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Christchurch homeowner fights IAG quake repair strategy

Christchurch homeowner fights IAG quake repair strategy

Friday, 28 August 2015 6:55 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Christchurch family is fighting insurer IAG over an imposed repair strategy that was questioned in a government investigation.

Five questions to mark five years since September 2010

Five questions to mark five years since September 2010

Friday, 28 August 2015 9:01 a.m. by MediaStuff

As Canterbury approaches the fifth anniversary of the September earthquake, we put five questions to our readers:

St Albans News deadline reminder

St Albans News deadline reminder

Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:18 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Articles for St Albans News October edition should be sent to news@stalbans.gen.nz by September 13.

Vote of confidence from Christchurch City Council

Vote of confidence from Christchurch City Council

Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:03 p.m. by stalbanscommunity

Vote of confidence from Christchurch City Council and Shirley-Papanui Community Board By SARA co-chair Renee Walker Visibly displaying their confidence in the new shape and future direction of the St Albans Residents’ Association (SARA), the CCC and Shirley-Papanui Community Board …

Bid to attract migrant workers to Canterbury

Bid to attract migrant workers to Canterbury

Thursday, 27 August 2015 9:11 p.m. by MediaThePress

New migrants may help rejuvenate Canterbury under a plan by the region's mayors to strengthen its economy after the quake rebuild.

Canterbury looks to attract migrants

Canterbury looks to attract migrants

Thursday, 27 August 2015 8:10 p.m. by MediaThePress

New migrants may help rejuvinate Canterbury under a plan by the region's mayors to strengthen its economy after the quake rebuild.

Class Action Now Filed in High Court

Class Action Now Filed in High Court

Thursday, 27 August 2015 3:25 p.m. by Claimants4Claimants

GCA Lawyers , Grant Cameron has filed proceedings against Southern Response in the High Court. He is seeking damages of $25000 for each claimant represented in the action along with the settlement of outstanding claims for those in the class action. He has extended the option to join the class for the next three weeks, […]

60 jobs to go in major Christchurch City Council restructure

60 jobs to go in major Christchurch City Council restructure

Thursday, 27 August 2015 1:23 p.m. by MediaThePress

Sixty jobs will go under a major Christchurch City Council restructure – starting with those at "the top".

Jobs to go in major Christchurch City Council restructure

Jobs to go in major Christchurch City Council restructure

Thursday, 27 August 2015 1:08 p.m. by MediaThePress

Sixty jobs will go under a major Christchurch City Council restructure.

New walking trail through Christchurchs red-zone

New walking trail through Christchurch's red-zone

Thursday, 27 August 2015 9:55 a.m. by MediaStuff

Many children in Christchurch East don't remember a time before the earthquakes. They've grown up in quake-ravaged communities and don't know anything else.

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 165…. Still waiting For Building consent….

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 165…. Still waiting For Building consent….

Thursday, 27 August 2015 9:11 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

So whats new in High Street today?  Nearly 5 years on from the September 2010 Quake…  Still in Limbo land…. There are some signs of activity on the Mckenzie and Willis site as the demolition of the wrecked structure is …

Southern Response class action launched

Southern Response class action launched

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 4:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

Disgruntled customers of a major earthquake claims-holder have launched a class action.

Southern Response group action launched

Southern Response group action launched

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 3:56 p.m. by MediaThePress

Disgruntled customers of a major earthquake claims-holder have launched a class action.

Christchurch city centre is reviving - at last

Christchurch city centre is reviving - at last

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:49 a.m. by MediaThePress

How many times have you visited the centre of Christchurch and had a really good look around? A few times, sometimes, maybe not for a long time? You can live easily in Christchurch and not journey to the city centre at all.

Work starts on McKenzie and Willis site - bars and restaurants to move in

Work starts on McKenzie and Willis site - bars and restaurants to move in

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 10:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

Work has started on the $50 million McKenzie and Willis development in Christchurch's Innovation Precinct, as more businesses sign up to move in next year.

Your home, your peace of mind

Your home, your peace of mind

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 10:15 p.m. by SouthernResponse

Even if your Southern Response-managed home repair has been completed, we know questions can come up.

