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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

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

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...

The Big Read: The only survivor of 13 - from a Dark Place to Parliament

The Big Read: The only survivor of 13 - from a 'Dark Place' to Parliament

Thursday, 12 October 2017 8:30 p.m. by MediaHerald

This is an edited, pre-print excerpt of Ann Brower's paper, which is set to be published in the US-based earthquake engineering journal, Earthquake Spectra. The final published paper will be available online from November at www.earthquakespectra.org....

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...

Aftershock: The debacle of shoddy Christchurch earthquake repairs

Aftershock: The debacle of shoddy Christchurch earthquake repairs

Sunday, 3 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

Tomorrow marks seven years since the first earthquake hit Canterbury. Since then, thousands of homes have been razed and tens of thousands more repaired. Or have they? Lawyers and experts believe Christchurch is sitting on a multi-billion...

Christchurch homeowners legal challenge over earthquake repairs

Christchurch homeowners' legal challenge over earthquake repairs

Sunday, 3 September 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald

More than 50 Christchurch homeowners have lodged legal proceedings against the Earthquake Commission and insurance companies over fears they'll be left to pay for botched earthquake repairs.Tomorrow makes the seventh anniversary...

Govts second red zone offer unlawful, appeal court rules

Govt's second 'red zone' offer unlawful, appeal court rules

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 12:54 p.m. by MediaHerald

The government's second offer to owners of uninsured property and bare land in Christchurch's 'red zone' was also unlawful, the Court of Appeal has ruled, although it wants to chew over more information before determining how to remedy...

Children suffer housing crisis fallout as rate of low-decile transience hits record

Children suffer housing crisis fallout as rate of low-decile transience hits record

Friday, 7 July 2017 4:13 p.m. by MediaHerald

Transient children have hit record numbers in low-income schools as the housing crisis forces more renting families to move house repeatedly.Numbers are still low, but the latest Ministry of Education data shows that 2.8 per cent...

Mayor Lianne Dalziel urges church to restore Christchurch Cathedral

Mayor Lianne Dalziel urges church to restore Christchurch Cathedral

Thursday, 22 June 2017 3:38 p.m. by MediaHerald

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel says if there is to be any certainty on the Christ Church Cathedral's future, the Anglican Church's synod must vote in favour of restoration.At Thursday's city council meeting Dalziel said there...

Mayor Lianne Dalziel urges church to restore Christchurch Cathedral

Mayor Lianne Dalziel urges church to restore Christchurch Cathedral

Thursday, 22 June 2017 3:38 p.m. by MediaHerald

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel says if there is to be any certainty on the Christ Church Cathedral's future, the Anglican Church's synod must vote in favour of restoration.At Thursday's city council meeting Dalziel said there...

Barry Soper: ChristChurch Cathedral rebuild decision long overdue

Barry Soper: ChristChurch Cathedral rebuild decision long overdue

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 1:44 p.m. by MediaHerald

This country has far too few architectural examples of our young history and they're worth preserving.The Auckland Town Hall's one example, the Dunedin Railway Station's another and the masterpiece is the old Parliament Buildings...

Rachel Smalley: Christchurchs eyesores a painful reminder of earthquake tragedy

Rachel Smalley: Christchurch's eyesores a painful reminder of earthquake tragedy

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 8:08 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

I ran the Christchurch marathon at the weekend. It winds you around pretty Hagley Park, through the CBD and then into some of the red zone suburbs.The red zone is always confronting. You can see where houses once stood because although...

Christchurch earthquake kids more resilient than other children, study finds

Christchurch earthquake kids more resilient than other children, study finds

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:43 p.m. by MediaHerald

Exposure to earthquakes has made children in Christchurch more resistant to other pressures in life compared to children with the usual challenges of growing up, new research has found. Massey University clinical psychologist Maureen...

ChristChurch Cathedral decision not due till at least September when Anglican Synod meets

ChristChurch Cathedral decision not due till at least September when Anglican Synod meets

Sunday, 21 May 2017 3:31 p.m. by MediaHerald

It will be at least September before the Anglican Church in Christchurch makes its decision on the future of ChristChurch Cathedral.Bishop Victoria Mathews made the announcement at Sunday services today, saying the decision will...

