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Factbox: Christchurch two years on

By Ranjani Ponnuchetty

Published: 4:53AM Friday February 22, 2013 Source: ONE News

How key areas of the recovery in Canterbury are going on the second anniversary of the deadly earthquake:

CBD red zone

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said on February 15 that the CBD red zone can now be re-named the Rebuild Zone as over half of all staff working inside Christchurch's city cordon are specifically concentrating on repair and construction.

About 1300 buildings have been demolished and there are only a small number of those to go, about 10% of the total are left.

The planning, rebuilding and the replacing of those are well underway in a number of cases.

In the central city very little rebuilding has started but that is beginning to ramp up with the first projects coming on stream. All the inner city demolition will finish before the end of this year.

6000 businesses which were inside the four main avenues have had to leave their buildings. About 90% of them have relocated to somewhere else in the city.

The building of the Avon River Precinct from the central city plan is well underway.

Residential red zone

The residential rebuild still includes many thousands of houses that need to be completely replaced - a total of 6500 houses cannot be rebuilt.

However, new suburban areas are opening up and many of the big rebuilds for houses are moving forward.

Fletcher's recently announced that they've spent over a billion dollars rebuild in residential areas.

But the rebuild still has a few years to go as many people, especially in the badly affected eastern suburbs, are still waiting for repairs to start.

Business and economy

Business activity in Christchurch is up compared with its level before the earthquake.

Overall the business community has been very resilient and economic activity has held up remarkably well.

The sectors that badly affected are overseas education and tourism. Tourism because of the lack of accommodation available and overseas students because of the concern they have coming to Christchurch.

Over the next 10-15 years, $30-$40 billion worth of insurance proceeds will flow into the city. It is the biggest economic development activity this country has ever seen.

As the city moves into the "growth phase" companies are merging with others in and out of Christchurch to assist them with resources, and sometimes money, to allow their businesses to expand.


All roads have now been assessed for damage. Around half of all Christchurch's streets and roads suffered some level of damage in the February 22 earthquake.

Permanent repairs cannot be carried out on city roads until underground services - sewer, water and storm water pipes, are repaired.

Approximately 90% of the temporary repairs required to make the roads safe have now been carried out.

A total of 157,464 sq m of road pavement has been laid so far.


There is a three year programme underway to rebuild damaged wells and drill new ones to replace those that cannot be repaired.

20.5 km of fresh water pipe, 104 km of wastewater pipe and 6.1 km of storm water pipe has been laid.

965km of the 1610km wastewater network and 815km of 1080km of storm water network still needs to be assessed.

Sources: Christchurch City Council, Mayor Bob Parker, CEO of Employers Chamber of Commerce Peter Townsend, SCIRT, CERA, Minister Gerry Brownlee