Christchurch earthquake

Homeowner sees progress after confronting PM

Paulette Barr

An end to a woman's quake-damaged home woes is in sight after she approached the prime minister.

History revisited at Homebush

Modern new look for historic Homebush


After devastating loss of the original homestead, Louise Deans says a fresh start was the right decision.

Court still busy with quake cases


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

RSA demolition 'a nightmare'

Tears as damaged RSA building comes down


Demolition of the Sumner-Redcliffs RSA building ''like a nightmare'' for its president Bev Salter.

Threat postpones Southern Response meeting

Melanie Tobeck

Concerns over security put pin in meeting between Southern Response and frustrated claimants.

Ministry right to not name 'CTV-like' buildings

CTV building

Govt watchdog backs ministry decision to not publicly release list of potentially dangerous buildings.

WorkSafe: Asbestos management flawed


WorkSafe won't lay charges despite finding flaws in EQC and Fletcher EQR's asbestos handling.

Neighbours key to wellbeing - study

Neighbours helping clear liquefaction

Canterbury's quakes highlighted the importance of a person's environment and neighbours.

Free fun events to help ease quake stress

Christmas carols

More than 60 events, from pool parties to carol singing, will help people ''have a bit of fun'' this summer.

City council grants church $43,000

$43k grant for church with uncertain future

St John the Evangelist Church Little River

The city council will provide $43,000 for a damaged Little River church despite its uncertain future.

Port Hills drone footage aired

clifton hill

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


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

Asbestos warning for homeowners

The Press

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 Lianne Dalziel

The public should have a say in what happens to Victoria Square, mayor says.

Building a dream city

What type of city do you want?


Everyone has an opinion on how Christchurch should look. Here is what some of our leading lights think.

Smiths City takes on rivals with relaunch


Bargain hunters queue up for revamped Smiths City store after multimillion dollar redevelopment.

EQC apologises for poor brackets

EQC brackets

EQC apologises after handing out wall brackets that failed its own safety standards.

Stress results in more emergencies for St John

St John's Ambulance

Stressed out, violent Cantabrians have contributed to a record number of callouts for St John.

Researcher awarded for women's quake stories

Rosemary Du Plessis

Researcher focused on ''ordinary stories of people coping in extraordinary circumstances''.

Costs rise in court fight over buy-out

Red zone grass

Govt spends $525k defending decision to offer uninsured red-zoners 50 per cent buyout offers.

Southern Response needs $500m top-up

Generic money

Southern Response may need more than $500m of taxpayer support to complete $2.36b of claims.

Wellington's fault find prompts grim warning


Quake-hardened Cantabrians tell Wellington to get prepared after fault zone is found under harbour.

Firefighter awarded valour medal

Scott Shadbolt

Scott Shadbolt receives rare award for helping save the life of a man trapped under rubble in the Christchurch quake.

Booby-traps found in abandoned Christchurch houses


Police are investigating after booby-traps were found in Christchurch's red-zoned properties.

Quake hub aims to unearth the facts

Quake hub

Land information hub will help confused Christchurch residents understand what is happening under their homes.

Rebuild delays irk nearby residents

South Brighton’s Bridge St

If it took 50 months to construct the Golden Gate bridge, why is it taking 30 months for Bridge St bridge?

Alpine Fault secrets being unlocked

Scientists drill 1.3km for clues into Alpine Fault

Alpine Fault drill

Scientists drill 1.3km into Alpine Fault in hope of learning more about earthquakes.

Claims Southern Response has lifted its game

Melanie Tobeck

Customers who previously kicked up say insurance-claims settler has improved communication.

EQC foundation repair 'not as good as new'

Suzanne and Cameron Kelly

Foundation repairs suggested by EQC would be like getting a car with a third less power, engineer says.

'Systemic problem' in EQC assessments


Expert appearing in High Court case criticises EQC methods of assessing damage.

EQC floor test 'unreliable, non-expert'

Suzanne and Cameron Kelly

EQC found only 'cosmetic damage' in 5-year-old flat which slumped 380mm, court told.

House 'clearly' dropped after quakes

Cameron and Suzanne Kelly

House at centre of $590k High Court claim slumped 360mm in Christchurch quakes, expert says.

EQC accused of 'unacceptable bullying'

Cameron and Suzanne Kelly

Family battling EQC initially claimed $1m for $300k house after not knowing their "entitlements".

Bridge repairs delay power line removal


Bridge repairs have delayed Orion's plans to remove overhead power lines built in eastern Chch after 2011 quake.

Lawyer: Insurers trying to weasel out

ameron and Suzanne Kelly

Cameron and Suzanne Kelly say EQC and Southern Response are trying to get out of a full rebuild of their house.

