City Centre

New plan for cathedral

Alana Kidd

A local architect has created a design for the Christ Church Cathedral that would see the landmark largely retained.

Rock, paper, pepper?

Pepper spray scares knifeman away

Knifeman holds up diary

A Christchurch dairy owner scared off a knife-welding robber by threatening him with a can of pepper spray.

Who owns $184-a-week roof?

Roof of the former Odeon Theatre

Who is responsible for an abandoned roof which has cost ratepayers $10,000 to fence?

Cathedral wars heating up

Christ Church Catherdral

Campaigners opposing the demolition of Christ Church Cathedral have launched a PR offensive.

Slotting back into place

Clock tower's $890k restoration complete

Victoria Clock Tower

The final piece of Christchurch's historic Victoria Clock Tower has been restored three-and-a-half years after it was damaged in the 2011 quake.

Lawyer critical of Collins

Judith Collins

Justice Minister Judith Collins defends naming Christchurch lane after friend who has no links to the city. | Collins looking isolated

Underwhelmed by river precinct

Avon River Precinct artists impression

A lack of consultation and a hefty price tag mean the Avon River precinct could fall flat on its face.

Final chapter for library

Demolition making way for convention centre

library

Christchurch's former central library has been closed since the February 2011 earthquake and is expected to be demolished by mid-October.

Cheap office space hard to find

The Terrace construction site

Christchurch is short of inexpensive office space as the cost of rebuilding on old sites pushes up rents.

Victoria St building for sale

104 Victoria St

A refurbished five-storey building, soon to be home to Thai restaurant Chinwag, is for sale.

Market may get city heart beating

Cathedral Square market

Stalls and food trucks wanted to grace quake-battered Cathedral Square again.

Odeon roof left costing ratepayers

Odeon Theatre roof

The roof of the Odeon Theatre is the roof that time forgot. Or so it appears anyway.

A trip down Stranges Lane

Three new central restaurants open doors today

Stranges Lane

Stranges Lane and its three eateries opened early this morning without a hitch - despite hail on the tables.

Forsyth Barr to become a hotel

Forsyth Barr building

Christchurch's tallest office tower sold after a 'drawn-out process' and will become a major hotel.

Council may sell land

Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council considers selling land as it grapples with post-quake financial pressure.

Previous mall break-ins

Paperwork

A building in central Christchurch where hundreds of private documents were stored had been broken into on two previous occasions.

'$500 to deliver the guy'

Thai Container

Restaurant owner fed up of vandals targeting his business posts video of latest alleged offender on Facebook.

A black hole in the CBD

Sol Square split screen

Pre-quake late-night hotspot Sol Square remains untouched as insurance battles delay development.

Mother charged with stabbing

Sonja Russell

Christchurch mother, 24, remanded in custody after allegedly stabbing a man in the stomach last night.

Four-star hotel for Christchurch

Ramada hotel Chch

The $12.5m central city Ramada will boost post-quake accommodation with 44 extra apartments.

City could become 'food forest'

Christchurch food forest

Christchurch could be the best edible city in the world by filling parks with food-growing spaces.

Arts Centre gym back on feet

Christchurch Arts Centre gym

The second building in centre to be fully restored will soon house theatre and circus groups.

Nowhere for cricket fans to park

hagley oval

Fans crowding into Hagley Oval for Cricket World Cup matches will struggle to find car parks nearby.

City art branching out

New sculpture made from quake-salvaged wood

Wood from the Trees sculpture

Artist Regan Gentry today craned in the final pieces for his Wood from the Trees sculpture being installed in central Christchurch.

The CBD now and then

Hereford-High-Colombo

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

Park-and-ride trial ahead

But hospital parking woes to continue 'for years'

Christchurch Hospital car park

CDHB boss says Christchurch Hospital car parking problems will continue for next six to seven years.

New hope for homeless

Amy Burke

The city council will convert the old City Mission building into units for the homeless.

On the edge of their seats

About 500 fans crowd pub for World Cup final

Pegasus Arms World Cup final

Coffee cups were thrown and fists pumped at a crowded Christchurch pub when Germany scored in the World Cup final this morning.

Avon site for memorial

'A special place for all New Zealanders'

avon river

Christchurch's quake memorial will have a river setting, it has been confirmed today.

$110k to fix Botanic Gardens kiosk

Botanic Gardens' tea kiosk

A quake-prone tea kiosk looks may be strengthened and re-opened in time for summer.

Quake memorial plans

avon river

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

Memorial nearly gone

Building was dedicated to 71 WWI victims

Memorial hall protest

Demolition of an historic building dedicated to 71 students who died in WWI is near completion.

Reality check on town hall cost

Christchurch Town Hall

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

Gone by Christmas

lichfield

The Lichfield St car-park building will be demolished before the pre-Christmas retail rush, the Christchurch City Council says.

'I was a pain in the arse'

Court

Man admits bizarre behaviour, but says he has been judged and treated badly for being English.

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.

From 'donut city' to golden triangle

WANTING ANSWERS: Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Property developers eye deals backed by Crown leases for office space. | 'This isn't Wellington'

Japan's PM visits CTV site

japan strap

Shinzo Abe, who knows something about earthquake tragedy, lays a wreath at the CTV site. | Whaling looms large

Burst pipe causes a fright

Water main

Broken pipe on Gloucester St causes water to shoot as high as six floors of The Press building.

End of CBD doughnut?

Gerry Brownlee

The Government will spend $170m on three central city buildings for hundreds of civil servants.

Family funds aid Gough project

The Terrace construction site

Property developer Antony Gough has raided his big brother's piggy bank to help fund The Terrace development in central Christchurch.

Implode police tower?

Police

Christchurch's former police station may be brought down with explosives.

Mixed use for old Press site

Old Press House

A mix of apartments, offices, shops and hospitality looks likely for the old Press building site.

Flood fears alter river plans

Avon River

Design plans for new Avon River precinct altered amid concerns they could increase city's flooding.

Two-car crash in central city

Police

Three people taken to Christchurch Hospital with "minor to serious injuries".

Tale of two streets

Johnny Moore

OPINION: Why Christchurch's Victoria St is on the up, and High St is struggling.

Govt moving staff to Christchurch

Christchurch CBD

Govt will unveil plans to move 18 departments into four new buildings in Christchurch CBD.

Man robbed in Countdown carpark

Countdown carpark police clampdown

A man was robbed and "roughed up" by two strangers in a central city supermarket carpark.

Paint delays bar openings

Strange’s Building

Cantabrians will have to wait to get three new restaurant bars after contractors used the wrong paint.

Antigua bridge off for repairs

Antigua footbridge

The Antigua footbridge will be removed for restoration and will not be seen again until October.

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