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Festa puts life back in the city's heart

Festa 2014

Next generation of NZ architects transform Christchurch's quake-damaged heart into a "spectacle of light".

Gary McCormick humour being exported

Top radio host, dad and husband turns 63

Gary McCormick

The notion of a holiday gives Gary McCormick the heebie-geebies so perish the thought of retirement.

TedX takes on new science focus

Siouxsie Wiles

Many speakers at the Christchurch conference will be modern-day scientists bringing the topic to a new generation.

From a doorstop to the Man Booker prize

Keri Hulme

In 1985, Keri Hulme didn't turn up to the Man Booker ceremony as she didn't think she had a chance - she won.

Passing on the power of dance

Dancer Olivia Russell

Olivia Russell gave up her promising dance career after her father died. But she couldn't fight her dream, and now runs a Christchurch training school.

Ladi6 to headline Summer Starter

Ladi6 'gives back' with gig at Summer Starter


Kiwi hip-hop queen to "give back" to her hometown by singing Cantabrians across the finish line.

Students to bring life back into Arts centre

Andre Lovatt

Hundreds of music students could return when half of the quake-hit historic complex reopens in mid-2015.

'Music geeks' find keys to success

Black Keys

Heartache and Sid Vicious' guitar play a part in The Black Keys' latest album, Turn Blue.

Ambitious 135k Christchurch trail from the air

Drone and Peter Perrim

A new video shows the ambitious Christchurch Perimeter Trail, which supporters say could open in six months.

Flashback to Square's movie past

Heavenly Creatures

OPINION: There will be a free open air screening of Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures in the Square tonight.

Walking the 10k to get fit for summer

Lucy Powell

A keen tramper plans to walk the 10k Summer Starter to help prepare for the Abel Tasman walk next year.

Secret pyrotechnics promised at Diwali festival

Abacus Bhangra

Christchurch's Diwali festival promises a glimpse into another culture, along with delicious food and serious pyrotechnic displays.

Coconut oil seen as health hazard

Coconut oil shouldn't be used as regular cooking oil despite being trendy, says the heart foundation.

The Eastern sings for quake city

Singing telegram brings tears of joy

Adam McGrath and Jeanne Ayers

Unsuspecting Cantabrians in need of a boost get a musical visit from local band The Eastern.

Linwood students find the right fit


Linwood College pupils of all ages and shoe sizes fitted with free running shoes from Shoe Clinic.

Christchurch, you must see this


OPINION: Empire, a production by United States company Spiegelworld, is unlike anything else you've seen. | 'I had to wear a false penis'

Empire show comes to Christchurch

Jonathan Taylor and Anne Goldmann perform in Empire

When the Empire show was in Japan, one act had to be modified because it's illegal to get naked on stage.

Watch a demolition from the grandstand

 An artist’s impression of Gap Filler’s new project – Grandstandium.

A mini and relocatable grandstand has been designed so people can among other things observe "crowd-worthy" demolitions in comfort.

How to cater for vegetarians


OPINION: Don't make them mushroom risotto, but you can make tofu taste good.

Simple but smart a good bet for races

Cup Day

Want a winning look for Cup Day? Take some tips from those in the know.

Plenty for kids to get stuck into at Festa


Dance-O-Rama, jelly cities, glowing costumes and more to be found at this year's Festa.

Market madness by the beach


Get into the summer groove with the Sunday Sumner Market, a Sauvingon Blanc and Seafood Trail.

Raise a glass to Volstead

Zest names top spot for 2014


We've done the rounds, checked the reviews and named Volstead Trading Company as this year's Best Bar.

Vibrant Linwood mural lifts morale

Motorists stuck in traffic get a closer look

Linwood Ave mural

Motorists stuck in Linwood Ave traffic have had a chance to enjoy a closer look at a massive new mural.

Christchurch a model of adaptive urbanism

gap filler

International visionaries will gather to discuss the future of Christchurch's Gapfiller projects from Thursday.

