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Will another National Government mean anything different for Christchurch?

Will another National Government mean anything different for Christchurch?

Saturday, 23 September 2017 11:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Three more years. National is in the box seat in Christchurch. Labour will scarcely be able to believe it.

Faster repopulation needed in central Christchurch for business survival

Faster repopulation needed in central Christchurch for business survival

Friday, 22 September 2017 6:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch has been warned it must speed up its central city population growth if new enterprises are to survive.

Southern Response liability estimate grows $395 million in a year

Southern Response liability estimate grows $395 million in a year

Friday, 22 September 2017 5:00 p.m. by MediaThePress

Southern Response could be on the hook for $395 million more in insurance claims than previously expected.

EQC continues its success in helping Edgecumbe

EQC continues its success in helping Edgecumbe

Friday, 22 September 2017 4:54 p.m. by GovtEQC

Revitalised Christchurch central city still seen as fragile

Revitalised Christchurch central city still seen as fragile

Friday, 22 September 2017 3:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

All told, it will contain more than $1 billion worth of new buildings.

Funding suspension and winter delay central Christchurch road works

Funding suspension and winter delay central Christchurch road works

Friday, 22 September 2017 2:40 p.m. by MediaThePress

Work is expected resume soon on the upgrades of Christchurch's Manchester and Durham streets after two months of little action.

Whats with the giant spray paint cans in central Christchurch?

What's with the giant spray paint cans in central Christchurch?

Friday, 22 September 2017 1:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Giant spray paint cans will provide the canvas for more street art in central Christchurch.

Johnny Moore: People missing from the heart of the rebuild

Johnny Moore: People missing from the heart of the rebuild

Friday, 22 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: It's been more than seven years since earthquakes showed up and smashed Christchurch city. Seven years is coincidentally the lifespan of a newt, possibly the only member of the salamander family to have a US politician named after it.

Johnny Moore: People missing from the heart of Christchurch rebuild

Johnny Moore: People missing from the heart of Christchurch rebuild

Friday, 22 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

It's been more than seven years since earthquakes showed up and smashed Christchurch city. Seven years is coincidentally the lifespan of a newt, possibly the only member of the salamander family to have a US politician named after it.

Canterbury earthquake claims make up a fifth of housing insurance investigations

Canterbury earthquake claims make up a fifth of housing insurance investigations

Thursday, 21 September 2017 7:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Canterbury earthquake complaints made up more than a fifth of housing insurance investigations by the Insurance and Financial Services Ombudsman (IFSO) in the past year.

Compulsorily acquired land compensation claim unlikely to succeed

Compulsorily acquired land compensation claim unlikely to succeed

Thursday, 21 September 2017 5:53 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch property owner's claim for more compensation for his Crown-acquired land is likely doomed to fail, a court has ruled.

Contractor dumped from Christchurch Hospital building says it will finish his business

Contractor dumped from Christchurch Hospital building says it will 'finish' his business

Thursday, 21 September 2017 1:19 p.m. by MediaThePress

A man behind a firm contracted to work on Christchurch Hospital's new acute services building says his business is "finished" after the contract was cancelled with two days' notice.

Christchurch crash victim Eileen Pearce, 86, inspiration for elderly post-quake insurance battlers

Christchurch crash victim Eileen Pearce, 86, inspiration for elderly post-quake insurance battlers

Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:36 p.m. by MediaThePress

A woman who died in a car crash in Christchurch became the face of post-quake elder abuse during her lengthy insurance battle.

EQC & Insurance Newsletter #16

EQC & Insurance Newsletter #16

Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:50 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is the link to our 16th EQC & Insurance Newsletter

Jake Bailey: Give Christchurch a chance

Jake Bailey: Give Christchurch a chance

Thursday, 21 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

By Jake Bailey There has been a lot of discussion about the Christchurch rebuild over the past month or so. A bit of discussion about stadiums, the opening of the Justice Precinct, the Cathedral, a bit of criticism published as...

