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Population growth stays steady

The Ashburton  District  has lost its place as one of New Zealand’s fastest growing population areas, (more)

Hoping for a better 2015

Taking locals back to 1988 and 2005 – Mt Hutt framed by a nor’west arch in July this year.
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Mt Hutt management are writing off this year’s poor ski season (more)

Highlighting disease dangers

Ashburton’s Jordyn Love remembers her friend Courtenay Rushton and wants to raise awareness of the disease which killed her.
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Meningococcal disease is an insidious and rapid killer, and (more)

Taking on the world

New Zealand filled the under 17 boys’ tricks podium at the recent Asia Pacific Championships with Curtis Williams, 17, Northland taking silver while Hugh Donaldson won gold and George Donaldson the bronze – with all three also in the New Zealand Junior Worlds team.

Waterskiing twin brothers, Hugh and George Donaldson, have been (more)

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Rakaia builder Tom Southern earned himself bragging rights to the title of New Zealand’s best building industry apprentice, winning this year’s Master Builders’ apprentice of the year award.

‘Absolute ripper’ country’s top building apprentice

When building company owner Pat McCarthy describes his apprentice Tom Southern as “an absolute ripper”, he clearly know what he’s (more)

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Big push to regain skifield visitor numbers

There was a time Methven led the national ski industry, and there is no reason why it can not reclaim some of that glory. So says (more)

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Two local i-Sites safe, for now

I-Sites at Ashburton and Methven cost less than most of their counterparts around New Zealand to run and that means they’re safe – for (more)

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Braden Currie and Dougal Allan testing out part of the Red Bull Defiance race that Currie has designed.
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Test for top multisporters

There is plenty of pressure on Braden Currie to win his own race, the Red Bull Defiance, in Wanaka this weekend. The former Methven (more)


Keenan to take the reins

Mid Canterbury’s Meads Cup final against Buller in Westport will be the last act as coach for Glenn Moore and his replacement has already (more)

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Champs decided

Zebras’ shooter, Emma Kelly, pulls in a pass during the Allenton twilight netball finals on Tuesday night. The Zebras won the 6pm final (more)

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Levy not so woolly

While the decision of wool growers is clear, the wool levy referendum hasn’t put to bed the issues behind why it was held. Over the (more)

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Foreign buyers for farm

Another slice of Mid Canterbury land has moved into foreign ownership with the Overseas Investment Commission approving the sale of 829 hectares (more)

Andrew Hoggard

The world is a volatile place . . .

I guess you’d expect me to be writing about the latest drop in GlobalDairyTrade and the lower milk price we farmers will be getting this (more)

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Former Ashburton College deputy principal Grant Congdon is welcomed to his new school in Levin by Horowhenua College assistant principal James Los’e.

Accepting invite to powhiri ‘appropriate’

A decision to fly Ashburton College staff and students to a powhiri in Levin should be measured in terms of its value rather than its (more)

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Lack of feedback disappoints

A Mid Canterbury principal has expressed her disappointment with the Ministry of Education after they failed to advise her that she had not (more)

Corey Parsons, 15, is still recovering after a serious skiing accident while on a school trip that left him with multiple broken bones and head injuries.
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Probe after student injured

Investigations have been launched after a 15-year-old boy with special needs was airlifted to hospital after he was seriously hurt on a (more)

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Stu Oldham

Ashburton consistent

What should we make of news Ashburton has slipped down the rankings as one of the fastest growing districts in the country? Well, if (more)


Letters to the Editor – October 23, 2014

Footy thanks In relation to the article “Ashburton gun’s big shot” (Ashburton Guardian, October 21), we would like to take the (more)

Stu Oldham

New group, new voice

The launch of a new business group last night should mean the people who decide how our region grows will hear more from the outfits that (more)

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Gearing up for summer-time fun

Ashburton District Council parks and recreation staff have had an icky job on their hands this week. They’ve been doing the annual clean-up (more)

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Motoring – In our own backyard

For two Sunday afternoons in a row we’ve had the opportunity to do some impromptu motoring. Both experiences had several things in (more)


X-factor a winner

Meet the BMW X4 35d - whose unusual looks, especially the sloping rear roof-line, you’ll be unlikely to forget. But then you’d also (more)

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Washing was hard work

We know nothing about this image except for the photographer’s name and the fact it was taken in Ashburton. Who was the buxom woman and (more)

Memoriam cards were once sent out to people who had attended funerals. This one, dated 1901, is for Herbert Reader Steel, an Ashburton businessman, who died aged 37.

Little known about funerals of past

While death was a regular visitor to Victorian and Edwardian homes, we have very little evidence of funerals. As today, the local (more)

The Tinwald Hotel on the corner of Archibald Street and Grahams Road.

Eagle Eye Lagan catches murderer

Michael Lagan was a publican with keen powers of observation and a keen sense of duty. Publican of the Tinwald Hotel, situated at the (more)

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Club News – October 22, 2014

Age Concern Ashburton Age Concern presented the second of their three seminars to up skill mature drivers on Wednesday October 16 at the (more)

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Club news, October 16, 2014

Ashburton Musical Club Ashburton Musical Club held the final concert for the year on Saturday October 11. The Annual Scholarship of $600 was (more)

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Club News October 9 2014

Ashburton Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club The night was very well attended with old members returning and visitors coming to enjoy another (more)

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