The Local Christchurch, New Zealand History
There's plenty to do, see, and learn in Christchurch!.
Here's a short breakdown from Wikipedia:
Archeological evidence found in a cave at Redcliffs in 1876 has indicated that the Christchurch area was first settled by moa-hunting tribes about 1250 CE. These first inhabitants were thought to have been followed by the Waitaha tribe, who are said to have migrated from the East coast of the North Island in the 16th century. Following tribal warfare, the Waitaha (made of three peoples) were dispossessed by the Ngati Mamoe tribe. They were in turn subjugated by the Ngāi Tahu tribe, who remained in control until the arrival of European settlers. Following the purchase of land at Putaringamotu (modern Riccarton) by the Weller brothers, whalers of Otago and Sydney, a party of European settlers led by Herriott and McGillivray established themselves in what is now Christchurch, early in 1840. Their abandoned holdings were taken over by the Deans brothers in 1843 who stayed. The First Four Ships were chartered by the Canterbury Association and brought the first 792 of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton Harbour. These sailing vessels were the Randolph, Charlotte Jane, Sir George Seymour, and Cressy. The Charlotte Jane was the first to arrive on 16 December 1850. The Canterbury Pilgrims had aspirations of building a city around a cathedral and college, on the model of Christ Church in Oxford.
The name "Christ Church" was decided prior to the ships' arrival, at the Association's first meeting, on 27 March 1848. The exact basis for the name is not known. It has been suggested that it is named for Christchurch, in Dorset, England; for Canterbury Cathedral; or in honour of Christ Church, Oxford. The last explanation is the one generally accepted.
Captain Joseph Thomas, the Canterbury Association's Chief Surveyor, surveyed the surrounding area. By December 1849 he had commissioned the construction of a road from Port Cooper, later Lyttelton, to Christchurch via Sumner. However this proved more difficult than expected and road construction was stopped while a steep foot and pack horse track was constructed over the hill between the port and the Heathcote valley, where access to the site of the proposed settlement could be gained. This track became known as the Bridle Path, because the path was so steep that pack horses needed to be led by the bridle. Goods that were too heavy or bulky to be transported by pack horse over the Bridle Path were shipped by small sailing vessels some eight miles (13 km) by water around the coast and up the estuary to Ferrymead. New Zealand's first public railway line, the Ferrymead railway, opened from Ferrymead to Christchurch in 1863. Due to the difficulties in travelling over the Port Hills and the dangers associated with shipping navigating the Sumner bar, a railway tunnel was bored through the Port Hills to Lyttelton, opening in 1867.
Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter on 31 July 1856, the first in New Zealand. Many of the city's Gothic Revival buildings by architect Benjamin Mountfort date from this period. Christchurch was the seat of provincial administration for the Province of Canterbury, which was abolished in 1876. In 1947, New Zealand's worst fire disaster occurred at Ballantyne's Department Store in the inner city, with 41 people killed in a blaze which razed the rambling collection of buildings. The Lyttelton road tunnel between Lyttelton and Christchurch was opened in 1964. Christchurch hosted the 1974 British Commonwealth Games.
Local Christchurch, New Zealand Area News
New report favours $496m Christchurch stadium with retractable pitch - Radio ...
22 Aug 2017 at 12:28pm
Radio New ZealandNew report favours $496m Christchurch stadium with retractable pitchRadio New Zealand
new stadium could be a 25,000-seat $496m venue with a retractable pitch, according to a new report. An artist's impression of a new Christchurch
stadium. Photo: Christchurch
Stadium Trust.Preferred options for new Christchurch
stadium revealedNew Zealand HeraldNew Christchurch
arena could have solid roof and retractable playing fieldThe PressChristchurch
Mayor Lianne Dalziel rules out ratepayers meeting stadium shortfallThe Press West CoastOtago Daily Timesall 10 news articles »
LookSee Global Tech Talent Pool comes to Christchurch - Scoop.co.nz (press re...
22 Aug 2017 at 10:15pm
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, New Zealand
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Richie McCaw stars in Christchurch Helicopters safety video ... - TVNZ - TVNZ
21 Aug 2017 at 12:51pm
TVNZRichie McCaw stars in Christchurch Helicopters safety video ... - TVNZTVNZ
Inspired by Air New Zealand's new psychedelic safety video, Christchurch Helicopters have taken advantage of star pilot Richie McCaw to create their own ...and more »
The Education Issue: Christchurch co-location first in New Zealand - Marlboro...
17 Aug 2017 at 7:12pm
Marlborough ExpressThe Education Issue: Christchurch co-location first in New ZealandMarlborough Express
Marlborough's new shared college campus is due to open two years after the first example of secondary schools' co-location in New Zealand
? Shirley Boys' High School and Avonside Girls' High School in Christchurch
. An architectural design for the ...
Incomplete projects hurting Christchurch tourism - Hospitality NZ - Radio New...
15 Aug 2017 at 12:36pm
Radio New ZealandIncomplete projects hurting Christchurch tourism - Hospitality NZRadio New Zealand
I don't think Tourism New Zealand
got the message out quick enough overseas that it wasn't Christchurch
that was hit," he said. There were not enough reasons for tourists to want to visit the city, with major projects such as the town hall, the ...
Death of child in Christchurch investigated by police - TVNZ
20 Aug 2017 at 7:08pm
Death of child in Christchurch investigated by policeTVNZ
Hayden Paddon of New Zealand
and John Kennard of New Zealand
compete in their Hyundai Motorsport WRT Hyundai i20 WRC during the Shakedown of the WRC Finland. Source: Getty. Paddon finished more than four minutes behind Estonian winner Ott ...and more »
New Zealand's largest foodbank faces closure - Newshub
22 Aug 2017 at 12:59pm
NewshubNew Zealand's largest foodbank faces closureNewshubNew Zealand's
largest foodbank faces closure, after being unable to pay its rent. More than 132 agencies and churches use Christchurch's
0800 Hungry - which also delivers directly to families - with surplus supplies going to low decile schools ...
Winston Peters promises to back Christchurch stadium but it's got to ... - TVNZ
15 Aug 2017 at 8:19pm
TVNZWinston Peters promises to back Christchurch stadium but it's got to ...TVNZ
Winston Peters is promising to "seriously" back a major government injection into a multi-purpose, covered stadium in Christchurch, but there's a catch.Build Christchurch's new
stadium out of wood, Winston Peters saysThe PressNZ First backing a new, multi-purpose Christchurch stadium ...Newshuball 9 news articles »
Serious injuries after car rolls in suburban Christchurch - The Press
20 Aug 2017 at 3:14pm
The PressSerious injuries after car rolls in suburban ChristchurchThe Press
The person was temporarily trapped in the car after the crash, but was cut free after about 10 minutes, Fire and Emergency NZ
spokesman Mau Barbara said. A St John spokesman said one person was taken to Christchurch
Hospital with serious injuries.and more »
Report says new Christchurch stadium should have 8000 more seats than city co...
22 Aug 2017 at 3:28pm
Report says new Christchurch stadium should have 8000 more seats than city council has set aside funds forTVNZChristchurch
City Council has received a report proposing a new
stadium for the city should ideally have 25,000 permanent seats - 8000 more than it has set aside funds for. A 25,000 seat multi-use arena for Christchurch
will cost upwards of $368 million.and more »
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