Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has conceded it seems unfair not to offer full rates relief to homeowners whose quake-damaged properties are uninhabitable.
Owners of quake-damaged homes in Christchurch are fighting back against the council's insistence they pay 60% of their rates, even if their houses are uninhabitable.
The Government today told 250 quake-hit families living on the banks of Christchurch's Avon River that their orange-zoned houses will be demolished.
The Anglican Church's decision to demolish the remainder of the earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral has caused an outcry in the "Garden City". John de Bueger offers his alternative suggestion to demolition.
The Royal Commission yesterday reached a decision over Srecko "Alec" Cvetanov's submission and will not be holding a public inquiry into his wife's death.
Reports that the Earthquake Commission's hiring practices were riddled with nepotism as it rapidly expanded its workforce following the Canterbury earthquakes were exaggerated or simply wrong, the commission says.
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has backed calls for all information on the city's cathedral rebuild to be made public, calling Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews "the guardian of a building which belongs to all of us''.
Some Canterbury residents were shaken awake by a 3.8 magnitude quake at 5.35am this morning.
The quake-crippled Christchurch Cathedral will be demolished, with respect, and with no bulldozers or wrecking balls on the job, church officials announced yesterday.
Earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral will have to come down, but there is hope some parts of the historic building can be preserved.
Tensions between the Christchurch City Council and the Government over the earthquake recovery have continued, with mayor Bob Parker calling the scope of state intervention in his city scary.
Insurance fraud is emerging as a major issue in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch as some property owners try to take advantage of the disaster.
Insurance fraud has become a major issue in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch as some property owners take advantage of the disaster.
Police will work their way through masses of evidence as they consider whether to investigate the collapse of the Canterbury Television Building, where 115 people were killed during last year's February 22 Christchurch quake.
High-profile Christchurch broadcaster Mike Yardley says families of those who lost their lives in the CTV building collapse are split over whether charges should be sought against any accountable parties.
In the year since the February 22 earthquake, some families have found the pressure too much and have moved. Others have stayed, their ties to the city too strong. The New Zealand Herald talks to two affected
In the year since the February 22 earthquake, some families have found the pressure too much and have moved. Others have stayed, their ties to the city too strong. The New Zealand Herald talks to two affected families.