One dead following Makikihi crash

The crash was reported about 6.30am on Sunday.

2:02 PM  One person has died following a crash on State Highway 1 near Makikihi in South Canterbury.

Covid-19 a boon for home-grown buskers talent video

Hundreds of people packed Christchurch’s New Regent St on Saturday for to watch circus performers, opera singers, an ...

Global travel restrictions mean there is more Kiwi talent on show at Christchurch's famous buskers festival

How NZ is preparing for the biggest vaccine roll-out in history video

A healthcare worker receives a second Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 shot in Michigan, US.

Most experts are confident NZ is equipped to immunise our team of five million, but a GP fears it will be a "disaster".

Lew Zealand, the fish-throwing Muppet with a Kiwi connection video

Fish are life for Muppets character Lew Zealand.

How did a minor character from the famous TV puppet show end up with the name Lew Zealand?

Super Smash: Sophie Devine on fire again as Wellington Blaze extend their lead video

Sophie Devine smashed another quick half century as the Wellington Blaze thumped the Canterbury Magicians. (File photo)

Amy Satterthwaite's half century in vain as Canterbury lose 6-9 then White Ferns skipper backs up her record-breaking knock in style.

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MIQ workers fear community outbreak in wake of new coronavirus strains video

MIQ rules allow a scheduled time for smoking outside, but a Christchurch MIQ worker says the rules are being flaunted, ...

MIQ staff want tighter measures as more contagious variants of the virus spread around the world, but officials say protocols are already under "constant review".

Landlords evicting 'troublesome' tenants amid nerves about ban on no-cause evictions video

The Government has pocketed over $10m in tenancy bonds in three years

Advocates say “troublesome” tenants who ask for repairs and maintenance to be done are instead getting 90-day notices to leave.

Where are the worst highways in New Zealand? video

The location of a fatal crash on State Highway 3 near Waitara in 2020.

While it's hard to single out a clear winner, there is a strong list of contenders.

Final search for critically endangered Canterbury beetle turns up nothing

An Eyrewell ground beetle discovered in Eyrewell Forest.

Only 10 specimens have ever been found, and researchers are questioning whether the species is actually just a more common bug with misshapen genitalia.

Body recovered after suspected drowning in Central Otago

Emergency services are responding after a person went missing at a swimming spot.

Divers recovered the body from murky water at Pinders Pond, south of Roxburgh.

Alleged killer told friend victim was 'on a bender' to explain his absence video

Martin Orme Berry's remains were discovered at the property in Papanui, Christchurch after a woman contacted police to ...

Woman accused of stabbing her partner allegedly told friends he was off drinking - but his body was instead buried in the garden.

Edward Osei-Nketia to headline first international meet since 2011 quakes

Eddie Osei-Nketia will headline the International Track Meet at Ngā Puna Wai.

The fastest man in New Zealand will return to the scene of his last three national titles as his Tokyo dream lives on.

Troubled teen's life transformed by community education programme video

Cromwell student Francis Scott, 16, is on track to achieving his NCEA level 1 and completing a level 3 bike mechanics ...

Teen's mum says her son's school struggles broke her heart. "To see him do this well, is just really amazing. I’m super proud.”

Covid compliance: More than 63,000 lockdown breaches reported video

The police’s preferred choice of action was to provide written warnings, with 4549 dished out, and 1803 verbal warnings.

A breakdown of police data by age, gender and location has revealed who and where our most prolific rule-breakers are.

Busker who lost 'contract of a lifetime' urges people to keep scanning QR codes video

Foot juggler Emma Phillips will be emphasising the importance of signing in with the Covid tracer app to her audience.

As Christchurch's annual buskers festival kicks off, performers and businesses alike are wary of the new Covid-19 variants detected overseas.

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Sparking motorbike suspected in Frog Rock fires

Fire at Frog Rock, Weka Pass. A witness saw a motorbike exhaust throwing sparks from behind it onto the dry grass.

Fire crews are dealing with a vegetation fire near North Canterbury landmark Frog Rock.

Call to return the missing 'Wh' in Akaroa video

The misspelling of Whakaroa as Akaroa is one of many errors made by early South Island surveyors unable to hear the soft “wh” in Māori place names.

1874: The new saleyards open

MIQ workers fear community outbreak in wake of new coronavirus strains video

The Rebuild

Lord saves cathedral organ

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Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament organ.

Contractors have extracted a delicate organ from Christchurch's Catholic Basilica.

Future uncertain for exposed pipe organ in remains of Catholic cathedral video

The historic organ could be salvaged if it is safe for demolition workers to access the site.

Some items from the partially demolished cathedral are now for sale in Christchurch salvage yards.

Council criticises $480m river plan to develop Christchurch's river red zone video

Ōtākaro Regeneration Company director Rob Kerr is disappointed at the council’s response to his bold plan.

The creator of a bold $480 million plan to develop Christchurch’s river red zone has failed to garner support from the city council, but he's not giving up just yet.

Prominent heritage developers will bring 'treasured building back to life' video

The old municipal chambers, also known as ‘Our City’, has been sitting unused since the earthquakes.

