Harness racing trainer suspended amid suspected horse doping

Three horses trained by Jesse Alford were scratched on Thursday following an investigation into alleged doping. (File photo).

14 min ago  In a fresh harness racing scandal, a Canterbury trainer has been suspended after being caught injecting a suspected illegal substance into two horses.

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Rapper charged with bigamy claims he will return to NZ once the border reopens

Ankit Kapila says his music has helped him cope after he was charged with bigamy and his marriage to New Zealand woman ...

A self-styled rapper has slammed everyone but himself after his wife discovered he was a bigamist and had their marriage annulled.

Ratepayers give big thumbs down to Buller rate reforms

Many Buller ratepayers are opposed to their local council’s new rates plan.

Buller ratepayers have given an emphatic thumbs down to their council's proposed new rating system.

New West Coast plan will cost ratepayers $2.6 million over next three years

Work on the West Coast’s new district plan will cost ratepayers millions over the next few years.

The annual budget for work on the West Coast's new district plan is heading for the $1 million mark, and the project will cost ratepayers at least $2.6m over the next three years.

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Cricket bat used in student brawl in Dunedin

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A student brawl in central Dunedin ended with one person being knocked out with a cricket bat and three people arrested.

Christchurch school admits poor handling of teacher's historical sexual behaviour video

Elite Christchurch boys school Christ's College has acknowledged it did not handle sexual abuse complaints appropriately ...

Christ’s College leaders failed to report a teacher to police after finding out he had acted inappropriately towards a group of boys in the 1980s.

Christchurch man denies murdering flatmate video

Nathan Ihaka Te Hana on the screen in the High Court in Christchurch during a previous appearance.

Nathan Te Hana is set to go on trial next year for allegedly murdering Michael Joseph Graham at their flat in Christchurch last month.

A new problem to plague $525m Christchurch hospital

The new Emergency Department in the Waipapa building.

District health board members have been made aware of a new problem with a just-opened Christchurch Hospital building. Oliver Lewis reports.

More Kiwis travelling around NZ - but not enough heading to glaciers video

Tourism businesses around the glaciers in South Westland are pleading for $35m of help from the Government to save their ...

Kiwis are taking to domestic travel because of closed borders but not enough are tripping to the West Coast.

Dunedin's historic Forbury Park raceway to close

John Dunn drives Franco Cristiano to victory at Forbury Park.

Dunedin's historic inner-city trotting track will close, the club has confirmed.

What's on: Event highlights in Ōtautahi Christchurch video

Electric Avenue is at Hagley Park on Saturday. (File photo)

Christchurch's largest outdoor festival is on this Saturday, while comedy club Good Times pepares to reopen.

1908: Shackleton sails south video

Ernest Shackleton's hut on Cape Royds, Ross Island, Antarctica.

The Nimrod set sail for Antarctica on New Year's Day.

Collecting the spice of life for 93-year-old with more than 500 salt and pepper shakers video

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Rangiora. Eileen Broome, 93, started her salt and pepper shaker collection in the ...

Meet lifelong collector Eileen Broome and her cabinet full of hundreds of collectable condiment shakers.

Chronic MIQ nurse shortage means some miss health checks — union video

Nurses don’t know what they will be faced with when they check on returnees in isolation, a nurse representative says.

Nurses' union says mental distress and chronic illness is making the job harder for MIQ nurses on the coalface, who are tasked with checking the health of about 100 returnees a day.

News

Company declined liquor licence for Washdyke site

The proposed bottle store was going to be located next to Flip Out in Washdyke.

3:11 PM  A Christchurch-based company has had its application for a liquor licence to operate a bottle store in Timaru declined.

Dong Won's scuttling date nears video

The fire-ravaged Dong Won 701 could be going to its watery grave off Otago soon.

Police appeal for sightings of missing Ashburton man

Red-zoned Kaiapoi residents feel duped by council over land plans video

The Rebuild

Quake-struck buildings, empty 10 years on video

The former Rydges hotel remains empty.

Why are so many Christchurch buildings still empty a decade after the earthquakes?

Why hundreds of heritage buildings were demolished in Christchurch post-quake video

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The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament being demolished.

Heritage advocates claim many buildings were hastily bowled after the deadly February 2011 quake, while city leaders say safety was their priority.

Christchurch's red zone stayers overcome adversity to find happiness video

Red zone stayer Jeremy Prendeville, with his son Jasper, is happy he stayed in the cleared suburb.

They endured vandalism, theft and the destruction of their neighbourhoods, but now they live in “paradise”.

Christchurch's top 10 post-earthquake heritage restorations

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Christchurch’s iconic heritage buildings have experienced differing fates in the 10 years since the earthquakes struck. But some of the city’s most famous sites are being saved.

