North Canterbury

RIP Danny O'Donnell

'Never a dull moment' around Danny

Friends struggling to comprehend the death of a teenager killed in a crash on the West Coast say "there was never a dull moment" in his presence.

Cyclist flung from bike

A cyclist in her 50s was thrown off her bike after being hit by a car in Woodend.

More lots as West Melton booms

Canterbury's West Melton township is to get another 158 homes.

Farms switch to survival mode

Canterbury farmers must act early to avoid "ugly" animal welfare issues if dry conditions continue, Federated Farmers is warning.

Battling Crohn's tough for youngster

North Canterbury boy finally meets other children who share condition he has had since six weeks old.

Rain helps firefighters

A day of rain has brought a much-needed respite to ‘‘knackered’’ Canterbury fire fighters.

Low river flows exposing hazards

Low Waimakariri River flows are exposing hazards, like fallen trees and branches, to river users.

Farmer sells lambs as drought looms

North Canterbury farmer sells 1400 lambs early due to dry weather not seen for decades.

Trout, eels at risk of dying

North Canterbury rivers are drying out up to two months earlier than normal, raising fears for fish.

Arson suspected at Pines Beach

Arson is suspected at two major fires at Pines Beach, north Canterbury yesterday.

Fire threatens homes

Twenty homes have been evacuated as firefighters battle a large blaze in North Canterbury.

The importance of a good death

People often talk about having a good birth, but seldom a good death, Jo Seagar says.

Holiday road toll hits seven

An elderly woman has died following an accident involving a car and a truck in North Canterbury today.

Kaiapoi's The Kaik loses licence

Authorities have closed down a north Canterbury pub after indoor motorbike burnouts, chainsaws and lock-ins.

Fire near Amberley beach

A scrub fire along both sides of the main road to Amberley Beach is under control.

Fire at Brew Moon

Brew Moon fire

A scrub fire has spread and engulfed a building at a North Canterbury cafe and brewery this morning.

Paddock destroyed in scrub fire

Controlled burn-off believed to have sparked fire which engulfed more than 30 hectares near Oxford.

Crash at notorious turn

Two cars have collided on a notorious stretch of Canterbury road with minor injuries reported.

Huge scrub fire deemed suspicious

Police called to investigate scrub fire that wiped out 14,000sqm of Canterbury pine plantation.

Trapped for hours after crash

Ashley River truck crash

Man suffers life-threatening injuries after truck misses bridge, rolls into scrub.

'A minute from death'

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A sleeping man was nearly engulfed in flames after cigarette was lost in a couch at a birthday party.

Learner driver charged

Rangiora ambulance crash

Teen learner driver charged after crashing into an ambulance and sending it into a power pole.

Crash victim left 'feeling invisible'

Paul Kuskoff

Flashback-suffering man rear-ended in North Canterbury pile-up says crash felt like "muscles getting ripped off bones".

Town gets war memorial back

West Eyreton war memorial

Distinctive quake-damaged war memorial returned to North Canterbury village after expert repair.

Culverden Fete a roaring success

Culverden fete

Today's Culverden Fete has come a long way from long-drops and home-made muffins, now attracting 6000 people.

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

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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

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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.

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