From high up, the broad view over central Christchurch is largely one of progress, with cranes on the skyline, scaffolding, building gangs, road works and the ubiquitous road cones.
Zoom in closer, however, and you can see the pockets of frantic activity and construction are interrupted by unkempt sites or fenced-off buildings. Some are strewn with rubbish and pockets of weeds while others have been snapped up for vehicle parking by Wilson Parking as a money-making opportunity.
There is still an air of desolation about parts of the city. On a hot, nor'west day, visitors could be forgiven for expecting to see tumbleweed rolling down some central Christchurch streets.