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CBD spending down 1.3 per cent

Free parking on Ashburton’s East Street was anticipated to boost the fortunes of inner town retailers but (more)

Bike issues haunt Currie

Braden Currie has come painstakingly close to defending his title at (more)

Drought risk rises

A lack of significant rain, on top of recent hot and dry (more)

Rivals covered down the straight

Two-year-old pacing filly, Vi Lee has them covered in the hands (more)

Indian restaurant for Methven

Tikka masala, tandoori, vindaloo and poppadoms. They are words of pure poetry to Indian food lovers, and those in Methven will no longer (more)

Fairton delivers a merry storyline

Weeks spent assembling a cosy set, constructing creative costumes and rehearsing a merry storyline paid off yesterday when students (more)

Spotting Santa by torchlight

The Ashburton Museum is gearing up for Santa fever on December 20 when hundreds of youngsters and their parents will pay a night-time visit (more)


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Bike issues haunt Currie

Braden Currie has come painstakingly close to defending his title at the IRONMAN Taupo 70.3 over the weekend after a mechanical issue with his (more)

Rivals covered down the straight

Two-year-old pacing filly, Vi Lee has them covered in the hands of Jeremy Markham at yesterday’s Ashburton workouts at the Ashburton (more)

Bowlers relish the sunshine

Ashburton’s outdoor bowlers have nothing to complain about when it comes to the recent sunny weather that has been hitting the district, (more)


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Drought risk rises

A lack of significant rain, on top of recent hot and dry conditions, has upped the risk of Mid Canterbury plunging into drought this (more)

M. bovis suspected

A property near Ashburton is likely to be infected with the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries said (more)

Rain needed urgently

Rain forecast today will be like liquid gold falling from the skies and the biggest and best Christmas gift, say Mid Canterbury dairy (more)


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Fairton delivers a merry storyline

Weeks spent assembling a cosy set, constructing creative costumes and rehearsing a merry storyline paid off yesterday when students (more)

Celebrating demise of National Standards

Primary schools will no longer have to report on National Standards to parents or the Ministry of Education from the new year. Education (more)

School year winding down

Ashburton Christian School ventured lakeside and poolside yesterday to celebrate their penultimate school day of the year. As (more)


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2017 a year of big events

Someone asked the other day what I felt was one of the most significant things to happen in the Ashburton District this year and in the (more)

Letters to the Editor, December 13 2017

Ashburton Domain On Sunday we made our annual pre-Christmas family picnic to the Ashburton Domain. As keen gardeners we are well aware (more)

Decorating our district

Did you know that there are more than 20 Chorus phone cabinets dotted in and around Ashburton? It’s possible that you have passed by (more)


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Sharing a passion for healthy sweet treats

Growing up, my mother was a legend in the kitchen. Whatever she made was pretty amazing, except for brussels sprouts, but I don’t think anyone (more)

With love, from us to you …

It’s that time of the year where our thoughts turn to what we’re going to serve up to guests, both at Christmas and the days before and (more)

Chill out this summer with Chelsea Winter

Chelsea Winter doesn’t subscribe to the belief that Christmas and summer entertaining, need to be hectic and stressful. The (more)


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The Great War memorial

The highly respected Robert Galbraith was Ashburton mayor from 1915-1931. It was his misfortune to be the sitting mayor during and after The (more)

Overbridge turns 100

People walking over Ashburton’s railway overbridge might notice a new blue plaque was unveiled last Friday to commemorate that (more)

Maladies and treatments

Last week’s heritage page focused on the establishment of Ashburton’s first hospital, and the other smaller nursing homes and private (more)


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Hospice volunteers feel privileged

Ashburton grandmother Rose Matthews and Ashburton dad Dale Earnshaw feel privileged to be among volunteers for Hospice Mid Canterbury. In (more)

Work on new fire museum under way

It’s a project that’s been a long time in the making but on Sunday the first sod was turned for an extension to the Ashburton Fire (more)

Countdown on to health centre opening

It’s been a dream that’s  been a long time in the making, but come December 11 at 8.30am, Ashburton’s Three Rivers Health will open (more)


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Stellar career at an end

As he  farewells a 45-year career in education, Resource Teacher for Learning and Behaviour John Harper says he takes his hat off to our (more)

Trainer meets an old mate

A chance encounter led Laurence Hanrahan to run into an old friend of his recently after having not seen him for more than 20 years. Matt (more)

Whirlwind first two months for MP Jo Luxton

Mid Canterbury’s Jo Luxton grew up quickly when at the age of 13 her family went through a traumatic separation due to illness. It was just (more)

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