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Fire services warn about crowded houses

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Woman sent letter about overcrowding at her property days before teen died in house fire. | Community rallies for fire victims

Tramper's body lay undetected for months

Rex Leslie Taylor

Tramper lay dead for almost eight weeks before private helicopter spotted his body.

Fulton Hogan botches sacking for dope

Fulton Hogan unjustifiably sacked worker who claimed he inadvertently ate two hash cupcakes.

Crash victim dies in hospital

Dashwood Pass crash

Disabled man left seriously injured after his ute rolled down a bank near Seddon has died.

Man stabbed to death in 'drugs robbery'

Jason William Baker and Shaun Robert Murray Innes

Duo allegedly lured brothers outside before knifing one to death in robbery gone wrong, court told.

Church set to reopen for Christmas

Rebuilt church set to reopen before Christmas

Knox Church

The 110-year-old church on the corner of Bealey Ave and Victoria St was badly damaged in the September 2010 quake.

Forest could muffle racetrack noise complaints

Ruapuna Raceway

Residents near Ruapuna Raceway want council to reduce noise pollution by planting forest.

Bars bring vibrancy back to city

Lynn Anderson

Orana Park's CEO says post-quake hospitality revival has turned around her "boring, stay-at-home" lifestyle.

Quad bike crash victim named

Quad bike

A man killed in a quad bike crash on a farm near Timaru was Simon Robert Halsey, 38. 

Glenorchy Lodge worker fired over hot chips

Joe's Garage chips

Lodge owner ordered to pay worker more than $8000 in lost wages and compensation.

Supreme Court decision a win for quake claimants

Court

OPINION: The Supreme Court's first decision arising from the Canterbury quakes will have wide-ranging impact.

Troubled building company promises good news

Williams and Co

The owner of building company Williams and Co insists customers need not worry.

Warning after bad spell on roads

Police

A man run over and killed in Wanaka was one of two pedestrians hit on our roads this weekend.

Festa plans outrageous spectacle in Christchurch

Festa returns to popular LuxCity format

FESTA 2012

A dozen elevated, glowing frames will be installed on High St for Labour Day weekend.

Aranui public-private school backed

School

The Aranui community campus, Christchurch's first public-private partnership school, is set to open in 2017.

Neighbour collects items for burned-out family

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Blankets, clothing, food and kitchenware were donated by more than 30 people across Christchurch.

Sick waterways may gain from farm retirement

Lake Ellesmere

Two of Canterbury's sickest waterways are prime candidates for Crown cash to retire farms and restore their wetland "lungs".

Women donate their brains to science

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Two Christchurch women with a fatal neurological disorder hope to help science.

Mayor Dalziel appoints herself chairwoman

Lianne Dalziel

OPINION: Lianne Dalziel has defied convention in appointing herself chair of the powerful new strategy and finance committee

The Wizard celebrates 40 years

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Christchurch has been losing its sense of fun for years, says the man who came to give the city a shake-up decades ago.

A trip down John Key's struggle street

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Bryndwr house clad with fibreboard planks hasn't changed much since John Key lived there.

Court rips into poor communications

Court

Communication key in case of contractor who ripped up supermarket carpark after not being paid, law firm says.

High school student found comatose drunk

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High school student facing "serious consequences" after drinking rum with mates at lunch.

Injured woman flees intruder

Police

A woman was assaulted in her home near Invercargill after disturbing an intruder.

Police appeal for info on Wanaka fatal

Police

Police name the 24-year-old Dutchman hit and killed by a taxi in Wanaka.

All eyes on the country's hottest seat

Nicky Wagner

Population shifts and boundary changes has made Christchurch Central the most marginal seat in the country.

Maori culture draws visitors to Kaikoura

Maori tours in Kaikoura share rich history

Heather and Maurice Manawatu

Whales at sea, Maoridom on land, Kaikoura has become a two-pronged tourism magnet.

Assault leaves man with facial injuries

Police

A Christchurch man remains in hospital with facial injuries after an alleged early morning assault.

Powerball player scoops $7.2m

Lotto ticket

One Feilding Lotto player will bank a cool $7.2 million after winning Powerball First Division.

Horror on South Island roads

Police

A 24-year-old man may have been lying on the road when he was fatally hit by a car in Wanaka.

Drunk hunter sparks rescue search

Police

A drunk and disorientated hunter who left a DOC hut in bare feet was found by rescue teams.

What you missed at the weekend

Christchurch fire

A teenage boy has been hailed a hero after rescuing seven friends from a house blaze but tragically losing his own life.

Brownlee a certainty

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Gerry Brownlee appears to be in a one horse race yet again for Ilam, one of Nz's safest seats.

Protesters march on climate change

March hopes to reach voters

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Protesters marched in Christchurch today to encourage people to think about climate change when they vote in next week’s election.

Soundtrack of my life: Jol Mulholland

Gasoline Cowboy

Jol Mulholland is a producer, engineer and instrumentalist, and occasional member of The Mots and Gasoline Cowboy.

Love rules for Christchurch foodie cuties

Ricki-Mae Paisley and Jessie Smulders

Partners in food and life buoyed by public reaction to relationship on My Kitchen Rules.

Accelerating prices hit family budget

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High petrol costs are forcing New Zealanders to cut back on their health spending.

Tributes flow for inferno's teen hero

Christchurch fire

Sixteen-year-old Corey McLean saved seven people but died pushing pregnant friend to safety.

Christchurch fire hero's name revealed

CHCH fatal fire

The young man who died in a Christchurch house fire this morning was Corey James McLean.

Aurora displays tipped for South Island skies

Aurora Australis over Canterbury

The South Island could get a spectacular light show across the skies tonight - but it could also be rained out.

Tough town for love

Single on the town

Single reporters Sarah, Audrey and Natasha hit Timaru on a Saturday night in the name of "research".

Waimakiriri seat politically charged

Matt Doocey

Farming in the west and urban planning in the east make Waimakariri a politically charged seat.

Steroids loom as risk for NZ teens

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Anti-doping watchdog has warned NZ teens could become victims of an unbridled illegal steroid market. | Muscle building on steroids | Use up tenfold

Muscle building on steroids

Steve Orton

Doping sports stars fall from lofty pedestals - taking their medals and their reputations with thems. But experts say ordinary Kiwi gym goers are paying a different kind of price for dabbling in the world of performance and image enhancing drugs.

Shooting office will not reopen

Ashburton Winz

The Ashburton Work and Income office in Cass St will not reopen.

Drug use up tenfold, says 'Mr Big'

Justin Rys

Drugs are "everywhere" in gyms says a former bodybuilder. "It used to be for elite athletes - not any more."

Short cuts worried worker who died

Lyttelton Port

A driver wrote "good guys shouldn't die doing their job" in a magazine before his own death.

Restaurant runners stopped in tracks

Mexicano's

Dine-and-dash customers at a Victoria St restaurant mean every group must now supply a credit card.

Russian businessman plans sporting academy

Slava Meyn

Sporting philanthropist plans to build a $40 million sport and education centre in Christchurch.

600 youngsters skate to the Moon

Skating to moon

Hundreds of children and their families donned skates and rolled their way on to New Brighton's pier.
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