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Some EQC complaints open for six months or more

Some EQC complaints open for six months or more

Sunday, 11 October 2015 7:45 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

More than a quarter of the active complaints lodged with the Earthquake Commission (EQC) have been open for at least six months, with some dating back years.

Global company helps Habitat for Humanity social housing project

Global company helps Habitat for Humanity social housing project

Sunday, 11 October 2015 5:23 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A global science and technology company has stepped in to support Habitat for Humanity's plan to build seven Christchurch homes.

Christchurch CBD awakens

Christchurch CBD awakens

Saturday, 10 October 2015 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Tuesday morning in central Christchurch, it's unseasonably warm - temperatures are pushing 30C by mid-morning. A strong northwesterly is stirring up grit from the many construction sites, turning the city centre into a dust bowl-...

More than 300 EQC staff leave in a year

More than 300 EQC staff leave in a year

Friday, 9 October 2015 6:16 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

More than 300 staff have left the Earthquake Commission (EQC) in the last year, with one former employee blaming poor working conditions for the exodus.

Christchurch earthquake survivor Ann Bodkin credits preparedness for survival

Christchurch earthquake survivor Ann Bodkin credits preparedness for survival

Friday, 9 October 2015 5:07 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

After surviving 26 hours trapped following the February 22 Canterbury earthquake, former Southlander Ann Bodkin credits being prepared for her survival.

Court rules quake-damaged Lladro figurines are artworks

Court rules quake-damaged Lladro figurines are artworks

Friday, 9 October 2015 4:05 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A Christchurch businessman has failed in his insurance claim to prove that his artworks, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars . . . are not artworks.

EQC close to announcing increased liquefaction risk policy

EQC close to announcing increased liquefaction risk policy

Thursday, 8 October 2015 5:27 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Thousands of Canterbury homeowners will soon find out how the Earthquake Commission (EQC) will settle claims for properties with increased liquefaction risk.

Office space outpacing tenant demand

Office space 'outpacing' tenant demand

Wednesday, 7 October 2015 9:29 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The market for large, expensive central city buildings is almost saturated and some multi-million-dollar developments may struggle to attract tenants, commercial leasing agents say.

Quake journey over for group of elderly neighbours

Quake journey over for group of elderly neighbours

Tuesday, 6 October 2015 5:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

If Margaret McGovern had the strength or the energy to fight the Earthquake Commission (EQC), she says she would. If she had the money, she would leave Christchurch.

Christchurch earthquake victims: We got lucky

Christchurch earthquake victims: 'We got lucky'

Tuesday, 6 October 2015 2:28 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

If the Christchurch earthquakes had hit just a few weeks earlier, things could have been so much worse for one local family that is using its close call with nature to warn others to always be prepared. 

SCIRT under investigation for worker injury but maintains safe record

SCIRT under investigation for worker injury but maintains safe record

Sunday, 4 October 2015 4:52 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The organisation leading the rebuild of Christchurch's roads and underground infrastructure is being investigated by WorkSafe New Zealand after a worker was injured.

TEDx ChCh: Top five speakers and moments

TEDx ChCh: Top five speakers and moments

Sunday, 4 October 2015 12:48 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

OPINION: Saturday's sold-out TEDx Christchurch was another success. Here are my favourites bits:

Central city apartments flooding market post-quake

Central city apartments flooding market post-quake

Saturday, 3 October 2015 11:31 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Hundreds of central city apartments and townhouses are continuing to hit the market as thousands of residents are expected to flock back into Christchurch's rebuilding CBD.

Livestream: TEDx 2015 Christchurch

Livestream: TEDx 2015 Christchurch

Friday, 2 October 2015 2:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The sixth year of sees it return to the central city on Saturday with a day-long conference aimed at "inspiring, provoking and uplifting".

Convention centre delays force major medical conference to Auckland

Convention centre delays force major medical conference to Auckland

Thursday, 1 October 2015 7:58 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's first post-quake international conference has been lost to Auckland because of delays and uncertainty around the city's new convention centre.

Editorial: Christchurchs rebuild is driving the national economy

Editorial: Christchurch's rebuild is driving the national economy

Thursday, 1 October 2015 5:57 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

EDITORIAL: 

Biggest, largest crane extracts digger from Christchurch mud

'Biggest, largest crane' extracts digger from Christchurch mud

Thursday, 1 October 2015 1:22 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A 250 tonne crane has freed a digger that sank in mud in a TC3 Christchurch property.

Dot Boyds rebuilt home is like heaven

Dot Boyd's rebuilt home is like 'heaven'

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 9:28 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Dot Boyd didn't think she would see her earthquake-damaged home of 65 years repaired before she died.

Christchurchs building consent surge creates national high

Christchurch's building consent surge creates national high

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 8:40 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The national value of building consents has hit an all-time high as Christchurch gets set for a string of rich projects.

