Kurt Bayer

Rescue leader describes CTV chaos

Health and safety was non-existent in the immediate aftermath of the CTV Building rescue mission, with firefighters being held by their ankles as they buried into makeshift tunnels to pull out survivors and corpses.

Smoke in cockpit forces flight to turn back

A strange smoky smell" forced a Jetstar crew to abort a Christchurch to Wellington service mid-flight this morning.

Energy drinks under review

Energy drinks under review

A spate of deaths in the United States linked to a highly caffeinated energy drink will be examined as part of a transtasman review that could mean caffeine levels in such drinks are lowered here.

Smiling bank robber admits using fake bomb

A smiling bank robber has admitted using a fake bomb to hold up a Christchurch ANZ branch.

Soldiers home from Afghanistan

New Zealand soldiers returned home last night after a gruelling six-month deployment to Afghanistan, where they lost five comrades in the line of duty.

Boy racer tells cops: 'Next time I'll smoke you'

Boy racer tells cops: 'Next time I'll smoke you'

A boy racer caught after a 14-minute high-speed pursuit involving 10 police cars was unrepentant afterwards, telling officers: "Next time I'll smoke you.''

Memorial service to be held for whitebaiter

Memorial service to be held for whitebaiter

A memorial service will be held on Friday for the whitebaiter swept out to sea at the mouth of the Rakaia River in Canterbury.

Coeliac disease vaccine being trialled in Christchurch

A new vaccine that could be the world's first 'cure' for coeliac disease is being trialled in New Zealand.

Graduate lands job as human scarecrow

Graduate lands job as human scarecrow

A young music graduate is working as a human scarecrow on an English farm to fund a dream holiday to New Zealand.

Bank robbery accused granted bail

An alleged bank robber who held up a bank claiming he had a bomb has today been granted bail.