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Justice Minister Andrew Little has high hopes for the new Canterbury earthquake tribunal

Justice Minister Andrew Little has high hopes for the new Canterbury earthquake tribunal

Monday, 17 June 2019 10:09 a.m. by MediaHerald

A new Canterbury earthquake tribunal will be a "circuit-breaker" for those who have struggled with insurance claims since the February 2011 quake. The Budget earmarked $3.4 million for the establishment of a Canterbury Earthquakes...

Christchurch earthquake repairs tipped to cost $1 billion

Christchurch earthquake repairs tipped to cost $1 billion

Saturday, 6 April 2019 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Fixing poorly done earthquake repairs is likely to cost $1 billion, says a structural engineer involved in more than 100 cases. John Scarry said he is yet to see a competent repair in 140 Christchurch jobs he has assessed.Scarry,...

New footage shows catastrophic damage caused by Canterbury earthquakes

New footage shows catastrophic damage caused by Canterbury earthquakes

Friday, 22 February 2019 1:50 p.m. by MediaHerald

WARNING: This article contains graphic content. Eight years after the Christchurch earthquakes, new footage has been released of the catastrophic damage caused.The footage, released by engineering consultants Tonkin & Taylor on...

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,...

Lets Talk Law: The Future of Wanganui Buildings

Lets Talk Law: The Future of Wanganui Buildings

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 11:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

In 2017, the Government addressed future building impacts arising from the Christchurch earthquake.Owners of buildings, particularly those having commercial buildings in the provinces, had been conscious (perhaps even anxious) that...

Lets Talk Law: The Future of Whanganui Buildings

Lets Talk Law: The Future of Whanganui Buildings

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 11:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

In 2017, the Government addressed future building impacts arising from the Christchurch earthquake.Owners of buildings, particularly those having commercial buildings in the provinces, had been conscious (perhaps even anxious) that...

Former government minister Gerry Brownlee denies bullying lawyer in phone call

Former government minister Gerry Brownlee denies 'bullying' lawyer in phone call

Thursday, 13 September 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

National Party MP Gerry Brownlee has sternly denied bullying a junior solicitor during a phone call after claims from her firm she felt "intimidated and harassed".Adina Thorn Lawyers alleges Brownlee was forceful with the solicitor...

Half a billion dollars and more to make Wellington resilient

Half a billion dollars and more to make Wellington resilient

Saturday, 4 August 2018 5:55 p.m. by MediaHerald

Half a billion dollars is being spent on things some Wellingtonians may never see so the city can be prepared if disaster strikes. Resilience jumps to the forefront of the public's minds each time a natural event such as the Kaikōura...

Christchurch 4.0 quake was regions biggest in half a year

Christchurch 4.0 quake was region's biggest in half a year

Monday, 16 July 2018 11:49 a.m. by MediaHerald

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake that rattled Christchurch last night was the largest registered around the city in half a year.As at this morning, nearly 8000 people had reported feeling the 9.10pm quake, which struck about 10km east...

Nine years ago today: NZs forgotten monster quake

Nine years ago today: NZ's forgotten monster quake

Sunday, 15 July 2018 1:09 p.m. by MediaHerald

It was the biggest New Zealand quake in nearly a century, beginning with a seismic lurch, then exploding with an energy-packed snap.But the 7.8 magnitude Fiordland Earthquake, which erupted nine years ago today in the remote and...

Nine years ago: NZs forgotten magnitude 7.8 monster quake struck Fiordland

Nine years ago: NZ's forgotten magnitude 7.8 monster quake struck Fiordland

Sunday, 15 July 2018 1:09 p.m. by MediaHerald

It was the biggest New Zealand quake in nearly a century, beginning with a seismic lurch, then exploding with an energy-packed snap.But the 7.8 magnitude Fiordland Earthquake, which erupted nine years ago today in the remote and...

Hero firefighter who helped pull students from burning CTV building during Christchurch quake dies

Hero firefighter who helped pull students from burning CTV building during Christchurch quake dies

Friday, 22 June 2018 8:22 p.m. by MediaHerald

A celebrated firefighter awarded for bravery during the Christchurch earthquakes has died unexpectedly at home.Mark David Whittaker, 45, died suddenly on Tuesday. Whittaker's bravery in the 2011 quake was recognised with a New...

Hero firefighter who helped pull students from burning CTV building during Christchurch quake dies

Hero firefighter who helped pull students from burning CTV building during Christchurch quake dies

Friday, 22 June 2018 8:22 p.m. by MediaHerald

A celebrated firefighter awarded for bravery during the Christchurch earthquakes has died unexpectedly at home.Mark David Whittaker, 45, died suddenly on Tuesday. Whittaker's bravery in the 2011 quake was recognised with a New...

Christchurch tourism making up $300m quake deficit

Christchurch tourism making up $300m quake deficit

Saturday, 12 May 2018 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Christchurch is making up for $300 million of lost ground in tourism spending since the earthquakes of 2010-11.ChristchurchNZ chief executive Joanna Norris says there has been a shift in perception about the city.''People understand...

Lianne Dalziel shares memories of Christchurch disaster

Lianne Dalziel shares memories of Christchurch disaster

Saturday, 5 May 2018 11:11 a.m. by MediaHerald

As told to Paul Little. I always used that quote "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." The worst happened on February 22, 2011 when 185 people died and hundreds were seriously injured in the Canterbury earthquake....

