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Christchurch couple say EQC stopping them from getting on with their lives

Christchurch couple say EQC stopping them from getting on with their lives

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 6:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch couple say the Earthquake Commission (EQC) is "ruining" their lives, as they continue to wait for adequate repairs so they can finish their partly-renovated home.

Christchurch City Council engineers inspect New Regent St parapets

Christchurch City Council engineers inspect New Regent St parapets

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 5:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

City council engineers are inspecting parapets on Christchurch's New Regent St to see if they need strengthening or repairs.

Christchurch City Councils $6 million plan for Victoria St could ruin business

Christchurch City Council's $6 million plan for Victoria St could 'ruin business'

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 7:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch City Council proposal to close part of a major inner-city route to traffic will make the future of some Victoria St businesses "quite hopeless", a long-standing tenant says.

Lawyer wants apology from Gerry Brownlee after ambulance chaser comment

Lawyer wants apology from Gerry Brownlee after 'ambulance chaser' comment

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 6:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

The lawyer behind wants a personal apology from Gerry Brownlee after he described lawyers representing Canterbury homeowners as "ambulance chasers".

Christchurch lawyer wants apology from Gerry Brownlee after bus chaser comment

Christchurch lawyer wants apology from Gerry Brownlee after 'bus chaser' comment

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 6:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

The lawyer behind wants a personal apology from Gerry Brownlee after he described lawyers representing Canterbury homeowners as "ambulance chasers".

EQC to confirm final quake claim classifications by end of June

EQC to confirm final quake claim classifications by end of June

Monday, 9 May 2016 10:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has given itself six weeks to classify a final "bucket" of Canterbury earthquake claims, the Insurance Council says.

EQC less than one third through botched repair jobs, as requests pile up

EQC less than one third through botched repair jobs, as requests pile up

Monday, 9 May 2016 8:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has revisited less than a third of the thousands of botched repairs on its books, as the number of remedial jobs continues to increase.

Christchurchs new library threatened after Crown cans philanthropic funding

Christchurch's new library threatened after Crown cans philanthropic funding

Sunday, 8 May 2016 5:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Crown has pulled the pin on its long-awaited plans to raise money for Christchurch's anchor projects, threatening to leave the city's new central library in the lurch.

Crown cans philanthropic funding for Christchurch library and other anchor projects

Crown cans philanthropic funding for Christchurch library and other anchor projects

Sunday, 8 May 2016 5:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Crown has pulled the pin on its long-awaited plans to raise money for Christchurch's anchor projects, leaving the council to find money for its new central library elsewhere.

Margaret Mahy Playground to become accessible for children with disabilities

Margaret Mahy Playground to become accessible for children with disabilities

Sunday, 8 May 2016 3:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's multi-million dollar Margaret Mahy Playground will be upgraded with new disability-friendly equipment by September.

Insurer Southern Response queried on asbestos testing and removal

Insurer Southern Response queried on asbestos testing and removal

Friday, 6 May 2016 8:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Questions have been raised about whether Southern Response both tested for and removed asbestos before demolishing an earthquake-damaged Christchurch property.

Earthquake Commission asks how to turn off the tap on second time repairs

Earthquake Commission asks how to 'turn off the tap' on second time repairs

Thursday, 5 May 2016 7:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) wants to know how it can "turn off the tap" on Canterbury homeowners seeking second time repairs, according to a presentation given to staff.

Familys new $800k Christchurch property found to contain asbestos

Family's new $800k Christchurch property found to contain asbestos

Thursday, 5 May 2016 3:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

Monique and Garry Bond spent $800,000 on a property in upmarket Christchurch to build their dream home, only to learn it was contaminated with asbestos.

Human investment in Christchurchs red zone must be taken into account

'Human investment' in Christchurch's red zone must be taken into account

Thursday, 5 May 2016 10:41 a.m. by MediaThePress

Communities in east Christchurch say the city's red zone could become "contested land" if the process for deciding its future is unfair.

Property developers need right recipe for success

Property developers need right recipe for success

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 6:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Experience?

Damage causes Christchurch house to rot as owners battle insurers

Damage causes Christchurch house to rot as owners battle insurers

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 8:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Paul Gilbertson's Christchurch home is in "serious trouble" as damage from liquefaction rots floorboards and foundations.

Southern Response announces new chief executive

Southern Response announces new chief executive

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 2:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Peter Jensen, will be the new chief executive of Southern Response, the government-owned company charged with settling Canterbury earthquake insurance claims.

