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Whitebaiters Ignoring Health Warnings Following Earthquake

Whitebaiters are ignoring warnings to cease fishing in sewage contaminated Canterbury rivers following the earthquake. Whitebait, fish and shellfish taken from sewage-contaminated rivers, river mouths or estuaries, including the Waimakariri, Selwyn, Heathcote, Avon, Halswell and Styx rivers could cause serious illness.

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October 10th, 2010 at 7:56 am

Geotechnical Report following Canterbury Earthquake

The geotechnical report delivered by engineers to the Earthquake Commission states that the majority of land can and will be fixed. Gerry Brownlee has issued a timeline leading to public release of information. Information from the geotechnical report will be released in conjunction with decisions on what will be done to address the damage in each affected area, so as to minimise stress to residents.

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October 9th, 2010 at 11:14 am

Demolition of Unsafe Buildings Following Canterbury Earthquake

Two earthquake damaged buildings in Christchurch are likely to be demolished as they pose an immediate danger to the safety of people. The Acting CEO of the Council will issue warrants for the demolitions, under section 129 of the Building Act 2004.

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October 7th, 2010 at 7:56 am

Government helping Canterbury Builders Become Licensed Following Earthquake

The Government is helping Canterbury builders, tradespeople and designers become licensed building practitioners so they can be involved with rebuilding Canterbury following the earthquake.

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October 7th, 2010 at 7:47 am

Stronger Christchurch Update Following Earthquake (4 October)

The Christchurch City Council, alongside other agencies, continues to work on the recovery phase following the 4 September earthquake.

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October 5th, 2010 at 8:08 am

Earthquake Recovery Commissioners

Earthquake recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced members of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commission, whose establishment is a requirement of the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010.

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September 27th, 2010 at 8:16 am

Christchurch Update (24 September) Following Earthquake

The Christchurch City Council, alongside other agencies, continues to work on the recovery phase following the 4 September earthquake. This is focused on the key areas of infrastructure, welfare, buildings, natural environment, business and rural issues. The Council has been in direct contact with those worst affected as well as keeping the community informed through paid advertising, public meetings, website updates, leaflet and letter drops, house and business visits.

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September 26th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Ethnic Community Support Following Canterbury Earthquake

The Office of Ethnic Affairs has been praised for its work in helping Christchurch’s ethnic communities access accurate information on crisis assistance and other available services following the earthquake.

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September 25th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Small Service Sector Improvement August 2010

BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index shows a slight improvement in the service sector activity in August 2010. However results over the next few months may not be as favourable following the Canterbury earthquake.

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September 20th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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Government Assistance for Canterbury Heritage Following Earthquake

The government will contribute up to $10 million to assist repair, restore, and strengthen heritage and character buildings in Canterbury that have been damaged by the earthquake.

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September 19th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Fast track process delivering for quake victims

Earthquake recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the fast track process put in place to deal with minor house damage and lost contents has helped over 1,700 quake victims already.

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September 19th, 2010 at 9:41 am

Property logjam of concern in Canterbury

The New Zealand Law Society’s Property Law Section says a difficult situation is emerging with property settlements in the area affected by the Canterbury earthquake, and it may need government intervention.

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September 17th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

School Children’s Earthquake Stories

Canterbury school children have been given the chance to tell their own personal story of the recent Christchurch earthquake with the creation of a dedicated website

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September 16th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Christchurch Heritage Restoration Following Earthquake

A call for government assistance on Christchurch Heritage Restoration is being made by the NZ Archaeological Association.

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September 16th, 2010 at 8:57 am

Bids4biz Provides Free Service For Quake Repairs

In the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquake, is offering to help quake victims find trades people to help their rebuilding efforts.

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September 15th, 2010 at 8:20 am

Thanks to Schools and Staff Following Canterbury Earthquake

Education Minister Anne Tolley has thanked principals, teachers, board members, students and Ministry of Education staff in Canterbury as they work to get schools up and running. The majority of schools will be open on Monday, but a few have structural problems.

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September 11th, 2010 at 7:38 am

Thanks to Firefighters Following Canterbury Earthquake

Nathan Guy has visited Canterbury firefighters to thank them for their efforts and inspect recovery work. The Fire Service have moved from their initial involvement with assisting medical incidents and freeing trapped people to dealing with structural incidents.

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September 11th, 2010 at 7:37 am

Canterbury Services Recovering Following Earthquake

Civil Defence Director, John Hamilton says public services are recovering in the Canterbury region, despite a series of aftershocks that accelerated this morning after a relative lull yesterday.

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September 10th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Government Plans Swift Earthquake Recovery

The Government is working on a suite of streamlined measures to help ensure a swift recovery from the canterbury earthquake. Gerry Brownlee has been working with insurers, the Earthquake Commission, banks and local government to ensure a swift process of paying out claims to people who have suffered damage.

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September 10th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Canterbury Support After Earthquake

A number of support schemes are assisting Canterbury individuals, employers and community providers following the earthquake.

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September 10th, 2010 at 7:26 pm