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Court still busy with quake cases

Court still busy with quake cases

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 9:24 p.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch's High Court has a backlog of more than 230 earthquake-related cases.

RSA demolition a nightmare

RSA demolition 'a nightmare'

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 4:01 p.m. by MediaStuff

The demolition of the Sumner-Redcliffs Returned and Services' Association (RSA) building is ''like a nightmare'' for its president Bev Salter.

Threat postpones Southern Response meeting

Threat postpones Southern Response meeting

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 3:21 p.m. by MediaStuff

An apparent security threat has forced the postponement of a meeting between Southern Response and its customers tonight.

Ministry right to not name CTV-like buildings

Ministry right to not name 'CTV-like' buildings

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:50 a.m. by MediaStuff

New Zealand's Government watchdog has backed up a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) decision not to publicly release a list of "CTV-like buildings" around the country.�

WorkSafe: Asbestos management flawed

WorkSafe: Asbestos management flawed

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 1:40 p.m. by MediaStuff

A WorkSafe New Zealand investigation has found deficiencies in the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and Fletcher EQR's management of asbestos but will not lay any charges.

Neighbours key to wellbeing - study

Neighbours key to wellbeing - study

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury's earthquakes have highlighted how important a person's environment and neighbours can be for their resilience after a disaster, new research suggests.

Free fun events to help ease quake stress

Free fun events to help ease quake stress

Monday, 20 October 2014 4:34 p.m. by MediaStuff

More than 60 free community events ranging from family pool parties to singing Christmas carols in Cathedral Square will help people ''have a bit of fun'' this summer.�

City council grants church $43,000

City council grants church $43,000

Monday, 20 October 2014 6:17 a.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch City Council will provide $43,000 for a damaged Little River church, despite the building's long-term future being uncertain.

Port Hills drone footage aired

Port Hills drone footage aired

Saturday, 18 October 2014 3:15 p.m. by MediaStuff

Dramatic footage of multimillion- dollar Port Hills homes dangling on the edge of cliff faces has been featured on the Discovery Channel.

Groundwater changes may warn of big quakes

Groundwater changes may warn of big quakes

Saturday, 18 October 2014 8:19 a.m. by MediaStuff

Something in the water might one day help scientists to predict big earthquakes.

Asbestos warning for homeowners

Asbestos warning for homeowners

Saturday, 18 October 2014 7:55 a.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury homeowners carrying out their own earthquake repairs could be at risk of asbestos contamination, government and local body agencies warn.

Mayor seeks public on Vic Square

Mayor seeks public on Vic Square

Saturday, 18 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

The public should have a say in what happens to Victoria Square, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says.

Building a dream city

Building a dream city

Friday, 17 October 2014 5:00 p.m. by MediaStuff

Walking inner-city streets can make your heart sing or fill you with despair - or both. On my 12-minute walk to work from my temporary inner-city apartment, some sights filled me with hope, while others were head-turning in a bad way.

Smiths City takes on rivals with relaunch

Smiths City takes on rivals with relaunch

Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:48 a.m. by MediaStuff

Smiths City says it's targeting big retail rivals with the multimillion dollar redevelopment of its Colombo St store in Christchurch.

EQC apologises for poor brackets

EQC apologises for poor brackets

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:40 a.m. by MediaStuff

The blunder-prone Earthquake Commission has apologised for its latest error after it handed out safety brackets that failed its own safety standards.

Stress results in more emergencies for St John

Stress results in more emergencies for St John

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Stressed out Cantabrians resorting to violence have contributed to a record number of callouts for St John staff.

Researcher awarded for womens quake stories

Researcher awarded for women's quake stories

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:30 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Christchurch researcher has become the first Kiwi to receive a prestigious award for her work recording the earthquake stories of women.

Costs rise in court fight over buy-out

Costs rise in court fight over buy-out

Monday, 13 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

The Government has spent more than $500,000 defending its decision to offer uninsured Canterbury red-zoners 50 per cent buyout offers.

Southern Response needs $500m top-up

Southern Response needs $500m top-up

Thursday, 9 October 2014 8:55 p.m. by MediaStuff

Southern Response expects to need more than $500 million of taxpayer support to complete its $2.36 billion of claims.

Wellingtons fault find prompts grim warning

Wellington's fault find prompts grim warning

Thursday, 9 October 2014 7:16 a.m. by MediaStuff

A previously unknown fault zone with the potential to severely damage New Zealand's capital has prompted fresh calls for vigilance from quake-hardened Cantabrians.

Firefighter awarded valour medal

Firefighter awarded valour medal

Thursday, 9 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Firefighter Scott Shadbolt was supposed to finish painting his bedroom on February 22, 2011.

Booby-traps found in red zone

Booby-traps found in red zone

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 1:02 p.m. by MediaStuff

Booby-traps have been found in a number of red-zoned properties in Christchurch, prompting a police investigation.

Booby-traps found in abandoned Christchurch houses

Booby-traps found in abandoned Christchurch houses

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 1:02 p.m. by MediaStuff

Booby-traps have been found in a number of red-zoned properties in Christchurch, prompting a police investigation.

Quake hub aims to unearth the facts

Quake hub aims to unearth the facts

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A land information hub will help confused Christchurch home-owners understand what is happening under their homes and what can be done about it, earthquake agencies say.

Alpine Fault secrets being unlocked

Alpine Fault secrets being unlocked

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 9:19 a.m. by MediaStuff

Scientists are digging deep to find out more about one of New Zealand's major earthquake-causing faults.

Rebuild delays irk nearby residents

Rebuild delays irk nearby residents

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

South Brighton residents are running out of patience as the rebuild of the busy Bridge St bridge drags on and the cost of the project balloons to nearly $17 million.

Claims Southern Response has lifted its game

Claims Southern Response has lifted its game

Monday, 6 October 2014 8:55 a.m. by MediaStuff

Some customers who have previously kicked up against Southern Response say the insurance-claims settler has improved its two-way communications with quake clients, somewhat.

EQC foundation repair would not comply

EQC foundation repair 'would not comply'

Friday, 3 October 2014 1:21 p.m. by MediaStuff

The foundation repair suggested by the Earthquake Commission (EQC) of a couple's Burwood home would not comply with building regulations, an engineer says.

EQC assessment method attacked

EQC assessment method attacked

Friday, 3 October 2014 1:14 p.m. by MediaStuff

A High Court claim has resulted in a general attack on the way Earthquake Commission (EQC) has assessed damaged homes in Christchurch.

Surveyor complained about engineers title

Surveyor complained about engineer's title

Friday, 3 October 2014 11:41 a.m. by MediaStuff

An expert supporting a couple's High Court claim against the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and Southern Response (SR) made formal complaints about engineers used by other parties, the court has heard.