My last full day in New Zealand. I'm very sad about that. I thought my blip today would be of the Restart mall in Christchurch. But this evening when we drove back from the city to my friend's house, there were two huge bush fires raging on the Port Hills. This is the view from K's house. The fire is quite a long way away but the wind direction means the smoke was blowing across the bay and if any window or door was open, the smell of smoke was very strong.
Since I'm uploading this on the 14th, the latest is that the fire is now much closer to their house, and one of the helicopters dropping water on the blaze crashed this afternoon killing the pilot.