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Dental clinic relief for students

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The University of Canterbury Students' Association is hoping its heavily subsidised UCSA Dental programme will make a huge improvement to the state of student teeth.

Ferrymead Countdown back

The Countdown Ferrymead supermarket will re- open next Easter, more than three years after the earthquakes.

Emergency centre ready to go

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A Red Cross emergency operation centre has been set up in Christchurch but is on standby for now as the city waits for the weather to turn.

Canterbury lifeguards top dogs

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Canterbury surf lifesavers have been honoured many times over for their tireless efforts on our beaches.

Everest Base Camp: no walk in the park

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A common theme in most classrooms is the importance of goal setting, the achievement of dreams and that self-belief is as important as any life skill.

Warm up this winter

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Going into the third winter since the 2011 earthquakes, there is still a lot of funding and assistance in place for Cantabrians needing help with heating.

Belgian Beer Cafe back

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The long wait for the return of the Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof was finally over when the brand new restaurant and bar opened its doors quietly last week.

Radical plan for derelict saleyards

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Plans are afoot for the Addington saleyards, with developers pushing to convert the controversial eyesore into a state of the art car yard complex.

Drug testing more common

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Smoking a joint or popping pills before your shift is fast becoming a thing of the past. Canterbury employers are wising up.

School focus on north-east

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Proposals for the city's existing high schools have not acknowledged the soaring population in Christchurch's north-east, an education lobby says.

Seafaring rabbit catastrophe

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The Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust has reported rabbit sightings on the island reserve for the first time in seven years.

Bullying study under way

With a raft of new proposals announced by the Government to hold cyber bullies to account, a University of Canterbury researcher is examining the role parenting styles and family background play in the issue.

Liquor policy inches closer

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The city's provisional Local Alcohol Policy will go out for public consultation within the next few months.

Art Gallery on the mend

The Christchurch Art Gallery repairs will soon be under way as the city council calls for tenders for the project.

Chalk it up

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With the sun blazing down and the concrete rough, art student Vicki George was determined to brighten up the Re:Start Mall footpath for Easter weekend.

Heritage gets a lifeline

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The city council has approved significant donations for the restoration of three Christchurch heritage landmarks.

Silt causes health problems

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Festering silt under houses could cause problems this winter as damp rises and mould builds up under occupied homes.

Brighton picked for crime study

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Police are working on a crime prevention plan to thwart anti- social antics blighting the New Brighton trading strip. Papanui and Richmond are next in line for a tailored plan.

Hunt for armed robber

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An armed robber terrified two Linwood dairy employees on Tuesday night when he threatened them with a knife and demanded money.

Insurers need deadlines - expert

An American insurance expert is urging the New Zealand government to impose settlement deadlines on insurers.

Scramble for council cash

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A bid to nail $465,000 from a one-off city council fund for projects in the eastern suburbs will be aired at a meeting of seven community board chairs.

Trust pleas for boat return

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An ecology trust is appealing for information to track down its small boat that took maintenance staff to Quail Island.

University $67m short

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The University of Canterbury last night revealed some startling financial problems including a $67 million deficit and appealed to the government for help.

Illegal brothel slammed with $8000 fine

The council has today demonstrated its commitment to residents adversely affected by residential brothels and a non-compliant owner has been fined in court.

No more name suppression

The teacher who admitted filming upskirt videos has been refused continued name suppression, but is expected to appeal the decision at the High Court.

What's on this weekend

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Summer is not yet over and there are still plenty of family-friendly activities on this weekend.

Schools: winners and losers

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Agony and ecstasy are littered amongst the uncertain and assured futures of Christchurch schools after Education Minister Hekia Parata announced her interim proposals on Monday.

Residents ignored

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A determined group of Rotherham St residents are hoping the city council will "see reason" about Riccarton mall extensions.

Another blow for Port Hills

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The Port Hills land zoning review has been delayed once again and residents may wait ''some weeks'' more to hear the fate of their homes.

Prolific burglar eludes police

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A man released on bail in January is now being sought by police in relation to a string of burglaries around Christchurch and further afield.

Pike miner retrains for rebuild

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A former Pike River miner, now in Christchurch for rebuild work, says it is hard to adjust to life above ground.

No brothels for Lyttelton

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Lyttelton residents have finally made progress in their bid to keep large commercial brothels out of the small port township.

Re-opening: Heritage Hotel

Christchurch's famous Heritage Hotel will be re-opening in May after almost two years of recovery and restoration work.

Distinctive shopper caught on camera

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Police are on the hunt for a man who robbed an Ilam dairy, but was caught on camera.

School announcements, Monday

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31 Christchurch schools will hear their fate face to face on Monday when the Ministry of Education announces closures and mergers.

Night owls wanted to fill gaps

Christchurch's public installation experts, Gap Filler, are calling for volunteers to help keep the Pallet Pavilion afloat.

Parata announces four new schools

Education Minister Hekia Parata announced plans for five new schools for Canterbury today when she spoke at Pegasus township, the site of the first to be built.

Council seeks advice on barns

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Residents fed up with the "unsightly" charity barn on Ferry Rd will be pleased to hear the council is taking steps to resolve the problem.

Bank manager backs water park

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Westpac bank manager Graeme Soper is confident the New Brighton water park proposal will open the door for more investment in the area.

Two month road works in Lyttelton

Road works on Norwich Quay are due to start on Monday resulting in two months of traffic management and possible detours.

Liquor policy discussed

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The council will decide on a timeline for a Christchurch-specific liquor policy at next Thursday's council meeting.

Mayor launches trust

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Last night a trust in honour of a little girl who battled through life was launched by the Mayor.

Dogs seized after vicious attack

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Two dogs responsible for a savage attack on a woman and her labrador have been removed by animal control and held in custody.

Police confirm death

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Police have confirmed a body found in Bottle Lake Forest is that of German woman Britta Kappel who was reported missing yesterday.

Delays for commuters

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Traffic delays are expected at the Eastgate Shopping Centre intersection tonight as work begins on underground pipe installation.

Peeping tom comes forward

A 54-year-old man has approached police in connection to reports of a peeping tom in Mairehau on Tuesday.

Community centre closed

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

Calls for army to pick up the bill

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West Melton residents are calling for the army to be prosecuted in connection to a fire which raged out of control on Monday.

Hills lurker charged by police

Police have laid charges against a 63-year-old man in connection to reports of alleged indecent behaviour in the Port Hills.

Rockfall tackled on track

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Dangerous rocks on the Captain Thomas Track in Sumner will be cleared by mid-February.

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