Foundation damage 'not quake' owners told

But owners say insurers trying to 'weasel out'

Cameron and Suzanne Kelly

Insurers whittled down an agreed rebuild of a house to a $50,000 repair, a Court was told today.

Landlord 'vilified' over false quake claims

Sally Mengtung Ye

Christchurch landlord gets eight months' home detention for making false quake damage claims.

Owner disputes quality of repairs

Murray McDrury

Rebuild firm locked in battle with property owner who says $40k of work was not completed to scope.

Grenade shell found in red-zone property


Bomb disposal experts say a device found at red zone property was only the 'shell of a grenade'.

CTV engineer fails to stop release of disciplinary findings

David Harding

The High Court has rejected an attempt to stop disciplinary hearing findings from being released.

Cera set to hand over safety reins


Cera is preparing to end its involvement in structural safety assessments of building stock.

TV series shows Christchurch as it is

TV presenter shocked at homelessness

Gerard Smyth

Gerard Smyth, award-winning director of When a City Falls, reveals Christchurch through lives of everyday people living in extraordinary times.

Most important earthquake book so far?

City-building after Disaster in Christchurch

OPINION: Co-editor of Once in a Lifetime says the book should be at the top of the incoming quake recovery minister's reading list.

Bars bring vibrancy back to city

Lynn Anderson

Orana Park's CEO says post-quake hospitality revival has turned around her "boring, stay-at-home" lifestyle.

Supreme Court decision a win for quake claimants


OPINION: The Supreme Court's first decision arising from the Canterbury quakes will have wide-ranging impact.

Interest sought for Town Hall rebuild

Christchurch Town Hall

Council asking potential contractors to look for innovative ways to reduce cost of restoration.

Quake fund to help community hall reopen

Banks Peninsula War Memorial

New Brighton hall and Akaroa war memorial to be repaired after receiving $200k from mayoral fund.

Brownlee backtracks after calling claimants 'grumpy'

Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee sorry for describing quake claimants on Campbell Live show as 'grumpy'.

Daggy sheep plan for red zone roasted

Red zone grass

Grazing flocks in the abandoned red zone like sending lambs to the slaughter, advocates say.

Sewerage a pipe dream for man still using a bucket

Paul Tobin

The son of a man still using a bucket as a toilet since the 2011 quake is fundraising to fix his dad's 'degrading' broken sewer.

Clothes maketh the property man

Shaun Stockman

Property investor who lost his mum just before the quakes and his father during them says you "just have to get on with life".

Support for burned-out leaders

mental health

Community leaders burned out by quake recovery being sought to take part in wellness project.

EQC complaint numbers a disgrace - Cosgrove

jocelyn  yates

Almost 20,000 complaints lodged with EQC in past four years as residents vow to 'keep fighting'.

Cantabrians 'need to invest in themselves'


Research for a wellness campaign shows Cantabrians are not looking after themselves.

Earthquake data privacy breach 'avoidable'

Bryan Staples

Breach that revealed details of 83,000 Canterbury EQC claims 'could have been avoided'.

Library coming down but memories stick

Central library more than a building for books

Gloucester St library

Christchurch Central Library, once a cutting-edge information hub and a place where people fell in love, sometimes with books.

Christchurch earthquakes' first victim

David Lei

David Lei spent Thursday remembering the quake's seemingly forgotten casualty, his partner who died of a heart attack during the 7.1 quake.

Quake leaders shun show over 'safety concerns'

Tim Grafton

Quake recovery leaders decline Campbell Live after concerns following Ashburton shooting.

Cantabrians 'feel like a nuisance'

Linda Harris

It's really hard to get excited about a new Christchurch when all I feel is loss still.

No official recognition for quake volunteers

Earthquake generic

More than 1800 civil defence volunteers are refused official recognition for quake efforts.

First home and a broken dream

Bought 'dream home' on September 3, 2010

Yuri Bacas Hosaka

Four years on from the first earthquake, Yuri Bacas Hosaka is still waiting for answers. | 'Many still rattled'

Four years on and many still rattled

Christchurch aerial post-earthquake, generic, housing, suburbs, suburbia, houses

A live TV broadcast gives residents a chance to vent their post-quake frustrations.

Aftershock: Fatigue tests pair's marriage

Cate and Riwai Grace

Cate and Riwai Grace's marriage has survived an emotional struggle that began on September 4, 2010.

Council approves $45m for communities

Sumner librarys

Council approves $10m Sumner facility, new Bishopdale library and $5m for Brighton legacy project.

