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Fed up with boy racers

Ashburtonians are calling on boy racers to quit the noisy night-time skids and let them sleep in (more)

Top jumpers in the ring

Five Mid Canterbury riders will be pressing their home advantage (more)

A silk tree spectacular

A couple living in Willowby believe they currently have the (more)

Fish fence design changed

Plans for a new fish fence that will keep native fish out of the (more)

Cleansing diets ‘just a fad’

Ditch that water bottle you buy from the supermarket as soon as possible, and forget about cleansing diets. That is some of the advice (more)

Learning to swim

Six-year-old Fergus Grant (centre) prepares to leap into kick-board mode, with Tara Strydom (right), and Halo Cooksley, 5. The youngsters (more)

A silk tree spectacular

A couple living in Willowby believe they currently have the prettiest driveway in the whole of Ashburton. Marie Cousens and Ted Allen’s (more)


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Top jumpers in the ring

Five Mid Canterbury riders will be pressing their home advantage at a jumping and show hunter event at the Ashburton showgrounds this (more)

Methven bowlers on target

  A major piece of Canterbury Bowls silverware made its way back to Mid Canterbury on the weekend in what is believed to be a first (more)

Whips are cracking

New Zealand’s leading driver, Blair Orange, turns for home and lets Stunin Love loose at the top of the Ashburton Racecourse straight at (more)


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Feds call for patience

Federated Farmers says speculation around the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis and its origin is just adding more stress to worried (more)

The need for burning

As most New Zealanders relaxed in the sunshine over the festive break, all arable farmers had one eye on summer crops and the other on the (more)

Red clover pest widespread

A red clover pest first formally identified in New Zealand just 15 months ago, has now been found right across New Zealand, including Mid (more)


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Financial burden growing

Parents feeling the crunch of back-to-school costs are being encouraged to put their hand up for help if they need it. As term 1 rolls (more)

NCEA pass results pleasing

Ashburton College’s efforts supporting “at risk” level 1 students, and encouraging senior students to return to school for NCEA level (more)

Winterbourn calls it a day

He’s one of the district’s longest serving and popular principals, and he knows education from the inside out. But after an (more)


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Leave our PM alone

Anyone else sick and tired of hearing about how our Prime Minister is pregnant yet? While it is fantastic that Jacinda Ardern and her (more)

Thinking long term

The countdown is on for the next phase of the It’s Our Place consultation for council’s Long Term Plan. In April, the draft version (more)

Solving the doctor shortage

I was interested to hear that Auckland University is this week launching a regional-rural medical programme in Taranaki to help find some (more)


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Paramedic’s heart attack on the job

A team of researchers is partway through a study that will define the links between an individual’s genetic makeup and their lifestyle in (more)

Justine Smith: Destined for comedy

Justine Smith had local audiences in stitches performing her trademark stand-up routine during last year’s sold-out 7 Days Live (more)

Cleansing diets ‘just a fad’

Ditch that water bottle you buy from the supermarket as soon as possible, and forget about cleansing diets. That is some of the advice (more)


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The big bang theory

One of the more difficult radios to install in our exhibition, Sounds Like Us, was the atom radio. I guess that is appropriate, dealing (more)

Caravans the answer

When people think of summer, a multitude of images and memories may spring to mind, such as holidays in the country, barbecues, playing (more)

Slice of heaven

The hugely popular Balls, Bullets & Boots touring exhibition has been packed up and sent to its next venue. It tied together two (more)


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Scouts take on back country

For a group of scouts, the new year meant an opportunity to see some of the Mid Canterbury back country at its best. Led by Don Geddes, (more)

Church sells to artist

A quaint piece of countryside history has sold to a Canterbury artist. Proceeds from the sale of the 106-year-old Winchmore Church, and (more)

Help our life-saving volunteers

Bunnings Warehouse Ashburton are inviting locals to wrap their chops around a classic Bunnings sausage for a good cause next (more)


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The big bang theory

One of the more difficult radios to install in our exhibition, Sounds Like Us, was the atom radio. I guess that is appropriate, dealing (more)

Epic Antarctic journey

They were about to embark on the first large Kiwi traverse from Scott Base since Edmund Hillary led a team on Massey Ferguson tractors in (more)

The highs and the lows

Few people deserve success in the trotting game more than Ashburton’s Alan Neumann, so there were plenty of pats on the back when he and (more)

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