IAG repairs found deficient

IAG repairs found deficient

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 7:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

Six out of seven quake repairs by insurer IAG were found deficient in a Government investigation.

Six out of seven IAG repairs found to be deficient in Govt investigation

Six out of seven IAG repairs found to be deficient in Govt investigation

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 7:07 p.m. by MediaThePress

Six out of seven quake repairs by insurer IAG were found to be deficient in a Government investigation.

Hawkins wins Ngai Tahu contract

Hawkins wins Ngai Tahu contract

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 2:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Hawkins Construction will put up the first two buildings in Ngai Tahu Property's big central Christchurch property development.

Hawkins wins $150m Ngai Tahu Property contract in Christchurch

Hawkins wins $150m Ngai Tahu Property contract in Christchurch

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 2:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Hawkins Construction will put up the first two buildings in Ngai Tahu Property's big central Christchurch property development.

CCC grant helps SARA turn around

CCC grant helps SARA turn around

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 9:05 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

For the first time in five years, the St Albans Residents’ Association (SARA) is finally receiving a grant from the Christchurch City Council, thanks to the Shirley Papanui Community Board’s sense of fair play. The $25,000 grant will be put …

Pubic notice: Amendments to Proposal 9: Natural and Cultural Heritage for the Christchurch Replacement District Plan (Stage 3)

Pubic notice: Amendments to Proposal 9: Natural and Cultural Heritage for the Christchurch Replacement District Plan (Stage 3)

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 8:00 a.m. by GovtCera

The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Hon Gerry Brownlee, has decided to amend the Natural and Cultural Heritage proposal for the Christchurch Replacement District Plan to reinstate the previous permitted activity status for demolition and deconstruction of heritage items where the demolition or deconstruction works are carried out or commissioned by the Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority under section 38 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 (CER ...

Public notice: Amendments to Proposal 9: Natural and Cultural Heritage for the Christchurch Replacement District Plan (Stage 3)

Public notice: Amendments to Proposal 9: Natural and Cultural Heritage for the Christchurch Replacement District Plan (Stage 3)

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 8:00 a.m. by GovtCera

The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Hon Gerry Brownlee, has decided to amend the Natural and Cultural Heritage proposal for the Christchurch Replacement District Plan to reinstate the previous permitted activity status for demolition and deconstruction of heritage items where the demolition or deconstruction works are carried out or commissioned by the Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority under section 38 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 (CER ...

Cranford St/Westminster changes delayed

Cranford St/Westminster changes delayed

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 2:13 a.m. by stalbanscommunity

The Shirley Papanui Community Board has postponed the go ahead for alterations to the Cranford St/ Westminster St intersection, seeking further information from city council staff. Plans were drawn up to make the intersection “safer” for pedestrians and cyclists, but …

EQC hiring engineers for court cases

EQC hiring engineers for court cases

Sunday, 23 August 2015 10:27 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) appears to be gearing up for litigation by hiring engineers to help with court cases involving quake repairs.

Christchurch City Council considers cutbacks to red zone services

Christchurch City Council considers cutbacks to red zone services

Sunday, 23 August 2015 8:06 p.m. by MediaThePress

Red zone stayers say they have no intention of moving despite city council plans that may cut back key services such as roading, water and wastewater.

Kelly v EQC & Southern Response – no appeal

Kelly v EQC & Southern Response – no appeal

Sunday, 23 August 2015 1:05 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

The appeal period for any appeal from the judgment in C & S Kelly Properties Ltd v EQC & Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd [2015] NZHC 1690 has expired with no party lodging an appeal.  There has been no agreement about the costs payable by EQC and Southern Response so the Court will now have to determine that issue.  Notwithstanding the recent MBIE report to the effect that 30 out of 32 hand selected properties that were jacked and packed by EQC were non-compliant with the build ...

Failed work for EQC

Failed work for EQC

Sunday, 23 August 2015 12:57 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to a Stuff article on the comments by builders involved in doing building work for EQC and Fletchers.  Beneath the article are comments corroborating the content of the article that EQC and Fletchers are not blameless for the defective building work.  Both EQC and Fletchers ought to be legally liable for any defective building work.  I am aware that both have previously been sued for defective work.  I would not rely on either to remediate defective work and homeowners have no obl ...

