'Fat chef' to hear visa fate

South African "fat chef" Albert Buitenhuis just after he arrived in Christchurch in 2007 claims his weight has gone against him getting New Zealand residency. He is now working in Geraldine, has lost weight and is waiting to hear about his latest application.

Albert Buitenhuis battled his weight and immigration for years, now it could all be over.

Taggers draw on American hip hop

Straight Outta Compton features Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and O'Shea Jackson Jr. as his real-life father, Ice Cube.

Spate of graffiti in Christchurch linked to release of Straight Outta Compton rap biopic.

Cold front bringing blizzard conditions

Christchurch city and Ashburton were in for occasional rain on Saturday and a high of 16 degrees celsius.

A cold front sweeping up the country on Sunday might force any Father's Day celebrations indoors.

South braces for more snow

A motorist fits chains on the Crown Range road after snow coated the route on Friday.

Winter is overstaying its welcome with warnings in place for snow and gales.

'He took our life's savings'

Mrinal Sardana outside the Dunedin District Court on Wednesday.

A couple who were tricked out of their life's savings by a conman want to stop others from being fooled.

Fishers abusing, intimidating pier users

Patience with people fishing off New Brighton pier is running out.

The ''intensity'' of New Brighton pier-side fishing makes people feel unsafe, say residents.

Baby deaths investigated

Police are investigating the deaths of a woman's two babies in Christchurch.

Christchurch police are investigating the unexplained deaths of a woman's two babies.  

Duo nabbed inside cathedral

Police arrested these 23-year-old men after they were caught on camera inside the Christ Church Cathedral. They were given pre-charge warnings.

Two "inquisitive" intruders have been arrested after exploring inside quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral.

Kaiapoi marks quake

Children celebrate the rededication of Kaiapoi's letterbox totem sculpture, marking the earthquakes that damaged the town

The Kaiapoi community has rededicated its letterbox totem pole to remember the September earthquake.

Pianos play out final memorial tune

Katrina King and Rodney Ridgen take their sledgehammers to a piano as part of the Greendale Shake-Up event.

Three pianos played their last tune, as they were smashed by Greendale residents during their earthquake memorial activities.

Sumner firefighter lived a life of service

Russel "Russ" James Kerr was a 37-year stalwart of the Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade. He died in Christchurch on August 17, 2015, aged 85.

Russel Kerr was a man whom anyone would follow - even if the destination was a blazing building or a stormy sea. 

Flimsy evidence used in ads for medicines: study

A study has found many ads published in leading healthcare magazines did not meet regulatory requirements for therapeutic advertising.

Advertisements based on flimsy evidence are being promoted to health care professionals, a study has found.

Mayor welcomes cathedral circuit breaker

A decision on the future of the Christ Church Cathedral could be reached by Christmas.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel is applauding the Government's move to break the impasse over the future of the Christ Church Cathedral.

Serial rapist denied parole

Michael John Carroll in 2003 – six months before he was recalled to prison for disappearing from a live-in treatment centre in Christchurch.

A serial rapist with an "appalling history" of offending against women will stay in jail after he was declined parole. 

Kids rejoice in cathedral of light

Inflatable sculpture Arboria was designed by British firm Architects of Air and is open until September 13 in Cathedral Square.

The official opening of a the second weekend 

'Low-lives' steal prized war medals

Decorated war pilot Neville Douglas Freeman.

Prized war medals belonging to decorated war pilot stolen in Christchurch burglary.

Coastal Pathway gets longer video

Stage two of the Christchurch Coastal Pathway opens with kapa haka performances by Mt Pleasant School students and a cycle run by Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

Cycling and kapa haka heralded the opening of stage two of Christchurch's coastal pathway.

Documents reveal issues at Te Puna Wai

Major concerns have been raised about the management of Christchurch's youth justice facility, Te Puna Wai.

Christchurch's troubled youth corrections centre had more than 600 security breaches in 10 months.

Hefty fine for blackmarket crayfish, paua dealer

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Southern Asian restaurant at 545 Colombo St. Christchurch.

A restaurateur has been ordered to pay nearly $20,000 and do community work for dealing in blackmarket crayfish and paua.

Coastal hazard zonings: Fact v Fiction

People with property on the edges of Christchurch's Avon-Heathcote Estuary are among those affected by new coastal hazard zonings.

Is the city council's proposal to restrict new development in areas prone to coastal erosion overkill or a prudent precaution?

Double police chase driver jailed

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A tear-away driver who led police on two car chases has been jailed for nine months and disqualified from driving indefinitely.

Gang accused allege ex-member aggressor

A former Mongrel Mob chapter president denies claims he confronted a group of gang members with an axe.

A former Mongrel Mob chapter president denies claims he wielded an axe in a fracas with other members of the gang who came to his home.

Irrigation's guilty secrets

Feeding cows on palm kernel makes mockery of low input farming claims.

Amid the rush of irrigation schemes, will economic considerations trump environmental values?

'Literally shaken from our sleep' gallery

Dawn breaks over New Brighton pier where a dawn service marked the fifth anniversary of the Canterbury 2010 earthquake.

About 200 gathered on New Brighton beach at dawn, to mark five years since the first quake struck.

Suburbs: Then and now

Porritt Park was ripped apart by the 2010 earthquake.

See how some of our suburbs have changed in the last five years.

City centre: Then and Now gallery

The central city, changed by September, was utterly devastated by February's quake. Building has begun but many sites remain empty and road cones dominate.

Our photographers have returned to the sites of some of the worst damage wreaked by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake five years ago.

Museum reopening signals better times video

Waimakariri District  Mayor David Ayers says it is still not business as usual for for the area five years after the quakes.

The reopening of Kaiapoi's museum is a bright spot for residents of the town.

Provincial Chambers a long-term fix gallery

The timber section of the Canterbury Provincial Chambers withstood the earthquakes better than the stone buildings.

The Canterbury Provincial Chambers are among the most badly quake-damaged buildings in Christchurch being restored.

Living on the edge

Not exactly park land. The red zone that was  Courtenay Downs is uneven and the grass patchy.

Hardy Kaiapoi residents have stayed on despite damage from the September quakes.

Fire at recycling plant

A fire has engulfed an Alexandra Recycling Plant

A fire has caused extensive damage to an Alexandra recycling company.

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