Ashburton deaths 'natural selection'

Pebbles Hooper has caused controversy by describing the deaths of a mother and her three children as being like "natural selection".

Gossip writer Pebbles Hooper suggests the death of a mum and her three children in Ashburton was "natural selection".

Walker rescued from Aoraki/Mt Cook

A rock climber has been airlifted off Aoraki/Mt Cook.

A rock climber has been airlifted from Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park after slipping on ice.

Baby boy dies suddenly

Investigation teams move into the scene.

The forensic examination is expected to take up to four days.

Dead Dunedin woman named

Police working at the Waldronville house were a woman was found dead in what was believed to be a stabbing.

Vicki Lee Warington, 48, was found dead at a Dunedin house on Friday.

'A special family' lost video

Cindy George and her children, Teuruaa, Telyzshaun and Pio.

Ashburton's Mormon community is rallying around to organise funerals for family found dead on Thursday.

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Council claws back rebuild power

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel.

The Christchurch City Council clawed back some power from the Government days before a new quake rebuild plan was released.

East frame renaming 'waste of time'

A plan to rename Christchurch's east frame development is "a waste of resources".

The view through a broken window of an abandoned house in red-zoned suburb of Bexley near New Brighton.

Photos: the residential red zone gallery

You've seen the city's crumbled cathedral and empty lots. But have you seen the suburbs?

North Canterbury

No surprises in quake recovery plan

Waimakariri district mayor David Ayers said a new plan for the earthquake recovery would be unlikely to change much.

The announcement of new legislation and a new entity managing the central city rebuild is unlikely to have a big effect on Waimakariri, the mayor says.

'Hefty' choice for cow crash driver

"I had to choose (between) power poles, cows or trees and hedges. I chose cow and hoped for the best."

Vegetation fires in the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts are being brought under control by firefighters.

Vegetation fires strike rural Canterbury

A vegetation in the Selwyn district will take hours to dampen down.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Fire destroys Ashburton house

Fire has ripped through a house on McDonald St, Netherby, Ashburton.

An Ashburton family have "lost everything" after fire ripped through their home overnight.

Vegetation fires strike rural Canterbury

A vegetation in the Selwyn district will take hours to dampen down.

Sid Bentley died after a battle with cancer, was a suspect in his daughter's 1998 disappearance and murder, along with Kirsty's older brother, John.

Kirsty Bentley's dad dies professing innocence

Father of murdered Ashburton teen died still denying involvement in her death.

West Coast

Helicopter pilot making "good progress"

Helicopter pilot Brad Maclachlan was seriously injured in a crash on the West Coast.

A pilot injured in a helicopter crash a week ago is still in hospital but is improving, his boss says.

Crash pilot's condition serious

Brad Maclachlan remains in intensive care after a helicopter crash on the West Coast.

The bar in Greymouth's Revingtons Hotel has closed for two weeks, from June 29, during a liquor licence suspension.

Third Coast pub pinged

Police on West Coast pubs: "The kind of intoxication we're talking about, no-one's having fun."

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