Residents to fight LIM listing on coastal hazards

Residents to fight LIM listing on coastal hazards

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 8:11 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A group of Christchurch residents plan to mount a legal challenge to have details of flood and erosion risk removed from their property titles.

EQC refuses to revisit jack and pack repair but then changes stance

EQC refuses to revisit jack and pack repair but then changes stance

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 7:53 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) refused to revisit a homeowner's jack and pack repair, despite promises to address shoddy foundation work, but then appeared to change its stance when challenged.

Editorial: Taking coastal hazards from the district plan the right thing to do

Editorial: Taking coastal hazards from the district plan the right thing to do

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 7:04 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

EDITORIAL: There's an old joke which goes something like this. "Nobody ever listens to me," person A says. "Pardon?", comes the response.

US expert called in to help Catholic cathedrals restoration

US expert called in to help Catholic cathedral's restoration

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 4:41 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's Catholic leaders have flown in an American architecture specialist to help restore their earthquake-damaged city cathedral.

Regenerate Christchurch marks new era of collaboration says Mayor Lianne Dalziel

Regenerate Christchurch marks new era of collaboration says Mayor Lianne Dalziel

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 12:14 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the new collaborative working environment the city council and the Government have created though Regenerate Christchurch is a game-changer.

Vulnerable Alf now too sick to enjoy new home

Vulnerable Alf now too sick to enjoy new home

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 1:41 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Alf Johnson moved into his newly-rebuilt home three days before his 94th birthday.

Major power failure or earthquake biggest risks to NZ – survey shows

Major power failure or earthquake biggest risks to NZ – survey shows

Monday, 28 September 2015 8:52 p.m. by PRNews Popular

A major power failure or an earthquake on the Alpine fault or in Wellington are two of the biggest risks New Zealand risk managers worry about, according to a Risk NZ survey.

Elderly man dying after four-year rebuild wait finally over

Elderly man dying after four-year rebuild wait finally over

Monday, 28 September 2015 8:19 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Alf Johnson moved into his newly-rebuilt home three days before his 94th birthday.

New Christchurch earthquake authority to be slimmed down

New Christchurch earthquake authority to be slimmed down

Sunday, 27 September 2015 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch's new earthquake recovery authority will be substantially smaller than its predecessor.

Call for action on wrecked Cathedral Square

Call for action on wrecked Cathedral Square

Friday, 25 September 2015 9:30 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Frustrated landowners say Cathedral Square is a wreck and needs action, as plans are unveiled for a new agency  to manage the Christchurch rebuild.

Boutique building will replicate lost city heritage

Boutique building will replicate lost city heritage

Friday, 25 September 2015 9:26 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A boutique hotel will be built to replicate the lost Mayfair building in Cathedral Junction in central Christchurch.

Poor planning behind Christchurchs Metro Sports Facility

Poor planning behind Christchurch's Metro Sports Facility

Friday, 25 September 2015 6:28 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Government under-estimated the cost of building Christchurch's new central city sports centre and the extent of the "liquefiable" ground at its chosen site, official documents have revealed.

Slows progress on abandoned buildings at the heart of Christchurch

Slows progress on abandoned buildings at the heart of Christchurch

Friday, 25 September 2015 12:16 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Delays for multimillion-dollar anchor projects and insurance stalemates mean a dozen quake-damaged buildings are still standing near Christchurch's Cathedral Square. CECILE MEIER investigates what's happening behind the derelict facades.

Slow progress on abandoned buildings at the heart of Christchurch

Slow progress on abandoned buildings at the heart of Christchurch

Friday, 25 September 2015 12:16 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Delays for multimillion-dollar anchor projects and insurance stalemates mean a dozen quake-damaged buildings are still standing near Christchurch's Cathedral Square. CECILE MEIER investigates what's happening behind the derelict facades.

Regenerate Christchurch detail to be revealed Friday

'Regenerate Christchurch' detail to be revealed Friday

Thursday, 24 September 2015 9:00 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The power structure for running Christchurch's earthquake rebuild when Cera winds up is about to be revealed.

Couple to sue IAG for breaking binding rebuild agreement

Couple to sue IAG for breaking 'binding' rebuild agreement

Thursday, 24 September 2015 6:15 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch couple is considering suing their insurer after it back-tracked on an agreement to rebuild their earthquake-damaged home.

Chinese firms investment in Christchurch not guaranteed - Manji

Chinese firm's investment in Christchurch not guaranteed - Manji

Thursday, 24 September 2015 12:58 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The councillor who has been the primary liaison with the Chinese company looking to invest up to $3 billion into Christchurch says there is no guarantee they will do anything.

Cera should lease new building earmarked for demolition to artists - developer

'Cera should lease new building earmarked for demolition to artists' - developer

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 8:18 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Students and artists should use a new building set to be demolished to make way for a stadium that "may never happen", a developer says.

