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Action plan completed

An extensive scoping exercise has given a troubled Methven school guidance to move in a positive new (more)

Hat-trick beckons

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Family ties will be put aside when Methven and Rakaia face off in (more)

Shearer numbers dwindling

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Changes to the shearer training model are becoming apparent in a (more)

Rural Women celebrates

Mid Canterbury Provincial Rural Women New Zealand members (from left) Avis Mitchell, Gwenda Hansen and president Sandra Curd enjoy a celebratory afternoon tea for the national organisation’s 90th birthday yesterday.
Photo Amanda Konyn

When Ngaire Brown joined her local Rural Women branch at (more)

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Rate rises to kick in

Brace yourselves Mid Canterbury ratepayers – next week the first rates demands for the new financial year will reach the district’s mail (more)

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Search on for new home

The Ashburton District Council is an open book when it comes to looking at options for a new or upgraded $16 million civic building. While (more)

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The world on show . . .

Landscapes from around the world will feature at an exhibition of two Staveley artists which opens tonight. Liquid Light, by Jen Dearborn (more)


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Turf wars heating up

With only two round to go, Mid Canterbury’s two men’s and women’s senior hockey sides are in line to meet in the semi-finals of their (more)

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Top eight spot on the line

A win is vital for the Ashburton College 1st XV tomorrow if they’re to stand a chance of making the top eight of the UC Championship. With (more)

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Hat-trick beckons

Family ties will be put aside when Methven and Rakaia face off in rugby’s Watters Cup final tomorrow. The captains of the two Mid (more)


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Shearer numbers dwindling

Changes to the shearer training model are becoming apparent in a dearth of new blood coming into the industry, a former tutor (more)

ATS Seed manager Tim Dale (left) with the premium grade milling wheat winner David Redmond (centre) and Brian Leadley (right) from United Wheat Growers.

Exceptional grain defies season

The grain submitted for this year’s United Wheat Growers Competition was exceptional despite a thorny season for many arable farmers, a (more)

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Timing of irrigation schemes ‘lousy’

The timing of new irrigation schemes coming on stream is putting financial pressure on farmers as the dairy downturn bites. “It’s the (more)


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Chris Murphy

Struggle to attract teachers

Mid Canterbury schools are struggling to entice teachers away from the big cities and into rural areas. While schools in metropolitan areas (more)

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Action plan completed

An extensive scoping exercise has given a troubled Methven school guidance to move in a positive new direction. The board of trustees at Our (more)

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Kapa Haka masterclass

Methven Primary School pupils eager to improve their Kapa Haka skills got a masterclass from a group of talented Maori performers on (more)


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Stu Oldham

Fanning the flames recklessly

Labour Party finance spokesman Grant Robertson needlessly poured gasoline over a fire on Monday when he told media that a bank was putting (more)

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Letters to the Editor, July 31 2015

Gym competition While I appreciate the constraints of a story I do wish to expand on a quote reported in the Ashburton Guardian, July 29, (more)

Phill Hooper

Random acts of kindness

On Tuesday morning I got the best message on my HoopsonHokonui Facebook page. I think this is a wonderful idea and I am certainly going (more)


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Pretty as a picture.

The snows fell, but Mrs Chook survived

Last time I wrote this column I whined about the cold. Little did I know half a metre of snow was about to carpet my Mt Somers country (more)

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History does repeat

Call me old fashioned, which is probably better than some of the things I may have been called, but I still think despite all the information we (more)

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Dancers chase national awards

Almost 200 of New Zealand’s top national and highland dancers will be on stage in Ashburton next weekend, chasing national titles in this (more)


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Unseen, but essential . . .

I am still working through the county council material. I have waded through minutes and cash books and am now on to the “bitsy” end (more)

The first engine used to generate electricity in Ashburton – a single cylinder engine made by Tangyes of Birmingham

Piecing together electricity story

Sometimes, in historical research, the pieces of a jigsaw can just fall into place without having to search them out. That is what has (more)

A railway hoarding near the Aitken-East street corner. NZR’s Railways Studios, established in 1920, were the country’s first outside advertising producer and while the railways and other government departments were their major clients, they also produced often beautiful posters for private companies.

Spreading the news

How do you get to know what is going on in Ashburton? Obviously you read the newspaper, but what other avenues do you consult?  Many of (more)


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Dementia Carers upskill as part of the CDHB’s Walking in Another’s Shoes. Back row: Jiya Varghese (clinical manager), Georgina Black, Andrea Mitchell (regional manager), Mele Mahoni, Estela Lopez, Mele Vaipulu. Front row: Khushali Patel, Tatiana Vallejo, Manea Yala Ngutu. 
Photo Kate Spence

Staff members receive aged care qualifications

Staff members at Princes Court Dementia Care were recently acknowledged for receiving their aged care qualifications. Princes Court’s (more)

Mens Health

Transforming healthcare

    Ashburton will soon have its own integrated health alliance. Healthcare providers, leaders and professionals from within (more)

Setting records doing what she loves, Park Street Day Care driver Eunice Jones celebrating 35 – or thereabouts – years as a volunteer driver.                                                                                                                                            Photo Tetsuro Mitomo

Eunice clocks up 35 years as a daycare volunteer

Thirty-five years ago Eunice Jones was a stay-at-home mum looking for a way to help her community. A local minister kept asking if (more)


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