Even contest revealed in debate

David Cunliffe looks at John Key during leaders' debate in Christchurch.

Leaders change their performances from first debate, and spark up over childhood poverty, housing and tax.

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CTV probe escalated

CTV building Professionals connected to CTV building collapse have moved closer to possible manslaughter charges.

'She always had a smile'

Peg Noble One victim of Ashburton shooting "loved her job" while another was leaving Christchurch's quakes. | In court

Student dies after crash

Jadeyn McKay and Jamie Sixtus A young woman who died after a car crash near Murchison was a "lovely girl" dedicated to helping others.

'A hole in so many hearts'

Susan Leigh Cleveland Susan Cleveland moved to Ashburton to escape Christchurch quakes, says her grieving mum.

'No one has got any answers'

Brendan Boyle Work and Income staff had offered 'every assistance' to a man arrested for double murder, says Paula Bennett.

Council urged to cut cheap loans

The council's money man believes it is time the council stopped acting as a community bank.

Christchurch touted for Games

Skiing addict sells after 38 years

Brad Fletcher

Port safety denounced

Lyttelton Port workers were reportedly jump-starting machinery when colleague fell to death.

Business tourism on the up

chch convention centre Christchurch convention organisers are upbeat that business tourism will remain on the front foot.

Essays reflect on rebuild

A new book of essays looks at the city rebuild through contemplative eyes.

Thousands devalued

Bars shift from SOL to Terrace

Poplar Lane

SOL Square set to return

After years in limbo, precinct will be redeveloped to add more office and hospitality space to city centre.

Jolly doctors help reduce stress

Thomas Petschner There is a real need for Clown Doctors in Christchurch, with many still trying to find reasons to laugh.

Dark day for public service

The impact of the shooting yesterday of three Ashburton Work and Income office employees iwill be felt far throughout NZ.

Rail plan a vote winner

Flabbergasted by land sale arguments

drinking

Let's party, but responsibly

Until we get serious about binge-drinking, the kiddie crowd breeds trouble.

Kiwi house prices really bite

Wellington property NZ's house prices among the most overvalued in the world and keep getting worse, report says.

Port safety denounced

Lyttelton Port workers were reportedly jump-starting machinery when colleague fell to death.

SOL Square set to return

Skiing addict sells after 38 years

Lyttelton Port

Independent backing for Port offer

Lyttelton Port Company shareholders should accept CCHL takeover offer, suggests Northington Partners.

Bennett a brew believer

Martin Bennett. Martin Bennett doesn't look like a brewer, but when he's talking about beer his eyes light up.

Bars shift from SOL to Terrace

Terrace hospitality strip will get two new bars after plans to revive Sol Square were abandoned.

Chch's food vs the capital

Review: The Institution

Stranges Lane, bar, friends, nightlife

'We're not banning under-20s'

The new bars in Stranges Lane are an island of newness amid an urban wasteland.

Sacked Nelsen 'dealt bad hand'

Ryan Nelsen Former All White Sam Malcolmson says sacked Toronto FC coach deserved another year to prove himself.

Champs add strength

Canterbury coach Scott Robertson has brought back three of his stars for Thursday night's NPC rugby clash with Otago.

Terror back as bright as ever

Back to business for Nelsen?

Jonelle Price

High stakes at Burghley

Poor showing at world champs has raised the stakes for New Zealand's three-day eventing team at Burghley.

Review: The Institution

The Institution This petite New Regent St bar brings together some of the best things local vendors have to offer.

Review: Hachi Hachi

Hachi Hachi, Victoria St, is reminiscent of pre-quake Japanese eatery Wagamamas, with communal tables, served-when-ready dishes and wallet-friendly prices.

Your guide to eating out

Recipe: Bee-sting cake

Chicken

Best chicken dinners

A generous smoked chicken salad at The Carlton was the dish to beat.

Mike Unger

Skiing addict sells after 38 years

Mike Unger is shutting Victoria Ski Sport after nearly four decades in the ski business.

Books

Festival offers new views on city

People from outside Christchurch can help Cantabrians to see their strange, ruined and hopeful city in new ways.

Nicky Hager

Most successful WORD festival yet

Sold-out shows and thousands of attendees have made this year's Christchurch writers festival one of the most successful yet, its organiser says.

Stranges Lane, bar, friends, nightlife

'We're not banning under-20s'

The new bars in Stranges Lane are an island of newness amid an urban wasteland.

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