The latest stage of Royal Commission hearings into the Canterbury earthquakes starts this morning.
The earthquake-stricken Hotel Grand Chancellor in Christchurch will be brought down floor by floor, starting next week, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) announced today.
Police are seeking video of rescue efforts at the Canterbury Television building in which 115 people were killed when it collapsed in Christchurch's February earthquake.
Homeowners with more expensive properties would pay higher EQC levies under a policy announced yesterday by Labour but there is no guarantee those homeowners would receive higher payouts if disaster struck.
People moving away from earthquake-affected Christchurch are concerning Finance Minister Bill English who is urging the local authority to be more proactive in hastening the rebuild.
Nearly 80% of the remaining 8096 properties in the residential orange zone in Canterbury have been rezoned to green.
hristchurch can no longer officially be called New Zealand's second biggest city.
The bill for the Canterbury earthquakes blew out by 25 per cent to $20 billion yesterday - and it may push to $30b or more, the Treasury says.
Government scientists failed to carry out a crucial study to find faults under the city of Christchurch due to a lack of funding.
A Californian scientist has warned that future buildings erected across New Zealand will never be earthquake-proof and labelled Christchurch rebuild plans "unrealistic.''
Scientists have reassured weary Christchurch residents the worst of the earthquakes is likely to be over.
Royal Commission hearings into the Canterbury earthquakes will open this afternoon (Monday) with a welcome address read out in the nine different languages of people killed in the February disaster.
The Royal Commission investigating building failures during the Christchurch quakes has urgently recommended immediate steps to strengthen about 3500 unreinforced masonry buildings throughout New Zealand.
Earthquake Commission levies are to treble to help rebuild the commission's Natural Disaster Fund, wiped out by the Canterbury earthquakes, Finance Minister Bill English announced this morning.
Frustrated residents in Christchurch's red zone rallied yesterday against what they say is unfair treatment by insurance companies and the Government.
When he heard about the deadly earthquake that struck Christchurch in February, Placido Domingo was instantly reminded of his own personal tragedy.
Emergency services have joined forces to rubbish claims that people in authority looted red zones in quake-ravaged Christchurch.
Lax building standards contributed to the collapse of a 40-year-old building in which 18 people died during the February 22 Christchurch earthquake, a report says.
A post-earthquake Christchurch will be a more cohesive city and its citizens less materialistic, one of the city's psychiatrists says.
Some Kaiapoi residents are refusing to leave their earthquake-damaged homes, saying they will turn down the Government's buy-up deal.