More than 1000 workers have left quake-hit Canterbury every month since February, Inland Revenue says.
Quake authorities have given Christ Church Cathedral 10 days to come up with a plan for partial demolition - not full deconstruction as previously reported.
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee is defending his intervention on housing development in Christchurch which saw dozens of landowners stripped of their appeals.
Christ Church Cathedral has been issued with a demolition notice in a move criticised as "appalling" and "profoundly disturbing".
Eight months after central Christchurch was closed because of the February 22 earthquake, bus tours of the central-city red zone start tomorrow afternoon.
Lyttelton Port of Christchurch's lead insurer is disputing the port's latest earthquake insurance claim.
A Labour government would increase the limit of Earthquake Commission cover and make it universal, the party says.
A massive deconstruction machine, said to be third biggest in the world, has started bringing down buildings in what was Christchurch's CBD.
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