Christchurch Life

Scarborough paddling pool to open at last

The sounds of kids splashing and giggling in the Scarborough Paddling Pool will be heard again tomorrow.

'Tradie day' booming in Christchurch

Bars busy as workers break up for Christmaas

Christchurch bars are preparing for an influx of holiday revellers this afternoon when many workers are knocking off for Christmas. 

PledgeMe brings free bikes to Christchurch

A bike share scheme for the central city will go ahead thanks to the success of an online fundraising campaign.

Stuff's wedding of the week: Kathy & Mike

The proposal was high-tech (with a remote-control chopper) but the wedding was beautifully rustic.

The Bats headline Nostalgia festival

If good music, local beers and unique food is your scene, you might want to get your tickets booked for next year's Nostalgia Festival.

Christmas this year is all about the BBQ

BBQ corn on the cob

We have a long, proud history of standing around a grill with a few beers. Christmas Day should be no exception.

Grum goes extra mile for charity

Canty granddad on epic journey for charity

Hanmer Springs' Graham Firth (Grum) has just hit Cambodia as part of his 2 1/2 year cycling tour.

Jethro Tull juggernaut hits Christchurch

Ian Anderson has arrived in Christchurch with his trademark flute in his backpack.

Review: Chinwag Eathai a burst of energy

Crowd brings a buzz to Chinwag Eathai

REVIEW: If you could somehow tap the energy bouncing around the walls inside Chinwag Eathai, you could light the city with it.

Shopping: pain or pleasure?

Christmas shopping 'crazy and stressful'

OPINION: Who loves shopping? If it means battling crowds and Christchurch's ghastly roads to search for something I may not want or need, no thanks.

Exploring 80s Christchurch with a camera

Christchurch in days gone by

A new book filled with black and white photographs reminds us how Christchurch looked in the mid-1980s.

Banks Peninsula Track offers rugged beauty

This tramp feels remote - a trip back in time. It also provides a raw perspective on the harsh beauty of our land.

Bumpy ride for pregnant actor

Writing, filming and co-producing her first feature film while pregnant was not what Camille Keenan was hoping for.

No holding back for Veronicas

Australian duo The Veronicas are back and, not surprisingly, twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso from Brisbane are eager to talk about their new album.

Lyttelton Coffee Company back in action

Four years after the quakes and 'serious safety strengthening', a popular Lyttelton cafe is back.

Glazed ham is the way to go


OPINION: I don't want to hear a word out of you turkey eaters - Christmas is all about the ham.

Christmas is still on the cards for some

Santa may have ditched Christmas cards in favour of email, but for a traditional few, nothing beats snail mail.

Casual food with southern vibe at Boo Radley's

Boo Radley's a mix of owner's favourite things

Brett Giddens has brought Bourbon, sticky ribs and a Mississippi vibe to his new bar.

Christchurch photographer sees the light

Mountain bike night riders become shooting stars of light in this image from John Burland.

Honeypot Cafe opens Mondays for charity

The Honeypot Cafe will be serving up a pot of gold to Christchurch charities every week from today.

Terra Viva named cafe of the year

Burnside cafe named best in Christchurch while Dunedin's Ironic Cafe is top cafe in NZ.

Moody teens may be lacking selenium

A relationship between selenium concentration and depression has emerged in new Kiwi research.

The magic of Handel's Messiah

Full credit to musical director Andrew Withington for a stunning performance of a classic holiday concert.

Wine punters well prepared for festival

Who needs a picnic rug when you have a blow-up couch?

Busy weekend for Santa Claus

Father Christmas has his work cut out for him with appearances scheduled across Canterbury.

Kids delight in carol sing-along

A Christmas carol sing-along in Cathedral Square was a hit for one New Brighton youngster.

Finishing touches go on Santa's parade

Santa Claus is coming to town

Father Christmas cannot wait to see the joy on children's faces at Christchurch's annual Santa Parade.

'We're not a boy band, we're just a band'

Moorhouse launches debut album

Rory McKenna of the popular Christchurch band talks fans, fame and life after The X Factor.

Dad-to-be battles brain tumour

Aggressive tumour means Steven Ashley will never meet his first child, due to be born in May.

2000 tickets left for Wine and Food Festival

Top chefs, wine experts and music will delight gastronomes at Hagley Park in Christchurch tomorrow.

Stuff's wedding of the week

Dena crashed a barbecue at Lee's house and they bonded over chicken dopiaza.

Christmas cake - to ice, or not to ice?

Christmas cake recipe divides the whole family

We have a festive problem in our household - or rather, the wider family group.

Dylan Horrocks graphic novel a 'love letter' to Christchurch

Dylan Horrocks pays tribute with comic book

The latest graphic novel from Dylan Horrocks is a "little love letter" to Christchurch.

Losing two parents in four days

memories candle


Annie Bougen and her husband left New Zealand with three living parents, and came back to one.

The best of 2014: Food in Christchurch

It's that time of the year when we look back on the best meals we have sampled in 2014.

Santa Claus is coming to town

City prepares for this weekend's big parade

More than 100 floats will feature popular characters, animals, school bands and, of course, the jolly fella himself.

Finding beauty in devastation

Makers of Christchurch movie come up with an audacious release strategy thought to be a world first.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the gardens

REVIEW: Lush green surrounds and perfect portion sizes make Ilex Cafe a top spot for lunch.

Five top picnic spots

Check out these top spots for an outdoor feast

Get the basket packed and enjoy some fun in the sun at these perfect picnic spots.

Artwork transforms city wall

Another drab Christchurch building facade has been transformed into a colourful artwork.

One man's 'monster journey'

One man, one bike and one epic journey spanning almost 8000 kilometres.

Pictures of the week Nov 24-30

Christchurch: A week in pictures

The week that was began with a political storm over John Key's text exchange with blogger Cameron Slater and ended with the festive Press Summer Starter fun run and walk.

The Press Summer Starter success

Thousands of participants ran and walked through the eastern suburbs for The Press Summer Starter.

Town Tonic's a real pick-me-up

Town Tonic has open kitchens, fresh produce and a cheekily written menu. What's not to love?.

Prebbleton lights up for Maureen

Prebbleton lights up for Maureen

Metallica, AC/DC and Pat Benatar - or their digital versions at least - will be some of the special guests at the annual Christmas lights extravaganza at Prebbleton.

Starring role for arthouse cinemas

The rebuild of Christchurch's arthouse cinema scene has fallen to local entrepreneurs.

A complete turkey for $30

This Christmas, give the gift of uselessness. And where better to find it than at a mall.

Preparing for the Summer Starter

Here are some quick tips that will help you get the most out of the Summer Starter fun run and walk this Sunday.

The ups and downs of door knocks

OPINION: The reality of being a journalist, I learned this week, involves a lot of doors slamming in my face.

Quake stress causing bad habits

Many Cantabrians turning to bad habits, whether alcohol, coffee, smoking or overeating, to cope.
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