The hobby of bird breeding is growing in popularity if the thousand-plus entries in last weekend's annual Christchurch poultry show are anything to go by.
But as the breeder who won best bird in the show reveals, there's a fair amount of work behind the scenes to create a prize-winning bird.
Over 1000 birds were on display for judging in Christchurch over the weekend, at the annual Christchurch Poultry, Pigeon and Bantam Club show.
The event's been running since 1867, and each year sees more smaller clubs using the event for their own annual show.
North Canterbury's first careers expo has been declared a success.
Around 75 stallholders from businesses, government, and educational institutes promoted their career paths to eager youngsters at Rangiora High School.
Oxford Observatory is moving to protect its night sky, as it looks to enter into New Zealand's growing astro-tourism market.
The astronomers are preparing a submission to the Waimakariri District Council's District Plan Review to protect the night sky.
The importance of mentors was emphasised at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraising breakfast at the Rangiora Friday morning.
Reflecting on the organisation's role in mentoring young people, guest speaker Peeni Henare spoke about being mentored as a boy in Northland.
Tourists are enjoying Kaikoura as life continues to return to normal following the magnitude 7.5 earthquake which hit the area in November 2016.
There are still traffic delays as massive earthworks continue, but that's not dampening the enjoyment of tourists.
Organisers of the Kaikoura A and P show say it's as strong as it's ever been, despite battling a raft of recent challenges.
After an earthquake, a cyclone and a struggle to recruit new committee members, the show continues to defy the odds.