Gastro bug causing 'violent vomiting' hits Christchurch schools video

A gastro bug is affecting families at a Christchurch school. (Stock image)

Parents are being reminded of the importance of children’s hygiene as schools grapple with a gastroenteritis outbreak.

Latest virtual lobby winds up in about 90 minutes video

Tracey Hickey serving her time at Christchurch's Distinction MIQ facility.

The doors to New Zealand creaked up then, 90 minutes later, slammed shut. Virtual lobby 5.0 was over.

Trade deal will cut the price of Kiwi wine in UK supermarkets video

The team harvested their first batch using the world-first method at Greystone Winery in North Canterbury on Saturday.

NZ's free trade deal with the UK has been broadly welcomed by a local wine exporter after Covid-19 caused freight costs to increase four-fold.

'Unexpected spike' causes headache for online exam takers at Otago University video

University students in Otago are sitting their exams online this year. (Stock image).

More than a dozen online exams at the University of Otago crashed for an hour on the first day of exams, which markers will take into consideration.

Duck shooter inexplicably 'stupid' after accidentally shooting women

Gunn was duck shooting with a group on a boat near Alexandra when he accidentally shot two women on the bank.

William John Gunn's boat sped off as the victims lay on the ground calling out in fear, before returning to apologise.

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Escalating Ashburton Airport use sparks land plan debate

Ashburton Airport has become a hive of activity.

The future of Ashburton Airport is set to come under “urgent” scrutiny due to an increase of activity in the air and on the ground.

Whangārei man charged after allegedly breaching lockdown by flying to Queenstown

It is alleged the man flew from Whangārei to Queenstown on October 9.

It is alleged the man stayed overnight in Wellington on his way to Queenstown from Whangārei, which was in level 3 lockdown.

Australian deportee to be sent back to Auckland after flying to Christchurch

Australian deportee Geoffrey Patrick Junior Ah Chong will be flown back to Auckland on Friday.

The ticket is bought, a ride arranged: A deportee who broke his returning offender rules is being sent back to Auckland.

Trio charged after liquor store manager was allegedly held at gunpoint

Armed robbers stole cash before fleeing from the Thirsty Liquor branch on Papanui Rd in Christchurch, last Thursday night.

The three men have been charged in relation to a robbery at a liquor store during which the store manager was allegedly held up at gunpoint.

Man admits firing air rifle across road as traffic passed by

Pere Mataiti shot an air rifle from his second-storey bedroom window across Papanui Rd at a pre-school’s advertising sign.

Pere Mataiti shot a military style fully automatic air rifle from his bedroom window in a residential area while traffic was going by on the street below.

Nursery the first commercial business in Christchurch's red zone video

Maetzig has a three-year lease on the red zone land.

Claire Maetzig​ signed a lease for three sections in March and has been creating a nursery and growing flowers on her Moon River Flower Farm​ since.

Word Festival unveils downsized programme for level two video

Word festival programme co-director Rachael King said it had been hard to revise the event for level two.

The literary festival's programme has been halved and more authors will appear via video-link rather than in person to meet pandemic restrictions.

Universities investigating vaccine mandates for staff and students video

Victoria University is considering instituting vaccine mandates for staff and students to enter its campus in 2022.

Legal advice and feedback is being sought about whether allowing only those fully jabbed against Covid-19 on campus can be made compulsory.

Confusion over school rules at alert level 2 video

A Christchurch principal says he will remove a social media post informing parents they will need to be vaccinated if ...

A principal told parents they would need to be vaccinated before meeting teachers, while another school has banned parents from events.

Ho-ho-no. Is Christmas cancelled this year? video

A decision will be made on the Rangiora Christmas Parade three weeks out from the December 12 event.

Christmas cheer might be hard to find in Christchurch this year. There is no parade and no grotto, but you could still see some lights.

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Seal sightings indicate population is rising video

New Zealand fur seal numbers are growing meaning more will be spotted in towns and cities across the country. (File photo)

The sightings show fur seal populations are making a strong comeback, the Department of Conservation says.

Mum says she had no idea daughter was covered in bruises

Woman accused of beating her daughter, 9, tells jury she only saw the bruises when she saw photos in court.

Sealord funding helps Māori in top of the south access health services video

New truffle business will be largest in southern hemisphere video

Opinion

Covid-19 is part of life in Auckland, but it doesn't have to be for New Zealand

Minister Peeni Henare is responsible for the Government’s Māori Health portfolio.

OPINION: The Government should let iwi and local communities manage their own Covid-19 responses.

