Canterbury News & Alerts

Severe Weather Outlook

A cold front is expected to move northeast over the South Island on Wednesday and across the North Island on Thursday, bringing a period of rain or showers.

There is low confidence of rainfall accumulations reaching warning amounts in Fiordland and the ranges of southern Westland during Wednesday.

A ridge of high pressure is forecast to build over New Zealand on Friday and persist through Saturday, bringing mostly settled weather to much of the country.

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Civil Defense – Get Flood Prepared

Floods happen often in New Zealand and can cause a lot of damage and loss of life. Find out what to do before, during and after flooding.

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Fire crews and helicopters battle rural fire fanned by strong winds

Fire crews are battling a fire in rural North Canterbury as strong winds fan the blaze.

Two fire engines, five tankers and a helicopter were at the scene at the Doone Homestead on Inland Rd, about 20 kilometres from Mt Lyford Village after fire crews were alerted to the fire about 11.20am, Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman Andrew Norris said.

A second helicopter was on its way to assist. After two hours, the fire was yet to be contained.

Norris said the fire covered an area of about 500m by 500m.

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Get Vaccinated in Christchurch

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Covid – Places of Interest in Canterbury

The table contains all current locations of interest.

You can filter results by location name or address (eg, city or suburb) using the search. – enter Christchurch

The most recently added or updated locations are listed first. Locations are removed from this list after 18 days.

This table is currently updated regularly throughout the day until 6pm each day. If the number of locations interest significantly increases after that time, then the last publication time will be extended to 8pm.

In addition to the locations of interest below there are sometimes exposure events that do not involve the general public. In that case the affected people are contacted directly by contact tracers.


Nevis Bluff, SH6, spring 2021 programme – keeping people safe from bouncing rocks

From next Monday, 1 November 2021, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Nevis Bluff spring safety programme gets underway.

Covid 19 Symptoms

If you develop symptoms of Covid – 19 you need to get a test 

Christchurch City Council

Prominent Cathedral Square site transformed

A prominent vacant site in Cathedral Square has been temporarily transformed into an urban park by its owner.
“The transformation that has occurred at 9 Cathedral Square is a great example of how vacant sites can be used to help support the city’s regeneration while waiting for permanent development to take place,’’ says Christchurch City Council’s Head of Urban Design, Regeneration and Heritage Carolyn Ingles.

“The site on the corner of Colombo and Hereford streets was previously uninviting, but now it is a welcoming, interesting space.’’

The site is owned by Surja Yang, of Emerald Development Limited.  He has worked in partnership with the Council on a low-cost makeover of the site so that it looks attractive and provides a pleasant space for Central City visitors, workers and residents  .

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September update: Selwyn Waihora Zone Delivery Lead

Hear from Selwyn Waihora Zone Delivery Lead Gill Jenkins, as she talks about sediment and stormwater in the zone and updates us on one of the many local projects underway.

Selwyn Waihora’s waterways have many precious species including kōwaro (Canterbury mudfish), tuna (eel) and pātiki (flounder), and it’s important to protect and enhance the waterways they live in.

Sediment is fine particles of soil that when it rains, flows through stormwater drains or down hillsides, into streams and rivers.

Stopping sediment from entering waterways is crucial, as sediment smothers fish habitat, makes it hard for them to see their food, and once it’s in the waterway, is extremely difficult to remove.

Sediment during development
In the Selwyn Waihora zone, earthworks near waterways and land developments pose some of the biggest risks when it comes to sediment in waterways.

Construction companies, land developers and their contractors have an obligation to make sure they mitigate the risk of sediment getting into waterways.

We have an online toolbox with tips and tricks to make sure sites are prepared to handle any rain events and keep sediment on-site and out of streams.

The toolbox can be found at but we welcome anyone who would like advice or assistance in this space to get in touch online or by calling 0800 324 636 – we’re here to help!

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