This page looks at the 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 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).

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 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.
Did you know?
The former Civic Offices/Miller’s Department is listed as a Group 2 Protected Heritage Item in the City Plan as it has been assessed as having national or regional significance.  In addition, the Historic Places Trust– Pouhere Taonga also recognises the building as having historical or cultural heritage significance and has identified it as a Category II Historic Place in their register.