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Fatal fire in Wanaka

Fire

A person has died in a house fire in the Albert Town area of Wanaka this morning.

John Key visits Christchurch today

john key

John Key will walk through a Christchurch mall today before meeting a group designing a coastal pathway.

Bridge-building geniuses on show

University of Canterbury bridge

About 180 civil engineering students designed and built structures at yesterday's annual bridge-building competition.

Snow warnings for alpine passes

Wellington rain

About 1 to 2 cm pf snow is expected on Lewis, Porters and Lindis passes today.

Judith Collins defends lane name

Judith Collins

Justice Minister defends naming a lane in Christchurch's new justice precinct after a friend.

Heroin drug mule a 'willing participant'

Laura Elizabeth Cilliers

Laura Cilliers' life of hard drugs, which started when her partner died in a hit-and-run, ended when she smuggled 99 heroin pellets into NZ.

'Crash-risk' islands attract police focus

Drivers 'going for gaps that aren't there'

Halswell Junction Rd and Springs Rd roundabouts

Police heighten focus on two new 'crash risk' roundabouts linked to the Southern Motorway.

Fewer youngsters taking own lives

depression bullying suicide

Youth suicide has dropped in NZ but children as young as 10 are still taking their own lives.

6000 vulnerable quake claimants wait

EQC, Earthquake Commission

Thousands of vulnerable EQC and insurance customers are still waiting for a resolution.

Young Nats buying and burning Dirty Politics?

book burn graphic

There are allegations Young Nats are buying up copies of Dirty Politics to destroy them.

Reminded of what's important

Josh Robinson

A couple who lost almost everything in a house fire say it reminds them of what is important in life.

Passer-by saves residents from big garage blaze

Fire

A man who saved a family from a house fire says he gave no second thought to tackling the blaze.

Bankrupt who owes elderly millions too ill for trial

Gary William Campbell

A police inspector who fled the country owing millions to elderly is now too unwell to be charged.

Climber's best mate defends him

Vinton-Boot

The best mate of a climber killed in an avalanche said it was a tragedy that could have happened to anyone.

Wine and design experience

painting classes

Unlocking your creative potential in a painting studio over a glass of wine started after Hurricane Katrina.

Johnny Moore: Girl Scout on motorbike

speeding motorcycle

OPINION: I first met Scout Fletcher when her old man, Nick, was laying bricks for me some years ago.

Final piece of historic clock tower restored

Clock tower's $890k restoration complete

Victoria Clock Tower

The final piece of Christchurch's historic Victoria Clock Tower has been restored three-and-a-half years after it was damaged in the 2011 quake.

Vigilance urged after toddler wanders from preschool

preschool

Education ministry staff treating Dunedin case of wandering toddler with extreme seriousness.

PM's leadership 'imploding', says Peters

Peters

John Key's leadership is "imploding" over revelations in Dirty Politics, NZ First leader says.

Fatal crash driver 'entered corner too fast'

Cody Marcus John Pierce

Car involved in crash that killed passenger likely hit power pole at 60kmh, expert says.

QEII site gets nod for $30m sports centre

QEII

Queen Elizabeth II stadium recommended as new home for $30.5m recreation and sport centre.

Home detention for assault on ex-All Black

Justin Marshall

Offender gets home detention for street assault on ex-All Black Justin Marshall and admits his behaviour was "disgraceful".

Stay in bed, help a charity

George

Student hopes to win competition with alarm clock app that donates $1 to charity every time you hit snooze.

'Dingo's got my baby' car now a museum piece

Holden Torana from the Azaria Chamberlain case

Museum buys car of the Kiwi at the centre of the "that dingo's got my baby" case.

Drug mule jailed for more than 7 years

Laura Elizabeth Cilliers

Woman tried to smuggle 99 triple-wrapped heroin pellets into NZ. | Mule's lover arrested

Suicide numbers stay steady in Christchurch

depression bullying suicide

Christchurch had 69 suicides last year with a "stubbornly high" 529 recorded nationally.

Homeless and destitute after fire

Josh Robinson fire

Free school uniforms, food and accommodation offered to couple and four kids who lost almost everything in house fire.

Train, truck collide at Orari

railway crossing

Driver injured after train hits a truck carrying hazardous material.

Blender used as burglary weapon

Court

Police allege a man used a bike rack and blender as weapons during an armed burglary.

Drug mule's lover arrested in Peru

Sydney Cilliers

The husband of a drug mule being sentenced today is facing his own smuggling charges in Peru.

Belfast business park groundwork under way

Belfast biz park

Rapaki Property Group begins groundwork on 22-hectare, industrial park.

Lawyer critical of Judith Collins

Judith Collins

Justice Minister Judith Collins defends naming Christchurch lane after friend who has no links to the city. | Collins looking isolated

ECan hands council toxic-land headache

Poison, poisonous, toxic

The council is analysing a list of more than 300 properties it owns that may be contaminated.

School technology services up for review

sewing machine

Cooking, sewing and woodwork are set for a teaching revamp in Canterbury schools.

Council works to fix consents issue

building consent

The Christchurch City Council is still struggling to process building consents applications on time.

Portrait of a miner

David Thorpe

A musician has launched a musical tribute for a long-lost relative who died in a mining disaster.

A community with no abode

Christchurch homeless shelter

For some homeless in Christchurch, the streets will always be their home.

Shocker levy on red zone unit shift

Generic money

A $41,000 charge for moving three units has shocked a trust aiming to get people into affordable housing.

Bodybuilder Phillip Musson's dark secret

phillip musson

Phillip Musson was told to get fit or die young, so he turned to bodybuilding and drugs. Now he's in jail.

Insurer's $200m profit exorbitant - critics

home insurance

IAG has made a $200m profit while Cantabrians still wait for post-earthquake settlements.

Rent heat cools as homes are replaced

house strap

Demand for $1000-plus rental homes is cooling fast as more properties become available

Elderly woman found

Police

Police have found an elderly Christchurch woman reported missing earlier this evening.

Fundraising kicks off for fleeced woman

Graham Tait sits with Hilary Port

Concerned Cantabrian starts fundraising campaign to help woman fleeced of $3k for fake bond. l 'He sounded so plausible'

Videos to cheer up quake-weary Cantabrians

Jesters' videos try to cheer up Cantabrians

Fix It Building Services video

Videos featuring Court Theatre Jesters aim to wrest reluctant chuckles from Christchurch residents dealing with post-quake stresses.

Fatal crash driver 'stumbling drunk'

Cody Marcus John Pierce

Driver allegedly asked friend to get him away from the scene after crash which caused passenger's death, court hears.

Traffic delays as van and 4WD collide

Police

Significant traffic delays expected after crash between van and 4WD in Christchurch.

Police look for pattern in arson attacks

Arson

Investigators are trying to determine if there are links between a spate of recent arson attacks.

Phillip Musson jailed for dealing steroids

phillip musson

Champion bodybuilder left 'bereft' after quakes sentenced to more than four years for dealing steroids.

Red Nose Day: Bad language for a good cause

Ollie/Guy

Guy Williams and Cure Kids ambassador Oliver talk bad language, living with dialysis and working with a charity.

Cathedral advocates 'appalled' at comparisons

christchurch

Senior bishop's call for Christchurch to stop clinging to the past angers restoration advocates.
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