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Major artwork gifted as a legacy for Christchurch quake victim

Major artwork gifted as a legacy for Christchurch quake victim

Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:49 a.m. by MediaStuff

Six years after Lisa Willems died in the February 2011 earthquake, her husband has helped gift a major public artwork to Christchurch as part of an $85 million city development.

Christchurch City Council owes Crown up to $39 million over Port Hills buyout deal

Christchurch City Council owes Crown up to $39 million over Port Hills buyout deal

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 9:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council has just received a multimillion-dollar invoice after the Crown picked up the tab for red zone buyouts in the Port Hills.

Clip art: A visual Christchurch earthquake story

Clip art: A visual Christchurch earthquake story

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 6:38 a.m. by MediaStuff

Responding to the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, Bronwyn Walker grabbed her scissors and chopped stories from editions of  into thousands of 1.5cm squares.

How much of the red zone needs to go green to support native birds?

How much of the red zone needs to go green to support native birds?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: At , we often get asked this question: "Why do you want so much?"

Christchurch politicians concur: An Accessible City plan should change

Christchurch politicians concur: An Accessible City plan should change

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 9:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council may review its controversial inner city transport plan after some politicians highlighted issues with access, parking and congestion.

Central city group in Christchurch needs cash and ideas

Central city group in Christchurch needs cash and ideas

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 5:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

A group representing private enterprise in central Christchurch says it is more needed than ever as it looks for ways to survive.

Red zone security bill drops as authorities farewell booby traps and illegal rental days

Red zone security bill drops as authorities farewell booby traps and illegal rental days

Monday, 20 March 2017 6:18 a.m. by MediaThePress

The security bill for Christchurch's residential red zone has dropped two thirds since its post-earthquake peak when authorities were confronted with booby-trapped houses and dodgy rental listings on Trade Me.

Christchurch red zone security bill drops as authorities farewell bad old days of booby traps and illegal rentals

Christchurch red zone security bill drops as authorities farewell bad old days of booby traps and illegal rentals

Sunday, 19 March 2017 6:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The security bill for Christchurch's residential red zone has dropped two thirds since its post-earthquake peak when authorities were confronted with booby-trapped houses and dodgy rental listings on Trade Me.

Christchurch City Council paid more than expected for new Central Library to speed up the process

Christchurch City Council paid more than expected for new Central Library to speed up the process

Sunday, 19 March 2017 3:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the city council paid more than expected on the new Central Library site to get construction started quickly.

Gerry Brownlee aware of concerns Regenerate Christchurch has not achieved a great deal

Gerry Brownlee aware of concerns Regenerate Christchurch has 'not achieved a great deal'

Friday, 17 March 2017 8:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

Gerry Brownlee says he is aware of concerns Regenerate Christchurch has "not achieved a great deal" during its first year.

Farmers market plan for central Christchurchs Re:Start site attracts huge interest

Farmers market plan for central Christchurch's Re:Start site attracts 'huge' interest

Friday, 17 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Twenty businesses have signed up to take premises in the new farmers market precinct planned for central Christchurch.

Finance and expenditure committee rejects royal commission into defective earthquake repairs

Finance and expenditure committee rejects royal commission into defective earthquake repairs

Thursday, 16 March 2017 8:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

Parliament's finance and expenditure select committee has rejected a petition seeking an royal commission into defective Earthquake Commission (EQC) repairs.

New owners have revamp plans for neglected central Christchurch building

New owners have revamp plans for neglected central Christchurch building

Thursday, 16 March 2017 7:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

After six years, a damaged and neglected building surrounded by new developments in central Christchurch has been sold.

Editorial: Slow down in Christchurch CBD - and from rushing to judgment

Editorial: Slow down in Christchurch CBD - and from rushing to judgment

Thursday, 16 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: As anyone who has been in Christchurch's CBD recently knows all too well, it takes time and patience to get where you want to go.

