A beach for Hagley?

Hartstonge says beaches in Christchurch are 40 minutes away and "really average".

Suggestions there is "nothing to do" for young people living in Christchurch have provoked the ire of online commenters.

West Coast cycle trail budget mystery

The West Coast Wilderness Trail in the South Island.

 The Westland District Council has overspent on building the West Coast Wilderness Trail but doesn't know by how much.

Maddie's options dwindle video

Maddie Collins, 12, is preparing for dialysis after her donated kidney failed. Pictured in Starship Children's Hospital ...

Search for a matching kidney continues as 12-year-old Maddie Collins prepares for dialysis.

SAR award 'humbling'

Clint Miles of Tekapo Helicopters, who was involved in the rescue of kayakers on Lake Tekapo.

The efforts of search and rescue personnel during the Lake Tekapo kayaking tragedy have been recognised.

Classroom struggles for homeless children

Children are clocking up attendance at multiple schools, as their parents and caregivers move to where the affordable ...

Parents hunting for affordable housing are having to shunt their children from school to school.

Council's $100m funding to 'smooth bumpy roads'

Road works remain a common sight in parts of Christchurch.

The city council is vowing to fix Christchurch's bumpy roads after shortcomings in the infrastructure repair programme. 

"Eat fat" message "irresponsible"

Calls for an overhaul of standard food guidelines has been labelled irresponsible for promoting fat.

Food guidelines are right and critics are being irresponsible, NZ obesity expert says.

Man faces life in prison

The UK man carried 106 pellets of meth in his bowels, said police.

An Oamaru man who tried to import methamphetamine from Asia has appeared in court.

Akaroa 'tired and trampled'

Cruise ship passengers flock onto Akaroa's wharf.

Banks Peninsula residents call on city council to put some of the $500,000 it collects from cruise ships each year into Akaroa.

$25m on surgery botch-ups

$25 million has been paid out in one year for surgery botch-ups at district health boards.

Botched surgeries cost the country more than $25 million in the last financial year.

Police investigate doctor

Dr Rakesh Chawdhry says he has voluntarily stepped down from practising while allegations about his conduct are investigated.

Complainants allege Dr Rakesh Chawdhry was sexually inappropriate during consultations.

Man blames wasp for attack on cyclist

Jonathan Paul Auchterlonie has been sentenced for attacking two cyclists in Dunedin.

A drunk man who bashed two cyclists in Dunedin claimed he was agitated over a wasp attack.

Hungry? Try a 'sky prawn' video

Locusts, aka 'sky prawns', are now on the menu at a Duendin cafe.

Locusts are proving so popular they are flying off the menu at a Dunedin restaurant.

'No point in panicking'

Extreme conditions hampered the rescue of 36 people trapped in their vehicles in a remote Central Otago location.

As temperatures plummeted, a stranded group realised they would have to take action to keep warm.

Tramping in costumes all the rage video

Competitors in the Canterbury University Tramping Club's annual Twalk event consult a map during the 24-our event.

Hundreds of costumed trampers took to Canterbury's hills for an event somewhere between a scavenger hunt and a marathon.

Arsonists target killed toddler's mum

Damage to Kate Hutchison's car after it was torched.

Family of killed toddler narrowly escape a deliberately lit fire that spread from a car to their home.

Going dotty in Dunedin video

The Obliteraton Room at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

The walls started out white. Then they were "obliterated" by thousands of multi-coloured stickers.

Years teaching not recognised

Lisa Pennack will pay $4000 dollars for a refresher course in teaching, despite having five years experience in ...

Lisa Pennack has taught for five years, but must return to basics to progress her career.

Man drives 9m into building

A car ended up in a back room of a vacant building after its driver lost control on a bend.

He missed a bend, drove into a vacant building - and kept going.

Meth 'hail storm'

Scott Andrew Swarbrick, 36, admitted meth-dealing charges in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday.

A shipment of crystal meth about to land in Christchurch would look like a hail storm, dealer said.

Pedestrian hit by bus

A pedestrian was hit by a bus in Dunedin on Tuesday morning.

A woman has been taken to Dunedin Hospital after being hit by a bus.

'Not an old lady disease' video

Amber Arkell was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26.

A 26-year-old Canterbury woman is using her popular blog to spread her message of breast awareness to young people.

Parents fork out for tutoring

Some children with learning difficulties are falling behind because their parents can't afford the high cost of tutoring.

Donna Elliot's sons suffer from dyslexia and dyspraxia. Their extra tutoring has cost her tens of thousands of dollars.

Can't insure but wants to pay more

Former Christchurch City Council chief executive Tony Marryatt is in line to receive a 15 per cent pay hike as chairman ...

Ratepayer-backed insurer wants to hike directors' fees by 15 per cent, even though it can't write new business.

Slow down around dolphins video

A dolphin struck by a boat.

Boats speeding through dolphin pods can disrupt their feeding, sleeping and socialising.

Top four shaken up for finals

Southbridge's Jale Masi barges over for a try against Methven at Southbridge in the Combined Country Cup.

Key clashes in round nine of Combined Country Cup decided the final makeup of the quarterfinals.

Help for obese pre-schoolers

DHBs get ready to start screening pre-schoolers for obesity as the government's new health target take effect from July1.

More than one in 10 Canterbury 4-year-olds obese and eligible for weight loss treatment.

Dire weather to clear

Early showers will clear across Canterbury.

Flooding and snow has closed some southern highways, but the flurry of dire weather will fade.

'Nothing we could do about it' video

Extreme conditions hampered the rescue of 36 people trapped in their vehicles in a remote Central Otago location.

After a night stranded in blizzard like conditions, one of the rescued 38 insisted they were well prepared but just got caught out.

Suspicious fires investigated

Two fires in Christchurch on Monday were deemed suspicious, with firefighters calling police to investigate.

Police are probing two suspected arson attacks committed in Christchurch on Monday afternoon.

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