The city council will allow Box112 to restore and lease a heritage building that has sat unused since the Christchurch earthquakes.

Call for action as 20pc of central Christchurch sites remain undeveloped video

The Christchurch City Council is trying to encourage owners of vacant sites to develop their land.

Central Christchurch landowners are being told to build on their bare land or sell to someone who will.

Opinion

For the love of cricket

Brannavan Gnanalingam is a sports fan, but no sport compares to his beloved cricket.

Clean-bowled at a young age, Brannavan Gnanalingam's passion for the gentleman's game has only grown over the years.

The magic of mushrooms: a masterpiece of popular science

Entangled Life, by Merlin Sheldrake

OPINION: A scientist who can write like Garcia Marquez makes even dirt sound exciting.

Scan, scan and scan some more video

A QR code for the Covid Tracer app at the entrance to a Christchurch mall. Scanning rates this summer have been labelled ...

EDITORIAL: Level 1 is still a Covid-19 alert level. It’s not normality.

Road works: why are they always so slow?

These have a habit of appearing overnight.

OPINION: New Zealand seems to specialise in interminable road works.

Post-Covid splurge isn't helping the planet video

Flying high above Fox Glacier.

OPINION: Yes, we want to help the economy. But our current spending is storing problems for the future.

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Landlords evicting 'troublesome' tenants amid nerves about ban on no-cause evictions video

The Government has pocketed over $10m in tenancy bonds in three years

Advocates say “troublesome” tenants who ask for repairs and maintenance to be done are instead getting 90-day notices to leave.

Consents are up but will that help with NZ's stubborn housing shortage? video

The rise in consents will dent the housing shortage but it will take time, Kerr says.

Record numbers of new homes given the go-ahead, but NZ can't get its act together on building enough high-quality housing, economist says.

Florist's love of nature helped her heal

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Bodeine Nelson, owner of Blooming Local florist van ...

When Bodeine Nelson was in her 20s and battling cancer, her garden was a place of refuge.

NZ's bankrupts are treated worse than convicts, expert says video

Debtfix founder Christine Liggins says the Insolvency Act is “used as a weapon of mass destruction” against debtors.

People who go bust are publicly shamed, prevented from using ATMs and eftpos, and can remain bankrupt for years, insolvency expert says.

Mountains of decaying cherries dumped video

Central Otago cherries dumped at the Cromwell transfer station after heavy rain devastated local crops.

Worst rains in 40 years leave Central Otago cherry industry in tatters, but orchardists are too busy to think about it.

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History-making golfer Momoka Kobori takes title win in stride

Momoka Kobori, who has a degree in sports medicine, hopes to one day play on the LPGA Tour.

Fresh off a title win in her first pro golf event, Canterbury golfer will begin coaching traineeship as Covid-19 causes chaos with international travel.

Super Smash: Sophie Devine on fire again as Wellington Blaze extend their lead video

Sophie Devine smashed another quick half century as the Wellington Blaze thumped the Canterbury Magicians. (File photo)

Amy Satterthwaite's half century in vain as Canterbury lose 6-9 then White Ferns skipper backs up her record-breaking knock in style.

Canterbury Kings snap Wellington Firebirds' five-match unbeaten run video

Canterbury Kings captain Cole McConchie led his side to a four-wicket win over Wellington

Canterbury captain Cole McConchie led his side to a superb four-wicket win against previously unbeaten Wellington.

Kiwis fullback banned from rural rugby kept his zest for sport

Former Kiwis rugby league test fullback Tony Smith devoted his later sporting energies to promoting tennis in Waiau, ...

The late Tony Smith deserved more than one cap for the Kiwis before being denied a chance to return to rugby union in rural Canterbury.

New Crusader Josh McKay tipped to challenge Will Jordan's speed record video

Josh McKay, pictured playing for Canterbury against Otago last year in Christchurch, has signed with the Crusaders after ...

Unwanted Highlander Josh McKay has added a few kgs but retained his pace since joining the Crusaders.

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1874: The new saleyards open

The Addington saleyards were still in use more than 100 years later, as in this photo from 1988.

Champagne flowed at Addington as the saleyards opened.

Busker who lost 'contract of a lifetime' urges people to keep scanning QR codes video

Foot juggler Emma Phillips will be emphasising the importance of signing in with the Covid tracer app to her audience.

As Christchurch's annual buskers festival kicks off, performers and businesses alike are wary of the new Covid-19 variants detected overseas.

Frowny fluff ball and a smiley Samoyed are best mates video

Casper and Romeo, owned by 29-year-old photographer Rinsa, have become social media celebrities.

Romeo and Casper, a grumpy cat and a Samoyed dog, go on adventures around the South Island.

Free New Regent St Spectacular show will launch Christchurch buskers festival video

Circus performer Olivia Watts, who is performing at the Buskers Festival.

Bread & Circus festival kicks off with street buskers on Friday morning and indoor shows including a gala at the Isaac Theatre Royal and a piano cabaret.

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