Christchurch today: Wet Christmas in store

18:19, Dec 16 2013
Weather Christmas
WET CHRISTMAS: The 10-day forecast from the MetService predicts a wet and grey Christmas in Christchurch.

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


The 10-day forecast from the MetService is predicting wet and grey weather in Christchurch this Christmas.

Today, a high of 24 degrees Celsius is expected. A southerly change will bring showers this afternoon. 

Those showers should clear tomorrow afternoon and a northeasterly will develop, with a high of 16C.

A late change on Wednesday will bring more rain and southwesterlies, for a high of 22C.



Motorists have reported heavy traffic on the causeway.

And, four people were injured in an early morning crash on Linwood Ave. Fire fighters had to cut the passengers from the car after it hit a tree around 5am.

No other vehicles were involved.


The Christmas Grotto is open to the public and is the perfect outing for families. The grotto is at the South West Baptist Church (formerly Spreydon Baptist Church), corner of Cobham and Lyttelton streets. Open 9.30am-9.30pm, entry $3 per person, no bookings required.

Riccarton Christmas Market opens tonight, 4pm-7pm at Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Rd. The twilight market includes artisan producers and crafts, live music and an opportunity to Christmas shop outside. Open this week Monday- Friday.


Question: What has happened to the Maori Village in Ferrymead and the large sum of ratepayer money invested by our council?

Answer: The village was closed by the operator in 2011. The council did not invest any money in this venture. We will be seeking to establish future uses for the site in the new year.

Christchurch City Council

The Press