Festival goes to the dogs gallery

Waikaia River's Taylor Hill, with his mates reflected in his glasses, at the Monteith's Dog Derby at Coronet Peak ski ...

Capable dogs and their confused owners barrelled down Coronet Peak ski field on the opening day of Queenstown Winter Festival.

'Unacceptable' to keep teens in cells

Judge Jane McMeeken said it was "outrageous" a 14-year-old Canterbury was in police cells for several days.

Keeping youths in police cells is a "continued embarrassment" for NZ's youth-justice system, Children's Commissioner says.

Barclay should go now – Dickson

Glenys Dickson was paid the clandestine money when she was made aware of the dictaphone left running.

The woman at the centre of the scandal around ousted National MP Todd Barclay says he should've resigned immediately.

New Taylors bach saga chapter

Christchurch City Council has created a working party to resolve issues around the Taylor's Mistake Batches.

After spending decades mulling over what to do with Taylors Mistake baches, council is establishing yet another working party.

Labour wants commuter rail

Labour has pledged a commuter-rail service between Rolleston to Addington, should it win September's election.

Labour pledges $100m for Christchurch's public transport, including commuter rail between Rolleston and the city.

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

A special thank you

Kaikoura Mayor Winston Gray gets a hug at a community meeting at Hapuku School.

Kaikoura recovery team looks to community to tell them who the special people are who helped out after November quake.

No charges over quake deaths

The facade of the second-hand bookshop in Riccarton Rd crumbled onto the street, killing bricklayer Ross Bush.

Police will not lay charges over one Christchurch earthquake death and appear unlikely to in another.

Man to build replica of quake-ruined home

"Every detail is meant to be reproduced as accurately as possible, says Martin Holland.

It will take eight painstaking years, but Martin Holland thinks it's worth it to recreate the 1913 home.

Hansen honours Sir Ron

Steve Hansen, Sir Ron Scott's daughter Lise Kljakovic and Marco Kljakovic.

Sir Ron Scott remembered fondly by Steve Hansen.

Support for nurses' memorial

Murray Grant, husband of Jane Grant, a nurse who died in the 2011 earthquake, says an annual event to remember 53 nurses ...

Family of nurses killed in the February 2011 earthquake given support for annual memorial.

North Canterbury

Saving our visual tāonga

Kaiapoi film restorer Larry Jamieson preparing film to be converted into a digital file.

Kaiapoi based film restorer Larry Jamieson says much of the South Island's visual tāonga is lost because there is nowhere to put it.

Freezing challenge for red-headed reporters

King of the sea

Red-headed stubbornness put to the test.

Scrap art

Kaiapoi mechanic Shaun Rennell makes works of art out of scrap car parts.

 Sculptor uses car parts to create eye-catching artwork.

Kiwi Travellers tackle Mongol Rally

Ben Irwin, Scotty Bamford, and Mitch Pannett will take on the15,000km Mongol Rally across Europe in a 2002 Vauxhal Astra.

Canterbury lads to take on 15,000km adventure across Europe in a Vauxhal Astra.

Kaiapoi end Halswell's unbeaten run

Amberley's  Rachael Parkinson gets airborne defending against Ashley in the North Canterbury Premier 2 match on Saturday.

 Defending champions set the pace in North Canterbury premier netball.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Kennedy-Clark back where it began

Country singer Liam Kennedy-Clark will perform a show, Hometown, in Ashburton this weekend.

Country music in New Zealand is more than just cowboy hats and rhinestone suits, and an Ashburton singer is aiming to show his home town fans just that.

Traffic lights for Rakaia?

Neil Pluck on the side of State Highway 1 in Rakaia, a stretch of road that carries up to 14,000 vehicles every day.

Pedestrian controlled traffic lights are being investigated as a potential option for Rakaia, to make it safer for people to get from one side of town to the other.

$4.5m bill for DOC after fire

DOC spent $4.5m on fighting the Port Hills fire in February. More than 11000 staff hours were recorded. Pictured, the ...

More than 11000 staff hours helped extinguish the massive Port Hills blaze.

Waihora stun Southbridge

Waihora survived a Southbridge fight back to win 29-24 at Tai Tapu in the first round of the Coleman Shield.

Waihora serve Southbridge a wake up call in Ellesmere's Coleman Shield while Mid Canterbury's Watters Cup had Celtic and Southern score wins.

Lincoln Uni's path to prosperity

The vacant site of Lincoln University's demolished Hilgendorf complex will be filled by a $206m research facility in ...

Uni leadership looks to research, our future economy and a Dutch university for solutions.

West Coast

Breaking the mental health 'taboo'

West Coasters will release lanterns to light up the dark by the driftwood sign in Hokitika on Saturday.

The West Coast has the highest rate of suicide in the country. A new group wants that to change.

Beaten twice before suspected suicide

West Coast man Robin Osborne denies his part in a second violent group assault on a man hours before the victim's ...

A West Coast man denies being part of a second group assault on another man in the hours leading up to the victim's suspected suicide.

31 kids rescued after Kiwi's arrest

Drew Webb on holiday in Honolulu.

The arrest of an online predator in New Zealand led to 31 children being rescued around the world and another 17 arrests.

Alpine Fault power cut researched

The West Coast's electrical grid consists mostly of overhead power lines.

New research will look at the impact of a region wide power cut on the West Coast in the event of an Alpine Fault earthquake.

Party-goers 'equally culpable' - judge

Adam Adcock has been found not guilty of supplying alcohol to a minor, who later died, at a West Coast party in 2016.

West Coast man not guilty of supplying alcohol to teenager who later drank himself to death at a lakeside party.

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