Major changes to EQC Act proposed


Insurers are backing a proposal for major changes to the Earthquake Commission (EQC) Act.

Livestock division investigated

PGG Wrightson chief executive Mark Dewdney addressing the company's annual meeting in 2013.

Rural services firm PGG Wrightson has been investigated by the Commerce Commission for breach of the Commerce Act.

Tot's Toggery still going strong

June Cox, 90, has been selling clothes to ladies in Christchurch for over 40 years.

Ninety-year-old June Cox has been running Tot's Toggery on Opawa for 45 years.

Farm passes wow test

Catherine and John Ford, owners of Highland Station near Rotorua and winners of the Ballance Farm Environment Award for 2015.

Winning the nation's top farming award has special significance for a Rotorua couple.

The optimistic Mr Smit

Sir Tim Smit says a New Zealand Eden Project could act as "a fantastic symbol" for Christchurch.

Sir Tim Smit has a "rock and roll" approach and a big vision for Christchurch.

Domestic pork production dropping as imports grow

Healthy New Zealand pigs

More foreign pork in New Zealand shops

Fletcher scoops the big prize but local bidder unhappy

A drawing of the proposed Fletcher residential development along Manchester Street in Christchurch on the eastern border of the central city

Council claws back rebuild power

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel.

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

'It never should have started'

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has slated the eco-friendly urban village project, Breathe.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee slates eco-friendly urban village project.

How do you rebuild the Court Theatre?

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, England, is the inspiration for a rebuilt Court Theatre in central Christchurch.

A good theatre is as hard to build as a nuclear facility and your company could be destroyed if you get it wrong.

Convention centre could be scaled down

An artist's impression of the new Christchurch convention centre.

"Commercial rigour" needs to be applied to Christchurch convention centre, PM says.

Xeal Mobile offers web design for mobile devices

Patrick Porter  founder of Xeal Mobile, works on his phone at GreenHouse innovation hub.

Xeal mobile is taking advantage of the Small Business shift to mobile, offering a cheap and simple app to design websites.

Is Taco Bell coming to NZ?

Taco Bell could soon make its New Zealand debut, Restaurant Brands hinted today

Mexican-themed chain could make an entrance here through fast-food giant Restaurant Brands.

Christchurch business community cheers rebuild transition plan

Tony Sewell of Ngai Tahu Property, left, Philip Carter, Carter Group, and Paul Crowe of Plenary Group, on the site of the planned Convention Centre.

Christchurch business leaders pleased with the Government transition proposal

Fletcher lands $800m housing project gallery

A computer generated flyby of Fletcher Buildings plan for the Eastern Frame in Christchurch CBD

Fletcher Residential will develop nearly 1000 inner city homes near Christchurch's central business district.

Fletcher lands $800m housing project gallery

A computer generated image showing Fletcher Living's plan to create three new communities and bring up to 2200 people back to central Christchurch.

Fletcher Residential will develop nearly 1000 inner city homes in Christchurch in a major rebuild project.

Rocket Lab 'a reality' video

Michael Bayley at the proposed rocket launch site on his farm.

Canterbury rocket lab expected to employ up to 200 people in the city within four years.

SFF shareholders gain support

Otago farmer Allan Richardson has gained enough support to force special meeting of Silver Fern Farms to discuss meat industry reform.

Farmer shareholders have gained enough support to force Silver Ferns Farms to hold a special meeting.

New era for rebuild video

Prime Minister John Key announces the the changes to Cera at the RNZAF museum Wigram.

John Key promises changes will 'speed up' Christchurch rebuild.

Fonterra job cuts plan confirmed

Fonterra workers file into a staff meeting held in the Salvation Army Hall in Hamilton.

Fonterra confirms that massive jobs cuts are underway after a series of leaks about staff meetings across the country.

Rise in house values slows

Christchurch's housing market is returning to normal.

The rise in Christchurch house values is slowing after "staggering" increases seen between 2012 and 2014.

Dairy prices tumble again

Dairy prices fell another 5.9 per cent on Wednesday night.

Worried farmers 'beyond words' after eighth consecutive fall in Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction.

TV shows boost food sales

Foodstuffs boss Steve Anderson at a Raeward Fresh outlet.

You'll never guess what the biggest selling winter item at New World and Pak'nSave is.

Sheep industry celebrates its best

Clinton farmer Hamish Bielski won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Sheep Industry Emerging Talent award in the 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

The sheep industry's standout performers have been named at the Beef + Lamb NZ Sheep Industry Awards in Invercargill.

Rocket launchpad for NZ? video

Computer generated image of proposed rocket launch site, owned by Rocket Lab, for Bayleys Rd, Kaitorete Spit, near Birdlings Flat in Canterbury.

A remote Canterbury paddock could launch New Zealand into the space race.

East frame renaming 'waste of time'

An artist's impression of the East Frame to be built in central Christchurch.

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

31 slabs of concrete later . . . gallery

The huge mirror in the entrance allows you to see the view from several different angles.

Raw beauty of concrete tilt slab construction guided the design of this contemporary Canterbury home.

Govt misses red zone clearance target

The view over the Christchurch suburb of Dallington after red zone house clearances.

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

$100m a week spent on rebuild

Business confidence in Canterbury has slumped as residential rebuild work starts to flatten and low milk prices depress the farming community.

Business confidence in Canterbury has slumped as fewer homes are built, rental returns drop and uncertainty hits dairying.

Canterbury home building continues to slow

Canterbury was the home building capital of New Zealand in 2014.

House building in Christchurch continues to slow, with the number of new home approvals down 30 per cent from late last year.

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