As temperatures rise in Canterbury, firefighters are battling a scrub fire which had threatened homes in the coastal Christchurch suburb of Redcliffs.
Fire and Emergency NZ southern communications shift manager Brent Dunn told 1 NEWS some homes have been evacuated but he does not know how many.
There were six fire crews on the scene protecting houses, and two helicopters are also being used to fight the blaze.
Fire and Emergency says activity is winding down at the fire and no houses were damaged despite the fire getting within metres.
Eyewitness Stan McFerrier says he saw a resident using a garden hose to keep the fire from their property.
He says others were removing valuable items from their homes.