Christchurch earthquake

Community use and greenery at heart of Waimak red zone vision

Some former red-zoned homeowners may be able to buy back or lease their old sections but not build on them.

Quake-hit bar reopens: 'My brother would have wanted me to keep on going'

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.

Tree protection change rankles Christchurch residents

How does the garden city intend to protect its important trees under its replacement district plan?

Traditional buildings possible in Christchurch

Meet the man who proposed building a gothic church of rugby as a stadium in Christchurch.

Christchurch earthquake study gives insight into impacts on children

University of Auckland student Jayden Hickman has been studying the impacts of the Christchurch quake on children who lived through it.

Helicopter demolishes Christchurch clifftop house from the sky

A helicopter demolishes earthquake-damaged homes teetering from a Scarborough cliff.

Christchurch heritage house on Heberden Ave Sumner, built in 1852, demolished

One of Christchurch's oldest homes, 50 Heberden Ave, Sumner, has been demolished.

Bridge of Remembrance will be ready for Anzac Day

Christchurch's repaired Bridge of Remembrance, which can sway with seismic activity, will be ready for Anzac Day.

Panel must reconsider cliff collapse properties decision court says

Hearing panel decision on cliff collapse properties overturned by court.

Leadership deficiencies in Christchurch Hospital and Central Library projects - report

Christchurch Hospital and Central Library projects had serious flaws in their leadership, report says.

Lyttelton's heritage Timeball Station was under-insured by $3.6m

The nation's leading heritage agency under-insured Lyttelton's 1876 Timeball Station by almost $3.6m.

Public split on new Christchurch stadium

Christchurch seems split on the idea of a new stadium in the city.

EQC: Auditor-General report shows good progress made

Auditor-General's report shows organisation is doing well, but it knows more work is needed.

EQC still lacking on customer service – report

EQC still needs to improve how it deals with customers and their complaints, a report has found.

The garden that love built: 2016 Gardena Gardener of the Year winner announced

A wife's gesture of love for her husband injured in Christchurch earthquake wins hearts... and a national title.

Woman who pinned her $472k theft on employer on post-quake trauma loses appeal

Woman who stole nearly $500,000 from her employer has had an appeal dismissed.

Court throws out $6.5m insurance offer for Henderson property

The bankrupt developer's attempt to revive a quake-damaged central Christchurch building has helped scupper its insurance payout.

CTV engineer inquiry 'not in public interest'

A full investigation into one of the CTV building's engineers would not be in the public interest, a judge has heard.

Gap Filler celebrates five years of brightening Christchurch's vacant spaces

Filling empty spaces in Christchurch following the earthquake became an art with Gap Filler.

Earthquake insurer Southern Response sets aside $4m for legal fees

Government-owned insurer sets aside $4m for legal costs over earthquake repairs.

Canterbury families tell their stories of quake rebuild

The stories of homes rebuilt from rubble have been sometimes dramatic, often inspiring, always emotional.

Holy Trinity church bells set to ring Lyttelton again

Part of Lyttelton’s Holy Trinity church will soon look out over its port town parish once more.

Christchurch's 100-day blueprint took 67 days with only 20-odd days of design

 Architect calls working on the blueprint as the "best moment of my career".

Leukaemia battle for Christchurch boy who lost his father in February 2011 quake

A 4-year-old boy who lost his father in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake is battling leukaemia.

Oamaru woman reunited with fingers 80 years after death

The unusual case of a woman separated from her fingers more than 80 years ago.

Cantabrians drop, cover, hold for ShakeOut quake drill

More than 77,000 Cantabrians have have taken part in a nationwide earthquake drill.

Growing Christchurch hospitality empires post-quake

Pomeroy's cafe off-shoot, Little Pom's, has opened next door.

Quake victim Stacey Herbert weeks away from visiting Hanger prosthetic clinic

Double-amputee Stacey Herbert heads to a special United States prosthetic clinic in a fortnight.

