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More than 700 homeowners drop EQC legal disputes in favour of negotiations

More than 700 homeowners drop EQC legal disputes in favour of negotiations

Friday, 8 February 2019 4:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

Hundreds of homeowners have dropped legal disputes with the Earthquake Commission (EQC), opting instead to restart direct negotiations.

2011 Christchurch earthquakes extreme shaking to be reassessed

2011 Christchurch earthquake's extreme shaking to be reassessed

Friday, 8 February 2019 4:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Extreme shaking in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake may not be as strong as first thought if a re-examination by scientists reveals a similar effect at play as in the 2016 Kaikōura quake.

Insurers must pay owners of award-winning house after disappointing repairs

Insurers must pay owners of award-winning house after disappointing repairs

Friday, 8 February 2019 2:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

Insurer IAG must pay a couple damages for stress and mental anguish after inadequately repairing their quake-damaged award-winning home.

Theatres precious props and costumes rescued from quake-hit Arts Centre

Theatre's precious props and costumes rescued from quake-hit Arts Centre

Thursday, 7 February 2019 6:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

Trapped for eight years since the Canterbury earthquakes and in uncertain condition, the Court Theatre's historic costume and prop collection may see the footlights again.

Countdown supermarket owner Progressive Enterprises wants to build a subdivision in Christchurch

Countdown supermarket owner Progressive Enterprises wants to build a subdivision in Christchurch

Thursday, 7 February 2019 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

A supermarket chain is behind a plan to build a major Christchurch subdivision with 272 new homes, a supermarket, shopping area, parks, pre-school, eateries and a covered swimming pool.

Countdown supermarket owner plans major new subdivision for Christchurch

Countdown supermarket owner plans major new subdivision for Christchurch

Thursday, 7 February 2019 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

A supermarket chain is behind a plan to build a major Christchurch subdivision with 272 new homes, a supermarket, shopping area, parks, pre-school, eateries and a covered swimming pool.

Christchurch stars in podcast warning millions of Californians about earthquakes

Christchurch stars in podcast warning millions of Californians about earthquakes

Thursday, 7 February 2019 4:30 p.m. by MediaStuff

Millions of earthquake-fearing Californians are flocking to a weekly podcast featuring Christchurch and its experiences during the 2010-11 quakes.

Petition launched to get compensation for February 22, 2011 Christchurch earthquake victims

Petition launched to get compensation for February 22, 2011 Christchurch earthquake victims

Tuesday, 5 February 2019 3:59 p.m. by MediaHerald

A petition has been launched to try and get extra compensation for families of victims who died in the Christchurch earthquake. Hana Fisherova has written to MPs urging the Government to help "alleviate the serious financial, physical,...

Motorway traffic hot topic in St Albans News

Motorway traffic hot topic in St Albans News

Tuesday, 5 February 2019 2:24 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

In less than 18 months, traffic will spill off the motorway heading for the city via St Albans, adding to the congestion and making living here less safe, so many people are not filled with joy at this prospect, including …

Heritage Duncans Lane project on lower High St heading for mid-year finish

Heritage Duncan's Lane project on lower High St heading for mid-year finish

Sunday, 3 February 2019 8:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Developers behind the $10 million Duncan's Lane project in central Christchurch have had their heritage grant extended for a year but say the project will be finished this winter.

Restored Christchurch Town Hall auditorium to open for first time in eight years

Restored Christchurch Town Hall auditorium to open for first time in eight years

Sunday, 3 February 2019 12:01 p.m. by MediaThePress

The restored auditorium in the Christchurch Town Hall will open to the public for the first time in eight years on February 23.

Update on EQC’s meeting with Dunedin landslip customers

Update on EQC’s meeting with Dunedin landslip customers

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 3:25 p.m. by GovtEQC

Gough starts work on $15m Terrace parking building

Gough starts work on $15m Terrace parking building

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 5:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Work has started on a $15 million new central Christchurch parking and retail building which will form part of The Terrace development.

Arts Centre of Christchurch restoration is $40m under budget but still faces shortfall

Arts Centre of Christchurch restoration is $40m under budget but still faces shortfall

Monday, 28 January 2019 7:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Restoring the Arts Centre of Christchurch will cost $40 million less than first thought, going against the city's rebuild norm of blown budgets.