The Past Awaits

The Past Awaits

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 6:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow

When Alice fell through the looking glass, she was faced with an uncanny sense of scale. Whenever I arrive back in Christchurch I feel the same way, except that it is not me that seems too big but the buildings. Friendly, familiar old New Regent Street looks suddenly uncomfortable in the shadows of a building recently erected on Gloucester Street, while, nearby, The Press headquarters towers over its heritage façade.

Trams return to historic central Christchurchs New Regent St

Trams return to historic central Christchurch's New Regent St

Monday, 2 May 2016 3:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Trams are once again operating through Christchurch's heritage streetscape after a lengthy and forced break.

Not enough information, low offers behind red zone buy-out

Not enough information, low offers behind red zone buy-out

Sunday, 1 May 2016 5:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

A lack of information and unfair offers were the "major problems" behind the Government's buy-out process, a red-zone stayer says.

No performance targets for Fletcher EQR until 2015

No performance targets for Fletcher EQR until 2015

Sunday, 1 May 2016 4:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Construction did not have performance targets for thousands of Canterbury home repairs for more than four years after the February 2011 earthquake.

Tiny new spaces for New Brighton

Tiny new spaces for New Brighton

Sunday, 1 May 2016 2:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

​A new design competition is calling for creative ideas for five "tiny huts" to bring life to Christchurch's coastal suburb of New Brighton.

Settlement expands EQCs liability hugely, as more homeowners speak out

Settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely', as more homeowners speak out

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQCs liability hugely

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely'

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

A Great Place to Be: Christchurch locals still want a clean, green garden city

A Great Place to Be: Christchurch locals still want a clean, green garden city

Friday, 29 April 2016 4:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

At last year's pilot clean-up, 250 volunteers collected 3.3 tonnes of litter from 5 kilometres of Christchurch river banks. Organisers have renamed this year's event and hope many more volunteers will turn out on Saturday, May 7, to retrieve polystyrene, plastic bottles, bottle tops, and other junk from city waterways.

Fears standards will suffer as thousands of extra NZ apprentices trained

Fears standards will suffer as thousands of extra NZ apprentices trained

Friday, 29 April 2016 1:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 29,000 construction workers need to be recruited over the next three years without compromising standards, building chiefs said this week.

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

Friday, 29 April 2016 12:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The Earthquake Commission and the EQC action Group on Thursday released a statement setting out their joint agreement on a series of basic principles about how to interpret the EQC Act regarding EQC's obligations around the stand of repairs.

Christ Church Cathedral plans announcement due soon

Christ Church Cathedral plans announcement due soon

Friday, 29 April 2016 8:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

A long-awaited announcement on how the deadlock over Christ Church Cathedral will be broken is expected soon.

Homeowners come out firing following landmark EQC court settlement

Homeowners come out firing following 'landmark' EQC court settlement

Thursday, 28 April 2016 7:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Homeowners have come out firing after a landmark settlement confirmed the Earthquake Commission's legal obligation to repair damaged homes to a "when new" condition.

EQC Action Group wins landmark settlement

EQC Action Group wins landmark settlement

Thursday, 28 April 2016 1:40 p.m. by EQCGroupAction Featured Popular

The EQC Action Group is a group of owners of houses that were damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.  In November 2015 the Action Group started a proceeding in the High Court against the Earthquake Commission. The Action Group sought declarations to clarify the extent of the Commission’s liability under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 (Act) for the earthquake damage to the houses owned by members of the Action Group.

Ruling EQC must repair to when new standard has implications for thousands

Ruling EQC must repair to 'when new' standard has implications for thousands

Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

A settlement between the Earthquake Commission and the EQC Action Group is far-reaching and will affect thousands of Canterbury homeowners, the group's lawyer says.

Community board uneasy over Lyttelton Port of Christchurchs Dampier Bay proposal

Community board 'uneasy' over Lyttelton Port of Christchurch's Dampier Bay proposal

Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:56 a.m. by MediaThePress

A plan for commercial development in Christchurch's Dampier Bay is being met with scepticism from the local community board.

EQC must repair to when new standard

EQC must repair to 'when new' standard

Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:46 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has confirmed its legal obligation to repair damaged homes to a 'when new' condition, not a pre-earthquake condition.

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Andersons former LWR buildings

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Anderson's former LWR buildings

Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:03 a.m. by MediaThePress

A lengthy, multi million-dollar High Court dispute continues to wage over part of fraudster Ken Anderson's former Lane Walker Rudkin site in central Christchurch.

Property leaders call Christchurchs South Frame flawed and wasteful

Property leaders call Christchurch's South Frame 'flawed and wasteful'

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 8:40 a.m. by MediaThePress

Senior property figures in Christchurch are expressing concern about the viability of the city's proposed south frame.

