Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel recently spent five days in Antarctica, as a guest of Antarctica New Zealand. She writes about her experience here.
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I have been asked to comment on the social impact of the Canterbury Earthquakes as a Christchurch resident and as an elected community leader.
Starting as a Christchurch resident, I say that no-one who has lived through this experience is unaffected by it. People say what's changed for me – I say pyjamas.
I'm delighted to witness the revival of an age old police tradition of the pay parade.
As we've heard, the tradition involved policemen (only men back then) being required to dress smartly and pass inspection before proceeding to the local magistrate's offices to collect their pay packets. Their pay was docked if they "failed" the inspection.
Though the tradition has long since faded, the practice was temporarily reinstituted this year as an award ceremony, and most cities have held pay parades this year.
We have been honoured to host Mayor Park Choon-Hee, Mayor of our sister-city Songpa-Gu, on her first visit to Christchurch. This has enabled us to start our celebration of 20th Anniversary next year 1995-2015 on a high note.
Tonight is an opportunity to recognise those who have been involved in a voluntary nature in forming the relationship and keep it lively and current with a variety of exchanges.