Canty motorways on home straight

The new motorway from the Trents Rd overbridge.

Soft ground and a high water table haven't stopped crews constructing Christchurch's $430m motorway network.

A centenarian's stormy life

The train crash at Rakaia in 1899 in which four passengers died. Driver Charles Carter lost his job over the incident. ...

A fish that saved a ship, and tragedy on the railway: Emily Carter packed it all into her long life.

Astrology academic, poet, father

Kenneth Fea enjoyed yachting in his spare time. He is pictured here at the Oamaru Harbour.

OBITUARY: It's not often you see a lecturer walk into work in shorts and jandals, but Kenneth Fea wasn't your average man.

Police ready for boy racer 'invasion'

Police disrupt street racers gathering on Deans Ave on Friday as part of the third Aves Invasion.

Hundreds of street racers gather in Christchurch on Friday night, bringing the traffic to a complete standstill.

Leaky pipes lose billions

People were left taking off their shoes to navigate a torrent flowing down Christchurch's Manchester St after a burst ...

Leaky Christchurch pipes lose nine billion litres of water each year – six times what a controversial bottling firm can take.

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Celebrate return of fast food

A new KFC store is planned for Colombo St near Hereford St in central Christchurch.

OPINION: It feels like the news KFC is moving back to Christchurch's CBD came and went without anyone realising what a milestone it represents for the rebuild.

Indecision and intrigue stalking Christchurch

A mountain biker tackles the Christchurch Adventure Park in  December. Whether the park should get more taxpayer money ...

OPINION: A prevailing current of uncertainty is swirling across much of Christchurch's cultural and spiritual landscape right now.

Rebuild the cathedral as an interfaith hub

Katie Pickles, a historian at the University of Canterbury, has written extensively on Christchurch since the ...

Now is the time to create a globally significant contemplative site of substance that reveals the best of us to the world.

Deluge to fight Lyttelton Tunnel fires

We hope to never use the deluge system in anger, says NZTA's Chris Collins from the hi-tech tunnel control room.

Ten litres of water per minute per square metre from 2460 nozzles.

The music of Christchurch Town Hall

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played three encores at the Christchurch Town Hall in May 1980.

For eight years, silence has reigned at the Christchurch Town Hall. Now music is back in the spotlight.

North Canterbury

Teen has sights on world champs

Rangiora High School student Jacob Turner has won the Oceania Mountainbiking Champs in Australia.

A North Canterbury teen has just won the under-17 category of the Oceania Mountainbiking Champs and now has his sights set on the world junior champs.

Army training inspires leadership bid

Oliver Sanderson, 34, is standing for mayor of the Waimakariri district in 2019.

A 34-year-old former army officer is the latest addition to the Waimakariri mayoral race.

Food scarcity drives hawks to road kill video

Oxford Bird Rescue rehabilitates injured raptors so they can be released back into the wild.

A lack of food and an inability to move quickly out of harm's way are causing too many harrier hawks to be hit by cars, a raptor expert says.

Cycle trail open to riders

The Hurunui Heartland Ride officially opened on Saturday.

A new cycle route traversing the heart of the Hurunui district has officially opened for business.

Mentoring scheme gives kids 'a chance'

Aldrine Luna says he loves building things with his Big Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor Steve Baker.

For the past three months, 10-year-old Aldrine Luna has been having the time of his life hanging out with his new big brother.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Second man charged over shooting

Sears' body was found on the side of Grange Rd, in rural Canterbury, on October 13 last year.

A second man has been charged with the murder of King Cobras gang member Luke Sears, who was shot and killed in rural Canterbury last year.

Hay barn fire extinguished near Darfield

Five fire crews battled a hay barn fire on Loes Rd, near Darfield, on Tuesday afternoon. (File photo)

Several fire crews battled a "well involved" hay barn fire in Mid-Canterbury on Tuesday afternoon.  

Health shuttle a step closer

At the presentation of $22,500 to St John in Timaru on Wednesday are, from left St John Timaru Area committee chairman  ...

Increasing number of people cancelling Christchurch health appointments prompts trust to donate to new health shuttle.

Family 'rocked' by fatal crash video

Chante Harmer, the mother-of-seven killed alongside her two young children in a crash near Ashburton on Monday.

A woman killed in a crash alongside her two children had moved to the South Island to improve her life.

Three dead in intersection crash

A police officer investigates the car a woman was driving when she and her young children in the back seat died.

A mother and her two children are dead after their car went through an intersection and into the path of a ute.

West Coast

Old hotel gets demo order

The building was listed as category 2 heritage by the Grey District Council and Heritage New Zealand.

A historic West Coast hotel where the Queen once stayed will be demolished.

Man lost in bush for two nights

Greymouth man John Osborne says he is lucky to be alive after becoming lost chopping firewood in West Coast bush.

A 19-year-old Greymouth man who spent two nights lost in West Coast bush says he did not think he would make it out alive.

Highway reopens after crash

The road south of Charleston in the West Coast is shut after a truck-and-trailer unit crashed. (File photo.)

A main route between Greymouth and Westport has reopened after a crash involving a truck.

Whale bone theft 'disrespectful'

A washed up sperm whale on beach near Okarito, north of Franz Josef Glacier.

Thieves likely used a boat and quad bike, or a helicopter, to take dead sperm whale's jawbone.

Waiho River bridge reopens

Vehicles can now use the newly rebuilt Waiho River bridge near Franz Josef after it reopened on Saturday.

Franz Josef businesses are busy again after being cut off, a welcome change they hope will last until the end of the season.

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