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Owners claim luxury pad flooded, insurer making factually incorrect statements

Owners claim luxury pad flooded, insurer making 'factually incorrect' statements

Friday, 22 July 2016 8:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

An $8.5 million insurance spat over a luxury Christchurch mansion is destined for the courtroom.

GeoNet turns 15 - what have we learned about earthquakes in that time?

GeoNet turns 15 - what have we learned about earthquakes in that time?

Friday, 22 July 2016 5:38 p.m. by MediaStuff

On February 22, 2011, the earth broke, ripping apart lives and wreaking havoc on Christchurch.

Green dreams for Christchurchs red zone

Green dreams for Christchurch's red zone

Friday, 22 July 2016 5:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

We are in familiar territory again – scribbling dreams of future Christchurch on bright Post-it notes and sticking them to the wall.

Christchurch needs to fight for slice of NZs tourism boom

Christchurch needs to 'fight' for slice of NZ's tourism boom

Friday, 22 July 2016 4:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch needs to become an "edgy 21st century city" if it stands a chance of attracting its share of New Zealand's tourism boom, the city council says.

Working group costs taxpayers thousands while Christ Church Cathedral decays

Working group costs taxpayers thousands while Christ Church Cathedral decays

Friday, 22 July 2016 2:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Taxpayers will stump up about $50,000 for the working party considering the fate of the derelict Christ Church Cathedral.

Older Christchurch homes with rubble foundations at risk, EQC Fix group says

Older Christchurch homes with rubble foundations at risk, EQC Fix group says

Friday, 22 July 2016 11:01 a.m. by MediaThePress

Rob Doney​ was looking forward to selling his ex-wife's rental property and moving on.

Unexpected message found in Christchurchs Sign of the Kiwi during repairs

Unexpected message found in Christchurch's Sign of the Kiwi during repairs

Friday, 22 July 2016 6:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

A group of contractors repairing the roof of Christchurch's historic Sign of the Kiwi building discovered a hidden message.

SCIRT roadworks in St Albans

SCIRT roadworks in St Albans

Thursday, 21 July 2016 8:03 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The intersection of Westminister St, Roosevelt St and Courtenay St is closed while an intersection upgrade is carried out, including removal of the roundabout. Please use Cranford St, Innes Rd and Rutland St to detour around the worksite. Warrington St …

How not to Repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD- now its road works time -CCC & Fulton Hogan

How not to Repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD- now its road works time -CCC & Fulton Hogan

Thursday, 21 July 2016 4:28 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Just when a retail colleague and I were jointly preparing to open up our temporary retail pop-up shop,  to quit some stock before Christmas, the Christchurch City Council and Fulton Hogan Contractors decide to dig up our intersection on the corner of High/St Asaph and Madras Street.   Fine and dandy.

LYTTELTON MUSEUM MOVES AHEAD WITH PLANS TO REBUILD

LYTTELTON MUSEUM MOVES AHEAD WITH PLANS TO REBUILD

Thursday, 21 July 2016 1:47 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Members of the Lyttelton Historical Museum Society have voted to proceed with plans to acquire the former Council Service Centre site on London Street in Lyttelton, for the purposes of building a new museum. The decision was taken at the Society’s Annual General Meeting, held on Sunday, 10 July.

Support agencies for customers

Support agencies for customers

Thursday, 21 July 2016 10:52 a.m. by GovtEQC

ILV community meetings on...

ILV community meetings on...

Thursday, 21 July 2016 10:47 a.m. by GovtEQC

EQC awarded costs from Action Group

EQC awarded costs from Action Group

Thursday, 21 July 2016 10:43 a.m. by GovtEQC Popular

February 2016 earthquake response

February 2016 earthquake response

Thursday, 21 July 2016 10:39 a.m. by GovtEQC

Marking GeoNet’s 15th birthday

Marking GeoNet’s 15th birthday

Thursday, 21 July 2016 10:33 a.m. by GovtEQC

Site blessing and ground breaking for Christchurch Outpatients Building

Site blessing and ground breaking for Christchurch Outpatients Building

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:43 p.m. by GovtDHB Popular

Canterbury District Health Board Chair, Murray Cleverley, and the Christchurch Hospital chaplains led a site blessing and ground breaking ceremony this morning, (Monday, 18 July) on the site of the new Christchurch Outpatients building.

