Crankworx cancel series due to fire

Crankworx Rotorua is going ahead, but the event in Christchurch from March 1-3 has been cancelled due to the fire that started in the Port Hills on February 14. Photo: Supplied.

While Crankworx Rotorua is scheduled for mid-March, the organisers have had to make the decision to cancel the Crankworx Summer Series New Zealand due to fire damage in Canterbury.

"As you will be aware, the fire that began in the Port Hills of Christchurch on February 14, 2024, has significantly impacted Christchurch Adventure Park, the scheduled venue for Crankworx Summer Series New Zealand from March 1-3, 2024," says a Crankworx team spokesperson.

"Emergency response efforts have been swift and effective, thanks to the tireless work of the emergency responder crews and our mates at CAP.

"At this time, the situation remains in the hands of the fire service and the full extent of the impact on the Port Hills, CAP, and surrounding areas is yet to be fully determined.

"It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the complete cancellation of Crankworx Summer Series New Zealand for 2024.

"Despite exhaustive efforts by the Crankworx team, the CAP crew, and our friends at ChristchurchNZ, we have been left with no choice due to the extensive damage to the courses and ongoing safety concerns on the site, making it impossible to proceed with the event as planned for March 1-3, 2024.

"We are deeply saddened by this decision and recognise the impact it has on each of you. Our thoughts and support remain with the teams on the ground who are tirelessly engaged in firefighting, assessment, and containment efforts. 

"We are grateful to our partners for standing by us during this challenging period: Crankworx World Tour, New Zealand Major Events, ChristchurchNZ, Christchurch Adventure Park, Christchurch Airport, ITM and all of our Suppliers, Athletes, Volunteers, Media, Spectators and the community of Christchurch."

Crankworx ask that people please support Christchurch Foundation’s Port Hills regeneration efforts – Port Hills Fire Regeneration | Christchurch Foundation

Crankworx Rotorua remains scheduled and on track for March 16-24, 2024.

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