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Canterburys bloody problem: Hundreds of building-related firms failing

Canterbury's 'bloody problem': Hundreds of building-related firms failing

Sunday, 28 August 2016 6:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 60 construction-related Christchurch companies have been liquidated this year, owing creditors an estimated $40 million.

Former IRD building to be repaired for office or educational use

Former IRD building to be repaired for office or educational use

Sunday, 28 August 2016 12:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

The former Inland Revenue building in central Christchurch will likely be repaired and used as office space or "education use".

Johnny Moore: Christchurch risks becoming a beige dystopia

Johnny Moore: Christchurch risks becoming a 'beige dystopia'

Thursday, 25 August 2016 9:33 a.m. by MediaThePress

Are we rebuilding the city centre we dreamed of?

High Court denies uninsured Quake Outcasts appeal

High Court denies uninsured Quake Outcasts' appeal

Monday, 22 August 2016 8:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

A group of uninsured Christchurch homeowners has lost an appeal for more compensation after claiming a Government offer was unlawful.

Private insurers urged Government not to publish booklet for Canterbury homeowners

Private insurers urged Government not to publish booklet for Canterbury homeowners

Sunday, 21 August 2016 7:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

Private insurers pressured the Government not to publish a booklet guiding Canterbury homeowners through the cash settlement process.

Government close to securing land needed for Christchurchs Performing Arts Precinct

Government close to securing land needed for Christchurch's Performing Arts Precinct

Sunday, 21 August 2016 4:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government is close to purchasing all the land required for a proposed Performing Arts Precinct in central Christchurch.

Government close to buying last two sites for Christchurchs Performing Arts Precinct

Government close to buying last two sites for Christchurch's Performing Arts Precinct

Sunday, 21 August 2016 4:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government is close to purchasing all the land required for a proposed Performing Arts Precinct in central Christchurch.

Christchurch building firm H&R Garlick folds after 20 years in business

Christchurch building firm H&R Garlick folds after 20 years in business

Friday, 19 August 2016 7:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

The family-owned Christchurch building company behind the Re:Start Mall fit-out has collapsed, with creditors left $1.5 million out of pocket.

Cave Rock apartment owners will not accept full and final settlement offer from IAG

Cave Rock apartment owners will not accept 'full and final' settlement offer from IAG

Thursday, 18 August 2016 6:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owners of Christchurch's Cave Rock Apartments have rejected a multimillion-dollar settlement offer from their insurer.

Parting the Avon River for the citys waste

Parting the Avon River for the city's waste

Thursday, 18 August 2016 6:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

Repairs to one of Christchurch's largest sewer lines involves a complex, almost biblical task: parting the Avon River.

Old and new in Rutherfords Den restoration

Old and new in Rutherford's Den restoration

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 6:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Rutherford's Den is making a 21st century comeback.

Crown company Otakaro Ltd not a public office

Crown company Otakaro Ltd not a 'public office'

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 2:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new Crown company doesn't have to abide by public record-keeping standards, despite being in charge of millions of dollars of taxpayers' money.

Canterbury IAG employee calls quake claimants stingy, insurer says comment was inappropriate

Canterbury IAG employee calls quake claimants 'stingy', insurer says comment was inappropriate

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 1:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

An IAG staffer made inappropriate public comments and should have been more transparent when taking aim at a claimant, her employer says.

Big retaining wall job starts above Christchurch suburb of Sumner

Big retaining wall job starts above Christchurch suburb of Sumner

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:01 a.m. by MediaThePress

Preliminary work is under way for the rebuild of a 62-metre long earthquake-damaged retaining wall at the top of Christchurch's Evans Pass.

Canterbury IAG employee needed to be more transparent, made inappropriate comment

Canterbury IAG employee needed to be more transparent, made inappropriate comment

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 8:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

An IAG staffer made inappropriate public comments and should have been more transparent when taking aim at a claimant, her employer says.

Christchurch City Council looks at more cost effective ways to repair Old Municipal Chambers

Christchurch City Council looks at more 'cost effective' ways to repair Old Municipal Chambers

Sunday, 14 August 2016 6:24 p.m. by MediaThePress

Options to repair Christchurch's Old Municipal Chambers have proven too costly, prompting the city council to explore new strategies.

Elderly Christchurch woman faces mammoth wait for second time repairs, despite being a priority

Elderly Christchurch woman faces mammoth wait for second time repairs, despite being a 'priority'

Sunday, 14 August 2016 4:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

An elderly Earthquake Commission (EQC) customer has waited months for the insurer to fix botched repairs to her house, even after being classified a "highest priority" customer in March.

Red zone conversations on the horizon for Christchurch

Red zone 'conversations' on the horizon for Christchurch

Sunday, 14 August 2016 2:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's new recovery agency wants to start putting plans in place for the city's residential red zone by the end of the year.

Nationwide building boom creating next leaky buildings crisis

Nationwide building boom creating next leaky buildings crisis

Sunday, 14 August 2016 12:43 p.m. by MediaStuff

The nationwide building boom is plastering over the cracks of the next leaky homes crisis.

