Christchurch - a chronology


February 2
New central Public Library (designed by Warren and Mahoney) opens in Gloucester Street.
February 18
Internationally famous writer Dame Ngaio Marsh dies at her home in Cashmere.
March 15
City Council resolution declares Christchurch City a nuclear weapons free zone.
April 6
Premiere of "Roadshow" road safety stage show. The show was later taken on a national tour for 6 months from February 1983. It played to a total audience of over 250,000, probably the biggest of any New Zealand musical show.
April 11
Waimairi becomes a District Council.
June 11
Hamish Hay, Mayor of Christchurch since 1974, knighted in Queen’s Birthday honours.
July 19
City Council approves further extension of airport runway by 845 metres.
August 7
Opening of City Mall, a major new pedestrian amenity created by the closure of parts of Cashel and High Streets. The project had first been mooted in 1967.
September 30
Closure of gas works.
October 5
Paraplegic archer Neroli Fairhall (in competition with able-bodied athletes) wins gold medal at Brisbane Commonwealth Games.
October 26
Old library re-opens as Library Chambers (architect Don Donnithorne).
December 18
"Tolaga Bay" (53,784 tonnes) becomes the largest ship ever to dock at Lyttelton.

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