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Is the east frame a solution for a lagging Christchurch Central?

Is the east frame a solution for a lagging Christchurch Central?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 6:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's east frame housing project will help pump life back into the CBD, the city's mayor says as a new report highlights the area's slow recovery.

New occupants needed for rescued Christchurch heritage buildings

New occupants needed for rescued Christchurch heritage buildings

Monday, 10 July 2017 4:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Two of Christchurch's oldest buildings in the process of being restored now need tenants or a new owner.

Floating houses on the Avon River could revitalise red zone

Floating houses on the Avon River could revitalise red zone

Monday, 10 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: What to do with abandoned red zone land in Christchurch is still unresolved. Conventional housing has been ruled out, while improving the land to reinstate it for housing would be inordinately expensive.

Christchurch CBD commercial rebuild will supersede residential in 2017-18: report

Christchurch CBD commercial rebuild will supersede residential in 2017-18: report

Sunday, 9 July 2017 7:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's commercial rebuild is set to peak in the next year as delayed public projects finally take off.

The hell of being stuck in EQC limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

The hell of being stuck in EQC limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

Saturday, 8 July 2017 9:44 a.m. by MediaThePress


When Georgia Scott talks about the terrifying moment her family escaped the fire that destroyed their Christchurch home just hours after they moved in, she smiles politely but her shaking hands tell a different story.

The hell of being stuck in ECQ limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

The hell of being stuck in ECQ limbo in a sleepout in winter with two young children

Saturday, 8 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress


When Georgia Scott talks about the terrifying moment her family escaped the fire that destroyed their Christchurch home just hours after they moved in, she smiles politely but her shaking hands tell a different story.

Anglican synod given out-dated information on Christ Church Cathedral, heritage campaigners say

Anglican synod given out-dated information on Christ Church Cathedral, heritage campaigners say

Friday, 7 July 2017 9:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

Synod members are being told by Anglican leaders that the rebuild of the Christ Church Cathedral will take twice as long and cost about $20 million more than previously agreed.

Time running out for earthquake claimants to litigate against insurers: advisory service

Time running out for earthquake claimants to litigate against insurers: advisory service

Friday, 7 July 2017 8:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Residential Advisory Service (Ras) is telling earthquake claimants to get in before it is too late.

Christchurch Art Gallery to raise $1m for new artwork by sculpture artist Ron Mueck

Christchurch Art Gallery to raise $1m for new artwork by sculpture artist Ron Mueck

Friday, 7 July 2017 7:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch Art Gallery has launched an ambitious $1 million fundraising campaign to buy a sculpture by a celebrated international artist.

Christchurch Art Gallery to raise $1m for new artwork by celebrated sculpture artist Ron Mueck

Christchurch Art Gallery to raise $1m for new artwork by celebrated sculpture artist Ron Mueck

Friday, 7 July 2017 7:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch Art Gallery has launched an ambitious $1 million fundraising campaign to buy a sculpture by a celebrated international artist.

EQC will not take back Canterbury earthquake claim overpayments

EQC will not take back Canterbury earthquake claim overpayments

Friday, 7 July 2017 5:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Overpaid Earthquake Commission (EQC) claimants will hold on to their extra money.

Children suffer housing crisis fallout as rate of low-decile transience hits record

Children suffer housing crisis fallout as rate of low-decile transience hits record

Friday, 7 July 2017 4:13 p.m. by MediaHerald

Transient children have hit record numbers in low-income schools as the housing crisis forces more renting families to move house repeatedly.Numbers are still low, but the latest Ministry of Education data shows that 2.8 per cent...

Johnny Moore: Cost of central city land holding back renewal in Christchurch

Johnny Moore: Cost of central city land holding back renewal in Christchurch

Friday, 7 July 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: We're fast approaching the five-year anniversary of the release of the 100 Day Plan.

The Toyota Corolla is the most Kiwi car in the world

The Toyota Corolla is the most Kiwi car in the world

Thursday, 6 July 2017 5:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

New Zealand is home to rugby, kiwis (the bird), Kiwis (the people) and pavlova. It's also home to a lot of Toyota Corollas.

