Rugby player 'really hurt' by taunts

Christchurch's Fijian winger Sake Aca left the field in tears after he was the target of racial taunts during a Canterbury club rugby final.

16 min ago  Sake Aca was so upset by racist taunts from spectators he couldn't focus on the match.

Body found in car

Emergency services are attending a serious crash in Kirwee.

4:21 PM  There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding a body found in a car in Kirwee, police say.

High-reaching ladder called in to rescue magpie from tree

Christchurch Fire Service's highest-reaching ladder, the 'Skylift', was called in to rescue a magpie from a tree at West Melton.

4:06 PM  Christchurch's highest-reaching fire truck had to be called in to rescue a magpie stuck up a tree after the local brigade's ladder wasn't tall enough.

Cannabis user from 8 years old

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3:45 PM  Christchurch street teen who stole cardboard cathedral donations box admits using drugs since he was a child.

Man breaks leg after hit by falling cow at meat works

Hisham Almansi was badly hurt when he was crushed by a hydraulic door at a meat works on June 3. A second man was injured at the same plant last week.

3:26 PM  A meat processing plant is investigating its second accident in two months after an employee broke his leg when a cow carcass fell on him.

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

EQC revamp plan threats

The 1979 Abbotsford landslip resulted in compensation for land damage being added to the EQC scheme.

The revamp of earthquake insurance could see EQC allowed to pay claims to banks rather than homeowners.

Photos: the residential red zone gallery

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

John Key and Gerry Brownlee announce a new plan for Canterbury's rebuild on Thursday.

Council claws back rebuild power

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

North Canterbury

Drought recovery years away

With feed reserves running dangerously low and lambing approaching, there's still no end in sight to the drought in North Canterbury.

Even if it started raining now, it will be at least two to three years before North Canterbury farmers recover from the drought that grips the area.

Water project delayed for court ruling

Development on a North Canterbury irrigation scheme has been halted until a final Environment Court ruling. 

Dean Johnson, left, and Dave Nicholls have a few laughs at the Drown the Drought event in North Canterbury.

Hurunui farmers enjoy a night out from drought stress

Drought-weary farmers from the Hurunui area enjoyed a night of laughter and fun at a community event on Saturday.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Crushed worker's struggle

Hisham Almansi has a brain injury and suffered several broken bones after being crushed by a hydraulic door at ANZCO's Ashburton meat processing plant in Mid Canterbury.

Hisham Almansi's plans to study medicine are in tatters as he recovers from being crushed by a door at work.

Ashburton man farewelled

More than 350 people have gathered to remember Ashburton car crash victim Anthony Newton.

Kaituna hut.

Hut owners keen to stay put video

Allegations of "illegal squatter huts" in a Canterbury settlement are wrong, hut owner says.

West Coast

More Coast jobs go with mine closure

Oceana Gold's mining pit near Reefton on the West Coast.

The West Coast is set to weather another round of job losses as a local gold mine plans to finish mining in October.

Teen convicted on fatal crash charges

A North Canterbury teenager pleads guilty to charges relating to a car crash that killed one of his passengers.

Emergency services are responding to a workplace accident at the Pike River mine site.

Accident at Pike River mine

A man has been seriously injured by falling debris in a workplace accident at the Pike River mine site.

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