Important Council events that took place between 1961 and 1980.

Year Date/Month Event
1962 21 March 3456th meeting of the Christchurch City Council takes place. Held to celebrate first 100 years of Local Government in the City

1962 1 April

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
1971 November

Waimairi County Council adopts New Zealand’s first building insulation by-law

Neville G Pickering (1971–1974) is elected as 41st Mayor of Christchurch

1973  16 August

The Wizard(external link) (Ian Brackenbury Channel) arrives from Australia for a student arts festival and subsequently becomes 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, at the time the youngest mayor 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)

1975 8 May 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 at 19
1977 23 March The Durham Street overbridge 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