Red-zoned Port Hills homeowners get an extra five months to consider the Crown's offer for their land.
Closing the Gloucester St bridge for another two years is the "worst thing" to happen to New Regent St businesses, a shop owner says.
EQC has been accused of breaking the law by taking more than 150 days to answer a request.
What is happening with the master plans for Lyttelton, Edgeware, Linwood, Sydenham and others?
A Burwood couple must leave their home of 35 years as consent hold-ups delay construction.
Families who lost loved ones in the February quake may be allowed to place temporary markers.
Three Canterbury councils have almost $2.1 million in their earthquake funds still waiting to be allocated.
The council's housing committee wants Cera to identify red-zoned homes suitable for relocation.
A red-zoned couple's failed $1.3m claim will be seen by insurers as a way to "get off the hook", says a legal expert.
Govt threatens to name owners of potentially deadly buildings who have taken no action.
A red-zoned couple will get $550,000 from their insurer after the High Court rejected their bid for $1.3m.
EQ minister agrees to 'tidy up' CTV site despite ruling out a memorial last week.
The Majestic Theatre and Sammy's Jazz Bar will be demolished, Cera confirms, but no decision yet on NG Gallery.
The manager of 1000 properties says Southern Response faces court action because it won't talk to customers.
Lyttelton locals forced out of their homes after they were red-zoned should be compensated, their neighbour says.
Hundreds of properties still carry section 124 notices to be classed as dangerous to occupy.
Kathryn Burton, her husband and three young children had moved on with their lives. At least they tried to.
Prime Minister John Key says Port Hills zoning review took 'a lot longer than we would have wanted'.
Council wants memorial at CTV building site despite earthquake recovery minister already ruling it out.
Port Hills residents say this morning's moderate but shallow quake was 'loud and scary'.
JANE DUNBAR - © Fairfax NZ NewsAll the houses have fallen over and everyone is dying - that's what Thomas, 9, depicted in a sand tray when he first went to see a counsellor.
The Christchurch City Council is supporting calls for a temporary memorial on the site of the CTV building.
Good news expected for Ian Simpson
Brownlee has expressed confidence in EQC's chief executive ahead of the release of a report into the organisation's systems.
A widower is calling for a temporary memorial at the CTV site to allow families of deceased to pay tribute.
Charlotte Mayne was initially patient. Now she is beyond frustrated with EQC's failure to repair her home.
Uninsured red-zoners are hoping for full payout before Christmas after Appeal Court win.
Commission acknowledges it will fall short of its 2013 target for the most damaged homes.
Brownlee is pleased with Court of Appeal ruling that red-zoning of damaged land was lawful.
Unhappy homeowners have given Southern Response two weeks to provide answers.
Twice as many females than males were injured during and after the Canterbury earthquake.
Steve Gurney and Ali Jones call for protest at Southern Response offices on Monday.
The blogger who leaked thousands of insurance claims online has refused to pay EQC's legal costs.
Areas of New Brighton, Avonside Drive, Oxford Tce and Kaiapoi will be the first to be completely demolished.
Red-zone homes demolitions to be more planned to ward off vandals while hitting deadlines.
Owners selling an earthquake-damaged property should make available all information about its state of repair.
The council is battling EQC for more cash to hasten repair of its quake-damaged housing units.
Future large earthquakes could cause powerful aftershocks as in Canterbury, new research shows.
Canterbury's unusual rock structure meant the 2011 quakes produced some of the strongest vertical ground accelerations ever seen.
Bosses knowingly sending staff to work in earthquake-prone buildings are breaking the law.
The lack of accountability over the collapse of the CTV building has left victims' families feeling the Government does not care.
Decisions on the residential red zone must be made in a year, a group backing river park plans says.
Nearly three years since they lost their daughters in the CTV building, the families of the Japanese victims say they cannot find closure.
Several post-quake Christchurch initiatives survive on volunteer help. So what motivates people to do unpaid work?
