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Insurers want EQC Act overhaul

Insurers want EQC Act overhaul

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 12:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurers want an overhaul of the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Act to eliminate "inefficiencies, additional costs and delays" before another disaster strikes.

South Frame details and drawings revealed

South Frame details and drawings revealed

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 7:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

New details and images have been released of the South Frame precinct to be built in central Christchurch.

Johnny Moore: Heritage trusts burning through money post-quake

Johnny Moore: Heritage trusts burning through money post-quake

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 5:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: I walk past the old Excelsior Hotel site on my way to work most days. A hotel with a long history in Christchurch, by the time the earthquakes hit it was doing trade as a good ol' pub with pokies, sports on telly and jugs of beer.

EQC budgets $5m for court cases in 2015/16

EQC budgets $5m for court cases in 2015/16

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has budgeted $5 million in the next year to fight frustrated Canterbury homeowners in court.

Cera residential red zone survey insulting

Cera residential red zone survey 'insulting'

Sunday, 8 November 2015 5:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Former Christchurch red zone residents say they feel "insulted" by the lack of promotion of a Government survey about its buy-out process.

Video: The last block from Christchurchs old CBD

Video: The last block from Christchurch's old CBD

Sunday, 8 November 2015 3:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Graffiti has taken over the last recognisable block left of the old Christchurch CBD.

Heritage facade on old Excelsior Hotel will be lost

Heritage facade on old Excelsior Hotel will be lost

Saturday, 7 November 2015 2:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's old Excelsior Hotel is to be rebuilt as a modern building with a replica facade.

Insurance brokers returning to central city

Insurance brokers returning to central city

Friday, 6 November 2015 9:57 p.m. by MediaThePress


Insurance brokers Crombie Lockwood are joining the move back to central Christchurch.

Old Excelsior Hotel will rise again

Old Excelsior Hotel will rise again

Friday, 6 November 2015 8:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's old Excelsior Hotel is to be rebuilt as a modern building with a replica facade.

Topshop confirms new Christchurch store

Topshop confirms new Christchurch store

Friday, 6 November 2015 1:43 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

International fashion retailer Topshop has confirmed a badly-kept secret — that it is coming to Christchurch.

EQCs legal bill continues to rise

EQC's legal bill continues to rise

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 2:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 270 legal cases have been brought against the Earthquake Commission (EQC) since the Canterbury earthquakes.

Big law firm takes space in retail precinct

Big law firm takes space in retail precinct

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 8:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Big Christchurch law firm Cavell Leitch will lease space in the new BNZ Centre going up in central Christchurch.

Govt eyes red zone options to recoup money

Govt eyes red zone options to recoup money

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 5:21 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Government hopes to recoup money from Christchurch's red zone by leasing or selling land for private sector development including tourism businesses and small-scale farming.

Heritage bank building for sale by convention site

Heritage bank building for sale by convention site

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 4:59 p.m. by MediaThePress

The lone heritage building on Christchurch's convention centre block is for sale.

IAG NZ posts hefty loss as quake bill mounts

IAG NZ posts hefty loss as quake bill mounts

Monday, 2 November 2015 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

A major New Zealand insurer has posted a loss of more than half-a-billion-dollars and is blaming the Canterbury earthquakes for the state of its finances.

Gravity effect fills Christchurchs new Innovation Precinct

Gravity effect fills Christchurch's new Innovation Precinct

Saturday, 31 October 2015 5:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

It's considered the star performer of Christchurch's anchor projects.

Catholic Church gets win on 999-year lease compensation claim

Catholic Church gets win on 999-year lease compensation claim

Friday, 30 October 2015 4:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

A High Court decision on insurance paid to Christchurch property developer David Henderson could help the Catholic Church rebuild a cherished chapel.

Survey finds poor satisfaction rate with EQC

Survey finds poor satisfaction rate with EQC

Friday, 30 October 2015 1:43 p.m. by MediaThePress

Less than half of Earthquake Commission (EQC) customers say they are satisfied with how their claims were handled, even though Cantabrians in the home repair programme were excluded from the survey.

Southern Response chairman Ross Butler in new rebuild role

Southern Response chairman Ross Butler in new rebuild role

Friday, 30 October 2015 11:05 a.m. by MediaThePress

The chairman of Government-owned insurer Southern Response will step into a new role overseeing the development of Christchurch's major anchor projects.

