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Building homes for the future

Building homes for the future

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:44 a.m. by MediaStuff

Cantabrians want warmer, healthier and more eco-friendly homes and are willing to spend a little extra to "future-proof" their properties, experts say.

Quick-build house could solve housing issue

Quick-build house could solve housing issue

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 6:00 p.m. by Media3News

A team of building businesses have designed a high performance home which could be a solution to the country's housing crisis.

Engineer claims council process flawed

Engineer claims council process 'flawed'

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 4:02 p.m. by MediaStuff

 

Chch life: Is it really that bad?

Chch life: Is it really that bad?

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 2:30 p.m. by MediaStuff

 

Quake simulator begins tests in Chch

Quake simulator begins tests in Chch

Monday, 11 March 2013 4:55 p.m. by Media3News Popular

The world’s largest seismic vibration truck began testing the ground under quake-hit Christchurch today.

Tower offers $50,000 more to red-zoners

Tower offers $50,000 more to red-zoners

Monday, 11 March 2013 2:34 p.m. by MediaStuff

An insurance company locked in a High Court battle with a red-zoned Christchurch couple has increased its settlement offer by $50,000.

Quake-maker shakes Christchurch

Quake-maker shakes Christchurch

Monday, 11 March 2013 12:12 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

 

Undamaged asbestos may be left behind

Undamaged asbestos may be left behind

Monday, 11 March 2013 7:59 a.m. by MediaStuff

Earthquake-hit homeowners getting asbestos removed from their houses may have no choice but to leave some of the dangerous substance behind.

Christchurch subdivisions prosper as views change

Christchurch subdivisions prosper as views change

Monday, 11 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Earthquake fears and a stressed housing market are forcing house-hunting Cantabrians to rethink subdivisions previously seen as "too American".

App shows Chch pre- and post-quake

App shows Chch pre- and post-quake

Sunday, 10 March 2013 7:23 p.m. by Media3News Popular

There are new apps that enable users to point their phone at an empty plot of land and see what used to be there and what will be there in the future.\

EQC targets millions in quake fraud

EQC targets millions in quake fraud

Sunday, 10 March 2013 12:31 a.m. by MediaStuff

Cantabrians who have made false claims to the Earthquake Commission will be investigated by a special team that has already uncovered millions of dollars' worth of fraud.

Warnings over quake-strengthening changes

Warnings over quake-strengthening changes

Saturday, 9 March 2013 2:47 p.m. by Media3News

The cost of quake-strengthening buildings will be too much for many building owners, especially in small and rural towns, the Government has been told.

Christchurch Japanese remember quake in homeland

Christchurch Japanese remember quake in homeland

Saturday, 9 March 2013 2:44 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Around 50 members of the Japanese community in Christchurch have turned out to remember those who suffered in their homeland's quake and tsunami.

Museum upgrade not cheap

Museum upgrade 'not cheap'

Friday, 8 March 2013 11:13 p.m. by MediaStuff

A massive and costly project to protect Canterbury Museum's $700 million worth of assets could see the popular attraction shut for two to three years and officials say if the improvements are not made the museum could become an international pariah and no overseas museum will risk lending it their collections.

Ferrymead Bridge delays frustrate

Ferrymead Bridge delays frustrate

Friday, 8 March 2013 5:26 p.m. by Media3News

The repair of a bridge in Christchurch is taking longer than it took to construct San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

Earthquake costs a white elephant

Earthquake costs a 'white elephant'

Friday, 8 March 2013 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Property Council has repeated its call for government assistance on earthquake-strengthening costs for commercial buildings as part of its submission on proposals for handling earthquake-prone buildings.

Garrick Park pitches to be restored

Garrick Park pitches to be restored

Friday, 8 March 2013 11:54 a.m. by MediaStuff

Quake-damaged football pitches and community centres will be repaired thanks to new grants totalling $700,000.

All the pod cons for $250/wk

All the pod cons for $250/wk

Friday, 8 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

An Auckland property developer believes shipping container apartments are the answer to supplying worker accommodation for the rebuild.

Assessments of land damage scrutinised

Assessments of land damage scrutinised

Friday, 8 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Land-damage assessments at red-zoned Christchurch properties have gone under the microscope at a High Court insurance wrangle.

All the pod cons for $250 a week

All the pod cons for $250 a week

Thursday, 7 March 2013 10:51 p.m. by MediaStuff

An Auckland property developer believes shipping container apartments are the answer to supplying worker accommodation for the Christchurch rebuild.

