Already a paper subscriber?- Activate your digital membership by going to the SUBSCRIBE tab and selecting Option 5    Two week FREE trial, register now for full access to this site - Go to SUBSCRIBE tab and select FREE TRIAL    Go to SUBSCRIBE to choose the membership option that best suits you.
Chris Murphy

Special education underfunded

Children with special needs could be disadvantaged because of a shortfall in school funding, a Mid (more)

Lighting up Methven

Methven business owner Richard Sheppard wants to light up the town’s Main Street with LED lights.

A Methven man is on a mission to light up the town’s main (more)

Breakfast programme secure

Ashburton Intermediate students (from left) such as Kaylee Evens, 12, Cara Jenkins, Lucas Parker, 12, and Brodie Williams, 11, will be able to catch up with friends over a milo and toast at the school’s breakfast programme, run by teacher aide Barbara Reid.

After facing an uncertain future over funding concerns, Ashburton (more)

Rosebowl could be complex

Matt Winter 2 Cricket

The Studholme Shield is Tech’s to lose, but just who will figure in (more)

More News →
Police were out in force on Mid Canterbury streets yesterday, conducting random stops and walking the beat – making their presence felt.
Photo Donna Wylie

Hitchhiker reluctant passenger

A dangerous driver picked up a hitchhiker in Ashburton before being clocked driving at 171km/h near Blenheim. Marlborough police arrested a (more)

Enjoying one of their last chats as neighbours after 44 years of living side by side are (from left) Eddie and Natalie Blampied, Leonie and Mike Tew and Irene and Bill Paterson.
Photo Donna Wylie

Good neighbours, good friends

In the words of the Aussie TV show ... “neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours ...” and no-one knows that better than Irene and (more)

080914_009Winz Building

Last chance to add donation

A soon-to-close fund for those most affected by the Ashburton Work and Income shootings six months ago has raised $10,500. The Ashburton (more)

More News →
061114-TM_119Richard Burns Sevens RugbyFeature

Countdown to rugby kickoff

The Combined Country Cup rugby competition kicks off in three weeks. Mid Canterbury’s five senior teams have been working away on the (more)

050315-JJ_013 triathlon

Triathlon test for students

Pupils from schools all over Mid Canterbury swam, cycled and ran their way to the finish line in the Mid Canterbury schools’ triathlon at (more)

Matt Winter 2 Cricket

Rosebowl could be complex

The Studholme Shield is Tech’s to lose, but just who will figure in the Muirhead Rosebowl playoffs is a far more complicated situation in Mid (more)

More Sport →
Peter Etheridge and Lyndon Webb teamed up with other members of the Greenstreet Irrigators Group to save Spring Creek.

Farmers work together to save creek

Peter Etheridge is passionate about wildlife. So much so, when this summer’s drought threatened to shut down the creek flowing through his (more)

Ben Curry

RDR’s mega water storage plan

A $120 million irrigation water storage facility proposed for Mid Canterbury would be filled from the Rangitata River using an existing (more)

050811-KG_073 Irrigator

Irrigators switching off

As the summer drought bites, a growing number of Mid Canterbury farmers are within days of switching off their irrigators as they reach the (more)

More Farming →
050315-JJ_013 triathlon

Triathlon test for students

Pupils from schools all over Mid Canterbury swam, cycled and ran their way to the finish line in the Mid Canterbury schools’ triathlon at (more)

120215-DW_364 School Bags

Call to work together

There is hope tensions between Mid Canterbury schools will ease following months of uncertainty over roll growth. With divisions over (more)

More Schools →
Phill Hooper

Put Memphis on your bucket list

I was really struggling for a topic to write about this week. I was going to have a bash at the PC Brigade who have decided that kids (more)


Letters to the editor March 6

PC gone mad? Debate about how health and safety laws might mean children cannot have rides in fire engines or police cars continued to rage (more)

Stu Oldham

Smoky issues

You did not have to walk long through Ashburton’s central business district yesterday to hear people complaining about smoke drifting (more)

More Opinion →

Rakaia’s finest gardens

Mischievious blackbirds have been no match for the gardening efforts of Pam Dolan. Her Cridland Street section took out the premier award (more)

090215-SS_005 Jim and Daphne Allison Garden1Feature

Top gardeners – again

Daphne and Jim Allison won their first Ashburton garden competition when the youngest of their three children was 15 months. Today, that (more)

Bernard Egan, motoring correspondent

Edendale a vintage destination

When Roger Hart invited me to navigate for him on the Vintage Car Club Annual Rally he didn’t have to ask twice. Roger said we’d be (more)

More Lifestyle →
William Lill was Ashburton’s first bridge supplied

Left – Clara Taylor married William Lill in 1876, in what was the first wedding to be held in an Ashburton church.
photo supplied

Lill’s celebrate their history

Lill family members gathered in Ashburton to commemorate 150 years since their ancestors first came to New Zealand. Guardian reporter Susan (more)

Red Cross Men making bandages BW

Images of ‘doing’ charity

There will be a lot of activities and events in connection with  the Great (or First) War during the next few years as we commemorate and (more)


Stories a snapshot in time

The story behind some of the  Ashburton District’s most notable heritage buildings has been recorded and will become part of the (more)

More Heritage →
081214-DW_133Hazel Glasson2222Feature

Community Hazel’s life

Hazel Glasson is a fourth generation Mt Somers resident and proud of it. In the days when the quiet village was a thriving and growing (more)

Glenn Vallender said receiving an Ashburton District Council Community Honour Award made him want to nominate others – so they too can be acknowledged for their efforts.
Photo Donna Wylie

Mr Vallender humbled by award

From teaching, to volunteering at the Ashburton Museum and being a part of St John it is no wonder Glenn Vallender is one of eight (more)

291214-DW_142 Emmet O'SullivanFeature

Polo a life-long passion

When Emmet O’Sullivan received a letter from the Governor-General asking if he would accept nomination as a member of the New Zealand (more)

More Community →

Exercise your little grey cells with our 10 daily quiz questions or tackle our fabulous online puzzles!

Daily Quiz Daily Puzzles