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Christchurch City Council to sell key Riccarton site

Christchurch City Council to sell key Riccarton site

Thursday, 29 September 2016 4:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch City Council is selling the Riccarton site which was the subject of a failed land swap plan by mall giant Westfield.

Garry Moore: The battle with EQC still rages

Garry Moore: The battle with EQC still rages

Thursday, 29 September 2016 3:53 p.m. by MediaHerald

People in the North Island, quite sincerely, often ask me how we are getting on now that the earthquakes have stopped.

First steps for Christchurch red zones announced, concrete plans yet to be made

First steps for Christchurch red zones announced, concrete plans yet to be made

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

New details about the future use of Christchurch's red zone are being hailed as progress, despite no completion date or funds for the project.

Concerns raised about Christchurch convention centre deal months before partnership broke down

Concerns raised about Christchurch convention centre deal months before partnership broke down

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 8:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

Exits plans were under way months before the Government split from its Christchurch convention centre partner.

Editorial: Tone deaf exit of EQC boss Ian Simpson hits the wrong note

Editorial: Tone deaf exit of EQC boss Ian Simpson hits the wrong note

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 5:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

In the news that Earthquake Commission (EQC) chief executive Ian Simpson would be leaving his job at the end of the year, one word shone like a beacon.

EQC boss Ian Simpson quits

EQC boss Ian Simpson quits

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:41 a.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake Commission boss Ian Simpson has quit the organisation.

Shopology offers mix of designers at Christchurchs Re:Start mall

Shopology offers mix of designers at Christchurch's Re:Start mall

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 8:53 a.m. by MediaThePress

A new retailer called Shopology​ has moved into Christchurch's Re:Start mall in Cashel St until the end of December.

Gough family forced to cut rent on Christchurch heritage building

Gough family forced to cut rent on Christchurch heritage building

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 7:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Gough family have slashed the asking rent of the central Christchurch heritage building they bought a year ago in a bid to attract tenants.

New Christchurch stadium on hold, Crown waiting on council to reiterate support

New Christchurch stadium 'on hold', Crown waiting on council to reiterate support

Monday, 26 September 2016 9:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new stadium is "on hold" until the city council clearly commits to funding it, Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

Concern as Christchurch Hospital parking shortage worsens

Concern as Christchurch Hospital parking shortage worsens

Monday, 26 September 2016 8:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

The battle to find a car park near Christchurch Hospital is about to worsen as the hospital rebuild intensifies and surrounding parking dwindles.

Key managers leave SCIRT before finishing Christchurch rebuild projects

Key managers leave SCIRT before finishing Christchurch rebuild projects

Monday, 26 September 2016 10:55 a.m. by MediaHerald

An exodus of workers is becoming a problem for major infrastructure projects, with less than three months until SCIRT alliance work wraps up.

Staff leave SCIRT before finishing Christchurch rebuild projects

Staff leave SCIRT before finishing Christchurch rebuild projects

Monday, 26 September 2016 10:55 a.m. by MediaHerald

An exodus of workers is becoming a problem for major infrastructure projects, with less than three months until SCIRT alliance work wraps up.December is the deadline for about 130 infrastructure projects still to be completed by...

Staff leave SCIRT before finishing Christchurch rebuild projects

Staff leave SCIRT before finishing Christchurch rebuild projects

Monday, 26 September 2016 10:55 a.m. by MediaHerald

An exodus of workers is becoming a problem for major infrastructure projects, with less than three months until SCIRT alliance work wraps up.December is the deadline for about 130 infrastructure projects still to be completed by...

Jump in Christchurch spending as central city workforce reaches critical mass

Jump in Christchurch spending as central city workforce reaches critical mass

Friday, 23 September 2016 6:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Spending in Christchurch's shops, eateries, and hotels has jumped nearly 5 per cent in the past year.

How Maori will rebuilt Christchurch look?

How Maori will rebuilt Christchurch look?

Friday, 23 September 2016 5:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

Let's start a stroll through central Christchurch at Victoria Square. After a stoush over the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's plans to radically alter the square, a working group did a lot of talking and recommended keeping Victoria Square pretty much as it is. Paths will be modernised and widened, a punt/waka stop will be established and so forth.

Historic Christchurch vicarage for sale after nearly 150 years

Historic Christchurch vicarage for sale after nearly 150 years

Thursday, 22 September 2016 5:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

One of Christchurch's oldest houses is up for sale for the first time since it was built in 1868.

Christchurchs edgy strategy needs a home for edgy artists

Christchurch's 'edgy' strategy needs a home for edgy artists

Thursday, 22 September 2016 5:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The Christchurch City Council recently approved a new visitor strategy to transform Christchurch into an "edgy 21st century city with a difference". However, if the ongoing plans towards a new Performing Arts Precinct (PAP) are at the expense of local contemporary arts organisations, a vital contributor to those aims is missing.

