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Burglar, 17, sent to jail

A violent crime spree has led to a lengthy prison sentence for a 17-year-old Ashburton man. Bronson James (more)

Gran’s birthday skydive

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Backflipping out of an aeroplane from 12,000 feet above Ashburton (more)

Air-con problems hit gallery


It could become a race against time for the Ashburton art gallery’s (more)

Raspberry delight

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This year’s berry season might have had a slow start, but if (more)

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Virtual tours of the gallery?

Step forward perhaps a year and it could be possible to take a tour of Ashburton’s new art and heritage complex and the EA Networks Centre (more)

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Gran’s birthday skydive

Backflipping out of an aeroplane from 12,000 feet above Ashburton yesterday was Jean (Margaret) Fraser, tandem jumping with Skydiving (more)

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Driveway safety top priority

Driveway safety is being taken seriously by Housing New Zealand, with more than 20 of its 186 properties in Ashburton to receive driveway (more)

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Mid Canty still has a shot

Mid Canterbury remain a chance to snare the Zone Four Hawke Cup cricket challenge with two matches to play. Mid Canterbury could only (more)

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Hawke Cup Scoreboard

Mid Canterbury Cricket Hawke Cup December 20-21at Ashburton Oval   Mid Canterbury Snr Reps Won on 1st Innings by 45 (more)

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Warming up for Worlds

Hugh Donaldson (above) goes soaring off the ramp during the jump section of the re-run Waterski Lake Hood three event tournament on (more)

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Dairy price to drop in shops

For townies, there may be a silver lining to the dramatic drop in global milk prices. A major supermarket chain plans to slash the cost (more)

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Service sector awaits falling farm spend

Last dairy season Dave McCrea built nine dairy sheds; this year he’ll build seven, but looking to next year, his diary is empty. He’s (more)

Ashburton retailer Tony Todd says while it is too early to say exactly what impact the falling milk prices mean in terms of Ashburton’s retail sector, businesses will need to be mindful. 
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Retailers cautious over falling payout

Falling global milk prices are not just impacting dairy farmers, the retail sector could soon feel the pinch. Earlier this week Fonterra (more)

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Teacher contacted victim

Ashburton College’s principal is “shocked” after learning a disgraced former teacher had contacted a student he had previously formed (more)

Celebrating the end of the school year with a fun day at Hampstead School yesterday were (clockwise, from left) Mihi Mapu-Patea, 11, Jordon Gundry, 9, Maddy Young, 10, Teagan Cameron, 9, Jessie Pitney, 9, Caio Dos Santos, 9, Alisha Gundry-Levitt, 11, and Te Whetu Mapu-Patea, 9 (front).
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School’s finished for year

Yesterday signalled the final day of the year for many Mid Canterbury schools, but for teachers the hard work is not quite over (more)

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Our schools first in scheme

Mid Canterbury schools will be among the first in the country to participate in a controversial Government education programme. The Ministry (more)

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Stu Oldham

Cost-cutting catch-22

The Ashburton District Council faces a difficult task in reining in spending to limit the extent of next year’s projected rates (more)


Letters to the Editor December 23 2014

ATS break-in Following the break-in at the ATS building recently I would personally like to thank the community for its support in trying (more)

Andrew Hoggard

Dairy always under the hammer

Out in the paddock it’s sometimes difficult to get a wider perspective. And if farmers struggle to get a big picture, it’s even more (more)

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Bernard Egan, motoring correspondent

Motoring – Memories of a happy 2014

This is my last column. For 2014! Just the other day I penned these words: “In previous years as well as recording the last (more)

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A Christmas musical treat

Mid Canterbury Choir members are excited about bringing the true meaning of Christmas to Ashburton. They will perform their annual (more)

The Toyota Yaris is on the money.

Motoring – Toyota Yaris looks, and drives, great

Wonder what the chances are of Toyota NZ, between now and New Year’s Eve, doing the magician’s equivalent of pulling rabbits out of a (more)

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Presbyterians mark centenary

St Andrew’s Church will celebrate the centenary of the Presbytery of Ashburton this weekend, despite its recent merger into top of the (more)


Power station celebrates

Vintage Car Club of Ashburton members are brushing up on their etiquette and decorum before heading to the Lake Coleridge 100-year celebrations (more)

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Tribute to a rare plant

Seventy years ago, Hinds School’s elderly caretaker would tell many a story of the old days to pupils. Bert Anett’s tales would (more)

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Club news Dec 18 2014

Allenton Bowling Club One result this week our Ladies Club drawn fours played December 2,  Jill May, Judy Smith, Jenny Mitchell and (more)

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Club News December 11

Allenton Bowling Club Morning Bowlers, well where did that week go!    Just a couple of results for you.   06/12/14 Progressive (more)

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Club News -December 4

Allenton Bowling Club Another busy week with championships, tournaments, interclub, catering etc. A couple of (more)

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