An end to a woman's quake-damaged home woes is in sight after she approached the prime minister.
Modern new look for historic Homebush
After devastating loss of the original homestead, Louise Deans says a fresh start was the right decision.
Christchurch's High Court has a backlog of more than 230 earthquake-related cases.
Tears as damaged RSA building comes down
Demolition of the Sumner-Redcliffs RSA building ''like a nightmare'' for its president Bev Salter.
Concerns over security put pin in meeting between Southern Response and frustrated claimants.
Govt watchdog backs ministry decision to not publicly release list of potentially dangerous buildings.
WorkSafe won't lay charges despite finding flaws in EQC and Fletcher EQR's asbestos handling.
Canterbury's quakes highlighted the importance of a person's environment and neighbours.
More than 60 events, from pool parties to carol singing, will help people ''have a bit of fun'' this summer.
$43k grant for church with uncertain future
The city council will provide $43,000 for a damaged Little River church despite its uncertain future.
Dramatic footage of multimillion- dollar Port Hills homes dangling on the edge of cliff faces has been featured on the Discovery Channel.
OLIVIA WANNAN - The PressSomething in the water might one day help scientists to predict big earthquakes.
The PressCanterbury homeowners carrying out their own earthquake repairs could be at risk of asbestos contamination, government and local body agencies warn.
The public should have a say in what happens to Victoria Square, mayor says.
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.
Bargain hunters queue up for revamped Smiths City store after multimillion dollar redevelopment.
EQC apologises after handing out wall brackets that failed its own safety standards.
Stressed out, violent Cantabrians have contributed to a record number of callouts for St John.
Researcher focused on ''ordinary stories of people coping in extraordinary circumstances''.
Govt spends $525k defending decision to offer uninsured red-zoners 50 per cent buyout offers.
Southern Response may need more than $500m of taxpayer support to complete $2.36b of claims.
Quake-hardened Cantabrians tell Wellington to get prepared after fault zone is found under harbour.
Scott Shadbolt receives rare award for helping save the life of a man trapped under rubble in the Christchurch quake.
Police are investigating after booby-traps were found in Christchurch's red-zoned properties.
Land information hub will help confused Christchurch residents understand what is happening under their homes.
If it took 50 months to construct the Golden Gate bridge, why is it taking 30 months for Bridge St bridge?
Scientists drill 1.3km for clues into Alpine Fault
Scientists drill 1.3km into Alpine Fault in hope of learning more about earthquakes.
Customers who previously kicked up say insurance-claims settler has improved communication.
Foundation repairs suggested by EQC would be like getting a car with a third less power, engineer says.
Expert appearing in High Court case criticises EQC methods of assessing damage.
EQC found only 'cosmetic damage' in 5-year-old flat which slumped 380mm, court told.
House at centre of $590k High Court claim slumped 360mm in Christchurch quakes, expert says.
Family battling EQC initially claimed $1m for $300k house after not knowing their "entitlements".
Bridge repairs have delayed Orion's plans to remove overhead power lines built in eastern Chch after 2011 quake.
Cameron and Suzanne Kelly say EQC and Southern Response are trying to get out of a full rebuild of their house.
But owners say insurers trying to 'weasel out'
Insurers whittled down an agreed rebuild of a house to a $50,000 repair, a Court was told today.
Christchurch landlord gets eight months' home detention for making false quake damage claims.
Rebuild firm locked in battle with property owner who says $40k of work was not completed to scope.
Bomb disposal experts say a device found at red zone property was only the 'shell of a grenade'.
The High Court has rejected an attempt to stop disciplinary hearing findings from being released.
Cera is preparing to end its involvement in structural safety assessments of building stock.
TV presenter shocked at homelessness
Gerard Smyth, award-winning director of When a City Falls, reveals Christchurch through lives of everyday people living in extraordinary times.
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.
Orana Park's CEO says post-quake hospitality revival has turned around her "boring, stay-at-home" lifestyle.
OPINION: The Supreme Court's first decision arising from the Canterbury quakes will have wide-ranging impact.
Council asking potential contractors to look for innovative ways to reduce cost of restoration.
New Brighton hall and Akaroa war memorial to be repaired after receiving $200k from mayoral fund.
Gerry Brownlee sorry for describing quake claimants on Campbell Live show as 'grumpy'.
Grazing flocks in the abandoned red zone like sending lambs to the slaughter, advocates say.
