While rates, chlorination, cycleways, and climate change have been hot topics in this year's Christchurch elections, other important issues have been simmering in neighbourhoods across the city.
Our reporters talked to some residents about what is concerning them in the lead-up to the ballot boxes closing at noon on Saturday. But we also want to hear from you here on Neighbourly - what do you think are the biggest issues in your community? Comment below and tell us what you think is going well for the city and what needs to change.
With Christmas coming up next month, it could be time to start thinking about gift shopping!
Are you one of those lucky people who can whip together some cool gift ideas a few days before, or are you prepared months in advance? When do you start your Christmas shopping? Vote in the poll below.
42.5% I start a few months before42.5% Complete
24.5% I leave it until the last minute24.5% Complete
30.3% Gifts aren't a priority for me30.3% Complete
2.8% I do gift shopping on boxing day2.8% Complete
When Sharlene Clements heard thieves had stolen a car belonging to Denise Pearson and her son Reuben, who lives with cerebral palsy, Sharlene jumped straight to their aid. She immediately offered them a wheelchair-modified van that had been given to her business in a life-changing act of kindness.
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