The sequence of devastating earthquakes that Christchurch experienced in 2010 and 2011 included an aftershock that produced the highest peak ground accelerations on record. Hundreds of commercial buildings, schools, hospitals and essential infrastructure were demolished and thousands of homes were rebuilt. Yet, the city re-established essential functions quickly. Today, the city and its people are an example of a city bouncing back. Developing a resilience plan through a grassroots participatory planning process is a priority for the city’s recovery so that communities, buildings, and infrastructure and systems are better prepared to withstand catastrophic events.