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.
Property investor who lost his mum just before the quakes and his father during them says you "just have to get on with life".
Community leaders burned out by quake recovery being sought to take part in wellness project.
Almost 20,000 complaints lodged with EQC in past four years as residents vow to 'keep fighting'.
Research for a wellness campaign shows Cantabrians are not looking after themselves.
Breach that revealed details of 83,000 Canterbury EQC claims 'could have been avoided'.
Central library more than a building for books
Christchurch Central Library, once a cutting-edge information hub and a place where people fell in love, sometimes with books.
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 recovery leaders decline Campbell Live after concerns following Ashburton shooting.
It's really hard to get excited about a new Christchurch when all I feel is loss still.
More than 1800 civil defence volunteers are refused official recognition for quake efforts.
Bought 'dream home' on September 3, 2010
Four years on from the first earthquake, Yuri Bacas Hosaka is still waiting for answers. | 'Many still rattled'
A live TV broadcast gives residents a chance to vent their post-quake frustrations.
Cate and Riwai Grace's marriage has survived an emotional struggle that began on September 4, 2010.
Council approves $10m Sumner facility, new Bishopdale library and $5m for Brighton legacy project.
The constant battle with the EQC has taken its toll on our family like many others.
What is life like for the families who had babies during the 2010 7.1 magnitude quake?
Does it feel like the beginning of a fresh start for Christchurch and Canterbury where you are?
The EQC sent Jocelyn Yates a land claim payment of $5.51.
Kaiapoi was one of the worst hit areas in the September 2010 quake, but residents say it has a bright future.
The reincarnation of the historic Deans family homestead Homebush is nearly complete.
The perception that Canterbury is well advanced on quake recovery is misleading, business leader says. l EQC running out of cash
Professionals connected to CTV building collapse have moved closer to possible manslaughter charges.
The earthquakes have not affected us emotionally, but financially, we have hit the wall.
Scientists defend criticisms that Canterbury earthquake forecasting is ineffective or distracting.
I was lucky in the quakes, but now constant and unpredictable road works are horrendous.
The city that I grew up in feels barren and looks like a skeleton of its former self, Matthew Ohs writes.
The fate of Port Hills properties in limbo since the 2011 earthquake has finally been revealed.
Complainants against an EQC engineer overstated his role and misunderstood EQC's, says his lawyer.
Anglican Church will get council grant to help repair block at St Michael's School.
The EQC's top engineer turned up to do a repair strategy for a garage which had been condemned.
The council wants to hear from firms keen to rebuild the Town Hall although the project may not go ahead.
Sumner residents are impatient for a new $10m hub to 'help the village prosper'.
We moved to Christchurch in 2013 to find a thriving city. Now I can't imagine living anywhere else.
The EQC top engineer made assessments without tools and was arrogant and bullying.
Public needs to be protected from actions of EQC's top engineer, homeowner tells disciplinary committee.
Ephelia Paxie has never known an undamaged home and her dad is losing hope over quake repairs.
Canterbury University's engineering college rejects cash donation from boss of the company that designed failed CTV building.
Post-quake babies could be more prone to crime, abuse and gambling as adults.
Campaigners opposing the demolition of Christ Church Cathedral have launched a PR offensive.
OPINION: Maintaining the cultural heartbeat of Christchurch is a key a part of our rebuild.
Skellerup Holdings posts after-tax profit of $41.1m, boosted by $20m Canterbury earthquake insurance settlement
Sara Fenn has been able to overcome her fears because she survived the darkest one.
Thousands of vulnerable EQC and insurance customers are still waiting for a resolution.
Queen Elizabeth II stadium recommended as new home for $30.5m recreation and sport centre.
Jesters' videos try to cheer up Cantabrians
Videos featuring Court Theatre Jesters aim to wrest reluctant chuckles from Christchurch residents dealing with post-quake stresses.
Senior bishop's call for Christchurch to stop clinging to the past angers restoration advocates.
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.
OPINION: Large and expensive developments in areas most susceptible to liquefaction will be challenging to justify to Kiwis.
Two anaesthetists awarded for exceptional bravery during the February earthquake.
Reports of rats marauding fringes of Christchurch's residential red zone have some crying plague.
Any doubts Paulette Barr had about confronting John Key have diminished after EQC fast-track her case.
Ken Keir was happy when he was paid out $113k by EQC - then it asked for it back.