Court rules quake-damaged Lladro figurines are artworks

A Christchurch businessman has failed to prove his quake-damaged artworks . . . were not art.

CTV to debut doco series on East Christchurch

Eyes East TV series looks at issues facing East Christchurch

Wife creates dream garden for quake amputee husband Brian Coker

Wife creates dream garden for her husband, who had both legs amputated after being trapped in 2011 quake.

Heritage stone church rebuild

A $3.5 million project to rebuild the historic St Peter's Church in upper Riccarton is awaiting resource consent.

Heartbroken parents break silence to honour the extraordinary life of Brigitte Nimmo

Her life's work was helping others in trouble, so what happened to Inspector Brigitte Nimmo?

Daughter of EQC executive being investigated again

Investigation over an alleged threat to put a claim into a "blackhole".

EQC faces court challenge over repair policies

Homeowners take action against Earthquake Commission over its repair and cash settlement policies.

Young Cantabrians to have their say in shaping of Christchurch

A campaign giving young Cantabrians a say in shaping the future of their city has been launched.

Late, inadequate and frequently defective

OPINION: It's not only earthquake repairs that are defective.  The Earthquake Commission system is broken too, writes Duncan Webb.

'Inquisitive' duo caught inside Christ Church Cathedral

Two "inquisitive" intruders have been arrested after exploring inside quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral.

Greendale residents smash pianos in earthquake memorial

Three pianos played their last tune, as they were smashed by Greendale residents during their earthquake memorial activities.

Rodents and rot: Canterbury Provincial Chambers a long-term fix

The Canterbury Provincial Chambers are among the most badly quake-damaged buildings in Christchurch being restored.

Kaiapoi five years on: Living on the edge

Hardy Kaiapoi residents have stayed on despite damage from the September quakes.

Hororata businesses find life tough after earthquake

The aftermath of the September 4, 2010, earthquake has been tough for Hororata, say residents.

The big question: is the shaking over for Canterbury?

Scientists are cautiously optimistic the worst of Canterbury's recent earthquake sequence may now be over.

Boom picked for central Christchurch in 2016

A new survey looks at how much rebuild progress has been made since September 2010.

Student volunteers will never forget feeling of helping others

Student volunteers learned about comraderie and the importance of community.

The munted earthquake dictionary

Charlie Gates draws on familiar place names to imagine a new lexicon for post-quake Canterbury.

Christchurch family in insurance limbo five years on

Family says post-quake insurance delays and hassles have stolen their children's childhoods.

Canterbury's months of earthquake innocence

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.

Earthquake babies Lola Romero and Dianthe Barnard start school

Five years after the earthquake that marked their birth Canterbury's ''quake babies'' are starting school.

Five years on: Getting by 'one day at a time'


The quakes killed my business and put huge pressure on my marriage forcing me to focus on 'the little things'.

Arts Centre earthquake rebuild forges ahead

Earthquake repairs to the Christchurch Arts Centre, once feared as a decades-long, budget-breaking project, are nearly half complete.

Lyttelton Port vows to make most of quake 'opportunity'

Lyttelton Port is promising a developed waterfront including cafes and a purpose-built walkway, partly funded by quake insurance.

Five years on, 'it all feels incredibly sad'

Southshore Spit


Michele McCormack says she has watched her community disintegrate and longs to get out.

Five questions to mark five years since September 2010

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Is your life better or worse than it was five years ago? What has been the most significant change?

New walking trail through Christchurch's red-zone

A new walking trail through Christchurch's red zone aims to inspire.

Christchurch rebuild agencies rate poorly in infrastructure industry survey

Firms doing $10m-plus projects have rated Canterbury's biggest government agencies poorly on their ability to run bidding processes.

New Sabin Holloway exhibition captures aftermath of Christchurch earthquake

Christchurch photographer Sabin Holloway unveils a new exhibition of previously unseen photos from inside the red zone.

Ann Brower: Fix the parapets first

OPINION: Non-structural unreinforced masonry should be given priority in moves to make old buildings safer.

