Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel will miss a victory celebration for the Crusaders after falling and hitting her head at an event.
Dalziel was to host the civic celebration, which kicks off at midday on Monday for the back-to-back Super Rugby champions after their 37-18 win over the Lions in front of a sell-out home crowd on Saturday.
On Sunday, Dalziel was at an event marking the 73rd anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which took place at the World Peace Bell in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, when she fell and hit her head.
A Christchurch City Council spokeswoman said Dalziel had been diagnosed with concussion. Her diary had been cleared after her doctor told her to take at least two days off, the spokeswoman said.
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Well-wishers posted on social media to wish Dalziel, who was elected mayor in 2013, a speedy recovery. Photos from the event show the mayor ringing the peace bell to mark the time when the bomb, known as Little Boy, was dropped on Hiroshima.
The civic event for the Crusaders kicks off with the winning team travelling up Cashel Mall by tram to Hereford St. The team, led by captain Sam Whitelock, will then walk across the Bridge of Remembrance.
Dalziel said in a statement on Sunday the Crusaders’ win was testament to their determination to be a champion team and highlighted their commitment to their supporters.
“It is also fitting that this title victory was won in front of a home crowd, especially as we farewell Crusaders Chief Executive Hamish Riach,” she said.
“Our team has done us proud.”