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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

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.

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Andersons former LWR buildings

Receivers sue insurers of fraudster Ken Anderson's former LWR buildings

Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:03 a.m. by MediaStuff

A lengthy, multi million-dollar High Court dispute continues to wage over part of fraudster Ken Anderson's former Lane Walker Rudkin site in central Christchurch.

Earthquake Commission yet to offer Crown payout for red zoned land

Earthquake Commission yet to offer Crown payout for red zoned land

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 7:05 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Crown is still waiting for an estimated $330 million offer from EQC for thousands of red-zoned properties purchased following the Canterbury earthquakes.

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

EQC to re-repair home following apology to Christchurch family

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 6:50 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will redo the outside of a house bought by a couple who thought the property was repaired, but later found cracks had been painted over by tradesmen.

Red zoning decision separate to EQCs settlement offers

Red zoning decision 'separate' to EQC's settlement offers

Friday, 22 April 2016 9:24 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) says there is no correlation between the Government's decision to red zone a property and the land damage settlement offers it makes to clients.

EQCs $1115 land settlement for red zoners doesnt add up

EQC's $1115 land settlement for red zoners 'doesn't add up'

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 12:42 p.m. by MediaStuff

A couple living in Kaiapoi's red zone is considering legal action against the Earthquake Commission after receiving just $1115 for their land settlement.

Southern Ink property manager charged with misconduct

Southern Ink property manager charged with misconduct

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:14 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Christchurch property manager is facing a police investigation and a misconduct charge, after a tattooist was killed by falling masonry in the February 2011 earthquake fleeing an unsafe building.

Southern Ink property manager charged with misconduct over Christchurch earthquake death

Southern Ink property manager charged with misconduct over Christchurch earthquake death

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:14 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Christchurch property manager is facing a police investigation and a misconduct charge, after a tattooist was killed by falling masonry in the February 2011 earthquake fleeing an unsafe building.

Southern Ink property manager Christopher Chapman charged with misconduct over earthquake death

Southern Ink property manager Christopher Chapman charged with misconduct over earthquake death

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:14 p.m. by MediaStuff

A Christchurch property manager is facing a police investigation and a misconduct charge, after a tattooist was killed by falling masonry in the February 2011 earthquake fleeing an unsafe building.

Kiwi engineer awarded for Christchurch liquefaction research

Kiwi engineer awarded for Christchurch liquefaction research

Friday, 8 April 2016 1:58 p.m. by MediaStuff

A team of kiwi engineers have achieved international recognition for their research on liquefaction damage during Canterbury's earthquakes.

Canterbury mental health funding boost to help children - Ministry of Health

Canterbury mental health funding boost to help children - Ministry of Health

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 2:54 p.m. by MediaStuff

A funding boost for Canterbury's mental health system should help to address a rise in children and young people needing help, the Ministry of Health says.

Christchurch schools attempt to avoid panicking students during lockdown drills

Christchurch schools attempt to avoid panicking students during lockdown drills

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 12:20 p.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch schools are grappling with ways to hold emergency lockdown drills that do not traumatise students.

Sydenham Heritage Church rubble to be cleared after five years

Sydenham Heritage Church rubble to be cleared after five years

Thursday, 31 March 2016 9:19 a.m. by MediaStuff

Clearance of the Sydenham Heritage Church rubble will start in about two months.