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Possible site for district library?

As Ashburton District Councillors were about to vote today to accept the Baring Square east site for the (more)

Race a unique experience

Cyclists cross the Rakaia Gorge bridge during the running of the 2016 Ride the Rakaia.                        
   Photo Ashburton Guardian

Several hundred dedicated road cyclists will line up in Rakaia on (more)

Pool air-con in councillors’ hands

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The closure of the EA Networks pool complex on Tuesday might have (more)

Menz Shed taking shape

Construction is well under way at the new Ashburton Menz Shed on William Street.
Photo Jaime Pitt-MacKay

Construction on the new Ashburton Menz Shed is well under way at (more)

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Possible site for district library?

As Ashburton District Councillors were about to vote today to accept the Baring Square east site for the district's new civic centre and (more)

Adding the finishing touches to the upgraded Orchard Grove gardens, are (from left) Joy Arthur, Bruce Mitchell, Helen Mitchell and Cyril Keen.	
Photo Megan Gnad

Neighbourly spirit in action

A group of Ashburton neighbours, worried overgrown plants would result in a serious accident, fixed the problem themselves by funding their (more)

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Pool air-con in councillors’ hands

The closure of the EA Networks pool complex on Tuesday might have angered users but it could be critical in convincing Ashburton District (more)


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Matt Markham

Time for Aaron Smith to shine again

Cometh the man, cometh the hour. Yes, Aaron Smith. I’m talking to you. With Super Rugby returning this weekend, it’s a chance for (more)

Cyclists cross the Rakaia Gorge bridge during the running of the 2016 Ride the Rakaia.                        
   Photo Ashburton Guardian

Race a unique experience

Several hundred dedicated road cyclists will line up in Rakaia on Saturday for the annual Ride the Rakaia. The 100km race is a unique (more)

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Douglas has the final say

Nigel Douglas built on his previous week’s top shelf effort to secure an overdue victory in Tinwald Cycling Club’s Hinds Seed Cleaning (more)


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Fire danger worsens

Federated Farmers is reminding Mid Canterbury farmers not to burn off stubble as a region-wide fire ban remains in place. Hot northerly (more)

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Rural property looking strong

Mid Canterbury’s rural property market is in the midst of a stronger than anticipated summer season, with price expectations for premium dairy (more)

Rick Powdrell

Countering the naysayers

Sheep and beef farmers are facing testing times, and many of the challenges are outside their control. As I told the Federated Farmers (more)


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Inspiring results for Mount Hutt dux

Mount Hutt College principal John Schreurs is hoping more students apply for NCEA scholarships following a 2016 student being successful in (more)

Author Lawrence McCallum stands next to The Potato Gatherers or Octobre by Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1878.  
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$20m College rebuild plan

A $20 million-plus rebuild is on the cards for Ashburton College, due to an ageing campus and skyrocketing roll. The school and Ministry (more)

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Fun week at Allenton

Year 3 and 4 students at Allenton School are in for a week of fun activities. The students are flying straight in to the start of their (more)


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Matt Markham

Time for Aaron Smith to shine again

Cometh the man, cometh the hour. Yes, Aaron Smith. I’m talking to you. With Super Rugby returning this weekend, it’s a chance for (more)

Sue Newman

Big calls coming for councillors

Taking the heat out of the EA Networks pools debate is simple. It might come with a hefty price tag, but when we’ve already spent more (more)

Megan Gnad

A time to remember

It’s hard to believe six years has passed since the 6.3 magnitude earthquake ripped through Christchurch’s central city. In some (more)


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Summer at the museum

Last year I graduated from the University of Otago with aspirations of working in the museum sector. After discovering that employment (more)

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Wedding belles of yesteryear

Happy Valentine’s Day! Have you ever thought of how a museum collects love stories? There are all sorts of items in museum collections (more)

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Surprising connections

For many years now a branch of our family exchange Christmas gifts via a “Secret Santa”. We like the idea. It’s become widely (more)


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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)

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)


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Adding the finishing touches to the upgraded Orchard Grove gardens, are (from left) Joy Arthur, Bruce Mitchell, Helen Mitchell and Cyril Keen.	
Photo Megan Gnad

Neighbourly spirit in action

A group of Ashburton neighbours, worried overgrown plants would result in a serious accident, fixed the problem themselves by funding their (more)

Ashburton Christian School students Nathan Steer (left) and Sam Kuipers (right) lining up on the bowling mat against Princes Court residents June Hodgkinson (left) and Margaret Body.  	
Photo Sue Newman

Youth, aged form a bond

Youth and age are forming a very special bond in Ashburton, with students from Ashburton’s Christian School making weekly visits to share (more)

Photo Jaime Pitt-MacKay

Lunches still popular

  John Mowatt (left) is served lunch by Kath Robertson (left) and Marilyn Hawkes. From 12 noon till 1pm every Monday, a free (more)


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