Highest price yet for quake-damaged home
A Christchurch home in as-is-where-is condition has sold for $1.72 million.
For me, the post-disaster Christchurch is more comparable to post-WW2 occupied Berlin.
What can New Zealand learn from Japan about earthquakes?
Text messages were sent to all family members, all of them were answered ... except one.
Quake doco respectful, shocking, personal
OPINION: It was with a heavy heart that I began to watch last night's quake documentary The Day That Changed My Life.
I was thrust up in the air, bike and all. It was so violent that I knew there would be souls lost.
A deep rumble came from the ground below. We were blanketed by clouds of thick dust.
When the quake claimed his suburb, Jimmy Banks made the best of a bad situation.
She told me: "I saw the dust from the cliffs when they fell down and thought you must have died".
Margaret Woolley turns 100 this week. Her home of 77 years is pegged for demolition. She can't face it.
For Christine Henry, February 22, 2011, was a cold, damp and eerie day.
REVIEW: Last night's TVNZ earthquake documentary The Day that Changed My Life was unsettling but enlightening.
It is still hard to get your head around the enormity of what we have been through in Christchurch.
Insurance experts will offer advice to homeowners struggling with their earthquake claims at a meeting in Christchurch.
I could hear kids screaming. The terror of that noise I will never forget. They were so alone and so scared.
Quake victim's family cannot forgive
The father of Yoko Suzuki says if the CTV building's designers admitted their fault and apologised he could forgive them.
'Everything was in darkness as no light could get through the cloud of dust swirling.'
Aftershocks and living in a highly strung environment takes toll on Canterbury's children.
Memorial service goers told "everything has changed except for the love, support and strength of Cantabrians".
Floral display for quake anniversary
Christchurch's rivers have been transformed into flowing floral tributes as the city marks four years since its devastating earthquake.
Record turn out for memorial event
Dreary conditions have proven no barrier to the 2200 people who have turned out for a Christchurch earthquake memorial run today.
Cantabrians mark the fourth anniversary of the February 22, 2011 quake.
The haunting image of a man being pulled from the rubble was seen by millions around the world.
Four years on, a new documentary explores the psychological impact of the Christchurch earthquakes on six survivors.
There are moments you reflect on in life and February 22 will always be there, writes Dave Broughton.
Four years on from the February 22, 2011, earthquake the Christchurch insurance scene is much altered but intact.
EQC between a rock and a hard place
EQC is arousing suspicion with its coming payouts for flood and liquefaction land damage. But is it just doing the right thing?
My first quake anniversary away from home
No matter how far away you move - your past will always follow. I can't take back what I saw on February 22.
After two years of willing his nerves to work, quake survivor Nick Walls made an extraordinary move.
Unsettled quake claims can lead to health issues and financial problems, research shows.
For those who came close to death on February 22, 2011, tomorrow's anniversary remains too painful.
The owner of the new $17m St Elmos Court wishes he had never rebuilt the much-loved office block.
The view into town when Jeff Peters collected The Press from his driveway every morning used to stay the same.
As the full force of the quake hit, Greg Cole recalls having a single thought: the building is going to collapse.
Living alone in a red-zoned tower block
John Shrewsbury cooked on a Primus stove, used swimming pool water carried up eight flights of stairs in two buckets for the toilet cistern and kept a steel-shafted ice axe by the door in case the building partially collapsed and the door jammed shut.
Before and after pictures show how dramatically Christchurch has changed in the last four years.
The quakes and now a lack of tenants have put an end to 60 years of inner city life for one Christchurch man.
Dentral Christchurch has seen four times as many demolitions as rebuilds since the earthquakes
A heritage building shattered by February earthquake will be restored - but only if a tenant can be found.
Life has been up and down for the owner of the tattoo parlour where Matti McEachen died.
The Antigua St footbridge has returned to arc over the Avon River once more.
Helen Kraal lost her home in the earthquakes but an insurance loophole means she won’t be fully compensated.
Malcolm Harris left Christchurch's CTV building at 12.40pm on February 22, 2011, intending to go back.