Four years and no repairs

Quake repairs

The constant battle with the EQC has taken its toll on our family like many others.

Canterbury quake babies thriving

Lola Romero

What is life like for the families who had babies during the 2010 7.1 magnitude quake?

Are you stuck in Sept 4, 2010?

wedding mags

Does it feel like the beginning of a fresh start for Christchurch and Canterbury where you are?

EQC battle felt like the 'twilight zone'

jocelyn  yates

The EQC sent Jocelyn Yates a land claim payment of $5.51.

Kaiapoi to make the best of red zone

Brent and Shirley Cairns

Kaiapoi was one of the worst hit areas in the September 2010 quake, but residents say it has a bright future.

Homebush emerges from ruins

Homebush, Sept 5, 2010

The reincarnation of the historic Deans family homestead Homebush is nearly complete.

Christchurch rebuild just 10pc complete

Construction worker/ Hard hat

The perception that Canterbury is well advanced on quake recovery is misleading, business leader says. l EQC running out of cash

Police escalate probe into CTV collapse

CTV building

Professionals connected to CTV building collapse have moved closer to possible manslaughter charges.

Life downhill since September quake

quake damage

The earthquakes have not affected us emotionally, but financially, we have hit the wall.

Scientists defend earthquake forecasting

Earthquake generic

Scientists defend criticisms that Canterbury earthquake forecasting is ineffective or distracting.

New life in Chch held up by road works

Moorhouse Ave

I was lucky in the quakes, but now constant and unpredictable road works are horrendous.

Quakes left me feeling 'empty'


The city that I grew up in feels barren and looks like a skeleton of its former self, Matthew Ohs writes.

Cliff-top properties judged risk to life

Port Hills home

The fate of Port Hills properties in limbo since the 2011 earthquake has finally been revealed.

EQC 'failed' to give top engineer support

Reid Stiven

Complainants against an EQC engineer overstated his role and misunderstood EQC's, says his lawyer.

$855,000 to repair classroom

Yani Johanson

Anglican Church will get council grant to help repair block at St Michael's School.

EQC engineer breaks down at hearing

Graeme Robinson

The EQC's top engineer turned up to do a repair strategy for a garage which had been condemned.

Town Hall rebuild bids sought

Christchurch Town Hall

The council wants to hear from firms keen to rebuild the Town Hall although the project may not go ahead.

Sumner residents plea for $10m hub

Sumner librarys

Sumner residents are impatient for a new $10m hub to 'help the village prosper'.

Loving the Christchurch life

Christchurch life

We moved to Christchurch in 2013 to find a thriving city. Now I can't imagine living anywhere else.

EQC engineer denies bullying

Graeme Robinson

The EQC top engineer made assessments without tools and was arrogant and bullying.

EQC engineer in disciplinary hearing

Graeme Robinson

Public needs to be protected from actions of EQC's top engineer, homeowner tells disciplinary committee.

Girl has never known an undamaged home

Dion Paxie

Ephelia Paxie has never known an undamaged home and her dad is losing hope over quake repairs.

College rejects Reay's money

Alan Reay

Canterbury University's engineering college rejects cash donation from boss of the company that designed failed CTV building.

Quakes can affect babies' progress, says expert

A baby

Post-quake babies could be more prone to crime, abuse and gambling as adults.

Cathedral wars heating up

Christ Church Catherdral

Campaigners opposing the demolition of Christ Church Cathedral have launched a PR offensive.

A city treasury of visual culture

Chapman's Homer

OPINION: Maintaining the cultural heartbeat of Christchurch is a key a part of our rebuild.

Quake payout doubles Skellerup profits


Skellerup Holdings posts after-tax profit of $41.1m, boosted by $20m Canterbury earthquake insurance settlement

Shaking off my fear of quakes


Sara Fenn has been able to overcome her fears because she survived the darkest one.

6000 vulnerable quake claimants wait

EQC, Earthquake Commission

Thousands of vulnerable EQC and insurance customers are still waiting for a resolution.

QEII site gets nod for $30m sports centre


Queen Elizabeth II stadium recommended as new home for $30.5m recreation and sport centre.

Videos to cheer up quake-weary Cantabrians

Jesters' videos try to cheer up Cantabrians

Fix It Building Services video

Videos featuring Court Theatre Jesters aim to wrest reluctant chuckles from Christchurch residents dealing with post-quake stresses.

Cathedral advocates 'appalled' at comparisons


Senior bishop's call for Christchurch to stop clinging to the past angers restoration advocates.

Patience needed to change an insurer's view

Builder, new house, generic

OPINION: Putting a dispute over repairs in front of a judge is costly, but may be necessary if the insurer shows no sign of budging.

