By New Zealand correspondent Dominique Schwartz
Updated January 30, 2012 18:50:35
Work has begun in New Zealand to demolish one of the suburbs damaged beyond repair by the Christchurch earthquakes.
The eastern suburb of Bexley, which was home to hundreds of residents, will not be rebuilt.
The ground beneath Bexley liquefied in the first quake in September 2010, and did so again in February last year, causing houses to subside up to two metres.
A geotechnical review deemed the land unsuitable for rebuilding.