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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

EQC revamp plan threats

The 1979 Abbotsford landslip resulted in compensation for land damage being added to the EQC scheme.

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

Photos: the residential red zone gallery

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

John Key and Gerry Brownlee announce a new plan for Canterbury's rebuild on Thursday.

Council claws back rebuild power

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

North Canterbury

Drought recovery years away

With feed reserves running dangerously low and lambing approaching, there's still no end in sight to the drought in North Canterbury.

Even if it started raining now, it will be at least two to three years before North Canterbury farmers recover from the drought that grips the area.

Water project delayed for court ruling

Development on a North Canterbury irrigation scheme has been halted until a final Environment Court ruling. 

Dean Johnson, left, and Dave Nicholls have a few laughs at the Drown the Drought event in North Canterbury.

Hurunui farmers enjoy a night out from drought stress

Drought-weary farmers from the Hurunui area enjoyed a night of laughter and fun at a community event on Saturday.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Crushed worker's struggle

Hisham Almansi has a brain injury and suffered several broken bones after being crushed by a hydraulic door at ANZCO's Ashburton meat processing plant in Mid Canterbury.

Hisham Almansi's plans to study medicine are in tatters as he recovers from being crushed by a door at work.

Ashburton man farewelled

More than 350 people have gathered to remember Ashburton car crash victim Anthony Newton.

Kaituna hut.

Hut owners keen to stay put video

Allegations of "illegal squatter huts" in a Canterbury settlement are wrong, hut owner says.

West Coast

Pike River families 'let down'

Sonya Rockhouse, left, and Anna Osborne, stand among 291 crosses placed at Parliament to mark the number of workplace deaths since the Pike River disaster.

PM John Key has "let down" the lost Pike River miners with watered-down health and safety legislation, relatives say.

Driver accepts blame in fatal crash

A woman has accepted blame in a car accident that killed a West Coast woman last year.

The accident happened on the Waiatoto River near Haast.

Driver error in jet boat crash

A driver unfamiliar with a jet boat crashed into rocks, fatally injuring a passenger.

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