Tens of thousands of people are expected to line Christchurch's New Brighton Beach on Friday to watch the annual fireworks spectacular.
People are being encouraged to walk, cycle or bus to New Brighton and people busing to the event will be able to get a free ride home (the last bus leaves New Brighton at 11.15pm).
Tinstletown-themed entertainment and food trucks will operate in New Brighton Mall from 6pm, before the fireworks start at 9pm.
Music accompanying the fireworks will be live-streamed on 92.1 MoreFM.
If the weather is unsuitable for fireworks, the event will be postponed to Saturday.
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Christchurch's roofed 25,000-seat stadium could be ready within five years but the pressure is now on to get it planned and built right.
The city council's long-awaited investment case says a 25,000 seat mostly clear-roofed facility is the best fit for the city, and could be built within the budgeted $473 million, including running costs. Temporary seating was not included but could be added later.
The chosen option would cost $472.7m to build and $485.3m to run over 25 years, of which $343m would be funded by stadium income, with an annual $4.2m council top-up.
Read more about the plan here.
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