North Canterbury

Free buses this weekend

Leave the car at home and get on a bus this weekend, with free fares for everyone in Christchurch, Waimakariri, Selwyn ...

ECan wants to encourage as many people as possible to leave their car at home and give public transport a go.

One of world's oldest bird species found

Paul Scofield and amateur palaeontologist Leigh Love examine a section of river bank on the Waipara River, near where ...

​The 62-million-year old ancestor of some of the largest flying birds ever has been found in Waipara, North Canterbury.

The women-only mayoral races

The mayoral contest in Hurunui is a three-woman race between Peggy Burrows, Jullia McLean and Marie Black.

This year's local government elections include women-only mayoral contests – a first for New Zealand, an expert says.

Kiwis stars share stories

Jess Smith interviews Jason Gunn for her new podcast, Smile and Pod.

A North Canterbury woman hopes to inspire people to follow their dreams by hearing the stories of successful Kiwis.

Memorial league match 'awesome'

North Canterbury man Jason Moore and his family, Adie Moore, Flynn, 14, Logan, 24, and Maia, 10, at the memorial rugby ...

It was cold and wet, but a rugby league game honouring two quake victims warmed hearts.

Woodend still wants bypass

180612 GENERIC  NEWS photo: STACY SQUIRES/FAIRFAX  NZ. Place name sign for Woodend township
70 km speed sign road sign ...

A North Canterbury town divided by a busy highway is not giving up the fight for safer roads.

Gun laws met with scepticism

Marc Martinovich, from Loburn in North Canterbury, surrendered his .22 tubular rifle because the new rules mean its ...

Gun owners hand in 20,000 firearms since Chch mosque attacks as new laws stir mixture of enthusiasm and doubt.

Nicola Toki's stomping ground

DOC's threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki lives at Mt Cass, in the Hurunui district.

Most Kiwis think our wildlife is doing just fine. But we've got the highest proportion of threatened species in the world.

Water reforms don't wash with Hurunui

While dairy farming has come under fire, Hurunui mayor Winton Dalley says birds and limestone are also to blame for the ...

An outgoing North Canterbury mayor says "public opinion and impatience" are driving proposed water quality targets that will be impossible to meet.

50-minute delays possible on SH73

Work to remove loose rocks and install rockfall netting at the Waimakariri Bluffs area could cause delays for motorists ...

Motorists travelling between the West Coast and Canterbury should expect delays while work to improve the highway is carried out over the next few months.

School's coupon book fundraiser

Amberley School head girl Anya McDonald shows off the school's new fundraising coupon book with Shaan from Paris Bakery ...

 A school fundraiser to buy stationery for all of its pupils in 2020 is also helping promote local businesses.

Wardrobe note deemed a 'will'

Pamela Palmer's estate will go to her stepson, Andrew, after the High Court agreed a note found in her wardrobe ...

A handwritten note found in a wardrobe has gifted a woman's estate to her estranged stepson.

Govt accused of hypocrisy over tiny homes

Amberley man Alan Dall's tiny home.

Tiny house owners are accusing the government of hypocrisy, amid fierce debate if their dwellings are legally vehicles or buildings.

Gun buyback event in Kaiapoi

A person carries a firearms case into a buyback event. (File photo)

Another firearms buyback event will be held in North Canterbury this weekend.

Memorial match for quake victims

North Canterbury man Jason Moore and his family, Adie Moore, Flynn, 14, Logan, 24, and Maia, 10, will take part in an ...

Jason Moore says losing his daughter was hard enough, but losing his granddaughter too "just rips your heart".

Crackdown on whitebait structures

A rickety and illegal whitebait structure reaching out into the Kaiapoi River.

A rise in the number of illegal river structures to help whitebaiters has prompted a crackdown.

NZ has 'basic skills problem' video

Adult learner Jeremy Frankum completes his bookwork with support from Literacy Aotearoa tutor Rae Evans-Pater.

It is estimated that more than 1 million adults across New Zealand have literacy difficulties in their everyday lives.

Air quality heads complaints list

Smoke complaints make up most of the reports to the Environment Canterbury incident response team. (file photo)

Air quality and burn-offs remain the most common source of complaints for Environment Canterbury's hotline.

School te reo could take 20 years

Introducing te reo Māori as a compulsory part of schooling isn't as simple as adding a new class to the timetable.

What would it take to make te reo Māori a compulsory part of New Zealand schooling?

Dispute over man's body

Colin McCormick died when he was hit by a car on August 23 in North Canterbury.

The fiancee of a man killed on a Canterbury road says his ex-partner needs to drop her fight to keep his body from his family.

Canty farming under threat video

The Govenrment's Action for Healthy Waterways plan will make things even more difficult for Canterbury dairy farmers ...

The Government's proposed huge reductions in farm nutrient levels have some Canterbury farmers "aghast".

Freedom camping allowed in Hanmer

Four spots in central Hanmer Springs will be available to freedom campers this summer. Pictured, freedom campers in ...

Freedom camping spots in the North Canterbury town will be up for grabs this summer while the council decides what to do.

Plan for quake-affected homes

A large slip on SH1 at Mangamanu on the road to the the small settlement of Rakautara, 22 kilometres north of Kaikōura. ...

Kaikōura's council says it went the extra mile to help quake-affected homeowners, but some say it should have done more.

Focus on reducing family harm

Greg Cottam is the new area prevention manager in rural Canterbury.

There is a new policeman doing the rounds in North Canterbury, although his face may already be familiar to some.

Loose cows cause crash

The crash between a light truck and several cows, killing one cow, happened near Swannanoa, North Canterbury

A truck driver escaped injury when they crashed into several cows loose on a North Canterbury road. 

Crash victim a loveable 'ratbag'

Colin McCormick, 44, died after being struck by a car in North Canterbury.

Colin McCormick was often seen gliding down the streets of Waipara on his longboard, his guitar strapped to his back.

Kaikōura's camping crackdown

A new bylaw means freedom camping will be banned or restricted at several sites near Kaikōura.

Chaotic freedom camping spots in Kaikōura will be out of bounds this summer under a proposed new bylaw.

Rifles stolen from club

The West Eyreton Miniature Rifle Club's rifles were stolen from the Cust Community Centre this month. The club is now ...

A North Canterbury gun club is fundraising to replace rifles stolen from the community centre where they were stored.

Company chosen to build sports complex

Four indoor courts will be configured for a range of sports.

A $28m sports facility in Rangiora is a step closer to construction with news the tender has been awarded to Leighs Construction Ltd.

Free burgers mark store opening

Rangiora High School student Tyler Hills munches into a burger at the new Burger King store in Rangiora.

Rangiora High School students say they were pretty excited when an assembly announcement alerted them to free burgers.

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