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St Vinnies clearing out

  St Vincent de Paul is selling its wares – to prepare for the demolition of its earthquake (more)

Standing up against bullying

Joining in the Pink Shirt Day are (from left) Ethan Marriott, Rebecca Ann, Akerita Lene, Emily Hodzelmans, Arabella Stewart and RicJale Heke.                              Photo Amanda Konyn

  It was pinker than a Barbie reunion at Hampstead School (more)

Best New Broadcaster

Luke Howden

Former Ashburton College student Luke Howden took out one of the (more)

Locals off to champs

Jion’s New Zealand representatives (back, from left) coach Thorsten Windhorst, Jessica Windhorst; (front, from left) Rosie Gray, Jenna Borthwick, Taylah Burrowes and Charlie Savage.

Five members of the Jion International Karate Dojo of Ashburton (more)

Coeliac New Zealand key Ashburton contact Heather Stewart provides Allenton Medical Centre nurse manager Andrea Kinley with information about coeliac disease.
Photo Tetsuro Mitomo

Local support group offers a helping hand

It is estimated that nearly 70,000 New Zealanders are living with coeliac disease, with around 80 per cent of them unaware they have the (more)

School bus

Lack of patronage threatens service

A long running fundraiser for a Mid Canterbury school could be in jeopardy. For more than five years Mount Somers Springburn School has (more)

Photo Tetsuro Mitomo

Black-billed gull colony ‘a super-colony’

An aerial survey of the world’s most endangered seabird has found a super-colony of some 10,000 birds nesting near the Ashburton River (more)


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Matt Markham

The Orange Agent biggest Jewels winner

The final fields for Harness Jewels 2015 have been found. The button was pressed yesterday afternoon at Harness Racing New Zealand and (more)

Steve Devereux

Weekend a kaleidoscope of sporting excellence

Last weekend saw the wrap-up of the ever-expanding Wheels ‘Week’, one of those events that start off small, but because of the sheer (more)

Jion’s New Zealand representatives (back, from left) coach Thorsten Windhorst, Jessica Windhorst; (front, from left) Rosie Gray, Jenna Borthwick, Taylah Burrowes and Charlie Savage.

Locals off to champs

Five members of the Jion International Karate Dojo of Ashburton have been selected to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Karate (more)


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Mandatory drug testing

Drug testing should be mandatory on all farms, an employment specialist says. AgStaff manager Matt Jones said the agricultural sector has (more)

Jarred Clode could be the next Rural Bachelor of the Year.

Hinds may house next rural bachelor

A Hinds farm manager is off to Mystery Creek to contest the Rural Bachelor of the Year title at Fieldays. Jarred Clode, 31, was talked (more)

Arable

Arable farmers take a hit

The first milling wheat contract of the 2016 season will significantly decrease arable incomes in Mid Canterbury and has been labelled (more)


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School bus

Lack of patronage threatens service

A long running fundraiser for a Mid Canterbury school could be in jeopardy. For more than five years Mount Somers Springburn School has (more)

Joining in the Pink Shirt Day are (from left) Ethan Marriott, Rebecca Ann, Akerita Lene, Emily Hodzelmans, Arabella Stewart and RicJale Heke.                              Photo Amanda Konyn

Standing up against bullying

  It was pinker than a Barbie reunion at Hampstead School yesterday where even Principal Peter Melrose was donning the brights as (more)

Chris Murphy

Lack of funding slammed

A Mid Canterbury principal has slammed the lack of new funding announced for special education in yesterday’s Budget as “heart (more)


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From the grief and glory of being a mother

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9) During the 1860s in America, Anne Reeves Jarvis, a (more)

Sue Newman

Complex world of freedom of expression

Freedom of expression has been one of the cornerstones of the newspaper industry. Ideally we would write warts and all stories that (more)

Matt Markham

The Orange Agent biggest Jewels winner

The final fields for Harness Jewels 2015 have been found. The button was pressed yesterday afternoon at Harness Racing New Zealand and (more)


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Hidden illnesses

For hundreds of thousands of people around the world, each day is a struggle. The may be living with debilitating pain, chronic fatigue, or (more)

Shay Horay gets wrapped up in his work – 10 rubberbands and a high pain tolerance make him the Famous Rubberband Boy.

The secret to ageless skin

Shay wraps rubberbands around his face and he was worried about what that might mean for his looks. “I mean, it couldn’t have been (more)

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Life’s delights

Are you continually living in a stressed state, feeling low and running on empty? Are you pacing the treadmill and feeling like you can’t (more)


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History through headstones

I have been in Ashburton a few years now and I have to confess I still don’t really know my way around. There are sections of the (more)

Private Harry Robertson’s headstone at the Auchonvillers cemetery in France.

A dignified resting place

A poignant symbol of the many lives lost in wars are the military cemeteries that are to be found throughout the countries of (more)

The Hampstead peace oak in Friedlander Park in May 2012.

Where have all the peace oaks gone?

November 11, 1918, saw the end of fighting in World War One, but it did not see a declaration the war was actually over. That had to wait (more)


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Mid Canterbury Cancer Society Volunteers (from left) Marion Pannett and Gay Lane received a cheque on behalf of the society from Farmlands’ representatives Henry Ross and Russell Wallace.
Photo Amanda Konyn

Group benefits from raffle

Mid Cantabrians are continuing to give generously to organisations within their community. On Wednesday the Mid Canterbury Cancer Society (more)

Rotary Club of Ashburton member Perry Smith lays down one of the last loads of bark at the club’s Braebrook house. 
Photo Tetsuro Mitomo

Open day for Braebrook house

With only a day to go until the Rotary Club’s Braebrook house is opened to the public, the finishing touches are being added. Bark is (more)

Ashburton’s Mark Cherry will be among up to 200 Heroes for Hope at the Relay for Life this weekend.
Photo Tetsuro Mitomo

Survivor celebrating life

After battling cancer and coming through a “horrible” treatment regime, Ashburton’s Mark Cherry is looking forward to walking (more)


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