Dildo not a dildo video

Josie Butler (pictured with Hone Harawira) says it was a squeaky toy, not a sex toy.

10 min ago  Senior Minister Steven Joyce waiting to see if his encounter with a dildo makes an appearance on John Oliver's talkshow.

Dunedin man charged with attempted murder

Police car.

11:35 AM  Dunedin man accused of attempted murder of a 40-year-old woman appears in court.

Retirees in debt after leaving camp video

Gary Charles now lives in a bus with his wife Barbara after the couple left the troubled Pascoe Park campground.

11:34 AM  A retired couple have walked away from their home at a Christchurch campground due to a building code breach.

Anger at not guilty plea

Nakita Strange died from her injuries.

11:08 AM  Driver will defend manslaughter charge over smash that killed Invercargill teenager Nakita Strange.

'Penthouse' for elderly parents

Virginia Summers lives in a separate flat above her daughter and son-in-law, Rebekah and Derek McCullough.

11:06 AM  Christchurch couple living with elderly mother say perceptions of aging and independence need to change.

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Waimak red zone vision released

Kairaki resident Tim Stephenson says he and his wife have no intention to move.

Some former red-zoned homeowners may be able to buy back or lease their old sections but not build on them.

'He's our maitre d' in the sky' video

Jaime Gilbert's family put flowers in a road cone outside the old Iconic bar on Manchester St.

Barman Jaime Gilbert died shielding his sister as Iconic bar fell apart in the big quake. She has returned to work for the same bar.

New plan changes tree protection

Subdivisions in Hillmorton have benefited from the protection of mature trees. The trees will not get the same sort of protection under changes to the district plan.

How does the garden city intend to protect its important trees under its replacement district plan?

Traditional buildings possible, says engineer

A proposed gothic rugby stadium for Christchurch. Not really a serious idea but still, a church of rugby?

Meet the man who proposed building a gothic church of rugby as a stadium in Christchurch.

Study gives earthquake insight

University of Auckland student Jayden Hickman is helping study the effects of the Christchurch earthquakes on children.

University of Auckland student Jayden Hickman has been studying the impacts of the Christchurch quake on children who lived through it.

North Canterbury

Cloudy, but fine start to the week

Metservice forecasts a high of 25 degrees Celsius for Christchurch on Monday following a cloudy start.

Cloud is set to cover most of the South Island to start the week.

Six injured in crash

Police are reporting several car crashes in the Queenstown Lakes District and are urging drivers to take more care.

Six people were injured in a crash north of Christchurch on Sunday.

Rangiora High's 'privileged' background

Rangiora High School has been embroiled in conflict for years.

Rangiora High has been embroiled in conflict for years. What makes the rural Canterbury school unique?

The hottest day that was

Ann Jelfs has been president of the Rangiora Museum for almost 20 years and remembers the fierce heat of the country's hottest day in 1973.

New Zealand recorded its hottest ever temperature 43 years ago in Rangiora.

Waimak red zone vision released

Kairaki resident Tim Stephenson says he and his wife have no intention to move.

Some former red-zoned homeowners may be able to buy back or lease their old sections but not build on them.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Cloudy, but fine start to the week

Metservice forecasts a high of 25 degrees Celsius for Christchurch on Monday following a cloudy start.

Cloud is set to cover most of the South Island to start the week.

Man crushes hand in header

A Canterbury man will undergo surgery after crushing his hand in havesting machinery on Wednesday afternoon.

Canterbury man will be lucky to regain full use of his hand after it was crushed in harvesting machinery.

Elderly preyed on video

An elderly woman who was ripped off by scammers reviews the list of withdrawals against her bank card.

One woman lost $20,000 in a scam hitting the elderly in Canterbury, but will banks reimburse victims?

Duped staff call for 'urgent' meeting

Professor Robin Pollard has been appointed Lincoln University's new vice-chancellor.

University staff feeling deceived by "undercover boss" experience want meeting their employer.

Car stolen during test drive

Paul Burbidge of Rolleston Cars hopes his 1999 silver Audi A4 will be tracked down.

Police hunting offender who used a former friend's licence to test drive a car, which he never returned.

West Coast

Cloudy, but fine start to the week

Metservice forecasts a high of 25 degrees Celsius for Christchurch on Monday following a cloudy start.

Cloud is set to cover most of the South Island to start the week.

Fire contained at Westland High

Westland High School will remain closed until further notice after fire ripped through some of its buildings.

Firefighters have spent the night at the scene of a large blaze at a West Coast high school.

Westland High fire contained video

Firefighters battle a large blaze inside the administration block at Westland High School, Hokitika.

Firefighters battling blaze at a West Coast high school believe they have stopped it spreading further.

Serious injuries in Buller crash

A police spokesman said the rental van and car collided on State Highway 6 about 11am on Friday.

Rental van collides with car after the German tourist driver crossed the centre line on the West Coast.

Selling liquor for 150 years

On display in the hotel is a collection of taxidermy, including a possum playing pool, as well as historical items like an antique music box and flax rope machine.

The historic Otira Stagecoach Hotel is celebrating 150 years with a Penny Farthing race.

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