North Canterbury

Meeting misses its star guest

Colin Craig

Conservative leader Colin Craig left three people hanging after dropping out of Amberley event.

Tourism seeks support

Jet boat on Waimakariri River

Tourism supports a higher proportion of jobs in the Waimakariri District than anywhere else in NZ, figures show.

Vandals slash volunteers' tyres

ambo volunteers tyres slashed

Ambulance volunteers finish late-night shifts to find tyres of their private cars had been knifed.

Car slides on ice

Driver flown to hospital after crash

Greta Valley crash

A woman has been flown to hospital after her car hit ice and rolled in North Canterbury this morning.

Rangiora's Farmers building gone

Farmers Rangiora demo

It was the last and "most poignant moment" in the demolition of the Farmers department store.

Drugs and car seized in raid


Stolen ute and 100 cannabis plants found in armed police raid on North Canterbury home.

'Stayer' refuses to surrender

Brent Cairns

North Canterbury red-zoner keen to see areas's abandoned land turned into a food forest.

No bail for alleged gang member

Andrew Michael Smith

Bail refused for man alleged to be motorcycle gang member charged with possession of meth for supply.

Fire breaks out in microwave


Person suffered likely smoke inhalation after fire began in kitchen microwave in Rangiora.

Winter bug nearly fatal

Sarah Smith

A mum who contracted meningitis last year has recovered full health but still feels vulnerable.

Rail decision a failure

Railway tracks

OPINION: The decision to nix the prospect of commuter rail for Canterbury is short-sighted and disappointing.

Decision hits dairying plans

Ngai Tahu farm in Canterbury

Ngai Tahu's plan to convert a large chunk of land to irrigated dairy farming has been thwarted.

Trains ruled out as traffic solution

Northern Motorway traffic jam

The $10m price tag deemed too expensive to justify trains between Waimakariri and Christchurch.

Raids net gun and drugs


Cannabis, a shotgun and thousands of dollars worth of stolen items seized during armed raids in North Canterbury.

Gay player upset over backlash

Jay Claydon

Rugby player's mother says issue of leaving Canterbury club has been blown out of all proportion.

Wreckage removal finds no driver

Truck crashes over bank near Conway River

Truck wreckage finally removed from steep bank, but driver still missing, police say.

Officers investigate campervan fire

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Fire safety officers called in over empty campervan fire in North Canterbury.

Stink over cattle compost


A business has had to stop taking cattle heads and ears for composting.

Cows the moojority

dairy cow

Waimakariri residents are outnumbered by dairy cows - but they haven't won yet, say experts.

Fight to save brother

'A hero would have saved him'

Grant William Palmer

Deane Palmer ditched his jet ski and leapt into heavy surf to try to save his unconscious brother.

Serious injuries in train collision

Train collision

Truck driver in a critical condition after his vehicle hit a train at level crossing in Ashburton.

Teens arrested after crime spree


Two youths fuelled by ''random stupidity'' allegedly stabbed car tyres and ransacked scout den.

Jockey beats odds after fall

Ashley Frye

Teen thrown from her horse during race was given 50/50 chance of survival.

Rangiora's retail makeover plan

High St, Rangiora

Negotiations under way to turn part of the western end of the Blake St frontage into single-storey retail.

Drivers told to be wary, not right

Emergency services vehicles

Police say even motorists "in the right" need to be more cautious after another crash on problematic rural road.

Father-of-five killed

Bluff crash

A man killed when his van plunged down a North Canterbury bluff was a 'devoted' father.

'Serious head injuries' in crash


One person has been seriously injuried after a car and a 4WD collided in Ohoka this morning.

King pledges Rangiora health funds


Rangiora and Akaroa will get $12.5m of direct health funding under a Labour government.

Fatal crash over bluff

Marble Point rescue operation in vain

Bluff crash

Rescuers battled to stabilise a van over a north Canterbury bluff only to discover the driver was dead.

Crash victim still critical


Woman in intensive care after other car apparently crossed centre line in crash last week.

Spring adds to flooding woes


The new Waimakariri district flooding response team already has headaches to deal with.

Pair save young woman

Bill Parlane

Neighbours who'd never met before joined forces to help distressed young woman on overbridge.

From silt to floods

Deluge 'brings it all back' for ex-red-zoners

Pat and Nicky Bodger from Mandeville

Some residents in North Canterbury are still grappling with the effects of last week's flooding, as groundwater channels brought to the surface continue to flow.

Man hospitalised 'workplace bully'


Kaiapoi man who punched colleague described as a racist bully given community detention.

Canterbury vineyards on the market

Three Sisters Vineyard

The market for vineyards is being boosted by growing demand for grapes and lower international production.

Hotel fire 'random'

Waipara Hotel fire

Fire at landmark Waipara hotel could have happened at anytime, investigators say.

Woman critical after head-on crash

SH7 crash

A 62-year-old woman left in life-threatening condition after high-speed crash in North Canterbury yesterday.

Hotel uninsured

Waipara Hotel fire

A landmark North Canterbury country pub, which was uninsured, is badly damaged by fire.

Tackling Waimakariri flooding

Fishing at the Waimakariri river mouth

A team of engineers is being assembled by the Waimakariri District Council to find solutions for the district's flooding problems.

Six-car crash causes big delays


The backlog of traffic entering the city after the Northern Motorway crash has been cleared will cause major delays.

Flood 'eats away' at road

Missing chunk leaves Amberley homes stranded

Flood damage on Grays Rd Bridge

The floodwater may be receding in North Canterbury, but the damage left in its wake is only now becoming clear.

Morning after the flood

Waimakariri faces day of damage assessment

Absinthe and Jamie Lucas

The Waimakariri district is preparing for a clean-up as water begins to recede following yesterday's heavy rain.

SH1 reopens but water remains

Lower Sefton Rd flooding

State Highway 1 has reopened in North Canterbury, but motorists face a difficult commute with surface flooding still present. l 'There's a lake in my bedroom'

'A lake in my bedroom'


Shi Robb watched helplessly as her new bedroom filled with floodwaters, covering her bed and drawers.

Hellish night for commuters

Sections of SH1 shut in both directions

Lower Sefton Rd flooding

Motorists heading to North Canterbury cut off as flooding closes SH1 to all cars, while crash closes southern stretch.

Homes inundated

Flooding in the Crowes' Janelle Pl home

Heavy rain has left sewage bubbling up in streets and some homes sodden with floodwater.

Pedestrian hit by car in Belfast


A teenage pedestrian has been hit by a car north of Christchurch this morning.

Possible boost to Hanmer homes

St James Estate, Hanmer

Plans for a country-club style development in Hanmer Springs could add 140 new homes.

Road cones set ablaze

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Police are investigating the suspected arson of a builder's shed and road cones in the red zone.

Man critical after black ice crash


Foreign rebuild worker fighting for his life after black ice causes van to smash into power pole.

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