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Christchurchs Victoria Square

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Christchurch's Victoria Square

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 6:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

Ngai Tahu has abandoned plans for a cultural centre in Victoria Square, one of the anchor projects in the Christchurch blueprint.

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will redo the outside of a house bought by a couple who thought the property was repaired, but later found cracks had been painted over by tradesmen.

No fireworks for Christchurchs New Brighton Pier

No fireworks for Christchurch's New Brighton Pier

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

The city's annual Guy Fawkes display is unlikely to be hosted at the New Brighton Pier for the next two years.

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Victoria Square

Ngai Tahu shelves plans for cultural centre in Victoria Square

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Ngai Tahu has abandoned plans for a cultural centre in Victoria Square, one of the anchor projects in the Christchurch blueprint.

800 new car parking spaces for central Christchurch

800 new car parking spaces for central Christchurch

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 3:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

The long-awaited rebuild of an earthquake-damaged car parking building in central Christchurch will start soon.

Property leaders question Christchurch frame plan

Property leaders question Christchurch frame plan

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 2:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

Senior property figures in Christchurch are expressing concern about the viability of the city's proposed south frame.

Change of heart over Regenerate Christchurch board members fees

Change of heart over Regenerate Christchurch board members' fees

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 9:41 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government has released information about how much the board members of Christchurch's new recovery agency will be paid.

Christchurch Five Years On – Part III

Christchurch Five Years On – Part III

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow

The ground-breaking Christchurch City Council 2011 ‘Share an Idea’ campaign, which generated 106,000 community responses, expressed Cantabrians’ view that a future city which incorporated its past heritage was very important to them. Sadly, however, this has been largely thwarted by the actions of CERA, often in concert with reluctant owners of damaged heritage buildings, relieved to be rid of a perceived millstone. What should have controlled the heritage recovery progress – The Canterbury E ...

Crowd watches as Christchurchs Bridge of Remembrance reopens

Crowd watches as Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance reopens

Monday, 25 April 2016 5:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Old and young, tourists and locals, cyclists and families gathered to witness the reopening of the Bridge of Remembrance.

Eden Project plan to go before Regenerate Christchurch for consideration

Eden Project plan to go before Regenerate Christchurch for consideration

Monday, 25 April 2016 2:46 p.m. by MediaThePress

Te Papa on steroids.

More apprentices needed fast as shortage hits NZ construction industry

More apprentices needed fast as shortage hits NZ construction industry

Sunday, 24 April 2016 11:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

A drastic shortage of apprentices is putting strain on New Zealand's construction industry as work ramps up throughout the country.

Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club officially opened

Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club officially opened

Saturday, 23 April 2016 5:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Under threat of rain from a cloudy Christchurch sky, 200 people gathered at Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club to officially open the new coastal landmark.

Red zoning decision separate to EQCs settlement offers

Red zoning decision 'separate' to EQC's settlement offers

Friday, 22 April 2016 9:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) says there is no correlation between the Government's decision to red zone a property and the land damage settlement offers it makes to clients.

No red zone decisions made on citys red zone - Regenerate Christchurch

No red zone decisions made on city's red zone - Regenerate Christchurch

Thursday, 21 April 2016 5:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new recovery agency says it will consider all proposals for the city's red zone, despite a rowing lake being singled out by local and central Government.

Video: What Christchurchs anchor project sites look like now

Video: What Christchurch's anchor project sites look like now

Thursday, 21 April 2016 4:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

With the , CHARLIE GATESvisited the sites of the flash anchor projects the rebuild organisation announced for Christchurch in 2012.

Shilton & Brown creditors scramble to recover from losses

Shilton & Brown creditors scramble to recover from losses

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 8:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

An employer has slashed his wages and asked staff to work 70-hour weeks as businesses linked to a collapsed demolition firm scramble to cover their losses.

$50 million tower to replace lost apartments in central Christchurch

$50 million tower to replace lost apartments in central Christchurch

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 6:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

The $50 million rebuild of a central Christchurch apartment tower has been approved.

Historic McKenzie and Willis facade revealed - but not for long

Historic McKenzie and Willis facade revealed - but not for long

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 5:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch is getting a glimpse of the partly-restored historic facade of the McKenzie and Willis redevelopment, but it will only be a quick one.

Editorial: Will the plan to rename part of central Christchurch West End take off?

Editorial: Will the plan to rename part of central Christchurch West End take off?

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 5:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

What's in a name? A lot, whether we realise it or not.

Christchurchs earthquake rubble dump extended for another three years

Christchurch's earthquake rubble dump extended for another three years

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 4:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's earthquake rubble dump is set to get bigger and will remain open until 2020 â€“ three years later than planned.