Social issues inspire 'pubcast'

James Tapper has launched The Monthly Pubcast at Smash Palace in central Christchurch.

7:00 AM  The answer to all the world's problems could be solved over a beer at the pub.

100kmh on a skateboard video

The sport combines strength, balance, and smart racing tactics and techniques.

Preparing for a ride means a full-face custom helmet, a leather suit, knee pads, elbow pads and gloves for skating champ Elissa Mah.

Masked burglar creates fear video

Aidenfield resident Kevin (surname withheld) believes the masked intruder is specifically targeting residents with Asian ...

A masked intruder has residents in a Christchurch subdivision living in fear – and arming up.

Firelight sets off winter fest

Young and old participated in the Matariki torchlight hikoi event at the Queenstown Winter Festival on Thursday.

Torchlight hikoi heralds the opening of Queenstown's annual winter festival.

Gun owners 'want deal done' video

Details of the government buy-back scheme were announced on Thursday.

Big turnouts predicted for buyback because owners have "thousands of dollars worth of property they can't use".

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ECan rates up 10.5 per cent

Public transport accounts for a large chunk of the 10.51 per cent overall rates rise approved by Environment Canterbury. ...

Regional councillors said they had to vote for significant rates rise, even though it made them uncomfortable.

Unfinished projects on quake trust books

Eight projects, including a plan to connect the city to the sea, have yet to spend $19.5m allocated by the Christchurch ...

An earthquake appeal trust is deciding how to distribute close to $4m generated from millions of dollars in unspent funds.

$400k tax prosecution over bars

Thomas Alexander George Jones admitted seven representative charges under the Tax Administration Act in the Christchurch ...

Money deducted from wages for Kiwisaver, student loans and PAYE were not paid to Inland Revenue, totaling $400k in unpaid tax.

Boatie remains missing

Invercargill Police and National Dive Squad join search Lake Hauroko on Tuesday.

Police say the circumstances of a fatal boating incident on a Southland lake remains unclear.

Convicted killer goes shopping

Karen Jacobs, of Dunedin, who was murdered by ex-partner Gareth Smither in 1997.

A man jailed 22 years ago for killing his girlfriend has been allowed escorted shopping trips.

Tenant takes on landlord over carpet

Kelly Hannifin was upset that she wasn't allowed her bond back because she hadn't had the carpet professionally cleaned.

The tribunal agreed: it wasn't fair to hold the $840 bond over wear and tear on the carpet.

Estuary shellfish eaters 'at risk'

Canterbury medical officer of health Dr Alistair Humphrey showed an Estuary Trust meeting a dog-turd sandwich and said ...

Would you rather eat shellfish from Christchurch's Avon-Heathcote Estuary or chow down on a dog-turd sandwich?

Reward offered after vandalism spree

West Coast goldminer Wayne Foster had his equipment damaged by vandals, costing him up to $90,000, but gold wash was ...

West Coast gold miners are offering a $20,000 reward for information after a spate of thefts and vandalism caused "tens of millions of dollars" worth of damage.

Tourist driver made 'fatal decision'

20062019. News. Photo: Bejon Haswell/Timaru Herald.
Lai Xu, leaves the Timaru district Court after his Court hearing.

Lai Xu instinctively swerved right, as he would at home - killing three of his passengers.

Murderer denied parole

A prison officer helps convicted rapist and murderer Justin Ross Garthwaite into a police van after he was sentenced in ...

Justin Garthwaite has spent 23 years in prison for raping and murdering an elderly Invercargill woman. He will spend at least one more behind bars.


Slasher film remake in Dunedin

Cary Elwes, pictured here in horror film Saw, will star in the Black Christmas remake.

Princess Bride star Cary Elwes will be joined by "scarfie" extras in a cult horror film remake.

Gun buyback price list questioned

Gun buyback scheme is boosted to $208m and will see owners compensated based on the model and its condition.

Engineer 'should face CTV complaint'

ECan rates up 10.5 per cent

The Rebuild

Damaged mansion needs cash

The mansion as it sits today, after being damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes.

A "forensic analysis" – and a lot of cash – is needed to repair New Zealand's largest wooden home.

Built to last? Apparently not

Wellington's Statistics House was one of many modern buildings badly damaged during the 2016 Kaikōura quake. It was ...

Quakes have shaken our confidence in modern construction. Are we building the wrong buildings?

Who will save Linwood Village?

