Sea lion steals picnic spot

A sea lion lies seeks shade and temporarily halts a picnic for a Dunedin family.

10 min ago  A sun smart sea lion threw shade on a Dunedin family by gatecrashing their picnic.

Cyclist hit by car critically injured

The intersection was closed for just over three hours following the crash.

11:31 AM  Dark, foggy conditions on Wednesday morning may have been a factor in the crash, police say.

Milk factory fined for river spills

Westland Milk Products was taken over by Chinese company Yili earlier this year after farmers voted 94 per cent in ...

A cream spill into the Hokitika River was one of seven consent breaches in 15 months.

Goodbye Blue

Blue and Joe in 2008. Who savaged the chair?

OPINION: Joe Bennett sat with his dying dog Blue running his thumb up the bony groove between his eyes. He'd always loved that.

Liquor store tycoon's palatial mansion

Harjit Singh and his wife Shereen last year lodged plans with the Christchurch City Council to build one of the city's ...

While a bottle store company was investigated for exploiting staff, its owners made lavish plans.

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Arrest for drugs and firearms offences

One of the officers at the scene was carrying a riot shield.

Armed police descended upon a Christchurch property after receiving reports of a man with a firearm.

Focus on youth suicide 'ageist'

High rates of suicide among older men are linked to loneliness and poverty, Otago University expert in mental health in ...

High rates of suicide among men aged over 85 have been linked to loneliness and poverty.

Police chopper 'lasered' twice

The police Eagle helicopter will be a frequent sight in Christchurch over the next five weeks. (file photo)

The Eagle has been in the city for two days, but its already been "lasered" and prompted a noise complaint.

'Blatant attack' on property rights

Tony Barrett and Greymouth mayor Tania Gibson.

An elderly West Coast man will lose 70 per cent of his farm after it was classed as a significant natural area.

Protesters barricade coastal road video

Occupation ō Mangamaunu started on February 2.

Coastal occupation intensifies as breakaway group blocks road to protect sacred sites.

Electoral return investigation drags on

Police are investigating a complaint about Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel's electoral returns.

Police have contacted defeated mayoral candidate John Minto over Christchurch mayor's electoral return.

Go-ahead for new Pak'n Save

An artist's impression of a new Pak'n'Save supermarket approved for a Main North Rd site in Redwood in northern Christchurch.

A supermarket opposed by city council planners has been given the go-ahead.

Kaikōura recycling efforts in vain

Paper, coloured plastics and yoghurt pots are all destined for landfill in Kaikōura, despite being accepted in recycling ...

Kaikōura residents thought they were helping save the planet. But their recycling was being dumped.

Cops spot ambulance joyrider

A generic picture of a St John ambulance.

Drunk student revellers have caused major headaches for St John in Dunedin, including one filmed riding the back of an ambulance.

Disorder as Dunedin students return

Thousands of students return to Dunedin's student quarter.

One man jumped on a police van used by the alcohol prevention team and smashed a window.

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Soldiers' Block back on the table

Funding avenues will need to be explored but the old Soldiers' Block could become a wellness and community hub.

12:00 PM  The $7.3m proposal includes a war experience and cafe, a movie theatre, and a creative shared hub.

Surviving five years in captivity

Former hostage Terry Waite will be in Rangiora next week to talk about surviving five years in captivity.

Canterbury couple celebrate 77 years

Chch teen's bittersweet journey

The Rebuild

Ratepayers being pumped by spendathon

Our public libraries will cost $50m to operate.

OPINION: Suburban spendathon and aquatic overload are driving up rates.

Cathedral work could start in weeks

Stage one of the Christ Church Cathedral restoration plan is out.

Up to 100 workers and 40 heavy vehicles daily could be on the wrecked cathedral site.

Can Development Christchurch deliver momentum? video

DCL chief executive Rob Hall: Concern about momentum as even Dunedin coming up on the inside.

Development Christchurch seems another lacklustre rebuild agency. But did the council ever release it to do its job?

Buildings demolished on stadium site

Diggers demolish some of the last buildings on Lichfield St, on the site planned for the Christchurch Stadium.

Some of the last buildings on the Christchurch stadium site are being demolished. 

