North Canterbury

Smooth southern style BMX

Jono Varty, plate number 284, leads  Connor Mahan and Daniel Bowers-Wilson in the Suck It Up Male Superclass.

Despite fierce competition from the North Island and Australia, South Island's best BMX riders had a good weekend at the South Island BMX Champs.

Man banned from schools

A North Canterbury man appeared in the Christchurch District Court charged with indecently assaulting a girl at an ...

A North Canterbury man charged with indecently assaulting a girl at an Alexandra holiday programme is banned from entering schools.

Concern for a slimy future

The slimy toxic algae benthic cyanobacteria Phormidium on a rock in the Hurunui River.

Greenpeace is concerned the future of the Hurunui River could hold more health warnings if the Hurunui Water Project goes ahead.

Community rides together

From left: Penny Nedcalf, Steve Pullman, Greg Johns and Michelle Beri chilling around one of the many machines on display.

The people of Waiau love a good motorcycle rally, and no earthquake's going to change that.

Elephant in the park

Elephant park in Rangiora is closed to the public while it gets a "spruce up".

Stop panicking, Rangiora's iconic pink elephant, of Elephant Park fame, is safe in its reserve, and will be for years to come.

Community radio expanding its reach

Compass FM announcers Blair Hollands and Stephanie McDonald in the studio.

Hanmer Springs based ears will soon receive North Canterbury focused radio, even in an emergency.

Fire threat "growing daily"

Fire crews stamping out hot spots at a fire at a property just out of Oxford last year.

Everyday of summer that passes the risk of an unstoppable fire increases, but there's still a chance to do something.

Truck silently stolen in the night

Josef Bowen had his silver/grey Landcruiser stolen from his parent's Kaiapoi property, it has distinctive orange roof ...

After coming home to Kaiapoi to visit his mum, Josef Bowen had his truck stolen from outside his house.

Unintentional birdnapping

Fledglings will still be fed by their parents, and will hop about on the lawn for up to a week.

Have you seen young birds around, helplessly wandering the ground? Never fear and leave them there, that's where their parents want them.

Rising Tide leaves a mark

The whole mural by Richard "Pops" Baker.

After struggling to find a home, the Rising Tide mural is complete, just in time for the books of the same name to being rolling out to Canterbury schools.

Roads and harbour top priorities for Kaikoura

Steven Joyce talks to local business owners in Earthquake hit Kaikoura on Wednesday.

 Local Kaikoura business owners told Steven Joyce road access, harbour access and making the town a destination were key.

Academic given royal recognition

Dr David Mitchell presenting his work in The Netherlands during a lecture tour of Europe.

Dr David Mitchell of Pegasus, North Canterbury, is to become an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).

Warnings of potentially toxic slime

The slimy toxic algae benthic cyanobacteria Phormidium on a rock in the Hurunui River.

Medical Officer of Health warns of potentially toxic algal slime in Hurunui River.

'Little sod' steals charity boxes

The unidentified thief breaking into Caltex Kaiapoi.

Someone with the know-how to remain anonymous has broken into Caltex in Kaiapoi, taking only the money from two charity boxes.

Riders make the most of the sun

North Avon Christchurch's Rayner Jackson takes the lead around the first bend.

Despite rain and a boggy track, hard work and dedication allowed BMX riders to show off their skills for the Canterbury BMX Champs.  

'Our own little world'

The Johnson, Reardon and Smith families have been camping at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park for 21 years.

In 1996, three families went on their first camping trip together. They haven't missed a summer since.

Rangiora or Rolleston? video

Rangiora and Rolleston

Each town has continually developed since the Christchurch earthquakes, but which will become Canterbury's premier satellite town?

Whale watching back on

Whales were seen off the coast of Kaikoura six days after the magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

Tourist charters in Kaikoura are set to start up in the new year.

Quake response app at work

Federated Farmers president William Rolleston and World Farmers' Organisation secretary-general Marco Marzano de Marinis ...

Farmers will be better prepared to deal with a major emergency with a new app, says Federated Farmers.

Cars, caravans destroyed in fire

Several cars were damaged in the fire at Leithfield Beach Motor Camp.

Fire at a north Canterbury campground moved "like lightning" and left a trail of destruction.

Pooling their resources

Emma Fissenden, left, and Sam Bush helped put up the temporary pool in Kaikoura on Tuesday.

The beaches are closed, the old pool is munted ... but summer still means swimming in Kaikoura.

Application for enforcement

Dave Clemence.

The Waimakariri District Council is seeking assistance from the Environment Court in the enforcement of the conditions of resource consents held by Clemence Drilling.

Hansen set to compete on the Gold Coast

Ella Hansen riding in the North Island Championships in Cambridge in November.

North Canterbury's Ella Hansen is set to put her skills to the test at the Nerang International on the Gold Coast next year.

Library turns 20

Some of the Waimakariri Libraries staff who have worked at the Rangiora Library from its construction 20 years ago.

Words are powerful, they can change the fate of nations. How much more powerful then must then the building built to contain them be?

$125,000 quake donation

Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley accepts the donation from Patricia Duke of the Taiwan Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi ...

'Getting aid to those who most need it is important to us.'

'It's a Christmas miracle'

John and Phillipa Gill will spend Christmas together after John's miracle recovery from a heart attack.

Phillipa Gill was told to prepare a funeral for the man she loved. A day later, he was awake.

Sefton claim country cricket hat-trick

Sefton celebrates winning the Canterbury Country premier one-day cricket competition.

Sefton beat Leeston-Southbridge for the Country one-day cricket title.

A roadtrip on 'NZ's biggest cul-de-sac' video

State Highway 1 north of Waipara is near-deserted since the November earthquake closed the road around Kaikoura.

For 75 kilometres north of Waipara, the earthquake has rendered SH1 a dead-end street. How will businesses survive?

No more barren and boring Baker Park

The barren and boring Baker Park in Kaiapoi.

Kaiapoi's Baker Park will be remodeled in 2017.

Kaiapoi set for a new fire station

Kaiapoi deputy fire officer Matt McPhee and chief fire officer Tim Reynolds.

The Kaiapoi Fire Station is on the list for a rebuild.

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