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Lighting up the stage

About 200 DanceWorx Ashburton pupils aged from three to 19 are gearing up for their major 2016 (more)

Currie, Middaugh team up

Braden Currie and Josiah Middaugh 2016 Pan American Championshipfeastuer

Red Bull Defiance has attracted one of the finest elite (more)

Emily smokin’ on the water

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Water Ski Lake Hood hosted its annual Pick & Choose (more)

Cemetery ‘dumping ground’

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Methven Community Board members are blaming the Ashburton (more)

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Driving while suspended

Stacey May Cunningham, 33, of Allenton, admitted a charge of driving while suspended in the Ashburton District Court this week. She was (more)

061216-SS_061 Haylen Nolan Little Match Girlfsaeture

Lighting up the stage

About 200 DanceWorx Ashburton pupils aged from three to 19 are gearing up for their major 2016 production, to stage this weekend. Among (more)

Gavel Front

Bail conditions ignored

A man booked for drink driving while on orders not to consume alcohol appeared in the Ashburton District Court for sentencing on (more)


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Braden Currie and Josiah Middaugh 2016 Pan American Championshipfeastuer

Currie, Middaugh team up

Red Bull Defiance has attracted one of the finest elite multisport fields with course designer Braden Currie making up one half of a (more)

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Emily smokin’ on the water

Water Ski Lake Hood hosted its annual Pick & Choose tournament on Saturday as the skiers dusted off the cobwebs ahead of the new (more)

Liam Sullivan Cricketfsatuer

College boys on a roll

Ashburton College’s Year 9/10 cricket team’s fine run of form continued at Rangiora’s Dudley Park at the weekend with a convincing (more)


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Local values vitally important

Stock access can be an emotive issue that sparks strong reactions. It is critical in the debate about water quality and the agricultural (more)

Water on paddock

Consents costing thousands

Mid Canterbury farmers are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to prepare the information required for a resource consent so they can (more)

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Storage pond consent applied for

Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation Scheme has applied for resource consent to build a storage pond near Methven. General manager John Wright said (more)


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It’s all about sustainability

From carrots to bok choy, Hampstead School students have a passion for growing food. Since the start of spring the school runs the (more)

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Energy to burn

River Samuela has more energy than you can measure. The 10-year-old darts from one place to the next, full of momentum and vigour, ready (more)

Jo Luxton Labourfeatuer

Reduced funding hits home

Over the past six years New Zealand pre-schools have felt the strain of a reduction in the funding per child and Ashburton is no (more)


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Sue Newman

Master of his own destiny

When a prime minister announces he’s stepping down the country might not stop in its tracks, but it certainly pauses. John Key’s (more)

Kirsty McGregor fsaetuer

Local values vitally important

Stock access can be an emotive issue that sparks strong reactions. It is critical in the debate about water quality and the agricultural (more)

The right to live in peace

As house prices continue to soar, a generation of renters has emerged. There’s no denying that young people, unless they get help from (more)


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The bread man’s van

Our Daily Bread. This is a story about a van which many people remember. The van itself is a reminder of earlier times and so is the way (more)

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Huge milestone for organist

Sixty years as a church organist has been a rewarding career for Ashburton’s Graham Gunn. This week marks the three-score milestone for (more)

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Just quietly, outstanding

Driving a large, affordable seven seater SUV has become a lot more exhilarating with the arrival of Mazda’s new CX-9. For with it Mazda (more)


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Mr Salek’s receipt given to Mr Speight.

A story from one receipt

With fewer people using postal services and our reliance on electronic forms of communication, receiving anything in the mail these days is (more)

Ashburton’s First Car, 1902, owned by the late Thomas Bullock Esq. with Mrs E. B. Newton (nee Bull-ock) at the wheel.

Roughometer readings of 1936

1936 was not only the year that Jesse Owens won his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, it was also the year that King Edward VII (more)

‘Farmers Corner’ at the intersection of East and Havelock Streets.

Does Ashburton have history?

The team from Ashburton Museum are often out in the community, talking to schools, service and special interest groups about the work that (more)


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When Santa arrives in town on Saturday, the streets will be lined with families celebrating the start of the festive season.  
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Get ready, Christmas just around the corner

Ashburton’s Santa parade just keeps on getting bigger and better says organiser Carol Johns. She’s masterminded the event for the (more)

Hundreds flocked to the fete.   
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Methven High Country fete a success

Southerly winds blew away the odd gazebo, but all in all the first Methven High Country Fete was a success. “The word has got out and (more)

Hail damage expert Gavin Campbell uses the magic mirror that shows hail damage invisible to the naked eye, watched by Kieran Breakwell and fellow hail expert, Mark Tewnion.  
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Hail damage not easily seen

There could be hundreds of cars being driven around the Ashburton District that could give their owners a rude shock when they decided to (more)


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