One drivers long-held affection for trusty Toyota Corolla

One driver's long-held affection for trusty Toyota Corolla

Thursday, 6 July 2017 4:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Frances Horton is one of nearly 10,000 North Shore drivers who own the region's most popular car - a Toyota Corolla.

Christchurch Justice Building fit-out begins

Christchurch Justice Building fit-out begins

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 7:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Contractors have begun work on the interior of Christchurch's new Justice Building.

Christchurch Metro Sports Facility site not exactly the best with land remediation costing $5m

Christchurch Metro Sports Facility site 'not exactly the best' with land remediation costing $5m

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 6:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

The new Christchurch Metro Sports Facility site is likely the biggest land remediation project in New Zealand history.

Canterbury earthquakes Residential Advisory Service extended to end of 2017

Canterbury earthquakes Residential Advisory Service extended to end of 2017

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 12:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury's Residential Advisory Service (RAS) will continue until the end of this year.

Government offers new deal to break Christ Church Cathedral deadlock

Government offers new deal to break Christ Church Cathedral deadlock

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 10:03 a.m. by MediaThePress

New legislation could help reinstate much of the ailing Christ Church Cathedral within seven years, the Government says.

Earthquake conference back on the agenda in Christchurch

Earthquake conference back on the agenda in Christchurch

Sunday, 2 July 2017 5:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

A major earthquake conference is back on the agenda after being cancelled late last year.

Tourist goods retailer buys key Cathedral Square site

Tourist goods retailer buys key Cathedral Square site

Sunday, 2 July 2017 4:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

The last unaccounted for vacant space in Christchurch's Cathedral Square has been sold and will be developed.

Result of Christchurch City Councils private cathedral meeting expected next week

Result of Christchurch City Council's private cathedral meeting expected next week

Friday, 30 June 2017 8:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

A decision on whether Christchurch City Council funding will be offered to help restore Christ Church Cathedral has not been released, after on Friday.

Politicians: Christchurch road network as reliable

Politicians: Christchurch road network as 'reliable'

Friday, 30 June 2017 5:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

Statements claiming Christchurch's quake-hit streets have been repaired are "premature", a city business leader says.

Fountain removed as Victoria Square revamp ramps up

Fountain removed as Victoria Square revamp ramps up

Friday, 30 June 2017 2:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Victoria Square's Bowker Fountain has been removed for repairs as restoration work on the quake-damaged Christchurch park ramp up.

Familys near miss as concrete crashes from roof after EQC refuses help

Family's near miss as concrete crashes from roof after EQC refuses help

Friday, 30 June 2017 11:47 a.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch family caught in an insurance nightmare are pleading with the Earthquake Commission (EQC) for help after near misses with concrete falling from their roof.

Saving Christchurchs landmark Shands Emporium

Saving Christchurch's landmark Shand's Emporium

Friday, 30 June 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Shand's Emporium – ye olde curiosity shoppe, formerly of 88 Hereford St and the oldest wooden commercial building in Christchurch – is to remain in town. Saved, finally.

Work to restore Canterbury artist Bill Hammond’s old house well under way

Work to restore Canterbury artist Bill Hammond’s old house well under way

Thursday, 29 June 2017 6:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

An old Masonic lodge and former studio for Canterbury artist could become a micro-brewery, offices or shops after it goes through a massive restoration.

Containers down and new owners start work on old Public Trust Office building

Containers down and new owners start work on old Public Trust Office building

Thursday, 29 June 2017 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Containers blocking views of Christchurch's historic former Public Trust Office building have been removed as its new owners plan repairs.

Town Hall filled with music again, but no exact date for reopening announced yet

Town Hall filled with music again, but no exact date for reopening announced yet

Thursday, 29 June 2017 4:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

Music has filled the Town Hall for the first time since 2011, but it is uncertain when the venue will be ready for Christchurch audiences.

Purple Andromeda spaceship theatre could land in central Christchurch

Purple Andromeda 'spaceship' theatre could land in central Christchurch

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 9:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

A purple theatre shaped like a bulbous spaceship could be landing in central Christchurch.

