Are you an aspiring author? Entries for the Sunday Star Times short story awards are now open!
The winning entry will receive a $3000 prize + there’s a $500 prize for students in our secondary school competition.
Full details and the entry form are here.
Christchurch's roofed 25,000-seat stadium could be ready within five years but the pressure is now on to get it planned and built right.
The city council's long-awaited investment case says a 25,000 seat mostly clear-roofed facility is the best fit for the city, and could be built within the budgeted $473 million, including running costs. Temporary seating was not included but could be added later.
The chosen option would cost $472.7m to build and $485.3m to run over 25 years, of which $343m would be funded by stadium income, with an annual $4.2m council top-up.
Read more about the plan here.
We hope at this time of year you are getting close to having a break and a well deserved holiday.
Throwback Thursday: German tourists Andreas and Silke Staehle enjoy the 40 trees on display at the CCS Christmas Tree Festival at the Christchurch convention centre in December 2005.
Have you seen any great Christmas displays in Christchurch this year or know of anyone who has one? Share the details in the comments below.