Christchurch's 'red zone' celebrates construction milestone

People today walked, biked and ran to meet in the middle of a new 12 km trail that will link Christchurch city with the sea. Source: 1 NEWS

Police reveal name of man who died in jet boat racing accident at Canterbury world championships

A man has died in a jet boat racing accident on the Waimakariri River in North Canterbury this morning.

The incident occurred about 10.30am during the World Championship Jet Boat Marathon in Canterbury.

Police have revealed the man who died is 47–year-old, Duayne Barry Insley from Glenorchy.

No one else was injured in the accident.

The New Zealand Jet Boat River Racing Association who run the event stated on their Facebook page the incident occurred during the "upstream leg" of an event.

"Details of exactly how the incident happened are subject of police investigation but we can confirm it occurred in the braided section of the river about ten to fifteen minutes above the area known as 'the pylons'," the statement said. 

"The New Zealand Jet Boat River Racing Association is working directly with Canterbury Police.

"Our heart felt condolences go out to the families of everyone involved at this very difficult time."

Canterbury Police report they are informing the individual's next of kin. 

In a statement, police said hey are make enquiries into the accident on behalf of the Coroner.

The world championship event is known as the Holy Grail of jet-boat racing.

It begins on the Waimakariri River and continues for a week, moving to Otago rivers.

A race from where State Highway 1 crosses the Waimakariri River to the Gorge Bridge and back was scheduled for today.

Waimakariri River, Arthur's Pass, Canterbury.
Police have revealed that 47-year-old Duayne Barry Insley was the person who died in a racing accident on the Waimakariri River this morning. Source: Supplied


Video: Millions of blue jellyfish like creatures on Wellington beaches

Millions of vibrant blue jellyfish like creatures have washed up on Wellington beaches over the weekend. 

The creature, called Velella, float where the wind takes them and have particularly inundated Makara Beach west of Wellington city. 

Haydon Miller was walking along Makara Beach when he discovered the massive heaps of Velella.

He told the NZ Herald, Velella have been washing up for several days. 

"There were huge numbers of these creatures washed up and washing up continually," Mr Miller said. 

"It's like this incredible array of Pacific blue. Number of jellyfish that just coat the surface of the sea and eventually wash up in big heaps on the rocks."

He said Velella are also commonly known as the-wind-sailor due to their "little fin that sits up like a sail".

"The jellyfish floats at a 45 degree angle of the wind, which drives these things along the surface of the water," Mr Miller said.

Mass standings of Velella are common at spring time along New Zealand's coastline. 

They are not dangerous but touching them may cause itching. 

The creature, called Velella, float where the wind takes them and have washed up in massive numbers on Makara Beach, Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS