Man's late wife's jewellery stolen as sexual encounter turned to robbery

Clarke appeared in the Dunedin District Court for sentencing on Wednesday.

11:16 AM  What was meant to be a casual sexual encounter turned into a traumatic ordeal for a man after the woman he had planned to meet showed up with accomplices to rob him.

Addington Cup Week to be held behind closed doors video

Addington Cup Week will not be open to the public this year, it was announced on Tuesday. (File photo)

10:35 AM  Organisers said Cup Week was all about the race day experience and sharing it with friends, not an event to socially distance from others.

Armed police swarm Christchurch flat

Christchurch residents have woken up to heavy police presence on Tuesday morning.

A resident said she woke up to go to the gym at about 6.30am when she heard sirens as police vehicles pulled up the driveway of her flat.

'My heart is broken': Major family snub at Larnach Castle's 150th birthday event

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Sophie Barker's parents bought Larnach Castle six weeks before she was born, but her long involvement with the attraction has ended with a snub.

It's time to wield the vaccine pass stick video

“We’ve had carrots galore showered on the country to incentivise the unvaccinated into action, as was vividly ...

OPINION: The 90 per cent double-dosed milestone "should see the spectre of lockdowns consigned to history".

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New $4.2 million artificial hockey and football fields being built in Rolleston video

Foster Park in Rolleston pictured in 2017. Two new artificial sports fields are being built in the park.

If all goes to plan, the new fields will be used by Selwyn's football and hockey clubs during next year's winter sports season.

Off-duty cop rescues woman from sinking car in Akaroa Harbour

Tony Maw rescues a woman who crashed her car into French Harbour in Akaroa on Monday afternoon.

The last time Senior Constable Tony Maw performed a water rescue was in a pool at police college 28 years ago. But on Monday, it was not a drill.

Arthur's Pass highway closed overnight by slip

The rock shelter on SH73 was built to protect the road from rockfalls and slips. (File photo)

A key highway between the West Coast and Canterbury will be closed until at least midday on Tuesday due to a slip.

Four men arrested after alleged assault in Central Otago

A man was allegedly assaulted and had his vehicle stolen in Alexandra. (File photo)

The group allegedly attacked a man and stole his van while he was dropping people off from a local pub.

Lawyer with cancer fighting for insurance payout video

The High Court at Christchurch has knocked back a lawyer seeking a terminal cancer payout.

A lawyer diagnosed with terminal cancer argues his insurer should ignore any treatment when considering his life expectancy.

Rodeo says cowboys must have Covid-19 vaccinations to ride video

Action at the Waikato Rodeo in February.

No jab, no ride for cowboys as rodeo becomes possibly the first sport in New Zealand to introduce a Covid-19 vaccination mandate.

Toddler who chewed on meth packet went two days without medical care

"Point bag" of crystal methamphetamine

The 11-month-old was distressed, barely sleeping or eating, but was only taken to hospital after an intercepted prison phone call raised the alarm.

Bystanders help foil attempted robbery of person at ATM

The incident happened outside The Hub Hornby on Monday morning (File photo).

Members of the public stepped in when a person attempted to rob someone outside an ATM.

Lightning strike believed to have caused house fire near Ashburton

It’s understood lightning has struck an Ashburton home, blowing off a wall socket and causing a fire. (File photo)

A lightning strike is believed to be the cause of a house fire in rural Canterbury.

Plan to turn famed Queenstown ship TSS Earnslaw green video

The TSS Earnslaw has been a major drawcard to Lake Wakatipu for decades, but contributes significantly to carbon emissions.

The coal-powered steamship contributes 1 per cent of all transport emissions in the district, leading its operators to look for other fuel sources.

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Kiwi family adopting poverty-stricken relative hoping for Christmas ‘miracle’ video

Alia and William Eckford are working to adopt Ridho, Alia's 10-year-old cousin who lives in Indonesia. From left to ...

Alia Eckford​ hopes her family will get “the best Christmas gift” this year - to be able to adopt her young cousin after his grandmother died in front of him.

Wizard offered $5000 'farewell gift' by council when contract ended video

The Wizard was paid $16,000 a year, or $40 an hour, and was expected to make public speeches every weekday over the summer, his contract shows.

Scott Watson refused bail pending appeal video

Cabin crew alert police over injured girl

Opinion

Mourning the death of a delusion video

Verity Johnson says it’s important to remember that the person you see on stage doesn’t often exist in real life.

OPINION: in the last week we’ve also realised there are a whole lot of new living-with-Delta questions we’d been conveniently not thinking about.

It's time to wield the vaccine pass stick video

“We’ve had carrots galore showered on the country to incentivise the unvaccinated into action, as was vividly ...

