Arthur's Pass highway reopens after contractors discover 'void' under road

State Highway 73 was closed about 2pm on Monday after a void was found under part of the road during repair works.

6:20 PM  Contractors repairing a culvert on the highway linking Canterbury and the West Coast found a “void” under the road, forcing its closure for several hours.

Person hospitalised after alleged assault in Christchurch

A person has been seriously injured following an assault in Richmond, Christchurch. (File photo)

6:17 PM  A person has been seriously injured and another has been arrested after an alleged assault in Christchurch.

Paragliding pilot caught offering illegal flight by agent posing as backpacker

The Central Otago pilot attempted to sell a tandem flight to an undercover CAA staff member. (File photo)

6:14 PM  A paragliding pilot who tried to sell an illegal flight to an undercover agent had no regard for other operators who were following the rules properly, a court has heard.

Man admits posting threats online about terror attack on Christchurch mosques

The 27-year-old man threatened to carry out a terror attack involving car bombs on mosques in Christchurch. (File photo)

5:30 PM  A 27-year-old man has admitted he threatened to carry out a terror attack involving car bombs on the anniversary of the March 15 terror attack.

Questions over whether diving equipment contributed to man's death in Fiordland

An aerial photograph of Dusky Sound in Fiordland.

5:19 PM  Police testing of a piece of diving equipment has been called into question at an inquest into the death of an Australian visitor during a crayfishing dive in Fiordland.

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Addington Cup Week 2021 may go ahead without punters video

Planning for Addington Cup Week is still going ahead, but it may be held with no spectators. (File photo)

Ticket sales are on hold under alert level 2 and the event may be held without spectators for the first time in its 117-year history.

Govt could have a 'revolution on its hands' if it pursues proposed water reforms video

The Christchurch City Council has given a unanimous thumbs down to the Government’s proposed water reforms.

The Christchurch City Council demands the Government pause its “undemocratic and horrific” water reforms.

Fence posts in Christchurch's red zone recycled for community projects

Old fence posts from the red zone have been repurposed into mushroom art pieces and signposts at the Fungi Farm in Richmond.

Old fence posts from Christchurch’s residential red zone are being recycled into funky art pieces, compost bins and fruit tree surrounds for a local school.

West Coast health workers scouring the region with Covid-19 vaccine offer video

A nurse hands out information after vaccinating a member of the public in their car at a vaccination community event in ...

West Coast health workers are about to head for the hills to offer Covid-19 vaccinations to rural people who may have missed out.

Prince Charles and Camilla make secret donation to Westport flood relief video

WESTPORT, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Mayor Garry Howard presents Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with a carving made by ...

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have donated an undisclosed amount to Westport’s flood relief fund.

Urgent bid to stop stripping of licences linked to Chch booze baron

Harjit Singh, a former director of Nekita Enterprises, entering an earlier hearing in August.

Nekita Enterprises, where booze baron Harjit Singh was once director, will get a rapid hearing to try to retain off-licences for five liquor outlets.

Student who fled Auckland during lockdown claimed she thought it was OK to travel video

Security vets passengers before they enter Auckland Domestic Airport.

A student who fled Auckland’s Covid-19 lockdown without an exemption told police she had looked online and thought it was OK to return to her bubble in Dunedin.

Family lose possessions after repair blunder contaminates state house

Some of the family's possessions dumped in their front yard.

A distraught family was given 30 minutes to choose a handful of possessions from a Kāinga Ora house after a roof repair botch-up contaminated it with asbestos.

Cars racing before crash that killed two men video

Mark Nicholl Jnr was killed in a crash on Halswell Junction Rd, near the intersection of Shands Rd, in Christchurch.

Witness says several cars were racing before a car collided with a ute, killing two men. One was among three brothers involved in the crash.

Snow forecast for Napier to Taupō highway video

Wellington is in for a rainy Monday (File photo)

Sub-zero temperatures down south, snow predicted on North Island highway, heavy rain for Wellington and Wairarapa.

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More floods, more fires, more droughts: Report's 'dark picture' for Kiwi kids video

A School Strike 4 Climate march in Christchurch.

A baby born here in 2020 could live through six times as many heat waves and four times as many droughts as past generations, a new report says.

Victim of crash that killed two, injured four remembered as 'kind and caring' man video

Friends are mourning Will Clark after he lost his life in a high-speed crash that also killed his friend and left four injured.

Addington Cup Week 2021 may go ahead without punters video

Invercargill candidate Basil Walker fined for not filing electoral returns

Opinion

How do we convey emotion in a masked-up world? video

“Just because we can’t see each other’s teeth doesn’t mean that we can’t share a smile. The lines in our forehead and ...

