Boy suffers head injury

Police said the boy returned home from school about midday on Thursday.

Canterbury police launch investigation after a five-year-old boy was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

Flag meeting nets 14

Fourteen people attended the flag consideration meeting held in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Fourteen people have attended a second Christchurch meeting on whether to change the New Zealand flag.

Scarfie party planned

A party scene in Hyde St in mid-February, during Dunedin Orientation Week.

Dunedin police hope to stop a planned street party named after a student drinking critic.

Roads closed as waves hammer coast video

Rough swells in Cook Strait have cancelled ferry sailings and closed roads on Wellington's south coast and in Kaikoura. This photo was taken from Kaikoura.

Massive storm churns up sea to cause disruption and delays on east coast.

Long-serving Hagley principal retires

Brent Ingram, principal of Hagley Community College, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Brent Ingram is retiring after 25 years in charge of Hagley Community College.

Prowler climbed tree to peer at girls

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A man who climbed a tree to look at girls could not be trusted on home detention, a judge says.

Train v car - motorist unscathed

The Christchurch-Greymouth TranzAlpine train.

A driver has minor injuries after crashing into the TranzAlpine tourist train west of Christchurch.

German footballers land in Chch video

Star German footballer Julian Brandt arrives in Christchurch ahead of the start of the Fifa under-20 World Cup.

Germany's under-20 football team have touched down in Christchurch seeking to emulate the World Cup winning efforts of their senior squad.

Office manager jailed for $200k fraud

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A Canterbury businessman is warning others to be wary of fraud after his office manager stole nearly $200,000 from the firm.

Another builder down in Christchurch

Christchurch home owners bear the brunt of builder liquidations.

A Tauranga building company with 26 Christchurch clients has gone into receivership.

'Fire rod' abuse testimony challenged

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Defence lawyer puts it to boy that he is making up accusations his caregiver abused him.

Burglar injured 'brave, strong' neighbour


A neighbour who tried to stop a burglar's getaway got wedged between a car and a fence.

What to do with Takap┼źneke Reserve?

The Takapūneke Reserve, which sits between Akaroa and the Ōnuku settlement in Banks Peninsula, could be developed into a national reserve.

Site of massacre could join the Waitangi Treaty Grounds as New Zealand's only historic sites with national reserve status.

Council boss promises improvements

Chief executive Karleen Edwards admits the city council is "quite bureaucratic and siloed".

Sweeping changes are being promised as annual residents' survey reveals city council is performing below expectations.

Cat dies after it's given dog drug

91-year-old Lillian Carr's cat died after it was given an injection meant for a dog. Pictured with a photograph of Bosco, deceased.

"What I think now is his death sentence was sealed the moment she injected him."

Canterbury club rugby players 'racially abused'

Freelance sports reporter Lindsay Kerr says Hampstead's behaviour throughout a match where allegations of racial abuse were made was "disgusting".

Match-sealing penalty try sparks a confrontation between players, fans and referee.

Truck rolls, four injured

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Four men are in hospital after truck hits power pole and rolls in Christchurch.

Attempted arson at equestrian centre

An arson at the North Loburn Equestrian Centre was uncomfortably close to horses, a pet sheep and the family  home

A wilful act of damage has left a North Canterbury couple unsettled and concerned for their home and business.

Weather: Chilly winds dying out

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Brisk southwest winds chilling Canterbury to the bone this week should die out after a cool start.

University dangles free flights

University of Canterbury vice-chancellor Rod Carr is trying to boost student numbers by offering incentives like free flights for returning students wanting to study overseas for a semester.

Canterbury University is offering incentives including free flights for students to boost its numbers.

Pike River widow wants Whittall in court

A judge has reserved his decision on a judicial review into the dropping of 12 health and safety charges against former Pike River boss Peter Whittall.

"Stick the money" is what I would have said, says Pike River widow

Investor loses family dispute

Lilly Cooper has lost a bitter court dispute with her sister and brother-in-law over a central Christchurch building.

Christchurch property investor Lilly Cooper been ordered to pay over $500,000 to her sister and brother in-law.

Decision to cross creek fatal

Sean Mcnabb and his girlfriend Yessica Asmin enjoy visiting the glow worm caves near Te Anau on the night before departing on their ill-fated tramp of the Milford Track.

Crossing a swollen river was the biggest contributing factor into the death of Sydney student in Milford Sound last year, an inquest has heard.

One-third feel unsafe at night

Domestic violence.

Alcohol-fuelled disorder and red zone crime contribute to third of Christchurch residents feeling unsafe at night.

Cantabs not that racist

Anti-racism protestors clash with participants in a White Pride Day march in Christchurch in 2014.

A perception Christchurch is the racist capital of New Zealand may be unfounded.

Relationship service ditched

The country's largest counselling service has lost its government contracts.

Relationships Aotearoa says it has been 'betrayed' by the Government.

Winter warmth for Cantabs in need

Delivering winter warmth to Christchruch: Red Cross  Christchurch Recovery Team members Anna Brooke, left, and Simon Makker.

Christchurch red zone dwellers and low income families have received care packages to help them through the cold snap.

Stockton job losses confirmed

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Solid Energy has confirmed it will cut 151 jobs from the West Coast's Stockton coal mine.

Mall short of blokes shops

The shifting of Linwood Library to the Eastgate mall has helped increase the number of people visiting the shopping centre.

Eastgate mall in Christchurch is trying to boost its appeal to males in its shopping line up.

Abuse with 'fire rod' alleged


Boy tells jury he couldn't eat or drink for days after caregiver sizzled his tongue with a "fire rod".

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