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Flood-prone may get cash to lift homes

Flood-prone may get cash to lift homes

Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:10 p.m. by MediaStuff

The city council is considering giving flood-prone property owners up to $20,000 towards the cost of raising their homes as an interim measure to protect them from flooding.

Red-zone aim was not land clearance

Red-zone aim 'was not land clearance'

Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:38 a.m. by MediaStuff

Christchurch's red-zone offers were designed to "allow people to take control of their own lives", not force them off their land, a court has heard.

Hazardous waste removed by truckload

Hazardous waste removed by truckload

Thursday, 31 July 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Five kilograms of hypodermic needles, 39kg of medical waste, 4527 spray cans and 257,970kg of paint are among the hazardous household materials cleared from Christchurch's residential red zone.

Quake zones not govt policy decision

Quake zones not govt policy decision

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 1:34 p.m. by MediaStuff

The creation of zones classifying earthquake-damaged land in Christchurch was not a government policy decision, a court had heard.

Engineer for EQC to face hearing

Engineer for EQC to face hearing

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A Napier engineer who was the Earthquake Commission's ultimate engineering authority after the Christchurch earthquakes will face a disciplinary hearing.

Redcliffs School stays in Sumner for now

Redcliffs School stays in Sumner for now

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 4:58 p.m. by MediaStuff

Redcliffs School is likely to remain in Sumner for another year as it waits to hear if its Main Road site is safe.

Quake waste dumping an emerging trend

Quake waste dumping an 'emerging trend'

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 4:21 p.m. by MediaStuff

A judge has denounced a post-quake trend of illegal waste dumping in the demolition industry and fined a contractor $33,000.

Red zone policy never explained

'Red zone policy never explained'

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 4:16 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Government has never explained why it did not use earthquake recovery legislation to develop Christchurch's residential red-zone policy, the Supreme Court has heard.

Red zone policy never explained, Outcasts tell court

Red zone policy never explained, Outcasts tell court

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 4:15 p.m. by MediaStuff

The Government has never explained why it did not use earthquake recovery legislation to develop Christchurch's residential red-zone policy, the Supreme Court has heard.

Quake Outcasts want one size fits all offer

Quake Outcasts want 'one size fits all' offer

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:27 p.m. by MediaStuff

A "one size fits all approach" to red-zone buyout offers was needed to allow all earthquake-affected landowners to recover, a court has heard.

Quake Outcasts take case to Supreme Court

Quake Outcasts take case to Supreme Court

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 9:38 a.m. by MediaStuff

The Quake Outcasts will today have their case heard in New Zealand's highest court.

When you disagree with quake repair assessment

When you disagree with quake repair assessment

Monday, 28 July 2014 1:22 p.m. by MediaStuff

A: Many homeowners are concerned, like you, about the standard or extent of the proposed repairs. What is a proper repair depends on two things - first, what is good building practice, and second, whether the repair proposal complies with your rights under the policy.

Insurance battle grinds couple down

Insurance battle grinds couple down

Monday, 28 July 2014 11:42 a.m. by MediaStuff

The owners of hair salon Ginger Meggs are exhausted and heartbroken after a three-year battle over their insurance.

Broken windows mystery solved

Broken windows mystery solved

Monday, 28 July 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

The mystery of the shattering glass at Christchurch's Civic Offices has been solved.

Flight bill soars for Canty quake bureaucrats

Flight bill soars for Canty quake bureaucrats

Monday, 28 July 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) staff have flown between Christchurch and Wellington more than 7200 times since 2011, spending more than $1.8 million on flights.

Good news for Redcliffs commuters

Good news for Redcliffs commuters

Friday, 25 July 2014 2:43 p.m. by MediaStuff

Redcliffs commuters rushing home to kick off the weekend will be met with a welcome surprise this afternoon when the three-week closure of Main Rd is lifted.

Kids need reassurance over news reports

Kids need reassurance over news reports

Thursday, 24 July 2014 4:34 p.m. by MediaStuff

Television images of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash and slain Palestinian children should come with a parental advisory.

Quake-prone centre unsafe to occupy

Quake-prone centre 'unsafe to occupy'

Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:26 p.m. by MediaStuff

Staff and users of the Allan Bean Centre at Burwood Hospital were forced to leave the building on Tuesday after it was declared unsafe to occupy.

Peters claims quake workers werent paid

Peters claims quake workers weren't paid

Thursday, 24 July 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Earthquake Services owner Bryan Staples told his staff not to file GST returns or pay PAYE tax, says New Zealand First MP Winston Peters.

Quake refugees career takes off

Quake refugee's career takes off

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 8:27 a.m. by MediaStuff

The dream is slowly coming true for a former Christchurch singer who was among the earthquake refugees seeking a haven in Nelson in 2011.

EQC letter cold comfort to flooded resident

EQC letter cold comfort to flooded resident

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A letter confirming the "potential" for quake-related flood risk on her Christchurch property is barely worth the paper it is written on for Carla Martin.

Aussies offer rebuild help

Aussies offer rebuild help

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey, a rugby fan and friend of former Crusaders coach Robbie Deans, hoped media coverage of his visit yesterday would help more Australians see the region was open for business.

Flood-hit families ineligible for claims

Flood-hit families ineligible for claims

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

For homeowners like Jo Byrne that means continuing to pay a mortgage on a home her family cannot live in and are unlikely to be able to sell.

CBD scene compared with 100 years ago

CBD scene compared with 100 years ago

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Inner-city Christchurch has truly been knocked back in time by the earthquakes.

The Christchurch Town Hall must be saved

The Christchurch Town Hall must be saved

Friday, 18 July 2014 12:07 p.m. by MediaStuff

It's an ancient political ritual involving frenzied exhalations of hot air, consultations with the public oracles (usually found on Facebook and in the website's opinion section) and the potent politics of populism. The climax of all this is a tribal dance called the wibble-wobble.

EQC staffer denies misusing cars

EQC staffer denies misusing cars

Friday, 18 July 2014 11:15 a.m. by MediaStuff

A former EQC employee is pleading not guilty to charges alleging she misused the commission's vehicles and a fuel card.

Building standards declining - experts

Building standards declining - experts

Friday, 18 July 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A skilled labour shortage, under-resourced building firms and rebuild deadline pressures are contributing to a decline in Christchurch building standards, industry experts warn.

Study shows impact of quake stress

Study shows impact of quake stress

Thursday, 17 July 2014 1:33 p.m. by MediaStuff

People who experienced serious quake-related adversity are twice as likely to be addicted to smoking and 40 per cent more likely to develop mental health conditions such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder than those who did not experience the disaster, the new research shows.

Historic home halfway to reassembly

Historic home halfway to reassembly

Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:26 a.m. by MediaStuff

The six-part relocation of a 105-year-old Christchurch mansion reached its halfway point yesterday.

A childhood interrupted by quakes

A childhood interrupted by quakes

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Four years ago, they were in different schools and homes.