Chemical company lend hand to housing scheme

 Dow International have offered monetary and practical help to a Christchurch housing scheme.

No appeal after Graeme Robinson incompetence claims quashed

A professional engineering body will not appeal a decision clearing the actions of top Earthquake Commission staffer Graeme Robinson.

Brooklands: The town the Government couldn't kill

A small group of Brooklands residents are determined to keep the community alive.

Judge: Cera's slow demolitions not to blame for arsons

Judge rejects suggestion that CERA’s slowness in carrying out red zone demolitions contributed to spate of arsons.

Aftershock: Fiona Farrell's white-hot response to the Christchurch earthquake

REVIEW: Fiona Farrell has written a scorching polemic on the Christchurch earthquake.

Living in a wasteland - Christchurch's red-zone stayers

Alec and Helen Durie live on a street with no name, and they are the last remaining residents.

Red zoners back to court over compensation offer

Owners of vacant, commercial and uninsured red zone properties will get more money under a new deal.

The devil's in the 'technical' details in EQC revamp plan

The revamp of earthquake insurance could see EQC allowed to pay claims to banks rather than homeowners.

Gerry Brownlee cancels party over accusations of improper relationship with businesses

Gerry Brownlee has cancelled his own party because of claims of favouritism in the rebuild.

Council claws back rebuild power

The Christchurch City Council clawed back some power from the Government days before a new quake rebuild plan was released.

Photos: Christchurch residential red zone

You've seen the city's crumbled cathedral and empty lots. But have you seen the suburbs?

Christchurch east frame renaming 'a waste of resources'

A plan to rename Christchurch's east frame development is "a waste of resources".

Government misses red zone clearance target

Cera has pushed the deadline to demolish or remove residential red zone buildings to the end of July.

Christ Church Cathedral a 'symbol of negativity'

Church leaders should decide what to do with cathedral and "get on with it", city councillor says.

New Christchurch rebuild bosses to be revealed

The new leaders of Christchurch's earthquake rebuild will be announced this week.

Rollerblader captures Christchurch on film prior to ruinous earthquakes

A rollerblader who shot footage of pre-quake Christchurch has posted a video of the city in its unbroken state. 

Red zoners set for more compo

Some Christchurch red-zoners might be properly compensated for their earthquake-damaged properties and land, but the uninsured are feeling left out.

Gerry Brownlee: Southern Response lawsuit 'opportunistic'

Gerry Brownlee says lawsuit over insurance settlement delays is part "ambulance chaser".

Alan Reay cleared of CTV building deception claims

Alan Reay didn't mislead industry body over links to building, which collapsed in quake, killing 115 people.

Canterbury earthquake repair survey a 'whitewash'

Canterbury quake claimants group urges Government to carry out an independent review into repairs.

Demolition of Cathedral Square's Camelot Hotel captured in timelapse

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.

Photographs show rebuild progress in post-quake Christchurch

Photos show how far the quake rebuild has come, and how far it has to go.

Live stream: Christchurch City Council decide on town hall

City Council decides whether to restore the quake-damaged Christchurch Town Hall.

Christchurch needs more social houses

Government says it needs to buy 440 properties to ease Christchurch social housing woes.

Cera staff leaving in droves

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is losing dozens of staff members

Couch, caravan, garage - a Christchurch mum's struggle

Chantelle Erickson, her partner and their three young children have lived in a garage for a year - and she's exhausted.

Can Hollywood convey real horror of a massive quake? (spoiler)

A Christchurch quake survivor and film fan reviews San Andreas.

Red zone houses refurbished by offenders ready for needy families

Twelve houses at Rolleston Prison's construction yard are heading to new Christchurch sites for families in need.

Here for the Christchurch rebuild, living in a van

Matua Papuni has spent a year living in a van in a Christchurch car port after moving down for the rebuild.

'I think about suicide everyday' - Christchurch shed couple

Four months living in a Christchurch shed exacerbated Natasha Fa'aaliga's mental illness.

