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Firefighters and civilians competed in the inaugural stair climbing competition by racing from floors two to 20 of the Rendezvous Hotel in Christchurch.
BNZ: Its fate remains a mystery.
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: Chris Irvine chose to visit his mum, Jeanette Taylor at the Parkwood Resthome instead of perform as St Patrick's Day leprechaun.
Jimmy Manson, of Oxford, centre, was one of several guys celebrating their stag parties at the Wildfoods Festival.
Andy Murphy as Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street.
KELLY RUSH: "I woke up at 2am to water going through our sleep-out."
ROAD BECOMES RIVER: The intersection of New Brighton Road and Locksley Ave under water.
Lucy-Jane Walsh outside the second of two caves she slept in on her two-day tramping ordeal with her father, Jeremy Walsh.
MAD RUSH: Residents shovel swiftly to save this Exeter St, Lyttelton, home from water damage.
Krystal Merrick and Dan Evans from the NZRT-12 Emergency Response/Rescue Team travel up the Heathcote River flooding waters along Riverlaw Terrace in their new rescue boat, donated from the lotteries ministry travel with a Red Cross member from RC23 team.
Fisherman Fatilua Matini talks to Constable Matthew Wheble, after being rescued off the Kapiti Coast.
Tornado as seen from Waipara
Public Memorial Service held in the Botanic Gardens on the third anniversary of the Christchurch Earthquake. Families place flowers on the memorial after the service.
The crowd at the New Zealand Sandcastle Competition.
Volunteers repainting the quake memorial chairs in Madras St.
CHAMPION: Mi Hyang Lee from South Korea celebrates with Kyu-Jung Baek, left and Seonwoo Bae from Korea.
A security guard is attacked by a 30-metre stingray kite during the kite festival at New Brighton. The guard was uninjured and the kite successfully flown.
GET A MOVE ON: Will Vogan, 3, atop dad, Hamish, looks after Blue, one of the family's pet sheep at the 100th annual Duvauchelle A&P Show on Banks Peninsula.
ARISE, SIR BOB. Former Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has been knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for his services to local body affairs and the community. The gong, which will see become Sir Bob Parker, and his wife, Jo, Lady Parker, is the top honour bestowed on a Cantabrian in the honours list.
GIFT HUNTERS: The Tannery has been busy in the lead-up to Christmas.
CHRISTMAS CHEER: The outrageously dressed All Right? team offer free petrol to surprised commuters.
Spectators line the streets for the New Brighton Santa Parade.
FAREWELL: Teacher Janice Beckett comforts new entrant pupil Zoe Toms-Hoffman.
OH NO! NZ Fire Service causes havoc with a firehose.
PROTEST: Sarah Marwich talks to Southern Response chief executive Peter Rose.
Emily Trenberth holds the 'mirror' for Gemma Dudson.
Lukas Mullan, age 5, dives in at Halswell Pool.
A STYLISH PAIR: Peter Grooby & Claire Foley winners of the best dress man and woman at NZ Cup Day at Addington Raceway.
HAPPY TIMES: Emma Frapwell, right, had friends over for a champagne breakfast. Kate Sullivan, left, and Maddy Dickson, centre.
DRESSED UP: Cup Day punters impressed this year.
Ryo Aono from Japan.
Kaia De Gold, 2, has a look at some of the farm animals on display at the Rangiora A & P Show.
The NZ Defence Force helicopter working over the Pike River site.
FINAL ORDERS: Team Femme Fatale ahead of the annual Akaroa French cricket match.
MAYORAL CHAINS: Ex mayor Garry Moore congratulates Lianne Dalziel at her home.
LOOKING BACK: Deans Homestead at Homebush.
CAUSE UNKNOWN: Investigators have begun collecting evidence to determine the cause of the fire.
TREASURED: Precious family photos are pulled from the ashes.