Where to next for our sinking city?

Avondale liquefaction

OPINION: Large and expensive developments in areas most susceptible to liquefaction will be challenging to justify to Kiwis.

Bravery of quake rescuers recognised

Bryce Curran

Two anaesthetists awarded for exceptional bravery during the February earthquake.

Does Christchurch have a rat problem?


Reports of rats marauding fringes of Christchurch's residential red zone have some crying plague.

Approach to Key advances EQC claim

Paulette Barr

Any doubts Paulette Barr had about confronting John Key have diminished after EQC fast-track her case.

Homeowner - at 3degC - is over EQC

Ken Keir

Ken Keir was happy when he was paid out $113k by EQC - then it asked for it back.

Principals past get on with their lives

Quake principals move on after schools close

Lee Walker

Seven principals were left questioning their futures when their schools were closed last year. Some have left education, while others travel.

Council holds out on church repair bid

House construction

Church's bid to fix school held as council mulls plans for other buildings it owns, including cathedral.

88 house checks and still waiting

63-year-old Gavin still fighting for home repair

Gavin Johnstone

Gavin Johnstone is among 62 Cantabrians whose treatment by insurers and construction companies has resulted in a human rights complaint.

Govt 'creatively accounting' for rebuild

Winston Peters

NZ First leader Winston Peters accuses Govt of deceit on the cost of the Christchurch rebuild.

Fake engineer worked on Queensland projects

Gerald Shirtcliff

Qld projects to be reassessed after Gerald Shirtcliffe, who worked on CTV, worked on them using fake name and qualifications.

Experts want to save the cathedral

Conservation 'not just about saving old things'


A restoration expert, an architect and an architectural historian tell Paul Focamp that Christ Church Cathedral is too valuable to be demolished.

Double amputee dreams of walking down the aisle

A woman's dream after quake took both legs

Stacey Herbert

Double amputee Stacey Herbert still dreams of walking down the aisle.

Tearful woman confronts John Key

Paulette Barr

Paulette Barr tells Prime Minister "it's really cold" in her unrepaired quake-hit Shirley home.

Family forced to move nine times

Mt Pleasant family

Mt Pleasant family has moved nine times - soon to be 10 - since the February 2011 earthquake.

Up and away: Waste wings its way off cliffs

Demolition waste being moved in helicopter


More than 100 tonnes of building waste are being airlifted off the Port Hills as part of Christchurch's first helicopter-assisted demolition.

Learning to play game of claims


A clear head and the right information is what really counts when dealing with insurance companies.

Red-zoners get more time to mull over buyouts

Roger Sutton

Port Hills red-zoners get six-month extension on Crown's offer to purchase their homes.

Flood-prone may get cash to lift homes

Waimea Tce flooding

Council considering giving flood-prone residents up to $20k towards cost of raising homes.

Red-zone aim 'was not land clearance'

David Goddard

Court hears red-zone offers were designed to give people control, not force them off their land.

Hazardous waste removed by truckload

red zone homes

5kg of needles were among more than 320,000kg of waste recovered from the red zone.

Quake zones not govt policy decision

Quake Outcasts

The creation of zones classifying quake-damaged land was not a government policy decision, court hears.

Engineer for EQC to face hearing

Graeme Robinson

Top engineer who trains EQC staff faces disciplinary hearing after claims he based conclusions on biased thinking.

Redcliffs School stays in Sumner for now

Redcliffs School

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

Quake waste dumping an 'emerging trend'


Judge denounces post-quake trend of waste dumping in the demolition industry and fines contractor $33,000.

'Red zone policy never explained'

Francis Cooke

Quake Outcasts tell court the Government did not explain why the CER Act wasn't followed.

Insurance battle grinds couple down

Mike Hamel

Exhausted owners of now-bust hair salon Ginger Meggs say they were let down by their insurers.

When you disagree with quake repair assessment

Construction, contractors, rebuild

OPINION: If an insurer's expert will not change their view, it is best to obtain your own expert to point out shortcomings.

Broken windows mystery solved

Broken glass at Christchurch council

Shattering glass at Christchurch's council offices down to repeated quake movement.

Flight bill soars for Canty quake bureaucrats

Gerry Brownlee

Staff amass "excessive" bill after flying between Christchurch and Wellington 7286 times since 2011.

Good news for Redcliffs commuters

Chch road cones

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

Gaza crisis

TV images of MH17 crash and slain Palestinian children need parental guidance, expert says.

Quake-prone centre 'unsafe to occupy'

David Meates

Staff at Burwood Hospital's spinal cord centre forced to move out after further quake damage found.

