The closure and merger of Christchurch schools has caused upset, anger and dismay in many of the communities affected.
But there's another community 350km away that has been through all of this already.
Dunedin is experiencing two major school mergers. One of them is finished. The second is in the throes of a painful birth.
Surely, we're taking into account the successes and failures in Dunedin as we redraw Christchurch's school map?
Watch the video for the report from Anna Burns-Francis on what Dunedin can teach Christchurch.