Investigator wore uniform to 'exaggerate' role, but didn't look like a cop - judge

Shane Casbolt leaves the Christchurch District Court after an earlier appearance.

1:14 PM  Wearing a stab-proof vest and carrying a baton gave Shane Casbolt a "certain swagger" and inflated his ego, but no-one would have believed he was a cop, a judge has ruled.

Covid-19: 8435 community cases on Tuesday, 15 deaths video

On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported 6000 community cases. (file photo)

1:09 PM  The Ministry of Health is today reporting 8435 community cases, 327 hospitalisations and 15 deaths.

'No-one said you shouldn't', son in neglect trial tells court video

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1:05 PM  The man says he would have 'come up with a different plan' if social workers had expressed concern about his Dad being zipped into a wetsuit and locked in his room overnight.

Long term water trends make disturbing reading

Lake Benmore

12:30 PM  A new report paints a bleak picture of the extent of nitrate pollution in the Canterbury region, and sounds the alarm on the health of high country lakes.

Gloriavale factory loses major meat company contract, and faces safety probe over severe burns video

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Gloriavale Christian Community, Thursday morning. An unmarked police car and ...

12:13 PM  Silver Fern Farms will no longer supply offal to Value Proteins which is also facing WorkSafe scrutiny over a worker's third degree burns.

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Ngāi Tahu claims Crown breached Treaty of Waitangi settlement in High Court video

Representatives from the Government and Ngāi Tahu held a hui in February to discuss how the parties could work together ...

The iwi claims it missed financial opportunities because of late payments by the government, and that the Crown failed to make certain interest payments.

Awards recognise those who saved lives and held terrorist to account video

The Operation Deans Awards, held in Christchurch on Tuesday, will honour police staff and others involved in the ...

The Operation Deans Awards honour police staff and others who responded to the March 15 terror attack in Christchurch.

Janet Frame opera The Strangest of Angels premieres in Christchurch

NZ Opera and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra will perform The Strangest of Angels in Christchurch this weekend.

Christchurch will host the world premiere of a “harrowing’’ new opera exploring the life of South Island author Janet Frame.

Families asked to share photos of loved ones for special Matariki display

Otago Museum’s Matariki celebration will include a dawn ceremony.

Tūhura Otago Museum is calling for photos of loved ones who died over the last year to form part of a special ceremony in Dunedin to mark Matariki.

Volunteers offer vulnerable people a shower and chance to wash their clothes - in a van video

Orange Sky Aotearoa manager Eddie Uini says the number of people wanting to use the non-profit organisation's free ...

Eddie Uini says the mobile laundromat and shower give people who are homeless or in hardship some dignity - and he has been "blown away" by the need.

Rest home resident not showered for eight days amid 'chronic' staff shortages video

Dixon House in Greymouth has had all its hospital level care residents moved out to Granger House

One elderly man was left in tears and feeling like a "nobody" after "inhumane" treatment of residents as West Coast care homes struggle to get staff.

Teenagers' deaths after one fell asleep at the wheel should be a warning, says coroner

Dexter Morgan Barham and his friend Burgundy-Rose Brown died on March 18, 2018.

The passenger grabbed the steering wheel but couldn't stop the head-on collision which left two teenagers dead.

Care workers protest for better pay, current offer 'isn't enough to buy a lollipop' video

Atele Peppa, a rest home worker, joins carers and support workers gathered at Petone Esplanade, one of many rallies and ...

Skipping buying food so she can drive to her clients is a reality for one support worker. She was one of hundreds at seven protests around the country calling for better pay.

One violent incident is 'too many', says Oranga Tamariki boss video

Te Puna Wai ō Tuhinapo, near Rolleston, is the only Oranga Tamariki youth justice residence on the South Island.

Oranga Tamariki director refutes claim by union that youth detention staff are regularly abused, spat at or assaulted.

Search for teenage girl who failed to arrive at school after leaving friend's house

Police are searching for a 15-year-old girl named as Jaeda after she went missing on Friday.

The teenager, named by police as Jaeda, was reported missing after she was last seen in Christchurch on Friday.

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'Careful footwork' all that kept 1970s roadworkers from a 200m drop video

Steve Dick worked on the Nevis Bluff in the 1970s, high above the Kawarau River – but without safety equipment.

12:00 PM  These days helicopters help monitor rockfalls at Central Otago's Nevis Bluff, but 40 years ago workers were equipped only with 'common sense'.

'It was bouncy, and bloody loud': Small quake moves Dunedin

A small quake, measuring magnitude 3.8, woke dozens of people across Dunedin early this morning.

West Coast DHB blames Covid for 'challenging' move for elderly video

Awards recognise those who saved lives and held terrorist to account video

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EV infrastructure: It's time to tackle range anxiety video

“Better charging might even tip the scale from hybrid electric vehicles to environmentally superior battery electric ...