IAG exceeds reinsurance limit for February 2011

IAG exceeds reinsurance limit for February 2011

Sunday, 23 August 2015 12:48 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Here is a link to an article on stuff that IAG has exceeded its $4 Billion reinsurance limit for the February 2011 earthquake.  Apparently IAG expects to settle claims for damage in the other earthquakes at less than the reinsurance limit.

Claimants prepare to take EQC to the High Court – Guest post by Group Action Members

Claimants prepare to take EQC to the High Court – Guest post by Group Action Members

Sunday, 23 August 2015 11:04 a.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

23 August 2015 A group of over one hundred Canterbury homeowners is preparing to take EQC to the High Court over it’s standard of repair. The recent announcement of a review into the standard of non-consented foundation repairs illustrates the …

They can’t say they weren’t warned….

They can’t say they weren’t warned….

Saturday, 22 August 2015 7:03 p.m. by ChristchurchFiasco

On the 21 June 2013 six concerned residents (all of whom you will be familiar with) and myself went to a meeting with a number of government agencies (MBIE, CERA and the Christchurch City Council). We asked for response to some 33 questions to …

Building industry hits back at claims it is solely to blame for shoddy quake repairs

Building industry hits back at claims it is solely to blame for shoddy quake repairs

Friday, 21 August 2015 8:45 p.m. by MediaThePress

The building industry is hitting back at claims it is solely to blame for shoddy earthquake repairs,

Calls for a wider review of quake repairs

Calls for a wider review of quake repairs

Friday, 21 August 2015 8:32 p.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says calls for a wider review of earthquake repairs could have implications for the city council's consenting process.

Is Christchurch in danger of becoming a bland city?

Is Christchurch in danger of becoming a 'bland' city?

Friday, 21 August 2015 12:25 p.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has rejected claims Christchurch is in danger of becoming a "bland" city.

Shock proof

Shock proof

Friday, 21 August 2015 10:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow

‘World famous in New Zealand’ is a phrase we Kiwis use to describe something or someone that has attained such a level of recognition that it would, in any other setting, guarantee global adoration. When it comes to Young Hunter House in Christchurch, however, it’s safe to say that it’s world famous in, well, the world.

Brownlee rejects claim Christchurch is a bland city

Brownlee rejects claim Christchurch is a 'bland' city

Thursday, 20 August 2015 8:05 p.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has rejected claims Christchurch is in danger of becoming a "bland" city.

Fletcher Construction boss Graham Darlow sorry for comment about Irish workers

Fletcher Construction boss Graham Darlow sorry for comment about Irish workers

Thursday, 20 August 2015 5:16 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Human Rights Commission has received 10 formal complaints about Fletcher Construction boss Graham Darlow's comment suggesting Irish builders did shoddy quake repair work.

Still work to do as 4 September approaches

Still work to do as 4 September approaches

Thursday, 20 August 2015 3:43 p.m. by GovtEQC

In the Know Hub stays open

In the Know Hub stays open

Thursday, 20 August 2015 3:04 p.m. by GovtEQC

Phase two of Christchurch Bus Interchange complete

Phase two of Christchurch Bus Interchange complete

Thursday, 20 August 2015 2:48 p.m. by MediaThePress

The second phase of Christchurch new $53 million bus interchange has been completed, with all 16 bays soon to be operational.

Lytteltons colourful British Hotel to be restored

Lyttelton's 'colourful' British Hotel to be restored

Thursday, 20 August 2015 2:12 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Lyttelton couple have taken over the ownership and restoration of the port town's infamous British Hotel.

