Canterbury Weather Updates started as a Facebook page in May 2013 and is now the second most sourced weather provider in New Zealand, with over 116 000 followers on Facebook. We have a captivated audience that largely resides in Canterbury with over 100 000 followers living in Canterbury alone. After a humble beginning, we’ve now grown from an amateur social media page to a fully operating business, providing a full professional weather service for the Canterbury region. Our weather service is the first of its kind in New Zealand, with a sole focus on one region – Canterbury.


Since the beginning we have enjoyed success with media, including national radio and television. We have appeared in local papers and national farming magazines. In addition to this, we have successfully published books and calendars & now sell merchandise online. We supply businesses throughout the region with personalised forecasts, competitive advertising; additionally our CWU membership is now utilised by thousands of  people across Canterbury, from professional sports teams, construction, tourism operators, farmers, growers, media, to just your passionate weather fan. Canterbury Weather Updates is now firmly Canterbury’s most popular weather provider.

We provide a unique perspective to weather forecasting, with the first of its kind, detailed regional forecasting. We’re the go to weather providers for all the latest weather in the Canterbury region. 


Weather Analyst & Director

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Being born and raised in Canterbury, helped me to develop a passion for weather at a very early age. As a youngster living in Kaikoura, I enjoyed watching the weather develop and unfold over the mountains and the sea. This has to be one of the most spectacular places in the world to do this.

Over the years I have honed my forecasting skills and knowledge through reading and interpreting maps, from what was initially just a hobby and an interest. I’m consistently up skilling and growing my knowledge in media, marketing, sales & have been forecasting professionally for almost 8 years.

Canterbury Weather Updates is something that I’m very passionate about. I believe there is a real need for forecasts that have been moderated by people who understand and follow the weather dynamics in their region. I believe one of the key reasons for our success, is we don’t provide any computer generated content, all our forecasts have been moderated by hand. 

Outside of weather I have growing passion for helping local businesses grow, whether it’s proving expertise on online marketing, social media strategy or various consultancy works in all aspects of business. It’s such an honour to be working closely with a number of Canterbury’s premier large scale operations in a number of sectors. Working and collaborating with local agencies and business across all sectors has provided a unique array of skill sets and experiences. 

Outside of the business and weather I’m passionate about keeping fit and healthy and have played a range of sports.  I’m not stuck in front of the computer you’ll find me out in the mountains climbing or trail running. I’m also a qualified Physical & Outdoor Education teacher at secondary school level and Personal Trainer.

Weather Analyst 

Leighton Thomas

Leighton brings a wealth of experience, having worked as a professional weather forecaster for several years. Having lived in Canterbury his whole life his local knowledge of the Canterbury region is extensive.

His attention to detail and passion for weather here in the Canterbury region makes Leighton a welcome addition to the CWU Team.



Max Gills



My early years were spent in the motherland of England, then a move to the comforts of New Zealand for the large majority of my upbringing. The consistent good weather and a peaceful lifestyle paid off. All the good stuff; Lego, swimming, music, art, family trips around the country, good food, drawing, a habit of keeping packaging, art, James Bond, guitar, and various other hobbies.

The design field and other creative outlets came to life during time at CPIT (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology). Coming out at the end of 2014 with a Bachelor Degree in Design (Visual Communication).

Speed up to the present day, and we have the Monark Design Co. Setting up a range of services like graphic design, logo, branding, print, retouching, advertising, signage, illustration, and web. 

It’s been great working with CWU team over the last few months and producing an array of social media graphics and website designs ready for development. We’ve been working directly together during this creative process, bouncing ideas & visions off each other. 

Stay tuned for more graphics and developments.

CWU Team Ambassadors

Adventurer, Runner & Explorer

Amy Elsmore Hodgetts

Amy - CWU Team Ambassador
Amy - CWU Team Ambassador
Amy - CWU Team Ambassador

Born and raised in Wales, I didn’t move to the Southern Hemisphere until I hit my early twenties. Typical expat style, Bondi Beach became my base for a few years, which was when I first came over and visited New Zealand. I fell in love with the South Island and knew one day it would become my home.

August 2016, I was head-hunted on LinkedIn by a digital company and just like that, I packed my bags and shipped my life to the hub of the South Island, Christchurch.

I love to always be outside and enjoy sports that take me on some kind of journey, from trail running and mountaineering to biking and skiing, all of which can be pursued in the province of Canterbury. Now working from home, I get to pretty much do one of these activities every day. This is why it was important for me to invest in Canterbury Weather Updates, as I had been caught out on scorching hot days with not enough water, to complete whiteouts on top of a mountain peak with no phone signal. From the ocean to the alps, exploring and adventuring around Canterbury can guarantee you, your nature and adrenaline fixes. 

