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Time for a change?

It looks as though many Ashburton retailers are in the mood for change and look likely to support moves (more)

Help available for retailers

Rene Artz feature

If retailers want help in working together on issues like cohesive (more)

Young man in a hurry

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Ashburton superbike racer Bailie Perriton will be in a hurry this (more)

It’s Showtime for the Jokers

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The motors will be running, the engines pumping and the music (more)

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Students’ work on show

More than 30 budding artists from Jenny’s Art Group will show a selection of work next week in an annual end of year art (more)

Rene Artz feature

Help available for retailers

If retailers want help in working together on issues like cohesive opening hours, Business Mid Canterbury is there to help. But according to (more)


Council has ‘moral obligation’

It might not have a legal responsibility to deal with pests, but the Ashburton District Council had a moral obligation to help rid inner town (more)

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A lifetime on the fairways

Dave Callaghan became the latest life member of the Methven Golf Club this month. Callaghan started playing golf at the tender age of seven (more)

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Win would be confidence-builder

Mid Canterbury senior cricket team are looking to build momentum heading into their Hawke Cup campaign when they host North Otago on (more)

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Summer on the hockey turf

Alexia Cannan (Knob Knockers) and Ryan Proffitt (The Yellow Team) caught in an intense battle for possession at Summer League hockey last (more)

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Pete Swann with frozen deer velvet.

Frozen velvet exclusion disappointing

The deer industry is disappointed in the outcome of the New Zealand–Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which leaves frozen velvet off the (more)

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Irrigators suffer wind damage

A Mid Canterbury irrigation company has had all hands on deck dealing with the aftermath of Friday night’s high winds. Rainer Irrigation (more)

Rick Powdrell

Do they know it’s farming?

Band Aid’s back with Do they know it’s Christmas and while the latest version is fundraising for ebola victims, 30 years ago it was (more)

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Women ‘more maternal’

Women are more likely to enter the teaching profession than men because they are more maternal. At least, that is the view of one (more)

Summer school organisers Judith Sommerville (left) and Pauline Blunden.

Great early response to summer school

More than 100 people have already signed up for the 2015 Methven Summer School. Spokesperson Judith Sommerville said she was delighted (more)

Chris Murphy

Gender gaps an issue

Nearly 80 per cent of Mid Canterbury principals are male, and one local principal believes gender gaps in the education sector are still a (more)

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Stu Oldham

Decisive decisions required

The time is right for Ashburton retailers to seriously consider longer and more consistent opening hours over Christmas and the rest of the (more)

Felicity-Stacey Clark

Change not always good

I’ve had a friend visiting for a week and as she’d never been to Mid Canterbury before, we went out and about. We’d no sooner got (more)

Steve Devereux

New kid in town

There’s a new kid on the block with the Black Caps, and he’s a little different from the usual ‘discovery’ in the New Zealand (more)

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From Humble beginnings

  A small advertisement in a biking magazine in 1992 announced that the Jokers Social Club was staging the first Ashburton (more)

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Accident sparks long service

Robyn Scammell has retired after spending 38 years helping others as an ambulance officer. Ashburton Guardian reporter Caitlin Porter sat (more)

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Under 500 exhibition a winner

The success of last year’s inaugural Under 500 exhibition has led to a second event this year for Methven painter Karen Smith. The (more)

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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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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)

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Club news, November 20, 2014

Ashburton Bowling Club Ladies singles are being played and have reached the semi-finals.  These will be played Thursday morning and the (more)

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Community news – November 12, 2014

Allenton Bowling Club Good morning all - Result of Progressive Pairs 08/11/14 Skips.  1st. Ken McLaren/ Neil Sharplin, Leads. 1st.  Anne (more)

Rotary house project main contractor Grant Love with Rotary Club member and building sponsorship co-ordinator Walter Van der Kley with builders Tom Foster, Danny Naish and Alec Hemara on site at the Braebrook Drive section.                        Photo Toni Williams

Building towards raising our children’s literacy

A building project for the community by the community has been started in a new Ashburton subdivision. With the support of Mid Canterbury (more)

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Motoring: The new Kia Pro_cee’d

Both the underscore and apostrophe in the Pro_cee’d GT’s name have provoked lots of media comment. It’s even difficult to (more)


From Humble beginnings

  A small advertisement in a biking magazine in 1992 announced that the Jokers Social Club was staging the first Ashburton (more)

After many years living and working overseas, Robert Nicol is looking forward to moving back to New Zealand in March.

Ashburton Abroad – Robert Nicol in Australia

In most corners of the world, an Ashburton person can be found. So the Guardian’s Erin Tasker decided to track some of them down. This week (more)

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