New Zealand marks second anniversary of Christchurch quake

New Zealand is today marking the second anniversary of the earthquake that killed 185 people in Christchurch

The country's Prime Minister John Key pledged to rebuild the city as one of the best and most liveable places in the world as he remembered the victims

He said that out of the broken streets, which have been likened to a war zone, a new Christchurch will emerge.

This year, Mr Key said the government expects to clear the quake-hit site and rebuild the central business district.

The government will also spend 1 billion New Zealand dollars or some 835 million US dollars to restore schools and the education sector over the next 10 years.

The magnitude-6.3 quake in 2011 severely damaged Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region.