Christchurch welcomes 2014

Last updated 09:35 01/01/2014

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Thousands of people welcomed the start of 2014 with fireworks, music and dancing in Christchurch.

The Christchurch City Council's annual New Year's Eve celebration heralded the arrival of 2014 with thousands of revellers in North Hagley Park last night.

Youngsters were given the first chance to welcome the new year, with an early countdown at 8.30pm.

Those who stayed up later were treated to fireworks at midnight.

About 10,000 locals were expected to have joined the alcohol-free and family-friendly festivities.

Musical entertainment included local band The Easy Hearts and The New Zealand Army Band, who showcased the Gangnam Style moves that gained international attention.

Most revellers across the city were well-behaved, but police reported some arrests for alcohol-related offending and disorder, while public safety unit officers were called out to shut down an out-of-control party in Spreydon about 11.30pm.

The event at North Hagley Park was the first in the council's SummerTimes series

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