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Birthday bash: Wed Aug 15 - Christchurch

The Breakfast team spent day three on the road at Victoria Square in Christchurch.

The programme kicked off with a hearty welcome from the Christchurch town crier, who is an icon for Cantabrians and tourists alike.

The garden city's long serving mayor Garry Moore is due to step down at the next local election. He spoke to Breakfast about the city he loves.

Christchurch is also home to Jason Gunn, host of the highly successful Dancing with the Stars and The Rich List . Jason came down to the square to celebrate Breakfast's birthday.

Until the 1950s, trams used to run al lover Christchurch. The Tramway Historical Society and the city council brought a few of the machines back to the city streets as a tourist attraction. Reporter Jack Tame went for a ride.

Local All Black legend and president of the Canterbury Rugby Union Fergie McCormick spoke to Breakfast about his region's proud rugby history.

We took a look back at a few highlights in the breakfast programme over its 10 years.

Christchurch is home to New Zealand's most senior woman police officer - Sandra Manderson. She spoke to Breakfast about leaving her post as the country's first district police commander to start a new job in Washington.

Christchurch City Mission fed the troops at the Breakfast live show. Chief Michael Gorman had a chat.

Pippa went for a punt on the Avon River.

Breakfast spoke to Gardener Evin Garnett, who was in charge of the Christchurch's wonderful botanic gardens for 30 years!

Christchurch has been the home to many successful female musicians. Among them is Yulia Townsend. In 2005 she won the Tui award for best solo artist and had the highest selling New Zealand album. Yulia popped down for a chat and a performance.

Breakfast introduced its newest team member Tamati Coffey. Starting ina couple of weeks Tamati will be our roving reporter and weatherman. He'll be out and about all over the country, bringing you amazing people and amazing stories.

This weekend in Christchurch 21 high school choirs from around New Zealand will go head to head at the national Big Sing tournament. One such choir is from Villa Maria College in Christchurch, and they sung a song to finish the show.

Schedule for the rest of the week:
Thursday: Nelson - Nelson Yacht Club
Friday: Rotorua - Bath House

If you are you out and about with the Breakfast team throughout the week and have photos you would like to share with us, simply email them to and we will put them in the photogallery.