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Powerful sled dogs pull city tram

Sled dogs to pull city tram for IceFest

Sled dogs in Christchurch

Thor can pull more than 900 kilograms. His feet are huge and his coat shaggy.

Sober, thanks to life-giving AA

'Couldn't remember the last time I wasn't drunk'

Generic alcohol

Two people who say they have been saved by Alcoholics Anonymous tell their stories to BECK ELEVEN.

Good for the heart, good for the brain


Eating well, exercising and socialising could reduce the risk of developing disease, report says.

The rise and fall of a music legend

Peter Utteridge

Peter Gutteridge was met by police on his return from the US, was admitted to hospital and died.

Bombshell on Broadway

Christchurch performer is no diva


She may be jetting off to New York to perform but Ali Harper says her life is anything but glamorous.

Makeshift street art gallery demolished

Christchurch graffiti house

A house which became a makeshift art gallery after the quakes has been demolished.

Are school lunches harming our kids?

school lunch, eating

School canteens are selling foods high in fat and sugar which experts believe are harming children's health.

Cinemas welcome in CBD arts precinct, say operators

Town Hall Conservation and Performing Arts Precinct Project

An arthouse cinema in Christchurch's performing arts precinct could help restore the city's earthquake-hit industry, operators say.

Dux named NZ's best live music venue

Chch has best live music venue in New Zealand


NZ's hospitality industry believes Christchurch has the best live music venue in the country.

GO Live: Timaru band based in long friendship


Timaru-based trio Earthshield started out playing blues but now they are playing metal with finger-bleeding riffs.

Arthouse cinema at performing arts precinct?

Town Hall Conservation and Performing Arts Precinct Project

An arthouse cinema could be part of a proposed performing arts precinct.

Blogger reveals pain behind extra 40kg


Blogger says her extra 40kg was not all sloth and laziness but fear, protection and lack of self-worth.

It isn't about the six-pack

Bevan James Eyles book cover

The fitness industry creates products that make most people feel like failures, says author of a new book.

Beauty while you were sleeping

Night photography isn't without its perils, Geoff Soper says, but the results can be spectacular.

Excitement of the first egg of spring

First egg of spring

Nothing can explain the excitement of that first egg of the season.

Jimmy Barnes to tour New Zealand

	 Jimmy Barnes

Former Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes will play in Hamilton, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Review: Shop Eight Food & Wine

Shop Eight

OPINION: Never before have I heard diners ask for more plates of the cabbage - a testament to the chef's quality.

Coffee House expands to become The Villas

The Coffee House expands on Montreal St


The Coffee House has expanded to encompass two villas on Montreal St, plus Khao San Road Bar opens on Victoria St.

Woolston Market butcher an old hand


The new face in the butchery at Woolston Market is actually an old face. Meet Steve Marquet.

Who should win a trip to Antarctica?

Freeze out competitors

A geologist, a photographer and NZ Batman are amongst finalists hoping to win a trip to Antarctica.

Are you ready to make a change?

Getting fit

We would all like to get fitter, lose weight, drink less. Now is the time to do it, and share your journey.

TV series shows Christchurch as it is

TV presenter shocked at homelessness

Gerard Smyth

Gerard Smyth, award-winning director of When a City Falls, reveals Christchurch through lives of everyday people living in extraordinary times.

Free Theatre books gym time

Ubu Nights

Unique theme nights are breathing new life into the Arts Centre's Gymnasium.

The Chills' Peter Gutteridge dies

Peter Gutteridge

Record label pays tribute to "great talent" of Peter Gutteridge, a pioneer of the Dunedin sound.

Bars bring vibrancy back to city

Lynn Anderson

Orana Park's CEO says post-quake hospitality revival has turned around her "boring, stay-at-home" lifestyle.

Paws in the Park delights

Mitzy Sue Fifi keeps up-to-date at Groynes

Baby chihuahua Mitzy Sue Fifi

A fun day for four-legged friends at the Groynes drew canines of all shapes and sizes, including baby chihuahua Mitzy Sue Fifi.

Cycling the Little River Trail

Cyclists on the Little River Trail

Everything went well. The Rusty Rims made good companions, the drizzle stayed away and we had coffee halfway.

City leaders to get fit for summer

Canterbury Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend

Two city leaders have signed up for The Press 10km Summer Starter.

Festa plans outrageous spectacle in Christchurch

Festa returns to popular LuxCity format

FESTA 2012

A dozen elevated, glowing frames will be installed on High St for Labour Day weekend.

Love rules for Christchurch foodie cuties

Ricki-Mae Paisley and Jessie Smulders

Partners in food and life buoyed by public reaction to relationship on My Kitchen Rules.

Soundtrack of my life: Jol Mulholland

Gasoline Cowboy

Jol Mulholland is a producer, engineer and instrumentalist, and occasional member of The Mots and Gasoline Cowboy.

Shihad give back to Christchurch

Shihad concert

Kiwi rockers Shihad last night played their new album to enthusiastic fans in Christchurch.

Restaurant runners stopped in tracks


Dine-and-dash customers at a Victoria St restaurant mean every group must now supply a credit card.

'It's all about the music'

Live music fans in for a treat

Tarquyn Read

Allen St is set to open soon in Christchurch, promising great music, good times and friendly doormen.

Another round of changes for buskers festival

World Buskers Festival

World Buskers Festival at a turning point with new director, funding cuts and plans to move shows back to city streets.

A good chuckle can cure range of ills

Hannah Airey

Laughing in the face of adversity won't pay bills but it may bring happiness, a new conference aims to prove.

Shihad Live Chat - read their answers


Shihad's Phil Knight and Karl Kippenberger talk about Christchurch, favourite records and the importance of white towels.

Shihad talk Christchurch, karaoke and Jimmy Barnes


Band explain why they chose Christchurch for one-off show tonight - and even front a live chat for fans.

Fairfield House is my favourite place

Fairfield House

OPINION: Thanks to one man's push for restoration, Nelson's Fairfield House, the place I met my fiancee, lives on.

When will phones at the dinner table stop?

By embracing phones, we've discarded manners

Generic photographing food

OPINION: Customers were spending so much time on their phones at a US restaurant recently, the average dining time went from one to two hours.

Review: Bob Dylan in Christchurch

Bob Dylan at Horncastle Arena

OPINION: The appreciation of a live performance depends on how it meets your expectations.

Twelve new eateries open before summer

Chirny Coffee

It's tricky to keep track of all the new bars and restaurants opening in Christchurch.

Review: Pescatore, The George

Reon Hobson

Dishes feel like they come from a chef who has had time to research and labour over them.

Bob Dylan lands in Christchurch

Legendary singer often books four hotels

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has apparently arrived in Christchurch by private jet, ahead of his concert at Horncastle Arena tonight.

Homemade compost a fun way to recycle

Strider the llama

You could go out and buy bag upon bag from retail giants, but why not try something a little more local this year?

Developers asked to include art

paint brushes

Developers asked to include works in new buildings as part of a scheme to generate work for local artists.

Crew 'didn't see ice trap coming'

Akademik Shokalskiy

Ex-Lincoln University lecturer was one of 10 trapped onboard a ship in Antarctica after it became wedged in ice.

Out of the blue, Black Keys to perform in NZ cities

Black Keys

The Black Keys will play in Christchurch and Auckland next year as part of their world tour.

Stories to tell young women

One guy asked: 'Where are the scones love?'

Jess - Architect

New book and website exposes challenges for women working in all-male environments.

Visiting Antarctica as a child

Aaron Russ

Aaron Russ first visited Antarctica when he was just 12. His family operates Heritage Expeditions so he ''tagged along''.
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