Construction of the transitional cardboard cathedral in Christchurch is due to get underway in earnest today.
The temporary church will be built on St John's Latimer Square, which before the earthquake had been home to the city's earliest stone church.
The concrete foundation is being poured at the site today.
The temporary cathedral, which will replace ChristChurch Cathedral, is being made at a cost of $5.3 million.
With seating for 700 people it will also provide a venue for concerts, exhibitions, civic and community events, something currently lacking post last year's devastating February 22 quake.
The building, which will be constructed from cardboard tubes, timber beams, structural steel and a concrete pad, is intended to last more than 20 years.
It is expected the cathedral will be finished by the end of February.