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Shannon Johnson and her daughter Alice, and Alice’s friend Lucy Roy at the Ashburton A&P Show this morning.

All on at the A&P Show

The crowd is already starting to build up here at the 137th annual Ashburton A&P show at the (more)

New role for Winz building

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Ashburton’s Winz building, the scene of a double homicide in (more)

It’s showtime!

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Today the gates will be thrown open on an event which (more)

‘Closed’ signs up tonight

Brian Collins will retire when the franchise closes.

Don’t go looking for NZ Post in Allenton tomorrow, it won’t be (more)


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Shannon Johnson and her daughter Alice, and Alice’s friend Lucy Roy at the Ashburton A&P Show this morning.

All on at the A&P Show

The crowd is already starting to build up here at the 137th annual Ashburton A&P show at the Ashburton A&P Showgrounds. Far from (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)

Alister Lilley

Warning for shoplifters

Smith and Church Appliances proprietor Alister Lilley is bracing himself for an onslaught of “professional shoplifters”, after over $1000 (more)


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Heat on in summer squash

The action on court is fast and furious as Craig Campbell (left) and Billy Nolan battle it out during the Celtic Squash Club’s summer (more)

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Pritchard Shield kicks off

After three weeks of Twenty20 cricket, senior cricket turns to 45 over cricket and the start of the Pritchard Shield tomorrow. The Shield (more)

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Hole-in-one tourney feature

Brent Clarke watches the progress of his tee shot during the Lions Club of Ashburton’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Ashburton (more)


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Steak will be a rare  - and expensive – menu item, says Braided Rivers head chef Dean Robinson as a 20 per cent rise in the price of beef is signalled next month.
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Beef prices set to rise

Rising beef prices might be a win for cattle farmers but consumers will be paying big dollars shortly if they want to enjoy a good (more)

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Growing the bee business

Bees have become big business for Midlands Seed. The seed industry giant built a relationship with bees based around pollination; honey (more)

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MP wraps up local tour

Economic Development and Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce wound up his visit to the Methven district with a tour of South (more)


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Teenager Olivia Brown is following her dreams of one day singing opera in Italy.
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Olivia sets her sights on Italy

Seventeen-year-old Ashburton soprano Olivia Brown has dreams of performing Italian opera in Italy. The possibilities may not be out of (more)

Peter Livingstone

Primary athletic stakes

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Primary Athletic Stakes. This annual event is a crowd pleaser with all ages and a great family day (more)

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Getting the message across

The smokefree message popped up around Ashburton College yesterday, thanks to the creative designs of college students. A competition run (more)


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Stu Oldham

Sending the wrong message

No matter the constraints of the law, the decision not to prosecute the vile young men known as the Roast Busters sends precisely the wrong (more)

Phill Hooper

Ageing gracefully . . .

I had a birthday yesterday. I hit an age where I probably should be seriously thinking about growing up. An age that you aren’t (more)

Peter Livingstone

Primary athletic stakes

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Primary Athletic Stakes. This annual event is a crowd pleaser with all ages and a great family day (more)


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301014-DW_075Karen SmithFeature

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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Motoring – Fun rally to raise funds

All four of us, Pam and David Hamilton and Marlene and I were looking forward to it. As soon as we heard about the St Stephen’s Church Car (more)

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Gearing up for summer-time fun

Ashburton District Council parks and recreation staff have had an icky job on their hands this week. They’ve been doing the annual clean-up (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)

The Tinwald Hotel on the corner of Archibald Street and Grahams Road.

Eagle Eye Lagan catches murderer

Michael Lagan was a publican with keen powers of observation and a keen sense of duty. Publican of the Tinwald Hotel, situated at the (more)


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Club news, October 30, 2014

Ashburton County Lions Guests and members were welcomed to the recent meeting of Ashburton County Lions Club by President Jan (more)

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Club News – October 22, 2014

Age Concern Ashburton Age Concern presented the second of their three seminars to up skill mature drivers on Wednesday October 16 at the (more)

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Club news, October 16, 2014

Ashburton Musical Club Ashburton Musical Club held the final concert for the year on Saturday October 11. The Annual Scholarship of $600 was (more)


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Amber Stratford is looking forward to celebrating North American holidays like Halloween in Canada.

Ashburton Abroad – Amber Stratford in Canada

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)

Renee Lusk and her partner Danny now have their feet firmly planted in Danny’s home city of Brisbane.

Ashburton Abroad – Renee Lusk 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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Motoring – Ford Mustang still an icon

When Richard Gluyas was in Ashburton last weekend two 50th anniversaries were on his mind. Richard was here to enjoy lunch with other (more)

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