Car thief hostage drama

Police pursued an allegedly stolen car through Christchurch after receiving reports of a man with a pistol.

Man facing serious charges after allegedly threatening driver with gun.

'This can never happen again'

Neil Jones died after what the coroner called an "appalling" failure of care by the Canterbury District Health Board in 2013.

Neil Jones was more than a homeless alcoholic left at a bus stop. He was a father, a son, a brother and a friend.

Future perfect: Christchurch's tech lab goals

Cr Vicki Buck launching a new e-car rapid charging station. Christchurch is well-placed to push the technology.

Can Christchurch reinvent itself as an international testbed for green innovation? The council thinks it has made a good start.

National Portrait: Tough justice

L-R:  Sonja Cooper with office dog 'Coco'.
National Portrait - Sonja Cooper is a lawyer ...

They said justice for state abuse victims wasn't possible under the law. Sonja Cooper proved them wrong.

A lifetime of compassion

Pauliina at her home in Little River.

Doctor in a rural African village, psychiatrist, language buff and art history graduate – Pirkko Verrier Jones was a woman of varied talents.

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Designers stand by city plan video

"We wouldn't revisit [the blueprint] in the sense that we wouldn't change anything," says Peter Marshall, a key author ...

Every anchor project should have been finished by March, but the Christchurch blueprint team stands by their plan.

'We're still standing here'

Amy Vivian-Neal, second from right, teaches at schools in Namie, Japan, which had 600 students before the 2011 Tohoku ...

Amy Vivian-Neal teaches in the disaster-stricken Japanese town of Namie, where she has noticed some similarities with her Christchurch home.

A special thank you

Kaikoura Mayor Winston Gray gets a hug at a community meeting at Hapuku School.

Kaikoura recovery team looks to community to tell them who the special people are who helped out after November quake.

No charges over quake deaths

The facade of the second-hand bookshop in Riccarton Rd crumbled onto the street, killing bricklayer Ross Bush.

Police will not lay charges over one Christchurch earthquake death and appear unlikely to in another.

Man to build replica of quake-ruined home

"Every detail is meant to be reproduced as accurately as possible, says Martin Holland.

It will take eight painstaking years, but Martin Holland thinks it's worth it to recreate the 1913 home.

North Canterbury

Trapped after rural crash

Two cars collided on a rural road in Waimakariri, north of Christchurch, on Friday night. (File photo)

Firefighters cut free a trapped motorist after a two-car crash on a rural Waimakariri road.

Farming fast 5: Cam Booker

Cam Booker, owner of Grown - producers and growers of fresh fruit and vegetables for Canterbury Farmers Markets,

Proud to be a Farmer showcases farming identities with five quick questions

Kaiapoi hits 150 not out

Kaiapoi Cricket Club life member Peter Williams and president Dean Arps look at some old team photos ahead of the 150th ...

 The Kaiapoi Cricket Club formed in club formed in 1867 and celebrates 10 years this summer.

Stunning results from small beginnings

Anne Dixon, Karen Merriman and Joy Johnson are preparing for a trip to Uganda to visit schools they have raised money to ...

 Look after the pennies and you'll soon have enough to build a school.

Appeal over sacked teacher payout

Sovereign Star Ltd owner Brooke Philpotts is appealing an Employment Relations Authority decision that she wrongfully ...

Early childhood centre owner says $9000 decision over fired teacher was wrong.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Forging a path together

South Malvern cricket club in 2014.

Greendale and South Malvern Cricket Clubs are putting past rivalries aside in a player sharing deal to ensure the future of both clubs.

Koru games success despite weather

Kids enjoy lawn bowls at the Koru Games.

Poor weather might have been nerve racking to organisers, but Selwyn Sports Trust's Koru Games proved a genuine success.

Weighing into the Scot's own games

Greg Jones is excited to take what he's learned in Scotland to the next Hororata Highland Games.

Templeton man Greg Jones is passionate about his sport, so passionate he took up the challenge of going to Scotland to compete against the big boys of the highland games.

Future looking bright for Southbridge tennis

Life members Simon McCormick and John Christey are excited for the future of the Southbridge Tennis Club with the new ...

Southbridge Tennis Club (STC) has been firing shots over the net for more than 135 years, a new lick of court will allow the facility to pave the way for community sport in the years to come.

Getting into te ao Māori

West Rolleston Primary pupils play games with rākau.

Pupils of West Rolleston Primary School spent wiki o te reo Māori celebrating the reo, the culture, having fun and bravely reciting their mihi to the whole school

West Coast

Factory blaze cause unknown video

The fire at Barn Bay Fishing destroyed a shed and a helicopter hangar.

The cause of a blaze that destroyed a helicopter hangar and a family-run fishing business shed on the West Coast is still unknown.

Gold mining firm dug up stream

Gold mining company Crescent Creations has been fined $17,000 for unauthorised excavation that damaged Waimea Creek on ...

Crescent Creations illegally excavated 290 metres of a stream bed, blaming lack of understanding.

Westport water crisis eases

Westport and Carters Beach residents are on essential use only meaning use is restricted to drinking water, water used ...

Emergency supplies and restricted use help ease West Coast town's water crisis.

Kayak joyride costs tourists

Three English tourists stole a kayak from a Franz Josef company on Tuesday and took it across Lake Mapourika in South ...

None of the trio wore jackets nor clothing "fit for conditions" - and police were waiting on the shore.

Weather halts search

Kieran Lynch, left, who became a dad six weeks ago, is missing.

Missing fisherman Kieran Lynch's family remain hopeful he will be found, as search postponed.

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