Refugee in youth parliament


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.

A break from rollercoaster life


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.

'Glasshouse' not popular


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.

Shops want to stay


THe container-housed Merivale Boutique shopping quarter wants residents' support to stay permanently in its post-quake location.

Letting off some steam with screams!


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.

Pool party pulls down barrier


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.

Rural residents will fight zoning

Avonhead residents are ready to put up a fight to oppose a Christchurch City Council proposal for a rezoning in the area.

Dairy owner heads West with the rest


An Eastern suburbs red-zone dairy owner is heading west as the area around him is slowly demolished.

Relay for life


Father daughter relay team Jamie and Bernie Prouting are ready to go for the Christchurch Relay for Life. Both have suffered melanoma.

Feb 22: Songs for Christchurch


Kick back and relax to the sweet sound of Songs for Christchurch, an album developed to raise money for local charities.

Slip slop slap!


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.

Flowers still brightening city

The annual Festival of Flowers may be over, but the colourful installations they created are breathing life into the city still.

War vet off to Sth Korea

The growing threat of military conflict from North Korea is not keeping Christchurch war veteran Laurie Stack from travelling to South Korea.

Fun to be had this weekend


The Parents Centre is putting on a fun day to help reconnect Christchurch families this weekend.

Tributes for community champ


Bexley dynamo Hap Hill was the driving force behind Bexley's Wetland and his death has sparked a fitting community response.

Shock closure of playcentre


The Harewood community is reeling after a sudden closure has left children with nowhere to go.

Have your say on transport


Cera is calling for Christchurch residents to have their say on the city's transport plan before the consultation period ends next Friday.

Community centre closed

The Harewood Community Centre was closed after it was found to be only 6 per cent of the new building standard.

Holiday programmes still popular


Christchurch school holiday programmes have been kept busy as parents head back to work.

The thin blue line

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.

Campground legacy


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.

Don't forget, Chch has a lot to offer

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.

Glamming up rubbish day


Rubbish day on Burke St has taken on a whole new meaning for one artistic resident who is brightening the street with his designs.

10,000 watch for bullseye

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.

Holiday helpers: events diary

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.

Water complex mooted


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.

Lego robots head to USA

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.

Scouting out treasures

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.

School backs pupils backing poor

Addington School wants calves, but not to graze the playing fields over the summer holidays.

Talented teens get sponsor

Four athletes, an Irish dancer and a Lego designer have received a helping hand towards reaching their goals.

Doing it for Brydie


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.

Buskers festival hit with kids

Families have been soaking up the atmosphere at the buskers festival and the kids have been enjoying the light-hearted entertainment.

Holiday fun

Christchurch was making the most of a decent summer this holidays with families out and about.

Fireman heads into the blaze

John Barnes knows only too well the ominous roar of fire storms that "go like a tornado".

Snap: Holiday photo competition

Christchurch has been busy this holiday season and the Christchurch Mail wanted to give you a chance to show off your best holiday photo.

King brings party to life

It was a laugh a minute at the Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade Christmas dinner.

Piano brothers compete and support

Two Christchurch brothers will go head to head and back to back in the National Concerto Competition next month.

Santa parade, behind the scenes

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.

The Queen will help us

An eight-year-old Burwood School boy has written to the Queen in an effort to save the school he loves.

Cardboard homes tested out


Christchurch students have been making cardboard houses to promote the need for warmer and drier rental properties.

War on parade


World War II will collide head on with modern day warfare at Ferrymead Heritage Park on Sunday.

Bridge not closing after all

A bridge providing a vital link to Lyttelton will not be closed but some nearby streets may be for public safety.

Council coy on fest director

Three months after World Buskers Festival director Jo Blair resigned, her successor has been found but the details are still very hush-hush.

Coast suburbs to lose facilities

Two coastal community facilities, the Sumner Library and South New Brighton Community Centre, are set to be knocked down.