Squatter mystery at mortgagee property

It is believed squatters have left a mess in this Dunedin home, now up for mortgagee sale.

6:25 PM  Whoever buys this home will have to bring some elbow grease after squatters left a huge mess.

Ongoing delays for Coast hospital

An artist's impression of the new Te Nīkau Grey Hospital and Health Centre.

6:12 PM  Delays finishing a new Greymouth hospital building are expected to cost the West Coast DHB about $4 million.

Teen demands ongoing Swiggs probe

Deon Swiggs failed to win back his Central seat at the local body elections.

6:10 PM  Teen says Deon Swiggs' ousting "does not change that some of the actions I am concerned about happening during his term".

$100k fine for universities

Mason Pendrous died at Sonoda, a University of Canterbury hall of residence. His body was found in his room in ...

6:05 PM  Step-father of student whose body went unnoticed in university accommodation for about a month is "grateful" the Govt has announced an urgent law change.

Taking road safety into her own hands video

Sarah told the city council she would take action if it didn't - and she did.

6:03 PM  Council upgrades were months away, but one Christchurch woman was compelled to try improve safety now.

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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.

Inside All Blacks' coach's $2.6m home

Steve and Tash Hansen are selling their five bedroom home outside Christchurch.

The ultimate piece of All Blacks memorabilia is up for grabs: legendary coach Steve Hansen's five-bed home.

Censorship terror funding doubled

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg in New York last month. Ardern is ...

The Government will take the fight to online extremism with the same tools it uses for child sexual exploitation.

From V8 petrol to electric

Shotover Jet will convert the engine of one its jet boats to electric as part of a pilot project. If successful, the ...

Shotover Jet is planning to become the first tourism business in the world to operate electricity-powered jet boats.

Man arrested over gun incident

The armed offenders squad has been called to an incident in Phillipstown on Monday. (File photo).

The armed offenders squad was sent to a house in Christchurch after reports of a man with a gun.

Gold mine polluted river

Maruia Mining has been gold minig at Waitahuna Gully Rd, near Lawrence, since it was issued permits in 2015. (File photo)

In failing light, an eagle-eyed officer spotted dirty brown water in a river near a gold mine.

Accused wants to see CCTV footage

Queenstown District Court.

Jack Harrington, 20, wants to see security camera footage of a man being stabbed in Queenstown before he enters a plea.

'No free time' for 97-year-old video

Kelly is a familiar face in Christchurch cafes, often stopping in for a flat white or lunch while on a walk with his ...

Doug Kelly plays trumpet in an orchestra, drives daily, cooks bulk meals, and is "lost" without his iPhone.

Long wait for children with autism

Nick Stoneman, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as a teenager, says wait times for children to be diagnosed with ...

Children 14 and under with suspected autism spectrum disorder are waiting up to 18 months for a specialist assessment.

NZ's dark history of selective breeding video

Jabert Williams, with caregiver Ana Martin, at his home in Halswell.

Thousands were put in institutions to "breed out disability". Frank Film looks into the eugenics movement and those caught up in it.

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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.

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.

Results back for most

Craig Mackle is leading the Kaikōura mayoral race by just seven votes.

Controversial Westland mayor Bruce Smith extends lead to just under 100 in race to keep his mayoral chains.

Kaikōura mayoralty too tight to call

The civic centre in Kaikōura..

Kaikōura's mayoralty race could end up being decided by the toss of a coin, with just eight votes currently separating the two front-runners.


Skier clocks 1 million vertical metres video

Mike Unger carves a decent turn at Hutt earlier this year.

4:59 PM  A keen skier has recorded 1,012,092 metres in 2243 runs over 100 skiing days at Canterbury's Mt Hutt this season.

Queenstown's freedom camping 'slip'

4:58 PM  A tourist hotspot may be powerless to crack down on freedom campers after a bylaw review "slipped through the cracks".

Mayor wants help with hair

New Chch council must juggle demands

The Rebuild

The hidden horror below

Next steps: West Melton's Tracey Glass expects her broken slab will have to be dug up.

Tracey Glass just wanted a new bathroom. What was found when the carpet was lifted may condemn her entire house.

$30k on consents, for naught video

The developer intends to leave the damaged house on the site after the resource consent was declined.

He bought a dilapidated old villa, with plans to replace it with affordable units. A council panel spiked his plans.

Christchurch pays Crown $63m

It was always planned that ownership of the bus interchange would transfer from the Crown to the city council, but it ...

The city council got Christchurch's bus interchange, land for the performing arts precinct, and 502 red zone properties in return.

