Canterbury Local Customs

  • A French place in New Zealand - the same colours.
    A French place in New Zealand - the same...
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  • Flower arrangement in front of the Cathedral.
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Canterbury Local Customs

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    Christchurch Local Customs

    This old english method of having a bloke yelling the news pre newspaper days was trialled a few years ago as a tourism stunt - and it stuck. The Town Crier of Christchurch screams a few items of interest using a very random schedule. When he isn't doing the yelling thing he wanders about the Cathedral Square to chat with visitors and provide a few...

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    Christchurch Local Customs

    The New Zealand dollar has depreciated in value over the last few years. It now lies around $1NZ=$0.49US good for all of you wanting to travel to NZ but bad for us kiwi's!! The notes were changed over 10 years ago to depict famous kiwi faces instead of the queen. She has been retained only on the $20 bill and on the back of the coins. There are...

  • Wizard

    Christchurch Local Customs

    Speaking to the masses, though not so often these days, is the Christchurch Wizard aka Ian Brackenbury Channell. He has actually been deemed a "living work of art" and has been doing his thing in Christchurch since after his arrival in 1974. The Wizard was born in London in 1932 and took degrees in Sociology and Psychology at Leeds University...

  • Maori

    Christchurch Local Customs

    When you are entering into Maori cultural exhibits, the visitors must be invited in to join the community before entering. Your group must select a chief or king for the group, and then that leader must meet with the leader of the Maori tribe. When presented with the opportunity to enter, the visiting leader must show that he and his people are not...

  • Driving

    Christchurch Local Customs

    When you drive along the Summit Road please thank all the idiots of Christchurch for being able to park on such nice carparks along the road. Those carparks have been altered attractively because car hoons had used the old style ones for races and burnouts. Oh, and also thank me, please. As ratepayers we have paid for the new look. As you might...

  • Climate

    Christchurch Local Customs

    The South Island is cooler than the North Island by a few degrees but on the whole NZ is known for its clean air. Average temps in winter (July) 1C – 12C Average temps in summer (January) 12C – 21C Annual Mean Maximum 32C Annual Mean Minimum –4C

  • The Waipara Wine Festival in March

    The Waipara Wine & Food Celebration has become rather popular in the past years. Normally it takes place on the last Sunday in March. In 2007, for example, it was on 25 March, from 10am to 4.30pm. The festival area is around the little church next to the intersection of the State Highways 1 and 7 (to Hanmer Springs). You have to pay an entry fee to...

  • Stubble Fires by not so up to date...

    In winter we have smog hanging over Christchurch on many days because, a thick brownish cloud. If you stand on the Summit Road on those days - about 30 per winter - you can see the snow-capped mountain range of the Southern Alps and Mount Hutt at the horizon but nothing of Christchurch. This is due to the nocturnal formation of an inversion layer...

  • Rugby - the National Game

    Canterbury is the home of the Crusaders, Super 14 Champions. Rugby is like a religion here and is the main sport of the land. Unlike some other sports played around the world, Rugby players don't wear a huge amount of padding preferring to tough it out.The first game of Rugby played in NZ was a match between Nelson College and Nelson football...

  • Our Colours&Nor'wester

    RED & BLACKand everybody in Canterbury is quite perocial to the bone, especially when the Rugby season starts.....but I suppose thats everywhere in the World.and the Nor'wester has its own colour. ..although the headache maker, but also the sunset king, when travelling in late summer till end of autum....March till May, then thats what you get,...

  • Letterboxes

    on Country Roads,........ no Property to be seen, just the letterboxes, witness that somewhere people live their lives and going about their business.the Rural NZ Post is only required to deliver the mail at the gate not at the House

  • Dairy Shop Culture

    has noting do do with Dairy Farming or Products. these are little versatile Shops, where you buy the things you have run out off, shortly before dinner time. I am not kidding, till the mid 90th this shops helped out and saved many dinners around the Country...they open at 6am and close at around 10.30pm and later.they stock everything you can think...

  • Christchurch

    the City and its rural Hinterland......Cattle, Sheep, Goats and all other Farm Animals belong to the Face and Character of this City.Farm Products can be bought fresh direct from the Farmers.......Marshland Rd and State Highway 1 have all Fruit and Vegeshops direct on the Road. stop and get it fresh and cheaper then in supermarkets

  • Edmonds Factory

    Edmonds is the name you hear when needing a NZ Cookbook, baking and cooking Incredience.a thrue trooper under NZ factories, which used to be situated in Christchurch for over 100years. The beautiful Art Deco Building does not excist anymore and shortly before the demolishing gang moved in on it, I took this foto in the early 1990.the Products and...

  • Old Boys High

    presticious Old Boy High, Christ College.the oldest College in Town, where the elite gets there education. expensive of course, but a reputation, second to none.long waiting list.modelled on the english tradition.situated a Hagley Park, Rolleston Av, 2 min from the Artcenter, the former Canterbury University.the Gate is open during the weekend, and...


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