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Waimakariri gets say on red zones

gerry brownlee

Residents are being canvassed on the future of the district's residential red zones.

150kmh winds on way for Canterbury

Gale-force winds

Canterbury set for gusts of up to 150kmh while West Coast could expect small tornadoes.

Car crash near Birdling's Flat

Driver injured as car hits ditch and rolls

Birdlings Flat crash

A woman has been injured after her car hit a ditch and rolled between Akaroa and Christchurch.

Russia 'like a beguiling black hole'

Luke Harding

Despite being kicked out of the country, journalist Luke Harding remains fascinated with Russia.

Thieves kill pregnant sheep for meat

Police

Police seek thieves who slaughtered pregnant ewes for meat at a remote Canterbury farm.

Canterbury the house-building capital

Building consents

Canterbury now consents capital of NZ, with more than 16,000 new homes approved since 2010.

Quake zones not govt policy decision

Quake Outcasts

The creation of zones classifying quake-damaged land was not a government policy decision, court hears.

Cocaine courier gets long jail term

Court

A man involved in importing up to $3.5m worth of cocaine has been jailed for four years and seven months.

Jurors offered counselling after sex trial

Gavel

Jurors have been offered counselling after an 'unpleasant and distressing" child sex trial.

Crash victim was 'one of a kind'

bicycle accident

Close friends have paid tribute to unique character killed in a bicycle accident this week.

Man has no memory of random assault

Court

Man says he can't remember punching stranger in the face through an open window.

Family 'reeling' after young expat killed in crash

John-Paul Nelson

Northern Irish community in ''shock'' after young expat was killed in crash just kilometres from his Mid-Canterbury home.

Meek shall inherit airport security checks

airport security

OPINION: Our illogical obsession with aircraft safety is an insult to autonomous adult society.

Paedophile argues being named 'unfair'

Court

Sex abuser argues that revisiting a court order made in 1995 is unfair. | 'He's just a mongrel'

Disability-friendly company wins big contract

Karl Smith

Christchurch business employing disabled workers nets substantial contract with Gough Group.

New product launches at trade-only event

builder generic

Architects, designers and builders will be flocking to a "first of its kind" trade-only event in Christchurch.

Rebuild inspiration from around the world

Guthrie Green

OPINION: We could learn a thing or two from other cities' award-winning urban design projects.

Wigram's The Landing set to take off

Wigram

Construction begins on The Landing, which will to cater for Wigram's growing population.

Anton Cooper wins with mountainbike gold

Anton Cooper

Former Christchurch Boys' High student Anton Cooper takes Commonwealth mountainbike title.

Oamaru man faces historic abuse charges

Court

A 55-year-old Oamaru man is facing 48 historic sexual abuse and assault charges.

Sophie Pascoe claims Games golden double

Sophie Pascoe

Christchurch para-swimmer wins her second gold medal at Commonwealth Games for 200m.

Man walks free from flipped car

Police

Man suffered "moderate injuries" after car lands on its roof in dramatic Little River crash.

Kiwi expat fans will help fill Sydney stadium

Crusaders fans

NZ fans encouraged to snap up tickets and $600 flights to Super Rugby final between Waratahs and Crusaders.

Firefighters battle stolen car set alight

Fire Service firefighters generic

Firefighters took 30 minutes to extinguish a stolen car torched near Waimairi Beach this morning.

Opinions divided on blueprint success

Christchurch Central Recovery Plan

Effectiveness of recovery plan lauded by some, while others say it doesn't deliver value for money.

New Zealand expands into skinny wine

wine

People want to drink wine, but be skinny and a little less drunk - at least that's the theory behind $17m research project.

Quake Outcasts battle over zoning

red zone homes

The rights of vacant and uninsured red-zoned land owners are "well past infringed", a court has heard.

Aussie firm cashes in on Canty cremations

White crosses, death, road toll, grave

Australian company is set to snap up two more of Christchurch's funeral businesses.

Chances of conviction higher in Canterbury

Gavel

Cantabrians accused of crimes are more likely to be convicted in court than elsewhere in the country, statistics show.

'Stay home, stay safe'

accident crash road generic

OPINION: In a parallel universe, Road Safety NZ says normal drivers out at night "are pretty much asking for it". Sound familiar?

Local team on The Block NZ

Christchurch's Quinn and Ben to compete

The Block

A Christchurch couple who "don't know nada about renovating" will compete in this year's season of The Block NZ.

Women seek to unmask paedophile

Child abuse, sexual abuse, paedophile

Victims of a serial paedophile fighting to keep his name secret want people to know who he is.

Passer-by comes to theft victim's rescue

 Robert Lloyd

Rebuild worker said he just did "what any good samaritan" would after wrestling knife from suspected bag-snatcher.

Christchurch housing 'human rights issue'

houses

Human Rights Commission calls on Govt to sort out Christchurch's 'inadequate' housing.

115,000 Kiwis get slate wiped clean

Court

At least 115,000 people have put their criminal past behind them under "clean slate" law.

Engineer for EQC to face hearing

Graeme Robinson

Top engineer who trains EQC staff faces disciplinary hearing after claims he based conclusions on biased thinking.

Two short-listed for $200m school jobs

School classroom

Education Ministry down to two private contenders in the race to build four schools for $200m before 2018.

Oamaru man charged over abuse

Court

A 55-year-old Oamaru man has been charged after an investigation into historic sexual offending involving a number of girls aged between 11 and 17. 

Redcliffs School stays in Sumner for now

Redcliffs School

School likely to remain in Sumner for another year as it waits to hear if Main Road site is safe.

Man killed in head-on crash named

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Northern Irishman dies after his ute collides with a truck on State Highway 1 in Mid Canterbury.

Quake waste dumping an 'emerging trend'

Court

Judge denounces post-quake trend of waste dumping in the demolition industry and fines contractor $33,000.

'Red zone policy never explained'

Francis Cooke

Quake Outcasts tell court the Government did not explain why the CER Act wasn't followed.

New four-star hotel for Christchurch

Ramada hotel Chch

The $12.5m central city Ramada will boost post-quake accommodation with 44 extra apartments.

Dean farewelled at Transitional Cathedral

christ church cathedral dean

Hundreds of mourners have gathered at the Transitional Cathedral to farewell the Very Reverend Lynda Patterson.

Nurses to perform bowel cancer tests

stethoscope

Some nurses will be trained to perform bowel-cancer tests as a crisis due to a shortage of medical specialists grows.

Margaret Dodds told 'stay away from children'

Margaret Mabel Dodds

Margaret Dodds, who was publicly branded a "menace" and banned from just about everywhere, has been jailed for six months.

Prolific stalker re-arrested

Glenn Green

Stalker who targeted Christchurch women allegedly breached release conditions 6 times.

'Unexplained' death in Christchurch

Police

Police are investigating an "unexplained" death at a house in Papanui.

Canterbury skiers keep rescue chopper busy

Mt Hutt opens

Ski accidents trigger Canterbury air rescue teams into action every three days on average.

Friends in shock over teen's death

Karen Healey

Close friends of Nelson teenager killed in cathedral fall pay tribute to 'free spirited' young explorer. Student dies after roof plunge
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