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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

A father figure to children in need

Malcolm Campbell, picture with his dog Hoofus, has no children of his own but he has dedicated most of his life to ...

Malcolm Campbell has no children of his own but he dedicates most of his time to caring for children in need.

Quake-hit homeowners 'still fighting'

About 60 people gathered on Papanui Rd for the protest, held to mark the upcoming eighth anniversary of the September ...

Frustrated Christchurch homeowners with unresolved insurance claims protest as another anniversary looms.

The other side of bravery

Chessie Henry didn't know the full extent of what her father did on February 22, 2011, until she interviewed him.

A powerful new earthquake memoir explores a family's grief, and its resilience.

Spreydon School 'moves house' video

Spreydon School principal Andrea Stewart rings the bell from the old school in the new gymnasium.

They've left a 146-year-old site and buildings from 1927, but the "spirit of Spreydon" will live on.

What becomes of the broken hearted?

Broken heart syndrome isn't about lost love, but a heart that is broken, like a car limping to a mechanic.

Listen up, older women: Huge stress can break your heart.

North Canterbury

Serious injuries in crash

A driver has been flown to hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter after crashing in North Canterbury. (File photo)

A person has been flown to Christchurch Hospital with serious injuries after crashing on a rural road in North Canterbury.

Nape Nape Beach a hidden gem

Nape Nape Beach, North Canterbury, is a special spot for a picnic.

This empty North Canterbury beach is calling out for a spring picnic.

Plant professor adds science to wine

A bud burst on one of the vines at the Marlborough Research Centre, in Blenheim.

A new wine research centre in Blenheim has appointed a Lincoln University professor to help shape the centre's science programme.

Give life a little squeeze

Sahera Laing, therapist.

Life is full of potential juice and yet so few people allow themselves to give it a little squeeze.

Waikuku dairy ditches tobacco video

Store owner Cathy Farrell and manager Peter De La Mare next to the old cigarette cupboard.

A North Canterbury dairy has become the first in the South Island to go smokefree.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Home detention for $150,000 fraud

Shirley Anne Johnston, 66, admitted one representative charge of obtaining the money by deception

A real estate agent has been granted home detention after she admitted a $149,094 fraud charge related to Rolleston's Izone development.

$23,000 granny flat consent shock

Liz Barry is angry she was told consenting fees to put a granny flat on her Hillsborough property for her 76-year-old ...

When Liz Barry decided to build a portable flat for her deaf brother, 76, she was told the consent would cost $1500.

Ammonia leak at milk plant

An ammonia leak occurred after a routine maintenance check at Synlait Milk's Dunsandel plant.

A woman has been taken to hospital with moderate injuries following an ammonia leak in Dunsandel.

Suspected meteor's 'sonic boom'

The trail left by the possible meteor seen over North Canterbury on Monday night.

North Canterbury residents looked heavenward on Monday night, jolted by a "massive kind of rumble".

Wanted man arrested

A 24-year-old wanted man has been arrested in Rolleston. (File photo)

Armed police helped arrest a 24-year-old wanted man in Rolleston on Monday morning.

West Coast

Hung jury for alleged child sex offender

The trial of a West Coast man facing several charges of sexual offending against a child has ended in a hung jury. (File ...

A jury has been unable to reach a verdict in the case of a man alleged to have sexually offended against a child.

Safe mine re-entry possible video

Pike River Recovery Agency chief executive Dave Gawn says all of the options for re-entering the mine are "technically ...

Experts considering the risks of re-entering the Pike River mine say every option for getting back inside is "technically feasible".

Excessive speed cause of crash

Mason Joseph Shand, 35, of Westport, died in a crash in the Buller Gorge.

The man who died after crashing into a tree was likely impaired by cannabis use, a coroner has found.

Coroner praises teen hero

The Rough River Bridge, where the crash occurred. (File photo).

Teen receives further praise for saving children from crash that killed their father.

Police could enter Pike mine

Detective Sergeant Grant Collins has been seconded to the Pike River Recovery Agency.

Police staff will be trained to work underground so they can re-enter the Pike River Mine access tunnel. 

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