Lumley Insurance says it is expanding its Christchurch response unit to provide a faster resolution to all earthquake claims.
Mayor Bob Parker says he will ''shift heaven and earth'' to take a Lyttelton couple's proposed home rebuild design through the consent process ''in a timely way''.
Kiel Johnson is an American artist who can create anything out of cardboard.
New Zealand's insurance industry slumped into a deficit of $2.17 billion in the 2011 financial year after the Christchurch earthquakes saw expenses rocket by 83 per cent to $2.57b.
Earthquake damage has already forced the closure of two Christchurch City Council-owned social housing complexes and more than 600 blocks are still waiting on engineering evaluations.
A coastal walkway from Mt Pleasant to Sumner would regenerate the earthquake-hit suburbs, the community group behind the project says.
Christchurch International Airport has welcomed a new "open skies" policy from the Government, allowing foreign airlines easy access.
Popular community facilities closed because of quake damage will be targeted first for repairs under a Christchurch City Council action plan aimed at restoring community life to normal.
Asbestos has halted the demolition of an earthquake-damaged office building in central Christchurch.
A plan to combine Christchurch people's desire for green transport with the sporadic rebirth of the city is being pushed by a young Canterbury entrepreneur.
New Zealand's second-largest insurer, Vero, says it may soon be willing to insure more buildings in Christchurch.
Construction of a $40 million restaurant and bar precinct to replace the Oxford Tce Strip could begin next year.
Landowners unwilling to negotiate with the Government on central Christchurch blueprint buyouts will be told, "This is the offer, have a nice day", the earthquake recovery boss says.
In a "big step forward" for business owners, cordons around the central city red zone are set to further reduce.
Steps are being taken to ensure red tape does not hold up Christchurch's rebuild as the number of building consents being lodged with the city council steadily rises.
A new women's shopping channel is giving $180,000 worth of free airtime to 30 quake-hit Canterbury businesses to help boost their profile after a difficult two years.
After battling a strike, arson, aftershocks and insurance hassles, two property owners have accepted that the central Christchurch blueprint has ended their 18-month fight to rebuild.
The owners of the only Christchurch land to be rezoned from red to green say they were determined to "fight it out" to rebuild on the site.
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