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Mid Canterbruy turns out for Anzac Day

Thousands have turned out to Anzac Day services across Mid Canterbury today (Friday) to remember those who (more)

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Mid Canterbruy turns out for Anzac Day

Thousands have turned out to Anzac Day services across Mid Canterbury today (Friday) to remember those who sacrificed their lives 99 years on (more)


Searching for an ancestor’s war record?

Searching for an ancestor’s war record can yield a few surprises. My search yielded information that now makes Anzac Day just a little (more)

Alex Thomson's stolen war medals.

War vet will march without his medals

Alex Thomson has always been proud to sport his war medals on Anzac Day, but today the Ashburton war veteran will sadly be without some of (more)

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Celts up for big game

Celtic’s Matt Winter filled in as captain last week, and this week he fills in at first-five when the two unbeaten teams in section two of (more)

Braden Currie

Currie stops for off-road triathlon

Methven multisporter Braden Currie is making a stopover on his way home from China to race in the Asia Pacific Xterra Championship this (more)

Mid Canterbury prop Simon Fleetwood crashes into the Japanese defence during last night’s international friendly at the Celtic Rugby Club. Mid Canterbury won 13-7.

Hammers edge out tourists

  Mid Canterbury started their representative season with a solid 13-7 win over the touring East Japan Rugby Football Union at (more)

About 50 farmers took a look at a style of dairy farming that could be the way of the future during an Arable Ys field day at Willy Leferink’s Mitcham cow barn.
Photo Sue Newman

Cow barns could be the way of the future

They might not be the dairy industry’s silver bullet but cow barns are one answer to help dairy farmers deal with environmental issues, (more)

Paul Bates with Seales Winslow’s main mill and silos. 
A $10 million upgrade of the plant is under way.

$10 million upgrade for Seales Winslow

Seales Winslow has a $10 million upgrade of its plant under way to ensure farmers have better access to feed at times of peak demand. The (more)

Jeanette Maxwell

Farming safely, and sensibly

No one can possibly argue that New Zealand should not have a world class health and safety system.  In 2013, provisionally 18 people died (more)

John Knight, bus driver for 50 years.

John’s school bus marathon

In 1964 John Knight was asked to do a month’s trial as a school bus driver. Fifty years on, he’s still driving school buses, ferrying (more)

Ashburton College head girl Sophie Congdon, 17, (left) and Year 12 pupil Kelsey Campbell, 16, were the top performers in their respective year levels last year.

Excellent work earns teens top awards

Most teenagers sitting NCEA are stoked to claim just a few excellence credits, never mind 129. But that’s what Ashburton College pupil (more)

More children are riding scooters to school, which many Mid Canterbury parents may see as a safer alternative to riding a bike on the road.
Photo Joseph Johnson

More students choosing scooters over bikes

More children may be walking or riding scooters to school because parents are concerned about kids biking on the road, an Ashburton (more)

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Letters to the editor – April 25, 2014

Second bridge Will you please ask a councillor, the mayor,  or CEO Dalziel,  to confirm or contradict with a yes or no that within the (more)

Trevor Croy

Supporting our rural volunteer firefighters

About a year ago a group of our local rural firefighters recognised the need for a welfare fund for its members, and their families. The (more)

Coen Lammers

Ultimate sacrifice

Next year New Zealand and Australia will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli which gave birth to the Anzac (more)

The new Toyota Hilux SR5

Hilux is an effortless ride

The Guardian's motoring writer Roger Hart checks out Toyota's new  utility offering:   Don’t forget that while there were (more)

Cheryl Irwin

Author through to quarterfinals

Methven author Cheryl Irwin has had her debut novel, Another Word For Sister, make it through to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough (more)

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Get back to basics for chronic fatigue

For some people chronic fatigue and chronic pain can be a constant everyday occurrence, which interferes with living a productive and (more)


The tale of brothers in arms

Whilst sorting through a quantity of letters, documents and photographs destined for the museum I felt that with the approach of Anzac Day (more)


Movie time

What a piece of rubbish! An old movie programme that was uncovered during house renovations. It’s tatty, dirty and, well, out of date. Many (more)

Christening Gown

Family heirlooms can be sewing works of art

There are some items that every museum acquires in number. Christening gowns are one on the list. It is hard to make a choice about which (more)

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Club news – April 24, 2014

Age Concern Ashburton Age Concern is a voluntary organisation working with the older people in the Ashburton District to both maintain and (more)

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Club news – April 17, 2014

Allenton Croquet Club There was a good attendance of members at the April meeting with two apologies. There has been very little club play (more)

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Club News

  Ashburton Golf Club A few weeks have passed since I last put pen to paper, and it has been a busy time down at the Brandon (more)

Time for common sense to prevail

I'm probably not going to win many friends at the OFC when I say this, but I feel the time has come for (more)

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