Christchurch & Canterbury

Some say campers are putting the threatened bird species in even more danger.

Kaikōura council freedom camping site a new threat to endangered banded dotterel - campaigner

Ailsa Howard says introducing people to the birds' habitat opens them up to the risk of being stepped on or being attacked by other predators.

Heartfelt farewell messages carved into site of crash in Christchurch where three teens died

One of the messages read: "Rest easy, boys. Forever in our hearts".

The Metro bus and a car crashed at an intersection at Prebbleton, just south of Christchurch.

Bus and car crash south of Christchurch, 12 people injured

The crash occurred at an intersection in Prebbleton shortly before 3.30pm.

Canterbury pub owners fined $30K after workers denied sick, bereavement and holiday leave

Malcolm and Claire Bennett, who have owned Coalgate Tavern for over 30 years, were penalised for 30 breaches to the Holidays Act.

Witnesses say the car erupted in a ball of fire.

Witnesses sought to Christchurch police chase, crash that resulted in teens' deaths

Anyone who saw vehicle or the crash is asked to contact police.

Witnesses say the car erupted in a ball of fire.

Christchurch crash that left three teens dead 'like something you'd see in the movies,' witness says

Police told media today "intense heat" from the crash thwarted rescue efforts by officers at the scene.

Man wanted over Canterbury aggravated robbery on the loose

Anyone who's seen Tanera Otene, 21, is urged to contact police.

Three people died in Christchurch last night after the vehicle they were fleeing police in hit spikes and crashed into a tree.

Officers injured trying to save three teens from 'ball of fire' after Christchurch chase, but it was in vain

The stolen vehicle crashed into a tree and erupted in flames after driving over spikes, police said.

SH1 closed, two-hour delay in North Canterbury after gas truck overturns in serious crash

One of the trucks rolled, leaving the driver in critical condition, police said.

Every trap is ethically approved - some kill - others just catch the pests in the area.

'Trap library' helps Canterbury locals protect native birds free of charge

Customers can browse the hundreds of traps to take home to help with their pest problems.

SPCA investigating after kitten thrown from moving car in Christchurch

The incident occurred on Wednesday morning at approximately 8.30am on New Brighton Road.

Christchurch water bottling idea slammed as 'dangerous' economic thinking

Councillor Aaron Keown wants to see the council and local iwi teaming up, packing water into recycled glass bottles and selling it overseas.

Police car generic.

One dead, section of SH1 closed following overnight crash in Canterbury

The incident happened on Main South Road just after 3am.

Ross Butters.

South Canterbury man missing since New Year's Eve found safe and well

Police had held serious concerns for Ross Butters of Fairlie.


Fire authorities nervous as grass, scrub grows at fastest rate in decades

They say rapidly growing vegetation in regions like Canterbury could fuel blazes if triggered.

Ross Butters.

'Serious concerns' for man missing from Canterbury town since New Year's Eve

Police are appealing for sightings of Ross Butters, 35, who's thought to be driving a Toyota Hilux.

Fire closes State Highway 7 near popular Hanmer Springs

The NZ Transport Agency says the fire is at Engineers Camp just south of Springs Junction.

Police release details of toddler's drowning death at Canterbury property

She was 13-month-old Grace Marie Griffin of Ashburton.

But will the changes solve the event’s financial struggles?

Reinvigorated World Busker's Festival set to kick off in Christchurch

The festival has had a name change, and is now known as Bread & Circus.

Animal carcasses found in popular South Canterbury river

A Temuka resident found seven deer heads, a boar and a sheepskin in the middle of the Rocky Gully River, near Albury last Friday.

Missing Hillmorton mental health patient found after two nights in locked shed

The patient managed to keep himself warm and had sugar sachets on him which were his only source of sustenance during the ordeal.

Police say it's a miracle no one was hurt as drivers raced and did burnouts.

Councillor urges crackdown over Christchurch's boy racers

Deon Swiggs says he's planning to meet with police and a Government MP.

The 15-year-old’s body was found 18 years later in scrub beside the Ashburton River.

Today marks 20 years since the unsolved murder of Kirsty Bentley, but DNA advances bring new hope

The Ashburton teenager disappeared on New Year's Eve and was found dead nearly three weeks later.

Police say it's a miracle no one was hurt as drivers raced and did burnouts.

Man charged, car impounded after third night of Christchurch boy racer gatherings

Still, authorities said, last night was an improvement on earlier in the weekend.

Person critically injured after being hit by train in Christchurch

The accident occurred on Colombo Street just after 10am.

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