This page looks at the important council events that took place between 1961 and 1980.
|1962||21 March||3456th Meeting of the Christchurch City Council takes place. Held to celebrate first 100 years of Local Government in the City.
Mt Pleasant Valley and Cannon estate join City from Heathcote.
First Christchurch City Council district planning scheme becomes operative
|1963||1 November||Airport runway extensions begin.|
|1964||27 Feburary||Lyttelton Road Tunnel opens. At the time it was New Zealand’s longest tunnel.
|1964||17 July||Opening of the Government Life Building (external link) in Cathedral Square. It was the city’s first high rise glass building.|
|1964||28 July||Rolleston Avenue trees cut down by Christchurch City Council despite intense public protest.|
|1964||December||Jellie Park Lido Pool officially opened by the Hon. D.C. Seath, Minister of Internal Affairs.|
|1965||August||Colombo Street/Moorhouse Avenue over bridge officially opens.|
|1965||9 November||The city’s first parking building on the corner of Manchester and Gloucester Streets officially opens.|
|1966||9 August||The first Christchurch City Council urban renewal housing (Airedale Courts) opens.|
|1967||3 April||The re-built Ferrymead Bridge officially opens.
|1967||October||The first section of Northern Motorway officially opens.|
|1968||26 September||Christchurch City Council given partial control of the Estuary.
|1968||October||The retirement of Sir George Manning after a total of 34 years working for the Christchurch City Council.|
Halswell County Council amalgamates with Paparua County Council.
Albert Ronald Guthrey (1968-1971) is elected 40th Mayor of Christchurch.
|1969||June||Mona Vale Estate bought by Christchurch City Council and Riccarton Borough Council.|
|1969||1 November||Ministry of Transport takes over traffic enforcement from Christchurch City Council.|
|1970||2 March||Amid mounting controversy, Christchurch City Council begins construction of road deviation through Hagley Park but the work was stopped on March 7 for legal reasons and the project never went ahead.|
Waimairi County Council adopts New Zealand’s first building insulation by-law.
Neville G Pickering (1971-1974) is elected as 41st Mayor of Christchurch.
The Wizard (external link) (Ian Brackenbury Channel) arrives from Australia for a student arts festival and he subsequently became a star attraction in the newly re-built Cathedral Square, after winning a battle with the Christchurch City Council over the right to speak in public.
John H Gray becomes the Christchurch City Council General Manager and Town Clerk as the Council introduces corporate management .
|1974||29 April||Councillor David Caygill, aged 25, becomes the Christchurch City Council youngest ever Acting Mayor (for five days).
|1974||31 August||Prime Minister Norman Kirk dies in Wellington aged 51. In 1953, at the age of 30, he became the Mayor of Kaiapoi which at the time was the youngest in the country. He went on to become MP for both Lyttelton and Sydenham. His son John Kirk was also MP for Sydenham. Norman Kirk became Prime Minister for New Zealand in December 1972, a position he held until his death.
Sir Hamish Hay (1974-1988) is elected as 42nd Mayor of Christchurch.
|1975||22 March||3,000 joggers take part in the first City-to-surf fun run (external link) .
New Zealand’s first mini roundabout in operation at the corner of Riccarton Road and Deans Avenue.
|1975||10 May||Vicki Buck becomes the city’s youngest ever Councillor 19.|
|1977||23 March||The Durham Street over bridge officially opens.|
|1977||25 April||Bridge of Remembrance becomes a pedestrian precinct.|
|1977||2 December||New Zealand’s first closed circuit central city television traffic control system in operation for Christchurch City Council.|
|1979||8 January||First woman bus drivers on Transport Board buses.|
|1979||1 April||Lyttelton Road Tunnel becomes toll-free.|
|1980||26 April||Christchurch City Council gives land at Cuthbert’s Green to the trustees of the new Ngā Hau E Whā National Marae.
|1980||12November||New Civic Offices (formerly Millers Department Store) is officially open by the Duchess of Kent.|
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