Christchurch cycling route changes flawed


There are good ideas with cyclists in mind, but no practical experience in implementing them.

Family time without digital distractions

OPINION: Most nights when our family sits down to dinner I hear the pinging of smartphones.

Irish cricketers in Avon River collision

International cricketers fear injury on the Avon

Irish cricket team in punting collision

The Irish cricket team's visit to Christchurch almost took a turn for the worst before they had even played a match. 

Fitness guru a former 'dropkick drunk'


A fitness guru, who was once a 'dropkick drunk', says the fitness industry is failing many who need it most.

Neighbours key to wellbeing - study

Neighbours helping clear liquefaction

Canterbury's quakes highlighted the importance of a person's environment and neighbours.

Free fun events to help ease quake stress

Christmas carols

More than 60 events, from pool parties to carol singing, will help people ''have a bit of fun'' this summer.

Sutton: Running reduces stress

roger sutton

If anyone knows about stress management, it is Roger Sutton.

Billboard highlights Christchurch bands

marlon williams

Christchurch musicians have been singled out by Billboard magazine.

Creations come to life on the catwalk


Colourful and creepy creations hit the catwalk as D&A makeup design students show off their skills.

Festa: Carnival of shape and light


The Press

Christchurch's party season opens with the resplendent festival of light.

Donor: You really are what you eat

Marie Lockie, 88, with University of Canterbury researcher Julia Rucklidge, right.

A "cheeky" 88-year-old once cured an alcoholic's cravings with her nutritional advice, and now her $150,000 in donations is helping researchers prove what she is passionate about.

Stuff's wedding of the week

Tracy Hyde and Matt Watson's wedding

Is anything more romantic than an elopement? These two didn't think so, choosing to fly into the snowy peaks.

It's the high road for tourists

Christchurch Coastal Pathway

The Christchurch Coastal Pathway group is aiming for the 6.5 kilometre track to become the most popular tourist attraction in the city.

What's so shameful about eating alone?

Passengers & Co breakfast

OPINION: If you've never enjoyed a meal with a dog-eared novel at a table for one, you're missing out.

Billy bounces back

Billy Idol

It's a fine day for a tour announcement - Billy Idol is playing three New Zealand dates in 2015.

Music hopefuls lining up for TV stardom

Whenua Patuwai

The X-Factor music competition is returning to NZ next year and budding musicians are already lining up to enter.

Couchsurfing being used for 'sexual grooming'

Smash Palace

Men infiltrated Christchurch couchsurfing group with alleged "sexually charged motivations".

Song penned for Terror to Love

Special song penned for Cup winner

Terror To Love

With three New Zealand Trotting Cups to his name there is no doubt Terror To Love has the X factor and now he has a song to prove it.

Cantabrians most anxious about sleep

Insomnia generic

One-third of Cantabrians say they are not getting enough sleep and should do better on exercise, says a new survey.

Artisan bakehouse rises up in Woolston

Terra Viva Bake

Delicious bake shop and cafe opens in old Holy Smoke building, while Addington gets set for a cute new espresso bar.

Black Betty named Christchurch's best cafe

Black Betty

The man who refused to be beaten by quakes and consent battles wins top cafe award.

This year's top sausage? Beef and blue cheese

Top sausages

An Ashburton butcher took out this year's top prize for sausages with a beef and blue cheese combo.

Which coastal spot has the best icecream?

Which coastal spot has the best icecream?

Redcliffs Dairy

Nothing says Kiwi summer like devouring a double scoop of goody goody gumdrops and hokey pokey icecream.

Banks Peninsula branches into 'glamping'

Banks Peninsula branches into 'glamping' trend

Banks Peninsula glamping

Eye fillet on the barbecue, a hot shower and a log burner in every tent. This is what camping should be.

Lifesavers run 10k to promote suburbs

Stu Bryce

Couple will push daughters 10K for the Summer Starter, a race they say draws much-needed attention to city's coastal areas.
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