New Zealand's insurance industry slumped into a deficit of $2.17 billion in the 2011 financial year after the Christchurch earthquakes saw expenses rocket by 83 per cent to $2.57b.
Earthquake damage has already forced the closure of two Christchurch City Council-owned social housing complexes and more than 600 blocks are still waiting on engineering evaluations.
A coastal walkway from Mt Pleasant to Sumner would regenerate the earthquake-hit suburbs, the community group behind the project says.
Christchurch International Airport has welcomed a new "open skies" policy from the Government, allowing foreign airlines easy access.
Popular community facilities closed because of quake damage will be targeted first for repairs under a Christchurch City Council action plan aimed at restoring community life to normal.
Asbestos has halted the demolition of an earthquake-damaged office building in central Christchurch.
A plan to combine Christchurch people's desire for green transport with the sporadic rebirth of the city is being pushed by a young Canterbury entrepreneur.
New Zealand's second-largest insurer, Vero, says it may soon be willing to insure more buildings in Christchurch.
Construction of a $40 million restaurant and bar precinct to replace the Oxford Tce Strip could begin next year.
Landowners unwilling to negotiate with the Government on central Christchurch blueprint buyouts will be told, "This is the offer, have a nice day", the earthquake recovery boss says.
In a "big step forward" for business owners, cordons around the central city red zone are set to further reduce.
Steps are being taken to ensure red tape does not hold up Christchurch's rebuild as the number of building consents being lodged with the city council steadily rises.
A new women's shopping channel is giving $180,000 worth of free airtime to 30 quake-hit Canterbury businesses to help boost their profile after a difficult two years.
After battling a strike, arson, aftershocks and insurance hassles, two property owners have accepted that the central Christchurch blueprint has ended their 18-month fight to rebuild.
The owners of the only Christchurch land to be rezoned from red to green say they were determined to "fight it out" to rebuild on the site.
Where is all the rubble going? Well initially a lot of it went straight to the tip. In the last year however, other, greener avenues have opened up.
Zoning decisions for 104 Christchurch properties have been overturned after their owners sought reviews.
More than 100 flat land properties will have their zoning changed.
The Government has put out its second supply tender for earthquake repair materials - this time it's for 6.1 million square metres of plasterboard.
The wheels are starting to fall off the Government's buy-up of central city land and it could get worse if problems with the process are not urgently addressed, property valuers warn.
The wheels are starting to fall off the Government's buy-up of Christchurch central city land and it could get worse if problems with the process are not urgently addressed, property valuers warn.
The death knell has been sounded for the Queen Elizabeth II Park complex.
The Government has accepted all 70 recommendations of the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission on technical engineering issues.
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