Christchurch earthquake

Dramatic role just part of the job for Cera

Roger Sutton

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

Ernst & Young makes way

former Ernst & Young building

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

Online consultation scheme gains interest

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

Reality check on Christchurch town hall cost

Christchurch Town Hall

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

Christchurch $3000 job incentive nets 50

Sam O'Carroll

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

Car-park building to go before Christmas


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

Labour insurance policy 'mixed bag'

insurance 300x200

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

Protest unlikely to save memorial hall

Memorial hall protest

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

Town hall restoration on hold

Christchurch Town Hall

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

EQC floor level assessments 'inadequate'

EQC, Earthquake Commission

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

Japan PM: Visit stirs sad memories

Japan PM at CTV

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

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visits CTV site

japan strap

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

Raewyn's courage inspires TV show

Red-zone 'camp mum' inspires TV drama

Raewyn Iketau and Charlie Duthie

Raewyn Iketau is a survivor.

A dispatch from the front line

PR manager leaves Southern Response

Southern Response protest

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

Insurers must stay the course on house repairs

Construction, contractors, rebuild

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

Hope and Wire divides viewers

Hope and Wire

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

Hope and Wire like punch to stomach

Series left me jumping at loud noises again

Hope and Wire

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

Doco style saps Hope and Wire of potency

hope and Wire

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

Hopes dashed as Harding resigns

David Harding

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

Hope and Wire delivers solid drama

But shame so few Canterbury actors used

Hope and Wire

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

CTV engineer quits industry body

'A blow for the families of the 115 victims'

David Harding

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

Red-zone couple rush to move

Cera 'hassle' after hard move exceeds deadline

Robert and Isobel Snow

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

Family live in fear of asbestos exposure

Concerns EQC repairs left asbestos in heatpump

Daniel and Nicola Moore

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

Gaylene Preston: I'll walk beside you

Gaylene Preston

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

Steve Hicks sorry for 'stress and disappointment'

Steve Hicks

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

Quake series causes controversy

Film-maker defends quake drama

Gaylene Preston

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

Quake drama carries health warnings

hope and wire

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

$5m for TV quake drama

Hope & Wire

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

Lianne Dalziel to lecture on resilience

Lianne Dalziel

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

Mayor pleads for safer buildings sooner

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

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

Landlord convicted of fake EQC claims

Chch landlord signed invoice in her cat's name

Sally Mengtung Ye

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

Rockfall mitigation a 'vain hope'


