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Skateranch ‘way too small’

When Matt Begg has to wait due to traffic congestion, it isn’t on a busy State Highway or intersection, (more)

Farm stays ‘tourism gold’

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Farm stays that offer guests a unique rural Kiwi experience could (more)

Rakaia, Celtic well placed

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Rakaia and Celtic put themselves in the best possible position (more)

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An increase in the number of tour buses stopping off in Ashburton (more)

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Farm stays ‘tourism gold’

Farm stays that offer guests a unique rural Kiwi experience could become the Ashburton District’s signature, year round attraction, says (more)

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Skateranch ‘way too small’

When Matt Begg has to wait due to traffic congestion, it isn’t on a busy State Highway or intersection, it is at his local skatepark in (more)

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Bus numbers an issue

An increase in the number of tour buses stopping off in Ashburton could see the East Street bus parking area extended. Experience Mid (more)


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Rakaia, Celtic well placed

Rakaia and Celtic put themselves in the best possible position for playoff spots with wins in Combined Country Rugby on the weekend, while (more)

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Autumn tourney a winner

Ashburton rider Hamish Kerr on Thermopylae competing in the Ashburton dressage group’s first autumn series tournament. The event (more)

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Big milestone looms

Champion harness racing driver Colin DeFilippi moved to within striking distance of a major milestone in his driving career at Ashburton on (more)


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From the ground up

Rabobank is determined to change the attitude towards careers in agriculture, one student at a time. It’s using a well-tested (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)

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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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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LInda Clarke

Water in the spotlight again

Another week, another water report pointing the finger at agriculture for fouling the country’s freshwater resources. I almost didn’t (more)

Amy Adams

A stronger New Zealand

New Zealand’s economy is growing strongly – stronger than that of most countries. Since 2008, we have got back on our feet after the (more)

Megan Gnad

Young lives transformed

With the launch of the Graeme Dingle Foundation in the district, Ashburton has the opportunity to band together to transform young (more)


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Very refined. Very rapid.

Get prepared to read some large numbers about this, Audi’s high-performance variant of its seven-seat Q7 SUV. Firstly the $195,900 plus (more)

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Wartime thoughts of home

As the commemoration of the centennial of the First World War spans a number of years, museums try to look at the conflict in new ways, (more)

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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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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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Celebrating 60 years of marriage, Robin and Diana Bruce.  
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Loving 60 years together

Robin and Diana Bruce’s recipe for a long and happy marriage is simple – sharing their interests and doing things together. Today (more)

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Love of dance shared at Tiddlywinks

Ashburton’s Tiddlywinks Preschool had two of its former pupils return yesterday to share their love of dance. Hayley Nolan (left), 11, (more)

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Toy Library welcomes donation

Photo Supplied Kirsty Clay (far right) and her daughter, Nellie, donated a brand-new doll’s house and furniture to the Ashburton Toy (more)


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