Some former red-zoned homeowners may be able to buy back or lease their old sections but not build on them.
Barman Jaime Gilbert died shielding his sister as Iconic bar fell apart in the big quake. She has returned to work for the same bar.
How does the garden city intend to protect its important trees under its replacement district plan?
Meet the man who proposed building a gothic church of rugby as a stadium in Christchurch.
University of Auckland student Jayden Hickman has been studying the impacts of the Christchurch quake on children who lived through it.
A helicopter demolishes earthquake-damaged homes teetering from a Scarborough cliff.
One of Christchurch's oldest homes, 50 Heberden Ave, Sumner, has been demolished.
Christchurch's repaired Bridge of Remembrance, which can sway with seismic activity, will be ready for Anzac Day.
Hearing panel decision on cliff collapse properties overturned by court.
Christchurch Hospital and Central Library projects had serious flaws in their leadership, report says.
The nation's leading heritage agency under-insured Lyttelton's 1876 Timeball Station by almost $3.6m.
Christchurch seems split on the idea of a new stadium in the city.
Auditor-General's report shows organisation is doing well, but it knows more work is needed.
EQC still needs to improve how it deals with customers and their complaints, a report has found.
A wife's gesture of love for her husband injured in Christchurch earthquake wins hearts... and a national title.
Woman who stole nearly $500,000 from her employer has had an appeal dismissed.
The bankrupt developer's attempt to revive a quake-damaged central Christchurch building has helped scupper its insurance payout.
A full investigation into one of the CTV building's engineers would not be in the public interest, a judge has heard.
Filling empty spaces in Christchurch following the earthquake became an art with Gap Filler.
Government-owned insurer sets aside $4m for legal costs over earthquake repairs.
The stories of homes rebuilt from rubble have been sometimes dramatic, often inspiring, always emotional.
Part of Lyttelton’s Holy Trinity church will soon look out over its port town parish once more.
Architect calls working on the blueprint as the "best moment of my career".
A 4-year-old boy who lost his father in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake is battling leukaemia.
The unusual case of a woman separated from her fingers more than 80 years ago.
More than 77,000 Cantabrians have have taken part in a nationwide earthquake drill.
Pomeroy's cafe off-shoot, Little Pom's, has opened next door.
Double-amputee Stacey Herbert heads to a special United States prosthetic clinic in a fortnight.
A Christchurch businessman has failed to prove his quake-damaged artworks . . . were not art.
Eyes East TV series looks at issues facing East Christchurch
Wife creates dream garden for her husband, who had both legs amputated after being trapped in 2011 quake.
A $3.5 million project to rebuild the historic St Peter's Church in upper Riccarton is awaiting resource consent.
Her life's work was helping others in trouble, so what happened to Inspector Brigitte Nimmo?
Investigation over an alleged threat to put a claim into a "blackhole".
Homeowners take action against Earthquake Commission over its repair and cash settlement policies.
A campaign giving young Cantabrians a say in shaping the future of their city has been launched.
OPINION: It's not only earthquake repairs that are defective. The Earthquake Commission system is broken too, writes Duncan Webb.
Two "inquisitive" intruders have been arrested after exploring inside quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral.
Three pianos played their last tune, as they were smashed by Greendale residents during their earthquake memorial activities.
The Canterbury Provincial Chambers are among the most badly quake-damaged buildings in Christchurch being restored.
Hardy Kaiapoi residents have stayed on despite damage from the September quakes.
The aftermath of the September 4, 2010, earthquake has been tough for Hororata, say residents.
Scientists are cautiously optimistic the worst of Canterbury's recent earthquake sequence may now be over.
A new survey looks at how much rebuild progress has been made since September 2010.
Student volunteers learned about comraderie and the importance of community.
Charlie Gates draws on familiar place names to imagine a new lexicon for post-quake Canterbury.
Family says post-quake insurance delays and hassles have stolen their children's childhoods.
Complacency after 2010's mag-7.1 earthquake proved fatal. Lessons were not learned. When February's quake hit, buildings not inspected rigorously enough killed and maimed.
Five years after the earthquake that marked their birth Canterbury's ''quake babies'' are starting school.
The quakes killed my business and put huge pressure on my marriage forcing me to focus on 'the little things'.
Earthquake repairs to the Christchurch Arts Centre, once feared as a decades-long, budget-breaking project, are nearly half complete.
Lyttelton Port is promising a developed waterfront including cafes and a purpose-built walkway, partly funded by quake insurance.