Lighthouse project would be a jobs machine, developer says

Lighthouse project would be a 'jobs machine', developer says

Monday, 28 January 2019 3:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

A developer's ambitious plan to establish a major post-graduate study hub in central Christchurch is stalling his purchase of a $30 million site from taxpayers.

Troubled restaurateur Tony Astles new Christchurch bar open

Troubled restaurateur Tony Astle's new Christchurch bar open

Friday, 25 January 2019 8:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch hospitality strip The Terrace has a new addition with the opening of Chiwahwah after nearly a year of delays.

Christchurchs controversial 30kmh central city speed zone expanding

Christchurch's controversial 30kmh central city speed zone expanding

Thursday, 24 January 2019 3:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's central city 30kmh zone is expanding.

Million-dollar Christchurch apartment plans scrapped

Million-dollar Christchurch apartment plans scrapped

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Plans for two new Christchurch apartment towers promising million-dollar homes have been dropped, with a slow market getting the blame.

Fast-tracked business case for the Christchurch stadium wont go to Government until mid-2019

'Fast-tracked' business case for the Christchurch stadium won't go to Government until mid-2019

Sunday, 20 January 2019 8:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

"Fast-tracked" planning for Christchurch's long-awaited multi-use stadium is not expected to go before the Government until the middle of the year.

Fancy plans for Cathedral Square wont take shape for at least a decade

Fancy plans for Cathedral Square won't take shape for at least a decade

Saturday, 19 January 2019 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Bold new designs for Cathedral Square might not become reality for at least a decade.

Regenerate Christchurch restructures, shifts focus to new opportunities

Regenerate Christchurch restructures, shifts focus to new 'opportunities'

Thursday, 17 January 2019 4:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

Regenerate Christchurch has axed 13 positions, replacing them with new roles.

Steel frame coming off Christ Church Cathedral

Steel frame coming off Christ Church Cathedral

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 4:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

The steel frame that has become a fixture in front of Christ Church Cathedral is coming down.

Security firm Thompson & Clark bill for official answer legitimate

Security firm Thompson & Clark bill for official answer legitimate

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 4:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response (SR) says a $2070 payment to security firm Thompson and Clark Investigations (TCIL) for its input into an official release was legitimate.

EQC funds science journalism award

EQC funds science journalism award

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:50 a.m. by GovtEQC

Work under way to rescue heritage facade of wrecked building

Work under way to rescue heritage facade of wrecked building

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 9:46 a.m. by MediaThePress

After nearly eight years of earthquake and weather damage, demolition is under way as part of the rescue of a building named as one of Christchurch's .

Waterfront apartment owners at war over splitting insurance payout

Waterfront apartment owners at war over splitting insurance payout

Saturday, 12 January 2019 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Apartment owners who fought a long insurance battle over their wrecked beachfront homes may be headed to court to resolve a stalemate on splitting the cash.

Call for public event space next to Christchurch convention centre

Call for public event space next to Christchurch convention centre

Friday, 11 January 2019 6:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch convention centre land may used for events while the cathedral rebuild takes over sections of the square.

St Clair homes in Dunedin Update

St Clair homes in Dunedin Update

Friday, 11 January 2019 4:11 p.m. by GovtEQC

Court rules insurer can fill quake-damaged floor instead of replace

Court rules insurer can 'fill' quake-damaged floor instead of replace

Thursday, 10 January 2019 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake-damaged foundations of a home with a "when new" insurance policy can be "jacked and packed" instead of being replaced, a court has ruled.

Court rules insurer can fill quake-damaged foundations instead of replace

Court rules insurer can 'fill' quake-damaged foundations instead of replace

Thursday, 10 January 2019 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake-damaged foundations of a home with a "when new" insurance policy can be "jacked and packed" instead of being replaced, a court has ruled.

To 2019 go the spoils: What is opening this year?

To 2019 go the spoils: What is opening this year?

Saturday, 5 January 2019 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The gaps between developments continue to be filled around Christchurch, slowly bringing a sense of completeness to the rebuild of the earthquake-ravaged CBD.

Govt rejects Christchurch Convention Centre build offer

Govt rejects Christchurch Convention Centre build offer

Friday, 4 January 2019 7:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

A private company's unsolicited proposal to finance construction of Christchurch's new convention centre, in exchange for a 25-year operating lease, was turned down by the Government.

Owner of wrecked mansion still fighting for $5m payout

Owner of wrecked mansion still fighting for $5m payout

Saturday, 29 December 2018 10:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The owner of a Christchurch riverside mansion lost in the earthquakes is fighting his insurer's demand that he buy a $5 million to $6m house before it settles his claim.

