Otago man stole $10,000 worth of cigarettes from freight truck

A former freight company employee has admitted to the Alexandra District Court that he stole $10,000 worth of cigarettes ...

11 min ago  A Central Otago man hacked into his former employer’s computer system to find out where a truck was and steal $10,000 worth of cigarettes.

Mother's anger: 'They let my daughter's killer go' video

Paul Pounamu Tainui, pictured the night he was pulled over by police before killing Nicole Tuxford.

11:19 AM  The convicted killer was headed to his second murder when police caught him drink-driving with knives in the car. It was "reasonable" to let him go, new report says.

Christchurch teacher jailed for unlawful sex with teen

Former teacher Daniel Bruce McMillan has been jailed for sexual offending against an underage girl.

11:07 AM  Daniel Bruce McMillan was working as a teacher at a Christchurch school when he had sexual intercourse with a girl who was only 14 or 15.

Crusaders and Hurricanes in court

A sign outside the former Ticket Rocket headquarters in Dunedin.

Ticketing company liquidated after Crusaders and Hurricanes legal action.

Three-year race to find $51.2m for Christ Church Cathedral restoration video

The restored cathedral will feature a new visitor centre, museum and cafe, left, and a new meeting space, right.

The total cost for the new cathedral, which includes a cafe, museum and events space, has risen to $154.3 million.

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Local jeweller's pendants a nod to business peers on popular Christchurch street video

Rowena Watson's pendants are shaped like New Regent St shopfronts to try to support locally owned businesses.

Rowena Watson's pendants are designed to celebrate businesses on a usually popular street that has struggled with the loss of tourists this year.

Potentially toxic algae found in Christchurch pond following dog's death

Five-year-old Weimaraner cross Skye, who died after suspected algae poisoning at the Arthur Adcock Memorial Reserve in ...

Signs have been erected warning dog owners to keep their pets out of the pond after tests found potential toxic algae blooms.

TSB to close three Taranaki branches, open one in Christchurch

TSB branches in Fitzroy, Moturoa and Vogeltown branches will be merged with New Plymouth's TSB Centre and TSB Westown in ...

Three New Plymouth TSB branches will close early next year as they are “merged” with larger ones. Meanwhile, a branch will be opened in Christchurch next month.

New waste reduction plan tackles 'throw-away' culture video

Christchurch City Council wants to reduce the mountains of waste coming out of the city.

The new plan aims to reduce the amount of waste being dumped by Christchurch residents but has no set targets.

Water bottling fight goes to Court of Appeal

Protesters in Canterbury have long voiced their opposition to commercial water bottlers, here campaigning in 2019.

An anti-water bottling lobby group is embroiled in a longstanding battle with Environment Canterbury and two of the country’s largest water bottling operators.

The argument against pre-departure testing after fishermen test positive for Covid-19 video

Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles says people can test negative but still be incubating the virus.

Leading microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles says people who test negative before boarding a plane can still be incubating the virus.

More Russian fishermen test positive for Covid-19 in Christchurch video

The Covid managed isolation facility at the Sudima Hotel, near Christchurch Airport.

Another seven newly arrived international fishermen staying at a Christchurch quarantine hotel have coronavirus, bringing the total number to 18.

Millionaire denies abandoning ex-America's Cup yacht being sold by Queenstown council

The yacht was used as a trial yacht in the 1992 America’s Cup challenge.

The council is selling the boat, likely because of unpaid mooring fees, but owner Geoff Hunt says he was never sent a bill.

Lincoln Uni 'unlikely' to take disciplinary action after drug-arrests at Garden Party video

Party goers at the Lincoln University Students’ Associations’ 2020 Garden Party on Friday.

Thirteen people were arrested for drug-related offending, six for disorder and three for trespassing at the annual end-of-lectures party.

Dunedin's once-soaring house values are now going nowhere - CoreLogic

Dunedin’s once-soaring property values have lost momentum, says CoreLogic’s Kelvin Davidson.

Dunedin values rose almost $245,000 in five years but, unlike other parts of New Zealand, they have lost momentum since Covid-19 hit.

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Helicopter responds to mayday call from boat off Kaikōura peninsula

Coastguard Kaikōura is responding to a mayday call from a boat off the Kaikōura peninsula.

11:30 AM  Three people have had a lucky escape after their boat tipped off the Kaikōura peninsula, forcing them to swim onto a rock and await rescue.

Prolific conman Wayne Eaglesome out of jail with a new alias video

Within days of leaving jail, “Richie Meier” was apparently in Portugal with a new Mercedes-Benz. In reality, he's in Hamilton, dining at Starbucks.

Local jeweller's pendants a nod to business peers on popular Christchurch street video

Potentially toxic algae found in Christchurch pond following dog's death

The Rebuild

Catholic cathedral's iconic copper dome could be sold as salvage video

The Catholic cathedral in December 2007, before it was badly damaged in the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

Hundreds of historic tiles and tonnes of Oamaru stone could end up in landfill as part of the Catholic cathedral demolition in Christchurch.

Christchurch development Collett's Corner more than halfway to fundraising goal

An artist's impression of the Collett's Corner development in Lyttelton, Christchurch.

The ambitious Christchurch development, featuring apartments and a wellness centre, is using crowdfunding to finance the build.

Applications flooding in as deadline for government on-solds programme looms video

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Jonathan Claridge is getting $320,000 of repairs for the house he bought in 2015 which had ...

