Hills and Harbour

'Immediate' demolition

Richmond Hill house teeters on cliff-edge

richmond hill house split

A house teetering on the edge of Richmond Hill above Sumner is in danger of collapsing and will be demolished today.

Company dumped waste in Duvauchelle


Two Canterbury-based companies have pleaded guilty to illegally discharging sediment into Duvauchelle Bay.

Flood prone areas ignored - residents


Flood-affected Sumner residents are concerned some flood-prone areas are being ignored.

Port shores up safety strategy

Lyttelton Port container accident

Lyttelton Port has strengthened its health and safety strategy after two deaths and a serious injury at the port.

New community centre step closer

Paul Lonsdale

The council doubles recommended grant to give Mt Pleasant $200k for a new community centre.

Sumner drinking hole calls time

The Thirsty Marriner

Sumner's The Thirsty Marriner has shut up shop, leaving behind an uninsurable building.

Bearded lady is back

Von Leon

Lyttelton's "big guy in heels" is organising this weekend's Revenge of the Easter Bunny.

Coastal cycling-walk path gets funding

oastal pathway from Ferrymead to Sumner

Amended plan for multimillion-dollar coastal pathway from Ferrymead to Sumner gets council nod.

New rules for Port Hill homes


Proposed new rules could stop people in some hill areas from extending, subdividing or building.

Paraglider breaks ankle in fall

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

A paraglider with only three weeks experience was injured in a Port Hills accident.

Cars mysteriously stolen from port


A "prepared" burglar stole two sports cars from Lyttelton Port while CCTV cameras were off.

Fees kill Sumner apartment plan

Bruce Banbury

A property owner has abandoned plans to build two apartments after being hit by a $72k development fee.

Sumner's 30kmh speed limit lifted

Sumner Rd containers

The post-quake 30kmh speed limit on Main Rd, Sumner, will be lifted to 50kmh.

Old shell exploded in harbour

Army on Lyttelton Harbour

Bomb disposal experts have blown up a WWII artillery shell found in Lyttelton Harbour.

Icon of Sumner Eric Johnson dies

Eric Johnson

Sumner's "iconic son" Eric Johnson has pushed out his boat for the last time, aged 89.

Elderly man 'seriously hurt' in crash


An 89-year-old suffered serious injuries when his van collided with a truck near Castle Hill yesterday.

Photo captures Sumner's beauty

Cave Rock

A moody photograph of Cave Rock in Sumner has won a photographic competition celebrating the beauty of the area.

Serious crash near Castle Hill

St John's Ambulance

One person has been seriously injured after a car and a truck collided near Castle Hill.

Lyttelton relies on candle power

Mike Dunlay

Power has been restored to the 1700 homes and businesses affected by yesterday's storm.

Fuel odour to reduce in Lyttelton

Jet fuel leak Lyttelton

Jet fuel that leaked from a damaged Lyttelton fuel tank has now been recovered.

Workers left 'gagging from stench'

lyttelton port

A fuel spill left Lyttelton port workers nauseous and suffering eye and skin irritation.

Lyttelton fuel spill cleanup continues

Jet fuel leak Lyttelton

The smell of fuel still lingers over parts of Lyttelton after a landslide damaged a jet-fuel tank, spilling at least 1500 litres into the harbour.

Homes without power

Power, electricity, power lines, power pole

Residents in Cashmere have experienced a power outage this afternoon.

Leak displaces houseboat owners

Jet fuel leak Lyttelton

Houseboat residents in Lyttelton will have to find places to stay for the weekend due to a fuel spill.

1500-litre jet fuel leak

Aviation fuel leaks into harbour through drains

Jet fuel leak Lyttelton

Firefighters are still pumping leaked jet fuel off the ground in Lyttelton, but about 1500 litres has already leaked into the harbour.

Cunliffe 'heartbroken' for Chch

David and Simon Cunliffe Lyttelton

Labour leader urges officials to stop ''passing the buck'' and find solutions to flooding and land issues.

Jet fuel leaks into harbour

cliff collapse Lyttelton

Some residents remain evacuated from their homes after a fuel leak at Lyttelton Port.

Lyttelton cliff collapse forces evacuation

cliff collapse Lyttelton

Police evacuated 19 households from three Lyttelton streets after a cliff collapsed causing a fuel spill.

Tourists trapped in Akaroa

Cliff st, Moncks bay

Akaroa is cut-off by road and has lost power for the third time during this week's storm.

Jet skiing through the flooding

Jetski in the flood

Hekmat Sultani found a way to make the most of the flooding in Heathcote this morning.

Lengthy storm cleanup looms

weather chaos Banks Peninsula

Banks Peninsula residents face a lengthy cleanup after they bore the brunt of severe gale-force winds sweeping across the region.

'Living building' house a first

Eco friendly home

New Zealand's first house designed as a "Living Building" will take shape at Taylor's Mistake in Christchurch.

Wild weather closes Akaroa

Wild Akaroa weather

LATEST: Wild weather and power cuts have closed most of the shops on Akaroa's main street and cancelled two cruise ship visits.

Cass Bay 'sunroom exploded'

Janet Smart

Wind and rain is causing havoc in Cass Bay this morning with trees down, windows smashed and roofs lifting.

Lyttelton tunnel marks 50 years

Lyttelton tunnel David McVicar

Engineers working on the Lyttelton tunnel 50 years ago did not consider the earthquake risk.

Lyttelton tunnel marks 50 years

Lyttelton road tunnel

Engineers behind Lyttelton tunnel paid little attention to quake potential, the project head says.

Drones film earthquake damage


Cera uses unmanned aircraft to film quake-hit homes as demolition progresses on the Port Hills.

E. coli cancels beach event

Southshore Spit

Harmful levels of E. coli at South New Brighton put a stop to a planned family fun day.

Fatal site 'unsuitable for build'

Raekura Pl rockfall

A property where a woman was killed by rockfall in the quake was deemed unsuitable for building on.

Council pressed to reopen wharf

Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council is being pressured to reopen a popular Banks Peninsula wharf.

Bitter-sweet end to school camp

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

School camp ended prematurely for a 5-year-old girl, who hit her head, but at least she got a helicopter ride.

Vandals stall reopening

Summit Rd fence vandalism

Vandals cutting holes in fences on Summit Rd are putting lives at risk and delaying the reopening.

Spitfire finds new home at cafe


Jean may be a tolerant wife, but a life-size Spitfire as a permanent fixture in the front yard was a stretch.

Scarborough Pool work begins soon

Scarborough pool

Community Board signs off plans for the new water playground to replace the old paddling pool.

Bitter twist for re-zone couple

Richard and Heather Larson

A late-night phone call rocked Heather Larson's world more than Christchurch's earthquakes.

Riddle of the tiles

Lyttelton tunnel looking 'pretty grotty'

lyttelton tunnel

MIKE CREAN - © Fairfax NZ News

Lyttelton folk wonder why their tunnel tiles look so shabby. So do two ex-Temuka brothers.

Festival a pirate's affair

Aaron Tokona

Lyttelton will be awash with would-be pirates this weekend as the port town celebrates summer.

Valentine's Day auction


Dates with construction industry workers looking for love will be auctioned in Lyttelton on February 14.

Rock swandiver in hospital

Taylor's Mistake

A fisherman who dived off rocks at Taylor's Mistake landed on rocks below instead of in the water.

Harae mai, my friend

waitangi citizens

'Now officially I can say I'm a Kiwi'. Men and women from 11 countries became NZ citizens in the first such ceremony at Rapaki Marae.

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