Wobbly, happy and healthy newborn giraffe arrives at Christchurch's Orana Wildlife Park video

The newborn calf with its mother Shira at Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch on Wednesday afternoon.

The little giraffe is the first born at the zoo in eight years - but its birth comes tragically just days after the death of the park's last breeding bull giraffe.

Out of this world tribute as asteroids named after famous Kiwi musicians

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Martin Phillips from iconic Flying Nun band "The Chills" ,formed in 1980 in ...

It's a long way from Dunedin - Otago musicians The Chills and Anthonie Tonnon now have their names hurtling through space.

Dutch woman awarded distinguished medal for efforts to help expat community

Annie van der Dussen is Dutch but has been living in Christchurch for over 40 years and was awarded a distinguished ...

Annie van der Dussen, 73, received the award from her home country in recognition of almost 40 years of "tireless work".

Woman stabbed in bed by partner of 40 years after night of drinking and cards video

Police cordoned off a quiet neighbourhood road in Linwood following a serious assault that left a woman fighting for her ...

Lua’Ai Lavea repeatedly stabbed his partner with a kitchen knife before pouring petrol everywhere in a bid to end it all.

Woman linked to neighbourhood dispute faces more charges

Sharyn Shepherd faces five new charges relating to alleged theft and fraud.

Sharyn Shepherd, at the centre of a dispute involving the killing of cats and a car’s tyres being slashed, is facing new theft and fraud charges.

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Police scramble to arrest egg-throwing man

The 55-year-old man demanded to be arrested at the Dunedin Central Police Station after egging the foyer about 11.20 on ...

The man pelted the front of the police station with eggs while demanding to be arrested.

Five arrested after police raid flat over suspected drugs and firearms

Armed police swarmed a central Christchurch flat on Tuesday.

Residents woke up to the sound of sirens and armed police swarming the flat where a search warrant was executed.

Deportee who allegedly flew to Christchurch without permission could be sent back to Auckland

Geoffrey Patrick Junior Ah Chong appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday. (File photo)

A judge may consider granting bail for a man to return to Auckland after he allegedly flew to Christchurch last week without a lockdown exemption – but only if he poses no risk.

Gloriavale teacher facing assault charges declines legal help video

Vigilant Standtrue appearing in the Greymouth District Court on Wednesday. He declined to speak to a duty lawyer.

A Gloriavale teacher accused of allegedly assaulting four children has declined to have legal representation saying “the Lord is helping me”.

Key highway between West Coast and Canterbury reopened

The slip on the Rock Shelter at Otira on the Arthur's Pass (SH73) on Monday.

The Arthur’s Pass route between the West Coast and Canterbury had been closed since Monday due to a slip.

SPCA desperate for fosterers as busy kitten season hits video

A tiny kitten being fed at the Christchurch SPCA.

The SPCA is calling on Kiwis to become feline foster parents over the summer during what is expected to be one of the busiest kitten seasons yet.

Doctor who ran mask campaign quits after refusing mandated vaccine video

Methven doctor Sophie Febery, who launched a campaign last year to get people wearing masks in public.

Sophie Febery says others in her Mid-Canterbury town are "in a similar position to me and fear for their jobs".

Kiwis happy to recycle, but feeling flat about meaningful climate action video

One-in-five New Zealanders surveyed doesn’t believe in climate change, new research has shown. Pictured: School Strike 4 ...

Many respondents in a new survey feel New Zealand is too small to have any real impact on the planet.

Crews dampen down scrub fire in North Canterbury

Nine crews were called to a scrub fire near Kekerungu at 10pm on Tuesday. (File photo)

Traffic management is in place on State Highway 1 between Kekerengu and Waipapa Bay while fire crews continued to dampened down hot spots after an overnight scrub fire.

New campaign aims to entice Christchurch residents to visit Waimakariri region video

Greystone winemaker Dom Maxwell, left, and Lincoln University PhD student Constanza Iversen work on the “world’s first” ...

Vineyards, golf courses, cycle trails and two national parks. Waimakariri wants New Zealanders to discover the district's hidden gems.


Opponents want more information on waste-to-energy plant

Paula Ryan, spokesperson of a group opposing a waste-to-energy plant in Waimate, indicates what she would like to see ...

A group opposing a $350m waste-to-energy plant in Waimate say the company behind the proposal, South Island Resource Recovery Ltd has not provided enough information for local people to make an informed decision.

Event sector welcomes proposal for pandemic insurance

Events organisers say a Government-backed insurance proposal would allow them to confidently plan for major events, rather than constantly preparing for the worst.

Man in court over alleged fraud of more than $500k video

Decorated army medic's conviction for grabbing subordinate's breast stands


Māori are so much more than numbers video

Lisa Tumahai is the co-chair of the National Iwi Chairs Forum Pandemic Response Group.

Every number represents whānau, kaumātua, tamariki – loved ones – but there is much work to be done to protect them from Covid-19. Iwi must be part of the solution, says Lisa Tumahai.

Housing density gets more intensity

National leader Judith Collins with Minister Megan Woods, National’s ...

OPINION: Things are looking up for the housing supply.

A reflection on war that somehow conjures beauty

“Quite how the wisteria does it, I have no idea, how it puts out literally thousands of faultless, semi-translucent ...

OPINION: “beyond the hum of the bees in my wisteria you can hear the grey warbler. ... its song the signature note of the spring in these parts.”

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".


Popular bar succumbs to Covid restrictions video

Welles Street bar owner Tom Newfield in happier times. (File photo)

He wanted to bring a lively neighbourhood pub to the centre of a city, but that dream has been dashed as the impact of Covid-19 shut the doors.

Christchurch hospo group suffers Covid collapse, buyers sought for three venues

The Welles St bar with its quirky facade is a landmark in Christchurch’s South Town.

Ongoing pressures from Covid-19 caused the businesses to become insolvent, liquidator says.

Daughter's food intolerance inspired sheep milking success

Tracey and Matt Jones with daughters Sam, left, and Gabrielle, whose food intolerances led to their sheep milk business.

When Matt and Tracey Jones' youngest daughter was diagnosed with dairy intolerance, they went looking for an alternative.

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.


Cantabrians encouraged to 'make the most' of Cup and Show week, just not in person video

Bre Poulter runs Lend The Label, an online garment renting business. She is usually flat out ahead of Cup Week.

Spectators won't be allowed in, but it's hoped Cantabrians will still dress up and hit the champagne breakfasts.

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.

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Snoop Dogg to tour New Zealand in November 2022

Snoop Dogg is coming to New Zealand in November 2022.

Snoop Dogg's I Wanna Thank Me tour will take in outdoor shows in Auckland and Christchurch.

Comedian Celeste Barber bringing her Fine, Thanks show to New Zealand in 2022

Australian comedian Celeste Barber is returning to tour Aotearoa in 2022.

This will be the second time Barber has toured in New Zealand following her sold out show Challenged Accepted in 2019.

Daughter's food intolerance inspired sheep milking success

Tracey and Matt Jones with daughters Sam, left, and Gabrielle, whose food intolerances led to their sheep milk business.

When Matt and Tracey Jones' youngest daughter was diagnosed with dairy intolerance, they went looking for an alternative.

Mind Your Temper: Vegan and dairy-free chocolate delights video

Mind Your Temper’s speciality is chocolate covered bonbons.

Arnel Vicencio draws on his experience as an expert baker to help make his decadent dairy-free, vegan chocolates.

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