New campsites binned after backlash

Peter Salter at the bridge leading to the Kakapotahi freedom camping site in south Westland.

7 min ago  West Coasters are blocking roads to stop excess freedom campers. Now their council is rethinking two new sites.

Canterbury fire ban extended

Fire and Emergency New Zealand North Canterbury principal rural fire officer Bruce Janes says the hot weather leads to ...

8:19 PM  Relentless hot temperatures in Canterbury have forced authorities to extend the total fire ban.

Evicted rest home residents scramble

Ivan Emmerson is 92 and has suffered a stroke. He will need to find a new home before April 1.

They've been given weeks to find new homes, and the limited options are "little tiny rooms".

Gondola complex to expand

An artist's impression of the redeveloped Skyline gondola complex.

Skyline Queenstown gondola expects patronage to double to 1.5 million a year by 2030.

Storm system not Oma video

Rain, wind and even alpine snow are likely to affect parts of the country over the weekend and early next week.

The cyclone is staying close to Queensland, but stormy weather is still coming this weekend.

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Wanaka's space balloon canned

Nasa's super pressure balloon launch at Wanaka Airport, 2017.

US government's partial shutdown forces space agency to cancel Kiwi research balloon launch.

'Positive leads' in pony stabbing death

Veterinary staff worked for five hours on Star, a miniature pony who was stabbed 41 times in an attack overnight Sunday. ...

Police are investigating the death of the 10-year-old miniature pony brutally stabbed 41 times.

Victim's father dies in suspected suicide

Paul Russell Wilson, right, pictured with David Bain in 1999 while in prison.

The father of Paul Russell Wilson's first victim couldn't bear news his daughter's murderer had killed again.

Cops 'could not' predict killer's intentions video

Paul Wilson raped and murdered two young women he was obsessed with in almost identical circumstances 24 years apart. ...

He had knives in the boot of his car when police stopped him for drink-driving. From there, he took a taxi to his second victim's house.

Gang's meth 'extremely poor' quality

Joshua Rangi Fahey was arrested after a series of raids on North Canterbury properties in November 2017. (file photo)

Judge tells Tribesmen gang associate the meth he was selling was such poor quality it was more fraud than drug dealing.

Second chance, second murder video

Nicole Tuxford was killed in her Merivale home in April, 2018, by Paul Russell Wilson.

He killed once and then convinced authorities he was no longer a risk. He was, and another woman paid the price.

Van link to Dunedin homicide video

Police are appealing for sightings of this vehicle, a dark blue 1995 Toyota Emina driven from Dunedin to Picton in the ...

Police are seeking sightings of a people mover van, as a homicide investigation is launched.

Bain 'shocked' by friend's second murder

David Bain pictured with Paul Wilson while in prison.

David Bain was "as shocked as anyone" to hear his groomsman had murdered again, his long-time advocate says.

104 new KiwiBuild homes

Mike Greer from Mike Greer Homes and Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford.

Canterbury will get its first KiwiBuild homes as Government signs agreement with residential developer Mike Greer.

Drink driving suspect nabbed at airport

Three days after an alleged drink-drive crash, a Canadian man tried to fly out of the country.

He was charged after a three-car pile up in Queenstown. Facing court, he booked flights out of the country.


Pike River evidence concerns intensify

The West Coast mine, north of Greymouth, exploded in 2010, killing 29 men.

Police criticise WorkSafe's predecessor over Pike River mine disaster evidence handling.

Parole Board reviewing Paul Wilson release video

He "ticked all the boxes" in the psychiatric reports. Corrections says he was "properly managed" on parole. But he still killed again.

Wanaka's space balloon canned

Mental health working party blocked

The Rebuild

Global giant to run Chch convention centre video

An artist's impressions of the completed Christchurch convention centre, seen from Victoria Square.

A multi-national company has the contract, and an Australian will be the boss.

'Quake Outcasts' finally paid

Annette Wilkes on the cleared red zone land she used to live on in Glenarm Terrace, Dallington. The government has ...

It's a promise honoured, but money is no closure for Annette Wilkes. All she wants is to return to her her land.

Treasure hunters on the take

Treasure hunter David Yates unearthed a 4.5-kilogram gold lump, alongside shoes and a gold seal, buried on the ...

The Kaikōura earthquake left historic artefacts exposed. It didn't take long for the plunder to start.

Rod Carr's hard yards

Dr Rod Carr is retiring to run and travel, while keeping a hand in Christchurch's recovery.

