Education Minister Hekia Parata celebrates the opening of the new Rawhiti School along with Stella Rihari-Baker, 13, and Petra Brinkerhoff, 5, the school's oldest and youngest pupils.

Rawhiti School becomes one video

6 min ago  A Christchurch merger school that has been operating from two sites has celebrated its first birthday on its new grounds.

Rates increase relief?

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel is hopeful the city's rates increases will not be as steep as the council forecast in its Long Term Plan.

4:12 PM  The steep rates rises forecast in Christchurch may not be quite as painful as expected. 

Night Noodle Markets - the menus

Read our full list of menus for each stall at Christchurch's Night Noodle Markets.

Bishop Barry Jones gravely ill

Catholic bishop Barry Jones is in palliative care after suffering a heart attack.

Tributes for teacher video

Christchurch school holds minute's silence for music teacher fatally struck by train.

Mermaid life 'a dream' video

2:42 PM  Candice Smith has wanted to be a mermaid since she was two-years-old.

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Two in hospital after truck rolls

Motorists should avoid Port Levy Rd while police clear a truck crash that left two injured.

Two people are in hospital after a scaffolding truck rolled on Banks Peninsula.

Noodle markets still heaving

The queues were a little shorter, and the wait times were a little less - but the appetites were just as large.

Pool pooper still at large

Crash site cleared in central city

The Rebuild

Convention centre certainty 'too early'

The site of the proposed new convention centre, pictured in 2015.

Canterbury's earthquake boss has cast major doubt on whether Christchurch's long-awaited convention centre will be built. 

More million-dollar apartments for city

The Millbrook Apartments on Carlton Mill Rd will be rebuilt, but the homes will be larger.

Two new apartment towers offering million-dollar homes are to be built in Christchurch.

Smaller developers follow big guys' lead

Landlord Craig Nicholas visited Australia for design ideas for his Colombo St development.

 It is not just the big guys planning to build in Christchurch's emerging retail precinct.

EQC delays 'outrageous'

EQC's ongoing delays in determining whether properties are over-cap - five years after Canterbury's quakes - are "simply outrageous", Mike Yardley says.

OPINION: EQC's ongoing delays - five years after Canterbury's quakes - are "simply outrageous", Mike Yardley says.

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.


Has Christchurch been victim to iconoclasm?

Is the neglect of the Christ Church Cathedral since the earthquakes a form of iconoclasm?

OPINION: Iconoclasm demonstrates how the immense power of art and cultural objects can inspire positive or negative reactions

Rebuilding in the red zone a reality

Courtenay Dr, one of the worst-damaged streets in Kaiapoi, could be remediated and rebuilt on, experts say.

Kaiapoi residents got a taste of the future last week when the Waimakariri District Council released its draft plan for the town's red zone.

Let's make Waitangi Day a National Day of Shame

On a National Day of Shame everyone who is unhappy with the state of affairs and the right wing Government can descend on the Te Tii Marae to vent their spleens.

OPINION: A toilet roll, a pair of underpants, a packet of gingernuts or custard square sailing at a politician will send a message.

Roadtrip to petrolhead heaven

Laying down some rubber at the Leadfoot Festival.

OPINION: The Passing Lane Grand Prix was a downside of an epic weekend drive to the Leadfoot Festival.

Waitangi weekend's multicultural mash-up

Beyonce and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform during half-time at Super Bowl over Waitangi weekend.

OPINION: If Waitangi Weekend is about celebrating the interweaving of diverse cultures, I think my whanau might have clocked it this year.


The price of cage-free eggs video

Animal rights campaign group SAFE wants to end the housing of layer eggs in cages.

Banning eggs laid by hens in cages would hit the poor hard.

Rich-lister remembered

Spencer was New Zealand's richest man during the 1980s.

Reclusive 'toilet paper king' John Spencer was NZ's richest man in the 1980s.

Retail icons shut up shop

The Boxing Day Sales continue at ReStart container mall in Christchurch. Although the weather has put a dampner on things.
Colin Johnson of Johnson's Grocery

OPINION: Institutions like Wellington's Kirkcaldie and Stains, and Johnson’s Grocery in Christchurch struggled in the modern retail world.

Family loses van to alleged drink driver

Tash Williams hold Teiana Williams, 2, while Joe Cumming holds, from left, Anya, 2, Ruby, 4, and Renata Williams, 2.

Dunedin family of nine lose their only mode of transport after alleged drink-driver crashes into vehicle.

January housing data 'weak'

Is Auckland's housing market pausing for breath or actually slowing?

House sales and prices up but data interpreted as being weak, especially in Auckland.


Larsen expects Ko resurgence

Nicole Broch Larsen was the clubhouse leader at the NZ Open.

The NZ Open's early leader accepts Lydia Ko is still a major threat.

Common ground for Ko and Bristow

Cathryn Bristow flourished on day one of the NZ Open.

Cathryn Bristow rapt to be on a par with world No.1 Lydia Ko after first round of NZ Open

New sponsor close for Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast race director Richard Ussher.

A new naming rights sponsor would be a massive boost for the Coast to Coast.

Wilde shines in the wild

Competitors get going at the start of the 2016 Coast to Coast race.

Hayden Wilde impresses in first Coast to Coast

"It's better to wear out than rust"; Kathy Lynch

Kathy Lynch, who now lives on a lifestyle block near Methven, won five consecutive Coast to Coast titles in the 1990s.

‘‘Hard work? Compared to what - adventure racing at an elite level?" Multisport legend Kathy Lynch, 58, still going hard.

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Taste testing at Noodle Markets

A selection of dishes from the Night Noodle Markets.

The night was warm, the beer was flowing, and the queues were long - but what was the food actually like?

Night Noodle Markets - the menus

Tasty meat skewers are proving hugely popular at the markets.

Read our full list of menus for each stall at Christchurch's Night Noodle Markets and decide ahead what you want to try.

Noodle markets still heaving

The Collier and Munro families came together for a night with noodles.

The queues were a little shorter, and the wait times were a little less - but the appetites were just as large.

Families share anxiety fix video

Sarina Dickson, left, and Julie Burgess-Manning, authors of highly successful kids books dealing with anxiety, have released a short film showcasing how families have adapted to stressful environments.

Their books on anxiety have become a staple in schools across Canterbury, now two Christchurch authors have made a film.

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