A survey of the standards of repairs carried out on homes damaged by the Canterbury quakes is on the cards.
The independent survey of 100 Christchurch homes would be managed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and carried out by a team of independent technical experts.
It would focus on new building work that was exempted from requiring a building consent, to see whether exempted work had been finished to a standard compliant with building codes.
Properties would be randomly selected from information provided by the Earthquake Commission (EQC), Housing New Zealand and insurance companies and their project management offices.
The inspections would also include a small sample of homes repaired after opting out of EQC's Canterbury Home Repair Programme.
Letters would be sent to randomly selected homeowners this week and inspections would start at the end March, with results set to be available from July.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said EQC's repair programme was nearing an end and good progress was being made by private insurers.
"It makes sense for the Government to have an overview of the standard of the repairs that have been carried out, and there is now a sufficient number of completed repairs to allow an appropriate sample of homes to be inspected."
Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith said the Government wanted to ensure homes were safe and durable.
"As such, the survey team will concentrate on structural work, rather than reviewing cosmetic repairs such as the quality of the finished paint job," Dr Smith said.
"It will give reassurance to Cantabrians that the rebuild is a quality one."
EQC has now repaired 93 per cent of the 68,652 homes in its repair programme. Private insurers have settled 57 per cent of claims.
Meanwhile, a 2m-high bronze statue of the founder of Canterbury was re-instated in Cathedral Square today.
The statue of John Robert Godley fell off its plinth during the February 2011 quake, suffering damage to its limbs and head.
After extensive conservation work, the statue was returned to the its spot in the square.
Police have also announced they expect the criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV building to be completed later this year.
Once a review of all the relevant information was completed, a decision regarding prosecution would be made, police said.
Engineering consultants Beca would provide an expert opinion to investigators.
The criminal investigation was launched in September 2014, after police assessed a large amount of information about the CTV building's collapse in the February 2011 quake.