A blessing has been held at Christchurch's cardboard cathedral before being open to the public on Friday.
The Anglican Church's $7 million temporary structure is made of giant cardboard tubes and was built after the ChristChurch Cathedral was severely damaged in the February 2011 earthquake.
The Bishop of Christchurch, Victoria Matthews, said staff and volunteers have been busy moving into the church after the city council gave the go-ahead on Friday afternoon.
She said the service held on Friday was poignant given the cathedral is opposite the CTV building where many of the deaths in the February 2011 earthquake occurred.
Bishop Matthews said the cathedral would host its first public event, a concert, on Tuesday. The first church service would be held on 15 August.