Summer Newsroom

Changing South: The investors

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Post-quake, many property investors took their insurance money and fled Christchurch.

But with foreign investors failing to show, and an apparent lack of faith in the Government's rebuild arm, CERA, and local government bureaucracy, a few plucky locals are taking a punt to build in the central city – including the recently opened Riverside Market.

As part of a series Newsroom is running over summer, Christchurch documentary-maker Gerard Smyth catches up with those who dug deep into their own pockets, at massive risk, and then battled bureaucracy to get their projects built.

The series, called Changing South, looks at life the South Island – the people, the places and how events like the Christchurch earthquake have had a lasting impact.

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