Hi Pom, yeah mate I moved from Blenheim to Chch in about '77, and then to San Francisco in '01.

There were a bunch of good arcades back in the early 80's, scattered all around town. Chch was just big enough back then to support an arcade in every suburb as well as the usual few machines in chippies. Roller skating rinks were big back then too of course and they always had a nice selection. Those were the days!

I'm heading back for a visit next March, my first since before the September quake - I was there in April of '10. Every single friend and relative lost their home and I know one mate who's on his 4th! What a bloody mess.
Good on you for getting out - you hadn't lived there long enough to put down roots.