Explosives will be used to bring down the 13-storey former Christchurch police station.
Leaders "gutted" by decision to decline planning permission for multimillion-dollar development with chapel, cafe and apartments.
Towering sculpture trail of colourful giraffes has risen up around Christchurch in a bid to raise spirits.
City restaurant owners unhappy with plan
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.
Hundreds evacuated from buildings and traffic blocked for hours after digger ruptures gas main in central Christchurch.
The opening of five-star Hotel Montreal helps brings some life back to historic Cranmer Square.
Victoria Square aims to be 'an oasis' in the city with more lawn and river access.
But place won't look different after $2m project
One of the city's last remaining industrial stone buildings will stay open while $2m post-quake rebuild kicks off.
One of our few remaining central-city landmarks is to be revamped. Civic leaders are questioning why.
Central-city office building wins top award
A new central-city office building capturing elements of its historic predecessor has won a supreme award.
The Terraces waterfront project will ''make the most of the river features''.
Vacant $11m site where quake-hit centre stood could be turned into a hotel, school or housing.
Technology needed to shuttle buses through Christchurch's new interchange will be more intelligent, designer says.
CPIT will open $30m building inspired by a Maori cloak on the central-city campus in 2016.
Grandmother's determination to see a fresh-food market in the city's heart starting to pay dividends.
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.
Performing arts precinct could soon be under way as planning application for $14m music centre is lodged.
Twelve hours and 234 truckloads needed for biggest concrete pour since the quakes.
Christchurch Central voters become older, richer and better educated, which could affect the seat.
A rebuilt copper-clad central-city church will be reopen in time for Christmas.
Plans unveiled for new cycle lanes and inner city 30kmh limits. | Changes for Woolston Tannery traffic
Central library more than a building for books
Christchurch Central Library, once a cutting-edge information hub and a place where people fell in love, sometimes with books.
Plan to boost number of prisoners in cells in new justice precinct sparks worry for staff safety.
Wilson Parking responds to Gary McCormick's rant over the state of car parks in Christchurch.
Police take away man brandishing metal pole, first mistaken for a sword, in Cathedral Square.
Radio jock Gary McCormick refuses to pay fine for parking in a 'dump' of a car park.
New city playground will be "unlike anything seen in New Zealand before".
$3m project aims to bring families to city
Double flying fox, 10-m high climbing tower and 4m-wide slide to feature in massive Margaret Mahy Family Playground.
The $5.5m repair of Christchurch's Knox Presbyterian Church is a "vision of hope for the city", parishioners say.
World Buskers Festival could be fully reintegrated back into central-city streets by 2017.
Millions in funding for park's new cricket pavilion could be in jeopardy unless council reassign lease.
A new book of essays looks at the city rebuild through contemplative eyes.
Terrace hospitality strip will get two new bars after plans to revive Sol Square were abandoned.
A local architect has created a design for the Christ Church Cathedral that would see the landmark largely retained.
Pepper spray scares knifeman away
A Christchurch dairy owner scared off a knife-welding robber by threatening him with a can of pepper spray.
Who is responsible for an abandoned roof which has cost ratepayers $10,000 to fence?
Campaigners opposing the demolition of Christ Church Cathedral have launched a PR offensive.
Clock tower's $890k restoration complete
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.
Justice Minister Judith Collins defends naming Christchurch lane after friend who has no links to the city. | Collins looking isolated
A lack of consultation and a hefty price tag mean the Avon River precinct could fall flat on its face.
Demolition making way for convention centre
Christchurch's former central library has been closed since the February 2011 earthquake and is expected to be demolished by mid-October.
Christchurch is short of inexpensive office space as the cost of rebuilding on old sites pushes up rents.
A refurbished five-storey building, soon to be home to Thai restaurant Chinwag, is for sale.
Stalls and food trucks wanted to grace quake-battered Cathedral Square again.
The roof of the Odeon Theatre is the roof that time forgot. Or so it appears anyway.
Three new central restaurants open doors today
Stranges Lane and its three eateries opened early this morning without a hitch - despite hail on the tables.
Christchurch's tallest office tower sold after a 'drawn-out process' and will become a major hotel.
The Christchurch City Council considers selling land as it grapples with post-quake financial pressure.
A building in central Christchurch where hundreds of private documents were stored had been broken into on two previous occasions.
Restaurant owner fed up of vandals targeting his business posts video of latest alleged offender on Facebook.
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