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Over-cap claims tax insurers capacity

Over-cap claims tax insurer's capacity

Saturday, 1 November 2014 11:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A flurry of new over-cap earthquake insurance cases is expected to cost taxpayers close to $100 million.

People being mucked around by EQC battle

People being 'mucked around' by EQC battle

Saturday, 1 November 2014 10:40 a.m. by MediaStuff

A legal hearing will determine the fate of thousands of property owners.

Portable house built to withstand quakes

Portable house built to withstand quakes

Saturday, 1 November 2014 8:16 a.m. by MediaStuff

The 2011 Christchurch earthquakes forced one couple to rethink how they were living, writes Sarah Catherall.

Police man insurance meeting after threat made

Police man insurance meeting after threat made

Friday, 31 October 2014 1:48 p.m. by MediaStuff

Police and security guards are at the annual meeting of an insurance claims company today after a threat was made.

Compensation no fix for flooding woes

Compensation no fix for flooding woes

Friday, 31 October 2014 10:34 a.m. by MediaStuff

Compensating flood-risk homeowners for the loss of value to their properties does not fix Christchurch's post-quake flooding woes, the Christchurch High Court has heard.

Court ruling could delay rebuild

Court ruling could delay rebuild

Friday, 31 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

An insurance company warns that any court ruling passing liability for increased flood risk to insurers would cause major delays in the Christchurch rebuild.

EQC policy could create roadblock effect

EQC policy could create 'roadblock effect'

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:05 p.m. by MediaStuff

Giving a green tick to the Earthquake Commission's (EQC) policy for flood-prone land claims could create a "roadblock" for homeowners who feel they have been excluded, two High Court judges say.

13,000 EQC payments in the balance

13,000 EQC payments in the balance

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:18 p.m. by MediaStuff

A complex court case to determine how the Earthquake Commission settles more than 13,000 land claims across Canterbury is being labelled "difficult" by EQC's lawyer.

Court to rule land claims

Court to rule land claims

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

A four-day High Court hearing will determine how the Earthquake Commission (EQC) will settle thousands of land claims across Canterbury.

Homeowner finally seeing progress after confronting prime minister

Homeowner finally seeing progress after confronting prime minister

Friday, 24 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

She may need to endure another winter in her quake-damaged home but Paulette Barr is just happy to see progress.

History revisited at Homebush

History revisited at Homebush

Friday, 24 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

Louise Deans has gone to hell and back over the past four years, but as she stands in the sunshine outside the new home she and her late husband poured their hearts and souls into planning, a contented smile crosses her face.

Homeowner sees progress after confronting PM

Homeowner sees progress after confronting PM

Friday, 24 October 2014 5:00 a.m. by MediaStuff

She may need to endure another winter in her quake-damaged home but Paulette Barr is just happy to see progress.

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.