OPINION: The 90 per cent double-dosed milestone "should see the spectre of lockdowns consigned to history".

Parents are not failing their children by bringing them into the world video

Snita Ahir-Knight: “Children are not little carbon-emitting beings, but they bring us unique joy and hope.”

OPINION: Children give us all reason to hope, and they demand accountability from all of us, to make the changes the planet desperately needs.

Big questions still await clear answers

Jacinda ardern:

OPINION: This week must bring some key answers on our Covid emergence plans.

Covid-19: Don’t let our scientists be silenced

Stuff science columnist Peter Griffin.

OPINION: Standing up to people abusing our scientists is not about stifling debate, it’s about ensuring scientists feel safe enough to inform the debate.

business

Ongoing uncertainty over Covid-19 rules leads to frustration in the south video

Christchurch’s Diwali festival, picture in 2018, has been cancelled.

The Government’s extension of Covid-19 restrictions has scuppered hopes that the rules could be relaxed in the South Island soon.

NZ space industry rockets away amid concerns about military payloads video

04092020 NEWS PHOTO: SUPPLIED Rocket Lab has deployed the first New Zealand-built satellite into space. The satellite ...

A second launch site is on the cards for our $1.7 billion space industry where harvesting data from satellites is big business.

'Yeah, I resign': Worker wins employment dispute, paid $8k over Facebook comment

Authority member Claire English said a Facebook post was not sufficient evidence of a resignation. (FIle photo)

Ice cream store worker's grizzle on social media did not count as a resignation, and her dismissal was unfair, disputes tribunal rules.

New luxury hotel brand snaps up central Christchurch hotel video

Inside the Fable Dunedin. The new Fable Christchurch will undergo a major refurbishment.

The central city hotel has been sold and will undergo a major refurbishment to become a five-star luxury hotel.

Awards finalists praised for being 'highly adaptive' in face of Covid-19 video

He Waka Tapu chief executive Jackie Burrows said the partnership with Whānau Ora Community Clinics didn’t work.

Finalists in this year’s Champion Canterbury Awards include a martial arts studio, a sheep milk skincare brand, and a space transportation company.

sport

New $4.2 million artificial hockey and football fields being built in Rolleston video

Foster Park in Rolleston pictured in 2017. Two new artificial sports fields are being built in the park.

If all goes to plan, the new fields will be used by Selwyn's football and hockey clubs during next year's winter sports season.

Pressure mounting on Canterbury coaches Reuben Thorne and Mark Brown video

Canterbury co-coaches Mark Brown and Reuben Thorne have an 8-8 record since taking over last year.

The co-coaches have mustered an 8-8 record since taking over last year, making the 9 titles Canterbury won between 2008-2017 seem an age ago.

Otago league heroes win in Canterbury for first time since 1929

Otago Whalers players celebrate their win over the Canterbury Bulls, the first time since 1929 that Otago had beaten a ...

Southerners celebrate a seven tries to five victory, but lost the South Island premiership on points differential.

'I never wanted to be an All Black' – Ethan Blackadder's remarkable rise to test footy video

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 23: Ethan Blackadder poses during the New Zealand All Blacks player portrait session at the ...

Ian Foster's rookie sensation reflects on an unlikely pathway to the top of a game it took him a whiie to warm to.

Hawke's Bay bury Christchurch hoodoo with big win over Canterbury video

Hawke’s Bay flanker Josh Kaifa (2nd L) celebrates a try on the stroke of halftime.

It doesn't matter where they play, there's just no stopping the high-flying Magpies in the NPC Premiership.

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Kiwi jazz legend keeps touring South Island despite pandemic controls

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Manawatu Jazz Festival 2019  -  Jazz Gala  -  Regent Theatre  - Big Band ...

Kiwi jazz legend Rodger Fox is still touring his big band around the South Island, despite Covid-19 restrictions making it tough to make ends meet.

Exhibition highlights art made of stone normally used for roadworks and rail lines

Taranaki artist Chauncey Flay with one of his artworks at the Central Art Gallery in Christchurch.

The hard, grey sandstone is rarely seen inside art galleries, but artist Chauncey Flay has discovered it can take people by surprise.

What's on: Event highlights in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Wellington musician Luke Buda of The Phoenix Foundation releases new solo album Buda on Friday, October 15, and performs ...

Listen to Buda, frolic at the Kaiapoi Spring Festival or have a laugh with Slick Comedy.

The Lane: All-day bistro opens at five-star Christchurch hotel

The Lane head chef Troy Tolentino, centre, is collaborating with 5th Street eatery chefs Max Perry, left, and Samson ...

A three-chef collaboration is aiming to breathe new life into the bistro at a luxury Christchurch hotel.

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