Dr Rod Carr reflects on leading the University of Canterbury for 10 years.

Insurers join quake claim service

Private insurers have joined a Government service aiming to help settle the remaining Canterbury earthquake claims. ...

Big insurance firms are now backing a government scheme to settle complex quake claims.


Climate change too important for politics

Flooding, such as that pictured at Waihi Beach in 2018, will become more common in future.

OPINION: Voters deserve leaders who are fully informed about the science of climate change.

1080 or not 1080

Are there alternatives to 1080 that don't require genetic modification technologies to develop?

OPINION: 1080 may be New Zealand's best predator control option now but that shouldn't mean it always will be.

Left untested, we become weak video

Jordan Peterson's visit ''creates an opportunity for learning and growth as we not only hear what he has to say, but ...

OPINION: The value in Jordan Peterson isn't in what he has to say, it is in our response to it.

Slide into politicisation video

As part of a $125,000 project to research New Zealand's "tax morale", Inland Revenue asked the public about whether New ...

OPINION: The worst part of IRD's political polling was how long it took to work out it was doing anything wrong.

The calls that ease my guilt

Joe Bennett is at a loss about the pointlessness of extending life for those who want to die.

​OPINION: I'd arranged a Skype call with my mother but the computer wouldn't cooperate.


China expert downplays tourism risk

Japan and the Philippines both suffered significant drops in visitor numbers connected with political disputes with ...

A researcher who has looked at Chinese tourism boycotts says New Zealand is a low risk.

Bakery ordered to pay $115k, in liquidation

La Wheat Limited bakeries owned by Wannakawatta Waduge Janaka Sujeewa Fernando and Arumadura Udeni LakmalI Fernando ...

The exploited workers won their case, but now the company that owes them $115,000 is in voluntary liquidation.

Chinese skiers head down under

Chinese snowboarder Lu Yang competing in the halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Last year ...

While the hand-wringing over NZ's relationship with China continues, the ski industry's tapping into huge interest from China.

KiwiRail back on track

KiwiRail's Coastal Pacific service resumed in December 2018.

Reopening the Kaikoura rail line and improving tourism services has paid off for KiwiRail.

Slide into politicisation video

As part of a $125,000 project to research New Zealand's "tax morale", Inland Revenue asked the public about whether New ...

OPINION: The worst part of IRD's political polling was how long it took to work out it was doing anything wrong.


Taylor's Dunedin run haven

Ross Taylor celebrates bringing up his century during last year's ODI against England in Dunedin.

Nearly 12 months on from remarkable match-winning knock, Ross Taylor looks to impress again in Dunedin.

Ferns' World Cup race intensifies

No Kiwi netballer has more to prove in the national premiership than former Ferns captain Katrina Rore, who was dropped ...

OPINION: The battle for World Cup berths begins in Hamilton. Brendon Egan looks at who's under most pressure.

Clark fires Canterbury into semifinals

Southern striker Garbhan Couglan heads in the winning goal against Tasman.

Young midfielder scores spectacular late goal to beat Team Wellington and send Canterbury United through to semifinals.

Doughty, Kerr destroy Magicians

There was no stopping Wellington Blaze legspinner Deanna Doughty who took 5-29 to help skittle Canterbury Magicians cheaply.

Legspinners take nine of the 10 Canterbury wickets as visitors are skittled for 63.

Broken arm for All Blacks prop video

Tim Perry during the Crusaders training at Rugby Park, Christchurch, New Zealand, 31st January 2019.Copyright photo: ...

One game into the season and Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is already on the prowl for another loosehead prop.

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run to remember

Let them eat (healthy) cake

Sport Canterbury chief executive Julyan Falloon hoped the run would be an example of "smarter event practices".

Tea and cake isn't usually what springs to mind at the finish line of a fun run.

Dogs welcome on fun run

Isaac Sutherland will be at the Run to Remember with his dog, a Hungarian vizsla named Atlas.

Dogs "are a big part of the family" and welcome on the Run to Remember event on February 24.

First steps after endo video

Whitney Power, centre, with trainers Jessica Fairbrass and Olivia Maisey, physical health advisers from Green Prescription.

After five operations in two-and-a-half years, Whitney Power was scared to exercise in case she "ripped open".

'Get off your phone'

Trevor Houston, 82, will be the oldest participant to walk the Run to Remember course on February 24.

Trevor Houston, 82, has no interest in sitting in front of a screen all day when there is a world to explore.

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