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151214-DW_176 Steve Prescott Stadium1feature

Close eye on stadium budget

The Ashburton District Council is assuring ratepayers it is keeping a tight rein on costs and completion (more)

Big break for garage band

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An Ashburton band which has played the majority of its music in (more)

Concerts draw the crowds


The Mid Canterbury Choir were festively kitted out in red, black (more)

Roulston heads top field

Hayden Roulston

Ashburton cyclist Hayden Roulston has confirmed he will defend his (more)

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Kate Milton

Meth-house confirmed

The presence of the Class A drug, methamphetamine has been confirmed in a Housing New Zealand property on Ashburton’s Dobson Street. In (more)

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Practising for nativity play

Rehearsing yesterday for the annual St Paul’s Church nativity play to be held tomorrow morning at the Oxford Street church are, (from (more)

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Albert St death still unsolved 6 years on

Six years ago today, a young Ashburton father was hit by a car and killed. But the person driving the car that killed Stewart Howell has (more)

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McCrea grabs opportunity

Dave McCrea has taken over coaching the Ashburton College 1st XV. The team had an informal get together this week, introducing McCrea as (more)

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Form reversal essential

Mid Canterbury’s opening Hawke Cup match was a flop. Mid Canterbury had started the two-day cricket match strongly to have Otago (more)

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Perry on the sidelines

Tim Perry is poised for a long stint on the sidelines and will miss the start of the 2015 Super rugby season. The Crusaders prop limped (more)

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Dairy price to drop in shops

For townies, there may be a silver lining to the dramatic drop in global milk prices. A major supermarket chain plans to slash the cost (more)

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Service sector awaits falling farm spend

Last dairy season Dave McCrea built nine dairy sheds; this year he’ll build seven, but looking to next year, his diary is empty. He’s (more)

Ashburton retailer Tony Todd says while it is too early to say exactly what impact the falling milk prices mean in terms of Ashburton’s retail sector, businesses will need to be mindful. 
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Retailers cautious over falling payout

Falling global milk prices are not just impacting dairy farmers, the retail sector could soon feel the pinch. Earlier this week Fonterra (more)

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Teacher contacted victim

Ashburton College’s principal is “shocked” after learning a disgraced former teacher had contacted a student he had previously formed (more)

Celebrating the end of the school year with a fun day at Hampstead School yesterday were (clockwise, from left) Mihi Mapu-Patea, 11, Jordon Gundry, 9, Maddy Young, 10, Teagan Cameron, 9, Jessie Pitney, 9, Caio Dos Santos, 9, Alisha Gundry-Levitt, 11, and Te Whetu Mapu-Patea, 9 (front).
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School’s finished for year

Yesterday signalled the final day of the year for many Mid Canterbury schools, but for teachers the hard work is not quite over (more)

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Our schools first in scheme

Mid Canterbury schools will be among the first in the country to participate in a controversial Government education programme. The Ministry (more)

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Chasing the criminals

Ashburton people are crowd-sourcing information to help track down the alleged perpetrators of crime, raising questions as to how far a (more)


Letters to the Editor December 20 2014

Art gallery It was indeed heartening to read the Editor’s column “Our View” 18/12/14 re the Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage (more)

Felicity-Stacey Clark

The true meaning of Christmas

So far, I’ve missed most of the things that form the wind up to Christmas. I can’t say I am sad about that. I missed the Santa (more)

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Bernard Egan, motoring correspondent

Motoring – Memories of a happy 2014

This is my last column. For 2014! Just the other day I penned these words: “In previous years as well as recording the last (more)

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A Christmas musical treat

Mid Canterbury Choir members are excited about bringing the true meaning of Christmas to Ashburton. They will perform their annual (more)

The Toyota Yaris is on the money.

Motoring – Toyota Yaris looks, and drives, great

Wonder what the chances are of Toyota NZ, between now and New Year’s Eve, doing the magician’s equivalent of pulling rabbits out of a (more)

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Presbyterians mark centenary

St Andrew’s Church will celebrate the centenary of the Presbytery of Ashburton this weekend, despite its recent merger into top of the (more)


Power station celebrates

Vintage Car Club of Ashburton members are brushing up on their etiquette and decorum before heading to the Lake Coleridge 100-year celebrations (more)

191114-DW_008Hinds Tree Gilbert DonaldsonFeature

Tribute to a rare plant

Seventy years ago, Hinds School’s elderly caretaker would tell many a story of the old days to pupils. Bert Anett’s tales would (more)

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Club news Dec 18 2014

Allenton Bowling Club One result this week our Ladies Club drawn fours played December 2,  Jill May, Judy Smith, Jenny Mitchell and (more)

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Club News December 11

Allenton Bowling Club Morning Bowlers, well where did that week go!    Just a couple of results for you.   06/12/14 Progressive (more)

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Club News -December 4

Allenton Bowling Club Another busy week with championships, tournaments, interclub, catering etc. A couple of (more)

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