Hills and Harbour

Stranded teen rescued from cliffs


Christchurch youth "shaken" after been lowered from cliffs into boat by firefighters.

Birthday swim went wrong

Taken by rip: "We thought we were going to die"

Drowning teens saved by surf lifesavers

Shannon Pocklington thought she was going to die when a rip swept her out to sea at South Brighton Beach.

A milestone for Lyttelton

$2.8m square opens in quake-hit community

Albion Square

Albion Square is a testament to what can happen when the council, local leadership and the locals themselves really get behind a project.

Tsunami and rockfall risk

Taylors Mistake bach owners not worried

Errol Hunter

Taylors Mistake bach owners are fighting to keep their properties, calling the risk of rockfall and tsunami "part of the charm".

Remote control handles demolition

Redcliffs demolition

A pair of houses on the Port Hills are being demolished after they were found to be deteriorating badly and leaning towards neighbouring homes.

Deaths amid profits

Lyttelton Port

Too many workers dying or injured at NZ ports while companies behind them grow profits, union says.

Call for limitations in flood-prone areas

Banks Peninsula

Development in flood-prone parts of Banks Peninsula should be restricted, ECan says.

Rest home 'health hazard'

cashmere rest home odour

Offensive smells and toxic gases from a retirement village laundry are a health hazard, concerned neighbours say.

Church a lost cause?

$43k grant for church with uncertain future

St John the Evangelist Church Little River

The city council will provide $43,000 for a damaged Little River church despite its uncertain future.

Cashmere rest home row

Cashmere rest home row

Cashmere Hill residents rally against rest home development they say will ruin their views.

Big bike-park plan gets a push


Hundreds of mountainbikers plead with city council to approve a $22m adventure park.

Ferrymead bridge budget blowout

Credit control

The cost of rebuilding Ferrymead bridge has blown out beyond expected cost of $34.87m.

Port Hills park plan lauded

Port Hills home

Hundreds have voiced their support for new $22m adventure park, with only 35 in opposition.

Akaroa hotel for sale

Madeira Hotel

Akaroa's Madeira Hotel is for sale.

Port safety will be key

Peter Davie

Safety will be a key performance indicator for senior Lyttelton Port staff when the city council takes over.

Major wharf project begins

Concrete trucks arriving every 3 minutes

Lyttelton Port

Construction of Lyttelton's new wharf has begun with a day-long concrete pour involving 75 trucks.

Alpine Fault unlikely rockfall risk

quake manchester st

Quakes that send rocks tumbling down the Port Hills appear to occur about every 7000 years.

Port Hills proposition

Hill stability needs 16 green zone demolitions

Port Hills house

Work to stabilise hillside slopes in Sumner and Redcliffs could begin this summer if 16 property owners can be persuaded to part with their homes.

Crane collapses at Lyttelton Port

Lyttelton Port

Investigation launched after scrap metal ship crane collapses as ship is loaded at port.

Cosy coalition at Port Hills meeting


After weeks of political meetings in cold church halls, it was time for a debate in a pub.

New life for stricken bach

Governors Bay bach

Red-zoned Port Hills bach will find a new life as sheep shearers' living quarters on far-flung Pitt Island.

Calls to regularly open up tunnel

Tunnel cyclists

Council keen to make pedestrian access to Lyttelton tunnel annual, but fears raised over port impact.

Super moon brings flooding threat

Super moon over Timaru

A large moon has sparked flooding fears for low-lying parts of Christchurch tonight.

No spill prosecution

Jet fuel leak Lyttelton

Mobil will not be prosecuted after 1.2 million litres of jet fuel spilled from its tank in Lyttelton.

Calls for change

Jason Hammond

Truck driver who worked at Lyttelton Port the night before a man was killed believes more workers will die without major changes.

'One of the good buggers'

Anita Fletcher

The wife of a firefighter killed at Lyttelton Port said words could not explain 'the pain that has ripped through my heart'.

Port safety denounced

Brad Fletcher

Lyttelton Port workers were reportedly jump-starting machinery when colleague fell to death.

25,000 people walk through Lyttelton tunnel

Tunnel cyclists

Fifty years ago Tony Treleaven walked through Lyttelton Tunnel with his parents and today he did it again with his children.

Cliff-top properties judged risk to life

Port Hills home

The fate of Port Hills properties in limbo since the 2011 earthquake has finally been revealed.

New way to navigate tunnel

Lyttelton tunnel

Lyttelton tunnel will be taken over by walkers, cyclists and skateboarders as it marks 50 years on Sunday.

Tile and trouble behind creation of tunnel

Jack Smith

Cantabrians will get a chance to see the Lyttelton Tunnel up close as the landmark celebrates a milestone.

Man killed at port

Worker death at Lyttelton Port

A worker at Lyttelton port has been killed - the third on the waterfront in 12 months.

Sumner's plea for money

Sumner librarys

Sumner residents are impatient for a new $10m hub to 'help the village prosper'.

Port Hills homes to be dozed

Bob Boland

Sixteen homes on the Port Hills are to be bulldozed because they are deemed dangerous.

$17m to buy Port Hill homes

Diane and Wayne Jamieson

Council and Govt will buy 16 Port Hills properties, compulsorily if needed, to allow protection work for another 21.

PM backs coastal path

John Key

Endorsement from Prime Minister John Key has the backers of the Christchurch Coastal Walkway more hopeful than ever they can fund the $20m project.

Runaway lorry plunges into yard

Runaway lorry

Shingle-filled lorry takes out ute, letterboxes and several bushes before plunging over a bank after handbrake fails.

Up, up and away

Demolition waste being moved in helicopter


More than 100 tonnes of building waste are being airlifted off the Port Hills as part of Christchurch's first helicopter-assisted demolition.

Taming Port Hills 'beast'

Worsleys Track makeover would be welcomed

Worsleys Track

If a proposed development goes ahead, cyclists and walkers may in the future have a very different experience on Henry Worsley's once peaceful spur.

Sumner home is Canterbury's best

Canterbury House of the Year

A hillside house built on shaky ground has been named Canterbury's House of the Year.

Snow for Port Hills?

Summit Rd snow

Snow down to 100m is possible on Banks Peninsula today.

Rockfall protection plan canned

Phil Elmey

Council finally decides area-wide rockfall mitigation on the Port Hills is not financially viable.

First trip to beach opens eyes


A special memory of driving out to Sumner for the first time is fondly recalled by lifelong Christchurch resident Alan Clark.

Widower in 'black hole'

Abi Hone and Ella Summerfield

Man whose "soulmate" wife and daughter were killed in a horror crash says the "pain is unbearable". | Driver to pay

Driver to pay for deaths

Abi Hone and Ella Summerfield

The driver who ran a stop sign, killing a Sumner mum and two girls, will pay reparation to both families. | Widower shattered

Kunekune piglet missing in Sumner

Peppa the kunekune pig

A popular member of the Sumner community has gone AWOL - Peppa the kunekune pig.

Obese man taken to hospital

Fire Service firefighters generic

A 220kg man rescued last night after becoming stuck in his shower was taken to hospital today.

Lyttelton Tunnel traffic warning

Lyttelton road tunnel

Traffic will be restricted to a single lane through Lyttelton Tunnel between 8pm and 6am tonight.

Sumner: Remember not to flush tonight


Sumner and Redcliffs residents should not flush the loo for six hours tonight.

Passing trucks 'feel like quakes'

Celia St traffic

Residents say passing trucks and buses feel "like an earthquake" as Sumner traffic is diverted.

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