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

'Stressed' pilot made unsafe foggy landing

Air New Zealand black livery

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

Energy company billing demolished house

Power, electricity, power lines, power pole

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

Red-zone promise 'reckless' - Brownlee

Jan Ellis red-zoned land

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

Excitement at CBD return

dean palmer

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

Awards recognition for quake rescuers who risked their lives

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

Humble heroes honoured

Dr Bryce Curran

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

Policemen: we were just doing our jobs

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

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

Battered CBD still offers family fun

Plenty of family fun - if you know where to look

Catherine and Charlotte Woods

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

EQC secures reinsurance cover

EQC Ian Simpson

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

CTV engineer faces disciplinary action

David Harding

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

Insurance woes follow purchase of quake-hit home

Houses, real estate, property, insurance, mortgage

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

Quake-hit Cantabrians still struggling

Sad woman, depressed, grieving

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

Former drainage boss denies fraud


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

Landlord denies fake quake-repair claims

Sally Mengtung Ye

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

Three years since earthquake reminder

On June 13, 2011, Chch was rattled again

June 13 2011 christchurch quake

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

$1 reserve for red-zone house auction

Phyllis and Michael Thorn

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

Expert shows court fake invoice theory


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

Go West, Christchurch CBD

Cathedral Square

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

Landlord denies faking quake claims


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

EQC cheque buoys council home repairs

CCC logo

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

Another winter of discontent

Peggy Holdthuson

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

Unveiling symbolises city's rebirth

 Katie Mills

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

Retrospective asbestos checks urged


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

Council seeks clarification over claims

court generic

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

Outcasts' fate in Supreme Court hands


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

Woman charged over EQC car misuse

EQC cars

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

EQC hassles inspire charitable song

Quake hassles inspire charitable song

eqc blues

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

Bishopdale library repair costs double

book sale

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

Provincial chambers repair bill $70m

Canterbury Provincial Council building

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

Uncertain future for quake-hit facilities

NZ money, cash

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

Cantabs share quake survival tips

Cantabs share tips for coping in a quake

survival kit

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

Evidence vital in drainage cases

Graham Daniel Lilley

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

Fault at risk of rupture

Alpine Fault

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

Firm fined $30k for dumping quake waste

Oakleigh Innovation waste dumping

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

Owners of rockfall property fight back


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

Engineers defend building standards

House construction

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

Inquiry into Alan Reay dropped

Alan Reay

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

Investigation over CTV engineer dropped

No action over CTV collapse

Alan Reay

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

Law students take on EQC


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

Pets quake victims, too

3000 animals killed in disaster

dog liquefaction

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

Quake broke down prejudices

quake neighbours

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

Curing quake-weary Cantab kids

Curing quake-weary kids



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

Cuts to EQC enable $372m surplus

EQC, Earthquake Commission

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

'Landlords should pay for strengthening'

quake strengthening

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

Jones: We can't keep sinking cash into pool

Ali Jones

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

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

david cunliffe and john key

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

Government 'holding back' on quake costs

David Cunliffe

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

Demolitions damage more than quakes

Contractors 'wreak havoc' in Brooklands

Brookland footpaths

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

Historic house lands new site

house moved

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

Chch homes decay as residents wait

quake damage house

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

Red-zone homes key to rockfall work

Lidia Belles and Andrew Abakhan

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

Liquefaction stockpile put to work in rebuild

burwood silt

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

Red-zone homes in 'suspicious' blaze

Fire on New Brighton Rd

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

Is the residential red zone unlawful?

Matthew Sandrey and Ernest Tsao

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

$300,000 homes for Christchurch

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae

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

Expert explains Section 38 regulations

Christchurch's heritage-listed Public Trust Office

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

Port Hills rockfall barriers 'largely unaffordable'

Port Hillss

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

Demolition of cliff-top homes begins

Clifton Hill red zone demolitions begin

clifton hill demolition

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

Valuations add to red-zone stress

red zone homes

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

Can Christchurch be saved?

Christ Church Cathedral

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

Avondale bridge has reopened

Avondale bridge works

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

There is no 'first-fix' for Chch

Christchurch CBD

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

Council won't act to halt Majestic demolition

Majestic Theatre

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

Shock at broken city sparks blanket drive

Tracey Keen

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

Christchurch rental rip-off must stop

Generic for rent sign

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

Quake appeal allocates all funds raised

NZ money, cash

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

EQC appoints two to replace one

EQC, Earthquake Commission

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

Quakes bring security for moteliers

Sally and Allan Clark

Before the February 2011 earthquakes, Christchurch's motels were not doing so well.

Student army leader hangs up his shovel

Jason Pemberton

After more than 1800 volunteer projects, Volunteer Army Foundation co-founder Jason Pemberton is looking forward to a holiday.

'Priority' family living in tent

Weathering freezing rains and floods

Family living in tent

Huddled together in a freezing tent as rain batters their makeshift home is how one Christchurch family has spent two months.

Google images reveal quake impact on Chch

Crowne Plaza

Google Maps users will now be able to turn back time to see what Christchurch landmarks used to look like.

Warning stickers for quake-prone buildings

Red sticker

Earthquake-prone buildings should carry visible warning stickers, says Canterbury's health board.

Demolition on Victoria Apartments nears finish

Demolition of Victoria Apartments nears finish

Demolition of Victoria Apartments

Demolition has started on the 13-storey Victoria Apartments building in central Christchurch, damaged in the February 2011 quake.

State housing quake repairs below target

State house

Repairs on Christchurch's crippled state housing stock are failing to keep pace as deadlines loom for the work.

Greens call for blue zone

WANTING ANSWERS: Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Gerry Brownlee dismissed a push to buy flood-prone houses without official advice, an MP says.

Legal advice may not cover size of insurance settlement

Generic money

OPINION: With cash settlements for repair or rebuild, if there is any doubt about the sum offered, take advice from a building professional.

Churches' fate still bound by red tape

More than 100 churches still out of action

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

Many celebrated a fourth Easter in makeshift facilities with more than 100 quake-hit Canterbury churches still out of action.

