The controversial relocation of Christchurch's Citizens' War Memorial has received financial backing for a proposed move to Cranmer Square.
The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust (CEAT), set up to administer post-earthquake donations, has confirmed it will "support" the removal of the 82-year-old cenotaph, which has stood alongside Christ Church Cathedral since 1937, if resource consent is approved.
Moving the 300-tonne cenotaph is estimated to cost up to $1.5 million, but CEAT secretary Neil Cooper would not say how much the trust would cover "as we've not made this figure public yet".
If the election was today, which Christchurch mayoral candidate would you vote for?
2.5% Blair Anderson2.5% Complete
2% J T Anderson2% Complete
33.3% Lianne Dalziel33.3% Complete
1% Jim Glass1% Complete
2.5% Tubby Hansen2.5% Complete
1.5% Robin McCarthy1.5% Complete
0.5% Stephen McPaike0.5% Complete
16.2% John Minto16.2% Complete
36.4% Darryll Park36.4% Complete
0.5% Sam Park0.5% Complete
1% Adrian Schonborn1% Complete
2% Peter Wakeman2% Complete
0.5% Aaron White0.5% Complete
It will be the first fully democratic Environment Canterbury (ECan) election for 12 years but only one councillor sacked by the National government in 2010 is keen to stand again.
Nominations for candidates for the seven regional constituencies closed on Friday yesterday at midday, with 39 received for the 14 positions at the council table.
Six of the 12 current councillors are standing again, but Rik Tindall is the only member of the regional council dismissed more than nine years ago willing to have another go.
MetService has issued severe weather updates for the following:
Heavy Rain Warning:
The ranges of Westland south of Otira
Fiordland north of Breaksea Sound
Heavy Rain Watch:
Ranges of Westland north of Otira, and the Canterbury headwaters north of Arthurs Pass
The Canterbury headwaters, from Arthurs Pass southwards
The Otago headwaters
Strong Wind Watch:
Southern Lakes, Central Otago west of Alexandra, and Southland
Road snowfall warnings:
Lindis Pass (SH8)
Crown Range Road
Milford Road (SH94)
An update for severe weather will be issued by 9:00pm Monday 19 Aug 2019.