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Don’t trash our beaches!

A Wakanui Huts resident is spearheading a campaign to clean up the beach and to encourage others to learn (more)

Extravaganza a family affair

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Ten-year-olds tend to shy away from swinging fire through the air (more)

Hatch Cup boys ready to go

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Mid Canterbury’s Under-13 Boys’ Hockey Team is well prepared (more)

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Mitchell Santnerfsatuer

One of cricket’s sternest tests begins for New Zealand at Eden (more)

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Extravaganza a family affair

Ten-year-olds tend to shy away from swinging fire through the air but it is a bit different if your family runs a circus. Dylan Ashton, (more)

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‘There’s another life out there’

Rod Beavan says that as he leaves life as an Ashburton District councillor, he can award himself a pass mark for having remained true to his (more)

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Bands up for big bash

Excitement is ramping up ahead of this weekend’s Balmoral Bash youth concert. Born Ready and Fusion in the Sun band members Cameron and (more)

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Hatch Cup boys ready to go

Mid Canterbury’s Under-13 Boys’ Hockey Team is well prepared for the Hatch Cup Tournament in Christchurch next week. Following (more)

Mitchell Santnerfsatuer

Into the cauldron …

One of cricket’s sternest tests begins for New Zealand at Eden Gardens this afternoon at a ground which has become an Indian fortress this (more)

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Hammers target top four

Mid Canterbury will be gunning for a bonus point win when they take on bottom of the ladder East Coast in week six of the Heartland (more)

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Irrigation causing low water levels’

Declining groundwater levels are linked to the increase in irrigation in Mid Canterbury over the past decade, the Ashburton Zone Committee has (more)

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Craft bridges age gap

Twenty children from the ages of five to 10 had a sticky morning at the Winchmore Hall yesterday as they pasted alongside members of the (more)

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100s of wells sunk in last decade

In the past decade more than 1000 wells have been sunk in the Hinds plains area. Environment Canterbury senior hydrologist Patrick Durney (more)

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Netherby School students Honor Cuter, 5 (left) and Kowhai Rimene, 7 (right) tape teacher Ashleigh Hannah to a wall during her Steptember fundraising for cerebral palsy 
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Teacher in sticky situation

Most kids dream of sticking their teacher to a wall and Netherby School students did just that yesterday. However, the kids were helping (more)

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Students’ growth spurt

Lauriston School students have taken inspiration from television show The Block for an enterprising project to grow vegetables and edible (more)

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State-of-the-art playing

The 150-or-so kids at Hinds School had to be prised off their new playground yesterday to eat. The state-of-the-art playground was (more)

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Sue Newman

The obligations of ethnic diversity

One of the huge strengths of the Ashburton District today is that we have moved so far from our white, middle class, Anglo-Saxon (more)


Letters to the Editor, September 30, 2016

Baring Square Church Ashburton has a glowing list of impressive new amenities created over the past 15 or so years. Lake Hood, the (more)


Letters to the editor, September 28, 2016

Wheelie bins cost My current rates are $2363 and a 13 per cent increase will lift this to $2670. I only put out one rubbish bag every (more)

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Extravaganza a family affair

Ten-year-olds tend to shy away from swinging fire through the air but it is a bit different if your family runs a circus. Dylan Ashton, (more)

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Boost for rest home

The huge fundraising effort that is needed to building a new care facility for Methven’s elderly has been given a significant boost by one (more)

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One very well-mannered tourer

Despite the constantly increasing enchantment with both SUVs and utes, there are still a good number of people (me included) who prefer (more)

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The New Zealand Division Infantry, in the Switch Line near Flers, September 1916, after the Battle of Flers-Courcelette.
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Ashburton and the Somme

It’s hard to imagine the horrors that greeted New Zealand soldiers when they entered the Battle of the Somme. The many young Ashburton (more)

The empty tin of gunpowder that inspired this story.
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Gunpowder ripples

Finding items or subjects to write about for this column isn’t always easy. As far as the objects go, I tend to write about things I (more)

The front cover of Dorothy Eden’s 1960 novel Sleep in The Woods. Set in Taranaki, not Canterbury as some reviews state, during the New Zealand wars, this book is credited with giving Dorothy international acclaim.

Mistress of the macabre – Dorothy Eden

In the shadows of the night, a veiled woman lurked in the garden, staring at the house. Watching, waiting. It all started with a mysterious (more)

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Christmas card designers

Children will be using dots and dashes of colour to create Ashburton’s official Christmas card, this year. The Ashburton Art (more)

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Finding fun on Boulevard Day

The Ashburton Boulevard Day is being considered a success despite the bad weather. About 8000 to 10,000 people attended this year’s (more)

Left - Sending out the message for their October community food bank appeal are, (from left) Real Estate New Zealand, Ashburton owner, Trevor Hurley, Jane Kingan and Levonne Watts from Port FM, Judith Lilley, foodbank manager and Peter Breakwell, Countdown store manager.    
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Appeal to boost foodbank shelves

Ashburton’s community foodbank is empty, but four local businesses have joined forces to restock the shelves. The food drive started (more)

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Brent hangs up his apron

Brent MacGregor was just a schoolboy in short pants when he started learning the grocery trade; 45 years later he’s looking forward to (more)

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Powerhouse on Wheels

Seventy-six years ago this week a vehicle born of necessity made its debut. It gained iconic status almost immediately. And it’s never (more)

A member of the Maori Cultural Group arrives at the ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in the New Zealand Battlefield Memorial in Longueval, northern France, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. More than 1 million people were killed, wounded or went missing in the Battle of the Somme in northern France, pitting British, New Zealand and French troops against German ones from July 1 to Nov. 18, 1916. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

The Ashburton connection

Lindsay Holland and the Ashburton District Family History Group, has been looking back at Ashburton’s connection to the Battle of the (more)

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