In Canterbury a record 599 new dwellings, including 101 apartments, were consented in September.
Canterbury building consents have hit an all-time record with 599 new homes given approval in September.
Christchurch's new transport has met with approval from politicians and advocates, winning praise for having taken on board pleas from residents.
New transport plans for Christchurch reveal the inner city will have a reduced speed limit and a "people-focused environment'' once rebuilt.
A "strong" magnitude 4.2 quake shake struck Christchurch in the early hours this morning.
Cyclists and pedestrians will get right of way under a new transport plan for Christchurch.
The Earthquake Commission says it's confident it will meet its deadline for settle most, if not all, of the Canterbury earthquake claims it had promised to resolve by the end of October.
Pedestrians and cyclists will be made welcome in central Christchurch while vehicles will be restricted to 30kmh and a public transport will be streamlined, the Government's transport plan reveals.
As most Christchurch residents know from the many more vans, trucks and utes on the streets, the city has a few more construction industry workers than a year ago.
Colombo St is widely viewed as Christchurch's main street, like Queen St in Auckland or Lambton Quay in Wellington.
Canterbury economic activity is at a high level but the pace of growth in the earthquake-related rebuild has eased, a bank survey shows.
Some are standing on an empty piece of land, others are lying on a pile of rubble.
FESTA attracted thousands into the central city over Labour Weekend, showing how empty sites can be used to boost the city's recovery.
Almost $2 million will be funneled into earthquake research over three years across two New Zealand universities.
Fixing the Gloucester St bridge may not take as much time nor cost as much as originally thought.
A historic Christchurch mansion earmarked for demolition despite a near two-year fight to save it was doomed by a report saying it was a significant collapse risk.
Do you have a legal question arising from how the earthquakes have affected you? Lane Neave partner Dr DUNCAN WEBB has agreed to be an "agony uncle" on how the law applies to certain situations.
The Earthquake Commission says some unscrupulous tradesmen are persuading homeowners to get drain and sewer repairs done without prior authorisation, putting householders at risk of losing money.
A new shopping arcade has opened in Christchurch, filled with boutique shops, bars and high-end fashion.
John Bryant tells Philip Matthews why he is helping Christchurch prisoners build houses.
More people are installing solar power, but it is still expensive and might not be worth it for everyone, writes HAMISH MCNICOL .
A city left in ruins is now being recycled out Burwood way. JOHN McCRONE reports on the mammoth job ahead.
New Zealand has seen major changes in how insurance works as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes.
The deadline for Crown offers for earthquake-condemned land in Christchurch's Port Hills has been extended by two months.
German company Knauf is opening distribution and retail outlets in Christchurch and Auckland to help enable it tackle the dominance of plasterboard manufactured by rival Fletcher Building.
Plans to install a low-pressure wastewater system have been revoked in some areas of Christchurch.
The deadline for red-zoned Port Hills homeowners to accept the Government's buyout offer has been extended.
Three multimillion-dollar social housing developments will be built in Christchurch by the end of next year, the Government says.
Kiwi homes are being wrapped with plywood containing an arsenic treatment banned in several overseas countries because of toxicity concerns.
It may have been more than three years since the ground beneath Canterbury first shook, but the era of post-earthquake temporary workplaces drags on.
A fire officer decorated for bravery for his efforts at the Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapse has died.
It will be business as usual at three central Christchurch sites with the Government confirming it will not take them for the rebuild.
Owners of uninsured properties and vacant sections in Canterbury's residential red zones are desperate, the Court of Appeal was told yesterday.
Martin Howman's neighbours have long since moved out, which is just as well because yesterday he exploded 390kg of gelignite under some of their properties.
The Government and Christchurch City Council are teaming up for a public forum on the city's rebuild and recovery.
Burwood couple Patricia and George Cope have watched their neighbourhood disappear around them.
Homes in the Port Hills could be swept off a cliff if they are too dangerous to demolish.
Check out our interactive graphic showing the odometer of progress on red zone demolitions.
Local Government Minister Chris Tremain is confident the Christchurch City Council is on track to regain its accreditation to issue building consents.
Christchurch's construction industry is still racking up a staggering number of serious workplace accidents and fatalities, despite having a rebuild-specific health and safety charter.
The Government says if it offered to pay owners of uninsured or vacant land in Christchurch a full rateable value, it would set an unfair precedent.
Sumner's Hollywood Cinema has been cleared to run its international film festival after overcoming safety concerns.
An offer to buy uninsured properties and empty sections in Christchurch's residential red zone at half the land valuation does not breach human rights, the Court of Appeal has been told.
Christchurch property developers Miles Yeoman and Craig Newbury have been busy since the earthquakes.
A futuristic building design has been unveiled in Christchurch, which features foundations that can be pumped up with air after an earthquake.
Deep foundations will be needed if the Christchurch Catholic Cathedral is rebuilt on its present site, church officials say.
Do not get bogged down in building design because it is what goes on in between the structures that matters, British designer Kevin McCloud says.
Canterbury District Health Board is prioritising where to spend its record insurance payout for earthquake damage.
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