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Help needed to revitalise CBD

If you have the key to revitalising Ashburton’s CBD, Business Mid Canterbury (BMC) wants to hear from (more)

State of emergency possible

West Coast authorities will decide this evening about declaring (more)

Shots fired, school lockdown

A Northland school is in lockdown while police hunt a man with a (more)

World record for golden girl

Ashburton’s gifted teenage sculler Veronica Wall set a world (more)

Full-scale slapstick fun

When it comes to celebrating a decade of success at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, the Big Little Theatre Company aren’t holding (more)

Paddleboard challenge

The fun sport of stand-up paddleboarding won a heap of new fans following a new team challenge event at Lake Hood over the weekend. The (more)

Severe weather on the way

Wild weather is set to hit Mid Canterbury in the next few days, thanks to the arrival of Cyclone Gita. Gita, currently a category 3 (more)


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World record for golden girl

Ashburton’s gifted teenage sculler Veronica Wall set a world record on her way to winning three gold medals at the New Zealand rowing (more)

Wickets tumble for few runs

There were lots of wickets but not many runs when Tech and Allenton faced off on a rain-affected pitch in Mid Canterbury senior club cricket (more)

Hampstead back on track

Flynn Ness helped restore Hampstead to their winning ways in senior tennis in Mid Canterbury at the weekend, when his team beat Methven (more)


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Breed a game changer for industry

Preparations are well under way for the first ever sale of a sheep breed in New Zealand that could be a game-changer for the industry (more)

Great turn-out to field day

An open-gate field day at the Align Longfield property on Tuesday that focused on farm environmental practices attracted a crowd of about (more)

It’s good for farmers’ bottom line

It was great to see the interest shown by farmers at this week’s field day at Align Longfield. The focus of the event was environmental (more)


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Of junk TV and politics

I have to come clean to you – I have loved the start of this year when it comes to politics and junk TV. And yes, they are two (more)

House colours on the line

Around 1200 Ashburton College students descended on the domain yesterday in good sporting spirit. Students participated in the annual (more)

Big test for Hinds triathletes

The Hinds Rugby Grounds came alive with the sounds of rousing house chants and the energy of dozens of budding triathletes yesterday, as (more)


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Water a national responsibility

Those in rural New Zealand who thought they copped an unfair amount of flak over the nation’s water quality, especially from city (more)

Prison plans needed

As a former Justice Minister and the local MP for Selwyn, which is home to several prisons, I am familiar with some of the excellent (more)

Council attitude perplexing

Well known local identity Dean Harrison weighs in on the stadium fees debate with the following letter to the editor.   A number (more)


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Serious reputation well-deserved

Given the quite exceptional standard of grooming and detailing Karen and Samantha at Ashburton Toyota had carried out on the test Prado, VX (more)

Challenging garden season

Garden competitions are in their twilight years in rural Mid Canterbury, but for many the passion remains strong. Tinwald residents Shona (more)

Motorhome extravaganza on again

For years a two-day festival that brought buyers and sellers of motorhomes and caravans together was the baby of Murray and Bev Meadows; but (more)


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Enjoying our wetlands

One of my favourite parts of summer is when I spend a few days camping, tramping and generally enjoying New Zealand’s bush and (more)

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)


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Good breeding success feather in cap for Russell

Every day is a day for ducks at the Riverbridge conservation area at Lagmhor. However, some ducks are not allowed to live there, much to (more)

Methven Library memories recalled

A modern library building is soon to open in Methven, marking the beginning of a new era for book borrowing in the town. Marjorie Collins is (more)

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)


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