Quake laws could be scrapped early

A review has recommended Christchurch earthquake recovery laws are scrapped earlier than originally expected.

Christchurch has reached a "tipping point" which may see full control pass back to the city council.

Opinion

Goodbye Blue

Blue and Joe in 2008. Who savaged the chair?

OPINION: Joe Bennett sat with his dying dog Blue running his thumb up the bony groove between his eyes. He'd always loved that.

Tax cuts - a tool of the past?

National finance spokesman Paul Goldsmith has been light on detail about how his party would pay for tax cuts.

OPINION: Simon Bridges thinks tax cuts will help put National back in power. We think they're a tool from a very different age.

Ratepayers being pumped by spendathon

Our public libraries will cost $50m to operate.

OPINION: Suburban spendathon and aquatic overload are driving up rates.

Sir Elton's juggernaut continues

Illness forced Sir Elton John from the stage on Sunday night. The next day he committed to performing his final two New ...

OPINION: Sir Elton John remains one of the highest-earning musicians, 50 years after his first big hit.

Capability has passed me by

The thought of staining my own deck seems impossibly daunting, writes Phil Quin. Where do people get those sorts of ...

OPINION: How come some people have useful skills? I must have missed those classes at school.

business

Liquor store tycoon's palatial mansion

Harjit Singh and his wife Shereen last year lodged plans with the Christchurch City Council to build one of the city's ...

While a bottle store company was investigated for exploiting staff, its owners made lavish plans.

Liquor store owner 'exploited staff'

Harjit Singh is a director and shareholder of Nekita Enterprises. Super Liquor Holdings cut ties with the company after ...

Super Liquor franchises owned by millionaire property owners failed to pay staff the minimum wage.

Ratepayers being pumped by spendathon

Our public libraries will cost $50m to operate.

OPINION: Suburban spendathon and aquatic overload are driving up rates.

'Dunedin should pay' - mayors

Work under way on the Aurora Energy network in Central Otago after a storm in 2017.

Central Otago and Queenstown's mayors want the Dunedin City Council to stump up cash towards a $400 million electricity lines upgrade.

Cathedral work could start in weeks

Stage one of the Christ Church Cathedral restoration plan is out.

Up to 100 workers and 40 heavy vehicles daily could be on the wrecked cathedral site.

sport

No test regrets for Astle

Todd Astle's decision to quit red ball cricket came as a shock to many, but was long thought out.

Cricket fans are shocked by Todd Astle's retirement from test cricket, but he says his heart is no longer in it.

Barrett in doubt for derby

Crusaders captain Scott Barrett did not train on Monday and is in doubt for Friday's South Island derby.

A knee injury could sideline Crusaders skipper Scott Barrett against Highlanders.

Crusaders to hold reunion

Former Crusaders captain Richie McCaw with the Super Rugby trophy after beating the Waratahs in the 2008 final.

All 240 players who have represented the Crusaders are invited to celebrate the team's rich 25-year history this week.

Breakers cling to finals dream

Scotty Hopson was superb again for the Breakers in their win over South East Melbourne in Christchurch on Friday.

Breakers get job done, but now need others to help them out.

Snowboarder's cancer fight

Trev Ponting is facing a long road of recovery from brain cancer.

Trev Ponting has been a friend and mentor to many Kiwi snowboarders - now they want to bring him home to beat brain cancer.

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Inaugural Banks Peninsula Festival

Jane Broughton, Kate Carran and Emma Schimanski are organising the inaugural Banks Peninsula Festival.

Easygoing vibes, home brew beer and live music will charm crowds when thousands pile into the grounds this weekend.

9th quake memorial service

Tessa Gowland, is held by her stepfather David Tooley as she touches the name of her brother, Baxtor, who was killed in ...

The civic service will feature a minute of silence, poetry and a river of flowers.

Keeping fit while travelling

Anne Clarke with her finishers medal on Cape Cod in the US.

Signing up to running events not only keeps you active, but means you can explore places you might otherwise miss.

NZ's best summer pics

Wellington's Tony Yee snapped this photo during a riverwalk in Martinborough, just north of Wellington. It won the Kiwi ...

Amateur photographers spent summer searching for the perfect shot. Here are the winners.

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