Time capsule buried under new Chch building

3:39 pm on 2 October 2013

Prime Minister John Key today buried a time capsule on the site of a new building being built in central Christchurch.

The time capsule contains images of pre-earthquake Christchurch, plans for the rebuilt city, a newspaper and a real estate booklet.

The site is owned by Christchurch businessman Stephen Collins, who also owned the PGC building which collapsed in the 22 February 2011 earthquake, killing 18 people.

Mr Collins said he wanted the new building to be iconic and safe.

"Having owned a building that collapsed ... I'm committed to ensure the safety of everybody who ever walks through these portals," he said.

"This building has the very latest in base isolation, and latest construction methods."

The building is expected to be finished by the end of next year.