Christchurch's last MIQ hotel to close early due to 'virtually no demand' video

The Commodore Hotel on Memorial Avenue, near Christchurch Airport, will close as an MIQ facility early (file photo).

19 min ago  The last community case of Covid-19 at the Commodore Hotel is leaving next week, and the facility won't be taking on any others.

Public reveal of stadium budget issues pushed back due to 'outstanding issues'

The preliminary design of Christchurch’s planned central city stadium.

6:08 PM  Christchurch residents will have to wait a bit longer to find out the scale of budget problems with the planned central city stadium.

New Canterbury birthing unit ticks boxes for modernity, colour therapy and tikanga video

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Birthing suite including birthing pool at the Oramairaki Birthing Unit, Rolleston.

6:04 PM  A new birthing unit in Rolleston includes two birthing suites with birth pools and an ensuite, 10 post-natal rooms and a whānau room with a kitchen and dining area.

'People are suffering': Plea to close stinky compost plant ignored video

The Living Earth composting plant in Bromley. (File photo)

5:49 PM  Closure of the Christchurch plant would cost ratepayers millions and lead to thousands of tonnes of organic waste being dumped at the Kate Valley landfill.

Arthur's Pass highway faces second closure to recover truck down a bank

The road through Arthur’s Pass was closed again on Thursday as authorities worked to remove a crashed truck, which is ...

5:29 PM  State Highway 73 linking Canterbury and the West Coast has reopened after a truck, believed to have slid off the road in icy conditions, needed to be removed.

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Hand sliced off by bench saw not WorkSafe's fault, court rules

A St John paramedic at the gates of Southern Pallet in Hornby after the work place injury in 2019.

The worker was clearing debris when he activated a foot pedal that brought the saw up and cut off his right hand at the wrist.

Households dealing with rotten stench from fire-damaged wastewater plant to get $200 video

This photo, taken in February, shows the stinky rotting material that remains inside one of the two filters that were ...

About 3300 Christchurch households affected by the stink will be eligible for a one-off payment “to help deal with the impacts of the fire”.

Covid-19: 7591 community cases on Thursday, 16 deaths video

Omicron’s infection fatality rate for New Zealand has been estimated at 0.03%, lower than seasonal flu’s 0.039%.

There are also 355 people in hospital with Covid, including 12 in intensive care, on Thursday.

Could you pull an 80-kilogram sled 1000 kilometres across Antarctica? video

Norwegian polar guide Bengt Rotmo will lead Antarctic Heritage Trust’s trek across Antarctica.

Have you ever dreamed of following in the frozen footsteps of Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton? This could be your chance.

'We don’t have any hope': String of ramraids continue in greater Christchurch video

Police are making inquiries after a Canterbury dairy was ramraided early on Thursday.

A dairy in Prebbleton, near Christchurch, has been hit by burglars three times in just four weeks.

Couple whose quake repairs were botched won't get interest on damages video

Retired plumber Alan Sleight and retired nurse Joan Sleight, photographed in November 2020.

The retirees were finally awarded money for their bungled quake repairs following a drawn-out court process. Their insurer will not have to pay interest on the damages.

'This is huge': Human Rights Commission creates new uniform guidelines for schools video

TOKYO, JAPAN - 2020/11/26: Japanese elementary school students dressed in traditional uniforms walk back home after ...

A former student who had to change schools because of his traditional tattoo hopes new uniform guidelines will stop others from being expelled for expressing their culture.

The 'ghost' builder: Tradie buys then flies, suppliers say video

John Adair refused to comment on allegations he doesn’t pay his bills.

Like the invisible man, builder John Adair knows how to go to ground when there's an invoice to be paid.

Ashburton mayor eyes second term video

Ashburton mayor Neil Brown has confirmed he will be running for a second term.

Neil Brown will run for a second term as Ashburton mayor because there’s “more work to do”.

Public planting day at new Kaiapoi mahinga kai park video

The Waimakariri District Council is inviting residents to one of its first public planting days at Huria Reserve.

The Waimakariri District Council is inviting locals to take part in one of the first community planting days for a different type of nature reserve.

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Man punctured police officer's neck with his own handcuffs

Allen Horton used a police officer’s own handcuffs to puncture a hole in the officer’s neck to avoid arrest. (File photo).

Allen Horton was pepper sprayed then tasered, but that didn't stop him using a handcuff to pierce a hole in a police officer's neck.

Books at auction reveal family connection and mystery over lost Tolkien work video

When Sharon O'Loughlin succesfully bid on a box of "really beautiful books", she didn't expect to find a message from her great, great aunt.

Stairway to surfing heaven: New steps to provide better access to the surf

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No escaping hard economic calls on climate

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 12: A delegate attends the People's Plenary on day thirteen of the COP26 at SECC on ...

OPINION: Like climate activists with fossil fuels, our politicians are quite happy to keep buried the sacrifices necessary to achieve zero net emissions.

