North Canterbury

Dragon boat, mouse paddler

reporter matthew salmons tries his hand at dragon boating

I used to thing dragon boating was something Smaug did on his days off.

$20m plan for Rangiora shopping

Briscoes' Rangiora store will be about the size of this one in central Christchurch.

A $20m plan could bring retailers Briscoes and Animates to North Canterbury for the first time.

Rain, hail and thunder forecast

Thunderstorms may strike early in the day over on the West Coast.

Not a good start in the week in the mainland. At least it won't be cold, though.

30 4WDs rescue truck

Using a jet boat, an anchor was attached to the truck so it could be hauled free.

Jet boat, jet ski and huge fleet of 4WDs needed to haul stricken truck from river.

Extra classrooms for Fernside School

Fernside School principal David Taylor.

About $750,000 will be invested to build two new classrooms at Fernside School in Canterbury.

Gunpoint robbery at Pegasus

Jed Mathew Waghorn is likely to be released immediately from jail after serving this year on remand for an attempted ...

A man has admitted demanding $10,000 at gunpoint after a dispute over an "inappropriate" approach to a female friend.

Red zone turns film location

A screenshot from test footage filmed in the Christchurch residential red zone for the upcoming film The Changeover.

Money spent filming adaptation of Margaret Mahy's The Changeover "quite lucrative" for Christchurch, producer says.

Rain for much of South Island

Spring rain pesters all southern centres on Thursday, with a chance of thunderstorms and hail in the north of the South ...

Persistent rain with a chance of thunderstorms and hail prompts authorities to issue road warnings.

Friendships bloom in build up to plant sale

Members of the Swannanoa School Plant Sale team: Julie Tapp, Michelle Cowey, Nicky Jagger,  Jo Dobson holding Peter ...

Following more than a year, of propagating, planting pruning and potting the biennial Swannanoa Plant Sale is just two weeks away. 

Rangiora Show celebrates 150 years

The Rangiora Show expects a bumper crowd for the 150 year celebrations.

The Rangiora A&P Show celebrates 150 years with a special two-day event this weekend.

Clearing islands to host birds

ARRG char Nick Ledgard (left), Lincoln University student Courtney Hamblin and WZC manager Andrew Arps inspecting a ...

Ashley/Rakahuri Rivercare Group hopes islands in the stream will help restore the river's image and ecosystem.

BMX track now under watch

The new signage installed at the North Canterbury BMX Club's track.

After weeks of vandalism, a Rangiora BMX track has security patrols.

Truck goes over side of bridge

A truck ended up on the riverbed of the Eyre River after smashing through the railings on Tuesday evening.

A truck has slammed through the railing of a North Canterbury bridge and crashed on to the riverbed below.

Etheredge eyes up cup with Sth Canty

Mathew Etheredge has suited up for South Canterbury in the Heartland Championship this season.

Former Kaiapoi turned Christchurch flanker Matt Etheredge answered a late call up to play for South Canterbury in this years Heartland Championship.

Stewart smashes second straight century in Country club cricket

Southbrook's Shannan Stewart has scored back-to-back centuries in the Canterbury Country Premier Cricket  competition.

 Shanan Stewart has scored 252 runs in his last two innings in Canterbury Country club cricket.

Missing man's ute in fatal crash video

Police are looking for Christopher Turnbull, 55, who was last seen at his Greta Valley home on October 6.

Missing for a week, it's unclear when Christopher Turnbull crashed his ute over a bank in Canterbury.

Rangiora St Joseph's goes solar

St Joseph's new solar panels soaking up the sunshine.

Rangiora Catholic Primary School among the first in the South Island to use brand new solar power technology.

BMX track bandits cause extensive damage

North Canterbury BMX Club clean up the damage to the track.

Someone is ripping up the North Canterbury BMX Club's track, and not in a good way.

Shellfish warning for Canterbury

Shellfish caught between Motunau Beach and Akaroa Harbour should not be eaten.

Tests revealed toxin levels nearly twice the safe limit, putting anyone who eats them at risk of getting sick.

Chilly end to the week for the South Island

MetService said rain was expected to turn to snow above 500 metres at some time during Friday on the Lindis, Porters, ...

Snow expected on high country roads as cold fronts move north.

Talented trio take the win

Sharon, Shane and Gina, the talented trio of Always At Heart.

A Waimakariri family have received country music accolades in Rotorua.

Smoke alarms save Kaiapoi home

Kaiapoi Senior Station Officer Blair Hudson said emergency services were called to a house fire on Tunas St, Kaiapoi, ...

Firefighters have contained a house fire in North Canterbury.

Doubling down on crossings

The two crossings of Kingsbury Ave, Rangiora.

Kingsbury Ave in Rangiora has more pedestrian crossings then originally planned, but that might not be a bad thing.

Which is our worst intersection?

Which way? Some road layouts leave drivers with absolutely no idea.

A blizzard of traffic cones, temporary road signs and construction work have made driving confusing enough in Christchurch and its surrounding towns.

Cloudy but fine day ahead

MetService predicts a high of 19 degrees Celsius for Christchurch, increasing high cloud and northerlies.

Canterbury is in for a cloudy but fine Thursday, while the West Coast gets another burst of heavy rain.

Commemorating our darkest day

Adrienne Smith with the certificate presented to her by the Minister-President of Flanders.

Adrienne Smith became the millionth visitor of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, she came back to commemorations at home.

City dancer returns with new show

Ross McCormack will be bringing his show Triumph and Other Alternatives to Christchurch next week.

Ross McCormack is back in Christchurch with his show Triumphs and Other Alternatives.

Newfound freedom

The Alker family can now go to the park together more easily thanks to Lily's new free wheel.

Five-year-old Lily Alker "feels free" after getting a special new wheel to help her explore the world.

Fresh start to the day

A high of 20 degrees Celsius is in store for Christchurch on Tuesday.

High cloud and brief rain showers are expected for most of the South Island.

Fires destroy homes

Two South Island homes were destroyed by fire overnight, including a family home in Gore Bay, North Canterbury, and an ...

Family's home went up in flames in North Canterbury, while an elderly man on the West Coast lost his home to fire.

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