Legionnaires’ patients recovering

Two elderly Mid Canterbury men who contracted the potentially-fatal Legionnaires’ disease are recovering after hospital stays. The two cases, which are not linked, were notified by the Canterbury District Health Board for the week ending August 10. Medical officer of health Alistair Humphrey said both cases were due to the Legionella longbeachae bacteria, which was … Continued

Education is a right …

In his 37 years as a primary school teacher Peter Melrose has been on strike twice – 24 years ago and yesterday. And the Hampstead School principal says he has never in all those years, felt more strongly the need to hammer home to the government just how critical the situation facing the teaching sector … Continued

Strike ‘long time coming’

Around 500 rallying teachers, principals and supporters flooded the footpaths of Ashburton yesterday during a day-long strike to demand better pay and better working conditions. Industrial action by teachers’ union NZEI Te Rui Roa resulted in 17 schools closing in Mid Canterbury and hundreds more across the country. It was the first time a teachers’ … Continued

Vandals leave trail of destruction at estate

A court date and a hefty fine will be waiting for the perpetrators of a trail of destruction that has been carved through the Ashburton Business Estate’s green areas. The damage, that saw 20 trees destroyed or badly damaged and grassed areas left scared with tyre tracks, is believed to have occurred on Sunday night. … Continued

AshColl earns home semi-final

With a semi-final spot already secured, Ashburton College senior boys headed into their last round robin Thomson Trophy basketball game against Kaiapoi High School on Tuesday night wanting to keep the ball rolling after a couple of good wins. But Kaiapoi started the better side in the Canterbury secondary schools’ basketball division II game at … Continued

New facility to help homeless pets

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Picturesque rest area set to re-open

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Strike closing 17 Mid Canterbury schools

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Nine months imprisonment for Hurst

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Effects of heavy drinking linger on

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