MICHELE MCCORMACK - StuffMichele McCormack says she has watched her community disintegrate and longs to get out.
Is your life better or worse than it was five years ago? What has been the most significant change?
A new walking trail through Christchurch's red zone aims to inspire.
Firms doing $10m-plus projects have rated Canterbury's biggest government agencies poorly on their ability to run bidding processes.
Christchurch photographer Sabin Holloway unveils a new exhibition of previously unseen photos from inside the red zone.
OPINION: Non-structural unreinforced masonry should be given priority in moves to make old buildings safer.
Dow International have offered monetary and practical help to a Christchurch housing scheme.
A professional engineering body will not appeal a decision clearing the actions of top Earthquake Commission staffer Graeme Robinson.
A small group of Brooklands residents are determined to keep the community alive.
Judge rejects suggestion that CERA’s slowness in carrying out red zone demolitions contributed to spate of arsons.
REVIEW: Fiona Farrell has written a scorching polemic on the Christchurch earthquake.
Alec and Helen Durie live on a street with no name, and they are the last remaining residents.
Owners of vacant, commercial and uninsured red zone properties will get more money under a new deal.
The revamp of earthquake insurance could see EQC allowed to pay claims to banks rather than homeowners.
Gerry Brownlee has cancelled his own party because of claims of favouritism in the rebuild.
The Christchurch City Council clawed back some power from the Government days before a new quake rebuild plan was released.
You've seen the city's crumbled cathedral and empty lots. But have you seen the suburbs?
A plan to rename Christchurch's east frame development is "a waste of resources".
Cera has pushed the deadline to demolish or remove residential red zone buildings to the end of July.
Church leaders should decide what to do with cathedral and "get on with it", city councillor says.
The new leaders of Christchurch's earthquake rebuild will be announced this week.
A rollerblader who shot footage of pre-quake Christchurch has posted a video of the city in its unbroken state.
Some Christchurch red-zoners might be properly compensated for their earthquake-damaged properties and land, but the uninsured are feeling left out.
Gerry Brownlee says lawsuit over insurance settlement delays is part "ambulance chaser".
Alan Reay didn't mislead industry body over links to building, which collapsed in quake, killing 115 people.
Canterbury quake claimants group urges Government to carry out an independent review into repairs.
Another icon from Christchurch city's past is almost gone, with the demolition of the Camelot Hotel in Cathedral Square due to finish this week.
Photos show how far the quake rebuild has come, and how far it has to go.
City Council decides whether to restore the quake-damaged Christchurch Town Hall.
Government says it needs to buy 440 properties to ease Christchurch social housing woes.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is losing dozens of staff members
Chantelle Erickson, her partner and their three young children have lived in a garage for a year - and she's exhausted.
A Christchurch quake survivor and film fan reviews San Andreas.
Twelve houses at Rolleston Prison's construction yard are heading to new Christchurch sites for families in need.
Matua Papuni has spent a year living in a van in a Christchurch car port after moving down for the rebuild.
Four months living in a Christchurch shed exacerbated Natasha Fa'aaliga's mental illness.
Sonya Tranter sleeps in armchair so three families can squeeze into a two-bedroom house.
A Christchurch church group's offer to redevelop earthquake-damaged Porritt Park has been rejected.
Help has flooded in for a Canterbury mum stuck living in a caravan post-earthquake.
Trina Nesbitt and her children live in a caravan because because she cannot find an affordable house in Christchurch.
In a matter of seconds, up to 55kg of explosives took down this quake-damaged building.
Christchurch's quake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament will be revamped to the tune of $45 million over four years.
Southern Response withheld costs information from earthquake claimants to avoid "confusion".
Christchurch red zone dwellers and low income families have received care packages to help them through the cold snap.
Residents in Christchurch's eastern suburbs say it's time for "positive change", but where to start?
Christchurch developer places memorial to those killed in the CTV building at the centre of his rebuilt business.
The funding crisis facing Relationships Aotearoa could be the start of a "challenging time".
Health professionals are at a loss to explain the findings of a post-quake Canterbury health study.
Vivienne ran her own business for 20 years until the quakes. Struck by a triple whammy of life events, she is in mental health care.
Are Christchurch cinemagoers ready to see a blockbuster movie about a devastating earthquake?
The implosion of Christchurch's old police station will not clash with the city's marathon.
A former Fletcher EQR worker has lost an ERA case after he was dismissed for taking cash to help write a contractor's quotes.
The High Court has allowed the Crown to take over a block of central Christchurch land before compensation has been paid.
