A memorial plaque has been set up in the reopened Cashel Mall in central Christchurch to commemorate some of those who died in the February earthquake.
The mall was opened to the public on Saturday for the first time since the earthquake killed 182 people, four of them in Cashel Street.
A shopping area of 70 shipping containers has replaced the many buildings which have been demolished.
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says family and friends of the Cashel Street victims visited the site the day before public access was allowed.
He says it was an incredibly sad occasion.
Mr Parker says most people will never comprehend the depth of the pain suffered by those who lost loved ones but the way for the city to heal is to look to the future.