Engineer denies skewing numbers

Engineer denies skewing numbers

Thursday, 7 March 2013 6:58 p.m. by Media3News

An engineer who assessed a red-zoned Christchurch house at the centre of a High Court insurance case, has been challenged.

New supermarket for the east

New supermarket for the east

Thursday, 7 March 2013 4:17 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Construction of a new supermarket in Christchurch's eastern suburbs will begin mid-year.

Editorial: Let common sense dictate earthquake upgrades

Editorial: Let common sense dictate earthquake upgrades

Thursday, 7 March 2013 6:30 a.m. by MediaHerald

People have until the end of the week to tell Building Minister Maurice Williamson what they think of a plan drawn up in response to the Christchurch earthquake that would bring all commercial buildings up to a specified strength.\\

Heritage loss a big concern

Heritage loss a big concern

Thursday, 7 March 2013 6:30 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

 

Probe into illegal dump sites

Probe into illegal dump sites

Thursday, 7 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Demolition contractors tearing down condemned Christchurch houses are being investigated for burying debris onsite instead of dumping the material.

Experts divided on repair suggestions

Experts divided on repair suggestions

Thursday, 7 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Engineers suggesting repairs for an earthquake-damaged home at the centre of a landmark High Court case admit they have little experience with the repair methods.

EQC insulation turnaround incompetence

EQC insulation turnaround 'incompetence'

Thursday, 7 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch woman is lamenting an opportunity lost after being denied the chance to have insulation installed in her earthquake-damaged home during repairs.

Dirty demolition contractors face callbacks

Dirty demolition contractors face callbacks

Thursday, 7 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Demolition contractors tearing down condemned Christchurch houses are being investigated for burying debris onsite instead of dumping the material.

Mans shoot remark spurs police action

Man's 'shoot' remark spurs police action

Thursday, 7 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch man sparked an armed police callout after suggesting he "might as well go and shoot himself in the head" during a telephone call to the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

Marmite gift as shortage ends

Marmite gift as shortage ends

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 6:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

A few lucky Christchurch families have tasted Marmite two weeks before the rest of the nation.

Marmite gifted as shortage ends

Marmite gifted as shortage ends

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 6:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

A few lucky Christchurch families have tasted Marmite two weeks before the rest of the nation.

Grace, chaos in urban village designs

Grace, chaos in urban village designs

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 11:13 a.m. by MediaThePress

No record of Williamsons conflict instruction

No record of Williamson's conflict instruction

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 8:02 a.m. by MediaStuff

The government department that regulates the building industry has no record of instructions that the minister responsible for the sector says he made to avoid a possible conflict of interest.

Protect lives, not property: Forum

Protect lives, not property: Forum

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 6:30 a.m. by MediaHerald

Government should set a minimum seismic building-strength standard to protect lives rather than the properties themselves, according to most intellectual property respondents canvassed by Bayleys Research.

Quake claim wildly over top estimates

Quake claim 'wildly over' top estimates

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A red-zoned Christchurch couple's claim for an insurance payout nearly $1 million above their home's rateable value was "wildly over" the most optimistic cost estimates, a court has heard.

Cathedral factions invited to help form view

Cathedral factions invited to help form view

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch city councillors could wade into the growing debate over how to make the Christ Church Cathedral safe.

Operators asked for rebuild-zone visit ideas

Operators asked for rebuild-zone visit ideas

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake tourists may soon have the chance to see Christchurch's off-limits city centre from a new perspective - on foot, on a Segway, in a tuktuk or by stretch limo.

Claim wildly over top estimates

Claim 'wildly over' top estimates

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

A red-zoned Christchurch couple's claim for an insurance payout nearly $1 million above their home's rateable value was "wildly over" the most optimistic cost estimates, a court has heard.

Couple may leave little Bosnia section

Couple may leave 'little Bosnia' section

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

A high-profile Lyttelton couple are planning to quit the town after losing their fight to build a modern port-inspired house to replace the historic home they lost in the February 2011 earthquake.

Red-zoners back down on claim

Red-zoners back down on claim

Tuesday, 5 March 2013 12:36 p.m. by MediaStuff

A red-zoned Christchurch couple challenging their insurance payout in the High Court has reduced their claim by more than $230,000 overnight.

