AOS member 'feared' for safety

A former member of the Armed Offenders Squad was told he could be the victim of an accident during a firearms training ...

12:25 PM  In one of police bullying claims, ex-Armed Offenders Squad member was told he could be victim of accident during firearms training.

Dairy owner thwarted robbery

Joshua James Allan has pleaded not guilty to the attempted armed robbery of a dairy in Addington, Christchurch.

12:08 PM  A Christchurch dairy owner has been described as a hero after he sent two masked would-be robbers – one armed with a knife – sprinting from his store.

Trial expected for murder-accused

Tony Waldron was found dead at his Rakaia home on September 18.

Name suppression has lifted on a 26-year-old man charged with the murder of Canterbury farm worker Tony Grant Waldron.

Man dead after alleged assault

A cordon blocks off part of Skerten Ave in Hornby, Christchurch, on Monday after a man in his 30s died following an ...

A homicide inquiry is under way after a man died following an assault at a Christchurch home.

Almost daily assaults on prison guards

Christchurch Men's Prison is one of the country's largest jails.

In one incident, a prisoner elbowed a guard the stomach. Two hours later he punched another officer in the face.

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Surgical mesh harm down

Surgical mesh, which is used to treat stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and hernias can cause ...

Associate Health Minister Julie Ann Genter is pointing to a Medsafe report to show harm from surgical mesh is down.

Chch classic returns to the stage with mixed results

The Court Theatre's production of Fresh off the Boat stars Jake Arona as Uncle Charles.

Pacific Underground classic returns to Christchurch 26 years after its debut.

Southland a guaranteed great audience

Penny Ashton, dressed for her starring role in Olive Copperbottom, has performed since starting ballet and jazz classes ...

Comedian Penny Ashton ready for battle with the All Blacks.

Big business in bone broth video

Alex Watson produced bone broth from a commercial kitchen in Christchurch and sells in supermarkets across the South Island.

Beautiful broths have been turned into big business.

Serious injuries in bike crash

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash in Rakaia, Ashburton District.

A person has been seriously injured in a crash between a car and a motorbike in Canterbury.

$170,000 from Chch scam in Perth

Jimmie McNicholl was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court last year.

Ponzi scheme operator Jimmie McNicholl sent his Perth-based son Kris $170,000. He might have to give it back.

Drug drones threaten prisons

A drone videoing an event (file photo).

Drones have likely dropped contraband to NZ inmates, but prison guards don't have a rulebook on how to deal with them.

Car goes off road on Port Hills

The scene of a car that crashed off Summit Road near the Sign of the Kiwi carpark on the Port Hills.

A person has moderate injuries after the car they were in went off Summit Rd in Christchurch. 

One injured after bus v car

Emergency services are attending a crash between a car and a bus on the Old Waimakariri Bridge in Kaiapoi. (file photo)

Four people are being taken to hospital after a bus and a car collided in Kaiapoi, North Canterbury.

Landslide closes highway - again

The slip on SH7 at Omoto, east of Greymouth.

Continuous heavy rain and high river levels are behind the 2.5m slip near Greymouth.

local body elections

Mayor wants help with hair salon

It is a "great privilege" to be the Grey District's first female mayor, Tania Gibson says.

Grey District mayor Tania Gibson will soon be parting ways with life as a hairdresser in Greymouth.

Chch mayor sets out priorities video

Lianne Dalziel discusses her priorities for the next three years.

Buoyed by a renewed mandate to lead Christchurch, mayor Lianne Dalziel is pushing ahead with plans to fix the east and get a stadium built.

New Chch council must juggle demands

Christchurch's new council faces a tricky task in juggling conflicting demands from different sectors in the city.

Tackling climate change, revamping the central city, cutting rates - new councillors face a tricky path in Chch.

ECan stalwarts happy

Megan Hands, one of the two new Environment Canterbury councillors for the Christchurch West/Opuna constituency.

The old hands say they are looking forward to working with the new crop of ECan councillors.

Younger faces on council

Six new councillors have been elected to the Christchurch City Council this term. From left: Phil Mauger, Catherine Chu, ...

Christchurch's council is now a lot younger and little more diverse.

News

Serious family harm incident

About 10 police vehicles and two ambulances are at the scene in Hornby.

A person is seriously hurt after an assault in Hornby, Christchurch.

New-born shows his split loyalties for Rugby World Cup semi final

One tiny rugby fan has a baby grow to match his divided loyalties.

Big fishing in small ponds

Surgical mesh harm down

The Rebuild

Avon Loop revamp

Work has started on the upgrade of the Avon Loop in central Christchurch.

Another section of the $120 million Avon River precinct is under way.

Sluggish home sales cause concern video

Bedford apartments for sale in One Central, in Christchurch's east frame development.

Slow sales of Christchurch's 900-home development have aroused concern from Treasury.

