Christchurch - a chronology


First New Zealand Games held at Q.E.II Park. The Oath of Amateurism was read by Christchurch athlete Val Young, who has won 28 national titles - more than anyone else, male or female.
March 22
3000 joggers take part in the first City-to-Surf fun run.
April 11
Visit by Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore.
May 1
Canterbury University completes its move from city to Ilam campus.
May 8
New Zealand’s first mini roundabout in operation at the corner of Riccarton Road and Deans Avenue.
May 10
Ms Vicki Buck becomes the city’s (and New Zealand’s) youngest ever City Councillor at 19.
May 16
Opening of Four Avenues, New Zealand’s first State alternative education school.
June 18
Record smog level - 3076 micrograms per cubic metre over 2 hour period during night. The introduction of domestic clean air zones has slightly alleviated this long standing city problem, but Christchurch’s air pollution remains New Zealand’s worst. See also 1977.
June 30
TV2 transmission starts.
Chateau Commodore (now Chateau Regency) Hotel opens.
August 1
Severe nor-west gale causes serious damage throughout city and province. Winds gust to a record 172 kilometres per hour (107 miles per hour). Over 250 injuries in Canterbury, and many forests devastated.
September 13
Fire (probably arson) destroys Addington showgrounds grandstand.
September 15
Christchurch (Dorset, England), becomes a sister city.
September 26
Noahs Hotel opens.
September 27
Extensions to airport domestic terminal open.
Willowbank Wildlife reserve opens to public.
December 1
Rolleston satellite town project scrapped.
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Southern Ballet gives its first performance "Giselle".

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