Christchurch quake mums sleeping in chairs, dining rooms

Sonya Tranter sleeps in armchair so three families can squeeze into a two-bedroom house.

Celebration Church's Porritt Park plans stymied by 'red tape'

A Christchurch church group's offer to redevelop earthquake-damaged Porritt Park has been rejected.

Help for Canterbury caravan mum Trina Nesbitt

Help has flooded in for a Canterbury mum stuck living in a caravan post-earthquake.

'I've had enough' - Canterbury caravan mum

Trina Nesbitt and her children live in a caravan because because she cannot find an affordable house in Christchurch.

Watch: Christchurch's central police station implosion

In a matter of seconds, up to 55kg of explosives took down this quake-damaged building.

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament $45m four-year revamp

Christchurch's quake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament will be revamped to the tune of $45 million over four years.

Southern Response withheld insurance information to avoid 'confusion'

Southern Response withheld costs information from earthquake claimants to avoid "confusion".

Red Cross packs help with Christchurch cold

Christchurch red zone dwellers and low income families have received care packages to help them through the cold snap.

How I'd fix Christchurch's quake-hit eastern suburbs

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Residents in Christchurch's eastern suburbs say it's time for "positive change", but where to start?

CTV building memorial at centre of Knox Plaza

Christchurch developer places memorial to those killed in the CTV building at the centre of his rebuilt business.

Relationships Aotearoa closing would be just the start, warns sector

The funding crisis facing Relationships Aotearoa could be the start of a "challenging time".

Canterbury mood disorders up post quake, boozing halved

Health professionals are at a loss to explain the findings of a post-quake Canterbury health study.

Earthquake stress triggers mental health issues

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.

Earthquake disaster movie San Andreas coming to Christchurch

Are Christchurch cinemagoers ready to see a blockbuster movie about a devastating earthquake?

Police station implosion won't clash with Christchurch Marathon

The implosion of Christchurch's old police station will not clash with the city's marathon.

Cash payment warranted quake worker's dismissal - ERA

A former Fletcher EQR worker has lost an ERA case after he was dismissed for taking cash to help write a contractor's quotes.

Court grants Crown's central Christchurch land grab

The High Court has allowed the Crown to take over a block of central Christchurch land before compensation has been paid. 

Should quake memorial chairs go on CTV site?

The artist behind the 185 chair quake memorial sculpture wants it permanently placed on the former CTV site.

Earthquake memorial 'says nothing about Christchurch'

Winning design for quake memorial says nothing about Christchurch, landscape architect says. 

185 earthquake memorial chairs face uncertain future

The artist behind the the city's unofficial earthquake memorial is "mulling over" its future.

Insurer to contest court-ordered compo

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.

Proposed Chch youth housing won't become a "ghetto"

A proposed youth housing project will not turn into a "ghetto of naughty kids'.

Christchurch floods: one year on

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.

Public asked to stay away from Christchurch police station implosion

Spectators keen to watch Christchurch's old central city police station blow up are being asked to watch online.

Trust helps 66 children who lost parent in Christchurch earthquake

Molly and Matilda's mum Kelly was killed in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

EQC fights adverse findings against its top engineer

EQC is trying to shut down adverse findings about its top engineer Graeme Robinson.

Underwrite rents to get homeless off streets - Buck

Vicki Buck wants the CCC to underwrite rents on 40 private houses to help the homeless.

South Canterbury Nepal trust worried following quake

Forgotten Sherpas of Nepal Trust members say they don't know the fate of the areas they service in Nepal.

Christchurch quake survivors and the long road to mental recovery

After recovering, there is the recovering from the recovering. And it may take 10 years.

Nelson woman in Nepal has flashbacks to Christchurch earthquake

Dulkara Martig had flashbacks of the Christchurch quakes as she ran for safety in Nepal.

Squatting in Christchurch's quake abandoned buildings

The flame from Luke's cigarette lighter flickers down the dark corridors of an abandoned Christchurch building.

