Life story: Jim Wakefield was a harness racing legend and philanthropist

Alfred James Wakefield, known as Jim, was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012 for his services to ...

4:00 AM  OBITUARY: Alfred James Wakefield was a motivated and entrepreneurial man who never shied away from giving back to his community.

After emergency MIQ fiasco, terminally ill Trev Ponting is reunited with his family

Trev Ponting has been reunited with his parents in New Zealand after making it through managed isolation and quarantine.

Ponting, his wife Aiko and their two children have touched down in Christchurch after completing two weeks of MIQ in Auckland.

Police specialists interview 12-year-old who went missing in Christchurch

Police have interviewed a girl who went missing for four hours on Thursday.

The girl disappeared for four hours on Thursday and family feared it was an abduction.

Businessman wants monorail 'Superman' ride in Christchurch

A Christchurch businessman wants to introduce Rotorua's Shweeb racer, pictured, in the Garden City.

Nick Williams told councillors the concept could be "a great attraction for the city.”

House in suspicious fire in Christchurch as police detain person over 'serious assault'

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Officers have taken a person into custody after blaze in west Christchurch.

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Prime minister's vaccine wait backed by experts and Opposition video

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Jacinda Ardern's vaccine timetable gets support from marketing experts - and National leader Judith Collins.

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Rapper charged with bigamy claims he will return to NZ once the border reopens

Ankit Kapila says his music has helped him cope after he was charged with bigamy and his marriage to New Zealand woman ...

A self-styled rapper has slammed everyone but himself after his wife discovered he was a bigamist and had their marriage annulled.

Ratepayers give big thumbs down to Buller rate reforms

Many Buller ratepayers are opposed to their local council’s new rates plan.

Buller ratepayers have given an emphatic thumbs down to their council's proposed new rating system.

New West Coast plan will cost ratepayers $2.6 million over next three years

Work on the West Coast’s new district plan will cost ratepayers millions over the next few years.

The annual budget for work on the West Coast's new district plan is heading for the $1 million mark, and the project will cost ratepayers at least $2.6m over the next three years.

Landscaper killed in driveway incident on Banks Peninsula

The fatal incident happened on Bayview Cres in Duvauchelle about 4pm on Tuesday. (File photo)

Bradley James Walker, 53, was carrying out landscape work when he was struck by an unoccupied vehicle as it rolled down a driveway.

Police appeal for sightings of missing Ashburton man

Ashburton man Alan Collison, 43, has been reported missing.

A missing Ashburton man's car was found about 500 kilometres from where he was last seen.

It's true. Avocados for just $0.09

Vegeland co-owner Tony Kiesanowski says his avocados usually cost 29 or 39 cents.

A Christchurch green grocer is selling avocados for just $0.09, which is fraction of what you’d otherwise be paying at a supermarket.

Red-zoned Kaiapoi residents feel duped by council over land plans video

Kaiapoi residents air their frustration over plans for a community hub on rural-zoned land at a meeting with Waimakariri ...

Kaiapoi residents kicked out of their homes after the earthquakes have accused their local council of having double standards when it comes to how the land should be used.

Cricket bat used in student brawl in Dunedin

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A student brawl in central Dunedin ended with one person being knocked out with a cricket bat and three people arrested.

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West Coast housing market and cycle holidays boom despite tough times video

One of the many bridges along the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

Some West Coast tourism businesses are reporting "huge growth", while others have been forced to close or will soon without support.

Harness racing trainer suspended amid suspected horse doping

In a fresh harness racing scandal, a Canterbury trainer has been suspended after being caught injecting a suspected illegal substance into two horses.

Warning over dangerous batch of synthetic cannabis linked to Christchurch death

Prime minister's vaccine wait backed by experts and Opposition video

The Rebuild

Quake-struck buildings, empty 10 years on video

The former Rydges hotel remains empty.

Why are so many Christchurch buildings still empty a decade after the earthquakes?

Why hundreds of heritage buildings were demolished in Christchurch post-quake video

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The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament being demolished.

Heritage advocates claim many buildings were hastily bowled after the deadly February 2011 quake, while city leaders say safety was their priority.

Christchurch's red zone stayers overcome adversity to find happiness video

Red zone stayer Jeremy Prendeville, with his son Jasper, is happy he stayed in the cleared suburb.

They endured vandalism, theft and the destruction of their neighbourhoods, but now they live in “paradise”.

Christchurch's top 10 post-earthquake heritage restorations

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Christchurch’s iconic heritage buildings have experienced differing fates in the 10 years since the earthquakes struck. But some of the city’s most famous sites are being saved.

