Christchurch’s award-winning copper buildings deadly to river life

  • Pretty but poisonous – the shiny metal facades so admired in the Christchurch rebuild have been reclassified as an environmental pest.

Water run-off from copper, zinc and other unsealed metal claddings has been found to kill fish and other aquatic life.

Recent research from Canterbury University students has revealed dangerous levels of copper in the Avon River near copper-clad buildings.

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Iain McGregor. The Piano building on Armagh St.

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