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Big turnouts expected

The RSA is expecting a large turnout at Anzac Day commemorations held across the district (more)

Battle horror recounted

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Memories of battle speak down the generations and are testimony (more)

Methven in top spot

220417-RH_116 Snr Football MC vs FC Twenty Jack Dudleyfeatuer

While the region’s junior footballers enjoyed yet another (more)

Locket a constant reminder

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Along with family medals from both world wars, Nancy Winter has two (more)

Offical Photo of John Oram 3

Battle horror recounted

Memories of battle speak down the generations and are testimony to the horror of war. Anzac Day is a time to remember, and among records (more)

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Ploughing a straight furrow

It was a great weekend for Mid Canterbury ploughmen at the national championships. Rakaia ploughman Gordon Carter was runner-up in the (more)

240417-JP_004 Maurice Baker Cenotaphfewture

Big turnouts expected

The RSA is expecting a large turnout at Anzac Day commemorations held across the district today. Ashburton RSA president Maurice Baker (more)


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220417-RH_116 Snr Football MC vs FC Twenty Jack Dudleyfeatuer

Methven in top spot

While the region’s junior footballers enjoyed yet another weekend without football, both Mid Canterbury and Methven’s senior footballers (more)

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On a winning roll

Willowby indoor bowler Grant Wilson has made the best possible start to his 2017 season. The former national champion of champion singles (more)

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Methven lone winners

It was a tough day at the office for three quarters of Mid Canterbury’s senior rugby teams with only Methven securing a victory in the (more)


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nz plough bob mehrtens feature

Ploughing a straight furrow

It was a great weekend for Mid Canterbury ploughmen at the national championships. Rakaia ploughman Gordon Carter was runner-up in the (more)

Andrew Hoggard

Immigration a tough question

Perhaps it goes against the grain of the average Kiwi to have some sympathy for politicians, but there’s no doubt immigration is one of (more)

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Cooking up a storm

This year’s Rural Women’s school holiday programme was so popular it involved a waiting list. On Thursday, 16 branch members taught (more)


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Ashburton College

Fewer completing Year 13

NCEA results are becoming increasingly skewed by the number of students who return for Year 13 not intending to continue on to university, says (more)

Ross Preece

Meeting focus on teen issues

Excluding teenagers from the education system is a sure-fire way to ramp up anti-social behaviour in the community, says Ashburton College (more)

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Allenton ‘full to the brim’

Allenton School principal Graham Smith is determined to give his students a fair go at a quality education, but is running out of room to do (more)


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Andrew Hoggard

Immigration a tough question

Perhaps it goes against the grain of the average Kiwi to have some sympathy for politicians, but there’s no doubt immigration is one of (more)

Sue Newman

Is school still relevant?

As Ashburton grapples with a youth crime wave, it’s refreshing to see our local college taking a long, hard look at finding (more)

Jo Goodhew

‘A real sense of frustration’

More than 200 people came along to the public meeting I hosted last week to discuss youth crime and policing in our community. I was (more)


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Covered in reminders of things to do, woman freaks out!

Love, respect and time … what else does a family need?

Mad Mama with Desme Daniels It’s been a tough few weeks for every parent in Mid Canterbury, the recent teenage rampages throughout the (more)

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10 ways to pamper yourself

Naturally You with Jane Logie Mother’s Day is a day to be indulged, pampered, waited on and attended to, as a show of appreciation for (more)

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Easter’s coming … it’s time for some spicy treats

For Foodies with Sarah Kingsbury Easter is fast approaching, so with that in mind I have included a great light easy Easter muffin (more)


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Chocolate and cigarettes being sold at McKee’s Store, corner Beach Road and Willow Street.

Such sweet nostalgia

Visitors to the museum lately will have noticed magnets and key rings in the shape of classic New Zealand lollies for sale at our front desk (more)

Richard Yee (left) and Young King (Yep’s father) in a 1957 parade re-enacting the days when King Bros delivered produce by horse and cart.

Finding our Chinese heritage

As we head into the Chinese New Year, Waitangi Weekend and the Multicultural Bite, it’s good timing to reflect on some of our newer – (more)

Heritage NZ renames footbridge

Heritage New Zealand has adjusted the name and extent of the Ashburton Railway Footbridge, in line with the demolition of the station (more)


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Bryan O’Hara was a keen classic motorcycle racer.

Trophy to honour enthusiast

Methven’s town centre streets will vibrate to the roaring sound of motorbikes this Easter Saturday. The Dubliner Mountain Thunder (more)

Waimate mayor Craig Rowley has a joke with judge Kevin Geddes as one of his winning pancakes cooks in the pan. 
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Rural mayors meet in pancake cook-off

Waimate mayor Craig Rowley proved he was a culinary cut above fellow rural mayors Donna Favel, Graham Smith and Winton Dalley yesterday in a (more)

Kavit Swamy mid shave.

Going bald to support Shave for a Cure

Much to the delight of his mates, Kavit Swamy’s bushy beard is gone, but it’s all in the name of a very good cause. The Ashburton (more)


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