Keep health care services at PMH

Keep health care services at PMH

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:37 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Christchurch hotel opens its doors to humans and pets

Christchurch hotel opens its doors to humans and pets

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:33 p.m. by PRNews

 

Rydges Hotel to be repaired, ex-staff may be rehired

Rydges Hotel to be repaired, ex-staff may be rehired

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 9:37 a.m. by MediaThePress

The earthquake-damaged Rydges Hotel in central Christchurch will be fixed and former staff may be called back to work there again when it reopens.

New plan offers few changes to Victoria Square, after earlier revamp rubbished

New plan offers few changes to Victoria Square, after earlier revamp rubbished

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 8:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

Few changes will be made to Christchurch's Victoria Square after a proposed $7 million makeover of the site drew the ire of the public.

Top Canterbury designs shortlisted for architecture awards

Top Canterbury designs shortlisted for architecture awards

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 5:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

One in four of the projects shortlisted for the New Zealand Architecture Awards were built in Canterbury.

Spark plans new central Christchurch building for up to 700 staff

Spark plans new central Christchurch building for up to 700 staff

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 3:51 p.m. by MediaThePress

Telecommunications company Spark will bring up to 700 staff back into central Christchurch in another major boost for the CBD.

Developed Design for Victoria Square Restoration Released

Developed Design for Victoria Square Restoration Released

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 1:23 p.m. by GOVTOtakaroltd Featured Popular

The people of Christchurch can now see how Victoria Square will be restored with Ōtākaro Limited today releasing the developed design.

Could Dunedin be hit by a large, local earthquake?

Could Dunedin be hit by a large, local earthquake?

Monday, 18 July 2016 12:48 p.m. by GovtEQC

Over 2818kg of hazardous materials found on Christchurch Port Hills red zone property

Over 2818kg of hazardous materials found on Christchurch Port Hills red zone property

Monday, 18 July 2016 11:38 a.m. by MediaThePress

Auditors have discovered 2818 kilograms of toxic materials on a property in Christchurch's Horotane Valley, including caustic soda, paint, and agrichemicals such as the banned pesticide DDT.

Christchurch earthquake study rebuffs lost opportunity

Christchurch earthquake study rebuffs 'lost opportunity'

Monday, 18 July 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

At least four research applications related to suicide and the Christchurch earthquakes were declined funding over the past five years.These rejected research proposals were a lost opportunity for New Zealand and the world, experts...

Mainly Music for preschoolers

Mainly Music for preschoolers

Sunday, 17 July 2016 11:49 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Mainly music is a fun, interactive music session for pre-schoolers (0 – 5 years) and their parents/ caregivers, followed by morning tea and time to socialise and play. It’s a great way to have fun with your child and get …

One of Christchurchs Sol Square buildings demolished after arson attack

One of Christchurch's Sol Square buildings demolished after arson attack

Saturday, 16 July 2016 5:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

It was the end of an era in Christchurch on Saturday as one of Sol Square's main buildings was torn down after being ravaged by fire.

Nimby stoush over High St undermines self-reliance

Nimby stoush over High St undermines self-reliance

Saturday, 16 July 2016 12:47 p.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Nimbyism (not in my backyard) is slowly distorting our basic societal values for the worse, eroding our community-centred can-do attitude.

Public Trust Office building faces demolition after removal from heritage list

Public Trust Office building faces demolition after removal from heritage list

Friday, 15 July 2016 7:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's old Public Trust office is one step closer to being demolished, after its owner successfully applied to have the building's heritage status removed.