Quake principals move on after schools close
Seven principals were left questioning their futures when their schools were closed last year. Some have left education, while others travel.
Church's bid to fix school held as council mulls plans for other buildings it owns, including cathedral.
63-year-old Gavin still fighting for home repair
Gavin Johnstone is among 62 Cantabrians whose treatment by insurers and construction companies has resulted in a human rights complaint.
NZ First leader Winston Peters accuses Govt of deceit on the cost of the Christchurch rebuild.
Qld projects to be reassessed after Gerald Shirtcliffe, who worked on CTV, worked on them using fake name and qualifications.
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.
A woman's dream after quake took both legs
Double amputee Stacey Herbert still dreams of walking down the aisle.
Paulette Barr tells Prime Minister "it's really cold" in her unrepaired quake-hit Shirley home.
Mt Pleasant family has moved nine times - soon to be 10 - since the February 2011 earthquake.
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.
A clear head and the right information is what really counts when dealing with insurance companies.
Port Hills red-zoners get six-month extension on Crown's offer to purchase their homes.
Council considering giving flood-prone residents up to $20k towards cost of raising homes.
Court hears red-zone offers were designed to give people control, not force them off their land.
5kg of needles were among more than 320,000kg of waste recovered from the red zone.
The creation of zones classifying quake-damaged land was not a government policy decision, court hears.
Top engineer who trains EQC staff faces disciplinary hearing after claims he based conclusions on biased thinking.
School likely to remain in Sumner for another year as it waits to hear if Main Road site is safe.
Judge denounces post-quake trend of waste dumping in the demolition industry and fines contractor $33,000.
Quake Outcasts tell court the Government did not explain why the CER Act wasn't followed.
Exhausted owners of now-bust hair salon Ginger Meggs say they were let down by their insurers.
OPINION: If an insurer's expert will not change their view, it is best to obtain your own expert to point out shortcomings.
Shattering glass at Christchurch's council offices down to repeated quake movement.
Staff amass "excessive" bill after flying between Christchurch and Wellington 7286 times since 2011.
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.
TV images of MH17 crash and slain Palestinian children need parental guidance, expert says.
Staff at Burwood Hospital's spinal cord centre forced to move out after further quake damage found.
Winston Peters tells Parliament that Earthquake Services boss told his staff not to pay tax.
Classical singer started busking after quake
The dream is slowly coming true for a former Christchurch singer, who took to busking after the 2011 earthquake.
A letter confirming the "potential" for flood risk on Carla Martin's property is not worth the paper it is written on.
But AMI stadium giving off a "temporary" vibe about city to international audiences, treasurer says.
Photographs of Christchurch from 1914 show how the quakes have knocked the city back in time.
Flockton basin residents told their land doesn't meet the EQC criteria for increased flood risk.
OPINION: The town hall is 'timeless and perfectly suited' for purpose and should be restored.
Former EQC employee pleads not guilty to dishonestly using company vehicles and a fuel card.
Those who suffered most during the quakes are twice as likely to be addicted to smoking.
Historic mansion relocates across Chch
The six-part relocation of a 105-year-old Christchurch mansion reached its halfway point yesterday.
Cera spent more than half a million on promotional material in the last year, including $317k on flashy videos promoting the rebuild.
Christchurch's quake kids entered "an adult world of worry" before their time, say parents.
Video shows aerial view of the central city
An internationally renowned architect wants to make a "spectacle" of Christchurch demolitions by giving the public a place to watch.
CTV designer has apologised to families of the 115 who died in his building, and says his career is 'all but over'.
Once a homeowner shows there is damage, it is the insurer's role to determine the extent of that damage.
EQC identified the asbestos risk in a quake-damaged home but failed to tell the family living in it.
Teen finds 'nothing positive' and 'no vibrancy' in Christchurch with 'slow, frustrating' decision-making.
Tim Elms to take the stand at today's inquiry into CTV building engineer David Harding.
The multi-million dollar Canterbury Earthquakes Memorial could be designed by anyone.
OPINION: If only Gaylene Preston had spared us the thrush, racism, violence and ''disaster sex".
A man and his terminally-ill housemate 'cannot cope any more' after 68 official visits to their quake-hit home but still no repairs.
Christchurch's earthquake memorial is tipped to be on the Avon River in the central city.
Cera has been thanked in the credits of a polarising TV series based on the Canterbury quakes.
