North Canterbury

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


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


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


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


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


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'


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 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


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


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


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


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

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

Stink over cattle compost


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


Two youths fuelled by ''random stupidity'' allegedly stabbed car tyres and ransacked scout den.

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