Rise in unpaid rates

The Mitre Hotel in Lyttelton suffered damage in multiple earthquakes and has been fenced off since 2011.

Quake-damaged hotel owner refusing to pay $22,000 rates bill is among thousands who owe Christchurch council $11.5 million.

Hospital car park demolished

The Christchurch Hospital carpark building, on the corner of Tuam St and Antigua St, is being demolished.

Breakable objects in adjoining labs is making the demolition of Christchurch Hospital's car park building complex.

Ex-bankrupt's insurance standoff

Steve and Natalya Reuben pictured outside their home in Avondale.

A discharged Christchurch bankrupt is in a bitter standoff with his insurer, which says it cannot pay him out for his home.

Facing up to sexualisation of children

Hagar NZ works with women and children that have been trafficked and exploited, or abused in some way.

What role does New Zealand play in the sexualisation and global exploitation of children?

Rain, thunder and hail for West Coast

Rain, thunder and hail is forecast for the West Coast on Thursday.

Rain is possible throughout the South Island, with thunderstorms likely to hit the West Coast.

It's the end for CYF

James Whakaruru was beaten to death by Ben Haerewa in 1999. His death led to a massive inquiry by the then Commissioner ...

Child, Youth and Family will be replaced by a new Ministry for Vulnerable Children within months.

PM opens architectural buildings in Christchurch

Russell Stanners, Vodafone Chief Executive, explains wireless phone charging to Amy Adams and John Key at the opening of ...

Prime Minister John Key said developers should be commended for two architectural projects he opened in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Cathedral working party 'farcical' if ruling not binding, says campaigner

The historic building has been sitting derelict in Cathedral Square for over five years.

Christ Church Cathedral working party is "farcical" and "pointless" if its recommendations are not binding, a heritage campaign group says.

Megaquake could 'unzip' south video

The Alpine Fault is visible from space where the Southern Alps meet the West Coast.

The Alpine Fault ruptures roughly every 300 years - the last time was in 1717.

'Explosion' before blaze

Firefighters had some difficulty accessing the second story of the house on Westfield Ave, Templeton.

Firefighters have rushed to the scene of a house fire on the outskirts of Christchurch.

'It just doesn't seem fair'

Richard Ryan with his wife and four daughters.

Dad-of-four, police officer and community man Richard Ryan has died from a terminal illness.

'Final warning' for water rule breakers

An irrigator on the Canterbury Plains.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) has vowed to be stricter on water users breaking the rules, aiming for total compliance in the coming months.

Tiny hut design winners

The design for a tiny hut that will be built at New Brighton.

A Shell Chapel, a Mini Marae and a Turret are among the five winning tiny hut designs that will be built in New Brighton.

New wards, new competition

Map of new Christchurch City Council wards.

Several city councillors could face a tough fight to keep their seats as new candidates step into the ring.

Jail for knife-point hold-up

A judge has rejected a two-time armed robber and convicted rapist's claim that he is "not a violent man".

Pedestrian injured in central city

One person is in hospital with moderate injuries after a car parked without the handbrake on rolled.

One person is in hospital with moderate injuries after being hit by a car that rolled after being parked without its handbrake on. 

Cafe plans for church

St Luke's Church in Linkwater was put up for sale last year.

A Marlborough church sold because of a dwindling parish may become a tearoom for travellers.

Tranz Alpine Scooter Rally returns

Mike Winter of Rangiora took out third-best decorated scooter in 2014, along with his best friend in the side cart.

The Tranz Alpine Scooter Rally will return again in September.

Enviro plans boost bottom line video

Waimakariri zone manager Andrew Arps has been working with Eyreton farmer Darryl Brown to put together his Farm ...

Eyreton farmer Darryl Brown is discovering positive environmental and economic benefits for his farm.

Teen crim could be 'great leader'

Tamatea Briggs, right, was the driver in a Woolston liquor store robbery. He has turned his life around and was ...

Teen involved in violent liquor shop robbery gets discharged without conviction and praised for turning his life around.

Alleged killer's name to be wiped

A funeral home has offered to remove the name of Leon Jayet-Cole's alleged killer from his grave for free.

James Roberts was charged with killing his stepson Leon Jayet-Cole. But his name was on the boy's headstone.

Building destroyed by fire video

One of the two women rescued from the house fire with her cat.

Asleep and oblivious of a fire raging at the back of their property, two women were saved by a group of passers-by.

Erosion at critical point

Punakaiki Beach Camp manager Craig Findlay is worried about the threat of severe coastal erosion.

Top tourism spot hit by severe erosion will be saved by a seawall, but who will pay for it?

Black ice causes crashes

The Crown Range alpine pass between Wanaka and Queenstown is typically covered with snow, ice and grit during winter. ...

Icy roads have caused several motor vehicle crashes this morning.

Cleaner stole forfeited cigarettes

11012015 News photo: Robert Charles/Fairfax NZ. Generic file. Cigarettes. Smoking. Smokes. Tobacco. Cancer. Quitting.

French citizen repeatedly raided an amnesty bin at Queenstown Airport where people left excess cigarettes.

Hayward chosen for climate talks

Now that we all agree we have the problem of climate change, what will we do about it, asks Bronwyn Hayward.

A Christchurch academic will help develop new ideas to fight climate change.

Receiving charge from gang raid

Head Hunters figure Lyndon Richardson faces a charge of receiving stolen travel vouchers after a police raid last week.

A senior Head Hunters figure has charged with receiving stolen travel vouchers after a police raid in Christchurch.

Maia Health raises $2.2m

An artist's impression of the rooftop helipad planned for the new Christchurch Hospital. The Maia Foundation hopes to ...

Plans for an expanded hospital rooftop helipad closer after $2.2m pledged for new Christchurch health charity.

Swimming champs return to Christchurch

Women 17 and Over 200m freestyle silver medallist Lucy Clough ( Ashburton), gold winner Ebony Maikuku (Jasi) and Tamara ...

A small boost to the length of Jellie Park pool have seen swimmers compete in Christchurch for the first time since the quakes.

How to kill a predator

Possums may one day be a relic of New Zealand's history.

Deadly toxins, genetic intervention and poison from the sky – purging our predators may involve tools befitting James Bond.

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