Pledges have reached $1.1 million to buy an Abel Tasman beach. If the $2m target is reached, the successful buyers will be gift it back to New Zealand.

Less than $1m to go for beach video

Kiwis behind efforts to buy Abel Tasman beach confident of hitting their target.

Two arrested for scam

An elderly victim of a scam reads through the list of withdrawals against her card.

Police arrest pair who allegedly scammed elderly people in Christchurch.

Pilot killed in glider crash

The male pilot of a glider missing in North Otago died when it crashed.

The worst offenders

Some Canterbury farms subject to multiple complaints for letting stock in waterways.

Two assaults in Dunedin

Police are investigating two separate assaults on women in Dunedin within 30 hours.

Body found in burning car

Police launch investigation after body found in burning car in Marlborough.

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'Kids were screaming' in gondola

It was a fun adventure for Smith siblings Lotte, 7, Madi, 8, and Finn, 4, on the Christchurch Gondola, until just minutes later the carriage stopped and they spent almost the next two hours screaming and crying in fear.

A mother stuck in a hot, swinging gondola with her traumatised children is angry it was brushed off as "no big deal".

Livingstone father and son, we presume?

It's election year and one Christchurch City councillor already has his running mate – his 77-year-old dad.

Two assaults in Dunedin

Body found in car

The Rebuild

New hotel for central city

The new hotel will have nearly 50 tourist apartments, plus private apartments for sale.

A collapsed scheme to build plush $2 million apartments in central Christchurch has been rescued.

Metro Sport Facility tenders considered

A concept drawing of the Metro Sports Facility.

Six companies express interest in project managing construction of Christchurch's $300 million Metro Sports Facility.

'You don't give up paradise'

A panel found sea level rise "significantly limits" potential for long term land use in the red-zoned areas of Pines Beach and Kairaki, pictured.

Two Canterbury red-zone stayer strongholds have been deemed "not feasible" for future development.

Uninsured red zoners file new claim

Grant Cameron, lawyer for the Quake Outcasts, says his clients were "gutted" by a revised offer for their uninsured red-zoned land.

An ongoing dispute between Christchurch's Quake Outcasts and the Government is heading back to court.

Talking about regeneration

Andre Lovatt is a young-looking 40-year-old who is playing an ever greater role in the Christchurch rebuild.

Regenerate Christchurch chair Andre Lovatt wants to be a team player not a rebuild tsar.

Opinion

Signs of the times

Thursday's anti-TPPA protests were not limited to Auckland but were held nationwide. A small group of protesters took to the streets of Timaru.

It was a week of protests, policy and political primaries.

Frothing over Trimgate video

The sign that got the internet over-caffeinated.

JOHNNY MOORE: I’m surprised more people don’t demand cafes serve breast milk lattes with the amount of crying I see online.

Odious con artists must be caught

What could be more despicable than stealing the life savings of the elderly?

What could be worse than ripping-off the elderly of their life savings? Con artists are contemptible.

When treaties collide

"Well, the locals would give up Certain Things, and in return they would receive Many Benefits. Stop me if I'm getting too technical."

SATIRE: Wait, which agreement were we talking about?

How bad is the TPP?

The intelligentsia of NZ has come out fighting against the TPPA.

Columnist Martin van Beynen says the opposition to the TPPA is its best recommendation.

business

Nervous tourists hire chauffeurs video

Christchurch-based chauffeur Robin Adams acts as both taxi driver and guide for overseas visitors. "I mother them all the way around."

Tourists too scared to take to the wheel, or wanting a more relaxing holiday, are paying to be chauffeur-driven around NZ.

Increase in domestic manufacturing sales makes up for weaker exports

Dieter Adam, chief executive of the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said a relatively strong domestic economy was making up for uncertainty in the global economy.

A survey of manufacturing in December showed an increase in domestic sales almost made up for a 10.76 per cent drop in export sales.

New hotel for central city

The new hotel will have nearly 50 tourist apartments, plus private apartments for sale.

A collapsed scheme to build plush $2 million apartments in central Christchurch has been rescued.

Metro Sport Facility tenders considered

A concept drawing of the Metro Sports Facility.

Six companies express interest in project managing construction of Christchurch's $300 million Metro Sports Facility.

Trucks and machinery in demand

Turners' sales of big civil construction machinery have been strong enough for it to justify a new standalone division

The Canterbury rebuild and a surge of overseas interest have lifted truck and machinery sales.

sport

Messenger delivers Dragons' golden goal

Brock Messenger on the ball against Waitakere United. The New Zealand under-20 defender scored a sensational long range injury time goal to give Canterbury United a 3-2 win over WaiBop United in Hamilton.

A "million dollar'' goal by Brock Messenger puts Canterbury United in the box seat for the national football playoffs.

Nuttall in fine nick in Canterbury clash

Canterbury quick Ed Nuttall continued his fine bowling form against Auckland with a five wicket haul in the first innings and two early wickets in the second innings.

Strike bowler Ed Nuttall struck with two early wickets to give Canterbury a fighting chance of toppling Auckland in their Plunket Shield clash at Christchurch's Hagley Oval.

WaiBop's playoff hopes gone

Sean Morris tries to win the ball for WaiBop United during their loss to Canterbury United on Sunday.

WaiBop United go down 3-2 to Canterbury United, conceding the winner in injury time.

Win tinged with sadness

John Morrison with his father, Chris after driving his first winner on Sunday.

John Morrison chalked up his first driving win at Sunday's Waikouaiti harness meeting.

Hunter Cup in the bag but Smolda no certainty for Miracle Mile

Mark Purdon and Smolda on their way to winning the Hunter Cup.

Hunter Cup winner not confirmed to start Miracle Mile

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Artist returns to fix tagged mural gallery video

Artist Ash Keating returned to Manchester St on Saturday to revamp his mural after it was tagged recently.

A prominent mural in central Christchurch has been given a new lease of life.

Theatre Review: Winston's Birthday

Yvonne Martin and Geoffrey Heath star in Court Theatre production Winston's Birthday.

Winston's Birthday is simply the story of a dysfunctional family; equally flawed and stubborn as its patriarch.

Electric Avenue draws thousands to Hagley Park

06022016 New Photo:Dean Kozanic/FairfaxNZ. Electric Avenue music festival in North Hagley Park. The crowd for P-Money.

Crowd "reasonably well behaved" at Canterbury's largest music festival on Waitangi Day.

5 things to do on Valentine's Day

See how pygmy marmoset couple Wicket and Cuzco will be spending Valentine's Day at Wellington Zoo.

Looking for some last-minute Valentine's Day inspiration? Here are our picks around the country.

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