For the last couple of days fires have been burning in the Port Hills above Christchurch very dry weather and strong winds fading the flames. Today the wind changed direction taking the flames towards the city. One brave helicopter pilot died yesterday helping to douse the flames and tonight people are being evacuated from their homes as the flames approach. Some houses have been lost and I can’t imagine how that feels but my thoughts go out to all the people affected. I took a few (not very good) images from work this morning and evening from a distance as no one needs to get in the way of the fire or those brave people fighting it.
We had a few days over summer over the long weekend and on Sunday we headed to Diamond Harbour on the ferry. A stunning day, we saw dolphins from the boat, enjoyed music from Devilish Mary, had some ice cream and generally a lovely afternoon. With it being very warm there were lots of people messing about in boats and jumping off the pier to keep cool.
Today was Waitangi Day here in New Zealand which celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Kaiapoi hold sits own celebrations which are always fun for everyone. I spent a little time there and took a few photos of some of the performers.