The Earthquake Royal Commission has been told the CTV building in Christchurch should never have been re-occupied after the September quake.
Canterbury's economic activity jumped 8.6 per cent in the March quarter over the same period a year ago, indicating the region is gearing up for its rebuild.
Most people have heard of Christchurch's colour-coded earthquake zones: red means residents have to go, green - they can stay.
Red zone tours through the CBD have proved so popular that additional tours will run this weekend.
International credit ratings agency AM Best has placed the ratings of local government insurer Civic Assurance under review reflecting a potential dispute with insurers.
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