Our street was 'totally wrecked'
John Henry was in traffic for the first Christchurch quake in February 2011. Then the second one hit.
The adverts saying what to do in an earthquake make it sound as if you have a choice, writes Tracy Woodfield.
Everyone in Christchurch on February 22, 2011, has a story. Tell us yours.
Police will jump through many hoops before deciding whether to prosecute anybody over the CTV building collapse.
The winning official earthquake memorial design will be chosen in May from six options.
Four years on and many homeowners still need answers on their earthquake claims.
In the first of a four-part series, Paul Gorman visits Onagawa, ravaged by the 2011 tsunami, and the rebuilt Kobe, 20 years after its devastating quake.
A trust set up by expats has poured over $6m into the Christchurch rebuild.
The creator of an earthquake musical is removing references to the fatal No 3 bus ride.
Report finds major failings with the way Earthquake Commission handles customers.
A musical based on the fatal No 3 bus ride in the February 2011 quake is likely to proceed but in an "evolved" form.
Families of those killed on the No 3 bus have been offered free tickets to a musical based on the quake tragedy.
Show features bored, imaginary commuters on a bus before the earthquake finale shakes the theatre.
Follows red bus journey up to quake moment
A young theatre troupe will recreate Christchurch's February 2011 earthquake in a "messy new musical theatre event" at the Wellington Fringe Festival.
EQC will pay 24 of its staff $65,000 a year to work just over one week per month.
Ratepayers' money could be used to help fund the repair and upgrade of a former convent.
A University of Canterbury researcher is analysing nearly a million tweets posted during and after the quakes.
Confronting and "raw" footage from aftermath of February 22 to be broadcast on TV.
The scaling back of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is official underway.
How did red-zoned Kairaki survive?
Three-and-a-half years after it was red-zoned, Kairaki is as strong as ever. How has it survived?
The first earthquake claim alleging an insurance company breached an OECD instrument on human rights has been accepted.
Jimmy Ryan used his drone to get a new perspective on Christchurch's old AMI stadium.
Ken Keir is resigned to a fourth winter in his ruined home but takes comfort in feeling he has had the last laugh.
Drone has bird's eye view of city's damage
Cameras soaring through the skies of Christchurch are capturing the city in a new light.
Haunting footage of Christchurch's red zones that still exist after 2011's devastating earthquake.
Footage of quake-damaged Catholic cathedral
New aerial footage has revealed just how much damage was sustained by Christchurch's Catholic Cathedral in the February 2011 earthquake.
Late Canterbury University engineer developed design processes that allow buildings to withstand violent shaking.
Copper stripped off Band Rotunda
The partially dismantled Edmonds Band Rotunda in central Christchurch is gradually losing its roof thanks to copper thieves.
A few weeks ago, we took the kids and took part in the new old Christchurch. Or is that the old new Christchurch?
More than 30 years ago, photographer Jae Renaut decided to photograph Lyttelton's heritage buildings in case something happened to them.
There were tens of thousands of earthquakes in New Zealand this year. Where was it shaking hardest and most often?
Why did some areas have more earthquakes than others this year? Scientists explain.
INTERACTIVE: See how a year of earthquakes unfolded in New Zealand.
BMX track, dog park and quake memorial are among ideas put forward for the Waimakariri red zones.
Councils cannot force strengthening of quake-prone buildings beyond legal minimum, Supreme Court says.
Mixed response as six designs being considered to commemorate Christchurch's February 2011 quake are revealed.
Couple face fourth Christmas in caravan on their front lawn after quake hit uninsured house.
The busy Dyers Pass Rd has reopened after four weeks of infrastructure repair work.
Pamela Wilkinson will pen a letter to Prime Minister John Key before admitting "there's no hope left".
OPINION: Resilience is one of those overused buzz words, but what exactly does it mean and why does the Christchurch City Council need a chief resilience officer?
A Christchurch teen's composition will be played in Westminster Abbey for the next February quake anniversary.
Quake was strong enough to shake people out of their slumber, but they won't be rattled.