The artist behind the 185 chair quake memorial sculpture wants it permanently placed on the former CTV site.
Winning design for quake memorial says nothing about Christchurch, landscape architect says.
The artist behind the the city's unofficial earthquake memorial is "mulling over" its future.
An insurance company is going to the Supreme Court to dispute a judgment that could cost it millions of dollars in payouts to Christchurch red-zoners.
A proposed youth housing project will not turn into a "ghetto of naughty kids'.
A year on from floods that hit Christchurch neighbourhoods Michael Wright talks to residents about whether they are happy about efforts to prevent trouble in future downpours.
Spectators keen to watch Christchurch's old central city police station blow up are being asked to watch online.
Molly and Matilda's mum Kelly was killed in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
EQC is trying to shut down adverse findings about its top engineer Graeme Robinson.
Vicki Buck wants the CCC to underwrite rents on 40 private houses to help the homeless.
Forgotten Sherpas of Nepal Trust members say they don't know the fate of the areas they service in Nepal.
After recovering, there is the recovering from the recovering. And it may take 10 years.
Dulkara Martig had flashbacks of the Christchurch quakes as she ran for safety in Nepal.
The flame from Luke's cigarette lighter flickers down the dark corridors of an abandoned Christchurch building.
Major downsizing of the Fletcher-managed earthquake home repair programme will not slow progress in its final phase, the company says.
The Crusaders and Canterbury teams would return to the old AMI Stadium if it was repaired, region's rugby boss says.
Cera's acting chief executive John Ombler will continue in the role until the end of the year.
The Government will consult the public on possible revised compensation offers for some Christchurch red-zoners.
Cash settlements and flooding expected to be talking points at new quake help desk for Christchurch residents.
More than 40 South Canterbury properties with building claims arising from the Canterbury earthquakes are yet to be settled.
The owner of the ruined BNZ building in Cathedral Square says it cannot afford to rebuild.
Silt and sewage damaged 100km of Christchurch waterways, which may take decades to recover.
An earthquake-affected Christchurch couple have successfully opposed an insurer-imposed cash settlement.
New videos created by an IT man in Christchurch give a bird's-eye view of two quake-stricken suburbs.
Quake-hit homeowners are taking IAG and Fletcher EQR to an international human rights body.
EQC claims manager forms own assessment company but has a process to avoid conflicts.
'It's getting much easier to live here'
The Christchurch suburb of Bexley is almost off the map.
Canterbury is one-quarter of the way to recovery, with 2015 "a year of momentum" say city leaders.
One of the complainants against CTV designer Alan Reay is overjoyed legal action may be heard.
Engineering expert may have backed Alan Reay even if he knew of his involvement in failed CTV building.
Video shows quake-ravaged Avonside
New video shows the remains of one of Christchurch's quake-stricken riverside suburbs.
EQC manager Reid Stiven will leave the organisation at the end of April.
Thousands of red-zone trees have been logged in a Cera database as it nears the end of its land-clearance project.
A plan to rebuild the Christ Church Cathedral in wood means demolishing it first, says Jim Anderton.
Anglican leaders consider restoration options for Christ Church Cathedral.
What do we want from a quake memorial - a list of names on a plaque or an experience?
Four years after the Christchurch earthquake, a survivor recounts her experiences of the aftermath.
Quake Outcasts pleased with Supreme Court ruling but fear more battles to come.
Analysis: The Supreme Court's decision on compensation for the Quake Outcasts and their fellow red-zoners hinges on one point.
Asbestos being removed from Christchurch’s residential red zone does not pose a health hazard, Cera says.
Human Rights Commission 'delighted' by Quake Outcasts' Supreme Court win.
It has been a long battle for uninsured red-zoners, but NZ's highest court has finally ordered the Government to reconsider its offer.
Cantabrians each lost 150 days of "healthy life" in the aftermath of the February earthquake, new research claims.
At 12.51pm on that fateful day I was about to head out of our office building in Latimer Square.
Each Cantabrian lost 150 days of "healthy life" in February earthquake aftermath, study claims.
Christchurch is tough game, yet here we are, still learning, and still working towards change.
An interim director for the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) has been announced ahead of the departure of current leader Warwick Isaacs.
House moves over boundary
Tony Bennett's Sumner home is full of cracks, has moved over his boundary, and is red-zoned - but his insurer insists it can be repaired.
Cop station demo team: Reported date wrong
Demolition team says the former police station's implosion will not happen on April 18 as reported on social media.