Eye-watering professional fees for Christchurch convention centre

'Eye-watering' professional fees for Christchurch convention centre

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 3:20 p.m. by MediaThePress

The amount spent on professional fees for the Christchurch convention centre is "eye-watering" but the details released by authorities raise more questions than they answer, a property development professional says.

$11m spent on Christchurch convention centre design consultants

$11m spent on Christchurch convention centre design consultants

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 12:04 p.m. by MediaThePress

Design consultants for Christchurch's new convention centre have cost a government development company more than $11 million.

Earthquake damage or Pre-existing.

Earthquake damage or Pre-existing.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:18 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In He v Earthquake Commission and ors [2017] NZHC 2136 the High Court (Dunningham J) had to decide whether the damage to Mr He’s property at 377 Selwyn Street, Addington was caused by the earthquakes or not.  The judgment records that over the life of the proceeding Mr He had engaged 6 different structural engineers.  The judgment also records that the tenant of the property at the time of the earthquakes supported EQC and the insurer that the damage existed before the earthquakes.  Predic ...

Election stats

Election stats

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 2:03 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

According to statistics on the elections.org.nz website an estimated 79.32 per cent of voters in the Christchurch Central electorate that encompasses St Albans, have registered to vote as at September 17. The percentage is an estimate as the population figures …

Handful of places offer early voting

Handful of places offer early voting

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:26 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

Few places have been authorised to offer advanced voting and none of them is in St Albans. The closest place to vote early in the Christchurch Central electorate is at the Central Library in Peterborough St, which you can do …

Community board opposes funding reduction

Community board opposes funding reduction

Monday, 18 September 2017 1:40 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

The Papanui-Innes community board is contesting the reduced amount it is receiving in Christchurch City Council funding to allocate for spending in the community. And they have written to the mayor about the reduction to voice their concerns. The 2017/18 …

AMI Insurance – Exclusion clause application

AMI Insurance – Exclusion clause application

Monday, 18 September 2017 11:43 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

In AMI Insurance Ltd v Legg & ors [2017] 321 the Court of Appeal upheld AMI’s appeal that it was liable to indemnify the Leggs for damage/costs from a rubbish heap fire on their Selwyn property in January 2013.  Some of the material in the heap came from the Leggs’ lifestyle block and some from a separate landscaping business run by their company Evolving Landscapes Ltd.  Legg insured the lifestyle block with AMI and ELL insured the business with Lumley.  In the High Court Nation ...

Plans revealed for 122 east frame homes

Plans revealed for 122 east frame homes

Sunday, 17 September 2017 7:58 p.m. by MediaThePress

More than 120 new homes are set to be built in Christchurch's east frame in one of the biggest steps forward yet for the slow-moving project.

Crown signs with church to progress Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Crown signs with church to progress Christ Church Cathedral restoration

Friday, 15 September 2017 8:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

"Significant progress" has been made on the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral .

Nepalese street art lights up Christchurchs Innovation Precinct

Nepalese street art lights up Christchurch's Innovation Precinct

Friday, 15 September 2017 6:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

A yeti has come to Christchurch.

Prattley v Vero Insurance – Costs judgment

Prattley v Vero Insurance – Costs judgment

Friday, 15 September 2017 11:53 a.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Prattley Enterprises Ltd unsuccessfully sued Vero Insurance  to set aside a settlement agreement on insurance claims for earthquake damage to Worcester Towers.  It lost in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  Risk Worldwide funded the litigation.  In Prattley Enterprises Ltd v Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd [2017] NZHC 1599 the High Court (Dunningham J) awarded Vero $277,674 for legal costs and $467,571.67 for disbursements.  Vero had sought $596,508 for legal fees and $472,800.48 ...

Lets grow a healthy city in Christchurch, the Garden City

Let's grow a healthy city in Christchurch, the Garden City

Friday, 15 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Over the last five years I have spent my time observing, tending and celebrating the vacant lots in Christchurch's urban landscape.

