Richie McCaw's Kurow junior rugby team lost just a handful of games in five years.

Helping make Richie great

8:27 AM  Meet Richie McCaw's first coach, described as the most interviewed junior rugby coach in NZ.

'Biggest' move of life

Every item in Fred Cockram's room tells a story and helps him to recall his "happy memories".

9:16 AM  A bachelor and childless at 81, Fred Cockram has lost his leg, toes, eye - and home.

Hit and run in the fog

7:56 AM  A motorcyclist has a broken bone after a car hit him in Christchurch, then carried on.

Rangiora Farmers opens

17 min ago  Hundreds stormed the new High St store when Farmers re-opened after four years.

Trio lucky to be alive after fire

9:24 AM  Firefighters woke three sleeping Wanaka men after their home filled with smoke.

The 'hidden economy'

Drug addiction and organised crime are fuelling burglary in Christchurch.

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Daughter's death inspires message video

Ella Summerfield, left, and Abi Hone, both 12, died alongside Ella's mother Sally when Dutch visitor Johannes Appelman ...

8:20 AM  Trevor Hone is "terrified" of driving through rural intersections. His daughter, Abi, was killed at one.

Fog blankets Garden City

Thick fog blanketed Christchurch on Thursday morning, clearing about 9.30am.

Beautiful footage of right whales video

The burglary bugbear

The Rebuild

Otakaro chief's extra payments

Albert Brantley says it is better to be effective than noticed.

The man in charge of delivering Christchurch's anchor projects stands to make an extra $100,000 on top of his base salary.

Settlement within a week?

200416 News Photo. STACY SQUIRES/FAIRFAX.NZ
Scaffolding has been removed Christchurch's earthquake damaged McKenzie and ...

Christchurch's most influential property developers are hopeful a settlement to a stoush over a $50 million development will be reached within a week.

Containers shipping out video

The row of shipping containers has been in place to protect from rockfall and landslides since the 2011 earthquake.

Shipping containers in Christchurch's seaside suburbs are finally on the move.

Former glory for band rotunda?

The Christchurch City Council wants to restore the Edmonds band rotunda to its former glory. It is pictured here in the ...

A $1.2 million restoration of Christchurch's Edmonds band rotunda could see it returned to its former glory.

Canterbury's new home boom

The Christchurch rebuild is contributing to the large number of new housing consents in Canterbury.

Canterbury's housing market is still in a post-earthquake boom, with consents outstripping the rest of the country.

Opinion

Clear speed-limit signs for CBD overdue

The speed-limit sign seems clear enough in this photograph of Armagh Street but better signage for the slow central-city ...

It's strange driving at 30km/h through deserted central Christchurch streets but it will soon make sense.

The burkini: Freedom or oppression?

A Muslim woman wears a burkini, a swimsuit that leaves only the face, hands and feet exposed, on a beach in Marseille, ...

OPINION: The row in France over the wearing of the burkini makes women everywhere think about what we mean by freedom.

The wonder of the watch

If you need a watch to say you've made it you've made nothing but a fool of yourself.

OPINION: My father's went for 40 years. It was the only watch of his life, a pre-war beast. I cannot bring myself to throw mine out.

Jabs necessary for robust public health

Immunisation remains a personal choice but should bear in mind the potential consequences of not doing so on the broader ...

Increased immunisation remains important for public health but there will always be religious and personal opposition.

Last gasp for unions?

Labour MP Grant Robertson delivered a 300 word speech on the "future of work" without mentioning trade unions.

OPINION: What should we make of the fact that Grant Robertson's "Future of Work" speech contains no reference to trade unions?

business

Living on the job

The site for Queenstown Central limited's proposed commercial centre at Frankton.

There's no room for workers in Queenstown so they have to live where they work.

Questions on Air NZ Dreamliners

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines are under spotlight over corrosion and cracking problems   ...

Japan airline to replace all engines on its 50-strong Dreamliner fleet, but Air NZ has no plans to follow suit.

Otakaro chief's extra payments

Albert Brantley says it is better to be effective than noticed.

The man in charge of delivering Christchurch's anchor projects stands to make an extra $100,000 on top of his base salary.

Settlement within a week?

200416 News Photo. STACY SQUIRES/FAIRFAX.NZ
Scaffolding has been removed Christchurch's earthquake damaged McKenzie and ...

Christchurch's most influential property developers are hopeful a settlement to a stoush over a $50 million development will be reached within a week.

IAG invokes Limitations Act

The body corporate of the now largely demolished Cave Rock apartments is among those preparing to go to court over ...

Commercial building owners and body corporates must file any court claims against IAG by September 4.

sport

Crusaders' job not for Philpott

Craig Philpott, pictured before Hawke's Bay's opening NPC game against Wellington on August 20, hails from Christchurch ...

After being overlooked for the Crusaders hotseat in favour of Scott Robertson, Craig Philpott is not interested in the assistant's role.

Kumwenda leaves Tactix

Mwai Kumwenda is leaving the Tactix.

Mwai Kumwenda confirms she's leaving the Tactix ahead of likely move to Australia.

Dragons re-sign standout de Jong

Canterbury United have re-signed talented attacking midfielder Andre de Jong.

Talented youngster Andre de Jong is returning to Canterbury United.

O'Driscoll puts spotlight on All Blacks

"Different rules for some!" said Brian O'Driscoll (pictured) after All Blacks tighthead prop Owen Franks wasn't cited ...

OPINION: Brian O'Driscoll's inflammatory tweets highlight the need for All Blacks to keep a clean record. Everyone is watching.

MacDonald ready for the step up

Head coach Leon MacDonald stresses a point at a Tasman Makos training.

In a rugby sense, it was the easiest decision in the world.

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Review: Delhi Belly, Christchurch

Delhi Belly's Ghost Vindaloo is a tender lamb served up in a spicy, vinegar gravy.

Tasty tandoor-roasted mushrooms are the highlight at this restaurant. .

New cake shop for Christchurch

Ralph Bungard says mutual loyalty between the brewery and its customers is a big part of Three Boys success.

Penelope's Cakery Deli opens on New Regent St, while Dux Central turns one year old.

A Taste Of... Town Tonic

Christchurch's Town Tonic is modern and swanky, and is the perfect spot for a filling, wholesome brekkie.

Review: There's too many delicious offerings to choose from at Christchurch's Town Tonic.

Arts Trail new feature of Arrowtown Arts Festival

Arrowtown artist Jenny Mehrtens will be featured on the first Arrowtown Arts Festival arts trail.

A new Arrowtown Arts Trail has been developed as part of this year's Arrowtown Arts Festival.

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