Rhys Brookbanks, 25, had dreams of becoming an investigative reporter.
The journalism student had just started working at CTV when the earthquake struck.
He was last seen by a colleague in the building at 12.45pm on February 22.
In the weeks leading up to his death, Rhys was planning his wedding with fiancee Esther Jones. They wanted to marry in November 2011.
Rhys was born in Auckland and attended St Kentigern School and College, where he was a prefect, head of house and chapel prefect.
He excelled in music, rowing and rugby but also showed a flair for writing poetry.
Rhys travelled widely with his parents Alan and Fran and sister Donna.
He graduated from Otago University with a BA first-class honours in English and History.
After graduation, Rhys went travelling with his girlfriend Esther for a year and was teaching English as a second language in Europe.
When he returned to New Zealand in 2010 he studied for a Diploma in Journalism at Canterbury University where he excelled and had several articles published in The Press.
Journalism tutor Jim Tully described Rhys as a "really lovable, gentle young man" who won everyone's admiration and respect.
Rhys was thrilled to offered a reporter's job at CTV, and began work seven days before the earthquake.