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Four-lane highway plans

National have unveiled plans to four-lane the highway between Ashburton and Christchurch if (more)

Bookarama hopes to crack $1m

In five weeks Ashburton will become the South Island’s (more)

Hammers silenced

Mid Canterbury’s last hit-out of the season ended in a (more)

National challenge

Gold, silver and supreme awards, they’ve all come Ashburton’s (more)

Bookarama hopes to crack $1m

In five weeks Ashburton will become the South Island’s gathering spot for book lovers when Ashburton Rotary opens the doors on its 38th (more)

Sleep-out destroyed

A derelict sleep-out in the Surrey Hills was razed to the ground in the small hours of Friday morning. The building, situated near Anama, (more)

Mens Health

Joint replacement crisis here

The numbers are hard to gauge, but people working in the aged-care sector say there is a tsunami of older people who are living in the (more)


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Ready for tennis resumption

After a wet winter, Mid Canterbury Tennis coach Andre Van Rooyen is excited for the Ashburton Trust Tennis Centre to once again come alive (more)

Three Mid Canty sides in the finals

Three finals await Mid Canterbury hockey sides next weekend after two games on Saturday. In the men’s first division, Wakanui smashed (more)

Hammers silenced

Mid Canterbury’s last hit-out of the season ended in a “disappointing” 17-26 loss to the West Coast in Methven on (more)


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No more scaremongering

It’s time that the scaremongering over Labour’s water policy stopped and the reality around it was recognised, David Parker, the (more)

Focus on deer shed standards

Just under 40 deer farmers from around Mid Canterbury descended on Aubrey Aitken’s Mayfield property on Tuesday afternoon to find out (more)

‘It’s not about hardening up’

Charismatic farmer and mental health advocate Doug Avery is on the road with his new book and will be in Ashburton on Friday night. The (more)


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Breakfast club has spinoffs

Breakfast clubs for Ashburton schoolchildren are not only tackling hunger and poverty, but having “absolutely amazing” positive (more)

Checking out the options

Senior Ashburton College students perused nearby jobs, opportunities and future pathways at a bustling Local Employers Career Expo (more)

Turbo Touch time at Wakanui School

It’s Turbo Touch time at Wakanui School and students have been refining their throws, catches, dodges and defence. Each year in winter, (more)


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New approach to tackling mental health challenges

Last month I wrote a column about how here in New Zealand, as is the case internationally, we are seeing a growing demand for mental health (more)

A pat on the back Ashburton

Ashburton is an area burdened with permanent intermediacy – it is the geographical meeting point between ski slopes and sea, the (more)

No longer a one-horse race

We are about to round the final bend but the race to parliament is now a long way from being the one-horse race it once (more)


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Class, with serious comfort

Mazda reckons with the new and significantly changed CX-5’s bold looks, its ride and performance, that once you are behind the wheel you (more)

Blondin at the Domain

I spend many days scanning images. Most times they are relatively straightforward and easy to describe. Sometimes, however, an odd (more)

Save me from birthday ‘season’

Mad Mama with Desme Daniels. It’s birthday season, the time of year when all the Daniels/Dennis family birthdays seem to hit at (more)


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Museum discoveries in Croatia

I believe that one should take any opportunity that comes your way, so when I was invited to go to the Czech Republic and Slovakia for a (more)

The town that never was

In 1883 it was to be a town of the future but today Diamond Town at Mt Alford is simply a forestry block, the owners of its 161 sections (more)

From Gaslight to Middle Age Spread

There is never nothing to do in a museum. Much of my time is spent answering enquiries or working with new collection material as it (more)


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Pure drinking water not an option

Pump failures and exceptionally heavy rainfalls have created the perfect storm on several of the Ashburton District Council’s water (more)

Auctioneer’s hammer for Post building

When Ashburton’s NZ Post building is sold next month nothing will change for postal and banking users. Three years down the track, (more)

Plugging the ambulance funding gap

It might have been trading  for seven weeks, but Ashburton’s St John Op Shop is now officially in business. The shop joins a network (more)


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