How to cater for vegetarians


OPINION: I've learnt a lot in the last year, like don't make them mushroom risotto and you can make tofu taste good.

Trailer treat Grandstand view of big demolitions

 An artist’s impression of Gap Filler’s new project – Grandstandium.

A mini, relocatable grandstand has been designed so people can watch "crowd-worthy" demolitions in comfort.

Clean air or warmth?

Generic woodburner

Banning woodburners will put a further 7500 city households into "fuel poverty" and cause health problems, report says.

Court still busy with quake cases


Christchurch's High Court has a backlog of more than 230 earthquake-related cases.

Outrageous busker act is the centrepiece of Empire

City gig like homecoming for duo

Jonathan Taylor and Anne Goldmann perform in Empire

They have been on a wild, global tour of cabaret, acrobatics and comedy but Christchurch feels like their homecoming gig.

Firefighters tackle another Southshore Spit blaze

Southshore fire

A suspicious fire has burned through about 4000 square metres of scrub on Christchurch’s Southshore spit.

Mt Dobson skifield for sale

mt dobson

The operation behind Mt Dobson skifield in South Canterbury is being sold by its original owners.

Rescued climbers back on Mt Tasman

mt tasman

Climbers rescued from Mt Tasman in Aoraki/Mt Cook today return to mountain to retrieve their gear.

RSA demolition 'a nightmare'

Tears as damaged RSA building comes down


Demolition of the Sumner-Redcliffs RSA building ''like a nightmare'' for its president Bev Salter.

Threat postpones Southern Response meeting

Melanie Tobeck

Concerns over security put pin in meeting between Southern Response and frustrated claimants.

Woman blamed $472k theft on quake trauma

Joanne Christine McGregor

Woman jailed for stealing from work blamed her offending on post-quake trauma - but a judge doesn't believe her.

Most residents have no pride in city


Two-thirds of Christchurch residents say they have no sense of pride in their home city.

Killed businessman's South Island ties

Man found with his throat slashed in Bali was the director of company behind Kaiteriteri motels.

One injured in fire on farm

Scene of Marshlands Rd fire

Young man hospitalised after suffering burns while trying to light fire near Christchurch.

WorkSafe asbestos investigation 'meaningless'


Homeowners angry that EQC and EQR can "walk away" after investigation into asbestos handling.

Mum claims BB gun gang mugged son


Christchurch mum warns of group shooting people with paintball or BB guns after her son was targeted.

Driver sentenced after three-week coma

Judge, court, gavel, justice

Driver who killed motorist and spent three weeks in coma sentenced to four months' community detention.

Wellington a top place to live


The capital city beats Auckland and Christchurch in the quality of life stakes, making it the best place to live.

Man tried to block police before drugs found


Man with gang connections tried to stop police making bail check before he was found with methamphetamine.

Ministry right to not name 'CTV-like' buildings

CTV building

Govt watchdog backs ministry decision to not publicly release list of potentially dangerous buildings.

Man tried to pay for food with $20 photocopies

Glenn Stephen Bielawski

Man admits forgery after being caught trying to use homemade bank notes at supermarket.

Family loses second child in crash

Mereanna Tirri Dobson

Family farewells woman killed in car crash, four years after her brother died in a police chase.

Car hits cyclist in Woolston

St John's Ambulance

A cyclist is in hospital with moderate injuries after being hit by a car in Christchurch.

Vibrant Linwood mural lifts morale

Motorists stuck in traffic get a closer look

Linwood Ave mural

Motorists stuck in Linwood Ave traffic have had a chance to enjoy a closer look at a massive new mural.

Traffic: Delays in Shirley and Opawa


Roadworks in Shirley and Opawa are delaying commuters though Linwood Ave traffic jams have eased.

Weather: Another fine day in Chch

fine weather

Morning cloud should make way for another fine day in Christchurch today.

Rebuild boom expected to slow after two years

Christchurch Cathedral and post quake CBD in rebuild mode.

Canterbury's economic growth is predicted to slow to pre-earthquake levels.

JP ticked rest home resident's vote form


A rest-home resident says a voting official cast a vote in her name, but against her wishes.

Council invests in 1080 manufacturing company


A West Coast council investing in 1080 was always going to spark debate in a region with many outspoken opponents to the poison.

Study changes Maxine's life

Maxine Tupe

Maxine Tupe didn't know how to work a computer two years ago, now she's halfway through a bachelor degree.

Airport passenger security breaches

Bullets and knives missed during security screenings have been carried aboard planes in Christchurch.

Doctors ignored woman's cancer pain

Ness Kaye

Doctors refused to take Vanessa Kaye's complaints of ongoing pain seriously before it was found her cancer had returned and spread.

Mosquito plague in Christchurch?

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Christchurch's vermin problem is easing but now residents are being bugged by mosquitoes.

Container homes no low-cost solution

container house

Building a container home can sometimes be more expensive than building a home using traditional materials.

Christchurch a model of adaptive urbanism

gap filler

International visionaries will gather to discuss the future of Christchurch's Gapfiller projects from Thursday.

Major traffic delays prompt Scirt apology

Motorists advised to find alternatives


Traffic is already near gridlock as road works slow eastbound traffic approaching Eastgate Mall.

Man killed in 'nasty' truck-car crash

Ray Dunstan and Kathryn Walker

A Motueka van driver died in a "nasty" collision with car transport truck in the Buller Gorge.

Court considers sex offender's appeal

David Tranter

A repeat sex offender sentenced to an open-ended jail term has appealed his conviction and sentence.

Housing, tax cuts, jobs focus of next term

John Key

Job fairs across the Tasman, tax cuts and helping first home buyers are part of the Government's priorities for its next term.

Mites may be answer to wasp problem


Wasp densities in South Island beech forests are the highest on earth. Could mites be the solution?

Irish cricketers in Avon River collision

International cricketers fear injury on the Avon

Irish cricket team in punting collision

The Irish cricket team's visit to Christchurch almost took a turn for the worst before they had even played a match. 

Getaway driver left armed robber behind


Synthetic cannabis robbery goes wrong as getaway driver leaves one of two armed men behind.

WorkSafe: Asbestos management flawed


WorkSafe won't lay charges despite finding flaws in EQC and Fletcher EQR's asbestos handling.

Fitness guru a former 'dropkick drunk'


A fitness guru, who was once a 'dropkick drunk', says the fitness industry is failing many who need it most.

Teen dies after 140kmh drunk drive

nadine lawton

A West Coast teen, driving drunk at up to 140kmh, was fatally thrown from her car.

Second remand for alleged driver in fatal crash

The alleged driver of a car involved a fatal crash in South Canterbury last month has been further remanded without plea.

Tourist death prompts DOC change

Milford Track Strap

Milford Track bridges to stay a month longer than usual following a tourist's death.

Online sex predator denied parole

Cameron Stuart Hore

Sex predator denied parole after expressing wish to remain in contact with prison pals.

Australian family burgled on NZ trip

The Davis family had their passports and thousands of dollars worth of goods stolen, but all they want back is their camera's memory card.

Traffic: Avoid Linwood Ave

Northern Motorway traffic jam

Christchurch motorists are being urged to avoid Linwood Ave this morning.
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