Public to have a say on red zones' future

red zone homes

The public will play a part in deciding what the residential red zones will look like in the future, Prime Minister John Key says.

Earthquake stress plea to insurers

Stressed, anxious man

Insurers need to better recognise the stress many of their customers are under, psychologist says.

Inspections rise after demolitions spark safety fears

Generic demolition

Demolition site inspections ramping up due to safety concerns, particuarly over treatment of asbestos.

Life in the rebuild's waiting room

Baby only known life in temporary village

Jack Gould

A small kitset house in a temporary village set up after Canterbury's earthquakes is the only home 8-month-old Jack Gould has known.

Pool repairs could cost city $6m

Jellie Park

Pioneer and Jellie Park pools need extensive repairs, with early council estimates at $6m.

Royals to meet quake victims' families

William and Kate

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will today meet families of the 185 people killed in the quake as well as survivors.

Saving a sense of history

Trinity Church

Demolition of the Majestic theatre has consigned another Christchurch heritage building to the history books, but what fate awaits city landmarks still standing?

Quake legislation not enough, says Council

chch quake

Lessons from Christchurch's 2011 earthquake are not reflected in new legislation, the city council says.

Cera requests Cathedral rebuild cost


Government officials are seeking information on Christ Church Cathedral's restoration costs.

Majestic Theatre decision 'not made lightly'

Majestic Theatre

Council seeks 'urgent' legal advice over Majestic Theatre demolition despite $18m cost of any rebuild.

Urgent wait list for housing rises by 100

Glen Innes state houses

About 500 Cantabrians are now waiting, in urgent need of state housing.

Street repairs ignoring upgrade plans

street repairs

Contractors repairing some Christchurch streets are not doing promised upgrades at the same time.

Insurance not always common sense

duncan webb strap

The quote to repair our TC3 home is higher than our GV, or to buy a new home. What are our options?

Abandoned police station to be demolished

Hereford St police station

The former Christchurch police station, abandoned after quake concerns, will be demolished.

How does a city bounce back?

chch quake

Christchurch is learning the hard way that disaster recovery is as much about politics as rebuilding.

Key EQC role gone, two more created

Bruce Emson

Customer services boss Bruce Emson leaves EQC to allow room for two new roles.

Engineers remain well regarded

CTV building

Quake-induced building collapses and a mining disaster have had "minimal" impact on public perception of engineers.

Helicopter used for Port Hills home repair

A helicopter lowers a drilling rig on to a Port Hills

It appears the sky is the limit for settling Port Hills insurance claims.

30 homes in anti-liquefaction pilot


The number of properties with increased liquefaction risk will not be known before May.

Key defends quake emergency response to CTV


The PM says emergency services "did everything they possibly could" in responding to the CTV building collapse.

Natural disaster recovery - parallels with Japan


There are deep comparisons between Cantabrian and Japanese communities fighting to recover after a natural disaster.

Finally, some action for elderly homeowners

Peggy Holdthuson

Ninety-year-old Peggy Holdthuson may now get to see her childhood home repaired before she dies.

Anderton slams cleric's call for demo

jim anderton

Campaigner Jim Anderton says Archbishop of York's call for cathedral demolition is "unqualified".

Homeowner living rough for three years

Paul Tobin

Paul Tobin's sewer has been out of action for more than three years so he uses the toilet at work.

Archbishop backs cathedral demolition

Dr John Sentamu at Christ Church Cathedral

The Archbishop of York said demolition of Christ Church Cathedral was the only option when he visited the ruins today.

Thousands wait for quake repairs

EQC, Earthquake Commission

More than 800 vulnerable earthquake claimants are still to be fully settled by insurers.

Peggy, 90, wants home fixed before dying

Peggy Holdthuson

Peggy Holdthuson, 90, has discovered her insurer had 'no idea' of her home repair claim.

Insurance service tackles 80 cases

Mike Coleman at Southern Response protest

Mike Coleman is promising to tone it down in his new role heading the Canterbury Insurance Assistance Service.

Alf, 92, waits on tardy insurer

Alf Johnson

Alf Johnson is perplexed that he is still waiting to move out of his unsafe house. "Why am I still waiting for a new house?"

Who pays to fix structures on council land?