Latest quake to jolt Cantabrians shows enough stress to create further shakes, says scientist.
Many of the 4200 who felt last night's 4.6 earthquake were overseas visitors, unused to shaking.
A condemned house survives yanking by big rigs, despite being only seven per cent of the building code.
Red-zoners are "speechless" after Gerry Brownlee derided a judge who ruled in their favour.
Building Minister Maurice Williamson says he finds it unacceptable the man whose firm designed Christchurch's deadly CTV building has not been held to account.
The complexity of issues surrounding the Canterbury quakes is delaying insurance payouts.
How animals and their owners coped with the Canterbury earthquakes is being researched.
A war of words has broken out between Labour's leader and the man in charge of the $40 billion earthquake recovery.
The EQC leaks blogger ignored a court order preventing publication of 83,000 confidential client details, commission lawyers say.
Pace of quake repairs must increase 50 per cent to meet 2016 deadlines, says Cera chief Roger Sutton.
Can't move into new, more suitable home
Michael Bush has lost his home and his job, and is facing motor neurone disease. EQC is not helping.
The fact that earthquakes have dropped the land, increasing Christchurch's flood risk, is finally being taken seriously.
Southern Demolition and Salvage owner Alan Edge is playing a pivotal part in flattening Christchurch.
Almost 200 people may join a group action against EQC, claiming quake-hit homes should be restored to an 'as new' state.
Work on Irene Wheeler's home stopped suddenly due to insurer's confidential agreement with the city council.
Gerry Brownlee has signalled he is losing confidence in the EQC's chief executive.
Gerry Brownlee orders inquiry into EQC's satisfaction survey and refuses to express confidence in chief Ian Simpson.
The council has released detailed maps showing the mass movement areas on the Port Hills.
EQC officials will "explain" to Gerry Brownlee how 31,000 were excluded from satisfaction surveys.
Murmurs had been circulating for weeks that Tony Aldridge's green-zoned Mt Pleasant property was at risk.
EQC excluded 31,000 claimants from survey, bringing into question the reported 80 per cent satisfaction rate.
OPINION: Andie McGregor writes that EQC pulled the plug on repairs because she complained too much.
More than 50 green-zoned Port Hills homes are on land at risk of 'catastrophic' damage, say experts.
OPINION: Peter Ingham describes how the EQC's initial penny pinching resulted in an extra cost of several thousands dollars.
Val Branson fears she will not be reimbursed after paying $7500 to a contractor without EQC approval.
A former EQC assessor turned advocate is accusing EQC of manipulating its customer survey.
OPINION: An official report criticising EQC's communication echoes what homeowners have been saying for so long. | Brownlee brushes off criticism
The public will have a say in fate of large tracts of flat land red-zoned by the Government, Gerry Brownlee says.
Gerry Brownlee brushes off report criticising EQC for inconsistent dealings with quake-affected Cantabrians.
Former tenant of red-zoned housing complex questions why habitable units sit empty.
But Brownlee reckons EQC doing 'pretty well'
Homeowners suffer 'inconsistency in information' and 'lack of certainty' from EQC, a report says.
EQC has paid more than $7000 in costs to a man mistakenly emailed private client information.
Repairs have been done on about 40,000 quake-damaged homes. How did yours go?
The Government has been pinged three times over its handling of the Canterbury earthquake recovery.
The Thompson family went on a holiday to Geraldine when EQC assessors came to their home.
Drainage firm run by an ex-crim told customers EQC ould reimburse costs without authorisation.
Check out this chair that turns into a brain-protecting helmet during earthquakes.
EQC says it'll have settled all of its standard under-$15,000 claims by this morning.
The early-morning quake in Christchurch has not changed the likelihood of larger regional earthquakes.
Some are standing on an empty piece of land, others are lying on a pile of rubble.
Almost $2 million will go into earthquake research at two New Zealand universities.
Fixing the Gloucester St bridge may not take as much time or cost as much as originally thought.
