Christchurch Earthquake News

Action on consents processes

Improvements in Christchurch City Council's consents' processes should be noticeable by March next year.

Extension of time for Port Hills land

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced an extension for people in the Port Hills considering the Crown's purchase offer for their land.

Bridge deck lifted to repair supports

Work has begun to lift the deck of a bridge in Christchurch so quake-damaged abutments can be repaired.

Nearly 240 more properties red-zoned

Nearly 240 more Christchurch properties are to be red-zoned as a result of a government review of Port Hills land. (AUDIO)

Over 1700 foreign workers given jobs on quake rebuild

Government figures show more than 1700 foreign workers are in Canterbury to help with the rebuild.

New land worries derail Port Hills rebuild

Some property owners on Christchurch's Port Hills have put their rebuilding plans on hold again, and have been told they won't know whether their land is safe until at least April. (AUDIO)

Mayor unsure of need for residents' advisors

The Christchurch mayor has questioned the need for the Government's Residential Advisory Service, set up to advise residents about their earthquake insurance claims.

EQC misses deadlines, insists it's making progress

The Earthquake Commission has missed two of its own deadlines for having all quake contents and cosmetic damage claims settled in Canterbury but insists it has processed as many as possible.

Quake memorial takes too long - CTV

A spokesperson for some of the families of people who died in the CTV building collapse says he's frustrated with how long it's taking to erect an official earthquake memorial.

Lack of communication hindering rebuild - report

A report from the Auditor-General has found the Canterbury rebuild is being hindered by a lack of communication between the three public entities running it.

CERA says insurers need to pick up the pace

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has told MPs that private insurers need to increase the rate of their work in the region by half if they're to complete it by 2016.

Insurers report progress on settling claims

Insurers involved in claims from the Canterbury earthquakes say they have completed 87% of residential property claims.

Asbestos found at demolished site in central Christchurch

Asbestos has been discovered on the proposed site of Christchurch's new central city bus interchange.

Forsyth Barr building put up for sale

One of the last remaining earthquake-damaged high-rises in Christchurch's central city is to be sold, as is where is.

Christchurch gets trams back on the rails

The historic trams in Christchurch will be officially welcomed back to the central city on Wednesday after a three-year absence because of the region's earthquakes.

Insurance advocate wants EQC inquiry widened

Christchurch City councillor and insurance advocate Ali Jones wants the State Services Commissioner to broaden his inquiry into the Earthquake Commission beyond problems with its customer satisfaction survey.

Community groups may have key role in disaster recovery

An American expert in post-disaster recovery says community groups can play a key role in helping build resilience to cope with natural disasters.

EQC admits thousands excluded from customer surveys

The Earthquake Commission has admitted that about 31,000 claims have been unintentionally excluded from customer surveys in the past three years.