Bird's-eye view of Lancaster Park

A screenshot of the interactive aerial panorama of Lancaster Park in Christchurch

New website offers aerial views of the derelict stadium that was once the "heart of the old city".

Will $50 million fix it?

Quake-hit Lancaster Park could be fixed for less than $50m, the council's insurer says.

The city council's insurer is claiming it has advice from three independent international loss adjustment firms that quake-damaged Lancaster Park can be restored for less than $50 million.

Airport pops with red for Poppy Day video

Christchurch Airport has planted 5000 poppies in the lawn outside the terminal entrance for Poppy Day.

Christchurch International Airport plants 5000 poppies outside terminal to mark Poppy Day.

Fine Autumn weekend

Fine Autumn weather in Christchurch this weekend

Cantabrians will be treated to fine Autumn weather this weekend.

Flags of political convenience

The New Zealand flag flies at a cricket match against Australia in February. Are its days numbered?

Is the $26 million proposal to change the New Zealand flag more than just "a vanity project" for the Prime Minister?

Delivery boy rose to lead Countdown

Frederick Hawthorne

Frederick Hawthorne helped build a supermarket empire, but he lacked any airs of an emperor.

Christchurch tops for health benefits

Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley.

Christchurch has the most people on financial assistance for health reasons.

Family's social media plea for new landlord

Emma Battrick wants her family to be able to stay in their St Albans flat. Pictured with her sons Kanye, 10, Harper, 20 months, and Marley, 6.

A family whose landlord is selling their house has taken to social media to find a buyer who will keep them on. 

Shallow quake shakes Chch

A seismic graph of the Pakenham earthquake

A shallow quake rattled parts of Christchurch on Friday.

Northern motorway land drops 1.5 metres

Roadworks this weekend.

Part of the proposed Northern Arterial motorway route from Belfast to the central city has dropped up to 1.5 metres in tests on "very poor" soil.

Second post-quake social housing opens

Neighbours, Codie Smith 28 and Russell Neilson 65 find out that they will be living next-door to each other when they get the keys to their new council flats in a few weeks time.

Eight new social housing units in Aranui were officially opened this afternoon by the Christchurch City Council.

$3m saved by shutting police stations

Police Association president Greg O'Connor.

Police station closures might see more police on the streets but is symptomatic of a much bigger problem, says the Police Association.

Two poppies, one Anzac video

Murray Grossmith pins an Australian Anzac poppy on daughter Amber, 6. People have mixed views on the imported poppies, but there has been no shortage of people wanting to buy either variety.

An emergency shipment of Australian poppies has been embraced on this side of the Tasman.

Armed offenders squad change focus

Armed offenders squad members leave Buccleugh St after two officers and a police dog were shot in 2010.

Canterbury's AOS is increasingly focusing on pre-planned operations, with less of its work involving sudden and unexpected acts of violence.

Honorary degrees for Canterbury leaders

Sandra Manderson and Roby Fyfe receive honorary titles from the University of Canterbury.

A top police officer, a diplomat and a chief executive have been honoured by the University of Canterbury. 

Facebook fraudster 'in La-La land'

Harriet Dale leaving Christchurch District Court.

A fraudster with a split personality says she didn't realise she'd 'done it again' when she stole $5000 from Facebook customers.

Grab attempt in New Brighton


Man admits intimidation charge for trying to grab a woman through his car window.

New marathon route unveiled

The 2014 Christchurch marathon was held near the airport.

The new Christchurch marathon route will start and finish in Cathedral Square.

'Weird' sea creature washes up

An oarfish washed up on a salt marsh on the Aramoana Spit salt marsh on Thursday

It's rarely seen, can grow up to eight metres long and swims vertically but does it really bite off its own tail?

Toothless sheep falls victim to dog's gnashers

Two sheep were killed by marauding dogs in Christchurch at the weekend.

Charlotte the ewe was fond of blackboy peaches and letting chickens ride on her back. She and her lamb were attacked by dogs.

How did she survive? video

Annie Baxter, 8, has only a few cuts and bruises after she was hit by a car at 80kmh

Doctors can't believe how Annie Baxter, 8, is in such good shape after being hit by car at 80kmh.

12 Interesting things you need to know about the Regional Transport Plan

Retired farmer, Ian Tooley takes one of his clydesdales for some exercise along South Eyre Road. Rural roads will get a major overhaul under the Regional Transport Plan.

12 Interesting things you need to know about the Regional Transport Plan

Students key to spotted kiwi release

Department of Conservation kiwi biodiversity ranger Sandy Yong releases a great spotted kiwi in the Nina Valley.

Hurunui College students' "inspiring work" leads to release of six spotted kiwi in Nina Valley. 

US tramper had lost his map

David Tamowski, 55, was spotted in a riverbed by Te Anau pilot Mark Deaker.

A lost US tramper flagged down a helicopter pilot for help in Mt Aspiring National Park.

Coast carries on after storm gallery

Blaketown resident Donna Swallow's home has been repaired after suffering extensive damage from Cyclone Ita's tail on April 17 2014.

There are signs of recovery on the West Coast, one year after it took a hammering from Cyclone Ita.

Paedophile deported to South Island

030114 File Photo: Emma Allen/Marlborough Express/Fairfax NZ. Police cars on patrol, responding to accidents. Highway control.

A paedophile deported from Australia to the South Island will not be live in Oxford.

Teen driver wrote off ambulance

A teenage driver crashed into an ambulance as it was headed to a call-out, writing it off.

A teenage learner driver who wrote of an ambulance in a crash has probably dodged most of the damage bill. 

The sky is falling

A falling streak of light near Rangiora.

Falling light in North Canterbury sky has watchers intrigued.

Memorial Gateway link 'absolute stunner'

An artist's impression of the Memorial Gateway at the intersection of Russley Rd and Memorial Ave in Christchurch.

John Key hails major roading upgrade for western Christchurch as an "absolute stunner" for the city.

'If I do it, any Maori can do it'

Amos Neate, 26, credits his Maori pre-trades training scheme with helping him find his way in life after years living on the streets.

Depressed, drunk, stoned, and sleeping under bridges, Amos Neate felt completely alone.

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