A tale of two beaches: The uneven rebuilds of Sumner and New Brighton video

Christchurch city councillor Sara Templeton says the atmosphere in Sumner now feels “amazing”.

Ten years after the February 2011 earthquake, one of Christchurch's seaside suburbs is thriving while another sits in limbo.

Opinion

A clue from the Aussies for Ardern

Houses are as unaffordable as they've been in at least 17 years, a CoreLogic report released this week says.

OPINION: Over time, tax changes typically become accepted as normal. As the adage goes, an “old tax is a good tax”.

Aucklanders want a more nuanced Covid debate video

Border workers in Auckland were the first people in New Zealand to be vaccinated against Covid-19, last weekend. Verity ...

OPINION: We can’t relax into our normal lives, so we’re all about one stubbed toe away from having a breakdown ...

We're too nice to jeer at misguided Aussies video

Lucinda Baulch leaving a Wellington MIQ facility Grand Mecure. She had refused to take a Covid-19 test.

OPINION: It’s our way to be gentle, which Australians don't understand.

Clothes shaming feeds rape culture video

Lauren Hardie, 17, was sent home from Wellington Girls’ College on Friday for wearing a tank top and showing "too much skin".

OPINION: Clothes do not maketh man, but apparently they still make women victims.

Limited progress on child poverty, but it's not on track yet

Empty swing, playground, children, child, kid, kids, poverty, generic, unsplash, file photo. Photo by Markus Spiske on ...

EDITORIAL: We still have inequalities heaped on miseries.

business

The young entrepreneur who burnt some of the country's wealthiest investors video

Jake Millar interviewing Sir Richard Branson in San Francisco, United States, in 2016.

Jake Millar was just a teenager when he sold his first business to the government for six figures.

Kiwibank branch closures on the cards video

Kiwibank lent more money to home buyers and businesses as the pandemic recovery went on.

Kiwibank expects to decide by the end of March on whether seven branches will stay or close.

Quake-struck buildings, empty 10 years on video

The former Rydges hotel remains empty.

Why are so many Christchurch buildings still empty a decade after the earthquakes?

Why hundreds of heritage buildings were demolished in Christchurch post-quake video

02122020 CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF
The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament being demolished.

Heritage advocates claim many buildings were hastily bowled after the deadly February 2011 quake, while city leaders say safety was their priority.

Christchurch's red zone stayers overcome adversity to find happiness video

Red zone stayer Jeremy Prendeville, with his son Jasper, is happy he stayed in the cleared suburb.

They endured vandalism, theft and the destruction of their neighbourhoods, but now they live in “paradise”.

sport

High-flying Hamish Kerr eyes 2cm more to secure Tokyo Olympic spot video

Canterbury high jumper Hamish Kerr hopes his newly installed longer runup will reap the rewards.

Heavyweight matchups and big leaps should highlight the Sir Graeme Douglas International meet in Auckland on Saturday.

Dunedin's historic Forbury Park raceway to close

John Dunn drives Franco Cristiano to victory at Forbury Park.

Dunedin's historic inner-city trotting track will close, the club has confirmed.

Super Rugby Aotearoa preview: Settled Crusaders remain the hunted video

Crusaders captain Codie Taylor and his side took out the inaugural version of Super Rugby Aotearoa this year.

Eleven-times champions are the team everyone wants to knock off the perch, the mob fans outside the Crusaders' region have had a gutful of winning.

Super Rugby: Crusaders wary of stricter implementation of offside rule video

Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made it clear his team needs to improve their discipline on Friday night.

Scott Robertson knows Ben O'Keeffe will blast the Crusaders off the Dunedin turf if they don't improve their onside discipline.

Richie McCaw relives the 2011 season: the ‘fairytale’ that wasn’t to be video

Richie McCaw and Todd Blackadder following the Reds Super Rugby final in 2011.

The All Blacks great opens up his experience during the devastating Christchurch earthquake and the remarkable months that followed.

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christchurch life

It's true. Avocados for just $0.09

Vegeland co-owner Tony Kiesanowski says his avocados usually cost 29 or 39 cents.

A Christchurch green grocer is selling avocados for just $0.09, which is fraction of what you’d otherwise be paying at a supermarket.

What's on: Event highlights in Ōtautahi Christchurch video

Electric Avenue is at Hagley Park on Saturday. (File photo)

Christchurch's largest outdoor festival is on this Saturday, while comedy club Good Times pepares to reopen.

1908: Shackleton sails south video

Ernest Shackleton's hut on Cape Royds, Ross Island, Antarctica.

The Nimrod set sail for Antarctica on New Year's Day.

'Premium' sparkly penguin sculpture sells for $36k at charity auction

The penguin sculpture Shy-no-more was one of two artworks that sold for the top price of $36,000.

The acrylic gem-clad penguin, designed by Christchurch artist and dance instructor Deb Robinson, was inspired by a pair of sequined hot pants.

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