West Coast, Tasman residents wake to third day of heavy rain, rising rivers video

Civil defence personnel check on residents in Nile St, Nelson on Wednesday after the Maitai River burst its banks.

11 min ago  Residents have spent a night out of their homes and parts of the upper South Island are under a state of emergency, with more heavy rain forecast for Thursday.

Scrap yard fire still burning, cordons remain in place video

170822. A large fire has broken out at a scrap metal yard opposite boutique shopping mall, The Tannery, in Christchurch. ...

7:10 AM  Fire fighters remain at the scene of a fire in a Christchurch scrap metal yard which engulfed up to 500 cars on Wednesday night.

Hoodoo Gurus bring surf-rock sound back to New Zealand video

Hoodoo Gurus pictured from left; Rick Grossman (vocals, bass), Nik Reith (drums), Dave Faulkner (vocals, guitars), ...

In the 80s they were accused of being "revisionist", now they are legendary. The Australian garage rock band Hoodoo Gurus have no plans to retire.

Will this jolt us out of our indifference to local body elections? video

Christchurch mayoral candidate Phil Mauger during the meeting when a decision was made to spend an extra $150 million on ...

OPINION: There is no easy defence against such insidiousness, but more engagement in the democratic process would be a good start.

Third Canterbury council has candidates with conspiracy links video

Vicki Payne is standing for the Waimakariri District Council.

The Waimakariri District Council is fielding candidates with links to conspiracy groups, including one who has threatened media with a "day of reckoning".

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Recap: More than 200 homes evacuated from Nelson floodwaters video

More than 200 homes have been evacuated in Nelson.

Defence force personnel will patrol the evacuated area overnight after relentless rain flooded streets. Meanwhile, parts of the West Coast have prepared for more flooding, with evacuations and sandbagging under way.

Nesting penguins prompt changes to construction of $17.3m coastal pathway video

A screenshot of one of the penguins caught on camera at the Moncks Bay boatshed on August 3.

A group of tiny visitors have taken up nighttime residence and now have a birds’ eye view of the construction of Christchurch’s coastal pathway.

Moa moment: Footprint find Canterbury's first video

Pareora man Chris Sargent found moa bones and footprints on a beach near Pareora.

Chris Sargent was taking his daily walk along a beach near his home when he discovered the footprints and bones of the now extinct flightless NZ bird.

Ministers refuse to discuss school board elections after white supremacist stands in Christchurch video

Philip Arps was sentenced in 2019 after he sent a video of the mosque killings to 30 people.

School board elections aren't "something ministers are, or should be, involved in", according to Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti.

Cheat sheet: What do school boards actually do?

School bards are responsible for a host of issues, including curriculum, employment and financial management.

A white supremacist standing for a school board has prompted a call for a rethink of the system, but how are boards chosen, and how much power do they really have?

Canterbury Museum removes 'offensive and inaccurate' Māori mannequins video

The museum’s associate curator for Māori and Pasifika ,Hatesa Seumanutafa (pictured), says there are several ...

The dioramas, developed in the 1980s and based on earlier archaeological research, have been removed two years after complaints were first made.

Arise Church leadership accused of racism, sexual assault, 'cult-like behaviour' video

An Arise Church service at the Michael Fowler Centre. More than 500 submitters shared their experiences at the church in ...

A review involving more than 500 past and present members has revealed reports of racism, sexual assault, conversion therapy and “cult-like behaviour”.

McCaw's hometown Kurow to host game as Heartland comp goes grassroots video

A Richie McCaw tribute display in his hometown of Kurow, where North Otago will play Mid Canterbury in a Heartland ...

Diehard spectators can get to see where great All Blacks captain's career kicked off as Kurow, Whitianga, Temuka and Fairlie get to host Heartland games.

People enter the Christ Church Cathedral for the first time since 2011 video

The first two people to enter the Christ Church Cathedral since 2011 had to wear extensive safety gear.

American engineer had never been inside the cathedral before. “It was equal parts curiosity and a bit of excitement,'' he said.

Woman charged in relation to death of off-duty St John ambulance officer

Sean Dickey, 22, was killed in a crash while riding his motorcycle in April.

A 60-year-old woman has been charged with operating a vehicle carelessly causing death after Sean Dickey was killed while riding his motorcycle.

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'Insane' fire at scrap metal yard in Christchurch video

Flames and large plumes of smoke could be seen from across the city.

About 55 firefighters were battling flames up to six storeys high overnight, with people in nearby properties advised to stay indoors and keep their windows closed.

Small town Lotto player wins $8.2 million video

The winning ticket was sold at a supermarket in Kaikōura – a South Island town with a population of roughly 2500.

Weather: 160 households across Westport, Seddonville and Mokihinui self-evacuate video

Recap: More than 200 homes evacuated from Nelson floodwaters video

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Will this jolt us out of our indifference to local body elections? video

Christchurch mayoral candidate Phil Mauger during the meeting when a decision was made to spend an extra $150 million on ...

OPINION: There is no easy defence against such insidiousness, but more engagement in the democratic process would be a good start.