Crumbling retaining wall

OPINION: Retaining walls, or bridges, which cross council land rather than residential may not be covered by EQC.

Couple annoyed at quality of repairs

Dawn Spencer

EQR's paint began peeling off within a week, yet Dawn Spencer was told if she did not sign off the job her file would be closed.

Provincial Buildings gets $2.5m

Canterbury Provincial Buildings

One of Christchurch's most prominent buildings has received $2.5 million for repairs.

How safe can we afford to be?

Fire engine in floodwaters

OPINION: The lives lost in the quake were a major tragedy but the chances of being killed on NZ roads is 100 times greater than being killed in an earthquake.

Post-quake roadworks take heavy toll on buses

Bus on Tuam St

Buses negotiating post-quake roadworks will land ratepayers with an unexpected $300,000 cost.

Alpine Fault not so 'well behaved'

Alpine Fault

The Alpine Fault may have generated more large quakes than previously thought, research says.

Quake stress creates the 'new vulnerable'

Stressed, anxious man

Cantabrians in their 30s and 40s, living previously comfortable lives are a new at-risk group for post-quake stress.

Only half of red zone homes demolished

bexley rebuild

Demolition of red zone homes needs to accelerate to clear all homes on the flat by the end of this year.

How Dot's case was missed

Dot Boyd

Everyone agrees the vulnerable deserve special treatment after the Canterbury quakes. How then did an 85-year-old living in a badly damaged home fall through the cracks?

EQC 'waiting for us to die'

'Vulnerable' elderly women wait for EQC action

Marlene Naish

The boxes are still stacked up in Marlene Naish's home.

Brownlee: No evidence VIP get priority

EQC, Earthquake Commission

Gerry Brownlee doesn't know if he is regarded as a VIP by EQC because he hasn't asked.

Lotto winner couldn't buy bus ticket

Lotto ticket

The $5m Lotto winner will donate to those who helped him when he lost his home and job in the quakes.

Thousands call for insurance advice


Top concerns facing a quake insurance advice service are scope of works, repair strategies and cash settlements.

Deal with EQC on housing gets closer

EQC, Earthquake Commission

The Christchurch City Council says it is making progress in its bid to reach a global settlement with EQC.

Fraudulent quake claim payouts sent offshore

Poulomi Chaterjee

Money from a woman's four false EQC claims, totalling $37k, has passed out of reach to her family in India.

Alan Reay quits professional body

Alan Reay

Ipenz now can't impose disciplinary penalties against the boss of the company that designed the failed CTV building.

Homeowner finally gets EQC payout

Dot Boyd

After three years of waiting, EQC eventually give Dot Boyd $200k for her Aranui home.

Recovery leaders miss forum on Cera's role


Cera was absent from a community forum about its recovery role and how it will transition.

Poplar Lane owners still waiting

Lisle Hood

A lack of engineers is blamed for the 'glacial pace' of resolving insurance claims for Poplar Lane.

Homeowners to take EQC to court

EQC, Earthquake Commission

More than 120 fed-up homeowners will take EQC to court over its handling of Canterbury's rebuild.

Brownlee summons EQC chief

WANTING ANSWERS: Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee.

EQC chiefs were called to Parliament for a 'please explain' over vulnerable elderly waiting repairs.

Brownlee 'let down' by EQC

gerry brownlee

A humiliated Gerry Brownlee has apologised to Labour MPs he sledged over their workrate.

EQC asks for understanding

EQC, Earthquake Commission

Earthquake Commission says it will do better but has been faced with a disaster of inconceivable magnitude.

Major surgery for art gallery

Christchurch Art Gallery

Christchurch Art Gallery is getting "keyhole surgery" to raise the 30,000-tonne building.

Aranui pupil wins Rika scholarship

Aranui High School student Joni Palmer

Quake victim Rika Hyuga's father welcomed Aranui High School student Joni Palmer, 17, into his home and heart while presenting her with a new scholarship to visit Japan.

Answers at last for feisty widow

'Someone is finally listening to me'

 85-year-old Aranui resident Dorothy ‘‘Dot’’  Boyd

Dot Boyd is 85, stoic and staunch.

Firefighter drawn back to PGC site

Grasping the enormity of what happened

Roy Montgomery

OPINION: Volunteer firefighter ROY MONTGOMERY found himself helping at the PGC Building on February 22, 2011. On anniversaries since, he has been drawn back to the site.

