Christchurch - a chronology


February 22
Opening of first Pan-Pacific Arts Festival. Artists include singer Inia Te Wiata (in "Porgy and Bess") and conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent.
April 10
Airport becomes New Zealand’s first jet airport with the inauguration of the first regular jet flights from Christchurch to Australia.
July 19
City Council grants charter to HMNZS "Pegasus".
Colombo Street/Moorhouse Avenue overbridge opens.
September 25
Riot at Paparua Prison. 40 warders and police injured.
Water supply fluoridated in Waimairi County. A longrunning debate ensued over the proposed fluoridation of Christchurch City’s water supply. The plans were abandoned, leaving Christchurch as New Zealand’s only major city without fluoridation.
Canterbury Childrens Theatre buys the old malthouse in south Colombo Street.
New Brighton Pier demolished.
November 9
Opening of the city’s first parking building on the corner of Manchester and Gloucester Streets.
December 15
Roll on/roll off loading facility in use at Lyttelton Harbour.

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