Their prayers have been answered: Much-loved Christchurch chapel opens its doors once more

St Andrew's College in Christchurch lost its chapel in the 2011 Earthquake and now its replacement has been completed.

St Andrew's College in Christchurch lost its chapel in the 2011 Earthquake and now its replacement has been completed. Source: Seven Sharp



Shot put legend Valerie Adams will officially become a Dame this morning

Kiwi shot put legend Valerie Adams will be formally invested as a Dame Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit at Government House in Auckland this morning.

Adams received the honour in the New Year's Honours list for services to athletics.

She's a four-time World shot put champion, three time World Indoor champion, two-time Olympic and three-time Commonwealth champion.

Valerie Adams expressed her love to her fans in an interview with ONE News and had to fight back her tears as she signed off. Source: 1 NEWS

She was famously promoted from the 2012 London Olympics silver medal to gold after the initial winner, Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk, failed two drug tests.

Adams won silver at the 2016 Olympics in Rio with a distance of 20.42 metres behind US athlete Michelle Carter.

Adams is one of only nine athletes, including Usain Bolt, to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. 

She's the first woman to win four consecutive individual titles at the world track and field championships.

Adams is due to attend the investiture ceremony at 10am which Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy will officiate.

After getting a call from wrestler John Cena, Adams was next on the list for students at Henry Hill School. Source: Seven Sharp

More than 60 New Zealanders will receive their honours in ceremonies from today until Friday.

Adams says her New Year’s Honour recognises her for who she is as a person and "not just the muscles".


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