Nathan Durkin looked up from trying to resuscitate an injured person during the 2011 quake and saw a group of kids looking on.
This 1910 Cashmere home has been transformed after suffering major structural damage in the earthquakes.
The future of the popular South Brighton Holiday Park is under a cloud as the council considers closure.
OPINION: Nothing whispers vindication to hurting EQC customers like report using the word "substandard".
Highest price yet for quake-damaged home
A Christchurch home in as-is-where-is condition has sold for $1.72 million.
For me, the post-disaster Christchurch is more comparable to post-WW2 occupied Berlin.
What can New Zealand learn from Japan about earthquakes?
Text messages were sent to all family members, all of them were answered ... except one.
Quake doco respectful, shocking, personal
OPINION: It was with a heavy heart that I began to watch last night's quake documentary The Day That Changed My Life.
I was thrust up in the air, bike and all. It was so violent that I knew there would be souls lost.
A deep rumble came from the ground below. We were blanketed by clouds of thick dust.
When the quake claimed his suburb, Jimmy Banks made the best of a bad situation.
She told me: "I saw the dust from the cliffs when they fell down and thought you must have died".
Margaret Woolley turns 100 this week. Her home of 77 years is pegged for demolition. She can't face it.
For Christine Henry, February 22, 2011, was a cold, damp and eerie day.
REVIEW: Last night's TVNZ earthquake documentary The Day that Changed My Life was unsettling but enlightening.
It is still hard to get your head around the enormity of what we have been through in Christchurch.
Insurance experts will offer advice to homeowners struggling with their earthquake claims at a meeting in Christchurch.
I could hear kids screaming. The terror of that noise I will never forget. They were so alone and so scared.
Quake victim's family cannot forgive
The father of Yoko Suzuki says if the CTV building's designers admitted their fault and apologised he could forgive them.
'Everything was in darkness as no light could get through the cloud of dust swirling.'
Aftershocks and living in a highly strung environment takes toll on Canterbury's children.
Memorial service goers told "everything has changed except for the love, support and strength of Cantabrians".
Floral display for quake anniversary
Christchurch's rivers have been transformed into flowing floral tributes as the city marks four years since its devastating earthquake.
Record turn out for memorial event
Dreary conditions have proven no barrier to the 2200 people who have turned out for a Christchurch earthquake memorial run today.
Cantabrians mark the fourth anniversary of the February 22, 2011 quake.
The haunting image of a man being pulled from the rubble was seen by millions around the world.
Four years on, a new documentary explores the psychological impact of the Christchurch earthquakes on six survivors.
There are moments you reflect on in life and February 22 will always be there, writes Dave Broughton.
Four years on from the February 22, 2011, earthquake the Christchurch insurance scene is much altered but intact.
EQC between a rock and a hard place
EQC is arousing suspicion with its coming payouts for flood and liquefaction land damage. But is it just doing the right thing?
My first quake anniversary away from home
No matter how far away you move - your past will always follow. I can't take back what I saw on February 22.
After two years of willing his nerves to work, quake survivor Nick Walls made an extraordinary move.
Unsettled quake claims can lead to health issues and financial problems, research shows.
For those who came close to death on February 22, 2011, tomorrow's anniversary remains too painful.
The owner of the new $17m St Elmos Court wishes he had never rebuilt the much-loved office block.
As the full force of the quake hit, Greg Cole recalls having a single thought: the building is going to collapse.
The quakes and now a lack of tenants have put an end to 60 years of inner city life for one Christchurch man.
The view into town when Jeff Peters collected The Press from his driveway every morning used to stay the same.
Living alone in a red-zoned tower block
John Shrewsbury cooked on a Primus stove, used swimming pool water carried up eight flights of stairs in two buckets for the toilet cistern and kept a steel-shafted ice axe by the door in case the building partially collapsed and the door jammed shut.
Before and after pictures show how dramatically Christchurch has changed in the last four years.
Dentral Christchurch has seen four times as many demolitions as rebuilds since the earthquakes
A heritage building shattered by February earthquake will be restored - but only if a tenant can be found.
Life has been up and down for the owner of the tattoo parlour where Matti McEachen died.
The Antigua St footbridge has returned to arc over the Avon River once more.
Helen Kraal lost her home in the earthquakes but an insurance loophole means she won’t be fully compensated.
Malcolm Harris left Christchurch's CTV building at 12.40pm on February 22, 2011, intending to go back.
Our street was 'totally wrecked'
John Henry was in traffic for the first Christchurch quake in February 2011. Then the second one hit.