Decision makers need to be "smart, not sentimental" about the Christchurch Town Hall.
Jobless in Wellington and with a $3000 carrot dangling, it was too tempting for Sam O'Carroll.
The demolition of the former Ernst & Young building on Cambridge Tce should be complete within about six weeks.
Nearly 200 people have given feedback on the $35k consultation scheme for east Christchurch.
The Lichfield St car-park building will be demolished before the pre-Christmas retail rush, the Christchurch City Council says.
Insurance industry opposes Labour plan for an independent insurance commissioner, but welcomes review.
A heartfelt protest is unlikely to save an historic building dedicated to 71 students who died in WWI.
Multi-million dollar restoration of the Town Hall put on hold as the council assesses its finances.
Shonky floor level measurements made by EQC contractors led to poor assessments - institute.
Michio Humphreys stood at the Madras St railing as the motorcade rolled by. She waved a small Japanese flag.
Shinzo Abe, who knows something about earthquake tragedy, lays a wreath at the CTV site. | Whaling looms large
Red-zone 'camp mum' inspires TV drama
Raewyn Iketau is a survivor.
PR manager leaves Southern Response
OPINION: People need more info to understand time frames and complexity of rebuild, says Sam Fisher.
OPINION: Once the insurer decided whether to repair or pay out, it cannot change its mind because of difficulties with the repair.
Grating. Shameful. Moving. Public reaction to Hope & Wire was nothing if not varied. l Series like a punch to stomach
Series left me jumping at loud noises again
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.
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.
"Another avenue to accountability" for CTV collapse gone after its designer escaped disciplinary hearing, victim's father says.
But shame so few Canterbury actors used
OPINION: Swearing and skinheads aside, quake series Hope and Wire is a really good drama.
'A blow for the families of the 115 victims'
Construction minister 'disappointed and concerned' that CTV engineer quits industry body a week before disciplinary hearings.
Cera 'hassle' after hard move exceeds deadline
Elderly couple feel pressured by Cera's approach, having failed to meet the deadline to vacate their Burwood home.
Concerns EQC repairs left asbestos in heatpump
A Christchurch family are distressed after their earthquake repairs may have exposed them to asbestos.
OPINION: Gaylene Preston, maker of quake series Hope and Wire, looks back at her own earthquake experiences.
Police investigate after Christchurch firm went bust, leaving homeowners and creditors out of pocket.
Film-maker defends quake drama
Will a television drama set amid the Christchurch earthquakes re-open the wounds left by 2011?
TV3 is fielding complaints before a new series set during the 2011 Christchurch quake even goes to air.
"Does it need all the quakes?" asked budget assessor of taxpayer-funded TV quake drama.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel to speak at London forum about learning from crisis next week.
Earthquake victims will have died in vain if building safety laws aren't fast-tracked, mayor says.
Chch landlord signed invoice in her cat's name
A Christchurch landlord has been convicted of submitting false quake repair claims worth more than $27k.
A new report confirms rockfall risk on the Port Hills can be mitigated but is not financially viable.
Pilot stressed by quakes made an unsafe landing in fog and only saw the runway while 30m above it.
Port Hills couple plagued with Contact Energy payments after calling to disconnect months before.
Earthquake minister questions wisdom of Labour's commitment to buy red zone properties.
Dean Palmer remembers the building shaking. The noise of breaking glass was deafening.
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.
Rescuers saved Brian's life by cutting off his legs with a hacksaw and a Leatherman knife.
Plenty of family fun - if you know where to look
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.
Agency gets cover worth $4.5 billion, up from $3.25 billion last year, chief executive Ian Simpson says.
Man who designed deadly building 'largely unsupervised' is summoned to disciplinary hearings.
Some insurers are backtracking on earlier offers to transfer cover when quake-hit homes were sold.
Two-thirds of quake-hit residents tired and grieving, with those still battling insurers the worst off.
Former boss of Christchurch drainage firm denies deceiving quake-hit residents of up to $20k each.
Landlord accused of filing false invoices for $27k of quake repairs says she paid for work in cash.
On June 13, 2011, Chch was rattled again
Three years ago today, Christchurch was once again brought to its knees.
Couple who missed insurance payment put their red-zoned house up for sale with a $1 reserve.
Police computer expert shows how a Christchurch landlord may have made false invoices for quake-repair work.
Move on, rebuild the CBD, and our grandchildren will be grateful, Nigel Cooper writes.
