Winds from Antarctica to bring snow

The mainland can expect its second snow dump of the season, with a wintry front making its way north.

10 min ago  Snow, sleet and hail are about to blast their way north up the South Island, with more winter chaos expected.

Smoke alarms alert family

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7:23 AM  Four people, including a six-week-old baby, escape an early morning house fire thanks to smoke alarms.

Company director can't be found

John Edward Clancy.

7:18 AM  Creditors worry Auckland-based rebuild company appears to have abandoned Christchurch.

Sumner in deep if a tsunami hits

A tsunami would put Christchurch seaside village Sumner under more than 2.5m of water.

7:16 AM  A tsunami would put the Christchurch seaside village under more than 2.5m of water.

Creative rebuild inspires doco

Wellington street artists BMD create a large blueprint-inspired piece of street art in Cashel St.

7:00 AM  A coin-operated dance floor and a bar made out of scaffolding inspire documentary about the Christchurch rebuild.

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Council claws back rebuild power

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel.

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

East frame renaming 'waste of time'

A plan to rename Christchurch's east frame development is "a waste of resources".

The view through a broken window of an abandoned house in red-zoned suburb of Bexley near New Brighton.

Photos: the residential red zone gallery

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

North Canterbury

Man rescued from Waimakariri River

Waimakariri River.

A man has been rescued after he was spotted clinging to a bridge pylon in the Waimakariri River near Christchurch.

Vegetation fires strike rural Canterbury

A vegetation in the Selwyn district will take hours to dampen down.

Waimakariri district mayor David Ayers said a new plan for the earthquake recovery would be unlikely to change much.

No surprises in quake recovery plan

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.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

'It's broken the family'

Cindy George and her children, Teuruaa, Telyzshaun and Pio.

Cindy George was a good mother and her three children were bubbly and beautiful, family say.

Kirsty Bentley's dad dies professing innocence

Father of murdered Ashburton teen died still denying involvement in her death.

Fire has ripped through a house on McDonald St, Netherby, Ashburton.

Fire destroys Ashburton house

An Ashburton family have "lost everything" after fire ripped through their home overnight.

West Coast

Top cops to sue over 'witch hunt'

Inspector John Canning and two of his senior sergeants – Allyson Ealam and Phillip Barker – have launched a $1.5 million defamation case against the Attorney General and Tasman district commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus.

6:48 AM  Top West Coast police officer and two senior sergeants launch a $1.5 million defamation case against their boss.

West Coast elderly could be sent to Christchurch

Elderly residents displaced after their rest home flooded two weeks ago are being kept locally where possible.

There are thousands more faulty washing machines that could cause damage like this in a West Coast home, the Fire Service says.

8000 recalled washers unaccounted for

Up to 8000 unserviced washing machines similar to one that caused a West Coast fire are still to be recovered.

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