The randomness of the September wind storm was demonstrated by the fate of two silos – one left standing, untouched, while the other had become airborne and lay smashed several metres away. 
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Batten down the hatches for wind

Mid Cantabrians are being advised to batten down the hatches as a weather “bomb low” is forecast to (more)

NCEA results online

Vlad Barbu joined thousands of students around the country rushing to check NCEA results yesterday.
Photo Jaime Pitt-Mackay

Mid Canterbury high school students joined nearly 160,000 other (more)

Finding hidden collections

Ashburton Museum intern, Libby Neumann, inspects some of the many historical items hidden in the department’s collection. 			Photo Megan Gnad

After completing her study at the University of Otago, Libby (more)

Father, daughter quinella

Gerard O’Reilly and Man of Change have his daughter, Sarah and Leo’s Gift well covered in the opening heat of yesterday’s trials at the Ashburton Raceway.      
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Gerard O’Reilly held the bragging rights over his daughter (more)

Mt Somers Springburn School students with Staveley camp committee member Barry Marret have been on a weeding mission. 
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School students join camp’s war on weeds

Armed with saws and secateurs, Mt Somers Springburn School students were out in force at Staveley Camp for a pre-Christmas weeding (more)

The Woolshed Creek Hut.
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Trampers inundate Mt Somers track

The full house signs have been up on several occasions this summer at Mt Somers’ Woolshed Creek hut. Upwards of 20 trampers have packed (more)

Vlad Barbu joined thousands of students around the country rushing to check NCEA results yesterday.
Photo Jaime Pitt-Mackay

NCEA results online

Mid Canterbury high school students joined nearly 160,000 other students from around the country when they logged on to find out their NCEA (more)


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A large number of players turned up to the opening day for the New Year at the Ashburton Golf Club on Saturday. 
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Golf year off to great start

If one is to begin how one intends to continue then the Ashburton Golf Club looks in good shape for 2017. The club held its opening day (more)

Matt Markham

Basking in the glory of basin beauty

Has there been a better advertisement for test cricket than what transpired at Wellington’s Basin Reserve over the past week? The (more)

Gerard O’Reilly and Man of Change have his daughter, Sarah and Leo’s Gift well covered in the opening heat of yesterday’s trials at the Ashburton Raceway.      
Photo Matt Markham

Father, daughter quinella

Gerard O’Reilly held the bragging rights over his daughter Sarah over the dinner table last night after they produced a father/daughter (more)


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Closing on harvest

Set for bumper harvest

Spring rains have set the scene for a bumper harvest in Mid Canterbury. Despite depleted groundwater levels, good intermittent spring (more)

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Silver Fern posts $30.6m loss

A challenging year has ended in a $30.6 million loss for the country’s largest meat processor Silver Fern Farms (SFF). Last year the (more)

Above – Blackcurrant farmer Steve Read works his way along a row of bushes in perfect harvesting conditions at Hinds yesterday.	
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Blackcurrant harvest commences

Harvesting of blackcurrants is under way on Mid Canterbury farms. Brothers Mike and Steve Read are three days into harvesting 150 (more)


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Vlad Barbu joined thousands of students around the country rushing to check NCEA results yesterday.
Photo Jaime Pitt-Mackay

NCEA results online

Mid Canterbury high school students joined nearly 160,000 other students from around the country when they logged on to find out their NCEA (more)

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Looking forward to next year

This year’s Methven Summer School proved to be another roaring success with organisers and attendees already looking forward to what 2018 (more)

Rosie Ulrich sands down another piece of wood as she creates a storage box from a pallet.   
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Summer school a success

Take more than 200 students, dozens of tutors and seven intensive days and you have the recipe for another successful Methven Summer (more)


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Sue Newman

Exhausted doctors mean Third World care

Sometimes when no matter how much you complain you’re ignored, you just have to take drastic action. And that’s exactly what New (more)

Donna Favel

Getting up to speed

As we step into 2017, one of the first items on the Ashburton District Council’s things-to-do list is a January 26 workshop on our new (more)

Sue Newman

Wealth, unfortunately is not for everyone

Maybe it’s our immigrant roots, maybe it’s living in a country where everyone who came had the opportunity to create a new and better (more)


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Gunyah – ‘a little hut’

Some of the feedback to a recent story about the Hearing Association’s bus trip to Terrace Station suggested there was more to the tale (more)

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Scouting dedication recognised

Scouting is in Jim Anderson’s blood. His mother was a district cub leader, he joined the organisation as a youngster and it was natural (more)

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Summer school a big winner

While most Kiwis are kicking back and enjoying a summer holiday, for more than 200 people this week they’re going back to (more)


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Santa arrives in Ashburton by fire engine for the Christmas Parade in 1986.
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Christmas a melting pot of history

In this PC world, is it still alright to speak about Christmas? While here we may fling ourselves into it, we can easily forget that many (more)

Mr Salek’s receipt given to Mr Speight.

A story from one receipt

With fewer people using postal services and our reliance on electronic forms of communication, receiving anything in the mail these days is (more)

Ashburton’s First Car, 1902, owned by the late Thomas Bullock Esq. with Mrs E. B. Newton (nee Bull-ock) at the wheel.

Roughometer readings of 1936

1936 was not only the year that Jesse Owens won his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, it was also the year that King Edward VII (more)


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Christmas elderly wishes 2016

The Christmas spirit is definitely alive in the Ashburton District. When the Guardian put out a call for people to lend a helping hand to the (more)

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Stars of tomorrow on stage

When the curtain rose in the Ashburton Trust Event Centre last night, 120 of Ashburton’s best young singers and dancers wowed the audience (more)

Dog owners Lynne and Pete Gowans check Zoey and Titus for barley grass seed carefully after visiting the dog park. 
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Beware of barley grass

While plentiful rain has been conducive to crop growth for the district’s farmers this season, it is causing grief for Ashburton’s dog (more)


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Ashburton’s patriotic concerts

Just 10 days after August 4, 1914, when Britain and the Empire declared war on Kaiser Wilhelm II following the German invasion of Belgium (more)

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Bugs may hold the key

Kiwi scientists are exploring the mysterious role the bugs inside us play in regulating our diet and metabolism, in a new study revealing (more)

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An unfriendly welcome

Upon hearing the term Auckland Islands you could be forgiven for conjuring up a mental image of latte drinkers headed out for a day trip to (more)

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