Christchurch landlord disputes allegations she faked documents to claim $28k of emergency repair work.
New Zealand's most famous suffragette has been "liberated" again after the Canterbury earthquakes.
Out of hospital with a clean bill of health, Peggy Holdthuson should be relaxing at home.
The Christchurch City Council's social housing repair and rebuild programme has received a $15 million cash injection from the Earthquake Commission (EQC).
Contractor fears 'thousands' of quake-hit homes were fixed without asbestos testing.
Christchurch City Council joins court action seeking clarification over land damage claims.
Supreme Court to decide fate of Quake Outcasts after revised red zone offers ruled out.
A 24-year-old Christchurch woman has been arrested over the alleged misuse of EQC vehicles.
Quake hassles inspire charitable song
A song inspired by Cantabrians' frustrations with the Earthquake Commission has turned into a fundraising venture for people in need.
Rocketing costs have forced a rethink on plans for fixing Bishopdale's library.
The Canterbury Provincial Council buildings are insured for $30m but will cost up to $70m to repair.
Christchurch communities may need to chip in if they want their quake-damaged facilities repaired.
Cantabs share tips for coping in a quake
Tips from people who lived through the Canterbury earthquakes will be used to help others prepare. | Fault at risk of rupture
Report says there is a 65 per cent chance the Alpine Fault will rupture in the next 50 years.
City homeowners who fell foul of Alligator Drainage Ltd may have some relief in sight.
Canterbury company penalised for illegally disposing of items such as books and carpet on farm.
A couple who failed to convince a judge their Sumner home was a writeoff are going back to court.
Engineering body rejects claims it knows building thresholds for quake-prone structures are ''unacceptably low''.
Families of CTV victims say dropping inquiry again man whose firm designed the building has "got the feel of Pike River".
No action over CTV collapse
Engineer whose firm designed the CTV building says dropped inquiry was unreasonable.
Law students are volunteering their time to help residents take court action against EQC.
3000 animals killed in disaster
In times of disaster, saving pets equals saving people, a University of Canterbury expert says.
I had decided my neighbour was a complete tosser and we'd never be friends. How wrong I was.
Curing quake-weary kids
ASHLEIGH STEWART - The PressAshleigh 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.
A surprise $300 million Budget surplus relies mainly on a cut to EQC's insurance bill.
Business tenants believe landlords should pay for earthquake strengthening to buildings.
A blowout in the budget for fixing Waltham Lido Pool prompts warning from city councillor.
Key challenges Labour to explain how it would pay for its election promises and run a surplus.
Labour asks if Canterbury's earthquake recovery money is being held back to enable budget surplus.
Contractors 'wreak havoc' in Brooklands
Contractors demolishing houses in Brooklands do more damage than the earthquakes, residents say.
A red-zoned Christchurch mansion will be put on show when it is moved to a prime new spot halfway across the city.
Most of us can cope with a multitude of issues if 'home' is okay, Gabrielle Frayling writes.
The use of red-zoned homes on the Port Hills may be key to dealing with the rockfall risk.
Silt and mud shovelled from quake-hit properties are being used for repairs and construction.
Two vacant red-zoned Christchurch homes have gone up in flames this morning.
The Quake Outcasts will have their case heard in New Zealand's highest court.
Buyers may soon be able to buy salvaged and relocated red-zoned homes for $300,000.
OPINION: Lawyer Mark Christensen explains the rules associated with demolishing heritage buildings.
Port Hills residents battling to stay in their red-zoned homes are unlikely to get further council help.
Clifton Hill red zone demolitions begin
A team consisting of Southern Response, Cera and Arrow International has begun demolishing red-zoned homes on the Port Hills.
Council extends objection period after concerns revaluations caused added stress to red-zoners.
Rebuilding New Zealand's second-biggest city was always going to be challenging.
Repairs and strengthening work on the earthquake-damaged bridge, which began last February .
We can't afford to just focus on one problem in Christchurch, Neil Spray writes.
The council has ruled out taking legal action to try and stop the demolition of the Majestic Theatre.
A Matamata woman's trip to Christchurch shocked her so much she started a drive to refill the blanket bank.
Landlords increasing rental prices to cream insurance payouts need to be capped immediately.
Libraries, orchestras and sports groups among the causes to benefit from $99m donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
Two high-profile EQC officials will fill the void left by the outgoing customer services general manager.
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