Confidence on rise in Christchurch - PM

8:59 am on 23 August 2011

Prime Minister John Key believes confidence is beginning to return to Christchurch, six months on from the earthquake on 22 February.

He says a lot of progress has been made, from the establishment of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority to a draft plan for the central city.

Mr Key says work to repair homes is happening as quickly as possible and the Government has a package on offer for people who have to relocate from damaged land.

He says his sense is that people are now able to see a future for the city and believe there is a plan to rebuild it.

Mr Key says about 8500 people have left Christchurch since the first of the quakes, which he says is remarkably few.