Greater Christchurch has overwhelmingly voted red – giving Labour all but two of its electorate seats and the majority of the party vote.
Labour supporters at the party's election event in Christchurch on Saturday night were barely able to keep a lid on their excitement and glee at National’s astonishingly poor performance in the city – and their knives came out for their parliamentary colleagues in Blue.
“At last, Christchurch has woken up,” said Duncan Webb, Christchurch Central’s incumbent.
“It’s been a long campaign, exhausting, but the reward you get for that, it’s amazing.
Now that summer's finally here and the holidays are just around the corner for many, we'd love to hear about your favourite summer holiday memories. Has there been a trip that you continue to think about years later? Where did you go, with who and what did you get up to? What made it such a stand-out experience? As usual, please put 'NFP' in your comment if you don't want it included in a travel article. Cheers.
The Garden City is hosting a range of Christmas markets in the lead up to the festive season.
Markets on offer include an eco-friendly range of clothing, art, music and food across three storeys at The Boxed Quarter, weekly Sunday markets, a traditional Christchurch farmers market and a vegan market offering in late December.
Do you go to markets for your Christmas shopping?
What is your go-to market each year to attend?
With vibrant urban precincts to explore, excellent museums and galleries, and plenty of good-value eating and drinking opportunities, you don't have to break the bank on a trip to the South Island’s biggest city.
Here’s our itinerary for how you can spend a day in Christchurch on a $50 budget.
What are your tips for free or cheap eats and entertainment in Christchurch?