EQC could act as insurers agents, raise cap to $150,000, drop contents cover

EQC could act as insurers' agents, raise cap to $150,000, drop contents cover

Monday, 26 June 2017 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers may soon act as agents for all Earthquake Commission (EQC) claims and the body's claim cap may increase to $150,000, but not include household contents.

EQC could use insurers as agents, raise cap to $150,000, drop contents cover

EQC could use insurers as agents, raise cap to $150,000, drop contents cover

Monday, 26 June 2017 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers may soon act as agents for all Earthquake Commission (EQC) claims and the body's claim cap may increase to $150,000, but not include household contents.

Christchurch City Council to probe how to address businesses hit by roadworks

Christchurch City Council to probe how to address businesses hit by roadworks

Monday, 26 June 2017 8:06 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Christchurch businesses hit hard by constant roadworks could get help from the council, with one councillor suggesting rates rebates.

Rubble foundations could be multi-billion dollar problem for Canterbury homeowners

Rubble foundations could be 'multi-billion dollar problem' for Canterbury homeowners

Monday, 26 June 2017 6:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake damage could be hiding under the floors of pre-1970s homes in Christchurch, an earthquake lawyer says.

Christchurchs south frame laneways will become an inner city oasis - Wagner

Christchurch's south frame laneways will become an 'inner city oasis' - Wagner

Monday, 26 June 2017 4:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

The first block of Christchurch's south frame development is now open to the public.

EQC could raise insurance cap to $150,000, drop contents insurance

EQC could raise insurance cap to $150,000, drop contents insurance

Monday, 26 June 2017 2:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

A review to the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Act could raise the amount of natural disaster cover from $100,000 per claim to $150,000, but would no longer cover household contents.

The mystery of Christchurchs moving church dedication stone

The mystery of Christchurch's moving church dedication stone

Sunday, 25 June 2017 6:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

Contractors working on the Metro Sports Facility in Christchurch have discovered a displaced piece of an historic church.

Christchurchs Goldilocks years: Conditions just right for strong progress in next 3 years

Christchurch's 'Goldilocks years': Conditions 'just right' for strong progress in next 3 years

Friday, 23 June 2017 7:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch is entering its "Goldilocks" years with the rebuild and economy in just the right place to give the city a boost.

Communal living in the Christchurchs residential red zone?

Communal living in the Christchurch's residential red zone?

Friday, 23 June 2017 1:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

The "world's largest" eco village could be established in Christchurch's residential red zone (RRZ), a sustainability academic says.

Labour commits to Christchurch commuter rail in $100m package

Labour commits to Christchurch commuter rail in $100m package

Thursday, 22 June 2017 8:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

Labour is promising to invest $100 million in Christchurch's public transport, including adding commuter rail between Rolleston and the city.

Significant issues with Christchurch justice and emergency services precinct development

'Significant issues' with Christchurch justice and emergency services precinct development

Thursday, 22 June 2017 7:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Treasury report into major government projects indicates "significant issues" with the Christchurch justice and emergency services precinct development.

Christchurch Mayor blindsided by synod cathedral decision

Christchurch Mayor 'blindsided' by synod cathedral decision

Thursday, 22 June 2017 7:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said she was "blindsided" when a decision on the future of the cathedral was referred to the Anglican synod.

Designs for New Brighton playground and pools revealed, promised to be built by Christmas

Designs for New Brighton playground and pools revealed, promised to be built by Christmas

Thursday, 22 June 2017 4:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

New Brighton's new seaside playground and children's pools should be ready for childhood frolics by Christmas.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel urges church to restore Christchurch Cathedral

Mayor Lianne Dalziel urges church to restore Christchurch Cathedral

Thursday, 22 June 2017 3:38 p.m. by MediaHerald

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel says if there is to be any certainty on the Christ Church Cathedral's future, the Anglican Church's synod must vote in favour of restoration.At Thursday's city council meeting Dalziel said there...

Mayor Lianne Dalziel urges church to restore Christchurch Cathedral

Mayor Lianne Dalziel urges church to restore Christchurch Cathedral

Thursday, 22 June 2017 3:38 p.m. by MediaHerald

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel says if there is to be any certainty on the Christ Church Cathedral's future, the Anglican Church's synod must vote in favour of restoration.At Thursday's city council meeting Dalziel said there...

