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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

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

Rapaki residents hope concrete wall will protect against falling rocks

Rapaki residents hope concrete wall will protect against falling rocks

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 6:13 p.m. by MediaStuff

On a ridge above Henry Couch's home sits a row of 17 square concrete blocks, each weighing 2.25 tonnes.

They look heavy, like nothing would move them.

"They've got to be," Couch said.

His property is one of 11 in the marae-based community of Rapaki, in Lyttelton Harbour, red-zoned because of the risk of rock fall. In the February 2011 earthquake, boulders rained down from the hill above the settlement. One, the size of a car, left a gaping hole in his nephew's house. T ...

Expert stonemason works on historic Peel Forest church

Expert stonemason works on historic Peel Forest church

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 3:49 p.m. by MediaStuff

A third-generation stonemason, originally from Northern Ireland, is visiting South Canterbury to help keep tradition alive here.

Skinning, crazy people and underwear racing at Queenstown Winter Festival

Skinning, 'crazy people' and underwear racing at Queenstown Winter Festival

Sunday, 26 June 2016 3:34 p.m. by MediaStuff Popular

Dozens of "skinners" greeted the dawn from the top of the Remarkables on Saturday as part of the Queenstown Winter Festival.

Christchurch educator Jacqueline Duncan receives special honour

Christchurch educator Jacqueline Duncan receives special honour

Sunday, 5 June 2016 12:50 p.m. by MediaStuff

Jacqueline Duncan knew exactly what to do when the earth started moving under her feet.

Gerry Brownlee says change to Otakaros purpose no big deal, calls Labour deluded

Gerry Brownlee says change to Otakaro's purpose no big deal, calls Labour 'deluded'

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 7:11 p.m. by MediaStuff

Gerry Brownlee has labelled the opposition "deluded" for questioning changes that alter the purpose of the Crown-owned company charged with delivering anchor projects in Christchurch.

34 tonnes of liquefaction silt removed from rotting, quake-damaged house

34 tonnes of liquefaction silt removed from rotting, quake-damaged house

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 6:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

Thirty four tonnes of silt has been removed from underneath a Woolston home, five years after liquefaction occurred at the property during the Canterbury earthquakes.

Tonnes of liquefaction silt removed from rotting, quake-damaged house

Tonnes of liquefaction silt removed from rotting, quake-damaged house

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 6:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

Tonnes of silt has been removed from underneath a Woolston home, five years after liquefaction occurred at the property during the Canterbury earthquakes.

$8,455,690 rebuild claim as Christchurch homeowners sue IAG

$8,455,690 rebuild claim as Christchurch homeowners sue IAG

Monday, 16 May 2016 8:19 p.m. by MediaStuff

Owners of a luxury Christchurch home claim it will cost nearly $8.5 million to rebuild – the same as the New Brighton Pier.

Insurer Southern Response queried on asbestos testing and removal

Insurer Southern Response queried on asbestos testing and removal

Friday, 6 May 2016 8:28 p.m. by MediaStuff

Questions have been raised about whether Southern Response both tested for and removed asbestos before demolishing an earthquake-damaged Christchurch property.

Earthquake Commission asks how to turn off the tap on second time repairs

Earthquake Commission asks how to 'turn off the tap' on second time repairs

Thursday, 5 May 2016 7:17 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) wants to know how it can "turn off the tap" on Canterbury homeowners seeking second time repairs, according to a presentation given to staff.

Familys new $800k Christchurch property found to contain asbestos

Family's new $800k Christchurch property found to contain asbestos

Thursday, 5 May 2016 3:22 p.m. by MediaStuff

Monique and Garry Bond spent $800,000 on a property in upmarket Christchurch to build their dream home, only to learn it was contaminated with asbestos.

Damage causes Christchurch house to rot as owners battle insurers

Damage causes Christchurch house to rot as owners battle insurers

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 8:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

Paul Gilbertson's Christchurch home is in "serious trouble" as damage from liquefaction rots floorboards and foundations.

Settlement expands EQCs liability hugely, as more homeowners speak out

Settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely', as more homeowners speak out

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQCs liability hugely

Homeowners expect fight for quake repair reviews after settlement expands EQC's liability 'hugely'

Friday, 29 April 2016 9:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury property owners remain up in arms over the Earthquake Commission's EQC) response after a settlement confirmed it must repair homes to "where new" standard.

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

EQC agreement with EQC Action Group has major implications

Friday, 29 April 2016 12:25 p.m. by MediaStuff

OPINION: The Earthquake Commission and the EQC action Group on Thursday released a statement setting out their joint agreement on a series of basic principles about how to interpret the EQC Act regarding EQC's obligations around the stand of repairs.