A historic mansion earmarked for demolition despite a two-year fight to save it was doomed by a report saying it was a big collapse risk.
OPINION: While insurers say there aren't enough resources to undertake all repairs, this does not relieve their duty to act promptly.
It has been more than three years since the first big Canterbury tremor, but post-quake temporary workplaces drag on.
Three multimillion-dollar housing developments will be built in Christchurch by next year.
A fire officer decorated for bravery for his efforts at the CTV building collapse has died.
Owners of uninsured properties and vacant sections in red zones are desperate, the Court of Appeal has heard.
An Avondale resident yesterday exploded gelignite underneath neighbouring homes in a $4m research project.
Look at demolition progress across the residential red zone.
Click on any property on our red zone map to find details of its demolition progress.
Check out our interactive graphic showing the odometer of progress on red zone demolitions.
Just 38 per cent of the nearly 8000 homes in the residential red zone have been demolished - fewer than planned. + Take a drive back in time
Take a drive down two typical streets in the residential red zone and see how they have changed in the last 12 months.
Take a flight over the residential red zone in Christchurch with the help of Google Earth.
Burwood couple Patricia and George Cope have watched their neighbourhood disappear around them.
Homes in the Port Hills could be swept off a cliff if they are too dangerous to demolish.
The Hollywood Cinema will run its international film festival after overcoming building safety concerns.
Crown argues force people were not forced out of residential red zone in "Quake Outcast" case.
The Canterbury District Health Board has settled its quake-related insurance claim, but the amount still falls short of its repairs bill.
Red-zone letterboxes hotly contested by artists
Armed with a spade, a crowbar, a screwdriver and a trailer, two Christchurch men are "harvesting" letterboxes from red-zoned houses before they are due for demolition.
The city council said it may consent construction on red-zone land if supported by geotechnical and engineering advice.
Explosive testing by the Earthquake Commission in the residential red zone could have future implications for the settlement of land claims in areas susceptible to liquefaction.
Jane Newman is on a mission to save stray and feral cats from the residential red zone.
Christchurch has reclaimed its dubious honour as the city holding NZ's highest divorce rate.
A campaign on earthquake preparedness has been temporarily pulled as it could traumatise Cantabrians.
Insurer rejects 'Alice in Wonderland' claim
A red-zoned couple's claim of more than $1 million on their property is a "bloated speculative figure", a court has heard.
Lucas Dowell had an unusual after-school activity yesterday - setting off 175kg of explosives.
The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is racing the clock to settle 7000 claims in two weeks.
Quake refugees now loving life in Belfast
The third burglary of their red-zoned Dallington house was the last straw for Kelvin Webster.
On February 22 2011, Kelly Thomas was in her central-city townhouse baking and enjoying her first day of annual leave.
Some homeowners are selling unrepaired or badly fixed homes after pocketing insurance payouts.
The council did not have power to ask property owners to strengthen existing buildings, a court has ruled.
An insurance company changed its mind to pay out a red-zoned couple for the rebuild of their home after a dispute over the amount offered, a court has heard.
An insurance company changed its mind to pay out a red-zoned couple for the rebuild of their home after a dispute over the amount offered, a court has heard.
Christchurch residents are still struggling to regain their pre-quake quality of life, a poll shows.
Cantabrians have been shaken by a small but shallow quake this morning.
EQC planned poorly for a major catastrophe and lacked the leadership and systems needed to cope with the Canterbury quakes.
Chch becomes 3D in Apple Maps flyover feature
Christchurch is one of the cities rendered in 3D in Apple Maps' new feature, although the result is slightly dated as New Regent St is cordoned off and the Copthorne Hotel is still standing.
The February 2011 quake was three times more violent than Marlborough's August 16 tremor.
OPINION: Storing your home's contents during repairs can cost thousands, and it seems no one wants to pay.
A Christchurch building thought to have the same flaws as the CTV building has been upgraded.
New book tells stories of dogs affected by quakes
After months sharing stories with Canterbury dog owners, Laura Sessions and photographer Craig Bullock have released Quake Dogs.