EQC cuts estimate of outstanding Canterbury earthquake claims by $500m

EQC cuts estimate of outstanding Canterbury earthquake claims by $500m

Thursday, 29 October 2015 8:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) released more than half a billion dollars  to the Crown after reducing its estimate of the size of Canterbury's earthquake claims.

Canterbury families tell their stories of quake rebuild

Canterbury families tell their stories of quake rebuild

Thursday, 29 October 2015 3:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury journalist Lucinda Diack knew it would be difficult telling the stories of Canterbury families rebuilding both their homes and their lives after the 2010-2011 earthquakes. But she says emotions were always right at the surface as she interviewed the families for a new book.

Quake-hit homeowners face another years wait for liquefaction risk compensation

Quake-hit homeowners face another year's wait for liquefaction risk compensation

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 3:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

Thousands of Canterbury homeowners are facing more than a year's wait to get compensation for increased liquefaction risk on their land.

Expat tales: Why I came to Christchurch to work on the rebuild

Expat tales: Why I came to Christchurch to work on the rebuild

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 11:04 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Buildings have always fascinated me. I can trace this back to my childhood when I would watch my grandfather, who was an architect, at work. He would take me into his office and I would see his drawings being transformed into models and then actual buildings. Having the power to create something beautiful from scratch has always filled me with a sense of awe.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority misses key recovery targets

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority misses key recovery targets

Monday, 26 October 2015 7:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) excels when it comes to meeting softer targets but has failed to meet key recovery milestones, according to its annual scorecard.

Editorial: Private investment soars while Chchs anchor projects stall

Editorial: Private investment soars while Chch's anchor projects stall

Monday, 26 October 2015 5:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

EDITORIAL: Christchurch already feels like a divided city. That disparity will become even worse in the years to come without some action soon on the promised anchor projects.

Future for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority staff unclear

Future for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority staff unclear

Monday, 26 October 2015 11:45 a.m. by MediaThePress

The region's earthquake recovery boss is staying tight-lipped about the futures of hundreds of staff whose employment contracts expire in six months.

Anchor project designations and large land blocks cause values to drop

Anchor project designations and large land blocks cause values to drop

Sunday, 25 October 2015 8:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

The value of central Christchurch property bought by the Crown for major recovery projects has dropped by more than $100 million, Government information has revealed.

Holy Trinity church bells set to ring Lyttelton again

Holy Trinity church bells set to ring Lyttelton again

Sunday, 25 October 2015 5:52 p.m. by MediaStuff

Part of Lyttelton's Holy Trinity church will soon look out over its port town parish once more.

Christchurchs 100-day blueprint took 67 days with only 20-odd days of design

Christchurch's 100-day blueprint took 67 days with only 20-odd days of design

Sunday, 25 October 2015 3:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

The 100-day blueprint that guides the Christchurch rebuild actually took 67 days to produce and "20-something" days of actual design work, an architect involved said.

Christchurchs 100-day blueprint took 67 days with only 20-odd days of design

Christchurch's 100-day blueprint took 67 days with only 20-odd days of design

Sunday, 25 October 2015 3:31 p.m. by MediaStuff

The 100-day blueprint that guides the Christchurch rebuild actually took 67 days to produce and "20-something" days of actual design work, an architect involved said.

Future for Cera staff unclear

Future for Cera staff unclear

Sunday, 25 October 2015 3:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

The region's earthquake recovery boss is staying tight-lipped about the futures of hundreds of staff whose employment contracts expire in six months.

15,000 workers will support central Christchurch retail precinct

15,000 workers will support central Christchurch retail precinct

Saturday, 24 October 2015 11:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

Up to 15,000 office workers will be powering central Christchurch's new retail precinct by the time it is fully open.

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel wants quake powers used for city centre homes

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel wants quake powers used for city centre homes

Friday, 23 October 2015 4:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's mayor hopes the city's new rebuild agency can use its powers to catalyse residential development within the four avenues.

Govt not ruling out dropping Christchurch convention centre negotiations

Govt not ruling out dropping Christchurch convention centre negotiations

Friday, 23 October 2015 12:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury's recovery boss says the Crown "can never say never" to pulling out of convention centre negotiations, but refuses to say more about the project.