A tale of two beaches: The uneven rebuilds of Sumner and New Brighton video

Christchurch city councillor Sara Templeton says the atmosphere in Sumner now feels “amazing”.

Ten years after the February 2011 earthquake, one of Christchurch's seaside suburbs is thriving while another sits in limbo.

Opinion

A clue from the Aussies for Ardern

Houses are as unaffordable as they've been in at least 17 years, a CoreLogic report released this week says.

OPINION: Over time, tax changes typically become accepted as normal. As the adage goes, an “old tax is a good tax”.

Aucklanders want a more nuanced Covid debate video

Border workers in Auckland were the first people in New Zealand to be vaccinated against Covid-19, last weekend. Verity ...

OPINION: We can’t relax into our normal lives, so we’re all about one stubbed toe away from having a breakdown ...

We're too nice to jeer at misguided Aussies video

Lucinda Baulch leaving a Wellington MIQ facility Grand Mecure. She had refused to take a Covid-19 test.

OPINION: It’s our way to be gentle, which Australians don't understand.

Clothes shaming feeds rape culture video

Lauren Hardie, 17, was sent home from Wellington Girls’ College on Friday for wearing a tank top and showing "too much skin".

OPINION: Clothes do not maketh man, but apparently they still make women victims.

Limited progress on child poverty, but it's not on track yet

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EDITORIAL: We still have inequalities heaped on miseries.

business

Businessman wants monorail 'Superman' ride in Christchurch

A Christchurch businessman wants to introduce Rotorua's Shweeb racer, pictured, in the Garden City.

Nick Williams told councillors the concept could be "a great attraction for the city.”

West Coast housing market and cycle holidays boom despite tough times video

One of the many bridges along the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

Some West Coast tourism businesses are reporting "huge growth", while others have been forced to close or will soon without support.

The young entrepreneur who burnt some of the country's wealthiest investors video

Jake Millar interviewing Sir Richard Branson in San Francisco, United States, in 2016.

Jake Millar was just a teenager when he sold his first business to the government for six figures.

Kiwibank branch closures on the cards video

Kiwibank lent more money to home buyers and businesses as the pandemic recovery went on.

Kiwibank expects to decide by the end of March on whether seven branches will stay or close.

Quake-struck buildings, empty 10 years on video

The former Rydges hotel remains empty.

Why are so many Christchurch buildings still empty a decade after the earthquakes?

sport

Recap: Crusaders win opening match against spirited Highlanders

Codie Taylor scores the opening Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 try for the Crusaders.

It's been a thrlling contest, but the Crusaders have proved too strong against their willing southern neighbours to draw first blood in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

High-flying Hamish Kerr eyes 2cm more to secure Tokyo Olympic spot video

Canterbury high jumper Hamish Kerr hopes his newly installed longer runup will reap the rewards.

Heavyweight matchups and big leaps should highlight the Sir Graeme Douglas International meet in Auckland on Saturday.

Dunedin's historic Forbury Park raceway to close

John Dunn drives Franco Cristiano to victory at Forbury Park.

Dunedin's historic inner-city trotting track will close, the club has confirmed.

Super Rugby Aotearoa preview: Settled Crusaders remain the hunted video

Crusaders captain Codie Taylor and his side took out the inaugural version of Super Rugby Aotearoa this year.

Eleven-times champions are the team everyone wants to knock off the perch, the mob fans outside the Crusaders' region have had a gutful of winning.

Super Rugby: Crusaders wary of stricter implementation of offside rule video

Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made it clear his team needs to improve their discipline on Friday night.

Scott Robertson knows Ben O'Keeffe will blast the Crusaders off the Dunedin turf if they don't improve their onside discipline.

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Student returns after a year in limbo video

Lopez Reyes says she is thrilled to be back in New Zealand after a year of uncertainty.

PhD student Karla Lopez Reyes left Lincoln last February to undertake research in Europe. But Covid-19 left her locked out of New Zealand for a year.

It's true. Avocados for just $0.09

Vegeland co-owner Tony Kiesanowski says his avocados usually cost 29 or 39 cents.

A Christchurch green grocer is selling avocados for just $0.09, which is fraction of what you’d otherwise be paying at a supermarket.

What's on: Event highlights in Ōtautahi Christchurch video

Electric Avenue is at Hagley Park on Saturday. (File photo)

Christchurch's largest outdoor festival is on this Saturday, while comedy club Good Times pepares to reopen.

1908: Shackleton sails south video

Ernest Shackleton's hut on Cape Royds, Ross Island, Antarctica.

The Nimrod set sail for Antarctica on New Year's Day.

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