Nationals next-up

Willowby’s Grant Wilson and Methven’s Chris Talbot have taken the first step towards national glory by winning the district round of the New Zealand Mixed Pairs on Saturday. The duo, who were also the defending champions in the local competition,...... Read More

Chch residents blame chlorine for inflamed eczema, headaches

Some Christchurch ratepayers say their drinking water now tastes and smells like a swimming pool. The first of the city's 156 wells were chlorinated late last month after the council revealed that some were at risk of contamination during flooding. Most...... Read More

Another Ashburton farm infected

Another farm near Ashburton has been confirmed as having mycoplasma bovis, bringing the total number in Mid Canterbury to seven. The Ministry for Primary Industries made the announcement late on Friday, at the same time confirming another Canterbury...... Read More

Plea not to combine planned Chch sporting facilities

A review into a multi-sport facility planned for Christchurch is causing exasperation amongst the sporting community. The review is looking at whether the Metro Sport Facility planned for next to Hagley Park should be combined with a multi-event arena...... Read More

Employment breaches cost restaurants $70k

A Christchurch company operating two Japanese restaurants has been penalised $70,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after the Labour Inspectorate found them ignoring employment law. The director of Japan Power, which trades as Samurai...... Read More

Red Zone projects get longer lease on life

Temporary projects in Christchurch’s residential red zone will be able to run for longer with the Government extending the timeframe on the ability to lease from 2 years to 5 years, Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Transitional projects...... Read More

Duckmanton murderer sentenced to life in prison

The man found guilty of murdering Renee Duckmanton has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non parole period of 18 years. Sainey Marong, a 33-year-old butcher, was found guilty in February of the 2016 murder of Ms Duckmanton, a Christchurch...... Read More

Spotlight on Methven bowlers

Four Methven bowlers will next week travel to the bright lights of Auckland to try and knock some of the big names off their perch to win a national title. Brent Mayson, Craig Carter, Rob Fensom and Bruce Redmond will compete in the Bowls New Zealand...... Read More

Woman assaulted while walking to her car

A man has been arrested following a serious assault in Christchurch. Police were called to Hagley Park at around 10.30pm, following reports a woman was assaulted by a man while walking to her car. The man stole property and ran off, says Christchurch...... Read More

Hunger striker weak and tired, but not giving up

A Christchurch man who is on a hunger strike outside Southern Response's office says he is weak and tired, but is not giving up. Peter Glasson began a hunger strike on Tuesday in front of the Southern Response's offices after years of fighting...... Read More