Fighting climate change means protecting nature video

Forest & Bird runs Bushy Park Tarapuruhi, near Whanganui, an ecological island with lush lowland forest and rare native ...

OPINION: The rivers, forests and landscapes we love are under threat from the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

Taking care of business - National's plan has shimmer but is it safe?

National leader Judith Collins launches her party’s Back in Business plan.

OPINION: It does have its shimmer. Is it safe?

The myth of MMP and the median voter video

Jack Vowles: “Opponents of MMP in the early 1990s followed this logic, arguing that moderate opinions would be weakened ...

OPINION: The main obstacle to radical policy change is not MMP, but the lobbying power of entrenched interests.

Status update: It's hard to break up with Facebook video

Despite defending its role in the spread of misinformation Facebook this year banned news from its Australian platform.

OPINION: I worry that in the moments before I die it’ll be my Facebook feed flashing before my eyes.

business

Trade deal will cut the price of Kiwi wine in UK supermarkets video

The team harvested their first batch using the world-first method at Greystone Winery in North Canterbury on Saturday.

NZ's free trade deal with the UK has been broadly welcomed by a local wine exporter after Covid-19 caused freight costs to increase four-fold.

New truffle business will be largest in southern hemisphere video

Matthew and Catherine Dwan at the NZ Truffle Company nursery in Rangiora.

A Kiwi company will become the largest truffle producer south of the equator - with the crop worth up to $3000 per kilogram.

Ashburton developers disappointed at consent decision

Smiths City Ashburton will continue to trade out of its existing site, but no other retail activity is allowed in the ...

Smiths City Ashburton will continue to trade out of its existing site but no other retail activity is allowed in the complex.

Nursery the first commercial business in Christchurch's red zone video

Maetzig has a three-year lease on the red zone land.

Claire Maetzig​ signed a lease for three sections in March and has been creating a nursery and growing flowers on her Moon River Flower Farm​ since.

Popular bar succumbs to Covid restrictions video

Welles Street bar owner Tom Newfield in happier times. (File photo)

He wanted to bring a lively neighbourhood pub to the centre of a city, but that dream has been dashed as the impact of Covid-19 shut the doors.

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All Blacks Sevens forward Sam Dickson to debut for Canterbury on Friday video

New Zealand sevens player Sam Dickson, pictured in action against Spain in Singapore in 2019.

Over the disappointment of missing the Tokyo Olympics with a hamstring injury, the veteran loose forward will play against Otago in Dunedin.

Sean Wainui's important and lasting mark on the Crusaders video

Sean Wainui signs autographs after playing a pre-season game for the Crusaders against the Highlanders in Darfield in 2017.

The man who would arrive at Rugby Park and give coach Scott Robertson a big hongi and a ‘chur bro’ played an instrumental part in embedding the team's haka and bicultural understanding.

Cantabrians encouraged to 'make the most' of Cup and Show week, just not in person video

Bre Poulter runs Lend The Label, an online garment renting business. She is usually flat out ahead of Cup Week.

Spectators won't be allowed in, but it's hoped Cantabrians will still dress up and hit the champagne breakfasts.

New $4.2 million artificial hockey and football fields being built in Rolleston video

Foster Park in Rolleston pictured in 2017. Two new artificial sports fields are being built in the park.

If all goes to plan, the new fields will be used by Selwyn's football and hockey clubs during next year's winter sports season.

Pressure mounting on Canterbury coaches Reuben Thorne and Mark Brown video

Canterbury co-coaches Mark Brown and Reuben Thorne have an 8-8 record since taking over last year.

The co-coaches have mustered an 8-8 record since taking over last year, making the 9 titles Canterbury won between 2008-2017 seem an age ago.

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Word Festival unveils downsized programme for level two video

Word festival programme co-director Rachael King said it had been hard to revise the event for level two.

The literary festival's programme has been halved and more authors will appear via video-link rather than in person to meet pandemic restrictions.

Snoop Dogg to tour New Zealand in November 2022

Snoop Dogg is coming to New Zealand in November 2022.

Snoop Dogg's I Wanna Thank Me tour will take in outdoor shows in Auckland and Christchurch.

Comedian Celeste Barber bringing her Fine, Thanks show to New Zealand in 2022

Australian comedian Celeste Barber is returning to tour Aotearoa in 2022.

This will be the second time Barber has toured in New Zealand following her sold out show Challenged Accepted in 2019.

Daughter's food intolerance inspired sheep milking success

Tracey and Matt Jones with daughters Sam, left, and Gabrielle, whose food intolerances led to their sheep milk business.

When Matt and Tracey Jones' youngest daughter was diagnosed with dairy intolerance, they went looking for an alternative.

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