Chinese companys $2 billion plan for Christchurch rebuild

Chinese company's $2 billion plan for Christchurch rebuild

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 7:35 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

A giant Chinese company has today revealed plans to raise a US$2 billion fund to help with post-earthquake Christchurch's rebuild.Mayor Lianne Dalziel has signed a non-binding "letter of cooperation and friendship" on behalf of...

Extent of shoddy quake repair work exposed in reports

Extent of shoddy quake repair work exposed in reports

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 4:29 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Homeowners' reports from the Government's first inspection of Canterbury's earthquake repairs reveals the extent of "poorly executed" and shoddy work.

CTV to debut doco series on East Christchurch

CTV to debut doco series on East Christchurch

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 4:29 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

East Christchurch is the subject of seven-part, half-hour documentary series that will debut on CTV on Thursday night.

Builders reluctant to self-certify work

Builders reluctant to self-certify work

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 1:29 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The firm behind a Christchurch "leaky home" says the case highlights how important it is for the building industry not to be able to certify their own work.

New leaky home built in Christchurch, Home Owners & Buyers Association says

New 'leaky home' built in Christchurch, Home Owners & Buyers Association says

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:24 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch couple and their two children were left living in a freezing home throughout winter, plugging gaps in the walls with newspaper.

Wife creates dream garden for quake amputee husband Brian Coker

Wife creates dream garden for quake amputee husband Brian Coker

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 11:03 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Helen and Brian Coker were always keen gardeners.

Avon River art trail hinges on $10 million in philanthropic donations

Avon River art trail hinges on $10 million in philanthropic donations

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 8:31 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A series of new artworks will line the Avon River – if philanthropists to fund them can be found.

Earthquake Commissions $60 foundation fix

Earthquake Commission's $60 foundation fix

Friday, 18 September 2015 8:26 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch homeowner is fighting an Earthquake Commission (EQC) assessment suggesting it would cost only $60 to fix his rental property's quake-damaged foundation.

Heritage stone church rebuild

Heritage stone church rebuild

Friday, 18 September 2015 3:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

A $3.5 million project to rebuild the historic St Peter's Church in upper Riccarton is awaiting resource consent.

Heritage stone church rebuild

Heritage stone church rebuild

Friday, 18 September 2015 3:40 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A $3.5 million project to rebuild the historic St Peter's Church in upper Riccarton is awaiting resource consent.

EQC wasnt equipped to deal with the middle classes

EQC wasn't equipped to deal with the middle classes

Friday, 18 September 2015 2:49 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Where did the Earthquake Commission (EQC) go wrong?

Potential exposure to asbestos at Christchurch Arts Centre

'Potential exposure' to asbestos at Christchurch Arts Centre

Friday, 18 September 2015 10:50 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Workers may have been exposed to asbestos during the restoration of a major Arts Centre site.

Christchurchs Bridge of Remembrance restoration complete

Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance restoration complete

Thursday, 17 September 2015 7:51 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Limestone lions again perch on the side arches of the Bridge of Remembrance, to signify the $6.7 million project to restore the earthquake-damaged war memorial is complete.

Very complex CTV building collapse investigation ongoing

'Very complex' CTV building collapse investigation ongoing

Thursday, 17 September 2015 4:56 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

The "very complex" criminal investigation into the deadly collapse of the Canterbury Television building in the February 2011 earthquake is still ongoing, with no decision yet on whether anyone will be charged.Investigators have...

Southern Response at the mercy of Earthquake Commission

Southern Response 'at the mercy' of Earthquake Commission

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 8:36 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Southern Response says it is "at the mercy" of the Earthquake Commission's (EQC) claims assessment process.

Christchurch buildings win New Zealand Wood Resene Timber Design Awards

Christchurch buildings win New Zealand Wood Resene Timber Design Awards

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 7:32 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Stylish new timber buildings in Christchurch have been recognised in national design awards.

Insurers get building consents on most structural quake repairs

Insurers get building consents on most structural quake repairs

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 8:51 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Insurers appear to be more cautious than the Earthquake Commission (EQC) in their approach to quake repairs.

Gerry Brownlee dismisses excitement over shoddy quake repairs

Gerry Brownlee dismisses 'excitement' over shoddy quake repairs

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 4:09 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says he is not buying into the "excitement that some want to generate" about defective earthquake repairs.

Huge support for royal commission into defective quake repairs

Huge support for royal commission into defective quake repairs

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 2:27 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The deadline for signing a petition demanding an inquiry into substandard earthquake repairs will likely be extended after receiving overwhelming support.

Spectacular demolition turns car park murals into dust

Spectacular demolition turns car park murals into dust

Monday, 14 September 2015 2:01 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Murals on the Manchester St car park are being crunched into dust after a call to save the artworks failed.