Since taking office I am told I have attended 345 engagements, given 167 speeches, and been out on official business at some point on 41 of 50 weekends and 186 of 250 week-night evenings.
The pace has been, and will continue to be, relentless. And that's exactly what we would expect in a city recovering from a natural disaster of the scale we have experienced.
It's a question I ask myself at the end of most days, and often in the small hours of the morning when my mind turns to the problems constituents face like flooding, intractable insurance problems and the chronic shortage of affordable housing.
You will have your own criteria against which to judge progress. The state of the roads, the look and feel of your neighbourhood, the length of time it takes to get a building consent or how you may be affected by the proposed land use changes in the city's draft district plan.
But even these issues often pale into insignificance for those who remain stuck because of unresolved earthquake-related issues.
Just last week the Canterbury District Health Board Chief Executive, David Meates, reminded recovery leaders that the effects of the Canterbury earthquake sequence would continue to reverberate throughout our community for a decade or more.
He told us that more people are presenting to mental health services than ever before. People have more severe social issues, related to housing, financial and relationship problems as a consequence of the earthquakes and recovery issues, and there is increased depression.
This is why advocating on behalf of those who are stuck and helping to solve the city's housing crisis were both high on the list of priorities we drew up as new councillors this time last year.
Those priorities fell into three broad categories:
1) Getting our own house in order;
2) Helping to get the city, along with our worst hit communities back on their feet; and
3) Strengthening the council's relationships with our recovery partners.
Although much remains a "work in progress," enough has been achieved for me to feel confident we are on track.
We appointed a new chief executive, Dr Karleen Edwards, who is focused on driving down operational costs, improving the quality and efficiency of our processes and improving our organisational culture. After a major investment of resources and expertise we also hope to be reaccredited as a building consents authority.
Getting our own house in order
As promised, we "opened the books" and are now out in the community listening to what people have to say about the financial choices we will have to make to avoid a funding shortfall of up to $900 million in 2017-2019 (share your views at yourvoice.ccc.govt.nz).
We also moved quickly to set up a new insurance subcommittee to provide governance and oversight of the complex and legalistic claims process. A final agreement on the council's social housing insurance claim with EQC is imminent. We continue to work towards a negotiated settlement of the larger building and facilities claim with the reinsurers but, in a parallel process, are preparing for legal action if necessary.
Getting back on our feet
We are working hard to restore community facilities and help solve the housing issues.
In September we ratified the Christchurch Housing Accord. This was the result of close collaboration between the council and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith. Under this agreement the Government committed $75 million to build two temporary accommodation housing developments providing for up to 450 new homes over the next 12 to 18 months.
Staff also completed a huge piece of work addressing the financial sustainability of the city's social housing portfolio. We will be establishing a new not-for- profit company with other groups who have the same social housing objectives.
We have also approved $40 million to restore community facilities including libraries and swimming pools. In the central city we have been working successfully alongside private developers and the Christchurch Central Development Unit to solve the car parking challenge.
Relationships and leadership
But arguably the single most important thing we had to do as a council in our first 12 months was to restore confidence in the council and its ability to lead.
This point was not lost on the editor of The Press who, in an open letter 12 months ago, challenged the new council to stop the in-fighting, focus on the task in hand, and establish effective relationships with our recovery partners.
For me the surest sign of how far we have progressed was the Government's response to the release of the Cameron Partners Report when it expressed confidence in the council's political leadership and ability to manage our financial challenges.
This marked a watershed in our relationship, not just because of what was said publicly, but because of the unity and professionalism displayed by both the executive and governance arms of the council in its interactions with the Crown in the leadup to the report's release. We worked as a team with a common goal, ready to engage with the whole of Government as we move closer to transition.
Interestingly, when I asked councillors to comment on what had surprised them most about their first year, a significant number said they had not expected the sense of collegiality, respect and common purpose that exists around the council table.
Maintaining that collegiality is going to be vital over the next 12 months as we face the big calls about the council's financial strategy and Long Term Plan. We will face difficult choices and will need to remain clearly focused on the long-term future of greater Christchurch and the legacy we will leave.
It is also important to remember that almost all the major decisions we make about the physical rebuild of the city (including the scale, timing and eventual ownership of the Anchor Projects) must be made jointly with the Crown.
Inevitably we will not always agree and nor will our priorities and decisions always align. But I am more confident than ever that we are in a position to work through all of these issues in a collaborative and non-combative way.
I know that's what we all want.
Imagine Christchurch with its own Eden Project or mountain bike adventure park
So what are my priorities for the year ahead? Finances, of course. But a sound financial footing is only a means to an end. My strongest ambition is that we do not squander the opportunities we have been given as a result of the earthquakes.
This may sound paradoxical, and I often find myself quoting the Mayor of Chicago (and former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel when trying to explain what I mean.
Emanuel said never to let a serious crisis go to waste. "And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."
We have seen so much evidence of this in Christchurch already with the transitional projects such as The Commons, Gap Filler and Greening the Rubble and so many others.
There are a number of projects with the potential to be a catalyst for the city's transformation.
They include the future use of the residential red zone, that great swathe of land in the east, which connects the city to the sea. Four times the size of Hagley Park, this has the potential to provide for recreational use and environmental protection. The public engagement will enable all the ideas to be worked through and that will be a healthy focus for the city as a whole, but especially for those in the hard-hit eastern suburbs.
Imagine Christchurch being the home to Australasia's only Eden Project - ours based on the theme of "From the Mountains to the Sea" (Ki Uta Ki Tai) - that would showcase how water shapes our life.
Imagine the Antarctic Endeavour, a place that combines research, education and visitor attraction reinforcing Christchurch's role as one of only five Antarctic gateways in the world.
Imagine a Port Hills Mountain Bike Adventure Park that made Christchurch the northern hemisphere's summer destination for the international mountain biker market and an amazing amenity for locals as well.
But our long-term future will depend less on the built environment than it does on the people who decide to make this place their home for the future: those of us who have decided to stay, those who have come here to work and decide to remain, and our children and grandchildren who decide that the new Christchurch is a place where it is now possible to enjoy the best of all possible worlds.
To make this a reality, we need to ensure that we have a diverse economy that generates worthwhile jobs, housing that is affordable and an environment that is unbeatable.
Less tangible but of vital importance to me is ensuring that we hardwire into our city's DNA the lessons we have learned from our experience.
We now know that the very best predictor of a community's ability to recover, adapt and indeed thrive in the face of adversity is something called social cohesion. Without that, the purpose of local government, which is "to enable democratic decision-making and action by and on behalf of community", cannot be fulfilled. Nor will our recovery be complete until that level of democracy has been restored to the people of this city.
And once we have that there is so much more that we can do.