensions erupt

Friday, 30 December 2016 8:51 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Wrecked company cars and threats against staff members continue to plague the Earthquake Commission (EQC) as it tries to settle thousands of unresolved insurance claims in Canterbury.

2017: When Christchurch finally goes from recovery to rebuild

2017: When Christchurch finally goes from recovery to rebuild

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 9:08 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

2017 is looming as the year Christchurch may finally break out of earthquake-recovery mode as major roadworks near completion and key rebuild projects get under way.

Antigua boat shed owners mark 30 years despite rough waters

Antigua boat shed owners mark 30 years despite rough waters

Monday, 26 December 2016 7:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of Antigua Boat Sheds cafe and boat hire business have notched up 30 years, but it has not all been easy paddling

Till ring long and loud in Christchurch in 2016

Till ring long and loud in Christchurch in 2016

Sunday, 25 December 2016 6:30 p.m. by MediaThePress


Christchurch retailers expect this week's Boxing Day sales will cap off a bumper 2016.

Christchurchs East Frame gets $1m bonus for transitional activities

Christchurch's East Frame gets $1m bonus for transitional activities

Saturday, 24 December 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Living is spending $1 million on public "temporary use" projects so its central Christchurch East Frame housing development does not sit an idle wasteland for years.