Contractor numbers cut as EQC home repair programme downsizes

Major downsizing of the Fletcher-managed earthquake home repair programme will not slow progress in its final phase, the company says.

Rugby union OK with possible Lancaster return

The Crusaders and Canterbury teams would return to the old AMI Stadium if it was repaired, region's rugby boss says.

Acting Cera chief to stay in role

Cera's acting chief executive John Ombler will continue in the role until the end of the year.

Public input sought on red-zone compensation

The Government will consult the public on possible revised compensation offers for some Christchurch red-zoners.

Quake info hub back by popular demand

Cash settlements and flooding expected to be talking points at new quake help desk for Christchurch residents.

More than 40 South Canterbury claims yet to be settled following earthquakes

More than 40 South Canterbury properties with building claims arising from the Canterbury earthquakes are yet to be settled.

Developer abandons Christchurch for Auckland

The owner of the ruined BNZ building in Cathedral Square says it cannot afford to rebuild.

Freshwater habitats decimated by quakes

Silt and sewage damaged 100km of Christchurch waterways, which may take decades to recover.

Insurer's U-turn delights quake-hit couple

An earthquake-affected Christchurch couple have successfully opposed an insurer-imposed cash settlement.

Eye in the sky captures red zoned Dallington, Burwood

New videos created by an IT man in Christchurch give a bird's-eye view of two quake-stricken suburbs.

Quake companies accused of breaching human rights

Quake-hit homeowners are taking IAG and Fletcher EQR to an international human rights body.

EQC claims manager starts own claims firm

EQC claims manager forms own assessment company but has a process to avoid conflicts.

Bexley suburb returns to nature

'It's getting much easier to live here'

The Christchurch suburb of Bexley is almost off the map.

2015 will be 'year of momentum' for Christchurch

Canterbury is one-quarter of the way to recovery, with 2015 "a year of momentum" say city leaders.

CTV victim's father welcomes litigation

One of the complainants against CTV designer Alan Reay is overjoyed legal action may be heard.

Alan Reay faces disciplinary hearing over CTV building declaration

Engineering expert may have backed Alan Reay even if he knew of his involvement in failed CTV building.

Drone footage shows quake-ravaged Christchurch suburb

Video shows quake-ravaged Avonside

New video shows the remains of one of Christchurch's quake-stricken riverside suburbs.

Reid Stiven to depart Earthquake Commission

EQC manager Reid Stiven will leave the organisation at the end of April.

Database snapshot of tree coverage

Thousands of red-zone trees have been logged in a Cera database as it nears the end of its land-clearance project.

Rebuilding Christ Church Cathedral is 'not a compromise' says Jim Anderton

A plan to rebuild the Christ Church Cathedral in wood means demolishing it first, says Jim Anderton.

Sir Miles Warren design may break four-year Christ Church Cathedral deadlock

Anglican leaders consider restoration options for Christ Church Cathedral.

What do we want from a memorial?

What do we want from a quake memorial - a list of names on a plaque or an experience?

Christchurch quake: Running through the rubble


Four years after the Christchurch earthquake, a survivor recounts her experiences of the aftermath.

Court orders quake compensation land revised

Quake Outcasts pleased with Supreme Court ruling but fear more battles to come.

Red-zone 'fairness' argument rejected

Analysis: The Supreme Court's decision on compensation for the Quake Outcasts and their fellow red-zoners hinges on one point.

No health risk with asbestos removal: Cera

Asbestos being removed from Christchurch’s residential red zone does not pose a health hazard, Cera says.

Quake Outcasts win in Supreme Court

Human Rights Commission 'delighted' by Quake Outcasts' Supreme Court win.

Red zoners four-year battle for justice

It has been a long battle for uninsured red-zoners, but NZ's highest court has finally ordered the Government to reconsider its offer.

Quakes stripped each resident of 150 days of "healthy life"

Cantabrians each lost 150 days of "healthy life" in the aftermath of the February earthquake, new research claims.

