Bystanders save officer’s life

A police officer’s near brush with death shows bystander intervention can be the difference between life or death in violent situations, Mid Canterbury’s top officers say. But routinely arming frontline officers to fend off attackers would be a step too far. Walter Tauatevalu, 36, has been charged with attempted murder after he brutally bashed Auckland … Continued

Batten down the hatches

Mid Canterbury is in the path of storm forecast to deliver severe gale-force winds. With wind speeds of up to 140km/h north of the Rangitata River, and the possibility of rapidly rising rivers the MetService is urging Mid Cantabrians to batten down the hatches ahead of the approaching storm which should hit late this afternoon. … Continued

Rakaia residents raging

Beneath its sleepy, small town surface, Rakaia is a seething mass of anger and outrage. That disquiet has just one cause – a shop with an R18 licence that sells synthetic cannabis. Yesterday Rakaia business people and those on the village’s streets were united in their concern and they were also united in their fear … Continued

Orphanages the winners

Operation Cover Up involves eastern European agents, shipping containers and trips across borders – but the masterminds behind this operation are Kiwi knitters. The operation saw hundreds of hand-knitted woolly blankets, hats, slippers and jerseys baled up in Ashburton yesterday, ready to journey to eastern Europe. There they will be distributed to orphanages in six … Continued

BCI scheme given green flag

Irrigation development in Mid Canterbury has had a leg up with Environment Canterbury granting the Barhill Chertsey Irrigation (BCI) scheme consent for land use and nutrient discharge. The consent will allow BCI to continue to sell water to a maximum of 40,000 hectares, and will boost economic growth across the district, BCI general manager John … Continued

Weather warning for Mid Canterbury

Mid Canterbury is in the path of severe gale-force winds set to sweep up the country tomorrow. MetService has warned of wind speeds of up to 140kmh north of the Rangitata River, and the possibility of rapidly rising rivers. Northwesterlies gusting up to 120kmh are forecast for Fiordland, Southland, Otago and Canterbury from late tomorrow … Continued

Hayley happy to be back at work

A lot has changed for Hayley Court in recent months. When the Guardian spoke to her in January, she was out of work having lost her job of seven years, when the bakery she worked for shut shop. Despite updating her resume and applying for jobs Ms Court was having no luck, and was spending … Continued

Long wait for grass to seed

The extent of the black grass incursion in Mid Canterbury won’t be known until November, the company responsible for the biosecurity breach says. A consignment of fescue seed, imported from Denmark, was found to be contaminated with black grass seed when it arrived in New Zealand, by Ministry of Primary Industry inspectors at the dock. … Continued

Scouts put in hard yards

With work on the new scout hall nearing completion, Jamie Aschen and Jack Stevens of the Mania-O-Roto scout community put in the hard yards at the weekend. They were part of the team at Ballance Agri-Nutrients premises, who got together to prepare 800 bags of fertiliser pre-sold in the scouts’ most public fundraising drive, and … Continued

Teacher challenge for students

Extreme reading is on the menu at Ashburton College. The challenge, initiated by English teacher Clare Naden in conjunction with librarian Anne Williams, consists of photos of college teachers reading – with the book, newspaper or magazine covering their faces. Alongside posters feature a clue – something the teacher does or enjoys, that the students … Continued