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Pea weevil already here?

Concerns the pea weevil may already have been imported into Mid Canterbury are mounting. Pea weevil was (more)

Scoreline flatters Hammers

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It took a length-of-the-field runaway try from first five Jarred (more)

Creating lasting friendships

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Jess Bowan and Joanne Inwood have been friends for almost 10 (more)

Fire assets to stay local

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When day one for the new Mid and South Canterbury Rural Fire (more)

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Creating lasting friendships

Jess Bowan and Joanne Inwood have been friends for almost 10 years, displaying what the IHC volunteer programme is all about. Bowan (more)

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Fire assets to stay local

When day one for the new Mid and South Canterbury Rural Fire Authority ticks over on July 1, the district’s fire related assets will still (more)

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The low-down on handling artifacts

Ashburton’s keepers of the past now have a few more skills in their tool kits when it comes to correctly handling material with historic (more)


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Scoreline flatters Hammers

It took a length-of-the-field runaway try from first five Jarred Percival to seal victory for Mid Canterbury over a West Coast side that (more)

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Holmes Cup in Tinwald’s cabinet

St Andrews Golf Club turned out a well prepared course for the recent Aorangi Men’s Pennants finals. The course was in fine order with (more)

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Girls on Collier Trophy mission

Mid Canterbury’s Primary A girls’ hockey team have been busy preparing for a string of challenging matches at the Collier Trophy in (more)


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One week left for irrigation pond

A week remains for people wanting to make submissions on a resource consent application to build a new irrigation storage pond in the Mid (more)

Nathan Guy

Expansion money welcomed

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed $345,000 in new funding to investigate expansion of the Mayfield Hinds Irrigation (more)

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Another dry season looms

Mid Canterbury farmers are keeping a wary eye on the weather as the irrigation season gets under way and preparing for a dry year. The (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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Let us stop and rest

In August I wrote about the need to take some time off and rest. It is important to be still and acknowledge our Creator and in the (more)

Sue Newman

Question time wasted

You have to feel sorry for the local body election candidates who turned up on Thursday night to a meet-the-candidates evening. Fronting (more)

Steve Devereux

Back to the glory days

Sport is a cyclical business, we all know that. And however long it takes, your team will probably come back from the doldrums sometime, (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)

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Grappling with teenage angst

As I walk into the house, the unattended teenage boy’s antics suddenly hit my nostrils. I smell burning, God no, not burning, my mind (more)

Jane Logie

Blue September for the men

It’s prostate cancer awareness month, so it’s time to focus on the health of the man in your life and how important their health is to them (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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More CCTV cameras in CBD

If you walk through Ashburton’s town centre at any hour of the day or night someone will be watching you. On walls, in trees, under (more)

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Volunteer without peer

Volunteers are not just the life blood of so many organisations but also of our whole community. Without them so many groups which (more)

Katie Esler holds up a pack ahead of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week between September 12 and 18.
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Aiming to keep our country beautiful

After success last year Ashburton Wastebusters are again running Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week. The event encourages people to pick up (more)


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