The felled tree trunk goes through the bedroom and into the living room.

Forestry fail: Tree destroys bach

It was a miracle no-one was home when a felled tree wrote off a much-loved family bach.

Council rates rising

Rates charged by local authorities in New Zealand have risen by an average of 12.8 per cent, the New Zealand Taxpayers' ...

7:07 AM  Christchurch City Council owes $21,431 for every residential ratepayer, up 44 per cent from $14,810 in 2014.

Serious injuries in peak crash

16 min ago  A crash and car fire near Coronet Peak skifield could cause headaches for snow bunnies.

'Unprecedented' health cuts likely

Canterbury health services could face severe cuts if Govt refuses to approve DHB deficit blowout.

Motorcyclist misjudged corner

Experienced biker died when she collided head-on with a car after misjudging a corner.

ECan 'heavy-handed' - resident

Subdivision residents told their land might be contaminated, despite tests indicating it's clear.

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More pooches, less poo in QT

Another 183 dogs have been registered in the Queenstown district this financial year, but there's been fewer fouling ...

The Queenstown district now has 4485 dogs, but there's been fewer poo complaints and attacks.

Council to weigh up dredge cost

Buller mayor says it's time to reassess whether the district can afford to keep operating a dredge costing ratepayers $1m a year "for absolutely nothing".

School's cyber safety project backfires

Plan to tighten university entrance

The Rebuild

No full replacement for claimants

The buyers of this earthquake-damaged Wainoni house took IAG to court and lost the right to full replacement value.

The High Court has decided buyers of earthquake-damaged homes aren't eligible for full replacement costs.

Sumner pride in spades video

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre has opened on Wakefield Ave. Hundreds gathered at the $10m building on Saturday for a ...

Hundreds gathered to mark the opening of Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre on Saturday.

Avon a river, or stormwater drain? video

The Avon River and surrounding wetlands once offered up many delicacies, including eel, flounder, whitebait in season, ...

It once served Maori eel, flounder, whitebait, herring and mullet – but few would eat from it now.

Anger over flooding and erosion

Alastair Burgess, commodore at the South New Brighton yacht club, surveys erosion near where the proposed new club will ...

Every time rain is forecast, Sam Hawkins clears sand and stones from the stormwater outlet behind his holiday park.

Idea to keep Cathedral a ruin

A Walker Community Architects' plan for Christ Church Cathedral.

Architectural practice suggests keeping Christ Church Cathedral as a ruin surrounded by reflective pool.

Opinion

Winston holding the reins

Winston Peters dreams of overhauling the Reserve Bank Act, a la Singapore, and pegging the Kiwi dollar to a ...

OPINION: No matter what party leads the next government, some big course corrections in policy direction are surely coming.

Gareth Morgan's generation wars

It's pathetic isn't it? All that matters is policy. Jacinda should be required to show she's more than lipstick on a ...

OPINION: If Morgan is serious about wanting to shake up the political landscape, he needs to start talking to young voters in their language.

Which Winston will show up?

Which Winston will show up? Sunny Winston or scowling Winston?

OPINION: The outcome of the election may now turn on whether or not Winston Peters is able to discern the full strategic significance of Jacinda's Love-Fest.

Who will answer clean water call?

Kiwis have been pushing back on the Government's contention that having swimmable rivers is unrealistic.

OPINION: The public has been calling on the government to take action to protect freshwater, but the emergency call is getting put on hold.

From boot camps to Mein Kampf

Prime Minister Bill English, pictured generating "Billmania" in a factory in a Motueka, talks tough on crime.

OPINION: While National gets tough on crime, reality gets tough on Trump.

business

Council to weigh up dredge cost

The dredge was previously paid for by Holcim, but the company pulled its operations out of Westport.

Buller mayor says it's time to reassess whether the district can afford to keep operating a dredge costing ratepayers $1m a year "for absolutely nothing".

Qtown goes nuts on nuts video

Frank Goes Nuts worker Dan Lythgoe, 22, enjoys selling caramelized nuts on Queenstown streets.

Queenstown is going nuts about new caramelised nuts business in town.

Company unfazed by spending hiatus

Retiring Smiths City director John Dobson, left, with chairman Craig Boyce.

Slower spending in the run-up to elections is hitting margins, but Smiths City says it's well placed to compete.

Westland appoints new CEO

Simon Bastion has been appointed chief executive officer of Westland District Council.

The Westland District Council has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer following a lengthy search.

No full replacement for claimants

The buyers of this earthquake-damaged Wainoni house took IAG to court and lost the right to full replacement value.

The High Court has decided buyers of earthquake-damaged homes aren't eligible for full replacement costs.

sport

AB's backline depth challenge

Ryan Crotty beats Henry Speight to score
in first Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney.

Fixing the holes in their own defence is top priority for the Wallabies, but they're also aware of the All Blacks' threats.

Wallabies say Meads 'world rugby great'

Wallabies defensive coach Nathan Grey continues to back his side's system despite leaking eight tries in a 54-34 loss to ...

Wallabies 'licking wounds' but ready to 'get stuck in again', vows defensive coach Nathan Grey.

Meads a winner at racetrack

Sir Colin Meads and his wife Verna, Lady Meads, celebrate after Ruud Awakening won the Karaka Million at Ellerslie in 2013.

Horse racing was a great passion for Sir Colin Meads. On Wednesday one of his horses gave him a final win.

Breeders Crown draws made

Partyon will contest the Breeders Crown final from gate nine.

Kiwis favoured by rich Breeders Crown draws

All Blacks locks in awe of Meads

Colin Meads' funeral will be held next Monday in Te Kuiti.

Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock open up about 'amazing' Meads.

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Reckon you can taste wine? video

Phill Hedderman tries out a wine at the New Zealand leg of the Blind Wine Tasting Challenge on Monday.

New Zealand will send a team to compete in the World Wine Blind Tasting Challenge for the first time this year.

CSO brings Keaton classic to life

Buster Keaton was one of the biggest stars of the silent movie era - and his antics can still raise a smile today.

REVIEW: The CSO's accompaniment to a Buster Keaton classic was a rare treat.

Sumner pride in spades video

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre has opened on Wakefield Ave. Hundreds gathered at the $10m building on Saturday for a ...

Hundreds gathered to mark the opening of Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre on Saturday.

NZ art sales breaking records

Grahame Sydney's Dry Bread is expected to fetch between $30,000 and $50,000 at McCormack and McKellar's auction on August 29.

2017 has so far seen 11 sales records for a New Zealand artist's work.

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