Storm before the warm

Snow is expected to fall to 400m in Central Otago on Tuesday evening and 300m further north to Kaikōura.

5:10 PM  Snow, rain and plummeting temperatures are forecast in the lead up to a clear long weekend.

Two in custody after death

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

5:05 PM  A house being examined by police after a suspected homicide in Christchurch was raided in August in a police hunt for a Black Power member.

When David met Winston

David and Betsy Tipple, of Gun City, brought their whole family to meet NZ First's Winston Peters and Shane Jones in ...

3:48 PM  "It was more than a meet and greet, it was a lamb and meat," Gun City owner David Tipple says of charity dinner.

Are ewe kidding? video

A Dunedin company is working on technology that can tell individual sheep apart from each other.

Think all sheep look the same? New technology developed by a Dunedin pair is proving that belief wrong.

Topp twin sells country retreat video

Dame Lynda says she might have more time to go fly fishing without all the maintenance required on the lifestyle block. ...

Dame Lynda and Donna Topp are swapping one lifestyle block for another following Topp Lodge sale.

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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.

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.

The man who bought a town

Rowntree bought the 25-hectare property in 2014 for a price he won't disclose.

Lester Rowntree own 18 houses, a hotel, dance hall and a fire station in tiny Otira – and is a busy man.

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.

Monuments, memories, men of action

The Captain Cook statue in Victoria Square, Christchurch, honoured 'a man of strong character'.

A look back at the celebration of Captain Cook in 1969 shows how much has changed in NZ in five decades.

Harbourmaster vows to do more video

Flowers and a T-shirt on Pier G in Havelock Marina following the death of 6-year-old Nekko Haworth.

With a wee boy of his own, Luke Grogan feels impelled to act after Havelock tragedy, from a personal and professional perspective.

Big fishing in small ponds

Bailey Reeve, 10, casts at the annual Take A Kid Fishing event at the Groynes in Christchurch.

Over 6000 children flocked to a Chch park to fish for salmon and trophy rainbow trout.

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.

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

News bites from Christchurch

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

4:17 PM  Another section of the $120m Avon River precinct is under way.

AOS member 'feared' for safety

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

'Medieval castle' for sale video

The Rebuild

News bites from Christchurch

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

Another section of the $120m 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.  

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News bites from Christchurch

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

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

Are ewe kidding? video

A Dunedin company is working on technology that can tell individual sheep apart from each other.

Think all sheep look the same? New technology developed by a Dunedin pair is proving that belief wrong.

Kiwi took $70m in bribes

$3.1 billion in loans from Credit Suisse were sold to investors worldwide.

Christchurch-born Andrew Pearse allegedly helped organise $3 billion in corrupt loans.

'Medieval castle' for sale video

The first owners of this Sefton property had a vision for their dream house - a Norman castle with turret and tall gables.

First open homes for Sefton 'castle' bring homesick Europeans to the door.

$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.

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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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.

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