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Christchurch renewing

Four years on

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The newly restored Theatre Royal

After the city of Christchurch was almost completely destroyed by earthquakes in December 2010 and February 2011, the city is beginning to find its feet.

While a great many homeowners are still battling with the insurance companies and living in broken homes, a major building boom is underway in central city re-establishing shops and mauls to replace the temporary shopping precinct made up of shipping containers.

Being a joint host of the cricket World Cup is a test of the city's resources, but it seems to be coping quite well one of the ongoing daily problems in the city's traffic. As so many businesses and shops relocated away from the city centre, all the traffic flows have changed and its not uncommon to take half an hour to travel one or two km.

The other side of this of course is that there was still a great deal of roadwork ongoing as underground services are repaired or replaced like water and sewerage supplies.

Another side to change is the general escalation in prices. While food prices seem relatively unchanged, it seems that everything else has increased exponentially and residents are complaining of graft and corruption.

On a more positive note, historic buildings like the Theatre Royal are nearing completion and the cities tourist tram is once again operating, and these features are helping to restore a sense of normality although it will be many years before the city is fully functioning as it should.

As a destination, many of the cities attractions are up and running and crush it still remains the best jumping off point to tour the South Island.

City tram before the earthquakes. All but the back right building have gone from this image and the city features many small grassy spaces where building and even entire block existed.

City tram before the earthquakes. All but the back right building have gone from this image and the city features many small grassy spaces where building and even entire block existed.

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