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29August

Christchurch: Sad and soulless or progressive and beautiful?

Christchurch: Sad and soulless or progressive and beautiful?

Modern, progressive and beautiful, or soulless, decaying and rubble-strewn. When it comes to Christchurch, it depends on who you ask.

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31July

Wins and losses for Christchurch ratepayers as final quake deal comes to light

Wins and losses for Christchurch ratepayers as final quake deal comes to light

Christchurch and the Crown have finally agreed on the terms of their rebuild divorce – and the council's top negotiator says it won't saddle ratepayers with any surprise bills.

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27July

Christchurch's CBD is still struggling, businesses say

Christchurch's CBD is still struggling, businesses say

Weekly events, reduced rates and a helping hand from central Government are all needed to give the central city a boost, say Christchurch business leaders. LIZ MCDONALD reports.

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26December

New shops, library and scooters boost Boxing Day crowd, business leader says

New shops, library and scooters boost Boxing Day crowd, business leader says

New shops, a rebuilt library, and Lime scooters helped bring crowds to Christchurch's recovering city centre on Boxing Day, business leaders say.

Thousands of shoppers descended on shopping malls across the city on Wednesday, with some queuing outside Westfield Riccarton from 7.30am.

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25August

Could a high-tech parking app help Christchurch motorists find cheaper central city parks?

Could a high-tech parking app help Christchurch motorists find cheaper central city parks?

Feeling the love … for making changes to Christchurch parking.

Since 2011, city officials in San Francisco have been feeling the love from motorists, retailers and politicians about how they manage parking. How so? We went to San Fran to find out more.

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07August

Mike Yardley: Better ways to support the homeless

Mike Yardley: Better ways to support the homeless

One of my indelible childhood memories of life in Christchurch is of Cathedral Square, watching the Wizard, the Bible Lady and the Birdman. I also remember the homeless men, who hung out everyday in a City Mission caravan.

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30July

Car parking deal will compete with council discounts

Car parking deal will compete with council discounts

Parking competition is heating up in central Christchurch with a privately-owned parking building taking on council parking discounts with its own deal.

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26June

First hour free parking offer extended at CBD car parks

First hour free parking offer extended at CBD car parks

Motorists visiting Christchurch's city centre will continue to get their first hour's parking for free at council-owned buildings.

As part of its long-term plan deliberations, the Christchurch City Council extended the one-hour free parking offer at the Lichfield St and Christchurch Art Gallery parking buildings through until the end of January 2019.

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24June

Christchurch business leaders herald Christchurch Hospital parking solution 'win-win'

Christchurch business leaders herald Christchurch Hospital parking solution 'win-win'

Central Christchurch is set to benefit from a win-win deal between the health board and the council to move a hospital park-and-ride scheme, business leaders say.

It was revealed this week the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) will relocate its Christchurch Hospital shuttle service for staff, patients and visitors from a Deans Ave site slated for potholes and puddles to the Christchurch City Council's under-utilised, $31.3 million Lichfield St car park building from July 2.

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04May

'Various sites' considered for Christchurch Hospital shuttle

'Various sites' considered for Christchurch Hospital shuttle

Plans to use a mostly-empty parking building in central Christchurch as the base for a hospital shuttle are being seriously considered.

Christchurch Hospital is running a shuttle service from an open lot on Deans Ave until its parking building, which was destroyed in the earthquakes, can be replaced. The temporary facility has been described as an "appalling potholed mess" that is difficult for people with health problems to navigate. Meanwhile, the Christchurch City Council-owned 805-space Lichfield St car park building, which opened in November after a $31.3 million build, often has more than 500 empty spaces – almost all of which are covered.

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03May

Road change makes for easier access to central Christchurch car parks

Road change makes for easier access to central Christchurch car parks

Central city businesses are optimistic about road layout changes to make it easier for people to drive into central Christchurch.

A section of Durham St between Lichfield and Tuam streets will have a northbound lane open from Wednesday, which will make it easier for people to access the two car parking buildings on Lichfield St. It will not affect the two southbound lanes.

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02May

No date for Cathedral Square plan, but mayor says Regenerate 'not behind schedule'

No date for Cathedral Square plan, but mayor says Regenerate 'not behind schedule'

Regenerate Christchurch has no set date for the completion of its strategy to revamp Cathedral Square, six months after it hoped to have a plan ready.

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19April

Christchurch's lingering eyesore buildings are a 'parade of the uglies'

Christchurch's lingering eyesore buildings are a 'parade of the uglies'

While admiring the reverence of Cranmer's Square Field of Remembrance on Sunday, I got chatting to a typically effervescent Irish tourist.

She first admired the beautiful installation while visiting Christchurch four years ago and the 30-something Dubliner remarked how impressive "some parts of the central city are looking."

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01April

Christchurch City Council's flash new Lichfield St car park building loses $18k in a month

Christchurch City Council's flash new Lichfield St car park building loses $18k in a month

Empty spaces mean the Christchurch City Council's flash new $31.3 million car parking building appears to be haemorrhaging money. The Lichfield St car park's loss was $18,000 in March alone – it made $69,000 in revenue but cost $87,000 to run.

The 805-space central city building opened in November. Last Monday, Central City Business Association chairman Brendan Chase said the building regularly had more than 500 free spaces.

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01April

Christchurch Hospital park-and-ride car park may be in breach of consent

Christchurch Hospital park-and-ride car park may be in breach of consent

Christchurch Hospital's park-and-ride site may be operating illegally because of its neglected condition.

The Deans Ave site is providing car parking with a shuttle service to the hospital until the parking building lost to the earthquakes can be replaced.

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