Labour announces Christchurch policy

Labour announces Christchurch policy

Tuesday, 5 March 2013 10:33 a.m. by Media3News

Labour is promising to change the balance of power in Christchurch if they win the 2014 election.

Labour will put Cantabs at centre of recovery

Labour 'will put Cantabs at centre of recovery'

Tuesday, 5 March 2013 7:58 a.m. by MediaThePress

Labour is pledging to give Cantabrians more voice in decision-making if they get back into Government.

Wellington eyes Christchurch rebuild opportunities

Wellington eyes Christchurch rebuild opportunities

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

Hundreds of Wellington businesses attended the WellCan forum in the capital yesterday to find out how they could work on the $30 billion-plus rebuild in Christchurch.

Insurance company called inflexible in court

Insurance company called inflexible in court

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

 

Scarborough paddling pool condemned

Scarborough paddling pool condemned

Monday, 4 March 2013 2:46 p.m. by MediaStuff

The popular Scarborough paddling pool is damaged beyond repair.

Tower Insurance in court over quake payout

Tower Insurance in court over quake payout

Monday, 4 March 2013 1:48 p.m. by Media3News Popular

A stoush between a Christchurch couple and insurers Tower over earthquake damage payouts has gone before the High Court.

Quake insurance dispute goes to court

Quake insurance dispute goes to court

Monday, 4 March 2013 1:23 p.m. by Media3News

A landmark case is underway in Christchurch between a retired couple and their insurance company over earthquake damage payouts.

Canterbury economy hot - bank

Canterbury economy 'hot' - bank

Monday, 4 March 2013 1:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury has climbed further up the regional economic performance rankings, with the rebuild from earthquake damage sparking the local economy back to life, according to a new survey.

Red zone test case goes to court

Red zone test case goes to court

Monday, 4 March 2013 9:42 a.m. by Media3News Popular

When Valerie and Matt O'Loughlin decided to take their insurance company to court, they had no idea what a big deal it would become.

Labourers lose jobs to prisoners

Labourers lose jobs to prisoners

Monday, 4 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A Kaiapoi business fired five of its labourers two days after employing 11 convicts - and then made the workers train the inmates who were to replace them, current and former staff say.

Cost of quake standards outweighs the benefits

Cost of quake standards 'outweighs the benefits'

Monday, 4 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A former adviser to the Reserve Bank and World Bank says the cost of bringing in tougher tests for earthquake-prone buildings would far outweigh the benefits.

Wellington has tools to help the rebuild  - mayor

Wellington has tools to help the rebuild - mayor

Monday, 4 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

When Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown takes a collaborative view of how her region can contribute to the Canterbury rebuild she includes her own family in the equation.

Council housing to reopen

Council housing to reopen

Sunday, 3 March 2013 1:41 p.m. by MediaStuff

 

Engineers at odds over safety of rebuilding Chch Cathedral

Engineers at odds over safety of rebuilding Chch Cathedral

Saturday, 2 March 2013 5:18 p.m. by Media3News Popular

The Anglican Church's plans for the Christchurch Cathedral site will be revealed this month, but campaigners are still battling to save the quake-damaged building.

Insurance pitfalls for unwary

Insurance pitfalls for unwary

Saturday, 2 March 2013 6:30 a.m. by MediaHerald

What is happening? Insurance companies are changing home insurance policies from open-ended "replacement" policies to "sum insured" policies. In future they will only pay up to the sum insured that you choose, not for open-ended...

Call for action on Christchurch CBD

Call for action on Christchurch CBD

Friday, 1 March 2013 11:03 p.m. by MediaStuff

Urgent action has been called for to stem the loss of businesses from central Christchurch, with construction of enough buildings to house half its office work force already under way outside the rebuild zone.

Call for action on city centre

Call for action on city centre

Friday, 1 March 2013 11:03 p.m. by MediaStuff

Urgent action has been called for to stem the loss of businesses from central Christchurch, with construction of enough buildings to house half its office work force already under way outside the rebuild zone.

EQC workers bullied

EQC workers bullied

Friday, 1 March 2013 10:58 p.m. by MediaStuff

Angry Cantabrians, frustrated with the speed of the rebuild, are threatening to blow up earthquake repair hubs and shoot staff.

Church tied by terms of deed, court told

Church tied by terms of deed, court told

Friday, 1 March 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Anglican leaders cannot spend insurance money from the Christ Church Cathedral on the new cardboard cathedral, the attorney-general has told the High Court.