The East

Car ploughs through front fence

St John's Ambulance

Driver suffers head injuries after losing control of car and slamming through fence in Aranui.

Death a mystery

Police

Detectives investigate man's "unexplained, unusual" death at Christchurch residential home.

Boy 'runs' into road, breaks leg

Boy hit by car in New Brighton

Schoolboy hit by car ''shot out'' from behind parked truck without looking, says shocked driver.

Saltwater pool may cost $20m

Paul Zaanen

The city council says it cannot afford to build a hot saltwater pool for New Brighton.

Empty house destroyed

Rare daytime fire likely to be arson

40 Retreat Rd, Avonside arson

A red-zone house has been consumed by fire and the Fire Service is already treating it as suspicious. 

'Suspicious' fires in the east

Fire Service firefighters generic

Police investigating after firefighters tackle red-zoned home and car blazes overnight.

Shotgun fired in public park

Police

Two men are behind bars after a shotgun was fired repeatedly in a public park.

Online scheme gains interest

Nearly 200 people have given feedback on the $35k consultation scheme for east Christchurch.

'Skidding, massive impact'

Man critical after Aranui crash on Saturday

Crash in Basingstoke Street, Aranui

Driver's friends scream at him for 'stuffing' his car after he wrapped it around a lamp post.

School to quit flood-prone site

Nova Montessori school

Nova Montessori calls itself Nova's Ark - "Our school is on an island, literally, when it floods."

Have your say on the east

Christchurch east

Community scheme for the eastern suburbs identifies 27 key projects to rejuvenate the area.

Yardley: Politics will go east

Mike Yardley

OPINION: As the pulse rate of the central city rebuild starts to beat with purpose and vigour, expect the political spotlight to head east.

Teen takes taxi to rob dairy

New Brighton youth admits in court an attempt to rob dairy while armed with .22 pistol.

Hot salt-water pool preferred

pool

Salt-water pool complex emerges as preferred option for New Brighton's legacy project.

Dead Sea Spa kiosks closed

Dead Sea spa kiosk

The Palms and Westfield malls have closed the controversial beauty kiosks due to "negative feedback".

Man stole $800 cash

Chance Mangukaha Beazley

A pensioner who withdrew $800 from an ATM machine was followed and robbed at a bus stop.

Trio 'draw attention' to crime

Police

Motorists who pulled the fingers at police stopped, only to be arrested when officers find drugs and knife.

Power restored to 1000 homes

Power, electricity, power lines, power pole

Orion has restored the power to 1000 homes in the eastern suburbs after an 8am outtage.

Dairy held up with gun

Police

Teenager charged with trying to rob a dairy with a gun before fleeing in a taxi empty-handed.

Community centre up in flames

Fire at Wainoni-Aranui Family Centre

A community centre in east Christchurch was damaged in a fire last night.

Driver hurt in bus collision

Police

A car driver suffered minor injuries after crashing with a bus in Christchurch this afternoon.

Burglar has whale of a time

Donation box stolen from Fresh Choice

Brazen thief snatches about $2k of donations and a model whale from Christchurch supermarket.

Fire leaves laundry owner adrift

Maces Rd fire

Businessman reaches out for help after his commercial laundry burnt down on its first day at site.

Warehouse gutted in fire

Fire on Maces Rd, Bromley

Christchurch laundry company collapses in blaze just one day after opening on the site.

Bus collides with truck

St John's Ambulance

A person has suffered minor injuries after a bus collided with a truck in Christchurch this morning.

Flood data 'may be missing'

Christchurch City Council

A city council-led taskforce knows of only one Sumner home that has flooded more than twice.

Police swarm Aranui home

police strap

Up to 30 officers swarmed an Aranui house hunting for two men wanted on drugs warrants.

'Pull the trigger and shoot me'

CCTV of dairy robber

Shop worker calls bluff on would-be robber who threatened to shoot him for cash and cigarettes.

Gelita fined for 'offensive' stink

Gelita

The Woolston gelatine factory slapped with $2000 in fines for odour breaches this year.

Hand-in-hand for clean energy

New Brighton energy protest

Young and old lined up on New Brighton beach to back the campaign for a clean energy future.

Apartment complex for New Brighton

Paul Zaanen

New Brighton's first significant commercial-residential development in decades has been announced.

Locals to drive New Brighton fix-up

New Brighton

A fundraising campaign will be launched this week to kick-start the revitalisation of New Brighton.

Surf club sells cheeky ad space

North Beach Surf Life Saving club

Christchurch surf life saving club auctions off the advertising space on their bums.

Occupant burnt in fire

Fire

A man was injured trying to put out a house fire in Christchurch with a pot of water and a blanket.

Butts for a boat

North Beach Surf lifesavers

North Beach Surf Lifesaving New Zealand (SLSNZ) boaties are auctioning off their rear ends on Trade Me.

Kidnapped and stabbed

Police

A Christchurch man arrested after allegedly forcing his partner into a car and stabbing her.

New Brighton to get 'power back'

New Brighton

A New Brighton group wants 'give power back to the people' in revitalising the seaside suburb.

Russian couple saved from park

Nikolai and Irina Zvyagin

Russian couple saved from sleeping in the park are 'very touched' by offers of help from readers of the Press.

Car replaces garage 'home'

Nikolai and Irina Zvyagin

Nikolai and Irina Zvyagin spent their last night huddled together on a single camp stretcher in a garage.

Coming to grips with bikes

Megan Ellis reassembling her bike

Young people are learning all it takes is a little elbow grease, the right tools and a bit of patience to transform an old dunger into a RAD Bike.

Tsunami sirens to sound

tsunami siren

Christchurch's tsunami warning siren system will be tested at 11am.

Three new pools touted for east

QEII

Council may use $30.5m to build three new pools in eastern suburbs but none as big as the QEII.

Three pools in the east likely

Xiah Nesbitt, draft plan, pool

The city council is edging closer to backing three aquatic facilities in the city's east.

New Brighton going it alone

New Brighton

New company set up to take over New Brighton rebuild in response to city's lack of plan.

New Brighton community garden unites

New Brighton community garden

The corn grows as high as an elephant's eye at the New Brighton community garden.

Shirley man faces manslaughter charge

Utupo Alfred Waterhouse

A 20-year-old charged with manslaughter after an incident outside a New Brighton party has been remanded on bail.

Brazen car thief

Nissan stolen while owner pays for petrol

Car thief at Chch service station

A man took just 20 seconds to steal a car from a Christchurch service station yesterday while its owner was paying for petrol.

Council faces 3-way split over pool

Paul Zaanen and Tim Sintes

Councillors are struggling to decide where to site a $30m pool for eastern suburbs.

Costs of floods in Mairehau $2.2m

Chch flooding aerial

Scientists predict the cost of this month's flooding for Mairehau alone will be more than $2 million.

$30m pool for the East

Xiah Nesbitt, draft plan, pool

QEII is one of seven possible sites being considered for a $30.5 million pool for the eastern suburbs.

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