Water rages through the Rakaia Gorge.

The Rakaia makes its fury felt

Blustery northerly winds hit Mid Canterbury yesterday, but the district escaped the worst of a weather (more)

Activists to converge on Ashburton

Environmental activists are converging upon Ashburton over the (more)

Mid Canterbury riders excel

Excelling (from left) Charlotte Roberts on Brookfields Panache (Methven), Ruby Thomas on Carnesso Royal Flush (Rakaia), Caitlin Middlemiss on Westford Lexi (Oamaru), judge Jan Bird, Kate Waddell on Vollrath Witchcraft, (Tinwald), coach Debbie Nelson-Love, Paige Hardwick on Versalies (Oamaru), NZPCA president Heather Grant , Zoe MacClure on Mr Bean (Pleasant Point), and sponsor Prydes Feed representative Jonathan McNeil.

Mid Canterbury riders excelled at the South Island division of (more)

Woman catches youths abusing gulls

Information on youths throwing stones at rare breeding gulls in the Ashburton River bed is being referred to police. Please note: Faces are blurred to protect the identity of the youths.

Critically-endangered gulls, too young to fly, huddled together (more)

Activists to converge on Ashburton

Environmental activists are converging upon Ashburton over the weekend to take a stand against the dairy industry. Coal Action Network (more)

Controversial closure – Don’t bring your rubbish here, says the Ashburton District Council.
Photo Susan Sandys

Anger at dump closure

Mid Cantabrians wanting to dump their rubbish and recycling yesterday were frustrated to find the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park (more)

Information on youths throwing stones at rare breeding gulls in the Ashburton River bed is being referred to police. Please note: Faces are blurred to protect the identity of the youths.

Woman catches youths abusing gulls

Critically-endangered gulls, too young to fly, huddled together in the Ashburton River bed as youths threw stones at them on (more)


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Youngsters practice their serves as part of the Hot Shots Tennis Camp at the Ashburton Trust Tennis Centre.
Photo Jaime Pitt-MacKay

Youngsters upgrade skills

Local tennis hot shots have been getting the opportunity to hone their skills. Head coach Andre Van Rooyen has been running holiday (more)

Excelling (from left) Charlotte Roberts on Brookfields Panache (Methven), Ruby Thomas on Carnesso Royal Flush (Rakaia), Caitlin Middlemiss on Westford Lexi (Oamaru), judge Jan Bird, Kate Waddell on Vollrath Witchcraft, (Tinwald), coach Debbie Nelson-Love, Paige Hardwick on Versalies (Oamaru), NZPCA president Heather Grant , Zoe MacClure on Mr Bean (Pleasant Point), and sponsor Prydes Feed representative Jonathan McNeil.

Mid Canterbury riders excel

Mid Canterbury riders excelled at the South Island division of the New Zealand Pony Club dressage championships held in Mosgiel in the (more)

The Ashburton Colgate Athletics Competition team happy with their success in adverse conditions.  
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Athletes bring home medals

  Young Ashburton athletes have not let poor weather conditions stop them finding success and bringing home medals from the Colgate (more)


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Blackgrass threat not over yet

Blackgrass was found on three Mid Canterbury properties and in miniscule amounts in a consignment of locally produced ryegrass seed last (more)

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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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.   
Photo Sue Newman

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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Megan Gnad

Be vigilant when on the farm

Another tragic farming accident this week in the South Island is a reminder for vigilance when out working on the land. It’s (more)

Phill Hooper

Surely common-sense has to come into play soon

We must be getting close to the point of the journey where we can go no further away so we have to head back towards the start. The (more)

Blood feature

A selfless act

The selfless act of donating blood to help someone in need is to be admired and celebrated. Being poked and prodded and drained of a pint may (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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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)

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)


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Val Snowball and Marion Bartlett with big smiles after a job well done when Marion washed Val’s windows for her Christmas Wish.
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Dirty windows tackled for Christmas

Window washing can be a household task that can prove challenging the older one gets. Because of this, Val Snowball’s hand was one of (more)

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Painting programme for Ashburton

  Artist Katrina McGettigan has been bringing some artistic teaching to children in Mid Canterbury these holidays. McGettigan has (more)

Regan Jackson.

Addams Family actors needed

Variety Theatre Ashburton producers are confident of filling roles in their upcoming production of The Addams Family, but need more people (more)


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