Helicopters called to fire at Lyttelton beach as city battered by strong winds video

Firefighters at the scene of a fire in Christchurch's Port Hills.

10 min ago  Three helicopters with monsoon buckets are battling a scrub fire in the hills above Christchurch's Lyttelton Harbour.

Women are the main victims of human trafficking. New Zealand's plan to stop slavery forgot them

Despite updates to the trafficking legislation, New Zealand is yet to see a case of sexual exploitation convicted.

1:37 PM  Our draft anti-trafficking plan focused on the exploitation of migrant men but didn't address forced prostitution.

Snow puts brakes on Queenstown ski resort's summer activities video

Eight centimetres of snow fell at Cardrona Alpine Resort, near Queenstown, on Tuesday morning, forcing it to close its ...

An 8cm snow dump at Cardrona came as a "huge surprise", forcing the temporary closure of its off-season operations.

Drivers kill rare birds on North Canterbury riverbed video

A 4WD caught on camera driving through a fledgling gull colony in the Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park on January 15.

Motorcycles and 4WD vehicles have been caught on camera speeding through a nesting colony of critically endangered black-billed gulls.

SUP in the city: Paddle board hire firm launches in central Christchurch video

We neared the finishing lines, close to Fitzgerald Ave.

You could already punt, kayak and waka along Christchurch's Avon River. Now you can explore it on a stand up paddle board too.

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One noise complaint made every 34 minutes in Christchurch in 2020 video

A total of 15,426 noise complaints were made in Christchurch during 2020, up from 12,060 complaints in 2019.

Blaring stereos and DIY construction during the Covid-19 lockdown meant the number of noise complaints laid in 2020 in Christchurch was the highest in 10 years.

Why it's important to use the Covid app even if you use a swipe card video

It is important to scan in with the Covid-19 tracer app even in places you use a swipe card, a computer science expert says.

Using the Covid-19 tracer app in places even where you use a swipe card, such as your office, may streamline the contact tracing process, experts say.

West Coast community to keep its historic bottling plant

DB Breweries Monteith's brewery in Greymouth

Development West Coast is hoping local craft brewers will take over the historic brewery.

New Regent St packed for Bread & Circus festival opening weekend video

Festival organisers estimate about 2000 people saw the New Regent St Spectacular over three shows on Saturday.

Opera singers on balconies, buskers in the streets and the Topp Twins in a theatre drew crowds for the start of Christchurch's annual buskers festival, organisers say.

Westland councillor's near-death experience with a weed-eater video

Latham Martin  had to have life saving blood transfusions and surgery after being hit in the chest with a stone.

A local councillor’s family were told to say their goodbyes after a stone hit him in the chest, causing massive internal bleeding, while he was operating a weed-eater on long grass on a public street.

Group rescued after night spent stuck in snow near Alexandra

Snowfall on the Old Man Range near Alexandra trapped a group of people overnight Sunday. (File photo)

A group has been rescued after being stranded overnight in snow in the Central Otago high country after their vehicle broke down.

Work starts on 300-home development in central Queenstown

An artist's impression of a 300-home joint KiwiBuild/Ngai Tahu development proposed for central Queenstown.

Infrastructure work is now under way for Te Pā Tāhuna, a large residential development in central Queenstown that will include 105 KiwiBuild homes.

Concern as Canterbury fish crisis mirrored across the globe video

Central South Island Fish & Game staff have been surveying the Rangitata River for Stokell's smelt.

Anglers fear a tiny, cucumber-scented fish could be on the verge of extinction after a survey of its American counterpart yielded disastrous results.

Farm manager tried to burn down landlord's home to cover up thefts

Shane Lyon was sentenced to two years in jail, at the Queenstown District Court on Monday.

A farm manager tried to set fire to his employer’s Central Otago homestead before lighting a fire at the cottage where his own children and partner lived.

Climate change strikers back for more in 2021 video

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Climate change strikers say they'll be back this year, starting with a rally at Parliament on January 26.

News

Make your own scent at the South Island's only perfumery

Chemical engineering professor Conan Fee is the “professor of perfume” behind the South Island's first perfumery.

The professor of perfume's stock features 850 different fragrances to help make your own signature scent.

Hundreds of pensioners overlooked for breast screening - Breast Cancer Foundation video

The risk of cancer goes up with age, but women aged 70 and older aren't eligible for free breast screening.

The Fiordland Triangle: Why so many aircraft have gone down over Fiordland

One noise complaint made every 34 minutes in Christchurch in 2020 video

The Rebuild

Lord saves cathedral organ

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Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament organ.

Contractors have extracted a delicate organ from Christchurch's Catholic Basilica.

Future uncertain for exposed pipe organ in remains of Catholic cathedral video

The historic organ could be salvaged if it is safe for demolition workers to access the site.

Some items from the partially demolished cathedral are now for sale in Christchurch salvage yards.

Council criticises $480m river plan to develop Christchurch's river red zone video

Ōtākaro Regeneration Company director Rob Kerr is disappointed at the council’s response to his bold plan.

The creator of a bold $480 million plan to develop Christchurch’s river red zone has failed to garner support from the city council, but he's not giving up just yet.