Seven elderly residents at Sumner apartments died waiting for settlement

Seven elderly residents at Sumner apartments died waiting for settlement

Friday, 12 August 2016 6:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than half the elderly residents forced from Christchurch's Cave Rock Apartments will never return home.

Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers wants more action on Kaiapoi red zone

Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers wants more action on Kaiapoi red zone

Friday, 12 August 2016 4:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

Waimakariri's mayor has called for less talk and more action on getting community amenities into Kaiapoi's red zoned land.

Avonside family home one of the last for demolition on Christchurchs flat land red zone

Avonside family home one of the last for demolition on Christchurch's flat land red zone

Friday, 12 August 2016 4:42 p.m. by MediaStuff

Cathy Allen spent her childhood in the double-storey timber house at 452 Avonside Drive. Years later, she and husband Chris raised their own family there.

Roger Sutton very happy to join Anglican church board

Roger Sutton 'very happy' to join Anglican church board

Friday, 12 August 2016 3:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Two Christchurch church property teams have made prominent appointments as their earthquake-damaged cathedrals sit in ruins.

No plan for second-time quake repairs, Labours Megan Woods says

No plan for second-time quake repairs, Labour's Megan Woods says

Friday, 12 August 2016 2:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has not decided how to deal with the thousands of Canterbury homes needing remedial earthquake repairs.

Petition calling for EQC inquiry considered by select committee

Petition calling for EQC inquiry considered by select committee

Friday, 12 August 2016 2:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

An inquiry into defective Earthquake Commission (EQC) repairs appears to be a step closer, after a petition protesting substandard work was referred to a parliamentary committee.

No plan for remedial repairs - Labours Megan Woods says

No plan for remedial repairs - Labour's Megan Woods says

Friday, 12 August 2016 1:37 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has not decided how to deal with the thousands of Canterbury homes needing remedial earthquake repairs.

Earthquake Commission pulls back from Christchurch

Earthquake Commission pulls back from Christchurch

Friday, 12 August 2016 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

With post-Canterbury earthquake work wrapping up, the Earthquake Commission (EQC) is letting go of hundreds of staff in a restructuring programme. The Commission is now discussing its plans with staff, with the aim of reducing its...

Churches make high-profile appointments as cathedrals sit broken

Churches make high-profile appointments as cathedrals sit broken

Thursday, 11 August 2016 6:17 p.m. by MediaThePress

Two Christchurch church property teams have made prominent appointments as their earthquake-damaged cathedrals sit in ruins.

Developers close to resolution over High St legal challenge

Developers close to resolution over High St legal challenge

Thursday, 11 August 2016 1:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The developer of Christchurch's McKenzie and Willis site is hopeful of a "quick" out of court resolution, after a group of influential rebuild figures launched legal proceedings against the project.

$3m replica facade for historic central Christchurch building

$3m replica facade for historic central Christchurch building

Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

The rebuild of the historic Mayfair building in Christchurch's Cathedral Junction will be finished by Christmas.

Science Alive! chief executive Neville Petrie resigns

Science Alive! chief executive Neville Petrie resigns

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 6:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Science Alive! has lost its chief executive, who says it has been a massive challenge to keep the organisation running.

Christchurch the costliest city for home building

Christchurch the costliest city for home building

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 5:26 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch has the highest house building costs in the country and prices look unlikely to fall soon.

EQC announces major downsizing despite thousands of second-time repairs

EQC announces major downsizing despite thousands of second-time repairs

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 4:35 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will slash hundreds of jobs next year, despite having thousands of second-time repairs on its books.

New Plymouth construction firm reaches 100 year milestone

New Plymouth construction firm reaches 100 year milestone

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 4:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

The company that built a number of New Plymouth icons such as the Len Lye centre and Puke Ariki has turned 100.

House building costs jump 20 per cent

House building costs jump 20 per cent

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:16 a.m. by MediaThePress

The cost of building a home in New Zealand's main cities has risen by 20 per cent since the Canterbury earthquakes.

High-profile Christchurch developers spoke out against sale of Crowns High St property to rival

High-profile Christchurch developers spoke out against sale of Crown's High St property to rival

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 7:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Powerful city developers launched a behind-the-scenes letter-writing campaign in a bid to stop the sale of a group of historic Christchurch buildings to a rival developer.

Christchurch City Council prompted to redesign Mona Vale rose wall

Christchurch City Council prompted to redesign Mona Vale rose wall

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

A replacement brick rose wall at Christchurch's Mona Vale is being redesigned after it was discovered roses would not survive growing next to it.

Multimillion-dollar dispute in Christchurch over Sumner apartments ongoing

Multimillion-dollar dispute in Christchurch over Sumner apartments ongoing

Monday, 8 August 2016 9:39 p.m. by MediaThePress

A decision on whether a dispute over Sumner's Cave Rock Apartments will be resolved in the courtroom is expected by the end of the month.

