Top homes of 2014

Busy year of building in Canterbury

It's been a busy year of home building in Canterbury, but 2014 was not just about the quantity.
Sumner home

Man dies during dive

Experienced Christchurch diver in his 50s died after crayfish expedition went wrong in Akaroa.

All day search reveals nil

The mystery of rebuild worker who disappeared after leaving work is no closer to being solved.

Tourist in dramatic car flip

French tourist escapes with minor injuries after flipping rental car on its roof in Akaroa.

Memorial finalists in pictures

Mixed response as six designs being considered to commemorate Christchurch's February 2011 quake are revealed.

Stonewood deny stonewalling

A couple who have moved 9 times since the quakes should have been in their new home two months ago.

Rebuild reviewer appointed

Independent reviewer to look into rebuild work and costs related to Christchurch's quake-damaged horizontal infrastructure.

Brash seeks inquiry into Ellis case

Former National leader Don Brash writes to Justice Minister asking for independent review into man convicted of child abuse.

Traps, 1080, 'vital to save kiwi'

SFF allowed meat discharge

Actors sought for cricket opener

Want to appear in Christchurch's opening ceremony for the Cricket World Cup? Those scared of heights need not apply.

Knox Church organ played again

Sound of music rings out from Bealey Ave church's 110-year-old organ for the first time in years.

Desperate in EQC limbo

Pamela Wilkinson will pen a letter to Prime Minister John Key before admitting "there's no hope left".

Scirt 'on top of the world'

$50m complex for heritage site

$10m incentive fund almost spent

A fund encouraging developers to build residential units within Christchurch's four avenues is almost all gone.

Ups and downs of a doer-upper

Georgina Stylianou Constantly hearing the views of others is mostly helpful, but sometimes it makes you want to live in a tent.

Offering to help beats a hosing

At Christmas time, all I want to hear from my boyfriend is "Can I help?" However knocking him down with a hose helped alleviate tension.

The television highlight of 2014

Lifting US 'bloqueo' of Cuba overdue

Pollies tweet Christmas cheer

JohnKeyPM: Awesome that NZ voted No 1 country to visit. Like most NZers I will spend Xmas hols at beach #HelloHonolulu!

Fonterra's in tight corner

Fonterra's advance monthly payments to its suppliers this spring went unusually close to breaching its end-of-year payout forecast.

Bosses illegally docking wages

Agriculture, forestry and fishing bosses are big offenders when it comes to ripping off workers.

SMEs vulnerable to phreaking

The good times are rolling

Smart money's on using credit

Credit cards have a reputation as dumb debt but sometimes putting gifts on plastic is the smartest option.

Christmas will be all about BBQ

BBQ corn on the cob We have a long, proud history of standing around a grill with a few beers. Christmas Day should be no exception.

Feeling the rush

If you could somehow tap the energy bouncing around the walls inside Chinwag Eathai, you could light the city with it.

Lyttelton Coffee Co reopens

Ham, glorious ham

'Tradie day' booming

Christchurch bars are preparing for an influx of holiday revellers this afternoon when many workers are knocking off for Christmas. 

Auckland City set blueprint

Canterbury United defender Dan Terris says Auckland City have set the benchmark for other Kiwi sides.

Last test had plenty spark

Hard to believe but the last time NZ played a test in Christchurch was nine years ago at Jade Stadium.

Southern Sav aimed for the New Zealand Cup

Eddie Dawkins the headline act for track festival

Hira's transformation continues

The Canterbury team and coaches knew he could do it and Ronnie Hira knew he could do it.

Around the Bays

Banks pen Banks Peninsula is the ultimate summer playground, with its secluded bays, rolling farmland and starry skies. Explore for a day or, better still, check out these interesting places to stay.

One for the road

"A fun family project" is how Mark and Nicola Wilson describe doing up their 14-foot 1972 Oxford caravan. The end result is enough to tempt anyone on a camping holiday.

At home in the city

Waimate. Why not?

Pork shoulder

Recipe: Braised pork shoulder

Cook the perfect pulled pork this festive season. It's easily prepared in advance and, served with roast potatoes and salad, stretches to cater for unexpected guests.

Scarborough paddling pool to open

The sounds of kids splashing and giggling in the Scarborough Paddling Pool will be heard again tomorrow.

'Tradie day' booming

Christchurch bars are preparing for an influx of holiday revellers this afternoon when many workers are knocking off for Christmas.

Free bikes for Christchurch

A bike share scheme for the central city will go ahead thanks to the success of an online fundraising campaign.

Introducing Kathy & Mike

The proposal was high-tech (with a remote-control chopper) but the wedding was beautifully rustic.

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