PM drops day's plans and will head to Christchurch fires instead

Prime Minister Bill English has abandoned his day's schedule to instead visit Christchurch where a major fire is burning out of control. File photo / Mark Mitchell
Prime Minister Bill English has abandoned his day's schedule to instead visit Christchurch where a major fire is burning out of control. File photo / Mark Mitchell

Prime Minister Bill English is dropping planned trips to Waikanae and Queenstown today and heading to Christchurch's fires instead.

English was to visit the opening of a new road from McKays Crossing to Peka Peka in Waikanae, the Five Mile Development in Queenstown and the Kawarau Falls Bridge Project in Frankton.

A massive emergency response is under way in Christchurch where a ferocious wildfire has burned more than 1800ha in the Port Hills.

- NZ Herald

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