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Police still hunting armed cycle bandit

The robber fled on his bicycle.

Police are still searching for an armed cycle bandit who stole cash from a Christchurch bank.

Fight for cannabis-based medicine continues

Nelson public rights lawyer Sue Grey.

Leading government scientist agrees cannabis-based medicine should not be restricted.

'We're special out here'

Ussher has lived in Little River his entire life and recently sold the Challenge service station after more than 40 ...

Little River juggles need for development and country lifestyle with new plan.

A cold, rainy summer

Nelson city in the rain after a low-weather system passed though this week.

If you have been wondering where summer's gone, you're not alone – it hasn't arrived yet.

Students clamour for beds at Christchurch

Otautahi House, Ara Institute of Canterbury's new student accommodation, is already fully booked.

Christchurch polytechnic Ara can barely keep up with student accommodation demands in the central city.

Arthur's Pass still closed video

A large slip on State Highway 73 near Otira.

Road crews have cleared nearly half of the massive slip blocking State Highway 73.

Scott Base celebrates 60 years

Antarctica New Zealand chief executive Peter Beggs says the 60th anniversary of the opening of Scott Base in Antarctica ...

It's been 60 years since Scott Base opened in Antarctica, with celebrations taking place in Christchurch and on the Ice.

Failed counselling service owes $1.7m

Counselling

This includes 90 counsellors who are owed thousands after the collapse of Relationships Aotearoa.

Hit-and-run driver a mystery

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Jayvin Ryder, who's damaged scooter has been repaired.

Police have not yet found the motorist who drove off after hitting a teenager riding a scooter.

Blogger's Dunedin take takes off video

Liz Carlson at Olveston in Dunedin.

International travel blogger Liz Carlson has discovered the "hidden gem" of Dunedin.

Disasters challenge people with disabilities video

Lynne Smith says those with disabilities can feel very isolated and urges them to get to know their neighbours.

Disasters pose challenges for everybody, but what happens when your hearing, independence, sight, language or mobility is compromised?

Police taunter wanted again

Seventeen-year-old Southland teenager Lana Maree Tutty is wanted again by police.

A Southland teenager who taunted police on Facebook has sparked another warrant for her arrest.

Plans to extend paua ban in Kaikoura

The Kaikoura quake stranded paua and other shellfish above the high-tide line, causing still-unknown amounts of damage ...

The MPI is seeking public feedback on a plan to extend a ban on shellfish harvesting on the Kaikoura coastline.

Quake Outcasts wait for appeal date

Grant Cameron, lawyer for the Quake Outcasts, says there is a "good chance" the group will win on appeal.

The High Court has ordered the group to pay $55,000 in court costs to the Crown.

New cinemas, restaurant for Arts Centre

Workers in the West Lecture building. Sloped windows on the far wall show the slope of lecture theatres that once ...

A $10m project to restore the Arts Centre West Wing will create two cinemas and apartments for writers, artists and scientists.

Bring jackets and singing voice to concert

Icehouse, led by Iva Davies, will be the final performance at the Gibbston Valley Summer Concert on Saturday.

"If I was going myself I would probably bring a shower proof jacket just in case." Metservice meteorologist

Man admits mugging foreign worker

John Smitheram admitted being one of a group of three who robbed a man at New Brighton on October 13, 2015,

Jail for a man who helped mug a foreign worker at a Christchurch beach.

Search for missing swimmer

An inflatable rescue boat.

A person was seen entering the water near Dunedin, but wasn't seen coming out.

Controversial rental company's key ring

The "Try not to be a c..." key holder is given to every Wicked Campers customer.

"People love them. They say 'can I have more to take home overseas?'"

A taste of Paris in Kaiapoi

Owners of Kaiapoi cafe,  Paris for the Weekend, Sheryl Johnson and her daughter, Charlotte.

The old Railway Station building has been repurposed into a new cafe in Kaiapoi, 'Paris for the weekend'.

How to raise your baby: an ever-evolving guide

Few people are more at the mercy of advice-givers than the parents of newborns.

Breast or bottle? To cry or not to cry? We delve into the world of contradictory baby advice.

Huge rainfall storms down alpine rivers

The Waimakariri River surged after extreme rainfall in the Southern Alps.

 Canterbury's alpine rivers surged to their highest flows in years, causing traffic problems as people slowed to watch.

Suspected car thieves arrested

Three Queenstown males were arrested for car theft on Thursday.

Three Queenstown youths accused of stealing car and stripping it for parts.

Getting to the soul of improv

Philadelphia based Bobbi Block is in New Zealand teaching her improv technique and will teach a course in Christchurch ...

Most associate improv with theatre sport comedy such as Whose Line is it Anyway? but it can run deeper than that, a course by Bobbi Block aims to teach that to Christchurch thespians.

The real cost of 'free' schooling

Tisa Malaulau, left, is starting year 12 at Tawa College, this year. Mum Dinah Ostler-Malaulau, second from right, says ...

For a child born today, the cost of 13 years of "free" schooling has risen to more than $38,000, up 15 per cent on 10 years ago.

The calm before the second storm

Friday's sunshine lit up the fresh snow on the foothills of the Southern Alps.

A mild day brings some relief on Friday before a second storm brings a cold, wet weekend.

Strongman mine victims remembered

About 200 people gathered at the Karoro Cemetery near Greymouth to remember the 19 men killed at the Strongman coal mine ...

19 miners who died at the Strongman mine in 1967 remembered at 50th anniversary of the disaster.

South Island hit hard video

Photos taken on Thursday morning of SH7 going into Stillwater, near Greymouth.

Arthur's Pass will not reopen until at least Saturday as contractors struggle to clear 'monstrous' slips on the highway.

Post-quake steel class action call

Adina Thorn says not everyone receiving one of her firm's letters will own a house built with defective steel.

Thousands of Canterbury homeowners warned properties built since earthquake may contain shoddy steel mesh.

Milk tanker and cars collide

A milk tanker and two cars were involved in a crash on SH1 south of Timaru on Thursday evening.

One person seriously injured after a milk tanker and two cars collided on SH1 south of Timaru.

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