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Matt snatches title

Hinds dairy farmer Matt Bell joined an impressive line-up of Mid Canterbury winners of the ANZ Young (more)

Prayer, help for family

Keiler Tetava prepares vegetables in ahead of the arrival of Cindy George’s family from the Cook Islands in the Tinwald Scout Hall last night.

Support is pouring in for the family and friends of Cindy George (more)

Tragedy takes its toll

Superintendent John Price addresses media outside the Ashburton Police Station yesterday morning.

The almost identical grim expressions on the faces of (more)

Family lucky to escape fire

Monica and Falaniko Taumaoe, may have lost their home and their possessions but they count themselves lucky that their family escaped unharmed from an overnight fire.

A mother’s instinct that something was not right may have saved (more)

Rotary district governor Murray Compton (left) made the trip down from Christchurch to present Phil Godfrey (centre) with a prestigious Rotary award. Also pictured is Rotary Club of Ashburton president John Leadley.

Hard work rewarded

Phil Godfrey has become the most recent recipient of one of Rotary’s most prestigious awards. The Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire Pin (more)

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Tough line on air pollution

Ashburton property owners have been put on notice - air pollution officers will be patrolling the town’s streets over the next two weeks, (more)

Photo Joseph Johnson

Allenton’s top spellers

Young bright sparks from Allenton School have come away with one of the top awards at a recent spelling bee. The primary school team (more)


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United celebrates promotion

Mid Canterbury United’s Andrew Tait (above) is stripped of possession in a tackle against Christchurch United  in the Mainland Football (more)

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Blue breaks losing streak

Wakanui Blue broke out of their funk with a 4-1 win over Mid-South Canterbury men’s hockey competition leaders Tainui in Oamaru on (more)

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Rakaia, Methven eye final

Methven and Rakaia both delivered strong second half performances to collect bonus point wins in round three of Mid Canterbury rugby’s (more)


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Despite the success of the recent live sheep export to Mexico, the Government is refusing to look at lifting the ban on live animals exported for slaughter.

Live export slaughter ban stays

Despite the success of the large sheep and cattle export to Mexico, the Government is refusing to look at lifting the ban on live animal (more)

Fewer cows will mean less milk

Milk production will drop due to lower cow numbers – Leferink

Canterbury’s milk production will drop with farmers culling cows to prop up gaps in the cashflow, an industry spokesman says. With (more)

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Stock chew up feed reserves

Farm animals in Mid Canterbury’s hill country are chomping through winter feed reserves while farmers wait for the thaw. Mt Somers (more)


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Allenton’s top spellers

Young bright sparks from Allenton School have come away with one of the top awards at a recent spelling bee. The primary school team (more)

Ashburton Borough School Greenies group proudly display their posters (back, from left) Sarah Bradley 10, Deniella Spies 10, Ruby Stewart 8, Ashburton forest and Bird and Braided River Aid chairwoman Edith Smith, Emily Lovett 9. Front: Darcy McCully, 9, Caitlin McKay, 8, and Emma Moodie, 9.

School greenies send gull message

Members of the Ashburton Borough School Greenies group hope their signs will make people more aware of endangered, nesting black-billed (more)

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Students go red to sing

Members of the Tinwald School Choir were sporting an unusual choice of footwear when they performed at Terrace View Retirement Village on (more)


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Amy Adams

Helping regions achieve

Often in all the media focus about rising house prices in Auckland and the rebuild in Christchurch, it can seem that the rest of New Zealand (more)

Michelle Nelson

Family need time to grieve

Grief brings out the best and worst in people. The outpouring of support for the family of Cindy George and her three young children (more)

Nadine Porter

Holidays are just so tiring

The last time I dared to allow the tiny terror near a plane she unceremoniously rammed her Wiggles suitcase into the Right Honourable Peter (more)


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Roger Hart

Mazda CX-3 has genuine curve appeal

Some technically brilliant models can be rather artless presentations. They can also be fine sculptures, such as Mazda’s CX-3 with its (more)

Fewer cows will mean less milk

Milk production will drop due to lower cow numbers – Leferink

Canterbury’s milk production will drop with farmers culling cows to prop up gaps in the cashflow, an industry spokesman says. With (more)

Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers chairman Willy Leferink is donning the lycra and hitting the road on his bike in preparation for the Fit 4 Farming cycle tour coming to Ashburton next March.

On yer bike farmers

A Kellogg rural leader’s findings that farmers who had an outside interest during droughts coped better and had higher profitability led (more)


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Strange things ended up in food

I viewed an item the other day and had no idea what it was. On investigation it proved to be a Frozen Charlotte (or Charlie), otherwise known (more)

Those who served in both world wars are listed on the honours board of the Ancient Order of Foresters Court Ashburton.

Honouring those who served

We are being encouraged to remember and commemorate those who fought in World War One and Two. Over the past weeks I have seen (more)

Watercolour, Wyndham Street, Wellington, 1918. Reproduced by permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Auckland. Ref No A-082-010

Ashburton’s lost art

Ethel Jones, journalist and artist, was for 27 years connected with Ashburton. But the town has no public record of her work. All that is (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. 
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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)

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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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