Locals were happy when the money flowed thick and fast from fracking in the oil-boom state. Then the quakes started.
Imagine being Kejia Zheng. It was November 2012 and on the second day of her New Zealand holiday, the 20-year-old was driving herself from Lake Tekapo, heading south through the Lindis Pass.
Louise Nicholas and the cop who "rattled the force from within" look at police handling of domestic violence.
OPINION: Dean Barker had his shot and came up short, but the way he was dumped is an outrage.
The person behind the wheel of this Toyota Corolla has made this taxi a revolution of sorts.
When Hillary Clinton ran for US president in 2008, her advisers told her not to play up being a woman. Times have changed.
OPINION: The future for the NZ dairy industry should see more cows housed in sheds.
OPINION: As the oil price plunged, so did petrol prices. But did they plunge enough?
David Fagan is one of the country's top sportsmen but after more than 30 years of competition he has decided to hang up the handpiece.
The artist's experiences during his stay here affected him so profoundly that he would decide to devote his life to art.
OPINION: It was with a heavy heart that I began to watch last night's quake documentary The Day That Changed My Life.
Talk about the irrigation, don't talk about me, says South Canterbury rich-lister Gary Rooney. But the two turn out to be inextricably linked.
If Daddy is going to be an equal parent, then Scary Daddy needs to be recognised and supported too.
This Austrian village is drop-dead gorgeous in more ways than one. Here's why.
National MPs have voted against holding a probe into fuel prices.
New technology uses tiny amounts of DNA to computer-generate illustration of a criminal suspect's face.
Why an abandoned railway line through the heart of this Canadian province makes for an unforgettable biking adventure.
It's easy to forget how revolutionary cafes were when they first came to the Wellington.
Short and bespectacled 50-year-old is a champion of some of the biggest indie games around.
It's been 30 years since the discovery of the Bulmer Cavern, the cave that would became New Zealand's longest.
Legendary New Zealand tag-team The Bushwhackers have been awarded the ultimate professional wrestling honour: spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.
OPINION: Our presence in Iraq cannot be justified and it could end very, very badly.
OPINION: Is Mark Zuckerberg responsible for a perceived rise in narcissism?
OPINION: Buy the ticket and take the ride, but make sure you read the information supplied.
OPINION: Banishing every homeless person from Auckland's shiny CBD will never happen, and certainly not in a five-year timeframe.
OPINION: Auckland Council 's plan to remove the homeless from their streets will never succeed.
Kathryn Bigelow remains the first, and only, woman to win an Academy Award for directing.
OPINION: If my daughter is gay, I don't worry about her having a hard life - but I do worry about people expecting her to have a hard life.
Old-fashioned cattle musters with a modern twist are being offered as a tourist attraction in Wairarapa.
The Apple iCar debate couldn't be more polarising - some analysts are scratching heads, some understand completely.