What you missed over the weekend

21:35, Jun 29 2014
Gaylene Preston
STORYTELLER: Filmmaker Gaylene Preston's latest production, Hope and Wire, is a television mini-series that portrays Christchurch's earthquake experience through a broad range of characters.

One 20-year-old man had a lucky escape after awaking to find a fire blazing in his hallway which forced him to flee through his window and onto the roof of his Christchurch home. Firefighters said the incident could have easily been a multiple fatality.

A 25-strong group of boy racers caused trouble for police and the fire service on Saturday night, doing burnouts drinking on the side of the road and setting fire to a vehicle on Mcleans Island Rd in Harewood. 

Film-maker Gaylene Preston was forced to defend her new drama series set during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, which comes with a health warning, while broadcaster TV3 has had to respond to complaints before it even goes to air tonight.

International and local interests are considering turning Christchurch's badly damaged former Forsyth Barr building into a new five star hotel, as the city gears up for next year's Cricket World Cup.

A band of superheroes lifted the spirits of sick children at Christchurch Hospital as Spiderman, Batman and other spandex-clad stars made a flying visit to the children's ward.


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