Website crashes as applications open for fast-track migrant resident visas video

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi says the fast-tracked resident visa is expected to be in high demand.

8:32 AM  Thousands of migrants are now able to apply for a fast-tracked resident visa - but the website crashed the moment it opened at 6am on Wednesday.

Twelve days of 'cruelty': Watchdog launches campaign revealing animal experiments video

A rat used in the experiment pictured in one of the testing environments.

A science watchdog will reveal details of “horrific” animal experiments carried out at Otago University in the coming weeks, but Otago has slammed the allegations as misleading.

We're so vain, we think we can have it all our own way video

“‘Regrets,’ crooned Sinatra, ‘I’ve had a few.’ He’s not alone... And one of my regrets is that I never learned Greek,” ...

OPINION: The nub of it, in other words, is vanity. And vanity is the Covid lesson we don’t seem to be learning.

Black market sales of vaccination passes reported to police video

A vaccine pass can be on a phone or a hard copy.

Using a fake vaccine pass can get you up to six months in prison or a $12,000 fine, but fraudulent passes are already being advertised on social media for bitcoin.

Record growth pushes average house value in Christchurch past $700,000 video

An average house in Christchurch is now valued at $719,000, according to real estate analysts CoreLogic. (File photo)

This figure is a record 35.5 per cent rise compared to 12 months ago, real estate analysts CoreLogic say.

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Murder, suicide, or a new identity? The mysterious disappearance of Richard Hinkley video

Richard Hinkley went missing from his Christchurch home on Christmas Day, 2015.

Richard Hinkley disappeared from his Christchurch home on Christmas Day 2015. He has not been heard from since.

Vaccine certificates needed at libraries and pools in Christchurch

Tūranga central library is one of many council facilities that will require a vaccine certificate.

From Friday, only people who are double vaccinated and have a certificate will be allowed to use many council facilities.

'The hardest thing I've ever done': Man's mammoth run for men's mental health video

Ben O’Carroll runs a huge 111 kilometres from the Cheviot Trust Hotel in North Canterbury to The Carlton pub in ...

Ben O’Carroll​ says "he's over the moon" after putting his body through hell for 13 hours, all in the name of raising money and awareness for men's mental health.

Merlin the moggie returns home after almost two years on the run

Merlin is looking slimmer, but otherwise is in good health after his adventure.

With petered out pads, Merlin has finally ended a 20-month stint on the run and quit the bad boy vagabond life – much to the delight of his owners.

Te Ara Ātea cultural centre to open in Rolleston after years of planning video

The sensory space outside Rolleston's new cultural facility.

The $22.2 million cultural centre, years in the making, is described as a new heart for the fast-growing Selwyn district.

Mana whenua panel will advocate for important traditional sites on stewardship land video

Ngāi Tahu kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai is pleased tāngata whenua are now involved in the process

Ngāi Tahu has dropped its legal challenge against the Government after being included in a review of what to do with stewardship land within its area.

Major Christchurch road reopens after crash between truck and car

A section of State Highway 1 in Islington was initially closed following a crash between a truck and trailer unit and a ...

A major Christchurch highway has fully reopened following a crash between a truck and trailer unit and a car that initially caused high levels of traffic congestion.

Man in critical condition after Wānaka paraglider crash

A person is loaded into a helicopter after a paraglider crashed on Treble Cone, near Wanaka.

Emergency services were called after a paraglider crashed at Treble Cone.

Pedestrian seriously injured after being hit by car video

The crash happened on Brougham St in Sydenham about 3.55pm on Monday. (File photo)

The crash between a car and a pedestrian happened on Christchurch's busy Brougham St just before 4pm.

Strict new freedom camping certification system and $1000 fines coming video

Concerns over safety and public access prompted the Christchurch City Council to close a beach car park popular with ...

Bogus blue freedom camping stickers will be replaced by a strict compliance system requiring fixed toilets under new legislation.

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'Someone could die': Bullying, safety fears at property maintenance company video

Former employees describe being bullied and berated if they chose not to work because they felt unsafe.

