Former beach owner supports campaign

The Abel Tasman beach where Georgina Rayner spent almost 50 years worth of family holidays.

Abel Tasman National Park wasn't always known as a place of accessible beauty.

Kiwi mountainbike legend farewelled

Friends, family and fans are farewelling New Zealand mountainbiking legend Kelly McGarry in Wakefield today.

Family and friends have gathered to farewell mountainbiker Kelly McGarry.

Dairy owner nabs robber video

Christchurch dairy owner Kamlesh Patel chased and caught a man who grabbed his till in an attempted robbery.

A Christchurch dairy owner chased down a man trying to steal his cash register. 

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.

Plan to bring whitebait back

Volunteers install hay bales along the Heathcote River to create spawning points for whitebait.

Scientists are hoping to bring whitebait back to Christchurch's rivers, following years of apparent decline.

Young women help feed homeless

Muslim girls Addeana Husaini, 19 (third from right), Asayal Almutairi, 17, and Rabia Mofassir, 18, help serve a meal to people in Latimer Square.

An effort to help feed the homeless has given confidence to young Muslim women in Christchurch.

Going 'beyond walls' at new school video

Haeata Community Campus is going open-plan, with large spacious classrooms to house up to 300 pupils at one time. Principal Andy Kai Fong checks on the progress of the build.

Aranui's new "super school" will embrace open-plan classrooms filled with 300 pupils.

Push to increase housing density

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel is encouraging people to look at proposals to increase housing density in parts of the city.

Christchurch council to consider increasing housing density in Hornby, Papanui and Linwood.

City council criticises quarry ploy

The operators of a quarry in Yaldhurst want to excavate closer to groundwater in order to retrieve more gravel for Christchurch's quake rebuild.

Christchurch City Council opposes ploy to deepen region's quarries because of risk to city's drinking water.

'Penthouse' for elderly parents

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

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

Teacher resigns in sex scandal

A teacher has resigned from Kings High School in Dunedin after disclosing a sexual relationship with a student.

Intimate photos appear to show teacher at the centre of a Dunedin school sex scandal.

Experienced glider pilot killed

The Canterbury Gliding Club's flagship glider, a Janus C, flying along the Craigieburn Range.

New Zealand gliding community in mourning after death of "experienced" pilot in North Otago.

Alleged scammers in custody

Henry Edward Halliday, also known as Samuel Edward Taylor, 26, was remanded in custody on two dishonesty charges.

Pair believed to be involved in elaborate scam targeting elderly people have been remanded in custody.

Kea die in stoat traps

A kea on the Milford Rd in Fiordland

Seven kea have died after being inadvertently caught in stoat traps in the Murchison Mountains.

Changed approach to public transport backed

A new approach to public transport decision-making in Christchurch should mean improved services for bus passengers.

NZTA welcomes move to change the way public transport decisions are made in greater Christchurch.

Police know burnt car's owner

Police at the scene of a car fire at Tuamarina on Sunday morning.

Body found in burning car to be taken to Christchurch for an autopsy.

Beach campaign passes $1.2m mark video

Pledges have reached $1.2 million to buy an Abel Tasman beach. If the $2m target is reached, the successful buyers will be gift it back to New Zealand.

Kiwis behind crowd-funding to buy an Abel Tasman beach confident of hitting target.

Backcountry compliance disappoints

The Greenstone Valley control period has commenced.

Fish & Game disappointed with large number of unlicensed anglers caught in Otago.

Body found in burning car

Police are at the Work and Income building on Aldwins Rd, Linwood, Christchurch.

Inside a burning car on SH1 in Marlborough, police and firefighters found a body.

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.

Two arrested in connection with scam

An elderly victim of a scam reads through the list of withdrawals against her card.

Police have arrested two people who allegedly scammed elderly people in Christchurch.

'Kids were screaming' in gondola

It was a fun adventure for Smith siblings Lotte, 7, Madi, 8, and Finn, 4, on the Christchurch Gondola, until just minutes later the carriage stopped and they spent almost the next two hours screaming and crying in fear.

A mother stuck in a hot, swinging gondola with her traumatised children is angry it was brushed off as "no big deal".

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 wealthy school in disrepair

Rangiora High School will get funding for 26 new classrooms to accommodate roll growth up to 1900 by next year.

Teachers and pupils suffer through stifling summer days and frozen hands in winter despite Rangiora High's wealth.

Livingstone father and son, we presume?

Veteran cyclist John Livingstone, 77, will compete in the Coast to Coast multisport teams event with his son Glenn Livingstone, a Christchurch City councillor.

It's election year and one Christchurch City councillor already has his running mate – his 77-year-old dad.

Two assaults in Dunedin

261015. News. Police car generic.

Police are investigating two separate assaults on women in Dunedin within 30 hours.

Day to inspire cyclists

Make Collective director Tim Chesney, with his son Franklin, 3, says Christchurch is a good cycling city, but there is "always room for improvement".

A nationwide initiative to get people pedalling kicks off this week.

Cattle in water a 'marketing disaster'

Cattle grazing on the shore of Lake Ellesmere, as seen from the Little River Rail Trail.

Criticism mounts about stock in waterways as figures show some farms received complaints about it repeatedly.

Kiwi black hole expert wins big

Nasa scientists catch black hole swallowing star - and burping a bit back out.

His work on black holes has earned a scientist from a small Otago town a share of $1 million.

Chinese couple's keys confiscated

There have been 30 complaints to *555 about poor driving through the Mackenzie District since Friday.

Police deemed a Chinese couple too inept to continue driving in New Zealand.

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