Kaikoura earthquake shake greater than Christchurch

Kaikoura earthquake shake greater than Christchurch

Monday, 10 April 2017 5:00 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Scientists have revealed incredible new insights into the 7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake - including the most violent ground shaking ever recorded in New Zealand.Readings taken at the North Canterbury town of Waiau during the November...

A third of Christchurch earthquake donations has been spent

A third of Christchurch earthquake donations has been spent

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 9:01 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

More than a third of $5 million earmarked for "the children of the eastern suburbs" has been spent.In February, the South Brighton Residents' Association asked the city council where the donations had gone but was told they would...

Quake brain affecting Cantabrians memory

'Quake brain' affecting Cantabrians' memory

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:46 a.m. by MediaHerald

Researchers have revealed fresh evidence for an earthquake-induced mental fog that affected Canterbury residents, dubbed "quake brain".

Office worker steals $133k from Christchurch rebuild firm

Office worker steals $133k from Christchurch rebuild firm

Friday, 3 March 2017 12:37 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

An office worker has today admitted stealing $133,000 from a Christchurch company involved in the city's rebuild.The administrator and receptionist, who has interim name suppression, handled large amounts of cash at the firm.But...

Christchurch earthquake: The brother we will never get to know

Christchurch earthquake: 'The brother we will never get to know'

Thursday, 23 February 2017 4:51 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Tessa and Anahera Lancaster will grow up wondering what their big brother would have been like.They never met Baxtor.He was just five months old when he was killed after falling masonry fell on him in his cot during the February...

Barry Soper: Kiwis remember Christchurch earthquake six years on

Barry Soper: Kiwis remember Christchurch earthquake six years on

Thursday, 23 February 2017 1:13 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

The Americans do memorials better than most, probably because as the world's policemen they have more to remember.The expansive Arlington Cemetery, just across the Potomac River from Washington DC, is the most hallowed ground in...

Tremor of the heart for the lost

'Tremor of the heart' for the lost

Thursday, 23 February 2017 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

A marble memorial wall etched with the names of the 185 people killed in the Christchurch earthquake has been unveiled in front of their families and loved ones on the sixth anniversary of their deaths.The 112-metre-long wall made...

Note on quake memorial wall: My Daddy. Im 13

Note on quake memorial wall: 'My Daddy. I'm 13'

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 1:21 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

"My Daddy. I'm 13."That message is written on one of three rocks that sit next to a flax weaving at the foot of the new Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. The wall has been uncovered so family and friends of those lost...

Growing calls for lifelong visas to be granted to Chinese parents who lost children in the quake

Growing calls for lifelong visas to be granted to Chinese parents who lost children in the quake

Monday, 20 February 2017 6:38 p.m. by MediaHerald

Pressure is mounting for the Government to reconsider the plea for lifelong visitor visas from Chinese parents who lost their only child in the Christchurch earthquake.These parents - known as shidu parents because they lost the...

Bishop calls media standup in Cathedral Square to refute Gerry Brownlees $25m help offer

Bishop calls media standup in Cathedral Square to refute Gerry Brownlee's $25m help offer

Sunday, 19 February 2017 3:59 p.m. by MediaHerald Popular

There were scenes of frustration and anxiety in Christchurch's Cathedral Square this afternoon as Bishop Victoria Mathews called an emergency media standup to refute Gerry Brownlee's claims this week the Government offered the church...

Editorial: Give parents of quake victims an open invitation

Editorial: Give parents of quake victims an open invitation

Saturday, 18 February 2017 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

If ever there was a compassionate ground to grant visitors a permanent visa to New Zealand it is surely those who lost children in Christchurch's CTV building that collapsed in the February 22 earthquake. Among the foreign students...

Chinese quake parents want lifelong visas to visit their childrens graves

Chinese quake parents want lifelong visas to visit their children's graves

Saturday, 18 February 2017 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

Chinese parents who lost their only child in the February 2011 earthquake are pleading with our government to grant them lifelong visas so they can visit their children's graves.They want the right to enter New Zealand every year...

Christchurch earthquake: The shidu parents who lost everything and are pleading for help

Christchurch earthquake: The shidu parents who lost everything and are pleading for help

Saturday, 18 February 2017 6:00 a.m. by MediaHerald Popular

"I can't get out. My legs are stuck under concrete." It was a Tuesday morning in Guangzhou, southern China, when Zhi-Ping Lai answered his daughter's call."Dad, there's an emergency. An earthquake," she said.Chang Lai, 27, was...