Even as Afghani refugee Gul Agha Alizadah flew into Auckland at the tender age of eight, he "knew" he had a future and a hope.
For 12-year-old Rosa Edge, one of the high spots of a recent trip to Australia's Gold Coast with Ticket to Hope was being upside down.
For Burnside's Shane Davey, tradition is the most important aspect in the options being put forward for Christ Church Cathedral by the Anglican Church, but his view is not set in stone.
THe container-housed Merivale Boutique shopping quarter wants residents' support to stay permanently in its post-quake location.
With the threat of merger and ongoing earthquake problems in their neighbourhood, a group of Phillipstown School kids were more than happy to let their hair down for one day.
Friends were made outside of school labels when young people from eight schools across the city's east made a splash at Youth Alive Trust's Rock Solid programme last Friday night.
Avonhead residents are ready to put up a fight to oppose a Christchurch City Council proposal for a rezoning in the area.
An Eastern suburbs red-zone dairy owner is heading west as the area around him is slowly demolished.
Father daughter relay team Jamie and Bernie Prouting are ready to go for the Christchurch Relay for Life. Both have suffered melanoma.
Kick back and relax to the sweet sound of Songs for Christchurch, an album developed to raise money for local charities.
Cotswold School year 5 students ditched the books and hit the beach last week to smarten up about the sun and safety in the water.
The annual Festival of Flowers may be over, but the colourful installations they created are breathing life into the city still.
The growing threat of military conflict from North Korea is not keeping Christchurch war veteran Laurie Stack from travelling to South Korea.
The Parents Centre is putting on a fun day to help reconnect Christchurch families this weekend.
Bexley dynamo Hap Hill was the driving force behind Bexley's Wetland and his death has sparked a fitting community response.
The Harewood community is reeling after a sudden closure has left children with nowhere to go.
Cera is calling for Christchurch residents to have their say on the city's transport plan before the consultation period ends next Friday.
The Harewood Community Centre was closed after it was found to be only 6 per cent of the new building standard.
Christchurch school holiday programmes have been kept busy as parents head back to work.
A veteran lawman says police staffing levels demand closer scrutiny as lone officers head into more dangerous and unpredictable scenarios in the fast-growth rural areas west of Christchurch.
Orton Bradley Park is the legacy of a man born to first cousins but it's humble beginnings make it the perfect spot for camping and family fun.
It can be easy to forget that Christchurch still has a lot to offer. Here's a list to consider for the coming weekend when you're bemoaning the lack of cool stuff to do and see.
Rubbish day on Burke St has taken on a whole new meaning for one artistic resident who is brightening the street with his designs.
Darts may not be a mainstream sport but one Cantabrian is making it work for him, jet setting off to London for his latest tournament.
Short on ideas to keep the kids entertained? The Christchurch Mail has come up with a few events and activity ideas to help you out.
An ambitious proposal for a swimming complex on the New Brighton beach front is being hailed as a "superb" turning-point vision for the ailing area.
After some stiff competition at home and in Auckland, two Christchurch boys will fly to St Louis, Missouri for the First Lego League robot competition.
Only a few weeks ago Kaaran Robinson was planning her return to nursing. On Friday she was opening the doors to her new shop in Sumner - Scout.
Addington School wants calves, but not to graze the playing fields over the summer holidays.
Four athletes, an Irish dancer and a Lego designer have received a helping hand towards reaching their goals.
When Anna Lauder's four-year-old daughter passed away, she dug herself deeper and deeper into her grief, now she's digging herself out.
Families have been soaking up the atmosphere at the buskers festival and the kids have been enjoying the light-hearted entertainment.
Christchurch was making the most of a decent summer this holidays with families out and about.
John Barnes knows only too well the ominous roar of fire storms that "go like a tornado".
Christchurch has been busy this holiday season and the Christchurch Mail wanted to give you a chance to show off your best holiday photo.
It was a laugh a minute at the Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade Christmas dinner.
Two Christchurch brothers will go head to head and back to back in the National Concerto Competition next month.
This year will be the 65th Christchurch Santa Parade. A few days out from the big day, Abbie Napier went behind the scenes with organiser Pam Morris.
An eight-year-old Burwood School boy has written to the Queen in an effort to save the school he loves.
Christchurch students have been making cardboard houses to promote the need for warmer and drier rental properties.
World War II will collide head on with modern day warfare at Ferrymead Heritage Park on Sunday.
A bridge providing a vital link to Lyttelton will not be closed but some nearby streets may be for public safety.
Three months after World Buskers Festival director Jo Blair resigned, her successor has been found but the details are still very hush-hush.
Two coastal community facilities, the Sumner Library and South New Brighton Community Centre, are set to be knocked down.