Mowgli faces urban jungle


Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is on its way to North Canterbury, but with a modern twist that sees it set in the city.

Rubbish on riverbank ruins walks


An increase in illegal dumping is taking the shine of the new carpark, cycle and walkways beside the Ashley river.

Bridge closure ignites anger

Ashley resident and mother of two Nicola Frame says her anger and frustration over the indefinite closure of the Ashley Bridge this week led her to set up a Fix Ashley Bridge Facebook page.

Flooding cause unclear


Residents properties affected by Monday's downpour in western Kaiapoi are still in the dark about the cause of the flooding.

Rental drought bites resident

old woman

An elderly Kaiapoi woman describes as a "classic Catch-22 situation" her experience of being red- zoned and not being able to rent or buy to replace her Raven St cottage.

Kaiapoi heads for Rockquest regional finals


Two Kaiapoi High School bands have made it into the Canterbury regional finals of this year's Smokefreerockquest.

The big go slow


The commute from North Canterbury to Christchurch is taking longer as transport solutions lag behind housing demand.

More ready to "just go"


A bucket list mentality is driving more North Cantabrians to put their well-earned cash into travel, says House of Travel Rangiora owner Jonathan Prager.

Degraded pa site lamented


Damage and decay at Kaiapoi Pa has annoyed a former Department of Maori Affairs staffer.

Hub to modernise services


The planned new health hub for Rangiora will house the existing maternity and mental services, along with new facilities.

Vets plan modern new centre


Rangiora Veterinary Centre is on the move, relocating to custom-designed premises on the corner of Oxford and Lehmans roads, which should be completed by October.

Owners gauge interest in new High Street build

The new owners of the empty site at 206 High St in Rangiora are gauging interest from potential tenants before committing to plans for a new building.

Ole ole Oliver


The future of musical theatre in North Canterbury is assured if the talent on show in Oliver is anything to go by.

Salon bears brunt of vandals


Twice in two months, the front windows of Flawless Hair and Beauty salon, on the ground floor of the Hemi Developments building in Rangiora, have been vandalised.

Ayers wants district spot on Cera advisory service


Waimakariri mayor David Ayers says that earthquake damage in the district justifies a seat on the new advisory body.

Saddlery reopens in Woodend


After losing its building in Rangiora, Don Clarke Canvas and Saddlery is opening in new premises in Woodend.

Fire in school toilet block

Police are investigating a fire at Kaiapoi High School that started when a toilet roll holder was set alight.

Youth MPs add voice to parliamentary debate


Two teens from North Canterbury will get an insider's view of political life after being selected as youth MPs for the region.

Cinema heist mystery

Thieves have stolen thousands of dollars worth of film gear belonging to Patrick Walsh from the Rangiora Town Hall.

Churches on shaky ground


Some churches in North Canterbury may be sold and closed following a restructure of the Christchurch anglican diocese.

Community centre opens again

Woodend Community Centre was officially opened on Sunday, drawing a large crowd intent on welcoming back a community focus to the town.

Cathedral options stir passions

The three Christ Church Cathedral proposals released for consultation are drawing a range of reactions from the public.

Wood and warm welcome


Rangiora's new Vodafone store is the first in the country to be built according to a new global design concept.

Whatta whopper


Last week's dousing of rain should mean a strong finish to this year's salmon fishing season.

Character feeling set to be retained


Retaining Rangiora's sense of character doesn't mean imitating the past, but being sympathetic to it.

Campsite inferno terror


Students and staff from Cashmere High School fled as fire spread across the dry farmland they were camping on.

Owners anxious to repair building

Preserving Rangiora's heritage A & P building is a priority for owners Robert and Ruth Beulink.

Young Farmer fun 'turns a bit serious'


Springbank's John Wakelin has made it to the regional final for the Young Farmer of the Year Contest and has his fingers crossed for a good result on March 30.

Phones remain above ground


The residents of Rangiora's Stephens St are questioning why their telephone lines couldn't be undergrounded when Mainpower was busy burying their powerlines recently.

Grant enables youth festival to go ahead


A youth festival ''by youth, for youth'' will go ahead in North Canterbury in April, thanks to a $6000 grant from the Ministry of Youth Development.

Cost of new love can sting

An elderly Rangiora man who spent several hundred dollars on a matchmaking phone service says he was pressured to spend thousands more, after only one week and one failed match.

Tourism rates to be targeted

All Hurunui businesses that benefit from the district's tourism marketing budget will have to stump up with an additional rate - from $150 at the bottom end to $1100 at the top - from July.

Mentors change lives


The Rangiora branch of Big Brother, Big Sister has taken on more help, in the form of new mentoring co-ordinator, Natasha Graham.

Nifty drones make aerial work simple


A Woodend man is using unmanned aerial systems - or drones - to take photographs of "impossible" locations.

Allow culinary chaos


Kids can cook - that's the message Marlborough-based chef Chris Fortune has been taking around North Canterbury schools in the last week.

Waimakariri ban lifted


The fire ban in the Waimakariri district has been downgraded in time for farmers to burn off crop stubble.

Book of remembrance


Joy and Arnold Pohio lost their son, Joe, on February 22, but his workmates have given them a special keepsake.

Huge relief as school saved from move

After more than two years, Kaiapoi Borough School has finally been given the green light to remain on its site.

Belfast bus-stop blues


Bus delays from Christchurch to North Canterbury are leaving students standing on the kerb for up to an hour.

Crash victim named

Christchurch police have confirmed the identity of a motorcycle crash victim who died near Dunsandel yesterday.

Row brews over school assets

The wrangle between Rangiora High School and the nursery school shows no sign of being resolved.

Test case centre to help support families in need


Work and Income and Child, youth and Family are now under one roof at the new Rangiora Centre on High St.

Census time looms


With the 2011 census cancelled due to earthquakes, this year's one, starting this weekend will be the first in seven years.

Irrigation plan threatens Waimak

A significant chunk of North Canterbury could be altered forever if a proposed irrigation plan goes ahead say its opponents.

School pupils in collision


Hawarden College principal Ron Ballantyne was relieved to hear none of his pupils were injured in a bus crash.

Hub health vision being put forward


Some form of 24-hour healthcare should be incorporated into the new North Canterbury health hub.

School's upgrades stalled

Projects have been on hold at Kaiapoi Borough School, pending assessment of the site's earthquake risk.

Club promises access solution


A wheel chair bound Kaiapoi man says a small change to the Kaiapoi Golf Club's ramp would allow him and others access.

Nick slays slalom


Loburn man Nick Latz, 31, will have something special to declare when he returns to Christchurch airport tomorrow.

Signs of confusion


Communication of a health warning for the Ashley River has left swimmers confused.