Christchurch Life

Muscle-mania descends on Rangiora

Muscle Car Madness comes to North Canty

More than a thousand vehicles will feature at this weekend's Muscle Car Madness event, which is marking its 25th year.

Iron Chicken helps performers take flight

Iron Chicken award helps performers go global

Prize money from the Press Critics Choice award helps performers bring their shows to the world.

Buskers: English gents get their act together

Aussie duo The English Gents go back to their acrobatic roots at the buskers festival.

It's time to set those culinary goals


Better eating habits? More well-rounded cook? It's time for some food-related resolutions.

From the West End to Christchurch

Sam Wills is back at the buskers festival with the original version of his hit show, Boy with Tape on his Face.

On being circumstantially childless

'There's nothing like the conversation killer, 'I do not have any'. All of a sudden... it's like they have doubts about you as a nice person.'

A force to be reckoned with

Eddie Izzard

British comedian Eddie Izzard returns to New Zealand next month as part of a grand world tour.

Baking is bigger than ever, says Jo Seagar

When it comes to baking, you can't just wing it and see what happens, says Jo Seagar.

The truth about huskies

Owners led astray by wolf-laden fantasy shows

When the high-energy dogs prove too much for some people, Husky Rescue New Zealand steps in.

Busker rejects offer of alternative site

Re:Start mall's new layout means buskers have been relocated to accommodate market stallholders.

Lili la Scala delivers moving piece of cabaret

British diva Lili la Scala has returned to Christchurch with a gentle and, at times, emotionally raw show.

One-woman show takes cues from Jane Austen

Musical more than 'teacups and silliness'

Local performer Penny Ashton has brought her critically acclaimed show Promise and Promiscuity to the World Buskers Festival.

Urzila Carlson charismatic in freewheeling solo

It is refreshing to find a standup comedian who is not driven by angst and anger, and instead brings an endearing and relaxed stage presence.

Psychic has his cake and eats it

REVIEW: Just when you think Ian D Montford is a complete fraud, he cleverly reveals an audience member's secrets.

Buskers' return brings out the crowds

Great weather brings in the crowds

The World Buskers Festival is back in the Christchurch Arts Centre for the first time in four years.

The Vaudevillians: Good but not great

REVIEW: Husband and wife team romp from song to song, with some bawdy bickering and a bit of smutty crowd work. But, like all marriages, cracks are starting to show.

Urzila Carlson puts a comic spin on the past

Urzila Carlson using buskers show to educate on South Africa's history - but with some laughs.

Buskers Festival returns to Arts Centre

Dozens of performers descend on Christchurch for 10 days of wild entertainment.

Fresh perspective on Christchurch's AMI stadium

Drone over AMI stadium

Jimmy Ryan used his drone to get a new perspective on Christchurch's old AMI stadium.

Christchurch's red zones: drone's eye view

Haunting footage of Christchurch's red zones that still exist after 2011's devastating earthquake.

Rents a 'massive stress' for Lyttelton family

Chimney sweep business hit by quakes

Pohlen Newbery and family

Pohlen Newbery, of Lyttelton, says her chimney sweep business suffered when the quakes wiped out half the city's chimneys.

High flier Lucia a star turn

She astounds audiences with her flexibility and grace, but Lucia Carbines was not always considered a beautiful swan.

Architect Sir Miles Warren's 'country garden'

Retiring from his architectural practice 20 years ago, Sir Miles Warren sought a change. So he designed a garden.

Severe stutterer now an award-winning Toastmaster

Rory Horne specialised in mechanical engineering because of he didn't want to introduce himself as a "c-c-civil engineer".

Christchurch bucket busker a big hit

Teen drums up a storm on plastic buckets

Jackson Roche just needs a few buckets and his drum sticks to entertain crowds in Cashel Mall and Cathedral Square. 

Christchurch life: Quake brings geologist down to earth

Brendan Duffy

The Sept 2010 quakes brought geo-excitement...the horror of Feb brought me down to earth.

Summer essay: College boy wanted

Summer essay: Dave's holiday job

Dave Armstrong was a 13-year-old klutz in slippery sandshoes - but that didn't get in the way of a job on a roof.

Summer brew: Yorkshireman who dreamed of a soaring Eagle

Winning his first homebrew competition with an all-NZ recipe proved spurred one man to switch from engineering to the beer industry.

Life in Christchurch: What is your story?

The Christchurch Project

Many say they wouldn't be the person they are today if it hadn't been for the quakes. Has your life changed?

Hunter Paull in daring mid-air selfie

The leap looks more death-defying than it is, says selfie teen's mum.

Evie's super power continues to teach

Evie Callander is an unlikely superhero. She lived just two years, but inspired a book, a fundraising drive and much more.

Win a camera in our summer photo competition

Prizes up for grabs for your best summer photo

Taylors Mistake Surf Club pyramid

Just share with us your best summer photo to be in with a chance to win camera and other top prizes.

Quake zone in transition

A few weeks ago, we took the kids and took part in the new old Christchurch. Or is that the old new Christchurch?

Scorcher of a Sunday forecast for Canterbury

Try to keep cool

Temperatures in the region are expected to be the highest seen in some time, forecasters say.

Hapless hedgehogs, sandy dogs, and swimmers in Press photo contest

Hapless wee beast rescued from the pool


This cute reader's picture shows a very soggy hedgehog as it is rescued from a pool.

Life returns to city for New Year's celebration

Revellers ring in the New Year

Christchurch rocked last night but we were happy about it.

2015 'looking good' for Christchurch

Big year ahead for Christchurch

Stadium rock bands, international cricket and a giant celebration of New Zealand's Maori culture are among a score of exciting events Christchurch will host this year.

Shapeshifter to headline Christchurch's Electric Avenue

Shapeshifter return home to Christchurch to top the Electric Avenue Music Festival next month.

The Country Pub: Southbridge Hotel

'Carter country' is for sale

Russell Guenole

The Southbridge Hotel, self-declared ''Carter country'', is for sale.

The Country Pub: The South Rakaia Hotel

South Rakaia Hotel

The 142-year-old pub has had a new lease of life since a civil servant from Wellington moved in.

Sack races feature at Motukarara

Thousands of people enjoyed "perfect" conditions at the annual Motukarara trots.

Bible reading marathon in Christchurch

A bible reading marathon is under way at Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral.

The Country Pub: Little River Hotel

Publicans want to sell and 'cruise' NZ

Mark Smith

A black and white sign with an arrow points to a spearmint-coloured building on the edge of State Highway 75.

Your favourite Kiwi country pub

South Rakaia Hotel

New Zealand may be small but it's packed full of quirky, characterful establisments. But which is the nation's best?

The Country Pub: The Waiau Lodge Hotel

Blair Allpress

Locals can rack up a hand-written tab ahead of pay day at this place, where the publican is never "grumpy".

Shoppers faint in Boxing Day bargains rush

Overcrowding, claustrophobia and controlled entries on the cards as Kiwis battle Boxing Day sales.

Kiwi Christmas unfamiliar for Canterbury expats

For many used to taking advantage of snow, sun and no turkey was an odd way to spend the big day.

Going wild for Christmas treats

Festive food parcels devoured by zoo animals

It's not just humans who like to indulge at Christmas, even tigers need a festive treat. 

Buddha Stix: A family-friendly Asian restaurant

REVIEW: Buddha Stix offers super accessible Asian food. Only a diehard meat-and-three-veg type would not like.

Obnoxious tool? 'Selfie sticks' a hot Christmas gift

The "most obnoxious tool in the kit of digital narcissism", the selfie stick, is a hot Christmas gift.
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