City council puts Canterbury Provincial Chambers tenders on hold, says other projects are higher priorities

City council puts Canterbury Provincial Chambers tenders on hold, says other projects are 'higher priorities'

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 9:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tenders for the multimillion-dollar Canterbury Provincial Chambers restoration are on hold, with the city council saying other projects are "higher priorities".

Christ Church Cathedral decision imminent, but could change in an instant

Christ Church Cathedral decision imminent, but 'could change in an instant'

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Anglican Church Property Trustees (CPT) are meeting this week to consider a deal with the Government to restore the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch cathedral.

ChristChurch Cathedral decision imminent, but could change in an instant

ChristChurch Cathedral decision imminent, but 'could change in an instant'

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 6:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Anglican Church Property Trustees (CPT) are meeting this week to consider a deal with the Government to restore the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch cathedral.

Anger at An Accessible City central Christchurch traffic plan

Anger at 'An Accessible City' central Christchurch traffic plan

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 9:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

Central Christchurch business leaders and property owners are threatening legal action if an inner city traffic redesign is not stopped.

Two thirds of Otakaro employees earn more than $100,000 a year

Two thirds of Otakaro employees earn more than $100,000 a year

Monday, 13 March 2017 4:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

Otakaro has defended its spending on salaries and travel in its first year of operation.

Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club prepares to build a new home

Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club prepares to build a new home

Sunday, 12 March 2017 5:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

A century-old surf life saving club in Christchurch is preparing for its next stage of life after spending its first season without its clubhouse.

Former theatre and pub site sells for $3 million

Former theatre and pub site sells for $3 million

Sunday, 12 March 2017 3:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch property investor and businessman Ben Gough has sold another of his properties – a site just off Cathedral Square which fetched $3 million.

Biggest and priciest apartments yet for central Christchurch

Biggest and priciest apartments yet for central Christchurch

Friday, 10 March 2017 8:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's priciest apartment yet will have travertine floors, nearly 700 square metres of space, a giant roof terrace, and a $5.7 million pricetag.

The Great Wall of Christchurch is dividing east from west

'The Great Wall of Christchurch' is dividing east from west

Friday, 10 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Dropping into central Christchurch after a few years was like being dropped into a peculiar sort of war zone.

Editorial: The Cathedral Square deadlock is broken, time for investors to ditch the excuses

Editorial: The Cathedral Square deadlock is broken, time for investors to ditch the excuses

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cathedral Square has an unlikely saviour.

Paraplegic farmer keeps chasing agriculture

Paraplegic farmer keeps chasing agriculture

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 2:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

Council and businesses need to come together to kick-start New Brighton, expert says

Council and businesses need to come together to kick-start New Brighton, expert says

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 2:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

Private businesses and Christchurch City Council both need to buy in to New Brighton's recovery to make it work, a former city councillor says.

Progress at last for Christchurchs lower High St as developers launch heritage rescue

Progress at last for Christchurch's lower High St as developers launch heritage rescue

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 7:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Plans to rescue historic buildings in Christchurch's lower High St should reopen the only block still closed since the 2011 earthquakes.

Crowdfunding campaign launched to raise $60,000 for Christchurchs edible park

Crowdfunding campaign launched to raise $60,000 for Christchurch's 'edible park'

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 6:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

The developer of Christchurch's "edible park" has re-launched a  after the original was put off by the Port Hills fires.

Cathedral Square to get first new office building since earthquakes

Cathedral Square to get first new office building since earthquakes

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 2:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's old BNZ House – six years under demolition – will be replaced by new offices for telecommunications company Spark.

Re:Start landlord makes purchase bid for containers

Re:Start landlord makes purchase bid for containers

Monday, 6 March 2017 8:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

Re:Start's landlord wants to buy the central Christchurch container mall when the trust running it winds up next month.

Who makes a city? Council planners or citizens?

Who makes a city? Council planners or citizens?

Monday, 6 March 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: At some point in the history of city making a shift has taken place where the power, creativity, ideas and connectedness of citizens has been ceded to a group of people who make up local government, and further up the chain the regional or national governments.

