A new central library and a cinema complex set a template for how the rest of the rebuild should work.
Which high school rocks the hardest? Which is top of the pops? Which is number on the New Zealand number one album charts tally?
The Southern Response spying scandal is just the latest in a string of post-earthquake disasters in the Garden City – and many of them can be traced back to one man, writes James Dann.
James Dann talks to Nostalgia Festival director Johnny Gibson ahead of the festival's fifth iteration this weekend.
As Christchurch approaches the seventh anniversary of the big quake, the challenge confronting the incoming minister is daunting, argues James Dann.
After their worst loss of the year all but guaranteed a sixth season without finals footy, is it finally time to abandon all hope of the Warriors ever being good at rugby league again?
Plans for post-quake Christchurch promised a focus on transport alternatives and a compact, pedestrian-friendly core. But media generated hysteria over car parking - and the meddling of Gerry Brownlee - is threatening to send the city back to the 60s, writes James Dann.
As wildfire continues to ravage the Port Hills above Christchurch, questions are being raised about the scale and efficiency of the official response. When it comes to communicating with the public following a major emergency, why are the lessons of Christchurch and Kaikōura still unlearned, asks James Dann.
While council politics are in the spotlight in much of the country, Christchurch has barely even registered there's an election coming up. James Dann goes in search of some political passion in the Garden City.
Everybody loves a good bandwagon and now is your chance to jump on the Warriors' one. James Dann has all the tricks to get you started.
The NRL may or may not be the greatest sports competition on Earth. But it is indisputably home to the greatest fan-made banners. James Dann selects six of the best.
CERA will close its doors on April 18th, 2016. James Dann carries out the not-so-Herculean task of ranking all the "anchor projects" that have been completed during its five-year reign.
Opinion: With falling dairy prices and evaporating rivers, James Dann says it's time to give Cantabrians back their vote for their regional council.
The human appeals for drug funding are heartbreaking. But we need somehow to put emotion to the side, and allow the experts to weigh up the evidence.
Days before the five year anniversary of the destructive 6.3 earthquake, Christchurch has been struck by another tremor, wreaking damage far beyond a few broken mugs, writes James Dann.
Is there a better way to analyse a complex collection of artworks than the Spinoff’s trademarked Power Ranking format? No, says James Dann. No there isn’t.