City Centre

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.

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.

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