One of the only known photos of Alfred Thomas Vincent, then aged 12.

Unfit for jail, unfit to be freed

Speaking at his parole hearing in Rolleston Prison, Alfred Vincent wants freedom after 47 years in jail.

Wet weekend ahead

Saturday's rain radar shows heavy rain hotspots on the western side of the country

It's set to be a wet weekend around NZ, with weather warnings issued.

Car smashed into grit truck

A man was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital after smashing in to a grit truck in Cromwell.

Review: That Bloody Woman

That Bloody Woman is a rock musical bursting with wit, charm, verve and righteous energy.

Uniting to help Canterbury thrive

OPINION: Margaret Bazley explains the Canterbury Economic Development Strategy.

Foundation repair battle

Family fighting insurer over quake repair strategy questioned in government investigation.

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Counting the cost of skifield accidents

Oliver Sullivan, 20, is recovering in the Burwood Spinal Unit after initially having no feeling in his legs from a skiing accident on Craigieburn.

More than $1.6m in ACC claims has been paid out to Canterbury skiers and snowboarders this year.

Heavy rain forecast in West Coast

Severe weather forecast for the West Coast could cause slips, surface flooding, and raised river levels.

Art takes back the streets video

Migrants to boost southern towns

The Rebuild

Homeowner fights quake repair strategy

Lyndell Turner and Mike Levington are concerned about the foundation repair strategy proposed for their Christchurch home.

Family fighting insurer over quake repair strategy questioned in government investigation.

Migrants to boost southern towns

Canterbury towns may look to bring in more migrant workers for an economic boost.

A new plan aims to rejuvenate South Island towns facing aging populations and economic decline.

Rocky foundations and cheap fixes

Underfoot Services' Bevan Craig uncovers hidden damage to a ring foundation.

Are insurers taking advantage of building rules to turn a blind eye to foundation damage in post-quake Christchurch?

60 jobs axed in council restructure

Chief executive Karleen Edwards announced the planned restructure in June, saying the city council was "quite bureaucratic and siloed".

Council staff are "upset" and "shocked" by news they stand to lose their jobs under major restructure.

Southern Response class action launched gallery

Over 40 disgruntled earthquake customers of Southern Respones have started a class action against the insurer

More than 40 disgruntled customers of a major insurer have launched a class action against it, seeking $25,000 each in damages.

Opinion

These hemorrhoids are a real pain in the neck

Author Tom Wolfe wrote,  "All at once he was alone in this noisy hive with no place to roost."

OPINION: Ken Strongman mixes metaphors.

Mayors unite to help Canterbury thrive

Dame Margaret Bazley, flanked by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, left, and  Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee,  explains the Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy at its launch on Friday.

OPINION: Dame Margaret Bazley explains the Canterbury Economic Development Strategy, launched on Friday.

Unity from Canterbury’s mayors leaves backbiting behind

Water and tourism are among seven major priorities agreed by Canterbury's mayors to drive economic development.

Far from the era of back-fighting and political snarling, Canterbury mayor's are standing shoulder to shoulder.

Christchurch: Facing the future that's stranger than fiction

Performance artists Eel Mother take the Christchurch Arts Festival to unsuspecting commuters in the new Bus Interchange on Friday.

It was a week of dystopian media news and signs of life in Christchurch.

Depiction ignores ag history

A Fonterra tanker picks up milk a Taranaki farm. Governments of different political stripes have come and gone, while Fonterra has remained a co-op.

OPINION: The "great fear of socialism" that columnist Chris Trotter ascribes to NZ farmers is less pronounced than it seems.

business

Homeowner fights quake repair strategy

Lyndell Turner and Mike Levington are concerned about the foundation repair strategy proposed for their Christchurch home.

Family fighting insurer over quake repair strategy questioned in government investigation.

Migrants to boost southern towns

Canterbury towns may look to bring in more migrant workers for an economic boost.

A new plan aims to rejuvenate South Island towns facing aging populations and economic decline.

Preparing for life after the rebuild

The Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy launch saw Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce alongside Environment Canterbury chair Dame Margaret Bazley and Minister for Earthquake Recovery, Gerry Brownlee

Cantabrians and migrants and their ability to maintain jobs within the region are part of a new economic development strategy.

Unity from Canterbury’s mayors leaves backbiting behind

Water and tourism are among seven major priorities agreed by Canterbury's mayors to drive economic development.

Far from the era of back-fighting and political snarling, Canterbury mayor's are standing shoulder to shoulder.

Port worker's memorial 'bittersweet'

Brad Fletcher, pictured here with wife Anita, was remembered at a memorial service at Lyttelton Port on Friday - the first anniversary of his death.

Memorial for Lyttelton Port worker and volunteer fire brigade stalwart Brad Fletcher "bittersweet".

sport

Canterbury claim NHL win, draw

Black Sticks goalkeeper George Enersen made three telling saves to help the Canterbury Cavaliers win a shootout against the Southern Dogs in Christchurch after the score was locked at 2-2 at fulltime.

Three players scored on debut as the Canterbury Cats celebrated the start of the National Hockey League women's competition with a resounding 4-0 win over the Southern Storm in Christchurch on Saturday.

Canterbury sack Garden of Eden

Mitch Karpik of Auckland is tackled by Ben Funnell of Canterbury at Eden Park.

Auckland’s four-year unbeaten run at Eden Park came to an end on Saturday with a 27-21 defeat to Canterbury.

Dogs snap at Cavaliers' heels

Canterbury Cavaliers goalkeeper George Enersen is the best in the NHL, according to coach Andrew Hastie.

Canterbury keeper ready for "grudge match" with Southern in first round of National Hockey League.

Parker set for Christchurch bout

Dean Lonergan said he is 100% committed to Joseph Parker fighting in Christchurch at Horncastle Arena in April.

NZ heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker looks increasingly likely to fight in Christchurch in April.

Top Cat claims NHL best yet

Black Stick Pippa Hayward will captain the Canterbury Cats in this year's national league.

Black Stick Pippa Hayward says looming Olympics should make National Hockey League very competitive.

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Review: That Bloody Woman

Kate Sheppard rock opera That Bloody Woman had its world premiere in Christchurch on Friday night.

That Bloody Woman is a rock musical bursting with wit, charm, verve and righteous energy.

Art takes back the streets video

Performers at the opening of the arts festival in Christchurch on Friday night.

The Christchurch Arts Festival took back the streets for an official opening full of fire, singing, kapa haka and eels.

Eels take over bus interchange video

School girls react to performance artist Alex Rigg, of Eel Mother, who performed in the bus interchange on Friday morning as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Christchurch's new bus interchange filled with movement, sound and mischief as part of art festival.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream a ‘triumph’

Kohei Iwamoto dances in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream

It was an inspired move by former director, Ethan Stiefel, to invite outstanding young British choreographer, Liam Scartlett, to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

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