Christchurch earthquake: 'We're here to stay'


At 12.51pm on that fateful day I was about to head out of our office building in Latimer Square.

Quake cuts healthy life short by 150 days

Each Cantabrian lost 150 days of "healthy life" in February earthquake aftermath, study claims.

Four years on: The post-quake learning curve


Christchurch is tough game, yet here we are, still learning, and still working towards change.

Baden Ewart to head Christchurch central city rebuild

An interim director for the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) has been announced ahead of the departure of current leader Warwick Isaacs.

Red-zone house shoved beyond property boundary

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.

When will Christchurch police station implode?

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.

Earthquake responses in new book

Nathan Durkin looked up from trying to resuscitate an injured person during the 2011 quake and saw a group of kids looking on.

House of the week: Cashmere

This 1910 Cashmere home has been transformed after suffering major structural damage in the earthquakes.

Future of quake-hit camp in doubt

The future of the popular South Brighton Holiday Park is under a cloud as the council considers closure.

'Gutsy' report tells EQC to treat customers as people

OPINION: Nothing whispers vindication to hurting EQC customers like report using the word "substandard".

$1.72m for as-is-where-is house

Highest price yet for quake-damaged home

A Christchurch home in as-is-where-is condition has sold for $1.72 million.

Post-earthquake Christchurch 'occupied territory'

christ church cathedral

For me, the post-disaster Christchurch is more comparable to post-WW2 occupied Berlin.

What can NZ learn from Japan about earthquakes?

What can New Zealand learn from Japan about earthquakes?

Christchurch earthquake: A son so sadly missed


Text messages were sent to all family members, all of them were answered ... except one.

Christchurch quake survivors 'bound by collective experiences'

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.

Christchurch earthquake: Destructive and murderous


I was thrust up in the air, bike and all. It was so violent that I knew there would be souls lost.

Christchurch earthquake: The tower twisted like a pepper grinder


A deep rumble came from the ground below. We were blanketed by clouds of thick dust.

Christchurch earthquake: From red zone to dream home


When the quake claimed his suburb, Jimmy Banks made the best of a bad situation.

Christchurch quake: 'I thought you were dead, Mum'


She told me: "I saw the dust from the cliffs when they fell down and thought you must have died".

Centenarian sticks to her guns on home of 77 years

Margaret Woolley turns 100 this week. Her home of 77 years is pegged for demolition. She can't face it.

Christchurch earthquake: A long trip home

Christine Henry

For Christine Henry, February 22, 2011, was a cold, damp and eerie day.

Quake doco unsettling but enlightening

REVIEW: Last night's TVNZ earthquake documentary The Day that Changed My Life was unsettling but enlightening.

The 'terror began' on September 4, 2010


It is still hard to get your head around the enormity of what we have been through in Christchurch.

Free expert advice on quake claims offered

Insurance experts will offer advice to homeowners struggling with their earthquake claims at a meeting in Christchurch.

The longest 40 seconds of my life

ALL HOPE GONE: Rescuers called off the search of  the ruined CTV building yesterday after all hope of anyone being found alive was lost. Many more people are thought to lie buried in the rubble.

I could hear kids screaming. The terror of that noise I will never forget. They were so alone and so scared.

CTV victim's family awaiting a proper apology

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.

Christchurch earthquake: 'Seconds later all hell let loose'

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'Everything was in darkness as no light could get through the cloud of dust swirling.'

Quakes double number of stressed, anxious kids

Aftershocks and living in a highly strung environment takes toll on Canterbury's children.

Christchurch Civic Earthquake Memorial Service

Memorial service goers told "everything has changed except for the love, support and strength of Cantabrians".

River of Flowers: Tributes flow for quake victims

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 Run to Remember

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 fourth anniversary of deadly quake

Cantabrians mark the fourth anniversary of the February 22, 2011 quake.

Mourning Shane, face of the quake

The haunting image of a man being pulled from the rubble was seen by millions around the world.