Peters claims quake workers weren't paid

Winston Peters

Winston Peters tells Parliament that Earthquake Services boss told his staff not to pay tax.

Quake refugee's career takes off

Classical singer started busking after quake

rebecca nelson

The dream is slowly coming true for a former Christchurch singer, who took to busking after the 2011 earthquake.

EQC letter cold comfort to flooded resident


A letter confirming the "potential" for flood risk on Carla Martin's property is not worth the paper it is written on.

Aussies offer rebuild help

Joe Hockey in Chch

But AMI stadium giving off a "temporary" vibe about city to international audiences, treasurer says.

CBD scene compared with 100 years ago


Photographs of Christchurch from 1914 show how the quakes have knocked the city back in time.

Flood-hit families ineligible for claims

Jo Byrne

Flockton basin residents told their land doesn't meet the EQC criteria for increased flood risk.

The Christchurch Town Hall must be saved

chris moore

OPINION: The town hall is 'timeless and perfectly suited' for purpose and should be restored.

EQC staffer denies misusing cars

EQC cars

Former EQC employee pleads not guilty to dishonestly using company vehicles and a fuel card.

Study shows impact of quake stress

Professor David Fergusson

Those who suffered most during the quakes are twice as likely to be addicted to smoking.

Historic home halfway to reassembly

Historic mansion relocates across Chch

Lake End 1909 in Fendalton

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

Cera forks out $672k for 'info' campaigns

Roger Sutton

Cera spent more than half a million on promotional material in the last year, including $317k on flashy videos promoting the rebuild.

A childhood interrupted by quakes

Childhood interrupted

Christchurch's quake kids entered "an adult world of worry" before their time, say parents.

Making a spectacle of Christchurch demos

Video shows aerial view of the central city

Alejandro Haiek Coll

An internationally renowned architect wants to make a "spectacle" of Christchurch demolitions by giving the public a place to watch.

CTV engineer admits career 'over'

David Harding

CTV designer has apologised to families of the 115 who died in his building, and says his career is 'all but over'.

Who pays for unseen quake damage?

quake damage house

Once a homeowner shows there is damage, it is the insurer's role to determine the extent of that damage.

EQC kept mum about asbestos-infected house

Angela Dawson

EQC identified the asbestos risk in a quake-damaged home but failed to tell the family living in it.

Teen feels left out of rebuild process

Ferg Grenfell

Teen finds 'nothing positive' and 'no vibrancy' in Christchurch with 'slow, frustrating' decision-making.

Victim's father to state concerns about Harding

David Harding

Tim Elms to take the stand at today's inquiry into CTV building engineer David Harding.

Design for quake memorial open to all

Earthquake Memorial chairs

The multi-million dollar Canterbury Earthquakes Memorial could be designed by anyone.

Our 'new normal' is a reality show

Tributes left on the CTV site's wire fence

OPINION: If only Gaylene Preston had spared us the thrush, racism, violence and ''disaster sex".

Human right abuse claims spike after quakes

david rutherford

A man and his terminally-ill housemate 'cannot cope any more' after 68 official visits to their quake-hit home but still no repairs.

River site tipped for quake memorial

avon river

Christchurch's earthquake memorial is tipped to be on the Avon River in the central city.

Dramatic role just part of the job for Cera

Roger Sutton

Cera has been thanked in the credits of a polarising TV series based on the Canterbury quakes.

Reality check on Christchurch town hall cost

Christchurch Town Hall

Decision makers need to be "smart, not sentimental" about the Christchurch Town Hall.

Christchurch $3000 job incentive nets 50

Sam O'Carroll

Jobless in Wellington and with a $3000 carrot dangling, it was too tempting for Sam O'Carroll.

Ernst & Young makes way

former Ernst & Young building

The demolition of the former Ernst & Young building on Cambridge Tce should be complete within about six weeks.

Online consultation scheme gains interest

Nearly 200 people have given feedback on the $35k consultation scheme for east Christchurch.

Car-park building to go before Christmas


The Lichfield St car-park building will be demolished before the pre-Christmas retail rush, the Christchurch City Council says.

Labour insurance policy 'mixed bag'

insurance 300x200

Insurance industry opposes Labour plan for an independent insurance commissioner, but welcomes review.

Protest unlikely to save memorial hall

Memorial hall protest

A heartfelt protest is unlikely to save an historic building dedicated to 71 students who died in WWI.

Town hall restoration on hold

Christchurch Town Hall

Multi-million dollar restoration of the Town Hall put on hold as the council assesses its finances.

EQC floor level assessments 'inadequate'

EQC, Earthquake Commission

Shonky floor level measurements made by EQC contractors led to poor assessments - institute.