Multimillion-dollar dispute over Sumner apartments ongoing

Multimillion-dollar dispute over Sumner apartments ongoing

Monday, 8 August 2016 7:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

A decision on whether a dispute over Sumner's Cave Rock Apartments will be resolved in the courtroom is expected by the end of the month.

No minimum qualification required for EQC assessors, despite criticism of work

No minimum qualification required for EQC assessors, despite criticism of work

Monday, 8 August 2016 5:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

No minimum qualification is required to become an Earthquake Commission (EQC) assessor, despite heavy criticism of the work completed by the insurer since the Canterbury earthquakes.

Celebrated filmmaker Gerard Smyth directs interactive series on Christchurchs future

Celebrated filmmaker Gerard Smyth directs interactive series on Christchurch's future

Friday, 5 August 2016 12:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

A major new series on Christchurch by celebrated filmmaker Gerard Smyth will give the public a chance to debate the city's future.

Restored McKenzie and Willis facade has been unveiled in central Christchurch

Restored McKenzie and Willis facade has been unveiled in central Christchurch

Friday, 5 August 2016 10:08 a.m. by MediaThePress

The scaffolding is down the McKenzie and Willis facade is back on the central Christchurch landscape.

Restored McKenzie and Willis facade unveiled in central Christchurch

Restored McKenzie and Willis facade unveiled in central Christchurch

Friday, 5 August 2016 10:08 a.m. by MediaThePress

The scaffolding is down and the McKenzie and Willis facade is back on the central Christchurch landscape.

Town Hall miracle: Christchurchs iconic building will breathe again

Town Hall miracle: Christchurch's iconic building will breathe again

Thursday, 4 August 2016 1:49 p.m. by MediaHerald

Within the heart of the Town Hall - the auditorium - there is a "performance of a different kind" underway.A symphony of noise emanates from workers and machines painstakingly putting back together one of the great symbols of the...

Ceres New Zealand takes IAG insurance to court over Peterborough Apartments

Ceres New Zealand takes IAG insurance to court over Peterborough Apartments

Thursday, 4 August 2016 12:24 p.m. by MediaHerald

A rebuild firm that is trying to repair and restore the historic Peterborough Apartments has taken its insurance company to court.Ceres New Zealand bought the category two heritage building in December 2012 to save it from demolition,...

Rent free office space being offered in Christchurch

Rent free office space being offered in Christchurch

Thursday, 4 August 2016 11:42 a.m. by MediaHerald

Commercial leasing agencies are seeing more incentives creeping into the market to bring tenants back into the central city.Landlords are willing to offer office space to the right tenants rent-free for a period, or contribute to...

Crime climbing during Canterbury rebuild

Crime climbing during Canterbury rebuild

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 9:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

An "underbelly" of rebuild-related crime has helped drive a major increase in robberies and other offences in Canterbury over the past year, the region's top cop says.

Green and cost effective plan for Waimakariri red zone

Green and cost effective plan for Waimakariri red zone

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 9:49 a.m. by MediaThePress

Edible gardens, a BMX track and a dog park are among the ideas laid out for large areas of earthquake-damaged land in the Waimakariri district.

Noel Leeming joins Brother in return to central Christchurch

Noel Leeming joins Brother in return to central Christchurch

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 7:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Noel Leeming and Brother International are the latest retailers to reopen central Christchurch flagship stores.

EQC hires engineering students help re-inspect Christchurch homes

EQC hires engineering students help re-inspect Christchurch homes

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 2:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) hired engineering students over summer to help clear its backlog of re-inspections.

Insurers unable to say when liability from Canterbury earthquakes will be known

Insurers unable to say when liability from Canterbury earthquakes will be known

Monday, 1 August 2016 8:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

Private insurers have no idea when their total liability from the Canterbury earthquakes will be known, the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) says.

Husband of woman killed in CTV building collapse wants closure

Husband of woman killed in CTV building collapse wants closure

Monday, 1 August 2016 1:44 p.m. by MediaStuff

A man whose wife was killed in the CTV building collapse hopes an investigation into the site's foundations will finally bring justice to those responsible.

Engineers and soil specialists begin examination of CTV site

Engineers and soil specialists begin examination of CTV site

Monday, 1 August 2016 12:56 p.m. by MediaStuff

Engineers and soil specialists have begun examining the foundations of the building that killed 115 people during Christchurch's February 2011 earthquake.

Bravery medal for doctor who risked his life

Bravery medal for doctor who risked his life

Monday, 1 August 2016 11:33 a.m. by MediaStuff

A doctor who crawled through a smoke-filled tunnel to help those trapped in Christchurch's CTV building never met his fellow rescuers again, despite forming an intense bond on the day.

Christchurchs South Library will cost more to fix than it did to build

Christchurch's South Library will cost more to fix than it did to build

Sunday, 31 July 2016 4:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

Repairing Christchurch's earthquake-damaged South Library will cost at least 43 per cent more than its original build price.