Christchurch quake survivors' lives irrevocably changed

Four years on, a new documentary explores the psychological impact of the Christchurch earthquakes on six survivors.

Christchurch 'looked like a war zone, shocked and scared people everywhere'

Christchurch Cathedral

There are moments you reflect on in life and February 22 will always be there, writes Dave Broughton.

The year insurers took a hit

Four years on from the February 22, 2011, earthquake the Christchurch insurance scene is much altered but intact.

Land settlements put EQC between a rock and a hard place

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?

Christchurch: My first quake anniversary away from home

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.

Extraordinary new moves for earthquake survivor

After two years of willing his nerves to work, quake survivor Nick Walls made an extraordinary move.

Research: Quake claims result in health problems

Unsettled quake claims can lead to health issues and financial problems, research shows.

The Trapped: Where are they now?

For those who came close to death on February 22, 2011, tomorrow's anniversary remains too painful.

St Elmos Court owner bitter, angry, in debt

The owner of the new $17m St Elmos Court wishes he had never rebuilt the much-loved office block.

The moment Christchurch changed forever

PGC Building

As the full force of the quake hit, Greg Cole recalls having a single thought: the building is going to collapse.

Development stalls on central city site

The quakes and now a lack of tenants have put an end to 60 years of inner city life for one Christchurch man.

One man, one picture, every day for four years

The view into town when Jeff Peters collected The Press from his driveway every morning used to stay the same.

High-rise living with no power or water

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.

Christchurch: Then and now

Before and after

Before and after pictures show how dramatically Christchurch has changed in the last four years.

1240 central Christchurch buildings demolished

Dentral Christchurch has seen four times as many demolitions as rebuilds since the earthquakes

Quake-shattered church a 'rare heritage survivor'

A heritage building shattered by February earthquake will be restored - but only if a tenant can be found.

'Sheer violence' of earthquake remembered by tattooist Matt Parkin

Life has been up and down for the owner of the tattoo parlour where Matti McEachen died.

Antigua St footbridge back over Avon River

The Antigua St footbridge has returned to arc over the Avon River once more.

No compensation for home lost in quake

Helen Kraal lost her home in the earthquakes but an insurance loophole means she won’t be fully compensated.

'I will always be indebted to my wife'

CTV building

Malcolm Harris left Christchurch's CTV building at 12.40pm on February 22, 2011, intending to go back.

'The second quake hit and we thought this was the end'

Our street was 'totally wrecked'


John Henry was in traffic for the first Christchurch quake in February 2011. Then the second one hit.

'I was at work when it happened. The world froze.'

The adverts saying what to do in an earthquake make it sound as if you have a choice, writes Tracy Woodfield.

February 22, 2011: Four years on

Manchester St February 22, 2011

Everyone in Christchurch on February 22, 2011, has a story. Tell us yours.

CTV collapse prosecution pending

Police will jump through many hoops before deciding whether to prosecute anybody over the CTV building collapse.

Christchurch earthquake memorial designs unveiled

The winning official earthquake memorial design will be chosen in May from six options.

Many quake claimants remain in EQC limbo

Four years on and many homeowners still need answers on their earthquake claims.

Disaster rebuild, the Japanese way

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.

Expats funnel $6 million into Christchurch rebuild

A trust set up by expats has poured over $6m into the Christchurch rebuild.

Quake bus musical script to be changed

The creator of an earthquake musical is removing references to the fatal No 3 bus ride.

EQC 'suboptimal' and 'substandard' - report

Report finds major failings with the way Earthquake Commission handles customers.

Controversial quake musical to 'evolve'

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 offered free tickets to 'crass' quake show

Families of those killed on the No 3 bus have been offered free tickets to a musical based on the quake tragedy.

Earthquake bus musical labelled 'very crass'

Show features bored, imaginary commuters on a bus before the earthquake finale shakes the theatre.

Musical theatre to recreate February 2011 earthquake

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 pays staff top rates for no work

EQC will pay 24 of its staff $65,000 a year to work just over one week per month.