Thieves make off with big green bus stop

Thieves make off with big green bus stop

Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:13 p.m. by MediaStuff

West Coast Police are puzzled by the theft of a very obvious bright green bus stop.

EQC confirms major downsizing of Canterbury operations

EQC confirms major downsizing of Canterbury operations

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 9:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has confirmed it will slash its Canterbury workforce by about a third, but the number of remaining staff will be higher than originally thought.

Treasury report marks up Christchurch rebuild projects

Treasury report marks up Christchurch rebuild projects

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

Treasury has bumped up its marks for the central Christchurch rebuild, following breakthroughs on some projects.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziels red zone residential development proposal feasible

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel's red zone residential development proposal feasible

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 5:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel's idea to build new houses in the residential red zone is feasible, according to a land surveyor.

Southern Response sinks millions of dollars into legal help

Southern Response sinks millions of dollars into legal help

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 1:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

Crown-owned Southern Response has sunk millions into legal help over the past four years and been ordered to pay aggrieved homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Hall construction for Pines and Kairaki beaches begins on sturdy ground

Hall construction for Pines and Kairaki beaches begins on 'sturdy' ground

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

The new Pines and Kairaki Beaches community hall is under construction more than six years since the old one was damaged by the September 2010 earthquake.

Could Christchurchs Municipal Chambers be saved by creative thinking?

Could Christchurch's Municipal Chambers be saved by creative thinking?

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 4:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The Christchurch City Council has a problem – it wants to preserve our architectural heritage, but it has limited funds with which to re-build the city.  Nothing represents this problem more than the old Municipal Chambers on Worcester St.

Condemned building owners to tighten up security

Condemned building owners to tighten up security

Monday, 19 September 2016 4:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of a condemned central Christchurch building have vowed to improve security after teenagers were able to wander inside unimpeded.

Christchurch City council talking to town hall insurers - again

Christchurch City council talking to town hall insurers - again

Monday, 19 September 2016 12:02 p.m. by MediaHerald

The city council is busy negotiating with an insurer again - this time over the town hall.A $20 million renovation project, including upgrade of bars and the James Hay Theatre, was underway when the earthquakes struck.

Frustration over Christchurchs St Johns Anglican church repairs

Frustration over Christchurch's St John's Anglican church repairs

Monday, 19 September 2016 11:45 a.m. by MediaHerald

Six years after the September 2010 earthquake, the Hororata community is still in the dark about when its badly damaged heritage church will be restored.When the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit, the bell tower of St John's Anglican...

Frustration over Christchurchs St Johns Anglican church repairs

Frustration over Christchurch's St John's Anglican church repairs

Monday, 19 September 2016 11:43 a.m. by MediaHerald

Six years after the September 2010 earthquake, the Hororata community is still in the dark about when its badly damaged heritage church will be restored.When the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit, the bell tower of St John's Anglican...

Retailer rail against parking plans in $7m Victoria St upgrade proposal

Retailer rail against parking plans in $7m Victoria St upgrade proposal

Friday, 16 September 2016 9:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

Victoria St retailers are balking at proposed parking changes in a revised $7 million road redesign.

New tenant for Christchurchs Terrace development, work expected to ramp up next week

New tenant for Christchurch's Terrace development, work expected to ramp up next week

Friday, 16 September 2016 8:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch developer Antony Gough says he has secured a new tenant to fill part of his Terrace development and expects work to ramp up at the site next week.

Quake battler Bryan Staples steps back, lawyer Bill Dwyer steps up

Quake battler Bryan Staples steps back, lawyer Bill Dwyer steps up

Friday, 16 September 2016 3:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

Longtime Earthquake Commission (EQC) adversary Bryan Staples is stepping down as head of his advocacy company Earthquake Services and handing the reins to Christchurch lawyer Bill Dwyer.

Is Christchurchs regeneration too slow?

Is Christchurch's regeneration too slow?

Friday, 16 September 2016 2:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

Shabby mansion devaluing Fendalton homes, neighbours say

Shabby mansion devaluing Fendalton homes, neighbours say

Friday, 16 September 2016 1:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Residents of an upmarket Christchurch suburb say a shabby earthquake-damaged mansion will drag down property values in their street.

Rod Oram: Christchurch rising from the rubble

Rod Oram: Christchurch rising from the rubble

Thursday, 15 September 2016 4:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

With Christchurch roughly halfway through its rebuild, the shape and feel of the city is starting to emerge from the earthquake rubble.

Johnny Moore: Reports of Christchurchs previous death greatly exaggerated

Johnny Moore: Reports of Christchurch's previous death greatly exaggerated

Thursday, 15 September 2016 1:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Something's been bugging me. It's a little thing, a turn of phrase, but it's been floating around for six years and I worry that if nobody questions it, people will accept it as fact:

Johnny Moore: Claims pre-quake central Christchurch dying exaggerated, replacement monotone

Johnny Moore: Claims pre-quake central Christchurch dying exaggerated, replacement 'monotone'

Thursday, 15 September 2016 1:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Something's been bugging me. It's a little thing, a turn of phrase, but it's been floating around for six years.