Speech to New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) Building Nations Symposium

Speech to New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) Building Nations Symposium

Thursday, 20 August 2015 2:04 p.m. by GovtBeehive

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Bus Interchange building now complete

Bus Interchange building now complete

Thursday, 20 August 2015 1:31 p.m. by GovtBeehive

Gerry Brownlee | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Beck Eleven: Furious about shoddy repairs

Beck Eleven: Furious about shoddy repairs

Thursday, 20 August 2015 12:02 p.m. by MediaThePress

Over the past few weeks I've driven more than 1000kms in my trusty Nissan Wingroad. It's been nice getting out of the city and meeting new people but it has reminded me just how easily Christchurch's problems are forgotten by people beyond our borders.

Fletcher Construction Graham Darlow sorry for comment about Irish workers

Fletcher Construction Graham Darlow sorry for comment about Irish workers

Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:43 a.m. by MediaThePress

Fletcher Construction has gone into damage control mode after chief executive Graham Darlow made a comment suggesting Irish builders did shoddy quake repair work. 

Fletcher boss apologises to Irish community

Fletcher boss apologises to Irish community

Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:15 a.m. by MediaHerald

Fletcher Construction chief executive Graham Darlow has apologised to the Irish community after suggesting that some builders who carried out shoddy repair work on Christchurch earthquake damaged homes had "gone back to Ireland".Darlow...

Fletcher boss apologises to Irish community

Fletcher boss apologises to Irish community

Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:15 a.m. by MediaHerald

Fletcher Construction chief executive Graham Darlow has apologised to the Irish community after suggesting that some builders who carried out shoddy repair work on Christchurch earthquake damaged homes had "gone back to Ireland".Darlow...

Fletcher boss Graham Darlow sorry for Irish slur

Fletcher boss Graham Darlow sorry for Irish slur

Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:15 a.m. by MediaHerald

Fletcher Construction chief executive Graham Darlow has apologised to the Irish community after suggesting that some builders who carried out shoddy repair work on Christchurch earthquake damaged homes had "gone back to Ireland".Darlow...

Fletcher boss Graham Darlow sorry for Irish slur

Fletcher boss Graham Darlow sorry for Irish slur

Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:15 a.m. by MediaHerald

Fletcher Construction chief executive Graham Darlow has apologised to the Irish community after suggesting that some builders who carried out shoddy repair work on Christchurch earthquake damaged homes had "gone back to Ireland".Darlow...

Irish outraged at Fletcher Construction CEO comments over shoddy quake repairs

Irish outraged at Fletcher Construction CEO comments over shoddy quake repairs

Thursday, 20 August 2015 8:04 a.m. by MediaThePress

Irish living in New Zealand and back home are reacting furiously to comments they say accuses their countrymen for shoddy earthquake repair work.

Report confirms Christchurch rents boom is over

Report confirms Christchurch rents boom is over

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 7:34 p.m. by MediaThePress

Survey of Canterbury quake repairs caned by critics and advocates

Survey of Canterbury quake repairs caned by critics and advocates

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 7:21 p.m. by MediaThePress

A Government survey of quake repairs is nothing more than a "giant snow job", experts and community advocates claim.

EQC to apologise to homeowners for shoddy repairs

EQC to apologise to homeowners for shoddy repairs

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 5:09 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will apologise to thousands of homeowners facing checks to potentially faulty repairs to their quake-damaged homes.

MBIE Report on EQC Faulty Repairs

MBIE Report on EQC Faulty Repairs

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 4:07 p.m. by GrantShandLawyers

Below is an extract from the MBIE website about its report on faulty building repairs.  The report identified significant failings with the “jack and pack” method.  Here is the link. Report into Canterbury residential repairs released 19 August 2015 The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released a report into the Building Code compliance of earthquake repairs to Canterbury homes. The report follows an independent survey of 101 homes randomly selected from mor ...

Christchurch car park murals wont be saved

Christchurch car park murals won't be saved

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 3:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

Citing cost, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority will not save .

Looking forward to PARK(ing) Day on September 18 this year

Looking forward to PARK(ing) Day on September 18 this year

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 2:17 p.m. by GapFiller

PARK(ing) Day is your chance to transform a small public area in the city from a car-parking space to an active public space! PARK(ing) Day is a daylong global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces. Now an annual event, the project began in 2005 when […]

Non-compliant repairs will be put right

Non-compliant repairs will be put right

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:31 p.m. by FletcherEQR