Christchurch reinstated as refugee location

The immigration minister is praising the government's announcement that Christchurch can once again be a settlement location for refugees. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says it represents an important step for New Zealand’s ambitions...... Read More

Christchurch to be a refugee settlement location again

Christchurch has been reinstated as a refugee settlement location, more than seven years after the first Christchurch earthquake. About 20 quota refugees from Afghanistan and Eritrea will be resettled in Christchurch during March next year, with 40...... Read More

Tui seen in Lyttleton for first time in 40 years

Tui are being seen in the port town of Lyttelton for the first time in 40 years. The bird may be a common sight in other parts of New Zealand, but they have largely disappeared from lowland areas of Canterbury. Unfortunately they were not there the...... Read More

Canterbury tax relief, GST loophole closed

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed Parliament will extend tax relief for Canterbury businesses affected by issues relating to depreciation following the earthquakes. Mr Nash today introduced a Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) to the Taxation...... Read More

Landmark projects get final okay

Two landmark multi-million dollar projects for Rolleston have been given the green light by the Selwyn District Council. At its meeting last week, council approved a $14.8 million extension to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, as well as the design concepts...... Read More

Christchurch insurance premium hike baffles homeowners

An insurance company may be attempting to freeze high-risk properties out of the market by increasing their premiums, an earthquake claims advocate claims. A Christchurch man was left stunned after his insurance premium rose by 440 percent after Tower...... Read More

One killed in South Island crash

A man has died following a crash near Winchester in the South Island. Police were called to the single vehicle crash at the intersection of the Temuka-Orari Highway and Barker Road at 10.21pm. The 34-year-old driver and sole occupant of the car...... Read More

Police seek information on serious assault

  Police are investigating an assault on a 70-year-old man at his home on Bamford St, Christchurch.   The incident occurred around 7pm on Sunday when the man went to the backdoor of his home after being alerted to a disturbance, says Detective...... Read More

Skiers evacuated after power outage

Some skiers on Mt Hutt had a day to remember yesterday when a major power outage stopped chairlifts and sparked an evacuation. The skifield’s power connection at Blackford Road dropped out at 11.16am on Saturday, stopping all lifts and electrical...... Read More

Two dead cows found washed up on a beach

Cantabrians are scratching their heads over how two dead cows ended up on a Christchurch beach. A Christchurch City Council spokeswoman says rangers were alerted to a dead cow on New Brighton beach on Sunday morning. A second cow was also found in...... Read More