Megan Gnad

Transforming young lives

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

Jewels spot beckons

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Ben Waldron is going to let the Harness Jewels come to him, as (more)

Our Domain under threat

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Longtime Ashburton resident Colin Morgan has a spectacular outdoor (more)

Beauty operators join forces

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Four Methven women have joined forces to open a new beauty space, (more)

Megan Gnad

Transforming young lives

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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Oranga Tamariki needs you

Can you quickly build rapport with vulnerable youth? Do you have a good sense of humour and are calm under pressure? If so, the (more)

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Country legends re-unite

New Zealand country music legends (from left) Gray Bartlett, Eddie Low, Jodi Vaughan and Brendan Dugan kickstarted their South Island tour (more)


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Jewels spot beckons

Ben Waldron is going to let the Harness Jewels come to him, as opposed to going out and chasing them. The Ashburton horseman is taking (more)

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Highlanders crush Stormers

The Highlanders have claimed an emphatic win over the Stormers at Forsyth Barr Stadium. It played and up-tempo, open game to score nine (more)

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Celtic notches first win

Celtic became the first Mid Canterbury team to score a win over their Canterbury counterparts in the Inter-Centre Premier netball (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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Nick Lindo

The soft shoe shuffle

So PM Bill English has pounced. As Murray and Hekia fade into the pantheon of ministers past, Farmer Bill has appointed another (more)

Sophie-Claire Violettefetuer

Leaving part of yourself at home

Who am I, when leaving home to gain a new future also means losing your past? Last week, I was invited to make a presention to the (more)

Sue Newman

Striking for a good cause

The heady days of unions ruling the world of employment have long gone. In the past powerful, thousand-member unions such as meatworkers (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)

Covered in reminders of things to do, woman freaks out!

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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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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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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