Wedding for couple brought together by quake

Anna & Jamie wedding

Anna and Jamie were working in the same building in Christchurch, but didn't meet until the Feb 22 quake.

Drones film earthquake damage


Cera uses unmanned aircraft to film quake-hit homes as demolition progresses on the Port Hills.

EQC vows to clear information backlog

EQC, Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission still has an "eye-wateringly huge" backlog of official information requests but insists they will be cleared by April.

Owner in never-ending dance with insurer

Anne McDonald

Anne McDonald is tired of dancing with insurers over the rebuild of her flat in Waltham, Christchurch.

Readers' ideas for earthquake memorial

Cerritos Air Disaster memorial

OPINION: My column last week on the lack of action in tidying up the CTV site triggered a strong response from readers.

Fatal site 'unsuitable for build'

Raekura Pl rockfall

A property where a woman was killed by rockfall in the quake was deemed unsuitable for building on.

Quake rebuilds awaited by 4000

house insurance

More than 4000 Cantabrians are still waiting for insurer-led quake rebuilds with just 15 per cent of rebuilds done.

Young couple want house back

Tristan and justine Cooke

When Justine Cooke began setting up a room for her new baby it did not feel permanent.

Bishop rejects cathedral compromise

Victoria Matthews

Victoria Matthews has rejected an offer of peace talks over the Christ Church Cathedral rebuild.

Lying insurance broker loses appeal


A broker who falsely told a couple they were insured before 2010 quake has appeal thrown out.

Police will probe CTV collapse

CTV building

The families of the CTV building victims welcome police hiring engineers to ascertain criminality.

Quake-city strugglers left behind

Sad woman, depressed, grieving

Three years after the quake, the gap between the "haves and the have-nots" is growing.

Quake taught me to care for strangers

Hearts Shall Anchor

OPINION: Saturday marked three years since what my children call Mr Shakey paid our city a visit.

Police hire engineer to review CTV collapse


Police have engaged an engineering firm to review the collapse of the CTV Building in the 2011 earthquake.

Chch quake: then and now

Churchills Colombo St

We want to see photos of your home and neighbourhood after the February quake and today.

Quake memories raw three years on

CTV feb 22 third anniversary

The third anniversary of the February 2011 earthquake was marked by thousands of people across the globe.

Map plots global quake remembrance

melbourne quake cone

Digital map pinpoints spots around the world that marked yesterday's quake anniversary.

Life never the same after quake

Cathedral Square

Hands shake. Shoulders heave. Deep breaths. For some, Christchurch's devastating quake was three years ago. For others, it feels like yesterday.

'Moon man' uses quake prediction to beat charge

Ken Ring

Ken Ring has used his claimed quake predictions to defeat a complaint over his website.

Christchurch remembers Feb 22

road cone flowers

Over a thousand people turned out for the civic memorial for the third anniversary of the February 22 2011 earthquake.

The Press looks to the year 2031

Christchurch 2031

What if The Press visited Christchurch on February 22, 2031, and reported back what we found?

Prince's letter signals return to Canterbury

Prince william Kate Middleton royals

EXCLUSIVE: "Catherine and I send you our warm wishes, and we hope that you find comfort as you gather ... to remember what was lost."

Haere ra to Kia Ora St

Kia Ora St residents say goodbye

kia ora

The Press

The final residents of red-zoned Kia Ora St farewelled their home last week.

'Final stage missing in story of CTV building'

Maan Alkaisi

Three years on, there is a missing piece of the CTV building story, says Dr Maan Alkaisi.

Optimism in the face of life's problems

Brian Kennedy

Today's earthquake memorial service means a little more to one particular widower.

'Special little symbols of hope'

Best buds born in shock and shake

Earthquake babies

It was pure luck that brought them into the world during the region's two big earthquakes. But their mothers believe it was a stroke of fate that brought them together.

Hands grasped on holy ground

John Abraham and Josh Anderson

Amid the dust and the rock and the grit, all John Abraham could see was a single, gloved hand.

Govt calls on developers for eastern frame

Gerry Brownlee and Bob Parker

Government calls on developers to express interest in building on Christchurch's eastern frame.

