Alastair and Elaine Rutherford are astonished at the stupidity of whoever set the wooden screen on their property alight

Arson at equestrian centre

Attempted arson leaves North Canterbury couple concerned for their home and business.

$200k fraudster jailed

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3:07 PM  Businessman warns others to be wary of fraud after his office manager stole nearly $200,000 from the firm.

Prowler climbed tree to peer at girls

3:33 PM  A man who repeatedly spied on girls had "dysfunctional sexual behaviour", a judge says.

German footballers land in Chch video

3:10 PM  Germany's under-20 football team touch down in Christchurch ahead of world cup.

Burglar injured ‘brave’ neighbour

A neighbour who tried to stop a burglar's getaway got wedged between a car and a fence.

Waves close road, disrupt ferries video

3:47 PM  Large waves have closed roads along the Kaikoura coast.

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Long-serving Hagley principal retires

Brent Ingram, principal of Hagley Community College, who is retiring at the end of the year.

3:58 PM  Brent Ingram is retiring after 25 years in charge of Hagley Community College.

Train v car - motorist unscathed

3:26 PM  A driver has minor injuries after crashing into the TranzAlpine tourist train west of Christchurch.

Another builder down in Christchurch

'Fire rod' abuse testimony challenged

The Rebuild

Investor loses family dispute

Lilly Cooper has lost a bitter court dispute with her sister and brother-in-law over a central Christchurch building.

Christchurch property investor Lilly Cooper been ordered to pay over $500,000 to her sister and brother in-law.

Builder goes bust but it gets worse

Christchurch building company True Green Homes goes bust, leaving couple nearly $100,000 out of pocket.

Cera has delayed a plan for compensation of residential red zone property owners for another two months.

Red zone compensation plan delayed

A revised buyout offer for the owners of vacant, commercial and uninsured properties in Christchurch's residential red zones has been delayed two months.

Opinion

Men's fury at 'feminist' Max video

Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road.

OPINION: Calls for men to boycott the "feminist" Mad Max movie are laughable, writes Michele A'Court.

Advertising's battle to take over the world

OPINION: We now expect to see commerce everywhere. And even if we hide from it, it comes to find us.

Fish

Abuse of crews must be stopped

OPINION: Any foreign vessel wanting to fish here must do so under our rules.

business

Central Plains Water pipe supplier tumbles

Aquaduct NZ pipes at the Central Plains Water scheme, beside the mobile manufacturing site at Hororata. [pictured November 2014.

2 min ago  The supplier of piping for the first stage of the 60,000ha Central Plains Water scheme is in receivership.

Pubs were 'cheapest babysitter'

Two popular student bars in Dunedin have closed, with the owner saying he had become ''the cheapest babysitter in town''.

Christchurch home owners bear the brunt of builder liquidations.

Another builder down in Christchurch

A Tauranga building company with 26 Christchurch clients has gone into receivership.

sport

Reason: Stokes the new Cairns

New Zealand-born England allrounder Ben Stokes celebrates taking the wicket of Mark Craig on the final day of the first test at Lord's. Stokes was awarded man-of-the-match as England beat the Black Caps by 124 runs.

OPINION: There is no shame in defeat, particularly to a Christchurch jam-eater.

Tactix defender Fellowes announces retirement

Former Australian defender Demelza Fellowes has announced her retirement from netball.

Venus Serena a second line special for Jewels

John Dunn knows it's possible to win the Harness Jewels from the second line.

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House build "a long journey, but worth it"

Craig and Rowena Douglas's home sits on a 2500-square-metre block in a semi-rural subdivision in Lincoln.

What do you do if several companies behind the house you are planning go belly up? Take on the project yourself.

New home for student radio

A new studio means James Meharry and Rachel Morton will no longer produce radio out of the old RDUnit truck.

A new studio means student radio station RDU will no longer produce radio out an old truck.

A classic English garden using NZ natives

Can you achieve classic form with only New Zealand-born and bred plants? One Canterbury gardener has done just that.

Can you achieve English-style borders with only NZ-born and bred plants? The answer's yes.

Dancing with Utopia

Eden Mulholland is playing shows in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland in May.

Musician Eden Mulholland has freed himself from putting his creations into boxes and labelling them. He brings his Utopia tour to New Zealand this week.

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