Houses of some residents in one of the worst-affected areas of the Canterbury earthquake may not be fixed for nearly two years.
The 7.1-magnitude quake on 4 September last year caused much damage throughout the region, but no loss of life.
The Waimakariri District Council is holding meetings this week in Kaiapoi, Kairaki and The Pines Beach to advise about 1200 residents of the rebuilding timetable.
The council says properties have been grouped into geographically-based "clusters" and work will not start on some until January 2013.
The council, the Earthquake Commission and insurance companies worked together on a programme that takes into account issues such as availability of builders and temporary accommodation.
Residents have been advised it may take up to 12 months to complete demolition, restoration of land and repair or rebuilding.