Gerry Brownlee retains power in Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill

Gerry Brownlee retains power in Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill

Friday, 23 October 2015 10:53 a.m. by MediaThePress

Gerry Brownlee will retain most of the power under new legislation governing the next five years of Canterbury's earthquake recovery.

Christchurch quake and flood-hit residents Tower insurance nightmare

Christchurch quake and flood-hit residents' Tower insurance nightmare

Thursday, 22 October 2015 7:46 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Being forced out of their quake-damaged home when it flooded with sewage was the last straw for Gaye and Daryl Urlwin.

Partial demolition under way of Christchurch Town Hall

Partial demolition under way of Christchurch Town Hall

Thursday, 22 October 2015 7:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

Demolition of the Christchurch Town Hall's eastern function rooms gets under way as part of the facility's $127.5 million restoration.

Heritage former bank site sells

Heritage former bank site sells

Thursday, 22 October 2015 12:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

The cleared site of Christchurch's old ANZ bank chambers has been sold at auction.

Government releases final transition recovery plan for Christchurch

Government releases final transition recovery plan for Christchurch

Thursday, 22 October 2015 11:54 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Government will bow out of Christchurch by 2021 under its finalised transition recovery plan.

Heritage former bank site for sale

Heritage former bank site for sale

Thursday, 22 October 2015 8:47 a.m. by MediaThePress

The cleared site of Christchurch's old ANZ bank chambers has been sold at auction.

Christmas 2016 milestone for Christchurchs inner city retail

Christmas 2016 milestone for Christchurch's inner city retail

Thursday, 22 October 2015 8:41 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christmas next year looks set to be a milestone for Christchurch's new retail precinct as construction projects take shape.

Cathedral parties keeping quiet on Govt appointed consultant

Cathedral parties keeping quiet on Govt appointed consultant

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 11:19 a.m. by MediaThePress

The parties tied up in the deadlock over the future of Christ Church Cathedral have been sworn to secrecy about the work being done by a Government-appointed consultant.

More than 6500 homes need fix after faulty EQC repairs

More than 6500 homes need fix after faulty EQC repairs

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 6:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 6500 homes could need remedial work to fix shoddy Earthquake Commission (EQC) repairs.

Top EQC manager Gail Kettle resigns

Top EQC manager Gail Kettle resigns

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 4:27 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

One of the Earthquake Commission's (EQC) top bosses has resigned, only one month after her daughter also quit the organisation.

EQC walks off repairs because of frustrated vulnerable homeowners

EQC walks off repairs because of 'frustrated' vulnerable homeowners

Sunday, 18 October 2015 7:35 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is walking off repair sites after "highly vulnerable" homeowners become argumentative, an assistance service says.

Oamaru woman reunited with fingers 80 years after death

Oamaru woman reunited with fingers 80 years after death

Saturday, 17 October 2015 6:18 p.m. by MediaStuff

An Oamaru woman has been reunited with her fingers - more than 80 years after her death.

Megan Woods in new role as Labour eyes up Canterbury votes

Megan Woods in new role as Labour eyes up Canterbury votes

Friday, 16 October 2015 5:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Megan Woods will be the new face of Labour in Canterbury as the country's largest opposition party looks to make a comeback in the region.

CCHL prepares to help council raise $400m plus

CCHL prepares to help council raise $400m plus

Friday, 16 October 2015 8:25 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch City Council's trading companies, already delivering strong dividends to their owner, are on track to deliver $400 million over two years.

Christchurchs Miro luxury apartment plan founders

Christchurch's Miro luxury apartment plan founders

Thursday, 15 October 2015 7:30 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Plans to build the plushest apartments in the Christchurch rebuild have collapsed and the site will be sold by a mortgagee.

Christchurch housing stock will match demand in 18 months, report suggests

Christchurch housing stock will match demand in 18 months, report suggests

Thursday, 15 October 2015 7:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch has replaced the number of homes it lost in the earthquakes and may have all the houses it needs within 18 months.

Stay of execution for temporary villages

Stay of execution for temporary villages

Thursday, 15 October 2015 3:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Two of the temporary housing villages in Christchurch will stay open an extra 14 while Kaiapoi's village will close in April next year as planned.

Cantabrians drop, cover, hold for ShakeOut quake drill

Cantabrians drop, cover, hold for ShakeOut quake drill

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

More than 77,000 Cantabrians have have taken part in a nationwide earthquake drill.