Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1989

Jan
World Deaf Games held in Christchurch.
Jan/Feb
Various fires over Port Hills destroy vegetation and threaten property.
February 16
Visit by Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf of Sweden.
March 6
Visit by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.
May 22
First significant rainfall in 22 months breaks drought in Canterbury.
June 21
Redcliffs man Roger Manson receives new heart and lungs at London's Harefield Hospital.
June 29
Minister of Conservation, Phillip Woollaston overturns Department of Conservation veto on the lease of Mt Cavendish Reserve for the Port Hills Gondola project.
July 16
Death of John Densem, Christchurch designer and musician, who initiated this publication.
August 8
Christchurch Central MP and Deputy Prime Minister, Geoffrey Palmer appointed as Prime Minister after resignation of David Lange.
August 21
Sir Hamish Hay announces he will not stand for position of Mayor after 15 years in local body politics.
September 18
Final meeting, (its 4,032nd), of the old Christchurch City Council before amalgamation.
October
Dux de Lux Tavern first in Canterbury to brew beer on own premises.
October 8
Redesigned portion ofVictoria Square opened.
October 11
Waitangi Tribunal Hearing of land claim by Ngāi Tahu closes at Tuahiwi Marae.
October 14
Vicki Buck, first woman and youngest to be elected, wins Christchurch Mayoralty.
November 1
New Christchurch City Council established by amalgamation of the old City, Waimairi District, Riccarton Borough, Heathcote County and parts of Paparua and Eyre Counties.
November 4
Record crowd of 60,000 at Lancaster Park to see Irish Rock Band U2.
November 27
TV3 transmission starts.
December 10
Sunday trading begins in Christchurch.

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