Gossip writer Pebbles Hooper suggests the death of a mum and her three children in Ashburton was "natural selection".
A rock climber has been airlifted from Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park after slipping on ice.
The forensic examination is expected to take up to four days.
Vicki Lee Warington, 48, was found dead at a Dunedin house on Friday.
Ashburton's Mormon community is rallying around to organise funerals for family found dead on Thursday.
The Christchurch City Council clawed back some power from the Government days before a new quake rebuild plan was released.
A plan to rename Christchurch's east frame development is "a waste of resources".
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.
"I had to choose (between) power poles, cows or trees and hedges. I chose cow and hoped for the best."
An Ashburton family have "lost everything" after fire ripped through their home overnight.
A pilot injured in a helicopter crash a week ago is still in hospital but is improving, his boss says.
Brad Maclachlan remains in intensive care after a helicopter crash on the West Coast.