EQC looking to cash settle remaining remedial work

EQC looking to cash settle remaining remedial work

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 9:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) wants Canterbury customers to accept cash settlements, leaving homeowners to fix shoddy repair work, Labour says.

Liquidators to start Stonewood Homes investigation after securing $1 million

Liquidators to start Stonewood Homes investigation after securing $1 million

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 8:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

Up to $1 million will be spent investigating the activities of Stonewood Homes companies before the Christchurch building firm's collapse.

Christchurch City Council makes resilience pledge to get up to $5m from Rockefeller partners

Christchurch City Council makes resilience pledge to get up to $5m from Rockefeller partners

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 5:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council has pledged 10 per cent of next year's funding to resilience projects.

Fixing Christchurchs broken east has cost $680m

Fixing Christchurch's broken east has cost $680m

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 12:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

About a third of the $2.2 billion cost of fixing Christchurch's earthquake-damaged infrastructure has been spent in the city's east.

Insurers backing down from sum insured policies

Insurers backing down from sum insured policies

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 7:50 a.m. by MediaThePress

Competitive pressure is forcing insurers to back down from "sum insured" house policies, one expert says.

Avon riverside terraces: Eyesore or convenience?

Avon riverside terraces: Eyesore or convenience?

Monday, 12 September 2016 5:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

On a sunny Monday, Christchurch's new riverside terraces are dotted with office and construction workers eating their lunch.

Christchurchs Metro Sports Facility to be largest leisure pool in NZ

Christchurch's Metro Sports Facility to be largest leisure pool in NZ

Monday, 12 September 2016 1:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

Images showing the inside of Christchurch's $300 million Metro Sports Facility have been released for the first time.

Mike Yardley: Avon River Precinct a spendathon of grandiose ambitions

Mike Yardley: Avon River Precinct a spendathon of grandiose ambitions

Monday, 12 September 2016 11:38 a.m. by MediaThePress

It sits in the centre of the Government's first anchor project, the much-vaunted, glacially-paced Avon River Precinct.

Christchurch community denied access to rotting red zone playgrounds

Christchurch community denied access to rotting red zone playgrounds

Sunday, 11 September 2016 5:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch community groups have been denied access to playgrounds left to rot in the city's residential red zone.

Rising construction costs force prices up of renting and buying properties

Rising construction costs force prices up of renting and buying properties

Saturday, 10 September 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Construction costs for residential and commercial builds is forcing sale and rental prices to new heights.

Christchurch anchor projects plagued by land contamination

Christchurch anchor projects plagued by land contamination

Thursday, 8 September 2016 9:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Contamination issues have plagued Christchurch's anchor project sites with the Crown forced to fork out millions of dollars removing hazardous materials from land.

Southern Response satisfaction rating low, insurer to wind down Canty operations

Southern Response satisfaction rating low, insurer to wind down Canty operations

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 6:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cantabrians have scored their experience with Southern Response 4.4 out of 10.

Southern Response satisfaction rates 4.4 out of 10

Southern Response satisfaction rates 4.4 out of 10

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 6:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cantabrians have scored their experience with Southern Response 4.4 out of 10.

Court of Appeal seeks to rein in shemozzle arising from CTV building case

Court of Appeal seeks to rein in 'shemozzle' arising from CTV building case

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 5:10 p.m. by MediaStuff

A case against an engineer linked to the collapsed CTV building in Christchurch has become "bigger than ", and needs to be reined it, a Court of Appeal judge has said.

Old city bus now a home for quake-affected Christchurch homeowner Rebecca Wright

Old city bus now a home for quake-affected Christchurch homeowner Rebecca Wright

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 1:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Without the bus parked in her front yard, Rebecca Wright would still be bathing in a bucket.

Taxpayers fund ex-recovery boss Warwick Isaacs $55k management course in France

Taxpayers fund ex-recovery boss Warwick Isaacs' $55k management course in France

Tuesday, 6 September 2016 8:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's former central city rebuild boss has attended a taxpayer-funded management course in France, more than a year after leaving the Government's recovery organisation.

Top Christchurch architect suing Tower for millions over unusual repair method

Top Christchurch architect suing Tower for millions over 'unusual' repair method

Monday, 5 September 2016 9:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

An award-winning Christchurch architect is dumbfounded by Tower Insurance's "highly unusual" earthquake repair plan to winch his home back into place.

Christchurchs oldest timber bridge reopens after $1 million restoration

Christchurch's oldest timber bridge reopens after $1 million restoration

Monday, 5 September 2016 7:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

"An eccentric old bugger" built this, city councillor Jamie Gough said as he and some sheep reopened Christchurch's oldest timber bridge.