Flowers and soft toys left as a memorial to 115 people who died in the collapsed CTV Building (AAP)
THU, 23 FEB 2012 5:04A.M.
Following a day of reflection and mourning in Christchurch to mark the first anniversary of last February's devastating earthquake, the city is back in recovery mode.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hagley Park during a civil memorial service where the names of the 185 victims of the earthquake were read aloud on Wednesday.
Their names were followed by two minutes of silence at 12:51pm - the exact time the magnitude 6.3 quake struck a year go.
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, Prime Minister John Key, MPs and ambassadors attended the service.
The anniversary day was also an opportunity to recognise the heroes of the earthquake, with 140 people and organisations receiving Christchurch Earthquake Awards.
A commemorative service for the families of quake victims was held at Latimer Square on Wednesday morning.
Prime Minister John Key told the 500 people at that service that it was both a day to remember those who were lost, and a day to look forward to what Christchurch could become in future.