Kaikoura earthquake update 4

Kaikoura earthquake update 4

Thursday, 14 September 2017 4:27 p.m. by GovtEQC

EQC welcomes recent High Court decision in the He case

EQC welcomes recent High Court decision in the He case

Thursday, 14 September 2017 2:45 p.m. by GovtEQC

Editorial: Another delay in a Christchurch rebuild that has seemed both rushed and tardy

Editorial: Another delay in a Christchurch rebuild that has seemed both rushed and tardy

Thursday, 14 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: The official opening of Christchurch's new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct this week seemed emblematic of the generally slow progress of the city centre rebuild.

Christchurch CBD developments Guthrey Centre and Plymouth Lane courting fashion tenants

Christchurch CBD developments Guthrey Centre and Plymouth Lane courting fashion tenants

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 7:41 p.m. by MediaThePress

Cashel St landlords erecting new buildings are courting fashion tenants as the opening of The Crossing boosts the central Christchurch retail strip.

Research backs Whānau Ora benefits

Research backs Whānau Ora benefits

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:40 a.m. by MediaThePress

New research from Lincoln University and Ihi Research shows every dollar invested in Whānau Ora (WO) initiatives could return $7 to the national economy, as well as societal benefits.

Ailing Jim Anderton delighted Christ Church Cathedral to be restored

Ailing Jim Anderton 'delighted' Christ Church Cathedral to be restored

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 8:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

An ailing Jim Anderton is "delighted" the Christ Church Cathedral will once again take its place as a central city icon.

Christchurchs Justice Precinct opens a month before it is expected to be operating

Christchurch's Justice Precinct 'opens' a month before it is expected to be operating

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:49 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's beleaguered Justice Precinct has officially opened, but the building is not expected to start operating before mid-October.

Low interest in land repair for liquefaction risk, EQC says

Low interest in land repair for liquefaction risk, EQC says

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:13 a.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) says it has paid out just five full claims for liquefaction-related ground repairs because few customers are interested in claiming the full amount.

Southern Response Announces New Chief Executive

Southern Response Announces New Chief Executive

Monday, 11 September 2017 12:28 a.m. by SouthernResponse

Southern Response, the government-owned company settling Canterbury earthquake insurance claims, has confirmed today that it has appointed Anthony Honeybone as Chief Executive for the final stages of its claim settlement programme.

New life to be injected into vacant Christchurch red zone block

New life to be injected into vacant Christchurch red zone block

Sunday, 10 September 2017 4:57 p.m. by MediaThePress

What would you use a vacant plot of land the size of 12 rugby pitches for?

Cathedral decision will kick-start millions of dollars in donations - campaigner

Cathedral decision will kick-start millions of dollars in donations - campaigner

Saturday, 9 September 2017 6:14 p.m. by MediaThePress

The decision to restore the Christ Church Cathedral will kick-start donations to bridge the $14 million funding gap, a heritage campaigner says.

New threads available in Christchurch as H&M store opens on Cashel St

New threads available in Christchurch as H&M store opens on Cashel St

Saturday, 9 September 2017 3:22 p.m. by MediaThePress

The latest fashion will soon be spotted on the streets of the Garden City after the opening of a large new retail space.

Work could start on restoring Christ Church Cathedral before Christmas

Work could start on restoring Christ Church Cathedral before Christmas

Saturday, 9 September 2017 2:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

Restoration work on Christ Church Cathedral could start before Christmas after Anglicans voted today to save the building.

Work could start on restoring Christ Church Cathedral before Christmas - Wagner

Work could start on restoring Christ Church Cathedral before Christmas - Wagner

Saturday, 9 September 2017 2:29 p.m. by MediaThePress

Restoration work on Christ Church Cathedral could start before Christmas after Anglicans voted today to save the building.

Christ Church Cathedral is to be restored

Christ Church Cathedral is to be restored

Saturday, 9 September 2017 1:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Anglicans have voted to restore the Christ Church Cathedral.

The Synod, the 220-member governing body for Canterbury Anglicans, voted on the future of the earthquake-damaged cathedral on Saturday at St Christopher's Church in Avonhead.
The cathedral has been sitting derelict in Christchurch city centre for six years.

