Covid-19 a boon for home-grown buskers talent video

Hundreds of people packed Christchurch’s New Regent St on Saturday for to watch circus performers, opera singers, an ...

Global travel restrictions mean there is more Kiwi talent on show at Christchurch's famous buskers festival.

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.

After eight months of rubbish recycling, Christchurch's habits finally improve video

The recycling habits of Christchurch residents are improving, but too many are still dumping rubbish in their yellow bin.

For the first time since May, Christchurch residents have managed to get their recycling right. But 418 homes have still had their bins confiscated.

Best and worst times in Queenstown video

There is a very relaxed atmosphere in Queenstown Bay this summer.

Businesses are struggling without international travellers - but at least visitors don't have to queue for a Fergburger.

Christchurch actor creates mash up of cabaret and pub quiz for buskers festival

Performer and producer Nomi Cohen has created a musical pub quiz mash up.

“It feels like a pub quiz hosted by someone who can’t stop singing."

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Virus will spread 'any day now', says MIQ returnee video

Adam Borich lives in the United States, but has returned to New Zealand to see family.

'I guarantee, the virus will spread to the community any day now', says businessman who has returned home from the United States.

Call to return the missing 'Wh' in Akaroa video

The ‘wh’ sound was more similar to the sound in ‘whisper’ or ‘wheel’ than the ‘f’ sound in ‘fish.

The misspelling of Whakaroa as Akaroa is one of many errors made by early South Island surveyors unable to hear the soft “wh” in Māori place names.

Road works: why are they always so slow?

These have a habit of appearing overnight.

OPINION: New Zealand seems to specialise in interminable road works.

1874: The new saleyards open

The Addington saleyards were still in use more than 100 years later, as in this photo from 1988.

Champagne flowed at Addington as the saleyards opened.

MIQ workers fear community outbreak in wake of new coronavirus strains video

MIQ rules allow a scheduled time for smoking outside, but a Christchurch MIQ worker says the rules are being flaunted, ...

MIQ staff want tighter measures as more contagious variants of the virus spread around the world, but officials say protocols are already under "constant review".

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.

Where are the worst highways in New Zealand? video

The location of a fatal crash on State Highway 3 near Waitara in 2020.

While it's hard to single out a clear winner, there is a strong list of contenders.

Final search for critically endangered Canterbury beetle turns up nothing

An Eyrewell ground beetle discovered in Eyrewell Forest.

Only 10 specimens have ever been found, and researchers are questioning whether the species is actually just a more common bug with misshapen genitalia.

Body recovered after suspected drowning in Central Otago

Emergency services are responding after a person went missing at a swimming spot.

Divers recovered the body from murky water at Pinders Pond, south of Roxburgh.

Alleged killer told friend victim was 'on a bender' to explain his absence video

Martin Orme Berry's remains were discovered at the property in Papanui, Christchurch after a woman contacted police to ...

Woman accused of stabbing her partner allegedly told friends he was off drinking - but his body was instead buried in the garden.

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Lew Zealand, the fish-throwing Muppet with a Kiwi connection video

Fish are life for Muppets character Lew Zealand.

How did a minor character from the famous TV puppet show end up with the name Lew Zealand?

Sparking motorbike suspected in Frog Rock fires

Fire crews are dealing with a vegetation fire near North Canterbury landmark Frog Rock.

Call to return the missing 'Wh' in Akaroa video

1874: The new saleyards open

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.

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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.

The magic of mushrooms: a masterpiece of popular science

Entangled Life, by Merlin Sheldrake

OPINION: A scientist who can write like Garcia Marquez makes even dirt sound exciting.

Scan, scan and scan some more video

A QR code for the Covid Tracer app at the entrance to a Christchurch mall. Scanning rates this summer have been labelled ...

EDITORIAL: Level 1 is still a Covid-19 alert level. It’s not normality.

Road works: why are they always so slow?

These have a habit of appearing overnight.

OPINION: New Zealand seems to specialise in interminable road works.

Post-Covid splurge isn't helping the planet video

Flying high above Fox Glacier.

OPINION: Yes, we want to help the economy. But our current spending is storing problems for the future.

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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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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.

Mountains of decaying cherries dumped video

Central Otago cherries dumped at the Cromwell transfer station after heavy rain devastated local crops.

Worst rains in 40 years leave Central Otago cherry industry in tatters, but orchardists are too busy to think about it.

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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.

Super Smash: Sophie Devine on fire again as Wellington Blaze extend their lead video

Sophie Devine smashed another quick half century as the Wellington Blaze thumped the Canterbury Magicians. (File photo)

Amy Satterthwaite's half century in vain as Canterbury lose 6-9 then White Ferns skipper backs up her record-breaking knock in style.

Canterbury Kings snap Wellington Firebirds' five-match unbeaten run video

Canterbury Kings captain Cole McConchie led his side to a four-wicket win over Wellington

Canterbury captain Cole McConchie led his side to a superb four-wicket win against previously unbeaten Wellington.

Kiwis fullback banned from rural rugby kept his zest for sport

Former Kiwis rugby league test fullback Tony Smith devoted his later sporting energies to promoting tennis in Waiau, ...

The late Tony Smith deserved more than one cap for the Kiwis before being denied a chance to return to rugby union in rural Canterbury.

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Christchurch actor creates mash up of cabaret and pub quiz for buskers festival

Performer and producer Nomi Cohen has created a musical pub quiz mash up.

“It feels like a pub quiz hosted by someone who can’t stop singing."

1874: The new saleyards open

The Addington saleyards were still in use more than 100 years later, as in this photo from 1988.

Champagne flowed at Addington as the saleyards opened.

Busker who lost 'contract of a lifetime' urges people to keep scanning QR codes video

Foot juggler Emma Phillips will be emphasising the importance of signing in with the Covid tracer app to her audience.

As Christchurch's annual buskers festival kicks off, performers and businesses alike are wary of the new Covid-19 variants detected overseas.

Frowny fluff ball and a smiley Samoyed are best mates video

Casper and Romeo, owned by 29-year-old photographer Rinsa, have become social media celebrities.

Romeo and Casper, a grumpy cat and a Samoyed dog, go on adventures around the South Island.

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