North Canterbury

Celeb chef owes creditors $1.6m

Celebrity chef Jo Seagar's failed business owes creditors more than $1.6 million.

Chef Jo Seagar's defunct cooking school and cafe owes creditors more than $1.6 million.

10,000 support rodeo ban

Cowboy Chris Hood wrestling a steer at the Canterbury Rodeo in January.

Rodeos are "abhorrent" and should be banned say animal rights groups but cowboys are defying attempts to turn them into outlaws.

No lie-in for Leithfield locals

Leithfield Beach Transit road sign

Residents of Leithfield Beach had a rude awakening last week when bright-eyed loggers made an early start - at 4.45am.

Hanmer Springs low growth target

The pools at Hanmer Springs are still the town's main draw, but more should be done to promote other attractions.

Hanmer Springs business leaders are concerned about Hurunui growth targets being set at half the national average.

Group took 10,000 cockles

The Ministry for Primary Industries seized 10,000 cockles from a group of illegal harvesters.

People on a family outing in North Canterbury collected more than 10,000 cockles when their maximum take was 600.

Drought recovery years away

With feed reserves running dangerously low and lambing approaching, there's still no end in sight to the drought in North Canterbury.

Even if it started raining now, it will be at least two to three years before North Canterbury farmers recover from the drought that grips the area.

Hurunui farmers enjoy a night out from drought stress

Dean Johnson, left, and Dave Nicholls have a few laughs at the Drown the Drought event in North Canterbury.

Drought-weary farmers from the Hurunui area enjoyed a night of laughter and fun at a community event on Saturday.

Water project delayed for court ruling

Some North Canterbury farmers are concerned their land could be inundated by storage lakes for the Hurunui Water Project's irrigation scheme.

Development on a North Canterbury irrigation scheme has been halted until a final Environment Court ruling. 

Hanmer Springs tree felling 'evil necessity'

Trees have been removed from the west face of Conical Hill in Hanmer Springs for safety reasons.

Conical Hill has a lopsided look to it after a cluster of pine trees were removed from one side for safety reasons.

Hurunui booze policy challenged

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A policy setting restrictions on where and when alcohol can be sold in Hurunui may be reconsidered.

Beach use restrictions proposed

A family at Woodend Beach in Canterbury. If a proposed bylaw goes ahead, dogs will have to be under "continuous and effective control" at the beach.

Recreational driving may be banned with dog-walking and horse riding restricted on some Canterbury beaches.

Seagar's dream victim of quakes video

Jo Seagar's North Canterbury cafe and cook school is in liquidation.

A post-quake business slump and a crushing tax bill has cost celebrity chef Jo Seagar her popular cafe and cook school.

Press Council upholds complaint

Gus and Waldo's Book of Love was intended for adult readers.

CASE NO: 2445

Man rescued from Waimakariri River

Waimakariri River.

A man has been rescued after he was spotted clinging to a bridge pylon in the Waimakariri River near Christchurch.

No surprises in quake recovery plan

Waimakariri district mayor David Ayers said a new plan for the earthquake recovery would be unlikely to change much.

The announcement of new legislation and a new entity managing the central city rebuild is unlikely to have a big effect on Waimakariri, the mayor says.

Vegetation fires strike rural Canterbury

Vegetation fires in the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts are being brought under control by firefighters.

A vegetation in the Selwyn district will take hours to dampen down.

'Hefty' choice for cow crash driver

Volunteer firefighter Allan Winter suffered neck injuries after the Ford F150 he was a passenger in collided with a cow in Ohoka, North Canterbury, on Friday night

"I had to choose (between) power poles, cows or trees and hedges. I chose cow and hoped for the best."

Farm house razed by fire

Fire fighters generic.

A fire that destroyed a farm house near Conway Flat in North Canterbury is not believed to be suspicious. 

Three injured in crash with cow

A rogue cow caused an accident in North Canterbury on Friday night.

Three people have been taken to hospital after hitting a cow in North Canterbury.

Rugby game stops to save coach's life

Hamish Upston was watching his rugby team play when he went into cardiac arrest, clutched his heart and collapsed into the dirt.

Youth rugby match abandoned as coach clutches his heart and collapses in the dirt.

'Rage against the dying of the light'

Kevin Taylor Jefcoate wanted to change perceptions of disability. He was killed on June 22 in a crash in North Canterbury.

Kevin Jefcoate fought for every one of his 25 years, before an accident snatched his life from him.

Truffle festival celebrates Canterbury's black gold

Canterbury black truffles can fetch more than $3000 a kilogram.

New Zealand's first ever truffle festival will be held in Canterbury over July 11-18.

Winds fan Canterbury wildfire

A wildfire is burning in North Canterbury but conditions are making it too dangerous for firefighters to attack.

Strong winds fan wildfire in the hills between Cheviot and Rotherham in drought-stricken north Canterbury.

Burglars target North Canterbury schools


Night burglars are targeting North Canterbury schools, stealing laptops, cash and pain killers.

Bad planners or mad haste?

Ngai Tahu's Tony Sewell. Consenting for Wigram Skies subdivision "was a disgrace. It took over 10 years."

The council planning department is under review in the face of mounting criticism - will heads roll?

Red zoner furious

It will take a million dollars to get Brent Cairns to leave his Kaiapoi home, one of the few remaining properties deep in the residential red-zone.

Brent Cairns says he'll "fight to the end of the earth" before re-considering life in the red-zone.

Sheep billboards bring hope video

Mike Bowler, a drought-stricken sheep and cattle farmer in North Canterbury, has every morning since January fed grain to his sheep on a hill side beside State Highway 1 to form a word or symbol making light of a serious situation.

It began as a bit of a laugh - but Mike Bowler's sheep shenanigans are helping the community.

Canterbury club rugby players 'racially abused'

Freelance sports reporter Lindsay Kerr says Hampstead's behaviour throughout a match where allegations of racial abuse were made was "disgusting".

Match-sealing penalty try sparks a confrontation between players, fans and referee.

Attempted arson at equestrian centre

An arson at the North Loburn Equestrian Centre was uncomfortably close to horses, a pet sheep and the family  home

A wilful act of damage has left a North Canterbury couple unsettled and concerned for their home and business.

Sheep bring high spirits

Mike Bowler's sheep are saying what many North Canterbury farmers are thinking.

A North Canterbury farmer arranges his sheep into roadside billboards - for laughs.

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