Red zone opens to Christchurch children

Red zone opens to Christchurch children

Sunday, 5 March 2017 8:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Thousands of families filled part of the long-neglected Christchurch  to celebrate the city's children on a sun-drenched Sunday.

Christchurchs new justice and emergency precinct delayed

Christchurch's new justice and emergency precinct delayed

Sunday, 5 March 2017 1:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Completion of Christchurch's $300 million Justice and Emergency Services precinct has been delayed for months, with the centre now not expected to open for business until late this year.

Hundreds more office workers join march back to central Christchurch

Hundreds more office workers join march back to central Christchurch

Friday, 3 March 2017 7:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Several hundred office workers are shifting back into central Christchurch over the next few weeks as the reoccupation of the city continues.

$60,000 a steep climb for Christchurch ratepayers?

$60,000 a steep climb for Christchurch ratepayers?

Friday, 3 March 2017 6:44 p.m. by MediaThePress

The coloured rockfaces may not be the only steep part of these two artificial boulders.

Christchurch Public Trust Office heritage building to be restored

Christchurch Public Trust Office heritage building to be restored

Friday, 3 March 2017 12:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch heritage building has been given a new lease on life.

Office worker steals $133k from Christchurch rebuild firm

Office worker steals $133k from Christchurch rebuild firm

Friday, 3 March 2017 12:37 p.m. by MediaHerald

An office worker has today admitted stealing $133,000 from a Christchurch company involved in the city's rebuild.The administrator and receptionist, who has interim name suppression, handled large amounts of cash at the firm.But...

Christchurch Public Trust Office to be restored

Christchurch Public Trust Office to be restored

Friday, 3 March 2017 12:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch heritage building has been given a new lease on life.

Staff member stole $133,000 from Christchurch rebuild firm

Staff member stole $133,000 from Christchurch rebuild firm

Friday, 3 March 2017 11:57 a.m. by MediaThePress

A woman has admitted stealing $133,000 from the Christchurch rebuild firm where she worked.

Staffer stole $133,000 from Christchurch rebuild firm

Staffer stole $133,000 from Christchurch rebuild firm

Friday, 3 March 2017 11:57 a.m. by MediaThePress

A woman has admitted stealing $133,000 from the Christchurch rebuild firm where she worked.

Canterbury children, families suffering during quake recovery, police report says

Canterbury children, families suffering during quake recovery, police report says

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 9:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

The prolonged post-earthquake rebuild is affecting Cantabrians' health and lives, according to a police report.

Spare Christchurch bus interchange land could yield cash for Crown

Spare Christchurch bus interchange land could yield cash for Crown

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 7:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Valuable surplus land at Christchurch's bus interchange could be carved off and developed, but there appears to be no clear plan for its use.

Editorial: Lets get excited about a red-zone rowing lake when it gets a tick

Editorial: Let's get excited about a red-zone rowing lake when it gets a tick

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 3:45 a.m. by MediaThePress

Editorial: The plan to build a lake in Christchurch's residential red zone is in the "home straight" according to its proponents.

Government, city council pledge $6 million to grow resilience in Canterbury

Government, city council pledge $6 million to grow 'resilience' in Canterbury

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 8:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

A $6 million fund to help communities in and around Christchurch recover from the earthquakes has been launched.

Christchurchs Victoria Square closed for a year for earthquake restoration

Christchurch's Victoria Square closed for a year for earthquake restoration

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 9:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

Victoria Square in central Christchurch has closed for a year for a restoration project.

Fences erected on Monday completely block access to the square, including along the Avon River and from the former Crowne Plaza hotel site at Durham and Kilmore streets. 

Work is scheduled to finish in the "first quarter of 2018", a sign states.

For "safety reasons", it will "not be possible to walk through or use the square while work is happening".

