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On September 4, 2010, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Canterbury and started a chain of events that changed Christchurch forever.

Stuff reporters Philip Matthews and Charlie Gates lived through the quakes and reported on the aftermath. Ten years on, they present their view of the political and social fallout that followed.

Over seven episodes we explore how and why a New Zealand city was munted – first by mother nature and then by politics.

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01

Phony War

What does a former TV host turned mayor do when his quiet city gets eventful?

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02

Under Occupation

The Government takes over Christchurch city centre and then knocks it down.

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03

Do Not Pass Go

The people of Christchurch dreamt up a new city, but the Government had other ideas…

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04

The Not-So-Secret Weapon

An ascendant prime minister and a mayor on the ropes.

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05

East Side Story

What would you do if the Government came for your home?

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06

Shame, Shame, Shame

Christchurch fights back and takes to the streets.

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07

The New Normal

Ten years on, is there any hope?

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Writer and Narrator:

Philip Matthews

Director and Editor:

Charlie Gates

Series Commissioner:

Carol Hirschfeld

Producers:

Carol Hirschfeld, Kamala Hayman

Photography:

Hamish Coleman-Ross, Kirk Hargreaves, Joseph Johnson, John Kirk-Anderson, Dean Kozanic, Iain McGregor, Chris Skelton, Stacy Squires, Daniel Tobin, David Walker, Alden Williams

Graphics, Animation and Design:

Andrew Todd

Colourist:

Mike Kelland

Audio Post:

Chris Sinclair

Narration:

Orange Studios

Additional footage:

TVNZ, Newshub Archive, Justin Heaney, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Belmont Productions, DPMC, Christchurch City Council, Shutterstock, National Party

Special thanks to John Cowie, Lee Kenny and Stuff's visual journalists.

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Designer and Developer:

John Harford, Sungmi Kim

Editor

Kamala Hayman

made with the support of NZ On Air

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