Water on paddock

Consents costing thousands

Mid Canterbury farmers are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to prepare the information required for (more)

Grant boosts project funds

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Methven’s public library and historical society have been big (more)

Fairton serves up an upset

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After dominating round one in emphatic style, Allenton’s 100 (more)

Three-way finish

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Supreme Blue Chip, with Robbie Holmes in the sulky, heads out to (more)

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Grant boosts project funds

Methven’s public library and historical society have been big winners in the latest round of donations made by the Community Trust of Mid (more)

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New life for Wakanui Beach

Wakanui Beach could be one of the Ashburton District’s undiscovered bio-diversity gems. A plan ticked off by the Ashburton District (more)

Water on paddock

Consents costing thousands

Mid Canterbury farmers are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to prepare the information required for a resource consent so they can (more)


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Fairton serves up an upset

After dominating round one in emphatic style, Allenton’s 100 per cent record in Mid Canterbury Tennis’ open grade interclub competition (more)

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Three-way finish

Supreme Blue Chip, with Robbie Holmes in the sulky, heads out to do battle in the Smiths Seeds and Gluyas Motors Pace at Methven (more)

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Kiwi driver cleans up

New Zealand driver Shane van Gisbergen has rubber stamped his Supercars championship with victory in the final race of the season and on the (more)


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Water on paddock

Consents costing thousands

Mid Canterbury farmers are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to prepare the information required for a resource consent so they can (more)

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Storage pond consent applied for

Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation Scheme has applied for resource consent to build a storage pond near Methven. General manager John Wright said (more)

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Ratepayers asked to help

Ashburton District ratepayers could be asked to help fund a major environmental project that is helping improve water quality and (more)


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Energy to burn

River Samuela has more energy than you can measure. The 10-year-old darts from one place to the next, full of momentum and vigour, ready (more)

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Reduced funding hits home

Over the past six years New Zealand pre-schools have felt the strain of a reduction in the funding per child and Ashburton is no (more)

Peter Livingstone

What helps pupils thrive?

Oh me, oh my, oh the shame, the SHAME! What will become of us now? How can we face the international community? When we walk across (more)


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The right to live in peace

As house prices continue to soar, a generation of renters has emerged. There’s no denying that young people, unless they get help from (more)

Jo Goodhew

It’s all about respect

Each year on November 25 we focus on stopping violence towards women with White Ribbon Day, an International day which focusses on family (more)

James Ford

Testing time for students

Students throughout the country will have sighed with relief yesterday as NCEA exams came to an end. It’s a stressful time for everyone (more)


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The bread man’s van

Our Daily Bread. This is a story about a van which many people remember. The van itself is a reminder of earlier times and so is the way (more)

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Huge milestone for organist

Sixty years as a church organist has been a rewarding career for Ashburton’s Graham Gunn. This week marks the three-score milestone for (more)

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Just quietly, outstanding

Driving a large, affordable seven seater SUV has become a lot more exhilarating with the arrival of Mazda’s new CX-9. For with it Mazda (more)


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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)

Ashburton’s First Car, 1902, owned by the late Thomas Bullock Esq. with Mrs E. B. Newton (nee Bull-ock) at the wheel.

Roughometer readings of 1936

1936 was not only the year that Jesse Owens won his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, it was also the year that King Edward VII (more)

‘Farmers Corner’ at the intersection of East and Havelock Streets.

Does Ashburton have history?

The team from Ashburton Museum are often out in the community, talking to schools, service and special interest groups about the work that (more)


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When Santa arrives in town on Saturday, the streets will be lined with families celebrating the start of the festive season.  
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Get ready, Christmas just around the corner

Ashburton’s Santa parade just keeps on getting bigger and better says organiser Carol Johns. She’s masterminded the event for the (more)

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Methven High Country fete a success

Southerly winds blew away the odd gazebo, but all in all the first Methven High Country Fete was a success. “The word has got out and (more)

Hail damage expert Gavin Campbell uses the magic mirror that shows hail damage invisible to the naked eye, watched by Kieran Breakwell and fellow hail expert, Mark Tewnion.  
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Hail damage not easily seen

There could be hundreds of cars being driven around the Ashburton District that could give their owners a rude shock when they decided to (more)


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Brigade beginnings – Ashburton District Councillor Alan Reith hands the new Pendarves fire unit keys to farmer John McManus in 1991.
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Hare-raising fire sparked brigade’s beginnings

Twenty-five years of firefighting in the Pendarves area was recalled last weekend when the local rural fire force celebrated the quarter (more)

Viera Beattie helps Methven A&P Association members in 2012 in preparation for the 100th show.
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Treasure trove of artist’s work discovered

  A treasure trove of paintings and drawings by Methven retired artist Viera Beattie have been discovered following her death last (more)

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Sculptors on a field trip

The Ashburton Museum team likes to get out and about to share and discover more about the heritage of our district. We already know that (more)

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