Japan PM: Visit stirs sad memories

Japan PM at CTV

Michio Humphreys stood at the Madras St railing as the motorcade rolled by. She waved a small Japanese flag.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visits CTV site

japan strap

Shinzo Abe, who knows something about earthquake tragedy, lays a wreath at the CTV site. | Whaling looms large

Raewyn's courage inspires TV show

Red-zone 'camp mum' inspires TV drama

Raewyn Iketau and Charlie Duthie

Raewyn Iketau is a survivor.

A dispatch from the front line

PR manager leaves Southern Response

Southern Response protest

OPINION: People need more info to understand time frames and complexity of rebuild, says Sam Fisher.

Insurers must stay the course on house repairs

Construction, contractors, rebuild

OPINION: Once the insurer decided whether to repair or pay out, it cannot change its mind because of difficulties with the repair.

Hope and Wire divides viewers

Hope and Wire

Grating. Shameful. Moving. Public reaction to Hope & Wire was nothing if not varied. l Series like a punch to stomach

Hope and Wire like punch to stomach

Series left me jumping at loud noises again

Hope and Wire

OPINION: However having seen the whole series, and with the benefit of a few weeks to mull it over, I'm glad Hope and Wire exists.

Doco style saps Hope and Wire of potency

hope and Wire

In its attempts not to offend, a series about the Canterbury earthquakes seems to let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Hopes dashed as Harding resigns

David Harding

"Another avenue to accountability" for CTV collapse gone after its designer escaped disciplinary hearing, victim's father says.

Hope and Wire delivers solid drama

But shame so few Canterbury actors used

Hope and Wire

OPINION: Swearing and skinheads aside, quake series Hope and Wire is a really good drama.

CTV engineer quits industry body

'A blow for the families of the 115 victims'

David Harding

Construction minister 'disappointed and concerned' that CTV engineer quits industry body a week before disciplinary hearings.

Red-zone couple rush to move

Cera 'hassle' after hard move exceeds deadline

Robert and Isobel Snow

Elderly couple feel pressured by Cera's approach, having failed to meet the deadline to vacate their Burwood home.

Family live in fear of asbestos exposure

Concerns EQC repairs left asbestos in heatpump

Daniel and Nicola Moore

A Christchurch family are distressed after their earthquake repairs may have exposed them to asbestos.

Gaylene Preston: I'll walk beside you

Gaylene Preston

OPINION: Gaylene Preston, maker of quake series Hope and Wire, looks back at her own earthquake experiences.

Steve Hicks sorry for 'stress and disappointment'

Steve Hicks

Police investigate after Christchurch firm went bust, leaving homeowners and creditors out of pocket.

Quake series causes controversy

Film-maker defends quake drama

Gaylene Preston

Will a television drama set amid the Christchurch earthquakes re-open the wounds left by 2011?

Quake drama carries health warnings

hope and wire

TV3 is fielding complaints before a new series set during the 2011 Christchurch quake even goes to air.

$5m for TV quake drama

Hope & Wire

"Does it need all the quakes?" asked budget assessor of taxpayer-funded TV quake drama.

Lianne Dalziel to lecture on resilience

Lianne Dalziel

Mayor Lianne Dalziel to speak at London forum about learning from crisis next week.

Mayor pleads for safer buildings sooner

Christchurch aerial post-earthquake, generic, housing, suburbs, suburbia, houses

Earthquake victims will have died in vain if building safety laws aren't fast-tracked, mayor says.

Landlord convicted of fake EQC claims

Chch landlord signed invoice in her cat's name

Sally Mengtung Ye

A Christchurch landlord has been convicted of submitting false quake repair claims worth more than $27k.

Rockfall mitigation a 'vain hope'


A new report confirms rockfall risk on the Port Hills can be mitigated but is not financially viable.

'Stressed' pilot made unsafe foggy landing

Air New Zealand black livery

Pilot stressed by quakes made an unsafe landing in fog and only saw the runway while 30m above it.

Energy company billing demolished house

Power, electricity, power lines, power pole

Port Hills couple plagued with Contact Energy payments after calling to disconnect months before.

Red-zone promise 'reckless' - Brownlee

Jan Ellis red-zoned land

Earthquake minister questions wisdom of Labour's commitment to buy red zone properties.

Policemen: we were just doing our jobs

Constable Mike Kneebone, Acting Senior Sergeant Mike Brooklands and Constable Shane Cowles

Police officers, who were first on the scene of the collapsed CTV building, are "humbled" by bravery awards. | List of recipients | Humble heroes

Excitement at CBD return

dean palmer

Dean Palmer remembers the building shaking. The noise of breaking glass was deafening.

