North Canterbury

Rugby club to rebuild after fire gallery video

The Glenmark Rugby Club plans to rebuild its clubrooms after a devastating fire, president Andrew Evans says.

A historic rugby club that lost decades of All Blacks memorabilia in a fire will be rebuilt.

Migrants to boost southern towns

Canterbury towns may look to bring in more migrant workers for an economic boost.

A new plan aims to rejuvenate South Island towns facing aging populations and economic decline.

"I just had to stand back and watch it burn" gallery video

Fire rips through the Glenmark Rugby Football Club in North Canterbury.

A policeman tried to kick in a door to save decades of All Blacks history from the flames.

Cust's teen maestro to perform

Benedict's Mum said there was " a lot of screechy noise at first".

While most teenagers are listening to Ed Sheeran, Benedict's inspiration comes from Beethoven and Bach.

Oxford's incredible Inches

The Inch siblings, all 11 of them, at the family farm in Oxford, North Canterbury.

A family of 11 siblings meet in their North Canterbury home town, likely for the last time.

Pilot should have released glider - report

Martin Lowen's plane burst into flames soon after it crashed during a glider tow near Springfield.

A glider pilot should have released a towrope when asked shortly before the plane towing the craft lost control and crashed, killing its pilot, a report has found.

Fines for illegal cockle haul

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One of New Zealand’s biggest illegal cockle hauls nets $8000 in fines.

Variable speed limits for north

The NZ Transport Agency is seeking solutions for severe traffic congestion on the Christchurch Northern Motorway.

Variable speed limits will be imposed on Christchurch's northern motorway in an effort to ease grinding congestion.

Fleeing driver caught after car runs out of petrol

A 34-year-old man faces several charges after a pursuit in north Canterbury.

A man who allegedly fled from police in a stolen car was caught after it ran out of petrol.

Family escapes burning house

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North Canterbury family managed to escape their burning house unharmed after being woken by smoke alarms. 

Massive dam a 'loaded gun' for locals

An expression of fear as residents fight a massive dam project planned for their community.

A rural community in Waimakariri has met for nearly four years in its fight to shut down a massive dam.

Jo Seagar's cafe staff 'betrayed'

One former employee says she has not heard from celebrity chef Jo Seagar since her Oxford business was placed into liquidation.

Former staff members of Jo Seagar say they feel "used" and "betrayed" by the celebrity chef and her husband Ross Seagar.

Payout drop hits sharemilkers

Culverden dairy farmer James Bourke, with Cate, 8, and wife, Ceri,  and Charlotte, 5, face a tough time with dropping milk prices.

Farmers hope for no further reduction in milk price

New bill would ease bar woes

ACT Party leader David Seymour will introduce a bill to allow bars to open outside of licencing hours.

A new bill would allow people to watch Rugby World Cup games in bars outside of district-set opening hours.

Celeb chef owes creditors $1.6m

Celebrity chef Jo Seagar's failed business owes creditors more than $1.6 million.

Chef Jo Seagar's defunct cooking school and cafe owes creditors more than $1.6 million.

10,000 support rodeo ban

Cowboy Chris Hood wrestling a steer at the Canterbury Rodeo in January.

Rodeos are "abhorrent" and should be banned say animal rights groups but cowboys are defying attempts to turn them into outlaws.

No lie-in for Leithfield locals

Leithfield Beach Transit road sign

Residents of Leithfield Beach had a rude awakening last week when bright-eyed loggers made an early start - at 4.45am.

Hanmer Springs low growth target

The pools at Hanmer Springs are still the town's main draw, but more should be done to promote other attractions.

Hanmer Springs business leaders are concerned about Hurunui growth targets being set at half the national average.

Group took 10,000 cockles

The Ministry for Primary Industries seized 10,000 cockles from a group of illegal harvesters.

People on a family outing in North Canterbury collected more than 10,000 cockles when their maximum take was 600.

Drought recovery years away

With feed reserves running dangerously low and lambing approaching, there's still no end in sight to the drought in North Canterbury.

Even if it started raining now, it will be at least two to three years before North Canterbury farmers recover from the drought that grips the area.

Hurunui farmers enjoy a night out from drought stress

Dean Johnson, left, and Dave Nicholls have a few laughs at the Drown the Drought event in North Canterbury.

Drought-weary farmers from the Hurunui area enjoyed a night of laughter and fun at a community event on Saturday.

Water project delayed for court ruling

Some North Canterbury farmers are concerned their land could be inundated by storage lakes for the Hurunui Water Project's irrigation scheme.

Development on a North Canterbury irrigation scheme has been halted until a final Environment Court ruling. 

Hanmer Springs tree felling 'evil necessity'

Trees have been removed from the west face of Conical Hill in Hanmer Springs for safety reasons.

Conical Hill has a lopsided look to it after a cluster of pine trees were removed from one side for safety reasons.

Hurunui booze policy challenged

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A policy setting restrictions on where and when alcohol can be sold in Hurunui may be reconsidered.

Beach use restrictions proposed

A family at Woodend Beach in Canterbury. If a proposed bylaw goes ahead, dogs will have to be under "continuous and effective control" at the beach.

Recreational driving may be banned with dog-walking and horse riding restricted on some Canterbury beaches.

Seagar's dream victim of quakes video

Jo Seagar's North Canterbury cafe and cook school is in liquidation.

A post-quake business slump and a crushing tax bill has cost celebrity chef Jo Seagar her popular cafe and cook school.

Press Council upholds complaint

Gus and Waldo's Book of Love was intended for adult readers.

CASE NO: 2445

Man rescued from Waimakariri River

Waimakariri River.

A man has been rescued after he was spotted clinging to a bridge pylon in the Waimakariri River near Christchurch.

No surprises in quake recovery plan

Waimakariri district mayor David Ayers said a new plan for the earthquake recovery would be unlikely to change much.

The announcement of new legislation and a new entity managing the central city rebuild is unlikely to have a big effect on Waimakariri, the mayor says.

Vegetation fires strike rural Canterbury

Vegetation fires in the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts are being brought under control by firefighters.

A vegetation in the Selwyn district will take hours to dampen down.

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