Cantabrians worried about botched repairs to homes they bought after the quakes are rushing to sign up to a taxpayer-funded scheme likely to cost $300m.

City council approves $12m rescue buy-up for Christchurch Town Hall company video

The Christchurch Town Hall underwent extensive repairs after Canterbury’s earthquakes.

The Christchurch City Council has voted to inject another $12 million into an already blown out repair cost for The Town Hall.

Christchurch stadium design and build contractor to be chosen by end of year video

An artist’s impression of inside the new Christchurch stadium as set up for concerts.

The roof for Christchurch's new multi-use arena will cost $67.2 million alone – just $20m less than the main structure itself, new documents suggest.

Opinion

Election 2020: A defeated National plays the blame game video

National leader Judith Collins and her party’s MPs talk to the media after their first post-election meeting.

Was it tactical voting or bad campaigning that sunk National in 2020?

Blistering court judgment against Eric Watson

Eric Watson’s evidence was described by a British judge as ...”almost worthless’’.

OPINION: This really does seem to be a cautionary tale of hubris and a spectacular fall from metaphorical grace and actual wealth

Carping over goldfish doubt

Goldfish are carp, which are famously long-lived, Joe Bennett tells those who doubt his pets’ longevity.

OPINION: Say what you like about goldfish – and say it to their faces – you will not trouble them.

Labour must govern in its own right video

What should the new government focus on? Share your thoughts.

OPINION: This result is thunderous endorsement of PM Ardern's crisis management. A coalition with the Greens is anathema to blue voters who entrusted Labour with their vote.

In defence of the RMA

“There are fundamental tensions between protection of the natural environment and the use of natural and built resources ...

OPINION: It would be unfortunate if the good features of the RMA were lost in a rush for “reform"

business

Local jeweller's pendants a nod to business peers on popular Christchurch street video

Rowena Watson's pendants are shaped like New Regent St shopfronts to try to support locally owned businesses.

Rowena Watson's pendants are designed to celebrate businesses on a usually popular street that has struggled with the loss of tourists this year.

TSB to close three Taranaki branches, open one in Christchurch

TSB branches in Fitzroy, Moturoa and Vogeltown branches will be merged with New Plymouth's TSB Centre and TSB Westown in ...

Three New Plymouth TSB branches will close early next year as they are “merged” with larger ones. Meanwhile, a branch will be opened in Christchurch next month.

Dunedin's once-soaring house values are now going nowhere - CoreLogic

Dunedin’s once-soaring property values have lost momentum, says CoreLogic’s Kelvin Davidson.

Dunedin values rose almost $245,000 in five years but, unlike other parts of New Zealand, they have lost momentum since Covid-19 hit.

ACT wins over pub owner video

Josh Lilley, 34, a bar owner from North Canterbury.

ACT's David Seymour has made the right calls on the right issues, Joshua Lilley believes.

NZ Post hikes YouShop prices, scraps US economy option

New Zealand Post is making changes to its YouShop service.

Landing those must-have items from the UK and US will cost more from November 1.

sport

How George Bower went from All Blacks' tackling bag to actual All Black video

Crusaders and Otago prop George Bower’s rise into the All Blacks has not been a typical one.

George Bower is an All Black for real this time, unlike a couple of years ago when he was paid $150 to act like one.

Rugby clubs learn lessons on sportsmanship after spectator charged video

A referee was abused and a parent ran onto the pitch during a heated rugby match in Greymouth in August.

West Coast Rugby Union clubs have called for better sportsmanship after a heated match ended with an assault charge.

Tributes flow for Neill Ridley

Jockey Terry Moseley and trainer Neill Ridley after one of their wins at the Riccarton racecourse in Christchurch.

Horse trainer who won three Great Western Steeplechases in Riverton will have his funeral at the Riccarton Racecourse on Friday.

New home for Christchurch netball seeks $1m ratepayer loan video

Christchurch Netball will end 100 years of netball's association with Hagley Park when it moves to Ngā Puna Wai.

Developers of a $20 million indoor sports facility in Christchurch are seeking a $1m ratepayer loan, but the city council is recommending it grant half that.

Mitre 10 Cup: Waikato score 89th minute try to pip Canterbury by one-point video

Waikato centre Quinn Tupaea is tackled by Canterbury loose forward Tom Christie in Christchurch on Sunday.

In a match which went about as long as last week's Bledisloe Cup thriller, Waikato condemned Canterbury to their third one-point loss of the season.

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Marlon Williams announces 15 date NZ tour

Marlon Williams announces a solo national tour, a single, plus the singer is set to release a new album in November.

Lyttelton-based singer/songwriter Marlon Williams will hit the road in February to play 15 solo shows all over Aotearoa.

Court Theatre rejects idea of year-long Covid closure and launches new season

A new production of musical Little Shop of Horrors will draw on recent revivals of the classic show overseas.

Smaller casts, shared production costs and safety plans are planned for the new season of musicals, plays and comedies at Christchurch's Court Theatre.

When A City Rises film made 'by us, for us and about

Award-winning music producer Ben Edwards, of The Sitting Room studio in Lyttelton, is the musical director of Gerard ...

Musical director Ben Edwards know more about rebuilding than most

Explore Antarctica without leaving Christchurch with new interactive audio tour

The new Scott Base mural at Riverside Market is one of the stops along the new interactive audio tour. (File photo).

Hear the wind on the ice, husky dogs barking and explorers encouraging one another in a 90-minute tour of the city through 17 geo-location audio clips.

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