Record Sparks in the Park

A large family friendly crowd showed up to see Sparks on Saturday night.

11:36 AM  Romance-inspired music moves biggest Sparks crowd in six years.

City garden to feed the community

Food Resilience Network coordinator Matt Morris (left), MP Nicky Wagner and Prime Minister John Key at the opening of the  Ōtākaro Orchard in central Christchurch.

A central city site will be transformed in to an orchard and offer fruit and veges to its volunteers.

Kiwi's 30 hours adrift

Sarra Hunter-Weston has been working as a nurse in Africa.

Sarra Hunter-Weston's friend died in her arms after their yacht sank 10kms off the coast of East Africa.

Hornby fires 'suspicious'

Police and Fire Service investigators at the scene of several suspicious fires in Trevor St, Hornby.

Several fires were lit around a residential property early Sunday morning.

Unique Kiwi study to feature in doco

A four decade long study is helping to unlock the secrets of aging.

A documentary four decades in the making has attracted global interest.

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Rebuilding in the red zone a reality

Courtenay Dr, one of the worst-damaged streets in Kaiapoi, could be remediated and rebuilt on, experts say.

Kaiapoi residents got a taste of the future last week when the Waimakariri District Council released its draft plan for the town's red zone.

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.

North Canterbury

Night prowler caught

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man who admitted committing "numerous" burglaries in the Selwyn and North Canterbury areas.

Man admits multiple burglaries around Canterbury after being caught red-handed.

Catholic bishop was 'humble' man

Bishop Barry Jones was a "proud Canterbury man".

Christchurch mayor among those paying tribute to "humble and stoic" Catholic bishop Barry Jones.

New schools signal learning shift

Plans for the new modern learning hub to be built at Rangiora Borough School.

Work to transform four Waimakariri schools into modern learning environments to go ahead.

26C high for Christchurch

MetService is forecasting a high of 26 degrees Celsius for Christchurch on Thursday.

It's set to be a sunny, slightly cloudy day throughout the South Island.

20C high for Christchurch

A warm evening is expected for Christchurch's first Night Noodle Market on Wednesday.

It will be a warm evening for the first Night Noodle Market in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Night prowler caught

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man who admitted committing "numerous" burglaries in the Selwyn and North Canterbury areas.

Man admits multiple burglaries around Canterbury after being caught red-handed.

Horses in the blood for sisters gallery video

Laughs all around at the Thompson Horses camp.

The Thompson sisters just wanted to earn a little cash. Now, their horsing around is making a real splash.

Farmer speed dating love lasts

Carl McNaught and Megan Mitchell met when fate intervened at a speed dating event.

He wore cowboy boots, drove a Nissan Navara and said "bloody Nora". She knew he was the one for her.

26C high for Christchurch

MetService is forecasting a high of 26 degrees Celsius for Christchurch on Thursday.

It's set to be a sunny, slightly cloudy day throughout the South Island.

More rural burglaries in Selwyn

A night burglar is targeting rural properties in Selwyn.

Police on hunt for night prowler as rural burglaries and thefts continue in district.

West Coast

Halls open to take Westland students

Westland High School students look at the damage caused by a a large fire.

Westland High School students will resume their classes in temporary locations around Hokitika. 

Planned shooting range withdrawn

Blackball residents are relieved they can continue playing in an area next to a proposed shooting range, including Tommy Newman, 12, left, Gillian Newman, Jack Newman, 10, Ocean Newman, 6, Alex Muir, 10, and William Newman, 8.

Neighbours of proposed shooting range on the West Coast relieved the application has been withdrawn. 

26C high for Christchurch

MetService is forecasting a high of 26 degrees Celsius for Christchurch on Thursday.

It's set to be a sunny, slightly cloudy day throughout the South Island.

20C high for Christchurch

A warm evening is expected for Christchurch's first Night Noodle Market on Wednesday.

It will be a warm evening for the first Night Noodle Market in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Westland school fire investigated

Westland High School students look at the damage caused by a a large fire.

Contractors had been working on the roof of Westland High School when a large fire broke out.

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