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Sutton warns of compulsory acquisition

Sutton warns of compulsory acquisition

Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:39 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch landowners in central-city blueprint zones have been warned to speed up negotiations or face compulsory acquisition.

Brownlee questioned over quake fraud allegations

Brownlee questioned over quake fraud allegations

Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:24 a.m. by MediaHerald

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has been questioned in Parliament over allegations of fraud and corruption involving Canterbury earthquake rebuild contracts.The Serious Fraud Office has started a formal investigation...

Brownlee questioned over fraud allegations

Brownlee questioned over fraud allegations

Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:24 a.m. by MediaHerald

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has been questioned in Parliament over allegations of fraud and corruption involving Canterbury earthquake rebuild contracts.The Serious Fraud Office has started a formal investigation...

Memories of Chch could fade, says historian

Memories of Chch could fade, says historian

Thursday, 21 March 2013 9:12 a.m. by MediaStuff

Memories of Christchurch before the earthquakes could be forgotten without work to preserve them through pictures and oral histories, a local historian says.

Quake tax issues will linger

Quake tax issues will linger

Thursday, 21 March 2013 7:40 a.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury firms and individuals will face tax complications flowing on from the disruptive 2010 and 2011 earthquakes for years to come, tax experts from accountancy firms say.

Limited cordons likely to remain in Chch

Limited cordons likely to remain in Chch

Thursday, 21 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Building demolitions in central Christchurch could limit access to parts of the inner city when the mid-year deadline to remove the rebuild zone cordon passes.

Cathedral options to be public soon

Cathedral options to be public soon

Thursday, 21 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Designs for the future of the Christ Church Cathedral will be made public for the first time next month, giving Cantabrians their chance to have a say on the future of the building.

Limited cordons likely to remain

Limited cordons likely to remain

Thursday, 21 March 2013 1:35 a.m. by MediaThePress

Building demolitions in central Christchurch could limit access to parts of the inner city when the mid-year deadline to remove the rebuild zone cordon passes.

Insurance Council CEO walks the talk

Insurance Council CEO walks the talk

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 6:23 p.m. by Media3News

Last night we talked insurance. Do insurance companies deliver when the proverbial hits the fan, as it did in Christchurch?

Saving Christchurchs grand old theatre

Saving Christchurch's grand old theatre

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 5:56 p.m. by Media3News

Christchurch's quake-damaged Isaac Theatre Royal has been all but demolished.

Precinct plan puts hotel hopes in limbo

Precinct plan puts hotel hopes in limbo

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 8:25 a.m. by MediaThePress

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ wants to rebuild its Copthorne Hotel Christchurch Central on Victoria Square but is waiting on an official decision to allow that.

Precinct plan puts hotel hopes in limbo

Precinct plan puts hotel hopes in limbo

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 8:25 a.m. by MediaStuff

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ wants to rebuild its Copthorne Hotel Christchurch Central on Victoria Square but is waiting on an official decision to allow that.

Christchurch silt could make residents sick

Christchurch silt could make residents sick

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 7:31 a.m. by Media3News

Many Christchurch homes are sitting on top of a health time bomb that could make occupants seriously sick over winter.

Resigned red zoners take the money and run

Resigned red zoners take the money and run

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A threatened rebellion against residential red zone offers has not transpired, but some Christchurch suburbs appear to be more defiant than others, new government figures show.

Set insurance firms a deadline, expert advises

Set insurance firms a deadline, expert advises

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

The Government needs to follow Australia's lead and impose time limits to fast-track earthquake insurance claims, an insurance expert visiting Christchurch says.

Earthquake claim could be up to $300m

Earthquake claim could be up to $300m

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A decision on the former AMI Stadium's $48.4 million re-insurance feud has been reserved, but the total claim could be worth closer to $300m.

Notable omissions in stadium land grab

Notable omissions in stadium land grab

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

The fates of two high-profile sites within the central-city block earmarked for Christchurch's new 35,000-seat covered stadium are yet to be decided.

Resigned red zoners take the money and run

Resigned red zoners take the money and run

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:23 p.m. by MediaStuff

A threatened rebellion against residential red zone offers has not transpired, but some Christchurch suburbs appear to be more defiant than others, new government figures show.

Dangerous hills no deterrent for cyclists

Dangerous hills no deterrent for cyclists

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:23 p.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury cyclists are throwing caution to the wind and returning to the quake-ravaged Port Hills, despite many routes being off limits.

Christchurch kids begin quake study

Christchurch kids begin quake study

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:19 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Christchurch five-year-olds will be part of a three-year study to see they settle into primary school in the post-earthquake era.University of Canterbury researcher Annabel Carter from the School of Health Sciences has looked at...

Long road back for Sumner hairdresser

Long road back for Sumner hairdresser

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 8:17 a.m. by MediaThePress

Two years after losing her Sumner hairdressing salon in the February 2011 earthquake, Julie Harrington is back in business after an 18-month insurance nightmare and a lengthy commute from Northwood.