OPINION: While introverts may love that a mandatory social interaction has been avoided, many of us miss these impromptu connections.

With Covid-19, endemic doesn't mean mild

Stuff science columnist Dr Siouxsie Wiles.

OPINION: People don’t understand what the words pandemic and endemic mean. They describe where a disease is, not its severity.

Trusting in the power of collective effort video

During the Covid-19 pandemic community-based networks have sprung up to provide food and practical resources.

OPINION: Building trust is the key to overcoming the challenges of Covid-19, climate and conflict.

Travelling in the post-Covid world doesn't have the same appeal video

“Testing has turned into big business with so many different types of home kits available that the UK government has ...

OPINION: An overseas holiday may be attractive but getting there and back is a problem.

To get over 90 per cent jabbed will need a targeted information campaign video

Tricia Colling vaccinates Chase Duncan in the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board’s new vaccination bus, an old ...

OPINION: Without a clearly articulated plan of how we’re going to achieve that aim, it will remain nothing more than an elusive dream.

business

Hilton MIQ hotel selling off some of its grounds for development video

Two pieces of the Chateau On The Park hotel’s grounds are for sale in Christchurch.

A Hilton hotel being used for managed isolation and quarantine is selling off some of its tree-studded grounds.

Businessman's new company registered day after liquidation to be scrutinised

Rocky Luthra in 2010 when he was running a contracting business in Blenheim.

Rajesh Luthra had plans when his company failed. The next day, he registered a new one.

Police swapping the beat for the street video

Former Senior Constable Kristian Danholt (left) and his brother Constable Clayton Danholt.

After witnessing some of Canterbury's most traumatic events, former policeman Kristian Danholt switched careers to become a real estate agent. He's not alone in his job swap.

Shortage of building supplies leads upsurge in consent amendments video

Building supplies are short supply nationwide. (File photo)

Lockdown and disruptions to international supply chains are causing an increase in building consent amendments to substitute materials with what is available.

Roading engineer used false invoicing scheme to scam council of $178,000

The Hurunui District Council offices are based in Amberley, North Canterbury.

A roading engineer who says he was upset by “racist remarks” has admitted his role in a scheme that siphoned $178,365 from a council's coffers.

sport

Plan for Christchurch's Avon River would boost sporting access and create new island video

An artist's impression of new water sports facilities, part of a plan to cut a new stretch of the Avon River north of ...

Cutting a new stretch of the Ōtākaro Avon River would get more people into water sports and improve the area’s ecology, those behind the plan say.

Greymouth kid Max Gawn captains Melbourne Demons to huge AFL grand final win video

Melbourne Demons captain Max Gawn, right, and coach Simon Goodwin celebrate with the silverware following their AFL ...

“After 57 years of pain, it’s coming home!" shouted the 208cm ruckman from atop the dais after his team dispatched the Western Bulldogs in Perth.

Canterbury sink valiant Southland Stags with golden point penalty goal video

Canterbury midfielder Rameka Poihipi is tackled by Southland pivot Marty Banks in Invercargill on Saturday.

Canterbury win golden point nail-biter after Marty Banks misses prime chance to snap 18-year drought against red and blacks.

Dominant second half powers England to series win over Ferns video

Silver Ferns goal shoot Maia Wilson faces strong defensive pressure from England in the third test.

Silver Ferns blow a 10-goal halftime lead as England storm home in second half to capture Taini Jamison Trophy.

Silver Ferns lose three players to injury for England decider video

New Silver Ferns captain Gina Crampton is one of three Silver Ferns ruled out of the third test through injury.

The Silver Ferns have been dealt a huge blow ahead of winner-takes-all third test against England with three players out through injury.

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Kiwi filmmakers brought home by Covid make short film for national scheme

The cast of A Peek Inside, a comic mockumentary made by a trio of young Christchurch filmmakers.

The trio's short mockumentary explores life inside a fictional Internet troll agency based in Christchurch.

Canterbury scheme to inspire young artists with $3000 prize goes national

The competition this year attracted more than 2500 entrants.

The Creators' Room, a scheme to encourage young creatives, will eventually be rolled out to seven New Zealand cities.

Gourmet adventures along the Heaphy Track video

Director Angus McKenzie and guide Toni Hutton met at a Heaphy Track Hut, and have been together ever since.

Paella by candlelight and banquets of lamb tagine and salmon fillet on the country's oldest Great Walk.

Margaret Mahy home back on market after local group fails to raise money

Mahy at her home in Governors Bay, with her many books on the walls.

Local group had wanted to turn the Governors Bay home into a community asset, but it will now go on sale later this year.

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