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'No clues' to Hayden Cossey disappearance

Police "don't have a clue" what has happened to a rebuild worker who went missing more than a fortnight ago.

Microlight crashes into hedge in Papakaio

Experienced pilot suffers serious injuries after his microlight smashes into a hedge in North Otago.

Driver dies after Timaru crash

Police have named the 26-year-old who died after his car crashed in Timaru yesterday.

Driver fell asleep before car flipped

Car flips and smashes into parked cars near Christchurch Airport this morning.

Cromwell teen dies in 'medical event' at home

A Cromwell teenage girl has died after a "medical event" at her home.

Christchurch house fire investigated

Cannabis growing operation discovered after a house fire in Christchurch this morning.

Christchurch house fire investigated

Cannabis plants discovered

Police and the fire service are investigating a house fire in Christchurch.

Car enthusiast built a business empire in timber

Cars were Gary McVicar's passion but timber was his life.

Police resume search for missing fisherman

A man is missing presumed drowned after a fishing expedition went horribly wrong.

Search for missing Christchurch tradie fruitless

The mystery of rebuild worker who disappeared after leaving work is no closer to being solved.

Mt Cook: Does reaching summit outweigh risks?

Why do people scale mount which killed 234?

Despite claiming its 234th death this week, reaching the summit, for some, outweighs the risks.

Festive odd spots from around the world

Vicar tells kids Father Christmas isn't real, kisses power festive lights and couple crash party to steal booze.

Christchurch man dies during crayfish dive

Experienced Christchurch diver in his 50s died after crayfish expedition went wrong in Akaroa.

Tourist flips vehicle after hitting parked car

French tourist escapes with minor injuries after flipping rental car on its roof in Akaroa.

Actors sought for Cricket World Cup opener

Want to appear in Christchurch's opening ceremony for the Cricket World Cup? Those scared of heights need not apply.

$10m development fund almost spent

A fund encouraging developers to build residential units within Christchurch's four avenues is almost all gone.

Peter Ellis inquiry bid led by Don Brash

Former National leader Don Brash writes to Justice Minister asking for independent review into man convicted of child abuse.

Christchurch quake memorial plans revealed

Mixed response as six designs being considered to commemorate Christchurch's February 2011 quake are revealed.

Independent rebuild reviewer appointed

Independent reviewer to look into rebuild work and costs related to Christchurch's quake-damaged horizontal infrastructure.

Silver Fern Farms allowed meat discharge

Silver Fern Farms granted consent to discharge into Waimakariri river, after commissioners placed "little weight" on petition by thousands.

Stonewood Homes deny stonewalling couple

A couple who have moved 9 times since the quakes should have been in their new home two months ago.

Traps, 1080, 'vital to save kiwi'

Trapping and killing pests in your own back yard is "just what you have to do", Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

Aggrieved workers lay wage complaints

Agriculture, forestry and fishing bosses are big offenders when it comes to ripping off workers.

Offering to help beats a hosing

OPINION: At Christmas time, all I want to hear from my boyfriend is "Can I help?" However knocking him down with a hose helped alleviate tension.

Good Samaritan fulfills children's Christmas wish lists

Saving up $1500 post-quake wasn't easy, but it was worth it to make a few struggling families happy.

The television highlight of 2014

OPINION: Who would have thought four Australians cooking a steak could make an hour of totally riveting, edge-of-seat viewing.

Editorial: Lifting embargo of Cuba is long overdue

OPINION: Just as Cold War 2 seems to be kicking off, it is surely time for America to at least sweep away the hidebound attitudes.

Support for $107m Christchurch sports hub

More than 500 submissions received on ambitious proposal to create sports hub in southwest Christchurch.

Limited space for Christmas cheer in caravan

Couple face fourth Christmas in caravan on their front lawn after quake hit uninsured house.

Tasmanian devils arrive at Orana Park

Four of the carnivorous marsupials have moved from Melbourne to a new home at Orana Wildlife Park.

Organ music heard again at Knox Church

Sound of music rings out from Bealey Ave church's 110-year-old organ for the first time in years.

The town that time cast aside

The good folk of Romahapa are wondering who has come into big money.

Scarborough paddling pool to open at last

The sounds of kids splashing and giggling in the Scarborough Paddling Pool will be heard again tomorrow.

Father of missing Christchurch man Hayden Cossey still searching

The father of a "good-looking young fella" missing for two weeks wants him home for Christmas.

Police investigate complaint about Atomic Shuttles

Police are investigating separate complaints about Atomic Shuttles buses in Arthur's Pass.

Young mum fights back from horror crash

Emma Robertson's physiotherapist calls her a miracle. 

Wizard 'shocked' to get parking fine

The Wizard is refusing to pay a $40 parking fine because his car is a 'work of art'.

Man jailed for bashing drug dealer

A Christchurch man who bashed a persistent drug dealer has been jailed for seven and a half years.

'Tradie day' booming in Christchurch

Bars busy as workers break up for Christmaas

Christchurch bars are preparing for an influx of holiday revellers this afternoon when many workers are knocking off for Christmas. 

Stalker filled petrol tank with concrete

A stalker who filled his victim’s petrol tank with concrete has been sentenced to intensive supervision and community detention.

Crash driver given 10-month ban

Driver banned for 10 months after causing a four-car smash which left a mother needing more than 30 hours of surgery.

PledgeMe brings free bikes to Christchurch

A bike share scheme for the central city will go ahead thanks to the success of an online fundraising campaign.

Arthur Senior exposed as serial sex offender

To his family Arthur Samuel Roy Senior was a likeable rogue, but for three decades he preyed on vulnerable teenage girls.

The South Island's rich hinterland revealed

Discover the hidden characters and history of nearly every small South Island in new interactive.

Ropes used in dramatic West Coast beach rescue

Man is dramatically saved from drowning on West Coast beach after an earlier rescue attempt failed.

Woman donates eggs to her mother, stepfather

A childless woman is donating eggs to her mother and stepfather so they can create a baby to be raised as her sister.

Farmer's Hilux 'turck' an online hit

A spelling-challenged farmer selling his "turck" on Trade Me had to defend himself from a swarm of commenters when his auction went viral.

Legless quake survivor gives back to homeless

'I just want to get on with my life'

Double-amputee Kate Barron could be forgiven for thinking only of herself at Christmas.

Attempted Christchurch kidnapping - man charged

A man accused of an attempted kidnapping tried to pull a woman into his car in New Brighton.

London Swinton Circle claims gay marriage caused quake

Right-wing fringe group outlandishly blames gay marriage for "destruction" of a New Zealand city.
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