North Canterbury

Cooper's comeback win at Cardrona

Anton Cooper has won the national cross country mountain bike title.

After a difficult year, Anton Cooper is a national mountain bike champion again.

Ravenswood construction to start in March

An artists impression of the Ravenswood development, showing  SH1 on the far right.

Construction is set to get underway at Ravenswood next month.

Lifestylers hot under the collar

Grant Edge says it's not on that lifestylers should have a plastics factory land next door.

Waimakariri is lifestyle central since the Canterbury quakes, but how does a plastics factory fit in?

Ashley absent from Combined Country Cup rugby

Ashley's Pita Sekilagi looking to get the ball away against Prebbleton in the 2016 Liusetti Seeds Combined Country Cup.

Ashley is the notable absentee from the Combined Country Cup rugby competition.

After-hours service coming in 2017

The Rangiora Health Hub is expected to become home to after-hours services.

The CDHB is following through with plans to expand after-hours health services in North Canterbury.

Black Sticks double header in North Canterbury

The new $2m Waimakariri Hockey Turf in Rangiora.

International Hockey test between New Zealand and USA women to be played on new $2m turf.

Penguins waddled with dinos

The ancient penguin was much larger than Happy Feet, the emperor penguin who came ashore in New Zealand.

The remains of an ancient, human-sized penguin found in a Canterbury river suggest penguins waddled the earth alongside dinosaurs.

Seals may die in SH1 rebuild

DOC's Roy Grose says the public had to accept there could be some mortality of seals in the SH1 rebuild.

Electric fences trialled to keep seals away from quake roadworks - but they may not be enough.

Armed police stood down

Police have responded to an incident near Loburn, in North Canterbury.

Armed police stood down after reports a woman was being held against her will north of Christchurch.

Huge tyre pile "will be going"

The pile of more than 600,000 tyres seen from Racecourse Rd.

 A huge pile of more than 600,000 tyres near Amberley is seen as a fire risk.

Quake aid up in the air

A Kaikoura business owner says the town will need on-going financial assistance until access is restored on State ...

Kaikoura business owners say they need it, but Government's tight-lipped about the future of its payment for quake-hit firms.

Roll grows as Cust to mark 150 years

Cust School turns 150 this year. Principal Robert Schuyt stands with new entrants Fleur Blatch and Liam Roberts.

 Cust School is booming in its 150th year.

Ball slowly begins to roll

Basketball is one of the sports that could played in a proposed indoor court facility in Rangiora.

The Waimakariri District Council (WDC) has approved the inclusion of design plans for a proposed indoor court in Rangiora in the 2017/2018 Annual Plan.

Oldest clubs have newest home

Rangiora Hockey Club's Kevin Orchard and Hinemoa-Kaiapoi's Caroline Faass at the brand new Waimakariri Hockey Turf.

The Hinemoa-Kaiapoi and Rangiora hockey clubs are the oldest in the country but will call the newest turf home in 2017.

'A funny little milestone'

Harper, of Tuahiwi, is also a Justice of the Peace, funeral celebrant and president of the McAlpines North Canterbury ...

In 50 years at Customs, Ray Harper has seen changes in technology, drug busts, and human behaviour "a bit different".

Country Fete moves to Glenmark

Warm temperatures and clear blue skies greeted the thousands who turned up to the fete's 25th anniversary in 2016.

North Canterbury's famous Christmas Country Fete is on the move after finding a new owner.

27,000 claims from quake

Thousands of houses were damaged in the November 14 earthquake, including Tony Guthrie's home in Kaikoura.

Over 18,000 claims for building damage and nearly 3000 for building and contents.

Small town homeowners under-insured

Damage to the historic Cobb Cottage in Waiau in November.

Concern damaged buildings near the Kaikoura earthquake epicentre are under-insured or uninsured.

Algal bloom closes lake

Lake Pegasus is at the heart of the North Canterbury township.

Lake Pegasus has been closed due to a bloom of potentially toxic algae.

Kaiapoi hosts train-ing

Kaiapoi fire fighters cut the "casualties" from a vehicle during a large scale training exercise on Monday night.

North Canterbury and Christchurch emergency services had the once in a lifetime chance of a simulated train crash on Monday night.

Welcome to Kaikoura

Work to clear the slips on SH1, a vital link for Kaikoura's tourism, will begin this week and is expected to be complete ...

Three months on from the quake, there's a quiet normality in Kaikoura. But even the quiet is a sign things are not as they should be.

Police find stolen breathalyser

The Blenheim District Court.

They searched his house and found a stolen breathalyser in his bedroom, along with 16 rounds of ammunition.

Unique sleeps in the South Island

One of the luxury camp sites in Wanaka.

From a tree house to a glass house to a mountaintop chalet, these are a far cry from the Kiwi bach.

Canterbury shellfish warning lifted

Canterbury medical officer of health Dr Alistair Humphrey says Canterbury shellfish is safe to eat again.

It is now safe to collect shellfish in North Canterbury, after a health warning in place since October was lifted on Friday.

More haste, less speed

Heavy machinery could be on the road north of Kaikoura by the end of next week, similar to what is happening south of ...

NZTA takes "measure twice, cut once" approach to clearing highway.

Man admits farm-house raid

Harley Ihaka Timothy pleaded guilty to multiple offences when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Friday.

Man admits punching and kicking person who tried to stop him stealing their TV.

Century up for Waipara School

Ringing the bell are current school children Will and Hamish McGuckin with past pupils Mary Johnson and her brother Ray ...

Waipara School turns 100 this month and celebrated the milestone over Waitangi Weekend.

Vegan condoms to deboned duck video

John's Kitchen co-ordinator Janette Walker says vegan-friendly condoms were the strangest find hidden among food donated ...

Donation from quake-trapped KiwiRail train to community kitchen goes from fancy foods to vegan contraceptives.

Kaikoura drinking water unsafe

051016 News Grant Matthew/Fairfax NZ

water tap, running water

More than 1000 residents still have to boil their water three months on from quake.

Appeal for information after crash

Police are seeking information after a crash on State Highway 7, pictured, last week.

Police seek witnesses after motorcyclist crashes while trying to avoid overtaking car on SH7 near Hanmer Springs.

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