Long road back for Sumner hairdresser

Long road back for Sumner hairdresser

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 8:17 a.m. by MediaStuff

Two years after losing her Sumner hairdressing salon in the February 2011 earthquake, Julie Harrington is back in business after an 18-month insurance nightmare and a lengthy commute from Northwood.

Chchs rebuild kicking in - survey

Chch's rebuild kicking in - survey

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 7:03 a.m. by MediaThePress

Results from the latest MYOB Business Monitor, a national survey of more than 1000 small and medium-sized businesses, shows Christchurch businesses are the most optimistic, and are reporting stronger performances.

Timber buildings enhance wellbeing

Timber buildings enhance wellbeing

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

No hospital in New Zealand has been built out of timber, and the Christchurch rebuild was a "game-changer" according to a leading architect.

Halswell pool gets multi-million dollar facility

Halswell pool gets multi-million dollar facility

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A state-of-the-art library, service centre, community halls, cafe and changing rooms are to be built alongside Halswell pool as part of a multi-million dollar upgrade of the site.

Christchurchs rebuild kicking in - survey

Christchurch's rebuild kicking in - survey

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Results from the latest MYOB Business Monitor, a national survey of more than 1000 small and medium-sized businesses, shows Christchurch businesses are the most optimistic, and are reporting stronger performances.

Businesses choose Portlink site near tunnel

Businesses choose Portlink site near tunnel

Monday, 18 March 2013 10:28 p.m. by MediaStuff

Tom Thomson, part-owner of quake-hit eastern suburbs manufacturer Elastomer Products, is looking forward to celebrating two important landmarks when his relocated business opens in Portlink Industrial Park.

Businesses choose Portlink site near tunnel

Businesses choose Portlink site near tunnel

Monday, 18 March 2013 10:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tom Thomson, part-owner of quake-hit eastern suburbs manufacturer Elastomer Products, is looking forward to celebrating two important landmarks when his relocated business opens in Portlink Industrial Park.

Rank safety of buildings - engineer

Rank safety of buildings - engineer

Monday, 18 March 2013 10:23 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Kiwi engineer who pioneered earthquake-resistant building design in the United States is backing calls for seismic ratings on Christchurch buildings.

Insurers fight over AMI Stadium bill

Insurers fight over AMI Stadium bill

Monday, 18 March 2013 4:39 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The New Zealand insurers of the former AMI Stadium say a German re-insurance company needs to front up with another $48.4 million, after the stadium was damaged beyond repair in the big quake two years ago.

$600m for health sector rebuild

$600m for health sector rebuild

Monday, 18 March 2013 4:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

The $600 million redevelopment of Christchurch's earthquake-hit health sector will be the "largest and most complex building project in the history of New Zealand's public health service", the Government says.

Three firms join Portlink

Three firms join Portlink

Monday, 18 March 2013 11:01 a.m. by MediaStuff

Three Christchurch-based companies have committed to establishing bases at Portlink Industrial Park, joining existing tenants such as Kathmandu at the 30-hectare development adjacent to Tunnel Rd.

Rebuild fraud could top $1.5 billion

Rebuild fraud could top $1.5 billion

Monday, 18 March 2013 9:17 a.m. by Media3News

Fraudsters could be ripping off the Christchurch rebuild to the tune of $1.5 billion, a forensic analyst has warned.

Public involvement needed for rebuild

Public involvement 'needed for rebuild'

Monday, 18 March 2013 8:54 a.m. by MediaThePress

The public need to be better engaged in the shape of Christchurch's earthquake rebuild, says a market research group based in the city.

AMIs quake claims handler to shed staff

AMI's quake claims handler to shed staff

Monday, 18 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

The company managing AMI Insurance's earthquake claims unit is being downsized gradually, with staff to leave by natural attrition and redundancy.

Public involvement needed for rebuild

Public involvement 'needed for rebuild'

Monday, 18 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

The public need to be better engaged in the shape of Christchurch's earthquake rebuild, says a market research group based in the city.

Its a mans world among skilled migrant workers

It's a man's world among skilled migrant workers

Monday, 18 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Fifteen times more foreign men than women have migrated to help rebuild earthquake-hit Christchurch.

Pre-quake Christchurch being forgotten

Pre-quake Christchurch being forgotten

Sunday, 17 March 2013 12:35 p.m. by MediaStuff

Memories of Christchurch before earthquakes destroyed much of the central city are being forgotten, a local historian says.

Cera expands quake tour business

Cera expands quake tour business

Sunday, 17 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

The Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) is poised to allow guided tours on foot and bicycles inside the wrecked Christchurch CBD.

Lessons from Lytteltons rebuild

Lessons from Lyttelton's rebuild

Saturday, 16 March 2013 10:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

From the Christchurch side of the Port Hills, Lyttelton's rebuild seems one step ahead of other communities, but is it? WILL HARVIE reports nothing is easy, as the community and port find their feet again. If there is one lesson from Lyttelton so far, it's that the rebuild of Christchurch will be harder, longer and more expensive than most people imagine.

