On Sunday 21 February I joined with the First Knowledge Group  - bereaved families and survivors - and the Earth Quake Memorial Designer Grega Vezjak to plant shrubs at the site of the official Earth Quake Memorial currently under construction.

As we mark the fifth anniversary of Christchurch’s earthquake, we can reflect on how far we’ve come and continue to look forward.

With the school year underway, $412,400 has been paid to Canterbury caregivers looking after children who have lost their parents, or are unable to live with them.

Through the School and Year Start Up payments we ensure children looked after by family carers are provided with the tools they need to make the most of their education.

It was a special occasion on Friday when I attended the opening of Saint Francis of Assisi catholic school.

After the closure of Our Lady of Fatima School and St Paul’s School, the opening of St Francis of Assisi Catholic School is an exciting development for the area.

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Tourism gave Canterbury’s local economy a real boost over summer.

Guest nights in Canterbury for December were up 48,000 on December the year before.

“Tourism in Canterbury is in great shape and there is a real flow-on effect to the rest of the local economy,” says Nicky Wagner.

The year is off to a flying start with major developments across iconic Canterbury sites showing the rebuild is continuing at pace.