A blessing ceremony has been held in Christchurch to mark the beginning of earthquake repair work on council-owned services.
The services damaged in the 7.1 quake on 4 September include water supplies, stormwater drainage, sewerage, roads, kerbing and footpaths.
Friday morning's launch was held in Burwood Park in an area hit particularly hard by the quake.
The ceremony marks a transition from temporary repairs to permanently rebuilding infrastructure.
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says it is an important milestone for the city.
Mr Parker says the repairs to infrastructure are expected to cost half a billion dollars.