Hail devastates vege crops

Brian Leadley looks at damage to the pea crop on his mid-Canterbury property.

Intense hailstorm caused widespread damage to crops, including vegetables destined for home and international markets.

Message washes up after death

The letter, which washed up on a West Coast beach, reads: "If you find this bottle please right [sic] and tell us where ...

When he was 12, Ryan Mead put a message in a bottle and threw it out to sea.

Dunedin scrub fire contained

Firefighters battling the fire in Scroggs Hill south of Dunedin.

Helicopters using monsoon buckets helped contain the two-hectare scrub fire that threatened homes in South Dunedin.

Wheelchair user left 'stranded' in Wellington

The couple said they were disappointed Wellington was lacking in transport compared to other centres.

What was supposed to be a quick drive across Wellington turned into an ordeal.

No snow, no worries

The new eight-seater gondola cabins on the Coronet Express at Coronet Peak ski field.

Climate change is driving ski field operators to diversify their products and chase summer visitors.

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Faeces found in Akaroa water

Faecal matter found in water at Akaroa beach and Takamatua Bay, prompting a warning to avoid the water for recreational ...

High levels of faecal bacteria were found in samples taken from Canterbury's Takamatua Bay and Akaroa beach.

Cafe not allowed to clean windows

An exterior look of the windows at the Sign of the Takahe. Cafe workers cannot access the inside panels to clean them ...

A cafe owner says he's "embarrassed" he can't clean the windows because heritage rules won't let him.

Highlights of the week in Christchurch

Christchurch rapper Big Sima, aka Lucas Fahey, gave up on music but now has a new EP, Underground King, and a string of ...

Slam poetry, rap, family fun days, Christmas craft markets and running in a riot of colour.

Fewer cases filed to quake court

Last year, about 20 new cases a month were filed to the court. This year, it was only three a month.

About 20 new cases a month were filed to the court last year. This year, it was only three a month.

Shoot-out not attempted murder

Tolu Maanaiama at the Christchurch High Court on Monday.

Tolu Maanaiama told the jury he wasn't trying to kill police officers - he wanted them to kill him. The jury believed him.

Two men deny serious corruption

Two men denied charges of serious corruption when they appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday. (file photo)

One faces six charges of corrupt use of official information, while the other faces four.

Never 'just a few drinks'

John was drinking about 70 standard drinks a week, and says he used to be a "black-out drinker" unable to remember the ...

John broke his back in drunken student flat party stunt, but still didn't think he had a problem.

Skantha told cops he's not a killer

Venod Skantha is on trial for the murder of Dunedin teenager Amber-Rose Rush.

A Dunedin doctor told police he didn't kill Amber-Rose Rush: "Why would I have risked my career for that?"

River cutting into highway

The Lewis River is eating into State Highway 7 at Sylvia Flats, west of the Hanmer turnoff.

A $3 million project is under way to realign part of State Highway 7 where a river is eating into the road.

Worry over lazy teens

31102016 News Photo. Manawatu Standard. stock photo obese boy, fat, child obesity.

New Zealand teenagers are ranked among the world's least active – and they're getting lazier.

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$200k 'cannabis warehouse'

Jared Colwell has been sentenced on charges relating to his growing and selling of cannabis at his home in Avonhead.

Jared Colwell said he grew cannabis to help ease his knee pain because he didn't want to buy drugs off gang members.

'No explosion, no flames'

A plane crash coming down "at a hell of a speed", before it crashed into the lake near his home.

Overseas placements could be cut

Faeces found in Akaroa water

The Rebuild

Fewer cases filed to quake court

Last year, about 20 new cases a month were filed to the court. This year, it was only three a month.

About 20 new cases a month were filed to the court last year. This year, it was only three a month.

Life rafts for drowning gulls

A black-billed gulls/tarāpuka chick.

Chicks of the rarest gull on earth were drowning in the flooded basement of a derelict Christchurch building.

Court Theatre design work to start

An artist's impression of how a new Court Theatre in the city centre could look.

Progress on a $35m new theatre is a step forward for Christchurch's stalled post-quake arts precinct.

Stadium up to $60m short

A 25,000 seat, roofed design is being tested in an investment case originally due to be completed by July, but now ...

A private operator to build and run Christchurch's new stadium may bridge a major funding gap.

Sol Square building will be back

The former Livingspace building in Lichfield St in Christchurch will return to its former use under a new owner.

