The home of local news: The Christchurch App

The Christchurch App is your home for community news and information and now it’s free to download on your smartphone.


The Christchurch App


Metropol Magazine Publisher Murray Dempsey is the driving force behind the Christchurch App and is thrilled to be sharing his passion for hyper-local news. “There’s been a move away from community news reporting here in Canterbury and we believe there is a need for a news site focused on delivering relevant local news and events,” he says.

“It’s easy to forget what is going on in our local communities with so much attention being focused on what’s happening at a national and international level.” Murray has employed former Fairfax Editor Sarah Jarvis and journalist Tracey Edwardes to drive the news component for the app. “Everyone has a story to tell and we will be happy to tell that story,” Sarah says.


The Christchurch App

“Let’s start focusing on what’s happening in our own backyard and give residents a domain to share their stories.” Sarah says as well as news stories, the Christchurch App will cover sport and events. “Our aim is to cover inspiring, informative and thought-provoking stories but to also inform our readers on things happening daily.”

Non-profit organisations and community groups can also list their events for free. “We understand non-profit and community groups don’t have the money to advertise so we are more than happy to support them with a free listing and story when needed,” Murray says.
As well as information on local events, there will be a detailed business and trade directory.



Murray Dempsey
Murray Dempsey – Publisher
Tracey Edwardes
Tracey Edwardes – Reporter
Sarah Jarvis
Sarah Jarvis – Managing Editor
Liam Dempsey
Liam Dempsey – IT Support


The Christchurch App is a free downloadable app available from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

To contact the Christchurch App team email or call 027 2133 179.

For event listings email or to advertise email Murray at or call 021 639 994.