Chch Today: Showers to clear
Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch today.
Showers are set to develop around midday today, with a fresh southwesterly keeping the expected high to 18 degrees Celsius.
A cloudy morning tomorrow should clear for a fine Waitangi Day with a northeasterly developing and a high of 18C.
Friday will have cloudy periods and northeasterlies for a high of 21C.
Police have not reported any traffic issues in Christchurch so far this morning.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Q: The weed pictured has only appeared in our garden since the earthquake. It is common in other gardens nearby. Liquefaction was quite severe in the area (Fendalton) and we wonder if the seeds depicted have been dormant and thrust up by the liquefaction. Could you please identify it and tell us how best to control it?
A: It is broad-leaved fleabane, Conyza sumatrensis, one of three species common around the city. Until recently it was known as Conyza albida. Fleabanes appear as a densely leaved rosette, flowering either annually or biennially. Appearances of the plant have increased because of the rise in untended land around the city. As a coloniser plant, the bare ground left by liquefaction is an ideal habitat. Fleabane becomes easier to remove by hand pulling when flowering as the plant switches its energy from growing roots to reproducing. Christchurch City Council
Get your giggle on and join the Midweek Laughter Club at Somerfield Community Centre, 47 Studholme St. The club runs from 6pm- 7pm and aims to reduce stress and improve health through laughing. Door sales only, see thegiggles.co.nz for prices.
Theatre group The Outwits are putting on a show in the Botanic Gardens at Hagley Park called New Zealand Rocks, which relives the complete history of Kiwi music. Check it out tonight at 7pm, BYO picnic, rug and sense of humour. See summertimes.co.nz for details.