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Cops' office to implode

Christchurch central police station building

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

No go on new city church

Majestic Church

Leaders "gutted" by decision to decline planning permission for multimillion-dollar development with chapel, cafe and apartments.

Wild new art in central city

Christchurch Stands Tall

Towering sculpture trail of colourful giraffes has risen up around Christchurch in a bid to raise spirits.

Food trucks in the square

City restaurant owners unhappy with plan

food truck

A city council plan to have food trucks in Cathedral Square has upset nearby restaurants who say the move could endanger their already struggling businesses.

Gas pipe ruptured

Gas leak Christchurch

Hundreds evacuated from buildings and traffic blocked for hours after digger ruptures gas main in central Christchurch.

Family feel to new central-city hotel

Hotel Montreal

The opening of five-star Hotel Montreal helps brings some life back to historic Cranmer Square.

Revamp to cost $7m

Victoria Square aims to be 'an oasis' in the city with more lawn and river access.

Facelift for the Malthouse

But place won't look different after $2m project

The Malthouse on Colombo St

One of the city's last remaining industrial stone buildings will stay open while $2m post-quake rebuild kicks off.

Victoria Sq revamp 'slap in the face'

VICTORIA SQUARE

One of our few remaining central-city landmarks is to be revamped. Civic leaders are questioning why.

Stranges reigns supreme

Central-city office building wins top award

Stranges building

A new central-city office building capturing elements of its historic predecessor has won a supreme award.

A new riverside paradise

The Terraces

The Terraces waterfront project will ''make the most of the river features''.

Convention centre site for sale

Christchurch convention centre

Vacant $11m site where quake-hit centre stood could be turned into a hotel, school or housing.

New bus depot will be really hi-tech

Bus stop

Technology needed to shuttle buses through Christchurch's new interchange will be more intelligent, designer says.

Modern new block for students

CPIT engineering and architectural studies' building

CPIT will open $30m building inspired by a Maori cloak on the central-city campus in 2016.

Food market plans win support

Veges

Grandmother's determination to see a fresh-food market in the city's heart starting to pay dividends.

Car smash, house fires keep firefighters busy

Te Anau fire

A driver had to be cut from a car after crashing into a tree while house fires in Ilam and Aranui kept emergency services busy.

Music Centre to kick off precinct

Music Centre of Christchurch

Performing arts precinct could soon be under way as planning application for $14m music centre is lodged.

Foundations laid for interchange

Concrete pour at bus interchange

Twelve hours and 234 truckloads needed for biggest concrete pour since the quakes.

Changing demography affects voting

Nicky Wagner

Christchurch Central voters become older, richer and better educated, which could affect the seat.

Knox rises from the rubble

Knox Church

A rebuilt copper-clad central-city church will be reopen in time for Christmas.

Central-city roads getting revamp

Christchurch tram interior

Plans unveiled for new cycle lanes and inner city 30kmh limits. | Changes for Woolston Tannery traffic

Gone but never forgotten

Central library more than a building for books

Gloucester St library

Christchurch Central Library, once a cutting-edge information hub and a place where people fell in love, sometimes with books.

Fears over triple-bunking inmates

Prison

Plan to boost number of prisoners in cells in new justice precinct sparks worry for staff safety.

'Just follow the rules, Gary'

gary mccormick

Wilson Parking responds to Gary McCormick's rant over the state of car parks in Christchurch.

Man arrested after waving metal bar

Police

Police take away man brandishing metal pole, first mistaken for a sword, in Cathedral Square.

Chch car parks 'quake bomb sites'

gary mccormick

Radio jock Gary McCormick refuses to pay fine for parking in a 'dump' of a car park.

Timely lift for parents

playground, hamilton

New city playground will be "unlike anything seen in New Zealand before".

'Destination' playground

$3m project aims to bring families to city

playground

Double flying fox, 10-m high climbing tower and 4m-wide slide to feature in massive Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

Church's rise warms hearts

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee at Knox Church

The $5.5m repair of Christchurch's Knox Presbyterian Church is a "vision of hope for the city", parishioners say.

Buskers eye return to streets

World Buskers Festival

World Buskers Festival could be fully reintegrated back into central-city streets by 2017.

Haggling over Hagley lease

hagley oval

Millions in funding for park's new cricket pavilion could be in jeopardy unless council reassign lease.

Essays reflect on rebuild

Once in a lifetime

A new book of essays looks at the city rebuild through contemplative eyes.

Bars shift from SOL to Terrace

Terrace bars

Terrace hospitality strip will get two new bars after plans to revive Sol Square were abandoned.

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.

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