Christchurch today: Rain and croquet

Last updated 07:32 30/12/2013

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


The rain is set to continue today, although it should clear in Christchurch by the evening as a northeasterly wind develops across the region.

A high of 25 degrees Celsius is forecast for the city today.

A respite from the rain is expected, finally, on New Year's Eve tomorrow, with the Metservice forecasting a high of 21C.

The first day of 2014 on Wednesday will be cloudy with showers as a northerly wind dies out.

High cloud is expected on Thursday, with northerlies coming back strong and gusty. The rain is set to return on Friday, although Saturday is looking fine.


A two-car crash was reported on Moorehouse Ave shortly before 6.20am today. A police spokesman said no one was injured in the crash and the road should now be open as normal.

No other traffic issues have been reported by police in Christchurch so far today.  


Q: On the site of the old Christchurch Women's Hospital between Durham and Colombo streets there is a staging utility for roading materials and heavy equipment. This has been operating for over a year. What frustrates nearby residents is that heavy machinery operates at any time, day or night. Isn't there a law that limits such operations at night-time?

A: Fletcher has two sub-contractors using this site. They have a licence to occupy, and are doing work for Scirt. The laydown area was used temporarily at night to complete essential wastewater works at the Salisbury-Victoria St intersection. Traffic management required the work to be done at night due to high daytime traffic volumes and the volume of water in the pipes. The work is complete now. Regarding dust, Fletcher spoke to the residents' association and now have a sprinkler system in place to dampen dust. - Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team.

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Croquet is the perfect holiday sport, and why not check out international professionals? Today, the New Zealand v United States and England v Australia games start at the United Croquet Club in Hagley Park, from 9am-7pm. Free event.

Enjoy the outdoors today with a cycle or walk up the Port Hills. There are plenty of tracks available, including Bridle Path, Scarborough Bluffs, Eastenders and the top part of Captain Thomas track. See for info.

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