Convent upgrade decision looms

Ratepayers' money could be used to help fund the repair and upgrade of a former convent.

Quake experiences told through tweets

A University of Canterbury researcher is analysing nearly a million tweets posted during and after the quakes.

Christchurch earthquake documentary going nationwide

Confronting and "raw" footage from aftermath of February 22 to be broadcast on TV.

Cera starts to scale back

The scaling back of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is official underway.

Kairaki - the village that refused to surrender

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?

Breach of rights in quake is new worry

The first earthquake claim alleging an insurance company breached an OECD instrument on human rights has been accepted.

Fresh perspective on Christchurch's AMI stadium

Drone over AMI stadium

Jimmy Ryan used his drone to get a new perspective on Christchurch's old AMI stadium.

Aranui homeowner's insurance battle nears end

Ken Keir is resigned to a fourth winter in his ruined home but takes comfort in feeling he has had the last laugh.

Drone cameras capture bird's eye views of Christchurch quake damage

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.

Christchurch's red zones: drone's eye view

Haunting footage of Christchurch's red zones that still exist after 2011's devastating earthquake.

Video: Quake-damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

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.

Christchurch rebuild will be legacy to engineer

Late Canterbury University engineer developed design processes that allow buildings to withstand violent shaking.

Quake-stricken Band Rotunda target of thieves

Copper stripped off Band Rotunda

The partially dismantled Edmonds Band Rotunda in central Christchurch is gradually losing its roof thanks to copper thieves.

Quake zone in transition

A few weeks ago, we took the kids and took part in the new old Christchurch. Or is that the old new Christchurch?

Photographic reminder of quake-hit buildings

More than 30 years ago, photographer Jae Renaut decided to photograph Lyttelton's heritage buildings in case something happened to them.

New Zealand's year of earthquakes, animated

INTERACTIVE: See how a year of earthquakes unfolded in New Zealand.

Scientists explain 2014 earthquake patterns in New Zealand

Why did some areas have more earthquakes than others this year? Scientists explain.

The year in earthquakes: where it rattled most

There were tens of thousands of earthquakes in New Zealand this year. Where was it shaking hardest and most often?

Red zone ideas submitted

BMX track, dog park and quake memorial are among ideas put forward for the Waimakariri red zones.

Councils can't force seismic strengthening, court says

Councils cannot force strengthening of quake-prone buildings beyond legal minimum, Supreme Court says.

Christchurch quake memorial plans revealed

Mixed response as six designs being considered to commemorate Christchurch's February 2011 quake are revealed.

Limited space for Christmas cheer in caravan

Couple face fourth Christmas in caravan on their front lawn after quake hit uninsured house.

Dyers Pass Rd reopens

The busy Dyers Pass Rd has reopened after four weeks of infrastructure repair work.

Desperate woman in EQC limbo

Pamela Wilkinson will pen a letter to Prime Minister John Key before admitting "there's no hope left".

Resilience plan may risk too much talking

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?

Teen's quake piece to have abbey debut

A Christchurch teen's composition will be played in Westminster Abbey for the next February quake anniversary.

'Jerky' quake rattles Canterbury

Quake was strong enough to shake people out of their slumber, but they won't be rattled.

The art of urban exploration

Daredevil activists show us a sight we haven't seen in years - Christ Church Cathedral from inside. | Building intruders exposed

Flashes expose quake-building intruders

Trio caught taking photos in building subject to asbestos removal get police warning.

EQC to pay for loss of land value

High Court says EQC does not need to pay for homes damaged by increased flooding risk.

EQC flood compensation decision today

Thousands of Christchurch residents affected by liquefaction and flooding will find out how they will be compensated today.

Cleverley to step down from CERA

Timaru man Murray Cleverley is to step down from his role with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority at the end of February.

A look inside the Mona Vale Homestead

We get an exclusive look through the damaged building before works start in the new year.

No formal punishment for CTV engineer

David Harding has been found to have "misrepresented his competence" in his work.
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