North Canterbury

Water restrictions for Amberley

The drought in North Canterbury has been the worst in decades, and a long, dry summer has already begun.

Amberley residents banned from washing cars and using hoses, as severe water restrictions mark start of summer.

Teen dies on mum's wedding day

George Edward Cassidy Kitto, 18, left, and Wiremu Puha-Tirikatene were riding their motorbikes when Kitto crashed and died.

Mother learns son George Kitto, 18, killed in a motorbike crash an hour after he left wedding.

Teen dies after falling off motorbike

A man, about 18-years-old, was riding along Threlkelds Rd, Ohoka, about 5.30pm Saturday when he fell of his motorbike.

A teenager has died after falling off his motorbike in North Canterbury.

Surviving the God Squad

Douglas Metcalf posing in a portrait during the height of his reign at Camp David in Waipara, North Canterbury.

Ex-members of Canterbury religious cult Camp David open up about two decades of moving on.

Kaiapoi business on fire

Firefighters were called to a fire at Evacut, Kaiapoi, about 10.55am.

Firefighters are responding to reports of a fire at a business in Kaiapoi, north of Christchurch.

Ground control to St Joseph's video

Pupils at St Joseph's School in Rangiora are glued to the big screen for a Skype call from NASA astronaut John Creighton.

Rangiora's St Joseph's School go where no Kiwi school has gone before and receive a call from an astronaut.

Axeman still cuts it

Woodchopper Mark Gillman has been a regular at the Canterbury A&P Show.

Slinging an axe was is in Mark Gillman's blood.

Whistling at the show for 35 years

Omihi's Neil Evans has been contesting the dog trials at the Canterbury A & P Show for 35 consecutive years. PHOTO JONATHAN LEASK/FAIRFAXNZ

Omihi farmer Neil Evans has been competing in the Dog Trials at the Canterbury A & P Show for 35 years.

Fletcher to represent electorate

Waimakariri Youth MP Holly Fletcher and Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey. Photo Supplied

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey backed the selection of of 16-year-old Holly Fletcher from a the list of high calibre of applicants.

Man's new best friend

Nicky and Joseph Burston, with Dynamo the goat.

Move over dogs, goats are man's new best friend.

Sudden death in North Canterbury


The death of a person at a Swannanoa address will be referred to the coroner.

Contractor admits failure to complete work

Janet Ellen hired Adrian Everse for a concrete job in March, which was still unfinished.

Concrete contractor blames "a few bad months" for failing to complete work partially paid for.

Tree trimmer revels in craft of '3D sculpture'

Being up a tree is like being in a 3D sculpture, arborist Kelly Black says.

A woman who started out as a rock-climber has turned her love of heights into a tree-trimming business.

Lifestyle 'worth tsunami risk'

Being prepared for an emergency is a small price to pay for living in beautiful Kaikoura, says the town's emergency management officer.

Yes Kaikoura could be washed away but it's a "small price to pay" for the "beautiful coastline".

Rural fire recruits needed

Sefton Rural Volunteer Fire Brigade. PHOTO JONATHAN LEASK/FAIRFAX NZ.

Rural fire brigades of North Canterbury are on the look out for new recruits ahead of a busy summer.

Laneway looking good

Conway Lane nears completion with the new farmers under construction across the road. PHOTO JONATHAN LEASK/FAIRFAXNZ

The continued progress of Rangiora's town centre development is really starting to take shape.

Family lose everything in fire

Waiau Fire Brigade chief Hugh Wells said the fire was caused by an electrical fault.

A North Canterbury couple have lost their rental home and everything inside in an electrical fire.

Sun all round for South Island

Metservice forecasts a high of 18 degrees Celsius for Christchurch.

No need to worry about defrosting your windscreen this morning as Christchurch is set for a fine day to end the week.

Mystery wreck not the Sioux - police

An image of a wreck discovered on the sea floor of Picton Harbour.

A mystery wreck on the seafloor of the Marlborough Sounds is not missing yacht the Sioux, police say.

Injured man stranded

The Canterbury Westpac rescue helicopter has helped a man stranded in a river with a dislocated hip in North Canterbury.

Rescue chopper saves elderly man stranded in a North Canterbury riverbed with a dislocated hip.

Vineyards battle frost

A helicopter hovers over a Marlborough vineyard.

Helicopters took to the skies over Marlborough on Thursday morning to battle the biggest frost of this year's grapegrowing season.

Girl on fire 'definitely felt the heat' video

Tori Giles, 13, was driven through four fire walls in a metal cage attached to a monster truck at the Northern A&P Show in Rangiora.

Tori Giles said she planned to do more "small" stunts in the future before attempting bigger exploits.

Confusing policy causes address chaos

Wineberry Estate in Amberley. All the pictured houses are addressed to Wineberry Ave (not pictured), despite being on roads with different names.

Dozens of North Canterbury properties given addresses for roads they're not connected to.

Country pubs adapt or go dry

Hurunui Hotel on State Highway 7 is up for sale.

Country pubs need to diversify or their revenue will literally dry up.

Brook cheers Brodie from home

Logan, Glen, Brodie, Jo and Niki Retallick with the rugby World Cup after the All Blacks beat Australia in the final at Twickenham. Photo Supplied

Brook Retallick was the only one of the family not in the stands when his brother Brodie became a world champion after buying a new house with his partner.

Wet morning ahead for South Island

Rain is forecast for most of the South Island.

Rain is expected for most of the South Island.

Snow on way for most of South Island

Canterbury is likely to have snow above 400 metres from mid-afternoon until late Wednesday morning.

Snow and heavy rain forecast throughout the South Island, MetService says.

Man hit with machete-like weapon

Police are hunting for a man after a machete attack near Christchurch.

Man needed surgery after attack with machete-like weapon in North Canterbury.

Residents unhappy with new ward structure

Roger Rule, left, Rhonda Mather, Ian Lennie, Rochelle Faimalo and Don Smith discuss options after plans for new Waimakariri wards were changed without public consultation.

Pegasus residents concerned new community board structure "could result in a loss of voice" for locals.

Petition backs Rangiora High principal

Supporters of Rangiora High School principal Peggy Burrows have organised an online petition calling for her reinstatement.

500 people sign online petition calling for the reinstatment of Rangiora High School Principal Peggy Burrows.

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