Anglicans about to start voting on cathedral

Anglicans about to start voting on cathedral

Saturday, 9 September 2017 12:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

Anglicans are about to start voting on the fate of the Anglican cathedral.

Synod prepares to vote on cathedral

Synod prepares to vote on cathedral

Saturday, 9 September 2017 9:21 a.m. by MediaThePress

Anglicans will vote today on the fate of the Christ Church Cathedral.

Christ Church Cathedral vote: history will be made today

Christ Church Cathedral vote: history will be made today

Saturday, 9 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

A small group of people have an important decision to make today.

No winners in bidding war for All Blacks test matches: Christchurch mayor

No winners in 'bidding war' for All Blacks test matches: Christchurch mayor

Friday, 8 September 2017 8:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

New Zealand Rugby pits cities against each other in a bidding war for All Blacks games with no winners, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says.

Central Christchurch business owners at loggerheads over portaloo storage site

Central Christchurch business owners at loggerheads over portaloo storage site

Friday, 8 September 2017 7:13 p.m. by MediaThePress

Central Christchurch land owners are at loggerheads over portaloos, without speaking to each other.

Restored Christ Church Cathedral could anchor a bustling European style market square

Restored Christ Church Cathedral could anchor a bustling European style market square

Friday, 8 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

OPINION: Bland and uninteresting cities with nondescript architecture are not high on the list of desirable destinations. Conversely cities which feature heritage character, particularly those with a cathedral as a central focus, attract high visitor numbers.

Cycling features at St Albans Residents AGM

Cycling features at St Albans Residents AGM

Thursday, 7 September 2017 9:27 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

SARA’s AGM on September 10 will feature Robert Fleming, a member of SPOKES who will talk about cycleways (Papanui Parallel in particular), recreational cycling v cycling for transport and the work that SPOKES does to promote cycling. AGM starts at …

Anglicans will write history on Christ Church Cathedrals fate: Bishop

Anglicans will 'write history' on Christ Church Cathedral's fate: Bishop

Thursday, 7 September 2017 8:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

Anglicans will be "writing history" when they decide the fate of Christ Church Cathedral this week, Bishop Victoria Matthews says.

Christchurch youngsters want more fun, less glum, at New Brighton

Christchurch youngsters want more fun, less glum, at New Brighton

Thursday, 7 September 2017 3:03 p.m. by MediaThePress

Teenagers and children living in and around New Brighton want more fun things to do and are unhappy with the area's negative image and derelict mall.

Insurance industry boss says Quake Outcasts settlement unfair to insured people

Insurance industry boss says Quake Outcasts settlement 'unfair' to insured people

Thursday, 7 September 2017 2:50 p.m. by MediaThePress

The boss of the Insurance Council says a settlement given to uninsured Christchurch red zone property owners could cause others to reconsider having insurance.

Justice precinct to cost Fletcher Building $100m extra, says Nicky Wagner

Justice precinct to cost Fletcher Building $100m extra, says Nicky Wagner

Thursday, 7 September 2017 6:59 a.m. by MediaThePress

Nicky Wagner says the Christchurch justice and emergency services precinct will cost Fletcher Building an extra $100 million.

Justice precinct to cost Fletcher $100m extra, says Nicky Wagner

Justice precinct to cost Fletcher $100m extra, says Nicky Wagner

Thursday, 7 September 2017 2:11 a.m. by MediaThePress

Nicky Wagner says the Christchurch justice and emergency services precinct will cost Fletcher Building $100 million.

Christchurch City Council to run asbestos pilot scheme, but some Sandilands residents unhappy

Christchurch City Council to run asbestos pilot scheme, but some Sandilands residents unhappy

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 7:31 p.m. by MediaThePress

A pilot project has been announced to decide the future of more than 20 asbestos-ridden Christchurch council homes â€“ nearly a year after the contamination was discovered.

Changes to Christchurchs Botanic Gardens supported by city council

Changes to Christchurch's Botanic Gardens supported by city council

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 6:42 p.m. by MediaThePress

The city council has endorsed development plans for Christchurch's Botanic Gardens.