Feedback slates EQC

The feedback was largely critical of EQC's performance.

The feedback on EQC's post-quake performance? Combative, stressful to deal with and not trusted.

Locals took a punt on Christchurch

Many property investors took their insurance money and fled, but a few plucky locals stayed.

Many property investors took their insurance money and fled, but a few plucky locals stayed.


Inside a candidate's mind

Quin was spurred into putting his name forward when the names he'd hoped to see entering did not eventuate.

OPINION: What if I win? All those meetings! Then sensible campaign manager brain interjected.

Where is Christchurch headed?

Christchurch has an abundance of natural assets. Are we making the most of them?

OPINION: Christchurch, arguably more than any other centre in New Zealand, needs confident leaders.

Drugs: Better safe than sorry

Moralising doesn't change people's behaviour or keep them safe.

OPINION: The evidence is clear – hard-line drug policies don't reduce the demand or supply of illegal drugs.

Voters fight the shame game

150914. News.Photo:Peter Drury/Fairfax NZ . Generic Ballot box . Vote. Voting . Election.

OPINION: There's nothing like a national guilt trip to combat the electoral ennui.

ECan's biggest challenges

Steve Lowndes says there are not enough passengers using the buses to allow the network to operate as effectively as it ...

OPINION: Nitrate in drinking water is the elephant in the room, warns ECan's outgoing chairman.


From V8 petrol to electric

Shotover Jet will convert the engine of one its jet boats to electric as part of a pilot project. If successful, the ...

Shotover Jet is planning to become the first tourism business in the world to operate electricity-powered jet boats.

The mascara helping cure blindness

Bonnie Howland, left, and Hannah Duder are behind Kiwi makeup brand and social enterprise Indigo & Iris.

A Kiwi makeup brand are on a mission to prove it's possible to do good and run a profitable company at the same time.

Queenstown mega deal

New Zealand's top resort town of Queenstown is a step closer to a billion-dollar mixed use development which will be ...

Developers have inked a deal for a more than 10-year, billion-dollar hotel, housing and retail development in Queenstown.

NIWA cook unfairly dismissed video

Kim Ashby had begun working on the Tangaroa in 1996 as an assistant steward and rose to be head cook. (File photo)

Tangaroa cook was fired for refusing to work with an officer who she said in 2009 sexually harassed her.

Lavish lifestyle behind $1m debt

Undischarged bankrupt builder Jaden Melgren is being reported for reckless trading.

"Where did the money go?" liquidator asks of a bankrupt Auckland builder who owes almost $1 million.


Canterbury secure Shield for summer

Canterbury centre Braydon Ennor, centre, is congratulated after scoring his team's opening try against North Harbour on ...

Replacement Canterbury prop scores try two minutes after fulltime hooter to break North Harbour hearts.

Recap: Canterbury v North Harbour

Canterbury's Mitchell Drummond looks for a pass during their Mitre 10 Cup clash against North Harbour.

Red-and-blacks fight back to snatch a dramatic 31-25 victory and retain the Ranfurly Shield in Christchurch.

West Coast storms home

Siu Kakala runs down the wing against West Coast.

Poor second half costs South Canterbury dearly against West Coast in Heartland Championship clash in Timaru.

Shield takes the cake for veterans

Canterbury midfielder Tim Bateman will retire at the end of the Mitre 10 Cup.

Just try telling Tim Bateman and some of Canterbury's grizzly veterans the Ranfurly Shield has lots its aura.

Top rider learns to walk again

Brook MacDonald puts everything into a physiotherapy session at Burwood Hospital.

Brook MacDonald has made a career of going fast. He hopes his recovery from a serious spinal injury is just as rapid.

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Dive deep to the Mermaidens

Mermaidens singer Gussie Larkin at the Others Way Festival in Auckland in August.

It's easy to be swept away on a genre-defying ocean of dreamy pop and shark-gnawed post-punk with the latest stream of musical consciousness from the Kiwi band Mermaidens.

Hate speech: To ban or not to ban

Protesters at a controversial free speech debate involving Don Brash, hosted by the University of Auckland in 2018.

Once a hero of the left-wing, Professor Jim Flynn finds his views on free speech are increasingly unpopular.

'Spectacular' new city light show

The video animation of the Ōtautahi mural, the first street art laser projection mapping of its size in Christchurch, is ...

A street art laser projection animation in Christchurch is turning heads.

Rush on cheap avos video

Vegeland employee Nicole Situe is kept busy restocking the cheap avocados.

About 26,000 of the country's cheapest avos have been sold - enough to make guacamole for about 10,000 people.

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