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Christchurch homes with asbestos concealed by earthquake repairs could be sold without the buyer being aware the hazardous subtance is present.
A new library is "the highest priority for Sumner", residents say.
Post-earthquake construction in Canterbury is the hotbed for residential construction nationwide although the number of new houses being built in Wellington is improving.
Plasterboard will be used to encase potentially deadly asbestos in more than 4000 earthquake-damaged Christchurch homes due for repair.
A surge in earthquake-related legal challenges is the tip of the iceberg and could overload the court system, lawyers say.
Cantabrians are "getting on with life" and renovating and repairing their homes, the chief executive of national hardware retail chain Placemakers says.
South Island tribe Ngai Tahu and the Australian firm that developed the Melbourne Convention Centre are among five who have made the shortlist for the iconic Christchurch Convention Centre project.
One of Canterbury's first residential red-zone areas has been turned into one of the region's first earthquake-related green spaces.
One of Canterbury's first residential red-zoned areas has been turned into one of the region's first green space.
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"Opening the floodgates" to unskilled immigrants is not the way to fill the growing numbers of job vacancies for Christchurch's rebuild, employment experts say.
Christchurch City Council plans to bring Cathedral Square back to life have been given the go-ahead.
Stainless steel manufacturer Mercer Group is readying itself for the Christchurch residential rebuild, hiring staff, upgrading its manufacturing base and adding sporting celebrities to its front line.
Christchurch red-zoners pursuing legal action against their insurers will likely have to go it alone.
Jason Pemberton first became seriously involved with the Student Volunteer Army when he was handed $50 and told to "go get these kids some food".
Soldiers manning central Christchurch cordons have become unofficial tour guides, dispensing advice on hotels and restaurants to tourists surveying the devastation in the heart of the city.
Steve Brooks, a Christchurch entrepreneur who made a million dollars at 19, is looking forward to a rebuild business boom in 2013.
Construction of Christchurch's cardboard cathedral will resume early next week, a church official says.
It is a summer of settling into new neighbourhoods and unfamiliar homes for some Christchurch families.
Insurance Council chief executive Tim Grafton has hit back at a reader's letter to The Press which graded large insurers' response to the Canterbury earthquakes as an "F".
The 2011 census cost $65 million – though not a single piece of data was collected.
The 2011 census was the most expensive survey New Zealand never had, costing $65 million.
Walkers have welcomed the reopening of several popular Christchurch tracks, with more expected to be cleared of earthquake hazards this year.
A new year brings a new perspective on Christchurch as demolition leaves the central city bereft of landmarks.
The owner of the Inland Revenue Department building in Cashel St has drawn up plans to rescue the formerly condemned building.
The woman who has led prominent Christchurch department store Ballantynes through the city's earthquakes says the "momentum of change" is starting to sweep across the quake-hit city.
The quake-damaged, graffiti-ridden Christchurch seaside suburb of New Brighton may soon get a big boost, after decades of neglect.
A massive 30 per cent drop in school crime could be to do with the comradeship inspired by earthquakes, a principal has said.
Many Christchurch retailers are relieved with a bumper boxing day week, after customers turned out for massive sales.
Single ladies of Canterbury have something to celebrate as Christchurch comes back from the dust.
The merger of Christchurch schools and the launch of an earthquake recovery plan were among the toughest public relations jobs in 2012.
After studying architectural design, Will King decided he wanted to be part of the rebuild.
Christchurch's international work force is ramping up.
Demolition crews around Christchurch have been busy - not knocking down buildings - but raising funds for the city mission's lunch.
New Zealand churches have celebrated Christmas today with services around the country.
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