Chch Today: It's summer!

A cyclist travelling through North Hagley Park on bicycle along the cycleway.
A cyclist travelling through North Hagley Park on bicycle along the cycleway.

Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch today.


Summer has arrived with temperatures in the mid-20 degrees Celsius all week, peaking at 29C on Friday.

The Met Service is forecasting a fine day for the city with a high of 22C today. Northeast winds are expected to develop this afternoon. 

The week will remain warm, though with some Tuesday and Wednesday. Rain is expected on Thursday, though temperatures are still forecast to reach 27C.

The MetService is forecasting a cooler weekend and showers on Sunday.


Police and ambulance are attending a crash on Johns Rd in Northwood. 

A police spokesman said a car and a minivan had collided at about 8:20am near Willow Creek Lane off State Highway 1. 

The road was blocked for a short period, he said.

A St John ambulance spokesman did not believe the crash was serious.

With about 130 work sites around the city, motorists are asked to remain patient and advised to take take a little more time and plan their journeys. A useful tool for doing this is, which shows all the major road works and road closures across the city. It is also available as a mobile application on your smart-phone.


Q: What does the council plan to do about the state of the cycleway/pathway around the perimeter of Hagley Park, in particular the unsealed track in South Hagley Park which is in appalling condition?

A: Programmed maintenance at Hagley Park is planned, but has slowed while the council focuses on the infrastructure rebuild. New and refurbished paths and cycleways are programmed as funding allows. This is outlined in the Hagley Park Management Plan 2007 (see Maintenance for the Deans Ave area of South Hagley Park is scheduled for late summer/early autumn. The council acknowledges the importance of the pathways for the community. Christchurch City Council


Add a little magic to your Monday night. The Darkroom at 336 St Asaph St is putting on a magic show tonight which will include a circus record- holder, a contortionist, a hypnotist and a "man of mysterious talents". This is an affordable R18 night out with door-sale tickets costing only $10. Doors open 6pm, show runs 8pm- 10pm, limited seating.

There are plenty of opportunities for you to give a little back this Christmas, starting with the Christchurch City Mission Christmas Appeal. Every day until Christmas a marquee at Riccarton House and Bush will be open from 11am to 3pm for donated food, toys and Christmas presents to be placed under the mission's Christmas tree. Find the marquee at 16 Kahu Rd in Riccarton.

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