Former Goleman Group employees allege unsafe practices and intimidation, including one worker's claim he was assaulted by the chief executive.

Canterbury brewery raises thousands with limited edition Movember beer

You’ve heard of growing a fuzzy moustache for Movember, but what about the Fuzzy Cuzzy?

Murder, suicide, or a new identity? The mysterious disappearance of Richard Hinkley video

Vaccine certificates needed at libraries and pools in Christchurch

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We're so vain, we think we can have it all our own way video

“‘Regrets,’ crooned Sinatra, ‘I’ve had a few.’ He’s not alone... And one of my regrets is that I never learned Greek,” ...

OPINION: The nub of it, in other words, is vanity. And vanity is the Covid lesson we don’t seem to be learning.

More needs to be done to fix the housing crisis video

The new housing intensification bill will let new homes of three-storeys like these in Auckland be built almost up to ...

OPINION: A comprehensive plan for housing in Aotearoa has to include taxing property wealth.

Five economic issues for Luxon video

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 30: New National Party leader Christopher Luxon speaks while deputy leader Nicola ...

OPINION: He's got the job. Now to get to grips with some of the big problems NZ faces.

Do not comment on your girlfriend's thong bikini

“And then the heavens parted, and she descended from the heavens on a winged, inflatable unicorn floatie,” Verity ...

OPINION: A swimsuit is an expression of a woman’s sensual soul. Something completely beautiful, magical, and belonging to nobody except her.

Omicron a fresh test of reactivity and stamina against Covid

Passengers board a flight out of Johannesburg, South Africa. As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly ...

OPINION: Scientists stand ready to react. But are societies?

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Man in critical condition after Wānaka paraglider crash

A person is loaded into a helicopter after a paraglider crashed on Treble Cone, near Wanaka.

Emergency services were called after a paraglider crashed at Treble Cone.

Strict new freedom camping certification system and $1000 fines coming video

Concerns over safety and public access prompted the Christchurch City Council to close a beach car park popular with ...

Bogus blue freedom camping stickers will be replaced by a strict compliance system requiring fixed toilets under new legislation.

Adopt a sheep: How one hill country station is using a virtual platform to diversify

Bamford, right, and Greg Stubbings are taking a New Zealand hill country station and its sheep to the world.

Forget the socks and jocks this Christmas because this year you can adopt a sheep in what’s believed to be the first business of its type in New Zealand.

What Christopher Luxon achieved at Air NZ and how he was perceived video

Christopher Luxon spent seven years as chief executive of Air New Zealand.

What can we learn about Christopher Luxon from his high-powered career in the private sector?

Clouds thickening around waste baler video

ERP Group managing director Mike Corcoran is banking on an unbuilt waste-to-energy plant to take his bales of waste.

Mike Corcoran needs to find a home for thousands of bales of refuse. He can't afford to wait too long.

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Leadership role takes young Wellington Phoenix defender by surprise video

Wellington Phoenix defender Kate Taylor has been appointed vice-captain.

When Kate Taylor was asked to attend a meeting with the Phoenix coaching staff, she assumed they wanted to discuss tactics ahead of their opening game.

Ken McClure blasts Canterbury to victory over Northern in trophy final rematch

Ken McClure swings for the rope once again, at Seddon Park in his match-turning knock.

Seddon Park boundaries take a peppering as the defending champions are too strong in a high-scoring competition opener.

Alyssa Whinham out to prove a point as a Wellington Phoenix player

Wellington Phoenix midfielder Alyssa Whinham trains ahead of the team's A-League Women debut.

The Canterbury teenager was originally told she had missed out on a contract but now hopes to become a key player.

Silver Ferns' star Jane Watson expecting first child

Jane Watson is expecting her first child in 2022 and won’t feature at the Commonwealth Games.

Standout Silver Ferns defender is expecting her first child in 2022 and won't feature at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Razor plots sixth title in as many years

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is eyeing up a sixth title in as many years in 2022.

'That’s what I pride myself on, the ability to inspire guys each year, find a different reason, go deeper than we’ve had to before.'

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