The first meeting of the Christchurch City Council since the 22 February earthquake began on Thursday with a moment of silence for the victims.
Mayor Bob Parker thanked councillors for the work they'd done within their communities and emphasised the importance of moving forward as a unified council.
The meeting focussed mainly on issues the council had been addressing since the first Canterbury earthquake last September .
The severity of the February quake has forced them to adjust those plans.
Mr Parker said there are some huge challenges ahead - the question of grants for heritage buildings that may no longer be standing, and numerous amendments to the council's annual plan.