Can our pets sense quakes? The evidence is too shaky

Can our pets sense quakes? The evidence is too shaky

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:03 p.m. by MediaHerald

Scientists say there's no strong evidence to back the age-old myth that animals can sense big quakes before we do.In quake-prone New Zealand, the idea that animals can predict impending disasters has long persisted; after 2016's...

Businessman jailed for more than three years over $1.5m Canterbury rebuild tax payments fail

Businessman jailed for more than three years over $1.5m Canterbury rebuild tax payments fail

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 4:07 p.m. by MediaHerald

A Canterbury rebuild businessman has been sentenced to more than three years jail - after failing to pay $1.5-million in employee tax deductions.47-year-old Libor Lasek was sentenced on 44 charges relating to five building companies...

Police confirm decision not to lay charges over CTV building

Police confirm decision not to lay charges over CTV building

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 1:01 p.m. by MediaHerald

Police have confirmed their decision not to lay charges over the CTV building in Christchurch, despite "significant" design deficiencies.Police said this afternoon that they and the Crown Law had reviewed a statement issued by Professor...

Canterbury earthquakes: Kids born after disaster inheriting trauma from parents through DNA, schools dealing with more behaviour issues

Canterbury earthquakes: Kids born after disaster inheriting trauma from parents through DNA, schools dealing with more behaviour issues

Saturday, 31 March 2018 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Canterbury children born after the 2011 earthquake have inherited trauma from their parents through their DNA - similar to what can happen to children of war veterans, experts say.That and the ongoing trauma experienced by children...

Government to repeal year and a day law that stymied CTV collapse prosecutions

Government to repeal 'year and a day' law that stymied CTV collapse prosecutions

Monday, 19 March 2018 5:18 p.m. by MediaHerald

The Government will repeal the "year and a day" law that was used as one of the reasons why police chose not to prosecute anyone over the collapse of the CTV building, which killed 115 people in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.Prime...

Government to overhaul antiquated insurance legislation

Government to overhaul 'antiquated' insurance legislation

Thursday, 8 March 2018 6:56 p.m. by MediaHerald

Overpriced premiums and unexpectedly rejected claims are two issues the Consumer Affairs Minister is tackling during a review of New Zealand's insurance laws.Kris Faafoi says an overhaul of our current laws, which are fragmented...

The cost of the Christchurch earthquakes

The cost of the Christchurch earthquakes

Sunday, 25 February 2018 8:50 p.m. by MediaHerald

Seven years on, Deloitte has calculated how much the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes will cost the city council.It has said the total cost will be more than $10 billion.Of that, about $2.3 billion has been funded by other parties, so...

Cafe and coffee distributor raises $250k for Christchurch rebuild

Cafe and coffee distributor raises $250k for Christchurch rebuild

Thursday, 22 February 2018 3:32 p.m. by MediaHerald

On the anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake a Kiwi coffee company says it has raised almost $250,000 for the Christchurch rebuild.Hummingbird Coffee which distributes to supermarkets and cafes across New Zealand, has raised...

Christchurch earthquake seven years on: We will always remember them

Christchurch earthquake seven years on: 'We will always remember them'

Thursday, 22 February 2018 2:19 p.m. by MediaHerald

Three empty car parks with the faded CTV outline are part of a new memorial to remember the 115 people who died there seven years ago. In the middle sits a pile of river stones – each with a name of someone killed.On February 22...

Q&A: What it was like to report on a NZ disaster

Q&A: What it was like to report on a NZ disaster

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 11:26 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Veteran science journalist Paul Gorman, now assistant editor at the Otago Daily Times , has recounted his experiences reporting on the Canterbury earthquakes in a new book. Portacom City: Reporting on the Christchurch and Kaikoura...

Dead police workers husband slams no accountability for CTV building collapse

Dead police worker's husband slams 'no accountability' for CTV building collapse

Thursday, 30 November 2017 7:51 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

The husband of a police staff member who died in the CTV Building in the Christchurch earthquake has spoken out against a police decision not to prosecute anyone for the disaster.Geoff Brien, whose wife Pam Brien worked for the...

Police decision on CTV collapse: Families wont give up

Police decision on CTV collapse: Families 'won't give up'

Thursday, 30 November 2017 1:51 p.m. by MediaHerald

Families of people who died in the collapsed CTV Building in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake say they will not give up despite a police decision not to prosecute anyone for manslaughter.Mary Anne Jackson, a receptionist in the...

Christchurch property manager accused of misconduct following fatal building collapse in Christchurch earthquake

Christchurch property manager accused of misconduct following fatal building collapse in Christchurch earthquake

Tuesday, 7 November 2017 8:20 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

A Christchurch property manager is accused of committing disgraceful misconduct by failing to inform tenants, one of whom was crushed to death in the 2011 quake, that their building was considered structurally unsafe.Licensed Harcourts...

Christchurch earthquake survivors thanks to blood donor heroes

Christchurch earthquake survivor's thanks to blood donor heroes

Monday, 16 October 2017 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Brian Coker lost both his legs in the deadly Christchurch earthquake.And he would have lost his life - along with 185 other quake victims - if not for 46 blood donors; and the earlier heroic actions of first responders who rescued...

Financial aftershocks continue for quake-hit families

Financial aftershocks continue for quake-hit families

Sunday, 15 October 2017 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

They were teetering on the edge when the cash offer came.Their hillside wedge of paradise, overlooking the caldera of Lyttelton Harbour and the busy port below, was cracked and ­twisted.The February 2011 earthquake wrenched the...