Port Hills fire, four months on


A stunning aerial tour of the Port Hills with park ranger, Di Carter.

It raged for days, smouldered for weeks, and was officially declared extinguished 66 days after it first ignited. Three months on, Christchurch Dilemmas takes a stunning aerial tour over the Port Hills with Park Ranger, Di Carter. Since the turn of this century Di’s overseen the planting of 350,000 native plants on the hills. Did years of hard graft go up in flames? Is new life sprouting from the ashes? And why are these plantings so crucial to Christchurch’s ecosystem?