16 February 2017 at 9:00 am

Christchurch city open as usual

Christchurch educational institutions are generally unaffected by the major fire on the hills outside Christchurch, says John Goulter, ENZ General Manager Stakeholders and Communications. 

The fire covers around 2000ha in the Port Hills, and one local school, Cashmere Primary School, is closed today as a precaution.

All other schools and campuses are open and functioning as normal.

Lincoln University, Ara Institute of Canterbury and the University of Canterbury are not near the affected area and are business as usual today. 

Christchurch Airport is also operating normally.

“Students in Christchurch are able to continue with their studies as normal,” he said, “and we will keep you informed if the situation changes."

A civil State of Emergency has been declared to assist with more resources to help control the fire. It also gives additional authority to police and civil defence on the ground to ensure the safety and welfare of residents and visitors.

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