Grant Beedie is concerned about the number of dangerous dogs that are being walked without leads.
Two men have admitted breaking into red zone properties and causing costly damage.
Kaiapoi red zoner Janet Cramer can't afford a new home with her payout but banks won't lend to her.
Owners of TC3 land take heart - a bare section on some of the city's most quake-prone land has sold for near $1m.
A Christchurch strip club set to be bulldozed to make way for a park in the eastern frame is hitting back at earthquake authorities with satire.
Insurers need to get cracking because the longer the people have to wait the more angry they become.
Only one complaint will go ahead if Alan Reay succeeds in a bid to stop investigations into his part in the CTV building collapse.
EQC faces possible legal action for homes not repaired to an "as new" standard.
A Christchurch exhibition highlighting the plight of people caught in the residential red zone could tour New Zealand.
Quake frustrations voiced in song
Christchurch residents, including the Wizard, have made a music video to express post-quake frustrations.
Quake-brain has got worse for many as the earthquake recovery reaches its third year.
The quakes helped strengthen a passion for Christchurch, says Renee Mitchell.
A retaining wall is being installed outside the Christ Church Cathedral to provide earthquake protection.
I suggest we remove EQC completely and simply have our own insurers.
Dealing with insurance companies is worse than quakes themselves, says Percy Sugden.
Redcliffs School will stay at its temporary site into 2014 while it awaits further geotechnical data.
The stress of the quakes caused significant numbers of people to leave their jobs.
GUY DESTOPThe earthquakes were fine, it is the EQC and insurance companies that have caused the damage.
Christchurch is 108 buildings away from the end of the demolition phase in the city.
Right Fit Footwear has faced unforeseen challenges after it came into being on the morning of the February 2011 earthquake.
Visitors can now write "anything they wish to let go of" on the wooden Temple for Christchurch.
Simon Robinson buried alive in 2010 quake
Farmer Simon Robinson was the most seriously injured person in the September 4 quake, given a 10 per cent chance of survival. Here he tells his story of a remarkable recovery.
Three years ago a spate of earthquakes rippled across our land and set the tides in motion for our disunity. Now we are a people divided.
Sodden residents still wait for relief
The earthquakes have left some Christchurch homes prone to flooding. Ashleigh Stewart speaks to residents stuck with sopping houses.
Dale Ogilvie has no idea why his South Brighton section was zoned green while all around went red.
Shipping containers protecting the quake-prone cliffs of Sumner and Redcliffs have been cut by half.
Ruth McLean's house was destroyed in the September earthquake, yet three years on she still has a bare section.
After losing a friend in the CTV collapse, the quakes have taught Jennifer not to sweat the small stuff.
Christchurch's last suburban cinema has been deemed unsafe and will close for strengthening work.
OPINION: Three years now and thousands of families are still waiting, fighting, living in broken houses.
Stress following the quake drove Halswell resident Sharon Calderwood to breaking point.
Recent hikes in rental property prices may force Drew Whittle to move to Melbourne.
Demolition of 1881 kiln 'inexcusable'
Heritage advocates have lost a battle to save a historic building that looked set to be restored.
The recent further delaying of the Port Hills zoning review is taking its toll on Delyse Langhorn.
Sharyn Cameron fears the strain of repairing her TC3 home will tear apart her family.
Jay Newton believes the repair process is detracting money and attention from those more in need.
Welcome to Christchurch - sorry about the mess
There are three things I was told when I arrived in Christchurch; always keep your cell phone charged, your car filled with petrol, and wear your lacy knickers.
Susanna Lallemant has resigned herself to living in a dangerous, quake-damaged home.
Caron Fletcher is tired of fighting to get her house fixed.
Liz Shadbolt has fallen out of love with Christchurch after years of ongoing battles with EQC.
Sick and tired of feeling on edge, Nick Lambert no longer wanted to live in Christchurch.
