Big jump in Ashburton house prices

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Fonterra loss a major disappointment

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Big power bills keep on coming

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Learning Centre on top of its game

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Retailers feeling the pinch

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Third drink drive conviction for Methven man

A Methven man who uses a spreadsheet to keep track of his alcohol consumption was convicted of drink driving when he appeared in the Ashburton District Court this week. Paddy Frederick Helmore, 70, an architect, had admitted driving with 679mcg on Methven highway on June 14. It was his third drink driving conviction. Judge Allan … Continued

Alpine rupture a scary scenario

Mid Canterbury will shake with a rolling motion for two to three minutes when the Alpine Fault ruptures in coming years. Shaking could be of the level to make it difficult to stand, as well as causing substantial damage to fragile or unsecured objects, and damaging a few weak buildings. The Alpine Fault is the … Continued

Flock lands on Baring Square

Budding Ashburton artists are using colourful paint and corflute cut-outs to send locals an important conservation message. “The flock”, a handmade series of fake native birds, landed in Baring Square West yesterday to caution locals about the native birds that could soon be nesting on the riverbed. Around 100 cut-outs were decorated by weekly after-school … Continued

Cellphone use costs woman driver $500

An Ashburton woman caught in a police sting on drivers using cellphones was ordered to pay $500 to a road safety charity this week. Elizabeth Anne Blackburn, 29, appeared before Ashburton District Court Judge Allan Roberts where she admitted a charge of using a mobile phone while driving. Blackburn was among motorists being observed by … Continued

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