The early idle chitchat was of below-par eggs served for breakfast and a bizarre looking garlic bread. But in the space of a couple of hundred metres it all changed.
Hundreds of Christchurch homeowners are demanding the Government buy their property, despite being cleared to repair or rebuild their homes.
After six months living in a garage, Lusan Turton is happy her family finally has somewhere warm to sleep.
An earthquake-destroyed Christchurch school is the focus of an international design competition that aims to put schools at the heart of the rebuild.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is the face of the campaign.
Christchurch's Renaissance Corp does not expect to return to profit until next year, because of the impact of earthquakes and Apple distribution competition.
Australian insurance assessors flown in after the Canterbury earthquakes have cost more than $3.6 million for travel, food and hotels.
Portable pools will allow some Christchurch children to have swimming lessons this year.
The appointment of a Christchurch lawyer to the royal commission into building failures has been welcomed by the Quake Families group.
Nearly 10,000 residential properties on the Port Hills of Christchurch have been rezoned from white to green and owners can now start repairing or rebuilding.
A Christchurch City councillor is calling on the Goverment to give red-zoned residents the opportunity to buy bare city land at rural prices.
Cabinet will meet in Christchurch today as an act of solidarity with the quake-stricken city, Prime Minister John Key says.
A proposed development in Kaiapoi that could provide hundreds of houses for quake-displaced residents is in limbo after being granted only partial approval.
A brighter Christchurch has been promised after the White Lights of Hope lit up Cathedral Square last night.
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