Cathedral Sq repairs to start

Upgrades to an area south of Cathedral Square will begin next week.

Multimillion-dollar spruce up of Christchurch's Cathedral Square to begin next week, but final development still at least a decade away.

130-year-old grocery store restored

Tim and Anna Chesney renovated the old grocery store on the corner of Kilmore and Barbadoes streets.

A Christchurch couple painstakingly restore a huge heritage-listed building.

Funding scramble pays off for aquapark

WHoW trustee Ian Fox negotiates a whitewater course.

A world-class aquasports facility for Kaiapoi is one step closer to becoming a reality after the project achieved its first fundraising goal.

Opinion

Who knows how I'll feel then?

"... the life and death of Lecretia Seales - pictured here with husband Matt Vickers in 2004 - was the dealmaker for ...

OPINION: Death, like luck, travels in waves. Death's waves seem to be peaking around me at the moment.

Adrenaline yields to pleasure of dominance

The fact the Irish had twice beaten the All Blacks in recent encounters heightened the sense of anticipation ahead of ...

OPINION: Impressive, All Blacks. Now bring on a close game.

Comedy cuts aren't funny

Radio and TV broadcaster Jesse Mulligan had an accident on his bicycle.

OPINION: MediaWorks' woes are sad, but its comedians have long enjoyed a cosy setup.

Beware of DNA health tests by ancestry companies

Get a clinician to interpret DNA screening results.

OPINION: Serious limitations in these genetic tests.

'Limelight has a way of craving me'

"Oh how my taut Herculean biceps flexed as I bent to the task of pumping hot lead into a far-off target."

OPINION/SATIRE: Shane Jones here. Brilliant orator, cultured rogue. Imbued with the gift of the gab. Aotearoa's own Boris Johnson.  

business

Avon Loop revamp

Work has started on the upgrade of the Avon Loop in central Christchurch.

Another section of the $120 million Avon River precinct is under way.

$170,000 from Chch scam in Perth

Jimmie McNicholl was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court last year.

Ponzi scheme operator Jimmie McNicholl sent his Perth-based son Kris $170,000. He might have to give it back.

Canty's hospo spend is NZ's lowest

More than 75,000 hospitality staff work in cafe and restaurants, but the biggest increase in job growth last year was in ...

Despite fierce competition in the hospitality industry, 300 new businesses opened in Canterbury last year.

Sluggish home sales cause concern video

Bedford apartments for sale in One Central, in Christchurch's east frame development.

Slow sales of Christchurch's 900-home development have aroused concern from Treasury.

Building firm 'destroys dreams'

Building firm operator Sam Rogers seems to be supremely confident of his abilities. Others are not so sure.

A man boasting his exceptional skills and experience has a left trail of disappointed customers. He still has big ideas.

sport

Morgan defends WBU title

Bowyn Morgan landed some heavy left hands to the body before the fight was stopped.

'Bent pretty quickly.' Kiwi boxer defends his title in quick time.

Recap: Wellington v Canterbury

Wellington forward Teariki Ben-Nicholas is tackled by Canterbury centre Braydon Ennor at Westpac Stadium.

Lions books spot in Mitre 10 Cup Premiership final against Tasman with 30-19 win at Westpac Stadium.

The other Kiwi coach driving Japan

Scott Hansen was in charge of the Sunwolves for their shock upset of the Chiefs in Hamilton in March.

Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown have hogged the headlines during Japan's remarkable run, but there's another Kiwi driving a key aspect of their game.

Canterbury wary of Lions

Canterbury coach Joe Maddock and his side are determined to produce a stronger effort than they served up last time ...

Canterbury put outstanding semifinal record on line against longtime foe.

All Blacks in action

The Bog Christchurch bartender Alex Notter, left, and manager John Menary are geared up to cheer on the Irish rugby team ...

Pubs across Christchurch have stocked the cellars and filled the fridges in preparation for this weekend's World Cup rugby action.

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christchurch life

CSO wows with 'ebullient' energy

Conductor Christian Lindberg dealt with challenges during the performance with ease. (File photo)

REVIEW: Once in a while a performer comes along who presents something so fresh the audience is immediately drawn into what feels like the artist's playground.

Drax Project's summer tour

Drax Project will headline five holiday hot spot shows this summer.

Wellington jazz-pop band Drax Project will headline five holiday hot spot shows this summer.

Chch classic returns to the stage with mixed results

The Court Theatre's production of Fresh off the Boat stars Jake Arona as Uncle Charles.

Pacific Underground classic returns to Christchurch 26 years after its debut.

Veteran firefighter and everyday hero

Christchurch firefighter Murray Jamieson is retiring after 45 years of service. He will miss the joy he gets from ...

Retiring after 45 years, Christchurch firefighter Murray Jamieson talks fleeing rats, close calls and a memorable trip with former Prime Minister Helen Clark.