Sex worker bylaw likely to be ditched video

Police no longer support a bylaw preventing prostitutes working in residential areas. Christchurch City Council staff ...

6:26 AM  Residents enraged as council and police back away from banning prostitutes from working outside their homes.

Consultants drive $3.4m blowout

Christchurch City Council chief executive Karleen Edwards. The council has overspent by $3.4 million on personnel, ...

Christchurch council's spend on personnel has blown out by $3.4m – mainly due to hiring consultants to fill vacancies.

Doctor loses citizenship fight

Dr Robert Taylor has twice fought a decision to revoke his citizenship. He won the first time but the second time a ...

Robert Taylor didn't mention a sex offence arrest when he applied to be a Kiwi.

Cash to restore old Pumphouse

The Pump House on Tuam Street, Phillipstown.

Restoring a historic Christchurch sewerage factory could be a step closer.

Gym school at QEII? video

Christchurch School of Gymnastics wants to build a new $9.8m base at QEII.

Christchurch School of Gymnastics hopes a new multi-million base at QEII will be confirmed this week.

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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

NC clinch maiden premier title

North Canterbury claimed a maiden Canterbury Basketball Women's Championship title beating Lincoln University 80-36.

North Canterbury claimed a maiden Canterbury Basketball Women's Championship title beating Lincoln University 80-36.

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.

Mid Canterbury Selwyn

Mojo Mathers: 'I made a difference' video

Green Party candidate Mojo Mathers, who has lost her seat in Parliament, was enjoying the serenity of the Waihi river in ...

NZ's first deaf MP disappointed at missing out, saying she had so much more to achieve for people with disabilities.

Andrew Falloon takes seat

New Rangitata MP, National's Andrew Falloon relaxes at the Caroline Bay Piazza in Timaru on Sunday after the election.

Rangitata's new MP is excited about the task ahead and not disappointed by a reduced majority for the National Party.

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.

West Coast

Severe gales, lightning

Ten thousand lightning strikes were recorded in two hours on Monday morning.

Winds topple truck, storms bring over 26,000 lightning strikes, while heavy rain hits parts of NZ.

O'Connor secures West Coast-Tasman seat

Damien O'Connor says he's very pleased to be returned as the West Coast-Tasman MP.

Labour politician Damien O'Connor increases his margin in West Coast-Tasman.

Pike River families happy with election

Sonya Rockhouse, whose son Benjamin was killed in the Pike River mine, speaking in September.

Pike River familes hope manned re-entry into the West Coast mine will happen next year after the election favoured parties that support their cause.

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.

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