Delays to major projects, multimillion-dollar bills for developments put on hold, a surge in waste and a $600,000 tab for cancelled events – the cost of Covid-19 on Christchurch has run deep.
The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown hit almost every sector of the city, from private businesses to public services.
Among the dozens of projects affected is the city’s metro sports facility, the $301 million centre that was meant to have been finished in January 2020.
Crown rebuild company Ōtākaro warned in June it could be delayed after lockdown restrictions left workers unable to get on site and caused difficulties getting materials from overseas.
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