Akaroa will be the starting point for competitors in the grueling seven-day GODZone adventure race.
A small township near Christchurch is to get its first motel.
It was a typical country rugby final between Waihora and Rakaia: Fiercely loyal sidelines with the winning side kicking on to Mad Sunday with their win. Just as well they decided to take Monday off.
Nurses are issuing strike notices after rejecting the latest pay offer from DHBs, but say they hope urgent mediation will avert any industrial action.