Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Good news for Redcliffs commuters

Chch road cones

Redcliffs commuters rushing home to kick off the weekend will be met with a welcome surprise this afternoon when the three-week closure of Main Rd is lifted.

Kids need reassurance over news reports

Gaza crisis

TV images of MH17 crash and slain Palestinian children need parental guidance, expert says.

Quake-prone centre 'unsafe to occupy'

David Meates

Staff at Burwood Hospital's spinal cord centre forced to move out after further quake damage found.

Peters claims quake workers weren't paid

Winston Peters

Winston Peters tells Parliament that Earthquake Services boss told his staff not to pay tax.

Quake refugee's career takes off

Classical singer started busking after quake

rebecca nelson

The dream is slowly coming true for a former Christchurch singer, who took to busking after the 2011 earthquake.

EQC letter cold comfort to flooded resident


A letter confirming the "potential" for flood risk on Carla Martin's property is not worth the paper it is written on.

Aussies offer rebuild help

Joe Hockey in Chch

But AMI stadium giving off a "temporary" vibe about city to international audiences, treasurer says.

CBD scene compared with 100 years ago


Photographs of Christchurch from 1914 show how the quakes have knocked the city back in time.

Flood-hit families ineligible for claims

Jo Byrne

Flockton basin residents told their land doesn't meet the EQC criteria for increased flood risk.

The Christchurch Town Hall must be saved

chris moore

OPINION: The town hall is 'timeless and perfectly suited' for purpose and should be restored.

EQC staffer denies misusing cars

EQC cars

Former EQC employee pleads not guilty to dishonestly using company vehicles and a fuel card.

Study shows impact of quake stress

Professor David Fergusson

Those who suffered most during the quakes are twice as likely to be addicted to smoking.

Historic home halfway to reassembly

Historic mansion relocates across Chch

Lake End 1909 in Fendalton

The six-part relocation of a 105-year-old Christchurch mansion reached its halfway point yesterday.

Cera forks out $672k for 'info' campaigns

Roger Sutton

Cera spent more than half a million on promotional material in the last year, including $317k on flashy videos promoting the rebuild.

A childhood interrupted by quakes

Childhood interrupted

Christchurch's quake kids entered "an adult world of worry" before their time, say parents.

Making a spectacle of Christchurch demos

Video shows aerial view of the central city

Alejandro Haiek Coll

An internationally renowned architect wants to make a "spectacle" of Christchurch demolitions by giving the public a place to watch.

CTV engineer admits career 'over'

David Harding

CTV designer has apologised to families of the 115 who died in his building, and says his career is 'all but over'.

Who pays for unseen quake damage?

quake damage house

Once a homeowner shows there is damage, it is the insurer's role to determine the extent of that damage.

EQC kept mum about asbestos-infected house

Angela Dawson

EQC identified the asbestos risk in a quake-damaged home but failed to tell the family living in it.

Teen feels left out of rebuild process

Ferg Grenfell

Teen finds 'nothing positive' and 'no vibrancy' in Christchurch with 'slow, frustrating' decision-making.

Victim's father to state concerns about Harding

David Harding

Tim Elms to take the stand at today's inquiry into CTV building engineer David Harding.

Design for quake memorial open to all

Earthquake Memorial chairs

The multi-million dollar Canterbury Earthquakes Memorial could be designed by anyone.

Our 'new normal' is a reality show

Tributes left on the CTV site's wire fence

OPINION: If only Gaylene Preston had spared us the thrush, racism, violence and ''disaster sex".

Human right abuse claims spike after quakes

david rutherford

A man and his terminally-ill housemate 'cannot cope any more' after 68 official visits to their quake-hit home but still no repairs.

River site tipped for quake memorial

avon river

Christchurch's earthquake memorial is tipped to be on the Avon River in the central city.

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.

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.

Reality check on Christchurch town hall cost

Christchurch Town Hall

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

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.

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.
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