Chch Today: Summer arrives with winds
Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch today.
A cable fault knocked power out to over 200 homes in east Christchurch about 6am today. Power was restored to all homes by 10am.
Temperatures have shot above 25 degrees C as summer finally arrives in Christchurch - however poweful winds across the South Island have dampened the summery vibe.
"Unreal" winds near Kaikoura have tipped over a caravan and posed challenging conditions for others in the area.
The caravan crash was reported near Hapuku, about 14km north of Kaikoura, on State Highway 1 at 1.16pm today.
Fire Service spokesman Riwai Grace said the caravan suffered "major injuries and will probably never be used again" but the people inside were fortunately as "good as gold".
Metservice issued a strong wind warning for Marlborough today, with damaging gusts of up to 140 kmh in exposed places expected.
The MetService says the summery weather is set to remain over the weekend. Tomorrow will be fine with northeasterlies and a high of 23C, and Sunday will continue the trend with a high of 24C.
Around the South Island, a strong northwest flow is expected to bring heavy rain to the West Coast and Southern Alps. A heavy rain warning has been issued for Fiordland and Westland and severe gales are expected in Southland, Otago, Canterbury and Marlborough.
Thunderstorms are also a possibility for most of the South Island.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Q: Do you know what is happening in Goulding Reserve, Hornby? It used to be a lovely park, but now clearly isn't, and seems about to be turned into a road with (presumably) new housing.
A: The Goulding Ave property was a parcel of land owned by the council for housing purposes. In early December the sale of this land, to a consortium led by New Zealand Housing Foundation for the purposes of providing mixed tenure housing, was confirmed. The Goulding Ave sale facilitated, through a partnership approach, additional increased housing options for the people of Christchurch in the post earthquake environment. Christchurch City Council
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WHAT'S ON TODAY
The Ohoka Farmers' Market is on today, 9am to 12.30pm, at the Ohoka Domain. Head out there to restock the pantry for the weekend and maybe check out the Ohoka Stream Walkway. Free event, more info at ohokafarmers market.co.nz.
Get a hit of live music today at Re:Start Mall. Thomas Coffey will play indie-folk-rock tunes from noon till 1pm, followed by The Kitchen Collective contemporary ensemble from 1.30pm till 2.30pm. More info at artsvoice.org.nz.
The national Model Engineering Rally continues at Halswell Domain today and through the weekend. Kids can ride a miniature train and see model boats and feats of engineering. More info at csmee.org.nz.