Evan Smith cant find the words to thank son for life-saving liver gift

Evan Smith can't find the words to thank son for life-saving liver gift

Friday, 15 July 2016 1:22 p.m. by MediaStuff

Over the five years since the Christchurch earthquakes, Evan Smith has fought two very different battles.

Bastille Day At The Farmers Market

Bastille Day At The Farmers Market

Friday, 15 July 2016 11:38 a.m. by MtPleasantCC

Mt Pleasant Farmers Market is awash with red, white and blue this coming Saturday for Bastille day celebrations. Join us for a morning of all things French with children’s games, […]

Canterbury’s largest trade show supports the rebuildCanterbury’s largest trade show supports the rebuild

Canterbury’s largest trade show supports the rebuildCanterbury’s largest trade show supports the rebuild

Friday, 15 July 2016 11:07 a.m. by PRNews

More than 2500 building, construction, architecture and design professionals will gather at Canterbury’s largest biennial trade show next month to review the latest industry innovations and gain essential knowledge from world leaders.

Rangioras 140-year-old Red Lion pub to be reduced to rubble

Rangiora's 140-year-old Red Lion pub to be reduced to rubble

Friday, 15 July 2016 9:31 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Red Lion will roar no more as the historic Rangiora pub is set to be pulled down.

North Canterburys 140-year-old Red Lion to be reduced to rubble

North Canterbury's 140-year-old Red Lion to be reduced to rubble

Friday, 15 July 2016 8:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Red Lion will roar no more as the historic Canterbury pub in Rangiora is set to be pulled down.

Office sharing becoming new trend for Christchurch businesses

Office sharing becoming new trend for Christchurch businesses

Friday, 15 July 2016 8:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Shared spaces, co-working, hot-desking, desk-surfing. Whatever you call it, there is no denying it's a growing trend.Gabrielle Stuart spoke to some of the many Christchurch business people moving out of their offices and choosing...

DCL and Otakaro, leading Christchurchs rebuild getting paid outrageous salaries

DCL and Otakaro, leading Christchurch's rebuild getting paid outrageous salaries

Friday, 15 July 2016 8:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Two publicly-owned companies spearheading the city's rebuild have average salary rates in excess of $120,000.Development Christchurch Ltd, a city council controlled organisation, could average about $135,714, while Otakaro Ltd,...

Cost of rebuilding Christchurch homes after earthquake rising to 40%

Cost of rebuilding Christchurch homes after earthquake rising to 40%

Friday, 15 July 2016 8:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Since the earthquakes, the cost of building new homes in Canterbury has risen by nearly 40 per cent.Subdivisions have multiplied, with almost 15,000 new homes in Christchurch consented since January 2011, together worth more than...

Gerry Brownlee denies blame for failed Breathe residential project

Gerry Brownlee denies blame for failed Breathe residential project

Thursday, 14 July 2016 4:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

The developer behind a failed urban village claims his Chinese backers pulled out because of comments Gerry Brownlee made.

EQC alerts customers about scam phone callers

EQC alerts customers about scam phone callers

Thursday, 14 July 2016 4:07 p.m. by GovtEQC

Risingholme from the ashes

Risingholme from the ashes

Thursday, 14 July 2016 4:02 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

The historic Risingholme Community Centre in Opawa, recently damaged by fire, is to be rebuilt and restored from early 2017.

Cash-strapped insurance service gets $50,000 Christchurch council grant

Cash-strapped insurance service gets $50,000 Christchurch council grant

Thursday, 14 July 2016 3:30 p.m. by MediaThePress

An insurance advocacy service struggling to help Christchurch's earthquake-hit homeowners has received a much-needed cash injection.

What will become of the Avon River red zone?

What will become of the Avon River red zone?

Thursday, 14 July 2016 2:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Where Did All the Bikes Go?

Where Did All the Bikes Go?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:39 p.m. by MakingChristchurch

Council-owned Orions assets now valued at over $1.1 billion

Council-owned Orion's assets now valued at over $1.1 billion

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 8:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Orion's profit after tax in 2016 is $53 million â€“ $4.6m above the company's target for the year, it has announced.

