A plan to put the Christchurch Cathedral in a glass casing would cost only $45 million, Mayor Bob Parker has estimated.
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee disregarded advice from officials to give some red-zoned Cantabrians a full payout for their quake-damaged land, instead offering them half.
A demolition company specialising in churches and architectural antiques hopes 14 stained glass windows salvaged from an Edgeware church will again grace a place of worship in Canterbury.
A new apprentice bonus has been welcomed in Christchurch, which is struggling to attract enough tradespeople.
Labour leader David Shearer says a new apprenticeship scheme announced by the Prime Minister today comes four years too late - but industry groups are welcoming the plan.
Demolition specialists, wearing protective clothing due to the asbestos risk, inspected the roof of the BNZ House in Cathedral Square today.
Demolition specialists, wearing protective clothing because of the asbestos risk, inspected the roof of BNZ House in Cathedral Square today.
A student-lead study investigating links between quake trauma and alcohol dependence has found most Cantabrians are not drinking more.
A flat business tax rate of 10 per cent could help Christchurch flourish and quicken the city's recovery, business commentator Sam Stanley says.
Manufacturers appear modestly optimistic that activity will pick up in 2013 after a patchy year but remain extremely cautious about the timing, according to the latest BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index data.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has promised more information on central Christchurch project timelines after businesses and leasing agents expressed frustration at slow progress.
The Government has reached agreements with owners on fewer than 5 per cent of properties needed for the redesign of central Christchurch and bought just 1 per cent, but believes it is making progress.
The debate over the fate of Christchurch's two wounded cathedrals has reached Vatican City.
A 40-tonne boulder has been turned into a political football after it smashed into an unoccupied house in Christchurch's Port Hills.
The Government says it has "sympathy" with frustrated Christchurch businesspeople anxious to return to their earthquake-devastated central business district almost two years after they were forced out.The CBD has been red-zoned...
A flat business tax rate of 10 per cent could help Christchurch flourish and speed up the city's recovery, business commentator Sam Stanley says.
A Christchurch artist has created "a personal goodbye" to a condemned building and a reflection on the changing city.
Three people were arrested for motor vehicle theft overnight and will appear in Christchurch District Court today.
A red zoned property in Christchurch has been cordoned off after a hillside rock the size of a van smashed into a house.
A boulder the size of van has smashed through the deck into the poles supporting a red-stickered hillside Sumner house.
Christchurch police cordoned off a Sumner property last night after a rockfall left a boulder the size of a van unstable on a hillside.
A leading economist has called for a flat tax in the Canterbury area to attract businesses and assist with the rebuild.
Time could be running out to attract businesses back to central Christchurch as frustration builds over a lack of progress.
A $40 million Government deal to supply wallboard for the Christchurch rebuild is being used to inject competition into New Zealand's high-cost home building market.
The Christchurch City Council is closing the community centre building on Harewood Rd because of earthquake risk.
Lifting the earthquake prone building threshold from 33 to 67 per cent of new building standard is of questionable benefit, says a British risk management expert hired by the Government.
Government contracts for the rebuild of Halswell School and the building of Pegasus School, worth about $10m each, are in the pipeline.
Signs that rebuild benefits are flowing beyond the construction sector are emerging, according to an index of activity in Canterbury.
Government contracts worth millions of dollars have been awarded already for earthquake recovery projects, with more up for grabs.
Parking on central Christchurch's mostly empty streets is to get more expensive from Monday, leaving a major retailer and some motorists concerned.
An earthquake-damaged footbridge spanning the Avon River has been dismantled after nearly two years of being off-limits.
Wellington businesses are being urged to look south as the Christchurch rebuild hits top gear.
A planned $30 million to $40m bar, restaurant and retail precinct in central Christchurch could be open by the latter half of next year.
Work has begun on demolishing the South Brighton Community Centre in Beatty St.
Arts Centre Bookshop owner Darryl Wells is feeling the loss of tourists to the city.
The Government should turn a blind eye to illegal migrants working in Christchurch's rebuild because the city needs all hands on deck, former high-profile politician Don Brash says.
Bedwetting in unsettled Christchurch children is becoming a serious health issue, concerning health professionals.
Anglican leaders are pushing ahead with the cardboard cathedral, despite funding for the project being questioned by a High Court judge.
More than $20 million of earthquake-relief funding will be allocated by next year as millions more dollars donated to charities wait to be spent.
Architect Don Donnithorne has unveiled his vision for Christ Church Cathedral in a bid to drum up enthusiasm for repairing the forlorn building.
In one of the most ambitious Christ Church Cathedral concepts yet, Bob Parker is calling for the historical ruins to be encased in a "crystalline structure" to serve as a reminder to the past.
Cantabrians should expect a series of aftershocks to follow last night's magnitude 4.6 quake.
Cantabrians have been shaken by a 4.7 magnitude quake this evening.
Cantabrians were tonight shaken by the largest aftershock to hit the region since July of last year.
Covering up asbestos in earthquake-damaged homes is "completely immoral", a Christchurch man exposed to the material says.
The rebuilders of Christchurch are getting back to business after a Christmas break with expectations that growth will increase significantly in coming quarters perhaps even to double-digit levels.
The time is right for Australasian marketing firm Designworks to reopen its Christchurch office, with optimism abounding in the Garden City, its new regional managing director says.
One hundred nametag-wearing hopefuls are in a room, all chasing a shot at a new life.
A minor aftershock that rolled through Christchurch today may be the 11,000th earthquake endured by Cantabrians.
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