Awards recognition for quake rescuers who risked their lives

The actions of those people who risked their own lives to help the injured and trapped after the February 22, 2011, earthquake have been recognised with New Zealand bravery awards. Today, The Press joins in honouring their heroism. 

Humble heroes honoured

Dr Bryce Curran

Rescuers saved Brian's life by cutting off his legs with a hacksaw and a Leatherman knife.

Battered CBD still offers family fun

Plenty of family fun - if you know where to look

Catherine and Charlotte Woods

Finding the positive in a post-quake city can be a tough ask, but Catherine Woods says there's plenty for families to do in the CBD.

EQC secures reinsurance cover

EQC Ian Simpson

Agency gets cover worth $4.5 billion, up from $3.25 billion last year, chief executive Ian Simpson says.

CTV engineer faces disciplinary action

David Harding

Man who designed deadly building 'largely unsupervised' is summoned to disciplinary hearings.

Insurance woes follow purchase of quake-hit home

Houses, real estate, property, insurance, mortgage

Some insurers are backtracking on earlier offers to transfer cover when quake-hit homes were sold.

Quake-hit Cantabrians still struggling

Sad woman, depressed, grieving

Two-thirds of quake-hit residents tired and grieving, with those still battling insurers the worst off.

Former drainage boss denies fraud


Former boss of Christchurch drainage firm denies deceiving quake-hit residents of up to $20k each.

Landlord denies fake quake-repair claims

Sally Mengtung Ye

Landlord accused of filing false invoices for $27k of quake repairs says she paid for work in cash.

Three years since earthquake reminder

On June 13, 2011, Chch was rattled again

June 13 2011 christchurch quake

Three years ago today, Christchurch was once again brought to its knees.

$1 reserve for red-zone house auction

Phyllis and Michael Thorn

Couple who missed insurance payment put their red-zoned house up for sale with a $1 reserve.

Expert shows court fake invoice theory


Police computer expert shows how a Christchurch landlord may have made false invoices for quake-repair work.

Go West, Christchurch CBD

Cathedral Square

Move on, rebuild the CBD, and our grandchildren will be grateful, Nigel Cooper writes.

Landlord denies faking quake claims


Christchurch landlord disputes allegations she faked documents to claim $28k of emergency repair work.

Unveiling symbolises city's rebirth

 Katie Mills

New Zealand's most famous suffragette has been "liberated" again after the Canterbury earthquakes.

Another winter of discontent

Peggy Holdthuson

Out of hospital with a clean bill of health, Peggy Holdthuson should be relaxing at home.

EQC cheque buoys council home repairs

CCC logo

The Christchurch City Council's social housing repair and rebuild programme has received a $15 million cash injection from the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

Retrospective asbestos checks urged


Contractor fears 'thousands' of quake-hit homes were fixed without asbestos testing.

Council seeks clarification over claims

court generic

Christchurch City Council joins court action seeking clarification over land damage claims.

Outcasts' fate in Supreme Court hands


Supreme Court to decide fate of Quake Outcasts after revised red zone offers ruled out.

Woman charged over EQC car misuse

EQC cars

A 24-year-old Christchurch woman has been arrested over the alleged misuse of EQC vehicles.

EQC hassles inspire charitable song

Quake hassles inspire charitable song

eqc blues

A song inspired by Cantabrians' frustrations with the Earthquake Commission has turned into a fundraising venture for people in need. 

Bishopdale library repair costs double

book sale

Rocketing costs have forced a rethink on plans for fixing Bishopdale's library.

Provincial chambers repair bill $70m

Canterbury Provincial Council building

The Canterbury Provincial Council buildings are insured for $30m but will cost up to $70m to repair.

Uncertain future for quake-hit facilities

NZ money, cash

Christchurch communities may need to chip in if they want their quake-damaged facilities repaired.

Cantabs share quake survival tips

Cantabs share tips for coping in a quake

survival kit

Tips from people who lived through the Canterbury earthquakes will be used to help others prepare. | Fault at risk of rupture

Fault at risk of rupture

Alpine Fault

Report says there is a 65 per cent chance the Alpine Fault will rupture in the next 50 years.

Evidence vital in drainage cases

Graham Daniel Lilley

City homeowners who fell foul of Alligator Drainage Ltd may have some relief in sight.

Firm fined $30k for dumping quake waste

Oakleigh Innovation waste dumping

Canterbury company penalised for illegally disposing of items such as books and carpet on farm.

Owners of rockfall property fight back


A couple who failed to convince a judge their Sumner home was a writeoff are going back to court.