EQC writes off earthquake repair excesses

EQC writes off earthquake repair excesses

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 5:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Only half the homeowners billed for insurance excesses by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) are paying on time, and many are having their debts written off.

Meet Christchurchs real rock stars

Meet Christchurch's real 'rock stars'

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 2:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Tension is in the air as the explosives are eased into place. The rock stars are ready to roll.

Newsletter #11

Newsletter #11

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 1:43 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is newsletter 11 for Grant Shand on EQC and Insurance issues.

Festa street party returns to Christchurch in October with recycling bang

Festa street party returns to Christchurch in October with recycling bang

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 12:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Festival of Transitional Architecture will return on Labour Day weekend and the hunt is on for waste products that can be incorporated into temporary installations.

Owner of central Christchurch buildings commits to city as High Court proceedings settle

Owner of central Christchurch buildings commits to city as High Court proceedings settle

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 8:33 p.m. by MediaThePress

The owner of multiple buildings on the doorstep of Christchurch's convention centre has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement and committed to restoring the properties.

Fix for flooding problems may cost more and take longer

Fix for flooding problems may cost more and take longer

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 12:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Solving Christchurch's flooding woes might cost more and take longer to fix as the city council weighs up the risk of future natural hazards.

Christchurch bus stops slip between cracks of public transport battle

Christchurch bus stops slip between cracks of public transport battle

Monday, 11 July 2016 8:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

While two councils battle for control over Christchurch's transport network, most of the city's bus stops don't have shelter, seats, or a rubbish bin.

New Gap Caches around the city!

New Gap Caches around the city!

Monday, 11 July 2016 7:27 p.m. by GapFiller

Gap Cache is an urban treasure hunt! It will take you on a tour of some new projects, some relocated projects and some old favourites as well. How to play Bring some small pieces of treasure to swap. Print a copy of this map or download it onto your phone (or visit Gap Filler HQ […]

Taxpayer dollars frittered away on school patch-up jobs, say Christchurch principals

Taxpayer dollars frittered away on school patch-up jobs, say Christchurch principals

Monday, 11 July 2016 7:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch principals are frustrated they have to use their budgets on patch-up jobs and essential maintenance instead of creating modern learning environments.

Summary Judgment application fails against insurers

Summary Judgment application fails against insurers

Monday, 11 July 2016 6:48 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In Emmons Developments NZ Ltd v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co Ltd & anor [2016] 1244 the High Court (Matthews AJ) discussed a summary judgment application by the owner of Rydges, a carpark and the Grant Thornton Building in Christchurch  for costs of demolition, building protection and fees from Mitsui and Vero subsequent to the earthquakes in 2010/2011.  It noted that Emson applied for summary judgment in early 2016, but then withdrew the application after the insurers filed/served oppositio ...

AMI & Lumley liable for Selwyn fire damage in 2013

AMI & Lumley liable for Selwyn fire damage in 2013

Monday, 11 July 2016 6:24 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In NZ Fire Service Commission & ors v Legg & ors [2016] NZHC 1492 the High Court (Nation J) considered a claim by the NZ Fire Service Commission and the Selwyn District Council to recover costs incurred in fighting a substantial fire in January 2013 that emanated from a burn heap of vegetation from the owners of the property (Leggs) and the landscaping business operated at the property (Evolving Landscapes Ltd).  Leggs sought indemnity for the claim from AMI and Evolving sought indemnity ...

Failed repair/rebuild cases.

Failed repair/rebuild cases.

Monday, 11 July 2016 5:06 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

High Court – Claims about failed remedial work by EQC or insurers are not part of the High Court Earthquake List. They are dealt with separately in a similar manner to which leaky home cases are/were dealt with. This is because such claims usual involve more parties than just the EQC/Insurer (builder, engineer, architect etc). Apparently the Court will shortly issue guidance for the progress of claims.