An artist's impression of Linwood Village, published in the Christchurch City Council 2012 Linwood Village Master Plan.

Linwood Village is bustling, with pavements lined with shoppers and a modern tram network. Well, that was the plan.

Housing planned for old school site

Development Christchurch has bought the former Central New Brighton School site, with plans to turn it into a ...

Plans are under way to turn a former eastern Christchurch school into housing.

Regenerate Chch funding slashed

The proposed square redesign, released to the public last week, is intended to be carried out in stages.

The rebuild agency has been told to start handing work over to the city council so it can wind up early.


War inquiry remains necessary

Nicky Hager, left, and Jon Stephenson at the launch of Hit & Run in 2017.

OPINION: The picture of what really happened in Afghanistan has become even more complicated.

The sneer of the sophisticated video

Swedish Instagram influencer Natalie Schlater received plenty of backlash over this social media post.

OPINION: Taking pleasure in the decline of Instagram influencers isn't funny. It's just mean.

Sometimes it's hard to be a bloke

Philip Neville Arps supposedly yearns to be a fascist, though he lacks the Nazis' taste for tailoring and personal ...

OPINION: It's been a tough week for white supremacists, chainsaw attackers and financial princes.

The difficulties of free speech

Philip Arps, left, was sentenced to 21 months in jail for sharing the mosque shooting video.

OPINION: The free speech argument is a political minefield.

How to really drive like Kiwis

So you've managed to lift the bonnet. Now what?

OPINION: What should you do if your vehicle breaks down on the motorway?


Lux hotel opens its doors

The $40 million, five-star Sudima Christchurch City in the central city has opened.

Some 28 full-time jobs have been created with the opening of a new $40 million hotel in central Christchurch.

Hotels to feel the heat

SkyCity's new Horizon Hotel in Auckland, under construction, is expected to open in 2020 and will have 303 rooms.

The hotel industry is bracing for stiffer competition as a wave of new rooms comes on stream.

Diatomite mining firm collapses

Foulden Maar, home to 23 million-year-old fossils was to be mined for stock food.

An overseas mining company wanting to buy a geologically rich area of Otago is in receivership.

Builders eyeing Antarctic base projects

Scott Base will be rebuilt in the same place on Ross Island.

The construction sector is hoping to secure some of the $900m worth of work happening in Antarctica over the next 10 years.

Biggest co-working business up for grabs

IWG is looking to sell its New Zealand business and the master franchise for New Zealand. Pictured is one of its BizDojo ...

International Workplace Group, (IWG), is selling its co-working business with master franchise rights.


Crusaders' roster filling up

Crusaders halfback Bryn Hall pictured during his team's captain's run in Christchurch on Thursday morning.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson won't have too many holes to plug in his roster when he switches focus to the 2020 season.

Crusaders bracing for fiery quarterfinal

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson pictured during the team's captain's run in Christchurch on Thursday morning.

The Highlanders' record indicates they stink. But the Crusaders could not care less ahead of the sudden death South Island derby.

Crusaders waiting on findings

Crusaders chief executive Colin Mansbridge.

Almost a month after an investigation into alleged misbehaviour by Crusaders players started, there is still no time frame for answers.

Crusaders at full strength

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 04: Owen Franks looks on during a Crusaders Super Rugby training session at Rugby Park ...

Owen Franks never doubted he'd again haul on the red and black No 3 jersey of the Crusaders.

Saints' unbeaten record on line

Wellington Saints point guard Shea Ili brings the ball up court against the Manawatū Jets on Sunday.

They're 13-0 in NBL, but Saints won't have it easy in round 11 against chasing pack.

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Social issues inspire 'pubcast'

James Tapper has launched The Monthly Pubcast at Smash Palace in central Christchurch.

The answer to all the world's problems could be solved over a beer at the pub.

Celebrate Matariki in Ōtautahi

FUSH will cook fish and chips and teach te reo Maori at its Matariki event.

Mid-winter means one thing: Matariki, and local eateries are pulling out all the stops to celebrate this unique festival.

Athens Yacht Club now open

The Athens Yacht Club is situated in the former Saggio Di Vino space on Victoria St.

The menu at the new Victoria St establishment includes Greek classics with a modern twist.

Why Unknown should be well-known

Unknown Chapter's bruschetta was a feast of avocado, cherry tomatoes and feta on seriously grainy bread.

REVIEW: The dishes here are served on the generous side, but without compromising on quality.

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