Engineers defend building standards

House construction

Engineering body rejects claims it knows building thresholds for quake-prone structures are ''unacceptably low''.

Inquiry into Alan Reay dropped

Alan Reay

Families of CTV victims say dropping inquiry again man whose firm designed the building has "got the feel of Pike River".

Investigation over CTV engineer dropped

No action over CTV collapse

Alan Reay

Engineer whose firm designed the CTV building says dropped inquiry was unreasonable.

Law students take on EQC


Law students are volunteering their time to help residents take court action against EQC.

Pets quake victims, too

3000 animals killed in disaster

dog liquefaction

In times of disaster, saving pets equals saving people, a University of Canterbury expert says.

Quake broke down prejudices

quake neighbours

I had decided my neighbour was a complete tosser and we'd never be friends. How wrong I was.

Curing quake-weary Cantab kids

Curing quake-weary kids



Ashleigh Stewart unearths a heart-warming story of a Christchurch castle in the clouds, floored by the quakes, but now helping heal the psychological wounds of vulnerable children.

Cuts to EQC enable $372m surplus

EQC, Earthquake Commission

A surprise $300 million Budget surplus relies mainly on a cut to EQC's insurance bill.

'Landlords should pay for strengthening'

quake strengthening

Business tenants believe landlords should pay for earthquake strengthening to buildings.

Jones: We can't keep sinking cash into pool

Ali Jones

A blowout in the budget for fixing Waltham Lido Pool prompts warning from city councillor.

PM to Labour: 'How would you run surplus?'

david cunliffe and john key

Key challenges Labour to explain how it would pay for its election promises and run a surplus.

Government 'holding back' on quake costs

David Cunliffe

Labour asks if Canterbury's earthquake recovery money is being held back to enable budget surplus.

Demolitions damage more than quakes

Contractors 'wreak havoc' in Brooklands

Brookland footpaths

Contractors demolishing houses in Brooklands do more damage than the earthquakes, residents say.

Historic house lands new site

house moved

A red-zoned Christchurch mansion will be put on show when it is moved to a prime new spot halfway across the city.

Chch homes decay as residents wait

quake damage house

Most of us can cope with a multitude of issues if 'home' is okay, Gabrielle Frayling writes.

Red-zone homes key to rockfall work

Lidia Belles and Andrew Abakhan

The use of red-zoned homes on the Port Hills may be key to dealing with the rockfall risk.

Liquefaction stockpile put to work in rebuild

burwood silt

Silt and mud shovelled from quake-hit properties are being used for repairs and construction.

Red-zone homes in 'suspicious' blaze

Fire on New Brighton Rd

Two vacant red-zoned Christchurch homes have gone up in flames this morning.

Is the residential red zone unlawful?

Matthew Sandrey and Ernest Tsao

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

$300,000 homes for Christchurch

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae

Buyers may soon be able to buy salvaged and relocated red-zoned homes for $300,000.

Expert explains Section 38 regulations

Christchurch's heritage-listed Public Trust Office

OPINION: Lawyer Mark Christensen explains the rules associated with demolishing heritage buildings.

Port Hills rockfall barriers 'largely unaffordable'

Port Hillss

Port Hills residents battling to stay in their red-zoned homes are unlikely to get further council help.

Demolition of cliff-top homes begins

Clifton Hill red zone demolitions begin

clifton hill demolition

A team consisting of Southern Response, Cera and Arrow International has begun demolishing red-zoned homes on the Port Hills.

Valuations add to red-zone stress

red zone homes

Council extends objection period after concerns revaluations caused added stress to red-zoners.

Can Christchurch be saved?

Christ Church Cathedral

Rebuilding New Zealand's second-biggest city was always going to be challenging.

Avondale bridge has reopened

Avondale bridge works

Repairs and strengthening work on the earthquake-damaged bridge, which began last February .

There is no 'first-fix' for Chch

Christchurch CBD

We can't afford to just focus on one problem in Christchurch, Neil Spray writes.

Council won't act to halt Majestic demolition

Majestic Theatre

The council has ruled out taking legal action to try and stop the demolition of the Majestic Theatre.

Shock at broken city sparks blanket drive

Tracey Keen

A Matamata woman's trip to Christchurch shocked her so much she started a drive to refill the blanket bank.

Christchurch rental rip-off must stop

Generic for rent sign

Landlords increasing rental prices to cream insurance payouts need to be capped immediately.

Quake appeal allocates all funds raised

NZ money, cash

Libraries, orchestras and sports groups among the causes to benefit from $99m donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.

EQC appoints two to replace one

EQC, Earthquake Commission

Two high-profile EQC officials will fill the void left by the outgoing customer services general manager.