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EQC sued 263 times by Canterbury homeowners since 2010 earthquake

EQC sued 263 times by Canterbury homeowners since 2010 earthquake

Sunday, 4 September 2016 8:10 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has incurred $31 million in legal costs over the last six years, with the natural disaster insurer forced to fight 263 High Court proceedings since Canterbury's earthquakes.

Steel mesh in some homes could be non-compliant

Steel mesh in some homes could be non-compliant

Sunday, 4 September 2016 12:31 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Thousands of homes built in the Waikato since 2012 may have steel mesh in their concrete slab foundations that doesn't meet the building code.

Housing provider set to use shipping containers for emergency housing

Housing provider set to use shipping containers for emergency housing

Saturday, 3 September 2016 11:39 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

A shipping container company has a solution to Auckland's homeless crisis: modified containers with beds, bathrooms and heating.

New Brighton: Power to the People

New Brighton: Power to the People

Saturday, 3 September 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

OPINION: 

Opinion: Spirited and rambunctious New Brightonites key to its recovery

Opinion: 'Spirited and rambunctious' New Brightonites key to its recovery

Saturday, 3 September 2016 6:18 p.m. by MediaThePress

It was 2011 and the first day of my new job in New Brighton. Having spent most of my 20s overseas I had just arrived back to my hometown of Christchurch, inspired to be a part of the recovery. I found a park for my car near New Brighton Mall but it was a tight one. As I attempted to back in, two different people stopped and directed my course – smiling and waving me in. It was a wonderful welcome and a sign of how I would come to know the area.

New Brighton Pier work to begin soon

New Brighton Pier work to begin soon

Friday, 2 September 2016 5:46 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Time is running out for construction companies eager to repair Christchurch's New Brighton Pier.

Minister Gerry Brownlee concerned and annoyed by EQC blunder

Minister Gerry Brownlee concerned and annoyed by EQC blunder

Friday, 2 September 2016 5:17 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Gerry Brownlee has been left "annoyed" after the Earthquake Commission (EQC) failed to pick up 2200 extra requests to re-repair damaged Christchurch properties.

Exciting time for events in post-earthquake Christchurch

'Exciting time' for events in post-earthquake Christchurch

Friday, 2 September 2016 3:14 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

EQC discover extra 2200 remedial requests following internal review

EQC discover extra 2200 remedial requests following internal review

Friday, 2 September 2016 1:29 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

The Earthquake Commission has 2200 more botched repairs to sort out than it thought, after its reporting failed to pick up the extra work.

Earthquake Commission downplays error

Earthquake Commission downplays error

Friday, 2 September 2016 11:35 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

The Earthquake Commission is downplaying an administration discrepancy which saw it fail to keep track of more than 2000 "remedial requests" - calls from claimants who have had work done that they were not satisfied with.An internal...

Controversial Manchester St bus super stop to go ahead

Controversial Manchester St bus super stop to go ahead

Thursday, 1 September 2016 3:02 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A controversial bus super stop on Christchurch's Manchester St is likely to go ahead after being moved and downsized.

Mayor buys first undies in four years as Rangiora Farmers reopens

Mayor buys first undies in four years as Rangiora Farmers reopens

Thursday, 1 September 2016 10:26 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

It's been four years since David Ayers bought a pair of new undies.

Otakaro boss Albert Brantley could earn $100,000 in addition to base salary

Otakaro boss Albert Brantley could earn $100,000 in addition to base salary

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 8:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

The man in charge of delivering Christchurch's anchor projects stands to make an extra $100,000 on top of his base salary, which could see his pay packet top $550,000 annually.

Developer Antony Gough hoping for settlement to High St stoush within a week

Developer Antony Gough hoping for settlement to High St stoush within a week

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 5:59 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A Christchurch property developer involved in a High Court stoush over a $50 million development is hopeful a settlement can be reached within the next week.

Edmonds band rotunda rebuild to cost $1.2m

Edmonds band rotunda rebuild to cost $1.2m

Monday, 29 August 2016 3:38 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

A $1.2 million restoration of Christchurch's Edmonds band rotunda could see it returned to its former glory.

Canterbury tops housing consents per capita

Canterbury tops housing consents per capita

Monday, 29 August 2016 12:37 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Canterbury's housing market is still in a post-earthquake boom, with consents outstripping the rest of the country.

Christchurch Dilemmas: The citys housing woes

Christchurch Dilemmas: The city's housing woes

Monday, 29 August 2016 8:03 a.m. by MediaThePress Popular

Property chief shocked by Canterbury building liquidations

Property chief shocked by Canterbury building liquidations

Monday, 29 August 2016 7:40 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

A Christchurch-based property chief expressed shock at the scale of Canterbury building company liquidations but says it shows problems with the sector.John Hare, chief executive of Holmes Group and the former principal engineering...

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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

Christchurch Dilemmas: How to rebuild the citys heart

Christchurch Dilemmas: How to rebuild the city's heart

Sunday, 21 August 2016 6:32 p.m. by MediaThePress Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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

Christchurch Dilemmas: Christchurchs mental health crisis

Christchurch Dilemmas: Christchurch's mental health crisis

Monday, 15 August 2016 7:56 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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 Popular

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.