OPINION: Enabling EVs to be wirelessly charged either parked or on the go means batteries can be smaller and charging costs and downtime can be reduced.

The perils of Tweeting your opinion

Cover model Yumi Nu attends the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2022 issue release party at Hard Rock Hotel Times Square on ...

OPINION: Digital solipsism is when you spend too much time online, especially on social media ... and you take the personal and falsely extrapolate it into the universal.

Can I do my bit for the climate without committing to an EV? video

Mike Yardley says “range-anxiety” stopped him committing to a plug-in vehicle when it was time to trade in his car last week.

Fearing the 'range anxiety' he would suffer in an electric vehicle, Mike Yardley asks whether a plug-in car is the only way to do right by the environment.

Councils: the Commonwealth Games of elections video

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Bridge run on the way to the House of Representatives ...

OPINION: Sure, local government is the tepid potato of politics, but we need to get out there and vote.

Time to end the pay bias against female dominated sectors video

“Historically, more women than men are driven into caring professions, bringing with them the curse of all ...

OPINION: "Historically, more women than men are driven into caring professions, bringing with them the curse of female-dominated sectors: lower pay."

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Sylvia Park to host NZ's largest rooftop solar array video

The Sylvia Park solar panels will cover an area the size of a rugby pitch, and will produce enough electricity annually ...

The Sylvia Park solar panels will cover an area the size of a rugby pitch, and will produce enough electricity annually to power the average household for more than 200 years.

Most residential properties still sell for a big profit video

The median resale profit on Auckland homes was $558,500 in the first part of this year.

The country in the first quarter logged the second-highest profit of home resales in the 26 years the data had been collected.

Kiwi-born Jessica McCormack is redefining luxury jewellery with 'day diamonds'

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With Victoria Beckam and Meghan Markle among her loyal A-list customers, Jessica McCormack is one of our most successful fashion expats.

Mates who got $300k in PledgeMe funding bought cars, holidays and booze video

Woolies have merino lining and a protective denim exterior.

No sooner had investors ploughed $337,000 into his merino-lined jeans startup, than Felix Watkins was spending the money on a $49,000 1966 Ford Mustang.

Walk and talk mentoring scheme helps more women 'carve a path' to leadership

From left: Helen Stobba walks and talks with Mentor Jo Pennycuick and fellow mentees Narmadhaa Palanisamy and Annaleise ...

On a warm autumn morning while the rest of the city was waking up, 30 women met at Christchurch's Hagley Park to learn from leading businesswomen.

sport

Nico Porteous and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott return home as Olympic heroes video

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous have both spent years thinking about winning gold.

The Winter Olympians have finally returned home to Wānaka after an incredible season overseas, but their hard work and passion is far from over.

Rams send Saints to 0-4 start in NBL

Matur Maker dunks during the Canterbury Rams' win over the Saints on Sunday.

Twelve-time NBL champions drop to 0-4 to start the season after losing to Canterbury Rams in the capital.

Ish Sodhi joins Canterbury after 10 seasons with ND video

Ish Sodhi celebrates a wicket for the Black Caps in the third ODI against the Netherlands in April.

Black Caps' legspinner has lived in Christchurch for several years and has finally made the call to switch to Canterbury from ND.

Kiwi hailed for miracle comeback after three years out of NRL video

Fa’amanu Brown, pictured playing for Samoa in 2016, has returned to the NRL after three years out to score two tries for ...

Fa'amanu Brown hopes his comeback 'lights a fire in others to never give up'.

Egyptian thanks Coll's coach for world semi win over Kiwi video

Paul Coll during his semifinal loss to Mohamed ElShorbagy at the world championships in Cairo, May 21, 2022.

Mohamed ElShorbagy thanks Coll's coach for claiming the Kiwi was 'almost unbeatable'.

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Janet Frame opera The Strangest of Angels premieres in Christchurch

NZ Opera and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra will perform The Strangest of Angels in Christchurch this weekend.

Christchurch will host the world premiere of a “harrowing’’ new opera exploring the life of South Island author Janet Frame.

I smiled through the entire opening night performance

Isla Palmer playing Annie, centre, was “outstanding” in the North Canterbury Musicals production of Annie.

REVIEW: North Canterbury Musicals have smashed it out of the park with their staging of the much loved, family musical Annie.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers return to NZ in October

George Thorogood will be coming back to NZ this year.

The band will bring the Good to be Bad Tour: 45 Years of Rock shows to Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland from October 19, 2022.

Filling an underground car park with dance

Contemporary dance choreographer Anna Bate will lead 13 non-professional dancers for the new show.

A brutal concrete space beneath Christchurch will be brought to life by a troupe of 13 untrained dancers.

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