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PRIME SPOT: Kelly Hyde, Katie Gallagher -- both from Broadfields -- and Lisa Jones from Prebbleton were among the
hundreds of music and wine lovers who made their way up to the Mudhouse in Waipara on Saturday for the Classic Hits
Mudhouse Winery Tour. It was a warm summer's evening and a perfect backdrop for Clara van Wel; The Adults -- a blend
of Shihad and Straitjacket Fits; Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith; and Fat Freddy's Drop. The crowd danced and
the evening rocked.
THE 2011 earthquakes almost
halved tourism rates in Canterbury
overnight, the province's tourism
head told a conference at Lincoln
University focusing on global
change last week.
Christchurch and Canterbury
Tourism chief executive, Tim
Hunter, was keynote speaker at
the Council for Australasian Uni-
versity Tourism and Hospitality
Education conference, held for the
first time outside Australia.
There is no event since World
War II that has disrupted our tour-
ism industry by so much and for so
long,'' Mr Hunter said.
He said the city's reputation was
damaged because media reports
from Australia exaggerated the
degree of caution required, likening
Christchurch to Rwanda, Iran,
Gabon and East Timor.
The reality is that during the
thousands of aftershocks, the city
did a great job of keeping people
safe. It wasn't by good luck, but by
International guest nights in
Canterbury dropped 46 percent.
While we have seen the success
of campaigns, recovery has been
tough,'' Mr Hunter said.
Forty-three per cent of commer-
cial accommodation has gone, back
to levels of 30 years ago, and 22 per
cent of flights are gone, he said.
In the year following the big
earthquake, Christchurch and
Canterbury Tourism suspended
all destinational marketing, focus-
ing on media communication to
minimise the damage.
Lincoln University tourism pro-
fessor David Simmons said dis-
cussion around the impact of global
change on tourism, and how we can
be better prepared is imperative --
and has never been more relevant
than in Christchurch today.
ROYAL WATCHERS: Royal spoonbills started breeding at Lake Ellesmere only
Photo: CRAIG MCKENZIE.
A BIRD census has revealed that
rare species of birds are increasing
in numbers at Lake Ellesmere.
The annual Department of
Conservation survey, which took
place on February 9, counted all
birds living on or around the shore-
line of the lake.
DOC ranger, Cody Frewin, said
about 55,750 birds, across a total of
39 species, were counted.
The census showed there were
429 of the nationally vulnerable
wrybill, compared to 128 last year
and 125 in 2011. Critically endan-
gered black stilts were also seen.
About 530 rare royal spoonbills
This was encouraging because
the species started breeding at
Lake Ellesmere only last year, Mr
Such a wide variety of birds
showed the importance of the vari-
ous natural habitats surrounding
The survey involved volunteers
and staff from several organi-
sations, including the Ornitho-
logical Society of New Zealand,
Christchurch City Council and
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