Despite moments of joy, Lisa Hubrick has battled a "volcano" of emotion post-quake.
Rays of hope in post-quake Christchurch
Between great rebuilding and fears of more natural disasters, Lynne James has found the new Christchurch a mixture of bad and good.
Former insurance claims Kerry Quested grew tired of being the kicking post for frustrated homeowners.
Heather Green suffered PTSD and eventually moved to Wellington after the September 2010 quake.
OPINION: It is three years since September 4, 2010. At 4.35am we were jolted out of bed. What have we learnt since?
OPINION: Three years after September 4, 2010. The hurt is in the people. The death of resilience by a thousand paper cuts.
I am starting to hate my own home
Cold. Tired. Frustrated. My government has forgotten me and my insurance company is slower than snails.
The Press asked its readers this week to tell us about their lives three years on from the September, 4, 2010, earthquake. This is an abridged version of what they told us.
EQC has resolved claims on 100,800 homes and paid out $6b. +Looking back: Sept 4 pictures
Twenty rental properties not yet repaired
A landlord has made his frustrations clear by posting a banner on his Barbadoes St rental property that reads, "Waiting 3yrs for EQC IAG".
You want to know my mood? Pretty bloody bad. If I could, I would leave Christchurch behind and never come back as we have lost soooooo much.
Christchurch is an exciting place to be right now. The city is now full of people that actually want to be here.
Taking stock three years after September quake
Despite losing her home to liquefaction, Francesca Winiata says we have the chance to do something amazing.
Frustrated, powerless, angry? Or re-energised, excited, hopeful? Tell us how you are feeling.
Christchurch red-zoners challenging their buyout offers will be back in court in October.
Insurance wrangles will mean some of the city's most important facilities will not open for more than three years.
The 1000th earthquake-related building consent was issued in Canterbury last month.
OPINION: The Quake Outcasts court decision should concern anyone who interacts with public bodies.
Insurance will pay only $1.4m of the $10m needed to rebuild Sumner's library, community centre and museum.
A decision to fully restore the Christchurch Town Hall is a ''lost opportunity'', Gerry Brownlee says.
Vero wants private insurers to manage multi-unit and shared property claims to speed up the process.
Apology from John Key for threat Government may "walk away" from red-zoners too little too late for residents.
Minister delays zoning news to deal with appeal
The long-awaited Port Hills zoning announcement has been delayed again as the Government readies itself to appeal a High Court decision made this week.
John Key has apologised for saying the Government would "walk away" from red-zoners challenging the Crown's buyout offers.
OPINION: Owners of bare red-zone land did nothing wrong and should be paid out 100%. + Outcast paid insurance
OPINION: The High Court decision to quash the Government's compensation for uninsured red-zoners offers some vindication.
An Aucklander who vandalised Christchurch's CTV site says he was drunk and is "sorry".
The Government will appeal against a High Court ruling over its offer for red-zone land and may simply "walk away".
High Court orders Cera to come up with a "new decision" over buying bare red-zoned land.
OPINION: Only one in seven are unhappy with their quake repairs, a Fletcher's survey shows.
OPINION: The James Hay Theatre was too big. Its acoustics were poor. It was difficult to work in.
Quake victims' families may take legal action to get "justice and accountability".
A hi-tech multimedia remembrance website and smartphone application for Christchurch's earthquake-ravaged High St has been unveiled.
A Canterbury researcher is heading a project to find out what happened to 355 businesses that used to reside in Christchurch's CBD.
Accountability, safety and possible legal action to be discussed by quake victims' families, police, government officials and engineering authorities.
More than 200 Christchurch buildings do not reach the new earthquake building standards policy, including three preschools.
Australians are cashing in big in the Canterbury rebuild.
"You only get one shot at retaining the cathedral," says Jim Anderton over a last-resort bid to the Supreme Court.
Rivers accelerated earthquake impacts in Tokyo and Christchurch, a study says.
A supposed eight-week quake repair has become a six-month saga for an elderly couple.
