North Canterbury

Continued Rangiora growth projected

Conway Lane and the new Farmers building are among the things attributed for Rangiora's past and future retail growth.

A winter festival, 4G broadband and continued retail growth were among the many topics of discussion at a Rangiora town update meeting on Monday night.

Heavy rain and wind for West Coast

Heavy rain is possible for parts of the West Coast on Wednesday.

It will be a wet day throughout the South Island, with the West Coast set to get the most rain.

Clamp the campers

Freedom campers without on-board facilities at popular camping spot Meatworks north of Kaikoura.

Clamping just a handful of campers would create a strong deterrent for others.

RMA reforms 'threaten' local democracy

The Environment Select Committee hears submissions on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. From left: Waimakariri MP ...

Proposed changes to the Resource Management Act could threaten local democracy, Christchurch City Council warns.

Southbridge set the pace

Southbridge's Michael Sheat played his 150th game for the club against Glenmark.

Southbridge remain the only unbeaten team in the Combined Country Cup after six rounds.

Man received gear stolen

David John Hunter was sentenced to community detention after admitting he received stolen trailers and tools.

Man admits receiving tens of thousands of dollars worth of gear stolen from construction companies.

Injured boy 'critical'

Senior Sergeant Vaughn Lapslie said emergency services were called to Fernside Rd, North Canterbury about 1.42pm.

Boy, 10, in intensive care after he fell under a moving water tanker on Canterbury farm.

Kaiapoi keeps on keeping on

Kaiapoi Florist owner Joan Whillans is excited about the progress on Williams St.

Kaiapoi's main street overhaul is closing in on its completion date.

Teens arrested in police chase

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Three teens in a stolen car arrested after police pursued them through northern Christchurch.

No decision yet on drone pilot trial

Fire crews and a helicopter battle a blazing scrub fire at Pines Beach, North Canterbury in January. A drone operator ...

Judge reserves decision after man prosecuted for flying a drone at a fire-fighting scene at Pines Beach.

So, a cyclist in lycra enters a cafe... video

Mike Saunders, owner of The Plough Hotel in Rangiora, with his lycra-banning sign.

OPINION: A Kiwi hotel may have banned customers wearing the skin-tight kits, but is it really such a problem?

Gormack going for big finish

Amberley's Giles Gormack and Lucero in the ESNZ Eventing Canterbury FEI South Island Three Day Event at McLeans Island.

 North Canterbury equestrian Giles Gormack is lining up victory at the national three day eventing championships.

Winter fishing banned

Trout and salmon fishing will be banned in waterways east of State Highway 1 within the North Canterbury Fish and Game ...

A winter fishing ban on North Canterbury rivers will begin this weekend.

Burrows faces 'fight of her life'

Rangiora High School principal Peggy Burrows has been sacked for a "significant breach of privacy", a decision she says ...

Sacked Rangiora High School principal gains the support of another school leader who fought to clear her name.

Council looks to ease parking woes

The Waimakariri District Council says there are plenty of vacant car parking spots for shoppers in central Rangiora.

Waimakariri District Council researching car parking in Rangiora to appease public perception of a lack of spaces.

Hazeldine biding her time

Gemma Hazeldine in action for the Mainland Tactix.

 Nestled behind two international shooters, Gemma Hazeldine knows she has to earn her court time.

Old photo comes to life

The New Zealand Mounted Rifles Trust will recreate this photograph in Kaikoura on Anzac Day.

Riders on horseback will recreate an image of soldiers heading to war this Anzac Day.

Waikari paintball to be 'a world first' video

Paintballers tested out new Recon Paintball in Waikari. From left: Jackson Smith, 18, James Butler, 18, Blake Butler, ...

Paintball is getting serious in Waikari.

Lycra wars in Rangiora

Mike Saunders, owner of The Plough Hotel in Rangiora, with his lycra-banning sign.

"You shouldn't really have to avert your eyes when you're out having breakfast."

Rain set to batter West Coast

Heavy rain is forecast for the West Coast on Friday and Saturday.

It's going to be a foggy start to the day for Christchurch, while the West Coast is in for some heavy rain to end the week.

Dad turns rescuer on horse trek

Bryn Stephenson says his 7-year-old daughter's nose "fragmented "like Weet-Bix" after she was kicked in the face by a horse.

Father carried badly injured daughter for 1km after she was kicked in the face by a horse.

Race for civic glory in South Island

Former chief executive of Christchurch International Airport and former Stonewood Homes director Jim Boult is ...

Jim Boult considers Queenstown mayoralty bid as candidates line up to lead towns and regions.

Girl kicked by horse

The girl was on a commercial horse trek when the accident happened.

A 7-year-old girl has "nasty facial fractures" after she was kicked by a horse on a trek in Hanmer Springs.

Beach bylaw consultation reopens

Commercial and recreational horse riders have tighter restrictions under the amended Northern Pegasus Bay Bylaw, ...

Submissions have reopened on a Northern Pegasus Bay bylaw amendment proposing segregated recreational areas

Anzac Day spectacle marches forward

James Drewery and Sam King, from the 2014 Amberley Lions production for Anzac Day, 'Up in the Air'.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

21C high for Christchurch

MetService predicts a high of 21 degrees Celsius for Christchurch and Ashburton, both fine with light winds.

Blue skies and light winds greet most of the South Island, with a fine day ahead.

World's craziest cricket pitch?

The idyllic setting of a semi-submerged cricket pitch in the Bay of Islands.

It is a cricket pitch that will bowl you over – you just better get the tides right.

Four people hurt in Canterbury crash

A St John spokesman said emergency services were alerted to the crash, on Lewis Pass Rd, near Hanmer Springs, about ...

Four people are being taken to hospital after a crash in North Canterbury.

New retail development for booming region

An artist's impression of the new Mandeville Village development on Tram Rd.

Construction of a North Canterbury retail development on Tram Rd is due to start in July. 

Two community boards for eastern-Waimak

The Pegasus Residents Group are pleased to have a community board for their area. From left: Roger Rule, Rhonda Mather, ...

Four community boards for Waimak after the contentious issue was raised with the Local Government Commission.

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