The adverts saying what to do in an earthquake make it sound as if you have a choice, writes Tracy Woodfield.
Everyone in Christchurch on February 22, 2011, has a story. Tell us yours.
Police will jump through many hoops before deciding whether to prosecute anybody over the CTV building collapse.
The winning official earthquake memorial design will be chosen in May from six options.
Four years on and many homeowners still need answers on their earthquake claims.
In the first of a four-part series, Paul Gorman visits Onagawa, ravaged by the 2011 tsunami, and the rebuilt Kobe, 20 years after its devastating quake.
A trust set up by expats has poured over $6m into the Christchurch rebuild.
The creator of an earthquake musical is removing references to the fatal No 3 bus ride.
Report finds major failings with the way Earthquake Commission handles customers.
A musical based on the fatal No 3 bus ride in the February 2011 quake is likely to proceed but in an "evolved" form.
Families of those killed on the No 3 bus have been offered free tickets to a musical based on the quake tragedy.
Show features bored, imaginary commuters on a bus before the earthquake finale shakes the theatre.
Follows red bus journey up to quake moment
A young theatre troupe will recreate Christchurch's February 2011 earthquake in a "messy new musical theatre event" at the Wellington Fringe Festival.
EQC will pay 24 of its staff $65,000 a year to work just over one week per month.
Ratepayers' money could be used to help fund the repair and upgrade of a former convent.
A University of Canterbury researcher is analysing nearly a million tweets posted during and after the quakes.
Confronting and "raw" footage from aftermath of February 22 to be broadcast on TV.
The scaling back of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is official underway.
How did red-zoned Kairaki survive?
Three-and-a-half years after it was red-zoned, Kairaki is as strong as ever. How has it survived?
The first earthquake claim alleging an insurance company breached an OECD instrument on human rights has been accepted.
Jimmy Ryan used his drone to get a new perspective on Christchurch's old AMI stadium.
Ken Keir is resigned to a fourth winter in his ruined home but takes comfort in feeling he has had the last laugh.
Drone has bird's eye view of city's damage
Cameras soaring through the skies of Christchurch are capturing the city in a new light.
Haunting footage of Christchurch's red zones that still exist after 2011's devastating earthquake.
Footage of quake-damaged Catholic cathedral
New aerial footage has revealed just how much damage was sustained by Christchurch's Catholic Cathedral in the February 2011 earthquake.
Late Canterbury University engineer developed design processes that allow buildings to withstand violent shaking.
Copper stripped off Band Rotunda
The partially dismantled Edmonds Band Rotunda in central Christchurch is gradually losing its roof thanks to copper thieves.
A few weeks ago, we took the kids and took part in the new old Christchurch. Or is that the old new Christchurch?
More than 30 years ago, photographer Jae Renaut decided to photograph Lyttelton's heritage buildings in case something happened to them.
INTERACTIVE: See how a year of earthquakes unfolded in New Zealand.
Why did some areas have more earthquakes than others this year? Scientists explain.
There were tens of thousands of earthquakes in New Zealand this year. Where was it shaking hardest and most often?
BMX track, dog park and quake memorial are among ideas put forward for the Waimakariri red zones.
Councils cannot force strengthening of quake-prone buildings beyond legal minimum, Supreme Court says.
Mixed response as six designs being considered to commemorate Christchurch's February 2011 quake are revealed.
Couple face fourth Christmas in caravan on their front lawn after quake hit uninsured house.
The busy Dyers Pass Rd has reopened after four weeks of infrastructure repair work.
Pamela Wilkinson will pen a letter to Prime Minister John Key before admitting "there's no hope left".
OPINION: Resilience is one of those overused buzz words, but what exactly does it mean and why does the Christchurch City Council need a chief resilience officer?
A Christchurch teen's composition will be played in Westminster Abbey for the next February quake anniversary.
Quake was strong enough to shake people out of their slumber, but they won't be rattled.
Daredevil activists show us a sight we haven't seen in years - Christ Church Cathedral from inside. | Building intruders exposed
Trio caught taking photos in building subject to asbestos removal get police warning.
High Court says EQC does not need to pay for homes damaged by increased flooding risk.
Thousands of Christchurch residents affected by liquefaction and flooding will find out how they will be compensated today.
Timaru man Murray Cleverley is to step down from his role with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority at the end of February.
We get an exclusive look through the damaged building before works start in the new year.
David Harding has been found to have "misrepresented his competence" in his work.