Halfdan Hansen of Jens Hansen Jewellers, who designed the rings for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, was ...

Lord of the Rings heist arrests

4:00 PM  More than $40k of stolen goods found after raid on stores including a LOTR jeweller.

Cyclist coma sentence

Wei Zhang, 34, has been sentenced after clipping a cyclist with a campervan he was driving in Dunedin.

4:59 PM  A tourist driver has to pay $35,000 to a cyclist he clipped with a campervan who was left in a coma.

Death after fall from moving car

4:06 PM  Brother of woman who died says his sister had "the world's most contagious laugh"

129 body-building drug charges

3:50 PM  Jail is likely for a man who has admitted 129 charges involving body-building drugs.

Woman bit sex attacker

Police say a woman bit a man who sexually attacked her in a late-night incident.

There was a Port Hills fire tornado

At its core was an inferno, and like a normal tornado, it picked up everything in its path.

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Council assets manager under investigation

Westland District Council assets manager Vivek Goel.

8 min ago  The Westland District Council's assets manager is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.

Towns left out of campaign

4:24 PM  Quake-hit Hurunui and Kaikoura may miss out on a social recovery programme due to a funding gap.

Wanaka Primary School classrooms project confirmed

Port Hills threat not over

The Rebuild

The Terrace project progressing

Building activity is back under way at The Terrace.

Property investor Antony Gough is busy building The Terrace development again, and says this time there will be no stopping him.

Bishop worried over fundraising

Victoria Matthews, Bishop of Christchurch, and Moka Ritchie, a trustee of Church Property Trustees, photographed on Sunday.

Anglican leaders want taxpayers to foot the bill if the money for the $100m Christ Church Cathedral restoration can't be raised, sources say.

Christchurch from the air gallery

The Hagley Oval cricket ground opened in September 2013.

Christchurch is transforming as anchor projects get under way .

Chch's new central city emerging

The International Market has plans to reopen in Tuam St, Christchurch.

New cafes, shops and markets, along the reopening of old favourites, will mark year seven of the Christchurch rebuild.

Rebuild plans to bear fruit in 2017

An aerial view of the proposed Christchurch convention centre site, bottom left.

The "physical proof" of Christchurch's post-earthquake rebuild will be revealed this year, Otakaro says.


Cadbury needs a cad like Trump

The Cadbury factory is a Dunedin institution.

OPINION: What would Donald Trump say about Cadbury planning to shut its doors in Dunedin?

'Swimmable' loses all meaning video

Chamberlains Ford on Canterbury's Selwyn River, photographed on Wednesday.

Chamberlains Ford is all but withered into a puddle, filled with slime. But its swimming quality is marked as "good".

My mum goes to war with Wilson Parking

Wilson Parking has taken over many empty lots in Christchurch's central city.

OPINION: Even the most reasonable, level-headed people can be reduced to a hot ranting mess by parking tickets.

Saving access to sport TV

Sky TV's proposed merger with Vodafone NZ has been torpedoed by the country's competition watchdog.

NZers' all-consuming love of sport is at the heart of the Commerce Commission's decision to reject a merger between Sky and Vodafone.

Making sure we get the regreening of the Port Hills right

A seeding trial site at Mt Cook station just after fire in 2008.

OPINION: Before too many spades slice the soil or seed is sown, we need forethought and planning to get replanting the Port Hills right.


Third 'winter' for Kaikoura

Whale Watch is still running less than a quarter of the trips it would normally at this time of year.

Kaikoura businesses are desperate for an extension to the wage subsidy that has kept them afloat since the November earthquake.

Blaze battlers offered discounts, rugby tickets

Firefighters' efforts battling the Port Hills blazes will be rewarded with a donation by Smiths City.

Smiths City will donate to firefighters who will also enjoy a free ticket and drink at the BNZ Crusaders match against the Brumbies.

Retirement village dementia care takes off

Summerset chief executive Julian Cook with the manager of the company's New Plymouth village, Wayne Mackay.

Summerset's rapid expansion now includes dementia care centres.

Stinky water turns off tourists

Overseas visitors are not impressed to find warning signs like this one at Canterbury's Coes Ford.

Overseas visitors expecting pristine countryside are being put off by NZ's pollution.

Meth danger can be measured

This house is undergoing decontamination for methamphetamine.

Meth-tainted houses may be quite safe depending on the level of contamination.


Overlooked Astle disappointed by chances

Todd Astle played his first test for New Zealand in almost four years in November against Pakistan.

 In the Black Caps and out the next, it's been a frustrating summer for unwanted legspinner.

Combined Roncalli confirmed in Crusaders Schools Championship

Roncalli College First XV have been allowed to combine with five other schools for the UC Championship.

Roncalli College First XV is allowed a combined team in the Crusaders Schools Championships, starting this season.

New era for Crusaders begins video

Scott Robertson guided Canterbury to national provincial championship titles in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and was also in ...

Usually a picture of stability, the Crusaders have undergone significant changes in recent months.

Terris likely done for season

Experienced defender Dan Terris hasn't featured for Canterbury this season due to injury.

Canterbury United veteran endures most frustrating season of long career.

The hoodoo haunting Crusaders video

Crusaders halfback Bryn Hall, pictured scoring a try against the Hurricanes in the semifinal of the Brisbane Global Tens ...

They haven't won a Super Rugby round-one game in Christchurch in seven years.

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Home's poke salad bowl

Poke salad bowl from Home eatery in Christchurch.

We help readers track down a dish from a restaurant or cafe.

Tested: A laser facial

KM Surgical's Laser Genesis facial is a great way to refresh before an event.

The non-ablative laser stimulates collagen growth and tightens skin without removing any skin layers.

Lost in Middle Earth

As part of the tour you can pose with a replica sword on Mt Sunday, also known as Edoras from the Lord of the Rings movies.

A tour makes it possible to go from central Christchurch to Middle Earth – and back – in a day.

Cloudy but warm

Car parking and cloudy conditions over the Christchurch CBD. Shot from Tuam St. (File photo)

Sun will peak through clouds in most centres on Friday, as we usher in the last weekend of February.

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