2013 to see reconstruction in central Christchurch

5:34 am on 25 January 2013

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says 2013 will be the year that central Christchurch shifts from demolition to reconstruction.

$145 million worth of consents has been issued over the past 10 months for construction projects inside the four avenues.

With 930 full or partial demolitions completed, Mr Brownlee said on Thursday he expects Christchurch City Council to ensure the consent process for new buildings is fast-tracked.