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Hydroslide axed

Ashburton District councillors yesterday discovered that when they decided not to fund hydroslides for the EA (more)

Rugby results May 30

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  Methven is the only Mid Canterbury side through to the (more)

Dividend cuts rate rise

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An unexpectedly large share dividend has provided a windfall for (more)

Project may be canned

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A proposal to build a new sports complex in Rakaia failed to win the (more)

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Dividend cuts rate rise

An unexpectedly large share dividend has provided a windfall for Ashburton property owners, cutting the forecast rise in next year’s rates by (more)

Cancer society representative Mandy Casey (left), Columbus Coffee Ashburton owner Nigel Heney and Smokefree Mid Canterbury co-ordinator Carly McDowell were busy spreading the smokefree word yesterday.
Photo Amanda Konyn

Cafe the first to go smokefree

Columbus Coffee Ashburton has become a pioneer in its field. The café is the first in the Columbus chain to become entirely smokefree (more)

This herd of dairy cattle on Frasers Road were one of many on a Gypsy Day pilgrimage yesterday. 
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The Gypsy Day pilgrimage begins

Bewildered tourists met with herd after herd of bemused cows on Mid Canterbury’s rural roads yesterday. With the long weekend ahead (more)


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Rugby results May 30

  Methven is the only Mid Canterbury side through to the Luisetti Seeds Division 1 Combined Competition semi-finals, after they came (more)

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Jewels day ‘bloody tough’

Mid Canterbury harness racing’s most prolific son is more hopeful than confident that he can add another Jewel to his crown today at (more)

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No action over alleged racism

The North Canterbury Rugby Sub Union will not be taking any action over alleged racism at a rugby match last weekend. A judiciary hearing (more)


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Lack of rural support slammed

New Zealand First has slammed the Government’s budget for its lack of agricultural support, particularly the decision not to allocate (more)

Mid Canterbury Vintage Machinery Club members (from left) Colin Cross, Alan Begg, Peter Butterick and John Hall prepare for this weekend’s ploughing match.
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A weekend of ploughing

The lines have been drawn and the ground is looking good for a great weekend of ploughing, and two Mid Canterbury clubs are ready to turn (more)

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Irrigation kick-start welcomed

A five-year funding kick-start for irrigation projects will be put to good use in Mid Canterbury’s latest proposed water storage (more)


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Creating works of art from tape

Ashburton Borough School pupils Madeline Tew, 6, (left) and Dimana Naydenova, 6, were lucky enough to be a part of the first school group to (more)

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Racing in the cold

Hampstead pupil Jessie Pitney powers towards the finish line during the Mid Canterbury primary schools’ cross-country event yesterday. The (more)

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Burglars hit Mount Hutt College

One of Mount Hutt College’s biggest nights of the year has been marred by burglars. The college office was broken into at about 2am on (more)


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When will they listen?

Ashburton District councillor Stuart Wilson said plenty when he asked “who gives kids everything they ask for?” as councillors abandoned (more)

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The power of the Holy Spirit

Greetings to all on this Pentecost eve. Have you ever felt tired and listless, without energy? I’m not talking about being tired (more)

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Lego in the lunchroom

With snow on the mountains, what better toy to take out for a play than something ice-themed that doubles as a team-building (more)


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Hidden illnesses

For hundreds of thousands of people around the world, each day is a struggle. The may be living with debilitating pain, chronic fatigue, or (more)

Shay Horay gets wrapped up in his work – 10 rubberbands and a high pain tolerance make him the Famous Rubberband Boy.

The secret to ageless skin

Shay wraps rubberbands around his face and he was worried about what that might mean for his looks. “I mean, it couldn’t have been (more)

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Life’s delights

Are you continually living in a stressed state, feeling low and running on empty? Are you pacing the treadmill and feeling like you can’t (more)


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Domain ponds and their history

It would be hard to imagine Ashburton’s Domain without its series of ponds, starting near the hockey turf, looping around the oval and (more)

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History through headstones

I have been in Ashburton a few years now and I have to confess I still don’t really know my way around. There are sections of the (more)

Private Harry Robertson’s headstone at the Auchonvillers cemetery in France.

A dignified resting place

A poignant symbol of the many lives lost in wars are the military cemeteries that are to be found throughout the countries of (more)


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Mid Canterbury Cancer Society Volunteers (from left) Marion Pannett and Gay Lane received a cheque on behalf of the society from Farmlands’ representatives Henry Ross and Russell Wallace.
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Group benefits from raffle

Mid Cantabrians are continuing to give generously to organisations within their community. On Wednesday the Mid Canterbury Cancer Society (more)

Rotary Club of Ashburton member Perry Smith lays down one of the last loads of bark at the club’s Braebrook house. 
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Open day for Braebrook house

With only a day to go until the Rotary Club’s Braebrook house is opened to the public, the finishing touches are being added. Bark is (more)

Ashburton’s Mark Cherry will be among up to 200 Heroes for Hope at the Relay for Life this weekend.
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Survivor celebrating life

After battling cancer and coming through a “horrible” treatment regime, Ashburton’s Mark Cherry is looking forward to walking (more)


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