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A & P Show

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The first agricultural show in Canterbury was held on 14 September 1859 at a farm by the Rangitata River. The agricultural show was first held in Christchurch in 1862 just north of Latimer Square. The Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association was founded in 1863 and the association bought a showground in Sydenham which became Sydenham Park in 1894. When this site became too small, the Canterbury A&P Association bought a site in Addington.

By 1918, the Friday of Show Week had become People’s Day at the Show. Some time between 1955 and 1958, the official holiday for the anniversary day of the province was moved from 16 December (the date of the arrival of the First Four Ships) to People’s Day (the second Friday in November).
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Akaroa

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Founded by French settlers in 1840, the seaside town of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula has retained many of its historic buildings and remains a popular destination for visitors to Christchurch.
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Anzac Day

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Anzac Day (April 25) is a national day of remembrance which commemorates the New Zealand (and Australian) military personnel who have served in conflicts overseas. The day is marked by dawn services and commemorative marches. Poppies and wreaths are traditionally laid at memorials around Christchurch and Canterbury.
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Arts Centre

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The Arts Centre is on the former Canterbury University site. The university outgrew the site and in 1978 the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board was created. It was formed to receive the ownership of, and administer in perpetuity, the old University town site. Government approval to preserve the historic buildings was granted for the multipurpose use of the whole site as an arts centre.
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Authors

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Christchurch and Canterbury have produced many significant authors. The region has also been visited by authors of national and international renown.
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Band Rotundas

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Band rotundas were built in many public spaces across Christchurch to create permanent outdoor locations for the numerous bands to play in and to help to project their music into the surrounding area. The rotundas also provided a space for public speeches and commemorations.
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Boats and ships

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With the Pacific Ocean on its shores, and rivers threading its landscape, the people of Canterbury have used boats for both work and leisure throughout the centuries.
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Books and Reading

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The people of Christchurch enjoy not only reading books but also collecting, selling and managing them.
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Botanic Gardens

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The establishment of Town Reserves, Hagley Park and the Government Domain (now the Botanic Gardens) was included as part of the Canterbury Association’s plan for the settlement of Christchurch.
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Bridges

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As a city built around the environs of the Avon River and Heathcote River, bridges are a common feature in Christchurch.
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Buses

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The style of buses has changed over the decades, but buses remain an everyday sight on the city streets of Christchurch. They are also used to venture further afield, transporting commuters from the Selwyn and Waimakariri districts.
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Camping

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Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region are home to numerous camping grounds. The Christmas-New Year period has traditionally been a time when families leave the stress of work and the comforts of home behind to camp at the beach or river.
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Cars

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New Zealand has one of the highest car ownership rates in the world. Cantabrians certainly like their cars with driving a private vehicle the most popular way to travel which leads to much congestion and trying to find a park.
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Cathedral Square

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Cathedral Square is not, in fact, a square but a cross. It became central to coming to town as shops and roads developed and also became the central point for public transport. Many lively events were held there over the years from official organised events to buskers and those on their soapbox.
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Cats

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Cats are a popular pet for the people of Christchurch with 45% of households owning at least one. Explore this set to see some cats from our collection that are dressed up, on show, being rescued or just hanging out.
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Celebrations

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War victories, centenaries, sport, and Christmas; these are just some of the reasons the people of Christchurch have celebrated, both in their homes and in public, by holding parades and parties.
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Central Christchurch Streets

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The streetscape of central Christchurch has changed over the centuries, from wooden cottages to high rise buildings. However, the predictability of the original grid layout designed by colonial planners has been somewhat altered by the post-earthquake recovery work.
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Children

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Visits to Santa, playground games, carnivals and building snowmen; the life of children in Christchurch and Canterbury has never been dull.
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