Shaken Cantabrians are well prepared for emergencies, but still trail Wellington.
A long-awaited Port Hills land-zoning review is "very close" to being announced, Cera says.
Beyond-repair buildings make Chch exit
The demolition of 17 Canterbury Brewery buildings in Christchurch has almost been completed.
Structure has 'tilted towards the river'
Cr Tim Carter says engineering reports on the Town Hall's foundation are crucial to deciding its future.
OPINION: Many insurers are seeking to squirm out of repairing to an "as-new" standard.
A Cathedral Square busker is asking passersby to write love notes to Christchurch.
Chch's well-heeled at Lone Star opening
NZ's first Lone Star restaurant, demolished after the quakes, has been rebuilt on the original site.
Residents accusing the Earthquake Commission (EQC) of bullying their way out of repairs are considering a collective lawsuit to get their homes fixed.
Christchurch lost 220 heritage buildings to demolition and not one to the shaking, says a new documentary.
Floor level tolerances set by Government are flawed and used too rigidly, registered surveyor says.
Govt refuses to release list of buildings with the same design flaw as the CTV building that collapsed in Christchurch quake, killing 115.
Liquefaction may have increased the risk of pneumonia, new Canterbury research shows.
An exhibition documenting the history of a red-zoned Christchurch suburb will open next week.
New lease of life for red zone homes
The first lot of red-zoned homes to be turned into state housing sites were moved from New Brighton yesterday.
Legal experts have called EQC's refusal to pay for household rewiring ridiculous and unlawful.
Port Hills homeowners are questioning why the Government is analysing an updated land-zoning report.
Homes are being labelled 'leaky' even though they had no leaks or problems before the quakes.
Demolition brings deaf community to tears
Dozens of Christchurch's deaf community gathered today as their Armagh St ''home of the last 50 years'' was torn down in front of them.
Thousands of homes could have been incorrectly assessed, an independent surveyor says.
A further $11 million is being poured into the rebuild to prevent workplace injury and death.
A woman has offered her late husband's wheelchair to replace one stolen from the city's quake victims memorial.
City councillors want more information before approving $1.5m for Sign of the Takahe repairs.
Sumner's demolished library, community centre and museum look set to be collectively replaced.
Trio of business leaders write to earthquake recovery minister complaining about rebuild governance.
Teary bishop unveils cardboard cathedral
The new cathedral today held an emotional handover ceremony from contractors to the Anglican diocese.
St George's Hospital has unveiled plans for a major redevelopment after last year's demolition.
Red zoners angry at losing postal services have lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations.
Church could not afford $4m restoration
The historic 1894 Chinese Methodist Church in Merivale is being demolished.
Red Bus is not the only company to cash in on Christchurch's quake sightseeing market.
Labour's EQC spokesman says the agency is treating quake victims with "contempt and obstruction".
University of Canterbury staff and students have been moved after a building failed requirements.
Alan Reay is trying to block an Ipenz investigation into his engineering activities.
Council plans rose garden restoration
Repair work is set to start on the earthquake-damaged Ballantynes Memorial Rose Garden.
'Soulless' Addington not a suitable candidate
OPINION: Unsightly commercial constructions and bad planning risk turning the city centre into a ghost town, writes Neil McDonald.
It's been almost two and a half years of waiting for the Quake Outcasts but the next few weeks might prove the hardest.
The Government's decision to declare a red zone and seek to buy land was outside of CERA but not illegal.
OPINION: Jennie Kerkhofs found her minor damage turned into a major headache when it came to repairs.
OPINION: Laura Wheeler says EQC repairs left her home in worse condition than before they started.
The Quake Outcasts group has slammed reduced red-zone offers to uninsured landowners.
An elderly red-zoner can now afford to build a new home after winning $1 million in Bonus Bonds.
A decision to write off Christchurch's worst-affected land has been labelled ''de facto compulsory acquisition''.
OPINION: Marion Boyd had to take repairs into her own hands after Fletchers bungled the work.