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National Portrait - Earths rumblings a fascination for scientist Dr Ken Gledhill

National Portrait - Earth's rumblings a fascination for scientist Dr Ken Gledhill

Saturday, 3 December 2016 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

If you had to paint a picture of the archetypical scientist, you'd come up with an image of Dr Ken Gledhill: deeply woolly, untamed grizzly white beard, spectacles, fleecy jerkin.

Jane Bowron: Civil Defence is helping ourselves

Jane Bowron: Civil Defence is helping ourselves

Friday, 18 November 2016 3:41 p.m. by MediaStuff

It's a fine line between hysteria and calm common sense living under the aftermath and threat of quakes. There's plenty of blame to be apportioned – how successive governments and local bodies have consistently sided with business, rather than go for the building of a strong intergenerational infrastructure.

Quake flattens farmer houses and leaves family under canvas

Quake flattens farmer houses and leaves family under canvas

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 12:31 p.m. by MediaStuff

Rob Armstrong's immediate thought was getting his family out safely when the 7.5 earthquake struck on Monday morning.

Governments third power move on Christchurch red-zoning impinged human rights, report says

Government's 'third power' move on Christchurch red-zoning impinged human rights, report says

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 9:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Government's use of a "third source of power" in the earthquake red-zoning process eroded property rights and affected the mental wellbeing of those who chose to stay, a report says.

Grieving earthquake widower shocked dodgy building materials still be used.

Grieving earthquake widower shocked dodgy building materials still be used.

Saturday, 29 October 2016 4:45 p.m. by MediaStuff

A ​man, whose wife died in the CTV building collapse in 2011, is alarmed that shonky building materials are being used in the rebuild.

Opportunist builders, dodgy steel and shonky standards create new building crisis worse than leaky homes

Opportunist builders, dodgy steel and shonky standards create new building crisis 'worse than leaky homes'

Saturday, 22 October 2016 1:32 p.m. by MediaStuff

Take a building inspector through the soon-to-be city of Flat Bush in Auckland's south-east, and watch his hackles rise.

Backlog of defective buildings and shoddy workmanship sparks calls for building warranties

Backlog of defective buildings and shoddy workmanship sparks calls for building warranties

Friday, 21 October 2016 7:47 p.m. by MediaStuff

You too can be a builder in post-earthquake Canterbury.

Overkill central Christchurch intersection has 19 lights

'Overkill' central Christchurch intersection has 19 lights

Thursday, 13 October 2016 2:13 p.m. by MediaStuff

A central Christchurch intersection will soon be controlled by 19 traffic light poles, with one local business owner reminded of the busy streets of Tokyo.

Overkill central Christchurch intersection has 18 lights

'Overkill' central Christchurch intersection has 18 lights

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 8:56 p.m. by MediaStuff

A central Christchurch intersection will soon be controlled by 18 traffic light poles, with one local business owner reminded of the busy streets of Tokyo.

Thieves make off with big green bus stop

Thieves make off with big green bus stop

Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:13 p.m. by MediaStuff

West Coast Police are puzzled by the theft of a very obvious bright green bus stop.

Court of Appeal seeks to rein in shemozzle arising from CTV building case

Court of Appeal seeks to rein in 'shemozzle' arising from CTV building case

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 5:10 p.m. by MediaStuff

A case against an engineer linked to the collapsed CTV building in Christchurch has become "bigger than ", and needs to be reined it, a Court of Appeal judge has said.

Steel mesh in some homes could be non-compliant

Steel mesh in some homes could be non-compliant

Sunday, 4 September 2016 12:31 p.m. by MediaStuff

Thousands of homes built in the Waikato since 2012 may have steel mesh in their concrete slab foundations that doesn't meet the building code.

Housing provider set to use shipping containers for emergency housing

Housing provider set to use shipping containers for emergency housing

Saturday, 3 September 2016 11:39 p.m. by MediaStuff

A shipping container company has a solution to Auckland's homeless crisis: modified containers with beds, bathrooms and heating.

Christchurch Dilemmas: Christchurchs mental health crisis

Christchurch Dilemmas: Christchurch's mental health crisis

Monday, 15 August 2016 7:56 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Nationwide building boom creating next leaky buildings crisis

Nationwide building boom creating next leaky buildings crisis

Sunday, 14 August 2016 12:43 p.m. by MediaStuff

The nationwide building boom is plastering over the cracks of the next leaky homes crisis.

Avonside family home one of the last for demolition on Christchurchs flat land red zone

Avonside family home one of the last for demolition on Christchurch's flat land red zone

Friday, 12 August 2016 4:42 p.m. by MediaStuff

Cathy Allen spent her childhood in the double-storey timber house at 452 Avonside Drive. Years later, she and husband Chris raised their own family there.

Husband of woman killed in CTV building collapse wants closure

Husband of woman killed in CTV building collapse wants closure

Monday, 1 August 2016 1:44 p.m. by MediaStuff

A man whose wife was killed in the CTV building collapse hopes an investigation into the site's foundations will finally bring justice to those responsible.

Engineers and soil specialists begin examination of CTV site

Engineers and soil specialists begin examination of CTV site

Monday, 1 August 2016 12:56 p.m. by MediaStuff

Engineers and soil specialists have begun examining the foundations of the building that killed 115 people during Christchurch's February 2011 earthquake.

Bravery medal for doctor who risked his life

Bravery medal for doctor who risked his life

Monday, 1 August 2016 11:33 a.m. by MediaStuff

A doctor who crawled through a smoke-filled tunnel to help those trapped in Christchurch's CTV building never met his fellow rescuers again, despite forming an intense bond on the day.

Bravery medal for doctor who risked his life at the CTV building

Bravery medal for doctor who risked his life at the CTV building

Sunday, 31 July 2016 1:26 p.m. by MediaStuff

A doctor who crawled through a smoke-filled tunnel to help those trapped in Christchurch's CTV building never met his fellow rescuers again, despite forming an intense bond on the day.

Christchurch CTV heroes honoured with bravery medals

Christchurch CTV heroes honoured with bravery medals

Sunday, 31 July 2016 1:20 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Canterbury doctor remembers hoping his wife did not find out where he was while he was crawling through a tunnel towards a group trapped in Christchurch's collapsed CTV building.

We were in overdrive, says one of Christchurch CTV heroes honoured with bravery medals

We were in overdrive, says one of Christchurch CTV heroes honoured with bravery medals

Sunday, 31 July 2016 1:20 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Canterbury doctor remembers hoping his wife did not find out where he was while he was crawling through a tunnel towards a group trapped in Christchurch's collapsed CTV building.

Police to dig up soil, test foundations at Canterbury Television building site

Police to dig up soil, test foundations at Canterbury Television building site

Friday, 29 July 2016 2:31 p.m. by MediaStuff

Police investigating the fatal Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapse in the 2011 earthquake will dig trenches to examine the site's soil and foundations.

Championship swimming returns to Canterbury post earthquake

Championship swimming returns to Canterbury post earthquake

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 9:42 a.m. by MediaStuff

Championship swimming has made a triumphant return to Christchurch for the first time since the Earthquakes.

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.

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 Popular

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