Quakes left elderly out in cold

Quakes left elderly out in cold

Saturday, 16 March 2013 8:03 a.m. by MediaStuff

Hundreds of elderly people in Canterbury have been left feeling lonely and socially isolated after Canterbury's earthquakes, support agencies say.

Planning brings the cityscape to life

Planning brings the cityscape to life

Friday, 15 March 2013 11:22 p.m. by MediaStuff

Striking out on his own was a big leap, Andrew Willis confesses, but the timing has never been better.

New homes for Spreydon, Aranui

New homes for Spreydon, Aranui

Friday, 15 March 2013 4:19 p.m. by MediaStuff

A special council committee meeting called to discuss the slow pace of social housing repairs has agreed to seek tenders for 20 new homes in the city.

Greater understanding of Alpine fault needed

Greater understanding of Alpine fault needed

Friday, 15 March 2013 4:06 p.m. by MediaHerald

A researcher says scientists need a greater understanding of the Alpine fault to help prepare for future earthquakes.University of Canterbury student Carolyn Boulton is finishing her PhD on the fault which forms the Australian-Pacific...

Council promises to speed up quake repairs

Council promises to speed up quake repairs

Friday, 15 March 2013 11:12 a.m. by Media3News

Christchurch Council is promising to speed up repairs to its social housing units after trenchant criticism from Gerry Brownlee.

Special meeting called on council housing

Special meeting called on council housing

Friday, 15 March 2013 9:22 a.m. by MediaStuff

Speeding up repairs on quake-damaged council homes will be debated at a special meeting today.

Tower tried to force cheaper deal - lawyer

Tower tried to force cheaper deal - lawyer

Friday, 15 March 2013 7:23 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

An insurance company tried to "steamroll" a red-zoned Christchurch couple into accepting the cheaper repair settlement for their earthquake-damaged home, a court has heard.

Council repairs too slow - Brownlee

Council repairs too slow - Brownlee

Friday, 15 March 2013 6:17 a.m. by Media3News

Gerry Brownlee has accused the Christchurch City Council of stalling repairs on damaged social housing units.

Mainzeal projects to be completed in Chch

Mainzeal projects to be completed in Chch

Thursday, 14 March 2013 9:33 p.m. by MediaStuff

Mainzeal is completing unfinished homes in Christchurch.

Decision reserved in red zone insurance battle

Decision reserved in red zone insurance battle

Thursday, 14 March 2013 5:12 p.m. by Media3News Popular

A judge has reserved his decision after a nine day High Court battle between Tower Insurance and Christchurch couple Matt and Valerie O’Loughlin.

Red zone repair impossible

Red zone repair 'impossible'

Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:59 p.m. by Media3News Popular

Tower Insurance would be breaching its contractual agreements by repairing a retired Christchurch couple’s red-zoned home, a court has heard.

Closing submission in insurance tussle

Closing submission in insurance tussle

Thursday, 14 March 2013 5:43 a.m. by Media3News Popular

A Christchurch couple at the centre of a tussle with Tower Insurance over red zone payouts will give their closing submission today.

Replacing every red zone house nonsense

Replacing every red zone house 'nonsense'

Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:16 a.m. by MediaStuff

Forcing insurance companies to rebuild every house in Christchurch's red zone would be "commercial nonsense", a court has heard.

Chch insurance test case drawing to close

Chch insurance test case drawing to close

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 5:59 p.m. by Media3News Popular

The first of at least 16 cases brought by disgruntled Christchurch homeowners against Tower Insurance is drawing to a close.

Fresh footage from the red zone

Fresh footage from the red zone

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 4:10 p.m. by MediaStuff

video journalist Daniel Tobin has today filmed fresh footage from Christchurch's central-city red zone.

Red-zone court battle nears end

Red-zone court battle nears end

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:47 p.m. by MediaStuff

A red-zoned Christchurch couple locked in a High Court battle with their insurer have failed to prove their quake-damaged home cannot be repaired, a court has heard.

Quake insurance court case nears end

Quake insurance court case nears end

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:33 p.m. by Media3News

Closing submissions have begun in a landmark insurance case being held at Christchurch's High Court.

Five months to answer OIA questions

Five months to answer OIA questions

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Frustrated Cantabrians hunting for information on their broken homes have swamped EQC with thousands of Official Information Act requests, pushing the 20-day response deadline out to an unprecedented five months.

Art gallery reopening likely 2015

Art gallery reopening likely 2015

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:54 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch Art Gallery is unlikely to reopen for another two years.

Rebuild delays stretch patience

Rebuild delays stretch patience

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:54 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Gerry Brownlee is no fan of them; Roger Sutton says in hindsight some of them were too tight. And the public could be forgiven for having an ever-decreasing faith in them.