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Men on a mission

Cyclists Paul Gourlie and Hidenori Koike are on a mission to improve road safety. The pair pulled into (more)

Abbeyfields concept in Ashburton?

Jackie Girvan

By the end of this year flatting for the elderly could be a new (more)

Close racing order of the day

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Tinwald Cycling Club riders tested themselves over 45km in a (more)

Top award for new student

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Ashburton College’s Year 9 student Penny Stilgoe-Rooney can (more)

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Distress over doggie doo

Irresponsible dog owners are creating an unsavoury problem for people living in Ashburton’s Middle Road. They’re fed up with finding (more)

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New teachers welcomed

Mid Canterbury’s two colleges have welcomed a number of new staff to school this year. Ashburton College has five new teaching staff who (more)

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Promoting healthy hearts

Phoenix Preschool now has something new to hang on its wall – its first ever Healthy Heart award. The Healthy Heart programme was (more)


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Close racing order of the day

Tinwald Cycling Club riders tested themselves over 45km in a graded scratch event around the Christies Road block on Sunday. All four (more)

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Juniors take centre court

Fifty-four young players competed for age-group honours in the Mid Canterbury Junior Championships at the Ashburton Trust Tennis Centre on (more)

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Turpie stars for Methven

Coldstream downed Allenton and Methven toppled Tech in the second week of the Muirhead Rosebowl senior cricket competition on (more)


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It’s harvest time . . .

Every combine harvester in Mid Canterbury is hard at work making the most of the hot weather to get crops in this week. While the recent (more)

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Staff feeling the impact

Freefalling dairy prices might be hurting dairy farmers and sharemilkers, but it’s their staff who are likely to be the first to feel the real (more)

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Hinds plains plan accepted

After months of discussion Environment Canterbury has accepted recommendations which will affect the way landowners’ farm in the Hinds Plains (more)


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New teachers welcomed

Mid Canterbury’s two colleges have welcomed a number of new staff to school this year. Ashburton College has five new teaching staff who (more)

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Top award for new student

Ashburton College’s Year 9 student Penny Stilgoe-Rooney can safely say she is one of the smartest in her year. The former Ashburton (more)

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Internet blessing and curse

While the internet has provided a lot of opportunities for schools, it has opened the doors to cyberbullying and inappropriate access to (more)


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Michelle Nelson

Dental health so important

Dental health in Mid Canterbury is deteriorating, according to local dentists. And waiting lists are getting longer – currently those (more)

Michelle Nelson

Peace reigns in Ashburton

While discord and protest formed part of Waitangi Day celebrations in other parts of the county, peace reigned in Ashburton. Cultures (more)

Amy Adams

Keeping you connected

Summer holidays, including Waitangi Day, offer a chance to escape the crowds and get away from our busy working lives. Getting away from (more)


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A taste of Nouvelle-Caledonie

Francoise and Alain Belpadrome will bring a taste of New Caledonia to today’s Multicultural Bite Festival. For the sixth year running (more)

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Jorjia’s life-changing trip helping elephants

Weak and limping she collapses, unable to carry another camera-happy tourist. She has given decades of service … her free will stamped out (more)

Juliette intends to spend a year in Niue to immerse herself in the culture.

Shining a torch for the children of Pasifika

Occasionally you get to meet someone special – someone indefinable, charismatic – and encompassing a force of energy and pull that makes (more)


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Sgt Dan the face of Cremoata

Many New Zealand museums are likely to have in their collections one or more of a series of glass plates featuring a boy in army uniform (more)

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Soldier, journalist and lawyer

It is pleasing to see people visiting our new museum and hearing their positive comments. One of the areas that always sparks conversation is (more)

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There’s always treasures . . .

Recently, amidst a box of more mundane material, I happened upon an interesting book. It appears to have been a scrapbook, possibly belonging (more)


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Jackie Girvan

Abbeyfields concept in Ashburton?

By the end of this year flatting for the elderly could be a new accommodation option in Ashburton. Inspired by the Abbeyfields concept that (more)

Cheryl Mockford (left) and Colleen Wederell catch up over a coffee at the St Andrew’s Church drop-in centre.

Social isolation? There is help

The social isolation of New Zealand’s elderly is a topic that pops up time and time again in the media. The Guardian’s Caitlin Porter (more)

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Smoothing the way

In the lead up to Saturday’s Multicultural Bite Festival, Guardian reporter Michelle Nelson looks at Mid Canterbury’s culturally diverse (more)


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