People living and working near a damaged lift tower in Wellington will not be allowed back into their buildings until Friday.
Wellington City Council said contractors have already removed the top third of the nine-story tower in Lukes Lane and are now working on the middle section.
The tower was originally damaged in the July earthquake and the magnitude 6.6 quake on Friday caused more damage.
It is expected 40 tonnes of concrete will be removed from the structure by the end of the day.
The council said contractors will begin work on the bottom section on Friday before a 400 tonne crane being used to dismantle it, is sent back to Christchurch on Monday.