Prominent heritage developers will bring 'treasured building back to life' video

The old municipal chambers, also known as ‘Our City’, has been sitting unused since the earthquakes.

The city council will allow Box112 to restore and lease a heritage building that has sat unused since the Christchurch earthquakes.

Call for action as 20pc of central Christchurch sites remain undeveloped video

The Christchurch City Council is trying to encourage owners of vacant sites to develop their land.

Central Christchurch landowners are being told to build on their bare land or sell to someone who will.

Opinion

Language Matters: what's behind word borrowing?

Given that 2018 census data suggests only 4 per cent of New Zealanders speak te reo Māori, it seems curious that many of ...

OPINION: Most acts of borrowing [of words] are nothing but fleeting momentary travels of words across language boundaries

How Trotty dodged a bullet

Another life used up: the tale of Trotty the cat. (Stock photo)

OPINION: The authorities wanted to put him down. Six weeks later, he's staged a recovery.

Lana Hart: The magical power of selective profanity

“A strategically-placed naughty word can delight, convince, insult, entertain, soothe and excite like few other words ...

OPINION: Few New Zealanders, in my experience, seem to take care that it’s illegal to swear in public.

Tuberculosis has vaccine lessons for Covid

Stuff science columnist Dr Siouxsie Wiles.

OPINION: Let's not repeat the same mistakes we made with TB with Covid-19.

For the love of cricket

Brannavan Gnanalingam is a sports fan, but no sport compares to his beloved cricket.

Clean-bowled at a young age, Brannavan Gnanalingam's passion for the gentleman's game has only grown over the years.

business

Work starts on 300-home development in central Queenstown

An artist's impression of a 300-home joint KiwiBuild/Ngai Tahu development proposed for central Queenstown.

Infrastructure work is now under way for Te Pā Tāhuna, a large residential development in central Queenstown that will include 105 KiwiBuild homes.

Landlords evicting 'troublesome' tenants amid nerves about ban on no-cause evictions video

The Government has pocketed over $10m in tenancy bonds in three years

Advocates say “troublesome” tenants who ask for repairs and maintenance to be done are instead getting 90-day notices to leave.

Consents are up but will that help with NZ's stubborn housing shortage? video

The rise in consents will dent the housing shortage but it will take time, Kerr says.

Record numbers of new homes given the go-ahead, but NZ can't get its act together on building enough high-quality housing, economist says.

Florist's love of nature helped her heal

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Bodeine Nelson, owner of Blooming Local florist van ...

When Bodeine Nelson was in her 20s and battling cancer, her garden was a place of refuge.

NZ's bankrupts are treated worse than convicts, expert says video

Debtfix founder Christine Liggins says the Insolvency Act is “used as a weapon of mass destruction” against debtors.

People who go bust are publicly shamed, prevented from using ATMs and eftpos, and can remain bankrupt for years, insolvency expert says.

sport

Going from Blues to Crusaders 'a bit intimidating' video

Rene Ranger prepares to speak to media after training at English Park in Christchurch on Monday.

Look away, Blues fans. Rene Ranger is donning the Crusaders' red and black.

Tamati Ellison joins Crusaders' coaching group

Wellington NPC assistant coach Tamati Ellison has joined the Crusaders’ coaching staff.

Four-test All Black Tamati Ellison will continue his move into coaching, linking up with the Crusaders.

1875: The start of rugby rivalry video

The Christchurch team would have played in outfits like these, worn in 1875 by the Wellington Football Club that also ...

Christchurch took on Auckland for the first time in 1875.

Christchurch skate festival drawcard for top talent video

Zedyn Fellows, 13, was among 57 skaters who wowed 300 spectators in the Duckbrewe Skate Festival held at the Two Thumb ...

Some of New Zealand’s top skateboarders visited the Garden City this weekend to showcase their skills at a newly formed skate festival.

History-making golfer Momoka Kobori takes title win in stride

Momoka Kobori, who has a degree in sports medicine, hopes to one day play on the LPGA Tour.

Fresh off a title win in her first pro golf event, Canterbury golfer will begin coaching traineeship as Covid-19 causes chaos with international travel.

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SUP in the city: Paddle board hire firm launches in central Christchurch video

We neared the finishing lines, close to Fitzgerald Ave.

You could already punt, kayak and waka along Christchurch's Avon River. Now you can explore it on a stand up paddle board too.

1876: 'A hot-bed of disease' video

Before the Pump House opened in 1882, poor drainage made Christchurch a very unhealthy city.

Typhoid was rife in 1870s Christchurch.

Make your own scent at the South Island's only perfumery

Chemical engineering professor Conan Fee is the “professor of perfume” behind the South Island's first perfumery.

The professor of perfume's stock features 850 different fragrances to help make your own signature scent.

New Regent St packed for Bread & Circus festival opening weekend video

Festival organisers estimate about 2000 people saw the New Regent St Spectacular over three shows on Saturday.

Opera singers on balconies, buskers in the streets and the Topp Twins in a theatre drew crowds for the start of Christchurch's annual buskers festival, organisers say.

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