A damaged heritage building once part of Christchurch's pre-quake thriving hospo scene will be restored.

Opinion

Coach debate a wonderful distraction

Will the announcement of the new All Blacks coach feature a breakdance from former Canterbury and current Crusaders ...

OPINION: Choosing a new coach for the All Blacks seems more important than choosing a new Government.

Visa rules based on flawed thinking

A couple from the TV show Arranged, about culturally arranged marriages, in 2016. (File photo)

OPINION: Documents that show Kiwis are in relationships are not appropriate for other cultures.

The grand old Duke of Dork

"The prince has lovely manners, knows how to hold a knife and fork, is beautifully groomed, but seems to be an ethical ...

OPINION: It's a low bar, but Prince Andrew's still well beneath it.

Symbols but no substance

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meeting  Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in Bangkok for the East Asian Summit.

OPINION: Ardern's Government, like others in the past 20 years, is doing little to improve NZ's trade competitiveness.

It's about relevance, not age

18072019 Fairfax NEWS PHOTOS:  Chloe Swarbrick, Greens MP, discussed running for political office.

OPINION: We're all touchy about our age, but the number isn't the problem. Witness Margaret Atwood and Justin Bieber.

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1000 years' of coal? It's actually 266

National list MP Maureen Pugh and National leader Simon Bridges at a rally in Greymouth to oppose Government policies.

National MP Maureen Pugh was slammed when she repeated claims the West Coast has 1000 years of coal left.

Fewer cases filed to quake court

Last year, about 20 new cases a month were filed to the court. This year, it was only three a month.

About 20 new cases a month were filed to the court last year. This year, it was only three a month.

Life rafts for drowning gulls

A black-billed gulls/tarāpuka chick.

Chicks of the rarest gull on earth were drowning in the flooded basement of a derelict Christchurch building.

Ryman land bank swells

Ryman Healthcare has announced it will build a $180m retirement village at Highett in the Bayside suburb 15 kilometres ...

Ryman Healthcare buys two more retirement village sites to boost its land bank for the growing ranks of the elderly.

Businessman charged with GST evasion

Mosgiel businessman Paul Lambert Clarke, 43, appeared in the Dunedin District Court on Wednesday. (File photo)

A New Zealand businessman allegedly evaded $1.4 million in GST payments at the border by using invoices to undervalue imported machinery.

sport

Burton Snowboard founder dies

Jake Burton Carpenter, owner of Burton Snowboards, shows an early model, right, and one of the newer snowboards, left, ...

Jake Burton Carpenter, credited for transforming snowboards, dies at age 65 of testicular cancer.

Crusaders plan for life without Razor

Scott Robertson has guided the Crusaders to three consecutive Super Rugby crowns.

Crusaders bracing for unprecedented situation they might soon find themselves in.

Sport fund encouraging inclusivity

England's Eoin Morgan, left, is congratulated by Black Cap Ross Taylor following the first match of the T20 ...

Gate sales from the Black Caps and England's first T20 match in Christchurch generated $220,000 to support ethnic minorities into sport.

From car crash to Cup Week win

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Christchurch- Harness horse trainers Peter Davis and Margo Nyhan were involved in a ...

In February, a serious car crash put Pete Davis in hospital. Now he's driven a horse also injured that day to glory.

Mackay shines in 100th match

Canterbury's Frances Mackay is congratulated after dismissing Northern's Eimear Richardson in their women's one-day ...

Canterbury allrounder celebrates milestone outing with memorable performance.

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Highlights of the week in Christchurch

Christchurch rapper Big Sima, aka Lucas Fahey, gave up on music but now has a new EP, Underground King, and a string of ...

Slam poetry, rap, family fun days, Christmas craft markets and running in a riot of colour.

James Blunt returns to NZ video

James Blunt is returning to NZ.

Blunt will play Spark Arena in Auckland on November 25, before hitting Christchurch's Town Hall on November 27.

Hansel and Gretel a 'riotous success'

Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of Hansel and Gretel is full of danceable tunes derived from the era of great ...

REVIEW: The entire Royal NZ Ballet company is clearly relishing the chance to dance in a work by one of their own.

Prost! Bavarian craft beer garden opens

Fife has joined up with the Giesen Brothers at a new micro-brewery at Christchurch's Riverside Market.

Wet your taste buds with all the beloved German classics - sauerkraut, pork bratwurst, pretzel buns and black forest pudding - at this traditional Christchurch microbrewery.

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