Fataki, the 190kg leader of Orana Park's gorilla gang.

Christchurch's island sanctuary

On the edge of the city is a safe home for endangered birds, reptiles and a gorilla troop. 

Six-year-old skydiver

Six-year-old skydiver Xanthe, with mum Miranda Townsend and stepdad Jono Townsend.

8:30 AM  "One of the first things she said when she landed was that she wanted to do it again."

Nuclear family: it's history

Only a quarter of teenagers live with both their biological parents, new research shows.

500 cows missing

7:38 AM  Workers left scratching their heads after 500 cows went missing from an Ashburton farm.

Man's carer gets $587,000

Court finds she was interfering and behaved suspiciously, but her trust still gets $587,000.

'They were going to kill me' video

Ning Huang read all the news about armed robberies in the city, but thought he was safe.

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News

Brisk morning for Christchurch

MetService predicts a high of 15 degrees Celsius for Christchurch, cloudy periods with afternoon sunny spells and some ...

7:29 AM  It's going to be a cloudy start to the day for most of the South Island.

Axe-wielding man robs dairy

Police investigating yet another Christchurch dairy hold-up, this time in Upper Riccarton.

Police will attend all break-ins

More support for cannabis law reform

The Rebuild

Former glory for band rotunda?

The Christchurch City Council wants to restore the Edmonds band rotunda to its former glory. It is pictured here in the ...

A $1.2 million restoration of Christchurch's Edmonds band rotunda could see it returned to its former glory.

Canterbury's new home boom

The Christchurch rebuild is contributing to the large number of new housing consents in Canterbury.

Canterbury's housing market is still in a post-earthquake boom, with consents outstripping the rest of the country.

Christchurch's housing woes video

Median house prices in Christchurch reached $450,000 in April 2016 – the highest on record.

Rising prices overall have been compounded by the legacy of the earthquakes. How do we fix it?

Christchurch building firms go bust

Approximately 160 building-related Christchurch companies have collapsed since January 2015, records indicate.

More than 60 construction-related companies have been liquidated this year, owing about $40m.

IRD building comeback

The former IRD building, on the corner Madras and Cashel streets.

The earthquake-damaged central Christchurch building will likely be repaired and used for offices or education.

Opinion

Dishonest insolvency players must be outed

Many firms came to Christchurch to take advantage of the building boom but not all had the financial management needed ...

Sweeping changes proposed to remove the industry of dishonest or incompetent insolvency practitioners can not come soon enough.

Let's get deadbeat drugged drivers off the roads

Police practice a coordination test during a course designed to catch drugged drivers. Mike Yardley argues that such ...

OPINION: How many of the reprobate road warriors are actually off their scone? How many are drug-addled?

Last gasp for unions?

Labour MP Grant Robertson delivered a 300 word speech on the "future of work" without mentioning trade unions.

OPINION: What should we make of the fact that Grant Robertson's "Future of Work" speech contains no reference to trade unions?

Drastic options for Lincoln

Lincoln University is considering all options, including a merger with a larger institution. Could a takeover by ...

All options are on the table for Lincoln University.

Saving small towns, one loo at a time

Extraordinary public toilets like this one in Kawakawa might be the business for dying regional towns.

Let's design more amazing public toilets so NZ can become famous for its trail of beautiful and inspiring loos.

business

Steel audit top of agenda

Steel fabrication is an essential element in Christchurch's central city rebuild.

A Christchurch-based steel fabricator says it has a four-step auditing system

Women-only gyms split 'amicable'

The national franchise for Configure Express says it was “mutually beneficial to part ways” with four Wellington gyms.

National chain says split will be "mutually beneficial" but neither side say why it's happening.

Former glory for band rotunda?

The Christchurch City Council wants to restore the Edmonds band rotunda to its former glory. It is pictured here in the ...

A $1.2 million restoration of Christchurch's Edmonds band rotunda could see it returned to its former glory.

Pop-up shops 'fill the gap'

The Re:START mall helped revive Christchurch’s CBD after the devastation of the 2011 earthquake.

Pop-up stores are becoming more mainstream in NZ, as property owners see potential in small, unsused spaces.

Canterbury's new home boom

The Christchurch rebuild is contributing to the large number of new housing consents in Canterbury.

Canterbury's housing market is still in a post-earthquake boom, with consents outstripping the rest of the country.

sport

Silver Fern blasted for team snub

Bailey Mes is moving back to the Mystics after two seasons with the Tactix.

Tactix gutted as Bailey Mes leaves the team, heading back to the Mystics.

Canterbury get more ABs

Hooker Codie Taylor (centre), pictured in the third test against Wales in Dunedin in June, has been released along with ...

Scott Robertson could choose up to six All Blacks for Canterbury's next match against Northland.

End of an era for Brown

Cashmere Technical coach John Brown is finishing up after five years in charge.

John Brown stepping down as Cashmere Technical coach.

Rusbatch leads Checkers into semi-finals

Ethan Rusbatch, left, scored 34 points in Checkers' quarter-final win.

Ethan Rusbatch stars in Checkers' win.

Kiwis bag four Breeders Crown wins

Wilma's Mate and David Butt have won the Group I final for three-year-old trotting fillies at Melton.

Kiwis take half the card at Australasian Breeders Crown meet.

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christchurch life

Scooters for hope

Jim Lilley's dog Biggles is a happy sidecar passenger.

One man and his dog are joining a 250km scooter rally across the Southern Alps as a gesture of support for people with cancer.

The power of flowers

Janine Thomson of The Flower Garden.

Janine Thomson uses flowers donated from weddings and gardens to create bouquets for hospitals and rest homes.

Canterbury kids show off culture gallery

Chisnallwood Intermediate perform at Cultural Festival 2016 at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch on Monday.

Over 10,000 people will flock to the Christchurch primary schools cultural festival this week.

Ten exhibitions worthy of attention

Euan MacLeod, Dusky Sound, 2015-16 acrylic on polyester.

September offers a range of exhibitions around the city that certainly won't disappoint

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