North Canterbury

Kaiapoi's The Kaik loses licence

Authorities have closed down a north Canterbury pub after indoor motorbike burnouts, chainsaws and lock-ins.

Fire near Amberley beach

A scrub fire along both sides of the main road to Amberley Beach is under control.

Fire at Brew Moon

Brew Moon fire

A scrub fire has spread and engulfed a building at a North Canterbury cafe and brewery this morning.

Paddock destroyed in scrub fire

Controlled burn-off believed to have sparked fire which engulfed more than 30 hectares near Oxford.

Crash at notorious turn

Two cars have collided on a notorious stretch of Canterbury road with minor injuries reported.

Huge scrub fire deemed suspicious

Police called to investigate scrub fire that wiped out 14,000sqm of Canterbury pine plantation.

Trapped for hours after crash

Ashley River truck crash

Man suffers life-threatening injuries after truck misses bridge, rolls into scrub.

'A minute from death'

Fire Service firefighters generic

A sleeping man was nearly engulfed in flames after cigarette was lost in a couch at a birthday party.

Learner driver charged

Rangiora ambulance crash

Teen learner driver charged after crashing into an ambulance and sending it into a power pole.

Crash victim left 'feeling invisible'

Paul Kuskoff

Flashback-suffering man rear-ended in North Canterbury pile-up says crash felt like "muscles getting ripped off bones".

Town gets war memorial back

West Eyreton war memorial

Distinctive quake-damaged war memorial returned to North Canterbury village after expert repair.

Culverden Fete a roaring success

Culverden fete

Today's Culverden Fete has come a long way from long-drops and home-made muffins, now attracting 6000 people.

Pricey stolen goods traded for drugs

Jail likely for North Canterbury man who grew cannabis in a room accessible by his three young kids.

Multiple men charged with rape

Justice

Three bailed with no-alcohol clause after five men were charged with raping woman on same day.

'Massive father figure' dies

Ex-All Blacks' brother dies in scrub fire

Denis Hazlett

The death of a 71-year-old in a Canterbury scrub-burn off comes two decades after his brother drowned in Bali.

Explosion after spray left on fire

Explosion in West Belt

Hole blown in the wall of Rangiora house after fly spray dispenser was left on open fire.

No pleas for alleged gunman

Russell John Tully

Psychiatric report completed on man accused of killing Ashburton Work and Income staff.

Teen killed in crash named

Waikuku fatal crash

Leithfield man was the passenger in a car which was rear-ended into oncoming traffic.

Quake strikes north of Chch

Earthquake generic

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake has struck near Oxford about 55km north-west of Christchurch.

Teen critical after crash

Police

A 19-year-old man has been flown to hospital after two cars "sandwich" a third in crash which closes SH1 in Waikuku.

Motorcyclist seriously injured

Police

A man has serious injuries after being thrown from his motorbike when it collided with a car in Rangiora.

Fatal-crash plane washed up

plane wreck

Wreckage from a plane crash that killed a Canterbury millionaire and his wife has been found.

Police pursuit ends in injuries

Police

A builder has been arrested after a car crashed injuring three people in north Canterbury.

$380 seatbelts saved lives

Andrew Robertson

Decision to fit extra seatbelts just days before smash probably saved lives of wife and baby.

Bus run to be trialled

Red Bus

A long-awaited weekday commuter bus from Oxford to Christchurch is on the way to relieve traffic congestion.

Man disappears after garage visit

John Patrick Daly

Police are searching for a missing man whose car has been found in a remote location in North Canterbury.

Intruder threatens elderly man

Police

Home invader threatens pensioner with a large knife and demands car before fleeing with wallet.

'Cold night' camping in cars

Ashley River

Police rescuing nine people who spent the night by Ashley River after two 4WDs break down.

Crash throws man from car

St John's Ambulance

Man in critical condition with severe head injuries after smashing into ditch in North Canterbury.

Crash ends in 'miracle'

Police

Child thrown from school bus when it clipped milk tanker leaves hospital with only minor injuries.

Child thrown from bus

Pineacres smash

Child seriously injured after being catapulted through door in "bizarre" four-vehicle smash.

Driver flees after 150kmh chase

Police

Police hunt for teen who escaped on foot after road spikes put end to high-speed pursuit.

Powerboat floods after hitting rocks

Gore Bay

Powerboat helped by nearby fishermen after colliding with rocks and taking on water near Cheviot.

4.3 quake rocks Canty

Earthquake generic

Cantabrians who felt quake near Amberley say it "shook like mad" and was "a good one".

Child's minature pony stolen

Lily the miniature pony

Four-year-old left in tears after family's miniature pony is snatched from their North Canterbury paddock.

Wounded man walks 1km

St John's Ambulance

Security guard walked kilometre, bleeding from his head, after crashing his car into a fence.

Car ran off the road

Police

Man taken to hospital with minor head injury after crash in North Canterbury.

Enable expands fibre network

ALAN WOOD - The Press

Christchurch-owned broadband company says the availability of its fibre-optic network services has spread to North Canterbury.

Homebush emerges from ruins

Homebush, Sept 5, 2010

The reincarnation of the historic Deans family homestead Homebush is nearly complete.

Fruit and foresight amid wasteland

Brent and Shirley Cairns

Kaiapoi was one of the worst hit areas in the September 2010 quake, but residents say it has a bright future.

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

Police

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

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.

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