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Half-time pep talk works

Rakaia 35 – West Melton 13 With five competition points safely tucked away Rakaia are getting a pass (more)

Dragons roar on the lake

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More than 200 people took to the waters of Lake Hood on Saturday (more)

Pressure on parks staff

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Without an injection of cash and staff, keeping the Ashburton (more)

Trust hands $50,000 to hospital

Ashburton Hospital latest news feature pic

Inner town Somerset House is about to pay the community a (more)

Heartland Bank Ashburton manager Andrew Wilson presents Emily Boyle with the Heartland Bank Freemasons Scholarship of $6000, with Les Brenssell, Southern member for the Freemasons Charity.
Photo Noel Lowe

Freemasons gather

Freemasons from around the South Island gathered at Methven for their annual conference at the weekend. A highlight of the day was the (more)

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Pressure on parks staff

Without an injection of cash and staff, keeping the Ashburton District’s green spaces in top order is becoming increasingly difficult, (more)

Ashburton Hospital latest news feature pic

Trust hands $50,000 to hospital

Inner town Somerset House is about to pay the community a handsome dividend, a $50,000 donation to Ashburton Hospital. The Ashburton (more)


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Dragons roar on the lake

More than 200 people took to the waters of Lake Hood on Saturday for the South Island Dragon Boat Championships. The annual event saw (more)

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Half-time pep talk works

Rakaia 35 – West Melton 13 With five competition points safely tucked away Rakaia are getting a pass mark for their opening round (more)

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Club rugby results

Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Rugby Competition Division 1 - Section 1 Friday March 24 Darfield 32 Saracens 12 Saturday March (more)


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Through to the nationals

The decisions of an adventure tourism guide and a secondary school teacher to opt out of their professions to become farmers paid off on (more)

Frenchman Anthony Degouy.

Frenchman yearns for Kiwi life

Frenchman Anthony Degouy secured himself a prime position at the ATS In-store Days in 2015 and landed a job on a Mid Canterbury dairy farm. (more)

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When Twitter spats go wild

By Craig Hickman, Elbow Deep @dairymanNZ One of the greatest gifts the internet has given us is the ability to tell complete strangers (more)


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Coastal Challenge ‘best yet’

The ATS Longbeach Coastal Challenge committee celebrated its tenth anniversary of the event with their largest contribution to the (more)

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Beach gets a helping hand

Students at Wakanui School have been doing their part to help with the restoration of Wakanui Beach. Teacher Amanda Ferguson is part of (more)

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New-entrants teacher farewelled

Allenton School farewelled long-serving teacher Marie Batty in a special assembly yesterday morning. Students from the junior school, (more)


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Michelle Nelson

Punching above their weight

Mid Canterbury punches well above its weight when it comes to talent on the stage, and exceptional diversity in our community. A prime (more)

Jo Goodhew

Restorative justice benefiting victims

Restorative justice programmes have been running in Ashburton and Timaru for many years, delivering an opportunity for victims and offenders (more)

Sue Newman

It costs nothing …

If you’re wanting some inspirational reading in today’s Guardian, check out Ken Smith’s column on page 25. It’s a brave piece of (more)


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Adverts from a bygone era

It’s often fascinating to look back at editorial styles from earlier years. A late 1920s advertisement announcing Carter’s Motors move to (more)

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The Carter connection

On February 10 it was neat being able to refer to Tony Haycock’s Over Steering column in Classic Driver magazine. Reflecting on his (more)

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Binders get it together

International, nicknamed Binders, truck owners shared their passion for the vehicles at the Binders (Down Under) NZ gathering in Rakaia on (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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Liz McMillan

Skatepark fundraisers ramped up in Methven

Kidzmethven members are getting back to fundraising for their proposed skatepark project, buoyed by new enthusiasm within the (more)

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No sheep riding at A&P show

There will be no sheep riding at the Methven A&P Show this year, following tightening up of animal welfare regulations. The event for (more)

Once upon a Time Project organisers Kirsty McGlynn (left) and Louise Duke with some of the donated dresses that will give local girls the opportunity to feel like Cinderella at this year’s formal.
Photo Megan Gnad

Making ball dreams come true

A mission to make school ball dreams come true is gaining momentum in Ashburton. The Once upon a Time Project has been launched by Kirsty (more)


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