NZ's big-stick option for Ukraine video

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy displayed on a screen as he addresses the audience from Kyiv on a screen during ...

OPINION: The latest deployment will be welcomed by NZ troops tired of being MIQ guards.

Monkeypox - a word perfectly suited to its time video

This 1997 image from the Centers for Disease Control shows the hands of a recuperating monkeypox patient in the ...

OPINION: “The word monkeypox is perfectly pitched to tap into our dim apprehension that nature is catching up with an upstart species.”

Why should any young Kiwi stay here? video

With the borders reopening, some New Zealanders are setting off to start careers overseas.

OPINION: It feels like everyone's leaving. And really, who can blame them?

Questioning the accepted Western narrative on Palestine

An undated photo released by Al Jazeera of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

OPINION: Many Palestinians are brought up with an ideology of Jew hatred pushed from childhood

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Hand sliced off by bench saw not WorkSafe's fault, court rules

A St John paramedic at the gates of Southern Pallet in Hornby after the work place injury in 2019.

The worker was clearing debris when he activated a foot pedal that brought the saw up and cut off his right hand at the wrist.

Couple whose quake repairs were botched won't get interest on damages video

Retired plumber Alan Sleight and retired nurse Joan Sleight, photographed in November 2020.

The retirees were finally awarded money for their bungled quake repairs following a drawn-out court process. Their insurer will not have to pay interest on the damages.

Roofing company ordered to give ex-worker holiday pay after 18 months on sick leave

DCM Roofing has been ordered to pay a former employee $8325 in holiday pay by the Employment Relations Authority.

He was off work on ACC for almost 18 months but the roofer was still entitled to $8325 for unused annual leave.

20-year-old Cantabrian launches new chocolate oat milk business video

Daniel Williams, 20, has launched his new business, VegiFare, selling chocolate oat milk.

Daniel Williams started his first business when he was just 12. The keen entrepreneur is now working on an alternative to dairy-based chocolate milk.

Sylvia Park to host NZ's largest rooftop solar array video

The Sylvia Park solar panels will cover an area the size of a rugby pitch, and will produce enough electricity annually ...

The Sylvia Park solar panels will cover an area the size of a rugby pitch, and will produce enough electricity annually to power the average household for more than 200 years.

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Retiring White Ferns star blindsided by contract snub video

Amy Satterthwaite has played her last match for the White Ferns after being left off NZ Cricket’s annual contract list ...

Amy Satterthwaite called time on her international career after not receiving a contract and a team-mate said it wasn't the way things should have ended.

Running with a pram to Commonwealth Games for Andrea Hansen

Andrea Hansen, nee Hewitt, of New Zealand and Canada’s Desirae Ridenour compete in the mixed team relay at the 2018 ...

Two-time Commonwealth Games triathlon medallist wanted to get fit after giving birth to daughter 15 months ago. Now, she's heading to her fourth Games.

Kaiapoi rugby family celebrate 100 senior games treble

Ryan Clark (C), flanked by sister Jess and father Steve. All are members of the Kaiapoi Rugby Club's Hundred Club having ...

North Canterbury rep Ryan Clark has achieved his goal of joining his dad and sister on the magic 100-game milestone.

Nico Porteous and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott return home as Olympic heroes video

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous have both spent years thinking about winning gold.

The Winter Olympians have finally returned home to Wānaka after an incredible season overseas, but their hard work and passion is far from over.

Rams send Saints to 0-4 start in NBL

Matur Maker dunks during the Canterbury Rams' win over the Saints on Sunday.

Twelve-time NBL champions drop to 0-4 to start the season after losing to Canterbury Rams in the capital.

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Steep site? No problem, say these creative Christchurch gardeners video

David and Brigit Blair both appreciate the therapeutic powers of gardening and plants; they stand before the layered ...

A difficult hillside section is fraught with challenges but also packed with possibilities, as this couple discovered.

From a home-brew kit to award-winning craft beer

Cameron Burgess from Southpaw Brewery in Christchurch with one of his top 30 beers.

Cameron Burgess' first brew was "undrinkably bitter". Now his IPA has found its place among the best of New Zealand's beers.

The life cycle of a 1952 guitar brought back to life in Christchurch

Greg Malcolm’s new album, Just Like Jim, is a tribute to his grandfather, Jim Spense.

From Hamilton's Starlight Ballroom to the Christchurch Art Gallery, this is the story of a prized guitar you have to "fight to play".

Mousey captivates crowd despite admitting 'it's hard to sing when you're pregnant'

Christchurch artist Mousey, aka Sarena Close, at the Live Nation & Vodafone Ones to Watch showcase at the Isaac Theatre Royal

Christchurch singer gives powerful performance alongside fellow emerging artists Pickle Darling and Bexy in the latest Ones to Watch showcase.

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