Editorial: A new New Brighton? Youre soaking in it

Editorial: A 'new' New Brighton? You're soaking in it

Thursday, 22 June 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Whether this is the right time to spend $11.2 million on New Brighton's pools project is a classic chicken or egg dilemma.

Hunt for water blasters whose mistake contaminated Kaiapoi home with asbestos

Hunt for water blasters whose mistake contaminated Kaiapoi home with asbestos

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 7:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Kaiapoi couple want help finding the mystery contractors who were exposed to asbestos and contaminated their home and possessions after working at the wrong house.

City council investigating Christchurch tram extension, further expansion a possibility

City council investigating Christchurch tram extension, further expansion a possibility

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 6:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's tram route may once again run down to lower High St and could extend even further in the future.

Christchurch office glut leaves nearly 1 in 4 vacant

Christchurch office glut leaves nearly 1 in 4 vacant

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 5:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

Some undeveloped sections in central Christchurch may remain eyesores for years as more office blocks are left empty than before the region's earthquakes.

Christchurch office hangover as most developments completed

Christchurch office hangover as most developments completed

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 5:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

Some undeveloped sections in central Christchurch may remain eyesores for years as more office blocks are left empty than before the region's earthquakes.

Strong opposition doesnt stop cash injection for New Brighton salt water pools

Strong opposition doesn't stop cash injection for New Brighton salt water pools

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 7:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council will pour an extra $11.2 million into New Brighton's hot salt water pools project, despite strong opposition from several city councillors.

Announcements close on performing-arts precinct land purchases, Court Theatre

Announcements 'close' on performing-arts precinct land purchases, Court Theatre

Monday, 19 June 2017 9:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's mayor and regeneration minister say land negotiations for the city's performing-arts precinct are almost complete.

Mayor says Regenerate Christchurch missed Cathedral Square deadline as it was too ambitious

Mayor says Regenerate Christchurch missed Cathedral Square deadline as it was too ambitious

Monday, 19 June 2017 9:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Regenerate Christchurch has missed its first planning deadline with Mayor Lianne Dalziel saying the agency may have been too ambitious in setting its Cathedral Square strategy timeframes.

Lack of central Christchurch public transport a constraint on city

Lack of central Christchurch public transport a 'constraint' on city

Monday, 19 June 2017 9:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

A lack of public transport in central Christchurch is constraining its vitality and may be undermining investments made in the city, a report has found.

Christchurch City Council to look for options for new 185 Empty Chairs site

Christchurch City Council to look for options for new 185 Empty Chairs site

Monday, 19 June 2017 7:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

The residential red zone or an anchor project have been floated as possible permanent sites for Christchurch's artwork.

Christchurch architect Alun Wilkie dies aged 68

Christchurch architect Alun Wilkie dies aged 68

Monday, 19 June 2017 5:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch architect who designed well-known buildings including the Knox Church rebuild and The Piano performing arts centre has died.

Rebuild the Christ Church Cathedral with modern materials to make it sound sweeter

Rebuild the Christ Church Cathedral with modern materials to make it sound sweeter

Monday, 19 June 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: From my perspective, the cathedral was often a frustrating building to work in.

Quake memorial artist Peter Majendie to ask Christchurch City Council for new site

Quake memorial artist Peter Majendie to ask Christchurch City Council for new site

Sunday, 18 June 2017 3:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

The man behind Christchurch's installation is lobbying the city council to find a permanent home for the earthquake memorial.

Little Lyford booms after the North Canterbury quake

Little Lyford booms after the North Canterbury quake

Saturday, 17 June 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress



We should know this by now but Mt Lyford village and ski field in North Canterbury remind us that earthquakes and their consequences are random. Some people are devastated, others not. Neighbouring towns wind up treated differently. There are winners and losers.

Almost every one of the 60 or so baches and homes in tiny Lyford were damaged – certainly their contents were smashed – in last November's magnitude 7.8 earthquake – the  in New Zealand.

But luck, geogra ...