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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Tower Insurance protest

An 83-year-old pensioner has taken her fight with Tower Insurance from phone line to front line.

Police tower will be imploded

Christchurch central police station building

Explosives will be used to bring down the 13-storey former Christchurch police station.

'No accountability' for CTV rescue failures

A law expert says no one has been held to account for failures in the rescue efforts at the CTV building.

Sutton breached confidentiality - Rennie

Cera boss Roger Sutton breached the confidentiality of settlement with State Services Commission, commissioner says.

Couple to get working toilet after four years

Retirees still using chemical toilet in their shed should have repaired sewerage this week.

Roger Sutton sex claim 'taken seriously'

State Services Commissioner is defending his decision not to stand down Roger Sutton during a sexual harassment investigation.

Thousands stuck in post-quake insurance hell

Thousands stuck in insurance hell



At least 3000 home-owners are still stuck in post-quake insurance hell. What is being done to unblock the final logjams? JOHN MCCRONE reports.

Family weary of chemical loo ordeal

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.

Port Hills homeowners to learn insurance fate

Court of Appeal decision expected soon on insurance claim of couple unable to live in Sumner house due to rockfall risk.

Graeme Robinson 'negligent and incompetent'

Top EQC engineer Graeme Robinson found negligent in interim decisions by his professional body.

CTV engineer punished

David Harding

David Harding suspended from industry's professional body and ordered to pay $10,000.

EQC plan 'unlikely to work'

EQC, Earthquake Commission

Some homeowners say they will refuse to pay EQC's bill for unpaid excess on home repairs. | Editorial: Another EQC fumble

EQC excess bill for house owners

EQC, Earthquake Commission

Nearly 70,000 Canterbury home-owners will be billed hundreds of dollars for quake repairs.

Over-cap claims tax insurer's capacity

Southern Response meeting

A flurry of new over-cap earthquake insurance cases is expected to cost taxpayers close to $100m.

People being 'mucked around' by EQC battle

EQC, Earthquake Commission

Court battle over flood and earthquake land damage described as a "war of acronyms".

Portable house built to withstand quakes

Portable house built to withstand quakes

black hut

The 2011 Christchurch earthquakes forced one couple to rethink how they were living.

Police man insurance meeting after threat made

Southern Response meeting

Security guards searching bags at Southern Response annual meeting after safety threatened.

Compensation no fix for flooding woes

Heathcote River in flood April 29

"Throwing a few bob" to homeowners does not fix Christchurch's post-quake flooding, court hears.

EQC policy could create 'roadblock effect'

Jack Hodder

Judges say EQC policy for flood-prone land claims could create a "roadblock effect " for homeowners.

13,000 EQC payments in the balance

Jack Hodder

A complex court case affecting more than 13,000 land claims across Canterbury has begun.

Court to rule land claims

Judge, court, gavel, justice

A four-day High Court hearing will determine how EQC will settle thousands of Chch land claims.

Homeowner sees progress after confronting PM

Paulette Barr

An end to a woman's quake-damaged home woes is in sight after she approached the prime minister.

History revisited at Homebush

Modern new look for historic Homebush


After devastating loss of the original homestead, Louise Deans says a fresh start was the right decision.

Court still busy with quake cases


Christchurch's High Court has a backlog of more than 230 earthquake-related cases.

RSA demolition 'a nightmare'

Tears as damaged RSA building comes down


Demolition of the Sumner-Redcliffs RSA building ''like a nightmare'' for its president Bev Salter.

Threat postpones Southern Response meeting

Melanie Tobeck

Concerns over security put pin in meeting between Southern Response and frustrated claimants.

Ministry right to not name 'CTV-like' buildings

CTV building

Govt watchdog backs ministry decision to not publicly release list of potentially dangerous buildings.

WorkSafe: Asbestos management flawed


WorkSafe won't lay charges despite finding flaws in EQC and Fletcher EQR's asbestos handling.

Neighbours key to wellbeing - study

Neighbours helping clear liquefaction

Canterbury's quakes highlighted the importance of a person's environment and neighbours.

Free fun events to help ease quake stress

Christmas carols

More than 60 events, from pool parties to carol singing, will help people ''have a bit of fun'' this summer.

City council grants church $43,000

$43k grant for church with uncertain future

St John the Evangelist Church Little River

The city council will provide $43,000 for a damaged Little River church despite its uncertain future.

Port Hills drone footage aired

clifton hill

Dramatic footage of multimillion- dollar Port Hills homes dangling on the edge of cliff faces has been featured on the Discovery Channel.

Groundwater changes may warn of big quakes


Something in the water might one day help scientists to predict big earthquakes.

Asbestos warning for homeowners

The Press

Canterbury homeowners carrying out their own earthquake repairs could be at risk of asbestos contamination, government and local body agencies warn.

Mayor seeks public on Vic Square

Mayor Lianne Dalziel

The public should have a say in what happens to Victoria Square, mayor says.

Building a dream city

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.

Smiths City takes on rivals with relaunch


Bargain hunters queue up for revamped Smiths City store after multimillion dollar redevelopment.

EQC apologises for poor brackets

EQC brackets

EQC apologises after handing out wall brackets that failed its own safety standards.

Stress results in more emergencies for St John

St John's Ambulance

Stressed out, violent Cantabrians have contributed to a record number of callouts for St John.

Researcher awarded for women's quake stories

Rosemary Du Plessis

Researcher focused on ''ordinary stories of people coping in extraordinary circumstances''.

Costs rise in court fight over buy-out

Red zone grass

Govt spends $525k defending decision to offer uninsured red-zoners 50 per cent buyout offers.

Southern Response needs $500m top-up

Generic money

Southern Response may need more than $500m of taxpayer support to complete $2.36b of claims.

Wellington's fault find prompts grim warning


Quake-hardened Cantabrians tell Wellington to get prepared after fault zone is found under harbour.

Firefighter awarded valour medal

Scott Shadbolt

Scott Shadbolt receives rare award for helping save the life of a man trapped under rubble in the Christchurch quake.

Booby-traps found in abandoned Christchurch houses


Police are investigating after booby-traps were found in Christchurch's red-zoned properties.

Quake hub aims to unearth the facts

Quake hub

Land information hub will help confused Christchurch residents understand what is happening under their homes.

Rebuild delays irk nearby residents

South Brighton’s Bridge St

If it took 50 months to construct the Golden Gate bridge, why is it taking 30 months for Bridge St bridge?

Alpine Fault secrets being unlocked

Scientists drill 1.3km for clues into Alpine Fault

Alpine Fault drill

Scientists drill 1.3km into Alpine Fault in hope of learning more about earthquakes.

Claims Southern Response has lifted its game

Melanie Tobeck

Customers who previously kicked up say insurance-claims settler has improved communication.

EQC foundation repair 'not as good as new'

Suzanne and Cameron Kelly

Foundation repairs suggested by EQC would be like getting a car with a third less power, engineer says.
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