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500 cows stolen from local farm

Police are investigating a report of the theft of around 500 dairy cows from a farm south of (more)

Old rivals prove too strong

Ashburton College junior girls’ basketball coach Mark Douglas works on a play during a time-out.                        
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Ashburton College junior girls’ basketball team booked a date (more)

Tomorrow’s Ashburton – YOU decide

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Baring Square east or west, Eastfield, Balmoral Hall or the current (more)

Ward One work gets under way

A contractor works on renovations to a wall in Ashburton Hospital’s Ward One.
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Renovation work on Ashburton Hospital’s Ward One is under way (more)

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Home detention result of firearms theft

A man involved in the burglary of a Tinwald business in which two firearms were stolen has been sentenced to four months’ home (more)

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Elderly motorist pledges not to drive again

A 92-year-old motorist who hit a cyclist at an Ashburton intersection in February leaving him severely disabled has pledged not to drive (more)

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Ashburton District Court news

A man who punched, choked and stabbed his partner while intoxicated appeared in the Ashburton District Court yesterday. Marley Maurice (more)


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An Ashburton Borough School student swings at a tennis ball during yesterday’s session at the school.
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Picking tennis talent at schools

Andre Van Rooyen, of Mid Canterbury Tennis, said he’s had an amazing start to teaching tennis in schools in the Ashburton District. The (more)

Ashburton College junior girls’ basketball coach Mark Douglas works on a play during a time-out.                        
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Old rivals prove too strong

Ashburton College junior girls’ basketball team booked a date with old rivals St Hilda’s Collegiate in the final of their South Island (more)

Ellen Pithie in action during the South Island Women’s Triples Tournament hosted at the Ashburton MSA Petanque Club on Saturday and Sunday.                                                                                                                               
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Top competition in triples

Ashburton MSA Petanque Club hosted South Island Women’s Triples for the first time at the weekend, and there was a high level of (more)


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Farmers urged to sign up to farm recycling

Wastebusters are grateful for the support they’ve received from farmers but are urging them to sign on before dropping off their (more)

Sam McLay, a fourth year medical student who received a $1000 scholarship from Rural Women New Zealand earlier this year, speaks at the AGM.
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Rural Women NZ dishes out scholarships

The Rural Women New Zealand annual meeting was held in Ashburton last Friday and several trophies and scholarships were awarded. Five (more)

Neil Pluck with his mega roller.
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A monster land roller

Pluck’s Engineering at Rakaia has manufactured a monster land roller, possibly the biggest in New Zealand. The company has been making (more)


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One of Ashburton Intermediate’s school leaders Hannah O’Reilly shows her grandmother Carol (right) and other guests (from left) Rebecca Schoonderbeek, Wil Nuberg and Sue Hooper around the school as part of a grandparents open day. 
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A day for grandparents at Intermediate

The grandparents of Ashburton Intermediate students were taken on a full tour of the school yesterday. Shown around by the school (more)

Teri Nichol is telling Ashburton College teens to have can-do attitudes, as well as literacy and numeracy skills.	
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Chill out over career choices – counsellor

Guidance counsellor Teri Nichol has one word for parents when their school leaver says they have no idea what they want to do in life: (more)

Nikora Arthur, 6, soars high with the help of Marist New Zealand Colts players at St Joseph’s School yesterday.	
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Nikora on the ball with Marist Colts

Members of the Marist New Zealand Colts Under-23 Rugby Team made plenty of new friends when they visited Mid Canterbury this week, visiting (more)


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Letter to the Editor, August 31, 2016

Lot 9 deal I refer to Thomas Mead’s article aired on Newshub, August 21, 2016. Thomas contacted me about some emails he had acquired (more)

Sue Newman

Has fear over-ridden commonsense?

Billeting, it’s been a part of school sports exchanges for decades. Whether or not kids liked it was immaterial, but staying with a (more)

Rick Powdrell

Water – where does yours come from?

Consumers are demanding more traceability when it comes to what we eat, but as illustrated by the incident in Havelock North recently, we (more)


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The face of opera singer, music tutor, mother and wife, Zara Ballara.

Zara, the child who dreamed to the adult who lived the dream

Ashburton’s talented youth learn their skills on home turf; inevitably they hone those skills on the international stage. Often, however, (more)

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Disease not stopping prize-winner

An Ashburton woman has won an international award from Curves Gym. Kay Baird, who works out at Curves Gym Ashburton was presented with (more)

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Take the long way home

It’s been a winter of simple motoring pleasures. Even more so now there’s decent snow on the mountains and driving through the Mid (more)


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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)

Vintage toys and games at the Ashburton Museum.

Rock, lizard, Spock?

For those who haven’t seen it yet, Ashburton Museum’s new exhibition Paper, Scissors, Rock is attracting much interest and not just from (more)

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Collector’s specials

Museums do many things – and amongst the things they do, collecting is central. Yet it’s not just museums that collect. Many (more)


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Easter Sunday shopping?

One of the first jobs the new team of Ashburton district councillors will face after the October local body elections could be deciding how new (more)

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Brains ‘collide’ for Daffodil Day quiz

The brainy team from Ashburton Online continued their domination of the annual ANZ Daffodil Day Quiz this week. Kieron and Darion Gray, (more)

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Cactus Kids lend a hand

If you are driving down East Street today and notice some Cancer Society balloons strung up, thank the children attending this term’s (more)


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