As part of a summer series, we are planning on running some top 10 lists for the best foods/places/activities in Christchurch/Canterbury.
Examples could be best summer foods in the region (ice cream, fruit etc), best wineries to visit, activities to try (adventure park, swim spots etc) or anything else that you enjoy to do in our backyard.
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Summer in the South Island is in full flow as upcoming events are welcomed by improving weather.
Ōtautahi Smoke, the first festival of its kind in the South Island, promises a mix of barbecue food from the best grill operators in the country, music from Kiwi favourites, and drinks. It’s the newest of a range of beer, wine and food events to look forward to in the coming months.
The South Island Wine and Food festival, North Canterbury wine and food festival, Christchurch Vegan Expo and the Great Kiwi Beer festival form a lineup of events sure to attract eager foodies, drink connoisseurs and curious punters to the Garden City.
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From local democracy reporter Adam Burns:
The arrival of Omicron could be the marker as to whether Kaikōura's stagnant vaccination rates are kickstarted.
Mayor Craig Mackle believes the inevitable emergence of the latest variant threat of Covid-19 may serve as an indicator as to whether community concern will bump up the vaccination numbers in the district, which at one point served as a national benchmark.
With 88 per cent of the district's applicable population double vaccinated, Kaikōura now has the lowest rates of any of the territories in the South Island.
It was previously touted as the top performing town in New Zealand in early October, according to the Ministry of Health with 55 per cent of its population receiving both doses.
"It was a solid start and then it just stalled," Mackle said.
The town copped a slight scare last week when a supermarket and a hardware store, visited on Wednesday January 5, were listed as locations of interest by the Ministry of Health.
Kaikōura Health (Te Ha o Te Ora) said the development had sparked only a minor increase in testing and Mackle agreed there had been little cause for concern among locals.
"To be fair it was nothing much," he said.
"It does alert you and makes you concentrate on what you're supposed to be doing.
"Obviously it was just someone passing through and nothing further has reared its head."
Mackle was at a loss as to why vaccination numbers had stalled.
"I'd like to see anyone who can be done, done," he said.
"There's a multitude of reasons that people believe they don't need it. But you can't change the way some peoples' minds work."
However he remained confident that the rates would ramp up once Omicron surfaced in the district.
"I bet it will step up once it appears here as it tends to in other places," he said.
"You get the ones who don't like to be told what to do...they'll be the first ones to jump."