Construction companies are starting to put up security fencing around buildings in Christchurch, New Zealand, that were damaged by last month's devastating earthquake.

According to the Sunday Star Times, the new deals signal the first stages of recovery for the city, which is attempting to overcome the 6.3 magnitude quake that killed over 150 people.

Firms are coming together in a joint effort to provide security fencing after realising that pooling their resources could make for a more cost-effective option.

One idea had been to import fencing from Australia.

Steve Evans, the managing director of Leaweld Perimeter Solutions, which has secured a contract to provide 17km of 1.8m-high security fencing around buildings damaged by the tremor, told the newspaper that he was sure fencing could be produced locally at a lower cost than importation.

After talking with suppliers he was sure businesses would do everything in their power to aid the recovery effort. It now looks as though all necessary fencing projects will be completed in around two weeks.

"They've worked their guts out," Mr Evans told the newspaper.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800460643-ADNFCR