Daredevil activists show us a sight we haven't seen in years - Christ Church Cathedral from inside. | Building intruders exposed
Trio caught taking photos in building subject to asbestos removal get police warning.
High Court says EQC does not need to pay for homes damaged by increased flooding risk.
Thousands of Christchurch residents affected by liquefaction and flooding will find out how they will be compensated today.
Timaru man Murray Cleverley is to step down from his role with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority at the end of February.
We get an exclusive look through the damaged building before works start in the new year.
David Harding has been found to have "misrepresented his competence" in his work.
Many residents want the city council to keep its assets and not build the stadium.
Two mothers want to reach 8000 families to tackle quake-related anxiety in children.
Bags of excrement and 20 mummified hedgehogs are among the things dumped in the red zone.
A father turned detective to get to the bottom of his daughter-in-law's death in Chch quake.
An 83-year-old pensioner has taken her fight with Tower Insurance from phone line to front line.
Explosives will be used to bring down the 13-storey former Christchurch police station.
A law expert says no one has been held to account for failures in the rescue efforts at the CTV building.
Cera boss Roger Sutton breached the confidentiality of settlement with State Services Commission, commissioner says.
Retirees still using chemical toilet in their shed should have repaired sewerage this week.
State Services Commissioner is defending his decision not to stand down Roger Sutton during a sexual harassment investigation.
Thousands stuck in insurance hell
JOHN MCCRONE - The PressAt least 3000 home-owners are still stuck in post-quake insurance hell. What is being done to unblock the final logjams? JOHN MCCRONE reports.
Retired couple still using chemical toilet
A retired Linwood couple battling health problems are still using a chemical toilet in their garden shed nearly four years after the quake.
Court of Appeal decision expected soon on insurance claim of couple unable to live in Sumner house due to rockfall risk.
Top EQC engineer Graeme Robinson found negligent in interim decisions by his professional body.
David Harding suspended from industry's professional body and ordered to pay $10,000.
Some homeowners say they will refuse to pay EQC's bill for unpaid excess on home repairs. | Editorial: Another EQC fumble
Nearly 70,000 Canterbury home-owners will be billed hundreds of dollars for quake repairs.
A flurry of new over-cap earthquake insurance cases is expected to cost taxpayers close to $100m.
Court battle over flood and earthquake land damage described as a "war of acronyms".
Portable house built to withstand quakes
The 2011 Christchurch earthquakes forced one couple to rethink how they were living.
Security guards searching bags at Southern Response annual meeting after safety threatened.
"Throwing a few bob" to homeowners does not fix Christchurch's post-quake flooding, court hears.
Judges say EQC policy for flood-prone land claims could create a "roadblock effect " for homeowners.
A complex court case affecting more than 13,000 land claims across Canterbury has begun.
A four-day High Court hearing will determine how EQC will settle thousands of Chch land claims.
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'.
Breach that revealed details of 83,000 Canterbury EQC claims 'could have been avoided'.
Research for a wellness campaign shows Cantabrians are not looking after themselves.
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.
More than 1800 civil defence volunteers are refused official recognition for quake efforts.
It's really hard to get excited about a new Christchurch when all I feel is loss still.
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.
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'
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 reincarnation of the historic Deans family homestead Homebush is nearly complete.
The EQC sent Jocelyn Yates a land claim payment of $5.51.
The perception that Canterbury is well advanced on quake recovery is misleading, business leader says. l EQC running out of cash
Kaiapoi was one of the worst hit areas in the September 2010 quake, but residents say it has a bright future.
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.
Campaigners opposing the demolition of Christ Church Cathedral have launched a PR offensive.
Post-quake babies could be more prone to crime, abuse and gambling as adults.
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.
Ken Keir was happy when he was paid out $113k by EQC - then it asked for it back.
Any doubts Paulette Barr had about confronting John Key have diminished after EQC fast-track her case.
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.
Staff amass "excessive" bill after flying between Christchurch and Wellington 7286 times since 2011.
Shattering glass at Christchurch's council offices down to repeated quake movement.
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.