Five years ago Cantabrians suffered the rudest awakening.
Complacency after 2010's mag-7.1 earthquake proved fatal. Lessons were not learned. When February's quake hit, buildings not inspected rigorously enough killed and maimed.
OPINION: Carl Davidson examines the phenomenon of "groupthink" when asking the question, is Christchurch racist?
A further delay to the decision on the future of Redcliffs School is not good for parents, pupils or the school.
Pay parity for midwives is must, writes Johnny Moore.
Terms of endearment can get lost in translation, writes Michele A'Court.
The debate over the flag referendum has now reached the point where voters get to decide. Everyone should participate.
OPINION: As it rebuilds, Christchurch is missing out on opportunities to switch to cleaner, sustainable forms of energy, writes David Killick.
OPINION: The two black and white finalists scream “corporate logo”. They’re dogs.
Obvious pay discrimination no longer exists but the gap between men and women suggests there are less obvious forms still to be fought.
Tourism is charging ahead while farming falters, writes Mike Yardley.
OPINION: Christ Trotter writes that if Jeremy Corbyn is elected as leader of the British Labour Party, it will reverberate particularly loudly here in New Zealand.
Christchurch ratepayers will be hoping the city council chief executive's proposals to build a more agile organisation work.
OPINION: Ken Strongman mixes metaphors.
OPINION: Dame Margaret Bazley explains the Canterbury Economic Development Strategy, launched on Friday.
Far from the era of back-fighting and political snarling, Canterbury mayor's are standing shoulder to shoulder.
It was a week of dystopian media news and signs of life in Christchurch.
OPINION: The "great fear of socialism" that columnist Chris Trotter ascribes to NZ farmers is less pronounced than it seems.
I'm getting ready to swap my notebook for nappies and sleepless nights.
What does the volatility on world share markets this week mean for New Zealand investors? Grant Davies casts an eye over the indices.
SATIRE: I'm seeker a safer job. Perhaps farming with the comforting hum of heavy machinery and excitement of extreme weather is just the thing for me.
It's a wonder lavender and butterfly farmers are not injured more often, writes Martin van Beynen.
Some very interesting weather lies ahead.
Sharing is caring. Or so the saying goes.
The opposition growing towards council plans to identify coastal hazard zones appears to be woefully misguided.
OPINION: Refusing entry or service can be a difficult process. I've had punches thrown, tables thrown, been spat at and had my mother cursed to damnation.
OPINION: If you haven't visited the city centre recently, it is time to take a look. The vibe has changed.
"Sweetie" and "bitchy" are among the words men should be banned from using, Michele A'Court writes.
OPINION: I was chatting over whisky with a man in the book trade. Is there no limit to the glamour of the life I lead? No, there is not.
Authorities are on the right track by introducing variable speed limits, writes Mike Yardley.