With a whisker to spare video

Some of the cats at the planned cafe will be available for adoption.

8:18 PM  Plans to open a Christchurch cat cafe are purring along nicely.

$52m needed for flood protection

A car almost disappears as the Heathcote River rises at high tide during the weekend.

8:09 PM  Planned flood-prevention basins would have kept more than 300 Olympic swimming pools' worth of stormwater out of Christchurch's Heathcote River.

Residents blame council for flooding

Southshore's estuary frontage at the weekend.

8:08 PM  Southshore residents are angry that a lack of flood protection allowed homes in their seaside suburb to flood in last week's storm.

$500k clean-up bill gallery video

Ashbury Mowers & Heating business in Washdyke had to get rid of chainsaws and line trimmers that had water damage. ...

8:04 PM  Cleaning up the Timaru District in the aftermath of the wild weekend storm will come with a half a million dollar price tag.

'Sexist attitude' in education

Male earlyhood education teachers make up only 2 per cent of the workforce.

7:45 PM  NZ has one of the lowest rates of men in early childhood education in the world, and "unconscious bias" isn't helping, groups claim.

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011

'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.

Hansen honours Sir Ron

Steve Hansen, Sir Ron Scott's daughter Lise Kljakovic and Marco Kljakovic.

Sir Ron Scott remembered fondly by Steve Hansen.

North Canterbury

Boris: Don't dream the OE is over video

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson thinks Kiwis coming to the UK is a "great thing".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson thinks Kiwis coming to the UK is a "great thing".

First look at Kaikoura village video

The North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery Accommodation Village.

Mark von Huben​ normally wears a tour guide's hat when he visits Kaikoura - now he's behind the wheel of a dump truck carting rubble away from slips blocking SH1.

Choosing strong over skinny - the rise of powerful women

Ro Graveston has been power lifting for less than six months but has discovered a real passion for the sport

If the turnout for the recent amateur powerlifting competition in Canterbury is anything to go by, there's a quiet but definite growth in women pumping iron.

Mandeville bike track changes up a gear

Checking out the site of the new Mandeville Bike track which is has just started construction. Gene Gooch, Leo Jelley, ...

The ever growing Mandeville area will soon have another development to benefit the community.

After hours decisions delayed

The Rangiora Health Hub is viewed as a possible location for after hours services.

Proposed expansion of after hours services health services in the Waimakariri District delayed.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Lower Selwyn Huts still underwater video

Questions have been raised about Lake Ellesmere not being opened ahead of floods that inundated Lower Selwyn Huts over ...

Questions are being asked about why Canterbury's Lake Ellesmere was not opened to the sea ahead of the weekend's flooding.

Photos: Christchurch floods

Heathcote River flooding near Sloane Terrace.

The Heathcote River has burst its banks and flooded southern parts of the city.

Revamp for Ashburton Club and MSA

What the Burnett Street entrance of the Ashburton Club and MSA will look like.

Part of the Ashburton Club and MSA is set to be demolished and rebuilt in a multi-million dollar redevelopment.

Red vs Red: Battle of the photographic amateurs

Emma Dangerfield and Matthew Salmons are Red v Red

This week marks our first Red vs Red challenge between the regions – North Canterbury, and Selwyn and Ashburton. This time, we've sharpened the tools of the trade for our reporters.

Ready your engines Selwyn

John Winchester's passion for cars and community come together in his brainchild; the Selwyn Motor Fest.

Rolleston man John Winchester's passion for cars and a swell of community support have combined to bring about the inaugural Selwyn Motor Fest this November.

West Coast

Fine at lunchtime, then found dead

Bryan Edmonds, Alana Tait and their two sons, Rawiri and Tipene, at hospital after Tipene's birth.

"Rawiri was standing at the window saying, 'bye Dad, bye Dad'," says partner of man who unexpectedly died on West Coast farm.

Dad found dead on farm

Bryan Edmonds leaves behind his partner Alana Tait and two sons Rawiri,1, and 11-month-old Tipene.

Bryan Edmonds stopped for a glass of water. An hour later he was found dead on the West Coast dairy farm.

Elderly man rescued in deluge

Emergency services and volunteers managed to get an injured man from a difficult location near Mokihinui, West Coast.

85-year-old man spent night injured at foot of tree before being choppered out of remote spot on West Coast in face of atrocious conditions.

Quake shakes West Coast

The earthquake struck 50km south of Hokitika at a depth of 12km on Friday morning.

South Island's West Coast shaken by a magnitude-4.3 earthquake early on Friday morning.

'Cake-maker' manager resigns

Westland District Council assets and engineering manager Vivek Goel has resigned, four months after stepping down from ...

Vivek Goel, who commissioned a cake decorator's firm to build a $7m sewage plant, was on paid leave for four months before resigning.

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