Teacher's reward for doing the right thing was to be abused ... twice

The incident that led to relief teacher Greg Robinson’s censure by the Teaching Council, and his decision to retire, ...

OPINION: "You have to laugh... Have you seen what 15-year-olds do to each other for fun?”

Battling inflation: 'People have had enough' video

Generic inflation, cost of living, price rises, percentage sign, arrow up chart

OPINION: As the Reserve Bank tries to get the economy back on track, an accounting adviser tells his clients now is not the time to trust anybody.

Verity Johnson: Is Jacinda Ardern prepared to go down with the Labour ship? video

Jacinda Ardern in 2017, when she was prime minister-elect. If Ardern was to lead another Labour government, with a party ...

OPINION: I feel like both parties have the warm-white-wine-and-congealing-cheap-hummus-allure of a compulsory work do on a Friday night.

Looking for a normal life, don't apply for a job in Parliament

Dave Armstrong: “ ... whatever part of Parliament you work in, you’ll be asking “why on earth did I leave my nice cushy ...

OPINION: If the idea of long hours, lousy pay and high stress doesn't appeal you should apply for far more attractive jobs such as driving a bus in Wellington.

business

Queenstown's largest development better suited to Auckland - urban designer video

The planned Lakeview/Taumata residential, hospitality and retail precinct sits on a 10-hectare elevated terrace at the ...

Some of the buildings are two times higher than rules allow, and are not in keeping with the alpine village town.

What's a high-quality tourist, anyway? video

Tourism groups have slammed comments from Tourism Minister Stuart Nash.

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash said New Zealand should aim to attract “high-quality tourists” not those on a "shoestring". But tourism groups say this is hypocritical.

Staffing shortages blamed for cutting Queenstown visitor spending by $3m video

Economist Benje Patterson says businesses need to better coordinate their opening hours, and even consider sharing ...

The labour crisis could hit tourism earnings nationally if it runs into summer when overseas visitors begin arriving in droves.

Christchurch seeks new brand to boost pride and visitor appeal video

The $100,000 place brand strategy is being done at the request of Christchurch City Council, which owns ChristchurchNZ. ...

City of exploration, Garden City, or something else? Christchurch is on the hunt for new branding to attract visitors and investment.

Deon Swiggs linked up with metaverse prince Victor Cattermole video

Deon Swiggs in 2016 when he was elected to the Christchurch City Council.

Former Christchurch councillor and current ECan contender Deon Swiggs is distancing himself from a self-styled prince of the metaverse with whom he directed a company.

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McCaw's hometown Kurow to host game as Heartland comp goes grassroots video

A Richie McCaw tribute display in his hometown of Kurow, where North Otago will play Mid Canterbury in a Heartland ...

Diehard spectators can get to see where great All Blacks captain's career kicked off as Kurow, Whitianga, Temuka and Fairlie get to host Heartland games.

Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge savouring every moment as end nears video

Black Ferns veteran Kendra Cocksedge, centre, takes in the national anthem with Chelsea Bremner, left, and Ruahei Demant ...

Most capped player in Black Ferns' history hasn't put a timeline on her decorated career, but Rugby World Cup triumph on home soil in November would be some ending.

Junior rugby game called off after referee punched by spectator

Police are appealing for information after a referee was punched during a junior rugby match in Dunedin on Saturday.

Children were left in tears after their coach was coward punched by a person on the sidelines while refereeing the Saturday morning match.

NPC wrap: Canterbury mean business in quest to end title 'drought' video

Cullen Grace is congratulated after scoring one of his two tries in Canterbury’s win over Wellington in Christchurch.

Is four years without a title really a dry spell? For the red and blacks it sure is, and they certainly look thirsty to see the silverware again.

Late try lifts Canterbury to Farah Palmer Cup win over Waikato video

Waikato prop Tanya Kalounivale is shut down by Canterbury’s Pip Love in Saturday's Farah Palmer Cup clash.

Kendra Cocksedge scores a try with four minutes left as Canterbury pip Waikato in a rematch of last year's Farah Palmer Cup final.

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Hoodoo Gurus bring surf-rock sound back to New Zealand video

Hoodoo Gurus pictured from left; Rick Grossman (vocals, bass), Nik Reith (drums), Dave Faulkner (vocals, guitars), ...

In the 80s they were accused of being "revisionist", now they are legendary. The Australian garage rock band Hoodoo Gurus have no plans to retire.

Couple bring proud tradition of Argentine cooking knives to New Zealand

The hand crafted knives are a way of life in Argentina and are built to last.

The hand crafted knives are a way of life in Argentina and are built to last.

Jackson Browne returns to NZ in 2023 for three-stop tour

Jackson Browne and full band to play Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in 2023.

The American singer-songwriter will play shows in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland next April.

What makes a good pub? Ask Elmwood Trading Co video

Marty and Naomi Fuller, owners of Elmwood Trading Co in Christchurch, which was named Best Local two years in a row.

Popular Christchurch pub Elmwood Trading Co, which has been named New Zealand's best local for two years in a row, share their secret to success.

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