• City Gifted The Chalice – 10th September 2001

    As our Canterbury Association surveyors buried their markers around the area that would become Cathedral Square, just metres away to the south east stood a large Raupo swamp (now High/Lichfield Streets) full of the best of our native fauna and flora.  They had been encountering similar boggy areas since their surveying began in 1848 with …

  • Christchurch’s Weeping Willows Celebrated – 29th March 2001

    On 29th March 2001, Marie Emily Le Lievre and Christchurch City Councillor Sally Buck unveiled, in Victoria Square, a plaque celebrating the history of the Le Lievre family and their role in bringing the city its much loved Weeping Willows. Marie’s Great Great Grandfather, François Le Lievre was born in Les Parlierre, France around the …

  • Orana Achieves First Rhino Birth In New Zealand – 16th August 1999

    On a stormy afternoon, at about 2.00pm, on 16th August 1999, New Zealand’s first White Rhinoceros was born under a tree in Orana Wildlife Park’s rhino paddock.  For Orana’s staff it was a quick delivery – by the time they discovered that mother Utani had gone into labour and had rushed to assist her, the …

  • Electric Trams Return To Christchurch – 4th February 1995

    On 4th February 1995, after a few years of preparation, the Hon. Vicki Buck officially welcomed electric trams back into the city of Christchurch after a forty one year’s absence. In 1993, the C.C.C. was approached by the Tramway Historical Society with a suggestion for the upcoming Worcester Boulevard Project. Could a tram line be …

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