Chch bus interchange ownership transfer still pending, costing Govt millions

Chch bus interchange ownership transfer still pending, costing Govt millions

Sunday, 23 December 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Christchurch bus interchange remains in Government hands more than three years after it opened – despite long-held plans to transfer it to city council ownership.

Sustainable apartment plan chosen for Crown-owned Christchurch site

Sustainable apartment plan chosen for Crown-owned Christchurch site

Friday, 21 December 2018 8:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Homeowners could share cars and bikes and co-own energy facilities in a new non-profit housing project announced for central Christchurch.

State Services Commission Inquiry Statement

State Services Commission Inquiry Statement

Monday, 17 December 2018 9:29 p.m. by SouthernResponse

Southern Response accepts the findings of the State Services Commission Inquiry and sincerely apologises to its customers for the inappropriate actions it identified.

Potentially costly class action against Southern Response given go-ahead

Potentially costly class action against Southern Response given go-ahead

Monday, 17 December 2018 5:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

The High Court has given the go-ahead to a class action with the potential to cost Government-owned insurer Southern Response hundreds of millions of dollars.

More congestion as Christchurch faces failing transport system - report

More congestion as Christchurch faces 'failing transport system' - report

Monday, 17 December 2018 12:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's reliance on private cars will result in a "failing transport system".

Glowworms sparkle on a Waitomo rural getaway

Glowworms sparkle on a Waitomo rural getaway

Monday, 17 December 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

For most of us, Waitomo is synonymous with glowworm caves. Beneath the idyllic pastures and green hills of rural Waikato, you'll find a complex and elaborate system of caves and tunnels that have been drawing adventurers and explorers for more than a century.

New hospital road designed for quick drop-offs and pick-ups

New hospital road designed for quick drop-offs and pick-ups

Sunday, 16 December 2018 4:54 p.m. by MediaThePress

People frustrated with driving around Christchurch Hospital can look forward to improvements with the opening of the road outside the outpatients building on Wednesday.

Building stuck in consenting wrangle

Building stuck in consenting wrangle

Sunday, 16 December 2018 1:52 p.m. by MediaThePress

Through blue tinted windows, the six-level building at 230 High Street looks almost ready to open.

Town Hall reopening to be staged as project faces $15m cost blowout

Town Hall reopening to be staged as project faces $15m cost blowout

Friday, 14 December 2018 7:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

The reopening of parts of the Christchurch Town Hall will be delayed as the project to repair it faces a $15 million blowout.

Christchurch City Council looking at car park buildings north of Cathedral Square

Christchurch City Council looking at car park buildings north of Cathedral Square

Friday, 14 December 2018 5:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

Developers are being sought for a new car park building north of Christchurch's Cathedral Square.

Brittens sell quake-damaged Christchurch heritage building

Brittens sell quake-damaged Christchurch heritage building

Friday, 14 December 2018 3:15 p.m. by MediaThePress

A heritage art deco building featured on a list of Christchurch's worst post-quake eyesores is set to be restored.

Clarity for coastal residents wanting to rebuild quake-hit homes

Clarity for coastal residents wanting to rebuild quake-hit homes

Friday, 14 December 2018 2:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Coastal Christchurch residents can rebuild their earthquake-ruined homes after a bureaucratic bungle was overturned.

Earthquake Commission: No agreed claim deal for future disaster

Earthquake Commission: No agreed claim deal for future disaster

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 8:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

New Zealand's natural disaster safety net has no agreement with insurers to receive claims as happened after the Kaikōura quakes, if another major event strikes.

National Geohazards Monitoring Centre is Go

National Geohazards Monitoring Centre is Go

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 4:13 p.m. by GovtEQC

St Asaph St 30kmh proposal going forward despite lack of public support

St Asaph St 30kmh proposal going forward despite lack of public support

Saturday, 8 December 2018 2:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

A speed limit reduction on Christchurch's St Asaph St will be recommended to the council, despite public feedback largely opposing the idea.

Abandoned Christchurch eyesore to be demolished by February

Abandoned Christchurch eyesore to be demolished by February

Friday, 7 December 2018 4:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

It had a brief delay, but the demolition of an abandoned Christchurch hotel once called a "festering cesspit for squatters" is expected to be finished by the end of January.