CBD rebuild to hit milestone

Cathedral Square

Construction is set to outstrip demolition in central Christchurch for the first time in three years.

Caution: city-shaping decisions on road ahead

Court Theatre

OPINION: The commercial sector has so far led the charge. Now the Government must get a spade in the ground in the inner city.

Jogging memories of three years ago

Nicolette Allen

Nicolette Allen will be running to remember tomorrow so others do not forget the lives lost on February 22, 2011.

10 things that make Christchurch great

ReStart mall

On the eve of the third anniversary of the 2011 quake, we give you 10 reasons to smile about living here.

What are you doing on February 22?

river of flowers

Share your memories and messages of hope to commemorate the third anniversary of the February 22 earthquake.

Quakes boost growth in surrounding districts

Pegasus Canterbury

Neighbouring towns that suffered serious quake damage but fewer headlines have rebounded big time.

Christchurch: A tale of two cities

Red zone house demolition

The 2011 earthquake left a city divided, but who sits at either end of the spectrum? | Boom streets | Red zone hopes | Boost for outer areas

What should be done with the red zone?

Red zone

Community leaders reveal their hopes for the future of Christchurch's residential red zone.

Historic hospital rebuilds gather pace

Christchurch Hospital

Next year is set to be the biggest yet for the $650m-plus redevelopment of Christchurch's quake-hit hospitals.

Road works to be completed in two years

Christchurch road works

Roadworkers have laid more than 1 million square metres of roading, but two year's worth of roadworks remain.

Insurance progress a race against time

Gerry Brownlee and Ian Simpson

Insurers and EQC predict significant progress on repairs and rebuilds for quake-hit homes in 2014.

'Boom streets' created in quake aftermath

Smash Palace

While the earthquakes wiped out huge parts of Christchurch's CBD, the city's fringes began stirring.

Chch insurers among world's slowest

Southern Response

Insurance companies in Christchurch are among the world's slowest to respond to disaster.

Theatre Royal's reopening delayed

Theatre Royal

The reopening of the restored Isaac Theatre Royal has been pushed back about three months to October.

Please build a proper quake memorial

Fenced CTV site

OPINION: The lack of action to properly clean up the CTV site and create a memorial has been disgraceful.

Quakes change the face of Christchurch


The number working in central Christchurch halved between 2006 and 2013, according to Census data.

'Doughnut' represents Cera's failings

Gerry Brownlee and Bob Parker

OPINION: Cera's most conspicuous failure has been its well-intended ambition to kick-start and accelerate the revival of the CBD.

Response team deals with 1300 post-quake claims

house insurance

OPINION: Recent public comments about the ISO Scheme's low percentage of upheld complaints are inaccurate and misinformed.

Walkers pound the road to raise money

Christchurch City Mission

A Christchurch counsellor walking 288km to raise money for quake victims is more than half-way through her journey.

Quake pledges go online

University of Canterbury

Signatures pledged by more than 25,000 Cantabrians after the February 2011 earthquake have been preserved in a digital archive as a reminder of the city's early reactions to the devastation.

Creative living in a transitional city


Did the Christchurch earthquakes crack open the city's conservative shell and unleash a great wealth of creativity?

Millennium staying shut in Christchurch

Quake-damaged Chch hotel closed indefinitely

Millennium Hotel Christchurch

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand says its Millennium Hotel Christchurch in Cathedral Sq remains closed for the "foreseeable future".

Woman's prize garden red-zoned

Red zone garden

Mary's once meticulously designed garden has become an overgrown tangle since she left her red-zoned Avonside home.

Three years on, a new feeling

CTV site

OPINION: The city is full of small reminders that it's OK to feel positive about our post-quake future.

Payouts may come up short

EQC, Earthquake Commission

Changes to the EQC opt-out scheme mean homeowners could be left out of pocket.

Toxic waste may soon head south


Toxic waste from Christchurch demolition sites could soon be transported to Southland.

Council may reopen closed buildings

City councillors to consider relaxing rules on occupancy of buildings that fall below 34 per cent of standards.

City's poor housing is human rights concern

A concerted effort needs to be made before the winter to identify every vulnerable household in Christchurch, the Human Rights Commission says.

'Vulnerable' homes need help before winter

Vicki Buck

Chch households struggling post-quake need help before winter, says Human Rights Commission.