But with the variable weather we can experience down south, hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst is the practical way to be, particularly if you’re planning to go above the tree line.

Follow my adventures on Instagram and look out for exclusive CWU membership discounts.


Adventurer, Explorer & Mum

Anna Frost

Anna Frost - Team Ambassador
Anna Frost - Team Ambassador
Anna Frost - Team Ambassador

Hi, I’m Anna.

I grew up living on farms in Mid and North Canterbury and later moved to Christchurch for study and work opportunities. I’ve lived in a few different cities over the years, but I relocated back to the Canterbury region as there really is no place like home.

I’ve always been active playing sports such as netball and touch rugby until I decided to give hockey a try and fell in love with it, and I currently play in the Christchurch Mid Week Open grade over Winter – which I just love! Alongside of this I keep fit by hitting up the local F45 gym most mornings and you’ll also find me out in the hills climbing mountains, hiking trails and exploring most weeks. I absolutely love the sense of freedom I get from the outdoors, especially all the amazing places I have recently discovered that are right on our doorstep, there really is so much to explore! I also have two young children and we love to go on family adventures in the weekends to beaches, lakes and hills, I am determined that they will fall in love with the outdoors just like me.

I need Canterbury Weather Updates in my life as it keeps me informed of the weather for all the adventures I have planned. I certainly try to pick the best days for adventuring as I like to play it safe when I’m up in the mountains as whiteouts and freezing weather on mountain peaks can really catch you out… and fast. I particularly enjoy the live weather cameras throughout Canterbury, as I prefer to follow the sun if I can, I most frequently check out the Castle Hill/ Craigieburn Range cameras, as that area is certainly one of my favourite places to go.

You can follow all my adventures on Instagram and look out for some exclusive CWU membership discounts on my stories.


Skier, Tramper & Mountaineer

James Broadbent

James Broadbent - Team Ambassador
James Broadbent - Team Ambassador
James Broadbent - Team Ambassador

Hi, I’m James.

A local skier, tramper and mountaineer. I have always had a fascination with the natural world and the interplay of weather and terrain. In Canterbury we have the world’s best outdoor playground, from the beaches to the alps, and some of the most dynamic weather to go with it. In my younger days weather forecasts were often vague or inaccurate, so we often tended to “go anyway”, and so much of my early weather learning was done the hard way.

With the advent of satellite imagery and computer modelling we have a lot more opportunity to get it right. But in Canterbury’s amazingly varied landscape a computer model can only get you so far. You need a lot of local knowledge to get the value out of it. That’s why CWU is an essential part of my planning every day, whether it’s packing the car to go skiing, going for a run or bike on the Port Hills, or just what clothes to dress the kids in. Get your locally moderated content here and make the most of your time in the outdoors.


 Adventurer & Mountaineer

Ben Gibbins

Ben Gibbons - Team Ambassador
Ben Gibbons - Team Ambassador
Ben Gibbons - Team Ambassador

Hi I’m Ben.

I’m a keen rock climber and mountaineer from Taranaki, now living in Canterbury. I started getting into the outdoors after moving here in 2006 when I joined the Army. I was especially fascinated with the high country and the amount of remote hikes and peaks to bag. I began doing as many weekend hikes as I could, often going to places like Arthur’s Pass or Mt Somers. This slowly progressed to peak bagging which culminated in undertaking the 52 peaks challenge. This challenge, set by Matthew Dickinson, required that I climb 52 named peaks in 52 weeks. It was a great year of peak bagging and I could feel my confidence in the outdoors and climbing growing. After completing this challenge, I was motivated to climb steeper and more technical terrain. While looking for the next challenge, I came across the New Zealand Alpine Club’s 100 great peaks challenge.

The list covers all kinds of classic New Zealand peaks from easy hikes to multi day technical climbs. I thought this would be an excellent challenge, and since 2015, I have been slowly ticking off the peaks on this list. So far, this challenge has taken me from Mt Hikurangi in Gisborne to Mitre Peak in Milford Sound and everywhere in between. In 2017, I climbed Aoraki/Mt Cook. This was something I had been wanted to do for a long time and was lucky enough to get a great weather window to summit on a clear day.

You can visit my  Website of follow me on Instagram below.


More CWU Team Ambassadors Coming Soon.