A year before the 2011 earthquake, Christchurch’s historic arts centre upped its insurance cover by $90 million. It’s a decision that would ultimately save the largest collection of heritage buildings in New Zealand.

Philip Aldridge has been in his chief executive role for one year but he knows Christchurch’s Arts Centre intimately.

As part of a series Newsroom is running over summer, Christchurch documentary-maker Gerard Smyth takes a look at the biggest project of its type in the world, which is set to take a decade to complete.

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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