Blame, anger over claims rises

Southern Response protest

Christchurch homeowners say they have no confidence in insurers settling their claims.

Quake claimants thrash out strategy

 Tony Connelly

Belfast homeowners say EQC and Southern Response have been fighting for three years.

Bitter twists for re-zoned couple

Richard and Heather Larson

A late-night phone call rocked Heather Larson's world more than Christchurch's earthquakes.

Unhappy claimants meet over Southern Response

Hundreds join Southern No Response meeting

Southern No Response meeting

More than 300 Cantabrians will meet tonight to air their grievances over the way insurer Southern Response has handled their quake claims.

Asthmatic choked by dust

Rebecca Hamilton Barclay,

An EQC hold-up on replacing Rebecca Hamilton Barclay's carpet is a threat to her life.

Retaining walls involve complex legal issues

Crumbling retaining wall

There are very few policies out there which cover retaining walls whatever the cost.

Volunteers repaint quake memorial chairs


A memorial to the people who died in the February 2011 quake has been given a spruce up.

Funding plan to help quake stress victims



Cabinet will soon consider backing a new plan to help Cantabrians deal with post- earthquake mental health and relationship issues, which experts say emerge three years on from a disaster.

Park to replace demolished city high-rise

Charles Luney House

The central city's Charles Luney House is being demolished to make way for the Eastern Frame.

$10k fine for burying quake waste

Poison, poisonous, toxic

A Christchurch company has been fined $10,000 after burying earthquake demolition waste.

Plan to relieve quake stress

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman

Cabinet is to consider a plan to help Cantabrians deal with an expected 5 to 10 years of post-quake stress.

Quake anniversary shifts to Botanic Gardens

Lianne Dalziel

Service to mark anniversary of the February 2011 quake to be held in Botanic Gardens.

Quake claimants take the cash

Builder, new house, generic

About half of 25,000 over-cap residential claims in Canterbury are likely to be settled with cash.

CTV site gets makeover

CTV site

Grass has been laid at the Canterbury Television site in preparation for the anniversary of the February 22 quake.

Small quake for Christchurch

Earthquake generic

A small magnitude 3.5 quake this morning reminds residents the ground remains unsteady.

Southern No Response queries unhappiness

Southern Response protest

OPINION: Lobby group Southern No Response say number of claimants turning to them is still growing.

Quake stress hurting our young

One in five kids shows signs of stress disorder

Jesse Jacobs-Mitchell

Research is showing that the Canterbury earthquakes have caused more trauma in young children than expected. So how bad is it and what can be done? JOHN McCRONE reports.

Public to have say on red-zone future

Lianne Dalziel

Red-zone stayers may be forced out once the future of the land is decided, earthquake boss says.

Dust a post-earthquake hazard

Radio Network building

OPINION: Demolition dust could be harming our health, toxicology professor Ian Shaw writes.

Insurer wants final settlement before repair


There are numerous instances where insurers make demands which they are not entitled to under policy terms.

Quake refugee kids can stay in Sydney


Australian court rejects bid to return children unlawfully taken to Sydney after the Chch quake.

CTV rises after earthquake tragedy


Bold leadership has revived CTV three years since it lost most of its staff in the Christchurch quake.

Services to stay on in red zone - for now

water generic


The Christchurch City Council says it has no fixed date when it will stop providing essential services to occupied homes in the residential red zone.

Brownlee: Need for openness in council finances

gerry brownlee

City Care and Lyttelton Port shares are among council assets needing "serious reconsideration", Gerry Brownlee says.

Drones proposed for red-zone demolition

Options considered for Port Hills red-zone

Port Hillss

Remote-controlled machinery, water-blasters, drones and controlled explosives are being considered for the demolition of red-zoned Port Hills properties.

Elderly red-zoner forced into renting

Janet Cramer

At 80 years old, Janet Cramer is forced spend $200 a week on a one-bed unit in Kaiapoi.

Quake advocate dismisses claims by insurance boss

Southern Response protest

Southern No Response says claimants paid premiums in preparation for the very situation the quakes created.

Last red-zoners get exemption

Iddo and Vrouwkje Bongers

A Burwood couple have received a four-month extension to stay in their home due to their daughter's ill health.
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