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.

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

Police

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

Fire Service firefighters generic

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

Stink over cattle compost

smell

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

Police

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

Police

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

King pledges Rangiora health funds

stethoscope

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

Police

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

Spring adds to flooding woes

Rain

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'

Court

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.

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