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Gym staff ‘gutted’

The ratepayer-funded EA Networks Centre is being blamed for running an Ashburton company out of (more)

Sallies’ shelves bare

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An unprecedented demand for help this winter has left the (more)

Offenders ‘known to victims’

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An overwhelming majority of violent offenders in Mid/South Canterbury (more)

Girls on a mission

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Ashburton College’s girls’ rugby team will head to Timaru (more)

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Sallies’ shelves bare

An unprecedented demand for help this winter has left the Ashburton Salvation Army food bank’s shelves bare. Food bank manager Judith (more)

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Leaky building cling-wrapped

A slightly unusual sight has been casting a shadow over Ashburton Borough School recently. The school’s performance centre has been (more)

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Good vibes hitting the skins

Former Ashburton College student James Rance was a hit at Battle of the Bands at the weekend, being named among the competition’s top (more)


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Coach sent off in style

Methven’s defence just manage to hang on to Southern’s Ethan Reith during Saturday’s senior B rugby final. Southern won the final (more)

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1st XV’s confidence high

A resounding victory over Roncalli College on Saturday has ensured Ashburton College’s first XV remains in line for a top eight spot in (more)

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Girls on a mission

Ashburton College’s girls’ rugby team will head to Timaru tomorrow to play in their secondary schools’ rugby competition final full of (more)


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Rick Powdrell

Getting the trade call right

After all the buildup it was disappointing. An agreement was not achieved at the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks in (more)

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Farmers eye land prices

Fewer dairy farm sales in Mid Canterbury during the first half of the year reflect weakening confidence in the industry as milk prices (more)

Nadine Porter

Practical, farming solutions

We have a “nit situation” in our household this week and it is not helped by the farmer and his ever-practical pseudo farming (more)


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Leaky building cling-wrapped

A slightly unusual sight has been casting a shadow over Ashburton Borough School recently. The school’s performance centre has been (more)

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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Stu Oldham

First casualty of new complex

The hopeful observation that gyms will work through the competition posed by the district’s ratepayer-funded sports complex will mean (more)

Rick Powdrell

Getting the trade call right

After all the buildup it was disappointing. An agreement was not achieved at the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks in (more)

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Letters to the Editor, August 4 2015

Flag’s future I love interesting designs, and I love the use of colour and symbols to represent our beautiful country; but I love the (more)


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A castle? Yes sir.

When a customer walked in wearing a tee-shirt, shorts and jandals, and said he wanted to build a castle, Bradford Building Limited general (more)

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Craft fair draws crowds

Charline Clajot was in the market for a warm hat when she visited the Methven Craft Fair on Sunday. Hundreds of people trekked through (more)

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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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. 
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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)

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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