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Is Christchurch a great city for families?

Last updated 08:00 08/08/2013
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Christchurch was long regarded as a great place to bring up a family.

It boasts numerous sandy beaches, riverside picnic spots, a network of walking and biking tracks on the Port Hills and forests, and easy access to skifields, national parks and mountains.

The city was also easy to get around by bike, car or on foot, had an abundance of indoor and outdoor pools, and a park on almost ever corner.

Then the quakes struck. Many families rattled by the endless aftershocks and tired of damaged homes and workplaces left Christchurch.

But, many families have stayed and more are moving to Christchurch for work.

Australian author and outdoors enthusiast Peter Ryan, now settled in north Canterbury, says paradise still exists here. ''I can't think of a single place in the world that I have been to that is a better place in the world to bring up kids than here.''

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Is Christchurch still a great place to bring up a family? Or has the damage been too great?

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