Christchurch Life

Waka arrives at Rapaki after week-long journey

A traditional sea-craft arrived in Lyttelton harbour this morning, producing a dramatic sight for locals.

Rangoon Ruby: Bland and rather pricey

Rangoon Ruby

While dipping sauces bring flavour to some bland dishes, Rangoon Ruby is 'a rather pricey lesson in Burmese'.

Review: Engineers and Merchants

Food is 'off-the-charts good' at new eatery


Engineers, the roof-top bar and restaurant, and Merchants, the downstairs bar and dance hub, are newbies to city nightlife.

Christchurch close to full for kapa haka festival

Kapa haka festival organisers are getting creative to provide enough beds for 15,000 people.

Anastacia cancels New Zealand tour

American pop singer Anastacia has cancelled her New Zealand shows in Christchurch and Auckland in April.

Christchurch quake survivors 'bound by collective experiences'

Quake doco respectful, shocking, personal

OPINION: It was with a heavy heart that I began to watch last night's quake documentary The Day That Changed My Life.

Finding joy after division

New wave icon Peter Hook talks about finding light after New Order and Joy Division.

NZ label ready to take on NYC

Kiwi designer set to show in the Big Apple

Wendy Jerard's designs have jumped off Auckland's Sky Tower. Now they will walk New York's Hudson River.

Can Christchurch service compete with Melbourne?

Fig, proscuitto and mozzarella Italian flatbread

Melbourne's hospitality workers put Christchurch to shame.

Are Port Hills best place to bike in NZ?

Are the Port Hills the best place to bike in NZ?

A hilly Christchurch course is competing with others to be named the the best place to cycle in the country.

Christchurch 'looked like a war zone, shocked and scared people everywhere'

Christchurch Cathedral

There are moments you reflect on in life and February 22 will always be there, writes Dave Broughton.

Christchurch's darkest day remembered

A new television documentary revisit the 2011 Christchurch earthquake from the perspectives of those caught up in the chaos.

The moment Christchurch changed forever

PGC Building

As the full force of the quake hit, Greg Cole recalls having a single thought: the building is going to collapse.

Stuff's wedding of the week

A romantic Budapest proposal, a beautiful outdoor ceremony, and a reception catered by the groom himself!

'I will always be indebted to my wife'

CTV building

Malcolm Harris left Christchurch's CTV building at 12.40pm on February 22, 2011, intending to go back.

Foo Fighters concert 'best Wednesday night in Chch ever'

REVIEW: Foo Fighters show the "best Wednesday night in Christchurch ever". | fans stuck outside

'The second quake hit and we thought this was the end'

Our street was 'totally wrecked'


John Henry was in traffic for the first Christchurch quake in February 2011. Then the second one hit.

Christchurch arts precinct delays cause frustration

Christchurch art organisations are in limbo over the project.

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl in New Brighton

One of the biggest names in rock was spotted with bike helmet and scone at a New Brighton cafe this morning.

Town Tonic: Dishes are worth the wait

REVIEW: It was a long wait at Town Tonic, but when our food finally arrived, it was exciting and full flavoured.

Cafe Chat: Say hello to Holy Grill

New food truck offers cheap and healthy southern-style lunches and Coffee Supreme is coming back to CBD.

'I was at work when it happened. The world froze.'

The adverts saying what to do in an earthquake make it sound as if you have a choice, writes Tracy Woodfield.

Foo Fighters to play NZ Music Foundation gig at Auckland Town Hall

Foo Fighters will squeeze a charity gig at the Auckland Town Hall into their whirlwind NZ tour.

SPECTRUM street art: All the colours of creation

SPECTRUM more than a controversial T-shirt

REVIEW: SPECTRUM street art festival is about more than just naughty nuns, despite the news.

Christchurch street art exhibition pulls crowds

Street artists create new colourful work on walls in Christchurch, attracting thousands of people.

YMCA gets $1m for urban culture space

YMCA awarded $1 million to provide new central city hang-out and creative space for the city's young people.

School of thought: On the dangers of intellectualism

Eleanor Catton showed that there are still dangers in being a public intellectual in New Zealand.

Stuff's wedding of the week

The proposal may have been casual but these high-school sweethearts pulled out all the stops for a romantic ceremony.

Christchurch tram breaks with John Key aboard

PM's tram ride doesn't go too smoothly

John Key's inaugural ride on Christchurch's new tram loop lost its way when the tram's trolley pole detached.

Cafe Valentino: Big menu and vast wine list

Cafe Valentino offers a big menu, a vast wine list and ample staffing.

Vegetables return to star of show

Robert Koller wins vegetarian category for NZ in the Gourmand World Cookbook awards.

Valentine's dinner: How much will you pay?

Romantic diners can pay as much as $400 for a special Valentine's Day dinner in Christchurch.

Mexican craze sweeps Christchurch

A new restaurant simply named Mexico opens Friday adding to the city's growing love affair with central American fare.

Funnyman Uffindell can laugh again

The Civilian's Ben Uffindell has returned to doing what he does best.

Musical theatre to recreate February 2011 earthquake

Follows red bus journey up to quake moment

A young theatre troupe will recreate Christchurch's February 2011 earthquake in a "messy new musical theatre event" at the Wellington Fringe Festival.

Ruth Pretty recipe: fresh figs

The fig season is upon us, so make the most of this wonderful fruit.

Spectrum festival to showcase street art

Spectrum street art festival will shed light on the evolution of an explosive global art movement.

Sandman weaves his magic spell

World-renowned sculptor in New Brighton

A dragon has risen from the sands of New Brighton Beach, to guard a fantasy castle on the foreshore.

The daily battle for a perfect coffee

OPINION: Despite four years of daily practice, I am still fighting for the perfect water to coffee ratio. 

Graffiti artist brings colour to Christchurch

Artist's view of urban environment

LA-based skateboarder and artist - and former Cantabrian - brings a bit of colour to Christchurch.

Live: Electric Avenue Music Festival

Crowds come out for 12-hour music festival

OPINION: Music fans have come from afar to enjoy the first music festival of its kind in post-quake Christchurch.

Bodhi Tree's new branch worth a try

Burmese flavours shine at Rangoon Ruby

REVIEW: If you love the Bodhi Tree, there's a good chance you'll love Rangoon Ruby.

Cafe Chat: Bahn mi, beer and berries

Street Food brings Vietnamese flavours to the food truck truck scene while Cassels gets all nostalgic with its latest beer.

Kenny Rogers knows when to walk away

This is your last chance to see Kenny Rogers perform in Christchurch.

Freedom to camp - youth travellers in New Zealand

'A myth that young tourists are stingy'

Our relationship with the tourism industry is fraught: we need their money, but we love to complain about them.

Christchurch Sparks fireworks concert to go ahead

The Sparks concert in Hagley Park is on - unless there is a deluge of rain.

Theatre company gets back to business

Christchurch theatre company at the start of "an exciting new era" with the opening of a new headquarters.

Stuff's wedding of the week

They tied the knot in a beautiful flower-filled private garden. However it wasn't love at first sight ...

Cafe Chat: New Mexican restaurant, pool hall reopens

Newcomers to Christchurch's night-life include a Mexican restaurant and the reopening of a late-night pool hall.

The Raspberry Cafe now an institution

OPINION: It's hard to imagine a nicer place to be on a hot summer's day than The Raspberry Cafe at Tai Tapu.
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