New plans submitted for red-zone water facility

New plans submitted for red-zone water facility

Monday, 27 February 2017 8:32 p.m. by MediaStuff

The group behind a proposal to build a new lake in Christchurch's residential red zone has released an indicative design of the flat water facility aimed to transform the city's east.

No urgency from Christchurch City Council to refresh controversial agreement, councillor says tweaks needed

No urgency from Christchurch City Council to refresh controversial agreement, councillor says tweaks needed

Monday, 27 February 2017 7:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch City Council says there is "no urgency" to refresh its controversial cost sharing agreement, despite the arrangement drawing heavy criticism from the mayor.

Mike Yardley: Christchurch street changes making city inaccessible, not accessible

Mike Yardley: Christchurch street changes making city inaccessible, not accessible

Monday, 27 February 2017 8:06 a.m. by MediaThePress

Otakaro's "An Accessible City" project is so painfully slow-going, that a passing glacier could out-pace it.

Christchurchs terraced homes struggling to sell as housing market levels

Christchurch's terraced homes struggling to sell as housing market levels

Sunday, 26 February 2017 9:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

A flat housing market is threatening plans for high-density living in parts of Christchurch.

Churchs $320m empire cant be used for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Church's $320m empire can't be used for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Saturday, 25 February 2017 8:35 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Anglican diocese has a $320 million empire of cash and properties, but it cannot be used to fund the $100m Christ Church Cathedral restoration.

Eyesore sites still blot Christchurch CBD landscape, six years after the earthquake

Eyesore sites still blot Christchurch CBD landscape, six years after the earthquake

Friday, 24 February 2017 10:28 p.m. by MediaThePress

The past six years have seen most central Christchurch buildings repaired, rebuilt, replaced, or at the very leased, tidily demolished.

Is charity the key to a completely rebuilt Christchurch?

Is charity the key to a completely rebuilt Christchurch?

Friday, 24 February 2017 9:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

It is the kind of plan where everybody seems to win.

Southern Response may need millions of dollars more of taxpayer funds

Southern Response may need millions of dollars more of taxpayer funds

Friday, 24 February 2017 8:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response may need millions of dollars more in Government funding after the company updated its budget.

End to Christchurch earthquake rates discounts would cost owners hundreds

End to Christchurch earthquake rates discounts would cost owners hundreds

Friday, 24 February 2017 7:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

A likely end to Christchurch's post-earthquake rates-discount scheme this year would see some homeowners' rates rises jump by more than 50 per cent.

Developer Antony Gough promises October opening for The Terrace

Developer Antony Gough promises October opening for The Terrace

Thursday, 23 February 2017 7:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

Construction of Christchurch's The Terrace development is at full tilt again, and owner Antony Gough says this time there will be no stopping him.

Christchurch earthquake: The brother we will never get to know

Christchurch earthquake: 'The brother we will never get to know'

Thursday, 23 February 2017 4:51 p.m. by MediaHerald

Tessa and Anahera Lancaster will grow up wondering what their big brother would have been like.They never met Baxtor.He was just five months old when he was killed after falling masonry fell on him in his cot during the February...

Barry Soper: Kiwis remember Christchurch earthquake six years on

Barry Soper: Kiwis remember Christchurch earthquake six years on

Thursday, 23 February 2017 1:13 p.m. by MediaHerald

The Americans do memorials better than most, probably because as the world's policemen they have more to remember.The expansive Arlington Cemetery, just across the Potomac River from Washington DC, is the most hallowed ground in...

Tremor of the heart for the lost

'Tremor of the heart' for the lost

Thursday, 23 February 2017 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

A marble memorial wall etched with the names of the 185 people killed in the Christchurch earthquake has been unveiled in front of their families and loved ones on the sixth anniversary of their deaths.The 112-metre-long wall made...

Manslaughter charges the only option in CTV building earthquake case

Manslaughter charges the only option in CTV building earthquake case

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 8:20 p.m. by MediaStuff

Police will only consider manslaughter charges in their investigation of the CTV building collapse.