For the first time in 117 years, spectators won't be permitted to attend the annual showpiece.
"I got smashed up to a pulp, and that was welcome to the girls' home."
Karol Dell says the Christchurch shop demanded he wore a mask - or they'd call police.
House prices are on the up nationwide but the biggest increases have been in the South Island.
The Wizard of New Zealand will continue to provide acts of wizardry even though his contract has been terminated.
"No one really wants to be that business that someone comes in and gives COVID to their patrons."
They then threatened a liquor store staff member and stole money from the till before fleeing.
"A lot of builders are having to down tools and send their guys home - and potentially lay them off."
A wedding ring and wedding dress are among the possessions that were dumped
Four people are hospitalised with injuries ranging from moderate to critical.
The building has suffered extensive damage, particularly to the upper level and roof.
The "smartly dressed" pair had a portable Eftpos machine and supporting documents.
One person is now in custody.
A block of shops has burned down in central Christchurch.
Police have been searching for 13 years for someone they've only known as 'Male B'.
He left his home last Friday.
"This has been an extremely difficult time for our family and we are relieved our mother has now been found."
The domestic terminal has been evacuated.
Police determined no firearm was involved.
The driver was dead when police found the car.