Avalanche almost takes out rescuers

Rescue chopper

Paramedics tending to a injured climber on glacier came perilously close to a massive avalanche.

Charity shocked by stolen garage

Police Car

"Low types" have managed a large-scale theft of a 9 x 5.5 metre double garage.

Selwyn, Waimak cash in on boom

Waimakariri river

Local authorities are using post-quake cash to pay for projects that might have been out of reach.

Drinking water under watch

Drinking water, glass of water

Increasing nitrate levels are raising concern over Canterbury's water supplies.

Canty to get 48 new police

Tone Kopelani

Former top rugby player Tone Kopelani is one of 48 police recruits set to be trained and posted to Canterbury.

Climber killed in fall

mt cook

An experienced climber has died after falling 600 metres while skiing on Aoraki-Mt Cook.

Blandswood: Living among the trees

Blandswood strap

The South Canterbury settlement of Blandswood was once known as Monkeytown. Why?

Canty's benefit cheats scam $1m

NZ money, cash

Canterbury beneficiaries prosecuted in the past year scammed $1.3m in payments.

Alligator Drainage duped customers

Drain, drainage, pipes

Drainage firm run by an ex-crim told customers EQC ould reimburse costs without authorisation.

New blood sought for committees


Environment Canterbury wants to "freshen up" membership of the zone committees formed under the Canterbury water management strategy.

Buskers galore

Divas, gender-battles and a boy with tape

Mario Queen of the Circus

A boy struck dumb with gaffer tape and divas galore are among highlights of the 2014 World Buskers Festival line-up.

Biker may have spinal injuries


A motorcylist remains in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital after a crash in Fairlie.

White line crackdown

Centre line cross

Police ticketed 104 drivers for crossing the SH1 centre line during Labour Weekend.

Residents report city-wide stink


A mystery smell that has plagued many parts of Christchurch has locals stumped.

'Dearly missed' father

Damien Ryan died in crash metres from home

Damien Ryan

Canterbury man Damien Ryan was just metres from his rural home when he lost control, crashed into a hedge and was flung from his vehicle on Thursday.

Rolleston and Lincoln UFB cables laid

Enable fibre optic

Ultrafast broadband provider Enable has finished a complete fibre rollout across Rolleston and Lincoln.

Return to mortgage top-ups


Kiwis are going back to extra borrowing on their mortgages to fund spending.

Campers face in-tents competition

Camping ground

Cantabrians pining for a seaside Christmas holiday are running out of time as campgrounds fill up.

Refugees still doing it tough

John Garvey

It has been more than three years since the first big Canterbury tremor, but post-quake temporary workplaces drag on.

South Island sees mixed weather

Christchurch sunset

While Christchurch enjoyed sunny skies yesterday, other parts of the South Island were battered by storms.

Teacher's husband 'inconsolable'

Denise Robinson-Winskill

It was an everyday task that turned into tragedy as a husband fatally ran over his wife.

Boil your water in Arthur's Pass

Arthur's Pass

A boil water notice for Arthur's Pass residents has been reissued only two days after being lifted. 

Donations set to help needy

Food parcels

A surge in donated food parcels is helping needy Christchurch families.

Eight Canty women make finals

women of influence

Eight Canterbury women reached the finals of the inaugural Women of Influence awards.

Roads reap grim harvest for teens

White crosses, death, road toll, grave

Car crashes remain the "single biggest killer of Kiwi teens", the NZTA says.

Warning 'freaking out' Cantabrians

Federated Farmers Mid-Canterbury provincial president Chris Allen

A health officer denies he is scaremongering over nitrates in water saying 'facts are not debatable'.

Storm costs $68m

Cost could reach $80 million

September 10 storm

The cost of the widespread damage caused by the September 10 storm has prompted calls for more "adaptive measures".

Christchurch hotel rates rocketing

Robert McGufficke Rydges

Christchurch's hotel room rates are the fastest rising in the country, according to new research.

Wild winds to hit Canterbury

Blossom tree

Northwest gales are expected to develop about eastern parts of the South Island from Thursday.

Twizel has leading role

Town hosts film featuring Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

The small Canterbury town of Twizel is masquerading as America's Wild West in a new feature film starring Hollywood's Michael Fassbender.

Water nitrate risk to infant health

Drinking water, glass of water

Threats to Canterbury's drinking water are a "ticking time bomb" that could lead to infant deaths.

'Recipe for tragedy'

Trees damaged by high winds in Canterbury.

Canterbury police are warning of the dangers of falling trees after weeks of damaging high winds.

'Temporary' Twizel has last laugh

Twizel hydro works memorial

Wiser voices have been telling of progress in this oasis amidst arid plains and barren slopes of the Mackenzie Country.

Project to turn kids from crime


A "radical" new service will help children as young as nine from heading down a path of crime.

Online conman released from jail

Bars on jail cell

A conman who duped vulnerable women looking for love online has walked free from prison.

Farm worker suffers facial burns

Fire, burning, flames

A Dunsandel worker suffered severe facial burns when a fire he was lighting "flared back on him".

House prices hit high

House prices

Christchurch's median house price has hit $400,000 for the first time. + House sales stats

More flights coming to Chch

Air New Zealand plane

Airlines are boosting the number of flights to Christchurch due to demand from rebuild workers.

200 homes still without electricity

Oxford swimming pool

About 200 homes remain without power as yet another storm clean-up gets under way.

Gales cut power to 2000 homes

Flipped caravan

Strong Canterbury winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour have blown over caravans and ripped roofing iron off the Oxford Town Hall.

Burglar assaults woman in home


Burglar turns violent and assaults woman after she confronts him in her home in Temuka.

Ooh la la!

Thousands flock to Akaroa's French Fest

Akaroa Femme Fatale

From French cricket to Can Can girls, Akaroa has celebrated a taste of France in the heart of New Zealand.

Thunder, lightning over Canterbury

Storm clouds brewing

Thunder and lightning struck the Canterbury plains this afternoon with Christchurch's hill suburbs bracing for the storm.

The Press newspapers delayed

A fault at The Press printing plant early this morning has delayed delivery of the newspaper in some areas.

Cot tragedy robs family of child

Child loss, empty cot, baby death

An Ashburton family lost their little "treasure" when their baby died in a poorly built cot.

'Extended family' struggles

A trip inside Brackenridge Estate

Brackenridge Estate

Despite an ongoing government investigation, the intellectual disability facility Brackenridge Estate has opened its doors to The Press.

Youths still falling through cracks

Pieter Dijksma

More than 6000 young Cantabrians are falling through the gaps of education and employment,

One arrest at university party

Lincoln University end of year party

End-of-lecture parties are in full swing at Canterbury's two universities today.

Teen burglars busted by police

Police Car

A group allegedly used a bogus raffle ploy to rob homes as part of a ''well-organised burglary operation''.

Scramble for controversial raw milk

Malcolm Halls

An underground raw milk market is growing in Canterbury.

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