New Zealand's natural disaster safety net has no agreement with insurers to receive claims as happened after the KaikÅura quakes, if another major event strikes.
A speed limit reduction on Christchurch's St Asaph St will be recommended to the council, despite public feedback largely opposing the idea.
It had a brief delay, but the demolition of an abandoned Christchurch hotel once called a "festering cesspit for squatters" is expected to be finished by the end of January.
Christchurch is about to see "sharp, steep growth" in benefits from Crown-funded anchor projects after several years of steady spending, a parliamentary select committee has been told.
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